Mount Lhotse is famous for its tremendous and dramatic South face. Annually a lot of mountain lovers climb Mount Lhotse. Similarly, it is a beautiful and most menacing mountain in Nepal. Likewise, Lhotse Expedition also called mount Lhotse is the fourth highest peak in the world after Mount Everest, Mount K2, and Mount Kanchenjunga which adds to its popularity among foreign tourists. Mount Lhotse is a part of Everest massif which is connected to Everest through south col. Furthermore, the Tibetan meaning for Mount Lotshe is South Peak. The South face rises 3.2 km and is 2.25 km wide, making it the steepest face of this size globally. So, it is the most challenging climb and is rarely attempted. In addition, Mount Lhotse is at the border of Tibet and Nepal. Its long east-west plume is lying right away south of Mount Everest; a vertical ridge never drops below 8,000m. Lhotse has three summits.
Three Summits of Mount Lhotse
The main summit of Lhotse is at an elevation of (8,516m /27,940ft), Lhotse Middle (8,414m/27,605ft) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m/27,503ft). Most passionate climbers and mountain lovers love to climb here above 8000m on the earth. Eight of those mountains lie in Nepal but currently, it has commuted. It looks like there are now 12 8000m mountains in the Himalayas if you count Lhotse Middle, Lhotse Sher, Kanchenjunga middle, and Southeast. The main climbing route of the Lhotse Expedition follows the same path as Everest’s South Column course to the Yellow Band beyond Camp 3. After the Yellow Band, the course change with climbers bound for Everest taking a left over the Geneva Spur up to the South Col, while Lhotse climbers take a right further up the Lhotse face.
The last part of the summit leads through a narrow couloir until the Lhotse main peak reaches which is extremely difficult. Similarly, the first successful summit of Mount Lhotse was on May 18th,1956, by Mr. Fritz Luchsinger and Ernst Reiss from Switzerland. That day they did something which was said to be an impossible task. After that, a lot of ardent climbers did the expedition and most of them got successful. Furthermore, while climbing Mount Lotse you will see the beauty of the Himalayas. Mount Lhotse is rich in natural beauty. A lot of climbers do this Lhotse expedition to get the thrill and fun at the Expedition.
Lhotse Base Camp
Lhotse Base Camp lies on a moving glacier at 5,200 meters from sea level, where you will spend up to 45 days. So, it becomes a home far from home. Furthermore, the conditions in the base camp remain consistent during the climbing period and will consist of shifting and moving tents and platforms as the ice moves and melts. Similarly, the place is challenging but beautiful and covered by Pumori, Lola, and Nuptse, and The Khumbu Icefall experiences warm mornings and occasional afternoon snow squalls. With so many expedition teams at Base Camp, it looks like a small village in the Himalayas. In addition, we provide a suitable camping and resting environment at the base camp. Similarly, while you are at the base camp you will get a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse.
Who can do Lhotse Expedition
Lhotse Expedition is a challenging expedition so you should be very careful while doing this expedition. Furthermore, You have to be physically fit and experienced to do this long trek. Similarly, if you have any health problems then you cannot do this trek. Make sure you don’t have heart and blood diseases, then the expedition will be fun for you and you can fully enjoy yourself. similarly, you should be physically and mentally tough.
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Why do Lhotse Expedition
There are many reasons to do Lhotse Expedition. But, the main reasons to do this expedition are. During this expedition, you will get a magnificent view of the Himalayas. In addition, you will see varieties of flora and fauna in the place. Likewise, you will get to interact with the locals and know their traditions and culture. In addition, you will get to experience the biodiversity of Nepal. Additionally, while you are on this trek you will get to explore the well-known Hilary Base Camp. and enjoy the charm of the base camp. Additionally, you will get a panoramic view of Mt. Everest.
Highlights of Lhotse Expedition
- Get to the summit of the 4th highest peak on the earth.
- Experience a magnificent view of the Himalayas.
- Observe a scenic flight to Lukla.
- Explore Sherpa and Hillary Museum.
- Get an unforgettable view of Mt. Everest.
- Observe Khumbu Icefall and Everest Base Camp.
