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Lobuje East Peak Climbing (6,119m) - 21 days

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Lobuje Peak is officially classified as a group “B” trekking peak by Nepal Mountaineering Association and this peak offers a challenging climb but attainable climbing objective and is an ideal mission for trainee mountaineers. The climber must be proficient in using climbing gears like ice axe and crampons etc.
The acclimatize trek is one that goes deep into the heart of the Himalaya. The mountain views are stunning and the simplicity, the hospitality, of the Sherpa community is heart warming. You will get to take in the awe-inspiring views of Mt.Everest, the tallest of them all, Mt.Lhotse, Mt.Nuptse, Mt.Amadablam, Mt.Thamserku and peaks like Loboche, Kasum-Kangru, and Kwangde. You will also be visiting Sherpa villages and monasteries to gain insight into their culture and lifestyle from up close.

Journey
This challenging Everest trek into the Solu-Khumbu region begins with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla & continually trekking along the Dudh-Kosi ("MilkRiver"). After crossing the Namche Bazar ”Sherpa headquater/capital” we will continue on to Gokyo-Ri (5,360m), with its natural beauty of Himalayas & better introduction of local Sherpa cultures. We will climb Gokyo-Ri which offers views of the whole valley, right up to Mt Cho-Oyu. We sometimes see a family of Kongma (Himalaya Partridges) and picas (a bit like short eared rabbits) on our descent after sunrise. The Cho-La, approached from Dragnag below Gokyo is chance to walk on the glacier with relatively safe for a panoramic view of some of the world's highest mountains including Everest at 8,848m. Although the approaches either side are quite steep, the glacier itself is quite flat and almost crevasse free. It can usually be safety crossed without crampons and gives us access to the upper reaches of the Khumbu valley. Cho-La pass (5,330m) offer a real mountain experience. From Dzongla, we trek to Lobuche East base camp, which takes about 5 hours and spend the night at tent at base camp. Next day we climb to high camp (5,700m) and same day some time at 4am, we will start our summit push and reach on the summit before 10am and then descent to base camp and most probably, trek to Lobuche village for better food and accommodation. And we take our step back trek to Lukla within 3 days and fly to KTM. 

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Develop altitude experience and build a foundation for big mountains.
  • Ice climbing on Lobuche East
  • Challenging walk over Cho-La Pass (5,330m)
  • Climbing on Gokyo-RI (5,360m)
  • Snow Lake ”Gokyo Lake”

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Kathmandu Arrival (1300m), Transfer to hotel and briefing

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crewmembers and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

Kathmandu Sightseeing, Gears checking and fitting & necessary preparations

In the morning after breakfast, we will organize half day sightseeing tour during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, packing and getting ready for the trip.

Day 3

Kathmandu toLukla Flight (45min), Trek to Phakding (2,610m) 3-4hrs

We will drive to domestic terminal of Tribhuvan Airport early in the morning and catch a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will follow one of the most scenic air routes in the world with panoramic views of glistening mountains to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Lukla allows access to Everest Khumbu region. We will assemble the crew and take breakfast before start of Lobuche East Climbing. Following the stone path through Ghat village, we will reach Phakding village. Visit local monastery. Stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 4

Trek to Namche Bazar (3,340m) 5-6hrs

Leaving Phakding, we will walk along Dudhkoshi River and enter the dense pine forest. We will cross suspension bridges and walk through dispersed houses of Zapute, Benkar and Chumoa to reach Monjo. Monjo allows an entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We need to go through required national park formalities before we can enter the park. The park is rich in Himalayan herbs, plants, mammals and birds. We will descend to Hillary Bridge existing at the base of hill. After crossing the bridge, we will follow the escalating path towards Namche Bazaar. The path rewards us with views of Thamserku Mountain, Everest, Lhotse and other mountains and peaks. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5

Day hikes to Everest view Hotel, Khumjung (3,800m) & Kunde Villages

Namche Bazaar acts as the major trade centre to conduct trade in between locals and neighbouring Tibetans. Namche is also popular as the capital of Sherpa land. It is wise to take rest at Namche on this day. For proper acclimatization with the changing altitude, we can arrange day hike to small Khumjung and Khunde villages. Visit the local monastery and observe the local lifestyle. Head office of National Park, Museum and monasteries are interesting places near Namche. We can also arrange for a short visit to Everest View Hotel which is one of the highest placed hotel in the world. The hotel offers close-up look of Mount Everest. We can get most of the modern facilities including hospital and post office at Namche. Stay overnight in Namche.

Day 6

Trek to Phortse (3,680m)5hrs

Being properly acclimatized, we will follow the scenic path with close-up views of mountains at the backdrop to reach pretty village of Sanasa. We will enjoy the views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and other peaks and mountains. Following the steep path, we will cross rhododendron forest to reach the view point of Mongla. After capturing the panoramic views of mountains from the view point, we will lower down to PhortseThanga. Stay overnight in Phortse. 

