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Lobuche East Peak Climbing - 19 Days

Lobuche East Peak Climbing

Lobuche East Peak is located to the Khumbu Glacier and has two main peaks, Lobuche Far East and Lobuche East. At 6,145 meters, Lobuche East is 26 meters higher. Although the Lobuche East climb is a bit more challenging than Island Peak climb, it is equally rewarding. From the peak you get amazing views of Everest alongside Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori. The 19-day Lobuche East Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek combines Lobuche East Peak climbing 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. 

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Meet and greet at airport. Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Get permits and trip preparation, Kathmandu valley sightseeing (optional)
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m).
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 6 Hours walk.
Day 05: Rest and acclimatization, explore surrounding beauty.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,870m, 6 Hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m), 5 Hours walk.
Day 08: Rest and acclimatization at Dingboche.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4940 m), 5-6 Hours walk.
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170 m), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m), 7 Hours walk.
Day 11: Excursion Kala Patthar (5545m) and back to Lobuche (4940m) 5-6 Hours walk.
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche High Camp (5,400m), 3-4 Hours walk.
Day 13: Summit (6119m) Lobuche Peak and back to High Camp, 8-10 hours expedition.
Day 14: Spare day if needed.
Day 15: Trek to Pangboche (3930m), 5-6 Hours walk.
Day 16: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar, 5-6 Hours walk.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla, 6-7 Hours walk.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 19: Further destination.

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,350m)
Meet and greet by our office staff at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, pick you up and transfer to the hotel. A short brief about your trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Get permits and trip preparation
Wilderness Excursion today will arrange trekking and Lobuche East Peak climbing permit. There will be a short meeting which will familiarize us with the entire trip. Today we also get to know our climbing leader as well as fellow climbers. The climbing leader will check our equipment(s) to make sure for one last time to get us ready for our adventure. This step will also ensure that if any equipment is found faulty we have the rest of the day to fix it or find an equipment that works.. We can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m)
An early morning flight to Lukla. After flying above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most gorgeous air routes in the world culminating in a landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains. Upon landing at Lukla, we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities, we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we walk through beautiful pine forests and then along Dudh Koshi River ending our nature-filled journey at Namche Bazaar. After walking for almost over an hour, we come across the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) on our right and also experience the serenity of pine, fir and juniper forests throughout our journey. If the weather is clear, we may even catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We continue walking until we reach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. On that day we cross five suspension bridges, the last one also known as the Hillary Bridge being the highest. It is an uphill walk from Hillary Bridge to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Rest and Acclimatization at Namche.
As it is vital to take rest and acclimatization day we have rest day here in Namche. Experts suggest that we have to be active and walk around instead of being idle in rest day. There are a few options set aside for this day. We can either stroll around Namche’s quaint villages or come in contact with the Sherpa people and their rich culture, or we can hike up to the Everest View Hotel and enjoy an up-close view of the mighty Everest. While in the Namche village or upon returning from the hike to the Everest View Hotel, trekkers may also visit the local museum containing exhibits displaying the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region. For trekkers who want to hike for a little longer, a hike to Khumjung village (5-6 hours) may also be an option. While in the village we can visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery (a monastery famous for housing the head of the Yeti!). Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,870m): 5- 6 hours
An easy walk of 2 hours takes us to Phunki Tenga. Upon reaching Phunki Tenga, we ascend towards Tengboche, a village that houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery of the Everest region. Located amidst the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site of "outstanding universal value”), it is draped with the panoramic 360-degree view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The monastery opens at 3pm so we reach it by three. And, if we are lucky, we might just be able to witness a religious ceremony. Overnight in Tengboche.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,360m) 5-6 hours
We take pictures of the amazing landscape surrounding then we begin our trek by walking through lush forests of birch, conifers, pine and rhododendrons on an easy path. This picturesque trail then dips down to Debuche, crossing the Imja River before climbing up to Pangboche. (We can either walk in the upper or lower Pangboche trails). We are most likely to choose the upper Pangboche trail as it provides a more pristine view of the Himalayas. We also visit the Pangboche monastery. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. We descend into the river and begin the climb up to Dingboche. Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 08: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
It is vital to have a another acclimatization at Dingboche to make sure you are well-acclimatized, some people skip the rest and acclimatization day at Dingboche. You see how well you go on the trail head. But it is always wise to have a rest and re-energizing day at Dingboche. This place is warmer that Pheriche to the other side. Also we can hike to Nangkar Tshang (5616m) or excursion to Chhukung as an option

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4940 m): 5-6 hours
We start the day with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, we climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. Next, we continue to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170 m), excursion to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m)
We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Day 11: Excursion Kala Patthar (5545m) and back to Lobuche (4940m 6-7 hours.
Early morning excursion to Kala Patthat with preparation of hot water, emergency food, camera and warm clothing, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see 360-degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Lobuche for a good night's rest. Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 12: Trek to High Camp (5,400m): 4 hours.
Trek forwards to Lobuche high camp. After walking some distance on relatively flatter plane, the path to the Lobuche Base Camp gets steeper and rocky. We move forward along the Lobuche Glacier while enjoying great views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega and other peaks. From the base camp, we continue on a 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 whereas main rope is used when required. The climbing leaders will decide what is best for when. Overnight in Lobuche East High Camp.

