Lobuche Peak Climbing
Lobuche Peak Climbing gives an exceptional taste of the Himalayas as you stand on the summit of Lobuche East (6119m) on-looking the stunning peaks of the Khumbu region. This journey takes you through various Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries sitting peacefully in the lap of the Khumbu Himalayas. Lobuche East Peak is considered more trekking by Nepal Mountaineering Association, hence it can be conquered by any mountain lover without prior climbing experience. However, one must be physically fit before taking on this adventure.
The trek starts from the capital of the country, Kathmandu, and goes through the highs and lows, and ups and downs of the Khumbu region. The scenic flight to Lukla, with an aerial view of the Himalayan ranges, marks the start of your journey in the wilderness. Walk through the silent forests to the village of Phakding as the trail continues through the alpine forests of Sagarmatha National Park en route to Namche, the Gateway of Everest. The trek passes through different rivers, bridges, and diverse vegetation. The trail also provides an opportunity to look into the Buddhist culture of the Himalayas as it takes you to Tengboche Monastery which holds high cultural value to the Sherpas of the region. Passing through many small Sherpa settlements, the trail leads to Everest Base Camp adorned with the incredible view of various peaks like Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7161m), Lingtren (6749m), and Khumbutse (6636m). The vista of Everest (8848m), glimmering in all its glory, seen from the summit of Lobuche Peak is bound to leave anyone awe-struck.
My Everest Trip provides you with the best equipment required for peak climbing. Also, you will be accompanied by our experts who have been accustomed to this route.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
As soon as you land at the airport, our team shall be there to assist you. Soon enough, we will be driving towards Thamel in a private car. You will be introduced to the crew in the evening, and the guide will brief you about the journey. Together, we enjoy a delicious Nepalese dinner in a beautiful restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation
Today, we visit many UNESCO world heritage sites around Kathmandu. Our destinations are Swayambhunath and Bouddhanath stupa, the very holy sites for followers of the Buddhist religion. Next, here is Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva. We also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square which used to be the home to the kings of Nepal. Here, you can see the Living goddesses’ homes. Then, we get to Thamel for the trek preparation.
In Thamel, we shall rent or buy some essential climbing gear. The guide will help you pick the best tool as well as pack your bags. Then, we shall be all ready to depart. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Lukla and walk to Phakding
Duration: 35 minutes of flight, 3-4 hours walk
You will start the day early as you take the flight to Lukla (2,840m). Moreover, this exciting flight to the Lukla airport will definitely be a thrilling experience. Also known as the gateway to the Khumbu, Lukla provides us with the foremost glimpse of Everest within the distance.
Here, we’ll meet the staffs who shall accompany us for the trek. Shortly, we will depart for our first trek. Savoring the beauty of the Everest region, we slowly head towards Phakding. Further on the way, we pass the Monjo village that lies on the banks of the Dudh Koshi. For the night, we crash in one of the well-built lodges of Khumbu. Overnight in Phakding
Day 4: Trek to Namche
Along the riverside of Dudh Koshi, you trek to the Gateway of Everest, Namche. On this trail beautifully crafted by nature, we shall first reach Manjo. This is the entry gate of Sagarmatha National park. After getting our permits checked here, we pass through different waterfalls and suspension bridges. Accompanied by the view of Thamserku (6623m), we climb straight to the happening town of Namche. Namche has some finest restaurants and hotels for our wonderful evening.
Also check: Short Everest Trek if you want to visit Namche Bazaar only
Day 4: Rest in Namche Bazaar
Today, rest in Namche as you acclimatize to catch up with the altitude. Spend the day exploring the Sherpa town, visiting the Sherpa museum, and trying Sherpa food in Namche Bazaar. The market of Namche Bazaar has a lot to offer. Or you can hike up to Everest View Hotel near the Syangboche airstrip for a glorious view of Everest (8848m) and other Khumbu peaks. Overnight at the tea house.
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche
Distance: About 6 hours
Walking closer to Mount Everest (8848m) with a view of Ama Dablam (6812m), Lhotse (8516m), Taboche (6542m), Kangtega (6782m), and Thamserku (6623m), you trek to the village of Tengboche. Following a quite easy trail through the pine forests, you reach Tengboche Monastery draped with a panoramic view of the Himalayas. This monastery holds great religious importance to the local Buddhist pilgrims.
