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Lobuche Peak Climbing 21 Days

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Destination

Nepal

Region

Everest BC Lobuche Peak Climbing

Max.Altitude

6,119m.

Grade

Hard

Best Season

Autumn & Spring

Activity

Climbing

Duration

21 Days

Route

Lukla-Namche-EBC-Lobuche Peak Climb

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day

Accommodation in Trekking

Lodge /Tent

Meal

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner during the trekking

Start/End

Kathmamdu/Kathmandu

Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu

By Air Plane

Group Size

2-10 Person

Accommodation in Kathmandu

3 Star Class Hotel

Transportation in Kathmandu

Car/Jeep/Hiace/Coaster/Sutlej
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Overview

The Khumbu area includes the Lobuche peak (6119m). Laurence Nielson and Ang Gyalzen Sherpa were the first to summit Lobuche East and West on April 25, 1984. Lobuche Peak is a beautiful peak that has a variety of existing routes as well as the potential for new ones. The south ridge is formed by the dark triangle of its rocky East face rising above the Khumbu Glacier moraines to a stunning skyline. Lobuche's peak is reached by descending a designated notch and ascending steep snowy slopes. The view of the Khumbu valley and glacier is breathtaking.

Lobuche mountain has two distinct summits: Lobuche east (6119m/20,075ft) and Lobuche west (6145m/20,075ft). There is a sharp gap and a substantial distance between them, despite the fact that they are bound by a continuous ridge. The trekking peak permit is for the east peak, while an expedition permit is required for Lobuche west, which is visible at the head of the Lobuche glacier. On some maps, Lobuche is spelled Lobuche. Climbing Lobuche Peak is one of the most difficult trekking peaks in the Everest region. Climbing via South Ridge is the most common path. The true summit of Lobuche east mountain, which is made up of many small summits, is reached by ascending steep snow and ice slopes from the summit ridge.


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Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft).

Your trip starts today when you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our ANA representative at the airport. He'll be carrying an ANA board with your name written on it. Then you will be transferred to the hotel.  After you check into the hotel, our representative will brief you about your trip. Then free till pick up time for the welcome dinner. In your spare time, you can relax, walk around the hotel, go shopping for necessities, and so on.

Welcome Dinner Included. Overnight  in Hotel

Day 02
Rock climbing course in Kathmandu or Half day guided city tours of Kathmandu. (1,300m/4,264 ft).

We will take you Nagarjum hill site after the breakfast which is 3 km far from the city, a natural rock climbing spot for your climbing course. This course will provide excellent opportunities to learn how to use rope, harness, Ice axe, crampons although there is no snow. Or if you have this experience already, after breakfast, we start our city tour which includes the main tourist attraction of Kathmandu valley eg, Kathmandu Durbar square, the monkey temple, Bouddha, Pashupatinath temple. 

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Hotel

Day 03
Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft) to Lukla(2,845m/9,333ft) to Phakding(2,610m/8,562ft); 8 km, 3-4hrs trek.

As per flight timing, our Guide will meet you in to your hotel and takes you to the domestic airport to fly into Lukla. It is scenery flight about 35 minutes, once you get in to the Lukla, breakfast at the lodge and prepare luggage for the Porters then walking starts through the stone paved trails towards Bhaisekharka. It is few up downs to get in to Phakding passing through plenty of prayer Rocks (Mani in local language). After getting into the lodge at Phakding, fresh up and short walk to the village or hike up to the Gompa to get acclimatize. 

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 04
Phakding(2,610m/8,562ft)- Namche (3440 m/11,285ft); 11km, 6-7hrs trek.

After a hot breakfast at your lodge, the trail leads towards the suspension bridge and easy uphill to the Monju from where Sagarmath National Park begins. After short National Park formalities, drop down to the river, cross another suspension bridge and continue walk to the high Hilary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge the trail leads uphill to the Namche Bazaar. On the way you will have a great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and more with beautiful valley. 

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 05
Acclimatize day at Namche.

