Lhakpa Ri (7,043m)

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26 Days

Lhakpa Ri is getting popular as one of the interesting 7,000m peak, it is getting popular not only because its not that very technical but also because it lies very close to Mount Everest. The climb of Lhakpa Ri not only give you the summit success but also provides you the mesmerizing sights of Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Lhotse and the dominating Everest.

Lhakpa Ri was first climbed by George Mallory back in 1921 during his Everest reconnaissance trip, which was followed by Bill Tilman, Michelle Pelle and Ken McConnell.

Our trip begins with a sweeping flight to Lhasa, spend there couple of days for the sightseeing tour of famous Potala Palace and other religious monasteries with acclimatization. Then start our drive to Rongbuk via Gyantse, Shigatse and Shegar. Upon reaching base camp, after more days of proper acclimatization and preparation, we will start trekking / climbing towards Advance Base Camp. From close to Raphu La, we start our final climb / long walk on snow slopes to reach the Summit of Lhakpa Ri.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, obtain Tibet Visa. O/N Hotel.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu / Lhasa. Transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.
Day 04: Sightseeing tour & acclimatization at Lhasa. O/N Hotel.
Day 05: Sightseeing tour & acclimatization at Lhasa. O/N Hotel.
Day 06: Sightseeing tour & acclimatization at Lhasa. O/N Hotel.
Day 07: Drive to Gyantse via Khamba La. Visit Kumbum Monastery. O/N Hotel.
Day 08: Drive to Shigatse. Visit Kumbum Monastery. O/N Hotel.
Day 09: Drive to Shegar. O/N Hotel.
Day 10: Drive to Everest Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 11: Acclimatization at Everest Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 12: Acclimatization at Everest Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 13: Trek to Camp I on the east Rongbuk Glacier. O/N Camp.
Day 14: Trek to Camp II. O/N Camp.
Day 15: Rest and acclimatization day at Camp II. O/N Camp.
Day 16: Trek to Camp III. O/N Camp.
Day 17: Acclimatization day at Camp III. O/N Camp.
Day 18: Rest day at Camp III. O/N Camp.
Day 19: Trek to the top of Lhakpa Ri. Return to Camp III. O/N Camp.
Day 20: Spare day in case of bad weather. O/N Camp.
Day 21: Return trek to Camp II. O/N Camp.
Day 22: Trek back to Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 23: Drive to Zhangmu. O/N Hotel.
Day 24: Drive Zhangmu / Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.
Day 25: Free day in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.
Day 26: Transfer to airport for departure.


Day 01: 

Arrive Kathmandu. 1300m. O/N Hotel.


On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where one of our leader or a Sherpa guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek/Camping, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal. Our Tour Officer will ask for your International flight ticket and your passport for safe keeping and for re-confirmation of your out bound flight. Do not hesitate to do this, this is one of our routine services and it will be in the safe hand while you are on the trek, and after the trek you will get it back.



Day 02: 

A day in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.


After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if its late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice sleep and rest before you venture out of the Hotel for our interesting tour.



Day 03:

Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650M).


Approximately 1 hour scenic flight over the high Himalayan range, arrive Gongor Airport meet our Tibetan representative with 2 hrs drive to Lhasa. O/N Hotel.



Day 04-05:

In Lhasa. O/N Hotel.


Guided tour in Lhasa in Lhasa, you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions of the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market Square, Potala Palace, Norbulinkha Palace, Sera & Drepung Monastery. Tour the fabled City of Lhasa. A completely forbidden City until very recent times, Lhasa was Holy Grail for many central Asian explorers of past generations. The City has of course been altered by the Chinese occupation and the impact of foreign visitors. However much of the original character remains and whilst jostling through the Potala with crowds of ethnic Tibetans, it is hard not to be captivated by this magnificent civilizations. Will visit the great monasteries of Sera and Drepung, both of which were extensively destroyed in the cultural revolution but are now being rebuilt. We will also visit the Jokhang and of course the Potala Palace. Lhasa is at 3,600m/12,000ft and provides an ideal acclimation for the first few days. The relatively comfortable hotel (the only one during our Tibetan stay) will give members some time to get to know each other without the stress of trekking.



Day 06:

Drive to Gyantse. ( 3,950m) – 261 kms.


