Lobuche Peak Climbing (6119m) - 20 days

Lobuche (6119m) is a popular trekking peak near Khumbu glacier in the Kumbhu Region of Nepal. Loboche peak was first climbed on 25th April, 1984 by Ang Gyaljen Sherpa and Laurence Nielson. It is classed as Grade PD+ on the Alpine Grading system. It has two main peaks namely Lobuche Far East and Lobuche East. As it is more technical than commonly climbed neighboring peaks like Island Peak, Pokalde and Mera Peak, previous alpine peak climbing experience or climbing with a Mountain Guide is well recommended. Lobuche peak offers one of the best views over famous Khumbu glacier, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Amadablam, Thamserku and many other beautiful summits. The trip will also provide you the experience of classic trek in Everest region. Our program and itinerary have been carefully designed to allow for slow and smooth acclimatization. We assure that by using this itinerary you will have a higher chance of summiting Lobuche Peak enjoying the lifetime climbing experience. As a part of our safety measures, we provide oxygen, portable altitude chamber, Medical kit, an oxymeter and a satellite phone apart from our regular precautionary technicalities.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, trek to Phakding
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazar
Day 04: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 07: Dingboche to Thugla
Day 08: Thugla to Lobuche
Day 09: Lobuche – Gorakshep – EBC, back to Gorakshep
Day 10: Gorakshep to Kalapathar and back to Lobuche
Day 11: Lobuche to Lobuche Peak Base Camp
Day 12: Lobuche Base Camp to High Camp
Day 13: High Camp to Lobuche summit, back to Base Camp
Day 14: This day is a reserve day incase of changes in weather or members’ health condition etc.
Day 15: Louche Base Camp to Pangboche
Day 16: Trek to Namche
Day 17: Trek to Lukla
Day 18: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 19: Free day at Kathmandu, Farewell Cultural Dinner
Day 20: Departure back home

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

As the wide array of silvery Himalayas is visible from the window pane of your plane, you are flying above Nepal. Nepal unfolds its treasure before your actual landing in Nepal. After a few minutes of hide and seek with Himalayas, you will land in Kathmandu. You will be warmly welcomed as per Nepali culture with garland at the airport terminal by a company representative and a driver. A private vehicle will escort you through the vibrant streets of Kathmandu to your designated hotel. Our representative will help you in your check-in procedure and will brief you about the trip beginning the next day.

Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2656m)

Early morning you will be served with hearty breakfast in your hotel. Then as per your flight timetable to Lukla you will be transferred to airport in a private vehicle. Thirty minutes flight to Lukla is one of the most thrilling flights. Especially just before landing at Lukla airport the plane flies above a deep gorge and with then makes the landing on the black-pitched air strips beginning at the ridge of the cliff that winds to the wide open airport. The overall flight is a sheer adventure. As you check out from Lukla airport, your trek guide will take your total care. He will brief you about the trek, which will be beginning in few minutes. As you start the trek, you will be trekking along Dudh Koshi River to Phakding. It is a short trek of 2-3 hours to begin your trekking adventure. The first day trek is designed to familiarize you with the trekking trials and the culture associated with it.

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazar (3450m)

Early morning after the breakfast at your teahouse at Phakding, you will resume your trek. Your lunch will be served at one of the teahouses on the way. From Phakding, the trial continues north up the Dudh Koshi valley. The trial follows the amusing course alongside Dudh Koshi River then climbs to the village of Chumao. Passing the interspersed villages with magnificent woods of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs; the trail sharply descends to big valley of Monjo and at this point the trek enters into Sagarmatha National Park. Beyond the park entrance the trial makes a steep rock-strewn descent to large farm and at a short distance you will arrive at Jorsale village (2850m). From Jorsale, after several steep descents and ascents you will finally come into the Sherpa capital Namche (3450m).

Day 04: Acclimatization day

You will have a rest day today. Namche is a live amphitheater of Sherpa culture of the Khumbu region. Perched on the slopes of crescent shaped hills, Namche is the busiest stop over of the whole region with a wide array of shops, restaurants, hotels, lodges and communication centers. You can explore the town and the surrounding vicinity. You can also visit Khunde Hospital established by Sir Edmund Hillary, or walk uphill to have the mesmerizing sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.

Day 05: Namche to Tengboche (3860m)

You will commence the day’s trek along the diagonal trial until it brings you to the conglomerated huge rocks dividing the trial to Khumjung and Khumde. However, you slide down to the bridge and cross over it to Phunki (3250m). The distinctive prayer wheels continually rotated around by water will make you halt for a while for closer look. After wards, you will resume the trek along the long uphill climbing trial through the evergreen forests full of colorful flowers including rhododendron (during spring). The entire experience is blissful with the pleasant aroma of wild flowers when the wind changes its direction. Finally, the trial brings you to an awe-inspiring verdant plateau of Tengboche (3876m). Historical and sacred Tengboche monastery with a remarkable view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Ama Dablam on its background is a perfect reward to you upon reaching Tengboche.

Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4300m)

The trek once again hits the Himalayan trial along the forest through the yaks grazed pastures and goes beyond 4000m. At the horizon, the Everest summit girt by the majestic rock palisades of Nuptse and Lhotse seems exceptionally terrific. Passing by the spring continuing downhill the trial brings you to Gompa of Devoche (3757m), settlements of Milingo (3820m) then to a bridge over Imja Khola at (3780m). The short upward climb brings you to the monastery of Pangboche (3985m), the monastery claiming to own scalp and hand of legendary Yeti. After exploring the monastery, the trek sets out again crossing a saddle, along a plain straight trial. You will continue to Orsho where you will cross Dudh Koshi river to go up towards Dingboche, which serves as an entrance to the Chukhung Valley.

