Mt. Lhotse Expedition - 54 Days

  • Trip Code HTA-39
  • Duration: 54 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
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About Trip:

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.” -Andy Rooney

Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world at 8,516 metres (27,940 ft), after Mount Everest, K2, and Kangchenjunga. Part of the Everest massif, Lhotse is connected to the latter peak via the South Col. Lhotse means “South Peak” in Tibetan. In addition to the main summit at 8,516 metres (27,940 ft) above sea level, the mountain comprises the smaller peaks Lhotse Middle (East) at 8,414 m (27,605 ft), and Lhotse Shar at 8,383 m (27,503 ft). The summit is on the border between China, Tibet and the Khumbu region of Nepal. An early attempt on Lhotse was by the 1955 International Himalayan Expedition, headed by Norman Dyhrenfurth. It also included two Austrians (cartographer Erwin Schneider and Ernst Senn) and two Swiss (Bruno Spirig and Arthur Spöhel), and was the first expedition in the Everest area to include Americans (Fred Beckey, George Bell, and Richard McGowan).

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.[4][5] On May 12, 1970, Sepp Mayerl and Rolf Walter of Austria made the first ascent of Lhotse Shar.[6] Lhotse Middle remained, for a long time, the highest unclimbed named point on Earth; on May 23, 2001, its first ascent was made by Eugeny Vinogradsky, Sergei Timofeev, Alexei Bolotov and Petr Kuznetsov of a Russian expedition

We, the Himalayan Traverse Adventure have designed this expedition package for mountaineers who want to climb the fourth highest mountain in the World and earn fame.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01      : Arrival in Kathmandu and a brief discussion on trip (1,300m/4,264 ft.)

Day 02-03 : Preparation in Kathmandu

Day 04      : Fly to Lukla (2,860 m/9,383 ft.): 45 min flight, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 3-4 hrs walk

Day 05      : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft.): 5-6 hrs walk

Day 06      : Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

Day 07      : Trek to Tyangboche (3,870m/12,694 ft.) or Deboche (3860m/12,665 ft.): 5-6 hrs walk

Day 08      : Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft.): 5-6 hrs walk

Day 09      : Acclimatization at Dingboche

Day 10      : Trek to Lobuche (4,940 m/16,207 ft.): 5-6 hrs walk

Day 11      : Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), ascend Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft.): 6-7 hrs walk

Day 12-47 : Climbing Period of Mount Lhotse

Day 48      : Withdraw to Base Camp

Day 49      : Return to Pangboche

Day 50      : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft.): 6-7 hrs walk

Day 51      : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft.): 6-7 hrs walk

Day 52      : Fly back to Kathmandu: 45 min flight

Day 53      : Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Day 54      : Final departure

Cost Includes:

  • Domestic flight services between Kathmandu and Lukla
  • International & domestic airport transfers from and to Hotel
  • All ground transportations in tourist vehicles as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in star level hotel with bed and breakfast facility in Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) while trekking as indicated by the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in twin sharing basis tents or local lodges/guesthouses while trekking
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking related permits and fees like National Park Permit, TIMS, Expedition permit etc.
  • Professional, government licensed, helpful and English speaking guides (summited Everest twice before) with necessary porters (1 porter per two members)
  • First Aid Medical Kit box during the trip
  • All costs of Nepalese staffs including their wages, insurance, food and accommodation, domestic flights, transportation and other related costs.
  • Himalayan Traverse Adventure duffel bags and T-shirts
  • Government and local taxes as per itinerary
  • All overnight accommodations while on the trek and climb
  • Climbing equipment for group like ropes, snow bar, ice screw, etc. which are necessary
  • 3 oxygen bottle (each of 4 liters) per member and 2 oxygen bottles per sherpa; 1 bottle of oxygen lasts for 5/6 hours
  • Liaison officer by government with his equipment, wages, insurance, and all his facilities
  • Equipment transportation by yaks or porter and means of transportations
  • communication services i.e. walkie-talkie
  • services of kitchen, dining with tents which are required in the base camp, shower tents, toilet tents, heater, (per member:1 tent till base camp and sharing above base camp) (cook service till base camp and camp 2)
  • Set up regulator mask of high quality for member and sherpas
  • Solar power and warm heaters
  • High foods above base camp and high cooking pots, EP gas, and other necessaries

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfares to and from Nepal.
  • Lunch and Dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fees
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Extra expenses by member like Laundry fees, drinks, phone calls, shower, etc.
  • All foods and beverages other than on the itinerary.
  • Personal gears and equipment.
  • Good Tips for guides, porters and drivers(1000 US$ per Sherpa as summit bonus)
  • Excess Baggage charges
  • Services more than included in “Trip Includes” section.
  • Insurance and Trip cancellation
  • No credit facility

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu and a brief discussion on trip (1,300m/4,264 ft.)

Welcome to Nepal, the Land of Himalayas! Upon your arrival our representative from Himalayan Traverse will welcome to you at the airport and take you to your respective hotel. As it is the first day, we will make you brief introduction on your trip and your guide/s too. At the evening we will host a welcome dinner offering typical Nepalese cuisine in one of the finest Nepalese Restaurants in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.

