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Lhotse

2 climbers on fixed rope not far from the summit of Lhotse
Climbers exiting narrowest part of Lhotse couloir on summit day
Camp 2 on Lhotse with summit of Lhotse 200om above

The fourth highest mountain in the world, Lhotse is an exhilarating climb that follows the Everest climbing route up the Lhotse Face before the route steepens to follow an icy gully to the summit.

The expedition benefits from the infrastructure we have for our Everest expedition and is therefore well resourced and supported. Climb Lhotse as a standalone expedition, add-on to Everest, or as part of the 'Triple Crown': Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse in one expedition.

The Adventure Consultants’ Lhotse Expedition takes advantage of our famous Everest Base Camp as a jumping off point to ascend the Khumbu Icefall and enter the Western Cwm. We follow this up to Camp Two, surrounded by the towering flanks of Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest’s South West Face.

The route steepens as we climb the icy Lhotse Face to Camp Three then on through the Yellow Band to Camp Four. 600m/2,000ft of climbing up an icy gully follows, sometimes with rocky sections that keep you on your toes, making this a challenging ascent.

You have the option of joining the expedition specifically to climb Lhotse, or as a combo climb, making the ascent directly after your Everest summit from South Col.

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  • Climb the world’s fourth highest mountain
  • Or combine an ascent of Everest with Lhotse

Climbing Ability

Climbing Ability

Advanced

Elevation

Elevation

8,516m/27,939ft

Duration

Duration

56 days

Location

Location

Nepal

LHOTSE ITINERARY
DAY 1
Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal
DAY 2
Kathmandu preparations
DAY 3

Fly to Lukla 2,860m/9,383ft

DAY 4 - 12
Trek to Base Camp 5,300m/17,400ft
DAY 13 - 35

Establish camps and acclimatise

DAY 36 - 38

Rest Period

DAY 39 - 48

Summit Climb Period

DAY 49

Clean up

DAY 50 - 54

Trek to Lukla

DAY 55

Fly back to Kathmandu

DAY 56

Depart Kathmandu

Interactive Map of Mount Lhotse

Departures and Pricing

Note: Dates are subject to change due to many factors out of our control
Start/End Pricing Book
9 Apr - 3 Jun 2024 $44,000 USD $ Book Now
1 Apr - 3 Jun 2024 $24,000 USD $ Book Now
12 Apr - 2 Jun 2025 $44,000 USD $ Book Now
8 Apr - 2 Jun 2025 $24,000 USD $ Book Now

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PREPARE

Fitness

The need for exceptional physical fitness cannot be over-emphasised. A regular, strenuous programme must be followed for many months to achieve the level of fitness required. We recommend a training programme tailored to mountaineering such as those from Uphill Athlete.

Technical Experience

You must be able to efficiently climb ice, snow and rock terrain, multiple days in a row. Climbers will ideally have a broad set of climbing skills from basic rock climbing to advanced cramponing on snow and ice and strong rope skills such as rappelling and rope ascending. You should be comfortable with camp craft and self-care at high altitude.

Altitude Experience

Prior ascents of multiple 6000-7000m peaks are required (such as Denali, Aconcagua, Peak Lenin, 6,000m peaks in Nepal, and/or the Ecuador Volcanoes).

Climber in Lhotse couloir on summit day
Why Adventure Consultants?

When you climb Everest with Adventure Consultants you'll join a small team of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit in good style with the highest level of support and safety standards possible. You'll enjoy the best standards of food and equipment that are attainable - not just at Base Camp, but where it counts the most; on the mountain.

Our methodology and tactical approach to climbing Lhotse has seen us achieve the highest success rates and our extensive experience gives us the edge when it comes to the big decisions. We provide a consistently higher Sherpa and Guide ratio than any other operator, resulting in more support and backup for your summit attempt and therefore a greater safety margin and chance of success.

In the interests of giving you the most optimal chance to summit, we limit our team size to ensure the team summits on the best weather day; sometimes there is only one summit day! Large teams offering cheap climbs often miss out as they split their groups over several potential summit days.

