At an altitude of 4910m, Lobuche is set on an ablation valley and is usually summited as a warm up climb before climbing Everest. Nevertheless, it has a beauty of its own. Positioned in the Khumbu district, it has 2 different summits. Lobuche East lies at 6119m and Lobuche West lies at 6145m. The summit presents the breathtaking view of the Khumbu Valley, glaciers and most importantly the amazing views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori. From the peak, Nuptse turns into a photogenic orange and then pink with the sky in the background that remains dusky with it’s enthralling beauty. The view of the majestic mountains, the landscape, lifestyle of the locals, culture, settlements, agriculture and the hospitality of the well known Sherpas, all adds up to the once in a lifetime experience.
The Lobuche package starts from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. After exploring the city, we start our trek on the 3rd day of arrival. We will fly to Lukla, the trekkers’ hub of Everest. Walking the trail of Everest, we reach the base camp and finally ascend the peak. The 16 days trip comprises of all the facilities such as 3 meals, tea/coffee (twice a day) and tent in climb, teahouse on other days and bed and breakfast in a deluxe hotel before and after the trek, guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and a free map and a t-shirt. Nevertheless, if you want to customize your itinerary we are at your service and value your judgment and safety.
Peak permit is required to climb the Lobuche east, whereas expedition permit is required to climb the Lobuche west. Moreover, it’s very necessary for any climber to plan the climb at the right time of the year. The best time is to climb Lobuche peak in Spring (April & May) and Autumn (October & November), as these seasons are very supportive in terms of temperature, weather, trail and visibility. The most important of all, Lobuche Peak (east) climbing requires knowledge regarding technical climbing (which can be provided in Kathmandu on special request), high level of physical fitness, sound health and strong mental determination to reach the summit.
- Airport pickup and drop from/to the hotel
- Welcome and farewell dinner with entertainment in a Nepali Resturant
- 3 night accommodation on Kathmandu on twin sharing
- Breakfast in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu City Tour
- KTM-Lukla-KTM flight
- Accommodation during the trek (lodge/ tent / tea house)
- Fresh fruit and 3 times meal during the trip
- 4 nights attached bathroom and hot shower ( Namche 3 nights and Lukla 1 night)
- Everest National Park Permit & TIMS Card (Trekkers Security Card)
- Lobuche Peak Special Climbing Permit
- One experienced Climbing guide for climbing section & One trekking guide for trekking Section (both leaders are English speaking, first aid trained, climbing leader is trained & licensed from Nepal Mountaineering Association- Rock climbing and mountaineering trained), the cost of camping and trekkers crew/ insurance
- 1 sherpa for each 2 members and his entire expenses
- All necessary Gov. Taxes and service charges
- Duffle bag
- Company Tshirt
- Area Map
- Nepal Visa
- Meals in Kathmandu except breakfast
- Monument entrance fees
- Extras (beverages, snacks etc)
- Travel Insurance
- Climbing Gears (Climbing rope, ice axe, ice crew and snow bar/ possible to hire or buy in Kathmandu)
- Oxygen bottle
- Tips as an appreciation
Namaste and welcome to the land of the Himalayas. Our team member will be at the airport with a board with your name on it. After dropping you off at your respective hotel, you will freshen up and visit us at our office in Thamel to further discuss on the climb. You will also meet your climbing Sherpas and guides provided by us to help you during the climb. You can discuss and brainstorm further on the expedition. Later, we will host a Nepali dinner for you in a well known Local restaurant. You will be served with a typical Nepali cuisine and get introduced to our culture and heritage. Night will be spent at the hotel.
Highlights: Nepali food, Cultural music and dance
Day 02: Rock climbing course in Kathmandu or Half day guided city tours of Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
You will have 2 options today: either to practice climbing with the gears in Nagarjun Real Rock or go sightseeing around the city. If you choose the 1st option we will take you to the Nagarjun hills to provide you with the climbing course with harness, rope, ice axe, crampons and other climbing gears necessary for the expedition. If not, we will go sightseeing around the alley and explore Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Highlights: Rock climbing experience at Nagarjuna natural rock climbing spot/ World Heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square (a historical structure offering architectural wonders), Pashupatinath temple (a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva- lord possessing the power of destruction), Swayambhunath (Stupa situated on top of a hill in the outskirts of the city) and Boudhanath (a Buddhist shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha- Light of Asia.
