Tibetans in the Extreme Frontier Regions of Nepal
Tenzin Sangpo is the head of a small monastery in Shar Khumbu, located near the Everest base camp on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest. The monastery serves the local Sherpa people and also the small Tibetan refugees settled in that area. Sangpo is also the head of SharKhum opera association, which for the first time is participating in this year’s Shoton festival. Sharkhumbu is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Once there was a big Tibetan population in the Shar Khumbu and Shorong area border, but due to the remoteness of the area and accessibility issues, the majority of Tibetans have migrated to Kathmandu and other areas. There is a small population of Tibetans currently living in that area with the majority of them involved in tourism related work, and due to the remote location, individuals in that area face a number of challenges daily. Table Talk discusses the general situation of Tibetans in the border areas of Nepal and the challenges they face in their daily lives.