Duration: 14 Days
Lhotse is the 4th highest peak in planet Earth at an elevation of 8516 meter which lies to the south of Everest. It is also termed as “South Peak” in Tibetan or south face which is three kilometers away from the Everest. There are three summits as the – Main Lhotse (8616 m), Lhotse Middle or simply East Lhotse (8414 m) and the Lhotse Shar (8383 m).
The main summit of Lhotse was first climbed in 1956 by F. Luchsinger and E.Reiss. Lhotse expedition being one of the difficult to summit with steep ridges of Khumbu ice fall, however rewards you with the stunning views of Nuptse (7861 m), Lobuche (6119 m), Cho Oyu (8201 m), Ama Dablam (6812 m), Nirekha (6069 m) including with Mount Everest (8848 m) and several snow-capped peaks. The base camp of Lhotse is the same of the Everest Base Camp.
This expedition begins by a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. As for all trekking for every Everest region, we follow the same route and begin a short trek to Phakding. Following the Dudh Koshi River and crossing the suspension bridge, we will reach - Namche Bazaar (Most inhabitants here are from Sherpa communities). Continuing trekking for few days, we will be crossing some of the popular places of the Everest region such as Thyangboche and Dingboche. As Dingboche is a perfect place for adapting the altitude, we here we will be acclimatizing here by hiking to the hilly areas for some days.
After properly acclimatizing, we will be summiting the Lhotse Peak. Reaching the top of the peak - you will be observing various mountains of the Khumbu region and spend abundant time relishing the views. We will then retrace back to base camp and trek through Dingboche, Thyangboche and then to Namche Bazaar. Again back to Phakding, then to Lukla and finally fly back to Kathmandu to mark the completion of the trek.
This Lhotse Expedition is 48 days audacious journey where the itinerary has been carefully designed by our climbing expert team carefully focusing the altitude for clients to adjust the altitude with plenty of time. The perfect time to Lhotse Expedition will be in spring (March-May) as it is also a peak season for trekking and ascending the peak. October and November are also known perfect period but for winter and summer, should be avoided due to extreme freezing cold and scorching heat. For more details or if you want to inquire more on Everest Lhotse Expedition, please feel free to contact or email us.
Below we list our day to day itinerary for Lhotse Expedition:
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Day 01: Arrival KTM & transfer to hotel -1300m/4264ft
Day 02-03: At leisure in Kathmandu
Day 04: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla - 2,840m/9,315ft
Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazar
Day 06: At leisure in Namche Bazar
Day 07: Trek to Thyangboche
Day 08: Trek to Dingboche
Day 09-14: Acclimatization.
.Day 14-40: Climbing period of Lhotse and Back to Base Camp
Day 41-43: Trek to Namche Bazaar via Dingboche and Tenngboche
Day 44-45: Trek to Phakding and Lukla
Day 46: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 47: Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 48: Departure to your own destination
Includes and Excludes
- Expedition Expedition permit fees
- 3 - star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trek and tents during the climb
- Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back including airport transfers
- Meals in Kathmandu and while trekking and climbing
- Group equipment for the climb
- Qualified and Experienced guides
- Experienced Climbing Sherpas
Not Included in the Cost
- International airfare and Nepal Visa fee (please bring the exact US $ in cash and two passport size photograph)
- Personal equipment and extra services
- Tips and Bonus for Staff and guide
- Insurance and Trip cancellation
- Airport departure tax
Accommodation for Lhotse Expedition
Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 stars) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels. But once you set out for Lhotse Expedition, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow.
A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.
Meals and Drinks on Lhotse Expedition Trek
All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. We will enjoy typical Nepalese cuisine, Tibetan, Italian, Indian, Continental and so on during the trek. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.
Luggage/Backpack for Lhotse Expedition Trek
During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.
Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.
Guide/Porter on Trek
Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.
Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member
Accent Himalaya organizes Lhotse Expedition Trek from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 12 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.
Personal Expenses on Trek
Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available at some places) tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.
Gears Available in Kathmandu
All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.
A Typical Day on Trek
On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.
Our Greetings at Airport
We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Lhotse Expedition Trek with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.
Flight Delay at Kathmandu and Lukla
The Twin Otter Plane is the only mode of transportation to and from Lukla on this tour. Sometimes flights to and from Lukla may be canceled due to sudden changes in mountain weather. So, we have kept an additional day at the end of the tour on our trekking itinerary to use it in case of flight delayed or canceled.
So, if the flights cancel for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on a scheduled flight to your home or other destination and the cost of this extra service is payable directly to our office at Kathmandu. If you have to use this service in US dollars or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only), we will provide you the receipt of the payment with which you can claim the amount from your insurance company. The minimum cost for helicopter charter will be US $ 500 and the maximum US $ 3500 depending on the number of people in the flight.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it
Our normal Itinerary includes 48 days for Lhotse Expedition trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.
Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.
Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Lhotse Expedition Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.
Booking and Payment
You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Lhotse Expedition Trek along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you then, we will forward the details of payment.