Lobuche Peak Climbing (6119m):
The superb views from Mt. Lobuche make it one of the most Famous Himalayan treks, despite its difficulty level being a bit more challenging than that of nearby Island Peak. From the summit, you'll be able to gaze out at mighty Everest, as well as several peaks on the Tibetan side of the Rongbuk. It's an experience you'll treasure for a lifetime.
We gear up for the Lobuche summit push with a stop at the Everest Base Camp. Here, you'll get a feel for mountain life and a lesson on climbing. Our bodies will also acclimatize for the thin air atop Lobuche! Altitude sickness is something we strive to avoid, and our carefully-crafted itinerary is designed for optimal adjustment. We’ll climb the "black rock" of Kala Patthar, and experience a jaw-dropping Himalayan panorama.
Elevation: 6,119m (20,062ft) above sea level
Location: Khumbu Region
First Ascent: Laurice Nielson and Ang Gyalzen Sherpa; 25 April 1984
Climbing Season: Spring (April, May) and autumn (October, November)
Expedition Duration: 17 Days (Typically)
Climbing Duration: 2 Days (Typically)
Group Size: 02-10 Pax
DAY 1 - KATHMANDU: ARRIVAL DAY
Welcome to Nepal! You've landed in Kathmandu, the historic and beautiful capital city. We'll be waiting for you at the airport, and will transfer you to your hotel. Take some time to get your bearings and rest, as you have an epic adventure ahead of you!
DAY 2 - KATHMANDU TO LUKLA, LUKLA TO PHAKDING (2600M)
We'll board a small plane in the morning for the short flight to Lukla, the departure point for our trek. This is where you meet your trekking guide and porters! It's an exciting moment. The adventure officially begins as we take off on foot for the four-hour walk to Phakding. The trekking is easy and the ground smooth as we follow the Dudh Koshi River. We'll overnight in Phakding, a major stopping point for Himalayan trekkers going in all directions.
DAY 3 - PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M)
Khumbu villages splashed with brightly-colored prayer flags dot the way to Namche Bazaar, the largest of the Sherpa villages. Keep your eyes open for mani stones! It's a six hour hike today, still trailing the Dudh Koshi, and crossing it periodically over precipitous suspension bridges!
DAY 4 - NAMCHE BAZAAR: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
Today's a day for rest. We believe in gradual acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness, and so today we stop over in Namche Bazaar. The intrepid can opt for a two-hour hike to the famous Everest View, which will help you acclimate and show off some majestic mountain views! By itself, Namche is full of interest. Check out the museum dedicated to Sherpa history and the people's role in helping trekkers - there is a whole exhibit dedicated to Hilary. Do some shopping, and meet the locals.
DAY 5 - NAMCHE BAZAAR TO TENGBOCHE (3875M)
The trekking definitely gets tougher at this point, but the rewards are rich, too. Our path today gifts us with our first views of the Himalayan peaks in their glory: Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde. Our stopping point, Tengboche, is known as one of the most gorgeous spots anywhere in the Himalayas. We'll arrive in time to visit the important Buddhist monastery here.
DAY 6 - TENGBOCHE TO PHERICHE (4320M)
The ground grows steeper and the air thinner as we trek towards Pheriche, with mesmerizing views of Lhotse and Ama Dablam to distract us. The hospital in Pheriche run by the Himalayan Trekking Association has long been a critical resource for trekkers who become sick or injured, and learning about the hospital's history is a treat.
DAY 7 - PHERICHE TO LOBUCHE (4900M)
The next part of our adventure brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with amazing views. Take a moment to eye up Mt. Lobuche – we'll be touching the summit within a week! Prepare to snuggle up for a cold night, as we are now almost three miles above sea level and the evenings can be downright chilly!
DAY 8 - LOBUCHE TO KALA PATTHAR (5545M) VIA GORAK SHEP (5180M), KALA PATTHAR TO GORAK SHEP
The first part of our day involves the five hour trek from Lobuche to Kala Patthar, a lesser mountain whose name means "black rock." Kala Patthar's claim to fame is an uninterrupted view of Everest from base camp to peak, a sight that can't be enjoyed from the EBC. We'll then hike back down to Gorak Shep, through which we passed on our ascent, for rest and lodging.
DAY 9 - GORAK SHEP TO EBC (5364M), EBC TO GORAK SHEP (5180M)
The trail to Everest Base Camp is a difficult one, involving rocky dunes and moraine, formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to our destination, we'll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and icefall, located on the slopes of Everest. At the Base Camp, our goal, you'll have the chance (during the spring climbing season) to meet climbers attempting to scale the mountain’s summit. Break out your cameras for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty. As the afternoon sun starts to wane, we’ll head back to Gorakshep for some much-needed rest and relax after a grueling and busy day.
DAY 10 - GORAK SHEP TO LOBUCHE BASE CAMP (4940M)
It's a five hour trek to the Lobuche Base Camp (LBC). The rocky moraine is steep and unforgiving, and you might think your hard work is over once we get to the LBC. We still have climbing training, however!
DAY 11 - LOBUCHE BASE CAMP: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
We have another acclimatization day planned today, along with additional climbing training to prepare you for our summit push tomorrow. Practice thoroughly, and then rest up - we'll awake before the sun tomorrow.
DAY 12 - SUMMIT LOBUCHE EAST (6119m), RETURN TO BASE CAMP
We'll be trekking for ten full hours today in our push to summit Lobuche! The 2am wakeup call is tough, but it will allow us to attain the peak just as the sun is rising, showing off the panoramic views of the Himalayas backlit by the brilliant rays of dawn. Savor the best views to be found from any peak, and take lots of pictures, and then we'll trek back down to camp.
DAY 13 - LOBUCHE BASE CAMP TO DINGBOCHE (4360M)
We finally begin the long road back home as we descend from the LBC towards Dingboche. The trail meets up with the path back from the EBC, making for excellent company!
DAY 14 - DINGBOCHE TO NAMCHE BAZAAR ((3440M)
The path is becoming easier as we trek downhill towards Namche Bazaar, and it's much less work this time around to literally stop and smell the flowers – thick forests of rhododendron and juniper in glorious red and pink bloom.
DAY 15 - NAMCHE BAZAAR TO LUKLA (2800M)
On this, our last day of trekking, we cross the spellbindingly gorgeous Khumbu region of the Himalayan foothills en route to Lukla. It's a seven hour trek today, but the grade is gentle and our walking is easy. Savor these final, seemingly endless moments of fresh, cool air, scenic countryside, and the stone steps beneath your feet - all too soon, it will be over! We'll lodge in Lukla tonight, and you'll have the perfect opportunity to do a bit of farewell partying with your trekking group.
DAY 16 - LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
We're back in the air, only this time going in the opposite direction! We'll hop the 35 minute flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu, leaving ample time to settle in and rest after two solid weeks of trekking.
DAY 17 - KATHMANDU: DEPARTURE DAY
Our journey has come to an end, but we hope your memories of Nepal will last a lifetime! It’s our pleasure to transfer you to the airport in time for your onward flight.
#All airport transfers from arrival to departure
#Round-trip flight between Kathmandu and Lukla
# 10kg baggage allowance in flight and during trekking
# Airport transfers
# English-speaking, government-licensed Sherpa guide
# Porter service
# all applicable trekking and climbing permits
# 2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on B&B plan
# Government taxes, entrance fee, equipment fee, and other applicable fees
# First aid kit
# Trip certificate
# Farewell dinner
# allied Adventure t-shirt