Mt. Everest, Nuptse ridges and Khumbu glacier view from Lobuche peak
Ascending to Lobuche Peak (Mr. Andy and Tendi Sherpa).
Mountain ranges seen from Top of Lobuche peak(6119m).

Lobuche Peak Climbing

Trip Code
BNTNP-009
Starting From
USD 2275
Duration
19 days
Group Size
02-15 Person
Activity
Trekking & Climbing
Max. Altitude
6119m
Trek starting from
Lukla
Trek ending at
Lukla
Accommodation
Hotels, Lodges & camping
Transportation
Domestic Flights & private vehicles
Meals
All Meals during the trip
Challenge
Strenuous
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The Lobuche Peak (also known as Lobuje) is one of the famous climbing peaks situated in the Nepal Himalaya. This lies in the Khumbu region and is located near the Everest Base Camp trail. The Lobuche peak has two different summits – The Lobuche East (6119 m) and the Lobuche West (6145 m). These are connected continuous ridge with a considerable distance and a sharp gap. The trip can be an exciting one.
The Lobuche East is an attractive summit, which is characterized by new opportunities and existing routes. It is regarded as one of the hardest trekking peaks that offer travelers spectacular views like Lhotse, Mt. Everest, Baruntse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori and dozens of other mountains that have an altitude of above 6000m. The normal route to the Lobuche peak climb starts from the south ridges.
Do not miss out the breathtaking panoramic views that one can get to see from the top during Lobuche Peak climbing. After approaching the Lobuche summit, the traveler will have to take the Everest trail that starts from the Lukla and heads up the ever impressive Khumbu Valley. Visitors will also get to visit impressive monasteries and other remarkable sceneries when passing several seven to eight thousand meter peaks along the trail. Proper acclimatization is important for undertaking the Lobuche peak expedition and therefore after the travelers are made to Renjo Pass, Gokyo peak and Chola pass, the steps will be retraced inorder to start the Lobuche climb. As one nears the Lobuche Base Camp, the trail along the valley becomes both rocky and steep. Even from the Base Camp, one can get to view the extraordinary beauty of the peaks namely the Amadablam, Thamserku, Cholaste, Tawache and the Kangtega peaks.    
The Lobuche Peak climbing forms the perfect adventure for travelers who are interested in undertaking the Everest Base Camp trip and are eager to put themselves to test when it comes to climbing a peak at an altitude of 6000 meters. However, it is important to keep in mind that climbing the Lobuche Expedition is very difficult. You can view the website for more information about the trip package details and call our experts for further details.

 

What's Included?

  • Airport transfers to/from by private vehicles.
  • Deluxe accommodation 3 nights(Twin Sharing Basis) in Kathmandu with breakfast and including all govt. taxes on 3 star hotel.
  • Round trip transportation Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu by regularly scheduled or Chartered flight, airport taxes and surcharges.
  • full board meals and all drinks(Tea/coffee/Chocolate)after departing Kathmandu to before arriving back in Kathmandu. 05. Sightseeing tour in kathmandu valley on 04 different sites with Guide, private transportation and entrance fee to the monuments,
  • Sagarmatha national park permit fee.
  • Service of Guide, Climbing sherpa, Cook + Kitchen crews and porters during the trek and also their wages, foods ,insurance.
  • Transportation cost for the staffs.
  • Island peak climbing permit fee.
  • Climbing sherpas equipment charge.
  • Garbage deposit fee(our company will deposit)
  • Agency service charges and government applicable fees.

What's not Included?

  • All meals (lunch/Dinner) during staying in Kathmandu.
  • Air travels to and from Nepal.
  • Visa fee US$ 40.00 Per Person.
  • All personal expenses, travel insurance, rescue charge in emergency.
  • Extra cost due to flight cancellation/road conditions.
  • Purchases of bottled water while on the trek, gifts and alcohols.
  • All personal clothing and climbing equipments including sleeping bag.
  • Any tipping and donations to the trek staffs.

Day 01 Arrival in Ktahmandu (1340m)

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02 Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2650M) 3-4 hrs walking

Early morning drive to domestic airport. After checking baggages you will take the short mountain flight to Lukla with the breath taking view of mountains on the northern side. Once you arrive at Lukla, get ready for the hike through the town passing, descending to the beautiful Sherpa village of ChauriKharka. This is very busy trail, passing yak trains, trekkers, locals and porters.Once you reach this area, the land of the Sherpas and everything in it are fresh and new. This area represents the Tibetan buddhism as you will pass through beautiful Stupa, Mane walls and Monasteries along the trail. We cross 2 suspension bridges before ThadoKoshi and the first view of Kusum Kangaru Mountain appears here. The trail gradually climbs up now along the Ghat village where we can see very beautifully painted Mani walls, Stupas. We continue the walk with small ups and down until it comes Phakding village where we stay overnight.

