Lobuche Peak Climbing

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Duration: 18 days

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Trip Type: Lodge/Camping

Grade: Strenuous

Altitude: 6,119 m

Destination: Nepal

Activities: Sightseeing/Trekking/Climbing

Best Month: Mar-May and Sep-Dec

Group Size: Minimum of 2 person

Lobuche peak lies at Khumbu region situated just above the Lobuche village close to Khumbu Glacier. Lobuche has two different summits – Lobuche East with 6119 m and Lobuche West with 6145 m. There is a gap and considerable distance between those two. The first attempt to summit Lobuche peak was made by Laurence Nielson and Sherpa Ang Gyalzen on 25th April 1984.

Climbing Lobuche peak is considered to be bit more challenging than Island Peak climb, but it’s quite rewarding. The top of the peak is exposed and mainly covered with moldy ice all the time. From the summit of the Lobuche peak you can get incredible views of Mount Everest along with various other mountains like Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Tawache and Lhotse. 

The 18 days Lobuche peak climbing starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This trek combines with Lobuche East peak climb along with classic Everest Base Camp trek. During the trip, you will reach most of the popular places in Everest region like Tyangboche Monastery, Gorakshep and Kala Patthar from where you can see excellent view of might Mount Everest along with other various mountains.

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Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

 Our staff will welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your hotel. If you are interested you can visit our office if not, you can stroll around Thamel at the evening.

Day 02: Meeting with office staffs & Kathmandu Sightseeing 

Today after the breakfast, staff from our office will meet you at the hotel lobby along with trekking and tour guide who will brief you about the trekking. Then along with your tour guide you will head for sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Your guide will take you around Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, Bouddhanath and Patan Durbar Square. After returning back from sightseeing, prepare your trekking gear.

Day 03: Fly To Lukla (2845 m) and then Hike to Phakding (2660 m)

Flight Time: 25 Mins

Walking Time: 3 Hours 30 minutes

Be ready early in the morning, our guide will pick you from hotel to Airport by car. After 25 mins of flight, you will be in Lukla airport. Your first day of the hike is quiet easy. You need to pass through Sherpa village and some Monastery and mane wall along the way to Phakding. Stay overnight in teahouse.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3420 m)

Walking time: 5 to 6 Hours

After early breakfast, follow the bank of the Bhote Koshi River where you need to cross many bridges and also have to pass local Sherpa villages till Joursalle. When you will get there, you will stop for lunch because it’s still 3 hours more trek to Namche Bazaar. Continuously you need to follow the bank of the river until the meeting point of Dudha Koshi and Bhote Koshi River, which is relatively easy hike. Now you need to follow steep uphill all the way to Namche through pine forest where there is a chance to see some wild life. If the weather remains clear, you will get the first sight of Mount Everest from Durbin Danda.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day

This day is allocated as a rest day but we recommend you to keep moving in order to acclimatize with the altitude. You can take a hike to Everest View Hotel (3900 m) which is a steep uphill. Along the way you will pass world’s highest altitude airport – Syangboche and twin village Khumjung and Khunde where you can visit Hillary school and Hillary Hospital. From the hotel you can get better panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3870 m)

Walking time: 5 Hours

Today after breakfast we will take a uphill trail for almost 15 minutes uphill through the village then we will follow almost flat trail all the way to Sanasa village. From Sanasa village we will take a descending trail leaving aside the trail to Gokyo.  The trail descends downward till Phunki Thenga and rest of the trail is uphill that passes through the forest all the way to Tyangboche. From Tyangboche you can get the 360 degree panoramic Mountain View including mighty Mt. Everest. The main attraction of Tyangboche is Tyangboche monastery where Buddhist monks chants prayers and does meditation every day. Trekkers who are heading to EBC are allowed to visit the monastery after 3PM to get blessings from the holy monk.

Day 07: Tyangboche to Dingboche (4360 m)

Today, try to wake up early to view the sunrise.  After breakfast follow the descending trail passing through the forest of Birch and Rhododendron until you reach the suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge the trail goes slightly uphill passing Pangboche, Orsho to Dingboche.  You will leave the tree line behind and enter the alpine grassland today. You will see yaks and sheep grazing on a pasture. Today you can get view of mountains like Ama Dablam, Lhothse, Taboche and Island Peak which is popular for climbing. You need to remember that you are already in highland so try to hike slowly.

Day 08: Acclimatization day

Today is another rest day you will have during your journey.  You can climb to Nangkartshang hill at an elevation of 5000m or you can head to Chhukung at 4730m, choice is yours.  We recommend you to opt for Nangkartshang hill because you will get better view from here and it will ease your trekking the next day as you will ascend to an altitude greater than 5000m tomorrow.

Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (5000 m)

Today you will leave behind the Imja valley and trek towards northwest. Yu need to go along the ridge side until you reach Thukla. From here the trail goes uphill until the Thukla Pass where you will see many mane and stupa build in the memory of those who died during the Mount Everest expedition. Furthermore you need to hike for about hour and half following the uphill trail to reach Lobuche. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Lobuche to GorakShep (5165 m) then to Everest Base Camp (5364 m)

The trail is flat and easy for about an hour then you will pass through the moraine formed by glaciers where the trail becomes rocky and icy. The trail ascends gradually up all the way to GorakShep. You will leave your bags behind at the hotel and hike to Everest base camp which is 4 hours walk (both way). Finally you are at the elevation of 5345m from the sea level. You will see the closer view of Khumbu glacier, some of the popular mountains like Nuptse, Pumori, Lobuche, Khumbtse, Lingtung, slight view of Mt. Everest and Lho-La. Overnight at Gorakshep.

Day 11: Hike to Kala Patthar (5545 m) then return back to Lobuche Peak Base Camp (4950 m)

You need to wake up quite early today because it is recommended that you climb up to Kala Pattar before sunrise.  Hike to Kala Patthar from Gorakshep is about 2.5 hour walk steeply uphill which is challenging. Since this is the final goal point of your trip, you need to collect as much as energy you want and use it. From the top of Kala Patthar you can see the 360 degree astounding view of mighty mountain range including Mt. Everest and closer view of Khumbu glacier. After you are done with your stay at Kala Patthar descend to Gorakhsep then continue to Lobuche Base Camp after breakfast. After reaching there you will meet your climbing guide there who will teach you how to use the climbing equipment. Stay overnight on a tent.

Day 12: Summit the Lobuche Peak (6119 m) and back to Base Camp

Your climbing guide will let you know the time when you will start today, so get ready accordingly. Today it’s pretty challenging and you need to hike through the rocky trail until you reach High camp. At the later part, you need to go through the rope where your Sherpa will help you to reach the top of Lobuche East (6119 m). From the summit you can enjoy magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Pumori, Cholatse and many more. After you are done taking the pictures from the top, descend all the way to Base Camp and stay overnight at tent.

Day 13: Buffer Day

In the case of bad weather, we keep this day as a reserve for Lobuche Peak summit.

Day 14: Base Camp to Debuche

Today you will be descending to the green valley where you will get enough oxygen and good accommodation as well. The hike is easy downhill all the way to Debuche.

Day 15: Debuche to Namche Bazaar

Initially you need to go uphill to the ridge of Tyangboche and descend all the way to river side, from where you need to climb uphill till Kyangjuma. From there the trail is easy and flat all the way to Namche. Stay overnight there.

Day 16: Namche to Lukla

The trail descends along the ridge through pine forest until high suspension bridge then rest of the trail goes easy until Lukla. You can enjoy yourself with your trekking guides and porters as today is the last day of the trekking. Overnight at Lukla.

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu

Today you will fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla which will takes you around 35 minutes. After reaching Kathmandu, you can go for shopping and buy gifts to your loved ones.

Day 18: Departure

End of a memorable trip to Nepal, we will drop you at the airport for final departure. 

Cost Includes:

  • Pickups and drops from airport/hotel
  • Accommodation at 3 star or 3 star equivalent hotels in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodationa at basic tea house/well tented camps.
  • All 3 meals per day during the trek (BLD)
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide
  • Salary, accommodation, insurance and meals for guide and porter
  • Rescue and Travel arrangements
  • Domestic flights ticket
  • All necessary paper works and permits, all government and local taxes
  • Medical kit
  • Trekking gear (down jacket and sleeping bag)
  • Complimentary trekking map per group

Cost Excludes:

  • Tips to the guide, porters and drivers.
  • International air tickets
  • Visa fees
  • Medical evacuation when in emergency
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra drinks and liquors
  • Any other expense not listed above

List of Equipment

Mandatory Items

  • Waterproof walking boots with suitable ankle support .
  • Loose, casual  waterproof trousers for trekking.
  • Thermal coats or fleece .
  • Warm socks.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper.
  • Windproof, waterproof outers for higher altitudes.
  • Wool or fleece cap.
  • Day sack to be carried personally.
  • Personal water bottle.
  • Camera, spare battery and battery charger.
  • Toilet items and towels.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Moisturizers
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm gloves

Optional items

  • Binoculars
  • Altimeter
  • Compass