Mt. Lhotse is the fourth-highest mountain in the world, with an elevation of 8,516 meters (27,940 feet) above sea level. It is located in the Himalayas, on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Its long east-west crest is located immediately south of Mount Everest, and the South Col, a vertical ridge that never drops below 8,000m, connects the summits of the two mountains. Lhotse has three summits: Lhotse Main 8516m, Lhotse Shar 8383m, and Lhotse Middle or East 8413m. A deep scar, an icy gully known as the Lhotse Couloir, marks The West Face of Lhotse; the couloir is the crucial test to the Lhotse climb, mainly because the climbing conditions of the couloir are affected by weather and seasonal snowfall.
Mt. Lhotse was first summited on May 18, 1956, by a Swiss team consisting of Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger. They climbed the mountain via the West Ridge, which is the same route that was used by the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. Since the first ascent, there have been many successful ascents of Mount Lhotse, with the majority of climbers using the South Col route, which is the same route used to climb Mount Everest. The south face of Lhotse is known for being steep and technically challenging, and it has only been successfully climbed a few times.
There are many reasons why people choose to climb mountains, and Mount Lhotse is no exception. Climbing Mt. Lhotse is a significant challenge, and it requires a high level of physical fitness, technical climbing skills, and mental fortitude. The mountain is known for its steep and challenging south face, and the thin air and extreme altitude make it a demanding climb.
The Seven Summit Treks, Lhotse expedition will begin in the first week of April starting in Kathmandu. You will have a couple of days for the preparation of goods and equipment and paper works. Afterward, you will take a flight to Lukla from where the real treks start to base camp which takes you around 7 days on foot as per the program. This trip suits those who have previous experiences with a few 7000m peaks or even more. The route progresses through Khumbu icefall. Moving further, we will reach Camp 1 which exists at the top of Khumbu icefall that is surrounded BY crevasses. From Camp 1, we will pass through the lateral moraine to the west ridge that greets us with a close-up view of Lhotse. This place is perfect for Camp 2. Leaving Camp 2, we will reach the Lhotse wall by crossing glaciers and ice cliffs where we will set Camp 3. Camp 4 is located near South Col. From Camp 4, we will proceed through steep rock sections to the summit.
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WHY CLIMB MT. Lhotse WITH SEVEN SUMMIT TREKS?
- Highly qualified, professional, friendly, and experienced climbing Sherpa guide, Kitchen staff, and Basecamp Manager.
- Well-equipped with climbing equipment and logistic support for base camp and higher camps.
- Safety is a top priority for us, and we take every step to minimize risks and ensure the well-being of our clients.
- We offer a variety of itineraries to suit different abilities and interests, so you can choose the option that best meets your needs.
- Hi-tech in weather forecast and communication
- Easy Helicopter charter service when needed (extra charge to be applied)
- 1 climbing Sherpa to each member
A scenic flight to Lukla and a further trek will lead you to the basecamp of Mt. Lhotse Basecamp (5,400m). The trek to basecamp with great views of the Everest Himalayan range of Mt. Pumori, Nuptse, and Khumbu Ice fall with a warm morning and delightful evening full of light where you will be awaited by our best Sherpa team. At EBC, there will be a large number of groups besides this, Seven Summit has the best setup of basecamp. You will be spending about 45 days at base camp. Each member will get a separate member tent and dining (sharing), kitchen, shower, communication, and toilet tents. Before we climb the mountain, we make a big puja ceromancy at basecamp for good luck and safe climbing. Seven summits will have frequent helicopter charters to EBC and every single charter brings lots of fresh vegetables, fresh meat, and beverages.
Camp I (6,065m/19,898ft)
Once you reached Lhotse Basecamp, your personal climbing Sherpa or team leader will be reviewed the base and advanced training at basecamp. You will cross the Khumbu Icefall. This Ice fall is 2000ft of moving ice. For the best acclimatization, once fix rope is fixed by the Sherpa team you will climb to camp I which lies at an altitude of 6,065m. In this section of climbing, you will encounter mixed terrain with few crevasses and ice on the section of the glacier. This will take you about 4-5 hours of climbing. We will have frequent rotations on camp I and back to base camp.
Camp II (6,750m/22,146ft)
Camp II lies at an altitude of 6500m. The climbing from camp I to camp is an intermediate ice section with a few mixed climbing sections. In this section of the climb, some rock parts and glaciers, and in the middle of the glacier is a bit technical but there will be a fixed rope. At camp II, there will be SST's fixed dining camp with a kitchen facility so this will be the most night spent nights after base camp.
