Lobuje Peak Climbing – 17 Days

  • Lobuje Peak Climbing - 16 Days

Introduction


This is one of the most challenging ‘trekking peaks’ in the Everest region. The peak is an attractive summit and offers various routes for climbing. The normal route for climbing Lobuche is through South Ridge. The peak consists of several small summits and the true summit requires climbing steep snow and ice slopes to the top from the summit ridge. We follow Everest base camp trek route up to Pheriche and then trek to Tyangboche. The base camp will be set up at 4,950m. near a lake in a rocky hollow at the base of the glaciated South-West Face. The views of Amadablam and Tawache are superb from here.

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m]

Flying through Nepal on your way to Kathmandu offers tremendous views of snow-capped mountain and peaks. It’s an interesting welcoming through knowing you will have conquered these mountains upon your departure. Upon your arrival, the MSM Tours and Treks staff will be waiting to greet you discuss your travels and escort you to the hotel. We will offer some welcome drinks and let you explore through town during the evening.

Day 02 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley [1,300m]

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its mysterious doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hindu, Tibetan, Buddhist and Western influence in the Valley. The neighboring cities of Patan and Bhaktapur provide immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the infamous Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath “the monkey temple”. Prior to your departure you will receive more information about the trip and offered an English-speaking guide to give you unique insights into the culture and architecture of each destination.

Day 03 : Flight to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)

You will start off with a flight to one of the world’s most dangerous airports – Lukla Airport in Solukhumbu. The flight takes you over the Himalayas giving you a breathtaking panorama view of the Himalayas, including the famous Mt.Everest, standing there with it snow clad peak in all its glory. As the flight continues, you can feel Mt.Everest grow on you. The landing onto the landing strip is a thrill in itself and is not for the faint-hearted. During the landing, the plane will seem rather unbalance and shaky due to the aggressive turning and tossing that is required to maneuver the plane onto the tiny landing strip. The altitude will hit you the moment you get off the plane. From Lukla you will start the trek along the Dudh Koshi (Milk River) which can be seen meandering into the horizon. You will be trekking amidst rhododendron forest which gives off a strong aroma of evergreen oak. The sighting of snowy peaks acts as an indicator that the trek is gradually going to get more challenging and the beginning of an adventure that will test one’s mental and physical strength. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.

Day 04 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3480m)

The trail will start off relatively easy but will gradually become harder. You will be able to get your first glimpse of Everest as you are crossing the mighty Dudh Koshi. As you proceed on further the trail will lead you to Monjo where you could make a lunch stop over. The next part of the trail will be more difficult. The trail becomes steeper and will gain in altitude as we head towards Namche, leaving one with shortness of breath. One should not haste but rather progress slowly and steadily. You will be making a pit stop at Namche Bazaar for the night. It bustles with activity and the people of the Solukhumbu region conjugate in that area to do business. There are shops, restaurants, hotels, a bank and internet service which enable you to still get in touch with your love ones back home. Namche Bazaar offers an interesting insight as to how the people in the region live. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.

Day 05 : Rest day at Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar is known as the Sherpa “capital”. You can use your time to acclimatize, relax and explore around Namche Bazaar. Most of the trekkers prefer to get up before sunrise to take in the impressive views of Mount Everest, Thamserku, Ama Dablammand other magnificent peaks from the Sagarmatha National Park Headquaters which is perched on the east side of town which houses a museum. One can get a chance to witness the shadow of the mountains being projected onto the clouds above and truly appreciate the magnitude of the mountains. One should try salt-butter tea and Champa – a kind of barley often consume by the sherpas in the region as it is one of the main energy supplements there. The lively cultural Saturday market is worth a visit and is usually brimming with traders who are trying to desperately sell off their products. Overnight will be in a lodge.

Day 06 : Trek to Tengboche [3867m]

From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. From there you will be able to get your first glimpse of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam standing tall and radiant. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, you will descend steeply to a bridge suspended over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an excellent lunch spot, and here you can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although tiring, the hike up the zigzag path is planted with numerous exotic thing such rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. You will be camping near the monastery with Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam framed in the doorway of the tent.