- Experience the broad summit of Tengboche.
- Explore abundant flora and fauna.
- Visit Buddhist monasteries in Tengboche.
- Know the extremely technical and physiological challenges.
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to Hotel
After you land at the international terminal, our representative will escort you to your desired hotel. In between our representative will also help you out if you have any problem in the Tribhuwan International Airport. Later in the evening, you may either relax at the hotel or stroll in the street of Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Preparation for the trip
Today, you will begin to prepare all the necessary items that are required for the trip. Also, you will be given a brief description of the journey by our team. So if you have any questions regarding your trip then please don’t hesitate to ask our team. Likewise, you will be also doing the necessary shopping that may be useful during your climbing. If you have some leisure time then you may also visit some famous places in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakding (2650m/8,694ft)
On day 3 of your expedition, you will get on a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Similarly, after you reach Lukla you will trek from Lukla to Phakding at an altitude of 2650m, likewise, when you are on this trek you will see the majestic view of the surrounding. Furthermore, the whole journey from Kathmandu to Lukla takes around 4 hours to complete. Similarly, after you reach Pakding you will rest at a comfortable Lodge for the night.
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar through colorful Khumbu villages (3440m/11,286ft)
Today on day 4 we will trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar through the Dudh Koshi river. On this trekking journey, we will travel through the pine forest. Similarly, you will cross some of the suspension bridges on the path. Furthermore, we will see the gateway of Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo. Likewise there we will get our permits, climb to Namche Bazaar and stay there overnight in a comfortable lodge, in addition, this trek will be 10 km long and take 6 hours.
Rest day for acclimatization.
Day 5 is an important day for you in this expedition because today you will be familiar with the environment of high altitudes. Similarly, on this day you will hike to the famous Everest View Hotel at an altitude of 3800m which takes around 3 hours. Furthermore, when you are at the View Hotel you will get a mesmerizing view of Mount Everest. Likewise, after getting a mesmerizing view the Everest you will get to travel to the famous Hilary and Sherpa museum. Which will help you get knowledge of the local culture. After a glorious journey to the museum, in the evening you will see a beautiful slideshow program.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3850m/12,631ft)
Today on day 6 you will trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche at an altitude of 3850m. Similarly, this trek takes around 5-6 hours. Furthermore, during this trek, you will get to visit the significant Buddhist Monastery. Which will give you knowledge about Buddhist culture. In addition, after you reach Tengboche you will rest in a comfortable lodge for the night.
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m/14,271ft)
Similarly, after a good night’s sleep at a comfortable tea house of Tengboche, you will trek to Dengbouche at an altitude of 4350m. Likewise, during your journey from Tengboche to Dingboche, You will get a beautiful glimpse of Mount Ama Dablam and Lhotse. Furthermore, this trek is at a high altitude for almost 6 hours. So, you have to be very careful trekking through this high altitude. In addition, after you reach Dingboche you will rest in a comfortable lodge for the night enjoying the good hospitality of the locals.
Acclimatization in Dingboche(4350M/14,271ft)
Today we will rest and acclimatize for the rest of our journey on Dingboche. Similarly, on the same day, we will hike up to Chukung-Re and get a magnificent view of the surrounding area.
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (5018m/16,463ft)
Likewise, on day 9 we will continue our trekking journey from Dingboche to Lobuche at an altitude of 5010m for around 4-5 hours. We will trek through some beautiful rhododendron forest and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings similarly, exploring various flora and fauna of the place. Additionally, after we reach Lobuche we will rest in a comfortable lodge for the night.
Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170m/16,962ft)
Today after breakfast at the lodge of Lobuche we will continue our trek to Gorak Shep at an altitude of 5170m. Similarly, their trek is at a very high altitude so you have to be very careful trekking here. You should be hydrated and you should properly acclimate yourself before heading further in the Expedition.
Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5554m)
On day 11 we will properly acclimatize ourselves before the journey and we will trek to Everest Base Camp from Gorak Shep. Similarly, the trek from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp takes around 2 hours. Likewise, after you reach Everest Base Camp you will visit Kala Patthar to get a panoramic view of the different Himalayas including Mount Everest and there we will do Camping and rest for the night.
