Lobuche Peak Climbing with EBC Trek is a peak climbing and trekking adventure in the wild Khumbu Region. 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 Peak 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 with EBC Trek 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 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. 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, Barun Tse, Ama Dablam, Chamlang, Thamserku and Gaurishanker. Also enjoy panoramic views of glaciers and mountain lakes.
Throughout Lobuche Peak Climbing expedition 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.
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Lukla Flight Alert: As there is too much traffic 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.
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 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 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 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 (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.
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Hotel as well as teahouse accommodations are included in your Lobuche Peak Climbing with EBC Trek 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. 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 Lobuche Peak Climbing with EBC Trek, 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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When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget
These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occasional spring shower and hazy weather during spring. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow on the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperature dips after sun down.
If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.
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 that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.
If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary.
You can either buy bottled mineral water or fill up a reusable water bottle with boiled or sterilized water. During the trek, the teahouses or lodges serve you bottled and filtered water which is generally safe and have to be paid for. A liter of water would cost anything between 1 to 4 USD. As you go higher the cost of all commodities, including water, increases. But do note there is no dearth or scarcity of drinking water at teahouses. We encourage our guest to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. You need to drink at least 3-4 litres of water each day to stay hydrated at higher altitudes. Keeping your body hydrated helps you to keep away the symptoms altitude sickness.
No, the company won’t provide drinking water or any extra drinks or beverages other than the ones that are specified in the trip cost.
If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.
While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.
You need to be in good shape and have an ability to walk 6 – 7 hours uphill and downhill per day. This trek is suitable for passionate trekkers. Positive attitude, excellent health, and strong determination are required for successful finish. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Besides, it is advisable to trek with a highly reputed trek operator like us, with experienced guides who can help you with significant mental preparation with a personal touch.
Regarding the difficulty, the only challenging factor is the altitude. Our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed for this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers in a good physical shape, who exercise regularly, has positive attitude and has healthy heart and lungs can easily complete this adventurous trip.
I am Werner Berger and my "claim to fame" is probably best defined as being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.
Little did I know my life was to change forever on my first trek into the Himalaya in 1992 at age 55. It was the beginning and just a matter time before I realized I could combine my leadership and climbing skills to create a program in which people could explore their own possibilities.
So, in 2010, I began leading Transformational Life Experiences, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other high places.
One of the earliest keys to success is to find a company with the right mix of professionalism, support, and, of course, experience. I have used Naba Amgai and his teams on all my Nepal trekking adventures.
Naba's caring and climber support, is second to none. In my estimation, Third Rock Adventures is one of the very best in the business, in or outside of Nepal. They know the mountains. So you can relax, enjoy and transform.
- Werner Berger