- Superb views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Ama Dablam peaks. Khumbu ice fall and Khumbu glacier Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
- Incredible Flights from Kathmandu – Lukla
- we-inspiring Buddhist Monasteries and Sherpa people
- Immersion in Sherpas villages, Tengbouche monastery, hiking to Everest Base Camp, walk up the famous Kalapattar for fabulous Everest view
Take the challenge of Lobuche East peak climbing with Everest base camp trek before peak climbing itself for acclimatization purpose. Lobuche East peak is challenging and technically demanding than the other easy trekking peaks of Nepal, so, it requires greater commitment and climbing expertise than on Mera or Island Peak. Graded as PD+ on the alpine grading system, Lobuche East peak is climbed usually from using the south East Ridge. While on the journey to the Lobuche East Peak climbing, you could explore through the Sherpa villages, culture, Buddhist monasteries, abundant flora and fauna, Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, and finally once you are at the summit of Lobuche East, you will cherish the magnificent view of myriad peaks to the west and south including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori and and panorama view of the Everest region. Climbers claim that Lobuche East offers more panoramic views of the mountains than any other trekking peak.
After a preparation day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing program, we take a short scenic flight to Lukla, the gateway to Everest region. We trek up the classic Everest trail, through the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, Sherpa culture, immersing in the natural beauty, visiting famous monasteries, we trek to Everest base camp and Kalapathhar viewpoint for acclimatization. After snapping startling views of Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Icefall and glorious Himalayan ranges like top of the world Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Changste and Mt. Lhotse, etc., we return back to Lobuche village from Everest base camp and ascend towards Lobuche base camp at an altitude of 4950 meters . Next day from the south-west face of Lobuche East, we climb steep stone terraces and snow slopes below the main glacier. Finally after reaching the summit of Lobuche East, we return towards Lukla Airport enjoying the local scenery and fly back to Kathmandu for a well-earned rest.
Lobuche East Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trekking – 20 days Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft)
As your international flight lands on Kathmandu airport, get your customs and other visa formalities done; then meet our office representative at arrival terminals outside airport in a waiting line. He/she will be holding a display board with your name on it. You will be then transferred to your chosen hotel on a comfortable private vehicle either car or bus depending on your group size. Within 30 minutes of drive through bustling busy streets of Kathmandu, you will reach your hotel upon which welcome drinks will be served to you after checking into room. In this way, simply get flat on your room or give a quick stroll around streets of capital city, visit some trekking gears shop and finalize your packing list for Everest adevnture. Later stay overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft): Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
It will be a sightseeing day today. We will have our breakfast early in the morning and begin Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour basically around UNESCO world heritage sites. These sites gives us plenty of opportunity to get rich insights into local religion, culture, art, artitechture and history. We usually visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. In this way after completing our sightseeing program, our professional trekking guide will give you a short briefing about tomorrow’s day, and ensure everything is packed and checked. With a great excitement stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Meals includes; Breakfast
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft)
It must be the excitement that we will be waking up quite early in the morning. Get ready before 6 am as our office representative will assist you in transferring you to domestic terminals of Tribhuwan International airport. He will also assist you in checking in, getting your boarding pass and in few minutes you will be on a plane that boards from Kathmandu to Lukla. In this 27 minutes of flight, you will be blessed with excellent views of grand Himalayan peaks including everest from left side of the plane. We land at Lukla airport where our further porter crew will be waiting for our arrival. They will arrange and carry our baggage while we gradually head towards our way to Phakding. In the first day of trekking activity there will quite a few ups and downs with couple of suspension bridge crossing too. Later at afternoon we have our lunch at either Thadokoshi or at Phakding itself. We will be sleeping at quality lodge in Phakding. Meals includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft)
It is just the beginning of our trekking and peak climbing adventure where today we leave behind our guest house at Phakding and slowly walk through forested trails to Namche Bazar via Jorsale. It will be quite a good day afterall we also see nice view of Thamserku peak. Further at Monjo we enter Sagarmatha National Park, circumference huge mani wall and descending further brings us to Jorsale, our lunch site. Enjoying the refreshing forest walk, river and landscape views, challenging uphill walk welcomes us during which we also cross through popular suspension bridge. At Chautara, first view of Everest is seen if weather is clear and in next hour, we will be at Namche bazar, popular Sherpa village in Everest region. There will be approzimately 5 to 6 hours of walking today. Meals includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day - Hike to Everest view hotel
