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Lhotse Expedition (8516M/27,940ft.)

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Lhotse Expedition (8516M/27,940ft.)

Mount Lhotse (8516M/27,940ft.) was first climbed on May 18th,1956, when Mr. Fritz Luchsinger and Ernst Reiss from Switzerland. In 1955 the International Himalayan Expedition team, led by Norman Dyhrenfurth, reached 8100m on Lhotse. The group included two Austrian climbers Erwin Schneider, Ernst Senn, and two Swiss Bruno Spirig and Arthur Spöhel. They went with almost 200 local porters and eight climbing Sherpas guide. After a brief look at the dangerous southern approaches of Lhotse Shar, they turned their attention to the Northwest face of Lhotse. The groups were beaten back by unexpectedly strong wind and cold temperatures. When the team noted the coordinate of 27° 57'45" N 86° 56'03" E was the real summit location, south col became the usual climbing route. The caravan route of Mt. Lhotse Expedition is the same as the route with Mt. Everest. All expedition team of Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse reach just below the South col on the Lhotse face and set up camp I, II, III at the same place. After considering the history and previous climbing experience, Satori Adventures noted that Mt. Lhotse Expedition is too technical compared to Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Everest, and Mt. Makalu.

Mt. Lhotse is becoming famous for its tremendous and dramatic South face. The South face raises 3.2 km and is 2.25 km wide, making it the steepest face of this size globally. Hence it is registered as one of the most challenging climbs and is rarely attempted. Lhotse is at the border of Tibet and Nepal. Its long east-west crest is lying right away south of Mount Everest, and the summits of the two mountains connect by the South Col, a vertical ridge that never drops below 8,000m. Lhotse has three summits. The main summit of Lhotse is at elevation of (8,516m /27,940ft), Lhotse Middle (8,414m/27,605ft) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m/27,503ft). Most climbers and mountain lovers formerly note that there are only 14 mountains above 8000m on the earth.8 of those mountains lie in Nepal but recently, it has changed. It seems that there are 12 8000m mountains in the Himalaya if you count Lhotse Middle, Lhotse Sher, Kanchenjunga middle, and Southeast. The Lhotse standard climbing route follows the same path as Everest's South Col route to the Yellow Band beyond Camp 3. After the Yellow Band, the routes diverge with climbers bound for Everest taking a left over the Geneva Spur up to the South Col, while Lhotse climbers take a right further up the Lhotse face. The last part to the summit leads through a narrow couloir until the Lhotse main peak reaches.

The western flank of Lhotse is known as the Lhotse Face. Any climber bound for the South Col on Everest must climb about a 1000m wall of blue glacial ice. This face rises at 40-45 degrees with the occasional 80-degree bulges. Satori climbing Sherpa guide will set fixed ropes up this wall of ice. Climbers and porters need to establish a good foot placement rhythm and pull themselves up the strings using their Jumars. Two rocky sections called the Yellow Band, and the Geneva Spur interrupt the icy ascent on the face's upper part. Though Nepal's famous Khumbu region, the approached Lhotse route leads up to the Khumbu Glacier extending down to Lobuche (4750m). After half an hour scenic flight to Lukla, Which is known as the Khumbu gateway point. You will be trekking toward Namche Bazaar (3400m), Tengboche (3800m), Pheriche (4200m), Lobuche (4710m), Gorak Shep (5150m) to Everest/Lhotse; Base Camp (5200m). It typically takes 8-9 days to reach the Advance base camp from Kathmandu.

The Lhotse expedition is a severe logistical excursion with lots of food, supplies, and equipment hauled up along the Everest Base Camp trek by armies of porters and Sherpa guides carrying ropes, ladders, and equipment to high camps. Clients wait patiently in the base camp as the Sherpa set up miles of fixed lines and find their clients' path. The Lhotse climbing expedition along the South col is calling the regular Lhotse climbing route. The summit program will be dependent upon weather and snow conditions. But in general, will be a single push of 6 consecutive days from base camp and will go as follows: Base Camp – Camp II(6400M): Camp 2 – Camp 3 Camp III (7100m): Camp III– Camp IV (7900m): Camp IV – Summit(8516M)– Camp 4: Camp 4 – Camp 2: Camp 2 – Base Camp.

