Lobuche Peak – 6,119m/20,076ft

Ama Dablam
Item Code: LOBUCHE
When: January 1, 2023 12:00 am - December 31, 2023 12:00 am

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • Lobuche is the best peak to climb is located in the Everest Basecamp trekking route
  • Close up view of four eight thousand meters mountain – Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu
  • Panoramic view of other mountains such as Pumori, Amadablam, Baruntse and several other 6000 meters peaks
  • Startup peak for beginner mountaineers before attempting other mountains above 6000 meters
  • Five-star accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Climb with support of experienced Thamserku Sherpa guides in a 3:1 ratio

Overview

Lobuche is one of the most recommended 6000 meters pea easily accessible that fall in the Everest Basecamp trekking route. Lobuche peak has two summits, the East and West summits. This program is for climbing the east summit. Lobuche is less technical, but one cannot underestimate the mountain as sometimes it can be more challenging due to instant changes in weather conditions and insufficient climbing techniques.

Details

- DAY 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu

On arrival, check for your guide holding the “Thamserku Expedition” signboard at the arrival terminal. Your guide will help you with the transfer to hotel Malla. Depending on your arrival time and other participants, your guide will inform you of the time for the trek briefing. Most of the time, the briefing time will be around 5-6 pm Nepal time. During the briefing, your guide will check the climbing equipment necessary for the climb and will instruct you to pack the climbing equipment and trekking gears.

- DAY 02 - Fly to Lukla (30 minutes), Trek to Phakding (2,651m): 3-4 hours of trek

After breakfast at the hotel, depending on the flight time, we drive to Kathmandu domestic terminal for the flight. After the short 30 minutes flight, we reach Lukla, where your porter and support staff will be waiting at the airport to help you with your luggage to start your trek to Phakding. Today is an easy walk, mostly downhill through pastoral lands through several small villages and farms. Approximately after 3 hours, we arrive at Phakding, where we spend our overnight in the tea houses.

- DAY 03 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m): 5-6 hours

After breakfast, your guide will brief you about the day. Today is an easy walk to Monjo that will take you through the pine trees and glimpses of distant snow-capped peaks. You will encounter impressive waterfalls and yaks along the way that takes supplies and other essentials for the trekkers and the locals. You will pass through the checkpoint before arriving at Monjo, where the officials check your permits. Your guide will sort out the paper works while you can stroll around for a bit. After this point, you officially enter the Sagarmatha National Park and, a little way up the trail is our lunch spot at the lodge at Jorsalle. After lunch, you start the trek through the wooded valley, crossing the river through the high suspension bridge. Right after the bridge is the upward climb towards Namche. An hour and a half long ascent to Namche – famous among the locals as “Namche Ko Ukalo”, meaning the uphill of Namche. It is all uphill till you reach Namche, and about an hour before arriving at Namche, you will have a first-sight view of Mt Everest. Your guide will walk you to the lodge you will be staying overnight.

- DAY 04 - Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Being situated at a high altitude, Namche Bazaar serves as an acclimatization stop for climbers to avoid altitude sickness. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Khumbu region facilitated by government offices, the internet, ATMs, restaurants and a colourful market. Our guides can take us to explore the charm of Namche Bazaar. We can observe traditional Sherpa life and enjoy flora and fauna found that grow at this altitude.

- DAY 05 - Namche Bazaar to Deboche (3,870m): 5-6 hours

Today we will walk to the biggest monastery in the Everest region located at Tengboche. It encloses Sagarmatha National Park, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The trek to Phunki Tanga is mostly downhill. Afterwards, it will be mostly uphill climbing until you arrive at Tengboche, where the biggest Buddhist monastery in Khumbu valley locates. The panoramic view of the Himalayas from the Monastery shows us a divine universe built under the same range. We can observe a Buddhist religious ceremony.

- DAY 06 - Deboche to Dingboche (4,360m): 5-6 hours

With a magnificent view of a rhododendron forest followed by a bridge over the raging Imja Khola (River), we ascend towards Dingboche. We’ll pass the valley wall and then the plains to Pangboche village, the largest settlement of the Sherpa in the region.

