Lobuche Peak Climbing

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calendar   Apr 23, 2017 - May 11, 2017 tag   $2,449 member   8 Book Now
The superb views from Mt. Lobuche make it one of the the most quintessentially-popular 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 acclimative for the thin air atop Lobuche! Altitude sickness is something we strive to avoid, and our carefully-crafted itinerary is designed for optimal adjustment. En route, we'll climb the "black rock" of Kala Patthar, and experience a jaw-dropping Himalayan panorama.

Of course, it's as much about the journey as the destination. Our trek will bring us through charming Sherpa villages, where you'll experience a taste of how humans survive some of the most inhospitable homesteads on Earth, and learn that hospitality truly claims no language. Your photographs will be stunning, and your memories will be amazing.

    What's Included?

  • All airport transfers from arrival to departure
  • Four nights' 3 or 4 star lodging in Kathmandu
  • 14 day trek, all accommodations and meals included
  • Round-trip flight between Kathmandu and Lukla
  • 10kg baggage allowance in flight and during trekking
  • English-speaking, government-licensed Sherpa guide
  • Porter service
  • All applicable trekking and climbing permits
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Government taxes, entrance fee, equipment fee, and other applicable fees
  • First aid kit
  • Trip Certificate
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Himalayan Wonders T-shirt
 
* Lukla Flight Delays (read more)
* Travel Insurance is required on all Treks (read more)
* No Extra Fees for Solo Travelers (read more)

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: Free Day

You'll have a full day in Kathmandu to do any last-minute preparation for your big trip. Just about any manner of trekking and/or climbing gear can be purchased in the city, so there's no need to fret about any oversights on your packing list. Buy some souvenirs, sample the local cuisine, and get a feel for the earthy, spiritual vibe. We'll hold a briefing in the evening during which you can ask any final questions.

Day 3 - Kathmandu to Lukla, Lukla to Phakding

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 4 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar

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 5 - 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 6 - Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

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. Feel free to leave a donation for the monks if you wish.

Day 7 - Tengboche to Pheriche

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 8 - Pheriche to Lobuche

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 9 - Lobuche to Kala Patthar via Gorak Shep, 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 10 - Gorak Shep to EBC, EBC to Gorak Shep

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 Gorekshep for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling and busy day.

Day 11 - Gorak Shep to Lobuche Base Camp

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 12 - 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 13 - Summit Lobuche East, 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, then we'll trek back down to camp.

Day 14 - Lobuche Base Camp to Dingboche

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 15 - Dingboche to Namche Bazaar

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 16 - Namche Bazaar to Lukla

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 17 - 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 18 - Kathmandu: Sightseeing Day

Another free day in Kathmandu! This time, we can't wait to show you around town. We'll be touring several of Kathmandu's lauded UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath - and then treating you to some of the best Nepalese food in town as we celebrate our journey and prepare to say goodbye. We also would love at this time to hear your feedback!

Day 19 - Kathmandu: Departure Day

Our journey has come to an end, but we hope your memories of Nepal and the staff of Himalayan Wonders will last a lifetime! It’s our pleasure to transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home, or to simply bid a fond farewell as you move on to other activities.

Travel Insurance

Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers up to 6000m. We usually suggest World Nomads which costs around $125. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.

Flight Delays in Lukla/Kathmandu

The flight between Kathmandu and Lukla where the trek starts is generally reliable but if the weather is bad all flights will be canceled for the day. In the event the flight is cancelled we will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter but you are responsible for the extra costs in this event which can range from $150 to $500 or more depending on the number of people on the flight.

We schedule one extra day into the trek already as a buffer day in case of delays but as flights can at times be delayed for several days we suggest you add a couple of extra days at the end of your trip in case of any delays. Extra days should always be scheduled at the end of the trip and not the start.

    Extra Costs and Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa ($40 USD).
  • Sleeping Bag Rental $12 and Down Jacket $12 if needed.
  • All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu.
  • We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek - Plan on a at least $80 (more will be appreciated).
  • We don't include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
  • The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $4 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour.
  • Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($30/night) and meals in Kathmandu for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.


Solo Travelers

We generally don’t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.

