Lhotse (8516m) Expedition
Lhotse (8516m) Expedition
Lhotse (8516m) Expedition
Lhotse (8516m) Expedition

Lhotse (8516m) Expedition

  • Duration 54 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Ascent Route West Face
  • Elevation 8516 m
  • Grade Very Tough
  • Group Size 2-12 Pax
  • Price from USD 7000

ABOUT Lhotse (8516m) Expedition

Lhotse, also called E1, is the world’s fourth highest mountains (27,932 feet [8,516m]), consisting of three Himalayan summits on the Nepalese-Tibetan (Chinese) border just south of Mt. Everest, to which it is joined by a 25,000-foot (7,600-metre) ridge. The Lhotse climb is by many as one of the steepest faces in the world. It rises 3.2 km in just 2.25 km of horizontal distance.

The western flank of Lhotse is known as the Lhotse Face. Any climber who wants to climb the peak via standard route of South Col on Everest must climb this 1,125m (3,700ft) wall of glacial blue ice. This face rises at 40 and 50 degree pitches with the occasional 80 degree bulges. Two rocky sections called the Yellow Band and the Geneva Spur interrupt the icy ascent on the upper part of the face. This is a technically challenging route and will require solid climbing skills and experience. Both Mt Everest and Lhotse share the same base camp. In fact, Lhotse is a part of Everest massif itself.

Sherpa Shepherds’ guiding approach on Lho differs notably from many other guide services as we intentionally keep our team small. Instead of running a large expedition with many climbers, we focus our attention on leading a more personal climbing team, concentrating our resources on each individual to ensure the safest, most enjoyable, and most successful experience possible for each one of our climbers. Our expedition is fully staffed and no extras or add-ons are needed. The smaller team ratios and thoroughly organized expedition facilitates better team dynamics, closer communication, individualized attention, and helps avoid the fragmentation inherent to larger expeditions. We believe this creates and most enjoyable climbing team possible.

Trip Itinerary

  1. 1 Kathmandu

    Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport, Sherpa Shepherds representative welcome you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, a Sherpa Shepherds tour manager will brief you about trip, check-up climbing gears and fix time for visit at Ministry of Tourism for permit along other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel Vaishali***

    Included Meal: No

    Altitude of Kathmandu: 1310 meter

    Drive: 20 min  (airport to hotel)

  2. 2 Kathmandu

    Today is free day for preparation of Everest Expedition. You’ll have free time to check climbing gears or explore around Kathmandu while the leader will attend the Ministry of Tourism for a formal briefing. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements.  If you explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu, you can visit Kathmandu’s World Heritage Sites. We make a guided tour to some of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, and Boudhnath. You will be also briefed on the nature of expedition, equipments and team composition. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items if anything missed. Overnight at Hotel Vaishali***.

    Included Meal: Breakfast

  3. 3 Kathmandu

    Nepal is land of many festivals and holidays. And this day is reserve day in case if previous day is holiday in Ministry of Tourism for climbing permit formalities. Also today you can do last minutes shopping if you missed to buy anything for this expedition. If there is no holiday in previous day, you’ll free time to res and explore around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at Hotel Vaishali***

    Included Meal: Breakfast

  4. 4 Kathmandu-Phakding

    Early morning you’ll transfer to airport and you’ll make an early start to take a spectacular, short mountain flight to Lukla, the start point for our trek. Watch out for the Langtang and Jugal ranges then the Rolwaling Himal, Gaurisankar and Menlumtse before getting your first glimpse of Everest on the flight.

    Upon arrival at Lukla airport you’ll meet trekking crew such as guide and porters. You’ll spend a few minutes sorting out bags etc before setting off through this winding village to the trek start proper at the Khumbu ‘gateway’. It’s gently downhill on pitched stone trails through low rhododendron forest, small ‘garden’ farms and old and new hamlets to the banks of the foaming Dudh Koshi River. There will be plenty of short stops to meet the locals, take photographs and just soak up the scenery and the clear mountain air as we meander along, the undulating trail glimpsing views of 6000m snow-capped peaks high above. Passing the enormous mani stone at Thado Koshi we meander up through the many chortens and prayer wheels of Sano and along to our destination of Phakding in time for a late lunch. Overnight at lodge.