Morning drive to Gyantse, the drive leads to the scenic highway past the Khamba-la at 4,800m and towards the Yamdrok Thso (The Turquoise lake) and towards the Karo-La 5,050m overlooking great view of the Nazong-Khangtsa peak and its massif ice fall just by the road, after a great drive of five hours, then reaching to Gyantse for the overnight halt. At Gyantse with time for a visit of Phalkor Monastery, Kumbum Stupa and the local market. Afternoon Sightseeing of Kumbum Monastery if time and condition of the group permits or else, we can do it the next morning before heading to Shigatse. O/N Gyantse Hotel.



Day 07:

Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900M) 90 kms.


This is about two hours driving, and when in Shigatse we visit the very large complex of Tashilumpo monastery. This is the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama and contains a 27m high gold plated Buddha known as Matria (the future Buddha). The hotel in Shigtase is quite large and comfortable. Afternoon sightseeing of Tashilumpo monastery and the local market.



Day 08:

Drive to Shegar or New Tingri. 4,350m. 4-5 hrs. 200 k.m.


From Shigatse drive leads to the Nepal / China Friendship highway, on leaving the city suburb  the ride passes through farm lands, villages and small town after 3 hours of good drive coming to the junction that leads to Sakya Monastery, our route heading north to Sakya Monastery, at present the road dirt is well maintained after few hours driving reaching at Sakya, the first monastery of the Sakyapa sect founded during the Second Diffusion of Buddhism by Guru Kon Chogyal Pho around 1034-1102 A.D. After an hour in the monastery the drive continues to join at the main Kathmandu – Lhasa Highway from here few minutes drives brings you to the town of Larze, after Larze drive leads to the highest pass Gyatsho-la at 5220m, descending towards Shegar or New Tingri. Afternoon time permitting visit the ancient Dzong the fort monastery at the cliff top.



Day 09:

Drive to Everest Base Camp. 5,200m. 4-5 hrs.


Morning drive climbs on the winding road for more than an hour to the top of the Pang-La Pass at 5,150 metres, and this is encountered less than ten kilometres after we have turned off the main Lhasa / Kathmandu highway. On reaching the top stunning views of unparalleled chain of great Himalayan peaks can be seen including Mt.Makalu, Everest, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma. After a great moment here, our route descends to a steep slope of 1010 metres downhill, with lots of switchbacks and wild cut offs, over 19 kms to the village of Phadu. From this village another 12 km ride distance reaches us at Tshusum village area for our overnight camp. Today’s journey leads us to the world’s highest monastery at Rongbuk. Some years back the road to Everest Base Camp and to Old Tingri has been completed, the ride on this gravel road is smooth and takes fewer hours to reach towards our destination. After 3-4 hours of constant ride with few breaks in between brings us to Rongbuk Monastery with great views of Mt. Everest. A well worth break here to appreciate the stunning views and visiting the oldest monastery here at Rongbuk . It will take about less than an hour to reach Base Camp, the ride takes on the good road following the Rongbuk river over the glacial moraine with few steep climbs as we reach just before the Base Camp. On reaching Base Camp complete view of Mt.Everest to the east.



Days 10-11:

 At Base Camp for acclimatization.


Here we have two days in and around base camp at 5,200m/17,000ft. For safety, and to be fully acclimatised very important at this elevation for the long haul towards Advance Everest Base Camp and to Lhakpa-Ri area. For energetic people there several possible hike around the Rongbuk and Base Camp area.



Day 12:

Trek towards Camp I. 5,500m. 3-4 hrs.


Our route ascent to Camp I from Everest Base Camp is a steep climb that initially follows the trail along the east side of the main Rongbuk Glacier, an hour south from the glacial terminus is an elevated flat area between the ridge and the lateral moraine, suitable for pitching several tents. The trail forks here, the smaller track leading up the ridge side to the left(east) toward Interim or Camp I and the East Rongbuk Glacier. The larger path continues straight (south) from this camp, descending into a ravine carved by the crashing melt waters of the tributary glacier.

Camp I at 5,460m / 17,900ft is set in a barren world of moraine hills under beautifully sculpted, yellow -orange granite cliffs, during the expedition season dozens of tents sites have been leveled throughout the rocks and boulders.



Day 13:

Trek towards Camp II. 6,000m. 4-5 hrs.


