Lobuje East Peak is one of the popular trekking peaks in the Everest region. It has two major peaks called Lobuje East (6,119 m/20,070 ft) and Lobuje West (6,145 m/20,161 ft) connected to each other in spite of having a sharp gap and a considerable distance between them. Lobuje East is a beautiful peak It has a variety of existing routes to the summit. From the top of the peak, one can enjoy the fantastic views of the Himalayan Mountains Range like Mt. Everest. Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Tawache and many other peaks. Very few climbers have attempted to reach the summit till date. Good weather conditions and a dawn or pre-dawn start are the major factors to climb and summit successfully. In fact, the entire climb is not steep, but there are areas of difficult seracs that require two axes, front pointing and belaying. The ridge route is sometimes easier. Many climbers who follow this route stop at the top of the ridge, assuming that this is the false summit of Lobuche East Peak. However, a continuation on the knife-edged ridge is required to reach the false summit. The true summit of Lobuche East Peak is thought to be, at first, unattainable, but the Swiss Expedition group first climbed Lobuche East Peak in 1952. Subsequent attempts fell short of the summit, finally climbed in 1984.
The best time to climb Lobuche East peak is between March to May and October to December. In fact, Lobuje East Peak climbing is an adventure of a lifetime for every trekker in Nepal.
Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you’ll enjoy a welcome drinks with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour of Kathmandu. You will visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River. Continue on to Patan Durbar Square to take in ancient Nepalese architecture and end your tour with a lunch. After that you will visit ancient Nepalese art in the Patan museum. Overnight in Kathmandu.
A very early morning wake up and transfer to the domestic airport to board our flight to Lukla. We take off to our destination on a 35 min scenic mountain flight to Lukla. After a cup of tea at local Lodge in Lukla we are treading on the legendary “Everest Highway” which heads downwards through the alpine valley following the “Dudh Kosi” or milk river (named after its milky colour from glacial silt). We reach Phakding after 3hrs walk and end our first day here.
The next day we will be walking mostly uphill through the alpine valleys. We will be crossing Dudh Kosi River a few times before we reach Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region. On a clear day you get views of Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Kusum Kangru, Kwangde and Taweche on the way to Namche.
Acclimatization is important before proceeding to higher altitudes. This is the first acclimatization day in Namche bazaar that everyone should make into their trekking itinerary. You can explore the important sites around or relax in the lodge.
Today the landscape changes dramatically. The trail is more open and wide and it reveals the great depths of the surrounding mountains. We descend to the Dudh Kosi River and stop for lunch at Phunki Tenga. From here we climb steeply through a beautiful rhododendron and birch forest for 2 hours that will take us to Tengboche. We will visit the monastery and watch the monks performing their rituals.
Dingboche can be used as the stopover en route to Kala Pattar. The route is less windy and sunnier. More village activities can be observed around the area. We continue heading east into the Imja valley, climbing gently to reach Dingboche.
The trail ascends a bit up to the Chorten above Dingboche and then gradually ascends to North West Khumbu valley until we reach Duglha. From Duglha the trail is steep uphill and we reach the memorial place of people who died while climbing Everest. Then the trail from this point drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.
From Lobuche we climb to Kala Pattar on the way to Gorak Shep following the Khumbu Glacier and after exploring the place move to Gorak Shep for overnight. Kala Pattar climb is one of the finest parts of the trip. It is a steep climb of one or two hours up the grassy slopes west of Gorak Shep. We can catch the glimpses from Kala Pattar of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse and the black pyramid of Everest
After an early breakfast we make an early start as it will take us hours to reach the Everest Base camp through a higher route, watching the spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. Then we return to Lobuche for overnight stay retracing back our previous trail.
After breakfast we trek to Lobuche peak base camp and set up camp for next day climbing. Lobuche Base Camp is tucked up a side valley from the EBC trekking route that leads to a high camp,
After packing up camping stuff, we’ll head on to the High Camp from where we start our climb to the summit. As you climb, you will see that the slope narrows and the path enters a steep rock channel nearby where we’ll camp overnight
The steeper parts of the climb to the ridge, on the summit day, are normally fixed with about 500 meters of rope. After summit you will descend to Lobuche Base Camp.
We drop down to the rushing Imja Khola and then walk through the peaceful rhododendron forests, to the village of Devoche and then Thengboche. Overnight at teahouse
From Thengboche we descend off the ridge and walk back to Namche Bazaar along a beautiful undulating trail high above the Dudh Koshi from where we still can see Mount Everest.
Trek back to Lukla along the same trail, although it always looks different coming from the opposite direction on arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek. You can have a good time with two local alcoholic beverages ‘Chang’ or ‘Rakshi.’ Feel free to dance with your crewmembers in the Sherpa way
Early morning fly to Kathmandu .Transfer to your hotel; the day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration, Bhrikutimandap, and Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the airport or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph.
* Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).
Your trip preparation
Mera Peak climbing requires a bit mountaineering experience and equally needs to be physically fit. If you are fit enough and have a sense of adventure you will enjoy both trekking and peak climbing. This program is designed to acclimatize you gradually and to protect you from high altitude sickness. However, you are requested to check your health, altitude fitness before the trip begins. We suggest you to strengthen your knee muscles and prepare for several days of steep descents.
Compared to expedition peaks, the regulations pertaining to trekking peaks are relatively simple. A permit is required, which is issued by the NMA upon payment of a royalty fee. Generally, Trek Himalayan will arrange the trekking peak permit within 24 hours.
Preparation for climbing a trekking peak is far simpler than for an expedition. The climbing period for most of the trekking peaks rarely exceeds more than a few days so large amounts of base camp equipment are not usually required. Also, due to their relatively low altitude, the amount of climbing equipment required is proportionally less. In general, preparation for climbing a trekking peak is little different from preparing for a trek.
The lower altitude of a trekking peaks means that the ascent on some of them is possible during the winter season as well as during the spring and autumn.
Peak Permit/Garbage Fee
US$ 250 per person. This permit fee will be collected upon arrival in Kathmandu. The Permit Fee is variable as per the policy of NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association)
US$ 250.00 should be deposited to NMA as garbage deposit. The refund shall be made as per the provisions made by NMA. (Deposit fee of Garbage will not be refunded if the clients (climbers) do not take back their garbage to Kathmandu.)
On arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our pre-booked hotel if yuo have booked this facility at the time of booking this trip or directly meet you at pre-booked hotel. There won’t be any activity on this day. We will host a pre-trip meeting at the hotel lobby on the 2nd day of your itinerary in the evening. It will be an opportunity for you to meet your trekking guide and introduce each other. The guide will brief you about the trek and check your gear to ensure the smooth running of your trekking/climbing trip.
Tea House Lodge Trek
All accommodations will be on a twin sharing basis during the trek in family-run teahouse (lodge), with a large sociable central dining area and a cozy chimney burning fire. We recommend you to use your own sleeping bag.
Trek Himalayan Nepal generally do not offer meals in the trip. There is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility. Our groups can eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your trekking guide will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip.
Most lodges/tea houses offer muesli, porridge, Pancakes, bread with jam or eggs, fried eggs on toast, tea/coffee in breakfast and in dinner typical Nepalese dal, bhat, lentil soup and Sherpa/Tibetan cuisines and western food.
Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited.
Most lodges offer hot showers and a bucket of hot water with extra cost. Above Lukla we find many western toilets and in some places there are usually just the Asian squat type toilets.
4 – Nights Full Board Camping During Climbing Period
All accommodations will be on a twin sharing tents. We recommend you to use your own sleeping bag. During the camping trek we offer muesli, porridges, Pancakes, bread with jam or eggs, fried eggs on toast, tea/coffee in breakfast and in dinner dal, bhat, lentil soup and other cuisine.
Small groups provide a more intimate atmosphere allowing you to get to know your Sherpa guides better and to develop lifelong friendships. Therefore, the maximum group size for this trek/climb is 12 people. The minimum is 2 people.
Trekking Guide, Climbing Sherpa and Crew
All our trek leaders and crew come from different parts of Nepal with diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, but we all share our valuable experience, accept each other beliefs and work together to give our clients the best experience in Nepal. Whatever the ethnical background they belong to, differ in sex or age all members of our team work together as a family that makes us what we are.
A Typical Trekking Day
At 6.30 am your guide wakes you up. Then it’s time to have breakfast, tight up your bag pack and head off for today’s trekking for the next three to four hours then stop for an hour at pleasant spot along the way for a well-prepared hot lunch. Afterward, walk another three hours or so, before you stop for the overnight. The evening can be spent reading or chatting with your fellow hikers or trekking crew about the trip of the day. Pack of games can be an asset to these nights; your trekking crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Eventually, it’s time to bed for a well-deserved night.
Flora in the Everest region
Rhododendron and Magnolio give way to birch groves and conifers as you approach the tree line. At higher altitudes blue pine is usually more common than chir pine. You will see how the pines become shorter and stockier as you gain altitude. Junipers are also found in a dwarfed form in the sub-alpine region at altitudes to 4000m. Junipers in full sized tree form are found around Thame. Also, fleshy, berrylike fruit- Hemlock and silver fir are also found in the Everest region.
