Lobuche Peak Climbing is one of the most adventurous task to do in Khumbu region of Nepal. Actually, Lobuche Peak is located just above the Lobuche Village inviting keen adventure enthusiasts to scale it and celebrate their one of the greatest triumph for the lifetime. Lobuche peak climbing has two different summits i. e. Lobuche East (6,119m) and Lobuche West (6,145m). The continuous ridge connects these two peaks.
Lobuche East peak was first scaled successfully by Ang by Ang Gyalzen Sherpa and Laurence Neilson in 1984. The summit of this peak can be approached from the south ridge. It is absolutely adventurous. However, the summit offers us probably the most stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori and other minor peaks in Everest region. For this, the climbers feel that they are blessed by breathtaking holy giant peaks. The thrills of adventure at the moment will be absolutely marvelous. In order to scale this peak, one needs to obtain climbing permit and for Lobuche West peak one requires to obtain Expedition permit.
We begin this adventurous Lobuche Peak Climbing with a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.It is a thirty five minutes flight. From Lukla, we catch the same trail to Everest Base Camp Trek via Phakding, Namche and Tengboche till Lobuche. We also experience Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its flora and faunas. As we get Lobuche village , we head towards peak and we climb it with professional climbers team. The summit will be solely breathtaking. After our successful attempt of scaling it, we again follow the same track back to Lukla. Then we will have a short flight to Kathmandu.
Some travelers prefer plenty of acclimatization before climbing Lobuche Peak and also have some training of peak climbing. We also recommend you all to have it before we embark on adventure. So, the itinerary and the duration of days will be varying from person to person according to their time frame and budget and the level of stamina too. The customized trip can be offered to every adventure enthusiast to climb Lobuche Peak with veteran equipped team.
And, climbing requires appropriate weather. So, we suggest you to make this climbing adventure either between April- May or October- November. For these seasons offer us favorable temperature and weather condition.
Please note that Lobuche East Peak climbing requires some skills of technical climbing . It can be obtained in Kathmandu of you can manage yourself before leaving your country. Besides, it also requires sound physical fitness and mental determination. You have to get well prepared.
In this trip, we also have some insights of Sherpa people and their culture.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines, our TH staff will receive with courtesy transfer to hotels in the centre of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting to be with many shops, stores and excellent world class restaurants, with time for short walk and to buy necessary items for the trip, in the hotel our guide will inform and brief regarding trekking and other important things.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, preparation for the trip to Lobuche Peak climb.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
An early morning start from the hotel with a short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport for super scenic flight of 35 minutes to Lukla with awesome views of mountains range, and the shortly landing at strange runways with an uphill, on reaching Lukla with time for rest and to refresh with morning tea and coffee and probably breakfast depending upon the time of arrival, from here a slow start passing the market with shops and stores in Lukla and heading downhill for a while, and then with short ups and gradual winding trail passing many farms and villages, Buddhist prayer monuments and views of snow capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru and Kwangde and finally reaching the overnight stop at Phakding by the river Dudh Kosi.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk of the 2nd day trekking starts with an easy walk with few ups following the river Dudh Kosi most of the way, crossing the same river by suspension bridge reaching at Monjo village a nice village with lodges catering the trekkers for many years, view of Thermasharkhu peak and Khumbi-la mountain the patron god of Khumbu area, Monjo is the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at the park entrance a rest after getting the permits to travel this area requires Park permits with fees and as well TIMS ( Trekking Information Management System) after a brief rest here continue walk crossing the bridge over Dudh Kosi and to Jorsalle village for lunch, this is the only village for 2-3 hours till Namche is reached. From here walking on the river bed for a while and then after crossing the last bridge over Imjatse River (which joins Dudh Kosi) an uphill walk for few hours through beautiful alpine forest lined with rhododendron, pines and fir trees with awesome mountain scenery of Kwangde, Kusum kanguru if the day is clear view of Mt. Everest and Lhotse also, after a hard climb of few hours reaching at famous Namche Bazaar the Sherpa capital of Khumbu region with many houses with lodges, hotels, pubs, restaurant with fresh bakery and cyber café, health post, post office and banks.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
An important and necessary to have a rest day or 2 nights at this altitude to safe guard from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) where drinking plenty of fluids helps but not alcoholic drinks which dehydrate you. In Namche optional walks around neighboring area up to Everest View Hotel (believed as world highest hotel at 3,880 meters) a 2-3 hours hike with promising mountain views with Mt. Everest and magnificent Ama Dablam peak, or walk to the top of Namche hill with aerial view of Namche with Mt. Everest, Lhotse,Tawache, Tarmasarku, Kwangde and Ama Dablam peaks and visit interesting museum with full of information of this Khumbu area, afternoon at leisure to browse around the bazaar with nice stores, this place is flooded with locals and trekkers on Saturday big market.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m – 05hrs.
