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Lhotse Expedition

from $25,450.00

The Lhotse Expedition is one of the popular expeditions in Nepal after the Everest expedition. Mount Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world standing at an elevation of 8,516 meters (27,940 ft) above sea level and is part of the Everest massif.

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    All about the Lhotse Expedition.

    Overview

    The Lhotse Expedition, also known as the “South Peak Expedition” in Tibet is one of the popular expeditions in Nepal after the Everest expedition. Mount Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world standing at an elevation of 8,516 meters (27,940 ft) above sea level and is part of the Everest massif. The summit of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse is connected by the South Col. Lying in the Khumbu region, Mount Lhotse has three peaks; Main Summit at 8,516 meters, Lhotse Middle (East) at 8,414 meters, and Lhotse Shar at 8,383 meters. The standard climbing route for the Lhotse Expedition follows the Everest South Col route as far as Everest Camp IV and share the same base camp (Everest). Mt. Lhotse is especially famous for its dramatic and marvelous South Face which is one of the largest mountain faces in the world and is rarely attempted due to its extremely difficult climb.

    What does the Lhotse Expedition Demand?

    The Lhotse expedition demands prior climbing experience and mountaineering skills with top physical, mental, and psychological strength. The climbing experience must be above 7,000 meters of elevation. Good cardiovascular and muscular strength is essential for the Lhotse expedition. Climbers must have basic knowledge of climbing techniques. You have to use fixed ropes and aluminum ladders to cross the Icefall and the edge of the hills.
    What Kind of Preparation is Essential for the Mountain Expedition?
    Before beginning your mountaineering voyage, there are different kind of preparations essential for the Mountain expedition. Hiking with carrying heavy loads, doing daily exercise like running, and taking part in expeditions at over 7,000 meters in elevation will help you to successfully complete your Lhotse expedition.

    The Climbing Route for the Lhotse Expedition.

    The route for the Mt. Lhotse expedition begins after a breathtaking flight over mountains and landscapes to Lukla following the classic Everest Base Camp trekking route. The trail up to base camp passes through Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and finally, the base camp at Mt. Everest. The trails are decorated with dense forests filled with rhododendron and pine trees, strings of prayer flags, chortens, Mani-walls, and more. Several small yet attractive and traditional villages lie along the trail. Jorasle, Monjo, and Chaurikharka are some of the villages that provide you with an opportunity to interact with the local people, learn their unique culture, and observe the Himalayan lifestyle. While passing these villages and forested areas, you will also encounter the Himalayan wildlife, some of which are in the list of rare and endangered species. You will cross many suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River and Imja Khola.
    Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest region, and is the ancient trade center for Nepal and Tibet. Before reaching the base camp, we will also visit the ancient and largest monasteries; Tengboche and Pangboche, local museums, and Gompas. We will stay in Namche and Dingboche for the altitude acclimatization process, where we will do short hikes up to Syangboche, the Everest View Hotel, and Nagarjuna Hill. Finally, we are at the Everest Base Camp. After doing lots of preparation and training, we will begin our climb to Mount Lhotse; the fourth highest mountain on Earth. The risk of-altitude sickness complications due to unpredictable mountain weather is high from the base camp up to the summit.
    The route to the summit of Lhotse from the camp passes through a series of four different camps; Camp I, II, III, and IV. First, we climb through the Khumbu Icefall before the sun starts heating the glacier. The Khumbu Icefall is a large moving glacier with huge seracs and crevasses which is very dangerous in the afternoon due to its western aspect. Because of these large crevasses and unstable seracs, this section of climbing is considered to be the most dangerous part of the climb. Our experienced Sherpa team will fix ropes and aluminum ladders across crevasses and along vertical ice walls for efficient and easy climbing. Located at the top of the Khumbu Icefall, Camp I (6,065 m/19,900 ft) is a flat area of snow where climbers can rest for a while. You will see the entire Khumbu Glacier from here.
    The route then follows towards the Western Cwm, a broad valley formed by the Khumbu Glacier up to Camp II. Located on the lateral moraine at the bottom of the Lhotse wall, Camp II (6,500 m/21,300 ft) or Advanced Base Camp is a safe location. There are some deep crevasses marked with fixed ladders between camp I and Camp II. We will spend a couple of nights at Camp II to acclimatize before heading for Camp III. Camp II is surrounded by the towering flanks of Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, and the Southwest face of Mt. Everest. After adapting to the altitude, we will then move further up the Lhotse face to Camp III. One has to cross glacier, hard rocks, and compact snowfields. There is just one line for ascending and one for descending due to which traffic jams occur frequently in this section.
    The trails ahead lead to Camp III (7,470 m/24,500 ft) which is located on a small edge on the Lhotse wall. This camp provides you a truly rugged, high mountain experience and spectacular views of the Nuptse Wall, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, the west shoulder of Mt. Everest, and many of the Himalayan giants. Climb through the steep talus bands (loose, down-sloping, and rotten limestone) and using fixed ropes, we reach Yellow Band; a layer of limestone that cuts through the mountains. From yellow Band, the route of Everest expedition and the Lhotse expedition is separated. The majority of the climbers use oxygen from this point due to the thinning of the air.
    The weather is extremely cold here. The route takes us to Camp IV (7,920 m/26,000 ft); the riskiest section of the Lhotse expedition. Camp IV is located near the South Col and is the last camp of the expedition. Before reaching this camp, you have to navigate Geneva Spur; an anvil shaped rib of black rocks using fixed ropes. Just above this camp, we will enter a narrow and steep passage; the Lhotse Couloir, to reach the summit of Mt. Lhotse. The Lhotse couloir is the crucial test because it is usually affected by weather and seasonal snowfall. After reaching the summit, climbers will spend less than half an hour there before descending to Camp II directly and then base camp.

