Lobuche Peak Climb

Trip Overview

Welcome to Nepal – the land of the Himalayas. Of the 1310 peaks above 6,000 metres in Nepal, 238 are open to climbing – one of them is Lobuche. Wouldn’t you want to be atop a peak in the Himalayas? The plus point? The trail traverses through the route to Everest Base Camp – where climbers begin their arduous journey to the top of the world. 
Watch unparalleled views of Everest, and other high peaks (Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku), tread the magnificent Khumbu Glacier, traverse through Khumbu Region (the land of the Sherpas), be moved by the untouched raw beauty of the Himalayas and sign off conquering a peak and your soul. This expedition does not require expert mountaineering skills, however, a certain level of fitness is expected. 

The journey to the summit of this peak starts with the class and dramatic flight to Lukla. From here we follow the footsteps of the legends Tenzing Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary to Everest Base Camp. We are now in the land of the famous climbing people, Sherpas and will be passing through pine forest, Sherpa villages, monasteries, gushing rivers fed by the Himalayan glaciers, crossing hanging bridges to arrive at the bustling Sherpa ‘capital’ Namche Bazaar. From here we head towards the famous Thyangboche monastery which has a backdrop of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt.Amadablum. Mani walls, chortens and fluttering prayer flags with views of magnificent Himalayas. From here we continue our ascend crossing the Imja Khola to arrive at Dingboche and  steady ascent further following glacial moraines to Lobuche and then to our lodge at Gorak Shep. From here we hike to the famous and historic site of Everest Base Camp (5360 m) and also climb Kala Pattar (5545 meters) to get some mesmerizing views of the Himalayas.  On the return, well acclimatized we will summit the Lobuche East Peak at 6119 meters in altitude. Lobuche East peak climbing offers various existing as well as new and challenging climbing routes to all the amateur climbers and explorers. 

Later return back to Lukla on the 16th day of the trek. Bid farewell to the climbing Sherpas the next day and take the flight back to Kathmandu on the twin otter.


Day 1

Arrival: TIA, Kathmandu
Overnight: Hotel
Arrival in Kathmandu, met by a Khempalung Adventure representative and hotel transfer. Relax the rest of the day. 

Day 2

Sightseeing and Briefing
Overnight: Hotel
The day is required for us to procure necessary permits and other legal documentations to grant guests permission to climb a peak in Nepal. 

In the meantime: 
AM: Tour Kathmandu valley and travel through time as you visit UNESCO Heritage sites like the Durbar Squares and Swayambhu Temple.
PM: Briefing about the trek and allow time for last minute purchases of necessary equipments. 

Day 3

Flight: Lukla, Trek: Phakding (2652m)
Overnight: Lodge     Trek Duration: 3 – 3 ½ hours. 
Take in the Himalayas as you take a spectacular flight to Lukla – the gateway to Everest. Upon arrival, necessary introduction with the porters and a short tea/coffee break. 

Begin trek as we leave the small town of Lukla and cross a suspension bridge. Pursue trail, cross villages of Chaunri Kharka (2713m) and Ghat (2550m) and descend down to reach the Dudh Kosi River at Phakding (2652m). 

Day 4

Namche Bazaar (3447 m)
Overnight: Namche          Trek Duration: 5 – 5 ½ hours. 
Follow trail along left bank of Dudh Kosi, pass along agricultural fields, small villages and a monastery, Cross the river at Benkar to be greeted with tantalizing glimpses of Kusum Kunguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). Steep climb of 20 mins to Monjo, lunch stop. 
Post lunch, trek up to the check post, register one’s entry and enter Sagarmatha National Park. Follow Dudh Kosi, cross a suspension bridge and begin a 3 hour ascent to Namche Bazar. 
Halfway along, our first peek into views of the majestic three – Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7879m) and Lhotse (8383m). Reach Namche. 

Day 5

Khumjung (3780 m) via Everest View Hotel
Overnight: Lodge          Trek Duration: 3 ½ – 4 ½ hours.
Set out from Namche Bazar and reach a small pass – a steep ascent awaits you. Reach Syangboche which features an inoperative airport with a stone plowed runway. A pleasant hike through meadows and small remnants of coniferous forests with beautifully scattered rhododendrons. Kongde Ri (6186m) is behind you. 
We reach Everest View Hotel which features unspoiled views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse amongst other Himalayan peaks. Head towards towards Khumjung– the largest Sherpa village in Khumbu. 