Our guides are seasoned professionals certified by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) to ensure your safety throughout the expedition. Our experienced Sherpa team is enthusiastic, motivated, and regarded as the strongest and most cohesive group of Sherpas on Mount Everest. They have dozens of Everest summits between them.

A climber deep in the Khumbu icefall ascends a long ladder made of several ladders tied together.
Highest Level of Resourcing

You'll benefit from a higher flow of oxygen than other expeditions (sleeping on 1l/min and climbing on 4l/min), maximizing safety and success. Your overnight gear will be carried between camps, meaning you only carry what you need for the day.

We provide a dedicated Base Camp doctor - proven to make a crucial contribution to our success rate and the well-being of the team members. Our Base Camp Manager ensures the smooth running of the expedition.

Our Expedition Chef and cooks are regarded as the best in the business, providing wholesome and appetising meals with a range of menus to suit all your food requirements. Meals on the mountain are also of the highest standard and designed to sustain you for the rigours of the ascent. For those with specific needs, we can cater to special dietary requirements.

For three decades we have been at the forefront of providing the most current communications systems for our expeditions. These deliver comprehensive weather forecasts from our Swiss meteorologists which enable us to plan our ascent around favourable weather. Additional meteorological interpretation provided by veteran 8,000m guides through our head office in New Zealand helps manage the decision-making process. Our Wi-Fi data connection allows you to keep in touch throughout the expedition from the comfort of your tent or our Base Camp lounge.

The comfortable Base Camp environment and the quality of food is legendary. On the mountain, our camps are comfortable but not excessive - eliminating unnecessary additional loads to be carried through the icefall.

Climbers with headlamps approaching the Lhotse couloir on summit day
Inclusions

The price of your trip includes the following:

  • 1:6 Western guide ratio 
  • 1:1 Sherpa to climber ratio on summit day
  • High Flow Bottled oxygen
  • Personal equipment carried on the mountain
  • Helicopter flights Kathmandu-Lukla and return
  • Expedition Base Camp Doctor
  • High-end Base Camp and mountain camps
  • Excellent food and catering
  • Wi-Fi at Base Camp
  • Regular dispatches for families and friends to follow your expedition updated daily by guides and Base Camp staff, and semi-hourly on summit day
  • Comprehensive support from our New Zealand office team.
Climbers fooling around with Everest Lhotse and Nuptse behind at the head of the Khumbu glacier

The absolute focus of Adventure Consultants expeditions is on supporting you and your expedition.

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Climber above the yellow band on route to Lhotse high camp with western CWM below

There is no substitute for the experience and expertise that Adventure Consultants bring to their expeditions.

Climbers at the summit of Mt Lhotse

Adventure Consultants has the best systems and support structure in the industry - so you can enjoy your expedition with peace of mind.

Our Team
Rob Smith
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Lhotse Expedition Leader
Da Jangbu Sherpa
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Expedition Sidar
Kelly McLaren
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Expedition Liaison
Climbers above Camp 3 on way to high camp via the Yellow Band

"I have always recommended Adventure Consultants… Specially to people looking to climb the bigger peaks. Knowledge, logistics and experience are the paramount of my recommendation along with the importance of the great Sherpa Team. AC excels and I won’t go climbing with anyone else."

Claudia Lopez, USA/Colombia
Camp 2 on Lhotse with summit of Lhotse 200om above

"The trip was fantastic. Before the trip, I was a little concerned that I wouldn't have the fitness or the guts to pull it off, but my guide's instruction and confidence in us made the whole experience really enjoyable. I was on a huge high by the end of it as I really felt I'd succeeded in pushing myself out of my comfort zone - thanks!!"

Hamish Street, Australia
Mt Everest at dawn from Lhotse couloir

"Almost unbelievably fine-tuned organization. Dedicated staff and strong guidance from our guide made everything run smoothly."

Ted Neu, USA
Summit ridge of Dhaulagiri at dawn

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