Located in the shadows of Mt. Everest is Mt. Lhotse. Rising to a majestic height of 8,516 meters, it has one of the largest mountain faces in the world. It is also one of the steepest, rising 1.9 miles in 1.4 miles.
The summit is so sharp that there is not a single place to stand on the top. Of the 14 mountains over 8,000 meters, Mt. Lhotse is the least climbed of the giant peaks. Many can claim fame to climbing Mt. Everest, but if you take the Lhotse Challenge, you will have an incredible view of Mt. Everest while adding your name to a very short list of those who have climbed this impressive mountain.
Mt. Lhotse was first ascended in 1956 by F. Luchsnger and E. Reiss of Switzerland, who climbed both Everest and Lhotse on the same expedition (they were the second successful Everest climb, following Hillary/Tengzen expedition).
DAY 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu – Your expedition of a lifetime begins upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be greeted by a representative of Bochi-Bochi Trek and taken to your hotel. Chose the time to rest or do a little sightseeing in the city. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner with traditional Nepali food and culture.
DAY 2 – Preparation for Expedition – Today is an important day as you attend a briefing with the Ministry of Tourism on climbing Mt. Everest. We also will be holding our own briefing as we prepare you for what lies ahead. Our experience in climbing Mt. Everest will help you to get the most out of your trip. DAY 3 – Prepare for Expedition – Today's agenda includes checking equipment, instructions on how to use the equipment, study of maps and everything else to insure that your expedition is successful.
DAY 4 – Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding elev. 2,640 m/8,661 ft) – Today begins the journey to Mt. Everest. We will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and then trek to the village of Phakding, passing through remote villages, primeval forests and mountain scenes.
DAY 5 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar (elev. 3,446 m/11,305 ft) – This is a day of climbing upwards on the trail as we make our way to Namche Bazaar, the principal community of the region. Today we will get our first look at Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks that look like attendants to the king of mountains.
DAY 6 – Rest and Acclimatization – We will rest today in order to allow our bodies to be acclimatized to the higher elevations. In keeping with recommended procedures, it will not be a day of just sitting as some exercise is encouraged. There will be a number of times when we stop to allow our bodies to adjust to the high elevations. By doing so, we avoid the danger of altitude sickness.
DAY 7 – Namche to Tengboche (elev. 3,800 m/12,467 ft.) – This day takes us to the highest Buddhist monastery in the world at Tengboche. It overlooks Mt. Everest, creating a very serene and peaceful setting in order to meditate and uplift spiritually.
DAY 8 – Tengboche to Dingboche (elev. 4400 m/14,435 ft.) – This day we reach about half the elevation of Mt. Everest as we move toward the village of Dingboche. The early morning offers a great view of the sunrise over Tengboche and Mt. Everest. We pass through fewer Sherpa villages as we make our way toward Everest.
DAY 9 – Rest at Dingboche – Today is another day of adjusting to the higher elevations. There will be a hike to Mera Peak (elev. 5,300 m/17,388 ft) where we will be met with a breathtaking view of the highest peaks in the world.
DAY 10 – Dingboche to Lobuche (elev. 4900 m/16,076 ft) – The trail turns northward as it continues to gain elevation in our quest toward Everest. We are surrounded by glaciers on both sides of the trail as we pass upwards. On the way will be an overlook of Chola Tsho, an incredibly blue mountain lake at 4590 m (15,059 ft.). Ringed by several tall peaks, the lake sparkles in the sunlight. The trail will pass over Thorka Pass (elev. 4830 m) and along Khumbu Glacier to our stop for the night at Lobuche.
DAY 11 – Lobuche to Gorackshep (elev. 5150 m/16,896 ft.) – The trail is now nestled between two glaciers: Khumbu and Lobuche. From this part of the trail, we are offered fantastic views of Mt. Everest as it continues to get closer as we walk on. Our destination is the village of Gorackshep, which is near both the old and new Everest Base Camp.
DAY 12 – Gorackshep to Everest Base Camp (elev. 5300 m/17,338 ft.) – Everest Base Camp? Yes, you can climb both mountains beginning at the same place! Our journey, however will lead us in a different direction from Everest Base Camp as we climb Mt. Lhotse.This is the day when we leave the hotels behind and now begin to prepare for climbing. It's now to tents and more like what the early climbers experienced. We arrive at Everest Base camp and prepare for the climb. The high peaks that make up the mountain range around Everest are in close proximity to us. At Base Camp, we set up our tents and prepare for climbing.
DAY 13 – Everest Base Camp – This day we rest some as we acclimatize to the higher elevation. We also check equipment; make sure everything is in order one last time before we set off on the journey to the top of the world. There is plenty to do as we prepare for this great climb up the mountain.
DAY 14 - 49 – Climb Mt. Lhotse – The journey begins today up the steep climb up this mountain. Lhotse is challenging, but not impossible. It demands much, but the view from its slopes will allow you views of Everest, the three peaks of Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Mt.Pumora and many others. The mountain will make you work, but those who climb it will be highly rewarded with a view that is out of this world.
DAY 50 – Everest Base Camp – This is a day of rest. We pack up the tents that have been our home for 43 days and stow away equipment. This will be our last night in the tents as we also clean up around Everest Base Camp. Everyone who camps here is required help keep it clean in order to maintain the pristine environment.
DAY 51 – Everest Base Camp to Pheriche (elev. 4200 m/13,779 ft.) – The return journey is faster as we are going downhill almost all the way. Our journey is to the mountain village of Pheriche. We pass familiar glaciers along the way. Tonight we stay for the first time in a hotel where we rest in a real bed and a hot water shower.
DAY 52 – Pheruche to Namche Bazaar (elev. 3446 m/11,305 ft.) – Reaching Namche Bazaar will make you feel as if you have returned to civilization. There's internet, ATM machines, and many items for sale that you only dreamed about when you were up on the mountain. Namche Bazaar may be the principal village of Everest region, but it hasn't lost its charm in this modern world. Enjoy the bazaar, relax with a cup of real coffee or tea and enjoy a well earned evening on the town.
DAY 53 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla (elev. 2800 m/9,186 ft.) - This is the last night in the Everest region and the last day of trekking. Once you reach Lukla, it's the end of the trail and rest those tired feet.
DAY 54 – Lukwa to Kathmandu (elev. 1350 m/4,429 ft.) – It's a short flight back to Kathmandu. From the comfort of your seat, you can look to the northeast and smile at Mt. Everest, knowing that you are one of the lucky few to have conquered it. Tonight, relax, rest i55your hotel, take a hot shower and celebrate!
DAY 55 – Kathmandu – It's a free day in the city to do as you would like. Rest, sightsee, take in the World Heritage Sites, it's up to you. You can also do some shopping for souvenirs. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner where you and your fellow climbers can toast one another as the newest victorious climbers of the world's highest mountain!
DAY 56 – Fly Home – All good things must come to an end, and your journey to Mt. Everest is no exception. Now that you've conquered the world's highest peak, why not try some of the other high mountains here in Nepal. Our country is home of eight of the 14 highest peaks in the world. You may have climbed the tallest, but you can always try your hand at some of the others. Nepal offers much in the way of vacations, getaways and expeditions. Let Bochi-Bochi plan your next expedition to the mountain world of Nepal!