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Lobuche Peak Climbing

  Nepal

Duration

18 Days

Tour Type

Trekking

Group Size

2+

Accomodation

Tea house and Camp

Meal

B.L.D.

Max. Altitiude

6119 m

Best Season

March- April , Sep- Nov

Departure from

Kathmandu

Hightlight

  • Kathmandu-Lukla scenic flights
  • 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Ama Dablam from Lobuche Peak (6,119m)
  • The world’s highest placed Everest View Hotel & close view of Mt. Ama Dablam
  • Sherpa villages reflecting true Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition
  • Climbing Lobuche Peak (6,119m)
  • Flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Everest Base Camp (5,364m)

Overview

Lobuche Peak (6,119m) is a trekking peak located in Everest region. Lobuche Peak climbing is a rather difficult but adventurous journey to the top of a 6,000m+ peak. This journey takes you through the dense forests of Sagarmatha National Park. You know Sagarmatha National Park is one of the 10 World Heritage Sites of Nepal.

A large variety of flora and fauna are conserved in this high altitude protected area. Some of the animals are red panda, snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, etc. While walking through the pine, oak, fir, hemlock and rhododendron forests, you will see many bird species. You can also see the Himalayan Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal.

Everest region is the home of the Sherpas who are synonymous to trekking, climbing and mountaineering. As soon as you hear the word ‘Sherpa’, you come to think about the adventurous tourism in Nepal. There has been hardly any expedition that has been successfully done without the Sherpa guide. Even for Lobuche Peak expedition, the Sherpa guide is more reliable!

Lobuche East Peak climbing package rewards you with the Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition. There are numerous monasteries, chortens and mani walls throughout Everest Base Camp trek route. The colourful prayer flags and wheels make these shrines more lively and beautiful.

Lobuche Peak climbing with Everest Base Camp trek is the most preferred adventurous trekking in Nepal. In this trip, you can not only experience peak climbing in Nepal but also reaching Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and Kalapatthar (5,550m).You will have the 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m) and many more. The Khumbu Glacier and the Khumbu Icefall are other prominent attraction of Lobuche peak climbing.

Lobuche Peak Climbing Route

Lobuche Peak climbing route begins after a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then trekking to Phakding. Moving ahead along the Dudhkoshi River Valley and Sagarmatha National Park, you reach Namche Bazar.

After spending an extra day at Namche Bazar, you move further towards Tengboche and Dingboche. You stay at Lobuche the following night and after that, you move to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep. To hike to Kalapatthar, the best vantage point of the entire Everest region, you stop at Gorakshep.

Next morning, you hike to Kalapatthar; enjoy the 360-degree panorama of Mt. Everest as well as other peaks and then, trek down to Lobuche. From Lobuche, you trek to High Camp (5,400m) along the steep trail. Some climbers also spend an extra day at Lobuche by making preparation.

From High Camp, you should walk for about 10 hours to reach the top of Lobuche Peak (6,119m) and trek down to High Camp. Next day, you trek down to Pangboche village that is famous for Pangboche Monastery.

Thereafter, by walking past Tenboche, you stop at Namche and final day at Lukla, the gateway to Everest Base Camp trek. The following morning, you catch a morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. This is the Lobuche Peak climbing route you must follow to do this trip combined with Everest Base Camp.

Otherwise, you can spend an extra day at Lobuche after Dingboche and then divert towards High Camp. Climbing Lobuche Peak without Everest Base Camp reduces the itinerary and the cost as well.

Lobuche Peak Climbing Difficulty

Do you want to do Lobuche Peak climbing with or without Everest Base Camp trek? The answer of this question further helps us talk about Lobuche Peak climbing difficulty.

Climbing Lobuche Peak is a high altitude trekking in Everest region. It is not that easy to cover the rough and rocky trail situated above 4,000m. Moreover, you have to walk for about 5/6 hours per day.

It may not be much problematic for those who are experienced in trekking and peak climbing in Nepal. However, the beginner trekkers may suffer from altitude sickness for sure. It doesn’t mean that Lobuche Peak Climbing difficulty cannot be beaten.

Following some simple techniques can help you get rid of this problem. Some of the most important techniques are walking slowly; keeping fully hydrated; having enough food and sleep; as well as keeping medicines like Diamox Oral.

Especially, the section from Lobuche Village to Summit of Lobuche Peak is quite tricky and challenging as well. The trails are steeper as they are the less travelled by the climbers.

The ascent from High Camp to the top of the peak is more difficulty. You have to begin the last day trip as early as you can with the help of head torch. With this limited light, it is not that easy to cross some crevasses.

The descent from the top to High Camp is also difficult that you have to use climbing gears like rope, crampons, hand lines, etc. For a few days, you have to spend the nights at a tented camp above 5,000m. On the one hand, the temperature is far below and on the other, you don’t have other option than eating the food cooked by your crew.

Nevertheless, these all the factors contributing for Lobuche Peak climbing difficulty are beatable.

Lobuche Peak Climbing Cost

Lobuche Peak climbing cost depends upon some major factors related with the trip. Firstly, the trip duration plays a vital role in determining the cost.

