Lobuche Peak Climbing

Lobuche East PeakLobuche Peak is Nepal Himalayas peak, which lies close to Khumbu Glacier. It consists of two different summits Lobuche Far East (6,119m) and Lobuche West (6,145m). A continuous ridge connects them but there is still a sharp gap and a considerable distance between them. The Far East Peak is recognized as a trekking peak, whereas the West is known as an Expedition Peak. Lobuje being an attractive mountain offers various existing routes and also a potential for new ones. The dark triangle of its rocky Far East face rises over the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier to a spectacular skyline, forming the south ridge. Lobuche Far East is reached by descending a marked notch and climbing steep snowy slopes to the top. On most occasions, the mountain is climbed on the summit ridge only as far as a subsidiary snow summit, south-east of the true peak and before the notch. This peak is identified as the false peak. Laurence Nielson and Ang Gyalzen Sherpa made the first ascent to Lobuche East on 25 April 1984 although there are possibilities that others have reached the summit before. But no records are available.

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Name of Peak Climbing : 

Lobuche Peak Climbing

Elevation: 

6,119 m (20,075 ft) 

Location: 

Khumbu

Range: 

Khumbu Himal

Co-ordinate: 

27°57′34.2″N 86°47′23.8″E

Easiest Route: 

Scramble/Rock/Snow Climb

Season : 

Spring & Autumn

Transportation : 

Domestic Fly

Duration : 

23 Days

Entry Point: 

Lukla

Exit Point:  

Lukla

Walking hours per day: 

5 to 7 hours

Group Size: 

6 - 12 Persons

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m). Arrive at Kathmandu where we are met and transferred to our hotel. In the evening we will conduct a briefing session.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley on a Private vehicle

  • SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA also known as the monkey temple, is climbed by a long set of steps and has great views of Kathmandu.
  • BOUDHANATH STUPA has many traditional Gompas hung with strings of multi-coloured prayer flags; it attracts many Sherpas and Tibetans for the circumambulations of the stupa (koras).
  • PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE is a Hindu temple with burning Ghats on the banks of the Bagmati River
  • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE is the palace of the Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city, surrounded with spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries.


Day 03: By Domestic Plane: KATHMANDU – LUKLA (2850m). Trek to PHAKDING (2650m, 3hrs)
Your day begins early as you head for Kathmandu airport to catch to Lukla flight. Assuming the flight departs without much delay, you will have fine weather with stunning views of Himalayan peaks. The trail leaves Lukla through a Kani or gateway. Soon you are walking down gently descending trails, past rolling farmlands that extends over what seems to be a wide promontory overlooking the canyon of the Dudh Koshi River. The snow peak at the head of the valley is Kumbila (5,716m), the mountain sacred to the Sherpas. On the way to Phakding, you will notice a huge boulder printed with Tibetan religious mantras (mostly; Om Mani Padme Hum). About 3 hours walk, you will be in Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 04: PHAKDING – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3450m, 5hrs).
We continue north following the Dudh Koshi river and on to Jorsale where we enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the lmja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Koshi) followed by a steep climb (for about 2hrs.) to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading center with a weekly Saturday market. Distance: 10.5km/6.5miles approximately 5 hours walks.

Day 05: Acclimatization day in NAMCHE.
This is your day for acclimatization and rest. Acclimatizing here is particularly important for the onward trek, when you begin gaining altitude quickly.

  • Hike to Syangboche (3,760m, 3hrs) the Everest view point

Day 06: NAMCHE BAZAAR – PHORTSE TENGA (3640m).
A very spectacular day in terms of scenery. The main trail out of Namche heads north to Everest. Following this trail, a short climb to a crest reveals a wonderful view towards Everest and Lhotse, whilst nearer at hand our route is a Yak trail, contouring around the hillside. The way to Gokyo is via Phortse Tenga and follows this main trail for a while longer, passing many traders selling Tibetan handicraft, to a crossroads high above the Dudh Koshi (Milk River). The main trail to Everest drops down the hill to Phunki Thanga, whereas our trail climbs to cross the Mon La to reach Phortse Tenga. The Nepal Kingdom Foundation is involved with various projects in this area. An extra night is spent here to see how the community lives and also to further acclimatize.

