Feel the Adventures in Nepal

Image Alt

Lobuche Peak

Lobuche Peak

$2200 per person

A special climb in the Everest Valley. Situated in the Everest region and standing at a height of 6,119 m, Lobuje East is one of Nepal’s highest trekking peaks, with dazzling summit views of Everest, Cho Oyo, Nuptse, and Lhotse.

Lobuche can be clearly seen from Pheriche, en-route to Everest, with the rocky East Face of Lobuche rising over the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and dominating the skyline.

Due to the technical experience required to climb the steep snow/ice slopes that lead to the true East Peak, most guided ascents are to the summit ridge only, as far as the subsidiary snow-summit. However, this is a demanding and rewarding climb that will appeal to experienced trekkers and to keen mountaineers. You will need to be in good physical shape to realistically be able to summit the peak. Ideally, some prior mountaineering experience is required, although an introduction to basic ice-climbing skills, rope-work, and mountaineering safety will be given prior to the ascent.

Fixed Trip Dates

Spring   2021   18 Apr – 6 May, 9 – 27 May

Autumn 2021   17 Oct – 4 Nov, 7 – 25 Nov

0 Reviews

Tour Plan

Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel
Day 02 : At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek
Day 03 : Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding
After a very early start, and an early take-off from Kathmandu Domestic Airport, a 45 minute flight is all it takes to propel us into the Everest region of Nepal. The landing at Lukla (2800m) is spectacular and on arrival we are greeted by our sirdar and trekking crew who organise the luggage. We start the trek with a gentle walk to Phakding (2800m), a further 3 hours to the north.
Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar
From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley, staying 100m above the river on its west bank. The trail leads us to Jorsale (2810m) where we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. From here we continue on an ever-steepening trail to Namche Bazaar (3440m), known simply as Namche. En route we cross the spectacular suspension bridge high above the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and the Dudh Kosi, and shortly after glimpse our first view of Everest, way off to the north-east. The trail to Namche is steep and seems long, but eventually we reach the remarkable Sherpa capital perched high on the hillside and dominated to the east by the immense bulk of Kwangde (6187m).
Day 05 : Acclimatisation day in Namche
Acclimatisation is important before trekking higher, and this is the first of two scheduled stops which allow us to gradually become used to the effects of altitude - the lower pressure and the thinner air. We can spend the day by taking a side trip to Thami or Khumjung, by visiting the National Park Visitor Centre on the hill above Namche or by simply resting and browsing in the shops in the town. Namche is a fascinating place simply to “hang out” and take in the culture of the mountains, from the trading of visiting Tibetans to the stories of departing mountaineers.
Day 06 : Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tanga
From Namche we trek north-east on a direct line to Everest, starting up the hill to the Visitor Centre and continuing on a reasonably flat easy trail high above the Dudh Kosi. Ahead of us we can see one of the most beautiful mountains in the Khumbu - Ama Dablam (6856m), as well as Everest still far off in the distance. At Sanasa we branch off the Everest trail and head up the hill to the small settlement of Mong where we stop for lunch. From here it is a steady descent to the Dudh Kosi at Phortse Thanga (3500m). This is a beautiful riverside settlement and is our spot for the night.
Day 07 : Phortse Thanga to Dole
From the river the trail initially climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forest and then continues high above the Dudh Kosi, steadily gaining height. We pass through the settlements of Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) and eventually reach our site for the evening at Dole (4200m). All through the day we have fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.
Day 08 : Dole to Machhermo
From Dole the gain in altitude to our next evening’s camp site is small, only 200m. The trail continues high above the west bank of the Dudh Kosi and we obtain tremendous views of the mountains at the northern end of the valley, including Cho Oyu, as well as back down the valley to Ama Dablam, and across the valley to Tawache and Cholatse. Machhermo at 4410m is a pleasant village with several tea-houses.
Day 09 : Machhermo to Gokyo
Beyond Machhermo the valley widens and the trail passes through the settlement of Pangka before descending to the river. From here it is a steep ascent up the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier to the first of the Gokyo lakes at 4650m. The trail then levels off and passes the second lake at 4690m, eventually making its way to Gokyo at 4750m. Gokyo is a sizeable settlement with many tea-houses, located in a delightful area on the edge of the lake, and is the main objective for many of the trekking groups that we will encounter. The views from Gokyo are magnificent and tomorrow we will climb the hill above Gokyo village, known as Gokyo Ri, to obtain fantastic views of Everest and Cho Oyu.
Day 10 : Climb Gokyo Ri, trek to Tagnag
We start the day by slowly ascending to the top of Gokyo Ri at 5350m, and are rewarded by magnificent views of Everest to the east and Cho Oyu to the north. After descending to Gokyo and resting we retrace our steps to the area between the first and second lakes and take a trail eastwards across the Ngozumpa glacier. This takes us to the small settlement of Tagnag (4700m) where there are several tea-houses.
Day 11 : Cross Cho La to Dzongla
We make an early start, and continue upwards towards the pass that links the Gokyo and Everest valleys - the Cho La. From Tagnag it is about 3-4 hours of slow walking to the pass at 5420m. Whilst this is a hard morning’s walk, we are rewarded by fabulous views on both sides of the pass. From the pass we descend slowly on a rough trail to the small settlement of Dzongla where there are a few tea-houses. We make our overnight stay here, and have a superb view of the immense peak of Cholatse.
Day 12 : Rest and preparation day at Dzongla
Today we rest and prepare ourselves for the ascent
Day 13 : Dzongla to High Camp
From Dzongla we descend down the main trail towards Lobuche Village but branch off to the the left after one hour and follow an easy trail up to High Camp. This is a short day, 2-3 hours, and we arrive at High Camp with lots of time to rest and prepare for the early departure the following night. High Camp is situated in a beautiful spot next to a small lake and we have great views up to the summit and we can see our route high on the mountain. High Camp is situated at an altitude of approx. 5100m. We stay in a tent for the first time and take our meals in a large dining tent.
Day 14 : Ascent of Lobuche Peak and walk out to Pheriche
We get a wake-up call at 2am and aim to leave at 3am. The ascent usually takes 6-7 hours with the first half being on rocky slabs and the second half being on snow. There is a fixed line to the summit once we reach the snow and we carefully make our way up using a jumar for protection. The summit area is wide and gives us a chance to rest and enjoy the amazing views before we make our descent. For the descent, some clients prefer to abseil/rappel down the steeper sections whilst some prefer to use other techniques that they are familiar with. At all times the guides ensure that the party travels safely. We arrive back at High Camp early in the afternoon and after a short rest we continue down to Pheriche, a further 2-3 hours away. Today is a long and tiring day but very satisfying.
Day 15 : Contingency day
We allow a spare “buffer” day in case of bad weather
Day 16: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
From Pheriche we will head towards the Pangboche via the main Everest trail, reaching the famous Tengpoche monastery where we can stop for tea and a leisurely visit to the monastery before continuing on to Namche Bazaar. From Tengpoche the trail drops steeply to the river at Phunki Thanga, and then rises again to traverse high above the river on a winding trail into Namche Bazaar.
Day 17 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla
The final day of our trek, and a sense of relief for some and sadness for others as we retrace our steps along the trail above the Dudh Kosi. We start by descending steeply out of Namche and shortly before we cross the suspension bridge below Namche we get a last chance to see Everest before it is out of sight until the next time. We lunch at Phakding and then continue down the trail, rising up to Lukla to arrive by mid-afternoon.
Day 18 : Lukla to Kathmandu
We return to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu with a 45 minute flight back to the domestic airport. Here you will be greeted and transferred back to your hotel in Kathmandu. Arrival times back into Kathmandu vary, however it is usual to arrive back at your hotel by mid-afternoon at the latest.
Day 19 : Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home
We recommend that you book a flight out of Nepal in the late afternoon or early evening to ensure that you have enough time should there be any delay when flying back from Lukla.

