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ནུབ་རྩེ། नुबचे
Nubtse from Lobuche
Highest point
Elevation 7,861 m (25,791 ft)
Prominence 319 m (1,047 ft)
Listing List of mountains in Nepal
Coordinates 27°57′59″N 86°53′24″E / 27.96639°N 86.89000°E / 27.96639; 86.89000Coordinates: 27°57′59″N 86°53′24″E / 27.96639°N 86.89000°E / 27.96639; 86.89000
Translation West Peak (Tibetan)
Nubtse is located in Nepal
Location Khumbu, Nepal
Parent range Mahalangur Himal
First ascent 1961 by a British team led by Joe Walmsley
Easiest route snow/ice climb

Nuptse or Nubtse (Sherpa: ནུབ་རྩེ། नुबचे, Wylie: Nub rtse) is a mountain in the Khumbu region of the Mahalangur Himal, in the Nepalese Himalayas. It lies two kilometres WSW of Mount Everest. Nubtse is Tibetan for "west peak", as it is the western segment of the Lhotse-Nubtse massif.

The long east-west trending main ridge of Nubtse is crowned by seven peaks:

Peak metres feet Latitude (N) Longitude (E)
Nubtse I 7,861 25,791 27°57′59″ 86°53′24″
Nubtse II 7,827 25,679 27°57′52″ 86°53′34″
Nubtse Shar I 7,804 25,604 27°57′41″ 86°53′47″
Nubtse Nup I 7,784 25,538 27°58′05″ 86°53′08″
Nubtse Shar II 7,776 25,512 27°57′39″ 86°53′55″
Nubtse Nup II 7,742 25,400 27°58′06″ 86°52′54″
Nubtse Shar III 7,695 25,246 27°57′30″ 86°54′42″

The main peak, Nubtse I, was first climbed on May 16, 1961 by Dennis Davis and Sherpa Tashi and the following day by Chris Bonington, Les Brown, James Swallow and Pemba Sherpa, members of a British expedition led by Joe Walmsley.[1][2] After a long hiatus, Nubtse again became the objective of high-standard mountaineers in the 1990s and 2000s, with important routes being put up on its west, south, and north faces.

While Nubtse is a dramatic peak when viewed from the south or west, and it towers above the base camp for the standard south col route on Everest, it is not a particularly independent peak: its topographic prominence is only 319 m (1,047 ft). Hence it is not ranked on the list of highest mountains.


Nubtse from Chukhung Ri
Nubtse on the right, Everest to the left


  1. ^ Walmsley, Joe (1961). "Nuptse" (PDF). Alpine Journal. Alpine Club: 209–234. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Bonington, Chris (1962). "Nuptse" (PDF). Journal. The Climber's Club. XIII (3): 306–312. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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