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Lobuche Peak Climbing - 15 days

Lobuche Peak Climbing - 15 days
Trip Facts
Destination Lobuche Peak
Activity Peak Climbing
Duration Fifteen days
Grade Challenging

About the Trip

Lobuche Peak (6,119m/20,075ft) is a perfect introductory climb to the Himalayan peaks. Furthermore, as Lobuche peak lies in the Everest region, you will also get unparalleled views of some of the tallest mountains on Earth, including Everest and Nuptse.

Highlights

  • Lobuche East Peak (6,119m/20,075ft)
  • Scenic flight to Lukla
  • One of the world’s highest airports at Syangboche (3,780m / 12.402ft)
  • Views of some of the highest peaks, including Everest (8,848), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m),
  • Sagarmatha National Park
  • Prayer wheels, colorful flags, mani stones, high suspension bridges
  • Ancient monastery in Tengboche (3,867m / 12,687ft)
  • Khumjung monastery believed to house a yeti scalp
  • Wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopards, and Himalayan tahr

Benefits of Lobuche East Peak Climbing with Discovery World Trekking

  • Free transfer on a private vehicle from Tribhuvan International Airport to your hotel on arrival and vice-versa on return
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom) and online trip briefing
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Monitoring for blood oxygen saturation level using an oximeter. Other medical kits.
  • Sleeping bags and down jacket arrangements if you do not have your own
  • Free excess luggage storage service during the trip

Comprehensive Overview

The 15 days Lobuche East Climbing is an adventurous trip in the Khumbu Valley that includes substantial trekking to reach the Lobuche peak and all the way back. You must arrive at least two days earlier than your trip departure date. After a day of preparation and an official briefing, on the third day, we will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport for a 40-minute flight to Lukla.

After a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you will trek to Phakding. The trek will be short but memorable as you will witness the grand mountains that have captured the imaginations of trekkers, climbers, and adventurers all over the world.

From Phakding, you will travel to Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the Khumbu region. As you spend a day acclimatizing at Namche, you can explore this Sherpa town, which is home to several bakeries, wi-fi-linked restaurants, hotels, and shops that sell anything from souvenirs to mountaineering gear and equipment. You also have a chance to visit the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde. 

From Namche, you will head to Tengboche through a trail that passes through a forest area before arriving at Phunki Thenga. You will then continue to either Tengboche or Deboche to spend the night. The following morning you will leave Tengboche/Deboche for Dingboche. From the trails, you will get stunning views of the Ama Dablam. Dingboche, with its stone-walled farmlands, stands out from other neighboring settlements. You will be acclimatizing for one more day at Dingboche.

From Dingboche, we will take you to Thukla. The classic Everest Base Camp trek continues from Thukla to Lobuche, but we will stop at Thukla for the night and head to Lobuche High Camp the next day. At the Lobuche High Camp, our climbing Sherpa guide will instruct you on how to use climbing equipment and gear. 

On the 11th day, early in the morning, you will follow our climbing leader to the Lobuche peak summit. From the top of the peak, you will get a panoramic view of several mountains, including Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), Pumori (7,161m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), and Cholatse (6,440m). We are sure that climbing Lobuche will brush up your climbing skills and help you to climb other peaks in the future. After summiting Lobuche, you will head to Namche. 

In case you cannot climb Lobuche on the designated day, we have allocated one extra day. After climbing Lobuche, you will get back to Thukla for the night. From Thukla, you will return to Lukla via Namche Bazaar. The next day, you will fly back to Kathmandu, where your trip ends. 

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Arrival at Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport-TIA) (1,350m/4,450ft), transfer to hotel.

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 1,350m/4,450ft

    You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and find our company representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it. After greeting you, our representative will present you with a garland as a welcome gesture and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle.

    • Overnight stay at your hotel
  2. day 2

    Official briefing/Preparation Day

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 1,350m / 4,450ft

    On this day, we will be conducting an official briefing. During the briefing, we will also recheck your luggage to ensure you have packed all necessary items. Your instructor will also provide vital information, answer your queries, and motivate you. You can use the rest of the time to explore Kathmandu Valley. We suggest you visit UNESCO heritage sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swaymbhu Nath, and Durbar squares.

