Lhotse at 8511 metres, is the
fourth highest mountain in the world, seen in a telephoto lens from the summit
of Pumori, reputed to be Nepal's "easiest" 7000 metre peak. The route follows
across the bottom of the western Cwm, in the foreground, then heads up the
Lhotse face, to the left of centre, reaching the summit in the upper part of the
photo to the left of centre. This is the same route one climbs to get to the
summit of Everest, however the Everest route traverses to the left, over
Lhotse's left shoulder, above the rock rib through the upper left of the photo,
known as the Geneva Spur.
Sometimes mistakenly Lhotse has been
identified as the south peak of the Everest massif. No serious attention was
turned to climbing Lhotse until Everest had finally been ascended. Lhotse first
climbed in 1956 as an alternative route towards the summit of Everest.
In addition to the main summit, there
are two subsidiary peaks, Lhotse Shar, which is immediately east of the main
summit, and Nuptse, a high peak on the mountain's west ridge.
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