About the Village
Chyangba is a picturesque village located 400 kilometers north of Kathmandu at an elevation of 2,500 meters. Because the village does not lie on the mountain trekker’s trail, development here has been slow, yet the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage make harmony here, as we respect one another’s customs and beliefs.
Farming is the main livelihood. Potatoes, apples, corn, barley, peaches, radishes, millet and other crops are grown in Chyangha. Locals also gather wild strawberries and edible mushrooms in the nearby forest.
Special Attractions and Wildlife
Chyangba Village boasts many attractions, from its market and festivals to an array of wild animals. Friday’s market is not to be missed. People from nearby villages come to sell their products in this bustling outdoor bazaar. Once a year, villagers gather near a water stream to observe rare rituals performed by shamans in worship of their spiritual gurus.
Mani Rimdu is another reason to visit Chyangba Village. It is a vibrant Buddhist festival that takes place at the Chyangba Gompa. Buddhist monks wear masks and robes of different dieties and perform traditional dances. This is the time when the villagers come out and socialize.
Wild animals, such as bears, jackals, white and red monkey and many different kinds of birds can be spotted in Chyangba. With some luck, one might even encounter a Himalayan tiger or a snow leopard.
Developmental Delays and Promise
Although Chyangba Village is rich in beauty and tradition, it has lagged behind in development as compared to other villages that lie on a tourist trail. Wongchu Sherpa, a Chyangba Village native, dedicated his life to developing basic infrastructure in his birthplace. His strtributions included bringing electricity, a road system and better schools to the people. Wongchu’s dream was to build a hospital, which would allow locals to get basic health checkups and treatment, obviating the need to travel long distances, away from family, to the nearest healthcare facilities while sick. While deeply engaged in his work to benefit others, Wongchu sadly passed away without completing his dream project. So now it is our turn to complete his dream project, the Wongchu Sherpa Memorial Hospital.
As of now, two organizations are spearheading the project, including Peak Promotion Nepal, led by me (Ang Phula Sherpa) as managing director, and coordinating local and national efforts in Nepal. From the USA, Himalayan Rescue Association – USA (Everest ER) in conjunction with Wilderness Medical Society and Stanford University, led by Drs. Luanne Freer, Eric Johnson and Paul Auerbach, are working on project planning, international coordination and fundraising. Furthermore, via the Nepal Ambulance Service, leaders of Nepal’s construction industry and medical systems have made preliminary offers to assist with the hospital construction.
— Ang Phula Sherpa, managing director at Peak Promotion