Day 07: PHORTSE – MACHHERMO (4410m, 5hrs). 
From Phortse Tenga we climb steadily along the side of the valley, Rhododendron forests giving way to scrub juniper as altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements (yersa), used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu while back down the valley are the peaks of Khantega and Thamserku, both over 21,500ft. / 7481m.

Day 08: MACHHERMO – GOKYO LAKE (4750m, 4hrs).
The trail climbs steeply after Machhermo, ascending a spur that it rounds and then carries on along the slope to reach Pangka (4550m) and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the ablation valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path that heads across the glacier to the Cho La. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its east shore is the summer settlement of Gokyo (4,791m). Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. There are several dwellings, including two lodges that boast solar shower and heating.

Day 09: Excursion to GOKYO RI (5357m).
We leave camp just after first light, crossing the ablation valley and following a Zig zag path up the hillside. As we climb, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into view. From the summit of Gokyo Ri we have one of the finest views of Everest to be had in the Khumbu. Some say it is a finer view than that from Kalapathar, but you will be able to judge for yourself. For those who still have some energy, there are more good views to be had by dropping back down to the main path and following it north to the fourth and fifth of the Gokyo lakes, the latter being about three hours from Gokyo.

Day 10: GOKYO – THAKNAK (4750m, 3hrs)
Today, we are on the trail to Thaknak. Thaknak is also sometimes pronounced as Dragnag. We climb out of Gokyo village to a ridge. Then, we take the route through the Ngozumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Continuing further and traversing along the edge of that mountain, we descend down to Thaknak. On the trek, we enjoy the magnificent views of Cho Oyu, Gokyo Ri, and other high Himalayas.

Day 11: THAKNAK – CHO LA. Trek to DZONGLA (4830m, 7hrs)
Today, we trek to the Cho La Pass. Cho La pass is also another show up of this trip. Today is going to be one of the toughest days. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. So, we climb up continuously up from Phedi. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below.

Day 12: DZONGLA – LOBUCHE (4940m, 4hrs)
Today, we head for Lobuche. We climb down from Dzongla. Upon crossing a bridge, we transverse through grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge. The mountains of Ama Dablam, Khangtega, Thamserku Taboche are seen looming prominently. Curving round through the wide gravelly river bed, we reach Lobuche.

Day 13: Hike to EVEREST BASE CAMP (5364m). Overnight at GORAKSHEP (5,160m)
Today is a challenging day but will no doubt be very rewarding and the highlight of the trek. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kalapathar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Further, there is always the potential of chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kalapathar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding viewpoints to snap pictures. After 2 hours of ascent, we will be Kalapathar. From this juncture, we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kalapathar where our eyes rook taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can and take the in view with our mind's eye to last lifetime.

Day 14: Hike to KALA PATTHAR (5545m). Trek to Lobuche (4940m, 5hrs)
After a light lunch we will set off to walk to Everest Base Camp which is approximately 4 to 5 hour return trek back to Gorakshep where we sleep tonight. After crossing the sandy flat at Gorakshep the trail climbs onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier and ascends the side of the glacier for two hours before finally descending onto rocky glacial moraine. The trail then winds up and down and through fascinating ice sera’s to Everest Base Camp where there are fantastic close up views of the Khumbu ice fall. In spring season this Base Camp will be packed with many nationalities attempting to climb Everest. After a short stop we will retrace our trail back to Gorakshep. On being back to Gorakshep and continue to walk to Lobuche of 2 hours walking.