Day 7

Trek to Machermo (4,470m) 5hrs

The trail escalates uphill from PhortseThanga to Dole. Following the steep narrow trail upward, we will reach to the top of ridge. We will walk past Lhabarma (4220m) and reach Luza (4360m). Passing through scrub, we will climb along the side of valley to reach Machhermo (4410m). This area is known as the native land of mythical ape-man Yeti. Locals believe Yeti was seen for the first time in Machhermo in 1974. Few teahouses are available in Machhermo for accommodation. Stay overnight in Machhermo.

Day 8

Acclimatization day in Machermo (4,470m)

This is a rest day. We will climb to the nearby ridge for the views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, Thamserku and other peaks and mountains. Visit Himalayan Rescue Association in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Machhermo. This is the last settlement that we will find before Gokyo.   

Day 9

Trek to Gokyo (4,790m) 4hrs

Leaving Machhermo, we will walk through DudhKoshi Valley to Gokyo village. The trail leads us to Pangka village (4480m) that greets us with spectacular views of Everest, Thamserku, Nuptse and other peaks and mountains. We will walk through Nepal’s largest Ngozumpa Glacier rejoicing the pleasant views of Kantega Peak and Cho Oyu (8153m). Making our way through moraine and rock, we will get first view of three Gokyo Lakes including Longponga Lake, TabocheTsho Lake and DudhPokhari La. We will descend to the Gokyo village for overnight stay.

Day 10

Climb Gokyo-Ri (5,360m) to Thangnak (4,700m) 6-7hrs

Located at 5360m altitude, GokyoRi is one of the best view points in Everest which allows spectacular views of Everest and three other mountains that are over 8000m feet including Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. Capture the amazing image of Gokyo Village at the edge of third lake and move further through Nepal’s largest Ngozumpa glacier to Dragnag/ Thaknak. Stay overnight at Dragnag.    

Day 11

Climb over Cho-La (5,330), Trek toDzongla (4,830m) 7hrs

Cho La is one of the famous three high passes in Everest. Climbing Cho La pass is a challenging task where one needs to cross the steep and narrow slope. The difficulty is added by the steep glaciated path. Heading east, we will reach Phedi and walk along frozen lake to the top of the pass which is marked with cairns and prayer flags. We will enjoy the close-up views of Amadablam Mountain to the south and Cholatse peak to the west while we can also get soaring views of Lobuche East and Baruntse. Walking through crevasses, we will reach Dzongla village which greets us with views of Cholatse, Lobuche and other peaks and mountains. Stay overnight in Dzong La.

Day 12

Trek to Lobuche base camp (4,910m)6hrs

From Dzongla, we will begin our trek towards Lobuche Base Camp. Although it is quite a long trek, the path is relatively easy for first couple of hours before it begins to escalate uphill through steep rocks. Walking through the Lobuche glacier, we will enjoy the spectacular views of AmaDablam Mountain, Cholatse Peak, Pokalde Peak, Thamserku Peak, Kantega Peak and other surrounding peaks and mountains. Once we reach to the Base Camp of Lobuche, we will set up the tented camp. The climbing guide will share LobuchePeak Climbing technique while you will also be taught how to use climbing equipments like crampons, ascender and ice axe. 

Day 13

Climb to Lobuche High camp (5,700m) 3-4hrs

We will leave Base Camp of Lobuche Peak and follow the levelled path for brief period before the trail begins to contour up through steep boulders. Walking along the Lobuche glacier, we will enjoy the spectacular views of Amadablam Mountain, Cholatse Peak, Pokalde Peak, Thamserku Mountain, Kantega Peak and other peaks and mountains. The journey continues through moraine to High Camp. We need to walk through ice section and crevasses. So, we may need to use fixed rope as well as man rope.Stay overnight at Lobuche High Camp.

Day 14

LobucheSummit, Return to Lobuche (4910m) via Base Camp 8-9hrs

This is the day that all of us had been waiting for. We will wake up much early at around 1am and prepare for climbing Lobuche. This is because our aim is to reach to the summit before noon. So, after taking light breakfast, we will follow the south East Ridge to reach the summit. We will proceed through snow and ice with help of fixedrope that will be placed earlier by our Sherpas. After taking gradualclimb of plateau at around of 6000m, we will walk through the exposed ridge summit slopes from where we will reach to the summit. Views from Lobuche East Summit include Khumbu Valley, Mount Everest, Lhotse Mountain, Nuptse Mountain, AmaDablam Mountain, Cholatse Peak, Pumori Mountain, Cho Oyu Mountain and other peaks and many more. We will take pictures and then lower down to Base Camp before returning to Lobuche where we will stay overnight. 

Day 15

Spare day for summit attempt

Including a reserve day in our itinerary makes sure that our trip goes according to plan even if we get delayed by unforeseen circumstances like bad weather and other factors.

Day 16

Lobuche to Pangboche (3,930m)7hrs

From Lobuche, we will lower down to Pheriche where we will take lunch and then follow the descendingtrail to small Pangbochevillage. Pangbochehas the largest Sherpa settlement in the region. We may also visit ancient Pangboche Monastery located at the top of nearby hill. Stay overnight in Pangboche. 

