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Lobuche Peak

Lobuche East is one of the trekking peaks opened for climbing in Nepal. It is situated at the above the Lobuche, which is just a day camp before trekking to the classical trail to Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp.  Lobuche has two summits, east and west, heights of 6119m and 6145m respectively but we will summit to the East on our expeditions.

 

Among the trekking peaks in Nepal, Lobuche East is one of the most technical peaks climbing, even if it is only at the altitude of 6119m from sea level. Lobuche east climbing required a excellent uses of using expeditions styles of rope (Main and fix rope), climbing involves some step and slippery rocks slabs and snow slopes to reach south west ridge, which is just below the glacier, which is along with the high camp, then the final expeditions climb would be a sharp and exposed ridge which leads to the real summit. Depending on the seasons, the summit to the Lobuche east required climbing with angle of 70 to 75 degrees with some belayed snow or ice climbing, which is why it is most demanding.

 

You must be comfortable for the basic rock climbing and should have a basic knowledge of alpine climbing techniques of using rope climbing, ice axe and crampons and abseiling.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu – 1,300m/4,264 ft

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Epic Adventures. After completing your customs formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Epic Adventures display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your hotel. Included meals:  

 

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu.  Some of landmarks we visit include the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members.  You can also do your last minute shopping of personal items as you will be flying to the Himalayas tomorrow. Included meals:B  

 

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding 35 minute Trans Himalayan flight Altitude: At Lukla 2,800m/9,184ft & Phakding 2640m/8659ft Distance of walking: 3 to 4 hours walk Your Guide will meet you at your hotel and will take you to the domestic airport to fly to Lukla. On arrival at Lukla, breakfast is served at the lodge and we prepare luggage for the Porters then walking starts through the stone paved trails towards Bhaisekharka. It is few ups and downs to get to Phakding passing plenty of prayer rocks. Once you get to the lodge at Phakding, fresh up and short walk to the village or hike up to the Gompa to get acclimatized. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 04:Trek to Namche Altitude: 3440m/11283ft Distance of walking: 5 to 6 hours walk After 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 Bazzar. On the way you will have a great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and more with beautiful Valleys. Included meals:BLD

 

Day 05: Rest & Acclimatization Day Altitude: 3440m/11283ft Acclimatization and explore the surroundings

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

 

Day 06: Trek to Dole Altitude: 4080m/13,385ft Distance of walking: 5-6 hours walk

Today, after breakfast at Namche, we start hiking on the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks at Shanasa. Our trek ascends the left side to Mongla hill and continues down to Phortse Thanga. After lunch a few more hours walk, and will reach at Dole for overnight. A small place with few teahouses and enjoy your night at Dole. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 07: Trek to Machharmo Altitude: 4400m/ 14,435ft Distance of walking: 4-5 hours walk

After breakfast we climb to the scenic ridge above the Dole and the trail continues to climb along the side of the valley high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machharmo.  In the afternoon after we have reached the village and refreshed, you can visit Himalayan rescue association.  Overnight at the hotel. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Altitude: 4800m/15,744ft Distance of walking: 3-4 hours walk Today, we climb up to the ridge and will see excellent views both down the valley to Khangtega and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m/26741ft).  Our route descends to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier.  Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4690m/15383ft. Enjoy the lake view and after an hours walk we will reach Gokyo village on the edge of third lake. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 09: Rest Day at Gokyo, Option hike to Gokyo Ri, Fifth Lake Altitude: 4800m/15,744ft at Gokyo and 5383m/17660 at Gokyo Ri Acclimatization day and explore around

It is your full day of explore at Gokyo Lake Valley. In the morning, you will hike to the Gokyo Ri (5,330m/17,483ft) for the wonderful Himalayan panorama of entire Khumbu region Himalayas, with most amazing views of the Mt. Everest with sunrise, the great view of the Cho Yu and other entire great Himalayas Shangri-la. It is a great opportunity to explore the Himalayas.  In the afternoon, we will hike to the fifth lake areas passing though the fourth lake and enjoy its wonderful lakes surroundings, glacier surroundings and definitely a great panorama of Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu and great Ngazumpa glacier. Upon returning to Gokyo, relax in the hotels surroundings. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 10: Trek to Thaknak Altitude: 4700m/15,649ft Distance of walking: 3 hours walk

