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Lhotse is the world’s fourth highest mountain in Mahalangur range and is linked with Mt. Everest via South Col. Lhotse consists of two other conjoined peaks, namely Lhotse Middle (8,414m), and Lhotse Shar (8,383m).
The mountain was first climbed in 1956, by a Swiss expedition team led by Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger. The summit is a solid block of rock, often called the steepest face. The summit offers stunning views of
Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse Shar, Lhotse Middle, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Pumori, Island Peak and Thamserku
Usually the route chosen to arrive at the summit of Lhotse is similar to the route for Everest expedition. Initially the challenge is to cross Khumbu Icefall and approach Lhotse face which is a wall of ice that rises up to 50 degree. Once you are into the Yellow band, the rocky section exists until Geneva Spur. The last push to the summit involves crossing a narrow gully of ice that rises up to 80 degrees, a formidable challenge indeed. The base camp of Lhotse is fixed at 5,300m, and Camp I (6065m), Camp II/Advanced base camp (6500m), Camp
III (7150m) and Camp IV (7700m) respectively.
Lhotse is technically a very challenging mountain for climbers. You will require extremely good physical stamina and fitness along with good mountaineering skills and previous climbing experience. Adequate planning for acclimatization and training exercise will also be needed.
The expedition lasts for almost two months and combines trekking in the Everest region. Trekking offers you a glimpse of Sherpa culture and lifestyle.
● Climb Lhotse, world’s fourth highest mountain
● Capture 360 degree views of world’s tallest mountains from the summit, viz., Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse
● Shar, Lhotse Middle, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori etc
● Experience real Himalayan mountaineering
● Trek through Everest region
● Learn about Sherpa culture, lifestyle and Buddhism
● Scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
● All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle.
● Four nights accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan at a 3-Star hotel on twin/double sharing basis.
● Tea House + Camping combined accommodation during trek – as per itinerary
● Full board meals during trek & climb– Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking professional sherpa guide, porters and supporting staff.
● Round trip domestic flight ticket(Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu).
● All essential ground transportation by private vehicle as per itinerary.
● Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government for the Lhotse Expedition.
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Group climbing gears like rope, ice bar, etc for the Lhotse Expedition.
● Liaison officer with all his expenses while on the Lhotse Expedition.
● Insurance for all staff
● All camping gear including base camp tents, dining tent with table and chair, kitchen and toilet tent, etc
● Mountain Hardware high altitude tents while climbing the Lhotse Expedition.
● Emergency Oxygen with regulator and mask while on the Lhotse Expedition.
● EPI gas and burner for the high climb.
● Gamow bag / Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) All necessary climbing hardware group equipment
● Satellite Phone and Walkie-Talkie in case of emergency.
● Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Personal Climbing Gears.
● Meals in Kathmandu.
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Extra days accomodation in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Rescue and evacuation
● Tips for guide, drivers and supporting staff.
● Thermal Base Layers – Tops and Bottoms
● Heavy Base Layers
● Trekking Pants
● Hard-shell pants
● Down Pant
● T-shirts – Short and long sleeve
● Mid Layer Top
● Insulated Jacket
● Hard-shell Jacket
● Down Jacket/Parka
Double insulated mountaineering boots for climbing Hiking boots (Full and waterproof) for approach lightweight shoes for camp and around town
● Wool/Synthetic socks
● Liner socks
● Liner gloves
● Mid-weight gloves
● Down mittens
● Cap/Sun Hat
● Warm wool/Synthetic Hat
● Eye Wear (Full coverage around eyes and nose)
● Ski Goggles
5. Climbing Gears
● Ice Axe
● Belay Device/Figure of 8
● Prusik Cord
● Trekking Poles
● Small pack (35-40 litres)
● Waterproof duffel bag
● Padlocks for the duffel bag
● Pack cover
● Water Bottles
● Camera & Batteries
● Power bank/Solar Charger
● Universal adapter
8. Hygiene and first aid
● Skincare ( Moisturizer ,sunscreen and lip balm)
● Toilet paper and wet wipes
● Personal first aid kit
● Water treatment
All accommodations for the Lhotse Expedition are on a twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this expedition. In Kathmandu you will stay four nights at a Deluxe Hotel( could be changed as per your requirement) and, during the trek you will stay in standard tea houses and camp. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional Daal/Bhat and Momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty during the trek trail too.
For the Lhotse Expedition there will be a license holder sherpa climbing guide and Porters for carrying luggage. This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks can run this trek for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of trekkers in any group is 10 people.
Upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport, we will come to receive you and help you transfer luggage. We will directly drive you to your booked hotel where you can relax and unwind. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
This is a day allocated for the preparation. Today your climbing guide will give a briefing about the climbing and check your trek gears. Stay overnight in Kathmandu
You will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This 30 minute flight could not be any more adventurous as you fly over countless hills with views of Himalayan peaks to finally land at Lukla airport, which is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Once in Lukla, your trekking guide will lead on the first day of trek to Phakding. The trail winds away across the hills passing the Sherpa villages of Chheplung and Thado Koshigaon. Sighting of mani walls and prayer flags is an indication you are in a Buddhist land. You will reach Phakding by early afternoon. Stay overnight in Phakding.
