Lobuche Peak (6,119 m) is one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal and lies 4.2 km from the Khumbu Glacier and directly above the Lobuche Glacier. There are two main peaks with two distinct summits. Lobuche East (6,119 m) is classified as a “Trekking Peak” and Lobuche West (6,145 m) classified as an “Expedition Peak” and as such in order to climb Lobuche West an Expedition Permit is required.
Amid the trekking peaks in Nepal, Lobuche is the most technical climb. It is a demanding challenge but offers panoramic views of the surrounding eight thousand and above meter peaks, an awe-inspiring vision from the summit. The challenging climb contains steep, slippery rock slabs and snow slopes, just below the glacier to reach the South West Ridge. The final climb is a sharp, very exposed ridge. This trek does require previous experience of high altitude trekking.
Lobuche Peak Climb commences from Lukla after a 35-minute picturesque flight from Kathmandu. We rest and take tea then start our trek on the famous Everest Base Camp Trekking route to Phakding, following the Dudh Koshi River and trekking through lush valleys and Sherpa villages all the while passing prayer wheels and Mani stones. Heading up to Namche Bazaar, we pass through Rhododendron and Magnolia Forests then Sagarmatha National Park Entrance at (2,740 m). Further up the trail you will get your first glimpse of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), we overnight in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize.
We follow EBC Trek route up to Tengboche then Dingboche to Pheriche (4,240 m). Trek to Dughla then follow the Khumbu Glacier past Lobuche to Gorekshep (5,140 m) and on to Everest Base camp (5,364 m) for good acclimatization. We retrace our steps back to Lobuche then onto Lobuche Peak Base camp. Here at Lobuche Base Camp, our professional climbing guide will teach/train/brief on how to ascend the Lobuche Peak summit.
Since Lobuche peak has been open for climbing, Go for Nepal Treks & Expeditions have arranged numerous groups for the summit and their once in a lifetime experience. March, April, September, October, and November are best months for climbing Lobuche Peak, but we arrange as per travelers/ mountaineers wish and holiday frame. Lobuche peak climbing needs good physical fitness and climbing skills too.
Absolutely stunning views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m) Mt Lhotse (8,516 m) Mt. Makalu (8,463 m) Mt. Cho Oyo (8,201 m) and other Khumbu region mountains can be viewed in spectacular vision from the summit of Lobuche Peak.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Lobuche East Peak Climb. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.
Day 02: In Kathmandu preparation for Lobuche East Peak Climb.
A free and spare day in Kathmandu, where you can join in our exciting tour at places of interest around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur visiting World Heritage Sites, afternoon free to relax with preparation for the adventure to Lobuche East climb.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,820 m) and walk to Phakding (2,640 m), 4 hrs.
Morning depart from the hotel for fabulous adventure on Lobuche East Peak Climb, taking a short scenic flight of 30 mins with sweeping panorama of high peaks including Mt. Everest, as the small aircraft lands at Lukla of above (2,820 m) high, from here walk towards Phakding on gradual downhill trail with short ups with views of Kwangde and Kusum-Khanguru peaks as the walk leads through Choplung and Ghat Sherpa villages to reach our overnight stop at Phakding. Phakding village, located above Dudh Koshi River here with time for a short hike around this lovely village to witness Sherpa cultures with an overnight halt in a nice cozy lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 5 hrs walks.
After a pleasant night stop with the sound of river, morning walk leads following the Dudh Koshi River upstream and crossing suspension bridges to reach at Monjo village with grand views of Kwangde and Tharmarserku peaks, from here into Sagarmatha National park (Sagarmatha Nepalese name for Mt. Everest, while Sherpa calls Chomolungma in both languages means 'Great Mother'). Walk proceed towards Jorsalle village and into river valley covered within rhododendron-pines-oaks and fir trees as the route leads uphill for few hours to reach famous Namche Bazaar, where colorful and busy Saturday market is held weekly.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.