Day 15: LOBUCHE – LOBUCHE BASE CAMP (4865m, 3hrs)
Today, we begin our trek from Lobuche toward the Lobuche Base Camp. After walking some distance on relatively flatter plane, the path to the Lobuche Base Camp gets steeper and rocky. Since, we will be trekking toward somewhat lower altitude today, you may it find it easier for your body. Move forward along the Lobuche Glacier, while enjoying the great views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokhalde, Thamserku, Khantenga etc. After reaching the Lobuche Base Camp, take rest for some time and make necessary preparation for the summit. After lunch, our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gears such as ice axe, climbing boot, harness, jummer, and how to go up and down using ropes.  There will be training on how to fix the ropes, climbing technique, and about the knot and gears. Some training experience would certainly boost up your confidence and climbing skills thus increasing the chances of scaling the summit as well as fully enjoy the experience.

Day 16: LOBUCHE BASE CAMP – LOBUCHE HIGH CAMP (5,600m, 4 hrs)
Today, after breakfast we make a hike from Lobuche Base Camp to the Lobuche High Camp. The climb takes for about 4 hours. The High camp is located at 5,600m/18,368 ft. From Base Camp, we hike on a rocky moraine path to reach the high camp. Upon reaching the high camp, we set up our camp, take lunch and rest. You can also walk around for some time that would also help in acclimatization.

Day 17: HIGHT CAMP – LOBUCHE PEAK (6,119m). Cack to BASE CAMP (7-9hrs)
Today is our cherished day for the summit. We start early in the morning for the summit endeavor. Lobuche east offers more panoramic views of the mountains those other popular peaks such as Island Peak. Once upon the Lobuche summit, you would enjoy magnifiscently panoramic 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.

Day 18: LOBUCHE BASE CAMP – PANGOBCHE (3930m, 7 hrs)
After taking our morning breakfast, we trek downhill from Lobuche Base Camp and join the Everest Base Camp route at Lobuche again. We take our lunch at Lobuche. From Lobuche we again retrace our path to Pheriche. On the way to Pheriche, enjoy the magnificent views of Mt. Amadablam in the distance. From Pheriche, we continue to Pangboche. Some of the other peaks that you would enjoy include Pokhalde, Thamserku, Kantenga among others. We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. Upon reaching Pangboche you may also consider visiting the famous Pangoche Monastery.

Day 19: PANGBOCHE – NAMCHE (6hrs)
We continue to follow the river and after crossing, climb up through birch and rhododendron forest to the ridge where Tengboche ("Great High Place") sits magnificently. This site is the spiritual and social centre for the people of the surrounding area. From here are marvellous views of most of the giant peaks in the area. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Koshi at Phunki where there are water driven prayer wheels, then climb and contour around the hillside to Namche

Day 20: NAMCHE BAZAAR – LUKLA (2,850m).
From Namche Bazaar the trail descends steeply to the village of Jorsale. Passing the villages of Phakding (2640m) and Choplung, we reach Chaunri Kharka and the trail that cuts up to the airstrip at Lukla. We will camp on the lawn of a lodge at Lukla.

Day 21: By domestic Flight: LUKLA – KATHMANDU and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu.
Take flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla after a breakfast. But the flight is depend upon the weather condition and need to wait till evening. Transfer to hotel in Kathmandu and free afternoon.

Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 23: Departure

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Service Includes

  • Completely lodging Treks (During trekking period) and camping trek (during peak climbing period) on an AP plan i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner and rooms in the lodge.
  • 4 Nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB Plan (Bed & Breakfast)
  • Airport pick up/drops on private vehicles
  • Climbing permit of Lobuche peak
  • Sagarmatha National park entrance fee
  • All government taxes and official charges.
  • Airfare: Kathmandu to Lukla & Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Climbing equipment & allowance for a climbing Guide
  • Climbing equipment: Ropes (Main & dynamic), Ice screw, Rock  piton, snow shovel and Snow bar
  • High altitude Tents, High altitude food and Cooking pot and gas stove.
  • English speaking Trekking / Mountain Guide and  Porters
  • Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs
  • Welcome dinner

Service Excludes

  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Rescue/ emergence and insurance cost 
  • Beverage, hard drinks and alcohol
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses. 

