- Duration 19 days
- Max Altitude 6199m/20,075ft
- Difficulty Challenging
- Group Size 02-04
- Climbing Season Mar-May, Sep-Nov
- Start/End KTM / KTM
- Location Khumbu Region
- Per Day Walk 06-07 hrs
- Accomodation Hotel / Teahouse / Camp
Located in the Everest region, Lobuche trekking is an attractive destination for new mountain climbers. It is the dark triangle of the rock East faces, with a spectacular skyline that brings the thrill within the climber. This peak is a respectful climbing destination for a fresh mountain climber.
It is located inside Sagarmatha National Park and is one of the famous trekking peaks. It is just above Lobuche village in the Khumbu region and closes to Khumbu Glacier. We get to see amazing views of Mt. Chalets, Mt. Ama Dablam, Tawache, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, etc during the trek.
During this trek, we walk along with different places like Namche Bazar, Lukla, Pangboche, High Camp, Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp, etc apart from Lobuche Peak. An adventure lover would certainly enjoy the thrilling mountain breeze around.
It was Laurence Neilson and Ang Gyalzen Sherpa who made the first ascent to Lobuche back in 1984, April 25. There is two Lobuche peak – East and West having a height of 6119 meters and 6145 meters, but on this trip we get into East Lobuche.
There are guesthouses and lodge facilities that we will get through during the trek. This trek begins from Lukla, and then we return to Lukla. Meanwhile, we will be exploring places around in Kathmandu as well. Air Net Travel is committed for visitor’s priority and we can make a customized itinerary accordingly as well.
Spring and Autumn are regarded as the best time for Lobuche Peak Climbing. The time between March and May or October and November would be perfect. These are the times of longer days and stable weather. You get to experience dry and stable weather with wonderful visibility of mountains and surrounding landscapes during Autumn. However, during spring you get to visualize blossoms of rhododendron along with subalpine wildflowers.
We have designed the itinerary in such a manner that you won’t feel hectic, and the cost is affordable enough
- Airport Pickup and Drop off
- Twin sharing at hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu.
- All group camping supplies such as tents, stoves, etc.
- All meals while trekking
- National Park fees
- Sherpa mountain guide
- Radio comms and satellite telephone equipment
- Hyperbaric bag and emergency medical oxygen
- Full day Kathmandu sightseeing
- Flight to Kathmandu
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Single supplement accommodations in hotels
- Personal gear
- Excess luggage charges
- Nepal entry visa
- Satellite phone
- Personal sundries and beverages
- Costs incurred as a result of delays or beyond the control due to natural calamities
- Travel Insurance
Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu
Our team members will be waiting around at the airport, and we shall receive you from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at any time you drop by. We shall take you to a standard hotel to overcome your jet lag and allow you to rest down. If times are remaining, we can make a small trip to the Thamel market. Or, our teammate will brief about Lobuche Peak Expedition.
Day 2 : Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
After having our breakfast, we first move towards the domestic terminal of TIA to catch the first flight up to Lukla. Observing the green hills from the top itself, we then enjoy mountain flight seeing mountains right out of the window.
Our Twin Otter plane will drop us at one of the scariest airports of the world within an hour. Spending some time at Lukla, we start walking towards Phakding. We get to see a beautiful lifestyle and amazing beauties at Lukla.
We officially begin our Lobuche Peak Climbing Trek. We will have porters to climb our logistics upon necessities. We walk for around 3 to 4 hours until we make it to Phakding. Phakding is a small village located at a height of 2652 meters. Overnight at Phakding.
Day 3 : Trek to Namche
Our full day for Lobuche Peak Trek begins from this day. We walk through beautiful pine forests and along with the Dudh Koshi River. We shall then come across Mt. Thamserku at our right. There will be beautiful pine, fir and juniper forests throughout our journey.
So, we get to see clear Mt. Everest upon having good weather. There will be Hotse Nuptse ridge and then standing behind. We walk further and enter Sagarmatha National Park. This day we get to cross different suspension bridges, and also cross Hillary Bridge.
This bridge is said to be the highest bridge. We have to walk for around 5 to 6 hours in total till we reach Namche Bazaar. Located at 3440 meters, it is a trading town and capital of Khumbu regions. You can buy some genuine Tibetan arts here. Overnight at Namche Bazar.
