The decrease in activity for mountain guiding can lead to a loss for Sherpas as a whole. As noted above, at the time of the writing of this paper there are fewer people in need of guides than at any point in time in the past. In 2010 there were only between 950 and 1,000 guides left in the region (Climbing, 2012). Many Sherpas have been forced into quitting guiding to try to find other jobs that will allow them to support their families. However, they are being forced to try to find more westernized jobs that do not have the same art and culture that comes with being a Sherpa. In order to be able to find these jobs Sherpas have to move into larger towns and cities. This process results in an increased loss of culture for the Sherpa people.
As a result of changes in the availability of herding and farming jobs and the opportunity to earn a living in these jobs there is not enough income to support the Sherpa people. In order to make up for the lack of income there needs to be an increase in prices, making it harder for many to afford to live the traditional Sherpa lifestyle. In addition, as in most situations where there is a lack of income, there is also a lack of economic aid. This lack of aid leaves many Sherpas without any financial support and for the first time in their long history of being an independent nomadic people takes the same form as it did for the Tibetan people (Nepal, 2009).
Once again, as the jobs that the Sherpas can get bring them more money and better opportunities to support their families they still must find ways to send their children to school. This requires them to move away from their communities. As a result, as their families move away their culture is increasingly lost to the world. In a future study it would be interesting to see the impacts that these losses of culture have on the future of the Sherpa people. d2c66b5586