Lobuche Peak Climbing offers a challenging option for people who want to summit a Himalayan Peak above 6,000 meters in the Everest Region. You will have breathtaking panoramic views of the Everest Region from the summit of Lobuche East.
A popular trekking peak, Lobuche Peak, has two summits, Lobuche East and Lobuche West. While Lobuche West has a more technical and difficult route, Lobuche East is more approachable and easy. But compared to Island Peak and Mera Peak Climbing, Lobuche Peak Climbing is more technical and involves fixed ropes, ascenders, etc. Combined with a high-altitude trek to Everest Base Camp, the climbing itinerary offers the best challenge for adventurers seeking a technical challenge above 20,000 feet in the Himalayas.
Lobuche Peak climbing serves as great acclimatization or practice climb for seasoned mountaineers attempting to climb a much higher mountain – Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, etc. This Peak is very approachable for trekkers and first-time climbers who are comfortable with high-altitude trekking. Having some experience in alpine climbing (using ropes, harnesses, and jumars) would be helpful but not necessary.
Take a short flight to Lukla, and your adventure begins from Lukla village. Trek through the Sagarmatha National Park, passing several Sherpa villages en route to reaching Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Walking to these high-altitude destinations will help your body acclimatize.
You set off for your summit push from Lobuche village. Climb up to Lobuche High Camp at the Lobuche Glacier and spend a night there before making the final summit push. Technical climbing is involved, and ropes will be fixed at steeper sections. You need to use ascenders to climb up through these sections. From the summit, enjoy close-up views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Barun Tse, Ama Dablam, Chamlang, Thamserku, and Gaurishanker. Also, enjoy panoramic views of glaciers and mountain lakes.
Throughout the Lobuche Peak Climbing, you will be guided by an experienced team led by the chief climbing guide. He has several years of peak climbing experience and has climbed Lobuche Peak numerous times. Among his notable 8000 meter summits are Mount Everest, Shisapangma, Makalu, Manaslu, etc. To increase your chance of making it to the Lobuche East summit, we assign 1 assistant climbing guide for 2 climbers. The itinerary includes acclimatization hikes to several places to help your body adapt to thin air.
Moreover, a pre-climb training and rope climbing practice session will be held at High Camp. This will help you brush up on your climbing skills and boost your confidence before the summit day. The company will provide all group and personal climbing gear and equipment.
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|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - Transfer to Hotel|
|Day 2||Trip Preparation in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)|
|Day 3||Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) and trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft) - 35 minutes flight and 3 to 4 hours trek|
|Day 4||Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,284ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek|
|Day 5||At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,284ft)|
|Day 6||Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,661ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 7||Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 8||At Dingboche - 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,465ft)|
|Day 9||Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 10||Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,860ft) and hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek|
|Day 11||Hike to Kala Patthar(5,550m/18,204ft) and trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 12||Climb up to High Camp (5,400m/17,712ft) and participate in a pre-climb training - 3 to 4 hours trek|
|Day 13||Summit Lobuche East (6,119m/20,070ft) and descend to Pheriche (4,240m/13,911ft) via Thukla Pass - 10 to 11 hours trek/Climbing|
|Day 14||Contingency Day for Summit|
|Day 15||Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek|
|Day 16||Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek|
|Day 17||Fly to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - 35 minutes flight|
|Day 18||Final Departure|
If you arrive in Kathmandu during the day, you will enjoy impressive rolling hills and snow-capped mountains framing the bowl-shaped Kathmandu valley. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by our representative at the airport. He will drive you to your hotel and help you check-in.Get refreshed and get rested. Later in the evening, take a stroll around Thamel.
Thamel is also known as a ‘tourist district’ as it has the highest concentration of tourist agencies, hotels, lodges, and hostels in Kathmandu. Make your first evening in Nepal memorable with a taste of traditional Nepali food. Our representative will escort you to an authentic Nepali restaurant for a welcome dinner hosted by us. Enjoy a sumptuous Nepali feast, accompanied by lively traditional music and dance.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today you meet your guide, who will brief you on your upcoming trip. The meeting will be held at Third Rock Adventures’ office or your hotel’s lobby.
