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Lobuche (East) Peak Climbing [6,119m]-19 Day/s

Lobuche (East) Peak Climbing [6,119m]-19 Day/s

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Grade: Demanding + Challenging
  • Activity: Climbing and Expedition
  • Styles: Extreme Adventures

Accomodation

  • Kathmandu: Ramada Encore
  • Mountain: Guest house

Meals

  • 17 Dinner, 18 Breakfast, 15 Lunch

Duration

19

Days

Trip Introduction

Everest Base Camp with Lobuche Peak is a more fantastic experience that combines the wonders of the Everest Base Camp with the dramatic climb of Lobuche Peak. Beyond the climb, you also get to witness the Sherpa culture, lifestyle, and beauty of the Himalayan region. The mystical region encompassing the most captivating of the natural landmark in the world- the Mt. Everest (8848m); its base camp is also en route to the Island Peak Climbing journey while also making sure the panoramic views atop the Kalapatthar viewpoint are also checked off the list of travel mongers.

Lobuche lies close to the Khumbu Glacier and has two main peaks, Lobuche Far East and Lobuche East. At 6,145 meters, Lobuche East is 26 meters higher. Although the Lobuche East climb is a bit more challenging than Island Peak climb, it is equally rewarding. From the peak you get amazing views of Everest alongside Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori.

Lobuche Peak having the elevation of 6119 m is located in Khumbu region of Nepal whereas the Lobuche is the small settlement area that is situated near Everest. The main feature and the attraction of climbing this peak is to experience the amazing view of the highest peak of the world Mt. Everest. This peak is all surrounded by the breathtaking scenic natural beauties and many other flora fauna.

Sagarmatha National park which has been enlisted UNESCO world heritage site is one of the major visiting sites for the trekkers. The varieties of the striking Himalayan wild life such as mountains goats, Red panda, Musk Deer, Pheasant and Snow Leopard are found in the Sagarmata National Park. Similarly greenery and dense forest with lightening and colorful rhododendron make the forest more attractive and scenic. Likewise the ancient monasteries of the Buddhist are scattered here in this region. We can get chance to learn about the Buddhist people and their tradition, culture, lifestyle and their warm hospitality.

The trekking starts off the flight to Lukla and walking route to Namche Bazaar which is the capital of Khumbu’s Sherpa and is also the gateway to Everest. Amazing view of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse as well as other breathtaking views of the natural beauties and the icefall and its glaciers are the major attraction of this peak. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best seasons for this trek.

Corporate Adventure treks have been arranging trekking and climbing expeditions in the Khumbu with expert trek guides who speak the local language and offer great guidance for the climb. Our climbing leaders are well trained to handle any difficult situation and will ensure a successful climb to the summit.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the thrilling landing and take-off at Lukla airport
  • Explore the Sherpa villages and Tibetan-Buddhist monasteries like Tengboche
  • Enjoy the trek along the Sagarmatha National Park with the presence of stunning bio-diversity
  • Trek to the foot of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest (8848m)
  • Relish the grand Himalayan panorama of the Himalayas in Everest and other ranges
  • Enthralling climb up the Lobuche Peak and rejoice in the scenery of mountain vistas

Day To Day Itinerary

  • Arrival On: Tribhuvan International airport; Kathmandu
  • Departure from: Tribhuvan International airport; Kathmandu

Day 1

You may arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport at any time. Upon your arrival, you’ll be greeted by one of our staffs and immediately transferred to your hotel. Evening strolls around the local streets are a great way to observe the lifestyle of the residents of the valley. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2

Kathmandu is a historic city in itself. Today you’ll explore around various historical places in Kathmandu. We’ll arrange a guide for sightseeing who will take you to UNESCO World Heritage sites which includes Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Exploring these places, you can get brief ideas about the art and cultural practices of medieval Nepal. Overnight stay at a hotel in kathmandu

Day 3

Today, you take an early morning flight to Lukla. Flying over the gleaming mountains, you arrive at Lukla and experience the thrilling landing at the airport, considered one of the most dangerous in the world. You meet the porters and rest of the crew at the airport then start the trek to Phakding. The trail takes you through the Dudh Koshi valley crossing a few local style suspension bridges before reaching Phakding. Overnight stay at Phakding.