    Altitude of Phakding: 2640 meter | Flight: 35 min  | Trek: 3 hrs | Altitude Gain: : 1330 meter

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  5. 5 Phakding-Namche

    After breakfast at lodge, you’ll start trekking through a beautiful pine forest that leads us along the Dudh Koshi River and Hillary Suspension Bridge to reach to Monjo and starting point of Sagarmatha National Park. Here we stop at check post of TIMS & National Park permit. The trail passes through the Dudh Koshi, Bhote Koshi River, Jorsalle village, Large Dovan and cross one of the highest bridge over the Dudh Kosi River of Everest region and reach to Chautara from where we can see the first glimpse of the Mt. Everest. Further walking about one hour steep up we reach to Namche bazar.

    Namche bazar is known as ‘hearth of Khumbu’ which is one of the trading points for Sherpa people. It is also ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional crafts. Every Saturday there would be local street market, do not miss if you are there on Saturday. Overnight at lodge.

    Altitude of Namche: 3440 meter | Trek: 5-6 hrs | Altitude Gain:  800 meter

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  6. 6 Namche

    Today is the schedule for acclimatization and explore around Namche Bazzar.  After breakfast you’ll head toward Syangboche airport. Syanboche airport is known as world highest altitude airport.

    First of all, in the morning you’ll visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest photo Gallery, which is just 15-minute walking distance from Namche Bazar. From the museum you can have the spectacular picturesque Mountain View and take some photographs. Then start trekking to Everest view hotel passing through Syangboche Airport which takes about 2 hours. Then you’ll climb further to reach Mt. Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Kusum Kangkaru, Thamserku, Kongde and many more. Enjoy the spectacular view of mountains including Mt. Everest from the nearest destination then trek back to Namche Bazar. Overnight at lodge.

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  7. 7 Namche-Tengboche

    Today after breakfast we start our trek with pleasant walk through the forest with magnificent view of mountains. The great view of the mighty peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak with view of the eastern snow capped mountains. The trail leads uphill through the forested path and the hardly walk to get to Tyangboche. One of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya and the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery, then the large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam.

    Altitude of Tengboche: 3860 meter | Trek: 5-6 hrs | Altitude Gain:  420 meter

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  8. 8 Tengboche-Dingboche

    After breakfast as always, today you’ll  descend down from Tengboche, winding through the rhododendron forest to Deboche and crossing a bridge over the raging Imja Khol River. Hug the valley wall, and then traverse the plains to Dingboche, the start of the Imja Tse Valley. Dingboche is also the gateway to Chukung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and Hinko Valley via Sherpani col 6,100m and Amphu Laptsa pass 5,780m.

    Altitude of Dingboche: 4358 meter | Trek: 5-6 hrs | Altitude Gain:  498 meter

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  9. 9 Dingboche-Lobuche

    Today the trail diverts towards north, the path is flat for an hour and gradual up an hour after a pleasant walk through the meadow will reach at Thukla from where you can view Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. Thukla is the good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb and here you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers monuments, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region. Our trek continues to the Lobuche an hour for overnight.

    Altitude of Lobuche: 4928 meter | Trek: 5-6 hrs | Altitude Gain:  570 meter

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  10. 10 Lobuche-Everest Base Camp

    After breakfast we continue our trek to Gorekshep in a windy and rocky path with the wonderful view of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse and other magnificent peaks. After lunch at Gorakshep, you’ll head towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall. The trail passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. In Everest Base Camp the climbers gather for summiting Everest during the high expedition season. We explore base camp and its surroundings glacier. From today you’ll start overnight at Tented Camp.

    Altitude of Everest BC: 5360 meter | Trek: 5-6 hrs | Altitude Gain:  432 meter

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  11. 11 Everest Base Camp

    After spending first night at Base Camp, today you’ll start your daily routine of climbing period. Your climbing guide/High Altitude Sherpa will brief you about your next days schedule for attempts to Camp 1, training at Icefall. Today we’ll set up base camp and conduct a Pooja Ceremony (worship/pray) for good luck of climbing. Overnight at Tented Camp.