Lhotse South Col Route Camps:

Khumbu Icefall:

Once past the Khumbu icefall, the route is not that challenging technically and is essentially a strenuous trekking route with a little objective danger. The Khumbu Icefall is a steep glacier with an obvious implication of large crevasses and dangerously unstable seracs, making navigation complicated and riddled in the severe threat of falling ice. The most dangerous part of the climb in Lhotse. There is an obvious danger of high altitude sickness complications and changeable, unpredictable mountain weather. At the beginning of the climbing period, climbing Sherpas guides (Icefall enactor) set the route through the icefall, installing ladders across crevasses and along vertical serac ice walls for efficient and easy climbing. These arrangements make climbing of the Khumbu icefall conceivable, practical, and moderately protected, unusually early morning before the dawn when the ice structure is very much frozen. Khumbu icefall is difficult in the early evening because of its western viewpoint.

Base Camp: (5200m/17,060ft.)

Lhotse base camp lies on a moving glacier at 5,200 meters from sea level, where you will spend up to 45 days. Conditions in base camp will remain consistent during the climbing period and will consist of shifting and moving tents and platforms as the ice moves and melts. The area is harsh but beautiful and surrounded by Pumori, Lola, and Nuptse, and The Khumbu Icefall experiences warm mornings and occasional afternoon snow squalls. With so many expedition teams at BC, it looks like a small village in the Himalayas.

Camp I: (5900m/19,357ft.)

Arriving at C1 is the most specialized piece of a southside climb since it crosses the Khumbu Icefall. The icefall is 2,000 feet of moving ice with deep crevasses, towering ice seracs, and avalanches off Everest's west shoulder. During the climbing period, we attempt to spend only two nights on camp I for acclimatization. Once you have proper acclimation, our plans call for us to move up and down directly from base II safely.

Camp II: (6400m/20,998ft.)

Camp II is in a lateral moraine at the bottom of the West edge. It is a too protected and shielded area with colossal perspectives on Lhotse. All organizations set up their primary climbing camp for the climbing time frame, with tents for singular climbers and kitchen and dining tents. Center two is the main acclimatization. The base three for acclimatization before climbing to the final summit attempt. The center that you will spend most time after base camp.

Camp III: (7100m/23,294ft.)

Climbing the Lhotse Face to Camp III is often tricky since almost all climbers feel the effects of high altitude and are not yet using supplemental oxygen. The Lhotse Face is steep, and the ice is hard, but the routing fix with rope, and the angles can range from 30 to 45 degrees. It is a long climb to camp III but requires acclimatization before a summit bid. You will spend two nights at camp three for acclimatization and the summit push.

Camp IV: (79000m/25,918ft.)

Welcome to the moon—a flat area covered with loose rock and surrounded by Lhotse on the South. Camp IV is the last camp, and it is easily accessible by a majority of climbers without supplementary oxygen. There are two rock sections to navigate before camp IV: The Yellow Band, a layer of marble, phyllite, semi schist rock, and the Geneva Spur, an anvil-shaped rib of black stone. Both of these areas are set-up with fixed ropes.

Summit: (8516m/27, 940ft.)11-16 hours

The last section of the climb from camp III to camp IV takes 11-16 hours to navigate. There the Lhotse face raises at 40-45 degrees with the occasional 80-degree bulge. The climbing Sherpa guide will set fixed ropes up the wall of ice. Climbers and porters need to establish a good foot placement rhythm and pull themselves up the strings using their Jumars. Two rocky sections called the Yellow Band and the Geneva Spur interrupt the icy ascent on the upper part of the face before reaching the central summit. The route to the true summit is a moderate snow slope, and while tired, adrenaline keeps most climbers moving at this point.

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Facts of the Trip

Highest access: (8516M/27940ft.)

First Ascent: May 18th, 1956 by a Swiss team composed of Ernst Reiss & Fritz Luchsinger

Duration: 60 days (typically) Days

Group Size: 1-10 people per group.If more we split the group

Co-ordinates: 27°57'45'' N, 86°56'03'' E

Location: Nepal/Tibet border, 30km west of Everest

Country: Nepal

Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)

Departure From: Kathmandu (KTM)

Grade: Challenging

Accommodation: Tea house during trek & Camping during climbing period

Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu. B/L/D during the trekking and climbing periods

Transportation: Car, Jeep, Flight

Best season: Late spring (traditionally less hazardous) and autumn

Major Activity: Trekking/Mountaineering

Include Activity: Natural beauty of Sherpa Community

Culture: Sherpa and Tamang

Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping

Climbing route: South Col

Himalayan sights: Ama Dablam, Everest, Makalu

Fixed Departure
Spring 2022 Spring 2022
  • Itinerary Details
  • Price
  • Full board Service
  • BC Service
  • Climbing Information
  • FAQs

Itinerary Details of the Lhotse Expedition;

04 April/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel Yak and Yeti or similar hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (1350M/4,430ft).

