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Mount Lhotse Expedition

Overview The Mount Lhotse Expedition is an extraordinary adventure that takes you to the majestic Himalayas in Nepal. Lhotse, which means "South Peak" in Tibetan, is the fourth highest mountain in the world, standing at an awe-inspiring height of 8,516 meters (27,940 feet). This expedition offers a unique opportunity to challenge your physical and mental limits while experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayan region. The journey begins in Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city of Nepal, where you'll also meet your experienced team of guides and fellow climbers. After thorough preparations and briefings, you'll embark on an exhilarating flight to…


The Mount Lhotse Expedition is an extraordinary adventure that takes you to the majestic Himalayas in Nepal. Lhotse, which means “South Peak” in Tibetan, is the fourth highest mountain in the world, standing at an awe-inspiring height of 8,516 meters (27,940 feet). This expedition offers a unique opportunity to challenge your physical and mental limits while experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayan region.

The journey begins in Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city of Nepal, where you’ll also meet your experienced team of guides and fellow climbers. After thorough preparations and briefings, you’ll embark on an exhilarating flight to Lukla, a small mountain town situated at the foothills of the Everest region.

From Lukla, the trekking phase begins as you follow the legendary Everest Base Camp trail, surrounded by stunning landscapes, picturesque villages, and soaring peaks. The route gradually gains altitude, allowing you to acclimatize and adapt to the high-altitude conditions. Along the way, you’ll also be captivated by the enchanting beauty of the Khumbu Valley and have encounters with the warm and welcoming Sherpa people, renowned for their mountaineering prowess.

Conquering Heights: The Epic Journey to Lhotse Summit via Everest Base Camp

Reaching Everest Base Camp, you’ll have an opportunity to rest, rejuvenate, and soak in the atmosphere of this iconic location. The base camp serves as a launching pad for the ultimate ascent of Lhotse. Experienced mountaineering guides will also provide expert guidance and support as you navigate the challenging terrain, including steep ice slopes, crevasses, and sections of rock climbing.

The summit push itself is a demanding and awe-inspiring endeavor. With each step, you’ll push your limits and experience a mix of physical exertion and a deep sense of accomplishment. As you climb higher, the panoramic vistas of the Himalayas unfold, also offering breathtaking views of Everest, Nuptse, Makalu, and numerous other peaks.

Standing on the summit of Lhotse, you’ll be rewarded with a profound sense of achievement and an indescribable connection to the natural world. The descent also follows the same route, allowing you to reflect on the incredible journey you’ve undertaken.

Conclusion and Summary

The Mount Lhotse Expedition is a life-changing experience that demands physical fitness, mental fortitude, and a deep passion for adventure. It offers a rare opportunity to explore the Himalayas, conquer one of the world’s highest peaks, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Trip Highlights

  • Mt Lhotse is an eight-thousander, and ranks as the fourth highest in the world
  • Trekking through the lush natural trails to arrive at the base camp
  • Observing the diverse flora and fauna of the region
  • Scenic vista of various snow-clad Himalayan vistas
  • Exploring the serene landscapes of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Training with veteran climbers and mountaineers
  • Practice ground for other climbs above 8000m
  • Incredible hospitality and warm welcome along the trails
  • The support of the best and most experienced Sherpa guides.
  • Exploring the rural settlements and lifestyle of the local people
  • Exploring the cultural and religious heritage of the region
  • Climbing the Island peak for acclimatization
  • Beat team support regarding oxygen, first aid, meals, accommodations, and other logistics

Itinerary Expand All

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.

Accommodation 3 Star Hotel

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.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

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.

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

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.

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

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.

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

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.

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

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.

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

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.

Altitude: 5364 m

Accommodation: Full Board Camp Service

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.

Altitude: 8516M

Accommodation: Full Board Camp Service

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.

Accommodation: Full Board Camp Service

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.

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

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.

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

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.

Accommodation: Hotel/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.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

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.

