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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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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During your Lobuche Peak Climbing with EBC Trek, you spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a 3-star hotel - Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel. These hotels are centrally located in Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hub. The rooms have comfortable beds with en suite bathrooms and air cons. Other amenities include in-house restaurant, café, bar, and free wi-fi.
During your climb, you will be spending 2 nights sleeping and dining in tents. 1 single sleeping tent will be assigned to each climber for comfort. We provide foam mattress for camping. If you want you can bring your own Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad for extra comfort. Solar batteries will be used to charge the electronic devices and light up the tents while climbing. No additional charge will be imposed for the use of this service.
While trekking you will be staying at the best available teahouses. These are run by locals and are a source of livelihood for Sherpa families.
At the teahouses in Lukla, Phakding and Namche you will get rooms with attached bathrooms and can enjoy free hot showers. Beyond Namche, the lodges will have only basic facilities – bed, shared washroom and a communal sitting and dining area.
The rooms have thin walls and are not insulated. Most rooms have two single beds with a small table in between. The beds come with mattresses, pillows and blankets. Using your sleeping bag and pillow liner will be more hygienic. Layer your sleeping bag with the blanket for warmth as it can get quite cold during the night.
Carry toilet paper rolls as most teahouses’ toilets don’t have toilet paper rolls. You will have to pay extra for using the wi-fi hotspot and charging your electronic devices. To save on cost, you can bring extra batteries.
At hotels and tea-houses, accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis. A 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 available during high season.
During your stay in Kathmandu, breakfast will be complimentary. There are many multi-cuisine restaurants and eateries around Thamel which serve good food. From fine dining options to budget eateries, you will be spoilt for choice. On your last night in Kathmandu, we invite you for a complimentary farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant.
On the trail, everything will be arranged for you. Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation costs are already included in the package. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge you will be staying at, lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route. During camping, your expedition cook will serve you nutritious and energy-giving meals.
If you are gluten-intolerant, we advise you to bring your own gluten-free snacks and extra food as there will be limited food options for you at the teahouses.
The meals served at the teahouses are freshly prepared. Items on the menu include the traditional Nepali and Tibetan fare like dal-bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread etc. as Indian and continental dishes (chapattis, apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, noodles etc.).
At breakfast, you can expect bread, eggs, hash brown, cereal or porridge with tea or coffee. During lunch and dinner, you can choose from the extensive menu. Nepalese traditional meal of ‘Dal-Bhat’ (rice, lentil soup, curry and pickle) with unlimited refills is the most filling and energy-giving.
We urge you to stick to vegetarian foods as the meat served on the trail could be several days old and not safe for consumption. As slaughtering animals is not allowed in the Khumbu Region due of the Sherpa’s Buddhist belief of not harming a living being, meat is transported from the lowlands by porters. It takes a couple of days for the meat (unrefrigerated) to reach the Sherpa settlements.
If you feel you need your dose of protein, you can bring canned tuna or sardine. These are readily available at departmental stores in Kathmandu.
It is advisable to stay away from alcohol and carbonated drinks, as these will adversely affect your body’s acclimatization process.
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Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) are considered as the best seasons for Lobuche Peak Climbing With EBC Trek. 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 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 monsoon or late winter season is not recommended as the precipitation and snow makes climbing risky.
The easiest way to reach Lukla (2840m), the starting point of your Lobuche peak adventure is via a flight. One of the highest and most extreme airports in the world, flying to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla has its own 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 to 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 try to 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 high season (spring and autumn), flights to and from Lukla now operates 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.
The permits you need for the Lobuche Peak Climbing with EBC Trek are:
While it is possible for individual trekkers to get the permits for trekking, climbing permits can only be obtained by government registered trekking agencies. So one needs to book an expedition with a registered agency 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 3000. For citizens of SAARC countries, the fee is NRS 1500. 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 2000 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 Gaurishanker Conservation Area Project Entry Permit fee of NRS 2000 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.
Lobuche Peak rises to an elevation of 6,119 metres. Though not much higher than many of the 7000 and 8000 metre 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 highest trekking trail. The views are incredible but the environment is harsh and unforgiving. The thin mountain air and the treacherous trail 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 this climbing adventure is altitude sickness. As you go higher, the level of oxygen in the air decreases and it get 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 2000 metres. 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 to 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 level of elevation.
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 (3440m) and Dingboche (4410m) to acclimatize successfully before trekking further.
The chart given below will give you a rough idea about the level of oxygen in the atmosphere on the trail.
