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Sirdar

A 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:

The normal progression to Sirdar usually involves starting as a porter, working their way up to being a kitchen assistant, on to an assistant guide and then finally to Sirdar. Sirdars do not normally carry loads but will do so on occasion such as carrying the pack of a client who is having difficulties from " title="Altitude sickness">altitude sickness.

Also a Sirdar was a rank equivilent to Comander in Chief, in the 19th Century Egyptian Army.