Day 03 Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450M) 6-7 hrs walking

From Phakding, start early walking following the nice gentle path through natural forests of pines and cedars crossing several small streams along the right bank of the DudhKoshi River. Far up the valley, the snowy peak of Mt. Thamserku (6608m) can be seen. You cross the suspension bridge over the DudhKoshi River after Benkar village then climb up little, passing beautiful Sherpa villages of Chhumoa and Monjo. There comes the entrance of the Sagarmatha national park. When you cross a long suspension bridge and take the road along the left bank, Jorsale lies ahead. Soon as you pass Jorsale, there comes another suspension bridge we will cross and then walk along the bank of Dudh Koshi river bank. After crossing the high bridge over the DudhKoshi River, the trail zigzags uphill, you emerge to a ridge, offers an excellent view of the Mt. Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m). The climb eases somewhat and Namche Bazaar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pine forests. Namche bazaar is surrounded by Mountains in 3 sides and open facing to Bhotekoshi on the south. It is biggest town in the Khumbu valley is a central hub.Overnight stay in Lodge at Namche Bazaar.

Day 04 Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.

Today we visit to the view point at National park headquarter in the morning  to see the view of Mt. Everest(8848m), Lhotse(8516m), Nuptse(7856m), Amadablam(6856m) and many other snowy mountains as well visiting the National park museum. Also you can make a day hike up to Everest View Hotel.

 

Day 05 Namche Bazaar to Thame (3800m) 3-4 hrs walking.

Walking out of Namche, we will view some of the most complex and picturesque Mani stones in all of the Khumbu Region. Beautiful walking route through the blue pine forest, passing through Thamo, an old Sherpa village and headquarters of the Khumbu electricity project. This valley is off route for most trekking groups and  you are likely to find the paths relatively quiet. The Monastery of Thame and Sherpa village of Thame is seen from Thamo.The trail gradually climbs up and descends again to the valley where we cross the bridge over Bhote Koshi River. Continue short climb up to reach Thame the village of famous mountaineers.

 

Day 06 Thame to Lungden(4350m) 4-5 hrs walking

Our trek today weaves through remote Sherpa villages and high mountain meadows filled with yak pastures and Himalayan wildlife. This route is popular with traders bringing Chinese goods from Tibet to Nepal and makes for an interesting cultural exchange but recently it is stopped by the Chinese. We will continue to gain altitude as we trek through the beautiful, pristine and isolated Nangpa Valley. At Marulung village we cross the bridge over Bhotekoshi River and short steady climb gets to Lungden. Overnight in Guesthouse at  Lungden.

 

Day 07 Acclimatization day at Lungden.

Today you will make a short day hike to a peak above Lungden for acclimatization.

 

Day 08 Lungden to Gokyo(4750m) 7-8 hrs walking

It is an early start today as we make our way toward Renjo pass! The first part is steady climb and later the trail gently climbs until we get to Renjo Lake. The trail climbs up continue to the pass. Views from the pass are breath taking. We will have plenty of time to spend at the top to take advantage of the endless photo opportunities. This is one of our more challenging days, but arriving in picturesque Gokyo valley with its electric turquoise lake will soon let us forget about our demanding day.

 

 

 

 

Day 09 Hike to Gokyo Ri (5360m) or Gokyo fifth lake(5050m) 4-5 hrs walking

Early morning wake up and walk across the boulders near the lakes few minutes.Then climb steep hill section about 2 and half hours to the top of Gokyo Peak. When you get higher up at top of the Gokyo peak, you will see the north-west face of the Mt. Everest(8848m), Mt. Lhotse(8516m), Mt. Cho-oyu(8201m) and Mt. Makalu(8463m) four of 8000m  peaks and many of other snow caped mountains including Mt.Gyachungkang(7992m), Pumori, Cholatse, Tawache, Nireka peak. Other option hiking to the fifth lake into the Gokyo valley. Overnight at Gokyo village.

 

Day 10 Trek to Thagnak(4700m) 2-3 hrs walking

You will cross the ever-shifting and exciting Ngozumpa Glacier, which is biggest Himalayan glacier, a collection of ice, rock and sand more like the surface of a distant planet than that of earth.Overnight stay in Lodge at Thagnak.