Today you explore the Museum, visit Khumjung village and Khongde village where you can enjoy the views of Mt. Everest and surroundings peak with Sherpa culture. You can also visit Thame which is old Sherpa village as an option. Remaining of the day you can explore the Namche Bazaar where you can use the Internet, visit the National Park head office, Museum and monastery as per your interest and time.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 06
Namche (3,440m/11,285ft)to Tengboche(3,870m/12,696ft); 9km, 6-7hrs trek.

After a hot breakfast at the lodge, the trail leads you uphill and an easy winding trail towards Kyanjuma village where there are few tea shops with finest view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam and many more peaks. Then the trail descends slightly to the bottom of the hill at Fungi Thanga. After the crossing suspension bridge of Dudhkoshi, steep climb through the pine forest all the way to Tengboche monastery which is very popular in Khumbu region. After sometime rest, will take you to visit Monastery where you will see the Buddhist regular ceremony at the monastery which is very interesting to watch. 

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 07
Tengboche(3,870m/12,696ft)-Dingboche(4,410m/14,467ft); 8km, 6-7hrs trek.

The trail descends to Deboche a small village with Chortens and Mani stone walls and nun monastery. Cross suspension bridge over Imja Khola (Imja Strasm) and gradually ascend to Pangboche with the towering view of Ama Dablam (most beautiful mountain in Everest region) Trail follows upstream closer to Imja River fairly moderate up toward Imja valley. The trail fairly seen open to the confluence of Lobuche river and begin last part of the day to Dingboche the last Sherpa settlement with the beautiful terraced field enclosed by a stone wall to avoid barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals.


Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 08
Acclimatize day.

After breakfast we begin today’s hike to Chhukung by walking through stone-walled fields, Imja Khola valley before walking in glacier moraines. On our walk, we will be surrounded by Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains. Later, beyond Bibre village we see Island Peak soaring above us. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. We reach Chhukung, a small settlement in about half an hour from Bibre. From here, directly across the valley is the fantastic Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains.

After having lunch in Chhukung, our climbing leader will check our items of equipment in order to make sure that they are in a good working condition. If not, we may have to  hire another set of equipment. In that case, the climbing leader will help us find the best pieces.  Chhukung is the best place for hiring equipment for Peak climbing.  After sorting it out, we descend to Dingboche to spend the night.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 09
Dingboche(4,410m/14,467ft) – Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft): 7km, 5-6hrs.

The trail climbs to a ridge and views of Taboche and Cholatse. Continue through yak pastures to a wooden bridge – and Duglha (4,620m/15,158ft). The trail then ascends steeply for an hour, up the gravely terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. On the summit is a large group of stone-pile memorials to lost Sherpas and climbers. It also affords great border views including Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Pumori. Everest is hidden behind the towering Nuptse – Lhotse wall. Follow the valley upstream for an hour to Lobuche.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Lodge.

Days 10
Lobuche(4,910m/16,108ft) – Gorak Shep (5,160 m/16,928ft) - EBC (5,364 m/17,597ft)-Gorak shep: 14km, 8-9hrs.

We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest. 

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Lodge.

Days 11
Gorak Shep(5,160m/16,928ft) – Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,207ft) Lobuche(4,910m/16,108ft) 5-6 hrs

We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see 360-degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Lobuche for a good night’s rest.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Lodge.

Days 12
Lobuche to Lobuche East Base Camp (4865 m/15,957 ft.) Duration: 3-4 hours.

We mark our day from Lobuche to Lobuche Base Camp. The trails have many ups and downs as we go through the moraine path. The hike gives us an unobstructed sight of Lobuche East (6119 m). After that, the trail ascends alongside Lobuche Glacier to s set foot on Lobuche East Base Camp.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Tent.

Day 13
Lobuche Base Camp to Lobuche High Camp (5600 m/ 18,368 ft.) Duration: 4-5 hours.

