One of the world’s best climbers and first Sherpa to climb the Seven Summits
Raised in Thame, Lakpa Rita Sherpa has been professionally guiding and climbing around the world for nearly two decades. This spring he became the first Sherpa ever to climb the "Seven Summits" (the highest peaks on each of the seven continents). He has guided on numerous mountains worldwide and summited Everest 13 times, Cho Oyu three times, Mt. Vinson (in the Antarctica), Denali, Aconcagua and numerous peaks in the Cascades including Mount Baker and Rainier.
Known as the "Best Sardar in the Khumbu," Lakpa Rita is recognized by other mountain guides, sardars and climbers for his unique expertise and experience, and is one of only a few Sherpas working as a full-time mountain guide around the world. Lakpa Rita guides primarily for Alpine Ascents International and lives in Shoreline, Washington with his wife and three children.
Favorite Sherpa Gear: Cho Oyu Jacket and Pant