Lhakpa Ri-20 days
The Lhakpa Ri is one of the most popular climbing peaks owing to easy accessibility as well as its proximity to world's highest mountain, the Everest. Hence, Lhakpa is also famous as the easier cousin of Mt. Everest. Relatively rapid accessibility, easier boarding to the Base Camp, favorable directions and lower gradient give Lhakpa Ri an advantages over other 7000 m! Besides summiting Lhakpa Ri, travelers also enjoy the magnificent company of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu among others. The mountain is also featured in Lucy Walker's famous experimental documentary, 'Blindsight: Himalayas - The Summit of Happiness'. The documentary features the fascinating adventure of six visually challenged ("blind") Tibetan teenagers who embark on their adventure to climb Lhakpa Ri under the guidance of blind educator and adventurer Sabriye Tenberken, and the famous blind climber Erik Weihenmayer.
Our journey begins from Lhasa - our stay at the Tibet capital would serve both the purpose of acclimatization and cultural sightseeing. Then we drive to the Everest Base Camp via different Tibet towns and villages. From Everest Base Camp, we set out for our Lhakpa Ri Climbing adventure. We climb along the east Rongbuk glacier sheared in three stages to the Everest Advanced BaseCamp North, with intermediate Camps in between. Our initial trek along the flat glacial terrain soon leads to the steep north ridge. Whenever necessary, our position would be secured with fixed ropes. After summiting, we descent to Rongbuk and drive over the Tibet-Nepal border to Kathmandu.
We invite visitors to experience Himalayan Glacier's amazing package which focuses on adventure, fun, cultural exposure, and not the least, proper acclimatization.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
What Is Included
- Expedition permit fees
- Accommodations in Kathmandu/Lhasa
- All overnight accommodations while on the trek and climb
- Meals in Kathmandu/Lhasa and while trekking and climbing
- Group equipment for the climb
- Qualified and Experienced guides
- Experienced Climbing Sherpas
- High Altitude Climbing Sherpas
- Airport transfers
- Satellite phone service
- Oxygen (2 4-litre bottles)
What Is Not Included
- International airfare and Nepal Visa
- Personal equipments and extra services
- Tips and Bonus for Staff and guide
- Insurance and Trip cancellation
- Airport departure tax
Himalayan Glacier provides all camping equipment and gear, including tents, dining, toilet, and kitchen tents. At base camp, we will have a large mess tent equipped with all necessary kitchen gadgets including stoves, tables and chairs. Meals are prepared by Himalayan Glacier's trained and experienced expedition cooks. We will be served hygienic and all varieties of food including continental and local Nepali or Tibetan items. Breakfast includes porridge, egg, bread, etc. Some of the items in the lunch include rice, lentils, beans, green vegetables, chapattis, bread, and tinned meat and fish items. Fresh or tinned fruit and tea or coffees serve the purpose of desserts. For the main meal, we can choose our own menu - either local or western varieties. Local varieties include from the local Dal Bhat, yak stew, momo to the western burghers, pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas.
During the actual mountain climbing, we mostly use dry or dehydrated foods, including chocolate, cheese, nuts, and muesli items.
Detailed Expedition Itinerary
Arrive in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft)
The adventure begins with our arrival in Lhasa. Either a direct flight from Nepal's northern border Kodari or via Mainland China connects our gateways to enter into the Lhasa City. If we choose to fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa we will have 1 hour 10 minutes Trans-Himalayan flight which is considered one of the most beautiful air route in the world that takes us over the Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks and views of Himalayan glaciers. If we are going via mainland China, we might fly from any major cities or take the world's highest train route to reach Lhasa. Upon our arrival we will be welcomed at airport or train station. For 1.5 hour's drive we will be taken into our arranged hotel in downtown Lhahsa. It is advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa.
Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft): Potala Palace/Sera Monastery
Foremost, we pay our visit to Potala Palace and Sera Monastery. The Potala Palace is the Dalai Lama's winter palace since the 7th century. There are two sets of Palaces in Potala: the White and the Red Palaces. The 15th century Sera monastery is famous for the "monk debates" which take place nearly every day of the week. The monks gather each afternoon to debate Buddhist teachings and philosophy. Overnight in Lhasa.
Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft): Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazar, Drepung Monastery
Equally adventurous and exciting rhythms build up while touring Norbulingka, Jokhan Temple, Barkhor Bazar and Drepung Monastery. Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama's former summer palace, constructed in the 18th century, is a masterpiece of Tibetan art and architecture. The Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Likewise, we further pay our visit to Barkhor Markets which can be quite different from other visits. As we roam around the city testing every details around the stalls encounter with some goods that displays Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Similarly, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa Order in Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight in Lhasa.
Transfer Lhasa — Gyantse — Shigatse (3,840m/12,590ft): 367km, 8-9 hrs
Upon the completion of excursion within Lhasa, we depart Lhasa for Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. At Shigatse, we reach to the banks of the Tsang Po, origin of Brahmaputra River in India. From here, we drive up-stream for a while before turning southwest through barren desert-like valleys. Along the way, we have opportunity to visit the Yomdrok Lake, one of the Holy Lakes in Tibet. The town of Gyantse offers a splendid sight of the Khumbum Stupa situated at its Northern edge. We continue drivr till to Shigatse and upon arrival at Shigatse make sightseeing tour within Shigatse. Overnight stay in a Shigatse hotel.
