Lobuche Peak Climbing- 20 Days

A climb to Lobuche Peak, 6119m, is an exciting way to extend the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek.  Though not quite as high as Island peak (6189m), Lobuche Peak is technically more challenging.  Lobuche Peak Climb is a genuine mountaineering experience which requires a basic knowledge of climbing techniques.

Lobuche is a favorite because of the exceptional panorama seen from the summit: Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Lobuche,  Ama Dablam, Makalu and notably, a fantastic view of Mt. Everest, which is not visible from Island Peak.  Lobuche consists of several small summits, but ‘Lobuche Peak’ refers to Lobuche East, rather than Lobuche West, which is a difficult expedition peak.  The popular route to Lobuche East is from the south ridge.

The Lobuche Peak Climb starts with the Everest Base Camp Trek, which in itself is a splendid trail through beautiful forests, Sherpa villages and monasteries with endless great views of the Khumbu Mountains.  Proper acclimatization is important for Lobuche Peak, and trekking the Everest Base Camp trail first provides the perfect preparation to continue on a carefully paced climb to Lobuche Peak. 

After reaching Everest Base Camp and the famous Kala Patthar, from where we enjoy the fantastic view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and other mountains, we return to Lobuche village, the trail head for Lobuche Peak Climb.

The trail up the valley from Lobuche becomes increasingly steep and rocky as we near the Lobuche Base Camp, 4950m.  Even from Base Camp we get superb views of Amadablam, Cholaste, Thamserku, Kantega Peak and Tawache Peak.   At Base Camp our guides review the climbing techniques we will need for the summit.  Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is dedicated to your safe and successful expedition to Lobuche Peak.    

From Base Camp, we clamor over steep stone terraces and snowy slopes using fixed ropes to reach the ridge along the southwest face where we set up High Camp, 5600m. 

To reach the summit from High Camp, we cross over steep stone slabs which may be covered with iced/snow. To reach the proper summit ridge, we have to ascend 50m on a 45 degree snow wall.  We use fixed lines. The sharp snowy ridge to the first summit is exposed.  There is a descent which you may need to rappel down before the final sharp ascent to the true summit. From Lobuche Summit we enjoy an incredible view of the greatest mountains in the world.

Lobuche Peak is a perfect objective for the novice climber.

Optional Lobuche  Peak package: Three Peaks in Everest Region – 29 days

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • Includes Kala Pattar,  Everest Base Camp
  • EBC trek provides ample acclimatisation days
  • Technical climb to build mountaineering skills
  • Exceptional view of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam etc from summit

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m

Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3441m

Day 5 : Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar

Day 6 : Trek to Tengbuche, 3860m

Day 7 : Trek to Dingbuche, 4400m

Day 8 : Acclimatization Day- Hiking Chhkung Ri back to Dingbuche

Day 9 : Trek to Lobuche, 4915m

Day 10 : Trek to Gorak Shep and back to EBC (Everest Base Camp), 5363m

Day 11 : Early Morning ascent to Kala Pattar 5545m and descent to Lobuche Base Camp, 4865m

Day 12 : Trek to Lobuche High Camp: 3-4 hrs

Day 13 : Lobuche Peak Summit, 6119m, Summit- Return to Base Camp: 7-9 hrs

Day 14 : Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)

Day 15 : Trek to Tengbuche

Day 16 : Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 17 : Namche Bazzar to Lukla

Day 18 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 19 : Free day Kathmandu

Day 20 : Departure

Click here to read detail day to day itinerary

Cost Include(s)

 

  •     Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  •     Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  •     Accommodation in Kathmandu, four nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) eg. Hotel shakti or Hotel Holy Himalaya
  •     Accommodation during trek; local lodges 12 days (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners, tea, coffee and bed included)
  •     Meals during 3 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  •     All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  •     Experienced English-speaking Sherpa guide; Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder
  •     Porters: 2 persons- One porter basis; max load 30 kg per porter
  •     Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bars
  •     Cook, Climbing guide and necessary porters from Lobuche village – Lobuche Peak Base Camp – Lobuche village
  •     Lobuche Peak East Permit
  •     Equipment Fee for climbing guide
  •     Garbage Deposit 
  •     Sagarmatha National Park fee, TIMS permits and all required permits and official documentation
  •     Personal Insurance for Nepalese staff
  •     Our Service charge
  •     Round Trip Airfare: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathamndu
  •     Local Transportation: Hotel - Airport - Hotel Car; Van, Hi-ace or Tourist bus for
  •     Local Airport Tax 
  •     Personal insurance for Nepalese guide & Porters (staff) 

