July 30th – August 1st 2019

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, Mr. Lakhpa Gelu 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 “Cultural Community Center” project. All proceeds from will go to build a NWSA Cultural Community Center.

To register or further questions email us: nwsherpa@gmail.com


Date of trip: July 30th to August 1st 2019

Total Donation: $3000 (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 $3000 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

    July 29th: Gear check and orientation at 3pm

  • DAY 2

    July 30th: Drive to paradise and climb to camp Muir 10,200 ft. It will take approximately 6 hours including breaks.

  • DAY 3

    July 31st: 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

    August 1st: 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 varities (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: lakpasherpa@msn.com
Phone: (206)288-9220

Lakpa Gelu Sherpa
Email: sherpaspeed@gmail.com


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 Trainer
Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa

Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa began guiding on Mt. Rainier for Alpine Ascents in 2008 and he has previously climbed Himalayan peaks such as Everest (14 summits), Cho Oyu (3 summits), and Ama Dablam (2 summits). Lhakpa Gelu grew up in the Solo Khumbu region close to Mt. Everest, but now resides in Washington. He held the speed record on Mt. Everest when in 2003 he climbed from Base Camp to the summit in less than 11 hours. Climbing with Lhakpa Gelu is truly an honor. He is shy and reserved, yet possesses an uncanny ability to instill a sense of comfort and confidence of those who climb with him. Look for Lhakpa Gelu on our 3-day Rainier climb of the Disappointment Cleaver route through Camp Muir!

  • Wilderness First Responder/CPR
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • Avalanche Level I
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
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