Our Lobuche Peak Climbing package is a perfect start for aspiring climbers. What better place to begin (or continue!) your climbing career than in the Himalayas – better yet, in the heart of the Everest region. Between Island Peak and Mera Peak, Lobuche Peak is considered slightly more difficult, but comparatively less technical of the three. Mountaineers often summit Lobuche Peak for acclimatization purposes before taking on the behemoth that is Mount Everest.
It is possible to climb Lobuche’s west peak, however this package takes you to the east peak, which is more common. At 6119 meters high, you’ll get mind-blowing views of Mount Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Ama Dablam (6812m), Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7161m) and a whole multitude of others. Our Lobuche Peak package complementsthe climb with a visit to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar to acclimatize, and, to say these sights are worth a visit would be an understatement.
Beginning from Lukla, the most dangerous airport in the world, we begin our walk. We follow along the renowned Everest Base Camp Trek route, stopping for a day of acclimatization and exploration in Namche Bazaar, a colour Sherpa town that has been used as a trading and tourism center for years. After taking some photos and being in awe at the view from Kala Patthar, we head for the Lobuche summit over various terrains. By the time we make it to Lobuche Base Camp, we had plenty of time to acclimatize. However, we take one more day at the Base Camp to make sure that we are ready and become familiar with the actual process of climbing (i.e. using ropes, etc.). Using fixed ropes, we find ourselves at the summit, looking down and out at the rest of the world. After the descent, we reach Lukla and head back to Kathmandu.
This package is particularlygreat for beginners,thoughexperienced mountaineers will find much pleasure in the excursion. For beginners, you should be relatively physically fit and most importantly, have a strong sense of determination and desire to reach the top. We will arrange all climbing gear for you.
Lobuche Peak Climbing can be done throughout the year, but the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer the best weather. During the spring, the flowers are blooming, adding color to the trail. In the fall, the skies are usually clearer. The trek requires moderate fitness. Junket Nepal arranges the climb with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
You will be picked up from Tribhuvan Airport by a member of Junket Nepal and taken to your hotel. We give you all the necessary information about your climb and clear up any questions you might have. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we’ll brief you on our upcoming adventure and then give you a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, which includes several UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can spend the rest of the day freely. Overnight at hotel.
We catch an early morning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, enjoying the scenic mountain views. After landing, we begin our trek with enthusiasm. After passing picturesque Sherpa villages, their fields of crops, and monuments toward Tibetan Buddhism, we see a spectacular view of Kusum Kanguru as we arrive in Phakding. Overnight in a guest house.
After breakfast, we head to Namche Bazaar. The path leads us across several suspension bridges, while taking in the views of Thamserku. Hiking along the Dudh Koshi River bank, we reach Monjo and officially enter Sagarmatha National Park. We continue along the river bank, climbing higher. We cross a high suspension bridge and continue upwards. We catch our first glimpse of Mt. Everest before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in guest house.
We have let our bodies adjust to the difference in altitude, as the air is thinner here. So, we take a short day hike up to Sagarmatha National Park Museum and Khumjung Village. From the museum, we can see a clear view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more Himalayan peaks. After, we descend and explore Namche Bazaar, a trading hub of the Khumbu region, densely populated by Sherpas. There is much to explore in the streets of Namche Bazaar. Overnight in guest house.
After breakfast, we begin today’s hike. Soon, we pass the Sagarmatha Nation Park museum and enjoy some nice views. Nera Phungi Thanga, we reach a junction, and hike up the steep trail (continuing the EBC path). The rhododendron and pine forests around us are beautiful. After a couple more hours, we arrive at Tengboche. The sunset behind Mt. Everest from this little village is something you will never forget. Overnight at guest house.
Today is a beautiful day on our trek. We make our way above the tree line, surrounded by the mountains. First though, we pass through dense forests, and see Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam in the distance. After crossing the Imja River, we reach Pangboche. Keep going and walk through the Imja Valley before finally ascending to Dingboche, a nice village with potato, barley, and buckwheat fields. Overnight in guest house.
We take a rest and acclimatization day in Dingboche. It is best to walk high and sleep low to acclimatize efficiently. After breakfast, we start our day hike to Chhukung Valley, about 2 hours gradually uphill. We have lunch in the Chhukung Valley with awesome views of Island Peak, Ama Dablaml, Makalu, Tawoche, Lhotse and Nuptse, among others. We descend along the same path to Dingboche. Overnight at guesthouse.