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  12. 12/47 Mount Lhotse (8516m) Climbing Period

    Day 12-16: Training, Acclimatization and Hike to Camp I

    During these days, you’ll spend and explore around base camp to get used to with local climate, acclimatization. For this you’ll sometimes hike to icefall, you’ll training of climbing at ice etc. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

    Day 17-19: Introduction to Khumbu Icefall & Ladder

    After having used to with local climate, now you’ll be introduced to Khumbu Icefall and ladder there. During these days, you’ll hike to Khumbu Icefall where you’ll training climbing skills, technique and safety measurements from our HA Sherpas. And then you’ll introduce ladder, how to climb it and handle it etc. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

    Day 20-23: Rotation to Camp I, touch Camp II and return to Everest Base Camp

    After getting some knowledge about ice climbing and usage of ladder, you’ll climb to Camp I for practice and acclimatize. And then reach upto Camp II. And then return to base camp. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

    Day 24-26: Rest at Everest Base Camp

    After reaching Camp II, you probably will be tired. And these days you’ll rest at Base Camp. This rest will give you adoption of high altitude and base camp which will be better for acclimatization. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

    Day 27-31: Rotation to Camp III and return to Base Camp

    After few days rest at base camp, now you’ll again climb upto camp III through camp I, Camp II. You’ll do several rotation from Camp I to Camp III. And again return to Base Camp. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

    Day 31-35: Rest and Planning for Summit Attempt

    After reaching Camp III, you’ll know more about the mountains and you’ll have already acclimatized. And now you’ll rest at base camp to save some energy for summit attempt. During these days, with coordination with Government Laison Officer and other members/climbers, you’ll wait for best weather and date for summit attempt. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

    Day 36-45: Preparation for Mount Lhotse Summit Attempt

    Now you’ll be fully ready, prepared and acclimatized for Lhotse Summit. Depending the weather forecasts, other climbers’ view you’ll do final push for Everest Summit. During these again you’ll climb Camp I, Camp II, Camp III and Camp IV. From the Camp IV, you’ll climb Mount Lhotse and back to below camps. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

    Day 46-47: Back to Base Camp after Summit

    After final summit, you’ll back to Base camp. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  13. 48 Clean Up and Base Camp Closing

    After summit, we shall clean up base camp and pack up all base camp equipments, wastes/garbage. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  14. 49 Trek: Everest Base Camp– Pangboche

    From Base camp, now you’ll walk to down to Pangboche. Overnight at Lodge

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  15. 50 Pangboche-Namche

    After having breakfast at Pangboche, you’ll descent to Namche Bazar. Overnight at Lodge

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

  16. 51 Namche-Lukla

    From Namche, you’ll walk down to gate of Khumbu Lukla.

    Overnight at Lodge

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  17. 52 Lukla-Kathmandu

    From Lukla, you’ll fly to Kathmandu by aero plan. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll transfer to hotel. And then rest and relax at hotel. Overnight at Hotel Vaishali***

    Included Meal: Breakfast

  18. 53 Kathmandu

    Today is fully free to relax, take shower and chill with beers. And it will be celebration party of successful summit of world’s highest peak Mount Everest while the tour leader will be visit Ministry of Tourism for formal de-briefing. And today, Sherpa Shepherds will organize a farewell dinner at typical Restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at Hotel Vaishali***

    Included Meal: Breakfast

  19. 54 Kathmandu-Home

    Depending your flight time, Sherpa Shepherds will drop to you airport.

Trip Cost

Base Camp Services USD 7000 per person* See Whats Included
Semi Services USD 13000 per person* See Whats Included
Full Services USD 22000 per person* See Whats Included

*Above trip cost is per person and twin sharing basis. The trip cost is for joining basis. Mini-mum participant to run this trip is 5 person. If no. of participants in this trip is less than 5 persons, Sherpa Shepherds reserves right to cancel or postpone the trip. However if you would like to continue trip even if we do not reach minimum number to run this trip, we can run this trip upon your request. But supplemental charge will be applicable.