Day 17

Pangboche to Namche (3,440m) 4-5hrs

This is going to be an easy day to trek. We will descend to the valley and walk along river before continuing our walk through subtropical forest to Tyangboche Hill. From Tyangboche, we will lower down to river valley and follow the river before taking climb uphill towardsKyanjuma. Brief walk from Kyanjuma will take us to Namche where we will stay overnight.

Day 18

Namche to Lukla (2,700m) 6hrs

From Namche, we will lower down to rhododendron forest and walk along Dudhkoshi River to Phakding. Walking past the walled road of Ghat, we will reach Lukla. Stay overnight in Lukla.

Day 19

Fly back to KTM 45min

We will catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. This is rest day. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. We can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, you can arrange your photo albums and jot down memories in your journal. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20

Extra day in KTM, shopping or reserve day for Lukla - KTM flight

Due to the climate condition, delay of flight in Lukla is a common experience. Also, we might lag behind schedule due to unforeseen circumstances. Under such condition, we will catch flight from Lukla to Kathmandu on this day. Returning to Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. Spend the day as you like. Farewell dinner will be served in the evening.

Day 21

Departure, Int’l flight to home

You will be transferred to the Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.

COST INCLUDES

  • Peak Climbing Permit
  • Conservation/National park fees and all govt. taxes
  • All internal flight cost with airport departure tax
  • 4 (four) nights 3 star hotel accommodation on twin sharing BB basis
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private vehicles
  • Climbing Sherpa Guide on 1:3 ratios
  • Climbing Sherpa’s wages, climbing bonus & allowances etc
  • Required number of porters
  • Light camping equipment with high altitude tent
  • EPI gases with stove for high camp cooking purpose
  • All meals quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, treated drinking water)
  • High attitude individual packed food for climbing period
  • All necessary climbing hardware gears including climbing ropes
  • Group first aid kit
  • Insurance of all local team members
  • Equipment for porters
  • Half day guided city tours
  • Group celebration dinner

COST EXCLUDES

  • Medical/personal high risk insurance, (must cover emergency evacuation cost)
  • International departure taxes
  • Personal trek & climbing gears
  • Personal Climbing Sherpa
  • Major meals in Kathmandu
  • Cost of personal expenses i.e. telephone calls, laundry, Toiletry items etc
  • Bottle water, boiled water, soft drinks, beers
  • Tips to the local staff

Fitness
 
Most of our trekking peaks are over 6,000m; therefore we count it as tough trip. Your tough level of fitness is really important for this trek. So we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical fitness level. You do not need to be an athlete but a good level of overall fitness is important. Being fit will certainly improve your chances of reaching your chosen summit.As an indication, you should be able to walk 8 km / 5 miles with a maximum height gain of 800m / 2,000ft with a 10kg rucksack in 5 hours or less.
 
In order to get ready for this challenge, you need to be trained at least for about 4 to 6 months to prepare yourself as strong candidate. You can go to fitness center every morning for about 2 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack (i.e. 7kg, 10kg, 13 kg, 16kg and up to 20kg).Manage some time for cycling for couple of hours for 3 or 4 times a week. However during climbing, there might be little symptoms of altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue etc. but take it as normal and just drink a lot of water (4 – 5 liters) every day. On this trek, youneed to be able to hike 6 – 10 hours over hilly terrain up to 6,000m of altitude with daypack. 
 
Experience Required
 
All of our trekking peaks climbing trips are accessible to experienced trekkers and those who have done some climbing trips in European mountains in order to take another challenge on the Himalaya's Mountains. This trip will be helpful if you want to gain some knowledge about the mountaineering and have future plan to climb BIG Mountains.
 
If you have any previous mountaineering experiences and well knowledge about playing with mountaineering gears, good with rock climbing and ice climbingwill increase the chances of reaching to thesummit but previous trekking and mountaineering experiences is not mandatory and also doesn’t require any technical experience. Note that if you are participating on one of the technical climbing peak then you must have well knowledge aboutplaying with mountaineering climbing gears (i.e. crampon with boot, Ice axe, harness, ropes, jumars, prussiks, abseiling, moving past knots, anchor etc.).Crampons are use for maximum grip and harness and ropes are use for maximum safety during climbing. But for those who have no mountaineering experience and skill but have gottough level of fitness, you will be have basic training session by our guides about how to use the climbing gears during rest/acclimatization day.So we always make it sure regarding the safety of the team and successful climb of the peak. 

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Trip Info

Trip Code: DHA/PC/LP-21
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Best Month of the Year : April, May, October and November
Trekking Duration: 16 days
Hotel Accommodation : 4 Nights 3 Star Twin Shared BB
Trek Type : 14 nights 13 days tea house & 2 nights 3 days camping
Maximum Elevation : 6,119M.
Destination: : Nepal

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