Lhotse

ITINERARY

Following is an ideal itinerary for our Lhotse Expedition:
 

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Apr 8     

Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal

   

Apr 9

Kathmandu preparations

   

Apr 10

Fly to Lukla 

   

Apr 10-19

Trek to Base Camp

   

Apr 21-
May 12    

Establish camps and
acclimatise

   

May 13-15

Rest Period

   

May 16-25

Summit Climb Period

   

May 26-27

Clean up
Depart Base Camp

   

May 27-31

Trek to Lukla

   

Jun 1

Fly back to Kathmandu

   

Jun 2

Depart Kathmandu

KATHMANDU TO LHOTSE BASE CAMP

We congregate in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. We meet for a team briefing, gear checks and last minute purchases then fly by fixed wing into Lukla airport in the Khumbu Valley.  We trek the delightful approach through the Sherpa homelands via the Khumbu Valley, enjoying Sherpa hospitality in modern lodges with good food, and all the while being impressed by the spectacular scenery of the incredible peaks of the lower Khumbu.

On the way, we trek over the Kongma La, a high (5,535m) pass with exceptional views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and the hundreds of other amazing peaks in the region. This gives us a bit of an acclimatisation advantage heading to Base Camp when we arrive the next evening.

Our Base Camp is very well appointed with a high level of comfort including your own walk-in sleeping tents with comfortable beds, high-quality food, comfortably heated dining tent with comfortable chairs and couches. We provide a communications centre for email and web access (you pay for use) and we have our own dedicated doctor who is there to ensure your health and well-being on the expedition.

LHOTSE CLIMBING ROUTE

By the time we first arrive at Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, a route will already be established with ropes and ladders through to Camp 1.  Our strong Sherpa team will be busily involved in ferrying loads of equipment up the mountain. 

We do two forays into the Khumbu Icefall for ladder training and familiarisation before moving to Camp 1 (5,900m). After a couple of nights at Camp 1 we move to Camp 2 (6,400m) for several nights acclimatisation with a foray to the Lhotse face thrown in to push our acclimatisation. Our Camp 2 base is set up with cook tents with dedicated cooks, a heated dining tent with tables and chairs. Mountain camps are shared sleeping.

After a rest in Base Camp, we move through camps 1 and 2 and spend one night at Camp 3 to complete our acclimatisation program. We then descend to Base Camp to await a weather window in which to make our summit bid. When we do so, we move up through the camps and establish the last camp at the ‘Turtle’, a position close to the famous Geneva Spur that is within a couple of hundred metres of the summit couloir. The ascent should take 6-8 hours, depending on whether we are fixing rope at the time. All going well we will descend to Camp 2 after the summit, then drop back to Base Camp the next morning.