Lobuche Peak

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 climb Lobuche peak, we will take the traditional Everest Trail, leaving from Lukla and heading up the impressive Khumbu Valley.  Along the trail we will spend 3 nights 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. We really only run private group climbs to Lobuche peak. We can tailor an itinerary to your needs.

Important information about climbing Lobuche Peak

Lobuche peak is a strenuous climb to it’s summit above 20,000 feet and needs to be treated with respect. This challenge will make you felt like you can climb the world and standing on a tiny summit high in the Himalaya’s is a very special feeling, but you need to come trained and prepared for the climb.  Lobuche Peak is an excellent introduction to Himalayan high altitude mountaineering, but you need to come prepared for this climbing challenge. Lobuche peak requires mountaineering skills. You need to be comfortable in crampons, using ropes and abseiling using a figure of 8 and moving between fixed lines. This is really important for your and team safety on the mountain.

Small on the summit of Island peak  
   

A little bit more about our Lobuche peak climb

The approach to the Everest region starts on the traditional Everest trail following the route from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. We will spend 3 nights in Namche at 11,500 feet. This will be critical to acclimatization for going above 20,000 feet. We then follow the trail to Tengbouche and Dingbouche, where you have 2 more nights acclimatization.

After reaching Everest Base Camp you will hike up Kala Phattar at 5,645m/ 18,520 feet. This will be really important acclimatization before heading to climb Lobuche peak. 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. Check out our reviews.

More about our Lobuche peak climb

We really only run private group trips to Lobuche peak. Our most popular route includes Everest Base Camp and Kala Phattar. This amazing trek leads you through breathtaking views of the Khumbu valley. Our climbs are different. We spend two night moving up to high camp at high camp 5,600m/ 18,373 feet. We use two lower camps in preparation for the ascent to the summit of Lobuche. After moving down from Kala Phattar we move to Lobuche peak base camp 5,050m/ 16,568 feet.  We then move to lower high camp at 5,400m/ 17,716 feet along with an additional night at high camp 5,600m/ 18,373 feet. giving our teams the best chance of climbing Lobuche peak. We also have three nights in Namche Bazaar, giving you the best itinerary for your Lobuche peak climb. 

Island Peak Head Wall On the summit of Island peak Training in Island peak base camp
Training for Island peak climb Relaxing at Island peak base camp

Our Lobuche peak climb

We recommend this trip to people who want to go to the Everest Region, but also want more of a challenge and have mountaineering experience.  We can add in the climb of Lobuche Peak to your Everest Base Camp trek, offering you the chance to see the amazing Everest Region as well as trying your luck at a stunning 6,119m/ 20,075ft peak.

This trip does require basic mountaineering experience. You also need to be confident using ropes, abseiling using a figure of 8 and moving between fixed lines. Our prices start from $4,200. We are always happy to talk training, clothing and equipment and answer all your questions. 

What people said about our Lobuche peak climb Read more

“Going to the Khumbu Region is amazing. Climbing at 20,000 feet is not easy but the guidance Ian and his team provide is second to none. The training advice winters course and team on the ground were truly outstanding. I am not stress move much the training advice and training was critical to my success on Lobuche Peak. Thanks to Dawa and climbing Sherpa team for giving me memories that will last a lifetime”. Devin Sanders, Lobuche Peak 2012

“While climbing Kilimanjaro in 2010 with Ian Taylor, I met some great people and we all decided to go an climb Lobuche peak in Nepal in 2012. I was really impressed with Ian’s service on Kilimanjaro and the team in Nepal are also outstanding. The climbing guides, local Sherpa team and support was immense. Our climbing Sherpa’s were total professional and fixed ropes, managed our safety and led our whole team to the summit of Lobuche peak. The additional acclimatization was so important to our overall enjoyment and success. I can not recommend Ian Taylor Trekking highly enough for Kilimanjaro and Lobuche peak.” Joanne Robinson, Lobuche Peak 2012

“Unforgettable, unique and trip run to perfection.  Ian Taylor Trekking has the right approach to high altitude acclimatization. I have been on 3 trips now with Ian Taylor Trekking and each time all team members were successful. The information on training and preparation is spot on. It really is the difference as you need the acclimatization but you also need excellent physical strength and endurance to be successful. Ian has this dialed. I would not hesitate in recommending Ian Taylor Trekking for all your trekking, mountaineering and adventure needs. First class all the way. ” Ryan Larkin, Lobuche peak 2014

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu. One of our full time staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our hotel in the Thamel district of Kathmandu. You can arrive early and do a half day trip around Kathmandu to some cultural sights and get all remaining necessary items for the trip.

Day 2

You will make an early morning start for the Twin otter flight to Lukla 2,840m/ 9,317ft, the gateway to the Khumbu. This is an exciting flight, which should give a glimpse of Everest in the distance as we turn into land in Lukla. In Lukla, we will meet more of our trekking staff and Yaks/ porters and set off for our first night’s stop at Phakding 2,600m/ 8,530 feet. If we arrive in early enough we will head to further to Monjo 2,800m/ 9,186 feet Situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu Region. There are a number of clean, well-built lodges where we will spend the night. We aim to use the best lodges in all the places we stay.