 

Day 4

You follow Dudh Koshi River and ascend through the pine and cedar forests to reach Namche Bazaar. You also officially enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsalle. Namche is known as the gateway to Everest and is an important trading hub of the Khumbu region. You can spend some time checking out the handicrafts, local shops, and stupas in Namche. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 5

As you have gained high altitude in a short period of time, you take this day for resting and acclimatization. Today, you hike to Syangboche airport and continue climbing to Everest View Hotel which offers a grand view of the Mt. Everest (8848m). Descending back to Namche, you can also explore the Khunde and Khumjung villages. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 6

The trek continues along the glacial waters of Dudh Koshi with scenic views of the snowcapped mountains. You follow the Imja River and pass Phunki Tenga on the way to Tengboche. Upon arrival, you take some time to explore the Tengboche monastery which is the largest in the Khumbu region and hosts scenic views of the Everest range. Overnight stay at Tengboche.

Day 7

From Tengboche, the tail drops down below to Debuche and crosses Imja Khola on a suspension bridge. You then climb to Pangboche and continue to follow the trail until you reach Dingboche. From Dingboche, you can see the views of Mt. Lobuche (6,119 m), Pumori (7,165 m), and Nuptse (7,861 m).Overnight stay at Dingboche.

Day 8

Today is another day for resting and acclimatization. You can use this day for exploring Dingboche and the surrounding valleys of Imja and Chhukung.  The short hikes around Dingboche will not only help you acclimatize quickly but also reward you with magnificent views of the mountain peaks. The Sherpa culture and practices prevalent in the villages allow you to revel in their unique traits. Overnight stay at Dingboche.

Day 9

You climb steeply out of Dingboche and gradually ascend to Dughla at the end of the terminal moraine of Khumbu glacier.From here, you make a short, steep climb to Thokla Pass (4830m) where you see numerous memorials for climbers who have died on Everest. The trail then eases off as you follow the valley to Lobuche.

Day 10

Your day kicks off with a relatively easy from Lobuche to Gorakshep. The later trail to Everest Base Camp is much harder as it involves rocky dunes and glacial moraines. From the base camp, you can see the famous Khumbu glacier and icefall on the slopes of Everest (8848m). After reaching the camp, you can take out your cameras to capture the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. Following the exploration of the base camp, you head back to Gorakshep.Overnight stay at Gorakshep.

Day 11

The trek to Kalapatthar begins early in the morning and is equally rewarding as well.The climb is a long steep and rocky terrain with the cold challenging while ascending. However, after reaching Kalapatthar you get to witness the finest panoramic views of the Himalayas. After spending some time at the top, you make walk back all the way to Lobuche .Overnight stay at Lobuche.

Day 12

You will move one more step closer to the Lobuche summit by leaving for Lobuche High Camp from the Base Camp. While trekking on you will feel a change in the trails’ nature as they will have now become steeper and rougher. The trek duration is low around 3 to 4 hours but the slope is the thing that will make it long. Your team members will install a tent where you can take rest.

Later around the afternoon, your climbing guide will present some climbing skills and gear usage tips, tricks. This is all for making you competitive for the big day tomorrow, Lobuche

Day 13

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 again for an overnight stay.

Day 14

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 guaranteeing a successful climb.