05 April/Day 02: Preparation and briefings at Departments of Tourism, last minute shopping.

06 April/Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakding (2650m/8,694ft) 4 hrs.Lodge accommodation.

07 April/Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar through colorful Khumbu villages (3440m/11,286ft) 6hrs. Lodge accommodation.

08 April/Day 05: Rest day for acclimatization.You will be hike to famous Everest View Hotel (3800m/12,487ft) 3hrs. Catch a glimpse of Everest.Explore Hilary and Sherpa museum at Namche in the evening with slide show program.

09 April/Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3850m/12,631ft) 5-6 hrs.Visit significant Buddhist monastery.Lodge accommodation.

10 April/Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dengboche (4350m/14,271ft) 4-5 hrs. Catch glimpses of Ama Dablam and Lhotse.Lodge accommodation.

11 April/Day 08: Acclimatization in Dingboche(4350M/14,271ft).Hiking up to Chukung-Re.

12 April/Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (5018m/16,463ft) 4-5hrs.Lodge accommodation.

13 April/Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m/16,962ft) 3hrs.Lodge accommodation.

14 April/Day 11: Morning acclimatize to Kalapther (5554m) after breakfast Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base camp (5200m/17060ft) 2hrs.

15 April-28 May/Day12-55:          Climbing period (8516m/27,940ft).

29 May/Day 56: Preparation for return, trek from Everest base camp to Dingboche(4350m/14,271ft) 4hrs.Lodge accommodation.

30 May/Day 57: Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche (3860m/12,631ft) 4 hrs.Lodge accommodation.

31 May/Day 58: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,286ft, 4hrs) Lodge accommodation.

01 June/Day 59: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2840m/9,317ft) 7hrs.Lodge accommodation.

02 June/Day 60: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1350m/4,430ft) 35mins.Transfer to hotel.

03 June/Day 61: Leisure day & shopping in Kathmandu. Fair well-celebration dinner with culture program in the evening.

04 June/Day 62: Transfer to the airport for final departure.

Satori Adventures has not able to include the cost of each package in the company website. Many of our clients have the same query: why Satori Adventures has not included the price in the package. To provide you service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us breakdown the cost. That’s why, we have decided to clarify our customers that due to following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:

  • The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group, category of the hotel accommodation and the facilities that you aspire in the mountain.
  • We operate the peak climbing in full arrangement package and basic arrangement service (full board or base camp service) which directly affects the expedition cost.
  • The itinerary may be changed after reaching an understanding between the agency and the client. Other activities could be added or reduced as per the client's request before processing the trip. Price for reduced activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added in mutual understanding.
  • The number of climbing Sherpa guides, high altitude porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors can affect the cost of the trip.
  • Number of persons in group including; number of climbers, non-climber, base camp supporters, medical doctors, Alpine climbing guide also affect the cost.
  • Either you want to operate this expedition as international group joining basics of Satori Adventures or individual (private arrangement) expedition.
  • Request numbers of oxygen, mask regulators and the brands the clients require
  • Climbing season: normally most of the climbers climb Himalayas in the spring and the autumn season. The climbing permit royalty cost for mountain will be 50% less in the autumn than spring season.
  • Type of high camp food that clients require. Any specialized food that has to be ordered from foreign country will be costlier compared to the one available here.
  • Either any of the climbers intend to attempt any world records? If so, do they require special services or equipment?

Due to the above position the price range for the same trip can vary widely. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact Satori Adventures for any information about in your selected package.

In Full Board Service

Satori Adventures offers Full Board Service for our entire range of flagship mountaineering expeditions to all 8000m peaks. Full Board service means that we will provide a Trekking service, base camp service and high camp service executed by your Sherpa climbing guide. All of our full board clients will have a personal Sherpa climbing guide exclusively dedicated to the client for the duration of the climb.

Our climbing Sherpa guide team will establish and secure climbing route in collaboration with other climbing teams participating on the route. Establish all high camps with camping equipment, provisions, oxygen and prepare high altitude food for the client. Full board also includes assisting the client on the route while ensuring their safety and well being.We move at the clients preferred pace and ensure total commitment to the client in case of emergency with the clients safety and well being being the overriding priority.

