Family, Pride, Fairness: The Surprising Story of Nepal’s ‘Toque’ Hats; Christophe Noel; Gear Junkie

Nepal – Kathmandu Valley

I traveled to the ancient streets of a UNESCO World Heritage site to see where Sherpa Adventure Gear makes its hats and meet the people who make them.

The description attached to a Sherpa Adventure Gear toque clearly states, “Handcrafted in small women co-ops in the ancient city of Bhaktapur right outside Kathmandu.” Not to say they buried the lead, but that one line doesn’t tell the whole story. For that, we had to journey to the other side of the planet.

Sherpa Pride: Family and Community First

To understand how Sherpa Adventure Gear hats fit into its business plan, you first have to go back to the formation of the company.

Tashi Sherpa launched his adventure apparel business in 2003 as a celebration of Sherpa mountain culture. His uncle was a member of Sir Edmund Hilary’s successful bid on Mount Everest in 1953. They have always had a strong sense of identity, family, and community. Through quality product development and loyal partnerships with local suppliers, the Sherpa Adventure Gear label worked its way to the forefront of the outdoor industry.

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