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Lhotse Expedition

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    Maximum Altitude: 8,516m
  • Walking/Climbing: 5 to 7 hours /day

Lhotse Climbing Overview

The Lhotse climbing is a challenging and exhilarating endeavor, taking climbers to the heights of the Himalayas where they aim to conquer the formidable Lhotse, a towering peak that stands at 8,516 meters (27,940 feet) above sea level. The journey begins at the remote and strategically situated Lhotse Base Camp, nestled near Everest Base Camp in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Here, climbers acclimatize and prepare for the daunting ascent. However, undertaking such an expedition involves a considerable financial commitment, with costs varying widely based on factors like the guiding company, the level of services provided, and the size of the climbing group.

A Lhotse climbing is a remarkable adventure that requires meticulous planning, physical fitness, mental fortitude, and a dedication to safety. It offers mountaineers the opportunity to test their limits, experience the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, and achieve a significant milestone in the world of high-altitude mountaineering.

Lhotse Expedition Facts

  • Duration: 47 Days
  • Starting Point: Kathmandu
  • Ending Point: Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude: Mt Lhotse Expedition (8,516 m)
  • Best Time: Autumn and Spring
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel/Tea house/Tent
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Activity: Trekking and Expedition
  • Group Size: 1-12 pax

Lhotse Expedition Highlights

  • Scaling the world’s fourth-highest peak at 8,516 meters is a significant mountaineering achievement.
  • Breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan landscape, including the nearby Mount Everest and surrounding peaks.
  • The expedition involves steep and technical climbing, providing a thrilling adventure for experienced mountaineers.
  • Gradual acclimatization to high altitudes and multiple rotations to higher camps for safety and success.
  • The remote and rugged Lhotse Base Camp serves as the starting point for the expedition, offering a unique adventure setting.
  • Access to experienced guides who provide guidance, safety, and support throughout the climb.
  • Joining the ranks of those who have conquered Lhotse is a significant accomplishment in the world of mountaineering.
  • Lhotse is located just a few kilometers from Mount Everest, offering an exceptional mountaineering experience.
  • Climbers face extreme weather, crevasses, and other high-altitude challenges, testing their physical and mental strength.

Lhotse Climbing Itinerary

  • Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival & Hotel Transfer
  • Day 02: Day at Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Climbing Prep & Briefing at the Ministry of Tourism
  • Day 04: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding (2640m)
  • Day 05: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3446m)
  • Day 06: Namche (3446m) & Acclimatization
  • Day 07: Namche – Tengboche Monastery (3867m)
  • Day 08: Tengboche – Pheriche (4243m)
  • Day 09: Pheriche – Lobuche (4930m) Lodge /camp
  • Day 10: Everest Base Camp (5400m) O/N Camp
  • Day 11 – 42 :Climbing Period
  • Day 43:Base Camp – Tengboche (3800m)
  • Day 44:Tengboche – Phakding (2600m)
  • Day 45:Phakding – Lukla (2800m)
  • Day 46:Lukla – Kathmandu
  • Day 47:Final Departure

Lhotse Base Camp

    • The journey starts at the base camp, which is situated near Everest Base Camp in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
    • Lhotse Base Camp serves as a hub for acclimatization and preparation for the ascent.
    • It’s a remote and challenging location, accessible only by trekking or helicopter.

Climbing Lhotse

    • Climbing Lhotse involves several key stages, including acclimatization rotations and summit attempts.
    • Acclimatization rotations are necessary to allow climbers’ bodies to adapt to the thin air at high altitudes. These rotations involve ascending to higher camps and then descending to lower altitudes for rest.
    • The actual climb to the summit is the most demanding part, requiring technical skill and endurance. The final push to the summit is often attempted during a weather window to maximize safety.

Lhotse Climbing Price

    • The price of an climbing may include services such as permits, transportation to and from the base camp, food and accommodation, climbing equipment, experienced guides, medical support, and communication facilities.
    • The cost of a Lhotse climbing varies widely depending on various factors, including the guiding company, services provided, and the number of climbers in the group.
    • It’s essential to choose a reputable guiding Expedition company with a proven track record in organizing high-altitude expeditions, as the safety and success of the climb depend on the expertise of the team.

