Mount Lhotse Expedition – 8516 m – with Himalayan Alpine Adventure Trek & Expedition.
Mount Lhotse lies about 3 km south of Mount Everest separated from it by the South Col. Lhotse actually means The South Face. The Lhotse massif consists of three peaks: Lhotse East of Middle, Lhotse, and Lhotse Shar. The South Face of Lhotse is the most technical face to climb and is also known as one of the largest mountain faces in the world. Khumbu Icefall is the section which has been unanimously declared as the most dangerous one during the climb. Both Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse share the same base camp. In fact, Lhotse is a part of the Everest massif, although it is considered to be an independent mountain.
The South Face of Lhotse was only successfully scaled in 1984. As the area is little developed, this massif also holds immense promise and offers fascinating opportunities. Lhotse can actually be climbed either from Everest Base Camp or nearby Chhukung. Without a doubt, the Lhotse Expedition has many challenges including harsh weather conditions, high altitude, and even sheer exhaustion. Himalayan Alpine Adventure does its best to ensure the safety of your Lhotse Expedition. Join us for this wonderful climbing experience.
The climbing itinerary depends on the climber’s personal mountaineering experience. The climbing day involves a steady climb for approx. 4 hours in the morning. There is then a climb of approx. 3 hours after taking a lunch rest. Himalayan Alpine Adventure ensures the ratio of climbers to guides is good, focusing on exacting safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.
Trek to the Base Camp
The early days of our trek bring us to the Khumbu Valley. We will keep our trek moderately paced which also helps acclimatization during the climb. We pass through several Sherpa villages which also provide an opportunity to be introduced to the wonderful Himalayan culture.
Camp 1 (5800 m)
As for the Everest Expedition, the base camp for Lhotse is the same. We clip into the fixed lines to head through the Khumbu Icefall up to the plateau of the Western Cwm and Camp 1.
Camp 2 (6200m)
Our route traverses the flattish bottom of the Western Cwm to Camp 2 which is situated on a rocky moraine below the west face of Everest.
Camp 3 (7200 m)
Camp 3 is located on a flat section protected by the solid ice walls on the Lhotse face. We must negotiate the Lhotse face to reach Camp 3. Lhotse face is not very technical but not easy either.
Camp 4 (7850m)
Camp 4 is situated on the rock shelves on the upper Lhotse face. Camp 4 is the highest camp and can be an airy perch for the few days we reside there.
Mt Lhotse Expedition Base Camp Services:
Himalayan Alpine Adventure Trek & Expedition provides very professional, supportive and friendly mountaineering logistic services from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to ensure a good quality, supportive, safe, friendly, stress-free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.
We provide a comprehensive service organizing all necessary permits, climbing documentation, travel logistics including airfare and ground transportation, porters, and other individual services required by clients. On the track of the ABC, we provide all the required accommodation and food.
At the base camp, our cook and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious, freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24hrs a day.
At the base camp, we provide spaciously, expedition-quality, personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base camp service only.
At the base camp, we also provide a dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities, portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff. We also have comprehensive First aid kits available to our clients.
At the base camp, we provide access to communication including the satellite phone and internet access, and a solar panel to charge your camera battery.
Mt Lhotse Expedition Full Board Service:
For full board clients, we provide a personal tent and food, which will be prepared in high camp by their climbing Sherpa. We provide a UHF/ VHF hand-held radio on the mountains to maintain communication between ABC and high camp.
Full board with us means the provision of a personal climbing Sherpa/guide for each individual climber, who will help the client to reach the summit. The personal climbing Sherpa will set up camp 1, camp 2, camp 3 and the last camp, and provide anything else required such as and including food, fuel and oxygen and will guide and assist the client on the summit day. There are no commercial expeditions on Lhotse so your climbing Sherpa in cooperation with other clients’ climbing Sherpa will set up the fixed rope to camp 4.
Note: This expedition price will vary depending on the group size, duration,season and services required. Please contact us with your detail to obtain a quote.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, the representative from Himalayan Alpine Adventure will receive you and transfer you to the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
You will have a full-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu today. You will visit the major places of cultural and religious importance some of which are also listed UNESCO World Heritage sites including Pashupatinath (the holiest temple of Lord Shiva), Swayambhunath (the Monkey temple, one of the largest Buddhist Stupa), Boudhanath (one of the largest and oldest Buddhist Stupa, also known as little Tibet), and Kathmandu’s Durbar Square among others. You will stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Expedition Preparation and Briefing in Ministry of Tourism
This day will be the day for expedition preparation, including equipment. In the afternoon, you will be given a briefing about expedition conditions, safety and other matters at the Ministry of Tourism. We stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m)
We catch the early morning scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Surely this mountain flight to Lukla is one of the most beautiful in the world. The dramatic flight will let you observe the beautiful mountain views from high above. Upon landing at the famous Tenzing-Hillary Aiport at Lukla, we meet our staff and porters and start trekking through the village of Lukla to Phakding. We will overnight at Phakding.
