Mount Lhotse is a close neighbour of Mount Everest that lies at near proximity of 3 km south of Mount Everest, separated by the South Col. In Tibetan it means the south face. Lhotse massif comprises of mainly three peaks: Lhotse East or middle, Lhotse Shar and Lhotse. The summits of Lhotse and Everest mountains are connected by the South. Although mount lies in the Mount Everest's massif it is considered an independent mountain which is the 4th highest mountain in the world. The Lhotse South Face is also one of the largest mountain faces in the world. It has the gigantic height of 8,516 m which was first attempted to climb by mountaineers but succeeded only in 1984 by the Swiss team.
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8516 m/ 27939.6ft
Mount Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world at 8,516m.
The early attempt on Lhotse was by the 1955 International Himalayan Expedition headed by Norman Dyhrenfurth.
Mount Lhotse has 3 summits: the main summit at the altitude of 8516m, Lhotse middle (east) at the altitude of 8,414m and Lhotse Shar at the altitude of 8,383m.
The main summit of Lhotse was first climbed on May 18, 1956, by the Swiss team of Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger from the Swiss Mount Everest/Lhotse Expedition.
Lhotse Shar summit was first climbed on May 12, 1970, by Austrian Expedition led by Sepp Mayerl, Rolf Walter.
Lhotse middle summit was climbed only on May 23, 2001, by a Russian Expedition.
It follows the Everest climbing route as far as Camp Four where the route steepens to follow an icy gully to the summit.
Why this Trip
Lhotse Expedition shares the same standard route as far as Camp Four that is used for climbing the Mount Everest. You have the option of joining the expedition specifically to climb Lhotse, or as a combo climb, making the ascent directly after your Everest summit from South Col.
•We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
•What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
•A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit
•5% of the total cost of the package will be allocated for the benefits of local people in the Everest region.
It's always a pleasure to welcome our clients to our home country and therefore we will be waiting for your arrival at the airport. After that, you will be transferred to the hotel and in the evening you will be excited to try out our traditional cuisines.
Our knowledgeable city guide will take you to the important places within the Kathmandu Valley for sightseeing. You’ll be acquainted with historical & cultural places as well as the Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Other formalities like permits will be finalized today along with needed shopping
Flight to Lukla is considered the world’s most dangerous air trip, however safety measures are taken by the airlines to make sure that no harm may touch the passengers. After reaching Lukla you’ll hike towards the Phakding where you’ll spend overnight
Next Morning right after the breakfast your trek begins. From Phakding, you’ll encounter rivers and suspension bridges. You’ll cross numerous villages before reaching the entrance Sagarmatha National Park. The trail ascends to steep way to reach the Namche Bazar. You’ll find well-facilitated hotels to spend overnight.
Acclimatizing is the key to a successful expedition in this region because you’re ascending to the highest altitude towards the Everest. While your body is doing its work, you can explore the Namche Bazar where restaurants, pubs, coffee shops etc are available in this place. You can visit Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche. From there you can watch the sunset over Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.
You will start the day with an easy walk to Phulki, From there you ascend towards Tengboche village which is very famous for Tengboche monastery probably the biggest monastery of the Everest region. It is located within the Sagarmatha National Park which has been listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the monastery, you can see panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.
The trail descends and crosses through lush forests of birch, confer and rhododendron trees. You’ll reach Pangboche by walking downhill to Debuche and crossing the Imja River to. The trek continues through the Imja Valley and Lobuche River before ascending to Dingboche. It is a picturesque village with beautiful barley, potato and buckwheat field complete with grazing animals dotted along with those fields.
A day is spared for spending a day in Dingboche that will help us to acclimate to the high altitude with thin air. This day is properly utilized b exploring the Dingboche Village. You’ll climb a ridge located behind the village to see six of the world’s tallest peaks including Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. You’ll need your rest for the tough day of ascent tomorrow. Otherwise, we can have a trip to Chhukung valley (4,710m) via the Imja Khola Valley, to see the marvellous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall. Then we’ll return to Dingboche in the evening. The walk over to Pheriche and back will also serve as good acclimatization training during the next few days spent at Dingboche;
During these days we will be acclimatizing well, hike to high camps and come down, follow training instructions by our guides to be well prepared for the summit. On a good weather day that would be chosen by a professional team, you'll get a chance to climb the peak of Lhotse.
We bid farewell to the mountain and set our foot towards Pangboche. After the difficult seven hours of walking, we reach Pangboche (3,930m), the oldest monastery in the region. Finally an overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Soon after breakfast, the trek begins to Lukla via Phakding. You’ll revisit all the spectacular views of mountains, monasteries and villages. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.
Yes, we will invite you for dinner in a cultural restaurant on the night of your arrival for briefing the itinerary and small orientation program will be held by the tour leader and guides before we embark on our adventure.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek, we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, as per their request.
We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized Guides/Sherpas to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the Guide’s/Sherpa’s instruction with utmost care.
During camping, our expert camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are totally insured. In case of emergencies like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions, let your guide know about your problem and subsequently. As soon as we are informed of a situation, we will send emergency helicopter rescue team. You will be then transferred to the hospital for the treatment.
Climbing is a hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement, so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable, so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, good shoes are very important for climbing in rough and snowy terrain, so invest in good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. For mountaineering, you will require special clothes that can be bought or hired from us.
Most of the time, it is not possible. But in emergency cases, you can. Still, we customize the trip according to your preference, but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide and company
Yes, our Sherpas are trekking experts and also authorized license holders from Nepal Government. The Sherpas know the climbing route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
Yes, for the first few days, it is possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying certain amount directly. For higher altitude climbing, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpas.
If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
To confirm your booking, a non-refundable deposit of minimum of 15% of total trip amount is required, which can be made by bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or card.