Lobuche East Climbing with EBC, Renjo, and Cho La Pass Trek - 19 days

Lobuche East Climbing with EBC, Renjo, and Cho La Pass Trek - 19 days


Lobuche East Climbing with EBC, Renjo, and Cho La Pass Trek is for those wishing to embark on an ultimate Himalayan adventure in the Everest region. On this combined trip package, you'll get the best opportunity to climb the Lobuche peak and cross two high mountain passes: Renjo La (5,360m) and Cho La (5,420m). You'll also get to ascend dramatic Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and visit serene Gokyo Lakes and the Everest Base Camp (EBC), the world's highest peak base camp, Mt. Everest.

Lobuche is one of the famous trekking peaks in the Everest region and has two summits, east (6,119m) and west (6,145m). Lobuche East Climbing with EBC, Renjo, and Cho La Pass Trek route is highly recommended. The reason for the recommendation is that trekking through Gokyo valley, two high passes, and EBC will help you acclimate before the Lobuche expedition.

If you wish, you can experience all these treks separately, which will take approximately 40  to 50 days. However, if time and cost are a barrier, this brief itinerary is a perfect choice. This 19-day itinerary follows the same trail, covering all major highlights of these 3 separate treks of EBC, two high mountain passes, and climbing Lobuche peak. Thus, this combination of trek and peak climbing will save your time and money by completing this trek in just 19 days with proper acclimatization.

Starting with the mountain flight to Lukla, you embark on your Lobuche east climbing with EBC, Renjo, and Cho La Pass trekking journey. You'll pass through several famous and less visited Sherpa villages. Diverting from the main EBC trail, you'll follow the alternative route to Thame village. Crossing the Renjo La pass, you'll get to Gokyo valley, where you'll ascend to Gokyo Ri (5,360m) or take an excursion of the 4th (Thonak Tsho) and 5th (Ngozumpa Tsho) lakes.

Further traversing the Cho La Pass, you'll reach Lobuche village and continue your trail to Gorak Shep. Hiking to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and Kala Patthar (5,550m) is another major highlight of this trip. After being well-acclimatized, it's time for the real adventures of peak climbing. You'll head towards Lobuche High Camp, where you'll get peak climbing training from your trekking guide.

From the summit of Lobuche east peak, you'll enjoy one of the excellent panoramic mountain views of the Everest region. You'll enjoy the magnificent sight of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori, and many more. After enjoying the best moment of your life at the top of the summit, you'll trek down to Pheriche. Following the same trail to Namche, Lukla, you'll finally fly back to Kathmandu. With the departure to the airport for your final flight, your Lobuche East Climbing with EBC, Renjo La, and Cho La pass trek end. 

Trip Highlights

  • Experience both trekking and peak climbing in one single itinerary 
  • An exhilarating mountain flight to Lukla
  • Visit Namche Bazaar, a famous Sherpa town 
  • Hike to Hotel Everest View (3,880m), the highest-placed hotel in the world
  • Visit several ancient famous monasteries such as Tengboche, Thame Gompa, Pangboche, etc
  • Trek through a less-visited trail of the Everest region
  • Thame village, one of the oldest Sherpa villages of the Khumbu region
  • Hike to Gokyo Valley and ascend Gokyo Ri for the best sunrise panorama over Mt. Everest
  • Explore the stunning Fourth (Thonak Tsho) and Fifth (Ngozumpa Tsho) Gokyo Lakes 
  • Crossing the two high mountain passes of the Khumbu region: Renjo La and Cho La 
  • Pass through massive Cho La Glacier
  • Hike to Kala Patthar, one of the splendid places to get an unobstructed close-up view of Mt. Everest
  • Ascend the summit of Lobuche East Peak, standing at 6,119 m
  • From Lobuche East summit, enjoy close-up views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Cholatse, Pumori, and many more
  • Traverse through the world's highest glaciers, Khumbu Glacier
  • Trek to the foot of the world's tallest peak, Everest Base Camp (5,364m)
  • A captivating sight of Khumbu Icefall from the EBC
  • Walk along the lateral moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier, the world's longest glacier
  • Be part of the colorful Sherpa culture, traditions, and lifestyle