Day 07: Dingboche to Thugla (4600m)

Today is short walk through the ridgeline above Dingboche to Thugla. With a gradual uphill walk, you will head towards a small pass. From there, in the far east, you can spot Mt. Makalu for the first time. You can also get the first views of Lobuche and Pumori. As you move ahead, you can see a real close up view of Tawuche. After passing a road meet coming from Pheriche, you will cross a small river and head through a rocky terrain. You will soon reach Thugla at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.

Day 08: Thugla to Lobuche (4940m)

A short steep climb up to Chukpo Lari will lead to a beautiful place where there is a line of memorials in tribute to the climbers who lost their lives while climbing Everest. From this point, you can see the outstanding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taweche. As you move ahead following the valley to Lobuche (4910m) your next destination, the terrain will be drier and rockier with no vegetation at all. The trail starts ascending steeply beside the moraine glacier. After few hours of walk, you will finally reach Lobuche, which is a small cluster of tea houses.

Day 09: Louche – Gorakshep – EBC (5364m) – Gorakshep (5170m)

Gorakshep is just 300 meters upward climb from Lobuche. The early morning start of the trek will quickly take you to Gorakshep. With the dawn break you will resume your trek. Trek to Everest Base Camp from Gorakshep is six hours round trip. Since camping at the Base camp is prohibited, you will have to make it early, do your activities and trek down back to Lobuche. Following the Khumbu glacier- sometimes the moraine glacier and at the other times the glacier itself, you will enjoy the view of captivating and peculiar 15m-high-seracs of ice on the trial. At the Base Camp you will have some ice funs, take group and individual photos for your Base Camp memory, view the Himalayan giants and trek down along the retracing trail to Lobuche.

Day 10: Gorakshep to Kalapathar (5545m), back to Lobuche (4940m)

Gorakshep is the common vantage point to climb Kalapattar and trek to the Everest Base Camp. The climb of Kalapattar is one of the rewards of this trip. The steep climb up the grassy slopes improvises the surrounding view as you climb higher to the top of Kalapattar. Kalapattar in Nepali refers to “black rock”. The place offers the telescopic view of Everest and other Himalayan peaks as a scientific telescope is also placed there. Kalapattar is a unique vantage point providing the most elegant view of Everest including the entire South Col and Lho La- pass between Nepal and Tibet. Feasting your eyes at Kalapattar, you will slide down back to Lobuche.

Day 11: Lobuche to Lobuche Peak Base Camp (4865m)

After leaving Lobuche, you will trek along on flat land trail till half way. After that, you will start ascending along the Lobuche Glacier. After about four hours of walk, you will reach Lobuche Base Camp. On your way, you can enjoy the stunning views of Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokhalde, Thamserku, Kantega, etc.

Day 12: Lobuche Base Camp to High Camp (600m)

Today, you will scale up slowly to the High Camp. The more you are near to the summit, the more the whole panorama starts unfolding in front of you.

Day 13: High Camp to Lobuche summit (6119m) and back to Lobuche Base Camp

You will start early today. After scaling up some steep slopes and ice gullies, you will reach the summit of Lobuche. After reaching the summit, you will be speechless by the petrifying beauty of the whole panorama surrounding you from all sides. After celebrating your achievement for some minutes, you will return back along the same trail to the Base Camp for overnight stay.

Day 14: This day is a reserve day incase of changes in weather or members’ health condition etc.

Day 15: Lobuche Base Camp to Pangboche (3930m)

You will descend through Lobuche. As you move ahead, you will slowly trek from dry terrain to sparse forest areas, Sherpa villages including Pheriche and Dingboche along with the wonderful views of AmaDablam, Pokalde, Thamsherku and other peaks. On the returning trial because of easy descending walk, you will cover the long distance and yet you feel much better. Finally the trek for the day ends at Pangboche, the home of the monastery popularly famous for owning scalp and hand of legendary Yeti.

Day 16: Trek to Namche

You will be continuing your trek on the descending trial even this day. Traversing the rhododendron and magnolia forests exploring the monasteries at villages like Tengboche and Khumjung, you will be once again arrive at Namche. This time at Namche enjoy the success with drinks, explore the Bazaar, and hunt souvenirs.

Day 17: Trek to Lukla

Yet again, trek through Dudh Koshi valley and retrace your path along Monjo and Phakding to reach Lukla. On the way, recall that the trek to Namche from Lukla was over 10 hours and took two hard days to complete. Now the reverse trek from Namche to Lukla is just 6-8 hours consuming a simple single day. At the end of Day 17, you arrive at Lukla and your trek concludes. Congratulations your trek has been amazingly perfect. 

Day 18: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

As per your flight schedule, you will board the twin otter plane and fly back to Kathmandu. At Kathmandu, like in earlier occasion you will be received by a company representative and a driver. You will be escorted to your hotel.

Day 19: Free day at Kathmandu, Farewell Cultural Dinner

The long trek in the Himalayan region might have worn you out. Take pleasure in the free day at the Nepali capital. You can just wonder in the lively streets of Thamel and Asan, travel around the cultural sights of the city or you may simply chill checking your mail box at hotel room. In the evening your tour officer will pick you up for the dinner at one of the cultural restaurants of Thamel. Enjoy the evening with TAGnepal and after the dinner, you will be escorted back to your hotel.

Day 20: Departure back home

Your tour officer and a driver will be at your hotel reception to pick you up three hours prior to your departure. You will be transferred to the airport in a private vehicle. Our tour officer and driver will see you off. Have a safe flight back home!