Day 07 : Trek to Pheriche (4240m) Hiking duration: 5 to 6 hours

Beyond Tenbboche you can fell the altitude difference and can affect you. The trail to Pheriche leaves one wanting for more. The trail drops down to Devuche, crosses the Imja Khola and climbs past many unique Mani stones in Pangboche. These stones have carvings of the Tibetan Buddhist chant (Om Mani padme hum) that virtually speak about the rich culture of the area. Pangboche is believed to be where the Sherpa’s originally settled in Khumbu. Due to pressure of famine and feudal warfare, they migrated from Kham, in eastern Tibet. Pangboche gompa is the original gompa established by Lama Dorje, who guided the Sherpas from Kham into Khumbu. The gompa is worth visiting and donating to the lama will ensure viewing of some yeti relics. The village is a nice place for a stopover for lunch. The trail then climbs to Pheriche which stands at 4240m. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.

Day 08 : Trek to Lobuje [4930m]

You will continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. You will then turn right and the trail becomes more incline towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. You could stopover at the tea house at Duglha to have lunch, before zigzagging 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 and eventually reaches the cluster of houses at Lobuje.

Day 09 : Trek to Lobuje Base Camp [5400m]

Leaving Lobuje, you will trek along the trail for about four hours to Lobuje Base Camp. The initial part of the track takes you through flat land which eventually climbs up steeply to reach Lobuje Base Camp. The path is quite rocky and it moves alongside the bank of Lobuje Glacier. En route, you will get to enjoy the spectacular views of Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokhalde, Thanserku, Kantega, etc.

Day 10 : Rest Day at Base Camp

Today is a rest day at the Base Camp for acclimatization and also for making the necessary preparation for the upcoming climb.

Day 11: Climb to the Summit [6119m] & Return to Base Camp [5400m]

You begin your climb with a hike over smooth slabs, following cairns, (stone markers), onto the hard snow. Further on, there is steep climbing of incline at about 60 degrees. You will head along the knife-edged ridge, less than 12inches (25 centimeters) in some places to finally reach the summit. At the summit, you will be able to catch panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Cholatse, Pumori, Changri, etc. After enjoying your hard earned climb, you will return to the Base Camp. Today you will be trekking for about ten hours.

Day 12: Trek to Dingboche [4350 m]

Leaving the Base camp, you will trek towards Dingboche. Descending all the way downhill passing Duglha, you will finally reach Dingboche after trekking for about five hours. You are rewarded with the spectacular views of Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokhalde, Thamserku, Kantega, etc.

Day 13: Trek to Tengboche (3870m)

Dingboche is located at the entrance of the Chukhung Valley. One can enjoy the views of the Chukhung Valley and also of Ama Dablam in and off through the clouds. On the way you will be able to see the Lhotse- Nuptse Wall will Everest peeking from behind. You can stop to appreciate the surreal view. Eventually after a few hours of trekking, you will reach Tengboche where you will be staying for the night. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.

Day 14: Trek to Namche (3480m)

The plan is to trek back to Namache Bazaar. The trail follows down to the Dudh Kosi where there are a series of water-driven prayer wheels. The trek continues back of the Sagarmatha National Park through paths of Pine and Cedar woods. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.

Day 15: Trek to Lukla [2800m]

Your final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains provides an ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can get to know the Sherpas culture -sample some chang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on the memorable trekking experience.

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu

Today, you take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla.

Day 17: Farewell

A representative of MSM Tours and Treks will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours from your scheduled flight. On your way home you will have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Cost


Cost Included

  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight ticket for you and trekking guide.
  • All necessary permits to trek and climb.
  • One Professional Trekking guide and his wages and salaries.
  • Insurance for the trekking staffs.
  • One climbing guide and his wages and salaries.
  • Accommodation on a normal lodge during trek and accommodation on camp during climb.
  • Food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and 3 times of tea or coffee per day during climbing period (4 days).
  • First aid kit for trekking guide.
  • Good equipment for your guide to trek (wind jacket, Water bottle, hiking shoes).

Cost Not-Included

  • Tips and Bonus for Staff and guide
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Entrance fees for temple and monastery.
  • Donations in Temples, schools, Monasteries, etc.
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears.
  • First aid kit (for you).
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation.
  • Insurance of any kind.
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