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Tibet Travel Guide

Lhotse, 8516 meters above sea level, is the fourth highest peak in the world. It is located 3 kilometers south of Mount Everest, the east side is in China's Tibet Autonomous Region, and the west side belongs to Nepal. Lhotse means “mountain to the south”, which is commonly referred to as “South Col”. In Tibetan, Lhotse means “blue and beautiful fairy”.

The wind speed of Lhotse is slightly lower than that of Mount Everest, but the rainfall is greater than that of Mount Everest. Every year from early June to mid-September, heavy rain and avalanches occur frequently, and the sky is full of snow and fog. From mid-November to mid-February of the following year, the northwesterly winds from the south push over, making the temperature on the mountain peak as low as -60°C. Only in the spring from the beginning of March to the end of May, or the autumn from the beginning of September to the end of October, the climate is relatively stable, and there can be several times better weather.

<a class="wps_external_link" target="_blank" target=”_blankhref=””>Mt.Lhotse has majestic mountains, steep terrain, a complex environment, dense glaciers, and frequent avalanches. In particular, the base camp is covered with thousands of years of moraine and huge glaciers, and there are countless huge ice cracks. The average snow depth is 60–65 cm, the ice slope is 75 degrees, and in some areas, it can reach more than 85 degrees.

On May 18, 1956, the Swiss mountaineering team made its first ascent from Nepal along the western slope. China's Tibet expedition to climb 14 peaks above 8,000 meters in the world successfully summited Lhotse in 1998. However, so far no one has successfully climbed from the Chinese side.


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