The guide’s briefing will touch on the important dos and don’ts while in the mountains, the condition of the trail, and the route you will take. He will also talk briefly about the summit push. Finally, there will be an equipment check. Do note we provide all the group and personal climbing gear and equipment. But if you want to use your own personal gear, you can do so. You can also hire climbing gear from Kathmandu or Lobuche. While hiring from Kathmandu will offer the option of variety to choose from, hiring from Lobuche will have you paying less hiring fee as you will be renting for only a few days. If your shoe size is 12+, then we urge you to bring your own climbing boots. Climbing boots of size 12 and above are very difficult to get in Kathmandu.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Wake up early and catch the flight to Lukla. It is an incredible experience flying into the mountainous region of Khumbu. You see all the Khumbu peaks, some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest, the tallest of them all. As the plane prepares to land at the narrow airstrip of Lukla, you feel goosebumps, and your heart races wildly. The plane descends on a precipitous cliff and lands on the tarmac of the airport.
Lukla, the Gateway to Everest, is a small Sherpa settlement surrounded by high mountains. You meet the rest of the crew and sort out your baggage. Later on, you begin your trek and make your way out of Lukla to Phakding. You walk down to the Dudh Koshi River and follow the trail to Phakding. Mule trains carrying supplies share the trail. You cross a suspension bridge to reach the picturesque village of Phakding. A small Sherpa village, Phakding, lies in the green Dudh Koshi river valley. You head to a teahouse and take a rest. Later if you feel like it, you can explore the village or head down to the river to take pictures.
Overnight in Phakding.
Today’s hike takes you to Namche, the economic hub of the Everest Region. Leaving Phakding, you walk up past mani stones, chortens, and colorful prayer flags. The trail passes through pine and rhododendron forests. As you walk up to higher, you get glimpses of the snowy Khumbu peaks. Walk past another Monjo, a Sherpa settlement located at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. Get your permits checked and hike up further to Jorsale, where you stop for lunch at a local teahouse.
Along the way, you cross several metal suspension bridges, including the 125m high Hillary Suspension Bridge, the highest bridge in the Everest region. As you approach Namche, you get your first glimpse of Mount Everest from Tope Danda and enjoy panoramic views of the world’s tallest peak as well as Thamserku, Khumbila, Konde Ri, and Tawache. You make your way to a teahouse and take a rest.
Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Spend a day acclimatizing at Namche. As you go higher, it is important to spend some days at a lower altitude acclimatizing. Your body needs to get used to thin air before you hike further up above the 3,000m mark. Namche, a busy Sherpa settlement with lots of high-end as well budget lodges and teahouses, restaurants, cafes, shops, ATMs, etc., is the best place to spend a rest day. The settlement is carved like a bowl on a steep mountainside. Overlooking Namche is the stunning snow-covered peaks of Khumbila, Thamserku, and Tawache.
As acclimatization, you can hike to Hotel Everest View that lies right above Namche. Walk past Shyangboche to get this magnificent hotel built by a Japanese entrepreneur in 1971. At 3,880m, the hotel is one of the highest placed hotels in the world, and from here, you can enjoy amazing views of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, and Thamserku. On your return hike, take the trail to Khumjung Village and visit the first school in the Khumbu Region established by Sir Edmund Hillary. The village also has an ancient monastery that houses a scalp of Yeti, the abominable snowman.
Overnight in Namche.
From Namche, proceed towards Tengboche. It is beautiful across alpine meadows and pine and rhododendron forests, under the backdrop of Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and other peaks. After trekking for about 5 to 6 hours, you reach the monastic settlement of Tengboche. Named after Tengboche Gompa (monastery) lies at the village center. The settlement is sparsely populated, with only a few houses and teahouses. The Tengboche Monastery is the largest and the most important monastery in the Khumbu Region. Sherpas living in the Khumbu region make it a point to visit this monastery during the ‘Mani Rimdu’ (a Buddhist festival celebrated only in the Khumbu Region) festival celebrated during November.
