The Story Of Skiing Down Lhotse, The World’s Fourth Highest Mountain

After reaching the top of the 27,940-ft. Himalayan summit, Hilaree and Jim clipped into their bindings and made a 7,000-ft. descent, becoming the first humans in history to ski down the Lhotse Couloir. (

Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world at 8,516 metres, after Mount Everest, K2, and Kangchenjunga. Part of the Everest massif, Lhotse is connected to the latter peak via the South Col. Lhotse means “South Peak” in Tibetan. (Wikipedia)

The Lhotse expedition started at the very end of August, timed to coincide with the end of monsoon season and when snow would be covering the high peaks of Nepal’s Himalayas. Their group—which included five Sherpas, two icefall doctors, and photographers Dutch Simpson and Nick Kalisz—was alone on the Everest Massif, a sharp contrast from the ever crowded peak climbing season in the springtime. From the beginning, their trip was challenging. The group had to set their own route and fix lines. And weather delayed the arrival of gear and food. At one point they were uncertain if their skis would even arrive at Everest Base Camp. (

Source: The North Face

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