We start early to hike to Lobuche High Camp. The trail to Lobuche High Camp is quite challenging. We continue to climb alongside Lobuche glacier, rocky trail to reach Lobuche High Camp. It is also a great opportunity to practice using climbing gear to climb the high camp.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Tent

Day 14
Lobuche High Camp to of Louchce East Peak (6119 m/ 20,070 ft.) Summit and back to High Camp 7-9hrs

We wake up early today at around 12 to 1 am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the high lands might become a barrier for a successful summit.  We will most likely be walking on rock surface up to around 5700m after which we climb on ice. We use both fixed rope and man rope as per our leader’s instruction. The climbing surface as well as the length of the rope and depends on the time of the season and the crevasses. Lobuche East offers more panoramic views of the mountains than any other trekking peak. From the summit, you get to enjoy magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori, and many more. We spend some time at the summit celebrating and taking pictures, then we get back to the High Camp.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Tent

Day 15
Contingency/reserve day

This is an extra day set aside to manage any unintended hindrances like flight delays or bad weather for climbing. Setting aside an extra day will ensure that even if  we were to face a day’s set back, the trip will continue thus guranteeing a successful climb.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Tent.

Day 16
Lobuche High Camp to Pangboche (3,985m./13074ft.) 7-8hrs

After taking our morning breakfast, we trek downhill from Lobuche Base  and join the Everest Base Camp route at Lobuche again. We take our lunch at Lobuche. From Lobuche we again retrace our path to Pheriche. On the way to Pheriche, we get to enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dablam in the distance. From Pheriche, we continue to Pangboche. We trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it’s spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. Upon reaching Pangboche we may also consider visiting the famous Pangboche Monastery.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Lodge.

DAY 17
Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,285ft): 13km,7-8hrs.

From Pangboche, we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. 

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Lodge.

DAY 18
Namche(3,440m/11,285ft)to Lukla(2,845m/9,333ft); 19km, 8-9hrs trek.

The next morning we head for Lukla. In the end we spend more time descending this day. During this day we see many new groups on the trail heading out to Namche. At a teahouse at Lukla we will toast over a beer the incredible trip we just finished and spend some time reflecting over our experiences. Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included. Overnight in Lodge.

DAY 19
Lukla (2,845m/9,333ft) to Kathmandu (1300m/4,256ft) flight(30-40 minutes flight)

We pack up early and head for the airstrip to catch a flight back to Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last-minute shopping and packing, or send a few postcards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel.

Breakfast Included. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 20
Free Day or Shopping Day in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last-minute shopping and packing, or even go down for a stroll to Thamel or walk around the local market.

Breakfast/Farewell Dinner Included, Overninght in Hotel

DAY 21
Final Departure

We will drop you at to airport three hours prior to your flight time.

Breakfast Included.

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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


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What is Included

  • All airport transfers
  • 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights with breakfast
  • Guided City tour in Kathmandu covering 4 UNESCO heritage sites
  • Flights Kathmandu–Lukla–Kathmandu (Weight limit:10 kg main baggage and 5 kg hand per passenger/flight) 
  • All airport taxes
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging
  • Full meals  during the trek
  • Welcome & Fairwell Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Supplementary snacks: energy  bar and cookies
  • Seasonal fresh fruits desert every day
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water 
  • Accommodation:  Lodge (Twin room)  
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit 
  • Oxi-meter: To check, heart rating and oxygen saturation to Everest Base Camp and return
  • All government and local taxes
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles, and duffel bag
  • Souvenir; Trekking Route map printed T-Shirts
  • Climbing kit Harness, Helmet, Ice axe, Jumar and Crampon.

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What is Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Your Travel/Medical insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu as per mention in itinerary
  • Hot shower while on the trek.
  • Single supplements in hotels except for solo trekking service.
  • Bar bills and laundry.
  • Battery Charges( Available during trek with extra cost).
  • Optional trips not specified in the itinerary.
  • Tipping to guide and porter.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage).
  • City entrance fees 
  • Hot and bottled drinks
  • Wi-Fi          
  • Any extra cost incurred incase of delay or cancellation of flight, any political turmoil, natural disaster
  • Entrance fee for visiting monastery etc. during trek
  • Climbing boot, Slings, Lock carabineer, Belay device etc. But you can rent in Kathmandu.
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