Lobuche Peak Climbing - 19 Days

  • Duration 19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Technical Challenging
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Type Lodge & Camping Based
  • Best Season Spring (March - May) & Autumn (Sept - Nov)
  • Group Size 16
  • Maximum Altitude 6,119 m

Highlights

  • Climb the east summit of Lobuche peak (6,119 m)
  • Walk through lush alpine forests and beautiful Sherpa villages
  • Visit ancient monasteries on the way and come across many stupas, chortens, etc
  • Enjoy diverse mountain landscapes along the way
  • Go on a side excursion to Hotel Everest View and Chhukung Ri
  • Cross a high mountain pass, Kongma La
  • Hike to Everest base camp and Kala Patthar
  • Get pre-climbing training from our expert mountain guides at the Lobuche peak base camp
  • Full support from the crew to help you reach the summit and come back safely
  • Witness stunning views of some of the eight-thousander mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Cho Oyu

Lobuche Peak is a great mountain to climb on your first Himalayan expedition. It's a 6,119 meters tall mountain in the Khumbu region and is classified as a trekking peak. Our Lobuche peak climbing itinerary combines an excursion to the Everest base camp (the base of the highest mountain in the world) and the very popular viewpoint, Kala Pathar. The climbing route to the pinnacle of this peak doesn't involve major technical sections, and mobility is quite doable, so we highly recommend Lobuche Peak climbing to our climbers with less or no experience. 

Join our expert mountain guides on a great high alpine adventure to the summit of Lobuche east peak. En route, hike to Everest base camp, relish the spectacular sunrise from Kala Patthar, and cross Kongma La pass while spending nights in picturesque Shera villages.

Even though the technical section is not that demanding, the entire journey requires a strong build, high endurance, and willpower. At the same time, you'll need fair mountain awareness too. Rising high above the glaciers, Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp is one of the most adventurous activities in the Everest region. You get to witness breathtaking views of Mt. Everest (8,849 m) and other eight-thousander mountains like Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463 m), Cho Oyu (8,188 m), and Kanchenjunga (8,586 m). 

For mountaineers aiming to climb more technically advanced mountains like Ama Dablam, Everest, Manaslu, etc use Lobuche Peak as a training peak. The Lobuche East Peak Climbing combines trekking and climbing. You'll be following the famous EBC trail for the first few days of the trip, exploring beautiful villages like Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), Tengboche (3,870 m), and Dingboche (4,360 m). Not only that, we have added a Kongma la pass (5,535 m) crossing in the itinerary too, which will help you a lot while climbing Lobuche east. 

The journey is enchanted with tempting landscapes and views of verdant hills, waterfalls, rivers, colorful prayer flags, and snowy peaks. The lifestyle of the locals, their warm welcome, and rich tradition will give you a sense of home. Far away amidst the mountains of the Khumbu region, you'll get to unwind and rejuvenate. The visit to ancient monasteries like Tengboche monastery, Pangoche monastery, etc along the way and all these little elements make the Lobuche East Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp an immersive venture. 

Hike to Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar, Crossing Kongma La pass

Before we go on with climbing, we'll hike to Everest base camp (5,364 m) and catch a gorgeous sunrise from Kala Patthar (5,644 m). The initial part of our Lobuche peak climbing itinerary lets you enjoy trekking in the Himalayas through rhododendron forests and Sherpa villages. The trail ascends to Kongma La pass, one of the three high passes in the Khumbu region. The trekking part will prepare your mind and body. You'll get a lot of time to acclimatize, which is crucial for a safe climb.

Lobuche East Peak Climbing route

The climbing route involves steep, snowy slopes and rock-fixed line climbing. From Lobuche Base Camp (4,950 m), you'll walk above the Khumbu glacier to reach Lobuche High Camp (5,400 m). From the high camp, the summit of Lobuche east is only a tough stretch away. The path gets steeper, and you have to walk by a sharp snow-ridge. Climbing in the northwest of the peak, there are some snow bumps and notches. From here, you will cross the 45° slope and finally push to the summit.