Day 4 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazar
We allocate this day for acclimatization. It is advisable that we stay active and then move around during rest day instead of being idle. Apart, few options can be done on this day.
We can stroll around Namche’s villages and observe the culture of Sherpa people there. There is Khumjung village, that can trek; or you can visit Edmund Hillary School there. Khumjung Monastery is famous for housing the head of Yeti that can be visited too. Overnight at Namche Bazar.
Day 5 : Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
Having our breakfast, we set our destination towards Tengboche this day. This would be easy walking this day. We first reach Phunki after a short walk.
After reaching Phunki, we then ascend towards Tengboche. We shall first come across the village from where the houses are pretty famous. We continue our walk observing the range of beautiful mountains Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku and Ama Dablam. If we happen to be lucky, we will get to see rituals performed at the monastery of Tengboche. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 6 : Tengboche to Dingboche
We might want to visit the monastery again during the morning to take pictures of the amazing landscapes around it. Having breakfast,, we then continue our Lobuche Peak trek walking through a lush forest of rhododendrons, conifers and birch through the easy path.
We then follow the trail that will decline towards Debuche. We cross the Imja River and then walk further. Opting for the Upper Pangboche trail offers mesmerizing views of Himalayas anyway. We walk further till we reach Imja Valley.
Gradually, we approach the confluence of Lobuche River. Descending towards the river, we then climb up to Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.
Day 7 : Acclimatization at Dingboche
We again allocate this day for acclimatization and rest. However, we can rather make the best use of day traveling around the region. So, we set aside this day for a short hike to Chhukung.
We hike through stone-walled fields, Imja Khola valley, and glacier moraines and then finally reach Chhukung. Having our lunch there, we get back to Dingboche through the same route.
It is okay if we don’t want to make any travel and rather rest too. Overnight at Dingboche.
Day 8 : Dingboche to Lobuche
Having our day, we get set for a trek of the day. We start our trek with a gradual climb up to Duglha till the end of the terminal moraine of Khumbu Glacier. We then walk the steep trail that will take us to Chupki Lhara. Don’t miss American Mountaineer’s memorial Schott Fischer thereby.
We then continue towards Khumbu Glacier moraine. Walking further we get ourselves right in front of amazing peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Mahalangur and Pumori Himal. The trail will then take us to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 9 : Lobuche to Gorak Sheop via Everest Base Camp
Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp are significant places of Lobuche Trekking adventure. We begin this day passing through Indian army mountaineers memorials at first. We then observe amazing views of Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, etc and observe the glacier along with icefall across the Lobuche Peak Trek of the day.
We might have trouble breathing this day as we reach higher altitudes this day. Having our lunch at Gorak Shep, we continue our trail till we reach the trail up to Everest Base Camp and then finally return to Gorak Shep.
Seeing the number of frozen lakes around the Base Camp we please our eyes through the amazing view of Everest Base Camp. Overnight at Gorak Shep.
Day 10 : Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar
We get set for an early morning departure from Gorak Shep making destination towards Kala Patthar. We must leave in the early morning in the dark itself so that we will have enough time. Observing the ray of lights hitting the snow, we continue walking through our trail.
Observing peaks like Lingtren, Changtse tower we get to see Everest at times too. We then finally make it to Kala Patthar at the height of 5545 meters and observe the amazing view of landscapes around. Gradually, we return down to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.
Day 11 : Lobuche to High Camp
On this day of the Lobuche Peak expedition, we head towards the base camp at first. And, after walking for some time, we reach a flat place towards Lobuche Base Camp which gets rocky and steeper. Walking forwards towards Lobuche Glacier, we then enjoy great views of the mountain range.
Further, we walk making use of ropes upon necessities until we reach High camp. Guides from AirNet travel will be there to provide you with enough training. Overnight at High Camp.
Day 12 : High Camp to Summit and back to High Camp
Waking up early this day at around 1 am, we have our initial breakfast and start our Lobuche trekking adventure. Since there ill be strong wind during the afternoon, high lands might turn risky hence we walk making sure we reach back in time.
We walk through a rock surface of around 5700 meters after which we start climbing on ice. Then, e use both fixed rope and man’s rope as per the instruction of the leader.
