Friendship World Trek- Lobuche Trekking Peak, Lobuje peak Basic climbing course, Trekking holidays and mountaineering expeditions to the Himalayas, Bhutan and Tibet - Trekking holidays in Nepal
Lobuche: There are two distinct summits to Lobuje Peak - Lobuje East (6119m/20070ft) and Lobuje West (6145m/20161ft). Lobuje is an attractive summit, offering a variety of existing routes and a wide scope for new lines. Seen from near Pheriche, the dark triangle of its rocky East Face rises above the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier to an icy skyline. This skyline forms the South Ridge, the junction of the East Face with the glaciated South-West Face and the line of the normal route of ascent. This in turn leads to the summit ridge running northwest from the top of East Face through several small summits to the East Peak.
Lobuche East is the hardest of the trekking peaks that commercial groups attempt. In the Everest Region (Khumbu) only Kwangde and Kusum Kangru are more difficult. The main peak of Lobuche is Lobuche West and is not included in the trekking peak permit. Therefore for a legal climb to Lobuche West (Main Peak) an Expedition Peak Permit is required which is considerably more expensive. Now follows a description of Lobuche East (20075ft, 6119m 27 58 08N, 86 47 04S). Good conditions and a dawn or pre-dawn start is recommended. The average gradient for the entire climb is not steep, but there are areas of messy seracs that require two axes, front pointing and belaying. The ridge route is sometimes easier. Many climbers who take this approach stop at the top of the ridge, thinking this is the summit of Lobuche East. But infact a continuation on the knife-edged ridge is needed (roped!) to reach the true summit.
|Best time to travel||March to May, October to December|
|Trip Grade||Very Hard|
|Departure Date||March to May, October to December|
|Trekking Hours||5 to 10 Hours|
|Mode of Travel||Challenge|
|Group Size||2 to 15|
|Style of trek||Challenging|
Day 1: Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel
Day 2: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu: Full day’s sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Return to the hotel.
Day 3: Flight from KTM – Lukla. Trek to Phakding (2,652m).
Day 4: Phakding to Namche (3,440m)-Beginning with a slight climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes a waterfall. All day, we pass villages interspersed with magnificent forest- rhododendron, magniolia trees and giant firs. And on the way to walking you will be rewarded (weather permitting) your first glimpse of Kusum Kanggru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m) Everest (8848m) and Nuptse (7879 m). A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche bazaar (3440m).
Day 5: Acclimatization day in Namche. Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation. It is therefore recommended that you take a short days hike to Thame, Khunde or Khumjung or relax and explore the sherpa culture of Namche.
Day 6: Namche to Tengboche (3,867m): after walking one hour you arrive in phungithanga from there the trail climbs through forests where you can spot musk deer. Tengboche sits on a saddle at 3870m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf fires and rododendroms. Kwongde (6187m) Tawache(6542m) Everest (8848m) Nuptse (7855m) Lhotse (8618m) Amadablam (6856m) Thamserku (6608m) provide and inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We visit the Bhuddist Monastry at Tengboche, the largest in Khumbu region.
Day 7: Tengboche to Pheriche: Beyond Tengboche the altitude really starts to tell. The trail droops down to Dingboche, crosses the Imja Khola and climbs past superb mani stones ( carved with the Tibetan Buddhist chant om mani padme hum) to Pangboche at 3860m The gompa here is worth visiting. Then the trail start climbs to Pheriche 4240m. Where there is a medical facility, which gives lectures everyday on Altitude Sickness.
Day 8: Pheriche to Lobuche
Day 9: Lobuche – Kalapathar back to Gorekshep
Day 10: Gorekshep to Everest base camp back to Lobuche
Day 11: Lobuche Base camp
Day 12: Acclimatization day at Base Camp
Day 13: Another Acclimatization day at Base Camp
Day 14: Make a High Camp
Day 15: Acclimatization
Day 16: Summit & Back to Base camp
Day 17: Lobuche Base camp - Dingboche
Day 18: Dingoche - Tenggboche
Day 19: Tengboche – Namche
Day 20: Namche – Lukla
Day 21 : Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 22: Kathmandu free day, evening culture show with nepali dinner, hotel
Day 23: Final departure, transfer to airport.