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) and Trek Preparation
Day 2 Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft) - 35 minutes flight, 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 3 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 4 Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
Day 5 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,820m/12,530ft) – 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 6 Trek from Thame to Lumde (4,368m/14,328ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 7 Trek from Lumde to Gokyo (4,790m/15,712ft) via Renjo La Pass (5,360m/17,581ft) - 8 to 9 hours trek
Day 8 Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,581ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek or Excursion of Five Lakes
Day 9 Trek from Gokyo to Thagnag (4,700m/15,416ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 10 Trek from Thagnag to Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) via Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,778ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 11 Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,860ft) and hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 12 Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,204ft) and Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 13 Trek from Lobuche to High Camp (5,400m/17,712ft) and Participate in a pre-climb training, 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 14 Summit Lobuche East (6,119m/20,071ft) and descend to Pheriche (4,240m/13,908ft) via Thukla Pass, 11 to 12 hours trek/climbing
Day 15 Contingency Day for Summit
Day 16 Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 17 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 18 Fly to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - 35 minutes flight
Day 19 Final Departure

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) and Trek Preparation

Tribhuvan Internal Airport Tribhuvan Internal Airport

Once you land at Kathmandu airport, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will receive you and facilitate a quick transfer to your hotel. You'll do check-in into the respective hotel. After getting refreshed, you'll visit our main office for a brief team meeting to learn about the Lobuche East Climbing with EBC, Renjo, and Cho La Pass Trek- 19 days itinerary.

You'll also meet your trekking/mountaineering guide and other team members. Your guide will provide detailed information regarding the upcoming trek. After the meeting, you can stroll around nearby places such as Thamel to buy any necessary trekking stuff if you need it before you fly to Lukla the very next day. Later you'll return to the hotel and prepare for the trek. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 2
Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft) - 35 minutes flight, 3 to 4 hours trek

Grabbing a hot breakfast, you'll drive to Kathmandu International Airport. From the domestic terminal, you'll catch the mountain flight to Lukla. You'll meet your remaining crew members and set off the Lobuche East Climbing with EBC, Renjo La, and Cho La Pass Trek. The actual trekking journey will begin from this Sherpa town. From Lukla, you'll traverse through a few Sherpa settlements and reach Phakding. There is no need to rush, and slowly you'll hikel and arrive in Phakding.

Overnight in Phakding. 

Day 3
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar - major stop-off point for trekkers and climbers

Leaving behind Phakding, today you'll hike to Namche Bazaar, a famous stopover for the acclimatization purpose. You'll walk through the forest trail by crossing numerous suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. After a few hours of walking, you'll reach the main entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo village. Here you need to register your permit number, and a respective person will check your trekking permits and other identification details.

After these short formalities, you'll continue your trek to Namche. Finally, you will climb uphill to Namche Bazaar after crossing the long high Hilary suspension bridge. Namche Bazaar is the central tourist hub of the Everest region. It has plenty of lodges, restaurants, bars, internet cafes, bakeries, banks, ATMs, government offices, etc. you can even visit the colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. 

Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar. 

Day 4
Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

Today is your first acclimatization day of your Lobuche East Climbing with EBC, Renjo, and Cho La Pass trek. You'll get a full day to explore Namche Bazaar or hike to Hotel Everest View and Syangboche airport. Wandering around Namche is really fun as you'll witness a big market with many shops, cafes, restaurants, and some museums to explore. Likewise, hiking to Hotel Everest View, listed on the Guinness Book of World Records (2004) as the Highest Placed Hotel in the world, also offers an exquisite view of Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks.

Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar. 

Day 5
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,820m/12,530ft) – 4 to 5 hours trek

From Namche, the route diverts from the standard EBC trail and takes an alternative route to Gokyo Lakes and Three Passes trek. Taking this alternative route, you'll explore some additional less visited villages such as Thame. Thame is one of the oldest villages of the Sherpa people. Once you reach the town, you can explore the Thame Gompa, an ancient Buddhist monastery.

Overnight stay in Thame. 

Day 6
Trek from Thame to Lumde (4,368m/14,328ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Today you'll head towards Lumde, at the base of the Renjo La Pass. The trekking path will be a mixture of uphill, flat sections, and some downhills. At some points, you can see snow-covering peaks, creating a magical scenery, which is a breathtaking experience. As you continue your hike, you'll come across some smaller settlements and farming areas that enhance the beauty of the surrounding landscape. After walking for a few hours, you'll reach Lumde.

Overnight stay in Lumde. 

Day 7
Trek from Lumde to Gokyo (4,790m/15,712ft) via Renjo La Pass (5,360m/17,581ft) - 8 to 9 hours trek

Renjo La Pass Renjo La Pass

Gear up to cross Renjo La, one of the high passes of the Everest region. This pass comes first when you trek the 3 Everest High Passes clockwise. Comparatively to other days, today's walk will be a little demanding due to the altitude. So, walking slowly, you'll head towards the pass. As you start to gain elevation, the highlight of the trek comes into the best scenery, i.e., Mt. Everest starts to appear behind the lake and the Ngozumpa Glacier. The top of the pass is marked with colorful prayer flags. After spending some time up here, enjoying the sight of Everest and Gokyo Lakes below, surrounded by various mountains, you'll trek down to Gokyo.

