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Lhotse Peak

Update: Jan. 6th, 2013

Lhotse Peak

Well known as one of the top 5 highest mountains throughout the world, Lhotse Peak is located in the boundary city of China and Nepal Kingdom approximately 3 kilometers away from the souther part of Mount Everest. It is the 4th highest mountain of the world, 8516 meters high. The other four highest mountains are Mount Everest, Makalu Peak, Cho Oyu Peak, and Shisha Pangma Peak.

During popular Tibet tour itinerary towards Mount Everest, tourists will have a chance to enjoy the view of the 5 highest mountains' top on the way.

Along the boundary of the northern ridge and southeastern ridge of Lhotse Peak, the eastern ridge of Lhotse Peak is located in Tibet, China, while the west ridge is situated in Nepal Kingdom.

The name of Lotse literally means "the south", as it is located in the south part of Mount Everest. In Tibetan language, Lotse means "the beautiful young girl".

Lhotse Peak - Features

Lhotse Peak features steep cliffs and magnificent mountains, huge living glaciers, and the frequent natural disasters such as icefall and avalanche. Lhotse Peak Base Camp and No. 1 campsite are usually covered by huge glaciers and with complicated and dangerous terrain. The fall difference of the ice slope is obviously long, and the huge ice fissures appear on the glaciers.

Both of No. 3 and No.4 campsites are the most difficult routes to climb the Lhotse Peak as the most frequent icefall and avalanche, and the strong upper wind as well. The depth of snow cover is approximately 60-60 centimeters in average. The fall difference of the ice slope is about 75°, somewhere is over 85°.

Since the half a century, there are more than 300 overseas mountaineer enthusiasts failed and buried in this mountain. Therefore Local people called it "Tiger's mouth".

There are two peaks within Lhotse Peak, they are respectively Lhotse Middle Peak (8516m), and Lhotse Shar Peak (8382m). Nyptse Peak is located nearby it.

Lhotse Peak - Climate

In Tibetan language, Lhotse Peak literally means "the beautiful young girl". As the complex terrain of Lhotse Peak, the climate around it is changeable. The wind speed is slower than Mount Everest, but the rainfall is much heavier than it.

During the time between early June and midmonth of September, the icefall, rainstorm and avalanche happened frequently. During the time from the midmonth of November to midmonth of February, influenced by the northwesterly wind, the temperature of Lhotse Peak could be descended to -60?.

Lhotse Peak - Best Time for Travel

The best time to travel to Lhotse Peak is between the early March to the end of May, or the time of early September to the end of October. During the time, the climate is gentle and stable, the good weather appears.

Lhotse Peak - How to Climb Lhotse Peak

There is only one successful route of climbing Lhotse Peak, which was the one climbed by A.Eggler and his Swiss teammates on May 18th, 1956. They have ever climbed to 7800 meters of Lhotse Peak.

There are other two routes located in southern part of Lhotse Peak, and another 3 route could climb to the Lhotse Shar Peak and Lotse Peak.

There is one route which located in Tibet, China, has never been climbed, or conquered by any mountaineers.

Lhotse Peak - Climbing History

On the May 18th, 1956, Swiss Mountaineering expedition has successfully climbed over Lhotse Peak starting from the south part which located in Nepal Kingdom.

The dangerous east slope of Lhotse Peak which located in Tibet, China has never been explored yet.

Map of some mountains in Tibet On the way to Lhotse Peak

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