We will fly to Lukla from Kathmandu today. Early morning, you will be dropped at the airport where you will board on a plane to the Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Lukla means, “sheep corral” which is all it was before the airport was built. Upon reaching Lukla, we will have lunch there and accend towards Phadking. Following the main trail, we will pass settlements like Chheplung, Nurning and Chhutawa until finally reaching Phadking at 2610m. Night will be spent at Phadking.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Introducing the Hmalayas: scenic flight to Lukla with thrilling landing experience on one of the most dangerous airports in the world, the trail accompanied by various small Sherpa settlements, ancient monasteries, Chortens, Mani Walls, prayer wheelsk, the very first view of Kongde RI from Phakding, the company of roaring Bhote Koshi River and the beautiful village of Phakding known as the lodge city of the Himalayas, where you can visit a 500 year old monastery.
The route is filled with teashops and lodges with no more than half an hour of distance. If you resist the temptation to put your head down and walk, you will get an opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty the mountains have to offer for some amazing photographs. From Phakding we cross few bridges and walk past the rhododendron and magnolia forest and reach Monjo. Monjo is also considered as the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. After the necessary formalities, we will cross Monjo and walk along the Dudh Koshi River and finally reach Namche Bazar. The night will be spent at Namche.
Welcome to Namche bazaar. Today we will acclimatize and take a day off to get used to the high altitude. We will spend the day doing activites to help in acclimatizing. We will visit local villages like Khunde and Khumjung and explore the area. These villages are almost at equal altitude to Tengboche and will help in the acclimatization.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Understand and explore the Sherpa villages and the people in the villages of Khunde, Namche, Khumjung or even Thame, beauty and mystery offered by Khumjung, Laudo, Thame and various other monasteries and a number of Chortens, first view of Mt. Everest, Shyangboche panorama and the view of the longest Mani wall in the Khumbu Region. Museum, the National Park Headquarter and the facility of internet cafes are the additional attractions of the day.
You are likely to see Himalayan tahr and danphe early in the morning today on the way to Tengboche. Getting up early, we leave Namche and walk towards Tengboche. Although there are two trails out of Namche, we will follow the eastern trail which leads towards the Tenzing Norgye Memorial Stupa. The beautiful rhododendron and brich trail starts from here. Brich makes the best firewood and is also used to make Tibetan ornaments. From here we move east and continue our walk to Tengboche. Tengboche is a cultural and religious center for the Khumbu people. The night will be spent at a teahouse in Tengboche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Tenzing Norgay Memorial Stupa, the very first view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche, Kangtega and Thamserku, a pleasant walk through the Rhododendron forest, a view of water-driven prayer wheels from Phunki Tenga, Tengboche monastery, its structure, architecture and the panoramic view of peaks like Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku
The trail today starts beneath the Gompa lodge on the right side and heads to the water supply. The first settlements we come across is Deboche. The forest trail which is usually icy due to the snowfall leads to the small settlement of Deboche. Magnificient view of Khumbui Yui Lha can be seen from here. From here we hike towards Somare, and cross another bridge on a flat trail, through the alpine meadows and yak herds following the west bank of the Imja River. Before reaching the bridge we come across a trail junction where the Everest three pass trail meets the base camp trail. Leaving the Everest three passes, trail, we now continue on a regular Everest base camp trail and hike up to the Pheriche pass. Then a gentle hike down the pass past the bridge and stone walls will take us to the settlement of Pheriche. The night will be spent at a lodge in Pheriche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Forest of Rhodoendron, Juniper and Fir, staggering views of Mt. Ama Dalblam on the north and the view of Tengboche monastery down the hill, Mani walls, monasteries and Chortens around the settlements like Deboche, Chaturje, Pangboche and Pheriche, an insight on the lifestyle and culture of people living in these little Sherpa settlements and the view of yak pastures and potato fields.
We will have our 2nd acclimatization day in Periche at 4240m. We will have a 60 minute hike to the top of the ridge behind Pheriche to enjoy the stunning views of some of the towering peaks of the world as well as to adapt to the thinning air. The remaining days can be spent relaxing and preparing your muscles for the tough climb ahead or understanding about altitude. The night will be spent at a lodge in Pheriche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Splendid views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse Shar and the Island Peak from the ridge, a one hour class on altitude, by the doctors of the Tokyo Medical University Clinic at Pheriche and the lifestyle of people in Pheriche.
