Trip Duration : 18N / 19D
Peak Climbing Code: STE/PC/03
Trek Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Grade: Arduous - Peak Climbing: AD
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and 3 hygienic and nutritious meals on the trail
Accommodation: Hotel, lodges (tea house) and camping at some areas when making the climb
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
Transportation: Flights and private car or tourist coach
Maximum Altitude: 6119m…this is the altitude where we summit at Lobuje peak
Price per Person [Min. 2 PAX required]
Lobuche [or ‘Lobuje’ in the Sherpa dialect] is geographically adjacent to the Khumbu Glacier and is a connection of two primary peaks, Lobuche Far East and Lobuche East. At 6,119m, Lobuche East is 26 meters higher. Climbing Lobuche East is a tad tougher than Island Peak, but the rewards are equally phenomenal, and worth the go. The summit of this peak gives you awesome views of Everest alongside Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori, all star climbing peaks for those who dare to venture its paths. This 19-day trailblazing Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek is a heady mix of the Lobuche East Peak with the legendary epic of the Everest trip. The journey also takes us across some of the most familiar and lovable places in the Everest region – this includes Kala Pathar at 5545m, which gives us tremendous view of Everest along with some famous high altitude mountains. ‘Lobuche Peak with the legendary Everest B. C. is that part of adventure that puts more zeal into your vacation where the joys of a holiday give more meaning to your life because the mountains teach you so much about understanding yourself better…
This peak gives us 360 degree stunning views of almost the entire Everest Region. As we make our way to Lobuche, we pick up steam through the conventional scenic Everest Trail, treading on the footsteps of legends who somewhat made this possible for us; after a literal sky tour to late Sir Edmund Hillary’s landing strip at Lukla, our Lobuje venture gathers momentum through the extraordinary Khumbu Valley, walking through lush meadows, verdant hillocks and lively Sherpa villages that tell us what life is all about on these lovely but punishing mountains. While hiking the trails, we haul up for some time to acclimatize in Namche Bazaar, the bubbling Sherpa capital of the Region, a lively happening mountain town that probably has more modern facilities than the capital city of kathmandu, thanks to our European and western trekkers who made this possible, for which this would have never happened. While on the journey, we will also hike into colourful tranquil monasteries and interact with the monks who tell us their stories and we hear of their chilling superstitions over a hot cup of butter tea; the landscapes and ecosystems of the environment we pass through are simply breathtaking as our eyes feast on the many seven and eight thousand meter peaks on the paths we tread.
Climbing Kala Pathar and Everest Base Camp is a welcome useful perk on this trip because it’s a virtual booster for acclimatization and sets our bodies for the physical challenges to come. After this we will re-group and get set to clamber up Lobuche Peak.
This will be a three day climb that we must do carefully to peak at the summit and an ideal spot to not only check out your mountaineering skills but also to test your physical and mental abilities. This expedition would be an ideal venture for someone who would want to hit 2 birds with one stone by doing the famous Everest Base Camp trip and seeking to test your aptitudes on a six thousand meter peak…Lobuje Peak would welcome you warmly!
Arrival in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport
Free at your own leisure
Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding [2652m]
Trek to Namche [3450m]
Rest day in Namche
Trek to Tengboche [3867m]
Trek to Dingboche [4,360m]
Rest day in Dingboche
Trek to Lobuje [4930m]
Trek to Lobuje - Everest Base Camp [5364m] and back to Gorak Shep [5170m]
Trek to Gorak Shep - Kala Pathar [5545m] and back to Lobuche [4940m]
Trek to Lobuche - Lobuche Base Camp [4,950m]
Trek to Lobuche Base Camp and High Camp [5,400m]
Trek Lobuche High Camp to Summit [6119m] and back to High Camp
Trek Lobuche High Camp to Pangboche [3930m]
Trek Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Trek Namche to Lukla
Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street, don’t make it too late, get back to your nest for supper and then get ready for a good night’s sleep because the morrow is going to be busy. The first overnight at your hotel in the valley of temples and cows – probably the most in the world
Day 2: Free at your own leisure
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about what to do in your next free day.