What is included in the price?

Airport Transfers

When you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport you'll be greeted by our representatives and transferred to your hotel. Likewise when you return home you'll be transferred to the airport and looked after by our staff.

For your flights to and from Lukla you will also be similarly looked after by our ground staff and trek staff for transfers to and from the Domestic Airport Terminal.

Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

3 nights in a 3 star hotel, bed & breakfast, sharing in a twin room is included or a single supplement can be added to your package.

Internal flights

The return flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

On the trek/climb

Our trips are all operated on the GAP system - Guides, Accommodation, Porterage. Over our many years of experience we have realised that clients prefer to choose and pay for their own food and drink on the trail. Not only does this result in a more cost effective regime but it takes into account the many factors that can influence our clients choice. Some clients prefer a hearty breakfast with relatively light lunches and dinners, whilst others prefer the opposite and so we allow our clients to make their choices and the sirdar helps to settle bills as we progress along the trail. We recommend that you allow US$25 per day for food and drink.

Permits and Entrance Fees

All trekking and climbing permits and entrance fees are included.

Camping nights

Our climbing trips necessitate a small number of nights in camp where there is no access to tea-houses. Here we use a full camp service - tents, mats, food and drink. This is provided as part of your trip price.

Equipment on climbs

We provide the necessary equipment for safety and progress on the mountain e.g. ropes, snow stakes, but require our clients to provide their own personal climbing equipment. This can be hired locally or brought with you.


Book Your Trip : Lobuche Peak