Lobuche is a stunning peak reaching 6,119 meters (20,075 ft) above sea level and 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 Bazaar, 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.
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Lukla. After flying above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains. Upon our arrival at Lukla we meet our other crew members and after some re-packing and sorting we start our trek from the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities, we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar.
Today we will walk through beautiful pine, fir and juniper forests and then along Dudh Koshi River on our nature-filled journey to Namche Bazaar.
After walking for almost over an hour, we will come across the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) on our right and, if the weather is clear, we may even catch a glimpse of Mt Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Continue walking until we reach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park and Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt Everest and main trading centre of this region.
On the way we have crossed five suspension bridges, the last one, known as the Hillary Bridge being the highest. Then it is an uphill walk from Hillary Bridge to Namche Bazaar.
This is the day set aside for acclimatization. Health experts recommend that we stay active and move around whilst acclimatizing rather than remaining idle. There are a few options – we can either stroll around Namche’s quaint villages to meet the Sherpa people and their rich culture, or we can hike up to the Everest View Hotel and enjoy a close-up view of mighty Everest. Trekkers who are feeling good and prefer a longer hike – Khumjung village (5-6 hours) is also an option. In the village we can visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery (famous for housing the head of the Yeti!).
Whilst in Namche village or upon returning from the hike, trekkers may visit the local museum containing exhibits displaying the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche.
Today we will trek towards Tengboche. It is an easy walk from Namche to Phunki then ascend to Tengboche. Tengboche Village houses the famous Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in the Everest region. Located within the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site of “outstanding universal value”), it enjoys a panoramic 360-degree view of the Himalayas, including Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. We will reach here when it opens (3pm) and, if we are lucky, we might just be able to witness a religious ceremony.
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche.
We visit the beautiful Tengboche Monastery this morning and take pictures of the amazing landscape surrounding it.
Then today’s trek begins by walking through lush forests of birch, conifer and rhododendron along an easy path. This picturesque trail then dips down to Debuche, crossing the Imja River before climbing up to Pangboche. We have a choice of trails here, but generally choose the Upper Pangboche trail as it provides a more pristine view of the Himalayas. We also stop to visit the Pangboche monastery.
From here the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as we approach the Lobuche River. Descend to the river and then begin the climb up to Dingboche.
Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
Begin today’s day-hike to Chhukung by walking through stone-walled fields and the Imja Khola Valley before walking on glacial moraines. On our walk, we will be surrounded by Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains. Later, beyond Bibre village we see Island Peak soaring above us. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams.
When we reach Chhukung, a small settlement, about half an hour from Bibre we can see, directly across the valley, the fantastic Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa mountains.
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche.
We start the day with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, we climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara where we find an array of stones with prayer flags as a memorial to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) who perished on an Everest climb. Next, we continue to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find ourselves facing several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche.
Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep.
We take the trail to Everest Base Camp via the once vast Gorakshep Lake. Continuing straight ahead we come across Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence it is important that we stick together and follow our lead Sherpa. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching Everest Base Camp.
Reaching Everest Base Camp we see the tents of mountaineers which stand out in bright colours against the grey surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori can be seen from here. We hike back to Gorakshep for a good night’s rest.
Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar and back to Lobuche.
We make our early morning departure amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). There is also always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself, but it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see real close-up and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama and then return to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
Trek from Lobuche to High Camp.
From Lobuche, we trek towards Lobuche Base Camp.
After walking some distance over relatively flat ground the path to the Lobuche Base Camp gets steeper and rocky. We move forward along the Lobuche Glacier while enjoying great views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku and Kantega amongst others. From the base camp continue along a rocky moraine path to reach the High Camp. After reaching there, we set up our camp, take lunch and rest.
This afternoon our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gear including the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. This training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience.
Overnight in Lobuche East High Camp.
Trek from Lobuche High Camp to Summit.
After an early night we wake up around 12 to 1 am and have breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds on the highest slopes can become a barrier to a successful summit.
We will most likely be walking on rock surface up to around 5700m after which we climb on ice and use ropes when necessary.
We use both fixed rope and manned rope as per our leader’s instruction. The climbing surface as well as the length of the rope depends on the season and the crevasses.
Lobuche East offers more panoramic views of the mountains than any other trekking peak; from the summit you enjoy magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori, and many more. We spend some time at the summit celebrating and taking pictures, then we get back to the High Camp again for an overnight stay.
This is an extra day set aside to manage any unscheduled contingencies including flight delays or bad weather for climbing. Setting aside an extra day will ensure that even if we were to face a day’s setback, the trip will continue thus guaranteeing a successful climb.
Trek from Lobuche High Camp to Pangboche.
Trek downhill from Lobuche High Camp and re-join the Everest Base Camp route at Lobuche where we have lunch. From Lobuche again retrace our path to Pheriche. On the way enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dablam in the distance. From Pheriche, we continue to Pangboche. We trek down a hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it is spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers blaze all around. Upon reaching Pangboche we may also consider visiting the famous Pangboche Monastery.
Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar.
From Pangboche, we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue down through rhododendron and juniper trees; crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River to follow the Dudh Koshi gorge, descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colourful pheasants while passing through the forest. Finally, reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
The trail descends steeply so we need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail levels out. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Overnight in Lukla.
Fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
We will catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey.
We nicknamed our guide and porters our guardian angels. We were always under their watchful eyes attending, We shared many stories, beautiful memories created, and friendship forged.