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Mt. Lhotse is a wide-faced giant 8516m high located towards the South of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest. Situated at the border of Tibet and Nepal, its name means “the South Peak” in the Tibetan language. Regardless of its proximity and convergence with Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse stands proud with its own identity as the fourth highest mountain after Everest, K2, and Kanchenjunga. The broad face giant peak has two more sub-peaks under it, namely Lhotse Shar (8383 m) and Lhotse East (8414 m). These peaks place an opportunity to test your endurance and mountaineering skills with the bonus of adventure and thrill.
Climbing Lhotse requires a great level of physical fitness and mountaineering skills along with an experience of climbing a 7000 m peak. The Western Flank also called the Lhotse Face is wide and broad, rising at 40 to 50-degree pitches making it challenging for climbers. In addition, the climbers must climb through the 1,125m high wall of blue ice to summit Mt. Lhotse. However, the fixed ropes throughout the route will help you conquer the challenge. The route to Mt. Lhotse follows the same trail as Everest up to Yellow Band. From that divergent point, the climbers to the Lhotse take right up to the Lhotse Face while the climbers of Everest take the left, over the Geneva Spur.
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Lhotse Expedition is a life-changing experience for all those mountaineering aspirants. The Lhotse Expedition combined with Mt Everest Expedition is even more thrilling and exciting and even comes at a discounted cost.
With your provided flight schedule details, one of our representatives will be waiting for you at the airport. As soon as you complete your Nepal Entry Visa Obtaining procedures, we will meet and greet you and transfer you to the hotel for you to rest.
The four days have been allocated for the hotel quarantine, as we have faced a pandemic. In this course, we will complete all the official formalities, obtain permits and you can later go on shopping for personal items to take on the journey.
Early in the morning, after an amazing breakfast, we will take a thrilling flight to Lukla Airport. The flight gives you a bird’s eye view of the valleys, rivers, hills, and gradually mountain ranges. Even though the flight is only for half an hour, it does not fail to mesmerize you every now and then. As we land at Lukla Airport, which is already exciting, we start our trek to Phakding, our destination for the day. After obtaining the permit for the region, we will slowly move through the settlements on a mixed trail of dirt, stone pathways, and some rocky sections at times. This is an easy start so make sure to enjoy all the greeneries, floras, and faunas as you walk. The trail takes you over several suspension bridges and along the Dudh Koshi river. Enjoy the rest of the day at Phakding.
After Phakding, we move towards another beautiful destination, Namche Bazaar, which is the commercial point of the Khumbu region. Passing through the dense luscious forests of pine, juniper, Rhododendron, looking out for animals in the Sagarmatha National Park, climbing the stairs, enjoying the rages of rivers at some points, and mostly walking uphills are the major activities of the day’s trek. This trek will be long and tiring as we start gaining significant elevation. As we reach Namche, we rest at our hotel and enjoy our dinner. The next day, we will go around the village area and experience some local sherpa culture.
After our stay at Namche, we then approach one of the most beautiful and tranquil parts of this Expedition, the Tengboche monastery. Tengboche monastery is one of the most popular monasteries among Buddhists around the world. The views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam are visible towards the north while Thamserku and Kangtega stand towards the south with striking views. We will also join in some prayer ceremonies and rest for the day.
After spending our night in Tengboche, we start our trek towards Dingboche where we will stay for the next day to acclimate ourselves. Following the path down from Tengboche towards Deboche through the forests of Rhododendrons, we cross a bridge over the raging Imja river. Then we gradually climb uphill to reach the village of Lower Pangboche where we can witness the spectacular views of Ama Dablam. We then move across the valley to reach our destination Dingboche at the start of the Imja Tse valley after an approximate walk of 5-6 hours. We spend our next day here to acclimate ourselves. We go on short hikes around the area to get some striking views of the mountain grandeur.
After acclimatizing in Dingboche, we head towards another beautiful stop, Lobuche. The journey starts with a climb to the ridge behind Periche until the tea houses at Dughla followed by a steep ascent to the terminal moraine of Khumbu Glacier. You will encounter a series of stone monuments made in the memories of climbers who couldn’t make it back home. After walking for almost 6-7 hours on rugged terrain we reach Lobuche, a small settlement of Sherpas. It is the final village with lodges on this trail to Everest.
From Lobuche, we head towards the Base Camp. The trekking trail is absolutely enchanting and serene with all those prayer flags, small monuments, stupas, and the views of giant peaks peeking from the distance. Walking for about 4-5 hours on the rugged treeless alpine terrain, we finally reach the mesmerizing Base Camp.
We will have a full board camp service at the Base Camp with delicious and nutritious food cooked by experienced chefs, warm dining tents, facilities of solar panel lights, Internet, and Satellite Phones. Also, we will conduct multiple rotations to the upper camps, practice climbing on ice, rocks, and snow, train with walking through ridges with fixed ropes, and many more to prepare for the summit push. On the day when the expedition leaders plan the summit push, we will start early, so that we reach the summit to witness the glowing and radiant Sunrise behind the mountains. Early morning is ideal for ascent because the weather is pretty calm with no or less wind and less heat. After a successful ascent to the Lhotse Peak and memorable photoshoots, we will slowly descend back to the lower camps, possibly the Base Camp.
As we prepare to leave, we as responsible travelers make sure we leave no trash behind. We thoroughly clean the Base Camp to welcome other fellow travelers into a clean and pristine environment. We then pack our stuff and prepare for departure towards Pheriche the next morning.
During our return, we will take a different route than that we followed while approaching the Base Camp. We will follow a scenic trail bidding farewell to the eye-pleasing Mountain ranges slowly getting the sights of vegetation and flora and faunas.
Trek to Namche bazaar goes through the trail with striking views throughout the journey. We slowly descend through the lush green forests of Rhododendron, pine, and junipers until we reach the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing Sansa and other dense forests, we finally reach the culturally rich Namche Bazaar where we stay overnight.
During our return, the trail is relatively easy as there is more descending so we head towards Lukla and spend our night in a cozy lodge.
It is time to leave the mesmerizing Khumbu region behind and fly back to Kathmandu city. We will take a short flight back to TIA viewing the valleys, cities, mountain ranges, and dense forests. You will then rest at the hotel or go sightseeing around the city.
Kathmandu is a beautiful city, rich in cultural heritages and resided by a number of World Heritage Sites. So, during the two days, you can visit major attractive places like the Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Durbar Squares in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur and relax at the tourist hub of Kathmandu, Thamel.
In the evening we will all get together for a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural shows.
If you have not booked any other packages or extended your holiday/stay in Nepal, one of our representatives will drop you off at the airport for your departure to your home country. We will look forward to traveling with you again.
Trekking and mountain Expeditions in the Everest Region are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, domestic flights to Lukla may be delayed or canceled. In cases as such, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, we can arrange it at a nominal extra charge.
Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure.
Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required. But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.
Thank you for joining us on our Expedition!!