High camp service for the Full Board Service will consist of all of the equipment necessary to fix the route, all camping equipment, fuel and food for high camps as well as oxygen provision, including mask and regulator and latest model of Poisk oxygen and Summit system mask regulators.

Full Board Service Cost (Includes)

  • To ensure your safety and avoid the natural panic of people entering a new destination for the first time, Satori Adventures provides pick-up and drop services from international and domestic airports on your arrivals and departures.
  • Representatives of Satori Adventures will be waiting for you on arrival at both domestic and international airports with a Satori banner with your placard so that you can easily find our person. Satori's identity card will accompany the person for your confirmation.
  • According to the above Lhotse Expedition climbing schedule, Satori Adventures will arrange four nights demanded category (from tourist star to five-star) of hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • Satori Adventures will provide experienced, and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking/ climbing Sherpa guide (Expedition leader) during the trekking and climbing. 
  • Surface transportation will only be included during the trekking and major city for members as per the scheduled itinerary. 
  • According to the schedule program, Satori Adventures arranged regular flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu for climbing members and climbing Sherpa guides.
  •  Satori Adventures will provide you with a lovely tea house accommodation (except chain hotels) to stay in and eat during the trekking trails.
  • Lunch in the trekking is usually made on the way, while dinner and breakfast are made at the tea house where you stay overnight. Satori Adventures provides a clean and fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/ coffee at the tea house's menu throughout the trek and camping accommodation at the advance base camp and Camp-02 during the ascent of Lhotse Expedition.
  • Satori Adventures will arrange all food and fuel for base camp and higher camps during the Lhotse expedition for both members and expedition crews.
  • Satori Adventures provide EPI Cooking gas, and the stove will be provided in camps one, three, and south col for cooking food, tea, coffee, boiling water, and heating nutrition high altitude package food.
  • Satori Adventures will provide all the essentials for trekking, Lhotse climbing, rowing, and camping at the advanced base camp.
  • Climbing Mt. Lhotse duration takes more than other 8000m and brings an extended stay at the Advance base camp. Items like kitchen tents, stores tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils are high quality and branded, where we will try to provide more convenience.
  • During the ascent of Mount Lhotse, Satori Adventures will provide a chef cook, cook assistant, helper, and base camp manager at the advanced base camp to take care of your food, drinks, and other necessary services your good and comfort.
  • Satori Adventures allow up to 60kg of personal climbing equipment per person during the flight onboard and during trekking in Lhotse expedition carried by porter/ yak/ mules.
  • The offer cost includes Mount Lhotse south regular route climbing royalty and the Nepal Government's climbing permit. (Permit issued by Department of Tourism)
  • As Mount Lhotse is located at Mount Everest National Park's territory, Satori adventures provide you a permit for Mount Everest National Park.
  • The Trekkers' Information Management Systems permit issued by the trekking agency association of Nepal is required to enter the area of Everest National Park, so Satori Adventures provides you a TIMS permit too.
  • The right weather is a crucial factor in a safe and successful ascent. As far as possible, we will provide a regular upcoming day's weather forecast from the Kathmandu office for the Lhotse climb duration.
  • Satori Adventures provides all wages, clinical, equipment, and accidental insurance for all elaborate staff in the journey and climbing.
  • We provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your climbing and health safety.
  • Trekking and mountaineering are often inaccessible and far from information, communication, and transportation in the Himalayas, so information and communication are significant for safety and a successful trip. That's why Satori Adventures provides satellite phones, walkie-talkies (radio set) with the expedition team leader, and your climbing Sherpa guide. Satellite phones available for members at the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.
  • Satori Adventures provides V25 north face two main model tents with comfortable mattresses at the advanced base camps, and above the advance camp, two members have one tent. (In advance base camp 1:1 tent and above base camp 2:1 tent as per safety.)
  • Satori Adventures offers dynamic/static rope, ice screws, snow bar, and rock piton locked unlocked karabiners to open the route and for safe and successful climbing.
  • Satori Adventures arrange a generator for back- up lighting power and charge electronic tools if solar panels are not enough for light and charge the battery.
  • Satori Adventures arrange transportation, service of food, all needed expedition, content supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu and return to Kathmandu (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter/ Yaks to base camp and return)
  • Satori Adventures will try to make the base camp as convenient as possible. We will provide you a heater at the base camp for heating the dining room during cold temperatures (mostly required for evening and morning).
  • Health is a prime concern during your climbing expedition. This is why Satori Adventures include emergency oxygen, mask, and regulator provided to guest and expedition staff requirements.
  • Till the date, there's no available alternative to electricity or lighting at the Lhotse base camp, so that Satori Adventures provides solar panels or generators for lighting, battery, and mobile charging at the base camp.
  • Satori Adventures include Icefall charges by Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee, Summit rope cost charged by Expedition Operators Association, and Himalayan Rescue Association medical insurance charged in the package cost.
  • For the climbing proposal of acclimatization and summit target, Satori Adventures included all tents for camps 1, 2, 3, and 4 for members and staff.
  • During your climbing expedition, Satori Adventures offer you clean, nutritious, and fresh food at the advanced base camp and camp two in Everest. We provide you nutrition, high altitude package food, and essential EPI cooking gas and stoves to boiled water, tea, coffee, and warm pocket food above the advanced base camp.
  • Satori Adventures provides all food and fuel for both members and crews at advanced base camps and higher camps during the Lhotse expedition.
  • We offer each climber One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and 03 Times Everest Summiteers Climbing / Expedition Guide (Sherpa) per client with the idea of making your ascent safe and successful. There will also be one experience and professional Leader, Sherpa, for each expedition group. 
  • The package cost includes all wages, equipment allowance, and the load carries bonus for involved staff in trekking and climbing expedition.
  • The package cost includes all wages, equipment, medical and accidental insurances for the liaison officer.
  • Satori Adventure always has concerned and top priority about our trekking guides, climbing Sherpa guides, cooks, porters, and involved staff safety during the period of trekking and high mountain climbing. For this reason, we always do medical insurance, helicopter evacuation insurance, and treatment insurance for all involved staff with a reputed insurance company.
  • As Mount Lhotse's ascent is long, the stay at Camp two is more extended due to acclimatization. We also take care of our climbers in Camp two and arrange kitchen dining arrangements to supply freshly cooked food. 
  • For your convenience, we always provide maps of related trekking and trekking peak climbing.
  • During the climbing period of summit target, Satori Adventures included eight bottles (32 liters) of Poisk Oxygen will be provided to each climbing member (we use Poisk brands of Oxygen which is one of the trustful oxygen brands for high altitude)
  • As adequate quality oxygen, masks and regulators are crucial during Everest climbing. We provide masks and regulators from the latest model of summit or top out brands.
  • Before your departure, as a memory, Satori Adventures would like to handover Satori T-shirt/ Pashmina and Brochure.
  • If you need any assistance with departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation, Visa extension procedure services, Satori Adventures fully support you without any charges.
  • The above offer price includes our official service charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat. Except for the above amount, there are not any hidden costs charged by us.
  • We want to offer you to have dinner with us before you departed from Kathmandu. It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Nepali culture and tradition.