Your guide will lead you to the monastery. If it’s prayer time, you can observe the monks chanting mantras in the assembly hall. You can offer a prayer for the success of your trip. Do not forget the sunset and sunrise from Tengboche. Ama Dablam lies very close, and you can see the whole mountain from the settlement.
Overnight in Tengboche.
Leave Tengboche and make your way towards Pangboche. Take a gentle descent and cross the Imja Khola. It is a steep ascent to Pangboche, the highest permanent Sherpa settlement in the Everest Region. You trudge on and follow the trail to Dingboche, where you stop for the night. Vegetation becomes sparser, and the tree line disappears. The landscape turns stark and desolate. Magnificent views of Island Peak and Ama Dablam mesmerize you as you reach Dingboche.
Overnight in Dingboche.
Before you reach the 5,000m mark, you take a day off acclimatizing at Dingboche. A small village with stone-walled fields, Dingboche is a popular overnight night for trekkers and climbers making their way to EBC or Island Peak.
After breakfast, head to take a short acclimatization hike to Nagarjun Hill. The village has the best high-quality gear and equipment rental shops. We will get our climbing gear from here. We have lunch and climb halfway up to Chukkung Ri, a hill located right above the settlement. It is a long way up to the top of the hill (5,500m), so we hike up only to the halfway point. Later descend and head back to Dingboche.
Overnight in Dingboche.
As you gain altitude, it becomes harder to breathe. Walk slowly and steadily. Stop for lunch at Thukla (4,600m). The warmth of the teahouse and the hot food is a welcome respite from the cold and freezing temperature outside.
After lunch, head to Lobuche and stops by Thukla Pass, where memorials of people who have lost their lives in Everest are erected. Among the memorials are those dedicated to Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, whose tragic Everest expedition has been highlighted in Jon Krakauer’s book “Into Thin Air” and the movie “Everest.” There is also a memorial dedicated to the super Sherpa, Babu Chiri Sherpa, who climbed Everest without supplementary oxygen and spent 22 hours atop the summit. As you approach Lobuche, you see the peaks that divide Nepal and Tibet. Once you reach Lobuche, walk up to a teahouse and take a well-deserved rest.
Overnight in Lobuche.
Wake up early and make your way to Gorak Shep. Walk up along the Khumbu Glacier. Because of the elevation, you may find the walk a bit of a struggle. It is a gentle up and down. Once you reach Gorak Shep, head to a teahouse and have lunch. Afterward follow your guide to the base of the tallest mountain on the planet, Mount Everest. The hike to Everest Base Camp serves as an acclimatization walk before your summit push. It is a thrilling but challenging walk. You feel the adrenaline as you make yours across the Khumbu glacier. You are in the highest place on Earth, but do be careful and watch your step over the loose moraine and pebbles.
Everest Base Camp is a rocky area right below Mount Everest. While the mountain is too huge to be seen in its entirety from the Base Camp, one gets to view its massive frozen wall and the spectacular Khumbu Ice Fall where mountaineers trying to climb Everest practice. EBC during peak climbing season is covered with colorful tents. Take pictures and soak in the views before heading back to Gorak Shep.
Overnight in Gorakshep.
Head to Kala Patthar early in the morning. Kala Patthar at 5,550m is one of the most popular viewpoints in the Everest Region. The hill is a dark mound of earth located right above Gorak Shep. Because of its dark color has been named ‘Kala Patthar’ (meaning Black Earth). The vantage point at Kala Patthar offers 360 degree views of Pumori, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Lola, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.
After capturing the inspiring views in your camera, head back to Gorak Shep. Later get back to Gorak Shep and head down to Lobuche.
Overnight in Lobuche.
Wake up and have breakfast. From Lobuche, you head up to High Camp. You make your way up the village to the mountain. It is a steep climb and involves a traverse through the Lobuche Glacier and a rocky moraine. In a little over two hours, you reach High Camp. Once you reach High Camp, you will find the tents pitched up. Have lunch and prepared by the crew and prepare for the pre-climb training.