We must be aware that acclimatization is the key for successful completion of our Lobuche east peak climbing and Everest base camp trek. For the purpose of which, we will be in our first acclimatization day today at Namche bazar. Initially, we shall hike towards headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park where take a sight of Everest with excellent views of Amadablam, Thamserku and other peaks. There is also a statue of legendary climber tenzing Norgay Sherpa with nearby museum where the cultural highlights of Sherpa people are showcased. Then we shall gain a little more higher at Everest view hotel via Syanboche airport at 3800m and descend down to Namche for perfect active acclimatization day. Later we stay at local lodge at Namche. It will be approximately 4 to 5 hours of trek with meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 06: Namche Bazzar - Tengboche (3860m/12660ft)
After early sunrise at Namche, we make our way towards Tengboche that lights our sight into excellent Himalayan sceneries that includes Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, and even Thamserku. The trek route will further takes us around ups, downs to Phungi Thenga where right after crossing the bridge, we will have our lunch and continue our challenging ascend towards Tengboche. Mostly today it will be a forest walk through rhododendron forests, rivers and pine forests. After getting up at Tengboche, we also give our visit to nearby monastery. It is an ancient monastery in Khumbu region. There is also a bakery and free ground at Tengboche. Later we stay overnight at nearby teahouse. It will be 5 to 6 hours of walking time. Meal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 07: Tengboche - Dingboche (4410m/14464ft)
Altogether, we shall gain an elevation of 500meters, however we start our day with a descend towards Imja Khola via Deboche. After crossing the river via wooden bridge, uphill walk starts towards Pangboche. At Pangboche, we will have our lunch where wind blows quite strongly and from where we also get clear views of Amadablam peak at touching distance. Our trek route then will be more gradual where we make our every step one at a time. Further traversing along the trek route, overlooking Chortens, Yak grazing areas and few settlements finally we arrive at small town of Dingboche. We stay overnight at local teahouse in Dingboche. It shall be from 5 to 6 hours of walk today. And meal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 08: Dingboche -Acclimatization Day- Day trip to Chukkung Ri (5546m/18190 ft)
While we are one our second acclimatization day of Lobuche east and everest base camp, we will stay two nights at Dingboche to assist acclimatization. There are basically two options for acclimatization hike today. One is to hike up to Nagarjun hill for awesome Himalayan views, and other one is to go at Chukkung ri for equally mesmerizing views both located at higher elevation than Dingboche. It will be our best view day so far as we see plenty of snow capped mountains today from Lobuce, Ama dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, Island peak, Lhotse, Cholatse and others to name the few. In this way, we return to our lodge at Dingboche and have our lunch. More or less we shall walk for 3 to 4 hours today. And meal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 09: Dingboche - Lobuche (4910m/16105ft)
Leaving behind Dingboche, we ascend towards a valley, from a top of which we can see great views of Amadablam at east and other Himalayas surrounding from all directions. Gradual walk through mostly flat surface takes us to stunning site of Dhugla across metal bridge. Dughla is basically a lunch site where we have our Lunch and again ascend steeply towards Lobuche via Chukpo Lari where there are memorials built in the name of those who lost their lives climbing Everest. Making our way further through rocky trails, we finally arrive at Lobuche, which is also our final destination of the day. It will be an important day tomorrow as we will be heading odd towards Everest base camp. With all the excitement, we stay overnight at one of the local lodges in Lobuche. Today more or less we shall be walking for 4 to 5 hours. Meals includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 10: Lobuche - Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft)and back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft)
Getting our early meal done in the morning, we prepare ourselves for quite a challenging day infront of us with more or less 8 hours walk at high altitude. Initially, we pass through popular Lobuche pass crossing through which we first arrive at Gorakshep, check in at our tea house over there. Take a quick rest, and meal. And we head towards Everest base camp walking along very unstable rocky, windy, sunny and challenging path. Getting proper hydration is the key to success of this trip, and we should never take AMS, its symptoms for granted.
After couple of hours of challenging walk, finally great moment of the day arrive as we will be at Everest base camp. We need to be walk very carefully on icy, slippery and rocky ground at base camp. Khumbu glacier and few surrounding peaks will be seen from base camp. However we will be returning down to Gorkashep walking few hours after successful completion of being at Everest base camp. We will be staying at one of the few local lodges in Gorakshep. Meals includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You also have an option to take on Kalapathher today evening for awesome sunset views and target Everest base camp tomorrow. Decision can be made according to your group choice while discussing with professional trekking guide.
