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Lhotse

Discover the “Southern peak” . . .

With a height of 8,516 m, the Lhotse is number four in the ranking of the highest mountains in the world and thus just missing the top-3 podium. Nevertheless, the number four has an impressive height and is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but those who are looking for an outstanding adventure!

The Tibetan name translated means “southern peak” and indicates its belonging to the Everest massif. Lhotse’s long east-west ridge is located just south of the world’s highest mountain. And so the Lhotse, as Everest’s neighbor, comes up with an intoxicating ascent. The first part follows the Everest-South-Route up to Camp 3. From here the ascent to Lhotse follows its own, steeper route leading to the summit ridge.

The Lhotse has three summits: Lhotse Main (8. 516m), Lhotse Shar (8. 383m) and Lhotse Middle or East (8. 413m). From Lhotse and its secondary peak Lhotse Shar over 3,000 m (!) high rock walls drop in southern direction. Due to the enormous difference in altitude and the extreme height, these walls range among the most difficult and dangerous in the world.

But that shouldn’t discourage us at all, because on the one hand we don’t have to climb them and on the other hand this might be our only chance to see one of the steepest walls in the world from above!

Adventure Factor brave
Experience / Emotion lifechanging
Fitness / Struggle challenging
Risk demanding
Comfort expedition style

Highlights:

  • Fourth highest mountain worldwide
  • Part of the Everest route
  • Usage of the well appointed infrastructure of Khumbutal, Everest basecamp and route
  • Oxygen package, personal Sherpa and UIAGM guide included

Trip dates:

Booking code:-
Minimum members:-
Price per person: 0

The exact schedule might be subject to changes, due to weather and snow conditions on-sight. Furthermore, we are traveling in a remote and politically sensitive region, where governmental or environmental restrictions may occur unexpected and can lead to travel restrictions.

The following schedule is planned:

Day 1 - 11: Arrival and trekking to base camp

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

Day 02: Shopping, packing and visiting the Ministery to receive our expedition permit.

Day 03: Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 04: Drive to the airport, flight to Lukla (2,800) & trek to Phakding (2,640m).

Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,446m).

Day 06: Trek to Khumjung (3,790m).

Day 07: Stay at Khumjung for acclimatization. Change of porters & yaks.

Day 08: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,867 m).

Day 09: Trek to Dingboche.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4,900m).

Day 11: Trek to Lhotse Base Camp.

Day 12 - 47: Ascent time Lhotse

Day 12-47: Climbing Period. Since the ascent period is the same as for the Everest Expedition, we can experience the colourful hustle and bustle in the base camp. After several rotations for acclimatization, we start the long awaited ascent in the weather window, which normally occurs in mid-May. The first part follows the Everest-South-Route up to camp 3. From here the ascent to the Lhotse has its own steeper route and leads in a channel to the summit ridge.

Day 48 - 55: Trekking to Lukla, flight to Kathmandu and journey home

Day 48: Cleaning up Base Camp.

Day 49: Trek back to Pheriche.

Day 50: Trek back to Khumjung.

Day 51: Trek back to Phakding.

Day 52: Trek back to Lukla.

Day 53: Fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 54: Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 55: Departure from Kathmandu. With many new and exceptional memories in our luggage it is time to return home.

check_circle_outline  What is Included:

  • All organisation for the expedition
  • State certified (UIAGM) guide during the whole expedition
  • 5 nights in an upscale hotel in Kathmandu in a double room (surcharge for a single room)
  • Domestic flights Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu (Economy)
  • All transfers (according to the program)
  • Full board for the duration of the whole trip (in Kathmandu only breakfast)
  • Drinks during joint meals (alcoholic beverages excluded)
  • Double rooms on stop-overs during our trip to the mountain
  • Baggage transport to the base camp and back (40kg per baggage piece per participant)
  • 1 tent per participant at the base camp
  • 1 tent per two participants during the approach and for the high camp
  • A mat for the approach and the base camp
  • High camp equipment (tents, cooker, gas, dishes, food)
  • All the fixing material for the route
  • Use of the fixed ropes along the route
  • Transport of waste back from the base camp
  • High altitude porters and climbing Sherpa (1:1 Sherpa client ratio on the summit day)
  • Oxygen package provided by Summit Oxygen with a rental mask & regulator and 8 bottles per participant
  • Insurance and equipment for the Nepalese staff
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Pharmaceutical travel kit, high altitude emergency medicine, pulsoxymeter
  • Kitchen crew
  • A comfortable, heated common tent, shower tent, etc. at the base camp
  • Satellite communication (WIFI, laptop, solar battery charger)
  • Radio transmitter for each participant
  • All fees & permits
  • weather reports
  • Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator

 

highlight_off  What is not included:

  • Personal insurance
  • Visa for Nepal (available at the airport, bring a passport photo!)
  • Visa for China (must be obtained by members at the Chinese Embassy in their home country in time)
  • Shipping costs for high altitude generator and tent outside of the EU
  • Personal medication
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Personal mountain and climbing equipment
  • Sleeping bags for the base camp and high camp
  • Fees for satellite phones, emails
  • Summit bonus for personal summit Sherpa
  • Every service that is not named in the “included services”

 

info  General

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

An expedition to high altitudes still presents an enormous challenge despite modern equipment and tactics. Besides technical and fitness requirements, the high altitude still poses the largest hurdle. That is why we place great emphasis on prudent, slow acclimatization.

Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in the expedition lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.

If you are not sure whether taking part in an expedition is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per email [email protected] for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

 

language  Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Regulations

Swiss or EU citizens:

Nepal: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 more months and a visa (available at the airport upon arrival, depending on the duration of your stay from 25 to 100 USD, bring a passport photo)

China: Visa must be obtained by members at the Chinese embassy in their homecountry in time.

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

 

https  Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) For this journey, the Global Rescue Signature Travel Insurance is suitable. The price of the insurance depends on the trip and the personal data of the traveller. We happily make you an offer after booking or upon request.

To cover search and rescue costs in the mountains, we ask our expedition participants to take out a “medical only”-membership at Global Rescue. This membership can be concluded here before departure: https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/furtenbach/. Further information are provided after your booking.

 

work  Equipment

Unless specified otherwise in the detailled program, all high camp equipment will be provided by us. You need to bring your own personal equipment such as down clothing, expedition shoes, an isolated sleeping mat and a sleeping bag with a comfort range of – 20 to -25 degrees celsius for the high camp. Following your booking we will send you a detailed equipment list. We will be happy to advise you personally during the selection and purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what not.

insert_chart_outlined  Difficulty/ Technique

The ascent always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide and expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and – if required – independently build rope teams under the guidance of the mountain guide. Cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for all. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.
For expeditions offered by us, unless otherwise specified in the detailed program, the following is required of participants: independent getting on and off the fixed ropes on cliffs, snow, ice and firn snow slopes, as well as the independent use of crampons and ice axes in mixed terrain. On climbing passages, as well as very dangerous and exposed places, fixed ropes are attached by mountain guides and by the Sherpa team.

 

perm_identity  Physical fitness

A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. Mental training is also advised for this very challenging expedition. We will gladly provide individual advice on how to best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

 

local_hospital  Health

We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

 

landscape  Experience

We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of an eight-thousander! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in our eight-thousander expeditions, you must already have collected some experience at high altitudes and mountaineering. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.

In order to participate in our seven-and six-thousander expeditions, you should have at least some experience on the four-thousander peaks of the Alps or other mountain ranges. Our offer for newcomers applies here as well, we can train you to become prudent and safe high altitude climbers!

We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about – or refresh their knowledge of – all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More info here.

 

payment  Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

 

directions_run Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).

For expeditions to 7000 and 8000 meter peaks the following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel: until 3 months prior to departure 50%, within 3 months prior departure 100%.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.