Lhotse Expedition

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Mount Lhotse

Lhotse is best known for its proximity to Mount Everest and at 8,516 metres it is the 4th highest Peak in the world. The climbing route for the Lhotse Expedition follows the same route as the climb on Everest, including the aptly named Lhotse face almost all the way till Everest’s Geneva Spur from where it follows a steep climb through a long couloir to the summit.

Lhotse has three summits, of which the lowest is 8,383 metres high (Lhotse Shar). Next in order of altitude is Lhotse East, also known as Middle, standing at the height of 8,413 metres. The highest peak at 8,516 metres is called Lhotse Main. It was reached for the first time in 1956. Interestingly, the first successful ascent on Lhotse Middle was only in 2001.

Leading the way to the summit is the Lhotse Couloir. It is located on the west face, or the Lhotse Face, of the mountain. The couloir is a massive ice gully, and presents the most challenging part of the climb for the expedition members. At certain points its rise is as steep as 80 degrees. It features two rocky areas – the Yellow Band and the already mentioned Geneva Spur. Apart from demanding terrain, climbers going through the gully have to be wary of periodic snowfall.

Climbing Lhotse – what you need to know about expedition

Lhotse expedition – general information

Climbing Lhotse is an excellent alternative to the Everest Expedition while being much more affordable since the permit fees are much lower while offering a similar climb. Though it is often seen as a minor eight-thousander, Lhotse is a dramatic peak in its own right, due to its tremendous south face which rises 3.2 km in only 2.25 km of horizontal distance, making it the steepest face of this size in the world. The south face has been the scene of many failed Lhotse expeditions, some notable fatalities, and very few ascents. Climbing Lhotse can be done as an add on during an Everest expedition as well, since the two peaks are connected by the South Col.

Expedition overview

The whole expedition is planned to last 56 days. Kathmandu is the starting and ending point of the whole journey. Along the way, you will visit the Namche Bazaar, pulsing with local tradition, as well as the main Buddhist centre in the region – the Tengboche Monastery. From there, you will start the actual climb with high camps on the route. It takes 4 days to reach the foot of Mount Everest and the Everest Base Camp trek is highly popular. It offers picturesque panoramas of the surrounding mountain ranges and forests.

The Lhotse expedition route progresses through the Khumbu icefall. It follows the same path as the standard Everest ascent, up to a point above the Yellow Band. Then, the routes diverge – Everest climbing parties head to the left of South Col, and Lhotse climbers turn right.

For specific information about the schedule, see the detailed itinerary down below.

Your mountain guides

At Asian Trekking, we make sure to provide you with the best conditions to take on the challenge that is before you. We take care of the organizational matters, so that you can focus solely on reaching the summit. Climbing with us, you are supported by experienced climbing Sherpas in your ascent. Having them in your camp staff ensures the best possible guidance and assistance. The Sherpas help in the camp setup, load carrying, and, most importantly – the climb itself. Additionally, safety measures are of utmost importance to us. We never compromise when it comes to danger, always putting the climbing party’s health and life first.

You can expect breathtaking views and unforgettable adventure, but all this is possible only if we protect the mountains. Asian Trekking is dedicated to cleaning the slopes. We remove tons of rubbish as we climb, as well as raise awareness about environmental problems.

Who can climb Mt Lhotse?

Are you ready to face ten-hour treks and climbs day to day? Excellent physical condition is an absolute must during this expedition. The climbing stretches are a challenge, with severe weather conditions and altitude above 8,500 metres. Be prepared to climb on difficult, remote, extremely rocky and icy terrain. The climb requires technical mountaineering equipment.


The mountain

  • Its east-west crest neighbours directly with Mount Everest
  • Three peaks: 8,383 m, 8,413 m and 8,516 m
  • 4th highest mountain in the world
  • Extremely steep ice gully, rising 3.2 km

The Lhotse Expedition

  • Trip duration: 56 days
  • Sherpa villages and Buddhist centre visits planned
  • Includes steep glacial wall on a 2.25 km stretch
  • Extreme weather conditions

Why climb Lhotse?

