Lhotse standing at an astounding elevation of 8,516m is the world's fourth-highest peak. Lhotse is the neighbor to the world's tallest peak, the ridge between the two of the highest mountains of the world are just a couple of miles away. Lhotse has three peaks, the lowest being Lhotse Shar with 8,383m elevation, also known as Middle, the middle one standing at 8,413m elevation, and the highest peak among three being at an elevation of 8,516m named Lhotse main. Lhotse was first successfully climbed on the summit in 1956.
Lhotse being the neighbor of Everest could be your perfect summit, to try on conquering the highest peak on the earth. Lhotse will give you an amazing view of the south face of Everest, which will make you understand the complexity and geographical structure of the highest peak on the earth. Lhotse is also one of the highest vertically rising mountain peaks on the earth. With only about two kilometers of horizontal distance, the mountain rises up to three kilometers in vertical distance, which makes the peak the steepest with steepness up to 80 degrees.
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. Climbing Lhotse is the same experience as climbing Everest with the progressive Khumbu icefall which moves throughout the time that has deep crevasses in it. The route for Everest and Lhotse is similar to the Geneva Spur and the long steep climb will lead you to Lhotse. The route to the Lhotse peak will be followed by four camps. The base camp, Camp 1, Camp 2, Camp 3, Camp 4 . These camps are set up as part of the Everest expedition route. The numbers of camps are there for you to acclimate properly in those Himalayas.
What should the climbers do for the Lhotse Expedition?
Climbing the mountain peak as tall as Lhotse requires a lot of preparation. These peaks cannot be summaries in a certain period of time. This requires the highest level of fitness physically and mentally. Lhotse expedition generally lasts around two months, the major part of the expedition requires staying on base camps and multiple camps this is done to make you acclimatize to those altitudes. Different climbers adapt to those situations differently, however, adequate preparation at least before a year of the expedition will make you acclimatise to that elevation earlier, which helps you to reduce your stay on those camps. Therefore climbers are strongly suggested to start an aerobic fitness program at least before six months of the expedition. This type of fitness activity will allow you to understand your body, the level of stress that it can restrain on high altitudes. Aerobic sports are mostly done in order to gain oxygen concentration even at high altitudes.
Best time for Lhotse Expedition
There is a period of time when people call it the “climbing window” period because during that period of time the weather is most properly perfect for mountaineering. Although it's still tough and cold on those high altitude peaks it still would be better than the rest of the year. It's during the month of April to May and the second preferable season for mountain expedition is during August-October. In short, the best season for expeditions is Spring as well as Autumn season. It’s best to deny the monsoon season because those seasons are more prone to snowstorms and avalanches. If you are one of those wanting to experience different mountaineering experiences it is still possible to climb Lhotse during winter which definitely would be harder than the regular summit but with proper preparations and guidance of experienced guides, you will definitely reach the summit.
Lhotse being the world's fourth mountain shares the same base as some of the other high peaks in the world. These high peaks sit just beside Lhotse. The clearest view of the southern part of the tallest peak of the world can be seen through the Lhotse. That is why many mountaineers who dream of climbing the tallest peak in the world first climb Lhotse to gain an overall and thorough knowledge of Mt.Everest. This makes Lhotse the most favourable peak to climb before Mt.Everest also because it shares almost seventy to eighty per cent of the same route as Everest. The summit of Lhotse gives you promising views of Mt. Everest, Mt Cho-Oyu, Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Island Peak, Thamserku.
Sherpa, also popularly known as a child of the mountains, are definitely one of the most prominent characters of the Himalayas. Sherpa people are well known for their generosity, humbleness and kind hospitality. Although the lifestyle of Himalayan people can be one of the toughest lifestyles in the world, you will still be greeted with the same smile and care throughout the village settlements of the Everest and Lhotse Region. You’ll have an experience of closely understanding the Sherpa culture, religion and mainly the lifestyle of Sherpa people.
The Lhotse peak is under the protected area of the national park of Sagarmatha. To ensure the beauty and the natural growth of the mountains must remain original. The fact that the region is under the protection of the Nepal government makes the route to the peak filled with diverse flora and fauna. This region has some of the promising wildfires you could imagine witnessing. Himalayan Tiger, Snow Leopard, Red Panda are some of the amazing wildlife creatures that have been spotted in the national park of Sagarmatha. During the season of April, the lush dense forests and huge landscapes are filled with red Rhododendron which makes the dense forest extremely beautiful.
Climb the fourth highest peak in the world
Dramatic south face facing the highest peak in the world “Mt.Everest”
Stunning views of Mt. Everest, Mt Cho-Oyu, Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Island Peak, Thamserku
Traditional and ethnic lifestyle
Rare flora and fauna
Embrace route to Everest set by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa the pioneers of Mountain Expedition
Highest altitude hotel in the world, The Everest Hotel
Professional Guide and Sherpa
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