SirdarA Sirdar is a Sherpa mountain 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 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.