    • Overnight stay at your hotel
  3. day 3

    Flight to Lukla (2850m/9,350ft) ¾ hr, trek to Phakding (2,650m / 8,690ft) – 3 hrs

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40 Minutes
    Trek Dstance 6.2km / 3.8miles
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft.
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    The trekking starts on the third day. Early morning, after breakfast, we will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for a scenic flight to Lukla. Lukla is the gateway to the Khumbu region (Everest region), and as you reach Lukla, you will find yourself transported in a unique landscape with towering snow peaks surrounding you. After deboarding at Lukla, you will trek to Phakding. 

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel Lodge (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Trek from Phakding (2,650m / 8,690ft) to Namche Bazaar (3440m / 11,285 ft) - 6 hrs

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7.4km / 4.6 miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    After spending a night at Phakding, the following morning, we will take you to Namche Bazaar. It is the largest settlement in the Everest region and is also known as the gateway to Everest. While on the way, you will trek along the northern banks of Dudh Koshi River, cross several suspension bridges eventually reach the Sagarmatha National Park. At the Sagarmatha National Park check post we will register our permits and head into the forest. From the trails that pass through the forest, you can get the first glimpses of mount Everest.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Rest Day to Relax and Acclimatize at Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285 ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft

    You will have gained substantial height by reaching Namche Bazaar, so it is a good idea to acclimatize and relax at Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is full of bakeries, internet-linked cafes, and restaurants, along with all sorts of shops, including those that sell mountaineering gear and equipment. You will also have the option to visit the Sherpa villages of Khunde and Khumjung. If you want to see mount Everest some more, you can choose to trek to the Everest View Hotel.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285 ft) to Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft) - 5 Hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.2km / 5.7miles
    Highest Altitude 3,855m / 12,850ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    After breakfast, you will leave Namche Bazaar and head towards Tengboche. The trails are full of ups and downs that will exhaust you, but the views will reward you amply. As you pass through the forests, you might get glimpses of wildlife, such as musk deer, pheasant, and Himalayan tahr. Up ahead on the trail lies Phunki Thenga, and after Phunki Thenga, you will reach Tengboche. If we reach Tengboche early, we will trek forward to reach Deboche to spend the night.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Trek from Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft) to Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft) - 5 Hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12km / 7.45miles
    Highest Altitude 4,360m / 14,290ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    From Tengboche, we trek ahead to reach Dingboche, passing through Pangboche village. As you tread forward, you will witness several chortens, mani walls, and other high-altitude settlements. The views of Ama Dablam from this path look absolutely stunning. The trails are quite demanding, but as you enter Imja Valley, you will get some relief just before tackling the steepest trail that reaches Dingboche. Dingboche is famous for its farmlands lined with stone walls to protect crops from cold and also wild animals.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Rest day and acclimatization at Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 4,360m / 14,290ft

    You will be acclimatizing for the second day at Dingboche, as you would have achieved a substantial height. We will suggest ways to acclimatize and make the most out of the day at Dingboche. However, we recommend you hike to a ridge above Dingboche to enjoy the views of several snow-capped mountains like Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Island Peak, and Makalu.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Trek from Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft) to Thukla (4,620m / 14,210ft) 3 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 5km
    Highest Altitude 4,620m / 14,210ft
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    Today’s trek will be comparatively shorter. After a hearty breakfast, we leave Dingboche and head to Thukla. The classic Everest Base Camp Trek continues to Lobuche from Thukla, but we will be staying at Thukla. Thukla lies at the bottom of the hill, and the trails are not that difficult. A short walk to Thukla means you will have plenty of time to acclimatize.

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Trek from Thukla (4,620m / 14,210ft) to Lobuche High Camp (5,400m / 17,712ft): 4-5 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 3.5km / 2.2miles
    Highest Altitude 5,400m / 17,712ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    After breakfast, you will leave Thukla and head north toward Lobuche High Camp. The Lobuche High Camp is at 5,400m, and you will gain a substantial height. Upon reaching the Lobuche High Camp, your climbing leader will instruct you on the techniques to use gear and equipment like an ice ax, climbing boots, crampons, ascenders, harnesses, etc. 

    • Overnight stay at a tent camp
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  11. day 11

    Lobuche High Camp to Summit (6,119m / 20,070ft) and back to Thukla (4,620m / 14,210ft): 8-10 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6.5km / 4.03miles
    Highest Altitude 6,119m / 20,070ft
    Trek Duration 8-10 hours

    Weather permitting, this will be your biggest day as you leave Lobuche High Camp and head towards the summit with our Sherpa Climber leading the path. To avoid the afternoon wind, you will be climbing in the morning. From the top of Lobuche, you can get glorious views of some of the tallest mountains, including Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), Pumori (7,161m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), and Cholatse (6,440m). After savoring the views, you will return to Thukla to spend the night. 