Overnight stay in Gokyo. 

Day 8
Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,581ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek or Excursion of Five Lakes

Early morning, you'll climb up to Gokyo Ri, one of the top vantage points in Khumbu, for a spectacular sunrise view. You'll mostly walk along sandy and rocky terrain. En route, you'll enjoy the vistas of surrounding snow-capped mountains up above and the Ngozumpa Glacier down. Once you get closer to the summit, you will notice the colorful prayer flags fluttering.

From the top of Gokyo Ri, you'll have some of the astonishing scenes of the entire Everest region. Some of the major peaks you will witness include Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Makalu, and many others. Besides, you'll also enjoy the mesmerizing scene of two Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo village, and an expansive sight of Ngozumpa Glacier. After having enough time up top, you'll trek down the same route back to Gokyo.

Similarly, trekking to the 4th (Thonak Tsho) and 5th (Ngozumpa Tsho) Gokyo Lakes is another popular option for those spending extra days in Gokyo. From the 4th and 5th lakes, you'll get fantastic views of Ngozumpa Glacier, surrounded by the various mountain peaks in all directions.

Overnight stay in Gokyo. 

Day 9
Trek from Gokyo to Thagnag (4,700m/15,416ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek

After climbing Gokyo Ri yesterday, you'll leave Gokyo valley and head towards Thagnag. It's only a couple hours of walking along the lateral moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier. Once you reach Thagnag, you can explore the surrounding area.

Overnight stay in Thagnag. 

Day 10
Trek from Thagnag to Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) via Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,778ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek


Today is another long, challenging day where you'll cross the Cho La Pass. It is the middle-high pass of the Everest Three Passes Trek and connects EBC to Gokyo. The difficulty level is moderate, but the steep trail and crossing the Cho La Glacier make it a little challenging.

Once you reach the top of the Cho La pass, you'll witness the colorful prayer flags. You'll also relish the impressive scene of mighty peaks and Cho La Glacier. After crossing this high mountain pass, you will first trek down to Dzongla. You'll stop for a while to admire the outstanding views of the Cholatse peak (6,335m). Then you'll continue walking to Lobuche, a small settlement near Mt. Everest.

Overnight stay in Lobuche. 

Day 11
Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,860ft) and hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek

Begin your day with a filling breakfast at Lobuche and head towards Gorak Shep. You'll reach Gorak Shep by enjoying the panoramic sight of snowy peaks and Khumbu Glacier. After resting for a while, you'll hike to Everest Base Camp, the dreams of many trekkers. You'll gently ascend via the moraine of Khumbu Glacier and reach EBC, one of the awaited destinations of your trip.

Relish the picturesque views of Mt. Khumbuste, Pumori, and Nuptse with Mt. Everest in the background from the base camp. In addition, you'll also get the captivating sight of the majestic Khumbu Icefall. Spending some memorable time at the base camp, you'll return to Gorak Shep.

Overnight stay in Gorak Shep. 

Day 12
Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,204ft) and Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Kala Patthar Kala Patthar - The best vantage points for the close-up view of Mt. Everest

You'll wake early in the morning and hike to Kala Patthar. You'll head out of the small village and start your hike from the sandy path below Kala Patthar. Follow the winding route up the mountain. You'll catch the incredible sight of the Pumori peak hovering out in the background. On the way to the summit, you'll see the Gorak Shep village, Khumbu Glacier, and Mt. Ama Dablam in the distance. As you begin to gain altitude, the more Everest will come into view.

As you reach the top, you will behold the full Everest Mountain Range which is totally stunning. Some of the mountains you can see here are Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Pumori, and many more. Here your number of days of trekking will pay off. Take pictures, enjoy the majestic mountain vistas and return to Gorak Shep. You'll trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier with Nuptse face out in front of you. You'll reach Lobuche by crossing steeper sections and walking through sandy and rocky paths.

Overnight stay in Lobuche. 

Day 13
Trek from Lobuche to High Camp (5,400m/17,712ft) and Participate in a pre-climb training, 4 to 5 hours trek

Today you'll head towards Lobuche High Camp. Initially, the trek route involves a flat trail so that it will be relatively easy, but as you come close to the Lobuche Base Camp, the path gets steep and rocky. Enjoying the magnificent mountain views, you'll move forward along the Lobuche Glacier. You'll continue walking on a rocky moraine from the base camp and reach the High Camp. 