From this camp the trail descends from the gravel mounds onto a small mud plain beside the glacier. It then climbs from these flats into a large jumble of rocky moraine. The route is generally well marked; the trail climbs and descends over the gravel hills. There is one particularly unstable section where small rock and gravel slides often obliterate the trail. Above the glacial terminus the trail climbs onto the hills above the west flank of the glacier. The large tributary ice flow entering from the left is the Far East Rongbuk Glacier. Directly across from it and in the middle of the main glacier is the Interim Camp (5,760m / 18,900ft) between Camp I and II. This is a good place to spend two nights to acclimatize before advancing to Camp II. 5,970m /19,600ft. About two hours above the Interim Camp the central ridge line leads into a confusion of ice at the confluence with the Changtse Glacier, which enters from the right (west) to Camp II. Camp II is set in a beautiful location, glaciers large and small spill into the valley from every direction and the appropriately named Seracs Highway continues to extend its unusual gravel arm through the center of the ice formations.



Day 14 :

Rest day Camp II.


A well worth rest day for acclimatization and for short hike and climb around this high elevation at 5,700 to 6,000m. Also important to try some of the climbing gear like crampons and use of ice axe.



Day 15: 

Trek towards Lhakpa Ri Base Camp near to Everest Camp III. 6,400m. 3-4 hrs.


The route to Camp III or ABC returns to the center of the seracs from the second Camp. The glacier now bends to the left (southeast) around the eastern flank of Changtse, and the trail soon ascends the largest series of hill on this part of the trek. A hard way to start the morning, though soon the moraine spine mellows into a gentle incline that is sometimes no more than 90 meters wide between the icy walls. As if a magic spell has been cast, the rough, broken surface of the glacier transforms into a smooth, vast plain of snowy ice fields lapping onto the ridge sides and spilling over the passes in great white sheets. Nowhere else is there an area so large and flat this high. Camp III 6,340m / 20,800ft), the Advance Base Camp for the North Col route up Mount Everest, is situated within a group of flattened gravel mounds beside the glacier. Our overnight camp for few days will be close to the actual Everest Advance Camp. With the help of the yaks and their drivers, moving from camp two (6,000m) to camp III (6,400m/21,000ft). Our yaks will leave at this point and return to the base camp area for few days.



Day 16-17:



During these two days rest days which helps acclimatization process to this new elevation of 6,400m/21,000ft. There will be some good clear days which will help the members for short walks to high hills and passes, for example the Raphu La which is at the foot of the remote north east ridge of Mt. Everest and gives great views of the north faces of Makalu, Pathengtse and the Kangshung face of Everest. The walks around are not technically difficult.



Day 18: 

Climb of Lhakpa Ri. 7,043m.


After a great time with wonderful rest days, today is the main and high light of this adventurous trip, the ascent of Lhakpa Ri (7,043m). It will take nearly six hours from camp three to reach the summit and to return back to the camp III. The climb to this mountain is technically easy and objectively very safe. On reaching the top of the summit grand panoramic scenery awaits you at this great height of over 7,000 meters. After the summit bid descend slowly and carefully back to the camp for the warm cup of tea and coffee.



Day 19: 

Spare Summit day.


Just in case of bad weather and the fitness of all the team members, if all goes well this day can be used further down either at Rongbuk or further.



Day 20:

Return trek to Camp II.


Retrace the journey back to Camp II, at this stage all members of the team should be more at ease after accomplishing the climb of great height.



Day 21:

Base Camp.


Retrace the journey back to Base Camp after a wonderful experience in the hidden pockets of absolute wilderness.



Day 22:

Drive to Nyalam. 3,600m. 5-6 hrs journey.


Early after breakfast, the drive leads following the Rongbuk River for a while and continue over the Lamana-la through the vast meadows passing the nomads camps and then reaching at Old Tingri on the Lhasa-Kathmandu Highway. After a stop here the smooth drive continues overlooking views of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu in the distance soon the drive climbs over the Laylung-la pass at 5,050m with great views of the Jugal mountains, Langtang, Gauri Shankar and massif Mt. Shisapangma then descending towards Nylam for the overnight stop. Nyalam a small town but slowly growing into a city. Nyalam is the starting and the end point of Tibetan Plateau.



Day 23:

Drive back to Kathmandu via Zhangmu. 6-7 hrs journeys.


An interesting journey today, towards Kathmandu via the frontier town of Zhangmu and Kodari. The drive descends through the beautiful gorge on the winding road overlooking great landscapes towards Nepal side, and the cool forest of oaks, hemlocks and rhododendron after few hours drive reaching at Zhangmu and at Zhangmu after the visa-passport formalities at the Chinese Immigration the road leads near the Friendship Bridge that borders Nepal and Tibet, China. After bidding farewell to the Tibetan staff then head towards Kathmandu with a brief stop at Kodari for visa formalities. The drive from here takes nearly 4-5 hours.



