Labuche Kang III East | 7250m – The highest non-prohibited unclimbed peak on Earth

We’ve chosen Labuche Kang 3 East (7250m) for our 2018 Autumn 7000 meter expedition for several reasons.  One, it remains unclimbed. Two, it presents an achievable objective for expedition members who physically prepare themselves (and have the right logistics, that’s where we come in). Three, it appears to be the highest non-prohibited unclimbed peak on Earth. There is a higher unclimbed peak in Bhutan, but mountaineering is indefinitely off limits in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

Leadership. Luke Smithwick will be leading this trip, and also climbing with you on the mountain. Additionally, one Sherpa will be present for every climber on the peak (and climbing with them). 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 Labuche Kang BC/ABC 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, and relax, and have space from the mountain to collect your thoughts, gather your energy reserves, and move to climbing on the mountain. We will make two rotations on the mountain before making our summit bid. A rotation entails climbing on the peak, spending nights in established and stocked camps, and then returning to our base camp for a hot shower, fresh meals, and relaxing. Our goal as a guide service is to provide a climb that keeps you strong, physically healthy, and mentally prepared for your summit.

Proving Ground. Labuche Kang is an excellent next climb for those with 6000 meter experience or for the seasoned Himalayan veteran who is looking for something new.

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.

>Labuche Kang expedition climb | 7250m
>Spectacular and scenic approach via Changtang plateau
>1:1 Sherpa:climber ratio
>Team mentality

trip deposit US$2000

3 September – 2 October 2018 (30 days)


Luke Smithwick

Luke has guided on Everest, Shishapangma, and numerous 7000 meter peaks. He has climbed to more summits in the Himalayas than any American climber in history. He is the experienced leader. More about him here: Luke Smithwick

Our service includes
3 nights hotel in Kathmandu
Lhasa flight
All other accommodation while present on scheduled trip itinerary
Ground transportation by private vehicle
‘Himalaya Alpine Guides’ 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.
High altitude freeze-dried meals
Solar charging for electronics
Himalaya Alpine Guides duffel bag
personal 5 watt walkie talkie (that actually works)
Sherpa climbing bonuses
up-to-date weather forecasting
internet and satellite phone access

Our service excludes
Trip/medical/rescue insurance
International flights
China Visa (We will assist you with this on visa day in Kathmandu)
Meals while not on expedition (Kathmandu)
Personal climbing equipment
Puja cost (allow US$50)
Items of a personal nature (laundry, bar bills, personal gratuities, etc.)

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu – Monday 3 September 2018
2 – China visa day
3 – Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa – 3650m
4 – Lhasa – 3650m
5 – Lhasa – 3650m
6 – Drive Shigatse
7 – Shigatse
8 – Drive Tingri
9 – Tingri
10 – Drive Cho Oyu Base Camp – 4900m
11 – Acclimatization hike above Cho Oyu BC
12 – Acclimatization hike above Cho Oyu BC
13 – Acclimatization hike above Cho Oyu BC
14 – Shift Labuche Kang ABC – 5600m
15 – 27 Climbing Days
28 – drive Nyalam
29 – drive Kathmandu
30 – Depart Kathmandu (or stay on) – Saturday 2 October 2018

Tashi Delek and Namaskar