After lunch, a rope course will be set up on a slope leading to the mountain. This training will offer the climbers the basic experience they are will need on their Lobuche peak climb. From basics like how to put on your harnesses, helmet, crampons to the more complicated lessons on how to use ascenders, descenders, ice axe, and cross anchors. Your climbing guide will demonstrate how to traverse the rope and rappel down the rope.
Lastly, you get to practice going up and down the rope using your harness and jumars. You can practice it twice or thrice until you feel comfortable using the harness and ascending and descending on the rope. Have an early night as you have a long day tomorrow.
Overnight in High Camp.
You make the summit push today. Wake up around 1 AM or earlier and have breakfast. By 2 AM, we start our climb to the summit of Lobuche East. It is a steep ascent past a rocky trail. After walking for nearly 2-3 hours, we reach Crampon point. This is where we put on our crampons. We will be walking along the Lobuche glacier on snow and ice. At steep portions, ropes will be fixed, and we ascend these portions using ascenders. Though there are no crevasses or ladders along the way, climbing Lobuche peak is much technical and challenging than Island Peak. From high camp, we climb up to the summit in about 5-6 hours. From the summit, enjoy close-up views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Barun Tse, Ama Dablam, Chamlang, Thamserku, Gaurishanker, and Dudh Kunda area.
The whole valley looks incredible from the top, and savor this wonderful moment and take pictures. Later make your way down to High Camp. At sections where the ropes have been fixed, you need to rappel down. Our crew will be waiting for you at the High Camp with hot soup and drinks to warm you up. Have your lunch, and after a bit of rest, descend and take the trail to Thukla. Cross Thukla Pass en route. From there, the trail is flat till Pheriche. This small settlement lies right above the Tsola River. The Himalayan Rescue Association runs an aid post. Stay overnight at a local teahouse.
Overnight in Pheriche.
An extra day reserved for summit bid if you are not able to reach the summit on Day 13 due to bad weather or ill health. This day can also be used for unforeseen delays and hurdles during the trip. Bad weather may contribute to flight delays or the cancellation of plans. There may also be other unforeseen emergencies that may upset your plans. Therefore having a spare day would serve as a backup for any unexpected delays. If your trip goes as planned, then you can use this day to rest and explore a village en route on the trail. You can take it slow and walk at an easy pace on your return trek. Or you can use this extra day for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Leaving Pheriche, we head down to Namche Bazaar. The stark and treeless landscape gives way to verdant pine and juniper forests. It is refreshing to walk amidst greenery again. There is more oxygen in the air, and we breathe easily and feel better. Enjoying the views of Everest and Ama Dablam, we walk past Pangboche and Tengboche before finally heading down to Namche. There are some steep sections that will leave us breathless.
Finally, we arrive once again in Namche. We head to the teahouse where our rooms have been booked. It is great to be back in Namche. We enjoy a long, hot shower and have a sumptuous meal.
Overnight in Namche.
Your retrace your step back to Lukla. It is a downhill walk filled with inspiring alpine views of pine forests, glacial rivers, and snow-covered Himalayan peaks. Once you reach Lukla, head to a teahouse and take a rest. Celebrate your last evening in Khumbu with the crew. Thank your guide and porters for helping you reach your goal. There will be Sherpa brew and lots of singing and dancing.
Overnight in Lukla.
Return to Kathmandu by flight. Brace yourself as the plane taxies down the steep runway and takes off from the precipitous cliff. Gaze at the mighty Khumbu peaks for one last time. Once you reach Kathmandu, you will be driven from the airport to your hotel. Take a rest or explore the city on your own. Stroll down Thamel or Ason Bazaar, Kathmandu’s oldest market, to shop for souvenirs. Evening, get together with your guide or a representative from our office for a farewell dinner.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your trip ends today. Bid goodbye to your newfound friends. You will be driven to the airport three hours before your flight departs. If you wish to explore more of the Himalayas- Bhutan, Tibet - do let us know.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (mid-September to November) are considered the best seasons for Lobuche Peak Climbing. The weather stays stable and clear during these times, which makes it ideal for trekking and climbing. The days are warm and the nights chilly. On the downside, however, these are peak seasons, and the trails get crowded and busy.
