Nepal: EV120: Himalayan Odyssey: Culture, Environment, and Change Among the Sherpa of Shar Khumbu

Course Description: The course travels from Kathmandu to the Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park. It focuses on the relationship between people and the landscape. How does the physiography, climate, and biological diversity of the landscape present opportunities and constraints to people's livelihoods? How do the social, economic, and political realities-as in part shaped by the landscape-impact the livelihoods of local people? How does the religious imagination imbue the landscape and the daily activities within it with meaning? How does the history of the people within the landscape-as shaped by the landscape-create identity?

Program Fee: $3,140 + airfare

Airfare: $1,400

This airfare is an estimated cost based off round-trip flights from Denver (DEN) to Kathmandu (KTM) during the course dates. This cost was estimated in November 2018, and prices are subject to change. Your passport must be good for six months after the return date of the ticket, or the airline will not let you fly.

Visas: Students traveling on a U.S. passport will need a visa, which costs $40. If you are an international student, visa requirements and costs may differ.

All-College Requirements: This course satisfies the Global Cultures requirement.

Pre-Requisites: Students must receive COI to participate.

Other Information:

For more information, contact Professor Miroslav Kummel at or Professor Broughton Coburn at

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