Approxiamately 45000 Sherpas inhabit the lands of Nepal, China, Bhutan, India and the Himalayas. This nomadic tribe wakes up in the early hours of dusk, to eat a simple meal. This meal consists of traditional Tibetan tea and several bowls of gruel, made of tsampa; a roasted flour, added to water, milk or tea.
To travel around the mountainous regions, the Sherpas usually travel by foot or ride on animals such as yaks, horses or donkeys. These are useful because many tracks are narrow and there are also plentiful cliffs. Animals are also used to carry heavy loads such as large jugs of water. Water is collected and purified from nearby water sources like creeks and rivers.