Day 15

Today, you will descend down to Pangboche via Labuche/pheriche

Day 16

Today, First stop is Tengboche, a village you can stop by for lunch or just tea break with splendid views of Mt. Ama Dablam (6856m), and numerous other peaks in the background from Tengboche Monastery. You are now headed towards Kyangjuma which is a junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village, and Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar

Day 17

Most trekkers find downhill walk from Namche to Lukla as the hardest part of the whole trek. This is not just due to the terrain but the thoughts of exiting the company of the sublime Himalayas also add to the difficulty. You will pass through forests of pine and rhododendrons with the view of snow-capped mountains at distance, reach Phakding and continue to walk to Lukla. Overnight stay at Lukla.

Day 18

You will have a flight back to Kathmandu as scheduled. Prepare yourself for a slight change in plan in case of bad weather in Lukla as it might delay and or cancel the flight. The flight will offer final views of the Himalayas and upon landing once again at the capital, you head to the hotel for rest and recreation. You also can celebrate the success of the trek in your final day of the journey. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19

Today, your travel in Nepal comes to an end. After greeting goodbyes to the trek members, you will be accompanied by a company representative to the Tribhuvan International Airport. Goodbye and best wishes!

What's Included

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 4-star deluxe category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Lobuche peak climbing permit fee
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek and tented accommodation during the climbing
  • English speaking trekking guide and highly experienced (2-3 times Everest Submitter) climbing guide for Island peak including their foods, accommodations, salary, insurance etc.
  • Require porters (two clients: 1 porter) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit
  • Boiled water will be provided during the climb
  • All require permits including TIMS, Sagarmatha National park, Lobuche Peak climbing etc.
  • General climbing equipment such as rope, ice screw, snow bar etc.
  • All taxes and service charge

What's Not Included

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters

Accommodations

We will be accommodated 4 star Standard base hotels in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 270. Corporate Adventure treks rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals

During our Lobuche peak trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

Physical Condition & Experiences for Lobuche Climbing

Climbing Lobuche East does not demand any kinds of previous climbing experiences. But previous experiences of rock climbing and high altitude trekking is a bonus. This will simplify your climb.

Pre-ice climbing training is also essential. You must learn to use the climbing equipment such as ropes, ice pick, harness, and crampons.

Prepare your body for the walk over rugged hills, steep stones, and tough mountain walks. We advise you regular jogging or walking (10-12 km) per day for 2-3 months before your trip starts.

Plus, we organize pre-climbing sessions before the actual ascent to the summit. There you will get enough training on using ropes, ice axe, crampons, and learn the skill of snow climbings.

For a successful climb, your stamina, willpower, physical fitness, and adaptation characteristics play a vital role. You must walk for 5-6 hours while preparing for the trip. On the summit day of the Lobuche East Climb means a walk of 8-10 hours. Do not feel tired, keep energizing yourself. And the climb ahead is easy and exciting.

If you have pre-existing serious respiratory and chronical illness, it is better that you keep aside the idea of Lobuche peak climb. Anyone must consult their personal medical adviser before the climb.

Best Time for Lobuche Peak Climbing

Everything has its own time and time is the most important part of life. The same is here in Lobuche Peak Climbing, this peak expedition has its own best times. You cannot get ready for the climb anytime you like. There are two favorable times in a year for climbing the Lobuche East; March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn). These suggested seasons provide the perfect conditions to do a trek and climb. Both of the seasons are completely rain-free and possess stable weather and warm temperatures. During autumn and spring, there are lower chances of the climb postponing.

You get to enjoy the whole of the expedition thoroughly if it is done in either spring or autumn. Skies are mostly clear and on the bright days, you can watch every step cautiously. There is one another perk; you will enjoy the broad panorama of Everest Region Mountains. You can encapture several high peaks in one glance as there will be no clouds hindering the view. Lobuche Peak climb is mostly a hassle-free experience if it is done in the autumn and spring.

Weather conditions during Lobuche Peak Climb

In the Everest region, the weather during spring and autumn means the most stable weather. Spring is the time when the forests cover in an aroma of Rhododendron blossoms. Autumn is the seasons of festivals in Nepal and has perfect weather for the climb.

