Lhakpa Ri Expedition - 23 Days

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Destination: Tibet Trip Cost: $11990 USD
Group size: minimum 4 people Max-Altitude: 7,045m/23,244ft
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals: All meals during trekking and climbing. Breakfast in cities
Accommodation: Hotels in cities, tea houses during trek and camping (tents) when climbing

Trip Introduction

Lhakpa Ri is one of the most popular climbing peaks owing to easy accessibility as well as its proximity to world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. Hence, Lhakpa Ri is also famous as Everest's easier cousin. Relatively rapid accessibility, easier boarding to the Base Camp, favourable directions and lower gradient give Lhakpa Ri an advantage over other 7000m! Besides summiting Lhakpa Ri, you will also enjoy the magnificent company of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and others. The mountain is also featured in Lucy Walker's famous experimental documentary, 'Blind sight: Himalayas - The Summit of Happiness'. This documentary features the fascinating adventure of six blind Tibetan teenagers who embark on an 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 Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Then we drive to the Everest Base Camp (North) via beautiful Tibetan towns and villages. From the Base Camp, we set out for our Lhakpa Ri Climbing adventure. We then 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 will be secured with fixed ropes. After summiting Lhakpa Ri, we descent to Rongbuk and drive to Kathmandu for final departure.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take us to our hotel. After checking in, we may take a rest or visit Himalayan Glacier’s office. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant where we will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine with a brief cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals:D
Day 02: Rest day and Pre-climb training in Kathmandu
We spend the day in Kathmandu getting ready for our journey. We also train a little and prepare ourselves for our ultimate goal-summiting Lhakpa Ri. Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. We strongly believe that the training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. We can spend the rest of the afternoon in our hotel room. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals:B
Day 03: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,800m/12,467ft): 153 km, 5 - 6 hours
After breakfast, we start our journey along the Friendship Highway for the Tibetan border. Along the way, we pass through some really splendid sights- cascading waterfalls, rivers and hill-side villages. At the border, we have our lunch and pass through the Nepalese side of customs and immigration. Upon crossing the Friendship Bridge, we will be at Tibet! Then, we take a 30-minute drive from Kodari to Zhangmu where we must pass another immigration checkpoint. From Zhangmu to Nyalam, we drive on a steep winding road. Overnight in Nyalam.
Included meals:BLD
Day 04: Acclimatization in Nyalam
Although this day is set aside for acclimatization, health experts recommend that we stay active and move around even during the rest day instead of being idle. We have two options today where we can either spend the day exploring the town, visiting local shops and getting acquainted to the local lifestyle or we can even hike up to nearby hills. Overnight in Nyalam.
Included meals:BLD
Day 05: Nyalam to Lotingri (4,050m/13,284 ft): 150 Km, 3 hours
In the morning, we stroll around Nyalam which would help us to acclimatize with the high altitude. We depart for Lotingri after lunch. On the way, we will visit Milarapha Cave and Chamda Hot Spring for a little fun-filled afternoon. On our journey we encounter two spectacular passes: Thong La pass (5050m) and Lalung La pass (5082m). Along with the two passes, we also get to enjoy fabulous views of the high mountains including, Mt. Everest (8848m) and Shishapangma (8,013m). We spend the night in Lotingri.
Included meals:BLD
Day 06: Acclimatization in Lotingri
Today is yet another day set aside for acclimatization. Today we hike up on hills close by to Lotingri. After the completion of our short hikes, we spend remainder of the day resting and/or getting to know the rich culture of the Tibetans.
Included meals:BLD
Day 07: Drive to Everest Base Camp (North face) (5,200 m/1,7000ft)
Today, we head for the Everest Base Camp, which is also the ultimate highlight of the whole trip. Reaching the base of the world’s highest mountain is an achievement in its own right. We may capture this accomplishment with our camera while keeping ourselves busy with short treks which will help us in acclimatizing to the high altitude. At the base camp, we also enjoy the amazing Himalayan vista with the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, soaring above us. Overnight at Everest Base Camp.
Included meals:BLD
Day 08-10: Acclimatization and Exploration at Everest Base Camp
Spending two full days at Everest Base Camp would not only be a memorable experience in itself, but will also help greatly in acclimatization. We can climb and explore beautiful hills nearby and enjoy the company of high Himalayan peaks. Overnight at Everest Base Camp.
