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 19 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
Day 1-2 Fly to Kathmandu. And transfer to hotel
Day 3 Sightseeing in Kathmandu and organise Visas for China/Tibet
Day 4: Kathmandu to Lhasa 3600m
Our Sherpa team leave Kathmandu overland ahead of us as we take the spectacular morning flight across the Himalayas to Lhasa (3600m), where we land at Gonggar airport. The drive from the airport to our hotel in Lhasa takes around three hour.
Day 5: Lhasa 3600m
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.
Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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.
Day 10-14 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 15 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 16 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 17 Rest Day at ABC. Time to relax and enjoy the views with a good cup of tea and a little more skills instruction
Day 18 Acclimatisation day. 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 LhakpaRi-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)
Day 22-24 Reserve summit/ascent days
Day 25 Trek to Base Camp.
Day 26-27 Drive to Lhasa or Kathmandu.
Day 28 Fly to Kathmandu in clear weather the flight gives extraordinary views including Everest
Day 29-30 In Kathmandu & return International flight. (occasionally the extension is extended to 33 days as a result of the Lhasa flights)
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