Spring is the most popular climbing season in Nepal. During this season, the weather is warm, and there is less snow on the mountains, making climbing easier. While trekking, you enjoy breathtaking views, as the verdant hillsides are covered with wildflowers, including rhododendron blooms.
The second season preferred for climbing is Autumn. With the end of the wet monsoon season, which clears the skies of dust and impurities, one can enjoy crystal clear views during this season. Timing your expedition around October will allow you to experience the most important festival in the Everest region, Mani Rimdu. This festival is held in the monasteries of Tengboche, Chiwong, and Thame.
Timing this expedition during the monsoon or late winter season is not recommended as the precipitation and snow make climbing risky.
The permits you need for the Lobuche Peak Climbing are:
While it is possible for individual trekkers to get permits for trekking, climbing permits can only be obtained by government-registered trekking agencies. So one needs to book an expedition with a registered agent to get the climbing permit.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s Office in Kathmandu or at the park’s entrance gate in Monjo by paying NRS 3,000. For citizens of SAARC countries, the fee is NRS 1,500. You need to fill out the permit form and show your passport or a copy of your passport.
To get the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, you need to be in Lukla. You have to pay NRS 2,000 for the permit at the rural municipality counter, which lies at the edge of the village.
If you are planning to trek from Jiri, you will be required to pay the Gaurishanker Conservation Area Project Entry Permit fee of NRS 2,000 too. The permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s office in Kathmandu before the start of your trek.
The climbing permit fee for Lobuche Peak varies according to season.
You won’t have to worry about queuing up to get the permits as the company, or our guides will arrange all the permits for you.
On Day 12, there will be pre-climb training at Lobuche High Camp (5400m). This training is very important for novice climbers as you get some valuable insights from our guides. You learn how to use the equipment and gear safely and effectively.
You spend a night camping at the High Camp. After the pre-climb training, you can spend the day exploring the Lobuche Glacier or saving your energy for the summit push by resting in your tent. Our expedition cook will keep you nourished and hydrated by serving you healthy and nutritious meals. There will be a briefing by the chief climbing guide on the evening before the summit push.
On Day 13, you wake up early at 1 AM. To beat the winds which batter the summit during the day, you make the summit push early. You carry a packed lunch and some energy bars with you to keep you energized. There are some steep inclines where you may have to climb using ascenders. The ropes fixed by our guides will give you much-needed support to make it to the summit. Follow our directions safely to the summit, take pictures, enjoy the magnificent views and descend back to High Camp. After lunch, continue descending to Pheriche via Thukla. This day is probably the toughest day of your trip as you climb and walk for 10 to 11 hours.
A typical day on the trail begins with a wake-up call at around 6 AM by your guide. Freshen up and get ready. Pack your belongings and head to the dining area for breakfast by 7 AM. Check your luggage for the final time and fill your water bottle before you hit the trail by 8 AM, along with your guide.
To avoid walking in the heat and enjoy clear mountains' views, you make an early start. En route, there will be short breaks to enjoy the sights and take photographs. You stop for lunch at a local teahouse around noon or mid-day. After a quick rest of about an hour or 40 minutes, you get back on the trail and continue till you reach your overnight stop.
Upon reaching the stop for the night, you head to your teahouse, check in, and have some rest. Tea with some light refreshments (cookies or biscuits) will be served at 5 PM. As the rooms are not insulated, you can warm yourself by the heater or stove in the communal area.
Exchange stories or play cards with other trekkers and sherpas till dinner is served (around 7 PM). After dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s trek – the route you will take, difficulty, where you will stop for lunch, etc. Afterward, retire for the night and have a well-deserved rest.
