Lhotse 8516 m/27,940 ft, ranks fourth among the world’s highest mountains. Although the peak connects with the south col of Everest, Lhotse has received far less attention than neighbouring Everest.As one of only fourteen summits over 8000 m, Lhotse is a challenging peak and infrequently attempted relative to the other 8000 m peak. Therefore, it is a highly regarded climb for worldwide mountaineers. Himalaya Hikes is here to assist you in making your Lhotse objective come true safely and successfully.
Lhotse was first ascended by a Swiss expedition in 1956. The mountain’s main prominence rises 2000 ft/610 m above the south col of Everest. Itis climbed along the same southern and original route to Everest up to Camp3 and similarly, the expedition is available Spring season. From camp three it breaks away and heads toward the fascinating Turtle Shelf camp that will be a lifetime highlight!
As challenging as climbing Lhotse can be, you can leave theplanning and all logistical concerns to us, allowing you to focus on reaching the goal of a lifetime. We will support you in all ways and each member will be joined every step of the way by our seasoned team led by Nuru Wacnhuk Sherpa,13 times Eeverst summitter and a veteran of expeditions on peaks over 8,000 m (13 on Everest alone)! He is one of the foremost authorities in the world on Himalayan peaks, and the success rate of these expeditions has been an unparalleled 100% including nearly 90% of members summiting. With Nuru, you are in expert, caring hands, and you can be assured that he has covered every measure to protect your well-being and to give you the best chance of Lhotse success.
Nuru oversees our experienced crew including the local Tigers of the Snow, Sherpa specialists that will be with you on the climb. Our exceptional team of guides has the skills and experience that can only be gained by living and working on Everest and in the high Himalaya, a mountaineer’s paradise. With Nuru and our expert crew, you can be confident of your health and welfare on Lhotse!
The expedition itinerary is designed from experience, planned with careful attention by Kungma and professional climbers to safeguard a gradual rate of ascent with proper adjustment to altitude and environmental conditions.Our Lhotse Expedition includes an ascent of Lobuche East (6119 m/20,075 ft), one of the most exciting Trekking Summits in the Everest Region. This peak en route to Lhotse Base Camp provides not only an attractive diversion but an excellent part of the acclimatization process while allowing members to refresh and update mountain skills before moving up to Lhotse.
After arriving in Kathmandu and meeting the team and other participants, we will complete pre-expedition briefings, equipment checks and other final preparations before taking an early morning flight to the mountain airport of Lukla. We then begin our thrilling trek through the Khumbu to Base Camp with the side-excursion along the way of an ascent of Lobuche East. We meet up with the remainder of our crew at Base Camp where they will have established a comfortable camp and will be awaiting us. From there we begin a gradual journey upward to the highest point on the planet. Before the final summit attempt, clients will briefly be bought to Pheriche(4252 m, 13,950 feet)for proper rest and rejuvenation and a health check-up (at the Himalayan Rescue Association’s outpost). We have found that this descent to Pheriche greatly enhances strength and acclimatization.
Porters: The expedition will have porters to carry supplies, a dining tent, sleeping tent and more for your comfort.
Base Camp Accommodation: Each individual client will be provided a personal two-man, high-performance tent at Base Camp. From Camp 1 and higher, it will be necessary to share tents.
Meals: We consider delicious and nutritious food and beverages to be a key component to the overall success of our expeditions. We charter the food in by flight and take the utmost care in quality preparation. Our High Altitude Chef will be with us for all meals at Base Camp and up to Camp 2. From Camp 3 onwards the climbing Sherpa will take care of all meals.
Oxygen Cylinders: Each client is provided seven oxygen cylinders, reserved in their name for personal use on the climb. These will be guaranteed to have original seals (not refilled cylinders) manufactured by Top out, UK.
We are well-known for our dedication to the highest standards of professionalism and responsible tourism and we look forward to you joining us for the climb of a lifetime! All accommodations in Kathmandu area at 5-Star hotels.
