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#395 Walking Body, Bodies as Infrastructure: On the Arrangement of the “Road” in Southern Foothills of Mt. Everest, Nepal


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First name Fukachi Middle name Last name Furukawa
Title Dr. Organization / Institution Kyushu University Department n/a
Address Motooka744 Postal / Zip code 8190395 Country JP
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Abstract

Abstract title

Walking Body, Bodies as Infrastructure: On the Arrangement of the “Road” in Southern Foothills of Mt. Everest, Nepal

Abstract text

This presentation aims to report the current tourism mobility and practice of walking in the Everest region of Nepal, by doing so I will investigate what enables various people to move in rugged mountainous terrain. This is also an attempt to rethink the concept of mobility from a periphery of modern infrastructure. Khumbu region, the northern part of the Solukhumbu District in eastern Nepal, located on the southern foothills of Mt. Everest, is over 3,000 meters above sea level and inhabited by the Sherpa people. This area became a world-famous mountain tourism venue in the middle of the 20th century. Recently, more than 50,000 foreign tourists visit this area each year and many of the Sherpa are taking part in the tourism industry as guides and porters. Because no roadways exist in this region, all tourists walk on mountain trails lead by guides. These trails are quite vulnerable, sometimes disappear due to bad weather like heavy rain and snow, furthermore, there cannot exist even stable surfaces on a glacier or steep slope. In such circumstances, trails are one of the main concerns of the people and they frequently talk about “road”, “bato” in Nepali, but their “road” sometimes seems just a cliff for me. In this presentation, I will consider what the “road/bato” they refer to, by examining the histories of trails in this region and the bodily practice in current mountain tourism. And I argue that Sherpa’s bodies have been an essential part of the “road” in this region.

Conference topic

Panel no. 56 - Mobilities and Materialities: Body, Infrastructure, and Environment

Preferred format

Oral

Abstract Review

This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-12 9:06h by Fukachi

Reviewer decision

Accepted