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  12. day 12

    Contingency/reserve day

    We have allocated one extra day for this trip to account for unfavorable weather. If you couldn’t climb to Lobuche East Peak yesterday, we will head for the peak on this day. Else, you will just rest and enjoy the views at Base Camp or Thukla.

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  13. day 13

    Trek from Thukla (4,620m / 14,210ft) to Namche (3440m / 11,285 ft) – 6-7 hrs

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 4,620m / 14,210ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    After successfully summiting Lobuche, it is now time to return. There is no need for you to worry about more uphill climbs. It is time to descend. From Thukla, you will head towards Namche, passing Pheriche, Pangboche, and Tangboche. The trek will be a bit longer, but it is an easier trek day.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  14. day 14

    Trek from Namche (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft) 6-7 hrs

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 13.5km / 8.3miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    Today will be your last day in the trek region. You will leave Namche after breakfast and return to Lukla, where the your trek started. First, you will walk down to Dudh Koshi Valley and pass the beautiful village of Toktok before entering Lukla

    • Overnight stay at Comfort Inn
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  15. day 15

    Fly from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft) to Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,450ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40 Minutes
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft

    After breakfast, you will leave Lukla and return to Kathmandu on a flight lasting for about forty minutes. We hope your flight will be comfortable as you relive the memories that you made in the Everest region. The whole experience might have changed you into a better person. Your trek ends in Kathmandu.

    On the day you depart to your home country, we will transfer you from your hotel to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

What is Included?

  • Included standard meal (Breakfast)
  • Airport to hotel transfer during arrival and hotel to airport transfer during departure (Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu)
  • Both ways flight (Domestic) Kathmandu- Lukla (includes tax and government fees).
  • 12 days of tea house/lodge/tent camp accommodation during the trek
  • All standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek. Total - 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Our experienced and licensed climbing Sherpa guide fee
  • Porters (1 porter per 2 trekkers) for carrying gear/luggage during the trek. (We cover the porters’ meals, lodging, salary, transport, insurance, equipment, and other essentials.)
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry fees.
  • Lobuche Peak climbing fees
  • Tent and camping staff with the kitchen crew.
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit
  • Medical kits
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket for the trek
  • Oximeter for monitoring blood oxygen saturation levels to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks
  • All government and local taxes
  • Arrangement of emergency rescue (funded by travel insurance)
  • Discovery World Trekking Certificate of climb completion
  • Farewell Dinner at Kathmandu after trip completion

What is excluded?

  • International flight costs and taxes
  • Accommodations and meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses - laundry, telephone calls, beverages (hot (tea, coffee), cold and alcoholic drinks), and snacks
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra shower fees at lodges along the trail, battery recharge fees, and incidental expenses along the trail
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Extra cost due to itinerary modification for safety concerns, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, etc

Route Map

Route Map

Equipment list for Lobuche East Peak Expedition

We recommend you carry the minimum clothing and accessories needed for the trip. We will assign porters to carry your luggage, but your luggage weight limit is 9 kg. We provide one porter for every two trekkers/climbers, and our porters will not carry more than 18 kg of luggage. Although individual clothing preferences may differ, here is a list to help you pack. Remember that you can buy equipment in Kathmandu. Make sure to have the right size of gear.

Gear for Lobuche East Peak Climbing

  • Ice ax, for sure!
  • Climbing harnesses to secure you to a rope or an anchor point during peak climbing.
  • Screwgate karabiners - to be 100% sure knots don't pop open
  • Crampons - a traction device that will be attached to your footwear to improve mobility on snow and ice during ice climbing on Lobuche peak 
  • Tape slings- an essential part of a climber's kit to wrap around the section of rock and hitch to other pieces of equipment
  • Figure 8 Descender to use it as a zip flyer, either on friction mode or smoothie mode.
  • Rope
  • Ice hammer
  • Ice screw
  • Snow bar
  • Helmets
  • Ascender/Jhumar
  • Plastic mountaineering boots

 

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat, or wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp with extra bulbs and batteries
  • A warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic, which will keep you warm)
  • Headscarf (can be used in dusty conditions)
  • Prescription sunglasses (if you have medical prescriptions)

 

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


For Hands

  • A pair of mittens containing a Gore-Tex over-mitt matched, waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner
  • A pair of lightweight fleece gloves (or wool)
  • A pair of lightweight poly-liner trek gloves