Climbing Training - all Climbing Gear Provided

At the base camp, our expert mountain guides will give you pre-climbing training. He'll brief you about the climbing route & the environment you'll be facing on the way to high camp and above. You'll learn to use climbing gears as well as some climbing protocols that will help the group communicate more effectively. This boosts your confidence and ensures you get the necessary basic climbing skills to push towards the summit of Lobuche peak. 

How Difficult is Lobuche Peak Climbing?

Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp is a strenuous trip that explores the remote Khumbu region and gove above the Khumbu glacier. This package is for physically fit individuals who have previous high-altitude experience and awareness of basic mountain climbing. Our experienced mountain guides give you pre-climbing training and ensure your safety while climbing Lobuche east peak. So, you can enjoy the journey with no worries. 

The trekking part needs 6 to 7 hours of walking each day on steep, rough terrain. You will be constantly ascending and descending. The trail crosses the high mountain pass and walks over glaciers. You also have to deal with increasing elevation and all the limitations that come with it. Some days can get as long as 8 to 9 hours, so the participants should have high endurance and can push themselves. 

Why join Nepal Gateway Trekking for Lobuche East Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp?

At Nepal Gateway Trekking, we have tested and runned our Lobuche Peak Climbing itinerary. We are confident with our mountain crew, safety protocol, and trip experience you'll get. We have the best Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp cost in the market. Likewise, you'll not be bothered by any hidden charges. We have been organizing trips like this for over a decade. You can trust our team. 

To book the Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp 2022/2023 departure, feel free to send us your inquiry at our email address ([email protected]), or you can text/call us at +977 9851055520/+977 9841986923.

These are some of our other peak climbing packages- Pisang Peak climbing, Mera Peak climbing, Naya Kanga Peak climbing, and Island Peak climbing. 

Itinerary

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We welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The remaining day is leisure. In the evening, there is a group meeting organized by the company where you get to meet other team members. We end the day strolling on the bustling streets of Thamel.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

In the morning, you go on a guided sightseeing tour of Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. The sightseeing will be informative. After lunch, we meet in our office for a climbing briefing by our guide. Later, we’ll spend the day preparing for the trip, checking all the gear & packing.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

Our adventurous trip in the Everest region begins with a thrilling flight to Lukla airport. The mountain views during the flight are stunning. Upon landing at the airport, we’ll begin walking towards Phakding village. The trail descends alongside the Dudh Koshi river. We walk past Ghat village and a couple of other small settlement areas. The trail also crosses a few bridges on the way to Phakding.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,640 m

Today, we hike to Namche Bazaar. The trail ascends and descends through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, magnolia, etc. We'll walk by remote villages and cross the Dudh Koshi river numerous times on suspension bridges. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar is steep and tough. We'll see the first view of Mt. Everest today.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,441 m

We’ll spend one extra day in Namche Bazaar. Our guide will accompany us to the Hotel Everest View. The trail is rough and offers fantastic views of Mt. Thamserku. From Hotel Everest View, we get to witness superb views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Nuptse. We also have the option to continue the hike to Khumjung monastery, or we can descend back to Namche Bazaar to spend the rest of the day.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,441 m

We leave Namche Bazaar and begin descending along green foothills. The trail passes by small settlement areas. We get to see the beautiful sight of Everest and Ama Dablam on the way. It's a gentle downhill walk up to Phunki Tenga. From here, the trail gradually ascends to Tengboche village. We get to visit the Tengboche monastery here, the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. The view of Mt. Ama Dablam is especially stunning from this village.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,860 m

We begin the day with meditation and getting blessings in the Tengboche monastery. The morning glory over snow-capped mountains is phenomenal. The trail from Tengboche goes through lush rhododendron forests. We can see glimpses of towering cliffs as we walk by dense forests. 