Rainy season indicates wild forest bushes, slippery trails, and more insects and bugs including leeches. Also, heavy rainfalls may block your scenic views. They can interrupt your climb by bringing more snow during the summit climb.

Winter is very cold. The cold nights and early mornings are very hard to cope with. You will need extra clothes and backpacks to keep you warm. Winter brings thick snow piles on the Lobuche peak. More the snow piles and snowfalls, the more risk is the climb.

Temperatures during Lobuche Peak Climb

Early mornings and late nights are never too warm in the Himalayas. You will need a warm gear for this time while traveling at any time of the year.

In autumn the average temperature at Lobuche remains around – 5-degree Celsius. While in spring it is around – 2-degree Celsius. In winter it is around -9-degree Celsius wheres in summer it is around 5-degree Celsius.

Temperatures at the lower altitudes are a bit warmer. The more you ascend towards higher altitudes, you’ll feel gradually descending temperature.

Climbing Gear

Ascender

Ascender also called Jumar is a tool primarily used for ascending on a rope. It is made of metals, and provide sturdy support for an upward ascent. It is comfortable to use with gloves or mittens for a firm grip.

Alpine Climbing Harness

Alpine climbing harness or simply harness is a lightweight, adjustable and comfortable wearable gear. It comes with a waist belt and leg loop to secure lock around your waist and thigh with a rope or anchor point.

Crampons

Crampons are pointy boot-exterior typically used for precise movements on steep surfaces, ice fields, snow slopes, and ice-covered rocks. Crampons are key climbing gear for peak climbing. It is highly recommended to use 12 point crampons with anti-balling plates and horizontal frames.

Carabiners

A carabiner (karabiner) is yet another must-have gear for peak climbing- minimum 2 locking carabiners are obligatory. Carabiner consists of a metal loop used in safety-critical systems. It is conveniently used in all rope-intensive activities.

Descenders

Descender (Figure 8) is an aluminium 8-shaped tool used during descent- effectively helping to dissipate the heat caused by the friction. Descender is used with harness and carabiners for smooth descent on a rope.

Ice Axe

Ice Axe is indispensable when it comes to peak climbing- used for ascending as well as descending. It is made of stainless steel or aluminium, primarily used to cut and penetrate the ice surface or deep snow (can be used as a walking stick considering the assistance of shaft and spike.) Another remarkable use of Ice Axe is “Self-arrest.”

Ice Hammer

Ice Hammer resembles Ice Axe at a glance and can be used as an alternative to adze of an ice axe. It is an optional tool in the gear list for mountaineering or climbing. Ice Hammer is predominantly used for hammering the hard ice.

Ice Screw

An Ice screw is a tubular screw (10 -23cm length) used during ice climbing or crevasse rescue. It is one of the important climbing arsenal used for anchor and running belays.

Helmet

The helmet is an imperative gear in the checklist of climbing gear- for the protection of head (obviously) and successful climbing. The importance of wearing a helmet while climbing cannot be overlooked, considering the consequences of not wearing it.

Mountaineering Boots

Sturdy and quality boots are must if you are thinking of any mountaineering and climbing adventure. Mountaineering Boots play a vital role in peak climbing; the importance of boots is self-evident considering injuries, frostbite and smooth movements and shifts on the snowfield and ice field.

Rope

No Rope, No Hope- without a rope, no ascending and no descending. There are two types of rope: Static and Dynamic rope. Static ropes are used for abseiling and dynamic for belaying. The major difference between static and dynamic rope is dynamic ropes are elastic while static ropes are stiff.

Tape Sling

A Tape Sling is a sewn loop of webbing used as anchors to climb a rope. It is made of nylon or Dyneema. It can be used in conjunction with other equipment for reduction of rope drag.