 

Sleeping

  • Rucksack and travel bags
  • One medium rucksack or one large duffel bag
  • One sleeping bag 30 degrees DC
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner
  • Daypack/backpack of 50 liters max for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • Two large waterproof rucksack covers (if you need them)


Body (Upper-Lower)

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Expedition grade down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Liner gloves for tying knots
  • waterproof stuff sacks to keep your clothing dry 
  • A pair of hiking shorts, trousers, lightweight thermal bottoms
  • A pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • Thick thermal merino bottoms (Icebreaker 200, Odlo Revolution Thick)
  • Polar fleece trousers or similar mid-layer trousers
  • Gore-Tex (over)trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • Goose-down trousers or bibs or a down suit
  • A pair of breathable fabric, waterproof shell pants 
  • Non-cotton undergarments


Footwear

  • Hiking boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)
  • Two pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • A pair of hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support
  • Gaiters
  • Cotton socks
  • Gore-Tex hiking boots with ankle support
  • A pair of trainers or running shoes, and/or sandals
  • Two pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks


Essentials

  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take a porter or not).
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trekking)


Toiletries

  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Multi-purpose soap (must be biodegradable)


Medical Needs

  • Anti-diarrhea, and headache pills
  • Cough and cold medicine 
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • personal simple and light first-aid kit
  • First-aid tapes and plasters
  • One skin-blister repair kit
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • One set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lens supplies


Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera


Extra items

  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Tissue /toilet paper roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guidebook
  • Notebook and pen (if you want to write your moments)
  • A modest swimsuit
  • A Voltage converter (from 220 to 110 amperes)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (optional)
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products for female
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)

Trip Information

Free airport pickup

When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find our company representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it. After greeting you, they will present you with a garland as a welcome gesture and take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. We provide this service because we do not want you to face navigation problems in a foreign country. 

You will need at least three days of hotel stays in Kathmandu, but our package does not include this.

Getting to the Lobuche Peak climbing region

After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will participate in a trek briefing. During the briefing, we will provide vital information about the trek and recheck your luggage to ensure you have not missed packing the required gear and equipment. On the trip departure day, we will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport for a flight to Lukla - the region where the Lobuche peak lies. The flight will take you around 40-minute. When you land in Lukla, you will find yourself in a very new and unique environment - surrounded by high peaks.

 

Accommodations during the Lobuche Peak climbing 

You will be spending 12 nights in the trek region - Phakding, Namche Bazaar (3N), Tengboche, Dingboche (2N), Thukla (3N), Lobuche High Camp, and Lukla. All rooms are twin sharing basis and have attached bathrooms at most places. You will need at least three nights of hotels in Kathmandu - two before the trip and another after the trek - but this Lobuche peak package does not include these accommodations. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and interests, and we do not want to restrict your choices. 

You can enjoy hot showers and use Wi-Fi at tea houses/lodges, but you need to pay the service charge.

The Meals

We understand that getting to Lobuche East and climbing this mountain is physically exhaustive, and you will need plenty of nutrient-rich food throughout the trip. Hence, we will provide you with plenty of nutritious, tasty, and hygienic food. We hand-select the tea houses/lodges to provide you with the best food available in the trek regions.  

However, as you elevate, the food choices get limited as the food also gets expensive. The menu consists of food items that are local, Asian, or Western. For maximum health benefits, we recommend you take plenty of liquids, such as green, lemon, and ginger tea, hot lemon, and garlic soup (must). Similarly, we advise you to take lots of fresh vegetables but stay away from meat products for the quality of meat. 

We will provide you with 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 12 dinners during the trek.

Some of the popular menu items are -

Breakfast - Eggs, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Fruits, Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati, Local Tsampa porridge, Vegetables, Hot drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)

Lunch - Dhal, Bhat, & Tarkari, Macaroni dishes, Tenduk, Spaghetti, Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Dinner - Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Potato items, Tibetan Bread, Macaroni, Tenduk Spaghetti, Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Vegetable and Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Ramen, Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc

We also encourage you to avoid dairy items, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, and hot chocolates.

All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/ lodges except standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best time for Lobuche East climbing

The best time for Lobuche Peak climbing depends on the weather. You can find weather forecasts in the Everest region, but these are unreliable as weather forecasts at high altitudes are very difficult. 

Though you can trek in the Everest region, throughout the year, treks are easier with clear skies during certain months. 