Morning sightseeing of Shigatse. Transfer to Shegar (4150m/13612ft): 274km
After making a morning sightseeing tour, we head towards Shegar, also called the gateway to Mt. Everest. We cross the two high passes, the Gyula and Gyatsola beyond the town of Lhatse. Then, we descend to the plains, passing lonely monasteries and the camps of nomadic herders. We visit the Sakya Monastery. Also called New Tingri. Shegar was isolated in 1855 by the Nepalese Gurkhas who cut off the dzong's water supply and settled in for a long siege. Overnight stay in a Shegar hotel.
Transfer Shegar – Rongbuk (5,000m/16,400ft):
About 13,800 ft above sea level, Shegar is also a base from where expeditions to Mt. Everest and other peaks are launched. The total distance from Shegar to Everest Base Camp is about 110 km. Rongbuk is the last inhabited place before the Everest base where we can have overview of magnificient Rongbuk monastery, the highest monastery on the earth. Rongbuk also offers the intriguing Melari Cave at such height. At this juncture, we enjoy some of the most heart-arresting views in the world including the views of Mt. Everest.
At Everest Base Camp (5150m/16,892ft):
Today, we drive to Everest Base Camp and spend the day there. We spend full day at the base camp for acclimatization and exploration. The Base Camp itself offers amazing views of the north face of Everest. Depending on the weather conditions, we explore around Base Camp that would also help in acclimatization.
Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 (5460m/17,908ft): 3 hrs
From Everest Base Camp, we trek along the Rongbuk Glacier initially. After a short run over gravel terrain, we walk along the lateral moraine of the Rongbuk glacier. Skirt the Glacier from its east side. After an hour, we take a fork the left path that leads steeply to camp 1, also known as Japanese Camp. This camp is situated under a huge yellow rock. At this point, we enjoy the views of the Pumori and Kala Paththar.
Trek to Interim camp (5760m/18,892ft):
From Camp 1, we trek along the morainous trail. We camp in the Interim Camp for the sake of proper acclimatization before climbing further higher. At this juncture, we enjoy the views of Nuptse, Pumori, and other Himalayan peaks.
Rest and Acclimatization day:
One more day at the Interim Camp, we break our trek for rest and acclimatization. Moreover, exploring the areas at this altitude would always prove a rewarding experience.
Trek to Camp II (5970m/19,581ft): 6 hrs
Today, we move to Camp II. The Camp lies on the end of the Glacier. We enjoy the company of huge seracs while walking between them. As the valley opens up, we encounter with the magnificence of the East Rongbuk Glacier. Although we might feel the high altitude sickness, technically the route is quite easy.
Trek to Camp III (6340m/20,795ft): 3 - 4 hrs
We continue trekking till to Camp 3. We continue trekking following the east side of the Rongbuk Glacier. As we get closer to the Everest, our destination Lhakpa Ri appears on the left horizon. While walking along the marainous path, we reach at our today's campsite which is just close to the Advanced Base Camp of Everest.
Acclimatization at Camp III
We spend two full days at Camp 3 for acclimatization, rest and practicing climbing gears. If interested, we walk up to the Everest Advanced Base Camp. We may also be interested in taking a hike across the East Rongbuk Glacier to the Raphu La. Moreover, we will also plan and practice the climbing skills. Finally, we will get a good look at our route up Lhakpa Ri, and will continue to practice our rope skills.
Climb Lhakpa Ri(7045m/23,107ft)
It is our summit day today, hence we begin a bit earlier than before. Today will be the test of all the preparations that we have been doing so far. The snow slope leads to the north ridge, on the other side of the Kharta Glacier. If the weather permits, we enjoy the magnificent views of the 8,000ers including Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Kangchenjunga, and many more. After successful summiting of the Lhakpa Ri, we descent down to Camp III, and if possible even lower.
A spare day reserved in case of bad weather. There is no such guarantee that we can get quite a favorable weather on our planned day for the summit. So this day is used as a contingency in case if we are unable to summit the Lhakpa Ri on the scheduled day due to bad weather condition or some other reasons. Sometimes somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing well enough to make the ascent; the day can be used in that condition too. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day.
Rest and Pack up day at the Base Camp.
Today will be rest day as well as cleaning and drying of equipments. At this juncture, we engage in packing and and preparing for our return journey. Moreover, it is important to leave least footprints possible for the conservation of the Himalayan environment. So clean the base camp and collect all garbage that we have created. Overnight at Base Camp or Rongbuk.
Drive to Zhangmu (2300m/7, 544ft): 245 km, 4-5 hrs
We will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shung La pass at 5200m. We savor the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar, as we descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. Upon 181 km drive, we find ourselves amidst the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter. Overnight at hotel in Zhangmu.
