With a height of 8,516 m, the Lhotse is number four in the ranking of the highest mountains in the world and thus just missing the top-3 podium. Nevertheless, the number four has an impressive height and is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but those who are looking for an outstanding adventure!
The Tibetan name translated means “southern peak” and indicates its belonging to the Everest massif. Lhotse’s long east-west ridge is located just south of the world’s highest mountain. And so the Lhotse, as Everest’s neighbor, comes up with an intoxicating ascent. The first part follows the Everest-South-Route up to Camp 3. From here the ascent to Lhotse follows its own, steeper route leading to the summit ridge.
The Lhotse has three summits: Lhotse Main (8. 516m), Lhotse Shar (8. 383m) and Lhotse Middle or East (8. 413m). From Lhotse and its secondary peak Lhotse Shar over 3,000 m (!) high rock walls drop in southern direction. Due to the enormous difference in altitude and the extreme height, these walls range among the most difficult and dangerous in the world.
But that shouldn’t discourage us at all, because on the one hand we don’t have to climb them and on the other hand this might be our only chance to see one of the steepest walls in the world from above!
- Fourth highest mountain worldwide
- Part of the Everest route
- Usage of the well appointed infrastructure of Khumbutal, Everest basecamp and route
- Oxygen package, personal Sherpa and UIAGM guide included
Day 1 - 11: Arrival and trekking to base camp
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02:Shopping, packing and visiting the Ministery to receive our expedition permit.
Day 03:Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 04:Drive to the airport, flight to Lukla (2,800) & trek to Phakding (2,640m).
Day 05:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,446m).
Day 06:Trek to Khumjung (3,790m).
Day 07:Stay at Khumjung for acclimatization. Change of porters & yaks.
Day 08:Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,867 m).
Day 09:Trek to Dingboche.
Day 10:Trek to Lobuche (4,900m).
Day 11:Trek to Lhotse Base Camp.
Day 12 - 47: Ascent time Lhotse
Day 12-47:Climbing Period. Since the ascent period is the same as for the Everest Expedition, we can experience the colourful hustle and bustle in the base camp. After several rotations for acclimatization, we start the long awaited ascent in the weather window, which normally occurs in mid-May. The first part follows the Everest-South-Route up to camp 3. From here the ascent to the Lhotse has its own steeper route and leads in a channel to the summit ridge.
Day 48 - 55: Trekking to Lukla, flight to Kathmandu and journey home
Day 48:Cleaning up Base Camp.
Day 49:Trek back to Pheriche.
Day 50:Trek back to Khumjung.
Day 51:Trek back to Phakding.
Day 52:Trek back to Lukla.
Day 53:Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 54:Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 55:Departure from Kathmandu. With many new and exceptional memories in our luggage it is time to return home.
- All organisation for the expedition
- State certified (UIAGM) guide during the whole expedition
- 5 nights in an upscale hotel in Kathmandu in a double room (surcharge for a single room)
- Domestic flights Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu (Economy)
- All transfers (according to the program)
- Full board for the duration of the whole trip (in Kathmandu only breakfast)
- Drinks during joint meals (alcoholic beverages excluded)
- Double rooms on stop-overs during our trip to the mountain
- Baggage transport to the base camp and back (40kg per baggage piece per participant)
- 1 tent per participant at the base camp
- 1 tent per two participants during the approach and for the high camp
- A mat for the approach and the base camp
- High camp equipment (tents, stove, gas, dishes, food)
- All the fixing material for the route
- Use of the fixed ropes along the route
- Transport of waste back from the base camp
- High altitude porters and climbing Sherpa (1:1 Sherpa client ratio on the summit day)
- Oxygen package provided by Summit Oxygen with a rental mask & regulator and 8 bottles per participant
- Insurance and equipment for the Nepalese staff
- Emergency oxygen
- Pharmaceutical travel kit, high altitude emergency medicine, pulsoxymeter
- Kitchen crew
- A comfortable, heated common tent, shower tent, etc. at the base camp
- Satellite communication (WIFI, laptop, solar battery charger)
- Radio transmitter for each participant
- All fees & permits
- weather reports
- Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator
- Personal insurance
- Visa for Nepal (available at the airport, bring a passport photo!)
- Visa for China (must be obtained by members at the Chinese Embassy in their home country in time)
- Shipping costs for high altitude generator and tent outside of the EU
- Personal medication
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal mountain and climbing equipment
- Sleeping bags for the base camp and high camp
- Fees for satellite phones, emails
- Summit bonus for personal summit Sherpa
- Every service that is not named in the “included services”