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Lakpa Rita Sherpa

Alpine guide and first Sherpa to climb the Seven Summits

Known as the "Best Sirdar in the Khumbu," Lakpa Rita Sherpa grew up in Thame as the son of a mountain guide. He is the first Sherpa to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents, and is universally recognized for his unique expertise and experience. 

Lakpa Rita has been professionally guiding and climbing around the world for over two decades. He has summited Everest 17 times, Cho Oyu 12 times, Pumori twice, as well as Shisapangma and Ama Dablam. He has also climbed Mt. Vinson, Denali, Aconcagua and attempted K2 and the south face of both Annapurna and Shishapangma.

Today, Lakpa Rita guides primarily for Alpine Ascents International and lives in Shoreline, Washington USA with his wife and three children. He is also known for his spirited break-dancing during our annual Losar celebrations.

Favourite Sherpa Gear: Lakpa Rita Jacket

Career Highlights:

First Sherpa to climb the Seven Summits

17 summits of Everest

12 summits of Cho Oyu