Everest Base Camp and Lobuche Peak Climb

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 Pheriche 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.


Description

Day 01:     Kathmandu Arrival.

Day 02:     Half Day Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.                      

Day 03:     Fly Lukla (2880m) & trek to Phakding 2652m) 

Day 04:     Namche Bazaar (3447 m) 

Day 05:     Rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Day 06:     Thyangboche (3863 m).   

Day 07:     Pheriche (4220 m.) 

Day 08:     Acclimatization at Pheriche

Day 09:     Lobuche (4931 m).

Day 10:     Gorak Shep (5160m) / to Everest Base Camp (5360m) & back 

Day 11:     Trip Kala Pattar (5545 m) & back to Lobuche Base Camp (4950 m)

Day 12:     Rest Day at Base Camp (Climbing training) 

Day 13:     High Camp (5850 m)

Day 14:     Summit Lobuche East (6119 m) and back to Base Camp 

Day 15:     Contingency day in case of Bad weather. 

Day 16:     Pangboche 

Day 17:     Descend to Namche Bazaar.

Day 18:     Namche / Trek to Lukla

Day 19:     Lukla / Kathmandu by Flight

Day 20:     Free day in Kathmandu to shop, rest or go for sightseeing  

Day 21:     Final departure

Trip Facts

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

Features

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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival

Arrive in Kathmandu, be met by a representative, transferred to a hotel, check in. Rest of the day upon your discretion.

Overnight:  Hotel.

 

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.

Overnight: Hotel

 

Day 03: Flight: Lukla, Trek: Phakding (2652m)

Domestic flight to Lukla – an adventure in itself, the short flight to Lukla will offer glimpses of the journey ahead of us. Upon arrival, necessary introductions 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 and be welcomed in the region with bewitching glimpses of Kusum Kunguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). Steep climb of 20 mins to Monjo, lunch stop.

Post lunch, reach check post, register one’s entry and enter Sagarmatha National Park, home of Everest and some of the world’s tallest peaks. Follow Dudh Kosi, cross a suspension bridge and begin a 3 hour ascent to Namche Bazar. En route, sneak peeks of the majestic three peaks that lay ahead of us –Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7879m) and Lhotse (8383m). Reach Namche.

Overnight: Lodge                           Trek Duration: 5 – 5 ½ hours.

 

Day 05: Acclimatization (Namche Bazaar)

To prevent altitude sickness, take a day to acclimatize before proceeding. Explore Namche Bazaar – a bustling and thriving town in Solokhumbu District. Could visit a small museum atop a hill or visit Shyangboche Airport.

Overnight: Lodge                           Trek: N/A

 

Day 06:  Thyangboche (3863m)

Breakfast, sign in at the check post, short climb up to a small prayer stone. A leveled path follows with an occasional climb here and there, enjoy scenic views of Ama Dablam (6696m), Kang Taiga (6779) bordered by the towering views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Descend to Imja Khola (river) at Phunki (3200m) next to several large water driven prayer wheels. Lunch.

Begin uphill walk to Thyangboche Monastery – heavenly as described by many. Lying at the base of Kang Taiga, Thyangboche offers stunning and panoramic views of the Himalayas –  Ama Dablam, Everest (southwest face), Thamserku, and Kang Taiga. Traditionally, all Everest expeditioners receive their blessings at the monastery before heading north.

Overnight: Lodge                           Trek Duration: 5 – 5 ½ hours

 

Day 07:  Pheriche (4220m)

After breakfast, a short descent through a forest of birch, conifer, and rhododendron brings you to the meadows of Devouche. Cross Dudh Koshi and rach Pangboche (3985m) and proceed to Shomaray for lunch.

 

After lunch, pass a herder’s hut and take the trail to the left and watch an interesting vista unfold before you and the river has become a ravine. Reach upper Pangboche and a steep climb to the ridge, after which descend to Khumbu Khola. Cross the river and walk for ten minutes, usually against fierce winds to reach the windy valley of Pheriche.

Overnight: Lodge                           Trek Duration: 5 ½ hours.

 

Day 08: Rest/Acclimatization at Pheriche

Studies have revealed that symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) begins to show once you have crossed the 4,000 metre mark, thus advised to take a day to acclimatize.

Pheriche has a trekker’s aid post supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association and Tokyo Medical College.

Overnight: Lodge.                          Trek Duration: 5 ½ hours.

 

Day 09: Lobuche

Approach an ill-defined track to arrive at a ridge and continue journey. Enjoy scenic views of Cholatse (6442m) on the west and Ama Dablam to the rear. Arrive at Thugla for an early lunch. (Note: Due to unavailability of water ahead, this is the only lunch stop available)

Post lunch, steep ascent; reach a Sherpa memorial in remembrance to the brave souls who lost their lives during their Everest expeditions. Further ahead, the trail leads to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier with views of Pumori (Mountain’s Daughter) Peak. The stark and rugged beauty gives it an appearance of the moon’s surface. After an hour of steady trekking we reach the campsite at Lobuche which is situated in a windswept valley with enchanting views of Tawatse (6501m) and Nuptse (7855m).

Overnight: Lodge                           Trek Duration: 4 ½ hours.

 

Day 10: Gorakshep (5160m) – Everest Base Camp (5360m) – Gorakshep

Reach another valley after a short climb, travel along the Khumbu Glacier through jumbled moraines and scattered rocks. On a clear day Mt. Everest can be seen looming behind Nuptse. Arrive at the ridge above Gorakshep and descend to reach Gorakshep – a small settlement with 2 tea houses. This place was base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest Expedition. Gorakshep (graveyard of the crows) has a small lake, usually frozen, and several monuments to climbers who have died during their Everest expeditions.

 

 

EBC while fascinating, does not provide views of Everest – it is eclipsed by the looming Lhotse and Nuptse. The highlight of Gorakshep is the lake and Khumbu glacier which is a short distance away. Gorakshep and adjoining areas are used as a base camp by Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse summiteers.

Overnight: Lodge                           Trek Duration: 7 ½ – 8 ½ hours.

 

Day 11: Kala Patthar (5545) and back to Lobuche and down to Lobuche Base Camp

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: 7½ 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

The day is kept aside in case of contingencies. There is a chance that the weather may not permit us to climb, for which we will have to postpone the climb. Another factor could be health – a client(s) may ask for an extra day rest before summiting the peak.

Overnight: Tented Camp

 

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: 5 ½

 

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 JoreSale. 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: 5 ½ – 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.

Overnight: Hotel.

 

Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu

Free day in Kathmandu to rest, relax and shop on your own.

Overnight: Hotel.

 

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.

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