The choice is yours: either you can stroll around the nearby market on your own or you can opt for a half/full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. The cost for this extra tour is not added in the trek cost and you have to pay extra depending on the places you choose to visit. This extra tour gives you deep insights into Nepal’s iconic monuments that have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites. Sansui Treks will give you an orientation on your program & you will also get the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have regarding our upcoming adventure. When this is done, you might find time to shop around the city in the evening time if you need any gears for the trek. Overnight at your hotel
Day 3: Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding [2656m] hiking time approx 3 hrs
A flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.
Day 4: Trek to Namche [3450m] – hiking time approx 5 hrs
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
Day 5: A day for rest in Namche
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche [3867m] hiking time approx 5 hrs
From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam rising in the horizon can be seen from the campsite.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche [4,360m]: 5-6 hours
Today we visit the serene and colorful Tengboche Monastery in the morning and take pictures of the lovely landscapes that surround this monastery. We then hit the trails by walking through lush forests of birch, conifers and rhododendrons on an easy path. This pleasing trail then drops down to Debuche, crossing the Imja River before climbing up to Pangboche. (We can either hike by the upper or lower Pangboche trails). We are most likely to choose the upper Pangboche trail as it provides a more unspoiled views of the Himalayas. We also drop into the Pangboche monastery. From here, the walk is fairly reasonable as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. We descend into the river and begin the climb up to Dingboche for the night
Day 8: Dingboche – a day to Acclimatize
Dingboche is a likeable spot for trekkers and climbers making a beeline for Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is attractive with an assortment of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. We give ourselves a day here at Dingboche for acclimatization because it helps our bodies adapt to the thin air as we go higher.
We do day hikes to Ama Dablam base camp, Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung for nice views of Makalu, Lhotse, Cholatse, Tawache and Ama Dablam. We crash out in Dingboche
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche [4940m] 5-6 hours
We head on with our hike up the wide valley beneath the inspiring peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The teahouse at Duglha is a great spot to have lunch, before meandering up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuje, and this is where we spend out night
Day 10: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp [5364m] and back to Gorak Shep [5170m] 6-7 hours
Today we head up the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Hiking head on, we come across the Indian army mountaineers' memorial. The path from here can be confusing right up; consequently, it is vital that we follow our lead Sherpa thoroughly. The walk is strenuous due to thin air at high altitudes. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching Everest Base Camp. On reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see numerous tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the uniformity of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbutse and Pumori are the mountains we get to view from base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest.
Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Pathar [5545m] and back to Lobuche [4940m] - 7-8 hours
We get ready to hit the trails at the break of dawn; we hike in pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, we must be prepared for the frequent chilly winds which are quite common hereabouts. Well known peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse stand tall to the east even as Everest comes into the picture. But, only when we reach Kala Pathar do we get to see 360-degree upfront and fearsome views of the mighty Mt. Everest. Our video cams go on overdrive; we enjoy the glorious mountain vistas, and then head back to Lobuche for a good night's rest.
Day 12: Lobuche to Lobuche Base Camp [4,950m] - 1-2 hours
Starting from Lobuche, we trundle along to Lobuche base camp. After walking some distance on a pretty flatter plane, the path to Lobuche Base Camp gets steeper and shaky. We move forward along the Lobuche Glacier while relishing fantastic views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega and other well known mountains. We spend our Overnight at Lobuche East Base Camp.
Pre-Climb Training: if the need arises, our guides will offer some training on peak climbing methods and the helpful ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also cover fixing ropes to go up and down. We firmly believe that the training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of making it up to the summit without any obstacles to fully benefit from the experience.
Day 13: Lobuche Base Camp to High Camp [5,400m] 3-4 hours
From Lobuche Base Camp, we clamber on a rocky moraine path to reach High Camp. On reaching High Camp, we set up our camp for lunch, have it - and rest our bones. It is really necessary that we take rest after fixing the camp as it will prepare us for the next day's lengthy climb. We bunk out at our Lobuche East High Camp.