Fauna in the Everest region
The Golden eagle, Eurasian Kestrel goshawk are the most common resident birds in the Everest region. Pheasants are probably the most spectacular birds seen on the ground while trekking. Around the Tengboche monastery you will see two different species of pheasants – Blood pheasant and the Impeyan pheasant digging for tubers in the stark winter fields in the Khumbu area. You can also spot the crimsonhorned pheasant with reddish legs. Tibetan snow cocks, hawk- sized raven are also visible on the ground around Gorakshep. The bark of Muntjak, a small, reddish mammal with short antlers is found at altitudes up to 2400m. The musk deer are sometimes visible in the areas between Phortse and Tengboche. The Himalayan tahr which look like a mountain goat are also visible in spring and autumn season.
Possible views of Mountains
During the trek Everest(8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7896m), Pumori (7145m), Amadablam (6812m.) Thamserku (6800m), Khumbila (5751m), Kwangde Ri (6187m), Cho Oyu(8201m), Tawache (6542), Kangtenga (6645m), Kusum Kanguru (6369), Makalu (8463m), Island Peak (6189m), Chhukungri (5845m), Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Khumbuste (6640m), Cholatse (6640m), Cha Kung (7020m), & many other attractive snow-capped peaks.
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take out a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Please send us the following details such as your full name, policy number and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number prior to departure. We also strongly recommend that your policy must cover personal liability, flight/trip cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
We strongly recommend you to have High Altitude (above 3000 meters) Insurance that covers all unseen incidents during the climb.
Though we hope for the best trip, you sometimes might be in need of rescue or evacuation in case of a serious sickness or a personal prolonged health issue. During such emergency you will be rescued by a helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation services. We request you to make sure when you purchase insurance from your country that your policy must cover these expenses or you should remain prepared to pay or sign on Helicopter Evacuation Form before you get on the Helicopter.
Domestic Flight Cancellation
If scheduled flight gets cancelled due to bad weather from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu. In such situation, we need to send chartered helicopter. Helicopter cost has to be borne by the clients as per the prevailing cost.
A Typical Trekking Day
At 6.30 am your guide knocks on your door and greets with a cup of tea. Then it’s time to have breakfast, tight up your bag pack and head off for today’s trekking for the next three to four hours then stop for an hour at pleasant spot along the way for a well-prepared hot lunch. Afterward, walk another three hours or so, before you stop for the overnight. The evening can be spent reading or chatting with your fellow hikers or trekking crew about the trip of the day. Pack of games can be an asset to these nights; your trekking crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Eventually, it’s time to bed for a well-deserved night.
We recommend you to exchange at least USD 450 for meals during the tea house/lodge trek.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Many hotels in Nepal have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Safety has always been Trek Himalayan’s top priority and we strive to create the safest mountain experience possible. Our experienced team of guides and Sherpa always focus on the successful climb without compromising safety. Our guides and staff are highly trained in emergency mountain medicine and work to maintain our strict standards of safety. Our camps are stocked with comprehensive medical kits and we have two Gamow bags on the mountain throughout the expedition.
When problems arise on the mountain away from medical facilities, the level of training and experience Trek Himalayan guides have makes them some of the most sought-after guides in the profession. Careful planning and vigilant care are taken as we venture into high altitudes. Our well-planned use of climbing oxygen dramatically improves a climber’s chance of success in 8,000 high mountains. Our supply of oxygen is well stocked and designed to meet any climber’s anticipated, and unanticipated, needs.
Many trekking porters come from villages. They live hard and frugal lives and work to carry heavy loads using the traditional ‘doko’ (the bamboo latis basket supported from the forehead). Heights up to 3,500 m are part of everyday life and they resist wearing what they consider to be unnecessary personal equipment. Above that altitude, Trek Himalayan urges them the use of kit suited to the varying levels of more extreme conditions. It’s an incredible job that they do and we really appreciate their working nature and try to reward accordingly.
Here are some recommended Equipment’s List for trekking in Everest region
Note: It is possible to buy or rent the above gear in Kathmandu
1 pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners
1 pair of crampons (steel, no aluminum)
1 Alpine climbing harness
1 Mountaineering an axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
1 Ascender (right or left handed as appropriate)
1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide is a good option)
2 D-Shaped locking carabiners
2 Non-locking carabiners
1 Pair expedition style gaiters (ensure fit over your boots)
4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
Duffel bag (We will provide one complimentary)
Down jacket (that suits high altitude weather condition)
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat)
Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
Sunglasses with 100% UV protection
Heavier shell gloves
Lightweight expedition thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
Synthetic sports bras (for women)
Lower Body – Legs
Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
Nylon hiking shorts
Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)
Note: Above equipment are available for Rent. If you want to rent these equipment, please contact us.