Day 1:Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)
Day 2-5:Kathmandu Valley
Day 6:Flight to Lukla(2,850 m/9,350 ft), trek to Phakding (2,650 m/8,690 ft)
Day 7:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,435 m/11,270 ft)
Day 8:Rest & acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Day 9:Trek to Tyangboche(3867 m/12,887 feet) – 5 Hours
Day 10:Trek to Dingboche(4375 m/14,325 feet) – 5 Hours
Day 11:Rest Day at Dingboche
Day 12:Trek to Lobuche(4930 m/16,175 ft)- 5 Hours
Day 13:Trek to Lobuche Base Camp (5400 m/17,715 ft) 4 hrs
Day 14:Rest Day at Base Camp
Day 15:Climb to the Lobuche East Summit (6119 m/20,075) and Return to Base Camp (5400 m/17,715 ft)
Day 16:Trek to Gorakshep(5190 m/17,025ft)and Base Camp 5300 m (17,400 ft) – 6-8 Hours
Day 17-20:Base Camp
Day 52:Base Camp
Day 53:Trek to Pheriche (4252 m, 13,950 feet)
Day 54:Trek to NamcheNamche Bazaar (3,435 m/11,270 ft)
Day 55:Trek to Lukla(2,850 m/9,350 ft)
Day 56:Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 58:Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home
Full Board Service Cost Includes:
• Arrival and departure transfer services to and from both Domestic and International flight as per itinerary.
• Assistance at the International airport by Himalaya Hikes while arriving and departing in Kathmandu.
• 4 Nights hotels accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
• Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period.
• Schedule Flight Tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu sector to all climbing member, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.
• All trekking and mountaineering equipments like; kitchen tent, stores tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for advance Base Camp and camp two.
• Common climbing equipment (necessary fixed and main rope, ice bars, ice screws, snow bar etc)
• Services of cook and kitchen boy at Advance Base Camp
• 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea/ coffee) in available tea house/hotel/lodge during the trekking
• 3 fresh meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners) will be served at base camp and above.
• All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during expedition for both members and crews.
• Per person 40kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak.
• Daily Weather Report Services from Seattle based
• Trekking Permit (Everest National Park entry fee)
• TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
• Expedition Royalty and climbing permit of Nepal Government to climb.
• Nepalese Government Royalty and fees;
• One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and at list 02 times Summiteer Climbing/expedition Sherpa Guide per client.
• All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.
• Equipment allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpa’s, cooks, kitchen boys.
• Equipment allowances and wages for Government Liaison Officer.
• First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
• Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.
• Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
• Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
• Heater will be provided at base camp for heating the dining room.
• Emergency Oxygen, mask and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge
• Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the EBC.
• Solar panel for light and battery charger.
• All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3 for members and staff.
• Ice fall charges by SPCC
• Gamow Bags (Portable Altitude Chamber).
• Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance for staff
• Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude climbing Sherpa guide, cook and staff.
• Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.
• Fresh cooked food and kitchen will be provided at Advance Base camp.
• Trekking and Climbing map of the Everest region.
• EPI Cooking gas, stove will be provided for cooking food, boiling water.
• Generator will be providing for back- up of lighting power and charging electronic tools.
• Transportation of food supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter/Yaks to base camp)
• Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
• Complete pre-departure information
• Flight ticket reconfirmation
• visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
• Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
• Himalaya Hikes T-shirt/broucher.
Full board service Cost Exclude:
• Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)
• Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking.
• Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
• Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
• Extra transportation then display in itinerary program.
• Any additional staff other than specified.
• Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
• Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
• Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
• Filming permit (if special camera).
• Personal climbing gears;
• Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
• Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears
• Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
• Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules. Minimum US$ 500.00 per climbing Sherpa guide.
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)Welcome to Kathmandu, where the gods and mortals intermingle. Our representative meets you at the airport and will usher you to the hotel. The first evening is free to do as you like, perhaps refresh and then explore or rest and relax at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 2-5Kathmandu ValleyThese four days will include optional tours of Kathmandu Valley’s highlights, including World Heritage Sites. Most importantly, we will get to know the other participants and crew, with briefings by our Lead and Assistant Guides and gear and equipment checks.