Leaving Periche we move towards Lobuche. We follow the valley trail taking us to Thokla or Dughla. The trail leads uphill and along the way we can also witness the memorial of the climbers who lost their loves in the mountain. We will also come across a pass which denotes the Khumbu Glacier. Walking alongside the west bank of the glacier, we finally reach Lobuche. Lobuche has a variety of standards in lodges and is usually busy during the season. We spend the rest of the day exploring Lobuche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Rough, rocky moraine path, memorials of Sherpas who lost their lives on Everest, view of the Khumbu Glacier, Italian Pyramid Research Center and surrounding peaks.
We start our trek from Lobuche towards the Base Camp. Walking along the west side of the Lobuche Glacier, we come across various spectacular mountains such as Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega and other Himalayas. After walking a rocky trail we finally reach the Base Camp. We set up our tent and have lunch while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding Himalayas.
Pre Summit Training: Our guides and climbing Sherpas will provide necessary instructions and and climbing techniques along with proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. You can also ask questions to your guide reguarding the health issues and other formalities. Overnight at Lobuche Base Camp.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights of the day: Wonderful views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega and other surrounding peaks, the adventurous trail along the Lobuche Glacier, and camping in lo buche Base Camp.
Early morning today, we continue on a rocky moraine path to reach the High Camp from the Base Camp. We will climb on rock surface as well as on ice and use ropes when necessary depending upon the season and the crevasses. Overnight in Lobuche East High Camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Experience Lobuche East, adventurous and thrilling camping.
We will be summiting Lobuche Peak today. Early in the morning, we start our climb towards the summit from the Base Camp. Our climbing Sherpas will set up ropes along the ice. Nonetheless, the rope setting will depend on the season as well as the crevasses. After the venturesome climb, we finally summit the Lobuche Peak at 6135m. From the summit, you get to enjoy magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori, and many more. After the summit, we will climb down to Lobuche following the trail. Overnight at Lobuche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Panoramic view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori and other snow capped peaks surrounding the Lobuche (East) Peak, summiting Lobuche and pleasant walk back to Lobuche.
After the memorable experience, we are ready to hike down to Namche today. From Lobuche we walk the same trail as before and continue towards the Everest Base Camp trail. Crossing various settlemants, manis, prayer flags, chortens and stupas we walk downhill. Leaving the rocky, arid land we enter the land full of greenery and end our trek at the famous village of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
(Highlights of the day: Amazing views of snow covered peaks, experience of variety in landscape and vegetations, settlements portraying the unique lifestyle, culture and agricultural practices of legendary Sherpas and the beautiful monasteries, Chortens, and Mani walls.)
We descend from Namche to Lukla today. We take the same trail as before and walk along the east of Bhote Koshi River. Crossing Jorsale and Monjo we cross the bridge and walk the west side of the river now. Commiting to the trail, we come across various settlements such as Phakding and Nurning. Following the path of Dudh Koshi River now, we reach Thado Koshigoan from where the path starts to diverse, We descend along Chheplung and Thalsharoa until finally reaching Lukla. In Lukla we have communication and various other facilities thus we can spend our time reminiscing in the café around or just strolling along the way. Overnight in Lukla.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights of the day: Last view of Mt. Everest along with views of other peaks, Rhododendron and Magnolia forest, roaring Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers, a dozen of Sherpa settlements and an insight on their lifestyle, view of a number of monasteries, Chortens, Mani walls and prayer flags.
We bid our farewell to the Khumbu region and board on the plan back to Kathmandu. On the way we can enjoy one last view of the Himalayas from the clouds. The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 3-4 hours depending on the weather condition. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will check in our hotel and spend the rest of the day either resting or strolling around the city. We will also host a dinner for you in the evening as a farewell where we can talk about the trek.
Today is the day for your departure. From the hotel, you will be dropped off at the airport. Hope you have a safe flight. Thank you and Namaste!
*Note: Desire Adventures is happy to facilitate you with your upcoming trips. Let us know if you want to extend your stay or plan your next trek/ expedition
Accommodation/ Food/ Communication:
The Khumbu region now has various facilities including WiFi and telecommunication services. Supplies for food are purchased or grown locally wherever possible or carried by porters. Since you will be trekking in the Himalayas, a star quality facility should not be expected. Nevertheless, in recent years huge changes has been made in the mountains as a provision for the trekkers. There are variety for the Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner including the American/ European Style food.
Beyond Lukla, although a lot of lodges have developed, there are still few lodges with no hot shower. Nevertheless, simple request can get you a bucket of warm water easily. Toilets are usually clean and Asian Squat Type.