    Short Itinerary

    Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and Transfer to the Hotel
    Day 02 to 3: Rest and Expedition Preparation Day
    Day 04: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,652 m)
    Flight Duration: 40 mins, Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours
    Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) from Phakding
    Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
    Day 06: Altitude Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
    Day 07: Trek to Tengboche (3,870 m) from Namche Bazaar
    Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
    Day 08: Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m) from Tengboche
    Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
    Day 09: Altitude Acclimatization Day in Dingboche
    Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4,940 m) from Dingboche
    Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
    Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) and Hike to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m)
    Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours
    Day 12 to 48: Lhotse Summit (8,516 m) Climbing Period [Base Camp to Summit to Base Camp]
    Day 49: Cleaning Up Base Camp
    Day 50 to 54: Trek to Lukla via Namche from Base Camp
    Day 55: Fly to Kathmandu and Transfer to the Hotel
    Day 56: Leisure Day in Kathmandu
    Day 57: Final Departure

    Expedition Highlights

    • Lhotse expedition; the fourth highest mountain in the world
    • An adventurous journey via the Khumbu Icefall and glacier
    • Hike to Kala Patthar, one of the best vantage points for Mountain views
    • Trek to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain; Everest
    • Explore ancient Himalayan villages, centuries-old monasteries, and museums
    • Visit Sagarmatha National Park and encounter some rare wildlife such as Red Pandas, Snow Leopards, and Musk Deer
    • Witness sunrise and sunset views over the towering peaks
    • Experience the Sherpas’ warm hospitality and get a close insight of their unique culture and tradition
    • The Trails pass through the colorful prayer flags, Mani-walls, and prayer wheels
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • An experienced English-speaking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
    • An assistant guide depending on the groups size, (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
    • 2 times Hot shower anytime during the trek
    • 10 Gb Everest link wifi card for internet access
    • All government and local taxes
    • 2 times Battery charging anytime during the trek
    • All airport/hotel transfers
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
    • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes (you are allowed to carry a maximum of 15 kg
    • luggage altogether in the duffel bag)
    • 3 nights accommodation (2 before/ 1 after)  with breakfast
    • Down jacket, sleeping bag, Real Sherpa Adventures duffel bag and T-shirt
    • All accommodation in good lodges during the trek
    • Medical Kit carried by the guide
    • All necessary paperwork and permits
    • All meals during the trek
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Nepal/Tibet Visa fee (please bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
    • Tips for guides and porters
    • Any Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, drinking water, shower, bar bills etc)

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    1. Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu and Transfer to the Hotel

      Receive a warm welcome to the land of the Himalayas from one of Real Sherpa Adventure’s representatives at the arrivals gate of Kathmandu (Tribhuvan) International Airport. You will be transferred to the hotel in a private vehicle and then check in. For the rest of the day, rest and enjoy the local comforts. In the evening, we will organize a welcome dinner in a Nepali restaurant with live cultural performances. Enjoy the real taste of Nepali food!

