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Tibet First Ascents

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Whether it’s 6000m peaks or icefalls, no one has put more first ascent trips out in Tibet than we have. We see first ascents not just as a sporting pursuit, but as furthering humanities knowledge of the world. With every first ascent comes the large element of true exploration and we approach that with the best perspective possible.

These days first ascents of significant peaks can be attempted with footprints so small it was unthinkable only a few years ago. Small teams now can take on 6000m peaks with as little as three weeks, and multi-peak trips can be done in little more than a month. And there's no shortage of unclimbed, unnamed & unexplored peaks across Tibet. From classic Himalayan peaks to rock towers, big walls and difficult faces, unattempted ascents can be surprisingly accessible.


Unlike the north side of k2, there is no single set itinerary for Tibet, but after years of experimentation we have a functional template we base most trips off. This is a basic schedule for a trip to a 6000m alpine peak, possibly a first ascent.

Day 1 & 2:  Arrive Chengdu, last minute supplies

Days 3 – 5: Transit to step-off town, via overnights at progressively higher altitudes en-route

Days 6 & 7: Town-based acclimation days (usually around 4000m), daily high hikes as access recce, last minute supplies

Day 8: Transit to trailhead, begin approach

Days 9 – 11: Approach days to basecamp

Days 12 - 18: On-mountain climbing

Days 19: Return to road head & transit to town

Day 20: Decompression & reorganization around town

Days 21: Transit to Chengdu, final night in Tibet

Day 22: Finalize trip

This schedule can be easily adapted, doubled-up or even tripled-up towards a wide variety of trips, with elements like rest time in towns or accounting for existing acclimation worked in.

All our trips begin with a generous acclimation schedule, taking advantage of China's infrastructure to achieve a large proportion of acclimation in towns before hitting the approach.


  • Experienced & qualified western leadership
  • Emmission offsets & wildlife conservation contribution
  • All permits, peak fees & required fees
  • All administrative costs for bookings, visa support & team oversight
  • All accomodation detailed in the trip itinerary
  • All transport (inc airport transfers) detailed in the trip itinerary
  • All meals for town, transit, approach & basecamp days
  • All wages for required staff inc translators, liaision officers, guides, drivers, camp staff & animal drivers
  • All vehicle & animal portage costs detailed in the trip itinerary
  • All base camp resources detailed in the trip itinerary
  • All team climbing equipment
  • All on-mountain stove fuel


  • Airfares to city of trip start/finish
  • Visa fees
  • Additional accommodation outside of the trip itinerary
  • Additional peak & access fees for changes to objectives outside the details of the trip itinerary
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal contributions to team equipment as detailed in the trip itinerary
  • Personal on-mountain food
  • Personal drinks & snacks
  • Accommodation & transport for changes made outside the details of the trip itinerary
  • Costs for early departure or early termination of a trip
  • Personal travel, medical, rescue & equipment insurance
  • Transport & entry fees for sightseeing outside the details of the trip itinerary
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    Expedition Information
    Tibetan Plateau 
    Fitness Level
    Technical Level
    Group Size
    Feeding the Rat Expeditions
    Feeding the Rat Expeditions
    Legendary Routes & First Ascents
    4,500 m / 14,764 ft
    30.5789 N°, 81.9451 E°