Accommodation: Farewell

What's Included

  • International and Domestic Airport-Hotel-Airport transfers in Nepal
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu on bed/breakfast
  • Schedule flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for members.
  • Schedule flight for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for Liaison Officer
  • Member personal climbing equipment Kathmandu-Lukla-Base Camp-Kathmandu (max 60 kg
  • Full Board  food,  lodging during trekking to base camp and back to Lukla after Expedition
  • A professional  climbing Sherpa guide per member during  summit attempt and during climbing
  • 7 Oxygen bottles (4 liters.)per member with top-out Mask and Regulator.
  • Climbing Sherpa  oxygen 3 cylinders ( 4 liters ) per Sherpa
  • Transportation for all staff KTM-Base Camp-KTM,
  • Common climbing equipment (necessary rope, ice bars, ice screws, etc.)
  • Clean Mountain bags
  • Availability of Solar Power at Base Camp and Camp II.
  • Availability of Satellite Phone available at Base Camp ( with nominal charge per use)
  • The facility of Internet service and recharge cards with a nominal charge
  • Daily Weather Report Services
  • Medical consultation services at the Base Camp with the (HRA) clinic
  • High Altitude tents: Single Tent in the Base Camp while in upper camps, the tent shall be shared with 2-3 climbers
  • All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during Expedition as per the schedule
  • Services of cook and kitchen boy at Base Camp and Cook at Camp II.
  • Kitchen tent, Stores tent, Dining Tents, Toilet Tents, Shower Tent, Tables and chairs, cooking utensils for Base Camp and camp II,
  • Insurance for Climbing Sherpas, Cooks, Liaison Officer, and local porters as well as Equipment,
  • Allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpas, cooks, kitchen boys, and Government Liaison Officers.
  • Base Camp single tent with mattress and pillow for each member, Climbing Sherpa, BC staffs, and Liaison Officer Tents
  • Solar panel at Base Camp for light and charging small electronics. ( phones, amateur digital cameras, and handheld video cameras).
  • Personal solar-powered light at each tent per member at the Base Camp in the evening,
  • Transportation of food and equipment supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter or Yaks to Base Camp
  • Heaters in the base camp in the dining tent
  • Fresh vegetable  supply from Namche bazaar or Kathmandu
  • Special high foods for members and sherpas as per requirements of your choice in Kathmandu
  • Khumbu Icefall route fee ( Khumbu IceFall route will be fixed by SPCC and we pay them in order to use the route which will be maintained by the Sherpa staff throughout the Expedition period.)
  • Summit and Higher Camp Route fix charge,
  • Applicable National Park fees and local taxes (VAT 13%) imposed by  Nepal government,
  • Emergency oxygen  during the expedition in the Base Camp and Higher Camps,
  • First Aid kit ( For special medicine or internal medicine please seek advice from your doctor and prepare accordingly)
  • 1 Walkie-talkie for each climber while climbing,
  • Garbage deposit  Shipment Charges
  • Company service charge
  • Mt. Lhotse Expedition Royalty fee and all official formalities of all documents for climbing Mt. Lhotse,
  • Climbing permit for Lhotse,
  • Climbing Sherpa guide for Lhotse
  • Oxygens cylinder and mask regulators,
  • Route fixing charge
  • Liaison officer for Lhotse expedition
  • High Tents and Foods for Lhotse expedition

What's Excluded

  • International flight tickets from/to your country
  • Nepal Entry visa fee that can be obtained at the airport upon arrival,
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu.
  • An extended stay in a hotel after 6-nights in Kathmandu
  • Your Personal Climbing Equipment
  • Extra cost incurred due to Personal members baggage exceeding 60 k.g,
  • Buy special Insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation by helicopter in case of need during the Lhotse Expedition
  • Charges for Commercial Filming and Drone Permit if needed,
  • International airport departure tax at Kathmandu Airport.;
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as hard and soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, Wi-Fi, etc,
  • Extra oxygens beyond 7 bottles,;
  • Climbing Sherpa summit Bonus for Lhoste $1500,
  • Tips for staff and cook in the Base Camp $250 at minimum that will be collected in the Base Camp,
  • Tips for the cooks at Camp 2 minimum $100,
  • Any other extra expenses other than mentioned in the Cost Includes section,
  • Any unforeseeable risks that can arise during the mountaineering,

Trip Information

The climb to the summit of Mount Lhotse is technically demanding and requires extensive mountaineering experience, including proficiency in the use of crampons, ice axes, and other climbing equipment. The climb involves traversing steep ice walls, navigating crevasses, and enduring harsh weather conditions.

The summit day usually starts in the early hours of the morning, and climbers need to be well prepared and acclimatized to handle the extreme altitude and challenging terrain. The ascent involves climbing steep ice walls and navigating narrow ridges before reaching the summit.

The Mount Lhotse Expedition is a physically demanding and challenging climb that requires a high level of fitness, mountaineering skills, and experience. It is recommended for experienced mountaineers who have already climbed other high-altitude peaks such as Mount Everest or other 8,000-meter peaks.

The Mount Lhotse Expedition is usually organized by trekking and mountaineering companies based in Nepal. These companies provide all the necessary equipment, including tents, food, and climbing gear, as well as experienced guides and porters. Climbing permits are also required and can be obtained from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

Overall, the Mount Lhotse Expedition is an unforgettable adventure that offers a unique and challenging experience for experienced mountaineers looking to push their limits and test their skills on one of the most challenging peaks in the world.

Trip Notes

Please do remember these things.

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, Nepal Challenge Trek 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, Nepal Challenge Trek 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.

Cost of Expedition

Expedition costs vary depending on factors including: group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, category of hotel accommodation, numbers of Sherpa’s allocated and equipment, type of arrangement and package customization. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact Nepal Challenge Trek for any information about in your selected package.

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Trip Facts

Duration 44 Day(s)
Activities Mountaineering
Group Size 1 to 20
Best Season March to May, September to November
Start/End Point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Difficulty Level Very Hard
Max Altitude 8516M

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