International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Lhotse Climb

Nepal  •  27,940'  •  8516m  •  4th Highest in the World

Lhotse Climb Expedition with International Mountain Guides

Lhotse Summit Climb with International Mountain Guides

IMG's Himalayan programs are recognized worldwide as simply outstanding, with a reputation for our highly professional staff of leaders, climbers and Sherpas, first-rate logistics and our resulting record of success on the mountain. Since 1990, over 600 IMG team members have summited the world's classic 8,000-meter peaks, including over 380 on Everest.

Lhotse Climb

March 31 May 25, 2015 (FULL)

Lhotse climbers accompany the Lobuche and C2/C3/C4 climbers to EBC. The Lhotse route follows the Everest route to above the Yellow Band, then splits off to Lhotse Camp 4. Lhotse is a stiff climb, more difficult than Cho Oyu. Our Sherpa team will fix the route all the way to the summit, but there is steep ice and rock in the Lhotse Couloir so you need to be very fit and capable. We figure you will use oxygen starting at C3 on the second rotation, then from C3 to Lhotse C4, overnight there, and on summit day. The goal would be to descend to C2 after the summit.

To address a common question about Lhotse, please see IMG guide Greg Vernovage's perspective on PDF docLhotse vs. Everest »

Classic Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek

Classic Trek with Hybrid team: March 25 April 13, 2015 (FULL)
Classic Trek with Classic team: March 28 April 16, 2015 (FULL)
Classic Trek with Lhotse team: March 31 April 19, 2015 (FULL)

The trek to Everest BC is one of the world's classic human powered adventures! Accompany the IMG climbing team with sherpa and western guides and see all the famous sights on the way up the Khumbu Valley. Our itinerary includes staying in lodges between Lukla and Pheriche, then in our custom Lobuche Peak base camp (for fantastic acclimatization hiking) for several nights prior to moving on up to Everest BC at the beginning of the expedition. Rub shoulders with the climbers and see what a real expedition is like. Climb Kala Pattar, hike up to the base of the Khumbu Icefall and get some photos, then join in with the expedition puja ceremony at Base Camp. You stay overnight at Everest Base Camp as a guest of the expedition; only trekkers associated with expeditions are allowed to stay at EBC. Then, trek back out to Lukla with our crack Sherpa team for the flight to Kathmandu. What a classic! We have a limited number of positions available on these Classic EBC Treks, accompanying our three climbing teams.

Sherpa Led Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek

April 27 May 14, 2015

Our Sherpa led Everest trek, with top notch support and logistics, this group also visits the team at Base Camp, near the end of the expedition, normally about the time of the summit bids. This is an exciting time to be there! After the Base Camp visit, trek back out to Lukla with our crack Sherpa team for the flight to Kathmandu. With a slightly accelerated itinerary, you can do this trip in 3 weeks of vacation!

Note on 2015 Dates

Dates are listed starting with the arrival day to Kathmandu to the arrival day back to Kathmandu from Lukla at the end of the trip.

The ending dates for the EBC Classic Trek, Sherpa Trek, and Lobuche Climb are FIXED, but you should add one contingency day in Kathmandu at the end, before flying home, in case of Lukla flight delay.

The ending dates for the C2, C3, South Col, Everest and Lhotse Climbs are FLEXIBLE, depending on weather and conditions. It would be prudent to add at least one week of contingency days to these itineraries. Normally climbers will reconfirm or change their homeward departure flights when you know exactly when the expedition is going to end for you (contact your travel agent from Everest BC). We plan to stay at Base Camp for climbing until approximately the end of May.

Expedition Organization and Leadership

International Mountain Guides ("IMG")
IMG is the oldest and most respected high-altitude climbing service in the world and its three principals, Eric Simonson, Phil Ershler, and George Dunn, have led and organized hundreds of expeditions worldwide since 1975. Each is an AMGA Certified Alpine Guide with Himalayan expedition experience including Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Shishapangma, and Cho Oyu. IMG's Himalayan mountaineering programs are organized and directed by Eric Simonson, one of the world's premiere expedition organizers. Under his direction IMG has conducted over forty Himalayan expeditions. His teams include a group of professionals and Sherpas who are the best in the business. Since 1990, over 600 IMG team members have summited the world's classic 8,000-meter peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma.

IMG's Philosophy
Our goal is to minimize risk while helping as many team members as possible reach their goal, and we invest in the people and equipment that will make this happen. We value our reputation as the premiere international climbing company, and we only put programs in place that measure up to our own high standards. If you would like to join a world-class team, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your goals and qualifications and secure an exciting role for yourself on our expedition!

Ang Jangbu and the IMG Sherpa Team
A veteran of dozens of expeditions and an Everest summiter, Ang Jangbu has worked with Eric Simonson on every IMG Himalayan program since 1991 and is a very popular leader. Ang Jangbu Sherpa and his staff put together one of the very best Sherpa teams for IMG. We are proud to have a group of Sherpas working for us who are among the best paid, best led, best equipped, and best trained in the business.


Joining a high-altitude trek or expedition is a serious decision. You should be completely confident in the organization and leadership before you make that decision. Many of you have climbed with us before, and because your experience with us was good, you're considering another climb with us. For those of you who haven't climbed with us before, we strongly encourage you to interview us thoroughly and also talk to our past clients. When you're ready to make the decision, we'll be happy to provide you with a complete list of references. Please also browse comments online from our trekkers and climbers.

IMG climber on the summit of Lhotse
Featured Lhotse News

Movie Trailer: "Everest - Lhotse, Spring 2013" Trailer for a movie about climbing Everest and Lhotse by IMG climber Paul Niel

2 Lhotse and 44 Everest summits on IMG's 2013 Expedition »

Dates and Prices

Lhotse Climb
March 31 May 25, 2015 (FULL)
Landcost: $21,000 (w/ 1:1 Sherpa Guide)

Classic Spring Nepal Treks to Everest BC »

Classic Everest Trek with Hybrid team and several nights at EBC
March 25 April 13, 2015 (FULL)
Landcost: $4,000

Classic Everest Trek with Classic team and several nights at EBC
March 28 April 16, 2015 (FULL)
Landcost: $4,000

Classic Everest Trek with Lhotse team and several nights at EBC
March 31 April 19, 2015 (FULL)
Landcost: $4,000

Sherpa Trek to Base Camp with sherpa guides. Includes several nights at Base Camp.
April 27 May 14, 2015
Landcost: $3,000

Extra Nights at BC: $100

Lhotse Summit Video

Nepal, Tibet, and Everest viewed from the summit of the 4th highest mountain in the world. Video by: Greg Vernovage

More IMG Videos »

The Summit Digits

IMG is proud to have led 19 people from 5 countries on 5 expeditions to the summit of Lhotse: See the full list »

When I saw Lhotse for the first time so high above the Nepalese clouds, I got very impressed and estimated my chances of success to be less than 20%. IMG simply boosted my expectations to 100%. Thanks to their undisputable experience and best-in-class professionalism, I realized my dream in only 7 weeks — start to finish. This was an incredible experience, which I recommend to any qualified climber from around the world. From the Everest base-camp and above, it became obvious to me that IMG was the leading expedition — second to none — on the ground...
~Philippe D. A.
I saw some crazy things on summit day by other teams and was so proud to be with IMG!
~Dr. Tim W.
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