Sermathang is a Sherpa village which lies at 8700 feet on a picturesque ridge of the Himalayas 100 miles from Kathmandu. The village commands views over the Helambu valley to the west and the high mountain ranges to the north. Most villagers are farmers, cultivating the terraced slopes for vegetables which supplement the rice brought up by foot from the valley. Electricity is limited, so all cooking is done on small wood-burning stoves.
Increasing numbers of trekkers visit the village and part of the economic development of the will come from the income generated by tourists. Visitors are always struck by the welcome given by the villagers as well as by the charm and simplicity of the life in Sermathang. The also impressed by the hard working nature of the local people, and this includes the children who, from the youngest age, help with household chores as well as - increasingly - doing their school work.