Morning with a short climb to the ridge above Namche and then on the pleasant walk for the first half of the day with views after views of mountains and surrounding beautiful landscapes and into a nice woodlands and then on the downhill slope for an hour to reach lunch break at Phungi-tenga located in a gorge by the river Imjatse and in the middle of alpine woodland.
After a refreshing moment starting with an uphill for 2 hours through nice tree lines of rhododendron and pines with beautiful views of snow clad peaks and finally reaching the famed Tengboche Monastery (Gomba) for overnight stop.
This beautiful scenic spot offers tremendous views of peaks that encircle this place with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and towering Mt. Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Thermasharkhu and Kwangde peaks, afternoon visit this interesting monastery with Lama and monks chanting prayer at the main hall statue of Sakyamuni Buddha and with thanka paintings around the wall and ceiling, and then visit the small museum.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m – 05hrs.
After an interesting impressive time here, morning walk leads to a descend through nice serene forest passing few prayer walls and then to cross a bridge over raging Imjatse River, after the bridge a slow uphill walk with few steep climb and descend till Pangboche village (the last permanent village on route to Everest base camp)
From here a short steep climb to Shomare a small settlement popular stop for lunch on route trekking higher, after lunch a gradual uphill climb on the windy exposed terrain and crossing the same river and with a climb for an hour reaching our overnight stop at Dingboche a nice place located at the start of Imjatse valley beneath the towering Ama Dablam North Face and Mt. Lhotse with nice views of Island / Imjatse peak towards east.
Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.
We have set another rest day for proper acclimatization, so that you can enjoy the adventure feeling good and healthy, at Dingboche optional walk and hike, the very wise and best thing to do is to climb a hill above Imjatse valley to Nagajung hill which takes about 1-2 hours of fine climb offering great super views of surrounding mountain panorama with world 5th highest Mt. Makalu towards east adding extra heights of the day helps to acclimatize also, afternoon at leisure.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
From Dingboche with good night rest, morning walk leads to a short climb over a hill festooned with prayer flags and Buddhist payer monuments, overlooking superb views of Imjatse valley, Ama Dablam North Face, Island / Imjatse Peak, and world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu towards east the peaks of Twache and Cholatse looks closer from this spot, from here on the gentle uphill path leading to a small place at Thukla for lunch stop, where the trail from Gokyo via Tshola and Pheriche meets and as well Khumbu glacier melts into torrential river. After a nice break here a steep climb for an hour to cairn of Thulga pass top, where many tombs and memorials are placed of the unfortunate mountaineers, from here a good walk for another hour brings at Lobuche for overnight stop, Lobuce with more than good lodges around beneath the Lobuche East and West Peaks.
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep – 06 hrs.
Today this awesome journey leads to our goal and highlight of this great trip, morning walk on the gentle slope for few hours passing near the metrological stations of glass pyramids managed by Nepal and Italian scientific on glacier of this area. From here walk leads over rocky moraine and ice and below Khumbu glacier with views of Everest, Nuptse and of Mt. Pumori and after crossing moraine area reaching at Gorakshep located on route Everest base camp and Kalapathar climb with Mt. Pumori soaring above this flat valley.
