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Monday, June 12, 2017

Mount Lhotse: Fourth highest peak of the world

Mount Lhotse is the fourth highest peak of the world with the height of 8,516m from the sea level after Mt. Everest, K2, and Kangchenjunga. It is connected to the Mt. Everest through the South Col.  In Tibetan community Lhotse means “South Peak”. In addition to main summit of Mt. Lhotse it has got other two high peaks; Lhotse Middle (East) with height of 8414 m and Lhotse Shar  with height 8383 m from the sea level.
The first attempt to the Lhotse Mountain was made by International Himalayan Expedition in 1955 and the team was leaded by Norman Dyhrenfurth which included two Austrian climbers (Ernst Senn and cartographer Erwin Schneider), and two Swiss climber (Arthur Spöhel and Bruno Spirig), and this was the first expedition to the Everest area to include the Americans (George Bell, Fred Beckey and Richard McGowan) and during that time Gaya Nanda Vaidya was the Liaison officer. They were accompanied by several climbing Sherpas and 200 local porters. They turned their attention to the north-west face of Lhotse during September after they realized that the southern approach of Lhotse Shar was dangerous to climb on which they climbed to a height about 8,100 meters. Here, they were unexpectedly heated by cold temperature and strong wind. During their expedition they made several short documentary films covering the local cultural topics of that area. They also made several first ascents of small peaks in the Khumbu area.
The first ascent to the main summit of Mount Lhotse was made by Swiss team (Fritz Luchsinger and Ernst Reiss) on 18th May 1956 from Swiss Mount Everest Expedition/ Lhotse Expedition. On 12th May 1970, Rolf Walter and Sepp Mayerl of Austria made the first ascent of peak Lhotse Sar. The first ascent of Lhotse Middle was made by Sergei Timofeev, Petr Kuznetsov, Eugeny Vinogradsky and Alexei Bolotov of Russian expedition on 23rd May 2001. As per the source of information of December 2008, 371 climbers have made successful ascent to the Mount Lhotse and 20 have died have died during the ascent.

events-of Mountain-Lhotse
Some memorable events of Mount. Lhotse

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