- Duration:48 Days
- Primary Activity:Expedition
- Group Size:1 - 25 Peoples
- Arrival on:Nepal
- Trip Grade:Strenuous
- Meals:All meals included in Expedition
- Accomodation:Hotels / Tea-Houses / Camping
- Max-Altitude:8516 m.
- Departure from:Kathmandu
Lhotse Expedition: 48 Days
This Lhotse Expedition is challenging, terrifying and a once in a lifetime acheivement and goal for many mountaineers.
Lhotse means ‘South Face’ in Nepali and lies about 3 km south of Mount Everest. Three peaks that make up the Lhotse massif are: Lhotse East, Lhotse Shar and Lhotse. 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. This section during the climb, which has been unanimously declared the most dangerous, is the Khumbu Icefall. Both Mt Everest and Lhotse share the same base camp. Lhotse is also a part of Everest massif itself.
Even though it is a part of the Everest massif, Lhotse is also considered to be an independent mountain. After several unsuccessful attempts, the South Face was successful climbed in 1984. This beautiful massif also holds immense promise as it is little developed and offers fascinating opportunities for the ultimate adventurer. Lhotse can be climbed either from Everest Base Camp or nearby Chhukung. Being 8,000m high, the mountaineers wanting to accomplish this climb may encounter 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.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Travel Society Nepal. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa, etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a cultural dance performed by the local women. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight stay at the hotel (D)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation (1,300m /4,264ft).
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influences in the valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full-day guided tour to the historic sights such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath). In the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip. Stay overnight at hotel. (B)
Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2,800m.) | Trek to Phakding (2,652m.) | 3-4 hours.
Early morning transfer to a domestic 40-minute scenic flight to the tiny airstrip at Lukla (2,800m), the destination where our trek will start. After reaching Lukla, you will have time for tea and to relax before we start. We begin our trek through the Sherpa village and cross several tributary streams with beautiful views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2650m). When you arrive, you can take an optional short hike to a nearby monastery or just explore the area. Overnight stay at Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m.) | 5-6 hours.
From Phakding, you will trek through beautiful forests along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing the river on high suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. For here, you will ascend pretty steeply to Namche. If the weather is clear, you will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Kongde-Ri and Mt. Tawache peak from this point. Option to visit some of the village monasteries while trekking to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the capital of the Khumbu Region (3440m). We stay overnight at Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher to avoid altitude sickness. This is the first of two scheduled “acclimatization” days”. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, a bakery, and local markets. Namche is an ideal place to spend a day for rest to acclimatize with the higher altitudes before heading off towards Khumjung. To prepare you for the tough climbing in the days ahead, you can spend the day taking a day walk hike to Khunde hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary or you can take a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding views of the Everest Mountain range. Stay overnight in lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) | 5- 6 hours
After breakfast, we trek towards Tengboche. First, we start with an easy walk from Namche to Phunki. Upon reaching Phunki, we ascend towards Tengboche, a village that houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery in the Everest region. Located amidst the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), it is draped with the panoramic 360-degree view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. The monastery opens at 3:00 pm so if we are lucky we might just be able to witness a religious ceremony. Overnight in Tengboche. (B, L, D)
Day 07: Tengboche – Dingboche (4, 010m) | 5-6 hours
Today, we will trek with the view of Ama Dablam soaring directly overhead – a breathtaking experience! After lunch at Pangboche – home to one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the Khumbu region. We continue our trek until we reach the farming village of Dingboche. Spend the evening mingling with the locals who are the highest year-round settlement in the region. Stay overnight at Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 8: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche
This is an important phase of the expedition. Dingboche is a good location for acclimatization. The team leader will organize a hike to the adjacent hills with the aim of providing gradual acclimatization. Walk some of the nearby hills in order to slowly increase exposure to the altitude before arriving in base camp. 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 10-40: Ascending and Descending of Lhotse (8516m)
From the Base Camp, we move further up to Camp 1 at 5,700m (17,400 ft) along the standard route. Generally, one night is spent at Camp 1 for acclimatization before returning to the Base Camp for the final preparation to scale the summit. There are three camps above the base camp before reaching the summit. The ascent from Base Camp to Camp 1 is technically challenging. From Camp 1, we follow existing fixed lines and then establish new ropes wherever necessary both for ascent and descent. The climb from Camp 2 to Camp 3 is comprised of mixed rock, snow and ice, which is loose in certain places. The climb from Camp 3 to the summit is relatively less technical. Finally, we will successfully summit Lhotse Peak (8516m). After celebrating, taking lots of pictures and soaking in the views of our achievement, we return back to base camp. (B, L, D)
Day 41-43: From Lhotse Base Camp to Namche Bazaar via Dingboche and Thyangboch – 3,440 m
We will trek down from Base Camp through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees via Tengboche. If it’s Spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our path. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga. The trail then follows the Dud Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests and eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. We stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m) for a relaxed lunch and to soak up the views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse. After spending the night in either Dingboche or Thyangboch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After 2 days, we reach the army camp of Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching our lodge, you can have a nice hot shower and rest in Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 44 – 45: Trek to Phakding and Lukla
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly as our shaky legs continuously battle against the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast following Dud Koshi, the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are traveling the same route down, we will see completely different views – a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow-covered peaks. After spending one night in Phakding, we continue our trek to our fina destination – Lukla. (B, L, D)
Day 46: Fly to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
This is an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes. After having breakfast, we head back to Kathmandu. The rest of your time here is free for shopping and sightseeing. In the evening; you will be invited to a well known Nepali kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of authentic Nepalese cuisine. Stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu (B, D).
Day 47: Leisure day in Kathmandu
This is a reserve day to accommodate any possible delay in the Lukla to Kathmandu flight. If the flight is as scheduled, we spend the day enjoying Kathmandu’s delights. If there is someplace you wish to visit during your stay in Kathmandu, we can do that today. Alternatively, take the day to do some last-minute shopping in Thamel, have a massage or relax in your hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu. (B)
Day 48: Transfer to Airport/Bus Stop for your Onward Travel
Our driver will escort you to the airport or bus stop for your onward travel. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime. (B)
For the Cost of Lhotse Expedition (48 Days): Contact Us
- Airport pickup and drop off
- Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu Flight Fare
- Kathmandu sightseeing (as mentioned in itinerary)
- Accommodation in Kathmandu and during the expedition
- High-quality tents for camping
- Full-board meal during trek
- All permits, National park fees, and garbage deposit fees
- Well-experienced and linguistic guides and porters
- Oxygen equipment for medical use (7 bottles per team)
- Mask regulator
- Portable hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag)
- Well-equipped medical kit to counter any kinds of mountain problems and injuries
- Orientation about expedition
- Farewell dinner at the end of the journey in Kathmandu
- International airfare
- Nepal Entry VISA Fee
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry, and alcoholic beverages, mineral water bottle, snacks, soft drinks, etc.
- Travel/medical insurance
- Tips and gratitude to guides, porters, and drivers