Spring and autumn are great seasons for Lobuche East climbing as the skies are clear from dawn to dusk, the temperature is just right, and there are minimum chances of rain. Clear skies enable you to enjoy the scenery without obstruction. Here are the weather conditions at high altitudes.

 

January to February

This is the coldest period with heavy snowfall, especially during January, so we do not conduct this trip in January. However, beginning from late February, the days warm up, and admirable clear skies show up, but the nighttime will still be cold. It is perfectly fine to climb Lobuche East in February unless you suffer from cold allergies.

Temperature: 15°C to -15°C

 

March to April

This is one of the best times for Lobuche East climbing, allowing you to enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas ranges, glaciers, lakes, and other landscapes. Beginning in March, the weather warms up, and all flora and fauna dormant in winter become alive, feeding and breeding in the sun-kissed and pleasant temperatures. Temperatures start to go up considerably in the mid of March, and with clear skies, snow peaks look mesmerizing.

Temperature: 18°C to -12°C

 

May to June

Lobuche East climbing is also favorable during May and June, just before the monsoon enters Nepal, and lasts until mid-August. May to June provides a great window for a pleasurable Lobuche East peak climb. The mix of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.

Temperature: 25°C to -5°C.

 

July to August

Monsoon becomes active, and the rainfall hits its peak during this time, mainly at altitudes below 3,500m. Due to heavy rain, flights from and to Lukla can get delayed. Moreover, the trails are wet and slippery. So, Discovery World Trekking does not conduct Lobuche East climbing during July and August.

Temperature: 27°C to 5°C

 

September to October

September and October are the best months for Lobuche East climbing. As the monsoon ends, a perfect trekking climate begins. The temperature can go as high as 20 degrees in the daytime and dip to 5 degrees at night.

This season attracts most climbers, as clear skies provide stunning views of the snow peaks and cool temperatures make trekking comfortable. If you want to enjoy picture-perfect views without any worries or interruption, it is the best time to climb Lobuche. Some of the biggest Nepali festivals - Dashain, Tihar, Chhat - fall in these months, which adds a festive mood in all parts of Nepal. 

Temperature: 20°C to 5°C

 

November to December

The winter begins, and snowfalls start in the Himalayas region. By December it gets tough to trek, but it is a great time to climb Lobuche East during November, as November days are cool with clear skies. Discovery World Trekking does not organize Lobuche East climbing during December. 

Temperature: 18°C to -10 °C

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes quickly.

Acclimatization during Lobuche Peak Climbing

Our Lobuche Peak climbing package includes days allocated for acclimatization. It is crucial to acclimatize while trekking/climbing high elevations to minimize the chances of altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is common among trekkers, but severe altitude sickness is serious and needs immediate treatment. For this reason, you must need adequate insurance for Lobuche Peak Climbing.  

You will be acclimatizing in two places - Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. Namche Bazaar is a bustling Khumbu town, complete with wifi-linked cafes, restaurants, bars, bakeries, and shops that sell you anything from trek gear and equipment to souvenirs.  You can explore Namche on this day or even trek to Khunde and Khumjung - typical Sherpa villages. 

When acclimatizing at Dingboche, you can enjoy the views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Island Peak, and Makalu. Dingboche also hosts one of the world’s highest internet cafes. 

Our trekking guides have years of experience handling altitude sickness and are first-aid trained. So, your well-being is in safe hands. In case of severe altitude sickness, you need to descend immediately, and we deploy a helicopter for rescue  (paid by insurance). If someone in your team is ill or injured, your trek leader will decide whether to continue the trek or descend immediately based on the overall situation. 

Trip Grade Medical and Health

Lobuche East Peak Climbing is a challenging yet rewarding trek/climb. You will trek for 5 to 7 hours a day, depending on the destination, while taking regular breaks to soak in the views. Like other treks or mountain climbs, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the activities. Previous trek/climbing experience will be helpful but not necessary. However, if you suffer from heart, lung, or blood diseases, we suggest you consult your doctor before booking. 

 

Climbing group/single

We organize group as well as private climbs/treks. If you have your group you will be eligible for a discount. The bigger your group is, the more discount you can get. However, if we arrange a group, you will not get any discount. We can handle all group sizes and for groups larger than 11 trekkers/climbers we add an assistant guide. 

 

Electricity for recharge, water on trekking

All the lodges on the way to Lobuche Peak Climbing have electricity, and you can recharge your camera/cell phone at these lodges. However, you might need to pay for this service.