Descend to the bed Imja Khola and cross a bridge before ascending a steep trail to Pangboche village. In Pangboche, we'll visit one of the oldest monasteries in the Everest region, Pangboche monastery, which claims to showcase the head of the Yeti. From here, we walk past farming fields to Dingboche village.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,410 m

From Dingboche to Chhukung village is a rough and steep route. We'll walk past stone-walled fields. After walking for three to four hours, we reach a place called Bibre, which is a yak herder place. The views of Lhotse and Ama Dablam are significant. Further, we walk beyond the terminal moraine wall and ascend to Chhukung villages, enjoying the stunning panorama of Imja Tse.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,730 m

Today, we have a long day ahead of us as we'll be crossing the Kongma La pass. We leave Chhukung village early in the morning, which is essential to reach the top of the pass before strong winds or potential storms ruin the day for us. Crossing a small stream behind Chhukung village, we gradually ascend along the landslide area. 

The trail is steeper until we reach a grassy hill. From here, we'll enjoy a gentle walk for a while, then again begin trekking on the steep uphill that leads to a ridge, where a small lake is situated. Further walking past another lake, which is big, we'll ascend to the top of Kongma La. 

The sight from the top of the pass is jaw-dropping and deserves all the hard walk we did to reach here. Now it's time to descend, which is in no way easy. The trail is full of loose boulders, so we have to be extra careful while walking downhill. Soon, we reach Lobuche village to spend the night.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,910 m

We ascend along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and walk past a pyramid signpost. This part of the route presents breathtaking views of the north ridge crest of Everest along with the astonishing sight of Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Nuptse, etc. We'll reach Thangma Riju, which offers a 360-degree panorama of mountains. 

The trail keeps ascending steeply to Gorak Shep. We then walk past army mountaineers' memorials and soon stand on the lap of Mt. Everest, Everest base camp. We trek back to Gorak Shep to spend the night.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5,180 m

We hike to Kala Patthar early in the morning. The hike is tough but offers a magical mountain panorama. After catching the sunrise from the top of the Kala Patthar, we'll descend to Gorak Shep and head towards the Lobuche base camp. The trail is steep, and we walk on a rough path. We can see the glacier made from Lobuche peak on the way. Upon reaching the base camp of Lobuche peak, the crew will set the tents and cook dinner. We'll be sleeping under the sky full of stars today.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,900 m

Today, we’ll get one step closer to the Lobuche summit. From the base camp, we ascend steeply for 3 to 4 hours. Because of the high elevation and exposure to sun & wind, the climbing gets very demanding. The team will set the tents in the high camp. We'll spend the rest of the day relaxing and preparing for the following day.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5,300 m

Today is the big day. We push towards the summit of Lobuche Peak. The best summit window begins at dawn. We leave high camp around 2 AM to 3 AM. From the southern ridge, we walk on snowy trails. The mountain guides will help you in the difficult sections and fix the rope if needed. We'll be using crampons, ropes, and ice axes to climb to the summit. 

We have to cross a 45 degree sloped hill before we make it to the summit of Lobuche peak. The views of the cliffs from the top will be no doubt sensational. After we spend some time admiring the views, we'll descend back to the Lobuche base camp. If we feel fine, we'll further drop to Lobuche village to spend the night.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,900 m

We have this extra day. We keep this day in case we have to hold the push towards the Lobuche peak because of unstable weather. If we do not use this day, you'll have an extra day in Kathmandu to explore.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following a downhill trail, we descend to Dingboche village. We'll walk past Dughla and walk on rocky terrain. From Dingboche, we walk through terraced fields and rhododendron forests to Tengboche village. On the way, we'll also walk by small Sherpa villages and get to enjoy the superb mountain scenery.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,860 m

Crossing a bridge, we walk by prayer flags and walk over the Dudh Kosi river. The trail then descends to the gorge and passes by the pine forest. We eventually reach Sansa and walk along the hillside, relishing towering mountain views to Namche Bazaar. Further, we steeply descend through dense forests and cross numerous bridges and waterfalls to reach Monjo.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,835 m

