Lhakpa Ri | 7043m – May 2018


The summit of Lhakpa Ri.  image: ©Duncan Chessell



The climb on Lhakpa Ri. image: ©Duncan Chessell

Lhakpa Ri is considered by many to be the easiest 7000 meter peaks, and with some of the best views of the North side of Everest and Makalu.

Leadership. Luke Smithwick will be guiding this trip, and also climbing with you on the mountain. Additionally, one Sherpa will be present for every climber on the peak. All camps on mountain will be stocked and pitched in advance, with the route fixed in places deemed necessary by the Sherpa climbing team and Luke.

Cost Effective. Full Service. Our base camp at Lhakpa Ri BC will be fully stocked with a variety of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with snacks. We will have hot showers in camp, two pit toilets, and each member will have their own roomy 2 person Mountain Hardwear tent. The purpose of a base camp is for you to have a place to recover, relax, and have space from the mountain to collect your thoughts, gather your energy reserves, and move to climbing on the mountain.  Our goal as a guide service is to provide a climb that keeps you strong, physically healthy, and mentally prepared for your summit climb.

Proving Ground. Lhakpa Ri is an excellent segue way into Himalayan climbing. Come and test yourself on a Himalayan giant. Lhakpa Ri is also great preparation for climbing to 8000 meters, including Everest.

Trust. Climbing at 7000 meters is no place to be short on resources. We make the proper advance preparations to ensure that our team will be properly cared for, from airport to summit to airport.

>Lhakpa Ri expedition climb | 7043m
>Spectacular and scenic approach via the Tibetan plateau
>1:2 Sherpa:climber ratio on Lhakpa Ri
>Excellent preparation for climbing to 7000 meters
>Max 8 climbers, minimum 4 climbers


No current departures in 2018. Inquire with Luke.
*note that expeditions may end earlier due to early summits, plan your flight accordingly


Luke Smithwick

Luke Smithwick







Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu
2 – drive Zhangmu
3 – drive Nyalam 3750 meters
4 – acclimatize Nyalam* 3750 meters
*We will climb to 4600 meters today on a peak nearby Nyalam, and descend back to town to rest for the night. We will likely see locals out picking Yarchagumba while we climb.
5 – drive Xegar 4330 meters
6 – acclimatize Xegar* 4330 meters
*Another active acclimatization day, with views of Cho Oyu while we hike.
7 – drive Everest Base Camp (EBC) 5300 meters
8-11 Everest Base Camp* acclimatization 5300 meters
*This is a spectacular region to explore, with 6000 meter peaks around, glaciers to explore, and time to visit Rongbuk monastery. We will take advantage of our days here, and get lots of photos of the North face of Everest itself as well.
12 – trek Everest Advanced Base Camp 6350 meters
13-15 – acclimatize Everest Advanced Base Camp 6350 meters
16 – Climb Lhakpa Ri 7045 meters
17 -23 Contingency Days*
If climbers need more time to acclimatize, or have inclement weather, these days will be important
24- descend to Everest Base Camp 5300 meters
25-26 – drive Kathmandu
27 – depart Kathmandu 

  • 3 nights single hotel room in Kathmandu
    • Dalai La
      p: +977 1 4701436
      e: info@dalaiboutiquehotel.com
  • All other accommodation while present on scheduled trip itinerary
  • Ground transportation by private vehicle
  • ‘Himalaya Alpine’ Expedition style mountaineering trip: Delicious meals, french press coffee and herbal teas, all porterage on approach/retreat, local guides and staff, Mountain Hardwear expedition tents, equipped dining tent, experienced western guide, 1:1 Sherpa: climber ratio.
  • Goal Zero Solar charging for electronics
  • Trip/medical/rescue insurance
  • International flights
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals while not on expedition (Kathmandu)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Puja cost (allow US$30)
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, bar bills, gratuities, etc.)

  • Price US$inquire

    27 Days
    April – May
    Trip deposit: US$2,000

    Tashi Delek and Namaste.