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The Lhotse Expedition

lhotse-expedition

Starts from: Lukla

Ending: Lukla

Best season: Spring and autumn

Duration of trip: 48 days

Trip Highlight:

Lhotse lies about 3 km south of Mount Everest, separated by the South Col. In fact, Lhotse means South Face. Three peaks that make up the Lhotse massif are: Lhotse East or middle, Lhotse Shar and Lhotse. Immediately south of Mount Everest lies the long east-west crest and the summits of the two mountains are connected by the South Col. South Face of Lhotse is the most technical face of Lhotse. The Lhotse South Face is also one of the largest mountain faces in the world. The section during the climb, which has been unanimously declared the most dangerous, is the Khumbu Icefall. Both Mt Everest and Lhotse share the same basecamp. In fact, Lhotse is a part of Everest massif itself.

However, Lhotse is considered to be an independent mountain. After several unsuccessful attempts, the South Face was successful climbed only in 1984. This beautiful massif also holds immense promise as it is little developed and offers fascinating opportunities. Lhotse can be climbed either from Everest Base Camp or nearby Chhukung. Being 8,000m, the Lhotse Expedition encounters many obstacles including high altitudes, harsh weather conditions and even sheer exhaustion. We believe our planning, logistics, staffing and experience coupled with your enthusiasm, patience, and perseverance would help you achieve your lifetime dream. We strive hard to conduct the best expedition program at a fair price.

Detailed Expedition Itinerary

DAY 01:  Arrival KTM and transfer to hotel -1300m/4264ft

Upon your arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport, our representative will welcome you and will assist to transfer you in your hotel in Kathmandu. You may relax at your hotel or go around for shopping. In the evening All Trekkers Team will organize welcome dinner for you in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu meanwhile briefing about your adventurous trip will take place. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02-03: At leisure in Kathmandu

Sightseeing and Preparation for Everest Expedition. While the leader attends a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism, you will explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. You will visit famous Stupa, Boudhnath and the popular Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupati Nath Temple. In the late afternoon, the leader will check everyone’s equipment, as Kathmandu is the last opportunity to buy anything missing. You will also get introduced with fellow expedition members and guides. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 04: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla – 2,840m/9,315ft

An early morning scenic flight to Lukla. In Lukla, we will meet our camp staff and porters and set off straightaway for our first night’s stop at Phakding. Situated on the banks of the DudhKosi which drains the whole of the Khumbu region, Phakding on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean well-built lodges where we can spend the night.

DAY 05: Trek to Namche Bazar

Continue up the banks of the DudhKosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we will enter the Khumbu National Park. Cross the confluence of the DudhKosi and the BhoteKosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours to reach Namche Bazaar. This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu region with genuine Tibetan artifacts.

DAY 06: At leisure in Namche Bazar

We spend a day in Namche Bazar resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3,450m (11,300ft).

DAY 07: Trek to Tyangboche

The well worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the DudhKosi. Follow the path, savoring the first spectacular views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and AmaDablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, cross the DudhKosi River and make a steep climb to Thyangboche, home of an impressive and newly rebuilt monastery.

DAY 08: Trek to Dingboche

Shaded by rhododendron trees, the path leads gradually down to the river once again to another airy suspension bridge. An hour’s walking from here brings us to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for AmaDablam. Contouring up the valley side, re-cross the river and turn up the Imja valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche.

DAY 09-14: Acclimatization day

This is an important phase of the expedition. Dingboche is a good location for acclimatization. The team leader will organize daily outings to the adjacent hills with the aim of providing gradual acclimatization. Walk some of the nearby hills in order to slowly increase exposure to altitude. Follow the regime that you have previously found most suitable, in order to give you maximum acclimatization before arrive in basecamp.

While in Dingboche, we can attend a seminar on high altitude acclimatization at a hospital run by the Himalayan Rescue Association nearby Pheriche. The walk over to Pheriche and back will also serve as good acclimatization training.

DAY 14-40: Climbing period of Lhotse and Back to Basecamp

DAY 41-43: Trek to Namche Bazaar via Dingboche and Thyangboche

DAY 44-45: Trek to Phakding and Lukla

DAY 46: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

We will return to the welcome haven of the Hotel. Once back in Kathmandu, All Trekkers Team will host an evening barbecue to celebrate the expedition and as a farewell party to thank the Sherpa’s for their support and friendship.

DAY 47: Rest day in Kathmandu

Today the journey comes to an end. There’s nothing to do but trade emails with your new friends, organize all your photos and final preparation for departure from Nepal.

DAY 48: Departure to your next destination

Recommended Previous Experience:

A previous high altitude climbing experience is essential. Work together as a team so that all members reach the top safely. Members need to have experience in being part of a team, working toward a common goal and being ready to work with the group.  Be a good team player!

The oxygen level over 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level. The weather is never fully predictable. The climbers must have years of prior experience on rock and ice climbing especially above 7,000m. You also need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along a steep technical terrain. Remember, your actions affect not only your own, but welfare of the entire team.

Climbing Day:

The climbing itinerary may vary according to the climber’s personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch, resting and relaxing, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. We ensure the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.

The Climb:

The initial days of trekking takes us deep into the Khumbu Valley. The moderately paced trek also helps in enough time for acclimatization. Walking past several Sherpa villages also provides an opportunity to acquaint with the Himalayan culture. The trek winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth, where you can relax in exotic, friendly Sherpa villages. Our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don’t have to carry a heavy rucksack.

