Lobuche: There are two distinct summits to Lobuje Peak - Lobuje East (6119m/20070ft) and Lobuje West (6145m/20161ft). Lobuje is an attractive summit, offering a variety of existing routes and a wide scope for new lines. Seen from near Pheriche, the dark triangle of its rocky East Face rises above the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier to an icy skyline. This skyline forms the South Ridge, the junction of the East Face with the glaciated South-West Face and the line of the normal route of ascent. This in turn leads to the summit ridge running northwest from the top of East Face through several small summits to the East Peak. Lobuche East is the hardest of the trekking peaks that commercial groups attempt. In the Everest Region (Khumbu) only Kwangde and Kusum Kangru are more difficult. The main peak of Lobuche is Lobuche West and is not included in the trekking peak permit. Therefore for a legal climb to Lobuche West (Main Peak) an Expedition Peak Permit is required which is considerably more expensive. Now follows a description of Lobuche East (20075ft, 6119m 27 58 08N, 86 47 04S).Good conditions and a dawn or pre-dawn start is recommended. The average gradient for the entire climb is not steep, but there are areas of messy seracs that require two axes, front pointing and belaying. The ridge route is sometimes easier. Many climbers who take this approach stop at the top of the ridge, thinking this is the summit of Lobuche East. But infact a continuation on the knife-edged ridge is needed (roped!) to reach the true summit.
:: Day to Day Itinerary ::
Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing and preparations
Day 3 : Fly to Lukla (2840m), trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 5 : Rest and acclimatision day in Namche Bazaar
Day 6 : Trek to Tengboche (3867m)
Day 7 : Trek to Dingboche (4350m)
Day 8 : Rest and acclimatisation day in Dingboche (4350m)
Day 9 : Trek to Dzonghla (4830m)
Day 10-12 : Trek to Lobuje Base Camp.
Day 13-16 : Climbing Lobuje, an extra day is included in case of poor weather
Day 17-18 : Return to Lukla
Day 19 : Fly to Kathmandu Free time in Kathmandu
Day 20 : Fly back home
Day 21 : Departure
:: What Is Included ::
* Arrival Pick up and drop off for departure
* Accommodation in Kathmandu as per above program
* All meals as specified for trek in Camp and Tea House
* All internal local transport as per the itinerary.
* Internal flights as per itinerary.
* All trekking arrangements including permits, government taxes and agency service charge
* Accommodation in twin sharing Tent or local lodges
* Trekking guide & porter (salary, insurance, food, accommodation & other allowances).
* Necessary climbing gears
* Basic first aid kit is carried by your leader.
* Farewell dinner after the trip
:: What Is Not Included ::
* Insurance must have which cover your rescue cost,
* Plastic boot hire
* Kathmandu food lunch & dinner,
* Personal expenditure,
* all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, mineral water, Hot water, snacks,
* We recommend you bring water purifier & neutralizer tablets to reduce your cost of traveling & to help you be a more environmentally friendly traveler etc.
* Porter, Guide & other tips.
* Personal clothing & equipment.
* Travel insurance.
* Optional trips. Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond Namaste Adventurte control.
* Anything else not specified in the ‘included costs’ section above
:: Meals ::
We provide all camping equipment and gear, including tents, dining, toilet, and Kitchen tents. At base camp we have a large mess tent equipped with all necessary kitchen gadgets including stoves, tables and chairs. Meals are prepared by our trained and experienced cooks. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Please let us know if you have any special food requirements.We offer all varieties of food including continental and local Nepali/Tibetan items. Breakfast includes porridge, egg, bread, etc. Some of the items in the lunch include rice, lentils, beans, green vegetables, chapattis, bread, and tinned meat and fish items. Fresh or tinned fruit and tea or coffees make the desserts. For the main meal, you can choose your own menu - either local or western varieties. Local varieties include from the local Dal Bhat, yak stew, momo to the western burghers, pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas.
:: Health and Experience Requirements ::
Our Lobuje Peak expeditions are led by professional and experienced mountaineers and guides supported by other crew members and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. The climbers need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes and prior experience on rock and ice climbing especially above 6,000 m. A high standard of physical and mental fitness is also necessary for the climb.
:: Travel Insurance ::
It is a condition upon joining any of Namaste Adventure's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance. For more information
:: Equipment and Packing List ::
While packing for Island Peak certain equipments are essential. Please Click here for this trip's comprehensive checklist.
:: Trekking Day ::
You will be experiencing the ‘early to bed and early to rise’ schedule. A typical trekking day starts at around 6 or 7 am. Enjoy the hearty breakfast and begin trekking. Carry your pack containing personal items you need for the day. The porters and yaks carry all the loads. Walk at your own pace, enjoy the scenery, chat with the natives, and take photographs. The lunch time depends upon the terrain and is prepared by our catering team. Generally you stop for lunch after about 4 hours of walking. The lunch hour also helps in acclimatization. The aim would be to reach next stop by the sunset. After reaching the overnight stay point, check in to rooms then you relax with a cup of tea or coffee. If time permit take a pleasure walk around.
:: Climbing Day ::
The climbing itinerary may vary according to the climber’s personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch rest and relax, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at their own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. We ensure the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.
:: Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements ::
Our expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers and guides who have scaled the mountain several times supported by other crew members and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. Not only in terms of qualification, but we also make it sure that our leaders have proven track of record in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber’s chance of making it to the summit without compromising the safety aspect. Our expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including acute mountain sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crew members are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.
:: Team Composition ::
Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. We observe high safety standards, therefore, for 2 International Climbers, we assign:
* HGT Accredited Climbing Leader
* Base Camp Assistance and other necessary trek crew such Porters, Yaks and Yak man
* Because of our high safety standards, team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.
:: Best Season ::
Most of the Ice Climbing to Lobuje East are operated during the pre and post monsoon seasons. However, we also operate the expedition in early winter.