An important rest day for proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, at Namche one can take a short walk to Everest View Hotel of few hours walk uphill or visit the park museum located on top of Namche Bazaar offers grand views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Amadablam and other series of snowcapped peaks. Visit its interesting museum full of information regarding Sherpa people, culture with flora/fauna and as well of mountaineering history, rest of the afternoon free at leisure with views of mountains.
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3,867 m), 5 hrs.
With a marvelous stop at Namche Bazaar, morning with a short steep climb and then on a pleasant winding trail into alpine woodland with super views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse-Amadablam with other smaller peaks, as the walk continues heading downhill at Phunki-Tenga, a small place by the Imjatse River for lunch. After lunch with few hours climb into a serene alpine forest filled with rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines-juniper and fir tree lines with constant view of peaks, finally walk leads on a small plateau at Thyangboche Monastery the highest spot of the trek at (3,867 m) high offering mind-blowing views of Mt. Everest-Amadablam and arrays of peaks that surrounds this lovely spot. Here with time to visit it's interesting and famous Buddhist monastery, where in October a great festival Mani Rimdu is held and as well mountaineers take blessing from the priest for safe and successful climbs.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m), 5hrs.
From Thyangboche after catching morning super panorama of mountains and then head on downhill through serene woodland reaching at a metal bridge over Imjatse River, from here with uphill walk to Pangboche, the last permanent Sherpa farm village before Everest base camp, as our walk leads to Somare for lunch with super views of Amadablam at close distance, and then heading on gradual path with short climb to reach at beautiful Imjatse valley in Dingboche. Dingboche at (4,360 m) located within a beautiful valley with views of Amadablam including Lhotse and Taboche and Chotalse with Island Peaks, Dingboche with many fine lodges.
Day 08: Rest day for acclimatization in Dingboche.
Another rest day for acclimatization on this high altitude within beautiful and scenic Imjatse valley, where you can take a hike to Nakarjung hill for best panorama of surrounding peaks with Mt. Makalu towards east beyond Island peak, rest of the afternoon free to relax and to marvel the surrounding views in the comfort of nice warm lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche East Peak base camp at (4,865 m), 5 hrs.
Morning overlooking superb views of high snowcapped peaks with Amadablam North Face, as our adventure begins heading uphill for an hour to a ridge and then on gradual up with stunning views as the walk leads to Thugla, where Khumbu glacier melts into a raging icy river here with rest and lunch then climb up to Thugla ridge, where you can observe many memorials of climbers and mountaineers who died on Everest expedition including other peaks within Everest region. After enjoying the beautiful panorama of mountains walks towards Lobuche with fabulous views of high snowcapped mountains as the walk leads to our main highlight at Lobuche East Peak base camp.
Day 10: Climb to Lobuche High Camp (5,600 m/18,368 ft), 4 hrs.
Starting with gradual climb to set up our high camp, climbing nearly for 4 hours to reach the high camp for the climb, climb leads over rocks and moraine faint trail to High Camp, at High Camp after establishing the camp, afternoon free for final preparation while our guide will scout the area and route of next morning climb fixing ropes where necessary.
Day 11: Climb the summit (6,119 m/20,070 ft) and to Base Camp, 8 hrs.
The climb to the summit leads to steep haul; while our guide will fix rope where necessary on this tough technical ascent to reach the eastern summit of Lobuche peak, after a final push to the top with a mind-blowing panorama of mountains and valleys,certainly makes you feel on top of the world in high spirit. Enjoy the view of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,501 m), Mt. Amadablam (6,856 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Chamlang and Baruntse peaks in the far distance, after an adventure of lifetime experience, descend on the same route to base camp.
Day 12: Reserve and contingency day in case of unfavorable weather.
We have allowed one more extra day for the climb, as the climb to Lobuche East is quite technical with grade as TD means Technical Difficult, using the grade from French and Swiss Alpine Style climbing classification as used worldwide. The weather is another factor, with the spare day if all goes well as per our standard itinerary using this day on route back to Lukla making the day shorter or options visit Everest Base Camp and climb Kalapathar.