Overnight in Tengboche
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche
Duration: 5 hours
From Tengboche, we walk further north on the forested trail. After 3 to 4 hours we reach the beautiful Sherpa village of Pangboche. “Pangboche Monastery” built in the 16th Century, is one of the oldest monasteries in history. We can witness the claws and skull of the Yeti, the so-called loyal pet of ancient monks living in the Himalayas. Walk past Mani walls, Chortens, and several small villages to enter Imja Valley. Upon arrival in Dingboche, you will enjoy the sight of barley and buckwheat fields with the snow-capped mountains as the backdrop.
Overnight in Dingboche
Check Everest Three Pass Trek for a more adventurous journey
Day 8: Rest day in Dingboche
Today, again, you will acclimatize in order to continue the remaining trek with ease. Walk past Mani walls as you hike to Chhukhung following the trails of Imja River. Chhukhung offers a panoramic view of the Khumbu peaks including Ama Dablam (6812m), Amphu Gyabjen (5360m), and Lhotse (8516m). After spending some time in Chhukhung, hike back to Dingboche.
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche
Duration: 6 hours
From Dingboche, we start the hike towards Lobuche. The trail takes us up on the ridge of a top shrine and deep into the broad valley. As we cross a glacial moraine, we start witnessing a perfect view of the peaks. When we reach “Thukla,” the Partial view of Lobuche greets us. The hike to Lobuche is fun and memorable. At an elevation of about 4,940 m ft, Lobuche is approximately 8.5 km South-West of Everest Base Camp. Upon arrival, we enjoy a warm dinner and prepare ourselves for another exciting day. Overnight in Lobuche
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (17,598 ft/ 5,364 m) and then back to Gorak Shep
Altitude: 5,185 m
Duration: About 7 hours
Leaving Lobuche quite early in the morning, we continue walking on the Alpine grassland towards Gorak Shep. Further continuing our dramatic journey to the base camp, we’ll witness the Army Mountaineers Memorials. This is undoubtedly the memory you will cherish for a lifetime. With a rush of pride on our nerves, we capture some beautiful photographs and enjoy the view. The view of the deepest glacier in the world called Khumbu Glacier will also please us. After a wonderful time in the Everest Base Camp, we walk back to Gorekshep for the night’s stay. Overnight in Gorakshep
Day 11: Hike to Kala Patthar(5,555m) viewpoint and trek to Lobuche
Duration: 6 hours
The splendid view of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar is better than the ones you will witness from the Base Camp itself. On the top, you will see multicolor prayer flags that are hung all the way as we climb above the rocky trails. After some wonderful minutes and great photos in Kalapatthar, we walk down to Gorakshep for breakfast. Getting our bags ready, we walk towards Lobuche. Tracing our way back, we shall have quite a relaxing journey to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche
Day 12: Lobuche to Lobuche Base Camp
Duration: 6-7 hours
Walking through a steep and rocky trail with a view of the Himalayas, you reach Lobuche Base Camp and prepare yourself for the climb. Check the gears one more time and make sure you have enough information about the climb. Overnight at the camp.
Day 13: Lobuche Base Camp to High Camp
Duration: 4-5 hours
From the base camp, you climb on the rocky moraines alongside Lobuche Glacier to reach Lobuche High Camp. Upon reaching, the climbing leader will give you pre-climbing training on the techniques to use the gears like the ice ax, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, and so on. Overnight in the camp.
Day 14: Lobuche High Camp to Summit
Duration: 6-7 hours
With weather favoring your side, you climb the peak of Lobuche early in the morning, today. Your climbing leader will carefully lead your way through the rocky and snowy trails to the summit. After reaching the summit, you will have a spectacular vista of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6812m), Cholatse (6440m), and Pumori (7161m) among others. Later, descend back to High Camp. Overnight at the camp.
Day 15: Lobuche High Camp to Pangboche
Duration: 6-7 hours
After conquering Lobuche Peak, retrace your trail to Pheriche with a distant view of Ama Dablam (6812m). You then trek through rhododendron and juniper-covered forests, en route to Pangboche. Upon reaching, pay a visit to Pangboche Monastery beholding the culture of the Khumbu region. Overnight at the tea house.