Climbing Period (8516m/27,940ft)
The climbing period for 43 days. Similarly, we will do a success party after a successful summit on the 55th day.
Preparation for return, trek from Everest base camp to Dingboche(4350m/14,271ft)
After having a climbing period of 43 days at the summit. On day 56 we will prepare our return from the base camp. The trek from the base camp to Dingboche takes around 4 hours. During this trek, you will mostly climb downhill. You should be very careful when you are doing this downhill climb. Similarly, you should continuously hydrate yourself. After a long 4 hours from the base camp to Dingboche, we will rest at a comfortable lodge of the place and enjoy the wonderful hospitality of local people.
Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche (3860m/12631ft, 04 hours)
After having a good night’s sleep at Dingboche. We will continue our trek to Tengboche with some of the uphill and downhill climbs. Similarly, the way is also a little twisting. So, you should be cautious while trekking here. However, anyone can trek here easily. In addition, the trek from Dingboche to Tengboche takes around 4 hours. But, after a 4-hour long trek, you will rest in a very suitable and comfortable local lodge. Similarly, you will pass through some beautiful jungle on the way.
Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft, 04hrs)
Today, we will continue our trek to Namche Bazaar from Tengboche at an altitude of 3440m. This trek takes around 4 hours and after a long walk, you will be resting at the lodge of Namche Bazaar. In addition, you will experience wonderful hospitality at the lodge. This trek is your return journey to Kathmandu.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2840m/9317ft,7hrs)
On day 62, today we will leave Namche Bazaar and then trek to Lukla. During this trek, you will enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the place. Similarly, you will also see various flora and fauna of the place. Likewise, this trek is 7 hours long. Furthermore, after your trek, you will be resting at a very suitable lodge in Lukla. Similarly, you can visit the holy places at Namche Bazaar.
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1350M/4430ft)
Today is the third-last day of your expedition where you will catch a flight to Kathmandu at an altitude of 1350m and you can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding from above while flying. Similarly, after reaching Kathmandu we provide you with hotel accommodation. There you will enjoy a wonderful night.
Leisure day & shopping in Kathmandu;
Today is the second last day of your trek. So, today you will be shopping in Kathmandu. Similarly, you will have a farewell celebration dinner with a culture program in the evening. Where you will experience different cultural foods with some cultural traditions.
Transfer to the airport for final departure.
Your Lhotse Expedition comes to an end today. Therefore, our representative will drop you at the international terminal prior to your flight schedule. Have a safe flight to your destination.
- Arrival & Departure: Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu (3 Star Category) on bed & breakfast Basis- Sharing Twin Bed Room.
- Welcome Dinner: One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
- Permit All necessary paperwork: Lhotse Climbing Permit from NMA, Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, TIMS CARD & Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry fee.
- Garbage Management: Garbage Deposit fees.
- Insurance: Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and climbing.
- Map: Trekking and climbing map.
- Air Transportation: (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla and while returning Lukla - Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
- Climbing Stuffs Transportation: Necessary all equipment Transportation for all Members and Staffs from Kathmandu to Lukla (by air cargo) and to Base camp (by Porters)– While returning: Base camp to Lukla (by porters) and Lukla to Kathmandu (by air cargo). Member Luggage: Up to 25 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carried by porters.
- Food and Lodging: 3 Food 3 meals a day (BDL; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek.
- Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
- Porter: Porters (1 member: 1 Porter) during the trek.
- Climbing Sherpa: Veteran and Government Licensed Climbing Guide.
- Climbing Sherpa Salary & Allowance: Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
- Staff Salary and allowance: All Nepalese staff & porters daily wages, salary, equipment, foods & clothing.
- Oxygen Bottle (O2): Oxygen bottles will be in stock at base camp in case of an emergency (with appropriate charge).
- High camp service: Necessary cooking gas, cooking pot for members, high altitude tent (sharing basis), high food for members, Sherpa, and climbing crews. Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
- Light: Necessary light at all tents. * if required.
- Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sight-seeing in Kathmandu valley.
- Valley Sightseeing: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley [Swoyambhu (Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square] by a professional guide.