Full Board Service Cost (Excludes):

  • Kathmandu is Nepal's capital, and since this place offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the food you like. For that reason, during your stay in Kathmandu, you will have to arrange lunch and dinner (except farewell dinner) by yourself.
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself as a customer often requires these items during the trekking. There's no guess on how much and will take by the client and its cost.
  • Expenses are incurred towards personal nature trekking, climbing equipment, laundry expenses, tips, landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phones, and the internet service is not included in the package. You have to pay for it yourself when you use it.
  • Personal climbing equipment is one of the significant factors for your safe and successful climbing. So you have to arrange all your personal climbing equipment brand and quality on your own.
  • Mountaineering is, in itself, a risky and adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to arrange your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Nepal.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and Nepal's tourist visa so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa by yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/ unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations costs are not included in the package cost.
  • Additional costs if needed extra workers, than what we have included in the package.
  • As per the Mountaineering Association and Department of Tourism rules, after the successful summit, the climbing member has to pay a summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides US$ 1500.00 minimum to be paid before departure from Kathmandu.
  • Our involved expedition staff (chef cook, cook, cook assistance, base camp manager) are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and thank you for the kind of service you have rendered. Normally US$ 250-300.00 per person collected by the team leader and divide to all involved base camp staff except climbing Sherpa guide.
  • The short sentence, "All the services not mentioned in the above package (cost includes parts) are excluded," It will cost extra if you want additional services.

In Base Camp

Satori Adventures provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize your summit opportunity.

