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How hard (technical) is to climb Mount Lhotse Expedition? Expedition in Nepal

Mount Lhotse Summit

Most of the climbers have a question: How hard (technical) to climb Mt. Lhotse? How easy or how difficult to climb Mt. Lhotse or any other mountain can only be said in comparison with other 8000m or the same level of height mountain. It also depends on the climber’s physical fitness, previous climbing experiences, weather, age, quality of personal climbing equipment, the experience of climbing Sherpa guide, reputation and background of the operator, and climbing season as well.

How Hard is Lhotse Expedition

Many expedition operators and as well as climbers mention in their Webpages and blog that climbing Mount Lhotse is a technical and challenging climbing. Actually, climbing Lhotse is more difficult than what it appears in various documents, advertisement brochures, and social media. In fact, none of the 8000m mountain expedition is easy to climb. Mountaineering is one of the challenging adventure games where many climbers lost their lives each year. However, in comparison with K2, Annapurna first and Kanchenjunga, the Lhotse Expedition in Nepal is considered to be less challenging mountains of 8000meters located in Nepal Himalayas.

According to Nepali belief, God dwells in the mountains, and by worshipping God it is expected safe passage to the summit. So, prior to the expedition, we organize a pooja/worshipping ceremony wishing a successful summit. You have a day or two in the Lhotse Base camp for acclimatization, training, and preparation of the climb of Mt. Lhotse.

Lhotse Camp One

Lhotse Advanced Base Camp

Lhotse Advanced Base Camp is located at a height of 5200m/17060 ft. which are also called Everest base camp while both mountain camps are located at the same place and point. After two or three days of rest and preparation at the Mt. Lhotse Base camp, you set out for the first and second base camp for acclimatization. On average, it takes three and a half hours for a climbing Sherpa guide and four to five hours approximately for you in the first time to reach Camp-I from the Advance base camp.

After the first 15-20 minutes of varied sizes rock and snow climb (It depends where you fixed the Lhotse base camp while it is a big size of Khumbu glassier but we have calculated central of Lhotse base camp), a steep path of 15-20 degrees climbing, you reach the bottom of Khumbu Icefall. From this point in the Mt. Lhotse climbing route, you have to ascend and cross Vertical, horizontal, and flat snow wall and cross 6-9ladder (depends on the snow condition and each year situations)  in between Base camp and Camp one.  The Snow wall is 35-50 degrees slope. It takes about three and a half hours to cross the Khumbu Icefall section and you reach camp one area.  From this point, it takes about 20 minute’s snow slope of some 15-20 degrees to reach Camp-1, located at the height of 5,900 m/ 19,357 ft. typically Camp-I is safe from avalanches or rock-falling.

Lhotse Khumbu Icefall

From camp 1, it takes about three hours ascends to reach camp 2, if you are a climber with average stamina. It depends on your acclimatization, weather condition, physical fitness, and walking pace. After an hour of snow uphill in 25-30 degrees ice wall slope, and another 30 minutes of the rough climb you reach sections which pose challenges for climbers. The journey between Camp-1 and Camp-2 is considered to be a moderate part of the Lhotse expedition. There is one Ice Crevasse in this Lhotse climbing route. Climbing rope fixing team fixes the ladder 1 places (it depends on climbing season and year) to cross these crevasses. The ladder is in flat Steep in between 2.5-3 meters distance of Crevasse.

Mt. Lhotse camp 2 and Everest camp 2 is also located at the same place and point. Satori Adventures have kitchen and dining arrangements at camp two where we are able to provide fresh cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner including all kinds of hot drinks. There is a totally fixed-rope route line between camps one and 2. Camp II is located at the height of 6,400m/20,997ft., which is also a safe location as the campsites of the Everest south col wall. There are totally Small and large sizes of stones and if there are snowfall then-new snows at the Lhotse Camp-2, climbing Sherpa’s guides fix the  Dining tent, kitchen tent, and member tent here to provide more quality of service.

Mount Lhotse Climbing

The Mount Lhotse Climbing from Camp 2 (C2) to Camp 3 (C3) is safe and comparatively easy to climb. It takes about three hours for average stamina climbers to climb this section. After two hours of walking above the snow slope about 15-20 degrees, you will arrive at the rope fixing section was about 100 m high vertical Ice slope below C3 and takes about 30 minutes to climb. This place is very steep with snow and ice. Since there are many climbers to climb Mt. Everest and Lhotse in the spring, not all climbers have enough space for Siberia. For the same reason, the third base should be made by clearing the snow and breaking the ice.  Lhotse Camp-3 is pitched at an elevation of 6,900m / 22,638 ft.

From Camp 3, it takes about four and a half hours climbing to reach camp 4 (C4) for average stamina climbers. This duration can fluctuate depending upon how many climbers are there at a time to carry out their climbing. If there are many climbers ascending and descending and traffic is bad then it may take 6-8 hours because the climbing route from the advance base camp of Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse to the fourth camp (just below camp four) is the same for both the mountains. About 380 climbers on Mount Everest and 100 climbers on Lhotse and the same number of Sherpa guides strive for a successful ascent each spring season. The climbing route is a more vertical snow wall in this part, and with a limited Anker that can be used to either ascend or descend by one climber at a time in Yellow band.  Lhotse camp – 4 is also set up above the Ice. The Lhotse 4th base camp is also steep and ice-fearing, so space should be made and placed on the snow. Lhotse Camp 4 fixed about height of 7,925 m/ 25,984 ft.

Lhotse Base Camp Before Summit

Mount Lhotse Summit

The Lhotse climbing route from the fourth camp to the mount Lhotse summit is smooth and safe except in Couloir below the summit where you have to walk and spent 6 hours to ascend and 4 hours to descend. We advise climbers to bring and wear a helmet as there is a greater risk of small rocks and ice fragments falling from the summit in this area. As per our previous experience, almost 90% of climber use Oxygen in this summit part. That might be the reason that climbers feel easy to ascend.  You may start at about 23:00 Pm to 00:00 am for the Lhotse summit target by 07:00 to 08:00 am. That means the distance between Camp 4 to Summit of Mt. Lhotse is an average of 08-09 hours of climbing distance – not fixed to any climber and it’s all approximate to the climber with average climbing stamina. It takes about 4-6 hours of descent from the summit to Camp four.

About one and a half an hour ascending from the Lhotse Camp 4 you reach the vertical snow wall climbing place, which is about 45-50m to even 60 degrees of slope gorge between two hills. After crossing this vertical snow wall with fixed static rope, you ascend six to seven-hour further.  Almost from here to just below the real Summit of Lhotse 8516m/27940ft. approximately, it takes about 30 minute’s average pace of 50 degrees of the vertical route to stand on the top of the mount Lhotse summit at a height of 8516m/27940ft. The rope fixing team always fixes the rope line from C4 to summit completely for safety reasons. The space on the Mt. Lhotse summit point is really narrow even hard to accommodate 2-3 climbers together. This is why sometimes there is long traffic on summit queues.   

Mount Lhotse Summit

If you are a climber with good stamina, then you can descend all the way down to Camp 3 or even Camp 2 the same day from the summit. If you are a climber of average stamina then you can descend down to Camp 4 and then next day to Camp 2 and to the Advance Base camp the subsequent day.

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