Day 13: Summit (6119m/20,070 ft) Lobuche Peak and back to High Camp: 8-10 hours.
We wake up early today at around 12 to 1 am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the high lands might 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 panoramic 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 get back to the High Camp again for an overnight stay.

Day 14: Extra day
This is an additional day set aside to manage any unintended hindrances like flight delays or bad weather for climbing. Setting aside an extra day will ensure that even if we were to face a day's set back, the trip will continue thus guaranteeing a successful climb.

Day 15: Trek to Pangboche (3930m), 8-9 hours.
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. If it's spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. Upon reaching Pangboche we may also consider visiting the famous Pangboche Monastery.

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hours.
Retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit Monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 17: Trek to Lukla, 7 hours.
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu
Take a morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain adventure holiday. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Final departure
It comes to end of your Nepal adventure trip with Wilderness Excursion today. An office staff from Wilderness Excursion will pick you up at your hotel and see you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

Trip Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers by private car/van depending on group size.
  • 3 Nights sharing twin bed room in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu, with breakfast basis.
  • Government registered, English speaking and friendly guide.
  • Climbing guide for Lobuche Peak Expedition.
  • 1 Trekking sharing porter between two trekkers to carry your main pack.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek.
  • Sharing mountain lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Camping gear and meals during the expedition.
  • Group first aid kit and water purifier pills.
  • Kathmandu –Lukla - Kathmandu round flight and airport taxes.
  • Flight flights fare for your guides.
  • Food, accommodation, salary and insurance of your guide and porters.
  • Trekking Permit, TIMS Card,
  • Peak Climbing Permit and Garbage Deposit.
  • Government tax, vat and office service charge etc.
  • Farewell dinner in one of the authentic Nepalese restaurant with Live culture dance show.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Meals in Kathmandu except farewell dinner and breakfast,
  • Hard drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water.
  • Hot shower and hot water, laundry, internet, phone calls and toiletries.
  • Personal travel insurance and personal trekking and climbing gear.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
  • Tips and gratitude for your guide and porters.
# Start Date End Date Status
1 19 Apr, 2018 08 May, 2018 Available book know
2 28 Apr, 2018 17 May, 2018 Available book know

Packing List and Equipment for Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Footwear

  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek,
  • Trail shoes or trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal, crocs or flip flop to take shower and walk around,
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Leg wears

  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.

Body

  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply).
  • Underwear 4-5. Comfortable underwear is essential. Pack both cotton and polyester in case of problems (Friction).

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles, genuine UV protection sunglasses preferable
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place, not very important for this Trek.
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • Head lamp/torch with spare batteries.
  • Sun/cold creams,

Personal Trekking Equipment

  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 4 season goose feather sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries, rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose hiking pocket knife.

Optional items

  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS.
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.
  • Tablets or smart phones, there are mobile networks in most trekking areas of Nepal.
  • Pocket trekking map,
  • Small light note books, pen/pencil for journal writing.

For water

  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary. Vacuum flask and a cup preferably is doing teahouse.

Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade,

Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.

Necessary Gear for Peak Climbing

  • Harness: A good climbing harness should be light and simple in design, easy to put on and take off with gloves on, with positively foolproof locking features.
  • Crampons: Crampons must fit boots perfectly; steel crampons with anti-balling and ability to toe point positively and safely into ice. The lighter the better – extra weight on your feet is much more strenuous than anywhere else on your body.
  • Ice axe: Ice axe should be versatile and light. A general purpose technical ice axe (T rated) but not too aggressive.
  • Ascender: Ascender or Jamar, a mechanical device used for ascending on a rope; must be suitable to be used with gloves or mittens. Practice using it with thick gloves on again and again.
  • Head Lamp: Multi-LED Head Lamp and spare batteries are essential; we do not recommend single bulb lights due to lower reliability.
  • Karabiners: Minimum 2 locking carabineers, 1 large and 1 small and 4 regular.
  • Rappel device: Figure 8, ACT or similar; be familiar with Munter Hitch as it may save your life if you lose your rappel device (which happens a lot).
  • Trekking poles: Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best (preferably with a simple outside locking mechanism).
  • Slings: One 3m(10ft) and three 2m(6ft).
  • Prusik loops: Never hurts to carry a few (e.g. 0.6m and 1.2m), they come in handy in many situations.
  • Masks, hoses, and regulators: Good quality for your safety.
  • Altimeter: ABC watches or more advanced GPS watches will do the trick. Watch for battery life.
  • Climbing helmet: Climbing helmet is essential safety gear for crossing areas under rocks and ice cliffs; light weight is essential.

Again, this is not an exhaustive list but we hope it provides a loose guideline for your preparations. Do as much background research as possible – it never hurts to come over-prepared. And, of course, we are always happy to help so just give us a shout if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Happy preparations!

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