After a full breakfast, we follow the trail along Dudh Koshi River. Ahead you crisscross forested hills and witness the first glimpses of Kongde Ri Peak and Thamserku peaks. Cross Benkar village enroute to briefly stop at Monjo, which marks the entry to Sagarmatha National Park. Ahead you will pass by Jorsale village and another 20 minutes walk will reach to confluence of raging Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. Just over a ridge from here is a perfect point to spot Mt. Everest (8848 m) for the first time. The trail climbs gradually until we reach Namche Bazaar, the main center for the Sherpa community. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
We will use the full day today for acclimatization. Namche is a modern village full of bakery shops, coffee outlets, entertainment centers alongside ancient Buddhist stupas and maniwalls. You can try out Sherpa cuisine and stop by the Sherpa cultural museum.
Take a short hike to Khumjung village or Everest hotel to get the feel of the weather and climate as well as to beautiful views of Everest, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. You can also visit Hillary School in Khunde village. Spend the evening in the warmth and hospitality of Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
You will move ahead leaving Namche behind. The trail is fairly easy and straight as it follows Dudh Koshi River. One of the prominent places you will come across enroute is Phunke Tenga which is the only visible sign of human presence between here and Tengboche. You will be surrounded by rhododendron forest on your approach to Tengboche Monastery which sits just opposite the gorgeous Ama Dablam mountain. Everest, Lhotse, Kwangde, Tawache, are other mountains visible from here. The 500 year old Tyanboche Monastery is the largest monastery on this side of the Himalaya. It is headed by a Rimpoche and hosts the popular Mani Rimdu festival. Stay overnight in Tengboche.
The trail ahead of Dingboche is devoid of any settlements. It is an open expanse of land that is only surveyed by wild animals such as Musk Deer and Blue Sheep. Today you will experience the Alpine landscape with very scarce vegetation. Explore Pangboche and Somare on the way. The Imja River flows by as you ascend to Pheriche and then Dingboche. The village of Dingboche is a small settlement surrounded by potato fields and offers clear views of Lhotse and Island Peak among others. Stay overnight in Dingboche.
Another acclimatization day for you at Dingboche. Today you will experience higher altitude by taking shorter hikes to nearby places. A 2 hr walk can take you to Nangkartshang Gompa which is famous for hosting Yeti scalp which was once used by Hillary to verify the existence of Yeti. The medieval gompa still contains old paintings and thangkas. This is the path used by mountaineers to reach the base camp of Island peak. Stay overnight in Dingboche.
The trek today is going to be even more exciting as we move to higher ground. The lands above have no human presence except for some cattle herds and the occasional maniwalls and chortens. Enjoy walking through glacial valleys while catching rare views of Taboche Peak and Ama Dablam peaks. We eventually come to a place called Dughla, which is the last human settlement. Crossing this section we come across a shrine dedicated to the mountaineers who have lost lives in the mountains. The final section of the trail is a memorable hike over glacial moraines and on your right is spread Khumbu Glacier. Stay overnight in Lobuche.
The trail passes over lateral moraines of the Khumbu Glacier, walks over Lobuche Pass and heads down to Gorakshep. It will take 3-4 hrs to reach Gorakshep. Stay overnight in Gorakshep.
Today is a special day for you to be heading to Everest Base Camp, the ultimate prize of this trekking. Wake up early and follow your trekking guide carefully. Proper acclimatization is a must for assuring a successful ascent of the highest mountain in the world – summit at 8,848 meters above sea level. Thus, early in the morning we will hike toward Kalapathar (5554m) and after breakfast we will continue our trek towards Everest Base Camp.
Enjoy sunrise views on Everest and other mountain peaks such as Mt, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse and Island Peak. After spending some time we will continue our trek to Dingboche. Stay overnight in Dingboche.
After breakfast we will trek back to Tengboche by the same route. Stay overnight in Tengboche.
Today we will return to Namche Bazaar by the same route. As before we will follow Dudh Koshi River. You will continue to enjoy beautiful views of mountain peaks, explore gompas and forests. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Retrace your trail back to Lukla. The trail descends from Namche passing through Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. Pass by suspension bridges, mani walls and prayer wheels. Stay overnight in Lukla.
Take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. The flight lasts for about 30 minutes and offers scenic views of rolling green hills and crisp Himalayan peaks. Once in Kathmandu, our staff will receive you and take you to your hotel.
This day will be an extra buffer day just in case the flight from Lukla gets cancelled due to bad weather. In the evening we will organize a farewell dinner for you.
Time to bid you farewell. Our staff will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport to catch international flights for your onward journey.