Lobuche East climbing allows to follow the Everest base camp trek and visit the base camp and Kala Patter to see the Himalayan giants in all their glory. Lobuche East is in the heart of the Everest region and as a result, you have the best of both worlds. On the way back down you will then trek to the peak at 6119m spending 3 nights You camping at the base and high camps.
Lobuche East climbing is among one of the most technical climb peaks in Nepal. It is not the highest as it is at the altitude of 6119m. However, it requires great skill in both main and fixed rope climbing and involves some steep and slippery rocks slabs and snow slopes to reach the south-west ridge, which is just below the glacier. This then leads to the high camp.
The final climb to the summit depending on the time of year could require climbing at an angle of 70 to 75 degree with some belayed snow or ice climbing. It is because of this that it is a technical climb and people who wish to take on this challenging summit must have knowledge and experience of rope climbing, the use of ice axe and crampons, and also for the descent knowledge of abseiling.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.
All accommodation whilst on trek.
You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Trekking permits, National Park fees and Peak Climbing Permit if needed.
Internal Flight for Members, Guige and Assistant Guide
All domestic airport taxes.
Peak climbing Guide and Trekking guide equipment and salary
One Assistance Guide who support to pitch tents and guarding camp at night / as per group size.
One Cook and One kitchen supporter/s as per group size.
Required portage service to carry tents, food stuffs, fuels & kitchen utensils Necessary tent and equipment
Government taxes and service charge.
Medical supplies (first aid kit)
Travel and rescue Insurance
Hire of climbing equipment if not bringing own.
Food in Kathmandu.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
Tips for guide porter.
Day Day 01:
Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive into Kathmandu and so after about a 45 minute bus journey to the heart of the city and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Day Day 02:
Sightseeing in Kathamndu
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country. The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Day Day 03:
Kathmandu to Phakding Trekking time 3 hours
After an early breakfast we will head straight to the airport where we will fly to Lukla. The flight is about 40 minutes but one that you will never forget as we fly over the foothills of the Himalayas. We will arrive and as porters are employed to carry the luggage we will have chance for a cup of tea before starting the trek. Lukla is 2800m above sea level and we will be trekking to Phakding which is 2653m. It is a short trek around 3 hours through local villages and alongside the river.
Day Day 04 :
Phakding to Namche Trekking time 6 -7 hours
Today we begin the trail up the valley alongside the river. We walk up to the small village of Monjo and then after we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park and then we cross the Dudh Kosi river and through to the village of Jorsale. After this the steep climb up to Namche begins and it is at a well timed rest stop where we will see Everest for the first time. Namche is at 3440m and so is where the altitude can sometimes start to effect people.
Day Day 05:
Acclimatise at Namche
We will stay in Namache for an acclimatisation day with a walk up to a village Khumjung which is interesting to see village life and also you get great views of the mountains. As we will be walking higher to around 3780m this will also help in the acclimatisation process.
Day Day 06 :
Namche To Devuche Trekking time 5-6 hours
Today we make good progress both in distance and in height as we finish in Devuche which is 3750m. We will go through villages and see Nepalese Sherpa life and you will have many glimpses and photo opportunities of both Everest and also Ama Dablam. We will pass through Tengboche which is the religious heart of the Sherpa region. There is a monastery here which is the largest in Nepal. We will get a chance to visit here learn about the religion and the culture of the region. About 20 minutes from Tengboche we will reach our home for the night in Devuche.
Day Day 07:
Devuche to Pheriche Trekking time 5-6 hours
Today we will trek to Pangboche which is the highest all year round settlement in the region and sits at 3800m. It is a good walk and we go through the forest and many mani stones. There is also one of Nepal’s infamous bridges to go before we reach Pangboche. We will continue our trek and go through the 4000m mark and landscape changes and as walk through alpine meadows the tree line disappears and the scenery changes. Pheriche is at 4240m above sea level due to its location can be a windy place so warm clothing will be needed here.
Day Day 08:
Acclimatisation day at Pheriche
As we have passed through a major altitude barrier it is important for us to have another acclimatisation day here so we will stay in Pheriche for a second night. Taking a walk in the day higher and then coming back down will prepare the group for what is to come.
Day Day 09:
Pheriche to Labuche Trekking time 5-6 hours
Today we will gain 700m and so the hard work put in yesterday with the acclimatisation walk will pay off as we stroll up the valley and it is easy to look back and see how far we have come. In the afternoon we will come to an area called Chukpilhara and here there are stone monuments to climbers and mainly Sherpas. It is a place that will stay in your memory as a testament to the danger of the mountains. Lobuche is at 4930m.
Day Day 10:
Labuche to Gorak Shep Via Base CampTrekking time 8-9 hours
We will trek after breakfast to Gorak Shep which was the first base camp for the climbing of Everest in the 1950's. It is at 5160m above sea level. It is a straight forward walk with a few up ans downs, over rocky dunes and moraine. We will make it to Gorak Shep in time for a rest and lunch. After this we will head onto the Everest Base Camp which is used now. Depending on the time of year many people might have set up camp here ready for the summit attempts. The season for the climbing is April and May. We will descend back down to Gorak Shep for an early night.
Day Day 11:
Gorak shep to Labuche Trekking time 5-6 hours
We will get up early at 5am and after a cup of tea we will climb to Kala Pattar which is the peak of our trek at 5545m. The climb is a tough up hill and will take around 2 and half hours but it will be worth it as it will provide memories of Everest and her neighbours which will stay with you forever. We will spend time on the top giving everyone the opportunity for photos and to soak up the experience. After this we will descend back to Lobuche for lunch.The afternoon will give everyone chance to have a well earned rest and also check any equipment before heading to the base camp the following day.