Day 16: Trek Namche Bazaar
Duration: 6 hours
The further walk takes us to the valley of Tengboche, a place with beautiful monasteries. After some rest, we move on as the trail descends on the river bank and make a final ascent to the village of Kyangjuma. After a short uphill, we reach the ridge that leads us to Namche. Begin in Namche; you will feel pretty welcomed and relaxed. Even during the cheap Everest base camp trek package, you will be staying in a standard hotel. Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Day 17: Trek Lukla
Duration: About 6 hours
Descend on steep trails as you pass the rhododendron forests and cross the suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River to reach Lukla. Since this trail is already familiar to us, we enjoy the walk. Overnight at a hotel in Lukla
Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu
You can wander around the hotel, or you can just take a nap. We suggest that you walk around during the evening and enjoy the nighttime of Thamel. It’s up to you. The Budget Everest base camp trek ends today. You can either extend the trek to explore more adventurous spots in Nepal or get your bags ready to fly back. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 19: Final Departure
You will be escorted back to the airport for your further departure. Do
inform us about your flight schedule so that we can make the necessary arrangements in time. We wish you a wonderful journey back home.
Lobuche Peak Difficulty
Lobuche Peak climbing is an actual mountain climb that demands good skills in mountaineering and gear use. The climbers need to use gears such as crampons, ropes, and axes. The guides help you fix the ropes and make the path so that you can climb easily.
There are two major peaks for climbing i.e. Lobuche East and Lobuche West. Trekkers climb from the south ridge which is easier to climb. Being a trekking peak Lobuche difficultly is graded as a “Moderate” level climb. You will be making many uphill and downhill climbs on this trek. If you have never done a high-altitude trek, you can start with Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Lobuche Peak at 6,119 meters above sea level is actually a very extreme altitude. At this height, the level of oxygen drops less than half and you will find it extremely uncomfortable to breathe. The initial part of the journey around Everest base camp actually gives you a lot of time so that you don’t feel the symptom of altitude. Even then, you may experience difficulty beyond Lobuche Base Camp. Development of symptoms like body pain, headache, shortness of breath, and Nausea is quite common as you move to a higher altitude. If the symptoms are normal, we just need to stop for a few hours and let the body adapt to the change.
Although our guide, have some oxygen cylinder they might not be enough for long-term use. So you must be careful to keep yourself relaxed and hydrated. However, if the symptoms of altitude sickness start to get severe, we will climb to the lower altitude. In the worst case, we call for helicopter evacuation which is covered by your insurance.
Best time for Lobuche climb
Lobuche Peak climbing can only be done in Autumn and Spring. Autumn has the temperature in Lobuche of about five Degrees Celsius while the nights are still freezing. Spring in Lobuche i.e March, April, and May make a wonderful time for a mountain climb. This is the peak season for all-mountain climbers in Nepal i.e. even Mount Everest is very crowded. The snow is less and the chances of rainfall are low. It’s also among the warmest month for mountain climbing.
Lobuche peak climb cannot be done in summer and winter. June, July, and August are the months for the highest amount of rainfall and also some snowfall. On another hand, Winter i.e. September, October, and November are full of snowfall. This makes the Lobuche east peak trail very slippery. So, even if the government issues the permit for the Lobuche Peak East climb, it’s wise not to attempt it in the wrong season. Trekking, while the weather is not stable, might even kill you. So, rather go for a low-altitude trek like Everest Short Trek.
Lobuche east peak climbing cost
Lobuche east peak climbing cost is $2150. The camping accommodation and a large number of staff make Lobuche East Peak climbing quite expensive. However, considering the fact that other 8,000-meter climbs like the Mount Everest expedition cost over $20,000, Lobuche East Peak is quite cheap.
Firstly, we need to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla which cost about $320. Then, Lobuche East Peak follows the classic Everest Base Camp trek up to Lobuche until the 10th day. This means you will get to stay in quite comfortable local lodges and enjoy a variety of food. Accommodation here costs $6 to $8 and then you will be staying in tents at Lobuche Base Camp and Lobuche High Camp for 3 days. Due to this tented accommodation, we need to hire an additional porter and cook, making Lobuche Peak climbing cost high. Furthermore, there’s the cost of a guide ( Sherpa) who makes the trek possible. Next, the permit for Lobuche Trek is also high.