From Monjo, the trail goes through lush forests to Phakding. We then scend following the Dudh Kosi river to Lukla. It is our last day of the trek and short trail, so we'll walk slowly and enjoy the alpine forests.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,840 m

After the last short flight from Lukla, we’ll come back to Kathmandu. The flight will surely be nerve-racking, especially the takeoff. Land at Kathmandu airport, and the team will drive you to the hotel. Enjoy your last day going to the spa and shopping. We see you in the late evening over farewell dinner.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Farewell dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

We say goodbye to each other today. Our airport representative will drop you at the airport in a private vehicle. The trip ends here, and we are eagerly waiting to welcome you next time.

  • MealsBreakfast

This is our standard and recommended itinerary. If this itinerary doesn’t suit to you, we can customize your trip as per your interest and time-frame. Click here for Tailor-Made program. 

Includes

  • All grounded transportation as per itinerary by private car
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast
  • Round flight ticket (Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu) inclusive domestic airport taxes
  • Three times meal (Breakfast/lunch/dinner) and accommodations during the trekking
  • One highly experience, English speaking & friendly trekking guide and required porter including their expenses 
  • One experience climbing guide for climbing section assigned for your services and his meal, salary, insurance, transportation and accommodation
  • Lobuche Peak Climbing Permit with rope, ice-axe
  • Full board meals and tented camp while climbing Island Peak
  • Sagarmatha National Park permit and TIMS card
  • Everest base camp + Lobuche Peak map
  • Nepal Gateway Company T-shirt and achievement certificate
  • Local fresh fruit
  • First aid kit
  • Evacuation assist if needed
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Excludes

  • Meal in Kathmandu apart from Breakfast
  • Your travel insurance
  • Your international flight ticket to/from Kathmandu
  • Your personal nature expenses and equipment and medical kit
  • Your personal climbing equipments
  • All kinds of hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverage
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in Including Section
  • Tipping to field staffs (Tipping is not mandatory but expected)

Useful Info

Altitude SicknessTo prevent altitude sickness during the Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp, we take multiple days of acclimatization on the trail. We also make sure to not ascend more than 500 meters a day while trekking and will keep ourselves hydrated. This will help us avoid altitude sickness, and rest days will let us adjust to the elevation. The team leader will keep a check on the group members' health and use an oximeter to major blood sugar levels regularly. 

 

Altitude sickness is also known as acute mountain sickness. It's commonly seen during high-altitude journeys. Whether you'll get altitude sickness or not while climbing Lobuche peak totally depends on your body. In case you see any symptoms, regardless of all the efforts, the team leader will give you first aid and take further actions as needed.

These are some of the symptoms of altitude sickness- difficulty in breathing, loss of appetite, nausea, headache, vomiting, etc. 

Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Permit

You need the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance permit, Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, and Lobuche peak climbing permit for this adventurous trip. All the permit costs are included in the package cost. 

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance permit cost: NPR 2000 per person

Sagarmatha National Park entry permit cost:  NPR 3000 per person

Lobuche peak climbing permit month-wise:

March to May: USD 250

June to August: USD 70

September to November: USD 125

December to February: USD 125

Lobuche Peak Climbing Best Time

You can climb Lobuche peak from March to May and late September to November. These are the best seasons to enjoy trekking and climbing in the Khumbu region as the weather remains quite stable. The climate is mild, with bright days and crystal clear views of the dazzling snow-clustered peaks. Spring and autumn give the best summit window, and you can climb the mountains safely. 

In spring, you can enjoy beautiful bloomed rhododendron forests and alpine vegetation. The mountains are covered with blankets of snow, which makes the views unbelievable. In the autumn season, you can enjoy the Nepali festivals and of course the beautiful fall flora. 

You cannot climb Lobuche peak or another peak in the offseason because of the high risk of natural climates like an avalanche. Winter climbing is also very difficult, and we do not recommend it. 

