Lobuche Peak Climbing offers a challenging option for people who want to summit a Himalayan Peak above 6000 metres. 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 climbing and Mera Peak, one should note that Lobuche East climbing is more technical and involves the use of fixed ropes, ascenders etc. Combined with a high-altitude trek to Everest Base Camp, this Lobuche Peak climbing itinerary offers the best challenge for adventurers seeking a technical challenge above 20,000 feet in the Himalayas. This peak also serves as a great acclimatization or practice climb for seasoned mountaineers attempting to climb a much higher peak – Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam etc.
Lobuche East 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. Your adventure begins from Lukla. Trek through the Sagarmatha National Park, passing several Sherpa villages en route to reach 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 upto 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, Cho Oyu, Barun Tse, Ama Dablam, Chamlang, Thamserku and Gaurishanker. Also enjoy panoramic views of glaciers and mountain lakes.
Throughout your trip you will be guided 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 metre summits are Mount Everest, Shisapangma, Makalu, Manaslu etc. To increase your chance of making it to 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 your climbing skills and boost your confidence before the summit day. The company will provide all group and personal climbing gear and equipment.
Lukla Flight Alert: Due to congestion at the Kathmandu airport during high season (Spring- March, April, Autumn - October, November) flights scheduled to and from Lukla will operate from Ramechhap Airport. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu. However, most airlines will operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you make an early booking, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to Lukla (KTM-Lukla). It will be easier to fly directly from Kathmandu instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap. Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will continue to operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
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If you arrive in Kathmandu during the day, you will get to enjoy an impressive of 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 and other team mates during trip briefing. 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 in to 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 goose bumps and your heart races wildly. The plane descends on a precipitous cliff and lands at 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 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 colourful prayer flags. The trail passes through pine and rhododendron forests. As you walk up 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. Enjoy panoramic views of the world’s tallest peak as well as Thamserku, Khumbila, Konde Ri and Tawache. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. You make your way to a teahouse and take rest. Overnight in Namche.
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 futher up above the 3000m mark. Namche, a busy Sherpa settlement with lots of high end as well budget lodges and teahouses, restaurants, cafes, shops, ATM etc., is the best place to spend a rest day. The settlement is carved like a bowl on a steep mountainside. Overlooking Namche, are the stunning snow covered peaks of Khumbila, Thamserku and Tawache.
As an 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 3880m, the hotel is one of the highest placed hotels in the world. 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 a 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 to6 hours you reach the monastic settlement of Tengboche. Named after Tengboche Gompa(monastery) that lies at the centre of the village, 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 nt 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 5000m mark, you take a day off acclimatizing at Dingboche. A small village with stone-walled fields, Dingboche is a popular overnight nights for trekkers and climbers making their way to EBC or Island Peak.
After breakfast head take a short acclimatization hike to Chukkung. 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 (5500m), 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 (4600m). The warmth of the teahouse and the hot food is a welcome respite from the cold and freezing temperature outside. After lunch carry onward to Lobuche. Stop 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 have 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. Afterwards 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 your 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 5550m is one of the most popular viewpoints in Everest Region. The hill is a dark mound of earth located right above Gorak Shep. Because of its dark color, it 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. Savour this incredible 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 down 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. There is an aid post run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. 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 delay or cancellation of plans. There may also be other unforeseen emergencies which may upset your plans. Therefore having a spare day would serve as a back-up 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 you 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 easy 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 which 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 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 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 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.
For Lobuche East Peak Climbing the best seasons are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During these seasons, the skies are clear and cloudless offering unobstructed views of mountains. The weather remains favorable for climbing. It is also possible to climb during the winter months, but during this period weather conditions turn extreme and harsh.
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Hotel as well as teahouse accommodations are included in your trip cost. You stay for 3 nights at the 3-star deluxe Hotel Moonlight in Kathmandu. Located in Thamel, it lies close to popular restaurants and shops. It features well-appointed rooms with en suite bathrooms, a spacious patio garden, spa, restaurant, bar and a rooftop terrace with amazing 360-degree views of Kathmandu.
While trekking you will be staying at the best available teahouses run by locals families. At Lukla, Phakding and Namche you will get rooms with attached bathrooms and can enjoy free hot showers. At higher elevations, the lodges will have only basic facilities – bed, shared washroom and a communal sitting and dining area. You will have to pay extra for using the wi-fi hotspot and charging your electronic devices.
2 nights full board camping at Lobuche East High Camp. You will be sleeping and dining in tents. For your comfort we assign 1 sleeping tent per climber.
At hotels and tea-houses, accommodation is on twin-sharing basis. If you are a solo traveller, you get to share the room with a fellow traveller of the same gender. Single room will be available on request, at added cost. Single rooms are available in Kathmandu and at lower elevations while trekking. But at higher elevations, where only a handful of teahouses operate, single rooms are not offered.
In Kathmandu enjoy breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners.
On the trail all meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) will be provided. Select from a wide range of items offered on the menu. Traditional Nepali and Tibetan items include local Dal-Bhat (rice, lentil soup, curry), momo (meat or vegetable dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), thenthuk(a vegetable or meat stew), Tibetan bread etc. Indian and continental items include chappati, curries, pancake, pizza, hash brown potatoes, macaroni, spaghetti etc.
While camping, your expedition cook will serve you nutritious and energy giving meals. There will be soups and hot fluids to keep you hydrated.
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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.
Having done the 3 passes trek and EBC, my friends and I were pretty confident of scaling Lobuche, even though this was our first Himalayan peak. Previously we had done the Kilimajaro and the Alps and some of us had even scaled the difficult El Capitan. So we were highly confident and sure about summiting Lobuche. But our confidence took a beating once the altitude hit us above Dingboche. Our guides took very good care of us and made sure that we were acclimatized before our summit bid. We used the contingency day to rest at a lower elevation. This proved to be helpful as all of us felt healthy enough to climb Lobuche. Though there were some technical sections, the main challenge was the altitude. We were left huffing and puffing by the time we reached the summit. Being on the summit gives you a different high. That awesome feeling is something which cannot be put into words. All 6 of us glad tthat we could make it to the summit. I would say the credit for our successful summit goes to our guide Chhewang and the rest of the crew. They kept us safe, well-fed and warm. While camping, there was an endless supply of warm and tasty broth and hot drinks to keep us warm and hydrated. The training at high camp refreshed our technical skills. We are glad that we used the services of Third Rock Adventures because they provided all the support that was needed for a safe and successful summit. This company ticks all the right boxes. Highly recommended!