Day 6

Phortse (3800 m)
Overnight: Lodge     Trek Duration: 4 ½ hours. 
A steep walk towards Mong La pass as we pursue our journey towards EBC. Be greeted with spectacular views of Ama Dablam and Khumbila mountains. Our destination for the day is a very traditional Sherpa village by the name of Phortse where we are likely to spot Himalayan tahr (mountain goats), musk deers and Daphne – the national bird of Nepal. 

Day 7

Dingboche (4350 m)
Overnight: Lodge     Trek Duration: 5 ½ hours.
Stunning views of Tengboche and Ama Dablam as we climb up a ridge towards Imja Khola Valley. We reach Pangboche which has an ancient monastery famous for its purported possession of Yeti scalp and hand (the hand is believed to have been stolen). Stop for lunch. 
Continue up the glacial valley to Dingboche – en route we pass beautifully carved and inscribed prayer stones – a tribute to the gods as offered by the natives of Khumbu region who revere the Himalayas. 

Day 8

Rest/Acclimatization: Dingboche (4350 m)
Overnight: Lodge     Trek Duration: 3 – 3 ½
In the mountains, to avoid AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), it is advised to take rest – let the body acclimatize to the change in altitude. Thus today, we allow a rest day and allow our bodies to adapt before heading higher up. 
After breakfast hike to the hill top on the left. Magnificent views of the surrounding Himalayas of Amadablum, Thamsherku, Kangtega etc are visible. One also gets to see the Pheriche village from the top. 

Day 9

Lobuche (4930 m)
Overnight: Lodge     Trek Duration: 4 – 4 ½ hours.
Follow and ill-defined track across the open landscape – a short steep ascent leads to you to a hill top. Travel along the ridge and arrive at Thugla for an early lunch. (Note: Due to the unavailability of water ahead, this is the only lunch stop available, thus an early lunch). 
A steep ascent for an hour and we reach a beautiful memorial site – in remembrance to the brave mountaineers who died during their expeditions. The memorial chortens (shrines) dot the skyline facing the mountains and overlook the valley below them.
The trail leads to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. A stunning view of the Pumori (Widow’s Peak) is ahead of us. After an hour of steady trek through the moraine, arrive at the windswept valley of Lobuche. Settle down and absorb without interruption, the mesmerizing views of Tawatse (6501m) and Nuptse (7855m). 

Day 10

Gorakshep (5160m) – Everest Base Camp (5360m) – Gorakshep
Overnight: Lodge     Trek Duration: 7 ½ – 8 ½ hours. 
Travel along the Khumbu Glacier through jumbled moraines and scattered rocks – on a clear day Everest can be seen looming behind Nuptse. Approach the ridge above Gorakshep and tread down to reach it. 
Gorakshep was used as EBC during the 1950s expeditions and has several monuments dedicated to Everest expeditioners who lost their lives during their attempts to scale Everest. After a short rest, we head up to the EBC – just below the infamous Khumbu Icefall. 
The EBC is not a specific location, more of a scattered region, where each expedition team sets camp before heading on towards the summit. Watch the towering mountain ranges surrounding us and be in awe of the treacherous Khumbu Icefall as we trek alongside it. Return to Gorakshep. 

Day 11

Kala Patthar (5545) and back to Lobuche and down to Lobuche Base Camp (4950 m)
Overnight: Tented Camp     Trek Duration: 6 ½ – 7 ½ hours.
After an early breakfast and an arduous trek up hill, reach Kala Patthar to be rewarded with some of the best views of Mt. Everest and other surrounding high peaks– Pumori (7145m), Changtse (7553m), Nuptse (7855m), Lhotse (8516m) and Ama Dablam amongst many others. Breathtaking, stunning, spectacular, awe-inspiring, one will run out of adjectives whilst describing the Himalayas. 
Best viewed after noon as the sun is behind the observer and on the majestic mountains ahead of you.  
After a short rest and refreshments, follow the trail back to Lobuche. From Lobuche a gradual descent for half an hour and then an ascent brings us  Lobuche Base Camp. The path is rocky and follows the bank of Lobuche Glacier. Watch uncompromised views of Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kang Taiga and many other peaks as you head steadily towards the base camp.