If you are a solo travelers and planning and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Cancellation Policies

We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight between Kathmandu and Lukla your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.

    Climbing

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Screw gate
  • Descended abseil device
  • Prussic loops
  • Plastic mountaineering boot


    Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch


    Upper Body

  • Cotton t-shirts or thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket


    Lower Body

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants


    Feet

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots


    Hands

  • Gloves


    Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
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FAQ

The basics

What is trekking peak?

Trekking Peaks are the mountain which can be approached in a day to the summit from their base camp including return to the basecamp. Trekking peaks are generally between 5000m to below 7000m. The climbing permits for these peaks can be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). These peaks are also called NMA Trekking Peaks.

What are physical fitness criteria to climb a peak in Nepal?

To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to peak elevation and route difficulty and length.

Who can go?

I have never climbed before. Can I go for peak climbing?

There is always first time for everything including peak climbing. There are non-technical peaks, which can be climbed safely by a fit trekker and even slightly technical peaks can be attempted by a novice climber with a professional climbing guide.

Who can climb a peak?

There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit and anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt a peak climbing. Climbing difficulty varies for different mountains and routes. Non-technical climbs can be attempted by a fit trekker with little or no climbing experience. For technical climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience.

Is there any age limit for trekking Peaks Climbing?

Children below 18 are Restricted for Peak Climbing in Nepal. Is this incorrect?

Preparation

What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?

Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining for the days you are trekking is your responsibility. We suggest World Nomads as it covers Helicopter and medical evacuation up to 6000m. Some standard policies only cover up to 4000 meters for evacuation so please confirm with your insurance company if you purchase it from another company. If you get to Nepal and don't have insurance already we can help you purchase it for a reasonable price before you start the trek.

What is climbing permit?

Climbing Permit for trekking peaks is a legal document issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Associationauthorizing the climber to attempt the climb on designated peak or route. Attempting a climb without permit is illegal.

Do I need climbing permit?

Yes climbing permits are required to climb any peak above 5000m and it is illegal to do so without a climbing permit.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes the rescue insurance is required while climbing.

Which is the best season for peak climbing?

In general August to November and March to May are two climbing seasons in Nepal.

Do I need to join in a climbing group?

There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group however climbing solo is an unsafe practice. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes.

About the trek

How much time is generally required for trekking peak?

It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of trekking peaksrequire one or two days to summit from the basecamp. The access time varies also and depends on peak location and peak elevation.

How difficult are the trekking peaks?

It depends on the Trekking Peak. There is a variety of peaks available ranging from non-technical through easy technical to difficult and very difficult technical routes.

Room and board

What are the sources of drinking water supply during Peak Climbing?

On most of treks bottled water is available. There are also purified filtered water stations in many lodges. The boiled water will be also available in the lodges and from the camp kitchen.

Where do we eat our meals?

On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with continental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available. In the basecamp your Sherpa guide will prepare meals for you from instant dry meals.

Health and safety

What problems can arise on altitude?

At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.

Practical matters

What happens if the flight from Lukla or Kathmandu is delayed?

The flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are generally reliable but if the weather is not good they can be canceled for the entire day. Our 14 day package includes one buffer day in case of delays but we suggest that you schedule a couple of extra additional days in case of delays at the end of your trek. If your flight is delayed in Kathmandu we will rebook your flight for the next day. We may also be able to provide an option for a privately chartered helicopter. If you choose to take the helicopter this can cost an additional $150 to $500 or more depending on availability and group size. Extra hotel nights ($30) and meals in Kathmandu are not included when flights are delayed although we will make arrangements for you. If your flight is delayed in Lukla we will provide the accommodation and meals in the cost.

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.

What type of shoes or boots should I wear?

You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths. On snow routes you will also require crampons, climbing harness and on many climbs the iceaxe.

What is the cost of Peak Climbing?

The cost depends on peak you wish to climb and the number of climbers in the group. The cost of the climb consists of trekking cost, transportation costs (airfare or surface transportation), equipment and staff requirements, climbing duration and permit costs. Please consult us.

Do you have any extra charges for solo travelers?

We generally don't charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request. If you are going solo and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

Its sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we can not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

What is your cancellation policy? How about other terms and conditions?

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