Day 6Flight to Lukla(2,850 m/9,350 ft), trek to Phakding (2,650 m/8,690 ft)We have an early morning, scenic flight to the Sherpa village of Lukla. We meet our porters and begin our trek. It is a pleasant and leisurely first day to Phakding, allowing time to explore the nearby monastery. Overnight at Guesthouse.(B,L,D)
Day 7Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,435 m/11,270 ft)We hike up the picturesque Dudh Koshi valley to the Sagarmatha National Park gate. We have a last climb through pine trees to the Namche Bazaar. The market town has immense views of surrounding peaks and many shops to explore. Overnight at Guesthouse.(B,L,D)
Day 8Rest & acclimatization at Namche BazaarWe’ll exploring Namche and surrounding villages including Khunde and Khumjung over a ridge line with glimpses of Mount Everest and more. We also visit monasteries and museums for an exciting tour of the Sherpa homeland. (B,L,D)
Day 9Trek to Tyangboche(3867 m/12,887 feet) – 5 HoursWe continue the trek with astonishing views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama-Dablam, Thamserku and much more along the way. This section of trail is also a place where Himalayan wildlife is often spotted. We eventually descend to cross the DudhKoshi before a steep climb through pine forests to Tyangboche with lodges and a famous, active monastery. We have sensational views of the surrounding peaks, especially Ama-Dablam. (B,L,D)
Day 10Trek to Dingboche(4375 m/14,325 feet) – 5 HoursThe route makes a gentle descent through pleasant forests near a nunnery. The views amongst Buddhist monuments along the way will be breathtaking . We pass through the Sherpa village of Pangboche and continue climbing to reach serene Dingboche on an open plateau. (B,L,D)
Day 11Rest Day at DingbocheWe take a day for rest and acclimatization with optional hikes to surrounding viewpoints before moving on higher to ground tomorrow. (B,L,D)
Day 12Trek to Lobuche(4930 m/16,175 ft)- 5 HoursWe start with a short ascent and then make a pleasant hike above the valley to cross a glacial stream. We continue steeply to pass memorials and astonishing sights of Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. We then have an easy hike to Lobuche, located below Lobuche Peak. (B,L,D)
Day 13Trek to Lobuche Base Camp (5400 m/17,715 ft) 4 hrsFrom Lobuche we have a pleasant hike to start the journey before a steep ascent along the Lobuche Glacier to Base Camp with the usual exhilarating views all along the way! (B,L,D)
Day 14Rest Day at Base CampWe take a day for rest and acclimatization in preparation for our big day tomorrow, the summit of Lobuche East! (B,L,D)
Day 15Climb to the Lobuche East Summit (6119 m/20,075) and Return to Base Camp (5400 m/17,715 ft)We ascend over granite slabs and then firm snow. We then negotiate a steep pitch before traversing a narrow ridge. From the the summit, you take in an unrivaled panorama before you. After enjoying our triumph, we eventually descend, retracing our steps to Base Camp for a well-deserved night’s rest.(B,L,D)
Day 16Trek to Gorakshep(5190 m/17,025ft)and Base Camp 5300 m (17,400 ft) – 6-8 HoursWe descend to Lobuche and follow the glacial moraine with continuous mountain views. We reach Gorakshep and continue to Everest Base Camp, our destination and base of operations for the next 30 to 40 days. Our crew will greet you at the cozy camp and show you to your personal tent. (B,L,D)
Day 17-20Base Camp
Day 52Base Camp
Day 53Trek to Pheriche (4252 m, 13,950 feet)After a warm drink to start the morning, we say final goodbye to Everest Base Camp, our home for the past month. We return through Gorakshep and then continue down the valley to Pheriche. Overnight at Guesthouse in Pheriche.(B,L,D)
Day 54Trek to NamcheNamche Bazaar (3,435 m/11,270 ft)After breakfast in Pheriche, make a thrilling return journey to the famous monastery of Tyangboche in an unforgettable location. We have up-close mountain views of Ama Dablam and much more as we make our way back to the bustling town of Namche Bazaar. (B,L,D)
Day 55Trek to Lukla(2,850 m/9,350 ft)Our last day in the Khumbu. We drop steeply down and work our way out of the valley to the mountain airport town of Lukla. (B,L,D)
Day 56Fly from Lukla to KathmanduWe take an early morning, scenic flight back to Kathmandu and the rest of the time is available refresh and relax and to explore the city on your own. (B)Please note Flights from Kathmandu-Lukla, Lukla-Kathmandu often get delayed and may cause delays from a few hours to a day and more. We will do our best to avoid problems, and re-schedule flights. However, we must inform you of the possibility of delays and even cancellations. We have scheduled extra time for such situations and suggest that you also include 1-2 days cushion at the end of your journey to avoid problems with your final departure from Nepal. We can also arrange helicopter at your request at around USD 500-1000 per person, depending on demand and capacity. Of course, there is also a good probability that no delays will occur and we will be happy to arrange other activities with your extra time!
Day 57KathmanduFree day in Kathmandu. The evening is reserved for a special celebratory farewell meal at a fine dining establishment.(B,L,D)
Day 58Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home.Our team representative will transfer you to the airport to see you off on your departure home. On your flight homeward, we hope you will remember this adventure of a life time and your experience in the mountains with us with great pleasure. We look forward to joining you on your next journey to the Himalaya!
Personal Climbing Gears:
The gears in the list below are also provided by Himalaya Hikes as a part of your package but if you prefer to use your own private piece, we encourage you to bring your own.
Group climbing gears
Note: Available to hire/rental through HH
The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; since we will be trekking on some of the most remote terrain on earth, it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions. In the event of this happening, your senior guide will make the final decision after consulting with the group.