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Lhotse Expedition (8516 M)

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Mt. Lhotse is the 4th highest peak of this world and is connected to Mt. Everest lying just 3 km south of Mt. Everest and is separated by South Col. Lhotse soars the incredible height of 8516 M with a meaning of Lhotse as South Face and is located on the border between Tibet and Khumbu region of Nepal.

Lhotse Expedition is considered as one of the most technical and independent mountain of the world. It requires very high technical abilities to climb the south face and Khumbu icefall of it as most dangerous part in its climb. After several unsuccessful attempts, it was successfully climbed in 1956 by Swiss team. It can be ascent either from Everest base camp as it has same base camp or near Chukung. The giant Lhotse bears very extreme conditions while climb like as high altitudes, harsh weather conditions and even sheer exhaustion. 

Outline Itinerary of Lhotse Expedition

Day 1: Kathmandu  Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Preparation Day

Day 4: Kathmandu to Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phadking

Day 5: Phadking to Namche Bazaar

Day 6-7: Acclimatization Day

Day 8: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Day 9: Tengboche to Dingboche

Day 10: Acclimatization Day

Day 11: Dingboche to Duglha

Day 12: Duglha to Lobuche

Day 13: Lobuche to Lhoste Base Camp

Day 14-15: Preparation Day

Day 16-45: Lhotse Expedition Day

Day 46-47: Back to Lhotse Base Camp

Day 48-50: Lhotse Base Camp to Lukla

Day 51: Lukla to Kathmandu 

Day 52: Acclimatization Day

Day 53: Departure



Itinerary 53 Days

Day 1: Kathmandu arrival (1360 M)

You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today you are going to explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Preparation Day

With your usual routine today will be your trek preparation day. You will do shopping’s on your requirements and gather with your team and leaders and discuss on your itinerary. Stay overnight at hotel

 Day 4: Kathmandu to Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding (2610 m)

Today you will head toward Tribhuwan airport to fly for lukla. It is about 40 min. flight above great green and white mountains. After you reach at lukla airport our other team member will meet you there and help in your packing and other arrangement and then you will head through beautiful village of Lukla till you reach at Phakding. Stay overnight at Phadking.

Day 5 Phakding to Namchebazar (3500 M)

Walking through a beautiful pine forest, along the Dudh Koshi River, you will see wonderful prospect of the Mt. Thamserku (6618 m), you will arrive at the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Then you pass through the last village of Jorsale and following the trail through the forests and bridges until you reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep climb of about two hours you get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. From there you still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. Stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 6-7 Acclimatization

This day is acclimatization day especially programmed taking care of your health. This day is a rest day and you can explore Sagarmatha National Park or Namchebazar and Khumjung Valley. It offers you internet, cafes, shops, restaurant, bakery and other where you can hang out and feel better for next day hike. Stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.

 Day 8 Trek to Tengboche (3,870m)

Today you start your trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Enjoying wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar, through alpine forests, Dudh Koshi River, you reach Phunki Thenga where you relaxed for while then steep up through the pine forests while before you reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and a biggest Buddhist Monastery in Khumbu region which you will visit too. Stay overnight at Tengboche.

Day 9 Tengboche to Dingboche (4360 M)

Today you gear up for your day hike to Dingboche. You pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. The place where you can see a fantastic close-up view of Mt Ama Dablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja Valley to Lobuche River. You descend into the river and begin the steep climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, we will see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at Dingboche.

Day 10: Acclimatization

You will rest at Dingboche before any further trek. It is a good area for acclimatization but instead of getting idle, walks nearby and explore the area nearby or you may visit a nearby hospital run by Himalayan Rescue Association in Pheriche and attend briefings on high altitude Acclimatization. Stay overnight at Dingboche.

Day 11: Dingboche to Duglha (4360 M)

You start the day with a climb to through the Khumbu Khola valley to Phulung Karpo Above which is Chola Lake. As you move on, the majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. After crossing a small wooden bridge, you ascend to Duglha. You can see the tip of Mt Nuptse, Mt Cholatse, Mt Thamserku and several other magnificent peaks. Spending a night in Duglha is ideal for acclimatization purposes. Stay overnight at Duglha.