After a good rest continue walk for 2-3 hours to Everest Base Camp through glacier and moraine sections, on reaching at Everest Base Camp grand views of Nuptse, Lho-la, Changtse in Tibet and top of Everest with its notorious Khumbu ice falls and glaciers at near distance from the base camp. This desolate but tremendous spot feeling out of this world, in high expedition’s season around April and May this place is flooded with different groups of expeditions.
After an overwhelming moment retrace the walk back to Gorakshep for overnight stop after feeling high and at ease after reaching the goal of this trip.
Day 11: Hike to Kalapatthar 5,545 m /18,192 ft trek to Lobuche BC.
An early morning excursion for two hours to Kalapatthar view point at 5,545 meters, for awesome scenery of Mt.Everest in a close distance and panorama of high mountains peaks all over the north east range after a great return back to Gorakshep and continue walk to Lobuche then heading on the same trail for an hour then the route diverts towards Lobuche Base Camp, on steep and rocky trail along the Lobuche glacier. The trail offers amazing views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega, after a several hours of walk to Lobuche Base at 4,865 m / 15,957 ft, here our expert guide will inform you regarding climb.
Day 12: Climb to Lobuche High Camp 5,600m / 18,368 ft – 04 hrs.
Morning starts with a gentle climb to reach the high camp, the climb takes almost four hours to reach overnight stop, after a climb through rocky moraine path to reach High Camp with final preparation for the climbing.
Day 13: Climb the summit 6,119m / 20,070 ft and to Base Camp – 08 hrs.
The climb to the summit is steep climbing which is slightly technical; our guide will fix rope around necessary section on this strenuous ascent to reach the summit, from the top breathtaking views of fascinating mountains and valleys,
at the summit top where dream becomes a reality with an overwhelming success, from top of the summit overlooking striking panorama that surrounds you with world’s highest mountains lies before you with offering unmatched views of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,501 m, Mt. Ama-Dablam 6,856 m, Mt. Makalu 8, 463 m, Chamlang and Baruntse peaks in the far distance, after an experience of a life time descend on the same route towards base camp.
Day 14: Reserve day in case of unfavorable weather condition
We have reserved an extra day which will be as contingency day, in case of unfavorable weather conditions some times in this high Himalayan range, the weather can be unpredictable, so an extra day on this type of adventure is very necessary, if all goes well can be used on the way back to Lukla with short day walk enjoying the great scenery along the way.
Day 15: Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m – 05 hrs.
Leaving Lobuche base camp with super views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse wall, Lhotse, then heading on the downhill path and back to lower altitude and tree lines, the walk leads past Pangboche and from the bridge an hour or more climb brings you back to the famed Tengboche Monastery with amazing surrounding scenery.
Day 16: Trek to Monjo 2,880 m via Namche Bazaar – 06hrs.
Morning walk begins with a descend to Imjatse River at Phunge tenga, here after crossing the bridge a steep uphill for an hour then with gentle winding walk all the way to Namche Bazaar, ( for energetic people can use the route to Namche visiting Everest View Hotel or Khumjung and Khunde village) from Namche on the downhill path to Dudh Kosi River bank, from here with short ups and downs to reach the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and then Monjo village for overnight stop in this quaint nice village.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla – 05 hrs.
After a memorable trip to Lobuche Peak climb including Everest base camp, today the last day walk of this fascinating journey, from here retrace the trail back to Lukla on the gradual winding trail passing Phakding and Ghat village then with the last uphill climb to Lukla for lunch and overnight stop, evening time enjoy the last meal with fellow trekkers, staffs and porters.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
From Lukla the flight starts early morning to Kathmandu, sometime the flight time can get delayed due to bad weather, as per the flight time board in the small plane for a super, scenic flight back to Kathmandu, on reaching at Katmandu domestic terminal our guide and staff transfer you back to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu in and around Thamel area.
Day 19 : International departure for home ward bound.
After a most memorable experience of a life time with Team Himalaya, our staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure as per your flight time for homeward bound or to respective countries.