On average, you may have to walk 6 to 7 hours daily. On Day 11, a hike to Kala Patthar for the sunrise view is scheduled. So you will have to wake up before 4 AM to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise. Your guide will share the details of the hike at the post-dinner briefing on Day 10.
Here’s a basic checklist of the essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your Lobuche Peak climbing:
These are only some of the essential items. Check a more detailed Climbing Gear List For Lobuche Peak. We will provide the mountaineering equipment. But please do note climbing boots of large size (size 12 and above) is not available at the rental outlet from where we rent our gear and equipment. If your shoe size is 12 and above, please bring your climbing boots.
If you want to use your own personal climbing gear, you can bring it from home.
Most of the trekking equipment is available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the essential items and renting or buying the rest in Kathmandu. Shops in Thamel offer branded as well locally made gear and equipment.
You can leave your spare luggage in your hotel’s storage room. It is completely safe and free. But do make sure to lock your luggage before leaving it at the storage unit.
Lobuche Peak rises to an elevation of 6,119 meters. Though not much higher than many of the 7,000 and 8,000-meter giants surrounding it, it is higher than the tallest peaks of many countries. To reach the base of Lobuche Peak, you will have to hike across the world’s most elevated trekking trail. The views are incredible, but the environment is harsh and unforgiving. The thin mountain air and the treacherous path will test you at every step. Thus one should be extra cautious as one small mistake may cost you your life.
One of the main concerns of Lobuche peak climbing is altitude sickness. As you go higher, the oxygen level in the air decreases, and it gets difficult to breathe. To let your body get used to the thin air, you need to walk slowly, steadily and keep your body hydrated. If you try to hasten and walk fast to reach your destination in less time, chances are you may suffer from AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness.
AMS symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc., are seen at elevations above 2,000 meters. Usually, these symptoms occur once you reach Namche or beyond Namche.
Taking Diamox and a good night’s rest may work for mild cases. Drinking plenty of fluids (water, tea, soup, etc.) and keeping your body hydrated will also help keep the sickness at bay. One should take the necessary precautions to ensure that the condition does not worsen. But if the symptoms worsen, one may have to return to a lower elevation and get medical help.
There are clinics at Lukla, Namche, and Pheriche which offer basic care for minor ailments. In the worst-case scenario, an air evacuation will be arranged, where the patient will be flown to Kathmandu to receive medical aid. AMS, if untreated or ignored, can take your life.
For this adventure, acclimatization is very important. Your body needs time to get used to thin air which can be done by resting at a lower altitude before reaching a higher elevation level.
Our experts have included two days in the itinerary for acclimatization and a contingency day for summit delay or emergencies. You will be spending extra days at Namche (3,440m) and Dingboche (4,410m) to acclimatize successfully before trekking further.
The chart given below will give you a rough idea of the oxygen level in the atmosphere on the trail.
Lobuche Peak Climbing takes you to the highest trekking trail in the world and one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal.
It is important to have an experienced guide with you while climbing and trekking. A guide who is experienced and has an in-depth knowledge of the mountain will enrich your experience as well as keep you safe and secure.
When you book with us, we pair you up with our best climbing guide, who has more than 20 years of experience in mountain climbing. Our guide has climbed many 8000 and 7000-meter peaks, including Mount Everest. He has guided several groups to the top of Lobuche Peak numerous times.
There will be one chief climbing guide or leader to ensure a successful summit attempt, and every 2 climbers will be aided by 1 assistant guide. A pre-climb training at the Lobuche High Camp will be used to warm up and help you get helpful tips from our guides. This training will especially help novice climbers hone their climbing skills.
While trekking, you will be guided by our trekking guides. Our guides have experience of more than 10 years and have a vast knowledge of the area you are visiting. They have completed the trekking guide course and have the required government license to work as mountain guides. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.
A chief guide or trek leader will lead the trek. For every 4 trekkers, there will be an assistant guide assisting them personally. One porter will carry the luggage of 2 clients. Make sure that your luggage does not exceed 15 kg, as the porter can only carry a weight of 30 kg.
We believe in the ethical treatment of our staff. All our Guides and Porters are provided with weather-appropriate gear and clothing to battle the harsh weather in the mountains. Before the start of a trek, we ensure that our mountain guides are fully insured. They are given fair wages and treated with respect.
We seriously follow the guidelines set by IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) and offer assistance to porters to develop other skills. A portion of the booking fee goes to fund the education of our field staffs’ kids.
For Lobuche Peak Climbing, you need a good travel insurance policy that offers you coverage for all activities and altitudes included in your itinerary. You reach an altitude of 6,119 meters, and your travel insurance should offer you suitable coverage up to this elevation.
Though we take your safety as our number one priority, we cannot rule out mishaps and emergencies that may occur at this altitude. There is less oxygen in the environment, and trekkers usually suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness, which could prove to be fatal if not treated on time.
Walking and climbing in a treacherous mountain environment also exposes you to physical injuries. Therefore make sure that your insurance covers the cost of all injuries and emergencies that you can possibly face during this trekking and climbing adventure.
Your insurance policy should especially cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization in case of an accident or medical emergency, as these happen to be quite expensive. Check for vaccination requirements as some travel insurance policies makes it mandatory to immunize yourself before you leave your country.
Before you decide on a policy, be mindful and don’t forget to read the fine print. It would be advantageous for you also to choose a company that offers insurance cover on domestic and international flight cancellations and lost or stolen baggage.
The easiest way to reach Lukla (2,840m), the starting point of your Lobuche peak climbing, is via a flight. One of the highest and most extreme airports in the world, flying to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla has its challenges. The chief among them is the weather.
The airport is built on a narrow plateau, over a steep cliff. Navigating the plane along the short and narrow runway is difficult when strong winds whip across the mountains. Surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world, the weather here is unpredictable and changes frequently. It would be clear and sunny one minute, and the next moment the clouds will appear, and everything will turn hazy. Flights operate only when the weather is stable and visibility clear.
The chances of your Lukla flight getting canceled cannot be ruled out. If this happens, your expedition may get extended by a day or two. A contingency day is included in your itinerary, but we recommend you keep additional buffer days so that you may not miss your international flight.
If there is a long delay due to bad weather, we will secure a space for you on a helicopter flight. The cost for the helicopter flight is not included in the trip price and should be borne by you.
Due to congestion at the Kathmandu airport during the high season (spring and autumn), flights to and from Lukla now operate from Manthali Airport in Ramechhap. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu.
However, airline companies operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you book your trip early, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to or from Lukla. It will be easier and more comfortable to fly directly from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa, instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap.
Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
It is important to keep your body hydrated on the Lobuche peak climb as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 liters of fluids daily.
We dissuade you from buying bottled water as it adds up to the thrashing problem in the mountains. Moreover, like everything else, bottled water is also expensive in the mountains.
We highly recommend you to carry a reusable water bottle with you, one that can hold hot water.
You can use one with a steri pen or an inbuilt filtration system like LifeStraw.
You can also use water purification tablets to treat the water. While the water in the mountains tends to be pure and without impurities, it’s better not to take chances and filter or treat the water before drinking.
Using chlorine or iodine tablets to treat the water may alter its taste. You can add flavored electrolyte powder (readily available at pharmacies in Kathmandu) to mask the bitter chemical taste. Adding electrolyte to your drinking water may also be beneficial as the minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc.) you lose while walking gets replenished.
Teahouses offer boiled drinking water at an additional cost. It can cost anywhere between 1 USD to 4 USD. Up to Namche, you may have to pay around 1 USD per liter or pot (every teahouse uses a different sized pool). The price increases gradually as you climb higher. You pay the highest for boiled water at Gorak Shep, i.e., 4 USD.
While climbing, drinking water will be treated and boiled by the kitchen staff.
We ensure the safety of our clients by following all safety protocols during the trip. This itinerary has been designed by travel experts and veteran guides who have climbed Lobuche Peak several times.
