Everest North Col and Lhakpa Ri

Everest North Col and Lhakpa Ri

Altitude 7,045m Grade: 3C

Climb to the North Col of Everest in the footsteps of Mallory and Irvine, combined with Lhakpa Ri a stunning first 7000m peak in wild Tibet.

Everest North Col and Lhakpa Ri is steeped in the history of the early attempts to climb Everest by George Mallory and his team. This expedition provides a real opportunity for the strong walker with limited climbing experience, competent in snow, to venture high onto Everest alongside our summit team. The North Col and Lhakpa Ri takes you far beyond the normal Base Camp trek to where, you will be able to witness summit teams, including ours, preparing for the next step of their adventure. Ultimately, you will reach a vantage point high up on the North Col, with the most spectacular views of Everest and its imposing North Face. Here you are about one vertical mile directly below Everest’s inspiring windswept summit.

Lhakpa Ri, although tough on the lungs is arguably one of the most climbable 7000m peaks in the world, whilst giving the most awesome views of the mighty Everest. This exciting expedition will ideally suit those who have climbed, for example, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus or Mera Peak and provides a far better chance of success than, say, attaining the summit of Aconcagua. The summit provides tremendous views of Makalu, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Lhotse and, of course, Everest and the enormous Kangshung face.

Why Book with Adventure Peaks?

  • Adventure Peaks has been organizing successful expeditions to Tibet (Everest North Ridge, North Col, Lhakpa Ri and Cho Oyu) for over 20 years making us the most experienced and valued British company operating in Tibet
  • North Col and Lhakpa Ri Included
  • British Expedition Leader from ABC
  • Porters and Yaks to carry loads
  • 4 days set aside for summit attempts
  • Prices include all permits

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Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

Everest from the Air £295
Chitwan Safari at Tigerland Resort (+4 days) £550+4 days
Chitwan Safari at Parkland Resort (+4 days) £450+4 days
Adventure Peaks Logoed Kit Bag (Non UK addresses + Postage) £85

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • International flights from UK (Flight inclusive package).
  • A British expedition team leader. Small groups may use a local leader.
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights booked with Adventure Peaks.
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel accommodation as per the itinerary in Kathmandu on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb.
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies.
  • Communication equipment (each member on a Grade 3B or above are normally provided with a radio whilst on the mountain and the team is often supported with a Satellite Telephone and e-mail facilities on extended expeditions at Base Camp).
  • All team members will receive a free logoed trip T-Shirt with the name of your Expedition on it.
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchased from Adventure Peaks shop.

What's Excluded

  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Travel to and from UK airport (unless otherwise specified).
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights NOT booked with Adventure Peaks.
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified.
  • All meals in Tibet between the border and base camp.
  • Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early or you leaving an expedition early.
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances including the cost of extra nights accommodation.


Days 1 - 2

Fly to Chengdu Transfer to hotel, permit formalities

Day 3

Fly to Lhasa 3600m where we land at Gonggar airport. The drive from the airport to our hotel in Lhasa takes around three hour.

Day 4

Sightseeing in Lhasa. In the morning we can enjoy the sights of Lhasa whilst our bodies begin the slow process of acclimatisation, we'll visit the impressive Potala Palace and Jokhang Monastery. Entry Fees extra.

Day 5

Lhasa to Gyantse  3950m

Today we start our journey towards base camp crossing the many high passes of Tibet to further aid our acclimatisation and ensures we arrive at BC in good health. Kampala La (high Pass) at 4990m offers superb views of the turquoise lake Yamdrok Tso.  Karo La takes us to our high point 5010m of the day before reaching Gyantse (3900m).for our overnight stay. Gyantse lies on the old trade route between Sikkim (India) and Tibet, the  route originally taken by George Mallory used to reach Mount Everest in 1921

Day 6

Gyantse 3950m–Xigatse 3900m

The following day, we'll drive to Xigatse, the second most important city of Tibet, where we'll visit the Thashilumpo temple and the fortress Samzhuzê, built in 1363, and is the oldest building in Xigatse and the residence of the Panchen Lama. Hotel

Day 7

Xigatse–Xegar 4350m
Our high point today will be 5520m as we cross the Lhakpa La (5520m), from where you can see Makalu and Everest!. Hostel accommodation.

Day 8

Xegar–Base camp 5200m
We leave the main road and head toward the famous village of Rongbuk, The road becomes rougher and rougher but the scenery becomes more spectacular and finally the awesome north face of Everest appears. If time permits we stop and visit the Rongbuk Monastery from where we can see Everest in its full beauty. A further forty minutes driving will see our arrival at base camp.

Days 9 - 13

Equipment sorting, training and acclimatisation walks/scramble up the local hills around base camp aiming for 6000m. Skills Training in the use of fixed lines.

Day 14

Trek to Interim Camp 5800m.  Leaving base camp Everest disappears behind 7500m Changste, initially a gentle flat walk before turning steeply up to the left through good rock scenery.  Eventually, the valley reveals the amazing pinnacles of the East Rongbuk Glacier and the camp for the night.  Yaks carry the equipment.

Day 15

Trek to Advance Base Camp 6450m.  A short but hard day due to the altitude.  More of Everest gradually appears and finally the North Col.  Our comfortable Mess tent forms the centre of camp in full view of Everest, the North Col and the route ahead.  You can share in and watch our team prepare for their summit attempts.

Day 16

Rest Day at ABC.  Time to relax and enjoy the views with a good cup of tea and a little more skills instruction

Days 17 - 18

Acclimatisation days. We walk up to the edge of the glacier or to the base of the North Col.

Day 19

Climb to the North Col 7066m.  Initially moraine, the gentle glacial travel to the foot of the North Col and onto the fixed lines.  The entire route to the Col is fixed to give assistance and security to those moving up.  Training will be given.  The route is about 20-40 degrees, with somer60 degree sections.  The views on the North Col are spectacular and so close to the summit, a truly emotional experience.

Day 20

Rest day

Day 21

Ascent of Lhakpa Ri-The route from base camp follows a lovely snow filled depression up its southwest face to gain the main ridge close to the Rapu La, a famous crossing point between Tibet and Nepal where you would get tremendous views of Makalu, Kanchenjunga and the Kangshung Face of Everest. We turn southwards up the final snow ridge to the summit of LhakpaRi and its spectacular uninterrupted views of Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Lhotse and Everest. (please note the ascent to the North col and LhakpaRi may be done in a different order depending on weather or other operating reasons e.g. Sherpa availability)

Days 22 - 25

Reserve summit/ascent days

Day 26

Trek to Base Camp.

Days 27 - 28

Drive to Lhasa or Kathmandu.

Days 29 - 30

Fly to Chengdu & Return International flight.


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  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
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Expeditions and Treks under 7000m - Campbell Irvine Direct : http://www.campbellirvine.com/AdventurePeaks

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Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

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