-Bed and Breakfast, Dinner

Day 02-03 : Preparation in Kathmandu

These two days are for all preparation on equipment, paperwork, etc. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.

-Bed and Breakfast

Day 04 : Fly to Lukla (2,860 metres/9,383 ft.): 45 min flight, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 3-4 hrs walk

Early in the morning we take short scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which will be about 35 minutes and we start our journey for Everest Base Camp. As we land on Tenzing Hillary Airport we hold on a bit in Lukla as the guides and porters manage the baggage. Then we head for Phakding, a small Sherpa village which take a walk of three or four hours. Overnight at Phakding.

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft.): 5-6 hrs walk

Today, after having our morning breakfast we start our hike. With Dudhkoshi river by our side we also make entrance to Sagarmatha National park. After a straight walk of 5 or 6 hours, we reach Namche Bazaar which is also known as the “Gateway to Mount Everest”. From there we can enjoy the amazing view of Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06 : Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

After a continuous walk to Namche Bazaar, today we make our day as an acclimatization day. Today we can for activities as per your wish. For example, a short hike to Khumjung or Everest View Hotel and enjoying the view of the mighty Himalayas can be a good option. We also experience the Sherpa culture and learn about Sherpa and mountaineering history by making a short visit to Sherpa museum and Khumjung School nearby. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07 : Trek to Tyangboche (3,870m/12,694 ft.) or Deboche (3860m/12,665 ft.): 5-6 hrs walk

The day starts with a pleasant walk with the magnificent views if the Himlayas. We can see the high mountains such as Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse, Mount Amadablam and Kongde all the way. Making our way through the rhododendron forests we finally reach our destination for today, Tyangboche. Rhododendron is also the national flower of Nepal. We also make our short visit to the largest monastery in the region by the name “Tyangboche Monastery”. Overnight at Tyangboche or Deboche.

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08 : Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft.): 5-6 hrs walk

We start our day descending through the lush tree forest with the view of Mount Everest, Mount Amadablam and Mount Lhotse. As we move forward towards Imja Valley and up to Dingboche we can have the scenery of barley, buckwheat and potato fields on our way and also the “Pangboche Monastery” in Pangboche. Overnight at Dingboche.

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09 : Acclimatization at Dingboche

It’s an another acclimatization day in the village with fields of buckwheat, barley and potatoes. We can either take rest or make hike to Nagarhuna Hill and Chukkung nearby for some excellent views of Himalayas and the place. Overnight at Dingboche.

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 : Trek to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft.): 5-6 hrs walk

Making our way through the Khumbu glaciers at the terminal moraine we climb up to Dugla. We can find the prayers flags and stones on our way up. We can see the clear views of peak like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Mahalangur himal and Pumori. Gradually after a hike of 5 to 6 hours we reach Lobuche situated beneath the Lhotse Ridge. Overnight at Lobuche.

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 : Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), ascend Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft.): 6-7 hrs walk

Today is as exciting day as we will be hiking for Everest Base Camp, our final destination. It definitely is going to be as amazing experience but a bit challenging too. We make our way to Gorak Shep first and head towards Everest Base Camp then following the Khumbu Glacier trails. On the way we can view mountains which are Nuptse, Pumori and Khumbutse and finally reach Everest Base Camp where we will be exploring today. For overnight we return to Gorakshep.

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12-47 : Climbing Period of Mount Lhotse

With acclimatization to camp 2, camp 3, up and down, spending nights in Camp 2, we make a gradual attempt on Everest. Our Sherpas will always be there to guide us. We just need to follow what he suggests us to do because he is familiar to the place. So, gradually we make our attempt on Mount Lhotse in the duration of around 4 weeks. There are total 4 camps in Mount Lhotse. But the route is same as for Everest till Camp 3

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 48 : Withdraw to Base Camp

All team members return to base camp and assist with packing expedition stores and cleaning the base camp area.

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 49 : Return to Pangboche

Today after a successful climb of Lhotse, we return to Pangboche and rest there.

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 50 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft.): 6-7 hrs walk

We descend back to Namche Bazaar crossing the rhododendron forests. Enjoying the natural beauty of the place and watching the smiley faces of Sherpa locals we make our way down to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 51 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft.): 6-7 hrs walk

We head to Lukla today making our way through the Sherpa villages. We may take rest at places like Phakding and after a couple of hours we reach Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu early in the morning tomorrow. Overnight at Lukla.

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 52 : Fly back to Kathmandu: 45 min flight

As today we have to fly back to Kathmandu, we wake up early in the morning and make our early flight in Kathmandu. During the day you could take rest or buy yourself some souvenirs. On the occasion of our successful trip there will be a dinner conducted by us in the evening.

-Bed and Breakfast, Dinner

Day 53 : Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Today we have a leisure day in Kathmandu. So we could travel around in Kathmandu or get ourselves some souvenirs to take our country after a grand success.

-Bed and Breakfast

Day 54 : Final departure

Today we will be biding you farewell. We will be hoping that you will come back to Nepal again for another adventurous trip. We will take you to the International airport some hours before the scheduled flight and finally you will depart back for your homeland!



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