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 01: Arrival
Arrive in Kathmandu, be met by a representative, transferred to a hotel, check in. Rest of the day upon your discretion.
Day 02: Sightseeing and Briefing
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 03: Flight: Lukla, Trek: Phakding (2652m)
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).
Overnight: Lodge Trek Duration: 3 – 3 ½ hours.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar (3447m)
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.
Overnight: Lodge Trek Duration: 5 – 5 ½ hours.
Day 05: Khumjung (3780 m) via Everest View Hotel
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.
Overnight: Lodge Trek Duration: 3 ½ – 4 ½ hours.
Day 06: Phortse (3800 m)
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.
Overnight: Lodge Trek Duration: 4 ½ hours.
Day 07: Dingboche (4350 m)
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.
Overnight: Lodge Trek Duration: 5 ½ hours.
Day 08: Rest/Acclimatization: Dingboche (4350 m)
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.
Overnight: Lodge Trek Duration: 3 – 3 ½
Day 09: Lobuche (4930 m)
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).
Overnight: Lodge Trek Duration: 4 – 4 ½ hours.
Day 10: Gorakshep (5160m) – Everest Base Camp (5360m) – Gorakshep
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.
Overnight: Lodge Trek Duration: 7 ½ – 8 ½ hours.
Day 11: Kala Patthar (5545) and back to Lobuche and down to Lobuche Base Camp (4950 m)
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.
Overnight: Tented Camp Trek Duration: 6 ½ – 7 ½ hours.
Day 12: Training and Rest Day: Lobuche Base 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.
Overnight: Tented Camp
Day 13: High Camp (5600m): Acclimatize
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.
Overnight: Tented Camp
Day 14: Summit Lobuche Peak, back to Base 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.
Overnight: Tented Camp
Day 15: Contingency day in case of Bad weather.
Contingency day to be used incase of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances
Overnight: Tented Camp OR Lodge
Day 16: Pangboche (3985m)
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.
Overnight: Lodge Trek Duration: 5½ – 7hrs
Day 17: Namche Bazaar
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.
Overnight: Lodge Trek Duration: 5 ½ – 6 ½ hours.
Day 18: Lukla
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.
Overnight: Lodge Trek Duration: 5½ – 6 ½ hours.
Day 19: Flight: Lukla – Kathmandu
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
Free day in Kathmandu to rest, relax and shop on your own.
Day 21: Departure
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.
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.
Villages: Lukla, Namche, Thyangboche, Lobuche, etc
Tribes: Mostly Sherpas & Tibetans
Forests: Of Rhododendron and Pine.
Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains.
NEPAL TREK INFORMATION
What is Tea House / Lodge trek?
A simple way to under Tea house / Lodge is probably ‘a small hotel’. However this can sometimes be misleading, as they do not have high-end facilities like modern hotels in urban areas. The concept though is same as hotels in providing accommodations (rooms) and meals for guest staying in it.
So if one does a trek going from point A to B to C etc., and spending nights in these kind of lodges or teahouse is called a ‘Lodge Trek’ or ‘Tea House Trek’
Which areas in Nepal have Tea House treks?
The most popular regions for treks in Nepal are Annapurna, Everest Langtnag and Upper Mustang. All these places have good quality lodges, well managed, variety of food to choose from the menus available and boast of Wi-Fi, bakeries etc.
Around the areas that have lesser trekkers like, Makalu Barun, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga etc. the tea house/ lodge are very basic in comparison.
Basically good lodges have developed where foot traffic is the most and Annapurna, Everest and Langtang receive the most trekkers in Nepal.
Rooms in the Lodges?
The rooms are very basic in most places. In some very popular areas like Annapurna and Everest high-end rooms with attach bath and flush toilet and ruining hot/ cold water have come out in the recent years. However these kinds of lodges are very few and not available in all places on the trek route.
Basic room’s sizes are on an average of 8 feet by 8 to 10 feet. They have twin cots with mattress and pillows. Most lodges provide blankets, however for hygienic regions it’s advisable to carry a good sleeping bag of your own. The walls are pretty thin and noises carry. Earplugs are recommended to be carried.