There will be a climbing surface around. Upon reaching the peak, we get to see magnificent views of Pumori, Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest, etc. Spending some time, we return to high camp for overnight stay.
Day 13 : Reserve Day or Rest Day
Mountains have unpredictable weather. And hence weight not know how will weather treat us. So, it’s wise to keep a spare day just in case if we could not make it to summit the previous day. Or, even if we did, we can stay at the base camp with enough rest that our body would require.
You can read books, or watch movies if you have your chargeback p from the base camp itself. A coffee with it, and a sip of it right below the mountain would be a different experience anyway.
Day 14 : Lobuche High camp to Pangboche
Having our breakfast, we get set for our Lobuche trip further towards the end. We start the trek by going downhill till we join the Everest Base camp route at Lobuche. Here, we take our lunch and then take our path further to Pheriche.
On the way we get to enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Ama Dablam. We continue to walk to Pangboche and then. Trekking down through hillside we then get to blanketed forest of rhododendron and juniper trees. We get to sense how our surroundings have been changing and then.
Reaching Pangboche, we can allocate our plan to visit Pangboche Monastery.
Day 15 : Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
We begin our trek of this day by stepping downwards till we reach Imja Khola. We then walk upwards heading towards Tengboche. We can spare sometimes at the Tengboche monastery as we will have plenty of time this day.
Having our lunch, we then walk through hillside along with dense juniper and rhododendron forests. After crossing Dudh Khosi River, we then follow the gorge of Dudh Koshi and descend rapidly through the forest. Looking out for wildlife, we continue our trek till we make it to Namche Bazar. Overnight at Namche Bazar.
Day 16 : Namche Bazar to Lukla
We now walk the route we traveled but in reverse. We leave Namche with almost ending of Lobuche Peak Climbing trip. Observing the lifestyle and morning life of people we walk for 6-7 hours in total this day. We cross several suspension bridges, pass from Sagarmatha National Park entry point and then ultimately reach Lukla. Overnight at Lukla.
Day 17 : Fly to Kathmandu
We take our first possible flight and reach Kathmandu. If we get enough time there are places that we can visit, but you should take rest and get out for a small visit around Kathmandu Durbar Square in the evening. This would be a real refreshment.
Or, we can opt for Pashupatinath and Boudhanath if we get prepared during the afternoon itself. Overnight at Kathmandu’s hotel.
Day 18 : Visit Patan and Bhaktapur
Visiting Nepal, and without even visiting places around in Kathmandu would not be fair. We, therefore, set this day to visit places of Kathmandu’s neighbor – Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. They are amazing places enlisted under UNESCO’s world heritage site, and you will love it. Overnight at the hotel of Kathmandu.
Day 19 : Departure
Gathering all the memories and adventure, we then set to depart. Our team member of AirNet Travel will bid you farewell from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Lobuche: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare for lobuche peak?
Lobuche peak is considered strenuous challenging technical peak located in Everest region of Nepal. Lobuche east is situated at 6199m/20,075ft and Lobuche west at 6145m/20,160ft. Training well before starting the journey is always helpful. you will need little mountaineering experience for this peak as you need to use climbing equipment like axe ice, ropes, crampons harness. Do a few hiking on steep off-trail, few kilometre runnings to improve your fitness level and aerobic performance. If you are already in good shape start specific training like long hiking with your backpack and boots.If there are peaks near your area just go for it.
Most of the section on Lobuche peak is fixed rope basic knowledge of fixed rope is recommended.
Do I Need to take special climbing course for lobuche peak?
Lobuche peak consists of 45 Degree snow slopes and exposed ridge climbing. When it comes to peak climbing briefing, talking and watching videos will not be enough especially when it requires the use of climbing gears. Give some time for the climbing course or refreshment training. Being familiar with the use of gears, using the equipment correctly, looking at the risk factors. A climbing course before the trip will make you familiar with using the equipment effectively and efficiently
Why Do we Need acclimatization in Namche bazaar?
Namche Bazaar is the Gateway to Everest and Lobuche peak at the altitude of 3440m/11286ft. Before rushing for the summit our body needs to adapt to the environment and the air pressure. Giving the body some time to adjust with the altitude lowers the Risk of AMS, HAPE and HACE. Our main priority is clients safety. We will not stay ideal at Namche Bazaar. We will move up to the sherpa museum 3600m and explore the local culture. Next day we hike up to Shangbouche hill 3900m which is one of the best panoramic views of Everest region. Namche Bazaar is the best place for acclimatization and exploring ethnic culture.
