About Lobuche East Peak Climbing
Lobuche East Peak, 6119m is an exciting and challenging way to extend the Classic Everest Base Camp Trekking with a beautiful climb in the center of Khumbu valley. Though not quite as high as Island peak (6189m), Lobuche East Peak Climbing is technically more challenging. Lobuche Peak is a genuine mountaineering experience which requires a basic knowledge of rock and ice climbing techniques at high altitude.
Lobuche East 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 Mount 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 different and more difficult peak. The popular route to Lobuche East is from the south ridge. Our Lobuche East Peak Climbing starts with the Everest Base Camp Trekking, which in itself is a splendid trekking trail through beautiful forests, Sherpa villages and monasteries with endless great views of the Khumbu Mountains. Proper acclimatization is important for Lobuche East Peak Climbing and trekking the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar first provides the perfect preparation to continue on a carefully paced climb of Lobuche East 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. 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. We get superb views of Amadablam, Cholaste, Thamserku, Kantega Peak and Tawache Peak on the way.
To reach the summit fromHigh Camp, we cross over steep stone slabs which may be covered with ice and snow. To reach the proper summit ridge, we have to ascend 50m on a 45 degree snow wall. We use fixed ropes. 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 summit. From the summit, we acknowledge an incredible view of the some of the greatest mountains on earth.
The best season for Lobuche East Peak Climbing is from March to May (Spring) and from September to November (Autumn). However, the winter is also a great time to climb if you are well prepared for the cold weather. In the crisp and cold month of December, the views of mountains are crystal clear and there are fewer tourists around. The duration of the Lobuche East Peak Climbing can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition will arrange every detail of your Lobuche East Expedition; lodge accommodation, guides, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.
Check out our Three Peaks in Everest Region 27 Days Expedition in the Himalaya of Nepal. Climbing Lobuche East, Pokalde and Island Peak is definitely a lifetime experience.
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