The Everest Base Camp Series: Where ya headed?
In exactly two months, we head off on an extraordinary journey. But what do we know about Nepal? Here are 12 interesting facts about this beautiful place and culture.
1. Nepal is a landlocked country situated in the Himalayan Mountains. It borders China to the north and India to the south, east and west.
2. The country’s population is about 29 million. Roughly 3% of the nation’s population lives in its capital, Kathmandu.
3. The country is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world. About half of the population survives on $1 USD per day.
4. Nepal is home to eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains: 1. Everest (29,035 ft); 3. Kangchenjunga (28,169 ft); 4. Lhotse (27,940 ft); 5. Makalu (27,940 ft); 6. Cho Oyu (26,906 ft); 7. Dhaulagiri (26,795 ft); 8. Manaslu (26,781 ft) and 10. Annapuma (26,545 ft).
5. The Nepali word for Everest is Sagarmatha. It means “Forehead of the Sky.” Local Sherpas call Everest Chomolungma, meaning “Goddess Mother of the World.”
6. Apa Sherpa holds the world record for summiting Mt. Everest the most, a record 21 times.
7. Lumbini, Nepal, is thought to be the birthplace of Buddha.
8. Over 90% of Nepal’s energy comes from hydroelectric power. Nearly 23% of the country’s population lives without electricity.
9. Approximately 80% of Nepal’s population is Hindu.
10. Food is eaten with only the right hand. The forehead is considered the most sacred part of the body in Nepal; it’s taboo to touch another adult on the head.
11. The standard greeting in Nepal is “Namaste,” also widely used in yoga, meaning “the light in me honors the light in you.”
12. Nepal leads the world in mustard seed production. They are the third largest producer of ginger.
PS. Nepal is also known to have one of the world’s s-l-o-w-e-s-t download speeds, so bear with us as we post daily journals along the way! Our journey begins (very early) on September 13. Stay tuned right here at www.yellowwoodgear.com/blog for updates as we prepare.