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 two kilometres WSW of Mount Everest. Nubtse is Tibetan for "west peak", as it is the western segment of the Lhotse-Nubtse massif.

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Nubtse 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; 86.89Coordinates: 27°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
Nubtse is located in Koshi Province
Nubtse is located in Nepal
Nubtse (Nepal)
Nubtse is located in Tibet
Nubtse (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

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.


Chomo LonzoMakaluEverestTibetan PlateauRong River (Tibet)ChangtseRongbuk GlacierNorth Face (Everest)East Rongbuk GlacierNorth Col north ridge routeLhotseNuptseSouth Col routeGyachung KangCho OyuFile:Himalaya annotated.jpg 
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Southern and northern climbing routes as seen from the International Space Station. (The names on the photo are links to corresponding pages.)
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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