Last Minute Booking

For last-minute peak climbing booking, we recommend you to best talk to our travel consultants. Because we have to obtain climbing permits and do reservations, we need some time for it. Especially in the peak season, hundreds of people travel in the Khumbu region, so the lodges usually get packed. Thanks to our close ties with locals, we can book a lodge even at the last minute. 

We only recommend last-minute booking to travelers who are fit enough to directly embark on the journey without doing any preparation. Canceling a last-minute climbing trip may cost you 50% and above money, depending upon the cancellation time. 

Travel Tips 

Accommodation: You stay in lodges while trekking through Sherpa villages. The lodges are quite comfortable and clean, so you'll have a good time spending the night. In villages like Chhukung, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep, the lodges are comparatively simple. The toilets in the lodge are private in some places or can be shared. At the Lobuche peak base camp and high camp, you'll spend the night in tents. The tents are carried and set by the porters. We use different tents for sleeping, dining, and using the toilet. 

Food: Our Lobuche peak climbing package has three meals a day in the mountains and breakfast with a welcome & farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Trekking in the Khumbu region means you get to enjoy many varieties of food, including pizza, burgers, steak, pasta, sandwich, freshly brewed coffee from the machine, etc. Lukla, Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche have most of the options. Dal bhat will be our staple meal, and we can switch it with other dishes as we wish. During climbing, all the meals are cooked by the crew. We carry ingredients and fuel with us to cook.

ATM: You can withdraw money in Namche Bazaar. There is no ATM above this place. Services like hot showers, charging, wifi, etc cost additional money. Our package costs do not cover these expenses, so we recommend you carry Nepali currency with you. 

Charging: Charging is available in the lodges. You can charge your device by paying little money. There are no charging slots in the lodges in the rooms. You can charge your device in the dining/reception area. 

Luggage: We use duffel bags during trekking and climbing. All the heavy clothes and gear are packed in the duffel bags that are carried by the porters. The group members can carry a backpack (up to 5 kg weight). Each member of the group gets a 10 kg weight limit for the duffel bag. 

Personal Expenses: As we mentioned earlier, you may need a few extra bucks to get services while trekking. Likewise, you'll also need money for shopping, international flights, tips, etc. We also advise you to have a small budget for an emergency fund. USD 10 to USD 15 for each day will be sufficient for extra expenses. If you want to dine in fancy restaurants and do other fun activities, have a higher budget. 

Travel Insurance: To climb Lobuche peak, you have to have travel insurance that covers emergency air evacuation and medical bills. Because this trip has a risk of altitude sickness and other potential events, travel insurance is very important. You have to send us travel insurance for the trip confirmation mail. Our travel consultants will help you with more information. 

Tipping: If you love the service provided by our crew (driver, tour guide, mountain guide & porter), you can thank them by tipping. There is no limit to tips. You can tip whatever amount you want. This is the best way to show your appreciation. 

FAQs

  • Q1. How hard is Lobuche peak?

    Climbing Lobuche east peak is considered an attempt for beginner climbers. It is a trekking peak with fewer technical sections. The steep stone balconies and snowy slopes before the summit is the toughest part of climbing. Likewise, while trekking, you'll be crossing the renjo la pass, which is also challenging.

  • Lobuche peak climbing with EBC costs around USD 2200 to USD 2600 and can go above as per your itinerary. The cost includes your all overnight stays and meals on the field with permits & expenses of guide and porter.

  • Yes, you get to see jaw-dropping views of Mt. Everest from the top of Lobuche peak. Along with Everest, you can also see many other Himalayan mountains.

  • Everest base camp is situated at 5,364 meters/17,598 feet from the sea level on the Khumbu glacier.

  • Mt. Lobuche is located near Mt. Everest in the Khumbu region, Eastern Nepal.

  • You'll need a 2500-3500 cubic inches or 40-55 liters backpack that can hold your essentials. The porters carry heavy duffel bags, so you do not have to worry about it.

  • Yes, our team leader carries a satellite phone for any emergency communication and staying in touch with the city team. We also carry a radio for emergency broadcasts.

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