Drive to Kathmandu (1350m/4428ft): 123 km, 4-5 hrs
After reaching Friendship Bridge, we will be leaving our Tibet side vehicles, and will walk for approximately 15 minutes towards Nepal. We cross the Friendship Bridge at the Nepal-China border across Bhote Koshi River. We further pay some customs formalities and continue driving to Kathmandu. About 4 hours of drive through deep valleys takes us to Kathmandu. We should remember that we will be hosted by a fantastic celebration dinner together for successfully completing the Lhakpa Ri Expedition! Overnight in Kathmandu.
Upon our interested, we may also spend a few more days in Kathmandu. Otherwise, our adventure in the Himalayas comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If time permits we can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight to offer farewell greetings.
Recommended Previous Experience
This is a mountain expedition above 7,000 meter. Since walking through such snowy altitude is not an experience of having cup of tea with friends. It is all at very high altitude, which will take a physical toll. There are special prior physical and altitude experience are required.
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Equipment and Check List
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We are climbing above 7,000 meter. Since such an elevation could cause medical conditions (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be fatal. There is 40% less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places like in Tibet. The higher the altitude the lesser will be oxygen in the air. Our body needs few days to acclimatize to this less oxygen environment. Although Himalayan Glacier provides enough information regarding AMS precaution matters, if we get AMS, Himalayan Glacier does not have other options to treat it other than medication. Himalayan Glacier advises specially the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.
A typical trekking day starts at around 6 or 7 am. We enjoy the hearty breakfast and begin trekking. We carry our pack containing personal items we need for the day. The porters and yaks carry all the loads. We walk at our own pace, enjoy the scenery, chat with the natives, and take photographs.
The lunch time depends upon the terrain and is prepared by our catering team. Generally we stop for lunch after about 3 hours of walking. The lunch hour also helps in acclimatization. The aim would be to reach next stop by the sunset. After reaching the overnight stay point, the crew members fix the tents. We may relax with a cup of tea or coffee or take a pleasure walk around the camp site. The dinner would be ready around 7 PM. We enjoy the dinner while sharing the day’s experience with team members.
The climbing itinerary may vary according to the our personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch, rest and relax, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. Himalayan Glacier ensures the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.
The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the favorable weather for Lhakpa Ri climbing. However, the weather conditions in high mountains are never fully predictable. Temperatures may get as low as minus 20C in summer, but can drop to minus 60C or even lower during winter. The possibility of bad weather such as snow, wind, and cloud should also be taken into account. Similarly, the wind speeds may rise to 80Km/h (50mph). At the Base camp, the temperature is about 15C warmer than at the summit. The oxygen level around 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level.
Himalayan Glacier's Lhakpa Ri expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers
who have scaled the mountain several times supported by other crew members and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. Not only in terms of qualification, but Himalayan Glacier also makes it sure that our leaders have proven track of record in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber’s chance of making it to the summit without compromising the safety aspect. Our expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crew members are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.
Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. Himalayan Glacier pays its high attention to the safety standards of the climbers. Hence for two International Climbers, Himalayan Glacier assigns its accredited climbing leader, high altitudes assistance Sherpa, and cook. For base camp assistance and other necessary trek, Himalayan Glacier comes with crews such as porters, yaks and yak man. Further, to maintain the high safety standard, Himalayan Glacier team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.
Trip Start Dates
We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.
The spring season of March to May and the Autumn season of September to November are considered the best time for Lhakpa Ri expedition. The months of April and May and then again October and November are the classic climbing period. The summer months of monsoon rains and the winter months from December to February are considered to be the most unfavorable time for climbing.
Why Expedition with Himalayan Glacier Trekking?
Going on any adventure trip will require a substantial sum of money be paid in advance. Yet trusting a company you have no prior experience with involves a risk. We, however, are a fully bonded trek operator authorized by Nepal Government, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Nepal Tourism Board, Industry Department, Company Registration Office, Nepal National Bank and the Taxation Office. We are also affiliated with such prestigious regulating bodies as NATTA, NMA, TAAN, and KEEP. Besides, that we have launched our new LLC office in the US also ensures that your payment is secure with us.
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Sustainable Operation Policies:
HGT observes responsible and sustainable tourism practices. The company works closely with all stakeholders including the local communities to protect and conserve natural environment. We ensure that all our adventure programs leave least possible carbon footprint. We are also aware of the corporate social responsibility, hence we maintain highest ethical and professional standards as well as transparency in our business practices.
Local and Experienced Mountain Leaders:
HGT employs and trains local staff so that the local communities benefit from our adventure operations. However, we never compromise on our high safety and quality standards. All of our leaders and guides are carefully selected based on their aptitude, experience, and leadership skills. Most of our guides have been continuously working with us for more than 10 years. Our guides are trained for remote emergencies and are well versed in local politics, culture and customs. Please check out the personal records of our guides who have scaled the Mt. Everest several times, including hundreds of other lesser peaks. Thus, we guarantee that all our guides, cooks, and other crews members are qualified and experienced professionals who make it sure that you're always safe, sound, and happy.
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