Base Camp Services

  • See what's included
    • Flight & Cargo:
    • All cargo for required base camp equipments, food etc.
    • Accommodations:
    • 39 nights in tented camps at base camps on single tent basis
    • Meals:
    • 3 meals a day at BC for 39 night at tented camps (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
    • Supporting Staffs till/ at Base Camp:
    • 1 Base Camp Cook
    • Required Kitchen boy and helpers
    • Required porters to carry loads for Lukla-BC and BC-Lukla
    • Equipments at BC:
    • 1 sleeping tent for every member
    • Foam mattress for every member
    • Dinning tent, kitchen tent, shower tent, store tent and toilet tents
    • All require kitchen utensils with fuel
    • Tables and chairs
    • Solar Lights system
    • Comprehensive First Aid Kit
    • Gas Heater (for dinning tent only)
  • See what's not included
    • Permit for expedition
    • Transfers, flights, food and accommodation before and after BC
    • Personal climbing gears
    • Personal baggage cargo, required porters
    • High Altitude Climbing Guide/sherpa & Sherpa Summit and non-summit bonuses and carrying bonuses
    • All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc.
    • Insurance: Travel/Accident/Medical /emergency evacuation
    • International airfare and taxes
    • Nepal Visa fees
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • High Altitude Sherpa USD 4400 per Sherpa
    • Satellite Telephone & Walkie / Talkie
    • Oxygen 4 ltr bottle (New Russian) – USD  550 Per bottle
    • Oxygen 4 ltr. Bottle (Refill in Kathmandu ) – 350 per bottle
    • Mask & Regulator (UK –Renting) – USD 450 per set
    • Sherpa Summit Bonus USD 1150 & Non Summit Bonus USD 770 Per Sherpa
    • Carrying bonus in the mountain USD 1350 per sherpa
    • Extra Porter USD 200 Per porter (if personal baggage is more than 60 kg per person)
    • Fix rope fixing  USD 350 per person
    • Ice Fall Route Fee USD 700 per person
    • International Air Cargo Tax Fee USD 100 Per member
    • Tips for staff
    • All extra services if required (except motioned in ‘The Price Include’ section)

Semi Services

  • See what's included
    • Ground Transfers:
    • All airport/hotel/airport transfers as per program by private A/C vehicles
    • Flight & Cargo:
    • Kathmandu-Lukla flight with airport taxes
    • Lukla-Kathmandu flight with airport taxes
    • 60 kg per person baggage including personal baggage for flight and trek
    • Accommodations:
    • 5 nights in Kathmandu at Hotel Vaishali or similar*** on twin sharing basis
    • 9 nights at local lodges during trek to BC and BC-Lukla as per above program on twin sharing basis
    • 39 nights in tented camps at base camps on single tent basis
    • Meals:
    • 5 breakfasts in Kathmandu hotel
    • 3 meals a day during trip to BC for 9 night at lodges and 39 night at tented camps (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
    • Farewell dinner at Bhojan Griha with typical Nepalese foods and cultural dances
    • Permits & Fees:
    • Lhotse Expedition Permit Fee USD 1800 per person
    • Everest National Park Fee
    • Fees for Laison Officer, his/her insurance, food allowance and flights
    • Insurance of whole Nepali staff including porters in order to obtain permit
    • Garbage Deposit at ministry
    • Supporting Staffs till/ at Base Camp:
    • 1 trekking guide for Lukla-BC and BC-Lukla
    • 1 Base Camp Cook
    • Required Kitchen boy and helpers
    • Required porters to carry loads for Lukla-BC and BC-Lukla
    • Equipments at BC:
    • 1 sleeping tent for every member
    • Foam mattress for every member
    • Dinning tent, kitchen tent, shower tent, store tent and toilet tents
    • All require kitchen utensils with fuel
    • Tables and chairs
    • Solar Lights system
    • Comprehensive First Aid Kit
    • Gas Heater (for dinning tent only)
  • See what's not included
    • Personal climbing gears
    • All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc.
    • Insurance: Travel/Accident/Medical /emergency evacuation
    • International airfare and taxes
    • Nepal Visa fees
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • High Altitude Sherpa USD 4400 per Sherpa
    • Satellite Telephone & Walkie / Talkie
    • Oxygen 4 ltr bottle (New Russian) – USD 550 Per bottle
    • Oxygen 4 ltr. Bottle (Refill in Kathmandu ) – USD 350 per bottle
    • Mask & Regulator (UK –Renting) – USD 450 per set
    • Sherpa Summit Bonus USD 1150 & Non Summit Bonus USD 770 Per Sherpa
    • Carrying bonus in the mountain 1375 per sherpa
    • Extra Porter USD 200 Per porter (if personal baggage is more than 60 kg per person)
    • Fix rope fixing USD 350 per person
    • Ice Fall Route Fee USD 700 per person
    • International Air Cargo Tax Fee USD 120 Per member
    • Tips for staff
    • All extra services if required (except motioned in ‘The Price Include’ section)

