Lobuche lies close to the Khumbu Glacier and has two main peaks, Lobuche Far East and Lobuche East. At 6,145 meters, Lobuche East is 26 meters higher. Although the Lobuche East climb is a bit more challenging than Island Peak climb, it is equally rewarding. From the peak you get amazing views of Everest alongside Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori. The 19-day Lobuche East Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek combines Lobuche East Peak climbing with the classic Everest Trek. The trip will also take you to some of the most popular places in the Everest region like Kala Pathar, which provides an excellent view of Everest along with other high mountains with the 360 degree view. Indulge yourself into the lap of snow clad mountains in this trek.
· All land transportations.
· 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu in Full Board basis.
· Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla & Lukla to Kathmandu including Trek guide & Porter.
· Full Camping equipments.
· Climbig gear.
· Peak Permit.
· Entrance fee for heritage site in Kathmandu.
· Tour guide.
· 12 nights accommodation in trek in Tea house in Full Board basis.
· 3 night accommodation in Tent while peak climbing with three time meal. i.e breakfast, lunch & dinner.
· TIM'S Permits and Entrance fees.
· Insurance for the trekking staffs.
· Good equipment for your guide and porter to trek (wind jacket, Water bottle, hiking shoes)
· Donations in Temples, schools, Monasteries, etc
· Personal trekking gear.
· First aid kit (for you)
Rescue evacuation Insurance of any kind.
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu (1400m)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, a representative from Asian Heritage will pick you up and take you to your confirmed hotel. Once you check into your room you can have rest as you might be having Jet Lag. Later on you can stroll around the local streets of Thamel and to its nearby places. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Trek preparation
After breakfast you can visit the Asian Heritage office and there you will have a short meeting which will familiarize you with the entire trip. Today, you also get to know your climbing leader as well as fellow climbers. The climbing leader will check your equipments to make sure for one last time to get you ready for adventure. This step will also ensure that if any equipment is found faulty you have the rest of the day to fix it or find equipment that works. You can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2800m) then trek to Phakding (2652m)
Flight duration: 40 mins, Hike duration: 3/4 hours
After breakfast, you will be taken to the domestic terminal of TIA for an early morning flight to Lukla. Make sure to get the seat on the right side of your plane as from this side you will be able to get the best view of the high snow clad mountains ranging from north to far east. After flying above the breathtaking green and white mountains, you reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains. Upon your arrival at Lukla, you meet your other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, you start your trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until you reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, you only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities, you can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Hike duration: 5/6 hours
After breakfast, you walk through beautiful pine forests and then along Dudh Koshi River ending your nature-filled journey at Namche Bazaar. After walking for almost over an hour, you come across the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) on your right and also experience the serenity of pine, fir and juniper forests throughout your journey. If the weather is clear, you may even catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Continue walking until you reach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. On that day you cross five suspension bridges, the last one also known as the Hillary Bridge being the highest. It is an uphill walk from Hillary Bridge to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Acclimatization day
This is the day set aside for acclimatization. Health experts recommend that you stay active and move around even during the rest day instead of being idle. There are a few options set aside for this day. You can either stroll around Namche’s quaint villages or come in contact with the Sherpa people and their rich culture, or can hike up to the Everest View Hotel and enjoy an up-close view of the mighty Everest. While in the Namche village or upon returning from the hike to the Everest View Hotel, trekkers may also visit the local museum containing exhibits displaying the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region. For trekkers who want to hike for a little longer, a hike to Khumjung village (5-6 hours) may also be an option. While in the village you can visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery (a monastery famous for housing the head of the Yeti!). Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3870m)
Hike duration: 5/6 hours
After breakfast, you trek towards Tengboche. It is an easy walk from Namche to Phunki. Upon reaching Phunki, ascend towards Tengboche, a village that houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery of the Everest region. Located amidst the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site of "outstanding universal value”), it is draped with the panoramic 360-degree view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The monastery opens at 3pm so you reach it by three. And, if lucky enough, you might just be able to witness a religious ceremony. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4360m)
Hike duration: 5/6 hours
Have your breakfast in the morning then you will visit the beautiful Tengboche Monastery and take pictures of the amazing landscape surrounding it. Then you begin your trek by walking through lush forests of birch, conifers and rhododendrons on an easy path. This picturesque trail then dips down to Debuche, crossing the Imja River before climbing up to Pangboche. (You can either walk in the upper or lower Pangboche trails). You are most likely to choose the upper Pangboche trail as it provides a more pristine view of the Himalayas. You also visit the Pangboche monastery. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as you approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. Descend into the river and begin the climb up to Dingboche. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 8: Dingboche: Acclimatization
After breakfast begin today’s hike to Chhukung by walking through stone-walled fields, Imja Khola valley before walking in glacier moraines. On your walk, you will be surrounded by Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains. Later, beyond Bibre village you see Island Peak soaring above you. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. You reach Chhukung, a small settlement in about half an hour from Bibre. From here, directly across the valley is the fantastic Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains. After having lunch in Chhukung, your climbing leader will check our items of equipment in order to make sure that they are in a good working condition. If not, you may have to hire another set of equipment. In that case, the climbing leader will help to find the best pieces. Chhukung is the best place for hiring equipment for Peak climbing. After sorting it out, we descend to Dingboche to spend the night.
Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m)
Hike duration: 5/6 hours
Have your breakfast in the morning and then you will head towards Lobuche. You start the day with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, you climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where you find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. Next, continue to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170m) visit Everest Base Camp (5364m)
Hike duration: 6/7 hours
After breakfast you take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, you come across the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence it is important that you follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. You pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, you see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains you can view from the base camp. You get back to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m) and back to Lobuche (4940m)
Hike duration: 7/8 hours
Have your breakfast in the morning and prepare for an early departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that you get to see 360-degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. Take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Lobuche for a good night's rest. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 12: Lobuche to High Camp (5400m)
Hike duration: 3/4 hours
After your breakfast you trek towards Lobuche base camp. After walking some distance on relatively flatter plane, the path to the Lobuche Base Camp gets steeper and rocky. You move forward along the Lobuche Glacier while enjoying great views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega and other Himalayas. From the base camp, continue on a rocky moraine path to reach the High Camp. After reaching there, you set up your camp, take lunch and rest. For the climb, you usually will be climbing on rock surface for up to around 5770m. After that, climb on ice and use ropes when necessary. However, the use of the rope and the length depends upon the season and the crevasses. Fixed rope is used most of the times whereas main rope is used when required. The climbing leaders will decide what is best for when. Overnight in Lobuche East High Camp.
Pre-Climb Training: Your guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. We strongly believe that the training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience.
Day 13: Lobuche High Camp to Summit (6119m) and back to High Camp
Hike duration: 8/10 hours
Wake up early in the morning today and have your breakfast and at around 12 to 1 pm you will begin your climb. It is important you reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the high lands might become a barrier for a successful summit. You will most likely be walking on rock surface up to around 5700m after which you climb on ice. Both fixed rope and main rope will be used as per your leader’s instruction. The climbing surface as well as the length of the rope and depends on the time of the season and the crevasses. Lobuche East offers more panoramic views of the mountains than any other trekking peak. From the summit, you get to enjoy magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori, and many more. Spend some time at the summit celebrating and taking pictures, then you get back to the High Camp again for an overnight stay at Camp.
Day 14: Reserve day
This is an extra day set aside to manage any unintended hindrances like flight delays or bad weather for climbing. Setting aside an extra day will ensure that even if you were to face a day's set back, the trip will continue thus guranteeing a successful climb.
Day 15: Lobuche High Camp to Pangboche (3930m)
Hike duration: 8/9 hours
After taking your morning breakfast, hike downhill from Lobuche High Camp and join the Everest Base Camp route at Lobuche again. You take your lunch at Lobuche. From Lobuche you again retrace your path to Pheriche. On the way to Pheriche, you get to enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dablam in the distance. From Pheriche, you continue to Pangboche. You trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. Upon reaching Pangboche you may also consider visiting the famous Pangboche Monastery. Overnight in Pangboche.
Day 16: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Hike duration: 4/5 hours
Have your breakfast in the morning and from Pangboche, you retrace your steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, you can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, you continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, your trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. You keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a Chorten, you reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Hike duration: 6/7 hours
After your breakfast in the morning start your hike towards Lukla. The trail descends steeply downward so you need to walk cautiously as your shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After your arrival in Lukla, you stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu
Flight duration: 40mins.
After your early morning breakfast. You catch an early flight to Kathmandu after your long mountain journey. Make sure to get seat on your left side as from this side you will be able to view the majestic snow clad mountains ranging from north to Far East. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take a sound rest and later on you can stroll the Thamel streets on your own or you can visit the Asian Heritage office to share your trek experience. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu
Today is a free day for you, you can have a sound rest in the hotel or if you’re interested then you can go for a guided sight seen tour around the Kathmandu city or you can go for the souvenir shopping around the Thamel streets as there are many shops where you can buy the gifts for your family and loved ones. Overnight in Thamel.
Day 20: Departure
Your adventure in the mountain ends today. A representative from Asian Heritage will pick you up at your hotel and drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu 3 hours before your scheduled flight.
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