      Overnight in the Hotel. Dinner Included.

    2. Day 2 and 3 Rest and Expedition Preparation Day

      On the second and third day, we will do sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. The valley is home to many popular cultural and historical sites Nepal and some of them are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A visit to Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square will bring a real insight into the city. These sites represent the ancient arts and architecture of Nepal. Pashupatinath is famous worldwide among Hindu followers as a place where Lord Shiva is worshipped.

      On the next day, after having breakfast, we will organize a meeting including our team members and the tour guides where a discussion on Lhotse expedition, climbing equipment, obstacles, and so on will be held. In the meeting, ask questions fearlessly! After the meeting, check your equipment. If you miss any, you can buy it from Thamel Bazaar. Our tour guide will facilitate any necessary equipment purchases. Tonight, pack your bag and get ready for tomorrow morning’s flight to Lukla!

      Overnight in the Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    3. Day 04 Fly to Lukla (2,800 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,652 m) - Flight Duration: 40 mins, Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours

      After breakfast, check your equipment once again before heading up to Kathmandu Domestic Airport. A 40-minute scenic flight over snow-clad mountains, dense forests, beautiful rivers, and green landscapes will take you to Tenzing Hillary airport (Lukla). The first glimpse of Lukla, which is enclosed by Himalayan ranges will open your eyes and mouth. Arriving at Lukla, we will have lunch and take some rest for a while.

      Then, we will move to Phakding following the trail along the bank of the Dudh Koshi River. You will pass through small Himalayan villages like Chaurikharka. On the way, you will see chortens, Mani stone walls, and prayer flags. At Phakding, you can explore around the village or take a rest.

      Overnight in the tea house. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    4. Day 05 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) from Phakding - 5 to 6 Hours

      After having a hot breakfast, we will head up to Namche, the ancient trade center of Nepal and Tibet. The trail entails a steep ascent through dense forests filled with rhododendron trees, along with many suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River and Imja Khola. Many attractive and traditional small villages like Monjo and Jorsale will pop out. You will cross Monjo village which offers you encounters with Himalayan wildlife as it is the entrance point to Sagarmatha National Park. Arriving at Namche Bazaar, you will have your first glimpse of Mt. Everest and a wonderful sunset view. Explore around this attractive town in the Khumbu region.

      Overnight in the tea house. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    5. Day 06 Altitude Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

      The first day in the process towards higher altitude adaptation. With a glorious view of the sunrise and snow-covered mountains, we will enjoy our breakfast. Today, we will hike up to Syangboche or the Everest view hotel to acclimatize ourselves with the higher elevation. It is recommended to stay physically active. For rest of the day, you can explore around the market and visit the local museum. You will learn more about the Sherpa’s unique culture and mountaineering history in the museum. Namche is renowned as the gateway to the Everest region. If you lack any climbing equipment, you can acquire it here too. Tonight, interact with local Sherpa people and collect inspiration from them!

      Overnight in the tea house. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    6. Day 07 Trek to Tengboche (3,870 m) from Namche Bazaar - 6 to 7 hours

      A continual uphill trek after having breakfast in Namche will lead us towards one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region; Tengboche. The trail passes through the riverside path and rhododendron forest areas. You will see traditional villages and enjoy breathtaking views of mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Kwangde, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Thamserku.

      Overnight in the tea house. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    7. Day 08 Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m) from Tengboche - 5 to 6 hours

      Before heading up to Dingboche, we will hike up to Tengboche monastery with Mt. Ama Dablam as a backdrop. This is one of the largest monasteries in the Khumbu region. the monastery offers you a beautiful view of the sunrise over the white mountains. The trail then follows through the rhododendron forest via Deboche. You will cross a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola and pass the valley wall to reach Pangboche village. This village is inhabited by a large number of Sherpa people. Enjoy your lunch here with local people. Later, we will hike up to Pangboche monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region. You will see a giant stone wall here which was built by locals to protect their farmland from strong wind. The rugged trekking trail will then lead us to Dingboche.

      Overnight in the tea house. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    8. Day 09 Altitude Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

      After having breakfast, we will hike up to Nagarjuna Hill at 5,050 meters in elevation. A somewhat challenging yet exciting hike up to the top offers you spectacular views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu. For the rest of the trek up to Lobuche summit, you must acclimatize yourself properly to the higher elevation. Getting back from the 6 hour hike, take a rest for the rest of the day or explore the place.

