Lobuche East is a “trekking peak” in the Kumbhu Region of Nepal. It is classed as Grade PD+ (Peu Difficile+) on the Alpine Grading system although it is rated as one of the more technical climbs within this group of peaks. Certainly it is more technical than it’s more commonly climbed neighbours, Island Peak, Pokalde and Mera Peak. There are two summits to Lobuche East, a “true” and a “false” with an expedition peak Lobuche West adjoining. There are a number of similar routes to the summit and this page describes the South East Ridge route. The first recorded ascent of this peak is surprisingly as late as 1984 by Laurence Neilson and Ang Gyalzen Sherpa.
The South East Ridge is the most popular, graded as PD+ on the Alpine Grading system. From Base Camp at approximately 15,740 ft it’s a 2 hour slog following a well outlined trail up to the first option of a high camp alongside a hidden lake at approximately 16, 500ft. In my 2005 climb we went a little further up a narrow gully above the lake and onto a slabby rock plateau area at 17,200ft.
From the latter high camp the route continues up a series of slabs of increasing steepness to give access to the South East Ridge proper. These slabs are usually iced/snow covered so care is needed and you should probably be roped at this stage. About 50m from the main ridge the slabs end and you are now faced with a 45 degree snow wall to ascend onto the ridge. There may be fixed rope here if there are other parties ascending. The start of the ridge is at approximately 18,600ft and for the more adventurous this is also a possible site for a second high camp to make the summit day a little easier. Follow the ridge turning around seracs and ascending the various “lumps and bumps” towards the first summit. There are no real difficulties although there is a feeling of some exposure along the way. Between the first/false summit and the true summit there is a considerable descent which you may need to rappel down before the final 200ft or so.
The 20-day Lobuche East Peak East Peak climbing comes along with the classic Everest Trek. The trip will also take you to some of the most popular places in the Everest region like Kala Pathar, which provides an excellent view of Everest along with other high mountains.
As you are picked from Tribhuwan International Airpot, Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a three-star level Hotel with Bed and Breakfast. We accommodate on the basis of twin shared room. A single room can be also accommodated upon your request. Your room will be facilitated with attached restrooms in the Kathmandu. During the Trekking premises, in some places, they only have a shared washroom and restroom. As you reach higher elevation single rooms may be difficult to manage.
During our Trek Authentic Nepali food is available and more common. You will also get international Cuisine such as Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Breakfast-Dinner will be served as per lodge menu where we stay overnight. Lunch will be served on the trail of Next destination. During Trek, all meals will be provided whereas, only breakfast is served in Kathmandu. Sherpa Himalaya will serve you special last day dinner.
Best Time to Climb
Weather in Nepal is quite a favorable. For trekking we have two peak season; Spring & Autumn. Autumn season starts from September to November whereas Spring season starts from March to May. Beside this two season, you can Climb in Nepal in other months too but it is quite cold in January and rainy in the month of July & August.
We will provide an experienced Climbing guide having fluency in English or any other language. 1 Climbing Sherpa Guide is entitled to every 3 members and 1 porter as per required. In every group, 1 Climbing guide is provided whereas Climbing Sherpa guide (assistant) is provided as per the size of the group. The proper management of Sherpa guides help in safety and make convenient while climbing. Even though if any member gets sick on the way to peak it will not affect the whole team and the rest team can successfully reach the peak.
Climbing individual Gears
When it comes to summiting a Peak Climbing Gears plays a very vital role and it is very important. It is the main thing that helps you to determine whether you can make the peak success or not. Proper quality to Gears makes you very easy in climbing whereas it also helps you stay away from cold and prevents frostbite and other problems.
Fixed rope, Tent, Kitchen stuff, Main rope, Snow bar, Ice screw, Rock pittan, and Ice hammer, etc are the gear which is provided by the Company.