This Peak Climbing itinerary ranges from 10 days to 18 days and even more. And, obviously, the cost of 10 days is higher than Lobuche Peak climbing 18 days itinerary. You can do this trip with or without Everest Base Camp trek. As a result, the itinerary goes to be different and definitely, the cost becomes different.

Secondly, the services you want to have during the trip also make the trip cost higher or lower. Except two days (High Camp and Summit Day), you will spend the nights at the lodges. Everest trek is popular for high quality of food and accommodation services as it is the most popular trekking region in Nepal.

Lobuche Peak Climbing permit cost is different in different seasons of the year as declared by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). You have to pay USD 250 in spring; USD 150 in autumn while USD 70 in winter and summer. The peak climbing cost in spring is highest as this is the peak season for peak climbing in Nepal.

Purchasing or hiring the climbing gears also make an impact on overall cost of  Peak climbing. Definitely, purchasing cost is higher than hiring them.

To know the exact Lobuche Peak climbing cost, contact @ www.nepaltrekkingroutes.com.

Itinerary

On the arrival day, the team member of NTR receives you at the Kathmandu and relocates to the hotel.

The guide takes you out for Kathmandu City tour. You will visit 4 of the 7 World Heritage Sites: the Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Patna Durbar Square.

After you come back from tour, the team leader gives you briefing about Lobuche Peak climbing itinerary. It is time for managing the climbing gears and other accessories by consulting with the team leader.

Some of the gears can be hired while others should be purchased. Consult properly with the Sherpa guide.

Take a morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla by enjoying the aerial view of the Himalayas and green forests. The snowcapped peaks of Manaslu, Ganesh  Himal, Langtang, Rolwaling Range and Everest region come into your sight.

When you land at Lukla, the gateway to Everest Base Camp trek, you formally begin the trek. Moving along the Dudhkoshi River Valley, you cross Ghat Village to reach Phakding in a couple of hours. While walking further, you will enjoy the stunning view of Kusum Kanguru (6,370m). Here, you can visit Pema Choling Gompa located above the forested land.

Moving through the rugged trail, you happen to cross the Hillary Suspension Bridge over the Dudhkoshi River and enter into Sagarmatha National Park. Getting your permit checked at Monzo, you continue the trip along the dense forests of pine, oak and rhododendron. You can see Mt. Thamserku (6,609m) and even Mt. Everest peeping out from the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge on fine days.

Finally, you end up today’s trip at Namche Bazar. Namche Bazar is also called the Sherpa Capital as is the main trading center of the entire Khumbu region. All the modern amenities from ATMs to good cafes are found in here.

Today is an acclimatization day at Namche Bazar that it has a couple of benefits. First, it helps you ascend further towards other overnight stops and next, you can explore the natural and cultural beauties around this.

Hike to Everest View Hotel (3,880m) is a must-do thing while at Namche Bazar. It is one of the highest altitude hotels in the world. You can have a 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama D ablam and other peaks from here.

Next, you can visit the Sherpa Museum to have a better knowledge about Sherpa lifestyle, culture and tradition. The Hall of Fame of this museum has conserved all the photos of Everest Expeditions including the 1953 Everest expedition made by Hillary and Tenzing.

Walking along the forests of Sagarmatha National Park, you continue the trip after having breakfast. following Phunki Village,  you ascend towards Tengboche.

Tengboche Monastery is the largest monastery of the whole Khumbu region. From here, you can have the astounding vista of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.

Tengboche Monastery is popular for Mani Rimdu Festival, which is celebrated for 19 days in autumn season. Starting from the last day of Bijaya Dashami, it is observed by the Sherpa people of Everest region to commemorate the founding of Buddhism by Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava. The monks and nuns of the monasteries perform masked dances and tantric rituals in front of the Guru Rinpoche.

Today, you follow the trail that moves along the Imja Khola, which originates from the Imja Lake (Island Peak). Moving ahead, the trail penetrates through the pine and rhododendron forests.

On the way, you reach Pangboche Village which houses the oldest monastery of Everest region called Pangboche Monastery. At the end of the trek, you reach Dingboche Village going past Somare and Milingo villages. You will enjoy the stunning view of Mt. Lhotse (8,516m) during the walk.

By crossing the moraine rift of the Khumbu Glacier, you continue the journey up to Chupki Lhara. Here, you see some memorials of the climbers and trekkers who lost their lives during the Everest expedition and trekking. Then, by relishing the brilliant view of the peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur, you end up today’s trek at Lobuche.

Lobuche is a Sherpa village, which has the friendly people who are always helpful and honest. It is named after Lobuche Peak (6,119m). You can see the Great Himalayas from this Himalayan village.

After breakfast, you begin going towards Gorakshep, the original base camp until the 1953 Everest expedition. By keeping the backpack at the hotel, you continue higher across the Gorakshep Lake.

Walking past some streams and moraines, you reach Everest Base Camp (5,364m). From here, you have the breathtaking view of the mountains like Nuptse (7,861m), Khumbutse (6,636m)and Pumori (7,161m).