Day 14: Lobuche High Camp to Summit [6119m] and back to High Camp - 8-10 hours
It’s an early wake up call today at around 2 am. We have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the high alpine territory might impede a successful summit. Lobuche East offers more awesome views of the mountains than any other trekking peak. From the summit, we get to savor breath stopping views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori, and a host of jaw-dropping mountains. We spend a while at the summit celebrating and taking pictures, before heading back to High Camp again for an overnight stay of absolute bliss after a successful climb.
Day 15: Lobuche High Camp to Pangboche [3930m] 8-9 hours
After enjoying our warm mornin breakfast, it’s a cool hike downhill from Lobuche High Camp where we connect with the Everest Base Camp route at Lobuche again. We haul up for our lunch at Lobuche. From Lobuche we again repeat our path to Pheriche. On the way to Pheriche, we get to watch sublime views of Mt. Ama Dablam on the horizons. From Pheriche, we continue to Pangboche. We trek down through the hillside blanketed with lovely rhododendron and juniper trees. In spring, its pink and red rhododendron flowers that set the mountains ablaze with fascinating colors. On reaching Pangboche we also have the option of peeking into the famous Pangboche Monastery. This is where we crash out for the night
Day 16: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours
After breakfast and a few cuppers, we head out From Pangboche, retracing our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through forest to Tengboche. If we feel like it, we can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery, it would be interesting to strike up a chat and enjoy some butter tea. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees, it’s a lovely sight to behold. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through pine forests before reaching Sanasa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful pheasants etc., while hiking through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. And this is where we stop over for a hot shower, and chilling out with some beers, after which, we have a fresh hot meal and stroll around before we shack up for the night.
Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla - 6-7 hours
Our trail descends steeply downward so easy goes it; we need to be careful on the hike down as our wobbly legs continuously struggle with the rock-strewn terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail sees a change and gets more level and better. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch out those aching limbs and over some beers, coffee or tea; we recollect the wonderful experiences of the last several weeks, it’s been gritty, but we know we have a lot to take back home, enough for a story. We celebrate our success and hit the sack for the night after a hot supper.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu
We board an early mornin flight to Kathmandu after our pretty lengthy Himalayan journey. On touch down at Kathmandu, we can relish the rest or do some souvenir shopping for the loved ones at home. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we could do that today. At eventide, we head down to an upscale Nepalese restaurant for a farewell dinner of typical Nepalese food to celebrate the climbers’ successful summit of Lobuje Peak. While enjoying our supper, we are entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles. Overnight in Kathmandu, the valley of temples and cows.
Day 19: Departure for home sweet home
Today is free to relax and do your own things; perhaps some last minute shopping or pen a few post cards to the loved ones at home, until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked.
If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home. Meeting you has been a wonderful experience that Incentive Holidays will cherish for a long, long time; & on your way home, you’ll be thinking of a trip that will linger in your memories for a whole lifetime which we are sure will become fireside stories to be told to your loved ones on a cold winter night for the generations to come. Ciao friends! Till we meet again one day…
Have you made the right choice for what may turn out to be a lifetime vacation?
This is trekking and climbing holiday in Nepal’s Himalayas offers an immense variety of trekking conditions that includes tamed well known beaten paths while some are craggy and rough-hewn and can be punishing on the body – but the landscapes are virtual breath stoppers and simply unforgettable. During the initial few days of the trek there are forests that open up to a natural, alpine environment, with a few small summer grazing camps. The paths are relatively tough on our route beginning from Lobuche up to our basecamp at Lobuche, and the going is pretty strenuous with some steep ascents and descents. The climb of Lobuje Peak does not involve any technical climbing and for the most part we will be walking on snow slopes of less than 40 degrees. For a good deal of the ascent we will be using crampons and moving as group roped together since we will be traversing a glacier, but previous experience is not a prerequisite as instruction in the simple techniques required will be given by your guides. However, previous use of crampons is recommended. On summit day we will have a guide to client ratio of 1:3. The main difficulties of the climb of Lobuje Peak are those associated with trekking at high altitude and this climbing holiday will be suitable to fit and prepared trekkers as well as mountaineers wishing to reach new heights.
