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Lhakpa Dorji Sherpa

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Guide at a Glance

  • Company

    Kamzang Journeys

  • Locations

    Dolpa, Kathmandu, Lukla, Paro, Eastern Region, Jammu and Kashmir, Mid-Western Region, Mustang Region, Bhutan, India, Mongolia, Nepal

  • Activities

    Adventure, Cycling, Hiking Trekking

  • Guiding Experience

    22 years

  • Languages


  • Favorite Trip

    Sacred Upper Dolpo to Mustang Trek - Nepal

Guide Bio

Lhakpa Dorji Sherpa is from Thame in the Khumbu (Everest) region and now lives in Kathmandu with his wife Doma and son Nuru, soon to be our technical advisor. Lhakpa and Kim have led treks together for seven or eight years, and are a nearly perfect team, the right and left hands of Kim’s Project Himalaya treks. Lhakpa Dorji and his wife Doma have their own Kathmandu-based trekking company called Khumbu Adventures, and organize the logistics, permits and flights for many of Kim’s treks. They also organize their own treks, and work on such community projects as the Yeti Magic Library in Thame.

Lhakpa has been guiding treks in Nepal, India and Tibet for over ten years, and has been working in the trekking industry for even longer, so knows all the ins and outs of the trekking world. His passion for life and trekking is infectious, and he has friends from all over the world. He has lived and worked at different times in Jackson Hole, CO and in Chamonix, France (where his brother lives and where he acquired his love of wine). Lhakpa is a diverse and modern Nepali in some ways, and a traditional Sherpa in others. He celebrates Losar, the Sherpa New Year, playing cards, eating dal baht and drinking with other Sherpas, visits his mother and sister in their traditional Sherpa dwellings in Thame and Mende, has pujas at Buddhist gompas and goes for blessings from the high Tibetan Buddhist lamas. He also designed his Khumbu Adventures website and helps Kim with the Kamzang website and the Kamzang Fund.

Lhakpa loves photography, and never leaves camp without his camera bag strapped around his waist. He also has a passion for all things electronic, which often gets him in trouble with his wife and endears him to his son! Lhakpa has been working with Kim for a decade and is an extremely qualified guide and logistical coordinator, full of enthusiasm, expertise, fun and a love for the Himalaya. Lhakpa is a great and professional trek guide and like Kipling’s Kim, a friend to all.

Kamzang Journeys

Kamzang Journeys is owned and operated by Kim Bannister, an American expat and traveler of 25+ years who is based in Kathmandu, Nepal (spring, autumn and sometimes winter) & Leh, India (summer). Kamzang Journeys is a registered LLC in the USA. The inspiration for Kamzang Journeys originated in Ladakh, where Kim and team have been trekking for 15+ years. It came from trekking through sparkling river valleys of sculpted ochre, mustard and moss-green rocks under soaring Himalayan peaks, through green, nomadic pasture lands peppered with nomadic yak-hair tents under a canopy of endless blue skies. Our passion for these regions inspired us to make a lifestyle of leading treks and bicycle trips through Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan, later adding Mongolia and newly Pakistan to the list. All of our Kamzang team shares our love of these Himalayan regions, of the adventure of trekking, of exploring far-flung villages, sipping salt-butter tea in local houses, of camping with the nomads as they round up their flocks of sheep, goats and yaks, of watching for snow leopard and kiang as we journey through remote plateaus on the border of Nepal and Tibet, of bicycling through some of Bhutan's most breathtakingly beautiful regions.

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