- DAY 07 - Acclimatisation Day in Dingboche (4,360m)

Today is the most important day for acclimatization that helps cope with higher altitudes. After early breakfast, we began our climb to Nagarjuna Hill at an elevation of 5100 meters. It may take 3-4 hours to reach the summit. After acclimatization, we take our lunch at the lodge. For the rest of the afternoon, you can have a proper rest.

- DAY 8 - Dingboche to Lobuche (4,600m): 5-6 hours

From here on in, the trek will be gradually more challenging due to the high altitude. By trekking steep to the top of a high hill, we will be passing Dughla (Thukla). Before reaching Dughla, we walk across a wide pass which is a much-wanted change from walking on a straight trail. The company of the Himalayas will be on all sides of our trek. After crossing Dughla, the trail passes through boulder-strewn slopes. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing great peaks.

- DAY 09 - Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m), climb Kalapathar (5600m) or trek to Everest Base camp (5,364m) for 6-7 hours.

We take the trail through the once vast Gorakshep Lake. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams. You head out on a narrow track that is a few feet wide and a few hundred meters above the ground. The distance between Lobuche and Gorakshep is 4.5 km and will take approximately 2 hours to reach.

From Gorakshep, It is approximately 3.4km to the Base Camp. As you walk across the rocks towards the many prayer flags that mark the spot, you will arrive at Everest Base Camp. It will take approximately 3 hours to reach Everest Base Camp from Gorakshep. After spending a few hours, we retrace the route to Gorakshep and spend overnight.

- DAY 10 - Trek down to Lobuche and Lobuche High camp (5400m): 6-7 hours

We take the same trail down from Gorakshep to Lobuche, where we spend a night on day 8. After lunch at the teahouse, we start climbing towards Lobuche High camp. After 2 hours trek on the flatter path, the trail gets steeper towards the rocky wall. After climbing the rocky wall, we reach our overnight camp at 5400 meters.

- DAY 11 - Summit Lobuche Peak and descend back to Pheriche teahouse: 10-12 hours

Today is a tough day, but the most important day of the whole program. We wake up at 3 am and get prepared for the summit push. After breakfast before 4 am, we start our climb sharp at 4:15 am on the rocky part of the peak. After 2 hours climb on the rocky part, we reach the crampon point where we take a short break to put on crampons and tighten up the harness to steep climb on the snow and the glacier. We climb on the fixed-line fixed by your Sherpa or by previous climbing groups. On the way, you encounter some crevasses on your left, but we avoid them and continue climbing. After climbing another 3-4 hours, we reach the fall summit of Lobuche. After a short cross over the crevasse, we further climb for about 10 minutes to reach the summit of the Lobuche East peak. The area of the top is for about up to 6 climbers. We spend 5-10 minutes on the top taking pictures and, we rest at the fall summit to respect the waiting time of the other climbers. After we summit, we climb and rappel down to high camp. After changing our gears, we trek down to Pheriche and spend overnight at the teahouse.

- DAY 12 to DAY 13 - Trek from Pheriche to Lukla 

We retrace the same trekking trail from Lobuche to Deboche on day 12 and Monjo on day 13. The route is mostly downhill and will be rapid as we descend and, it will also be easy. On Day 14, we’ll get up early and head towards Lukla. We will stay on the same trail and pass Phakding and advance towards Cheplung and further to Lukla

- DAY 14 - Early morning flight to Kathmandu

The flight from Lukla takes 25-minute to Kathmandu. A transfer will be provided from the airport to the hotel depending on your flight time. Back at the hotel, you will get to take a proper shower and rest.

- DAY 15 - Free day in Kathmandu for official documentation

We reserved this day as a weather contingency for flight cancellation or any extra day used during the program. If everything goes as the program, this day you can use it for relaxation or sightseeing around Kathmandu. The most popular sightseeing spot is Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath.

- Day 16 - Final Departure

Today is the last day of the program; depending on your flight time, we will arrange the transfer to the airport, and your guide will go to see you off. The airport check-in time is 3 hours before flight departure and the checkout time at the hotel is noon. If your flight is later in the evening, you can request a late checkout at the hotel reception.

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