Our mission is to help people live out their mountain and trekking aspirations with a focus on local roots and culture.

Why Himalayan Ascent?

These days there are many different expedition outfitters and guiding services available to prospective Himalayan climbers and trekkers, and it can be difficult to choose which one to go with. A large Western-owned company or a generic budget Nepalese company? Himalayan Ascent is neither. We're a local company, small group focused, run by adventurers for adventurers with international standard service.

As a climber, if you are happy to climb with a large Western-owned operation where the size of your team may number in excess of 15 clients, and where you are unlikely to experience any interaction with the Sherpa guiding or support staff, then Himalayan Ascent may not be for you. However, if you are keen to climb in an intimate setting with a small group, where you interact and get to know your Sherpa staff personally, then Himalayan Ascent is what you've been looking for. If you appreciate a friendly and chilled out atmosphere, Sherpa guides who live and breathe mountaineering, in addition to the thrill of climbing your mountain objective, then we encourage you to contact us and discuss the expedition options available to you.

As a trekker, if you are looking to enjoy a trip safely and comfortably with knowledgeable friendly guides, Himalayan Ascent can help you fulfill your Himalayan trekking ambitions. Whether you're interested to follow a classic route with added challenges and sights, or explore remote wilderness and interact with local cultures, we can help you find your matching trip.

Our Team

Sumit Joshi

Sumit Joshi

Sumit Joshi is the founder of Himalayan Ascent. Originally born and raised in the foothills of the Himalayas, Sumit moved to Australia in his early twenties for new adventures and where he discovered a love of rock climbing. For over a decade he guided for Australia’s pre-eminent Himalayan guiding company andled numerous trekking and mountaineering trips to Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Bhutan and India.

Lakpa Sherpa

Lakpa Sherpa

Lakpa Sherpa is the Director of Himalayan Ascent. Lakpa is from the Makalu region, although he spent most of his formative years in Darjeeling, India.Lakpa’s guiding career began in Darjeeling when he won a Sherpa Scholarship and completed the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute’s Basic and Advanced mountaineering courses. Since this time, Lakpa has participated in numerous Himalayan expeditions, and has summited many peaks including Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, K2, Gasherbrum I and II, Makalu, Manaslu and AmaDablam (over 20 times!). Lakpa is also well-known for repeating Catherine Destiville’s 18 pitch waterfall ice climb on Kwangde in 2006. Lakpa is a founding member of the Kathmandu Sport Climbing Association and was the winner of the Nepal National Rock Climbing Competition in 2004 (he continues to serve on the judging panel). In between expeditions he spends each winter instructing at the Alex Lowe Charitable Fund’s Khumbu Climbing Centre in Phortse.

Patrick Hollingworth  Business Manager

Patrick Hollingworth
Business Manager

Patrick Hollingworth is assisting Sumit and Lakpa with the management of Himalayan Ascent. Based in Perth, Australia, Patrick has been an active mountaineer for over a decade, and he first visited the Himalayas in 2004 on an expedition to Spantik in Pakistan. Patrick has also climbed in New Zealand, North America and Europe. His last expeditions included successful summits of Cho Oyu and Mount Everest. Both of these expeditions he undertook with Himalayan Ascent. Other expeditions to Nepal include Island Peak, Mera Peak, AmaDablam and Baruntse. In Perth, Patrick also works for an environmental and energy consulting firm, where he manages a team of marine scientists. He is also a keen surfer and long distance swimmer, having twice completed a solo crossing of the 20 km Rottnest Channel. Pat understands what it is like to be a newcomer to Himalayan climbing, and he hopes to be able to provide sound advice to potential clients who are considering their initial forays into the world of high-altitude mountaineering.

Jangbu SherpaSenior Mountaineering Guide

Jangbu Sherpa
Senior Mountaineering Guide

Jangbu also hails from the Makalu Region, and is Lakpa’s nephew. As part of the 1st ever class of Nepalese aspirants undertaking the training, Jangbu obtained the internationally-recognised UIAGM qualification in 2011, making him eligible to work anywhere in the world as a professional mountain guide. Jangbu began his career on a multitude of lower-elevation climbing experience, including AmaDablam (4 summits) and numerous ascents of Nepalese trekking peaks. Since this time he has added Everest (3 expeditions and 2 summits including The North Face 2012 expedition), Cho Oyu and K2.

Rabin Shrestha Head expedition cook

Rabin Shrestha
Head expedition cook

Rabin Shrestha is Himalayan Ascent’s head expedition cook – our very own master chef. Rabin has been cooking professionally for more than 10 years and has worked on numerous expeditions as the cook. Rabin specialises in traditional Nepalese, Japanese and Continental dishes. Rabin’s chicken roast (aka chicken parmigiana) is infamous, and in 2012 his yogurt and bread was in high demand from other Everest expedition camps.

Deepak Thapa
Senior Trekking Guide