Lhotse Expedition

Mount Lhotse is a close neighbor of Mount Everest that lies at near proximity of 3 km south of Mount Everest, separated by the South Col. Lhotse in Tibetan mean 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 Lhotse lies in the Mount Everest 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.
Trip Code: LE31
Starts: Lukla
Finishes: Lukla
Duration: 44 Days
Difficulty: Severe
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-May
Elevation: 8516m/ 27939.6ft
Trip Views: 758
Activities: Mountaineering
Trip popularity:
Travel Style: Budget check Confortable Luxury


Please login your account to see Group Discount.

Yes (Included)
Yes (Included)
Yes (Included)
Breakfast: 16
Lunch: 14
Dinner: 14
Private Vehicle
Flights
Hotel: 3 Night(s)
Teahouse: 10 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 1 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 2 Night(s)
Yes (Included)

Trip Facts

  • Mount Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world at 8,516m.
  • The early attempt on Lhotse was by the1955 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.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • 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.

Location

Gallery

Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    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.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick up
  • placeDAY 2 : PREPARATION
    Preparation for the expedition and sightseeing Second day our city guide will take you to the important places with in 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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Guided Kathmandu Tour
    • Shopping arrangements
  • placeDAY 3 : LUKLA/ PHAKDING [2656M]
    Flight to Lukla is considered 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 spent overnight

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

    • Flight to Lukla
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO NAMCHE
    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 over night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    Acclimatizing is the key to 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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO TENGBOCHE
    You will start the day with 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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO DINGBOCHE
    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 fields complete with grazing animals dotted along those fields.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : ACCLIMATIZATION/ TRIP TO CHHUKUNG
    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 trip to Chhukung valley (4710m) via the Imja Khola valley, to see the marvelous 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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : ACCLIMATIZATION

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : ACCLIMATIZATION

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea house

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : ACCLIMATIZATION

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : 12-38 DAY CLIMBING PERIOD OF LHOTSE

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 39 : TREK TO PANGBOCHE
    We bid farewell to the mountain and set our foot towards Pangboche. After difficult seven hours of walking we reach Pangboche (3930m), the oldest monastery in the region. Finally a overnight stay at guest house.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 40 : TREK TO NAMCHE
    We follow the trail that takes us through Tengboche Monastery and continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar (3441m). It is a decent walk of 5 hours before we reach Namche Bazar. Overnight at Namche.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 41 : TREK TO LUKLA
    Soon after the breakfast, the trek begins to Lukla via Phadking. You’ll re visit all the spectacular views of mountains, monasteries and villages. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 42 : KATHMANDU
    Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu may sometime cancel due to weather conditions, so we keep aside a buffer day so that it won’t affect your departure plans.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Flight to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 43 : BUFFER DAY
    How ecstatic you will feel to return back to city full of arts. On this day, you will have time for yourself and therefore you can check out the nearby shopping areas and take an amazing massage. You can even join the cultural tour with us in the evening.

    Meal:

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Food and wine tour (Optional)
    • Yoga retreat (Optional)
  • placeDAY 44 : DEPARTURE
    This day we will have a friendly lunch and souvenir program. Goodbyes are always the toughest but with heavy hearts we will see you off to the airport to catch the flight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Shopping arrangements
    • Souvenir
    • Farewell lunch
    • Airport drop
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on B/B basis (dinner, bed, and breakfast).
    • Pick up and drop from Kathmandu airport to airport.
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
    • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch, and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek and climbing period.
    • Twin sharing tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide fully waterproof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent, etc.)
    • All camping equipment in Base camp.
    • 30kg baggage allowance during trekking (with porter).
    • 20kg baggage allowance returning from Base Camp.
    • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary.
    • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee).
    • Local Permit.
    • Climbing permit for Mount Lhotse.
    • Oxygen bottles for climber and Sherpa with mask and regulator.
    • Experience Sherpa guide.
    • Necessary staff during the trekking and climbing period With Experience Guide and Porter.
    • Necessary experienced Government license holder Climbing guide during the climbing period as per group size.
    • The facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all trekking staff.
    • Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available).
    • High altitude food and all climbing crew will be available above base camp.
    • Necessary fixed and dynamic ropes will be available during the climbing period.
    • The necessary kitchen crew will be available in base camp.
    • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes.
    • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary).
    • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2 worth $ 100).
    • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on the second last day.
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    •  Map of Lhotse
    •  Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    •  Souvenir from Nepal
    •  Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day
    •  Swotah Special Nepali Gifts
    • Sim card service(zero balance)
    • Certification of appreciation(if requested)
  • Exclusions
    • Lunch is at free will so it’s not included for Kathmandu.
    • Emergency rescue evacuation if required.
    • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
    • Airfare international flights.
    • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos)
    • Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower.
    • Alcoholic beverages, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internets.
    • Personal climbing equipment.
    • All kind of Personal Expenses.
    • Icefall fees Garbage Deposit (Sharing with another member) if applicable.
    • Wake talkies &Filming permit.
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
    • Personal climbing guide if requested.
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended.
    • Tips for guides and porters (It’s encouraged to tip).
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg).


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to receive you at the airport and you will be directly transferred to your hotel.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    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.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    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.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    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.
  • 5. How do you rate the difficulty for this mountain, on a scale of 1 to 10, compared to other over 8000m high mountains ?
    This is certainly one of the highest mountains in the world. In terms of technical difficulty, we'd rate “Lhotse” as 8.
  • 6. Who can climb Lhotse ?
    Only mountaineers who have adept mountaineering skills, adequate strength and previous experience in high mountains can climb this mountain.
  • 7. What about security during climbing ?
    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.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect during this expedition ?
    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.
  • 9. Can we get drinking water during climbing ?
    Yes, you will get purified, filtered water in many tea houses. You can also get a hot water during camping.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use a private vehicle for sightseeing inside Kathmandu Valley. And we use domestic flight to transfer to Lukla and back.
  • 11. What is the best season for Lhotse Expedition ?
    The best seasons for Lhotse Expedition are August to November and March to May.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    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.
  • 13. What are the appropriate outfits we should possess ?
    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.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the trip days ?
    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
  • 15. How long will it take to complete the expedition ?
    It will take around 3-4 weeks to climb it and to return only a few days. So to complete this mountaineering, you need at least 44 days in total, to finish this trip.
  • 16. Are your Sherpas reliable and certified ?
    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.
  • 17. Do I need climbing permit ?
    Yes, you need climbing permit. It is not legal to climb without it.
  • 18. Is there any possibility of telephonic communication while we are on this expedition ?
    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.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trips ?
    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.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    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.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    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.
  • 22. Can we use credit card during the climbing ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the climbing. You have to exchange the money in Nepali Rupees before you start the trip. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu.

Optional Activities

Mountain Flight

Please login your account to see the price.
Mountain Flight close

Taking a mountain flight is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Nepal. You can experience the beauty of those gigantic Himalayas within a minute through a mountain fight. Nepal is famous for the presence of an enormous number of mountain ranges and many visitors come to Nepal to conquer those vast mountains.

Fixed Departures1

Please login to view the price of Fixed Departures Login
No any Fixed Departures Available !

Share Your Experience

On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely are you to recommend Swotah to your friends or acquaintances?
Overall Rating:


Total reviews: 9

Overall Company Review: 4.51

Total reviews
9

Overall Company Review
4.51

View All
img
Top
×

Please sign up or log in to enjoy up to $100 worth coupon code and for many other exclusive discounts such as: Last Minute Deals, Early Bird Discounts, Group Discounts and so on.

Login/Sign Up