In the base camp our chefs and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious, freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day. We will also ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24 hrs a day. In the base camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.

In base camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.

Our camp manager as well as guides and climbing Sherpa’s have an extensive experience on multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and organize base camp operations. In base camp our guides will work with other teams to ensure contribution from all operators for tasks such as route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.

Base Camp Service Cost (Includes)

  • Arrival and departure transfer services to and from both domestic and international flights as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the international airport by Satori Adventures while arriving and departing in Kathmandu.
  • 4 Nights Yak and Yeti or similar hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B&B basis.
  • Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period.
  • Schedule flight tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu to all the climbing members, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.
  • All trekking and mountaineering equipment such as: Kitchen tent, storage tent, dining tent, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for advance base camp and camp two.
  • Services of chef and kitchen assistant at Base Camp. Chef at Camp II.
  • 3 meals a day:Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee available in the tea house/hotel/lodge during the trekking.
  • 3 fresh meals a day: Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at base camp and camp two.
  • 40kg baggage allowance per person during the trekking to base camp.This will be carried by porter to the Mt. Lhotse base camp.
  • Daily weather report services from Seattle, Washington based company.
  • Trekking permit (Everest national park entry fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Expedition royalty and climbing permit of Nepal government to climb Mt. Lhotse (8516M).
  • Nepalese government royalty and fees.
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accident insurance for all involved staff during the trekking and climbing period.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for chefs&kitchen assistants.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for government liaison officer.
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff.
  • Satellite phone carried by guide for communication. Available to clients with the cost of $3USD per minute.
  • Heater will be provided at base camp for heating the dining room.
  • Emergency oxygen, mask and regulator provided at the request of the client with appropriate charges.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
  • Solar panels for light and battery charger.
  • Gamow Bags (Portable Altitude Chambers).
  • Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude staff.
  • Free assistance service for cargo clearance and duties.
  • Fresh cooked food and kitchen will be provided at camp two.
  • Trekking and climbing map of Mount Everest. 
  • Generator will be providing back-up lighting power and charging of electronic devices.
  • Transportation of food supply from Kathmandu to base camp (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter/yaks to base camp).
  • Our service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information.
  • Flight ticket reconfirmation.
  • Visa extension procedure services (if necessary).
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Satori Adventures t-shirt/pashmina, brochure.

Base Camp Service Cost (Excludes):

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars.
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses, tips.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phones and internet expenses.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking gear.
  • Any extra services, products, offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescues, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Climbing Sherpa, high altitude food and fuel above base camp (in camp two we have a kitchen to provide food even for the base camp service user).
  • Tent above base camp (except camp two).
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Wake talkies.
  • Filming permit.
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition equipment.
  • Government licensed climbing guide(s).
  • Appropriate food for high altitude.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

Why climb with Satori Adventures in Lhotse?

How to Choosing a experience Provider

It is important for each climber to choose the right expedition guide service that not only suites their needs, but provides the best safely and secure mountaineering experience possible. There are more than 1,700 trekking companies in Nepal who offer 8,000 meter expeditions including Everest, but only about 30 companies who operate 8,000 meter peaks on a regular basis. We are proud to be one of these 30 companies and consistently offer, run and succeed at these types of expeditions year after year.
It is very important that the climbers who choose Satori Adventures for this trip of a lifetime experience have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition Satori Adventures runs. We do not want to simply “fill our expedition”, but instead we want to comprise a team of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit with the highest level of support and safety standards that can be provided by a guiding service on Mt Everest. We team this with the best standards of food and quality equipment to further assist each client reach their full potential. We feel that we offer the best environment and opportunity for you to be successful on the world’s highest mountain.

Diminutive climbing Team members

We are always developing and growing our operational systems to ensure you participate will provide as much as facilities provided. We figure our expedition members do not deserve anything less during the trekking and climbing! In the interests of giving you the most optimal chance to summit, we limit our team size to ensure the group summits on the best weather day; sometimes there are less window days for summit in Everest. In big size of group offering cheap climbs often miss out as they split their groups over several potential summit days. We feel like our climbing members are feeling that they are climbing as a family and friends team even on international people. We accept maximum 08 people in a group and if we have more than that we always split in two groups. So that our base camp staff cooks, climbing Sherpa guide will fully taking care about you and provide service as per your desire.