It is important to keep your body hydrated on the trail as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 litres of fluids daily.
We dissuade you from buying bottled water as it adds up to the thrash problem in the mountains. Moreover, like everything else, bottled water is also expensive on 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 tend 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 (which are 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 additional cost. It can cost anywhere between 1 USD to 4 USD. Up to Namche, you may have to pay around 1 USD per litre or pot (every teahouse use a different sized pot). The price increases gradually as you climb higher. You pay the highest for boiled water at Gorak Shep, ie, 4 USD.
While climbing, drinking water will be treated and boiled by the kitchen staff.
Despite being the world’s highest inhabited region, internet connection (though erratic and irregular at some places) is available in the Everest Region.
You can connect with your loved ones while trekking, post updates and upload pictures on social media. Wi-fi is available at all teahouses. While it is free at some cafes in Lukla and Namche, most teahouses will charge you extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot.
It will be cheaper and easier to get a sim card (preferably Ncell) in Kathmandu and purchase internet data that could last you for your entire trip. Ncell offers 3G connectivity up to Everest Base Camp (5364m).
Everest Link, another local internet provider also offers paid internet access on the trail. You can purchase the username and password at any of the teahouses or shops along the trail.
For emergencies, our climbing guide carries a satellite phone. Even if there is no network, our guides will be able to contact us in case of an emergency.
Here’s a basic checklist of the most essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your Lobuche Peak climbing and EBC trek:
These are only some of the essential items. Check a more detailed packing list for trekking. The mountaineering equipment will be provided by us. 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 own climbing boots.
If you want to use your own personal climbing gear, you can bring it from home.
Most of the trekking equipment are available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the most 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 at 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 Climbing with EBC Trek 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.
To ensure a successful summit attempt, there will be one chief climbing guide or leader and every 2 climbers will be aided by 1 assistant guide. A pre-climb training at the Lobuche high Camp will be used as a 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 an 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 a mountain guide. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.
The trek will be led by a chief guide or trek leader. 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 from the booking fee goes to fund the education of our field staffs’ kids.
For Lobuche Peak Climbing With EBC Trek, 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 on 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 both domestic as well as international flight cancellations and lost or stolen baggage.
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 in 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 metre peaks and have more than 20 years’ of mountaineering experience. They have guided several groups of climbers to the top of Labouche 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 tent 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 will follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and will take the required steps needed for the well-being of the client.
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.
A typical day on the trail begins with a wakeup 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 to enjoy clear views of the mountains, you make an early start. En route there will be short breaks to enjoy the views 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.
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 guides 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.
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 environment friendly.
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.
As Everest Base Camp is situated at a high altitude of 5,364 metres, you spend only 1 to 2 hours at the base camp. Since the base camp lies at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain Mount Everest, the hike to EBC is probably the highlight of your trek. Though one cannot view the summit of Mount Everest from the base camp (as the mountain is too huge) you can get close up views of the massive walls of Everest, Khumbutse, Lingtren and Nuptse. The Khumbu Icefall appears spectacular. Though the icefall lies close to the Base Camp, it is not possible explore it as you need proper climbing gear to walk on it. But you get to explore the actual base camp of the Everest expedition groups. During climbing season, it is like a mini city of tents and you get to meet mountaineers (sometimes celebrities too!) from different countries attempting to summit Mount Everest. After taking pictures and soaking in the magnificent views you descend down to Gorak Shep again. Please do note the visibility of mountains depends on the weather. If it’s foggy you may not get good views of the mountains.
No, we do not spend the night at Everest Base Camp as there are no teahouses or lodges there. Moreover it is advisable and more comfortable to spend the night at a lower elevation. After enjoying the views we trek down to Gorak Shep and stay overnight at a local teahouse.
No, the summit of Mount Everest is not visible from Everest Base Camp. Rising above 8000 metres, the mountain is just too gigantic to be viewed in its entirety from its base. The summit of Everest can be viewed from Kala Patthar and from places en route to EBC. If you want to view Mount Everest without having to trek to Everest region, you can do it by driving to Nagarkot, taking an Everest Mountain Flight and an Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The best view you get of Mount Everest is from Kala Patthar.
Each day you can expect 5 to 7 hours of walking, covering around 10 to 14 km. However when you reach 3500m, you will be walking around 5 to 7 hours but the distance covered will be less as you will be walking slowly at higher altitudes. We want you to know that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, geographical and physical condition of the individual participants.