Day 11: Hike Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) and trek to Lobuche
Across a sandy ground at Gorakshep in a western side, we shall tthen ascend to top of Kalapathher at 5550m above sea level very early in the morning before sunrise. It gives us a chance to enjoy glorious views of Nuptse standing tall in front of us with Everest at back ground. As we go higher and higher, the mountains comes to our eye level bringing us even more panoramic views. If we became successful in hiking up to top of Kalapathher, we can find a weather station along with small Stupa there with prayer flags flattering down the hill. It will be extremely windy and cold at 5545m above sea level. There of course plenty of pictures will be taken and we will today descend down to Gorakshep. At gorakshep, we collect our belongings carefully and hike towards Lobuche base camp. It will be a camping night today as we will set up tented camp in a flat surface. In total we will walk for 6 to 7 hours. Meals includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 12: Lobuche to Lobuche Base Camp (4,950m/ 16240ft)
Today, we take rather relaxed walk as its only short hike to Lobuche Base Camp. After walking relatively flatter plane for a while, the trail to the Lobuche Base Camp gets steeper and rocky. We walk appreciating great views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega and other Himalayas while moving forward along the Lobuche Glacier. We reach Lobuche Base Camp and camp In the pleasant, secluded valley right below the Lobuche peak. After some break, we do some pre-trip climbing course and practice to boost our confidence on using the climbing equipments. Our guides will provide training on techniques of using the climbing gears for peak climbing. The training includes correct method of using climbing equipment such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. This short course of training will boost confidence and climbing skills of the climber and increases the chances of scaling the summit meanwhile enjoy the experience. Lobuche Base Camp is in a pleasant, secluded valley right below the mountain. We spend the afternoon organizing gear for tomorrow’s move to high camp. Accommodation: Camping. Walking time 2 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 13: Lobuche Base Camp to High Camp (5,400m/17,712ft)
From Base Camp at approximately, it’s about 2 hour slog following a well outlined trail up to the first option of a high camp alongside a hidden lake where the rock ridge and the glacier meet. We may go little further up a narrow gully above the blue lake and onto a scabby rock plateau. Depending upon condition and different factor, the climbing guide will decide where to set up the high camp around there. Upon reaching the High Camp, we set up our camp, take lunch and rest. It is important that we bed early for an early alpine start tomorrow. Accommodation: Camping. Walking time 4 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 14: Lobuche High Camp to Summit (6119m/20,070 ft) and back to High Camp
An early start (at around 2:30 am, wake up at 2 am and have hearty plentiful breakfast). We begin climbing the south East Ridge through moderately steep snow and ice section. If necessary, we fix ropes along the route. We ascend gradually to a plateau and then navigate around to an exposed ridge, which we will follow to the summit slopes. After about six hours of steady climbing we reach the far eastern summit. From here it is a steady climb along the summit ridge towards the east summit, which for us marks our summit (also known as false summit). The main summit is not far in distance but requires some technical climbing which is normally beyond the ability of novice climbers, certainly in terms of the time it would take. And this section of the climb is only for very adventuresome persons, as there are huge drops on both sides, so this section will definitely be fixed with a rope. From the top we are well rewarded with superb views across to Ama Dablam , Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse, Changtse (in Tibet) Pumori, Gyachung Kang, Cho Oyu and the innumerable peaks to the west and south. After snapping pictures on the summit and enjoying the view, we retrace our steps back to High Camp and with exhausted legs head down to base camp. Accommodation: Camping. Climbing Time: 10-11 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 15: Contingency Day in case of bad weather
We have set aside a day as spare day to attempt summit in case the pre-planned day unluckily gets bad weather.
Day 16: Lobuche Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13074 ft)
Today, the trekking trail mostly is flat and downhill and its much enjoyable heading down in altitude than going up. We descend enjoying the scenery to arrive at Thukla, the best place to have a cup of coffee enjoying the picturesque mountain views. Moving further we cross the natural spring water originating from bottom of Everest. Walking along the valley we reach Pheriche where we will be having lunch. There is also a hospital located over there. We further head down to our final destination of the day to Pangboche. We can also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is supposed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a beautiful and populated village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse River flowing through the spacious productive valley. Accommodation: Local Teahouse. Walking Time: 5 – 6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 17: Pangboche to Namche Bazzar
With amazing memories and great Himalayan trekking and peak climbing experience, we will catch our EBC trail today. We can notice that altitude drop as we start descend towards Pangboche. Breathing also becomes more easier and all those headaches disappear. There we can find raging river of Dudh kosi flowing down the corners of valley. Further it will be more of walking along the shades of refreshing pine and rhododendron forests with chances of spotting faunas like mountain goats, red pandas and colorful danfe too. Crossing the tenboche, it will be downhill until we reach Phungi theka and uphill walk takes us back to Namche Bazar. On arriving at Namche bazar we shall take a nice shower along with rest and plenty of relaxness (overnight sleep) at one of the quality lodge . We will be walking for around 6 to 7 hours today with meals includes breakfast lunch and dinner.
Day 18: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
It will be our final hiking day of the trip as we descend through same route via crossing Hillary bridge, leaving behind Phakding village and further descend towards Lukla. Even though we follow the same route down, due to change in direction, we find it quite different while returning. Crossing dudh koshi river couple of times, with few gradual ascends and descends, we celebrate our successful completion of our Lobuche east peak climbing with Everest base camp trek with all crew members. Later we pack our baggage and get ready for tomorrow morning flight to Kathmandu. We stay overnight at local lodge in Lukla. Today we walk approximately 6 to 7 hours. Meal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu
Boarding a morning flight from Lukla brings us to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, we assist you in check in into your hotel and invited to farewell dinner tonight at one of the cultural restaurant in Thamel. We will discuss about how was your trip?, what did you liked the most? And moreover, we will have a great evening time. Later you will be staying overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu. We will be walking for 8 to 9 hours today. Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 20: Departure
Our office representative will drop you at International airport today 3 hours before your scheduled international flight . We hope to see you soon in near future and welcome you with same gratitude. Today’ meal includes breakfast.