Maximum summit Success;

The Satori Adventures methodology and tactical approach to climbing Mt Everest has seen us achieve the highest success rates and our extensive experience gives us the edge when it comes to making the right 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. There is always a 1:1 ratio of the climbing Sherpa/guide and client. We always use professional and experienced climbing Sherpa or guides who have all reached the summit of Everest.

Highly Qualified Sirdar/Team leader

Our guides are professionals who are trained and assessed either via the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) resulting in a greater repertoire of skills that enables them to provide a dedicated level of security to you during the expedition, or many years of mountaineering experience on the world’s biggest peaks. Our guides are experience in both advanced and basic rescue courses and all have a minimum of 3 years guiding on Everest.

Advanced Communication method

Satori Adventures Everest expeditions have been at the forefront of providing top communications for our Everest expeditions. This allows us to obtain and deliver comprehensive weather forecasts via U.S., European and Kathmandu weather forecasting. Our lead guide is always equipped with a satellite phone during the climbing and at base camp. Two way radio communications between climbing members, guides, Sherpa and base camp staff is also provided. There is also local mobile network available at base camp that provides easy connection with your family during your stay at base camp.

Facilities camp setup at Base Camp and Kitchen at camp two

Satori Adventure focuses on comfortable conditions at base camp, including good quality food and other services. We find this helps clients with their overall success rate on the mountain. Our cooks are regarded as the best in the business, providing wholesome and appetizing meals with an agreeable array of menus to suit all your food requirements. The meals you are served on the mountain are also of the highest standard and designed to sustain you for the rigorous ascent. We offer various choices that will suit any diet plan, including vegetarian, Vegan, continental, Indian and others. If you have special food consideration, please provide this to us 60 days prior to the expedition so we can plan the best meals for your trip.

Approaches to ABC

 The approach on its south side is through the Khumbu region of Nepal leading up to the Khumbu Glacier extending down to Lobuche (4900m). It starts with the flight to Lukla and the trek via Namche Bazaar (3440m), Tengaboche (36600m), Pheriche (4270m), Lobuche (4910m), Gorak Shep (5140m) to Lhotse Base Camp (5200m). It takes typically 8 days to reach ABC from Kathmandu.

Highlights of the Trip:

  • Summit of the 4th  highest peak on the earth.   
  • Magnificent view of Himalaya.
  • Scenic flight to Lukla.
  • Explore Sherpa and Hilary Museum.
  • Unforgettable view of Mt. Everest.
  • Khumbu Icefall and Everest Base Camp.
  • The broad summit of Tengboche.
  • Abundant flora and fauna.
  • Buddhist monasteries in Tengboche.
  • Extreme technical and physiological challenge.

Route Map:

22lhotse west face route

History of Lhotse

1899: An early attempt on Lhotse was by the 1955 International Himalayan, which reached 8100m. The main summit of Lhotse was first climbed on May 18, 1956 by the Swiss team of Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger from the Swiss Mount Everest/Lhotse Expedition.[4] On May 12, 1979, Sepp Mayerl and Rolf Walter of Austria made the first ascent of Lhotse Shar.[5] Lhotse Middle remained, for a long time, the highest unclimbed named point on Earth; on May 23, 2001, its first ascent was made by Eugeny Vinogradsky, Sergei Timofeev, Alexei Bolotov and Petr Kuznetsov of a Russian expedition

1988:On December 31 Krzysztof Wielicki, a Polish climbercompleted the first winter ascent of Lhotse.

1996: Chantal Mauduit becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Lhotse.

2011: On May 20, Indian mountaineer Arjun Vajpai became the youngest climber ever to summit Lhotse 17 years, 11 months and 16 days old.

1979: Second ascent of the main summit by Jerzy Kukuczka

1994: May 13 Carlos Carsolio makes a solo ascent establishing the new world speed record at 23h 50min from base camp to the summit.

I climbed the 8, 8000M Mountain safely and successfully with Satori Adventures after my retirement.

We participated in a mountaineering expedition to Mt. Lhotse (Fifth highest mountain in the world) arranged by Satori Adventures. The trip started with completing the Everest Base camp trek to Lobuche village, and climb Lobuche east as a training and acclimatization before reaching at Lhotse Base camp. We got 100% successful in our team. Summit from our team, but I had to turn around 300 meters before the summit. This is my last 8000M Mountain expedition which I climbed in age of 79 years safe and successfully.