In all our Everest Treks the teahouses that we use have western toilets. In luxury lodges and teahouses in the lower elevations the rooms come with attached bathrooms and hot showers. At higher elevations the facilities may be a bit basic and you may have to share the bathroom with other travellers. Please do note that in case of extreme cold, the water in the toilet basin may freeze and you may have to use an Asian (also known as ‘squat’) style of toilet that is located outside. Please do carry toilet paper rolls with you at all times. It is important that you carry enough rolls of toilet paper and hand sanitizer while trekking.
We provide sleeping bag and down jacket but you need to bring your own personal gear. We can recommend some good stores where you can hire or buy new ones.
Teahouses offer boiled and filtered drinking water to trekkers for a price. Though you can purchase bottled water, we discourage the use of plastic bottled water on the trail because of the adverse effect on the environment. You can bring along with you a reusable bottle nd fill it up with drinking water.
Your guide will check the condition of the water of the filtered water before you purchase it. Please be assured that our guide will thoroughly check whether the water has been boiled and treated properly before you drink it.
Teahouse trekking is one of the most popular ways of trekking in Nepal. Teahouse trekking has almost replaced old style camping treks in Nepal along the popular trekking routes of Annapurna and Everest regions. Teahouse Trek involves resting or stopping at teahouses or lodges scattered along the trail for the night. The teahouses are locally owned and they provide accommodation and food. While the standard of teahouses varies, most of these establishments usually offer basic services - small rooms (usually on a twin sharing basis with comfortable beds), shared washroom, a heated communal dining area and a menu with a range of dishes. Some may offer wi-fi and hot shower. As these teahouses are located in remote locations, one should not expect the service of a city hotel while staying in one. But in popular trails like Everest Base Camp trail and Annapurna Base Camp trail one can expect luxury standard accommodations too.
You need to have local currency to purchase items on the trail. While Lukla and Namche in the Everest Region may have lodges that would accept payment with cards, we strongly advise to carry enough local cash with you to buy essential items en route. You can exchange your currency at any of the money exchange centres in Kathmandu or use your credit or debit card at the local ATMs to get local currency.
You can store it at your hotel (most hotels in Kathmandu have storage facilities) or you can leave it at our office.
Yes, single supplement will be available in the cities and at lower elevations while trekking. At higher elevations there are very few teahouses. During peak season when there is high demand for rooms, it will be difficult to book single rooms. However if you are travelling during off season a single room can be arranged at all places.
Most of the guides in our adventure company come from the mountainous areas. They are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. We provide guides that are experienced and fluent in English. With the objective of sustaining local communities, we employ guides from different ethnic backgrounds who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora and fauna, geography and history of Nepal.
Our guides have the required government license to guide tourists. They have all gone through intensive training programs like wilderness first aid, trekking guide training, eco training workshop and rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering, which are certified and approved by the government of Nepal.
Yes, wifi hotspots are available on the Everest Base Camp trail. But please do keep in mind, due to the mountainous terrain the network maybe erratic. Often times the signal gets lost or the strength is poor.
We carry a first-aid box with us while trekking. But if you want you can carry along some essential medicines like ibuprofen, codeine, paracetamol, lozenges, anti-diarrhea tablets and diamox for AMS.
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:
We would recommend all our clients to purchase travel insurance before booking any of our treks. Trust us you will have a pleasant holiday knowing that you have a good insurance cover. In the event of any sickness or injury while trekking in the mountains, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation will be considerable. Therefore, traveling with an insurance cover is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for any of our trips. But be careful while choosing a policy as some policies make special exceptions for adventure travel.
Do read the fine print. Before buying insurance make sure your insurance company is aware of your travel itinerary and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken during the trip. Such as if you are planning to trek or climb (mountaineering expedition) in the Himalayas, your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tour in an urban area, insurance cover of air ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory. While booking a trip with us you need to send us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come for the trip.
No, you cannot get insurance in Nepal. Please also note that Third Rock Adventures does not arrange or sell insurance.
If you have to leave the expedition due to ill-health or injury, an emergency air rescue will be arranged whereby an air ambulance/helicopter will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain rescue. If you are able to walk down, one of the assistant guides will guide you down to a lower elevation where you can wait for the rest of the team or fly out to Kathmandu ahead of the group. Whether for health or personal reasons, please do note refunds for the unused days of your trip will not be given. Even if you leave the expedition beforehand, we are committed to pay the porters, and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired.