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Lobuche East Peak is one of the most popular 6000m peaks ideal for aspirant mountaineers. The first ascent to this wonderful peak was made by Laurence Nielson and Ang Gyalzen Sherpa on the 25th of April, 1984. Since then it has been a top choice for climbers aiming for 8000m as it allows an adequate opportunity for acclimatization while also offering enough practice with gears and equipment in the ice, snow, and rocks. Besides, keen adventure seekers choose this peak to fulfill their dreams of mountaineering with adventure.
The major feature of the Lobuche East Peak is that it is an introductory peak to Himalayan Climbing which is doable in a comparatively shorter period of time. With fewer technical challenges and medium-level difficulty, Lobuche East Peak is suitable for those with good physical fitness and experience of high-altitude trekking. Lobuche East, however, distinguished from Lobuche West Peak by a long, deeply notched ridge, is more popular and more often climbed than the Lobuche West Peak.
The best season to climb Lobuche East Peak is between March to May when winds are calmer, the days are sunny, temperatures are mild and the trail is gorgeous with green dense forests, raging rivers and streams, the soothing sounds of the birds and animals, and the uninterrupted views of the grand massifs throughout the trail. The lakes are shining with crystal clear water while the glacial lakes shine in turquoise. The overall journey gets even more beautiful during these months.
On the contrary, the monsoon brings landslides and floods blocking most of the routes at times while winters make it very difficult to live in the region.
So, we suggest you plan your holidays in Spring, Autumn, or Summer for the best travel experience.
Upon your arrival at the TIA, one of our representatives will be waiting to welcome you. After meet and greet, you will be transferred to the hotel booked for you to rest. There you will freshen up and we will see you in the evening for the welcome dinner at a typical Nepali Restaurant. Our trip starts immediately on the next day, so we suggest you segregate your travel items in a separate bag from your luggage.
Early in the morning, after an amazing breakfast, we will take a thrilling flight to Lukla Airport. The flight gives you a bird’s eye view of the valleys, rivers, hills, and gradually mountain ranges. Even though the flight is only for half an hour, it does not fail to mesmerize you now and then. As we land at Lukla Airport, which is already exciting, we start our trek to Phakding, our destination for the day. After obtaining the permit for the region, we will slowly move through the settlements on a mixed trail of dirt, stone pathways, and some rocky sections at times. This is an easy start so make sure to enjoy all the greeneries, floras, and faunas as you walk. The trail takes you over several suspension bridges and along the Dudh Koshi river. Enjoy the rest of the day at Phakding.
After Phakding, we move towards another beautiful destination, Namche Bazaar, which is the commercial point of the Khumbu region, also called Sherpa Capital. Passing through the dense luscious forests of pine, juniper, Rhododendron, looking out for animals in the Sagarmatha National Park, climbing the stairs, enjoying the rages of rivers at some points, and mostly walking uphills are the major activities of the day’s trek. This trek will be long and tiring as we start gaining significant elevation. As we reach Namche, we rest at our hotel and enjoy our dinner.
The next day, we will go on short hikes around the village area and experience some local sherpa culture. We might even visit the museum and Everest View Hotel for a mesmerizing view of Everest.
After acclimatizing at Namche, we set our feet on the trail towards Khumjung valley, also called the green valley because of its dense vegetation. We follow the rocky pathways, steep uphills, rugged terrain, and most importantly enjoy the glimpses of the mountains at a distance throughout.
After Khumjung, we then approach the most beautiful and tranquil part of this Trek, the Tengboche monastery. This trail is a mix of smooth up and downhill paths with a steep uphill climb through the forests before we reach Tengboche. If we got lucky, we may even be able to spot some musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar, and pheasants along our way.
Tengboche monastery is one of the most popular monasteries among Buddhists around the world. The views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam are visible towards the north while Thamserku and Kangtega stand towards the south with striking views. We will also join in some prayer ceremonies and rest for the day.
After spending our night in Tengboche, we begin our trek for the day towards Dingboche where we will stay for the next day to acclimate ourselves. Following the path down from Tengboche towards Deboche through the forests of Rhododendrons, we cross a bridge over the raging Imja river. Then we gradually climb uphill to reach the village of Lower Pangboche where we can witness the spectacular views of Ama Dablam. We then move across the valley to reach our destination Dingboche at the start of the Imja Tse valley after an approximate walk of 5-6 hours. We spend our next day here to prevent any kind of mountain sickness as we go higher. We go on short hikes around the area to get some striking views of the mountain grandeur.
After acclimatizing in Dingboche, we head towards another beautiful stop, Lobuche. The journey starts with a climb to the ridge behind Periche until the tea houses at Dughla followed by a steep ascent to the terminal moraine of Khumbu Glacier. You will encounter a series of stone monuments made in the memories of climbers who couldn’t make it back home. We will reach the memorial of Scott Fisher and 10 times Everest summiteer Babu Chhiri Sherpa who remained in the mountains.
After walking for almost 6-7 hours on rugged terrain we reach Lobuche, a small settlement of Sherpas. It is the final village with lodges on this trail to Everest. We take a day’s rest at Lobuche and enjoy the day with short excursions to view the beautiful mountains in the outskirts. Great Peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur Himal are clearly seen during the trek on this trail. With the end of the Khumbu Glacier, Mt Nuptse lies towards the right but Everest is yet to be seen.
The air gradually becomes thinner and there can be high chances of altitude sickness so we recommend you to keep communicating with your sherpa guide all the time about how you are feeling.
We will then slowly move up towards Lobuche Peak Glacier Camp through rugged and rough terrain. As we cross the Lobuche Glacier and move forward through the challenging path, we reach the Lobuche Base Camp where we will practice some climbing with our gears and equipment. On this day, we will stay overnight in a full-proof tent so that we can move early the next day for our summit. We will have two climbers in one mountain tent with separate kitchen, dining, bathroom tents.
As we will have gained significant elevation, chances of altitude sickness are high. We suggest you keep communicating with each other and walk slowly at a maintained pace.
We wake up shortly after midnight and prepare to head for the summit as the views look mesmerizingly beautiful and clear during the early morning. After hours of ascent on snow, ice and rocks, we finally reach the summit of Lobuche East Peak. We take a moment to admire the scenic beauty of the Khumbu Region.
The panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Cholatse, and other more peaks are simply breathtaking. After some amazing photoshoot, we trek back to our destination for the day, Thukla/Dughla, a small settlement at the endpoint of Khumbu Glacier, which is also called the memorial point as it owns numerous memorial structures in the memory of those who lost their lives in the Khumbu region. We set up a tented camp at Thukla to rest overnight.
These two days are allocated for contingencies like bad weather, health conditions, and other unforeseeable events.
After a successful summit and trek back to Thukla, we then move towards Pangboche, a small settlement in the Himalaya of the Imja Khola Valley, towards the northeast of Tengboche mostly used as the base camp for Ama Dablam and trekking. While in Pangboche, we will visit the monastery that houses the head of the “Yeti” and the Pangboche school built by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust.
On this day, our trek begins from Pangboche to Namche after early morning breakfast. The trail is gorgeously overwhelming as it takes us through the Rhododendron Forests, Alpine trees of pine, and Junipers. Further ahead, we cross the Dudh Koshi river and follow the gorge through dense coniferous forest. Traveling along a steep rugged path up and down and twisting on numerous curves, we finally reach Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa Capital to rest overnight.
The trail from Namche to Lukla is equally refreshing and exciting. We go through lush green forests crossing numerous suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River. Retracing the path we moved on earlier for almost 5-6 hours, we reach Lukla for the day’s rest.
After a long wonderful stay in the Khumbu region, it's time to get back to the capital city Kathmandu where we will explore World Heritage Sites like the Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath Stupa, Durbar Squares in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan, and many more. You can also spend your time and relax at Thamel, a popular place for tourists to hang out and relax. You can also buy some souvenirs for friends and family from Nepal. On the 17th day, we will all join for a farewell dinner and bid farewell to each other.
On the last day of the itinerary, it’s time for farewell. You may choose to extend your stay or fly back home. In the latter case, one of our representatives will drop you off at the airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight time. We wish for safe travel.
Trekking and mountain Expeditions in the Everest Region are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, domestic flights to Lukla may be delayed or canceled. In cases as such, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, we can arrange it at a nominal extra charge.
Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure.
Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required. But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.
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