Safety and Preparation

    • Safety is a paramount concern in high-altitude mountaineering, and climbers should be prepared for extreme conditions, avalanches, crevasses, and other hazards.
    • Proper training, physical fitness, and mental preparedness are crucial for a successful Lhotse expedition.

Lhotse’s Historical Significance

  • Lhotse is known for its proximity to Mount Everest, and many climbers attempt the Lhotse-Everest traverse. Its challenging nature and the prestige associated with climbing one of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks make it a notable expedition in the mountaineering world.

Departure & Return Location

Thamel Marga Central Thamel Kathmandu  (Google Map)

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop), by private vehicle.
  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu (4-star category) - single room on bed and breakfast plan.
  • Welcome and farewell Nepali cultural dinner.
  • Expedition Royalty and a permit fee of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Lhotse, Sagarmatha National Park, and Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry permit and fee.
  • 1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment, salary, and accommodation.
  • Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees.
  • Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and expedition.
  • Trekking and climbing map.
  • (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla and while returning Lukla - Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
  • All necessary expedition equipment transportation for all Members and Staff from Kathmandu to Lukla (by air cargo) and Base camp (by Porters / Yak) – While returning: Base camp to Lukla (by porters / Yak) and Lukla to Kathmandu (by air cargo).
  • Up to 60 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek to be carried by porters or Yaks.
  • 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek and at the Basecamp. Hygienic and fresh green vegetables, fresh meat, fruits, and soft drinks will be served during the entire expedition using helicopter flights. Well-managed base camp set up for members & Staff.
  • Porters per member up to the Base camp and from the Basecamp (both ways).
  • Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen Helpers as required.
  • All Nepalese staff & porters' daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
  • Each member will have an individual box tent in Base Camp.
  • Single Tent, foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning Tent, 1 Kitchen Tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower Tent, 1 Staffs Tent, 1 Tent for Nepalese base camp staffs, Store tents, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
  • Heater at base camp in each Dining and other necessary camps.
  • 1 Solar panel and Generator for lights at base camp, battery charge, for laptop and other electronic devices.
  • Oxygen, Mask Regulator, Ice wall, and gear training at basecamp by Sherpa Guide.
  • 1 veteran and government-licensed climbing Sherpa per member (1 Member: 1 Sherpa), during the entire climb from Basecamp to the summit and back, and on each rotation.
  • Climbing Sherpa to assist in carrying your gear to the high camps.
  • Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
  • Carry Bonus of Sherpas and Route Fixing Charges.
  • OXYGEN BOTTLE (O2) : Oxygen bottles will be in stock at base camp in case of an emergency (with an appropriate charge).
  • 1 Set of Summit Oxygen masks will be in base camp in case of an emergency.
  • High Altitude Tent, Necessary cooking EPI gas, cooking pot, High food for a member, Sherpa, and other crews at (C1) (C2) and (C3). Group climbing gears, and fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
  • Members will share tents in high camps (2 members: 1 tent).
  • The team of experienced Sherpas will fix the rope and the route.
  • Satellite Phone for emergency communication carried by Sherpa, also available for members with an appropriate charge.
  • Walkie–Talkie for communicating from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp.
  • Weather forecast report during the entire expedition.
  • Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staff.
  • Lhotse climbing certificate issued by MoCTCA (after climbing Ama Dablam successfully).
  • International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepalese Visa fee is $ 125 USD for 90 Days.
  • Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition, domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Insurance covering both medical and high-altitude evacuation costs (for the trip cancellation, interruption, high altitude rescue & air evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.) *Mandatory
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES : Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will have soft drinks for members at base camp).
  • PERSONAL CLIMBING EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical Kit, and all kinds of Personal Trekking / Climbing Gear.
  • TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
  • Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
  • INTERNET SERVICE : Not included during the trek and the expedition.
  • SUMMIT BONUS : Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa - Minimum 600 USD.
  • TIPS : Calculate some tips for Basecamp and high camp staff – Minimum 250 USD.


Return After Trip Finish
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Trekking Pole
  • Climbing Equipment (Climbing Boot,Harness Set,Crampons,Ice Axe)
What to Expect
  • Operating at extreme altitudes with thin air and reduced oxygen levels.
  • Gradual adjustment through rotations between base camp and higher camps.
  • Explore the heritage sites of Kathmandu.
  • Walkthrough the famous trekking trails of the Everest region.
  • Immerse with the Himalayan Sherpa culture and tradition.
  • Gradual adjustment through rotations between base camp and higher camps.
  • Steep and technical sections with ice and rock challenges.
  • Fabulous perspectives on eight-thousanders including the mighty Mt. Everest.
Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. You can spend the day resting and recovering from your journey, or explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu.

