Dorje Lakpa Expedition
Dorje Lakpa Expedition Overview
Dorje Lakpa lies at the elevation of 6988m and is east of Langtang valley and south of Shishapangma (Tibet). Dorje Lakpa is one of the challenging yet very popular destinations in the Langtang region which was off-limits to the climbers until 1981. Mount Dorje is visible from Kathmandu and also from Nagarkot when the weather is very clear and it is very well known for its elegant pyramid shape. The trail passes through Nepalese villages, Rhododendron forests, pines, bamboo, and other floras. The first successful climb was made by a Japanese expedition in the late 1960s through the west ridge. Again in 1992, Carlos Buhler made a solo climb of Dorje Lakpa. Having known for its high avalanche risk, this mountain receives challenges in seeking the climber’s attention. The route to Dorje Lakpa begins from Kyanjin Gompa, heading towards Dorje Lakpa base camp. This peak climbing is definitely for experienced and skilled mountaineers. Gears like ice ax, harness, ropes, and crampons are used to do this climb.
This trek/climb takes 30 days including climbing days and with proper rest. It cost around 6000-6,500$Including permits, travel insurance, transportation, food and accommodation, gears, clothing etc.
Highlights of Dorje Lakpa Expedition
- Explore the elegant pyramid-shaped mountain peak
- Wonderful views of Langtang Himalayan ranges, jugal Himal, Nayakang peak, and many more.
- Experience the ancient Tibetan and Bon Po culture.
- Explore cultural and traditional Langtang valley and hospitality of Tamang people.
- Day 1- Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 2- Kathmandu- Shyabrubesi 7-8 hours drive
- Day 3- Shyabrubesi- Lama hotel 5-6 hours walk
- Day 4- Lama hotel- Langtang Valley 5-6 hours walk
- Day 5- Langtang valley- Kyanjin Gompa 3-4 hours walk
- Day 6- Kyanjin Gompa-yak Kharka 5-6 hours walk
- Day 7- Yak Kharka- Dorje Lakpa base camp 5-6 hours walk
- Day 8- 23 climbing period
- Day 24- Base camp- yak kharka 5-6 hours walk
- Day 25- Yak Kharka- Langtang village 8-9 hours walk
- Day 26- Langtang village- Lama hotel 5-6 hours walk
- Day 27- Lama hotel- Shyabrubesi 5-6 hours walk
- Day 28- Shyabrubesi- Kathmandu 7-8 hours drive
Best season to visit
The season and weather are very important parts of this climb. Dorje Lakpa is very well known for its unpredictable avalanche. The best season to climb Dorje Lakpa is spring, (March to May) and autumn (September to December) which offers you beautiful views of Rhododendrons forest and views of mountains. The roads are in the best condition and the days are warmer. These 2 season comes with fewer challenges. Monsoon season (July and August) also known as summer receives a lot of rainfall and the trails are slippery and muddy also with low chances of landslides. It is extremely cold and windy in the winter season but with necessary precaution, you can still climb Dorje Lakpa.
Travel insurance- you can always purchase your travel insurance. It usually costs around 150$(15000 NRS) good for 30 days. It is important to mention or cover high altitudes since trekkers sometimes really need to be evacuated from a helicopter. You need to know travel Insurance depends on the details you have provided that’s why it’s important to notify them earlier about the altitudes you will be reaching.
Visas/ passports – foreigners other than Indians need to have valid visas and passports before visiting Nepal. The passport must hold a minimum of 6 months of visa validity from their date of arrival. They can have the Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport.
Clothing and equipment
|Travel wallet||Climbing shocks|
|Duffel bag||Synthetic underwear|
|Trekking boots||Synthetic climbing/trekking pants|
|Trekking shocks||Insulated pants|
|Light weight sneakers||Shell pants(water proof)|
|Medium weight Gaiters(water proof)||Medium weight long john tops|
|Foot powder||Synthetic pile jacket|
|Down booties||Down jacket|
|Double insulated climbing boots||Shell jacket (light weight waterproof)|
|Heavy gaiters||Down parka|
|Buff neck gaiters||Face mask|
|Fleece gloves||Winter/summer hat|
|Climbing gloves||Glacier glasses|
|Chemical hand warmers and foot warmers||Dark goggles|
|Climbing pack||Double length and single length sling|
|Lightweight harness||Climbing ascender|
|Locking/non-locking carabiners||Prusik cord|
|Helmet||Alpine ice axe|
|Point crampons||Figure 8 and Rappel device|
|Trekking poles||Backpack cover|
|Down sleeping bag||Sleeping pads|
|Water purification tablets||Power banks|
|Travel towel||Safety kit|
|Hand sanitizer||Suns cream and lip balm|
|Altitude sickness medicine||Wash kit|
|Cup, bowl, spoon||Trash bags and tissue papers|