Lakpa Dorje Sherpa is a veteran mountaineer with more than 20 years of experience. In his over two-decades-long career, he has climbed many mountains in Nepal, Tibet, and Europe. Lakpa has summited the highest mountain in the world, Everest (8,848m) 7 times. He scaled Everest 4 times from the south face situated in Nepal and 3 times from the north face that lies in Tibet. Talking about eight-thousanders besides Everest of Nepal, Lakpa has summited Lhotse (8,516m) 3 times and Manaslu (8,163m) once. Also, he has climbed an eight-thousander situated in Tibet, Mount Shishapangma (8,027m) twice. His successful career as mountaineering includes summiting Island Peak (6,189m) 25 times, Mera Peak (6,476m) 15 times, Lobuche Peak (6,119m) 8 times and others. Moreover, he has scaled Baruntse (7,129m) 4 times, Yala Peak (5,520m) 3 times, Pachhermo Peak (6,273m) 3 times, Pumori (7,161m) once and others. Climbing two mountains in Austria of Europe are his added accomplishment.
Lakpa was born and bought up in Solukhumbu district of Nepal. He spent his childhood surrounded by many high mountains including Mount Everest. He couldn’t stay too far from the alluring mountains so started working as a porter from 18 years of age. In his early years of career, Lakpa served as a kitchen boy, assistant cook, assistant Sherpa and eventually became a licensed trekking guide by Government of Nepal.
While working as a trekking guide he got an opportunity to try his hand on climbing mountains. Soon he discovered his passion for mountaineering. Successfully climbing many mountains speaks volumes about his love, passion, and dedication for mountaineering. His lengthy list of accomplishments includes summiting Mount Everest (8,848m), Mount Lhotse (8,516m), Manaslu (8,163m), Lobuche Peak (6,119m), and Mount Makalu II (7,678m). He has also scaled Ama Dablam (6,812m), Mount Baruntse (7,129m), Yala Peak (5,520m), Mount Pumori (7,161m), Pachhermo Peak (6,273m), Mera Peak (6,476m), Nayakhang Peak (5,846m), Chulu West Peak (6,419m), among many other mountains of Nepal.
Besides the mountains of Nepal, Lakpa has successfully climbed Shishapangma (8,027m) of Tibet twice. Lakpa has made Nepal proud in Austria of Europe too. He summited the highest mountain of Austria, Grossglockner (3,798m) and Hintere Schwärze (3,628m) situated in the border between Austria and Italy.
Safety of his clients and other team members on an expedition is the primary concern for Lakpa. Experienced and technically sound Lakpa believes that safely ascending and descending a mountain with an expedition team is the biggest achievement of a mountaineering leader. He has worked with expedition teams from all across the world including Spain, Mexico, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, USA, Denmark, Japan, Austria, Malaysia, and others.
Warm and humble Lakpa gleamed with happiness as he recalled his meeting with one of the first climbers to reach the top of the world, Sir Edmund Hillary. He was elated while sharing about his certificates of Mount Everest summit being signed by Sir Edmund Hillary.
Lakpa is a certified Trekking Guide by Government of Nepal. He also has a certificate from the ECO-Trekking Workshop to promote Conservation in Trekking. He holds a certificate of successful completion of High Alpine Course conducted by OKO HIMAL in collaboration with Austria and Trekking Agents Association of Nepal. He is trained in Mountain Rescue Operations and First Aid Training of Mountaineering School Thame. Moreover, Lakpa is trained in Basic Introductory Mountaineering Training from Nepal Mountaineering Association and PETZL Foundation of France. Further, Lakpa has participated in various mountain safety training organized by different groups. He has honed his skills by participating in Mountain Tourism and Lodge Management Training under Alpine Consult in Austria.