The people in the team
Many people get confused about the roles of the people in the mountains. We have all heard of Sherpas… but did you know this has two meanings? There are the Sherpa people (the name means the people of the East) – a tribe originating in Tibet whose homeland is the Solokhumbu area, and who also set up and run YMH. There is also the job title sherpa (small s) meaning assistant guide. Try to avoid confusing the two as you may cause offence :)
Porters are the people employed to carry bags etc. Portering is a way of life in Nepal and, although tough, is also relatively well paid, particularly in the Khumbu. For more on portering issues have a look at http://www.portersprogressuk.org/Here you’ll find a report on some research carried out by one of the Thamserku team: the report explains the trends in portering in the Nepal Himalaya.
This means ‘local guide’. This person will look after the crew, organise logistics etc and liaise with lodge owners and the trek leader
This person has overall responsibility for the trek and is mainly focused on the welfare and enjoyment of the clients.