Can i buy my equipment in Nepal?
Surely you can buy all the gears and equipment in Nepal. Our guides can assist you in buying the necessary gears so you don’t have to hassle much and helps you save time and money. Thamel area has some branded retail gear shops.
What meal should i except Lobuche peak?Should i bring extra food?
All meals on the climb and treks are included. We provide the best Tea house lodges. At tea house lodge, the local cook makes hygienic foods as per your choice (can choose from menu) and where Tea houses are not available we provide camping accommodation during camping our cook will prepare hygienic foods and serves you. You can bring some chocolate, Power bars, and your favourite snacks.
Whats the accommodation like in Lobuche peak trek?
Everest region has the best of the best Tea house lodges with Hot shower and wifi. (may charge extra for Wifi and charging). Some Tea houses have a pool and bar. You can enjoy the worlds highest pool bar with a few drinks. And where there are no tea houses we provide full camping accommodation with our own camping equipment and cook.
Are the foods and water safe in the treks and camping?
Yes of course. Most of the cooks in the Tea houses are professionally trained and have years of experience and the Tea house owner are experienced hotelier and knows the consequences of serving Bad food.Similarly, in camping, we provide professional high altitude Cook who has years of experience. The water is treated by purification tablet filtered or boiled.
How long should we walk everyday?
In general, we will walk 5/6 hours on average. In high altitude, we will walk very slowly as we need to acclimatize with the altitude. Our guides will maintain the pace and help you enjoy the walk.
What are major attractions of lobuche peak?
While travelling to Lobuche peak we can see different places like
- Namcha Bazaar
- Kala Patthar
- Mount everest Base Camp
- Khumbu Ice fall
- Tyangboche Monastery
- Sherpa Museum
- Thame village
- Indiginous Sherpa villaga and culture
- South col of Everest and
- Hilary step
Which mountains can we see in the whole trek?
Lobuche Peak trek offers magnificent view of worlds renowned mountains
- Ama Dablam(6812m)
- lhotse (8,516m)
- Island peak(6189m)
- Mount Everest(8848m)
- Kusum kanguru(6367m)
What are the major Towns?
• Namche Bazar
How to reach lobuche peak?
We will take a direct flight to Lukla and start our trek. It will take roughly 2 weeks to reach to Lobuche. Which will depend on our itinerary.
What if i get sick on the trek?
Most trekkers experience sickness on their trek either due to tiredness or the altitude. Our Guides are expert and well trained and provide you with basic fundamentals and techniques not to be suffering from such sickness. In case of mild sickness, our trained guides and staff will give you primary treatments with their First Aid kit. If the sickness is AMS then we will have to descend to the low altitude as soon as possible our guides will assist you. And if the basic treatment does not work and gets serious we will immediately arrange a helicopter rescue to get back to Kathmandu.
What if rescue is necessary?
We highly recommend carrying a rescue insurance policy that will cover mininum$10,000.The cost of a helicopter depends on the amount of flight time type of helicopter and elevation. Our guides will make sure that the rescue helicopters arrive on time and make you safe. You will need to make sure of the payment either through Cash or Visa/MasterCard.The cost of helicopters is listed on our website.
What is best season for Lobuche peak?
Nepal has four season Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The best time to go for peak climbing is Autumn(September-November)and in spring (March-May)Thus Avoiding the monsoon season.
How much will my pack weight
During the trek you will carry only a light pack with the gear you’ll need for the day. For your comfort, your daypack will not weigh more than 15 to 25 pounds. While climbing Lobuche Peak, you will carry a roughly 25-pound summit pack. Throughout the expedition, porters will carry all your extra clothing and overnight equipment. At no point will you carry group expedition supplies or your own camping equipment.
What is leave no trace principle?
In the whole trek, we are fully committed to leaving no trace principle. We bring all the gas cylinders, Oxygens back with us for recycling. Human waste is properly disposed and garbage is sorted out into recyclable and disposable. Polluting the mountains is considered a great sin in Nepal.