  • A perfect challenge for technically advanced mountaineers
  • Unforgettable experience of local culture on the route
  • The best preparation for Everest ascent
  • A cheaper alternative to Mount Everest ascent, with similar conditions
  • Excellent logistics and the highest safety standards provided by Asian Trekking

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  • Each member is assigned with:
    1. One veteran Sherpa Guide with Nepal Mountaineering Association
      certification and has previously summited Mt. Everest at least 5
    2. Two High Altitude Sherpa with Nepal Mountaineering
      Association certification and has previously summited Mt. Everest at least 2
    3. The Sherpa will assist the member during climb and summit
      attempt. They will also carry all food and gear to high camps.
    4. Full Mountain Support
  • Unlimited CE
    certified oxygen cylinders with British Top out mask and regulator during
    climbing and summit attempt.
  • Services of Asian Trekking
    Expedition Doctor and medical consultation services at the Base Camp with the
    Himalayan Rescue Association.
  • All food and fuel for Base Camp
    and higher camps during expedition. Services of cook and kitchen boy at Base
    Camp and Camp 2.
  • 3 days guided acclimatization climb on Mt.
    Lobuche East before Everest climb.
  • High altitude tents for each
  • Weekly supply of fresh vegetables, meat and fruits to
    Base Camp from Kathmandu Common climbing equipment (necessary rope, ice bars,
    ice screws, etc.)
  • Porterage of member’s personal climbing
    equipment Kathmandu-Lukla-Base Camp-Kathmandu.
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
    Internet at base camp.
  • Solar panels, batteries and generator
    with fuels at Base Camp for light and charging mobile phones, digital cameras
    and laptop.
  • Hotel accommodation for 8 nights in 5-star hotel in
    Kathmandu before or after the expedition.
  • Welcome group dinner
    in Kathmandu with chairman/founder of Asian Trekking, Past President of Nepal
    Mountaineering Association and Honorary member of UIAA (International Climbing
    and Mountaineering Federation), Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa and CEO of Asian
    Trekking Dawa Steven Sherpa.
  • Restop toilet bags for all members
    and Sherpas to bring human waste off the mountain.
  • Airport-hotel-airport transfers.

If Needed/On

  • Spacious high wall personal tent at Base
    Camp with wooden platform and carpets. Each tent is equipped with personal
    solar powered lights, mattress, pillow, working table with chair, folding
    cabinet, satellite television and personal heater.
  • International
    Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA/ UIAGM) accredited guide to
    lead the team.
  • Helicopter flight Kathmandu/Lukla/Namche/
  • Private kitchen with professional and trained
    5-star hotel cook to cater to the client’s taste.
  • Photography
    and video filming service during the expedition.
  • Satellite
    Internet at Camp 2
  • Personal base camp dining tent, equipped with
    wooden platform, padded insulation floor and carpet and one LED television set
    with DTH connection.
  • Clean and spacious Private toilet and
    shower tent and much more…

Good To

Asian Trekking is a Nepali expedition operating company
established 36 years ago. According to Paragraph 26 of the Tourism Act
(2035), no foreign expedition teams or companies are allowed to
provide expedition services in Nepal directly and any foreign company must
work through a Nepali company
 licensed by the Ministry of
Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal. As such, Nepali
companies are the ones that provide all the legal, administrative, logistical,
guiding and support services in Nepal, while also being legally responsible
for the safe and responsible conduct of the expeditions. Booking
through foreign expedition companies naturally makes the cost to the customer
higher due to the extra layer of administration and profit margins, without
necessarily adding any extra value.


Detailed itinerary


Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m, 4429ft). Transfer to your hotel.


Day 2

Kathmandu, official procedures.


Day 3



Day 4
Flight to Lukla

From Kathmandu, you enjoy an exciting flight to Lukla (2860m, 9384ft). Trek to Phakding (2622m, 8603ft).


Day 5
Trek to Namche Bazar

Trek to Namche Bazar (3340m, 10959ft).


Day 6
Trek to Khumjung

Trek to Khumjung (3790m, 12435ft), called the green valley.


Day 7
Trek to Tengboche Monastery

Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3837m, 12589ft).


Day 8
Trek to Dingboche

Trek to Dingboche (4343m, 14249ft).


Day 9
Trek to Lobuche

Trek to Lobuche (4915m, 16126ft).


Day 10
Rest day

Rest day for acclimatization in Lobuche.


Day 11
Trek to Everest Base Camp

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5380m, 17652ft).


Day 12-49
Climbing Period Mt. Everest

Climbing Period Mt. Everest.


Day 50
Clean up

Clean up Base Camp.


Day 51
Trek to Pheriche

Trek to Pheriche. Overnight in lodge


Day 52
Trek to Namche Baza

Trek to Namche Bazar. Overnight in lodge.


Day 53
Trek to Lukla

Trek to Lukla. Overnight in lodge


Day 54
Fly to Kathmandu

Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel.


Day 55



Day 56
Departure from Kathmandu

Departure from Kathmandu.

trip grade


56 Days  

Trip Code:  ATT-129

Price starts from:  7.000 USD

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8516 m


Mountaineering Expedition

Technical Experience
Technical Experience

Advanced Skill


  • Height: 8,516 m ,
    27,940 ft
  • Location: Khumbu
  • Range: Mahlangur
  • Rank: 4th highest Mountain in the World
  • Latitude: 27°57’45
  • Longitude: 86°56’03
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