Mount Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world at an elevation of 27,940 feet. It is located about 3 kilometers south of Mount Everest. The summits of these two mountains are connected by the South Col, a ridge at an elevation of about 25,000 feet.
Lhotse is sometimes mistakenly identified as the south peak of the Everest massif. In addition to the main summit, there are two subsidiary peaks, Lhotse Shar, which lies in the east of the main summit, and Nuptse, a high peak on the mountain’s west ridge.
Quick Facts: –
- The Lhotse South Face is also one of the largest mountain faces in the world.
- Mount Lhotse was first climbed on May 18, 1956 by Fritz Luchsinger and Ernst Reiss from Switzerland.
- The usual climbing route for the Lhotse Mountain is the same path as that of the South Col of the Everest route beyond Camp 3 of the Yellow Band.
- The Khumbu Icefall has been unanimously declared the most dangerous section during the climb.
- After various unsuccessful attempts, the South Face was successful climbed only as recently in 1984.
- The first ascent of Lhotse Shar was made on May 12, 1970 by Sepp Mayerl and Rolf Walter.
- Lhotse Middle remained the highest unclimbed named point on earth for a long time until it was climbed on May 23, 2001 by Eugeny Vinogradsky.
- Lhotse base camp is located on a moving glacier at 5,200 meters from sea level.
- This mountain has the smallest topographic prominence value of any mountain more than 8,000 meters.