Coordinates: 27°57′59″N 86°53′24″E / 27.9664°N 86.89°E / 27.9664; 86.89
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Nuptse from Kala Patthar
Highest point
Elevation7,861 m (25,791 ft)
Prominence319 m (1,047 ft)
ListingList of mountains in Nepal
Coordinates27°57′59″N 86°53′24″E / 27.9664°N 86.89°E / 27.9664; 86.89
Native nameནུབ་རྩེ། नुबचे (Sherpa)
English translationWest Peak
Nuptse is located in Koshi Province
Nuptse is located in Nepal
Nuptse (Nepal)
Nuptse is located in Tibet
Nuptse (Tibet)
Parent rangeMahalangur Himal, Himalayas
First ascent1961 by a British team led by Joe Walmsley
Easiest routesnow/ice climb
Traditional Chinese努子峰
Simplified Chinese努子峰

Nuptse or Nubtse (Sherpa: ནུབ་རྩེ། नुबचे, Wylie: Nub rtse, Chinese: 努子峰) is a mountain in the Khumbu region of the Mahalangur Himal, in the Nepalese Himalayas. It lies 2 km (1.2 mi) WSW of Mount Everest. The main peak, Nuptse I at an elevation of 7,861 m (25,791 ft), was first climbed on May 16, 1961, by Dennis Davis and Sherpa Tashi.[1][2] After a hiatus of almost 20 years, Nuptse again became the objective of mountaineers, with important routes being put up on its west, south, and north faces.


Nuptse is Tibetan for "west peak", as it is the western segment of the Lhotse-Nuptse massif.[3]


Nuptse lies 2 km (1.2 mi) WSW of Mount Everest. It 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. However, it is not a particularly independent peak: its topographic prominence is only 319 m (1,047 ft). Hence it is not ranked in the list of highest mountains.[citation needed]

The main Nuptse ridge contains 7 summits:

Summit Elevation Latitude (N) Longitude (E)
Nuptse I 7,861 m (25,791 ft) 27°57′59″ 86°53′24″
Nuptse II 7,827 m (25,679 ft) 27°57′52″ 86°53′34″
Nuptse Shar I 7,804 m (25,604 ft) 27°57′41″ 86°53′47″
Nuptse Nup I 7,784 m (25,538 ft) 27°58′05″ 86°53′08″
Nuptse Shar II 7,776 m (25,512 ft) 27°57′39″ 86°53′55″
Nuptse Nup II 7,742 m (25,400 ft) 27°58′06″ 86°52′54″
Nuptse Shar III 7,695 m (25,246 ft) 27°57′30″ 86°54′42″
Chomo LonzoMakaluEverestTibetan PlateauRong River (Tibet)ChangtseRongbuk GlacierNorth Face (Everest)East Rongbuk GlacierNorth Col north ridge routeLhotseNuptseSouth Col routeGyachung KangCho OyuFile:Himalaya annotated.jpg
Southern and northern climbing routes as seen from the International Space Station. (The names on the photo are links to corresponding pages.)


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

Nuptse was first climbed in 1961 and a few times thereafter.

  • 1961 - First ascent of the North Ridge on May 16 by Dennis Davis and Sherpa Tashi as part of a British expedition led by Joe Walmsley. Tashi was the first human to set foot on the summit as Davis waited to take photos. Davis followed closely after Tashi.[4] On May 17, other members of the same expedition reached the summit: Chris Bonington, Les Brown, James Swallow and Pemba Sherpa.[1][2]
  • 1979 - Ascent of the North Ridge on October 19 by Georges Bettembourg, Doug Scott, Alan Rouse and Brian Hall.[5]
  • 1984 - First ascent of the West Ridge by Yvan Estienne, Rémi Roux, et al., an expedition led by Raymond Renaud.
  • 1994 - First ascent of the south pillar of Nuptse Shar I by Frenchmen Michel Fauquet and Vincent Fine, who were stopped by the wind on the summit ridge 300 m (980 ft) from the summit.
  • 2008 - Opening of the south face by Stéphane Benoist and Patrice Glairon-Rappaz; nominated for the Piolets d'or 2008.
  • 2017 - Frédéric Degoulet, Benjamin Guigonnet and Hélias Millerioux2 open a route on the south face.[6]
  • 2023 - On 8 May, a team of 3 climbers from the US and 6 Sherpas were the first to reach the summit in the year. It is reported that at least 65 climbers in 6 teams have obtained permits for Nuptse.[7]

In culture[edit]

In 1987, Sally McCoy, Director of Equipment at The North Face, an American outdoor recreation products company, was part of the Snowbird Everest Expedition. This inspired The North Face to create outerwear named after peaks and glaciers of the region. In 1992, the company introduced the Nuptse Jacket. It featured a novel baffle construction to reduce shifting of the down and to increase warmth.[8] The Nuptse jacket in bright colours was popular in New York City in the 1990s, especially among school kids and rappers.[9] The Nuptse line of outdoors clothing has expanded to over 60 items in 2023.[10]


  1. ^ a b Walmsley, Joe (1961). "Nuptse" (PDF). Alpine Journal. Alpine Club: 209–234. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b Bonington, Chris (1962). "Nuptse" (PDF). Journal. XIII (3). The Climber's Club: 306–312. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Nuptse". 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2023.
  4. ^ Davis, D. (1961). "Nuptse: Part II Summit". The Himalayan Journal. 23 (1).
  5. ^ Blanchard, B. (1 June 2023). "A Mountain Apart". Alpinist Magazine. Summer 2023 (82): 50–75.
  6. ^ Franz, D. (2017). "French team completes new route on Nuptse's south face". Newswire. Retrieved 4 November 2023.
  7. ^ "HG climbers make season's first summit on Nuptse". The Himalayan Times. 8 May 2023. Retrieved 5 November 2023.
  8. ^ Kollat, M. (30 November 2022). "The North Face relaunches the exact replica of its most famous jacket". T3. Retrieved 4 November 2023.
  9. ^ Takanashi, L. (31 October 2018). "How The North Face Took Over '90s New York". The Cut. Retrieved 5 November 2023.
  10. ^ "The North Face Nuptse Collection of Jackets, Vests, and More". The North Face. 2023. Retrieved 4 November 2023.

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