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So legendary are the load-carrying abilities of the Nepalese that the word Sherpa, a term for one of the country's ethnic groups, has become synonymous with "porter." A typical Nepalese porter can carry a load nearly as heavy as he or she is. They are highly regarded as expert mountaineers as well as having good physical endurance and resilience to high altitude conditions.
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So legendary are the load-carrying abilities of the Nepalese that the word Sherpa, a term for one of the country's ethnic groups, has become synonymous with "porter."  A typical Nepalese porter can carry a load nearly as heavy as he or she is.  They are highly regarded as expert mountaineers as well as having good physical endurance and resilience to high altitude conditions.