 

Day 11 Trek from Thagnag to Jhongla (4830m) via Cho La pass (5368m) 5-7 hrs walking

Today you start walking early morning climbing up following the upstream valley. Then the trail leads to the eastern valley, passing moraines and boulders. The trail near the top of the Cho-la pass is quite steep and rocky. Then you walk over the ice fields which descend to the eastern valley enjoying the views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Baruntse, Mt.Amadablam and many other peaks. Then you pass through rocky section and walk down to the grassy meadows until we reach Jhongla.Overnight stay in Lodge at Jhongla.

Day 12 Trek from Jhongla to Lobuche High Camp. 3-4 hrs walking

From Jhongla we will walk down to the valley then start the gentle hike on other valley towards left side of the mountain as we reach the high camp. We do some training, equipment preparation and rope works in the afternoon.

 

Day 13 Summit the Lobuche peak (6119m) 8-9 hrs walking.

Today it is the ultimate goal to summit the Lobuje Peak as we start the walk very early in the morning. The first part we walk through rocky parts and once we get higher to snowy ridge then we need boots change and put on crampons. The trail climbs steady up to the summit enjoying the amazing views. We walk back to high camp and stay overnight. 

 

 

Day 14 Extra day for climbing if incase of bad weather.

Reserve day for climbing if incase of bad weather.

Day 15 Trek High Camp to Pangboche (3900m) 5-6 hrs walking.

We will walk down through Dingboche village, crossing the bridges and meet the busy Everest trail again. Stay overnight at Pangboche. Visit the ancient monastery of Pangboche.

 

Day 16 Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar(3450m) 5-6 hrs walking

Today we can visit the Tengboche monastery on the way which is the  biggest one in the area. Then descent to Phungi tenga village and cross the wooden bridge over Dudhkoshi River. Climb  back to Sanasa where we can have a lunch break. Easy walk back to Namche bazaar.

 

Day 17 Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2810m) 6-7 hrs walking.

Today the trail descends all the way down to Dudhkoshi River and after there we walk through Monjo, Benkar to Phakding.Lunch at Phakding and resume the walk back to Lukla. Overnight in Lodge at Lukla.

 

Day 18 Lukla to Kathmandu (1340m)

Early morning, you will take short flight back to Kathmandu. Soon as arriving in Kathmandu, transfer to the Hotel.Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.

Day 19 Departure back to home.

Today is the last day of your trip in Himalaya, as we will transfer you to the international airport. We trust that you will cherish this inspiring experience and the deep, newly formed friendships in the years to come.

 

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Snow Goggles
Warm hat (Either wool or synthetic)
Liner Gloves (wool or Synthetic)
Over Gloves (Gore-Tex)
Long underwear (Lightweight or mid weight tops and bottoms made of synthetic material)
Warm insulating Upper and Lower body Layers (fleece)
Gore Tex Suit
Heavy Socks
Climbing boots (Plastic boots/leather boots with Water proof or snow seal)
Snow gaiters
Crampons
Ice Axe
Jumar
Figure 8(Descender
Harness
02 Lock Carabinars (Similar size)
02 Snap Carabinars(Non Locking)
6 mm Rope (Prussic slings and safety ropes) 
Pocket Knife

The gears we can rent from Kathmandu are as following…

Climbing boots (Plastic boots)
Crampons
Ice Axe
Jumar
Figure 8(Descender)
Harness
02 Lock Carabinars and 02 Snap Carabinars(Non Locking)
6 mm Rope (Prussic slings and safety ropes)  

Nepal Entry Visa

Foreigners who intend to visit Nepal must hold valid Passport(6 months) or any travel documents equivalent to passport issued by the government for visiting a foreign country.

You can obtain the Nepal visa up on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, Kathmandu. Also you can apply the Nepal visa online now. The application for the tourist visa has to be filled and submitted through this link of Nepal Immigration, http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa. Please bring the printed copy and show them at the immigration in Kathmandu with the visa fees and 2 copies of passport sized photos. US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days multiple entry visa, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days multiple entry visa. We suggest you to take cash in hand. If you haven’t applied online visa then visa form will be provided during your flight to Nepal.

Note: Free Visa for Chinese citizens including HKSAR Passport holders.