This is an easy day but we suggest you to start early because you will have to walk through the Glacier which is the longest glacier of Nepal called Ngozumpa glacier.  By the time of crossing this glacier you will hear many sounds of the rock falling in to the small glacier lake.  There are many rocks on the way which has ice underneath.  During the sunny days, ice melts pretty fast so we should cross this glacier before the sun gets strong.  Once you get in to the Thaknak, its better to climb up to the small hill to help acclimatise. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 11: Trek to Dzungla via Chola Pass Altitude: At Dzungla 4,750m/15583ft & Chola Pass 5363m/17596ft Distance of walking: 7-8 hours walk

Today is one of the hardest but interesting day of the trip.  Start your day just after the breakfast which is steep climbing for a while and the trail drops down to the bottom of the Chola.  After that the trail leads you through the rocks toward the top which is a steep climb.  There are some Buddhist prayer flags on the top of the pass which has great views of the mountains.  There is an icy part for a while and again the trail drops down through the huge rocks and an easy walk at the end to get to the Zungla. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 12: Trek to Gorekshep Altitude: 5,160m/16,929ft Distance of walking:5-6 hours walk After a hot breakfast at the lodge, an easy downhill for a while then a few ups and downs to the Lobuche. The trail then leads toward Gorekshep through the rocky trail.  On the way you will have great views of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse,Mt. Pumori and more.  You will also be able to see Khumbu Glacier.  After few more ups and downs, you will reach at Gorekshep which is located at the bottom of Kalapatthar. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 13: Day Trip to Everest Base Camp & Explore its wonderful surrounding Glacier. O/N at Gorekshep. Altitude: 5364m/17,593ft Distance of walking: 2-3 hours walk

This is a day which will fulfill your dreams to visit the Base Camp of the highest peak in the earth. Hiking from Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp is mostly straightforward; the trail winds in and out of rocky dunes and moraine, little ups and downs along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier before eventually stepping out onto the glacier itself.  Explore this wonderful part of this amazing Himalayan glacier surroundings, visit the Khumbu ice fall etc and enjoy your most auspicious time with making best photos and videos.  Late afternoon, return back to Gorekshep and overnight. Included meals:BLD

 

Day 14: Gorekshep- Kalapathar- Lobuche Altitude: At Kalapathar 5545m/ 18187ft & Lobuche at 4910m/16104ft Distance of walking: 5 to 6 hours walk

This day is an early wake up as we will head to the Kalapathar, to see the most amazing sunrise panorama over to the Mt. Everest (8848m) and its entire surroundings Khumbu Himalayas.  This is the tough hill up and takes about 2 and half hours to reach the top.  The great view of Mt. Everest just in front of you.  It has a great panorama from the left to right, and the most amazing views.  Enjoy this moment, as it is the best opportunity to photography and video the Himalayan Shangri-la.  It could be freezing cold so make sure that you are warm enough.  Once you have your photos we will return back to Gorekshep, breakfast and pack up your bag and get ready to walk back to Lobuche.  From Gorekshep, the walk back to Lobuche is just an hour and half so you will reach to Lobuche at lunch time.  Here, you will meet your Lobuche expedition leader; he will check your climbing equipment and the final preparation for climbing to the trip. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 15: Lobuche- Lobuche East Base Camp. Altitude: (4865m/15,957 ft) Distance of walking: 3 to 4 hours walk

With breakfast at Lobuche, we will start our hiking towards to Lobuche Case Camp.  The hiking is relatively easy for a while then the trail gets more steeper and rocky.  Furthermore, we will move onto the Lobuche glacier, the views along the route is spectacular as you have a great views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega, etc.  Upon reaching to the Lobuche Base Camp, our guide will set up the tented camp, then lunch.  As we will still have few hours of afternoon, we will rest for a while then our guide will teach you some climbing techniques and discussion about the expedition preparation. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 16: Lobuche Base Camp- Lobuche High Camp Altitude: (5,600m/18,368 ft) Distance of walking: 4 – 5 hours walk