Personal Climbing Gear you should bring
These are the gear that you should purchase:
Climbing boot, Crampons, Harness (safety belt), sunglasses, Jumar, Figure of eight, Helmet, Ice axe, Carabiner (2 lock/ 2 unlock), Gloves, Windproof Gortex, Sleeping Bag Jackets, Pants, Water bottles, Thermos, Sun cream, Hat, Down jackets, Inner thermal coat, some prusik, warm Socks (New), water bottle, Tape slings (2)
Frequently Asked Questions
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon arrival at Nepal’s heart, the capital known as Kathmandu, via Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you warmly and take you to the hotel where you will stay overnight. We will brief you shortly on your upcoming Trek with us after refreshment. We will also introduce you to your trekking guide and team guide. We will take you on a short visit of local area and one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance, if there is enough time assuming your flight is on time. This will give you a glimpse into the uniqueness of our country. If you arrive late in the evening or even night, there is always the next day.
Kathmandu - Lukla (40 minutes) [2840 m/9320 feet] – Trek to Phakding [2,652m/8,700feet], 3 - 4 hours
After breakfast, we will head to Tribhuvan International Airport’s domestic terminal. We will manage an early morning flight to Lukla as much as possible. Flying above green snow topped mountains we will reach Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla after 40 minutes of flight. Upon our arrival at Lukla airport, we will be greeted warmly by our crew members and after some brief discussion and preparation, we start our travel through the village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. This is a short hike to be prepared for high altitude travel. After reaching Phakding, one can explore local area and visit a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283feet), 5-6 hours
After breakfast we will begin our walk via mighty pine forests along Dudh Koshi to Namche Bazaar. On the way we will come across the majestic Mt. Thamserku (6,608m). On clear weather day we may even view snowcapped the almighty Mt. Everest. Our trek will end at the gateway of Mt. Everest, Namche Bazzar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 feet), Acclimatization Day
This is a day set aside to prepare for high altitude travel as health experts suggest one should prepare well for uphill trek. We can roam around Namche bazzar and surrounding villages to experience local Sherpa people and their rich culture, or we can hike up the hill and view the mighty Everest unfolding its beauty. There is a museum nearby for those who prefer to stay active. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar - Tengboche [3860 m/12,660 feet], 5 - 6 hours
We will start Everest trail which is high above the river Dudh Koshi. We will encounter several villages and tea shops, and climb to Thyangboche. There is a huge monastery which is recently rebuilt and one can visit it on evening walk as well. Overnight stay at Thyangboche.
Dingboche: Acclimatization Day
We will rest at Dingeboche for proper rest. Acclimatization is necessary for trekng uphill to higher altitude. The uphill climb should be gradual and slow rather than fast and unsteady. We will explore Dingboche and surrounding villages to experience local Sherpa people and their rich culture, or we can hike up the hill and view the mighty Everest along with other Himalayan vistas. Overnight at Dingboche.
Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 feet), 5-6 hours
We will take the trial from Dingboche through Imja Khola valley to land raven by glacier moraines amidst towering formidable mountains. While walking through the valley, Lhotse will tower on our left and Ama Dablam on our right. Straight ahead, beyond a terminal moraine wall, soars the Island peak (Imja Tse), a most popular trekking peak. The pyramidal Imja Tse looks awesome with its step rock and-icy south face. The trail ahead will be intersected by icy streams. We will reach Lobuche by evening. Overnight at Lobuche.
Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594feet) and back to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961feet), 6-7 hours
We will follow the Everest trail to Gorak Shep which is famous for its teahouses. Our trek is below Khumbu glacier which will lead us to Everest Base Camp. Along the way we will witness god gifted natural beauty of Himalayas mixed with traditional and ancient culture of Nepal. We will experience native Sherpa culture and get know how tough is village life.
A small ascent will take us to Thangma Riju from where we will experience 360 degree vista of glorious snowy mountains around us. After climbing steeply up to the top through Changri Glacier, we will have our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a famous grey-green knoll just beneath the Mt. Pumori. Kala Pathhar is a well-known name among trekkers and tourist. After we reach Gorak Shep, we will witness snow-capped behemoth mountains glowing and shining all around us including the roof of the world - Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). After having lunch at Gorak Shep we will head forward towards Everest Base camp. We will really appreciate the Everest climbers who are brave to endure hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. We can view mountains like Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori from the base camp but Everest is not visible from here.