Camp III (7,300m/23,950ft)
Climbing from camp II to camp III is also climbing from Lhotse face to CIII. The Lhotse face is steep and the ice part is harder but the route is fixed with rope and the angles can range from 30 to 45 degrees. It’s a long climbing Sherpa and with fixed rope will be there for safe climbing. You will have twice an overnight stay at camp III before the summit attempt for best acclimatization. Note: Till Camp III and the Yellow band rock section, all the climbers of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse climb together and before reaching camp IV/South col the team split their destination.
Camp IV (7,900m/25,919ft)
From Camp IV, you will have a great view of Mt. Everest on the north and Mt. Lhotse on the south covered with loose rock. This is the last camp. Climbing to camp Iv is a short distance but there are some rocky sections and need to be careful while climbing up to IV because of the altitude the oxygen levels are low. There will be a fixed rope so it's safe for climbing.
The most important day is summit day. It is the main goal for all climbers. It's a day that climbers dream about. So, most of the climbers begin their summit push at late night and will walk to the summit for about 7 to 8 hours and will reach the summit about 6/7 am (morning). There is a rocky section called the yellow Band which leads to the main summit of Mt. Lhotse. The summit of Mt. Lhotse is stunning. You will be mesmerized by the beautiful view of different 8000m peaks. On the same day after taking some pictures, you will walk down to camp III or camp II, which will take about 5 to 6 hours. descending from the summit is also a difficult part of this expedition so safety descent is also an important part of summit day. Seven Summit Treks will have one climbing Sherpa with one member from camp IV to summit day and till back to basecamp. The SST guide will carry oxygen cylinders for Members and himself. For the safe summit of Mt. Everest SST will always have guidelines for the best weather forecast, communication, and back support from the basecamp leader. Rope fixing up to the summit is the major duty of our climbing Sherpa so we highly admire our Sherpa to fix ropes, breaking trails, and making all the effort to get the group reaches to the summit of Mt. Lhotse.
Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,400m)Hotel
Rest in Kathmandu, Expedition Briefing and PreparationB/DHotel
Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla, and trek to Phakding (2,800m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3,440m)B/L/DLodge
Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar (Rest Day)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Namche Bazzar to Dibuche (3,870m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Dibuche (3,870m) to Dingboche (4,243m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,364m)B/L/DTent
Rotation: [Basecamp – Rotation (Camp I, Camp II and Camp III) – Basecamp]Full BoardTent
Climbing Period [Base Camp – Lhotse Summit (8,516m) – Base Camp]Full BoardTent
Cleaning Up Base CampB/L/DTent
Trek from Base Camp to Pheriche (4,371m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Pheriche to Namche BazaarB/L/DLodge
Trek from Namche Bazaar to LuklaB/L/DLodge
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu & transfer to HotelBreakfastHotel
Leisure day in Kathmandu CityBreakfastHotel
Transfer to International Airport for final departureBreakfast
- ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE : Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop), by private vehicle.
- HOTEL ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU : 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu (4-star category) - single room on bed and breakfast plan.
- WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office Staff.
- CARGO CLEARANCE : Assistance for cargo clearance in Nepal’s Customs, clearance cost is subject to a charge.
- PERMIT : Expedition Royalty and permit fee of Nepal Government to climb Mt. LHOTSE, Sagarmatha National Park, and Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry permit and fee.
- ICEFALL FEE : Khumbu Icefall climbing charge to (SPCC) Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee.
- LIAISON OFFICER : 1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment, salary, and accommodation.
- GARBAGE MANAGEMENT : Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees.
- INSURANCE : Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and expedition.
- MAP : Trekking and climbing map.
- DUFFLE BAG : One Seven Summit Treks’ Duffle Bag.
- MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla and while returning Lukla - Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
- EXPEDITION STUFFS TRANSPORTATION : All necessary expedition equipment transportation for all Members and Staff from Kathmandu to Lukla (by air cargo) and Base camp (by Porters / Yak) – While returning: Base camp to Lukla (by porters / Yak) and Lukla to Kathmandu (by air cargo). Based on the condition, different transportation variants may be adopted.
- MEMBER LUGGAGE : Up to 70 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek to be carried by porters or Yaks.
- FOOD AND LODGING : 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek and at the Basecamp. Hygienic and fresh green vegetables, fresh meat, fruits, soft drinks, and juice will be served regularly during the entire expedition using helicopter flights. Well-managed base camp set up for members & Staff.