Day 12

Training and Rest Day: Lobuche Base Camp
Overnight: Tented Camp
Light Exercises and guides will go through a safety lesson – teach you climbing techniques to follow and explain the use of various equipments. Remainder of the day: Rest.

Day 13

High Camp (5600m): Acclimatize
Overnight: Tented Camp
Proceed to High Camp – although it is possible to summit the peak in a day from Base Camp – not advised as it becomes too strenuous, also a day to acclimatize at High Camp would prove beneficial. Practice the use of the climbing gear. 

Day 14

Summit Lobuche Peak, back to Base Camp
Overnight: Tented Camp
The most awaited day is here – we start early morning, however dependent upon weather. A stead, slightly technical, however doable journey upward to the top of Lobuche. 
Once on the top, there is no comparison to the view – a 360 degree panoramic view of the majestic Himalayan Range. Stunning and unparalleled views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Cholatse, Pumori, Changri and more. Take in the view with mesmerizing awe of the universe and what is has to offer. Congratulate each other and yourself on a successful journey, let the feeling of being atop a mountain sink in, and slowly make your way back to the Base Camp. 

Day 15

Contingency day in case of Bad weather.
Overnight: Tented Camp or Lodge.
Contingency day to be used incase of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances 

Day 16

Pangboche (3985m)
Overnight: Tented Camp     Trek Duration: 6 ½ – 7 ½ hours.
After days in the high altitude areas, especially after the summit, trekkers/mountaineers crave some warm weather – and today we descend to Pangboche (3985m). A gradual descent is followed by a sharp descent all the way to Dudh Koshi where we rejoin the earlier track near Pheriche. The route leads us to Pangboche. 

Day 17

Namche Bazaar
Overnight: Lodge     Trek Duration: 5 ½ – 6 ½ hours.
We have begun our return journey, we are following the same trail we walked by a few days ago, nevertheless, our views remain uniquely distinctive. We take a beautiful afternoon stroll along the meadows of Devouche. Pass by Shanasa, where Tibetan traders have wonderful artifacts which can be taken home as souvenirs of the Himalayas. Reach Namche Bazaar. 

Day 18

Overnight: Lodge     Trek Duration: 5½ – 6 ½ hours. 
Bid farewell to the Sagarmatha National Park at Joresalay. lunch at Phading, Walk along the river and a steady climb brings us to Lukla.  
A farewell dinner in the evening over celebratory drinks and dancing with our Sherpa friends. 

Day 19

Flight: Lukla – Kathmandu
Overnight: Hotel
Early morning, take a flight to Kathmandu in a twin otter aircraft. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to hotel by representative. 
Free for the rest of the day. 

Day 20

Free day in Kathmandu
Overnight: Hotel
Free day in Kathmandu to rest, relax, and shop on your own.

Day 21

Last minute shopping of souvenirs and transfer to TIA, Kathmandu. Head home, or to your next destination with beautiful memories and a wide glossary of experiences. Watch the Himalayas pass by. 

Trip Facts

Best Period: Feb to May – Oct to Dec

Time Period: 20 Nights / 21 Days.

Trek Period: 16 Night / 17 Days

In Kathmandu: 04 Nights

Flights: 2 Ways. (Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu)

Trek Type: Strenuous

Highest Altitude: 6119 meters

Warning: Altitude Sickness

Trek Start Point: Lukla

Trek End Point: Lukla

Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu / Lodges on trek / Camping while climbing


National Park: Sagarmatha National Park (1148 sq. kms)

Mountains: Everest, Lhotse, Tamserku, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Tawatse, Kantega, Pumo-ri, etc.

Rivers: Bhote Kosi, Dudh Kosi and Imjatse Khola etc.

Villages: Lukla, Namche, Thyangboche, Lobuche,  etc     

Tribes: Mostly Sherpas & Tibetans 

Forest: Of Rhododendron and Pine. 

Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains

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