As sunset view is breathe taking and much more spectacular than sunrise, we encourage trekkers to descend down to Kala Patthar. For those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar, we will arrange guides and Sherpas as per necessity and remaining trekkers and sherpas can set up camps at Gorak Shep. Overnight at Gorak Shep.
Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207feet), 7-8 hours
Early morning we will trek to Kala Patthar for sunrise view. We shall start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the moment of our lives, the magic of first light of day shining on Mount Everest summit. Kala Patthar is perfect viewpoint to witness other peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse to the east as Everest reveal itself. After several hours of an uphill ascent, we will reach Kala Patthar. After we will reach Kala Pathar, we will sit on the Kala Patthar and cherish the moment viewing Himalayan Panorama. On the way back to Kala Pathhar we will have breakfast. For those members who wishes to visit Everest Base camp as well, we will arrange accordingly and the trek will take 4 to 5 hours. After all the members return back we will have lunch and start descending down to Lobuche for a good night sleep.
Lobuche to Lobuche Base Camp (4,950m/ 16240feet), 1-2 hours
After breakfast we will trek towards Lobuche base camp from Lobuche. This trek will be short but won’t be a piece of cake. We will move ahead along the Lobuche Glacier while enjoying great views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega and other Himalayas. We will reach base camo before noon. After lunch at basecamp, team guide and crew will demonstrate proper ways of handling gears and equipment’s. This pre climb training is must and will be helpful for climbing on coming days. Overnight in Lobuche East Base Camp.
Lobuche Base Camp to High Camp (5,400m/17,712feet), 3-4 hours
From Lobuche Base Camp, we will continue on a rocky moraine path to reach the High Camp where we will establish our camp site. Our climb will be on rocks for around 5750 m and after that we have to climb on ice and use ropes as well. Fixed rope will used most of the times whereas man rope will be used if required. Overnight in Lobuche East High Camp.
Lobuche High Camp to Summit (6119m/20,070 feet) and back to High Camp, 8-10 hours
We will wake up very early and have our breakfast. Every member should wake up before 1 am or the summit will be hard to climb due to strong winds after noon. We will most likely be walking on rock surface up to around 5700m and after that we will climb on ice. We will use both, fixed rope and man rope as per requirement and guide’s order. Lobuche East will offer more panoramic views of the mountains than any other trekking peak for sure. From the summit, we will enjoy magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori, and many more. We will get back to the High Camp again for an overnight stay.
Lobuche High Camp to Pangboche (3930m /12900 feet), 8-9 hours
After early morning breakfast, we will trek downhill from Lobuche High Camp and join the Everest Base Camp route at Lobuche again. We will take our lunch at Lobuche. From Lobuche we will retrace our path to Pheriche. On the way to Pheriche, we will enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dablam in the distance. From Pheriche, we wil continue to Pangboche. And trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. We will visit the famous Pangboche Monastery after reaching Pangboche. Overnight at Pangboche.
Pangboche to Namche Bazaar, 4-5 hours
After breakfast we will start our trail that is also a traditional trading route made by Tibetan traders. Descending from Pangboche we will cross Bhote Kosi where the trail then goes through the valley of Langmuche Khola stream. We will have lunch at suitable place on the way. We will reach Namche on evening and freshen up at local hotel. Overnight at Namche Bazzar,
Namche Bazaar to Lukla, 6-7 hours
We will trek back to Lukla on this day. Lukla is a small air strip with few hotels. The airstrip is the most challenging landing spot for pilots worldwide and requires years of experience before a pilot is allowed to land at the airport. The view from Lukla is not less than then from kala Pathhar or base camp. One can explore local villages and restaurants to enjoy and cherish time spent on this trek. Overnight stay at Lukla.
We will fly back to Kathmandu via early flight. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Kathmandu and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Kathmandu.
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day. Overnight at Kathmandu.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.
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