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 1 to 16
  • Maximum Altitude 6,119 m

Lobuche Peak Climbing in Nepal is the best activity to climb a mountain over 6,000 m. Lobuche Peak is a great mountain to climb on your first Himalayan expedition. It is a 6,119 m 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 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 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, and Manaslu, use Lobuche Peak as a training peak. 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). We have added a Kongma La pass (5,535 m) crossing to the itinerary which will help you a lot while climbing Lobuche East. 

The journey is enchanted with tempting landscapes and views of verdant hills, waterfalls, rivers, colourful prayer flags, and snowy peaks. The lifestyle of the locals, their warm welcome, and their 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 and Pangoche monastery along the way and all these little elements make the Lobuche East Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp an immersive venture. 

The major highlights of Lobuche Peak Climbing

  • 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-thousand mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

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

Before you 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 Lobuche Peak 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.

Lobuche Peak Climbing Training 

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 goes 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 requires 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 last as long as 8 to 9 hours, so the participants should have high endurance and be able to push themselves. 

Why join NGT for Lobuche East Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp?

At Nepal Gateway Trekking, we tested and ran our Lobuche Peak Climbing itinerary. We are confident in our mountain crew, safety protocol, and the 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. 

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. You end the day strolling on the bustling streets of Thamel.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

Today we make a climbing permit from NMA for climbing Island Peak. In the afternoon, we introduce you to your team leader/climbing guide. There will be a small briefing session, check the equipment and prepare for the journey.

  • 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 Lukla airport, you meet your porters and go to the guest house for refreshment before heading to Phakding.  The trail descends alongside the Dudh Koshi River. You pass Chaurikharka, Cheplung, Thade Koshi and Ghat village to reach the Phakding village for the first night in the mountain.  

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

Today, you 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 through suspension bridges. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar is steep and tough. You will walk through Toktok, Banker, Manjo and Jorsalle villages to reach Namche Bazaar. 

If you are lucky with the weather, you can see the first glimpse of Mount Everest while ascending the Namche hill. Namche Bazaar is one of the big settlement villages and tourist hubs in the Khumbu region. There are big hotels, restaurants, bakery, super market, banks etc. 

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

You spend one extra day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize your body with thin air and elevation. After breakfast, your guide will lead the trail for today's hiking. Everest View Hotel is the highest point of the hike. The trail is rough and offers fantastic views of Mount Ama Dablam and Mount Thamserku. From Hotel Everest View, you 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

You leave Namche Bazaar after the breakfast. First, you have a short climb then the trail goes mostly flat to Kyanjuma. The trail offers spectacular views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Ama Dablam and Mt. Thamserku. From Kyanjuma, it's a gentle downhill walk up to Phunki Thagna.

From here, the trail gradually ascends to Tengboche village. You get to visit the Tengboche monastery after checking in the guest house. Tengboche monastery is the biggest and most active monastery in the Khumbu region. The view of Mt. Ama Dablam is especially stunning from this village. You can also see the sunrise and sunset view on Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks. 

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

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

Descend to the Imja Khola and cross a bridge before ascending a steep trail to Pangboche village. The trail goes mostly gradually through an alpine meadow to Dingboche village via Somare (lunch break). Today, you will be over the treeline and can feel the shortness of breath. 

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

The trail from Dingboche to Chhukung village is rough and gradual. You walk through stone-walled fields. After walking around for two hours, you reach a place called Bibre, which is a yak herder place. The views of Lhotse and Ama Dablam are significant. Then you walk beyond the terminal moraine wall and ascend to Chhukung villages. The trail to Chhukung offers a stunning view of Island Peak.

In the afternoon, you can do a short acclimatize hike around Chhukung Valley. You can climb half of the Chhukung Ri to adjust your body for the following day's challenge. The challenge is Kongma La Pass. 

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

You 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. Crossing a small stream behind Chhukung village, you gradually ascend along the landslide area. 

The trail is steeper until you reach a grassy hill. From here, you will enjoy a gentle walk for a while, then again on the steep uphill that leads to a ridge, where a small lake is situated. Further walking, you pass another big lake and ascend to the top of Kongma La. 

The sight from the top of the pass is jaw-dropping and deserves all the hard walk you did to reach the top. From the top, you have to descend to the other side which is not easy. The trail is full of loose boulders, so you have to be extra careful while walking downhill. You get to the bottom of the hill, a little ascend then you have to walk over the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuje. 

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

You 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. You reach Thangma Riju, which offers a 360-degree panorama of mountains. 

