Into Thin Air

how have the outsiders both honored and abused the sherpas as the various cultures have interacted

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Farming is extremely difficult at these heights. The average per capita income is about $160 a year. A skilled sherpa can earn between $1200 and $2400 in two months. Still this money is a fraction of how much the guides are making. Sherpas are often exploited and made to do the hardest and most risky jobs.