Friday, January 6, 2017

Mt. Lhotse Expedition 2017

Mt. Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain on Earth and is connected to Everest via the South Col. Mt. Lhotse lies about 3 km south of Mount Everest, separated by the South Col. In fact, Lhotse means South Face. Three peaks that make up the Lhotse massif are: Lhotse East or middle, Lhotse Shar and Lhotse. Immediately south of Mount Everest lies the long east-west crest, and the summits of the two mountains are connected by the South Col. South Face of Lhotse is the most technical face of Lhotse. The Lhotse South Face is also one of the largest mountain faces in the world. The section during the climb, which has been unanimously declared the most dangerous, is the Khumbu Icefall. Both Mt Everest and Lhotse share the same base camp. In fact, Lhotse is a part of Everest massif itself.

However, Lhotse is considered to be an independent mountain. After several unsuccessful attempts, the Lhotse South Face was successful climbed only in 1984 by a Czech expedition team. This beautiful massif also holds immense promise as it is little developed and offers fascinating opportunities. Lhotse can be climbed either from Everest Base Camp or nearby Chhukung.

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