Today, hiking to Lobuche High Camp is through the rocky moraine entirely which would mostly take 4 hours at minimum.  Our guide will set up the tented camp at high camp. Now you may just relax at high camp and continue the discussion over the preparation to the summit, final checks of the climbing equipments etc. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 17: Summit Day: Lobuche East (6119m/20,070 ft) Summit & back to Base Camp Altitude: (6119m/20,070 ft) Distance of walking: 7 to 9 hours

Today, we will have an early start!!! Our Team will prepare some light breakfast early in the morning, prepare enough drinking water, then set on to the summit excursion.  We will use south East Ridge to summit, which is involves walking through the moderate steep snow and ice and we often be required to fix ropes to climb gradually.  The final ascent is steady to a plateau at around of 6000m, and then traverse to the exposed ridge which will follow the final summit slopes.  Approx of 5 to 6 hours of steady climbing would bring us to the summit of Lobuche East (6119m/20,070 ft).  You will be rewarded here for all your hard work.  The views from the summit are just amazing as it offers the great panorama of the entire Khumbu region Himalayas including with the greatest Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori, Cho Oyu, and many more.  We will take some time here for the celebration of your success, taking photos and videos.  After the celebrations at the summit are over, we will climb back to high camp then to Base camp for overnight stay. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 18: Lobuche Base Camp to Pangboche Altitude: (3930m/12900 ft) Distance of walking: 5 to 6 hours With easy morning and breakfast, we will trek back to Lobuche village, then retrace down following the standard trail to Pheriche.   After a lunch break we then continue downhill, walking to Pangboche for overnight.  With the time remaining, you may explore the Pangboche village as it has the biggest settlement of the Sherpa’s. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 19: Pangboche- Namche Altitude: (3440m/11283ft) Distance of walking: 5 to 6 hours With morning breakfast at Pangboche, we walk down to the valley, across the river valley and with a short walk in the sub tropical forest; we will have a short ascend (30 minute) to Tyangboche Hill.  From Tyangboche, we head down to river valley, lunch at tea house then across the river.  Then an hour climbing over hill to Kyanjuma. From here, is the final walk to Namche. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 20: Namche Bazaar – Phakding- Lukla Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft Distance of walking: 12-16 kms- 6 to 7 hours

After breakfast, we hike and descend to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continue walking through several local villages of Jorshale, Manjo & Phkding etc.  Most of walking is in the Dudh Kosi valley.  It is the last day walking, its long but mostly descent and walking through the villages, farming lands, river valley with crossing suspension bridges.  Upon reaching to Lukla its time to relax, on your last night overnight at mountain. Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 21: Lukla – Kathmandu Altitude: 1350m/4428ft 35minute Trans Himalayan flight Our flights are in the morning for Kathmandu. After breakfast at Lukla hotel, you will check in to the airport and fly to Kathmandu. (Depending on the weather conditions and visibility, the flight may get delayed.) Transfer to your hotel. You will have free time to relax, refreshed up and rest. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, in the evening, there will be dinner and Cultural show hosted by Epic Adventures . Included meals:BLD  

 

Day 22: Farewell Friend We are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organise the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Epic Adventures will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Included meals:B  

 

Important Note : Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.  

 

Include/Exclude

Trip Includes

• All accommodation in 3 star ( By Nepalese standard) hotels in cities- twin sharing rooms

• All Ground transportation

• Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide

• Full board meal 3 times a day during the trekking and 3 cups of tea / Coffee

• Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals

• One cultural show and dinner

• National park entry fees and TIMS permit card

• All Domestic Flight according to the itinerary in fixed wing aircraft

 

Trip Excludes

• International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee $40 for 30 days

• Major meals in Cities

• Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu tour

• All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.

• Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek

• Tips to guide and porter

• Cost raised by flight cancelation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control

• Personal Travel Insurance

Trip Fact
Activity : Peak Climbing
Trip Length : 22 Days
Highest Altitude : 6,119m