Climb to Contribute: Mount Rainier


July 29 – 31, 2024

Registration Open!

Please go to “register now” on the right side. Thank you for Supporting Northwest Sherpa Association.

Join us for an adventurous experience to climb Mt. Rainier guided by some of the most experienced and well known Sherpa Mountaineers.

Climb to Contribute is a 3 days and 2 nights trip to climb Mt. Rainier hosted by Northwest Sherpa Association. Once in a lifetime opportunity to climb Washington’s highest peak, Mt. Rainier guided by some of the most experienced and well known Sherpa Mountaineers; Mr. Lakpa Rita Sherpa, and Mr. Jangbu Sherpa.

Northwest Sherpa Association is a non-profit organization, founded in 2003 with members from various parts of the Northwest region, including Vancouver B.C, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The mission of NWSA is to preserve and promote Sherpa language, religion, tradition, culture and unite all the Sherpas residing the Pacific Northwest of the United States of America including Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Vancouver B.C., Canada.

This is a fundraiser to support NWSA “Sherpa Community Center” project.

All proceeds from will go to build a NWSA Sherpa Community Center.

To register or further questions email us: [email protected]


Date of trip:-

07/29/2023 Cam Muir

07/30/2023 Camp Muir

07/31/2023 Out of Paradise

Total Donation: $3000.00 (Tax deductible)

Please make your check payable to:

The Northwest Sherpa Association

PO BOX 917, Mercer Island, WA 98040

In order to confirm your reservation, please make sure to pay the full amount within 1 week of registration. Please note this is a non-refundable fee.


This climb does not require previous mountaineering experience but should have backpacking and camping experience. You must be able to carry 35 to 40 lbs during your climb from paradise to camp Muir comfortably. We recommend training with heavy backpack, hiking up and down hill few months before the climb.

  • DAY 1

    Gear check and orientation in Seattle (day before leaving) Our guides will provide details.

  • DAY 2

    Drive to paradise and climb to camp Muir 10,200 ft. It will take approximately 6 hours including breaks.

  • DAY 3

    Basic mountaineering school 3 to 4 hours after breakfast and relax rest of the day. We will go to bed early this evening. Climb will start around 11 pm to 12 am.

  • DAY 4

    Plan is to get to the summit early morning, decent all the way paradise, drive back to Ashford, airport or back home those who are from the area.

  • Ice axe
  • Crampon
  • Climbing Harness with 2 locking carabineers
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Climbing helmet
  • Sun hat
  • Buff
  • Wool/synthetic hat
  • Glacier glass
  • Ski goggles
  • Base layer top and bottom
  • Med layer top and bottom
  • Soft-shell jacket and pant
  • Hard-shell jacket and pant
  • Insulated down parka
  • Synthetic Insulated pant
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Mid layer gloves
  • Insulated mittens
  • Climbing gaiters
  • Double plastic boots
  • Running shoes
  • Water bottles 2 one litters
  • Pee bottle
  • Trash compacter bags 3
  • Utensil cup, bowl and spoon depend on what type of meal you bring
  • Toiletry rolls of toilet paper store plastic bag, toothpaste, tooth brush, hand sanitizer etc.
  • Sleeping bags 0 degree F
  • Foam pad
  • Inflatable pad
  • Backpack 50 to 70 litters
  • Earplugs
  • Camera optional
  • Sunscreen SPF30+ 1-2 ounce tube
  • Lip screen SPF30+ one tube
  • First aid kit basic painkillers, moleskin, band-aids, anti-septic wipes or gel, tape etc.
  • Travel clothing clean t-shirt, shirt or pant to change after the climb.
  • Lunch or snacks
  • About 18 snacks 200 calories each bring in varieties (nuts, power gel, Gu, jerky, chesses, salami, candy bars etc.). For The first day you can bring sandwich, pizza and fresh fruit depending on what you prefer, Nun or electrolyte mix for your water.

Contact our Guides

For further question regarding this climb please contact one of our guides.

Lakpa Rita Sherpa
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (206)288-9220

Jigme Dorji Sherpa
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (508) 648-0540


Lakpa Rita Sherpa

Lakpa’s climbing and guiding achievements are significant, with 17 summits of Mt. Everest on over 23 expeditions (record 253 climbers’ 22 guided summits of Cho-Oyu and numerous other peaks in Nepal. He also been high camp manager with Alpine Ascents and guide on Aconcagua, and Denali and has guided numerous peaks in the Cascades including Mount Baker and Rainier. Currently, Lakpa and his family reside in Seattle. He is a guide, leader and friend of the highest quality. Lakpa summited Mount Vinson 13 times, and Mount Rainier over 200 times. He also is known as “The Best Sirdar in the Khumbu”, His legendary strength is veiled by his charm and humility. As Sirdar (Sherpa captain) he directs and organizes Alpine Ascents team of Sherpa for every Himalayan expedition. Possessing unparalleled expertise in the mountains, Lakpa is one of the only Sherpa working as a full-time Mountain Guide around the world. In February 2009, Lakpa became the first Sherpa, and first Nepali to climb the Seven Summits. Lakpa was named one of Outside Magazine’s “Adventurers of The Year” for 2013.

  • Wilderness First Responder/CPR
  • Avalanche Level II
  • Leave No Trace Traine

Jangbu Sherpa

Jangbu Sherpa has climbing in his blood. He has lived most of his life in Nepal surrounded by the majestic Himalayan Mountains. He has been guiding for 12 years, leading countless treks and climbing trips with Australian and European clients. Jangbu was fortunate enough to stand on the top of the world on the summit of Mt. Everest in 2011. He has also led two successful expeditions on Ama Dablam in 2009 & 2011. Jangbu came to the United States in 2012 and was certified as a Wilderness First Responder. At the beginning of 2013, he also finished his certification as an International Mountain Guide. Jangbu is very proud to have been a part of only the third class in Nepal to finish this rigorous program. He is also an experienced canyoneer and was part of an expedition that opened the highest canyoneering route in the world in Naar Phu, Nepal. When he is not in the mountains (which is always his first choice!), Jangbu enjoys trail running, gardening, and keeping in touch with his family and friends on Skype.

  • IFMGA Certified Guide
  • Wilderness First Responder/ CPR
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
  • Avalanche Level I

Phura Geljen Sherpa

Phura Sherpa is an IFMGA certified professional mountain guide with over fifteen years of experience. He has successfully led multiple trips in Nepal including Everest, which he summited six times, and other eight-thousanders. He feels at home in the mountains and after settling in the Seattle area has led multiple trips on Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker. He has also gone through various training such as WFR and Avalanche. He is also an instructor in the mountaineering field.

Jigme Dorji Sherpa

Jigme was born and grew up in Pangboche on the foothills of Mt Everest. His dad, Lama Geshe, renowned monk in the area, blessed climbers on their way up to EBC. During school years, Jigme would shuttle back and forth between Kathmandu and Khumbu. After completing his high school, he moved to the US for further studies and has Bachelor’s in Accounting and Economics and master’s in accounting. Currently, he lives in Greater Seattle area with his wife and two kids. When he is not working, he is usually in the mountains either hiking or climbing. In the past few years, he has summitted Rainier two times (once as a client and the other time as a guide), Baker three times (first time with friends and family, second time as part of 6-day mountaineering course through Alpine Ascents and third time as a guide), and St. Helens and Mt Adams one times each.