Day 05: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m)
Today we will continue up the banks of the Dudh Koshi. After crossing suspension bridges we reach the village of Monjo where we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park. We cross the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Bhote Koshi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours. We then reach Namche Bazaar which is the capital of the Khumbu region. We stay overnight in the Hotel in Namche.
Day 06: Rest or acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Today we spend a whole day in Namche Bazaar resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the high altitude. Though a leisure day, you are advised not to remain idle today. Health experts suggest that we need to stay active and moving during the rest day. We can either use this day for hiking to Thame, visiting Khunde or exploring Namche Bazaar itself. There can be options such as hiking up to Khumjung or Syangboche. We stay overnight in the Hotel ast Namche.
Day 07: Trek from Namche to Thyangboche (3800m)
Today we will start trekking from Namche, our destination being Thyangboche. So, we follow the path savouring the first really good views of some great Khumbu peaks including Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse and Ama Dablam. We pass by several villages and numerous teashops. After crossing the Dudh Koshi River and a steep climb, we reach Thyangboche where we visit one of the largest monasteries of Thyangboche which is impressive and newly rebuilt.
Day 08: Trek from Thyangboche to Dingboche
After taking our morning breakfast and visiting the Thyangboche Monastery for its spectacular views, we start our journey today. We move through the upper trail to Pangboche. En route, we pass through several chortens, Mani walls and small villages. Enjoying the fantastic views of Mount Ama Dablam, we enter Imja Valley. We then descend to the Lobuche River and begin the last and steepest climb of the day uptoDingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, you will see beautiful fields. We stay overnight at Dingboche.
Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche
Today, we make the trek to Lobuche via Dughla. We stay overnight at Lobuche.
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp
Today, after having our morning breakfast, we follow our trek to Gorak Shep through the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier. As we reach Gorak Shep, we find snow-capped mountains around us, including Mount Everest. Then, we make our trek to EBC where we stay at the camp and prepare for the climb to Lobuche.
Days 11-46: Climbing Period
During this period, we will successfully scale the summit of Mount Lobuche and return back to Everest Base Camp.
Days 47-50: Trek to Namche Bazaar via Dingboche and Thyangboche
From Everest Base Camp, we stroll back to Namche following our route through Dingboche and Thyangboche.
Day 51: Trek from Namche to Phakding and Lukla
We descend steeply downward today. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing DudhKoshi, our trail becomes more level. Walking through the forests and Sherpa villages, we arrive in Lukla after approx. 7 hours. We stay overnight at Lukla.
Day 52: Fly back to Kathmandu
Today we will fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla and after arriving in Kathmandu, you can have time for last-minute shopping or you can also explore Kathmandu city. At a farewell dinner in Kathmandu we celebrate with guides and company members.
Day 53: Final Departure
Today, you are going to leave Nepal, so our representative will transfer you to the airport and you will catch your return flight to home.
Mt Lhotse climbing permit fee.
Kathmandu airport to hotel and airport transfer service.
Mt Lhotse climbing garbage deposit.
Four night hotel in Kathmandu on B/B.
Both way domestic air ticket and airport tax.
Porters and Yak to carry the expedition equipment.
All necessary climbing equipment.
All necessary base camp, camping and kitchen equipment.
Base camp cook team to cook food for the expedition members.
Sagarmatha National Park permit fee.
Liaison officer’s wages, transport, insurance and the equipment.
Climbing Sherpa / Guide 2: 1 ratio.
Oxygen with regulator mask set.
High food and fuel.
Complete food and accommodation during the trek to base camp and to KTM.
Note: This expedition price will vary depending on the group size, duration and services required.Please contact us with your detail to obtain a quote.
International air ticket and airport tax.
Nepali visa charge.
Personal climbing equipment.
Personal medical and travel insurance.
Major meal during KTM stay.
Bar bill, Telephone.
Tips to the workers
Successful summit bonus ti the Sherpa guide.
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