The distance from Dingboche to Lobuche is short, but the high altitude makes the trek longer. After walking for a couple of hours on the relaxing trail, we arrive in Thukla, where we can have a lunch or snacks.From here, the trail is climbs up to the Everest Memorials, monuments of those people who have lost their lives during Everest expeditions. After we visit, we keep going to Lobuche. The sunset view of Mt. Nuptse in the evening is amazing. Overnight at guest house.
We are full of excitement today, ready to make our dreams come true. We have an early breakfast because we’ve got a long day ahead of ourselves. The trail to Gorakshep is mostly uphill and rocky. We have lunch and leave our bags at the guest house Gorakshep, heading to Everest Base Camp with our day pack. It is located on the Khumbu Glacier, where we can see infamous Khumbu Icefall, Mt. Khumbutse and Pumori, though Mt. Everest is obscured by other mountains. After we take some snaps and have some smiles, we head back down to Gorakshep. Overnight at guest house.
Another exciting day on our Island Peak Climbing adventure... The breath-taking views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and many others are right before our eyes. After enjoying our time and taking some photos at Kalapatthar, we come back to Gorakshep and have a nice big breakfast. After, we descend to Lobuche. Overnight at guesthouse.
After breakfast, we first trek towards Lobuche Base Camp. The trail begins smoothly and then becomes rocky. We move forward along the Lobuche Glacier with great Himalayan views. From the base camp, we walk further along the rocky moraine path to reach the High Camp. After reaching there, we set up our camp, take lunch and rest. For the climb, we usually will be climbing on rock surface for up to around 5770m. After that, we climb on ice and use ropes when necessary. However, the use of the rope and the length depends upon the season and the crevasses. Fixed rope is used most of the times while man rope is used when needed. The climbing leaders will decide what is best for when. Overnight in tented camp.
We wake up super early today for breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we reach the summit before noon because the winds get too powerful later andcan become a barrier for a successful summit. We will most likely be walking on rock surface up to around 5700m after which we climb on ice. We use both fixed rope and man rope as per our leader’s instruction. The climbing surface as well as the length of the rope and depends on the time of the season and the crevasses. Lobuche East offers more expansive views of the mountains than any other trekking peak. From the summit, you get to enjoy magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori, and many more. We spend some time at the summit celebrating and taking pictures, then we head back to the High Camp. Overnight in tented camp.
This is an extra day set aside for any inconveniences that cause delays in our schedule. Setting aside an extra day will ensure that even if we were to face a day's set back, the trip will guarantee a successful climb.
After taking our morning breakfast, we trek downhill from Lobuche High Camp and join the Everest Base Camp route at Lobuche again. We take our lunch at Lobuche. From Lobuche we again retrace our path to Pheriche. On the way to Pheriche, we get to enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dablam in the distance. From Pheriche, we continue to Pangboche. We trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. Upon reaching Pangboche we may also consider visiting the famous Pangboche Monastery.
From Pangboche, we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can visit the Tengboche monastery. After lunch here, we continue through the hillside coveredin rhododendron and juniper trees. In the spring, this is especially beautiful. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending quickly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep an eye out for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, and other animals. Soon, we reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight in guest house.
In the morning, we leave Namche Bazar and go down through mixed foreststo cross the high suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. Continueuntil we arrive in Jorsalle, where we check out of the park. We continue again our trek until to reach Phakding, where we can stop for lunch. Our trail continues up and down until Lukla. Overnight in guest house.
After breakfast, we walk to Tenzing-Hillary airport and fly back to Kathmandu, savoring those last mountain views. We’ll have a farewell dinner in Kathmandu in the evening. Before that, spend the day as you wish. Overnight in hotel.
Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Junket Nepal as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
Trekking preparation and Physical Condition:
Physical Fitness is an important part to have trekking adventure in Nepalese Himalayas. To be fully prepared to gain lifetime experience of walking in the mountains, explore Himalayan vista with combined cultural experience can accomplished by exploit inspired adventure seekers who can walk 4 to 6 hours ascends and descends per day. We generally prefer short and easy trek for first time trekkers and moderate to adventurous trekking for experienced trekkers as per preferences.
Preparation for trekking has not any hard and fast rules and regulations. We recommend all trekkers to maintain their physical fitness level a couple of months before the trek. The fitness activities might be jugging, walk through steps (Uphill and Downhill), join a fitness club etc. while achieving the adventure experience of trekking, physical fitness as well as mental fitness plays vital role, every trekkers should also have to be mentally prepared.
