Lhotse Expedition (8516m)

Lhotse Expedition (8516m)

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Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world, is situated in Everest region. Its long east-west ridge is located immediately south of Mount Everest, and the summits of the two mountains are connected by the South Col. So, Lhotse is best known for its proximity to Mt. Everest and the climbers who approach this mountain from the normal route spend considerable time on its north west face.

Lhotse rises only 610m. from the South Col, however, it is a prominent peak due to its tremendous south face, the most impressive walls in Himalayas, notable for the steepest face with many failed attempts, many fatalities and very few ascents.

The western flank of Lhotse is known as the Lhotse Face. Any climber who wants to climb the the peak via standard route of South Col on Everest must climb this 1,125m (3,700ft) wall of glacial blue ice. This face rises at 40 and 50 degree pitches with the occasional 80 degree bulges. Two rocky sections called the Yellow Band and the Geneva Spur interrupt the icy ascent on the upper part of the face. This is a technically challenging route and will require solid climbing skills and experience.

Lhotse has three summits: Lhotse Main 8516m, Lhotse Shar 8383m and Lhotse Middle or East 8413m . Lhotse Main was first climbed in 1956 by a Swiss expedition, Lhotse Shar in 1979 and Lhotse Middle in 2001 by a Russian Expedition team.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and hotel transfer.
Day 2: Official formalities and expedition preparation.
Day 3: Official formalities and expedition preparation.
Day 4: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding.
Day 5: Trek to Namche.
Day 6: Rest at Namche.
Day 7: Trek to Tengboche.
Day 8: Trek to Dingboche.
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche.
Day 10: Rest day for acclimatization.
Day 11: Trek to Base Camp.
Day 12-39: Climbing period.
Day 40: Cleaning of base camp.
Day 41: Trek to Dingboche.
Day 42: Trek to Tengboche.
Day 43: Trek to Namche.
Day 44: Trek to Lukla.
Day 45: Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 46: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 47: Airport transfer for international flight.

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