Even as an independent traveler who doesn’t book the MyEverestTrip package, you pay about $2500. Solo mountain climbing is quite expensive and we recommend you to travel in larger groups.
Lobuche peak expedition permit
You will be requiring an entry permit from the National Mountaineering Association to make the Lobuche climb. The NMA has classified Lobuche East as Trekking Peak and Lobuche West as Expedition peak. Permits are needed for both of these Lobuche Peak climbing.
You can apply for the permit, you must hire a licensed mountain guide. Then, you will need a detailed Lobuche climb Itinerary, insurance paper, and other personal documents to fill out the application form. Once your application is approved, you can go towards Lobuche for the climb.
Along with the Lobuche Climbing permit from NMA, you need two other permits i.e. Pasang Lambu Khumbu Local area permit and Sagarmatha National Park entry permit. The Khumbu Local Area permit can be taken once you get to Lukla and cost $20. And the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit can be received at the gate in Monjo. You don’t need to about these permits from Kathmandu itself.
MyEverestTrip is a Nepalese Travel and Trekking Agency based in Kathmandu. We have been operating in different trekking regions for more than a decade, traveling with hundreds of trekkers and travelers all around the world.
With the pure intention to bring trekkers to Nepal’s safety and comfort, we have an entire team of travel planer, guides, and porters. We also have connections to hotels and restaurant lines all over Nepal for ensuring that our trekkers get the best possible facilities.
So, here is the reason why you should travel with MyEverestTrip.
Customize your itinerary:
We have designed a well-planned Itinerary for all travel destinations around Nepal. However, this Itinerary is customizable as per the need and requests of our trekkers. Just let us know when and how long you are staying so that we can arrange the rest.
Our Expert guide:
Although all travel agency claims to have a good guide, many of them are not informed about the place you are traveling to. However, MyEverestTrip has its own licensed guide in Nepal. They have been working in this field for over three decades, collecting all the information about the place/ culture, and learning to keep the travelers safe. Also, our guide is good at the English language. Upon special request, we can even hire a guide who can speak Chinese and other European languages for trekking in Nepal.
Fair and reasonable Cost:
MyEverestTrip has been known for its very economic trek packages in Nepal. You can compare the price we offer with any other travel agency in Nepal and only book with us if you are satisfied with our cost. We try to include all needed expenses during the tour so that you will not be overwhelmed with hidden expenses after the packages are booked.
Your safety is our priority:
Obviously, the safety of our trekkers and our team is the utmost priority of MyEverestTrip. Our guide and porters who shall accompany you for the trip will have insurance of their own. We also encourage Travel insurance for our trekkers. Our treks and trip have been so designed that you only walk an appropriate distance. In any case of emergency, you will always have our back.
Responsible and Eco-Friendly
MyEverestTrip operates with the belief in responsible tourism. This includes
- We are transparent about the services covered on the trip. There shall be no hidden cost (informed in advance if there’s any)
- We cover all the places that have been promised before the trek (the trend of skipping places once you book the package has to be discouraged).
- All our guides and porter are above 18yrs. We highly discourage child labor in the tourism industry
- We do not leave any wastage behind on the trekking routes. We either dispose of the waste appropriately or carry them back with us and send it to the municipality
- We do not engage in any activities that affect the people in the trek places of Nepal we stay.
How hard is Lobuche Peak?
A mountain climbing experience in Nepal can never be easy. And Lobuche Peak climbing is one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal, so, you cannot imagine it to be easy. However, since this is a practice peak for 8,000+ mountains, you will be able to complete it with little guidance. And after conquering the Lobuche Peak, the trekkers are able to climb other higher mountains as well.
The Lobuche East as a trekking peak is moderately hard. The trails can be harsh for newcomers with zero experience. While the professionals might find it less harsh and challenging.
One of the hardest parts of this Lobuche trek is climbing a 45-degree snow wall from High camp to Lobuche summit which is 50 m high. You will be using technical gear to make the climb. Climbing with fixed ropes the crampons makes it easier.