Accommodation and Meals during the Trek:
Almost popular trekking regions in Nepal are filled with sophisticated tea house lodges which offer standard room accommodation and hygienic foods. Every trekker can choose varieties of foods; Nepali, Continental, Indian etc from the menu. Apart from the popular trekking routes where the tea houses are not available, we will provide camping accommodation and prepare meals by our team members. In cities, you can choose any (non star to 5 star categorized) hotel to stay before/after begin the trip as per your budget and requirement.
Grades of Trekking:
A Himalayan country Nepal amazingly presents several world’s high mountains including world’s top Mt. Everest, other mountains above 8000m from sea level and several snow-capped peaks. Grades of trekking determines as per altitude level, duration of the trek, level of difficulties, wilderness in trails and many more factors. Basically we classify the grades as; Easy, Moderate, Strenuous & Adventurous. Easy trekking is suitable for beginners, and gradually all grades trails offers unique taste of adventure for all adventure seeking trekkers.
High Altitude Sickness:
High altitude Sickness is totally unusual and unexpected sickness which means effect of high altitudes while in a trekking. It attracts more if we ascend so quickly in the mountains. As we know that prevention is better than cure, we don’t have to gain altitudes too quickly, acclimatize with altitude by slow and steady walk with numbers of reserve days would be a good idea.
The symptoms of high altitude sickness are; loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, difficult to pass urine, headache, irregular breathing, Nausea, mild weakness, hands and face swelling etc.
In case of such sickness while you are in mountain with our team, every trekker needs to follow the instructions provided by your guide, guides from Junket Nepal (P) Ltd always are well aware about such sickness and basic treatment procedure. Immediately descend from the altitude is one of the major treatment of high altitude sickness. Drink a lot of water, take some garlic soup, you may also take Diamox 250mg and other modes of cure. If the situation would be out of control situation with serious sickness, we will arrange immediate emergency evacuation by horse or helicopter depending upon the situation.
Best Season for Trekking:
Generally 2 seasons in an annual year are considered as a peak season of trekking and mountaineering in Nepal which are autumn – September, October & November and spring – March, April & May. During the season view of mountain will be clear. Some adventure seekers who want to walk not facing other large groups, peaceful environments can also choose December – February. June-August months are monsoon season which ruins long trekking trips but one can choose short hiking trips.
Types of Trekking:
Types of trekking can be categorized in 2 different parts;
I) Tea house trekking; available in several popular trekking regions of Nepal. This type or trek generally operated by using tea house lodges for meals and accommodations during the entire trekking. Tea house lodges are not well sophisticated as hotels and resorts in cities but they provide simply the best services and facilities.
II) Camping Trekking; required to set up tented camps for the less beaten trekking regions where those tea house lodges are not available. During the camping trek, our crew team will carry all camping equipments, meals and essentials.
Trekking permits are essential before entering into every trekking trails. Your trip detail should have to be registered. Types of trekking permits are as follows:
I) TIMS (Trekkers Information Manual System): It is required for your safety provided by an umbrella organization of trekking agencies - Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). It helps to keep record of every trekkers in mountains and control illegal trekking operators by keeping your details (Name, Nationality, Date of Birth and Passport Number)
II) National Park/Conservation Area Permits: Every trekking trail are joined with at least one national park or conservation area project where we have to issue permit and have to pay certain royalty for Conservation area project. For example; Annapurna Conservation Area Project required for Annapurna region trekking, Sanagmatha National Park permit required for Everest region trekking etc.
III) Special Permits: It is compulsory for restricted area’s trekking in Nepal. Nepal government has listed some important trekking trails in their restricted area lists such as Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu Circuit, Makalu Circuit etc. such permits are need to be issued from department of immigration of Nepal. This permit’s royalty rates are generally higher than national park/conservation area fees and TIMS differ from season of trek and its duration. Please contact us for full extent of information about royalty lists for special permits.
Trekking Safety and Security:
Safety and security is one of the major factors while in Nepalese mountains for trekking adventure where we might face unusual sickness, problems, injury and so on. First of all be sure you have chosen best company for your trekking holiday that’s why you will get experienced and knowledgeable trekking staffs. Guidelines from trekking leader plays vital role to be safe from such unusual problems. We generally provide experienced guides who are well trained having high level of knowledge about altitude sickness and other possible problems as well as basic treatment procedure to be safe from the problems.
Junket Nepal is not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will manage and support you to the best of our abilities with any problem that may arise. Flights to and from Lukla can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days. It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margin to avoid missing a flight back to your home country. If flights go smoothly, we will help arrange activities for you during your margin days. In the case that you have a tight schedule and the flights out of Lukla are delayed, it is possible to take a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu for an additional cost.