Savor the awe-struck mountain vistas of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega, and many more. Typically, you'll first climb on a rock surface for up to 5,700 m. After that, you have to climb on ice with the help of an ice axe and crampons. Also, your trekking guide will fix the rope, and the length of the rope will depend on the season and crevasses. 

Overnight in Lobuche East High Camp. 

Pre-Climbing Training: During the climbing training session, your guides will teach you some helpful peak climbing techniques. They will teach you proper ways to use climbing gears such as an ice axe, crampons, harness, ascender, etc. You'll also get some ideas to go up and down using ropes. We strongly recommend attaining this pre-climbing training session as it will boost your confidence and add some climbing skills to increase the chance of climbing the summit more easily.

Day 14
Summit Lobuche East (6,119m/20,071ft) and descend to Pheriche (4,240m/13,908ft) via Thukla Pass, 11 to 12 hours trek/climbing


Today you'll fulfill your dream of climbing Lobuche peak, one of the most climbed trekking peaks in Nepal. You'll start climbing the peak in the dark pitch to complete the trek by noon. Also, high wind in the morning can make it a little difficult to ascend the trail. With the help of an ice axe, crampons, and rope, you'll slowly climb the glacier. Throughout the climbing, your trekking guide will assist you. 

Lobuche east peak rewards you with more remarkable panoramic mountain views than any other trekking peak. From the summit, you'll witness the outstanding Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Choltase, Pumori, and many more. The whole Everest region looks magical from the summit of Lobuche peak. This magical glimpse of natural scenery will take away your pain and bless you with a great picture you'll cherish forever.

After spending some time at the summit celebrating and clicking beautiful photos, you'll trek back to high camp. Resting for a while, you'll walk back to Pheriche via Thukla pass. On the way to Pheriche, you'll enjoy exceptional pictures of Ama Dablam, the world's most beautiful mountain.

Overnight stay in Pheriche. 

Day 15
Contingency Day for Summit

This is an extra day in case you cannot summit the Lobuche Peak on day 14 (per our itinerary) due to bad weather conditions or other reasons. If the weather is unexpectedly unfavorable, we must postpone our schedule. Besides, in the group, somebody might get some health problems so may not be able to make the ascent. In that case, also, this contingency day fills the gap. However, if the trip goes as planned, this extra day will be removed from the itinerary.

Overnight stay in the Lobuche East High Camp or Pheriche.

Day 16
Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

From Pheriche, you will trek downhill to Pangboche, where you can visit the famous Pangboche monastery. Walking along the hillside covered with beautiful colorful flowers, you'll retrace your steps down to Imja Khola and climb uphill to Tengboche. If time allows, you can tour around famous and largest Tengboche monastery in the Everest region.

Later, cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river, and then the trekking path will follow the Dudh Koshi gorge and gently descends through the pine forests before arriving at Sansa village. Passing through a forested trail, you reach Namche Bazaar.

Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar. 

Day 17
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Today is the last day of Lobuche East Climbing with EBC, Renjo, and Cho La Pass trek. So, enjoy your Himalayan breakfast and start your hike. Initially, you will walk downhill, and after crossing the Dudh Koshi river and walking along the riverside, you'll arrive in Phakding. Enjoying the distant glimpse of snow-capped peaks, you'll reach Lukla. Once you arrive in Lukla, you can stretch your legs and rest and recall all the experiences and moments you gathered during the last couple of weeks in the Everest region.

Overnight stay in Lukla. 

Day 18
Fly to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - 35 minutes flight

Lukla to Kathmandu Flight Lukla Airport

Today you'll catch an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. One last time you'll cherish the mountain scenery from the sky. Rest of the day, you'll have it yourself. You can explore nearby places and do some souvenir shopping.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 19
Final Departure

Finally, it's time to bid farewell. However, it's not a final goodbye as we hope to see you soon for the next adventure. A representative from Third Rock Adventures will drop you at the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Also, you can extend your trip by choosing other adventurous trekking and tour packages with us. 



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Leighton Andrews
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Had best climbing experience in Nepal, and all the credit goes to Chewwang and his company. I was mesmerized by the Himalayas of Nepal. The people there are too friendly and had unique way of life. It didn't took long before I get along with the people there. My english was barely understood. The view from Gokyo Ri was stunning. Oevrall, this is the best trip in Nepal for me.

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