Services and Facilities
Most lodges have small shops of their own to buy drinks or energy bars along the way. Theshops in Khumbu (specially in Namche and Lukla) are well stored. There are banks for foreigh exchange for cash at Namche, Lukla, Salleri and Khadbari. Post offices are also founf in these places. The offices and shops are usually closed on Saturday. Internet access is also available and WiFi are obtainable. GSM mobile phone also works along the trail up to Dingboche although you might lose network in some places.
Your safety is the most important to us. For this, the itinerary is planned according to your requirements and the team leaders are strictly suggested to follow the provided itinerary. Incase of unsupportive weather, bad health of a group member, or any other unexpected natural disaster, the team leaders are compelled, at the same time hold every authority to amend or even cancel the original itinerary, if it concerns your safety. In such cases, we expect and request you to remain calm and be flexible to follow the leader’s instruction and decision.
Though Lobuche Peak Climbing is not that very difficult, it definitely demands some technical knowledge. Therefore, basic technique and information on mountaineering like using crampons on boots, using climbing ropes, ice ax, harness, Carabineers, Descender devices is required to plan this climb. If you have the knowledge, that’s well and good. However, if you require one, our climbing experts will train you before ascending the peak. . If time permits, mock climbing classes are also arranged before climbing the peak.
We strongly recommend you to get a travel insurance if you are planning Lobuche Peak Climbing. The insurance should cover:
- Expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents
2. The cost of air ambulance, helicopter rescue or other treatment costs, like the cost of the medicine, hospital charges, doctor’s fee and repatriation cost.
3. All extra activities that you are planning, during your stay in Nepal.
4. Death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations.
Health and Medication for the trek
Some days might involve a lot of uphills and some might require a good mindset with excellent stamina since you will be trekking in the Himalays. Thus, we highly suggest you to get a physical examination at least 4-6 weeks, or longer and seek advice, medication and permission from your doctor, in advance of your trip. It is also recommended to take expert guidance from your local General Practitioner or physician having good knowledge of travel medicines. Make sure that you are screened for illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, anemia, ulcer disease, cardiovascular disease and lung related problems. Cardiovascular risk assessment should also be made, especially for anyone with a strong family history or person with over the age of 40. Get a good dental check up. Identify medicines that you are allergic to. Make sure you are immunized and vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, varicella, Hemophilus influenza type b infection, Hepatitis A and B Typhoid, rabies, yellow fever, cholera, meningococcal disease and encephalitis. In the absence of GP, we recommend you to seek advice from travel clinics.
We would highly recommend you to carry your regular personal medicines along with a First Aid kit. Additionally, we also request you to add blister kit, sunscreen, bandages, insect repellent containing DEET, topical antibiotic cream, iodine tablets and /or water filter, Diamox or Acetazolamide, Acetaminophen or Tylenol for analgesia, Ibuprofen or Advil for analgesia and as an anti-inflammatory agent, Immodium or Lomotil for diarrhea, Afrin-a nasal decongestant, Pepcid or Zantac for heartburn, an antibiotic, especially a Quinolone such as Ciprofloxacin or Leavaquin, pain medicine such as Tylenol with codeine or Hydrocodone and last but not the least, if you are prone to exercise-induced Asthma or Asthma associated with bronchitis or upper respiratory infections, we suggest you to bring Asthma inhaler.
Nevertheless, we request you inform us regarding your present health condition, medical situation, preceding illnesses and the regular medications you are taking. We also expect you to be honest regarding these issues, so that we can get prepared for emergencies.
It is very easy to obtain Nepal’s visa. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or you can buy this upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. Therefore, visa is required for longer stays. However, for the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:
Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees:
Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost
Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency
(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan,Dillibazar, Kathmandu.
Tel: 00977-4433934, 4429660, 4438862, 4438868. You can also download visa form from – www.immi.gov.np)
With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.
Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:
Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.
Round the clock service:
Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.
Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:
Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.
Importance to Sustainable Tourism:
We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.
No exceptions with quality and equipments:
Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency. Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.
5:1 Client Guide Ratio
We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles.
Why Desire Adventures?
- Exceptional Product Knowledge
- Fair Price and Service Quality Guaranteed
- Guaranteed Departure on each booking
- Ultra-personalized itinerary and Unmatched Flexibility:
- We Maintain 1:5 Guides:clients Ratio