Full Services

  • See what's included
    • Ground Transfers:
    • All airport/hotel/airport transfers as per program by private A/C vehicles
    • Flight & Cargo:
    • Kathmandu-Lukla flight with airport taxes
    • Lukla-Kathmandu flight with airport taxes
    • 60 kg per person baggage including personal baggage for flight and trek
    • Accommodations:
    • 5 nights in Kathmandu at Hotel Vaishali or similar*** on twin sharing basis
    • 9 nights at local lodges during trek to BC and BC-Lukla as per above program on twin sharing basis
    • 39 nights in tented camps at base camps on single tent basis
    • Meals:
    • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinner in Kathmandu hotel
    • 3 meals a day during trip to BC for 9 night at lodges and 39 night at tented camps (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
    • Farewell dinner at Bhojan Griha with typical Nepalese foods and cultural dances
    • Permits & Fees:
    • Lhotse Expedition Permit Fee USD 1800 per person
    • Everest National Park Fee
    • Fees for Laison Officer, his/her insurance, food allowance and flights
    • Insurance of whole Nepali staff including porters in order to obtain permit
    • Garbage Deposit at ministry
    • Supporting Staffs till/ at Base Camp:
    • 1 trekking guide for Lukla-BC and BC-Lukla
    • 1 Base Camp Cook
    • Required Kitchen boy and helpers
    • Required porters to carry loads for Lukla-BC and BC-Lukla
    • Equipments at BC:
    • 1 sleeping tent for every member
    • Foam mattress for every member
    • Dinning tent, kitchen tent, shower tent, store tent and toilet tents
    • All require kitchen utensils with fuel
    • Tables and chairs
    • Solar Lights system
    • Comprehensive First Aid Kit
    • Gas Heater (for dinning tent only)
    • Supporting Staffs in the mountain (Above BC):
    • 1 Everest summiteer High Altitude Sherpa for every member with his daily wages, food, flights, and equipment allowance etc.
    • 1 Cook for camp II if group is more than 6 pax
    • Equipments in the mountain (Above BC):
    • High Tents for both member and HA Sherpas
    • High Altitude Food for members and Sherpas
    • Climbing Gear in the mountains such as fixed rope, main rope, snow bars, snow shovel, carabiners etc.
    • 5 bottles oxygen for every member and 3 bottles oxygen for every HA Sherpa
    • One set of mask & regulator for every members and sherpas
    • 1 Satellite Phone, Walki-talkie
    • Cooking set in the mountain such as Epi gases, gas burner, cooking pots etc for members and sherpas
  • See what's not included
    • Personal climbing gears
    • All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc.
    • Insurance: Travel/Accident/Medical /emergency evacuation
    • International airfare and taxes
    • Nepal Visa fees
    • Additional High Altitude Sherpa USD 4400 per Sherpa
    • Sherpa Summit Bonus 1150 & Non Summit Bonus USD 770 Per Sherpa
    • Carrying bonus in the mountain  USD 1350per sherpa
    • Fix rope fixing USD 350 per person
    • Ice Fall Route Fee USD 700 per person
    • International Air Cargo Tax Fee USD 120 Per member
    • Tips for staff
    • All extra services if required (except motioned in ‘The Price Include’ section)

Departure Dates

Trip Dates Trip Status Price (PP)  
05 April 2018 -
28 May 2018
Booking Available
USD 7000
15 September 2018 -
7 November 2018
Booking Available
USD 7000
01 April 2019 -
24 May 2019
Booking Available
USD 7000

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