Lhotse Expedition

Mount Lhotse is a close neighbor of Mount Everest that lies at near proximity of 3 km south of Mount Everest, separated by the South Col. Lhotse in Tibetan mean the south face. Lhotse massif comprises of mainly three Peaks; Lhotse East or middle, Lhotse Shar and Lhotse. The summits of Lhotse and Everest mountains are connected by the South. Although Lhotse lies in the Mount Everest massif it is considered an independent mountain which is the 4th highest mountain in the world. The Lhotse South Face is also one of the largest mountain faces in the world. It has the gigantic height of 8,516 m which was first attempted to climb by mountaineers but succeeded only in 1984 by the Swiss team.
Trip Code: LE31
Starts: Lukla
Finishes: Lukla
Duration: 44 Days
Difficulty: Severe
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-May
Elevation: 8516m/ 27939.6ft
Trip Views: 582
Activities: Mountaineering
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Travel Style: Budget check Confortable Luxury

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Breakfast: 16
Lunch: 14
Dinner: 14
Private Vehicle
Hotel: 3 Night(s)
Teahouse: 10 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 1 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 2 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Mount Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world at 8,516m.
  • The early attempt on Lhotse was by the1955 International Himalayan Expedition headed by Norman Dyhrenfurth.
  • Mount Lhotse has 3 summits; the main summit at the altitude of 8516m, Lhotse middle (east) at the altitude of 8,414m and Lhotse Shar at the altitude of 8,383m.
  • The main summit of Lhotse was first climbed on May 18, 1956, by the Swiss Team of Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger from the Swiss Mount Everest/Lhotse Expedition.
  • Lhotse Shar summit was first climbed on May 12, 1970, by Austrian Expedition led by Sepp Mayerl, Rolf Walter.
  • Lhotse middle summit was climbed only on May 23, 2001, by a Russian Expedition.
  • It follows the Everest climbing route as far as Camp Four where the route steepens to follow an icy gully to the summit.

Why this Trip

  • Lhotse Expedition shares the same standard route as far as Camp Four that is used for climbing the Mount Everest. You have the option of joining the expedition specifically to climb Lhotse, or as a combo climb, making the ascent directly after your Everest summit from South Col.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit
  • • 5% of the total cost of the package will be allocated for the benefits of local people in the Everest region.




  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to receive you at the airport and you will be directly transferred to your hotel.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, we will invite you for dinner in a cultural restaurant on the night of your arrival for briefing the itinerary and small orientation program will be held by the tour leader and guides before we embark on our adventure.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek, we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, as per their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. How do you rate the difficulty for this mountain, on a scale of 1 to 10, compared to other over 8000m high mountains ?
    This is certainly one of the highest mountains in the world. In terms of technical difficulty, we'd rate “Lhotse” as 8.
  • 6. Who can climb Lhotse ?
    Only mountaineers who have adept mountaineering skills, adequate strength and previous experience in high mountains can climb this mountain.
  • 7. What about security during climbing ?
    We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized Guides/Sherpas to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the Guide’s/Sherpa’s instruction with utmost care.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect during this expedition ?
    During camping, our expert camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
  • 9. Can we get drinking water during climbing ?
    Yes, you will get purified, filtered water in many tea houses. You can also get a hot water during camping.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use a private vehicle for sightseeing inside Kathmandu Valley. And we use domestic flight to transfer to Lukla and back.
  • 11. What is the best season for Lhotse Expedition ?
    The best seasons for Lhotse Expedition are August to November and March to May.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are totally insured. In case of emergencies like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions, let your guide know about your problem and subsequently. As soon as we are informed of a situation, we will send emergency helicopter rescue team. You will be then transferred to the hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What are the appropriate outfits we should possess ?
    Climbing is a hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement, so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable, so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, good shoes are very important for climbing in rough and snowy terrain, so invest in good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. For mountaineering, you will require special clothes that can be bought or hired from us.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the trip days ?
    Most of the time, it is not possible. But in emergency cases, you can. Still, we customize the trip according to your preference, but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide and company
  • 15. How long will it take to complete the expedition ?
    It will take around 3-4 weeks to climb it and to return only a few days. So to complete this mountaineering, you need at least 44 days in total, to finish this trip.
  • 16. Are your Sherpas reliable and certified ?
    Yes, our Sherpas are trekking experts and also authorized license holders from Nepal Government. The Sherpas know the climbing route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 17. Do I need climbing permit ?
    Yes, you need climbing permit. It is not legal to climb without it.
  • 18. Is there any possibility of telephonic communication while we are on this expedition ?
    Yes, for the first few days, it is possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying certain amount directly. For higher altitude climbing, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpas.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trips ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a non-refundable deposit of minimum of 15% of total trip amount is required, which can be made by bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or card.
  • 22. Can we use credit card during the climbing ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the climbing. You have to exchange the money in Nepali Rupees before you start the trip. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu.

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Taking a mountain flight is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Nepal. You can experience the beauty of those gigantic Himalayas within a minute through a mountain fight. Nepal is famous for the presence of an enormous number of mountain ranges and many visitors come to Nepal to conquer those vast mountains.

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