- Comprehensive Medical kit.
- Certificate: Lhotse Climbing certificate issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association (after climbing the Lhotse successfully).
- Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
- Nepal entry Visa fee: Nepali Visa fee is USD 60 per person for 30 days and to be applied for 60 days is USD 120.
- Lunch & Dinner: Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
- Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- Insurance: Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, helicopter medical & emergency evacuation. *Mandatory
- Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs.)
- Personal Expenses: Telephone, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will serve soft drinks for members in base camp).
- Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
- Toiletries: Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
- Filming: Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
- Internet Service: Not included during the trek.
- USD 25 for an extra porter per day (If extra porter demanded).
- Summit Bonus: Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa.
- Tips: Tips for Basecamp and other staff.
- Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
Best time for Lhotse Expedition
The best time to visit Mount Lhotse is during the autumn and spring season. During this time of the year the climate, temperature, and weather are stable and suitable in Nepal. Besides, if you travel here during this time of the year you will fully enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Therefore, if you travel here during this time then it can double your fun and experience. However, this trek and climb also can be done during the monsoon season. Similarly, if you travel here during the off-seasons then you might not be able to find suitable weather to travel and enjoy the surroundings.
The difficulty of the Lhotse Expedition
This trek is a 65-day-long expedition. So, if you are a new trekker or climber then it is going to be very hard for you. However, if you decide to trek here then a local guide is very important. Similarly, the Himalayan region is a very high-altitude trekking region. So, if you are not careful enough then you might fall victim to altitude sickness. Altogether, this Expedition is very challenging so make sure that you are fully prepared for its challenge. Furthermore, if you travel here during the on-season then it might be difficult for you to find suitable accommodation including experienced guides and porters because they might already get hired or booked by others trekkers. Furthermore, it is a long and steep trek that might challenge you during your trek. Similarly, if you travel during off-seasons then the climate might make your trek difficult because the weather gets cloudy and you cannot travel with clear visibility. So, you have to properly plan your trek.
Travel insurance for Lhotse Expedition
Your travel insurance is one of the most important things that you should carry during your travel with us. If you don’t have your travel insurance with you then we are afraid that we cannot cooperate with you. In addition, to all that make sure that your travel adventure and trekking insurance above 4000m is covered. Similarly, make sure that your insurance policy covers all your hospital bills in case something bad happens to you during the trek. But, if you don’t have your original insurance policy then make certain that you got a copy of the policy because it will help you choose a beneficial policy at the time.
Meals and Accommodation at Lhotse Expedition
We only provide meals and accommodation during the time of your trek. However, we don’t provide soft hard drinks, beers, and other alcoholic products. Because we understand that these things can hamper your tour. Instead, we provide you with healthy local and western food which can benefit you during your trek. Furthermore, most of the accommodation facility is run by locals you will get a chance to experience quality local food and hospitality. In addition, the locals there also provide western foods though its a bit expensive compared to the local meals. Local dishes are less pricey because they prepare them with their local farm produce and spices. Whereas, most of the ingredients for western foods are imported from cities. So, western foods are slightly expensive. Furthermore, as you go higher up the altitude the price of the meals also increases. Lastly, we provide a good camping facility with suitable meals.
Fitness and Experience Requirement for Lhotse Expedition
This expedition is one of the hardest expeditions in Nepal. Even some of the most experienced trekkers and climbers find it hard sometimes to travel through these trails. So, you have to be very experienced for this expedition. Similarly, you have to be physically fit for this trek and climb. If you have some health issues, then it will be next to impossible for you to travel or complete this trek. Likewise, make sure that you do a full body checkup before heading toward the trek. This will be beneficial for you. In addition, walking and jogging/running before your journey are very beneficial. Furthermore, having a little bit of knowledge of hiking and trekking is favorable. However, visitors with less knowledge can do this expedition as well.