Day 13: Trek to Pangboche (3,985 m/13,074 ft), 5 hrs.
Today’s walk much easier with long descend towards lower altitudes, following same route back into wide valley of Imjatse Khola, past Orsho and Shomare villages and then a short climb to reach and visit the oldest Gompa of Khumbu at upper Pangboche, and then taking a regular route to Pangboche, an old village with views of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range on the south with Imja Tse River flowing through the wide fertile valley.
Day 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 6 hrs.
From here onward long descend to the bridge, after the bridge back into greens and tree lines as the route climbs up to Thyangboche Monastery, with a downhill walk to Phunki Tenga on crossing a wooden bridge climb uphill to Lobesa and Sanasa small villages with a gradual winding path to Kyanjinma. A beautiful spot with few lodges facing Everest-Amadablam and Tharmarserku peaks, here the chance of spotting some wildlife like Thar, Musk deer and the colorful Danphe (Impeyan pheasant and the national bird of Nepal). From this peaceful spot, the walk continues for another hour on a pleasant winding path to Namche Bazaar for an overnight stop after a great day walk.
Day 15: Trek to Lukla, 4 hrs.
After a wonderful time on high Khumbu valley with climb of Island peak morning depart from Namche Bazaar as the walk leads to a long descends towards Dudh Kosi River as this scenic walk leads within lovely alpine forest and then reaching at Monjo, from here walk leads on the same route following gentle path past Phakding and Ghat villages with an climb to reach at Lukla, where you can enjoy the afternoon relaxing and celebrate with staff-guides-porters and fellow member on this last night around high Khumbu within Everest areas.
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Early morning transfer to Lukla airport known as Tenzing & Hillary airport with its unique airstrip, sometimes the flight can delay due to bad weather, as the flight arrives from Kathmandu board on the smaller Twin-Otter or Dornier airplane where a scenic flight brings you at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life.
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.
We have reserved as contingency and a free day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla due to unpredictable bad weather conditions, on this day you can book for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu as the valley, filled with most of the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.
Day 18: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to the respective destination with a wonderful experience on Lobuche East Peak Climb.
What's included !
- Airport pickups and drops
- Accommodation in 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Climbing peak permit & other necessary permits (Sagarmatha National Park Permit, TIMS and Climbing Permit),
- A professional English speaking trained trekking guide and a climbing guide
- Climbing bonus for Sherpa climbers,
- Daily wages, insurance, cloth, food, shelter of staffs and porters,
- Internal Flight Tickets (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
- Tea House accommodation during the trek
- Tent/camping accommodation during the climb
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during trek and climb,
- Complete camping equipment & all common climbing equipment: snow-bar, ice-screw, ropes, snow shovel,
- Transport of all food supply & equipment from the trip starting point to the ending point as per itinerary,
- Down Jacket and Sleeping bag (should be returned after completion of the trip)
- Trekking bag or duffel bag to keep your things
- Good quality tents and kitchen equipment for camping
- Farwell dinner
- First Aid Medical Kit box
- Trekking Map
- Rescue arrangement only (must cover by your travel and rescue insurance)
- All local and governmental taxes
What's not included !
- International air fare
- City sights entrance fees.
- Bar bills & personal expenses.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel Insurance
- Emergency rescue charges if necessary.
- Extra shower, battery re-charge fee, snacks, etc.
- Personal clothing & gears.
- Tips to guide and porter.
- Cost raised by cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness which are not under our control.
What is trekking ?
Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.
Is trekking good for me ?
In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.
Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?
You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.
How difficult is trekking and climbing ?
Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.
Is travel insurance necessary ?
Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.
What types of permit are required for trekking ?
It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.
How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?
During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.
What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?
Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.
Will I have to carry my own luggage ?
Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.
Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?
Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.
What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?
There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.
Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?
It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.