Critical issues relevant to this trip:
Please Note: flying to Lukla [one of the highest altitude level domestic airports in the world] can be an operation as smooth as silk but can also be delayed by a few hours or even canceled for several days due to inclement weather patterns. Conditions of this kind may even occur in the best climatic seasons. Should this happen, trekkers must be prepared for lengthy waits at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, since this may happen either at the beginning or at the conclusion of the trek or even at both airports! We go out of our way to avoid these delays, and book you on the next possible flight.
We advise that you be prepared for such situations, and plan your trekking holidays with extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to adjust with such occurrences. We also arrange heli-rescues in such conditions, if it's available and deemed necessary by our guests. Helicopter flights charge around USD 5000 and can carry 4-5 persons per flight. In the event all goes well, you can use the extra days for other activities with a range of choices: sightseeing, rafting, wildlife activities, mountain biking or even shopping, etc.
In a worst case scenario, of there is a flight delay/cancellation before the trip and it gets lengthy so as to disturb your onward travel agenda, you are at liberty to choose an alternative trip: fantastic treks are also available in the Annapurna, Langtang and other famous regions of Nepal. If this doesn’t suit your plans and you opt to wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait it out in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla. However, you must accept and realise that there will be no refunds if you choose to while away your time and not take any optional program due to the time limitations you have. Should the cancellation occur before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after completion of the trek, you will be responsible for all the expenses incurred. Please bear in mind further that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flights, etc) included in the package that you will not use later. A lot of treks in Nepal occur in high altitude mountainous territory where weather patterns can be superb in the early parts of the day and suddenly change course within several hours due to climate changes affected by global warming…and nature can be a beast when least expected– however, the scenarios mentioned above don’t happen all the time; 97.6% of all treks and climbs are successful as per data available through government sources. So be optimistic and look out for the lovely sunshine as you walk the ropes while summiting Island Peak.
Please Note: that although we will go the lengths to follow the itinerary given above, at times local trails or unpredictable weather patterns may necessitate slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also sometimes vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This adventure goes into wild territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the success and safety of your trip and your life.
A ‘Camping trek’ is a term used for sleeping in tents. The tents we provide are ‘Two men or couple domes’ or ‘A’ shaped. A foam mattress with insulation underneath is used for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, and this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better.
We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this program, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a choice of their own. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.
At ‘Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites.
- 3N Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis at KTM
- Normal hotel or lodge / Tented camp during trekking and climbing
- One English speaking climbing guide
- Porter (1 Porter for 2 Pax)
- Climbing Permit for Labuche Peak
- All meals during the trek that includes breakfast, Lunch and dinner
- Climbing tents at base camp
- Climbing food
- Climbing rope
- Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight tickets with 15kg baggage allowance
- Farewell dinner with Nepali cultural program
- National park fees
- Airport pick up and drop
- All ground transfers as per itinerary
- Personal equipment’s for climbing
- Personal Travel Insurance
- International Air Fare
- Daily Meals (Lunch & Dinner) while staying in Kathmandu
- Tips to Guide & Driver
- Bar Expenses
- Telephone, Laundry and Internet
- Personal Expenses
- Nepal visa fees
- Entrance fees
Note: All our Nepali staffs [guides and porters] are insured [life and medical].
Popular Sightseeing places in Kathmandu:
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- Patan Durbar Square
- Pashupatinath Temple
- Boudhanath Stupa
- Swayambhunath Stupa
Half day sightseeing includes visit two of these places and full day sightseeing includes three of these places inside the ring-road of Kathmandu. Besides the above mentioned places, the charges will apply depending on the distance accordingly.
Please feel free to call us or write to us if you require any further assistance.
The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn. It is wonderful during this time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.