Trekking Season

The two most pleasant seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. The spring season is considered to be March to May. During the spring months flowers are in bloom in the forests so it can be quite beautiful though it can also be bit cloudy, especially in the afternoon.  Autumn season is considered September through November. In autumn season you will get the best mountain views, with clear skies usually all day long. The fall season is slightly cooler with average temperatures. December is also generally the driest month of the year. Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year. It is worth remembering that we will get 75 percent of annual rainfall from the mid June through the August. This period is considered as the monsoon season. Winter in Nepal is considered December through February. These months are the coldest in temperatures depending on where you are. At higher altitudes in the Himalayas temperatures will drop below freezing and it can be extremely cold at night.

A typical day of trekking

The trekking day begins early at around 6.30AM in the morning with a cup of wake up tea. Before breakfast, pack your duffel bag which is carried by porters by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually starting the good morning walk. After 3-4 hrs walking, we stop for lunch. Allowing about 1 - 2 hours for lunch break then we continue the walk to the destination where we stay overnight. We reach the teahouse/ camp by afternoon, as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Check in the room and having afternoon tea, side trips or other activities are generally organized. You can spend the afternoon as you wish then meet for the dinner around 7PM and sleep.

Geography of Nepal

Nepal covers the land area of 147,181 sqkm, stretching 800km from east to west and 90 to 230km from north to south. Nepal is land-locked between China (including the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet) and India. Nepal has three geographic regions; the mountainous Himalayan belt (including 8 of the 14 highest mountain peaks in the world), the hill region and the plains region. Nepal contains the greatest altitude variation on earth, from the lowland Terai, at almost sea-level to Mount Everest at 8848 metres. Nepal is divided into five development regions and seventy-five districts. Where as high Himalayas occupy 16% of the total land area of Nepal with elevation ranging from 4,000m to above 8,848m. This region accommodates the eight of the highest peaks in the world; Mt. Everest (8848m), Kanchanjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), Manaslu (8163m) and Annapurna I (8091m).

Currency in Nepal

Nepali Rupee notes come in Rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rs. 1, 2 and 5 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. Banks are usually open from 09.30 am to 3.00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are closed.

Credit Cards

All major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 4% mark-up on top of the price.

Climate change

Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in South Asia to climate change, yet it has limited capacity to address impacts of climate change or to take advantage of the opportunities. It has a highly variable climate and fragile ecosystems. The Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than any other major body of ice. With climate change, climate variability, a driver of poverty in a country where 60% of the population is reliant on agriculture, will only increase. The monsoon rains are already more intense, but of shorter duration, and are arriving later, which has a devastating impact on the rice fields. The Greater Himalaya region is the water tower of Asia. Nepal sits at a strategic point, in the headwaters of the Ganges basin. 500 million people live in this basin, which is one of the most flood prone in the world. Currently Nepals Himalayan Rivers supply 70% of the dry season water in the Ganges and 30% of the peak flood waters. Nepals potential for hydropower is 100 times its existing energy use. Current development of rivers are sub-optimal, focusing solely on hydro rather than also storing water in the summer to use for irrigation during the rest of the year and reduce flooding.

Clothing in Nepal

From April to the end of September, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for travelling purpose should be comfortable and light weight. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather-friendly. In the months of October to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like down jackets, sweaters, trousers etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Kathmandu.

Health issues/Altitude sickness

Those in good health should have no difficulty traveling to Nepal. But people with health conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy and cardiac problems should seek a doctor’s approval before planning a trip to Nepal.

Trekking and Climbing in Nepal involves high altitude and can be strenuous.Simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Altitude sickness, if not treated when symptoms first appear, can lead to death. Often known as AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness, it can ruin a Treks and Climbings and should be treated very seriously. The Himalayan Mountains begin where other mountain ranges end.  As altitude increases, specially above 3,000 metres, the air becomes thinner, creating certain difficulties for the human body. Youth, strength and fitness make no difference here. The only prevention is to give ones body time to adjust to high altitude. Those who go too high too fast are liable to be victims of Acute Mountain Sickness.  To minimize its threat, we recommend following these advice:

01. Drink adequate fluids.  At 4,300 metres for example, the body requires 3 to 4 litres of liquid a day.  At low altitudes try to drink at least 1 litre a day.

02. Accept the fact that you cannot go very high if your time is short.

03. Learn to recognize the symptoms of AMS: headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, fluid retention and/or swelling of the body.  The cure is to climb no higher until the symptoms have disappeared.

04. Do not expect everyone in your group to acclimatize at the same rate.  If you experience such discomforts, tell the accompanying travel High Solu facilitators immediately.