      Overnight in the tea house. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    9. Day 10 Trek to Lobuche (4,940 m) from Dingboche - 5 to 6 hours

      From today, the trails will be more challenging due to increase in elevation. An upwards climb and moderate walking will lead you to Dungla and Lobuche pass. You will see the memorial monuments dedicated to Everest climbers and trekkers who lost their lives over the years. Afterwards the trail will take you to the small settlement of Lobuche. The trail offers you views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumori, and Mt. Nuptse.

      Overnight in the tea house. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    10. Day 11 Trek to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) and Hike to Everest Base Camp (5,365m) - 6 to 7 hours

      The gentle climb towards the Gorak Shep offers you a view of the Khumbu glacier and mountains. After reaching Gorak Shep, we will rest for a while and then head to the Everest base camp. The trails up to base camp comprise of rocky dunes and moraines. Enjoy the panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Pumori  from the base.

      Overnight in the tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    11. Day 12 to 48 Lhotse Summit (8,516 m) Climbing Period (Base Camp to Summit to Base Camp)

      These climbing days include an acclimatization period, training for climbing the summit of Mt. Lhotse, and descending to the base camp. We will practice safety movement using fixed ropes and ladders through the Icefall.

      Overnight in the tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    12. Day 49 Cleaning up Base Camp

      After returning back to the base camp, we will clean up the base camp. It’s our responsibility to keep our nature clean and pure.

      Overnight in the tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    13. Day 50 to 54 Trek to Lukla via Namche from Base Camp

      Following the same trail via Gorak Shep, Lobuche, Dingboche, Tengboche, Namche, and Phakding, we reach Lukla. Explore around the place or take a full rest! While retracing your steps, enjoy the natural scenary, interact with locals, and celebrate your success with the team and Sherpa people.

      Overnight in the tea house. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    14. Day 55 Fly to Kathmandu and Transfer to the Hotel

      Early in the morning, we will fly back to Kathmandu valley. Reaching Kathmandu Domestic airport, you will be transferred to the hotel and check in. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with the Real Sherpa Adventures team.

      Overnight in the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

    15. Day 56 Leisure Day in Kathmandu

      This day is set apart in the case of any changes in the planned itinerary. If it remains unused, you can utilize this day as you wish. Explore around the city, do some shopping, and celebrate your success!

      Overnight in the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    16. Day 57 Final Departure

      The last day of your successful Lhotse expedition. As per your flight time, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu International airport. Have a safe journey ahead!

      Breakfast included.

    Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

    Accommodation in Kathmandu will be in a 3 or 4-star hotel.

    Accommodation during the trek will be in tea house or lodges. Some accommodations at lower altitudes offer fully equipped rooms with electricity, western toilet facility, wi-fi, and hot showers. Whereas some tea houses, especially at the higher altitude offer very basic kind of services.

    You will be accommodated on a twin-basis during the trek. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. If you want a single room for yourself, let us know in advance before the trek.

    Normally, beds contain pillow and sheets. Almost all tea houses provide blankets but it is advisable to use your sleeping bag which will be provided by us in case it becomes too cold.

    Some tea houses especially those at lower altitudes have proper western toilets. As you move higher some tea houses use squat toilet facilities. Also, it is important to know that some tea houses do not provide toilet paper in the toilets.

    In higher altitudes, you will usually have to pay extra for charting electronic devices or taking a hot shower. Laundry services are also available in some lodges at an extra price. Wifi cards can also be bought at these lodges. There are multiple options available depending on the data limit and speed.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    What is included in this tour Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • An experienced English-speaking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
    • An assistant guide depending on the groups size, (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
    • 2 times Hot shower anytime during the trek
    • 10 Gb Everest link wifi card for internet access
    • All government and local taxes
    • 2 times Battery charging anytime during the trek
    • All airport/hotel transfers
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
    • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes (you are allowed to carry a maximum of 15 kg
    • luggage altogether in the duffel bag)
    • 3 nights accommodation (2 before/ 1 after) in Kathmandu with breakfast
    • Down jacket, sleeping bag, Real Sherpa Adventures duffel bag, and T-shirt
    • All accommodation in good lodges during the trek
    • Medical Kit carried by the guide
    • All necessary paperwork and permits
    • All meals during the trek
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Nepal Visa fee (please bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
    • Tips for guides and porters
    • Any Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, bar bills etc)