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CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Chitwan National Park is a popular destination for visitors wanting to have a good experience of the region’s wildlife which covers 932 sq. km. in the flat lowland region of southern Nepal. It is one of the most important sub-tropical parks of Nepal with endangered Royal Bengal tiger, Greater One-horned rhinoceros, Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica), Wild Asian elephant, Gaur, Golden Monitor lizard, Gharial crocodile and many more. It has 6 premier jungle resorts scattered inside its boundaries. The falling rhino (less than 200) and tiger (less than 30) populations in the present park region, focused attention on the Chitwan region and in 1963 the southern two-thirds of the park were declared rhino sanctuary. Since 1963 wildlife populations and ecosystems have been rebounding. In 1973 Chitwan became Nepal's first National Park. The relatively pristine state of the modern park and its unique ecosystems prompted UNESCO to declare the park a World Heritage site in 1984.

KOSHI TAPPU WILDLIFE RESERVE
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the flood plains of the Koshi River. The rectangular - shaped Reserve is contained within the east and west embankments of the Koshi Barrage. Established in 1976, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is 175 square kilometers of wildlife refuge and wetlands habitat. It is located in Eastern Nepal and can be accessed from the Mehendra Highway. The reserve is also home to the water buffalo, deer, nilgai, mugger crocodile, Ganges River Dolphin (also called the Gangetic Dolphin), and over 280 species of birds. In additional to wildlife, the Reserve also protects a substantial part of the Sapta Koshi, (a tributary of the Ganges River) flood plain. In 1987, it was declared a Ramsar site.

WHITE WATER RAFTING
Nepal is blessed with some of the wildest and most spectacular rivers in the world. It’s a wonderful way to experience Nepal’s natural and ethic-cultural heritage. The combination of beautiful mountain scenery, exhilarating white water rapids, warm water and fascinating cultural opportunities make Nepal one of the premier places to go White water rafting.  Rivers here are regarded as goddess, which are included in a number of Hindu and Buddhist religious rituals. Many can be witnessed during a rafting adventure. Adjoining slopes often harbor dense vegetation and interesting wildlife with many species of fish. Rafting in Nepal is a thrill of running white water rapids combining many outdoor adventures into one holiday. The best time for rafting in Nepal is usually March to June and September to early December

    1. Trishuli River (Rafting trip for 1 to 3 Days)
    2. Seti River (Rafting trip 2 Days)
    3. Bhote Koshi River (Rafting trip for 2 Days)
    4. Kali Gandaki River (Rafting trip for 3 Days)
    5. Marshyadi River (Rafting / Kayaking trip for 4 Days)
    6. Sun Koshi River (Rafting trip for 7 to 9 Days)
    7. Arun River (Rafting adventure for 9 Days)
    8. Karnali River (Whitewater Rafting trip for 10 Days)
    9. Tamur River (Rafting adventure for 10 Days)

 
ROCK CLIMBING
Rock climbing is a sport in which participants climb up or across natural rock formations or man-made rock walls. The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route. Rock climbing is similar to scrambling (another activity involving the scaling of hills and similar formations), but climbing is generally differentiated because of the use of hands to support the climber's weight as well as to provide balance. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialized climbing equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes. Because of the wide range and variety of rock formations around the world, rock climbing has been separated into several different styles and sub-disciplines that are described below.

MOUNTAIN FLIGHT
We recommend a mountain flight for travelers that want to be in the camera range of the highest peaks in the world. . In just a short time, you will be experiencing the Himalayas at such close range it will seem as though you could reach out and touch them. You will have a panoramic encounter with the highest majestic Mountains on earth. Cruising this close to the awe-inspiring massifs of rock and ice is a cut-of-this-world experience. You can enjoy a seemingly endless chain of snowcapped peaks as you fly above clouds, over glaciers and lakes, rivers and gorges from window. The clear, non-tinted window offers a great opportunity to experience and photograph the aerial view of the many mountains along with the Kathmandu valley.