Day 12: Duglha to Lobuche (4940 M)

You climb up the steep moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. At the top of the ridge of Chupki Lhara, you will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, you find ourselves facing several great peaks. You are now in the surrounding of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. Stay overnight at Lobuche.

Day 13: Lobuche to Lhotse Base Camp (5200 m)

Today you trek for Lhotse Base camp and set up our bases, camps, tents and rest. Stay overnight at Lhotse Base Camp.

Day 14-15: Preparation Day

These days will be for your acclimatization, Trainings on using equipments, gears and other necessary elements for mountaineering. You will make strategic planning and build your team work and communications skills good. Most important is that being confident and giving minor care to each aspects remaining safety. Stay overnight at Lhotse Base Camp.

Day 16-45: Lhotse Expedition Day

Day 46-47: Back to Lhotse Base Camp

Day 48-50: Lhotse Base Camp to Lukla (2860 M)

Day 51: Lukla to Kathmandu 

This day you fly back to Kathmandu and do some shopping for gifts, memory, collections and some traditional items and they all rests at a single venue, Thamel. You will receive great free dinner here with your crew, guides and Sherpa’s. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 52: Acclimatization Day

Today is your leisure day at Kathmandu you are free to enjoy any of the services and facilities at Kathmandu like sports games, shopping’s, movies, restaurants and bars and get your beloved and close one a memory of Nepal.  Enjoy free diner with your crew and team with celebration of glorious victory. Stay overnight at hotel,

Day 53: Farewell

Today your Lhotse Expedition comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting, bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.so that you can make your travel to Nepal memorable.


 

Services include:

Necessary Local Transport by Private vehicle

 Accommodation in Kathmandu at standard hotels with breakfast.

 Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide. 

Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks

 Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House/Tent while on treks. 

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.

 Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.

 Insurance of our field staff.

 Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit) 

Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu flight ticket including 15 kg Baggage’s 

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax & Permit.

Climbing Permit, Climbing Guide & Camping Equipment

Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee 

 International / any air fare. 

 Travelers insurance 

 Alcohol, hot and cold drinks) 

 Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 

 All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, Political Disturbances etc.

General Information:

A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.

Equipments Required


Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc

Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc

Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.

Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.

Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.

Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.

Gears 

 Climbing Gears

1 Alpine climbing harness.

1 Ascender 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide)

1 Mountaineering axe with leash

1 Pair expedition style gaiters which fit perfectly over your boots

1 Pair of Steel crampons

1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners

2 D-Shaped locking carabineers 

2 Non-locking carabineers

Climbing helmet (optional)

Neck gaiter

Ski goggles (optional) 

 

Body Gears (Synthetic Recommended, No COTTON)

Two T-shirts

Light expedition thermal tops.

Fleece jacket or pullover.

Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).

Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.

1 pair liner gloves, 1 pair of warm gloves, shell gloves.

Warm wool or synthetic hat to covers your ears, warm neck warmer, 100% glacier glasses, balaclava, headlamps,

2 pair of nylon hiking pants, synthetic underwear’s, 2 pair of trekking pants, waterproof baggages, light long trousers, liner socks, 1pair of sandles, etc.

Optional like Binaculors, stainless steel thermos, hydration bladder, ipods and cards, fav. Snack foods, trekking poles, etc.


 Medicines

 Extra Strength Excedrin, Ibuprofen, Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules, Diamox, mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, 

Always Drink Safe Water

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.

About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek

Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.

Travel Insurance

Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

  Washing and Toilet facilities

Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.

 Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.

Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks

You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Treks suggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.

Trip Facts

 

Trip Name: Lhotse Expedition

Trip Duration:  53 Days

Trip Area: Everest Region

Maximum Altitude:  8516 M

Minimum Altitude: 1310 M

Trip Type: Expedition             

Trip Grade: Difficult

Price: On Request

Suitable For:  Professionals

Best Season: Aug - Dec & Feb - May (12 Month Possible)

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