Included meals:BLD
Day 11: Everest Base Camp to Japanese Camp (5,460m/17,913ft): 3 - 4 hours
From Everest Base Camp, we initially trek alongside the Rongbuk Glacier, an impressive frozen ocean of ice waves. Then, after a short run over gravel terrain, we walk along the lateral moraine of the Rongbuk glacier and skirt the Glacier from its east side. After an hour or so, we take the left path that leads steeply to the Japanese Camp. This camp is situated under a huge yellow rock. At this site, we enjoy the view of the Pumori Himalaya. Overnight at Japanese Camp.
Included meals:BLD
Day 12: Japanese Camp to Interim Camp (5,800m/19,028): 4 - 5 hours
The Interim Camp lies on the end of a nearby glacier. Along this trek, we enjoy the company of huge ice pinnacles. As we move ahead towards a dusty valley, we are welcomed with magnificent views of the East Rongbuk Glacier and high mountains like Pumori (7,161m/ 23,494ft) and Nuptse (7,861m/25,791ft). Although we might feel the high altitude, technically the route is quite easy. Overnight at Interim Camp.
Included meals:BLD
Day 13: Trek to Changtse Base Camp (5,950m/19,520ft): 3 - 4 hours
Changtse is located adjacent to the north of Everest, hence the name Changtse which in Tibetan means north peak. Today, we leave the Japanese Base Camp and trek towards Changtse Base Camp which provides perhaps the best panoramic view of Mount Everest. The short trek will also help us with acclimatization.
Included meals:BLD
Day 14: Trek to Everest Advance Base camp (6,340m/20,800ft): 3 – 4 hours
As we continue to follow the east side of the Rongbuk Glacier, we get closer to the Everest and the Lhakpa Ri (7045m/23114 ft). Walking along the moraine rubble, we arrive at our destination, the Advanced Base Camp of Everest (ABC) which is situated near the Changtse Glacier. From here, the Everest Top appears so close that one might feel tempted to summit the mountain. In fact, the top of Everest is a little more than 2400 meters away from this camp. The Everest Advance Base Camp is also the closest non-climbers can get to the top of Mt. Everest. Overnight at Everest Advanced Base Camp.
Included meals:BLD
Day 15-16: Rest and Acclimatization in Advance Base Camp
It is important that we get properly acclimatized before moving higher up. Therefore, we spend another three days acclimatizing to the high altitude, take part in extensive training, and organize supplies. We enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas with its glorious glaciers and peaks around the Everest Advanced Base Camp with short treks around the area for proper acclimatization. Furthermore, we may take plenty of pictures in the area to capture the unrivalled beauty of the Himalayan peaks including the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest. Overnight at Everest Advanced Base Camp.
Included meals:BLD
Day 17: Move to Halfway camp (6,500m/21,325)
Today we leave advanced base camp after acclimatizing for three days and walk to halfway camp which is en route to Lhakpa Ri summit. In doing so, we will be less tired while actually summiting the Lhakpa Ri. It also gives us more time in case of unforeseen weather events and acclimatization.  Overnight at Halfway Camp.
Included meals:BLD
Day 18: Summit Day on Lhakpa Ri (7045m) and move back to Advance Base Camp
Today we begin earlier than most days as it is the day we summit Lhakpa Ri which is the ultimate goal of our entire trip. 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 magnificent views of the 8,000ers including Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Kangchenjunga, and many more. After successfully summiting the Lhakpa Ri, we descent down to Advance Base Camp.
Included meals:BLD
Day 19: Contingency Day
This is set aside should things don’t work out as planned due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstances.
Included meals:BLD
Day 20: Move back to Everest Base Camp (North face)
We retrace our steps back to the Everest Base Camp (North face).
Included meals:BLD
Day 21: Everest Base Camp (North face) to Zhangmu (2,300m/7,544ft)
On the way to Zhangmu, we cross the Lalung La Pass (5,124m), Shung La Pass (5,200m) and Nyalam Pass (3,800m) which offers enchanting views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. We then drive gradually down from the dry Tibetan Plateau towards the verdant and fertile vegetation of Zhangmu on the Nepalese side of the border. Overnight in Zhangmu.
Included meals:BLD
Day 22: Zhangmu to Kathmandu: 153km, 4-5 hours
A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge over the Bhote Koshi River brings us to Immigration Control in Kodari where we are expected to complete some custom formalities. We then depart with our Tibetan guide and walk across the river where a Nepalese staff will be waiting for us. After around 4 hours of driving through deep valleys, we reach Kathmandu.
Included meals:BLD
Day 23: Final Departure
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organiza your photos. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Important Note