Clothing

Head

Sun Hat: a lightweight hat (with visor) for shading the head

Head Lamp: outdoor headlamp (water-resistant preferred) for hand-free lighting

Glacier Sunglasses:  high-quality sunglasses for protection against reflected UVA and UVB radiation

Bandana or Head Scarf:  Bandana or head scarf keeps hair and face protected from dust and direct sunlight, rain, chilly wind

Ski Goggle: High-quality goggle for protection of eyes from sun and wind at higher altitude.

Hand Gear

Liner Gloves: Lightweight synthetic gloves for hand protection

Wind stopper Fleece Gloves: Mid-weight insulated gloves for hand protection against wind.

Expedition Mittens: expedition-rated mittens for the warmness of hand

Upper Body

Fleece Jacket with Wind stopper: warm fleece jacket for protection against the wind at higher altitude

Waterproof shell jacket: high-quality outdoor jacket (waterproof)

Down Jacket: high-quality and medium-weight down fill jacket

Short -sleeve shirt: half-sleeve innerwear with vapor-wicking capabilities

Lower Body

Light-weight pants (two pairs recommended)

Waterproof shell pants (two pairs recommended)

Fleece or woolen trousers  (two pairs recommended)

Hiking shorts and trousers (one pair recommended)

Feet

Lightweight inner socks (3 pairs recommended)

Wool socks (3 pairs recommended)

Cotton socks (1 pair recommended)

Gaiters

Personal stuff

Sleeping bag: 0-degrees Fahrenheit rated

Inflatable sleeping pad: full-length inflatable sleeping pad recommended

Water bottle: one-liter capacity bottle

Small Travel Bag: simple and lightweight bag

Expedition Duffel Bag

Small padlocks

Pee Bottle

Pee funnel for women

Trekking Poles

Swiss army knife

Toiletry bag

Medical

Personal First Aid Kit

Water purification tablets

Anti-mosquito cream

Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide

Earplugs

Anti-diarrhea pills

Blister repair kit

Antibiotics for chest infection

Sun protection cream

Toiletries

Towel

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Soap

Deodorants

Anti-bacterial Hand wash

Hand Wipes

Body Moisturizer

Tissue Paper

Nail Clipper

Travel Luxuries

Books

Journal

Camera

Compass / GPS

Travel Games (Chess, playing cards)

Bath suit

Solar Charger

The Lobuche East is one of the most challenging and technical peaks climbs in the Khumbu region. The climb features a steep 45-degree climb as well as steep climbs and descents

Lobuche Peak Climbing is technically more challenging than the Island Peak Climbing. It gives a very authentic mountain climbing experience to the mountaineers. You will be walking through beautiful forest paths and visit many Sherpa settlements on this trip

However, because of the altitude, the trek is still very difficult and requires a high level of fitness. You must also ensure you walk slowly, hydrate well, eat as much as you can and give yourself the best chance of arriving for summit night in good physical.

Our itinerary takes 19 days in total. It is possible to attempt this climb in fewer days than our itinerary suggests, and if you are very fit, have experience of trekking at altitude, and want to do a private trip, we are happy to arrange this. Generally though, shorter trips save days in two ways.

The Lobuche Peak trek takes in everything. You begin by trekking through lush valleys, before heading higher up into farmland and rhododendron forests. From there, you’ll come across beautiful lakes and rivers, before finding yourself at the base of Lobuche. The summit is unforgettable as you get a magnificent view that includes Everest and Lhotse!

Lobuche is classified as a trekking peak in Nepal, since you will be using crampons and be on a rope, most insurance policies categorize this as mountaineering. Add in the fact that it is over 6500m, and you need to be very careful about checking your insurance policy.

Also bear in mind that unlike the treks up the main Khumbu Valley, the Lobuche region is relatively remote, and if you have a problem you will need a helicopter evacuation. Check insurance company in your country or let me know we will suggest insurance company.

Trip Reviews

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Rupen Oswald

Russia
Spetember 14, 2019

My Everest Base Camp Trek- Mrs. Galina Vasileva

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United Kingdom
August 8, 2019

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Spain
August 3, 2019

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