Base camp to Camp 1:

The Base Camp for Lhotse is the same as for the Everest Expedition. Other camps are Camp 1, Camp 2, and Camp 3 and then you split off from there to a Lhotse Camp 4. Clip in to the fixed lines to head through the Khumbu Icefall up to the plateau of the Western CWM and camp 1, at 5,800 meters/19,000 feet.

From Camp 1 to Camp 2:

The route traverses the flattish bottom of the Western CWM, to 6,200 meters/20,300 feet to camp 2. Camp 2 is located on a rocky moraine below the west-face of Everest. In camp 2 our Sherpa cook will prepare hot meals and drinks.

Camp 2 to Camp 3:

Located on a flat section protected by solid ice walls at about 7,200 meter/23,600 feet on the Lhotse face. To reach camp 3, we must negotiate the Lhotse Face. The Lhotse face is not very technical, in fact, after climbing the initial 38-65 degree 100 meters/300 foot high ramp, the average slope angle of the entire ‘face’ is around 30 degrees.

Camp 3 to Camp 4:

Located upon rock shelves on the upper Lhotse face. It is the highest camp at 7850 meters/25,700 feet, and can be an airy perch for the few days we reside there. Camp 4 at 7850 meters/25,700 feet on the upper Lhotse face.

Weather Conditions:

The springtime from March to May is considered the favorable weather for Lhotse climbing. However, the weather conditions in Everest are never fully predictable. Temperatures may get as low as minus 20C in summer, but can drop to minus 60C or even lower during winter. The possibility of bad weather such as snow, wind, and cloud should also be taken into account. Similarly, the wind speeds may rise to 80Km/h (50mph). At the Base camp the temperature is about 15C warmer than at the summit. The oxygen level around 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level.

Leadership:

Our Lhotse expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers and guides who have scaled the mountain several times These leaders are supported by the other crewmembers and theyhave all of the necessary experience and equipment required for a successful completion of the expedition. All Trekkers Team also makes sure that it’s leaders have proven track records in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber’s chance of making it to the summit without compromising the safety aspect.  All Trekkers Team’s expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crewmembers are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.

Team Composition:

Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. All Trekkers pays high attention to the safety standards of the climbers. Hence, for two International Climbers, All Trekkers assigns its accredited climbing leader, high altitudes assistance Sherpa, and cook. For basecamp assistance and other necessary trek support, All Trekkers Team supplies crews such as porters, yaks and yak man. Further, to maintain the high safety standard All Trekkers Team’s team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.

Trip Start Dates:

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date. The spring season of March to May is considered the best time for Lhotse expedition. Spring is also the most popular season for the expedition. The months of April and May and then again October and November are the classic climbing period. The summer months of monsoon rains and the winter months from December to February are the most unfavorable time for Lhotse Expedition. The temperatures can vary from 27°c to – 7°c at lower elevations, and at higher elevations, it can vary from 16°c to -23°c.

Why Expedition with All Trekkers Team?

Going on any adventure trip will require a substantial sum of money be paid in advance. Yet trusting a company you have no prior experience with involves a risk. We, however, are a fully bonded trek operator authorized by Nepal Government, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Nepal Tourism Board, Industry Department, Company Registration Office, Nepal National Bank and the Taxation Office. We are also affiliated with such prestigious regulating bodies as NATTA, NMA, TAAN, and KEEP.

A detailed list of our registrations and licenses for operation:

Nepal Ministry of Industry, Office of Company Register

Nepal Ministry of Tourism, Department of Tourism

Nepal Department of Small Cottage and Industries

Nepal Ministry of Finance, Department of VAT/ PAN

Tax Clearance Certificate

Central Bank of Nepal (Nepal Rastra Bank), Department of Foreign Currency Exchange:

Fair Price with Quality: 

Service, quality and fair prices – is the motto of our business. The packages we have offer unbeatable value for money. But you don’t have to take our word on it – we just ask our clients shop around to other adventure companies to try to find a similar package at a better price. However, we do not compromise on quality to cut down the costs. Our edge over other international operators is that we are a Nepal based business that allows us to keep our overhead to a minimum. So we can offer the same facilities as those provided by a Western company at literally a fraction of the price. That about 40% of our bookings come from repeat business proves our performance when it comes to client satisfaction.

Sustainable Operation Policies:

All Trekkers Team (P) LTD observes responsible and sustainable tourism practices. The company works closely with all stakeholders including the local communities to protect and conserve natural environment. We ensure that all our adventure programs leave the least possible carbon footprint. We are also aware of the corporate social responsibility; hence we maintain highest ethical and professional standards as well as transparency in our business practices.

Local and Experienced Mountain Leaders:

All Trekkers Team (P) LTD employs and trains local staff so that the local communities benefit from our adventure operations. However, we never compromise on our high safety and quality standards. All of our leaders and guides are carefully selected based on their aptitude, experience, and leadership skills. Most of our guides have been continuously working with us for more than 10 years. Our guides are trained for remote emergencies and are well versed in local politics, culture and customs. Please check out the personal records of our guides who have scaled Mt. Everest several times (and hundreds of other lesser peaks). Thus, we guarantee that all our guides, cooks, and other crews members are qualified and experienced professionals who make it sure that you’re always safe, sound, and happy.

Additional Information:

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it, please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly, feel free to call us at: +977-98510-78240, 98122-85346

Services Included:

All climbing permit, land, air transportation and accommodation in lodges/tent during the trek/climb, Food: three times meals in a day, necessary guides and required number of porter(s), other essential equipment.

Services Excluded:

Personal expenses, insurance, tips, emergency evacuation by helicopter, alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike and road blockade etc