Lhakpa Ri - 7045m Climb - 23 days

Lhakpa Ri - 7045m Climb - 23 days

The journey to the plateau of Tibet is very exciting. It follow the narrow corridor that leads to Nyalam - a trading town very close to the caves of Milereppa, the sage in Tibet whose Tantric Buddhism have left deep impression in Tibet's culture.  

We travel from Kathmandu by road to the Frendship Bridge at the Chinese (Tibet) border near the border town of Zangmu which is known as Khasa in Nepal. Normally the drive is 5 hour to the Kodari border. The waiting transport takes us to the Immigration check post at Zangmu. If the road from Zangmu to the border is damaged you may have to walk up hill to the Immigration check post; it is about 2 hour walk (11 km).  From Zhangmu we travel through Nyalamu and to Tingri plain (4340 m) from where you can see the entire Himalayan range from the north. The views of Shishapangma, Cho-Oyu, and Everest are fantastic. From Tingri the rough road cover 70 kilometers to Everest base camp (5,200 m).  You drive through dusty road along the Rongbuk Valley which provides spectacular views of the snow caped mountain. The famous Rongbuk Monastery would be your last stop before you proceed to the base camp. 

The Rongbuk monastery is situated at the lap of the lofty Mt. Everest the highest peak on earth. In the following days we acclimatize by practicing our equipment at the high altitude and establishing advance base camp at 6400 meter for the final summit attempt of Lakpa Ri (7045m). This is also a good time to familiarize yourself with other members of the group and climbing Sherpa and camp staffs. 

Lakpa Ri is located very close to Everest and North Col lies on the main route to the summit of Mt. Everest. Thus it provides great views. You would virtually follow the foot steps of George Mallory, who first set foot on the mountain in 1921 in his first Everest reconnaissance. From Lhakpa La Mallory saw the North Col and the upper East Rongbuk glacier that make a long sweep of the north ridge that leads the route from the North Col to the Summit. You have to ascend a steep snow and ice face to reach North Col. Actually it is a steep walk. All members are secured to a fixed rope. Sherpa climbers accompany you to the summit and back. After the summit of Lakpa Ri (7045 m) descend to the high base camp, and then to Rongbuk. The return journey travel back to Zangmu through same road.  

Nepalese staffs prepare meals and set up camps at the base camps. Usually accommodation is in lodge with basic facilities on the way to the base camp. At the base camp we have camping facilities with sleeping and dining tent. Our camp staffs accompany you all the way from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.

Best time to visit for the climb is April and May. Overland journey in Tibet is best from early May to middle of October. The snow condition in the high passes in the Himalayan in winter, and rain in the monsoon (July to August) are deterent factors for the overland journey in Tibet. We suggest you to avoid travel in the first week of May due to long holiday (May-day).

Nepali climbing Sherpa is basically a high altitude staffs to accompany and assist members in their climbing. He is not a tour guide nor a mountain guide by definition. He is a professional high altitude assistant who has been in the mountain several times and does the job for his livelihood. He should be considered as assistant to help member to show the trail and help prepare camps and other logistics arrangement. His English is adequate to the extent of normal communication but not very proficient in English or other foreign language as such. He does what he is instructed to do in normal circumstances. It is best to establish rapport with him and the base camp staffs in the very beginning of the expedition. They value friendship as one of the most important element in their life.

Current Tibet visa/permit immigration procedure require minimum 2 nights in Kathmandu to process visa. You should allow at least 2/3 nights in Kathmandu before the trip and two night after depending upon the season you plan to travel.

 


Day 01: Fly to Lhasa. Transfer to hotel. In Lhasa (3660m)
Day 02: Sightseeing. In Lhasa (3660m)
Day 03: Sightseeing. In Lhasa (3660m)
Day 04: Drive Lhasa – Gyantse (3950m)
Day 05: Drive to Shigatse (3900m)
Day 06: Sightseeing in Shigatseh. Drive to Shegar (4050m)
Day 07: Drive to Rongbuk. (4950m)
Day 08: At Base Camp (5200m) - Acclimatization and local exploration.
Day 09: At Base Camp - Acclimatization and local exploration.
Day 10: Trek to Camp I (5460m) return to base camp
Day 11: At Camp I (5460m)
Day 12: Trek to Interim Camp (5760m)
Day 13: At Interim Camp – Acclimatization
Day 14: Trek to Camp II (5970m)
Day 15: Trek to Advance Base Camp (6,400m).
Day 16: At Advance Base Camp (6400m) - Acclimatization day.
Day 17: At Advance Base Camp (6400m) - Acclimatization day.
Day 18: Climb Lhakpa Ri (7045m) and return to Adv Base camp (6400m)
Day 19: Spare day for weather etc.
Day 20: Spare day for weather etc
Day 21: Return to Base Camp. Option Drive to Lhasa
Day 22: Drive to Nyalam (3750m). Continue drive to Lhasa
Day 23: Drive to Zangmu and to Kodari Bridge. Cross the bridge and drive to Kathmandu - fly to Kathmandu

Cost:
5 person: US$ 13900 per person
(we required minim 5 person to run the trip)

Cost includes:
01. Ground transportation by mini van/bus and support truck.
02. Nepali climbing-Sherpa/assistant (one), his equipment, wage and accident Insurance.
03. Nepalese staffs at base camp- cook and kitchen (total 2)
04. Tibetan / Chinese guides as per regulation.
05. Tibet permit and documentation.
06. Climbing permit for Lakpa Ri.
07. Yaks and Yak drivers to carry personal baggage 15 kg and climbing equipment.
08. Meals and camping arrangement at Base camp.
09. All ground transportation.
10. High altitude camping and group climbing equipments.
11. Accommodation in Lhasa and en-route to BC on bed and breakfast.
12. Airport transfers.
13. Airfare from Kathmandu to Lhasa. 

Cost does not include:
01. Personal equipment and climbing gear and sleeping bag.
02. Emergency evacuation, oxygen, medical expenses.
03. Visa fees and airport tax.
04. Personal accident and health / medical and emergency rescue insurance.
05. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips.
06. Expenses due to flight delay, sickness, landslide and other contingencies.
07. Services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned.
08. Special permit for film (documentary or feature) making.
09. Porter or yak if required to carry extra baggage or photographic equipment.
10. Additional truck / transport in case due to landslide, rain or snow.
11. Communication equipments
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