Day 3

Today we follow the trail to Namche Bazaar. We will enter Sagarmatha National Park. We will then cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and then climb steeply for about two hours up ‘Namche Hill’ to reach Namche Bazaar 3,440m/ 11,286ft. 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. We will spend three nights here giving you excellent acclimatization on route to Lobuche peak.

Day 4

We will spend three 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 better to altitudes above Namche Bazaar. On the first morning we will head up past the monastery where you can see Kancha Sherpa walking around the Monastery praying. Kancha is the last living Shera climber from the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. We will move up to 3,600m/ and visit the Sherpa Museum and learn more about the National park. The Sherpa people and the amazing Everest region of Nepal.

Day 5

On the Second morning in Namche, 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. There is an option to head into Khumjung village to visit local projects and the famous monastery. Khumjung was the first Sherpa settlement after the Sherpa people moved over these massive mountain from Tibet.  The afternoon can be spent sampling the delights of the Namche bakery or Cafe Danfe, the famous Everest t-shirt bar.

Day 6

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 3,900m/ 12,795ft  and have a cake at the bakery!

Day 7

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.

Day 8

Dingboche is a good location for acclimatization, prior to our ascent up towards Mount Everest.  We will acclimatise up to 4,900m/ 16,076ft. We will get a great view of Lobuche peak from the top of the first hill. This steep ascent up higher will give you some of the best views of Island peak, Lhotse, Makalu. You will see Cho Oyu the world’s 6th highest mountain and you will be treated to some of the best views of Ama Dablam.

Day 9

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. This hike gets us closer to Lobuche peak as it sits right in front of you for the whole day. 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 4,920m/16,142 feet. We will spend the afternoon relaxing and continuing the process of slow acclimatization.

Day 10

About three hours beyond Lobuche, we reach Gorak Shep 5,180m/ 16,995 feet, the site of the 1953 Everest expedition’s base camp. We visit base camp and climb Kala Pattar using 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. After a quick break, food and getting additional water we will continue to Everest Base Camp we will go to the edge of the Icefall, meet some teams preparing for Everest if you are there in April, May. After an hour or so we head back to Gorak Shep to sleep.

Day 11

In the morning we will make an ascent of Kala Pattar 5,645m/ 18,520 feet, if we have not already climbed it the previous evening. The hike up Kala phattar takes between 2 to 2 and a hours and is 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. We return to the lodge at Gorak Shep for breakfast. After breakfast, we will descend all the way to Lobuche Base Camp.

Day 12

After an early breakfast. We will practice abseiling, Jumaring and get used to your climbing equipment. Then we will head up to Lobuche Lower camp at 5,400m/ 17,716 feet.

Day 13

We will relax in the morning, pack everything up and move slowly the high camp.  The hike up to Lobuche high camp will take 2 to 3 hours. There is an amazing mountain views on all sides as you move higher up the mountain.

Day 14

The team will rest in Lobuche high camp and get all your summit gear sorted for the climb ahead. We will rise after midnight and possibly leave at 2am or 3am. This decision will be made based of a wide range of factors. This is a steep ascent and challenging for the fitness climbers, so you need to have the right training and preparation prior to the climb.  The team would aim to summit early around 7am and return all the way down to either Lobuche base camp 5,045m/ 16,552 feet or continue all the way back to Pheriche at 4,200m/ 13,780 feet.

Day 15

It is time to move to lower altitudes. Trek to Tengbouche at 3,900m/ 12,795 feet. This hike will take about 4 hours. We will aim to arrive for Lunch or maybe a little later. You can visit the bakery or the famous Tengbouche monastery. You will be tired so after an early dinner you will hit the hay. As we will be up early for the hike back to Namche Bazaar.

Day 16

Trek to Namche Bazaar. After breakfast we will start walking at 8am or 9 am and trek back to Namche. This hike will take 4 hours.  We will be back below 3,500m/ 11,483 feet and you will feel much better and possibly the time to enjoy a beverage at cafe danfe and celebrate, but not too much as we have a long walk back to Lukla the following morning.

Day 17

After a night of celebration in Namche Bazaar we will make the long journey back to Lukla. We will cross the high suspension bridge from the Everest movie and then many others along the 7/8 hour journey back to Lukla. We stop for a break in Jorsalle and continue onto Phakding for lunch and then make the 3 hour journey back to Lukla and that will be job done.

Day 18

We will be up for an early breakfast and the flight from lukla back to Kathmandu. For those eager to see as much of Kathmandu as possible, an early start is worthwhile. You can visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square should also be on your essential to see list while in Kathmandu. There is also plenty of shopping to be done in the Thamel.

Day 19

After a nice day of resting, shopping or spa treatments in Kathmandu you will be transferred back to the airport for your international flight.

Ready to go?

Does this information excite you to take the next step towards achieving your goals to Climb Lobuche Peak?  If so, get in touch today.  We pride ourselves on making sure that our clients have every opportunity to succeed on the mountains, including professional training advice, gear lists and video links on how to pack your bag, and much more.  We are always available to answer any questions you may have by email, phone or skype, so contact us today!