The trail keeps ascending and descending through the rocky path to Gorak Shep. You drop your belongings in the guest house, have lunch and prepare yourself with water and an energy bar to meet your goal of reaching Everest Base Camp. It is a rocky trail, going up and down several times to reach Mount Everest Base Camp from Gorak Shep. After meeting your goal, and taking pictures and videos, you return to Gorak Shep for the night. The round trip is 4-5 hours. 

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

You 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, you descend to Gorak Shep and head towards the Lobuche base camp. You walk back the same way to Lobuje, still a little further. The trail is steep and walk on a rough path to the Lobuche Peak Base Camp. You can see the glacier made from Lobuche Peak on the way. Upon reaching the base camp of Lobuche Peak, the crew has already set the tents. You eat dinner cooked by our climbing cook and sleep in the tent.

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

Today, you get one step closer to summit the Lobuche Peak. You have to ascend steeply for 3 to 4 hours to reach the high camp of Lobuje Peak from base camp. 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. You spend the rest of the day relaxing and preparing for the following day. Our climbing guide will teach you the important techniques and also train you at high camp. 

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

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

We have to cross a 45-degree sloped hill before you make it to the summit of Lobuche Peak. The views of the cliffs from the top will be sensational. After you spend some time admiring the views, you descend back to the Lobuche base camp. 

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

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

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following a downhill trail, you descend to Pheriche village via Dughla and walk on rocky terrain. From Pheriche, you walk through terraced fields and rhododendron forests to Tengboche village via Pangboche village. 

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

You descend to Punki Thagna then cross the Dudh Koshi and ascend to Kyanjuma village through the pine forest. The trail leads gradual to Namche bazaar and steep downhill to Jorsalle before reaching Manjo village. 

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

From Monjo, the trail goes through lush forests to Phakding. Then you ascend following the Dudh Kosi river to Lukla. Today is the last day of the trek. 

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

You fly to Kathmandu in the early morning from Lukla. After landing at Kathmandu airport, collect the bags and drive to the hotel. Free afternoon. 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

We say goodbye to each other today. Our airport representative will drop you at the airport in a private vehicle. 

  • 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 for Tailor-Made program

Includes

  • All grounded transportation as per itinerary by private car
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast
  • Round flight ticket (Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu) inclusive of domestic airport taxes
  • Three times meals (Breakfast/lunch/dinner) and accommodations during the trekking
  • One highly experienced, English-speaking & friendly trekking guide and required porter including their expenses 
  • One experienced climbing guide for the 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 
  • Local fresh fruit
  • First aid kit
  • Evacuation assistance if needed
  • Government taxes
  • 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 climbing equipment
  • All kinds of hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverage
  • Other expenses not mentioned in Including Section
  • Tipping to field staff (Tipping is not mandatory but expected)

Dates & Price

Date StatusPrice 
Start DateStart: WednesdayJuly 17, 2024End DateEnd: SundayAugust 04, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$2190
Start DateStart: WednesdayJuly 24, 2024End DateEnd: SundayAugust 11, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$2190
Start DateStart: WednesdayJuly 31, 2024End DateEnd: SundayAugust 18, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$2190

These are our fixed departure dates. The trip starting and ending date are the arrival and departure day to/from Kathmandu. The dates and price are specified for joining group. 
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Useful Info

Altitude Sickness during Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek

We take the required acclimatization days on the trail to prevent altitude sickness during the Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp. We do not ascend more than 500 meters while trekking. We make sure that we are keeping ourselves hydrated. This will help us avoid altitude sickness, and rest days will let us adjust to the elevation. The team leader will check the group members' health and use an oximeter to measure the heartbeat and oxygen levels regularly. 

Altitude sickness is also known as acute mountain sickness. It's commonly seen during high-altitude journeys. regardless of all the efforts, if you get symptoms the team leader will give you first aid and take further action as needed.

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

Permit for Lobuche Peak Climbing with EBC Trek

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 Cost:

March to May: USD 250

June to August: USD 70

September to November: USD 125
 

Best Time to do Everest Base Camp Trek with Lobuche Peak Climbing

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 Lobuche Peak Climbing with Trek to Everest Base Camp Route

For last-minute booking of Lobuche peak climbing with Trek to Everest Base Camp Route, we recommend you best talk to our travel consultants because we have to obtain climbing permits and make reservations, and 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 travellers who are fit enough to directly embark on the journey without doing any preparation. Cancelling a last-minute climbing trip may cost you 50% and above money, depending upon the cancellation time. 
 

Travel Tips about Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek

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, sandwiches, 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 a 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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