In more remote areas one may only get dormitories for accommodations and dinning and sleeping arrangements may be in the same common area.
Toilets in the Lodges
Most lodges have several common toilets inside the lodge. The number depends on how big the lodge is. On an average a lodge having 15 /18 rooms may have 3 /4 common toilets. The toilets are very basic and no flush or running water is available in the toilets. Please bring you own Toilet paper. Drums with water and a mug are the ways to flush!
In Annapurna and Everest region we try and provide rooms with attach bath
where available. However, do note that there are only a handful of places where this kind of facility is available.
Food in lodges
Menu in most places especially the more popular trekking routes have extensive looking menus ranging from local, Tibetan to western delicacies. Items like Dal Bhat (rice, vegetables and lentils), pizzas, pastas, momos (dumplings), noodles, soup, fried rice etc., are amongst the common ones in all menus.
Our recommendation is to avoid meat, as in most places porter carry the meat to lodges without any hygienic way to keep the meat fresh on the way. It takes at least few days to reach the lodges. Even the canned meat items are not recommended, as one has no way to check the expiry date etc.
Recommended food items are the local ones like Dal Bhat, Momos (Dumplings), noodles etc, as they are freshly made in comparison to other food items. Please remember the cooks in the lodges are ‘not chefs’, very few are trained professionally as most have learned through looking at other cooks cooking in the same lodges or similar ones in the area. Basically sticking to local food is best as they are hygienic and fresh.
For breakfast pancakes, porridge, toast (not available everywhere), eggs etc. are available in all lodges.
There is a common dining area with fireplaces in all lodges. This is not only a place to eat but also a good place to unwind, interact with fellow trekkers, read a book, play board games or cards and relax.
Everyday our guide will help you and provide information on what choices to make in which places / lodges for food.
Drinking water on treks
One can get boiled water or bottled mineral water or filtered water in the Everest region, Annapurna and Langtang region. On an average a liter of water will cost US $ 1.50 to US $ 4.00 per liter. As one gains altitude on trek or goes further from the urban areas the higher the cost of drinking water.
Showers during treks
Hot or Cold showers are available everywhere in the Lodges. In some lodges, especially as we go higher in altitude instead of showers a bucket of hot water may be the option.
A hot shower cost on an average of US $ 3.00 to US $ 5.50 per shower. The higher we go the more expensive the bath.
We recommend not to take too may baths on treks specially if one is going to high altitude treks. The reason being the temperature drops rapidly as the sunsets and getting the body temperature back to normal after shower at high altitude becomes difficult. This increases the chances of catching cold and walking with cold at high altitude with thin cold air is not a pleasant experience. So please try and avoid taking showers as much as possible.
Electricity on treks
Electricity hasn’t reached all places in Nepal. So electricity is limited to certain areas of the trek. On an average one has electricity till about 3500 meters in altitude. As we gain altitude solar system has been set up in all lodges.
Rooms have lights only till places where electricity has reached. So where electricity has not reached there are no room lights. Dining hall, toilets and all common areas have electricity through the night even if it is being supplied through solar system.
Charging camera batteries, mobile phones can be done at the dining hall upon informing the management. They charge on an average of US $ 2.00 to US $ 6.5 for getting the batteries fully charged. The higher we go the more expensive to charge.
We recommended that you put your batteries in your sleeping bags at night to keep it warm as in cold the batteries drains energy very fast.
Wi-Fi and mobile phone on treks
Annapurna and Everest regions have lodges that provide Wi-Fi. A cost of US $ 5.00 to $ 12.00 depending on what data package they have is charged on per hour or per day basis.
Other trek areas have not developed this facility.
Annapurna and Everest region has good mobile connectivity. Other areas don’t have much coverage but the mobile network connection is growing. Please enquire via mail about the mobile phone coverages on trek routes for details.
One can get a mobile phone sim card on arrival at the airport. Passport photocopies with passport size photo (one) is required.