To prevent AMS, the required number of rest days have been added to the itinerary. Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them. The climbing guides assigned to you have climbed several 8000-meter peaks and have more than 20 years of mountaineering experience. They have guided several groups of climbers to the top of La bouche Peak and know what steps to take during an emergency. They are well-trained in wilderness first aid and crisis management. To communicate during emergencies, our guides always carry a satellite phone with them.
While climbing, our guides will keep you safe by taking care of all the hard and risky jobs – fixing ropes, ladders, setting up tents, etc. You will only have to follow them and pay heed to their instructions to reach the summit safely.
If a client shows symptoms of AMS and needs to descend to a lower elevation, an assistant guide will escort him/her and follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and take the required steps needed for the client's well-being.
If he/she feels alright after a night’s rest, the guide will escort the client back to join the group. But if the condition worsens, the client will be escorted down to Lukla or get airlifted to Kathmandu for expert medical aid.
Travel responsibly and try to limit any negative impact on the environment. Limit the use of plastic and be mindful about throwing waste in the mountains. When you trek with us, you will be supporting local communities (from the guides and porters to teahouse owners). We, as a company, support sustainable tourism and patronize local businesses. We partner with service providers who work towards saving the environment. As an active member of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project), we make sure that our trips are environmentally friendly.
If the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather there is no alternative but to stay an extra day. You will have to bear the cost for the accommodation. Sometimes even when the airlines cancel their flights, helicopter companies offer charters. If you would like, you can take a heli flight. This will incur an extra cost and you have to pay for it.
There is mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. At most places the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.
Please do note, all our trekking itineraries incorporate adequate number of acclimatization days. You will get an extra day’s rest at a lower elevation to prepare your body for a walk up in the higher reaches.
AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness usually occurs due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere in high altitudes. Our body is not used to walking in high altitude and it requires a lot of time to adapt to thin air in the mountains. Technically there is no way of stopping AMS but you can surely prevent it by following the given tips:
For a successful Lobuche Peak summit, first of all you need to need to be physically fit and strong. You should have enough stamina to make it through a grueling 13 days trek, including 2 days of climbing. Build your endurance level with appropriate training - hiking with a heavy backpack, weight training, jogging, swimming and aerobic exercises. Learning to abseil and rappel on a fixed rope line will also help greatly during the summit push.
Secondly you should have enough acclimatization days. As you will be trekking in high altitude it is important that your body gets used to the rarefied air. Our itinerary incorporates enough acclimatization days for you to comfortably make it above 5000metres. Keep yourself hydrated to keep symptoms of AMS at bay.
Thirdly you need to have a good itinerary with a back up or contingency plan. Anything can happen in the mountains. Bad weather, flight cancellation or delays etc. can upset your plans. It will be helpful if you have a back up plan for emergencies. Good quality climbing gear and equipment are also important to make that crucial ascent to the top of the peak.
Last but not the least, an experienced climbing guide to help you up the mountains will ensure that you reach the summit of Lobuche Peak safely. Having an experienced guide who has already been up the summit and knows the route will boost your confidence and enhance the safety level. There will be no false turns or moves that will endanger your life. Your guide is your man Friday in the mountains. He will always be looking out for your safety.
Though a winter climb is possible, the weather conditions during this season remain harsh and extreme. It will be impossible climb during rainy season because of the snow and fog.
Meals during the trek are energy giving and nutritious. The food is hygienically prepared by our kitchen staff at the campsite. For breakfast, you can expect toast with butter or jam, eggs, cereals, oats, porridge, Indian fried bread (puri, parantha, etc.), muesli, juice, tea or coffee, etc.
Items for lunch generally include rice, meat, pickle, lentil, curry, noodles, Tibetan bread, or sandwich.
After reaching your campsite you will be served evening tea with snacks.
During dinner, a three-course meal is served starting with soup, main course and followed by dessert. For the main course, you can expect items like momo(dumplings), noodles, rice and meat.