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Lhotse Expedition

  • Duration: 45 Days
  • Grade & Elevation: Mountaineering, 2834m
  • Location: Nepal, Kanchenjunga Region
  • Entry/Exit: Lukla - Lukla
  • Season: Spring & Autumn
Highlights Lhotse Shar was first climbed on December 5, 1979 by Sepp Mayerl and Rolf Walter by taking the SE-ridge.

Lhotse ExpeditionLhotse stands at 8516m, making it the fourth highest mountain in the world. It is situated at the border of Tibet and Nepal. Its long east-west crest is located immediately south of Mount Everest, and the summits of the two mountains are connected by the South Col, a vertical ridge that never drops below 8,000m. Lhotse has three summits: Lhotse Main 8516m, Lhotse Shar 8383m and Lhotse Middle or East 8413m.


Sometimes mistakenly Lhotse has been identified as the south peak of the Everest massif. No serious attention was given to climbing Lhotse until Everest had finally been ascended. Lhotse first climbed in 1956 as an alternative route towards the summit of Everest.


Lhotse Main was first climbed in 1956 by Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger who were part of a Swiss expedition. Lhotse Shar was first climbed on December 5, 1979 by Sepp Mayerl and Rolf Walter by taking the SE-ridge. It was not until 2001 that Lhotse Middle was conquered by the Russian Expedition (See below for details).

Historical Timeline
Year Event Notes / Team
1956 First ascent of main summit On May 18th, the Swiss team of Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger became the first people to summit Lhotse.
1965 First attempt on Lhotse Shar A Japanese expedition failed in the attempt but managed to reach 8100m.
1979 First ascent of Lhotse Shar On May 12, Sepp Mayerl and Rolf Walter of Austria made the first ascent of Lhotse Shar
1981 Second Ascent of Lhotse Shar
First solo ascent without the use of oxygen
A Swiss team makes 2nd successful ascent
April 30, 1981 by Hristo Prodanov from Bulgaria
1984 Third successful ascent of Lhotse Shar May 20th by a team from Czechoslovakia
1996 First female summit of Lhotse Chantal Mauduit becomes the first female to reach the top of Lhotse
1999 Failed traverse attempt A Russian team trying to become the first to summit Lhotse Middle and to traverse the three summits fails due to weather.
2001 First ascent of Lhotse Middle On May 23, 2001, the first ascent of Lhotse Middle was made by Eugeny Vinogradsky, Serguei Timofeev, Alexei Bolotov and Petr Kuznetsov of a Russian expedition


The Lhotse Face/Route

The western flank of Lhotse is known as the Lhotse Face. Any climber bound for the South Col on Everest must climb this 1,125m (3,700ft) wall of glacial blue ice. This face rises at 40 and 50 degree pitches with the occasional 80 degree bulges. Two rocky sections called the Yellow Band and the Geneva Spur interrupt the icy ascent on the upper part of the face.

The south face is one of the most impressive walls in Himalayas. The first expedition from the south side was Yuogoslavian leading by A.Kunaver. They selected the left side of the wall but they manage to only get to 8100 meters. In 1985,1987 and 1989 three Polish expedition tried to climb the wall. The highest point they reach was 8300 meters. During the last expedition, Jerzy Kukuczka-the second person who climbed all 8000 meter peaks died during the attempt. Another expedition in 1989 lead by Reinhold Messner failed due to problems between members.

In 1990 Tomo Cesen said that he climbed the wall via Yugoslavian route. The climb caused much controversy because many climbers didn't believe that the wall, which was unclimbed by so many good climbers, was by climbed by single person. He later changed his mind claiming that he didn't reach the top but the summit ridge. However, public opinion is that he reached only about 7000 meters.

The south face was finally climbed in 1990 by Russian expedition few months after Cesen's climb. They describe the wall as impossible to be climbed by a single person.


When To Climb

As for all the Himalayan peaks there are two main seasons. Pre-monsoon season runs from April through May. Post monsoon season runs from late September through October.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast
  • Permit Fee (Royalty) Kanchanjunga
  • All land transfer in Nepal.
  • Full board trekking with lodge & Food for BC Expedition period.
  • Essential Porters to Kanchanjunga B.C. & while back.
  • Trekking equipments for BC, 1 tent for 2 persons, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chares & Mattresses.
  • All kitchen equipment.
  • Staff allowance, Liaison officer allowances, equipment allowances,
    Insurance
  • Permit and National park fees
  • Base camp Guide, Cook, and Kitchen helper.
  • All necessary taxes.
  • Our service charge.
  • Airfare from / to your country.
  • Nepal entry visa fee. (can be obtained at the airport upon arrival)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • High altitude food and fuel above base camp.
  • Personal climbing gear and equipment above base camp.
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical and emergency evacuation.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods arriving to Nepal by air or road.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone and Email, etc.
  • International airport departure tax, tourist tax.
  • Tips and bonuses.
  • Garbage fee. (refundable)
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