Lobuche Peak is a stunning peak resting at 6,119 meters (20,075 ft) above sea level. From the summit of Lobuche you have breathtaking panoramic views of the Everest Region. On the approach to Lobuche, we will take the traditional Everest Trail, leaving from Lukla and heading up the impressive Khumbu Valley. Along the trail we will spend time acclimatizing in Namche Baazar, the Sherpa capital of the Region. We will also visit impressive monasteries and view remarkable scenery as we pass numerous seven and eight thousand meter peaks on the trail.
After climbing Kala Patthar and reaching Everest Base Camp on acclimatization trips, we will retrace our steps back to Lobuche where we will re-group and prepare for our attempt on Lobuche Peak. It will be a three day climb to reach the summit where you can put your mountaineering skills to the test.
This is the perfect adventure for someone interested in the Everest Base Camp trip and looking to test themselves on a six thousand meter peak.
Leave Destination for Kathmandu, Flights to Kathmandu, aiming to be there by Sunday at the latest.
Arrive Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, we will stay in the Thamel district, positioned well in the city centre. We will do a half day trip around Kathmandu to some cultural sights and get all remaining items for the trip.
Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft). We will make an early morning start for the Twin Otter flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu. This is an exciting flight, which should give a glimpse of Everest in the distance. In Lukla, we will meet our trek staff and porters and set off straightaway for our first night’s stop at Phading. Situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu Region, this small hamlet is on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean, well-built lodges where we can spend the night.
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft). We will continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo, where we will enter the Khumbu National Park. We will then cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours up ‘Namche Hill’ to reach Namche Bazaar (3,400m/11,155ft). This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region. Many Tibetans cross the nearby border to trade their wares and the local market is a fascinating spectacle. This is a good place to buy genuine Tibetan artifacts. Just across the valley to the east stand the peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega, both very impressive mountains.
At leisure in Namche Bazaar. We will spend two nights in Namche Bazaar. During this critical acclimatization phase, we will spend time resting and trekking to higher altitudes. This will allow our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3,450m (11,300ft). On the first morning, we will trek up to Shangbouche Hill (3,900m/12792ft) with one of the great panoramic views of the Everest region, returning to Namche for lunch. The afternoon can be spent sampling the delights of the Namche bakery!
Trek to Tengbouche. From Namche, the well-worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Kosi. As we follow the path, we will get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we will cross the Dudh Kosi River and make a steep climb to Tengboche, home of an impressive and recently rebuilt monastery. We have plenty of time to look around Tengboche (and have a cake at the bakery!), but at the height of the season it is a busy place, so we may drop down to the river and the village of Deboche (3,700m/12,135ft) a little further along the trail, where we will stay in a relaxing lodge.
Trek to Dingboche. Shaded by rhododendron trees, the trail crosses an airy suspension bridge just beyond Deboche. An hour’s walking from here will bring us to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for Ama Dablam (‘Mother’s Charm Box’) and home for the Sherpa’s who work on this imposing mountain each post-monsoon season. Contouring up the valley side, we will re-cross the river and turn up the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche (4,410m/14,465ft).
Acclimatisation Day. Dingboche is a good location for acclimatization, prior to our ascent up the upper section of the Imja Valley. While in Dingboche, we will acclimatise up to 5,000m/16,404ft and also attend a seminar about high altitude acclimatization at the hospital in nearby Pheriche, run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. The walk over to Pheriche and back will also serve as good acclimatization training and so make the walk doubly worthwhile.
Trek to Lobuche. We take a long walk above the valley where Pheriche is positioned, with stunning views all around, a nice stroll gradually up hill to Dugla and our lunch stop. The trail from Dugla starts steeply to climb up beside the glacier moraine. After a few hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft). We will spend the afternoon relaxing and continuing the process of slow acclimatization.
Trek to Gorak Shep & Everest Base Camp. About three hours beyond Lobuje we reach Gorak Shep (5,220m/17,126ft), the site of the 1953 expedition’s base camp. We visit base camp and climb Kala Pattar and use Gorak Shep as our base. The views from Kala Pattar are often clearer in the morning, though the position of the sun means that photos are often better taken in the evening. This decision will be make at Gorak Shep, we can decide when we would like to climb Kala Pattar and on which day we would prefer to trek into base camp. When we go to base camp we can go to the edge of the Icefall, meet some teams, pack up and head back to Gorak Shep to sleep.
Trek up Kala Pattar & head to Lobuche. In the morning we will make an ascent of Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,188ft), if we have not already climbed it the previous evening. The climb takes between 2 and 3 hours and can be hard work, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. For most trekking teams, this is as far as they go up the Everest trail. After lunch back in the lodge at Gorak Shep, we will descend the valley to Lobuche.
Rest day in Lobuche. Today we will take a rest and prepare equipment for the ascent of Lobuche Peak. This is a chance to recover and let the body prepare the days to come.
Move to High Camp. We will move up early to the high camp, rest, rehydrate and prepare for a night ascent on Lobuche. It is a strenuous attempt and one that needs to be taken very slowly if we want to make the summit. The views are incredible all around, we will enjoy the summit and we will move back to base camp, pack up before moving back to Lobuche.
Trek to Tengbouche. We will get up early and retrace our steps to Pheriche, on to Pangbouche, cross the Dudh Kosi and head back up to Tengbouche.
Trek to Namche Bazaar. Enjoy our success with a visit to the bakery and one of the local pubs!
Trek to Lukla. Leave Namche at 10 am and trek the final leg for Lukla. We will stay in a guest house in Lukla and up early for our flight back to Kathmandu.
Spare day for summit attempt on Lobuche peak or delay in flights.
Fly back to Kathmandu at Leisure in Kathmandu or fly to Destination. For those eager to see as much of Kathmandu as possible, an early start is worthwhile to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan. Durbar Square is also on the essential on the list, as is the shopping area of Thamel.
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