Day Day 12:
Labuche to Labuche Base Camp Trekking time 3-4 hours.
After breakfast we will start our walk up to the Lobuche base camp. It starts off an easy walk and then becomes a little tougher as the trail becomes more rocky. As we ascend the views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde and the other surrounding peaks become more spectacular. When we reach the base camp we will be at an altitude of 4865m and here we will set up camp for the night. We will spend some time in the afternoon going through the preparations for the climb and an opportunity again for people to practise using the equipment.
Day Day 13:
Base Camp to High Camp Trekking time 3-4 hours.
Today we will trek over the rough and rocky terrine to reach the high camp. It is a steady uphill climb but we will be in high camp at 5600m in time for lunch, which again gives the group time to relax and undergo any last preparations in time for the summit attempt tomorrow.
Day Day 14:
Summit Labuche Peak and Down to Base Camp
Today is the big day as we will attempt to reach the summit at 6119m. We will have a early and light breakfast and then we will start out. We will use the south east ridge to summit which involves walking through the fairly steep snow and ice. Ropes will be fixed in order for us to climb safely. The final ascent is a steady climb to a plateau of around 6000. We then traverse to the exposed ridge which will follow the final summit slope. After around 5 to 6 hours of steady climbing we will reach the summit of 6119m. The reward will be a panoramic view of the entire Khumbu region including with the greatest Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori, Cho Oyu, and many more. We will take some time here for the celebration of success, taking a great photos and videos.We will head back down to the base camp for a well deserved rest, cup of tea and an early night.
Day Day 15:
Base Camp to Pangboche Trekking time 5 -6 hours
We will leave the base camp and retrace our steps back to the main trek path to Pangboche where we will spend the night. We should have some time in the afternoon to visit the monastery in the village if you wish.
Day Day 16:
Pongboche to Namcche Trekking time 5-6 hours
After leaving Pangboche we head through the forest and follow the path walked on the way up. Again we will pass through Tengboche which is the religious heart of the Sherpa region. After Tengboche we will head back to Namche (3400m) where we will spend the night.
Day Day 17:
Namche to PhakdingTrekking time 5 hours.
Again retracing our steps we head for the village of Phakding. It is a steep descent down from Namche and will give us the final chance to see Everest as we leave the national park. We will be in Phakding in time for a restful afternoon.
Day Day 18:
Phakding to Lukla Trekking time 3 hours
A relatively easy and short day for your last day trekking and we will be in Lukla hopefully by lunch time ensuring plenty of time for a wander through the village. There is even a Starbucks where you can celebrate the end of the trek
Day Day 19:
Lukla to Kathmandu
An early start to the airport and weather permitting a flight back to Kathmandu. We will arrive back to hotel mid morning and a welcome shower and clean clothes will be waiting for you. The rest of the day will be at your leisure with lunch, shopping in the Thamel and adjusting to civilisation!
Day Day 20:
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and a place which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture. A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.
Day Day 21:
Return to the home. Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.
For all the Everest Treks you will be flying from Kathmandu to Lukla and then at the end of the trek, you will need to do the return flight. This flight is very weather dependent and can be delayed or cancelled at short notice if the weather is not suitable for this mountain flight. At Top of the World Treks, we will do our best to manage this situation and if your flight is cancelled we will do all we can to get you on the next available flight. It may be possible for a helicopter to be charted but this will be at an extra cost and up to the group at the time. We plan extra days into our itineraries in case this happens but you are also welcome to plan extra days if you wish.
We can arrange sightseeing and tours in Kathmandu if you wish on these extra days. If the weather continues to see cancellation then it must be decided on the group whether to continue to wait or transfer the trek to another range – such as Annapurna or Langtang. We will fully advise you if this becomes the case.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.
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1. Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guide line.The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow.
2. GENERAL CHECK – LIST
The following basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
- Waterproof sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
- Lightweight thermal gloves.
- Underwear (4)
- Shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
- Sun hat or Scarf.
- Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
- T- shirt (2)
- Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).
- Sunglasses with UV protection.
- Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
- Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
- Small padlock to lock trek bag.
- Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
- Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
- Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
- Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.
- Water bottles.
- Small wash towel.
- Footwear appropraite to the trip.
- Waterproof shell trousers / pants. (Preferably berathable fabric)
3. TREKKING CHECK LIST
In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel outer.
- Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
- Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
- Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
- Gaiters (optional).
- Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
4. MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
- Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
- Mountaineering Safety harness.
- Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
- 120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravines.
- Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
- Prussik loops .
- Climbing helmet (optional).
- Jumer (Ascender & Descender).
- Pocket Knife.
- Head lamp.
- Rope and Snow bars.
- Ice crew.
- High altimeter.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow – covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.
5. EQUIPMENT RENTAL
In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
- Sleeping bags.
- Down Jackets.
- All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
- Ice hummer.
- Climbing Harness .
- 2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.
- 12 – point Crampons.
- Plastic Climbing boots.
6. FIRST AID MEDICINE
- Bandage for Sprains.
- Plaster/ Band- aids.
- Iodine or Water filter(optional)
- Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
- Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
- Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
- Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.
- Oral rehydration salts.
- Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).
- Anti – diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
- Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional)
- Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
- Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
- Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
- For more details please see our staying healthy topic.