Day 2: Day at Kathmandu

This day is reserved for necessary preparations, such as obtaining any additional equipment or permits that may be required for the expedition. You can also use this day to explore the cultural and historical sites of Kathmandu.

Day 3: Expedition Prep & Briefing at the Ministry of Tourism

You will have a thorough expedition briefing at the Ministry of Tourism, where you’ll receive important information and finalize expedition logistics. This is a crucial step to ensure a smooth start to your adventure.

Day 04: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding (2640m)

Your journey to the Himalayas begins with a scenic flight to Lukla, where you’ll start trekking to Phakding, located at 2,640 meters. The trek is a gentle introduction to the terrain and altitude of the region.

Day 5: Phakding - Namche Bazar (3446m)

Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, you’ll gain altitude as you ascend to 3,446 meters. Namche Bazaar is a vibrant and bustling town, serving as a hub for trekkers and climbers.

Day 6: Namche (3446m) & Acclimatization

Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the town and adjust to the high altitude. This day helps your body acclimatize to the reduced oxygen levels.

Day 7: Namche - Tengboche Monastery (3867m)

The trek continues to Tengboche Monastery at 3,867 meters. This beautiful location offers panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks.

Day 8: Tengboche - Pheriche (4243m)

You’ll trek to Pheriche at 4,243 meters, passing through picturesque landscapes. Pheriche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers alike.

Day 9:Pheriche - Lobuche (4930m) Lodge/Camp

Trekking to Lobuche at 4,930 meters, you’ll begin to feel the effects of higher altitudes. The journey offers stunning mountain views.

Day 10: Everest Base Camp (5400m) O/N Camp

Your trek will take you to Everest Base Camp at 5,400 meters. This is the starting point for your Lhotse Expedition.

Day 11-42Climbing Period

This extended period is dedicated to the climbing phase of the expedition. It involves multiple rotations between higher camps and the final summit push. Climbers will face technical challenges, thin air, and unpredictable weather.

Day 43: Base Camp - Tengboche (3800m)

After completing the climbing phase, you’ll descend to Tengboche at 3,800 meters, offering a well-deserved rest.

Day 44: Tengboche - Phakding (2600m)

Your descent continues as you trek from Tengboche to Phakding, located at 2,600 meters.

Day 45: Phakding - Lukla (2800m)

The trek concludes with a return to Lukla, where you’ll celebrate the successful expedition.

Day 46: Lukla - Kathmandu

You’ll take a scenic flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu, marking the end of your expedition.

Day 47:Final Departure

On this day, you’ll bid farewell to Nepal and depart for your home country, concluding your Lhotse Expedition.


What is Lhotse?

Lhotse is the world’s fourth-highest mountain, standing at 8,516 meters (27,940 feet) above sea level. It is located in the Himalayas, on the border between Nepal and Tibet, China.

How do I prepare for a Lhotse Expedition?

Preparation involves physical fitness, high-altitude training, technical climbing skills, and securing necessary permits. It’s essential to be in excellent physical condition and have prior high-altitude mountaineering experience.

How long does a Lhotse Expedition typically take?

A typical Lhotse Expedition can last around 6-7 weeks, including acclimatization, climbing, and descending phases.

What are the climbing seasons for Lhotse?

The primary climbing seasons for Lhotse are during spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) when weather conditions are more favorable. The weather is generally stable during these periods.

What is the level of technical difficulty on Lhotse?

Lhotse is known for its steep and technical climbing, including rock and ice sections. Climbers should have prior technical climbing experience.

What safety measures are in place during a Lhotse Expedition?

Safety is a paramount concern. Expeditions typically include experienced guides, medical support, and communication facilities. Climbers should adhere to safety protocols and make responsible decisions in challenging conditions.

Can I attempt Lhotse without prior high-altitude experience?

It is highly recommended to have prior high-altitude mountaineering experience before attempting Lhotse. Climbing at extreme altitudes requires specialized skills and acclimatization.

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