The west face of Lhotse is the primary route to the South Col and on to the Summit of Everest. Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain on Earth at 27,940 feet or 8,516 meters
The Face is steep, icy and dangerous. All climbers attached themselves to a fixed rope to prevent sliding down the face to certain death in event of a fall.
Camp 3 is positioned about 2/3rds of the way up the face and serves as the last camp for acclimatizing to the altitude before going for the summit. It is usually at 23,500'.
From C3 climbers cross the Yelow Band and then the Geneva Spur on their way to the South Col.