Climate and weather at Lhotse Expedition
You will find the perfect climate for the expedition is during the autumn and spring season. However, you will find perfect weather during the monsoon seasons as well. If you decide to do an expedition here during this time of the year then you will be able to travel with clear visibility and you can enjoy your time here. You are going to travel very high altitudes during the trek. So, making sure you do it at a perfect time can double your experience and have fun. Furthermore, if you travel here during this season then you will be able to travel in a clear sky. . During this time of the year, the weather is very pleasant and warm. However, it gets cold at night. It can probably show above 4000m altitudes. However, the climate of the Himalayas is unpredictable. It is usually warm during the day and cold during the night. So, you should have a reliable sleeping bag with you. But, it is quite warm if there is sunshine. Similarly, if there is sunshine during the trek and climb then you can fully enjoy the view of the surrounding. Likewise, you will travel in clear visibility. But, if you travel here during the off-season then you might not find a suitable climate for your visit. So, assure that you choose your trek at the perfect time.
Safety and security for Lhotse Expedition
Safety and Security of our people are important factors for our company during the trek. Similarly, we take full care of our consumer and their property. Similarly, our trip constantly operates monitoring every area of our travel. So, don’t worry about a single thing and enjoy your time with us.
When is the best time for the Lhotse Expedition?
Autumn (September, October, November) and spring (March, April, May) are suitable for Lhotse Expedition Climbing. However, it is possible in monsoon seasons too.
How difficult is the Lhotse Expedition?
The Lhotse Expedition Expedition is difficult. But, almost anyone can complete it. You just have to be confident and believe in yourself.
How much will it cost to climb the Lhotse Expedition Expedition?
The average cost of the Lhotse Expedition Expedition is about USD 4500 per person for a 45 days itinerary.
Can you climb the Lhotse Expedition alone?
It is not possible. Similarly, this trek and climb would be very difficult for a single person. So, we would recommend hiring a guide.
Do I need a climbing permit for the Lhotse Expedition?
Yes, it’s compulsory to have a Lhotse Expedition Expedition permit from Kathmandu.
Can you have altitude sickness on the Lhotse Expedition?
Altitude sickness is a common problem during the Lhotse Expedition Expedition. So, you should drink a sufficient amount of water.
What is the food price at Lhotse Expedition?
Food Prices differ from place to place. But, it usually costs USD 25 for lunch, dinner, and breakfast.
How many hours do I need to walk per day on the Lhotse Expedition?
You usually walk about 5-6 hours on most of your trek days. The walks must be slow and
Can I carry children on the Lhotse Expedition?
It is an unwise decision to carry your children with you to the Lhotse Expedition Expedition. But, exceptions are made if they are old enough then you can take them with you following necessary protocols.
Is the Lhotse Expedition trail crowded?
Usually, the walking trail is not crowded but it is generally jam-packed with travelers during the peak trekking and climbing seasons.
What will happen If I get sick during the Lhotse Expedition?
While climbing it is possible that you feel uncomfortable. But, don’t worry, your guide will be there for you.
Is charging my phones and batteries possible in the route of the Lhotse Expedition Expedition?
It is certainly possible to charge your phones and batteries in the tea houses and lodges during your trip to Lhotse Expedition Expedition but they might charge you some money.
Can I buy or rent gear while trekking?
Big cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara have lots of trekking stores where you can buy any type of gear. There are also dedicated stores in Kathmandu that only rent gear required for the trekking at a very reasonable price.
What should be the weight of a backpack?
Your backpack should only have your necessary gear and your important documents. Eg camera, battery, identification cards, passport, permits, cell phone charger, cash, credit cards. If you feel you need something that comes in handy while trekking – please feel free to grab it!
Jessy James United Kingdom
I heard that the Lhotse Expedition was a famous expedition. So, I wanted to try it. I am now 19 years old, graduating from Stanford college in the UK. I have always been passionate about climbing. So, I decided to do this Expedition on my Holidays of Spring. I was an immature and inexperienced climber at the time. I was passionate yet very scared. I also didn't know what company was good for this climbing. Then I told my friend from Nepal who did this expedition before. He told me that Great Adventure Treks and Expedition is one of the best climbing companies serving over a long period. He told me he also did this first climb from the same company when he was in Nepal. So, I decided to go with the same company and I made the right decision by choosing the company. The guides of the company were with me like a shadow. I felt very safe traveling with them. They made my first climbing experience very memorable.