SirdarA Sirdar is a " title="Sherpa">Sherpa " title="Mountain">mountain " title="Guide">guide who manages all the other Sherpas in a climbing expedition or trekking group. The Sirdar is typically the most experienced guide and can usually speak " title="English language">English fluently. The Sirdar's responsibilities include:
- assigning responsibilities to the other guides.
- hiring and paying local porters
- purchasing local food during the trek/expedition
- making the final decision regarding route choices
- handling other trip logistics such as dealing with government officials or police
Also a Sirdar was a rank equivilent to Comander in Chief, in the 19th Century Egyptian Army.