- PORTER : Porters per member up to the basecamp and from the basecamp (both ways).
- BASE CAMP STAFF : Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen Helpers as required.
- STAFF SALARY AND ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
- BASE CAMP TENT : Each member will have an individual box tent in Base Camp.
- BASE CAMP EQUIPMENT : Single Tent, foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning Tent, 1 Kitchen Tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower Tent, 1 Staffs Tent, 1 Tent for Nepalese base camp staff, Store tent, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
- HEATER : Heater at base camp in each Dining and other necessary camps.
- SOLAR/GENERATOR/LIGHT : 1 Solar panel and Generator for lights at base camp, FOR battery charges, laptop, and other electronic devices.
- MEDICAL CHECKUP : Twice Medical checkup of each climber at the base camp before the summit attempt.
- BAKERY AND BAR AT BASE CAMP : Bakery and bar for the team members of Seven Summit Treks.
- TRAINING : Oxygen, Mask Regulator, Ice wall, and Ladder training at basecamp by UIAGM Guide.
- HIGH ALTITUDE CLIMBING SHERPA : 1 veteran and government-licensed climbing Sherpa per member (1 Member: 1 Sherpa), during the entire climb from Basecamp to the summit and back, and on each rotation.
- ASSISTANCE : Climbing Sherpa to assist in carrying your gear to the high camps.
- CLIMBING SHERPA SALARY & ALLOWANCE : Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
- BONUS : Carry Bonus of Sherpas and Route Fixing Charges.
- OXYGEN BOTTLE (O2) : Summit Oxygen cylinder: 3 oxygen bottles (4 Ltrs.) for each member and 2 oxygen bottles for each high-altitude Sherpa. **
- OXYGEN MASK & REGULATOR : 1 Set of Summit Oxygen masks & regulator for each member and high-altitude Sherpa. **
- BACK UP OXYGEN : BACK UP Oxygen Cylinder, mask, and regulator (SUBJECT TO A CHARGE).
- HIGH CAMP SERVICE (INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOGISTICS) : High Altitude Tent, Necessary cooking EPI gas, cooking pot, High food for a member, Sherpa, and other crews at (C1) (C2) (C3) and (C4). Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
- HIGH CAMP KITCHEN AND DINING : SST will have one cook, kitchen, and dining tents in Camp I and Camp II.
- HIGH ALTITUDE TENT : Members will share tents in high camps (2 members: 1 tent).
- ROPE FIXING TEAM : The team of experienced Sherpas will fix the route to the summit of LHOTSE (no extra charge will be applied to members).
- SATELLITE PHONE : Satellite Phone for emergency communication carried by Sherpa, also available for members (SUBJECT TO A CHARGE).
- WALKIE-TALKIE : Walkie–Talkie for communicating from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp.
- PERMITS : Satellite Phone/walkie-talkie permit for all members and staff.
- INTERNET SERVICE : Internet facility (1 Mbps) will be available at the Base Camp (subject to a charge).
- WEATHER FORECAST : Weather forecast report regularly from Meteotest, Bern (Switzerland) during the entire expedition.
- MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staff.
- CERTIFICATE : LHOTSE climbing certificate issued by MoCTCA (after climbing Mt. LHOTSE successfully).
- AIR FARE : International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
- NEPAL ENTRY VISA FEE : Nepalese Visa fee is $ 125 USD for 90 Days.
- LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
- EXTRA NIGHTS IN KATHMANDU : Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition, or domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- INSURANCE POLICY : Insurance covering both medical and high-altitude evacuation costs (for the trip cancellation, interruption, high-altitude rescue & air evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.) *Mandatory
- PERSONAL EXPENSES : Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will have soft drinks for members at base camp).
- PERSONAL CLIMBING EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical Kit, and all kinds of Personal Trekking / Climbing Gear.
- 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.
- SUMMIT BONUS : Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa- Minimum 1500 USD.
- TIPS : Calculate some tips for basecamp and high camp staff – Minimum 400 USD.
- EXTRA : Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
Highlight Of Trip
Highlight Of Trip
- 07 April 2023 - 05 June 2023
- 4th highest mountain in the world
- 1 Climber: 1 Sherpa Guide
- 3 Bottles of Oxygen
- Full Board / Basecamp Service
- Experience the Khumbu Icefall climb
- Stunning views from the Summit
- Experience the natural beauty of the Himalayas
- Experience the unique culture of the region
- Explore the diverse Flora & Fauna