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Trip Code: NET-EXP-LHTS1

  • Trip Type Camping
  • Duration 44 days
  • Grade Difficult
  • Max.Altitude 5180m.
  • Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Flight
Mount Lhotse (8516m.) - The South Peak

Mount Lhotse (8516m.) - The South Peak

In Tibetan dialect, Lhotse means the ‘South Peak’. Lhotse stands prominently side by side with Mt. Everest separated only by a small section of South Col. The Lhotse main is 8516m in height and is recognized as the fourth highest mountain on earth. There are other subsidiaries of Lhotse including Lhotse Middle (8414m) and Lhotse Shar (8383m). All of the Lhotse peaks have been climbed.
The Swiss expedition team of led by Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger successfully climbed Lhotse in the spring of 1956. Austrians Sepp Mayerl and Rolf Walter became the first to climb Lhotse Shar in 1970 and recently in 2001, Eugeny Vinogradsky, Sergei Timofeev, Alexei Bolotov and Petr Kuznetsov from Russia summitted Lhotse Middle.
The standard route of climbing Lhotse is the same as Everest till Camp III or Yellow Band to be exact, from where one has to turn right of the Geneva Spur towards Lhotse face. The pitfalls of climbing Lhotse in the past involved unexpected strong winds and cold temperatures, the formidable Lhotse face wall, sharp icy and rocky climbs and a need for great coordination and foot rhythm. 


 Trip code: NET-EXP-LHTS1
  Region Everest Region Trekking
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 44 days
 Trip Type: Camping
 Trip Grade: Difficult
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Max Altitude: 5180m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
 Transportaion: Flight
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu
Camping Accomodation during Expedition


Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, meet our airport representative and transfer to the hotel (1350m). Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Rest and prepare day for assignment & briefing. Permit issue day and briefing at Tourism Ministry. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) takes about 35 minutes. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) takes approximately three hours. 
You begin your trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) takes approximately five hours. Namche Bazaar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens up to face the Bhote Koshi. Stay overnight in lodge.

A day for rest at Namche Bazaar (3440m.) for acclimatization. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For acclimatization you walk up to Khumjung where you can visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawoche, and Kwangde and so on. Or you can take an hour's walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for an outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) takes about five hours. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes approximately five hours. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight in lodge.

Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization. There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon. You have another option as you can hike up to Chhukum. From here you can enjoy the panoramic view of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others. Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m.) takes about five and a half hours. The onward journey leads north for up to 50 minutes until you come to a Mani-prayer Stupa. The trail follows a downward path to Pheriche village. Today's walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5486m.) via Gorakshep (5180m.) takes about seven hours. Trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below of the Khumbu glacier. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbu Tse appears at the front of you. Stay overnight in camp.

Climbing period (summit period for summit). Stay overnight in camps for all nights.

Preparation to returning (Clean Base Camp) and trek to Pheriche. Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes approximately four hours. Tyangboche is a small village with a famous monastery offering you splendid views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and river views.  Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) takes about four and half hours. The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings you to the village of Khunde. Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2640m.) takes about four hours. The trails descend steeply for about one and a half hours. After that, the path has small ups and down to Phakding through Monjo. Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2886m) takes about three hours. Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. Stay overnight in lodge in Lukla.

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Stay overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.

Rest and explore day around Kathmandu and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast transfer to airport for Final departure.


The Trip includes following services:
  • All airport pick-up and drop-off (domestic and international) services by private A/C vehicle.
  • 5 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 5 Star standards hotel
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • One full day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with private A/C vehicle and English speaking tour guide (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Kathmandu Durbar Square) including entrance fees
  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing
  • All trekking and camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, foam mattresses, toilet & Store tents, hot shower etc.
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner with tea or coffee) along with accommodation at Lodges/ Tea Houses during the trek and climbing
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee) and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Lhotse
  • One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and 8000 m. Summiteers Climbing / expedition Guide (Sherpa) per client
  • Life, medical and evacuation insurance as well as equipments for the guides, porters and other staffs
  • One Government Liaison officer with full equipments, salary, accommodation and insurance
  • First aid kit
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$4 per minute call
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crews at base camp and above as required
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period
  • 4 bottle Oxygen for each member & 2 bottles for each Sherpa
  • One set of mask and regulator for all climbers and Sherpa
  • Individual tent available for members in the base camp
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger
  • Heater for dining tent at the base camp and other necessary camp
  • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3 as well as Ice fall charges and Gamow Bags
  • High altitude food for members and Sherpa including drinks and cooking crews
  • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties
  • Rescue assistance (In case of any emergency during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your travel insurance cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last day

The Trip does not include:
  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Expenses of personal nature such as laundries, beverages, cigarettes, etc.
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Staff Tips & Sherpa summit bonus
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
  • Video Fees & Filming permit (for special camera)
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, political disturbances, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Any additional staff other than specified
  • Walkie-talkies Personal climbing gears
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods
  • Garbage Disposal fee (US$3000 per group but refundable after the trip). The fund will be withheld if the members fail to carry the waste back to Base Camp and Kathmandu
  • Medical, Rescue and evacuation insurance
  • Airfare for international flights from your country to Nepal and back.
  • Visa and Custom fees

Note:  There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.



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