|Country:||Nepal||Peak Name:||Mt. Lhotse|
|Duration:||57 Days||Route:||S COL; W-Face|
|Weather Reports:||Report||Range:||Mahalangur Range|
Lhotse stands at 8516 M, making it the 4th highest mountain in the world. It is situated at the border of Tibet and Nepal. Its long east-west crest is located immediately south of Mount Everest, and the South Col, a vertical ridge that never drops below 8,000m, connects the summits of the two mountains. Lhotse has three summits: Lhotse Main 8516m, Lhotse Shar 8383m and Lhotse Middle or East 8413m.
Sometimes mistakenly Lhotse has been identified as the south peak of the Everest massif. No serious attention was given to climbing Lhotse until Everest had finally ascended. Lhotse first climbed in 1956 as an alternative route toward the summit of Everest.
Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger who were part of a Swiss expedition first climbed Main Lhotse in 1956. Sepp Mayerl and Rolf Walter first climbed Lhotse Shar on December 5, 1979, by taking the SE-ridge.
A deep scar, an icy gully known as the Lhotse Couloir, marks The West Face of Lhotse; the couloir is the crucial test for the Lhotse climb, mainly because of the climbing conditions of the couloir are affected by weather and seasonal snowfall.
The route progresses through Khumbu icefall. Moving further, we will reach Camp 1 which exists at the top of Khumbu icefall that is surrounded by crevasses. From Camp 1, we will pass through lateral moraine to the west ridge that greets us with a close-up view of Lhotse. This place is perfect for Camp2. Leaving Camp2, we will reach near to Lhotse wall by crossing glaciers and ice cliffs where we will set Camp3. Camp4 is located near South Col. From Camp 4, we will proceed through steep rock sections to the summit.
Base camp: 5200m/17,060ft
Everest base camp lies at 5,200 meters from sea level, where you will spend up to 45 days during the expedition. The conditions in Everest Base Camp will stay steady during the climbing period and include stirring many tents and stages as the ice moves and melts. The territory is unforgiving yet delightful, encompassed by Pumori, Nuptse, Lola, and the Khumbu Icefall with warm mornings and unexpected evening snow gusts. With such numerous endeavor groups at BC, it closely resembles a little town in the Himalayas.
Camp 1: 5900m / 19,357ft
Arriving at C1 is the most specialized piece of a southside move since it crosses the Khumbu Icefall. The Icefall is 2,000′ feet of moving ice with profound chasms, transcending ice seracs, and torrential slides off Everest's west shoulder. We endeavor to go through just two evenings at Camp I during the climbing period for acclimation. If you have appropriate acclimatization, the game plans call you to go all over direct from camp II to security.
Camp 2: 6400m / 20,998ft
Camp 2 lies in a sidelong moraine at the lower part of the west edge. It is a too protected and shielded area with huge perspectives on Lhotse. All organizations set up their primary climbing camp for the climbing period's duration here with tents for individual climbers and kitchen and dining tents. Camp II is an essential acclimatization camp and the central command for focus III. The camp where you are spending the most time after base camp.
Camp 3: 7100m / 23,294ft
Climbing the Lhotse Face to C3 is often tricky since almost all climbers feel the effects of high altitude and are not yet using supplemental oxygen. The Lhotse Face is steep, and the ice is hard, but the route is fixed with rope, and the angles can range from 30 to 45 degrees. It is a long climb to C3 but is required for acclimatization before a summit bid. You will spend two nights at camp three for acclimatization and the summit push.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) & Transfer to the HotelBreakfastHotel
Rest in Kathmandu, Expedition Briefing and PreparationB/DHotel
Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla, and trek to Phakding (2,800m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3,440m)B/L/DLodge
Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar (Rest Day)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Namche Bazzar to Tyangboche Monastry (3,860m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,243m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,364m)B/L/DTent
Climbing Period [Base Camp – Lhotse Summit (8,516m) – Base Camp]B/L/DTent
Trek from Base Camp to Pheriche (4,371m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Pheriche to Namche BazaarB/L/DLodge
Trek from Namche Bazaar to LuklaB/L/DLodge
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu & Transfer to the hotelBreakfastHotel
Leisure day in Kathmandu CityBreakfastHotel
Transfer to International Airport for final departureBreakfast
- AIRPORT PICK-UP & DROP : Airport - Hotel transfer – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
- ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU : 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu (3-star category) on a bed & breakfast Sharing Basis (Twin Bed Room).
- WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
- CARGO CLEARANCE : Assistance for cargo clearance in Nepal’s Custom Department, clearance cost is subject to a charge. *Before the expedition
- PERMITS : Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Lhotse, Sagarmatha National Park permit, TIMS CARD & Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit and its fee.
- KHUMBU ICEFALL CHARGES : Khumbu Ice Fall Climbing charge to (SPCC) Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee.
- LIAISON OFFICER : 1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment ($2,500), salary, and accommodation.
- GARBAGE DEPOSIT : Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees.
- STAFF INSURANCE : Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and expedition.
- MAP : Trekking and climbing map.
- MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : (*Standard Route Itinerary): (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu – to Lukla and while returning Lukla – to Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
- EXPEDITION STUFFS TRANSPORTATION : Necessary all equipment Transportation for all Members and Staffs 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). Based on the condition expedition stuff may transfer by land (KTM-Phaplu) or Heli (KTM-Lukla).
- MEMBER LUGGAGE : Up to 70 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by porters or Yaks.
- FOODS & LODGING : : 3 meals a day (BLD; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek and at Basecamp. Well-managed base camp set up for members & Staff.
- PORTERS : Porters per member up to Base camp from Lukla & Porters return from Base camp to Lukla.
- BASE CAMP STAFFS : Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen Helpers as required.
- STAFF SALARY & ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food, & clothing.
- BASE CAMP TENT : Each member will have an individual Yak Mountain or Kailas tent in Base Camp.
- BASE CAMP EQUIPMENT : At Base camp: 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 staff, Store tents, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
- HEATER : Heater for base camp in each Dining and other necessary camps.
- SOLAR/GENERATOR/LIGHT : : 1 Solar panel and Generator for lights at base camp, battery charge, for laptop and other electronic devices.
- MEDICAL CHECKUP : Twice Medical checkup of each climber at the basecamp before the summit attempt.
- BAR & BAKERY FACILITY : Bakery and bar will be at Base Camp with the joining group of Seven Summit Treks.
- TRAINING : Ice wall and Ladder training at basecamp by UIAGM Gide.
- HIGH ALTITUDE CLIMBING SHERPA : 1 veteran and Government Licensed per member. (1 Member: 1 Sherpa).
- CLIMBING SHERPA SALARY & ALLOWANCE : Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
- BONUS : Carry Bonus of Sherpas and Route Fixing Charges.
- OXYGEN BOTTLE (O2) : Summit Oxygen cylinder: 3 oxygen bottles (4 ltrs.) for each member and 2-oxygen bottles for each high-altitude Sherpa. **
- OXYGEN MASK & REGULATOR : 1 Set of Summit Oxygen masks and regulator for each member and high-altitude Sherpa. **
- BACK UP OXYGEN : Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask, and regulator (with appropriate charge).
- GAMOW BAG : 1 Rescue sled (Gamow bag) for an emergency.
- HIGH CAMP SERVICE : High Altitude Tent, Necessary cooking EPI gas, cooking pot, High food for a member, Sherpa, and other crews at (C1) (C2) (C3) and (C4). Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
- ROPE FIXING : The team of experienced Sherpas will fix the route on Lhotse (no extra charge will be applied to members).
- SATELLITE PHONE : Satellite Phone for emergency communication carried by Sherpa, also available for members with appropriate charge.
- WALKIE-TALKIE : Walkie –Talkie for communicating from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp.
- WALKIE-TALKIE PERMITS : Satellite Phone/walkie-talkie permit for all members and staff.
- INTERNET SERVICE : Internet facility (1 Mbps) will be available at the Base Camp (subject to a charge).
- WEATHER FORECAST : Weather forecast report from Meteotest, Bern (Switzerland) during the entire expedition.
- MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staff.
- SUMMIT CERTIFICATE : Mt. Lhotse climbing certificate issued by MoCTCA (after climbing Mt. Lhotse successfully).
- INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE : International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
- NEPAL VISA FEES : Nepali Visa fee $60 USD per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days is $120 USD).
- LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
- EXTRA NIGHTS IN KATHMANDU : Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- INSURANCE : Travel and high-altitude insurance, accident, Helicopter medical & emergency evacuation. *Mandatory
- RESCUE EVACUATION : Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests, and Hospitalization costs).
- 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 soft drinks for members at base camp).
- PERSONAL EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
- TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
- FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
- INTERNET SERVICE : Not included during the trek.
- SUMMIT BONUS : Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa- Minimum 1500 USD.
- TIPS : Calculate some tips for tips & basecamp staff.
- EXTRA : Any other services or activities not mentioned in the itinerary. Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.