Headstrap: Legends and Lore from the Climbing Sherpas of Darjeeling

Headstrap: Legends and Lore from the Climbing Sherpas of Darjeeling

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This captivating chronicle delves into the untold story of a tribe of people who have played a significant role in mountain exploration and climbing in the Himalayas. Situated in northern India, Darjeeling was developed as a colonial retreat by the British in the early 1830s and soon became famous for its tea gardens, attracting locals from around the region, Nepal, and Tibet in search of work. When Darjeeling became the jumping-off point for early Himalayan expeditions, workers from the Sherpa and Bhutia communities soon established themselves as the preferred high-altitude porters, bringing fame, entwined with tales of valor, courage, and sacrifice, to the city. These are some of their stories.

Over the course of a decade, authors Nandini Purandare and Deepa Balsavar conducted a series of interviews with Sherpas from Darjeeling, as well as their family members, descendants, friends, and contemporary climbers. Headstrap weaves a vivid tapestry of this particular Sherpa community, giving them the recognition in mountaineering literature that they deserve.


  • Language: English
  • Publication Year: Mar 19, 2024
  • Author(s): Nandini Purandare and Deepa Balsavar.
  • Number of Pages: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-68051-640-1

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