Day 24:

In Kathmandu.


A free day for individual activities, please inform our staff if interested for a tour at places of interest around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur area.



Day 25: 

International Departure.


Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure back home.


Includes / Excludes

The price includes following services:
1. Accommodation sharing twin room at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Lhasa.
3. Guided sightseeing tour as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.
4. Hotel / Guest House accommodation in Tibet as per itinerary on full board basis.
5. Transportation by private vehicle.
6. English speaking Tibetan Guide throughout the trip in Tibet.
7. Camping arrangement as per itinerary backed by Nepali Crew at Everest BC, Interim Camp, ABC and Higher Camps on full board basis.
8. All applicable Climbing Permit and Entry Fees.
9. Yak & Yakmen to carry loads between BC-ABC-BC.
10. Transportation Kathmandu – Tibet Border – Kathmandu by private non AC Vehicle.
11. Service of Nepalese Climbing Sherpas with their equipment allowance, daily wages and insurance.
12. Royalty payable to Tibet Government for Nepalese staff.
13. High Altitude Tents, Rations, EPI Gases, Pots and Pans for High Altitude Camps.
14. Walkie Talkie for communication purpose.
15. Supply of Satellite Phone for emergency use.
16. Supply of Medical Kit for emergency use.
17. Tibet Visa Fees.


However, our price does not include followings:
1. International flights to / from Kathmandu.
2. Nepal entry visa fees.
3. Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
4. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
5. Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
6. Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
7. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
8. Personal clothing and all sorts of personal climbing gear.


If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom.

We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


Chitwan National Park

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies.

The park is spread over an area of 932 sq kms and located in the lowlands of Nepal. The forest cover is predominantly Sal, interspersed with tall grasslands, small hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Chitwan can be reached both by surface and air.


Bardia National Park

The park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, fresh water Dolphin and many other species of mammals along with over 200 species of birds.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Bardia can be reached both by surface and air but since it will be too far to drive from Kathmandu, we offer the packages by air only.



It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites.



Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and expeditions start from here. Around Pokhara one can go boating on lakes, bird watching, paragliding, fishing, ultralight flying or even pony trek besides regular treks. Pokhara can be reached by air as well as surface.



Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. An array of luxury resorts has made this place enjoyable for all kinds of tourists.



Tour in Tibet offers a fabulous journey with awesome beautiful picturesque landscape and its colorful people and their culture, tranquil lakes, numerous high passes with stunning views of the mountains. Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape, casts an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A journey of a life time, at the roof of the world with exciting adventure on route, and breathe-taking views of range of snow capped mountains. This is truly a stunning trip starting with a panoramic drive or flight over the gigantic Himalayas, a tour of great historical cities of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse in the comfort of the spacious land cruiser and standard Hotels that Tibet has to offer.



The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape of historical cities, jungle, valleys, arid desert to high beautiful Himalayan peaks which makes it a traveler’s destination from sand, sea to snow.



The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values despite of encroachment of modern civilization in the every nook and corner of the world. Unspoiled majestic virgin peaks, unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries, an architectural style like no others, a land of full of warm hearted and friendly people have made Bhutan a truly unique destination. You will still find its past in present.



River Rafting

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. The float down stream is exhilarating and the scenery of the valley gorges between Himalaya and min Himalayan range is equally captivating. So whatever duration or level of excitement you need we have it.


Mount Everest Flight

Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty of lofty and snowcapped mountains beyond your imagination. Above all is towering figure of Mount Everest amidst cluster of mountains spread all over Nepal and Tibet will mesmerize the onlookers with its astounding charm and grandeur. It is a great personal pride for you to hover above the clouds closer to the highest peak of the world-a-feat to be achieved only through mountain flight.


Bungy Jumping

Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border.

The Bungy bridge happens to be the only privately owned bridge in Nepal. It has been specially designed for Bungy Jumping with a 4X safety factors and has a loading factor of 41,500kg or 4.5 tons according to Swiss measurement.



Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.

The main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. This lakeside town is Nepal’s second city, nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Himal. The views commanded from here of 3 of the world’s 8000m peaks, are unsurpassed. At an altitude of 800m ASL the subtropical climate means that year round, it is short and T shirt weather. The micro climate of the valley makes it an ideal area for flying, with far more constant conditions.


Ultralight Flight

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience.

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