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.

Included in the Cost

  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • Twin share accommodation at a 2-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All transportation in a private vehicle  by van or Hiace or bus as per the itinerary
  • Twin share accommodation in Nyalam, Tingri and Zhangmu
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in Tibet
  • Tented twin share accommodation from Everest Base Camp (north face)/Chinese Base Camp and back
  • Experienced and qualified mountaineering climbing leader and a cook from Nepal
  • Liaison officer and local Tibetan staff
  • Comfortable tables and chairs and dining tent, foam mattresses, Kitchen, Toilet, Store, Hot Shower Tent
  • Himalayan Glacier Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • Yak transport of all equipments from the road to and from advanced base camp
  • Expedition Cargo from Kathmandu to and from Border
  • All necessary permit fees for Lhakpa Ri and Tibet
  • Garbage deposit fee
  • Use of group equipments: rope, ice, rock and snow anchor protection: base camp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high altitude food, walkie talkie, satellite telephone, base camp medical kit , high altitude medical kit , solar panel etc
  • Medical oxygen for emergencies: mask and regulator
  • International Air Cargo clearance
  • Company services and all required government taxes/royalties

Not Included in the Cost

  • International flights
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal climbing equipments
  • Insurance: Travel/Accident/Medical/Emergency evacuation
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Chinese Visa Fee which is US$ 175 for the US nationals and US$ 85 for other nationals (visa fees are subject to change without prior notice)
  • Personal Sherpa if required upon request
  • Tips and gratuities to the guide/climbing sherpas/porters
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled water, etc.)
  • Extra Yak if required
  • Extra costs incurred due to the changes in the programme like delays due to weather, road or trail conditions, flight delays, government intervention, illness, medical issues hospitalization, evacuation costs (by helicopter or any other means) or any other contingency which Himalayan Glacier cannot control are not included.
  • Medical, hospitalization and evacuation costs (by any means)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early departure from the expedition
  • Optional trips and sightseeing other than the trip
  • Services not listed in the What Is Included section

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.


During our trip, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisines (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided during the rest of the trip. During trekking/climbing, breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination. During climbing session, hygienic freshly cooked food will be provided.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements

The most significant thing that makes the expedition, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful leader(s) and the crew members with ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Himalayan Glacier's leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Himalayan glacier only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region/s. The trek and expedition leaders have undergone the following trainings:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)
To meet Himalayan Glacier's team, check out the�Guide Profile Page.�


The itinerary of Lhakpa Ri Expedition is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less-oxygen.

During this trip, a total of nine days is set aside for acclimatization only. Additional one day is set aside for pre-climb training in Kathmandu. A single day is also set aside as contingency day should things do not work out as planned.

Himalayan Glacier advises guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are symptoms of AMS. Check out�"Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff.�Himalayan Glacier's itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible. But, it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

In order to make your expedition successful you must have lots of willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh weather conditions along with reasonable fitness and stamina. Previous climbing experience and climbing equipments (ice axe and crampons) usage skills is required. However, there will also be a pre ice climbing training for participants to ease them with the expedition. The training will mostly be about using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons.

It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, blood diseases and other medical requirements to consult their doctor before taking the trip. Himalayan Glacier reserves the right to require a medical certificate prior to booking your trip. Medical and evacuation expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Visa & Entry Procedure

Traveling to Tibet is a dream of many. Since Himalayan Glacier would like to assist us in making our Tibet tour an adventure of a lifetime. Therefore, presented below is a list of rules and Tibet entry procedures we should know about before traveling to Tibet. Read More

Best Time to Travel

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although Lhakpa Ri can be climbed during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

Equipments & Packing List

The following check list should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

Items market with (*) can be provided by Himalayan Glacier inclusive in the service.



  • Ascender- 1 large mitten-sized (most members use the large petzl) and arm-length leash
  • 2 carabineers, 1 large and 1 small
  • 4 regular carabineers
  • 5 meters / 15 feet of 6mm climber's accessory cord
  • Climbing harness
  • Crampons - must fit boots perfectly. Steel crampons with anti-balling (anti-bot) plates are the best
  • Descender/abseil and belay device
  • Ice axe with leash
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Tape slings(2)
  • Adjustable trekking poles (optional)

Group Climbing Gears:

  • Snow bar*
  • Rope*
  • Ice hammer*
  • Ice screw*

We also provide high-quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping. Our leaders will also carry walkie-talkie radios, bamboo-marker wands, and other necessary gear during the trip.


  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Helmet
  • Glacier sunglasses with side shields
  • Prescription sunglasses(if required)
  • 1 pair of ski goggles with light and dark lens (Optional)

Upper Body:

  • 2 cotton t-shirts
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable


  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mittens
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner

Lower Body:

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs (4-5 pairs)
  • 1 pair of walking shorts
  • 1 pair of walking trousers for trekking and around camp
  • 2 pairs of lightweight thermal bottoms
  • 1 pair of medium or expedition-weight thermal bottoms
  • 1 pair of polar-fleece trousers


  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces (for the walk to advanced base camp)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Vapor-barrier liner socks or plastic bread bags
  • 1 pair One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent (optional, required for trips in April)


  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F)*
  • At least 3 closed cell-foam Karimats for use in base camp and high altitude.We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not punctured. You can buy these non-inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu.

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)


  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • 1 small bottle of anti-diarrhea pills
  • 1 small bottle of anti-headache pills
  • 1 small bottle of cough and/or cold medicine
  • 1 small bottle of anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • 1 small bottle of stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • 1 small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Personal Food

  • Our skillful cooks prepare 3 delicious hot meals and plenty of drinks each day in base camp and advanced base camp. On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese and sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our Sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
  • We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We also ask members to bring 2 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for their summit attempt. We do not provide cold snack foods such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold-energy food. 2-4 kilos/4-8 pounds is a good amount to bring. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country.Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 3 water bottles (1 liter) and 1 wide-mouth Nalgene (for a urine bottle)
  • 1 plastic cup and spoon
  • 1 small folding knife
  • binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Important documents and items

  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary
  • Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene:

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash


  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time when camping)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684