Satori arranged all of the logistics of the trip excellently. As always, some occasional adjustments to the trekking plan had to be made, and my guides Mr. Peama Sherpa handled the arrangements promptly. I have climbed eight, 8000M Mountain with Satori adventures. I climb Mount. Everest, Mount Makalu, Mount Kanchanjungha, Mount Annapurna, Mount K2, Mount Cho-Oyu, Mount Shishapangma and Mount Manaslu after i retired age of 70 years. All my expedition was operated by Mr. Rishi Bhandari the Owner of Satori adventures and climbing Sherpa guide Mr. Pema sherpa. I have climbed all mountains safe and successfully except i fail to summit Makalu in 2015 first time because of Earthquake and need to return again in 2016 for successful summit.

All the base camp and high camp arrangements was very comfortable, featuring a dining tent, a cooking tent, and a shower tent. Unlimited tea and snacks was available in the dining tent at all times. The three daily meals were prepared by a very skilled cook, and the menu was varying food. Almost new three-person tents were used for accommodation.

I had ordered a full service package all the mountains and personal climbing sherpa guide. The Sherpa guides carried up the food to the high camps, and even my personal items. In the high camps the Sherpas supplied us with boiled water and were otherwise also very helpful. We planned the summit push with our sherpas, who set a personalized summit schedule for our group. Many of the Sherpa guides knew English pretty well, and some of them even told that they were taking English courses during their free months.

All in all, Satori Adventures had very convincing logistics for all my 8000m expedition. This is the main reason i returned again and again with them and summit my entire planned mountain safe and successfully. I would recommend all the mountain lovers to contact Mr. Rishi and Satori adventures to make your dreams comes true.

Lhotse Expedition
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Superlative Lhotse expedition services

Any 8000 meter expedition (in our case we were climbing Lhotse) requires everything from an experienced and a strong Sherpa team, cooks, and other staff at the base camp, reliable and well tested equipment such as tents, ropes, high altitude stoves, wide variety of food selection inclusive of fresh vegetables, and fresh fruits, specialized high altitude food, good base camp facilities such as individual tents, clean and well maintained kitchen, dining, shower, and loo tents for the entire team and staff, brand new oxygen bottles, high quality summit masks and regulators for the climbers and Sherpa guides, a comfortable and luxury trek in and out of the base camp, and above all a strong ground operation in Kathmandu that takes care of all government formalities and paperwork, and is available to organize rescues incase of emergencies on the mountain.

Rishi and Satori adventures provided every single thing from the above list, and they went above and beyond all expectations. 5 out 5 (i.e. 100%) members made it to the top of Mt. Lhotse and made it back down safe and sound. A big part of this success is due to the Satori adventures' team and organization both on and off the mountain. Rishi as the CEO of Satori adventures provided us full support throughout our Everest climb. Rishi understands how to run a big mountain expedition and deeply cares for the success and safety of all expedition members. One of the climbers on my team required immediate helicopter evacuation from Camp two, and Rishi organized that without any delay.

If you are looking to climb Everest or any of the other 8000 meter mountains in Nepal or Tibet, I would highly recommend that you go with Satori adventures. And if you are looking to do any trekking or climbing a 6000 meter or a 7000 meter mountain I would again recommend to climb with Rishi and his team. I have now been on four 8000 meter mountain expeditions and three 6000 meter mountain expedition with Rishi and his team and I have no complaints at all. Every single aspect of the expedition is very well taken care of. Strongly recommended!

Lhotse Expedition
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Everest and Lhotse Expedition.

I was part of the Satori Everest/Lhotse Expedition for 2018 and joining Satori was one of the best decisions I made. I was there for 6 weeks and every facet of the expedition was well planned and taken care of by Satori. Climbing Everest is a huge logistical exercise and with Satori everything ran like clockwork. Very smooth and organized expedition. The Sherpas at Satori are vastly experienced and Mingma and Phurba and Dawa and everyone else were great. They were patient and took the time and energy to guide/educate me on the expedition. The base camp experience was a lot better because of Satori and the ground staff and the crew they hired. Absolutely awesome. They delivered everything they promised and some more on top of that. The owner Rishi is attentive and great and stayed in constant touch throughout the expedition and made sure all my needs were met. I would go with Satori again and they sure were the right company for my needs.

There were 10 other climbers besides me on this expedition to Mt Everest and Lhotse and every one of them submitted. There could be no better proof of the efficiency and competence of Satori that they were able to take everyone that signed up to the summit. Highly recommended.

Lhotse Expedition
Rated 5 / 5 stars