Capturing the lifelong memory of Everest Base Camp  trek in the camera and the mind, you trek down to Gorakshep.

To witness the sunrise view of the Giant Mountains of Everest region, you must begin the journey as early as you can. The familiar peaks like Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse on the eastern side accompany you further. When you reach Kalapatthar, you have the 360-degree panoramic view of the Great Himalayas.

This is one of the best vantage points of verest Base Camp trek. You can shoot photos and videos by keeping Mt. Everest (8,848m) on the background.

Making your Everest Dream come true, you trek down to Gorakshep. After having breakfast, you trek down towards Lobuche Village.

Following the comfortable track in the beginning and then, steep rugged trail, you hike towards Lobuche High Camp (5,400m). Although the trek is challenging, the view of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega and other peaks keeps you inspiring you to move higher.

In some sections, you might also need the help of the ropes and other climbing gears. Don’t worry as our Sherpa guide fixes the ropes where necessary. Finally, you reach High Camp in about 4 hours.

After taking rest, keep on practising to use the climbing gears and learn some key techniques to beat this 6,000m+ peak climbing. The team leader gives you refreshment training for peak climbing.

Due to harsh weather, sometimes, you cannot climb to the Summit of Lobuche Peak. Generally, it happens in winter and summer as the weather is unpredictable in these seasons. Therefore, you should always keep a spare day in your Lobuche Peak climbing itinerary.

Today is the most awaited day of the entire Lobuche Peak climbing 18 days itinerary. It is so because you are going to reach the top of the peak. You must begin it right after the midnight so that you reach the top before noon. You know it is difficult to complete the climbing after noon due to the strong winds.

You should use both the fixed rope and manrope to cross the crevasses in the icy section. Follow the Sherpa guide and his instructions complete this mission. When you reach on the top, you have the most enchanting vistas of the eight-thousanders and other peaks of Everest region. You spend some time on the summit to capture the rarest snaps of the glowing peaks in the early sunshine. Then, trek back to High Camp by storing the lifetime memories of the Great Himalayas

After enjoying the glittering peaks in the early sunrays, you begin the retreat journey to Pangboche. For this, you have to walk past Lobuche and Periche villages. You might sight some birds and animals of Sagarmatha National Park while climbing down.

At Pangboche, you go to visit the Pangboche Monastery leisurely. This is the oldest monastery of the entire Khumbu region.

Following the same trail you used  a few days earlier, you walk past Tengboche Monastery to arrive in Namche Bazar at the end.

By leaving the dense forests of Sagarmatha National Park, you move along the Dudhkoshi River Valley. At the end of the trip, you arrive in Lukla, the gateway to Everest region trekking. Since it is the last day of walking and staying in Everest region, try to make it as memorable as you can.

You catch the morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla by enjoying the sunrise view of the Himalayas, green forests and plains of Terai.

After arriving in Kathmandu, our representative relocates you to the hotel. In the remaining time, you can visit Thamel Bazar to purchase some handicraft products of Nepal. The relics and garments are some of the best items to take with you to present to the people back in your home country.

According to your flight timetable, the team member of NTR takes you to the Kathmandu Airport. Have a wonderful journey ahead!

Inclusion/Exclusion

  • Airport pick-up and drop off service ,
  • Trekking Guide and Trekking porter (Two participant=1 porter =Maximum 25 kg of lauggage)
  • Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner accommodation during the trekking and Kathmandu following itinerary
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required,
  • Climbing Trekking , Trekking permit and TIMS Card  of National park,
  • Flight fare Kathmandu to lukla and lukla to kathmandu
  • Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program in typical Traditional Nepali resturant
  • Climbing Equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch dinner Drinks, beverages, hot shower,
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Heli Rescue

Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (with out itinerary)

Climbing Shoes, khrampam harness

FAQ's

Lobuche Peak is located close to the Khumbu Glacier and Lobuche Village in Khumbu region. It lies nearly 13.5 km west to Mt. Everest (8,848m) on Kalapatthar side.

For Lobuche Peak climbing, you need the following permits:

  • TIMS Card,
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit,
  • Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit (issued by its office at Lukla), &
  • Lobuche Peak Climbing Permit issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

Note: Nepal Trekking Routes takes the responsibility of managing all the required permits for its clients.

Actually, Lobuche Peak has two summits: East and West. Lobuche East Peak is 6,119m high whereas Lobuche West Peak is 6,145m high. Basically, Lobuche Peak climbing refers to the East Peak.

From High Camp (5,400m), it takes some 8-10 hours to climb Lobuche Peak (6,119m). To do this peak climbing from Kathmandu, you need at least 10 days by avoiding Everest Base Camp trek. However, if you combine Lobuche Peak climbing with Everest Base Camp trek, it takes nearly 18 days.

Yes, you can definitely do! Lobuche Peak climbing without Everest Base Camp trek reduces the itinerary up to 10 days. If you have already done Everest Base Camp trek, it is not mandatory.

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