• Our Himalaya

    The Sherpa people have long regarded themselves as guardians of the Himalaya, our ancient homeland. We stay true to our cultural roots and continue our traditions of hospitality to offer a warm, heartfelt welcome to share our homeland, the Himalaya, with you, our guests.

Our Story

Our story begins with a passion – a passion for the greatest mountains in the world: the Himalaya. As guides and adventurer, Sonam Sherpa has spent many years exploring the Himalaya’s magical valleys and ancient ways, setting the standards for mountaineering and climbing these magnificent peaks.

Taking this desire to share his homeland and his passion with others Sonam and his brothers set up a small trek and expedition company, Thamserku. This was nearly 30 years ago: Yeti Mountain Home is part of the now large and thriving Thamserku group. Although many things have changed in the intervening years the same founding principles of respect, sharing and responsibility are still what guide and drive us today.

Insider's Himalaya

Our Himalaya

As Sherpa we have a role as guardians of the Himalaya – they are our homeland and the dwelling places of our gods, goddesses and sacred spirits.We thought we would share some of our knowledge and ideas with you… so you can be part of the picture too.

Facts & Figure

Facts & Figure

The Nepal Himalaya holds 225 peaks over 6000m and of course eight of the fourteen 8000ers.

Changes in Ice

Changes in Ice

As the climate continues to change, it is important, now more than ever, to quantify what is happening

Sherpa Belief

Sherpa Belief

Sherpa belief is founded in a mixture of animism, Bon and Tibetan Buddhism: there are spirits, gods and goddesses

What’s in a name?

To the ancient Indians they were 'the thousand-peaked mountains' or 'the measuring rod of the world.' The Hindus scriptures know them as Devabhumi, 'the abode of the gods' while the Buddha called them Pabbataràja, 'the lord of mountains'. However the name Himalaya comes from old Sanskrit: Hima (snow) alaya (dwelling) and means “abode of the snows”.

With much of the high country laying above the permanent snow line at around 5000m, this youngest of mountain ranges, is indeed a glistening array of white peaks and passes. In fact the entire Himalayan range holds the third largest deposit of ice and snow in the world, after Antarctica and the Arctic. With about 15,000 glaciers storing about 12,000 km3 (3000 cubic miles) of fresh water it is the water source for about one third of the world’s population supplying many major rivers such as the Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra and Yamuna.

The entire range is dotted with lakes large and small including sparkling Tilicho in the Annapurna massif - one of the highest lakes in the world. A couple of years ago Thamserku was part of a team attempting to set the world’s highest diving record at Tilicho, a very chilly but rewarding experience. Have a look at the documentary.

Responsible Attitude

As Sherpa people we have a great desire to protect our environment as ‘Guardians of the Himalayas’ while encouraging tourists to explore our wonderful world.

How the Yeti found its home

You might be wondering why our wonderful lodges are Yeti Mountain Homes. Curious? Follow the wondrously tall tale below.