Climbing Lhotse is more technical than Everest. The Lhotse couloir is very steep and dangerous because of the frequent rockfall. Still, I enjoyed every moment of this climb.
Lhotse was a lonely climb compared to my Everest climb the day before. I encountered hundreds of climbers on my way (see my Everest blog). We were the only team going up from Lhotse Camp 4. Few hours later, we met some handful climbers on their way up to the summit. On the other side, we could see a line of lights reflected through the headlamps of climbers on their way up to the Everest summit. This looked magical. This made me think of the day before, when I summit Everest. This is the line of individuals from all over the world sharing the same dream of standing on the top of the world.
The sun coming up revealed another spectacular view of Everest. It’s a majesty with such charisma.
We went up in a slow and steady pace. The big part of the climb goes through a narrow couloir called “Reiss couloir”. Every now and then, when the wind picked up, we had witnessed some rockfall. It became more severe as we went higher up when climbers who summit were descending.
Then we had to climb a steep rocky section. 30 meters below the summit, I saw something colorful, not moving just ahead of us. This was the corpse of a Czech climber, who died of a heart attack 7 years ago. He was just there, well conserved with a big smile and nice teeth. He looked more like a model in a shop, than a dead body. I became very slow after this sight. Many questions went through my mind at that time. What was his story? I became very slow. Lambai, my Sherpa, who was few meters ahead kept asking me, whether I was okay. After few minutes, I was back on track. The picture of this climber still doesn’t leave my mind.
Once the clouds disappeared, the view of Everest on our backs was breathtaking
Lhotse Part III coming soon!