05. For the sake of safety, if the trek leader deems it necessary to ask a participant who is suffering from AMS to descend, he will have the authority to do so even though it may go against the will of that participant.

People and Religions of Nepal

Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Since 2008AD, Nepal has been declared a secular country. The Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Herald of Peace, The Light of Asia. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians live together in harmony. And other nature worshippers, too, exist here. Ethnic diversity and custom of Nepal make Nepal the most fascinating tourist destination in the world. Official statistics indicates that Nepali population of around 35 millions includes more than 90 ethnic groups speaking 100 different languages and dialects.

History of Nepal

Nepal has witnessed many rulers and dynasties play contributing roles in moulding Nepal to present day’s Modern Nepal. Kirantis ruled Nepal from 9th century B.C. to 1st century A.D. Later Lichchhavis took over Kiranti from 3rd to 13th century and then were followed by Thakuri belonging to Malla dynasty. Then Shah Dynasty held the reign. Prithvi Narayan Shah is solely responsible for today’s modern day Nepal for he is the one who united different kingdoms into one single nation in 1769. In 1846, the Kot massacre led by Junga Bahadur Rana backseated the power of monarchy and made Rana regime more powerful. In 1950 Tribhuvan with the support from India restored monarchy. A coalition government comprising the Nepali congress party and the Ranas was thereafter installed with the promise of free elections in 1952. In 1960, Mahendra, son of Tribhuvan tactically established Panchayat system, meaning ‘five councils system’, by engineering a coup, declaring a new constitution, imprisoning all the leaders of the then government and enforcing a ban on all political activities. People’s movement of 1990 opened up a new chapter for a decade of democracy in Nepal which led to multiparty democracy with constitutional monarchy. Democracy came with heavy price leading to incompetent political leaders, political conflicts, Maoist insurgency,corruptions and downfall in national economy. Royal family massacre in 2001 left whole world in complete shock. Gynendra was crowned Nepal’s king after his brother, Birendra’s assassination. With the advent of 2006 all major political parties committed to reform their past mistakes and Maoist rebels came together with the support from Nepali people and jointly went on several days strikes to restore democracy. Finally,Gynendra handed over the political power to Nepali people and democracy was once again restored in Nepal.Then maoists has been the biggest political party of Nepal 2008 election. Nepal recently(September 2015) declared the new constitution for the country.

Shopping in Nepal

In the major cities of Nepal, like Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, you will find well resourced shopping malls. From clothes, shoes, accessories, sports wear, electronic goods, cosmetics, food and decoration items to kitchen wares you can purchase any goods. In Nepal shopping of both local and imported goods are possible. Most shops and clothing stores have fixed price tagged along their goods. But in case of small shops, you can bargain the prices for purchasing goods. While shopping in Nepal it is advisable to carry Nepali currency in cash as most of the shops only accept cash. In Kathmandu, Thamel, Newroad and DurbarMarg are the most popular Shopping centers.

Foods in Nepal

Kathmandu is a paradise for food lovers.Besides Nepali food Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, Mexican,Thai etc to continental at remarkably reasonable price. If you desire to lead a Nepali lifestyle during your stay in Nepal, then there are also some restaurants serving pure Nepali cuisine (Dal Bhat) which comprises of steamed rice, lentil soup and varieties of vegetable/ non vegetable curries. Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, is well known for many excellent restaurants, cafés and pubs. Pokhara also have numerous restaurants that serve every kind of delicacies complementing your taste. The foods in the mountains(trekking routes) also fresh, hygenic and delicious.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation (including helicopter rescue) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover trip cancellation and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Hotels in Nepal

Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotel in Nepal gives you the high quality services. Whatever your requirements are, Nepal hotels can meet them all.

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Challenges

Generally short treks of duration not more than 10 days with average walking of 4-6 hours a day with maximum altitude gain of 3500m. Suitable for those people who do not have any previous trekking experience, but still want to see the country side, himalayan scenery, meet and interact with local culture.
The treks covering altitude of 4500m with some longer and shorter walks of 6-7 hrs a day. Moderate treks are with duration of 10 days to 2 weeks in the mountains, suits for people of all ages with good physical fitness.
The trek involves some steep ascents and descents, throughout high passes and involving glacier crossings. Usually you will trek 6 to 8 hours a day. The highest elevation reached is around 5500m & trekking duration can be 2-3 weeks.
This grade will involves the altitude ranges above 5500m to 6000m plus with 7 hrs of walking a day. It covering very remote areas, walking over snow covered high passes with the need of climbing equipment.

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