Cost Exclude(s)

  •     Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, which can be arranged upon your request.
  •     Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal.
  •     Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  •     Emergency Rescue/Evacuation
  •     Trekking Sleeping Bag
  •     Personal Expenses
  •     Tips for guide and support crew (customary)
  •     Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  •     Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  •     Batteries and Telephone calls

Personal Climbing Gear

  •     Crampons
  •     Harness
  •     Ice Axe
  •     2 x Tape slings
  •     2 x Screwgate Karabiners
  •     Descender / Abseil Device (Jumar)
  •     Prussic Loops
  •     Helmet
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
10 December, 2016 29 December, 2016 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
10 March, 2017 29 March, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
22 March, 2017 10 April, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
05 April, 2017 24 April, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
15 April, 2017 04 May, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
21 April, 2017 10 May, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
28 April, 2017 17 May, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
14 May, 2017 02 June, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
25 May, 2017 13 June, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
30 September, 2017 19 October, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
05 October, 2017 24 October, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
19 October, 2017 07 November, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
26 October, 2017 14 November, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
05 November, 2017 24 November, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
12 November, 2017 01 December, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
23 November, 2017 12 December, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
10 December, 2017 29 December, 2017 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
10 March, 2018 29 March, 2018 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
22 March, 2018 10 April, 2018 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
05 April, 2018 24 April, 2018 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
21 April, 2018 10 May, 2018 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
28 April, 2018 17 May, 2018 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
14 May, 2018 02 June, 2018 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now
25 May, 2018 13 June, 2018 $ 2450 Per Person Available Book Now

Lobuche Peak Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion  for Lobuche Peak Climbing . You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip.  Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.

Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.  

 

Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients.  The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg.  That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs).  You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.

Clothing

It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.

 

Climbing Gear

  •        Alpine climbing harness with adjustable leg loops- should fit over clothing
  •        2 locking screw gate carabiners- Large, pear-shaped carabiner  type recommended
  •        3 regular non-locking carabiners- Light weight Black Diamond Hot wire are recommended
  •        Ice axe with leash - Black Diamond, Raven, or Camp
  •        Plastic Mountaineering boots -La Sportiva, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha
  •        Crampons fit to plastic boots
  •        Adjustable trekking poles
  •        Belay\ rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)

 

Upper Body

  •        2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  •       3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  •       1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  •       1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  •       1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  •        1-Down parka with hood

 

Lower Body

  •        2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  •        1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  •       1-Light weight hiking trousers
  •       1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  •       1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  •       Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  •       *Under Garments

 

Feet

  •       4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       *4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  •       2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  •       *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  •       *Spare laces for hiking boots
  •       Snow Gaiters (optional)
  •       Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)

 

Hands

  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves

 

Head

  •         Warm beanie hat
  •        Tubular Headwear (buff)
  •         Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •        Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection

 

 

Accessories:

  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 30’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries


Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items)

  •         *Personal medication
  •         Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  •        Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  •        Rehydration salt sachets
  •        Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •        *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  •        Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  •       *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  •        *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  •       10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  •       4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  •        throat lozenges
  •        Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  •        Small whistle
  •        Diamox (consult your doctor about this)

 

Toiletries/hygiene:

  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  •  Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)

 

Extras/Luxuries:

 

  • *Lightweight reading material
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  •  *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  •  Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  •  *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  •  *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  •  A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter

Why Climb Lobuche Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.

Why Climb with a Sherpa?

Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.

Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.

While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.

To be safe, you dont need shops worth of Karabiners, ice-screws, snow stakes and rock racks- You need a Sherpa guide as a partner, some rope, a few bits of protection, good weather and overriding urge to die of old age.

The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.

Sherpa Support Staff:

Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Logistics:

You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Altitude Advice:

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.

Lobuche Peak Trip Accommodation:

Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package.
Our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti , in Kathmandu, before heading into the remote regions and after returning trip. During the trek, eleven nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses/lodges.

Travel Insurance:

To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.
If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.
If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 20 Days

Price : US $2450 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 3B

Group Size:2 - 12 Persons

Activities:Trekking/ Climbing

Maximum Height:6119m

Transport:By Air

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:ocal lodges 12 days (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners, tea, coffee and bed included)

Camping services:Meals on the climbing period 3 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)

Mountain Energy-supply:Chocolates: Snicker, Mars, Twix and Boundary and Biscuit

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