However, since we walk on the classic Everest Base Camp route for the first 10 days, our bodies shall be quite well adopted. This long route helps us cope with the difficulties of altitude and distance before we being the actual Lobuche Peak climbing.
Check Everest Gokyo Ri Trek for an awesome view of Everest and the glacier Lakes.
Is Lobuche East Climb Technical?
Yes, Lobuche East Climb is quite technical. Since this is an actual mountain above 6,000 meters, you need all mountaineering skills. However, you don’t need to learn all of these Lobuche East Climb skills in advance. Once you are in Nepal, our guide will train you for the climb. If needed, we will take an additional day at Lobuche Base Camp just to train ourselves in mountain climbing skills. You shall learn to use ropes, axes, and crampons. These Mountaineering gears are mostly needed when the snow is thick.
Can you see Everest from Lobuche?
Yes, you can obviously see Everest from Lobuche. The aerial distance between Lobuche and Everest is only 12.1km. During the trek, you can see Everest right from Namche Bazaar until you are back to Lukla. From the Lobuche summit, Everest Peak looks quite magical. However, MyEverestTrip Lobuche Trek Itinerary first goes to Everest Base Camp and then to Lobuche. This means you get to enjoy a quite awesome view of Everest right from its foot.
How much does it cost to climb Lobuche Peak?
Lobuche Peak climbing cost about $2150 when you book the package. In addition, you will need a few hundred dollars extra of your own. If this is something you cannot afford, check our cheaper travel package in Nepal like the Langtang Valley trek.
Is Lobuche east peak solo possible?
Yes, the government issues the permit for Solo mountain climbers as long as you are accompanied by a licensed guide. As Lobuche is not a restricted trekking region, you don’t need to be in a group of two people. However, since you will be accompanied by a guide (Sherpa) and porters, Solo travelers will be safe. And trust us, you won’t be bored.
How high is Lobuche base camp?
Lobuche Peak is 6119m above sea level while Lobuche Base Camp is 4,950m. In between these two camps, there’s a Lobuche High Camp which is 5,400 meters above level. There’s no human settlement beyond Lobuche Village and you will be staying in the tents.
Is travel insurance compulsory for Lobuche Peak climbing?
Yes, you must have travel insurance before booking Lobuche Peak climbing from MyEverestTrip. No travel agency in Nepal has the provision of providing travel insurance to their trekkers. And, even after a lot of precaution and preparation, there are high chances to be sick of altitude. In that case, you might need a helicopter evacuation which is covered by your traveling insurance. Also, it covers other medical and theft during the trek in Nepal.
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries
- Lightweight thermal gloves
- Small padlock to lock trek bag
- Underwear (4)
- Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
- Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
- Plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Shorts (2)
- Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
- Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
- Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Water bottles (2)
- Sun hat or scarf
- Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
- Small wash towel
- T-shirts (2)
- Footwear appropriate to the trip
- Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
- Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)
- Three nights of Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on a B/B basis;
- Pick up and drop from Kathmandu airport to airport. Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary;
- 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch, and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek and climbing period & night intent
- Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)
- TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) Permit
- Climbing permit
- Necessary staff during the trekking and climbing period With Experience Guide and Porter. experienced
- Government license holder Climbing guide during the climbing period as per group size
- Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available)
- One tent will be available in the Base camp for 2 people on a shared basis;
- High altitude food and all climbing crew will be available above base camp.
- Necessary fixed and dynamic ropes will be available during the climbing period
- A necessary kitchen crew will be available in base camp
- Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary)
- Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu before departure.
What's not included
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Emergency rescue evacuation if required.
- Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
- Airfare international flights
- Nepal entry visa fee, Visa issuance is easy at the arrival
- Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower.
- Personal climbing equipment
- Icefall fees Garbage Deposit (Sharing with other members) if applicable.
- Travel Insurance.
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Highlights Of Lobuche Peak Climbing
- Summitting Lobuche Peak at 6,119m – the incredible feeling of accomplishment.
- Exploration of Everest Base Camp.
- Multifaceted benefit – Sherpa people group.
- A 360-degree perspective on Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Cho-Oyu, and Tibetan Peaks
- Outdoors at a portion of the wild and remote valleys of the Himalayas.
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