Mount Baker Fundraising Climb (August 17-19, 2018)

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

The Northwest Sherpa Association is hosting its first fundraising climb on Mount Baker, August 17-19, 2018, to support their effort in building NWSA “Cultural Community Center” in Seattle. Our record holding professional mountain guides will guide this 3 nights and 2 days climb.

Mount Baker (10,780ft), the highest point of the North Cascades, is a heavily glaciated dormant volcano. Climbing in the heart of the Cascades range, Mount Baker offering gorgeous views of endless snow peaks including Mount Rainier. It is the perfect introduction to mountaineering for the novice. This three-day climb teaches you the basics of glacier mountaineering, including proper ice axe use, self-arrest skills, glacier travel, and rope techniques while aiming for the summit.

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


Date of Trip: August 17-19, 2018

Total Donation: $2000 (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 $2000 is a non-refundable fee.

Price includes:
  • Transportation: Round-trip from Seattle to Baker
  • Meals: 2 breakfast and 2 dinners during climb
  • Fees: Park Fee
  • Gear: For group such as tent, rope, snow pickets, shovel, and cooking gear
Price does not include:
  • Wire transfer fee for payments
  • Lunch
  • Personal gear
  • Hotel in Seattle
  • Transportation to and from Seattle


Experience with backpacking and camping is required. Climbers should be able to carry an average of 40-45 lbs. while hiking. Adequate training and excellent physical condition is required.

*For inquiries about fitness requirements, climbers should consult our lead guide Lhakpa Rita Sherpa [email protected].


Day 0- Check gear.

Day 1- Depart at 7 am from Seattle to Schreiber’s Meadow on the south side of Mount Baker. Start hiking from 3,400ft. Aim to arrive at Sandy Camp (6,100 ft.).

Day 2- Start basic mountaineering training after breakfast and continue through the afternoon. Have an early dinner and go to bed early.

Day 3- Summit day. Have early breakfast around midnight. Start climb around 1 am depending on the weather and route conditions. Summit day will be 8 to 10 hours round trip from Sandy Camp. After returning to the Camp, pack everything and continue decent to the Parking Lot and drive back to Seattle.


Lakpa Rita Sherpa

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

Lakpa Rita Sherpa is the lead guide for the Mount Baker climb. Fellow Sherpa climbers and NWSA members will support the lead guide. Lakpa’s climbing and guiding achievements are significant. He has summited Mt. Everest 17 times. In February 2009, Lakpa became the first Sherpa, and first Nepali to climb the Seven Summits. Lakpa has summited Mount Vinson 13 times and Mount Rainier over 200 times. Lakpa is one of the only Sherpa working as a full-time Mountain Guide around the world. He also is known as “The Best Sirdar (Sherpa Captain) in the Khumbu”, and has been working as high camp manager with Alpine Ascents for the past 20 years. His legendary strength is veiled by his charm and humility. 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. As Sirdar (Sherpa captain) he directs and organizes Alpine Ascents team of Sherpa for every Himalayan expedition. Lakpa was named one of Outside Magazine’s “Adventurers of The Year” for 2013.

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

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

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.

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

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

Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa
email: [email protected]