You can buy packed mineral water from local lodges and en-route shops, but we recommend you carry a water bottle and fill it with boiled water, which you can buy from tea houses/lodges. If you want we can provide water purification pills to make water drinkable. We strongly advise you not to drink water from local rivers, taps, or wells, as the water might not be drinkable.

 

A typical day 

Every day ushers in a new, exciting experience as you enjoy the landscapes, take pictures, explore new places, and try local food. Our team consisting of a trekking guide, climbing Sherpa, and porters, will accompany you to ensure your trip is comfortable and enjoyable. 

The day begins with an early morning breakfast. Then, the trek begins, and the exact time differs according to the length of the trek and trail conditions. You will have lunch around midday, often mid-way to the next destination. After lunch, you will rest for about an hour and continue on the trails. The afternoon walk will normally be short, around 2 or 3 hours.

After you reach your destination for that day, you can snack on your extra dietary food and explore the new place. We will serve you dinner at around seven. After dinner, your trek/climbing leader will brief you about the next day’s plan. Then, you will have plenty of free time for yourself. During this time, you can entertain yourself by playing board games such as cards, monopoly, or chess. If you have books, you can read them or discuss your experience with fellow travelers. Most of our guests also show interest in learning a few fun Nepali words from our crew. Then, when you are sleepy, you can head to bed. 

During the climbing days, the itinerary is less fixed as climbing depends much on the climber, weather conditions, and routes. Your climbing Sherpa will always look out for safer options. You might have to cross steep ice rocks, but you need not be worried. Our guides will arrange a safe climb. The Sherpas will fix new ropes at difficult sections of the path.

 

Communication during the trip

During the Lobuche Peak Climbing, you can remain in contact with your friends and families using the internet service available at the tea houses/lodges you will be staying. However, you may need to pay a small fee to use the service. At high altitudes, we will use mobile/cell phones to communicate. Discovery World Trekking remains in contact with all its trekking teams at least once a day via the trek lead. 

If you wish, you can easily buy a local SIM in Kathmandu. However, based on the service provider, the mobile signals may not be strong enough at high altitudes. 

You can pay a small fee to use the Wi-Fi available at the lodges/teahouses.

Extra personal expenses during the trek/climb

Though Lobuche Peak Climbing package covers most costs during the trip, it does not cover all costs. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu before and after the trek/climb are not covered, as there are plenty of hotels/lodges to suit most tastes and budgets. We do not want to restrict your preferences. 

Moreover, you will need to bring money for several things such as visa processing, travel insurance purchase, beverages (hot (tea /coffee), cold and alcoholic drinks), souvenirs, snacks, tips to crew members, etc. We estimate that you will need USD 10 to 20 per trekking day for personal expenses.

We recommend you carry cash (major currencies), which you can easily exchange for Nepali Rupees.

Lobuche East Peak Climbing Travel insurance

The trip grade for Lobuche peak climbing is the most challenging, and the trek/climb comes with certain risks associated with high-altitude journeys, such as potential altitude sickness. The weather in high altitudes can change quickly, making treks more difficult. Hence, adequate insurance is compulsory for Lobuche East Peak Climbing. 

All climbers must provide a copy of their insurance before departing for the trek. The insurance must cover helicopter rescue up to 6,000m, in addition to treatment costs. It is important because trek regions do not have adequate health treatment centers. So, in case of a health emergency, we might need to transport you to Kathmandu.

If you need, we can recommend insurers based on our previous clients’ experiences. However, we do not sell insurance in any shape or form. We request trekkers provide their detailed insurance information after booking the trek. In emergencies, we will use your insurance certificate and other informational documents for rescue. 

Before buying a travel insurance policy, you must call the insurers and make sure they provide helicopter rescue at altitudes up to 6,000m. You should not just rely on what insurance companies say on their website.

Passport and visa Info

All foreigners, except Indians, must acquire a visa to enter Nepal. But citizens from most countries are eligible for an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or along immigration checkpoints along Nepal-India, or Nepal-Tibet border.

For visa application, you will need a passport with at least six months of validity, visa fees, and a passport-size photo. The current visa fee is USD 50 for a 30-day stay. SAARC (India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Maldives) and Chinese citizens can get free visas with some limitations. Children under 10 get free visas. 

However, if you belong to any of these countries - Nigeria, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, and Afghanistan - you may not get an on-arrival visa. So, you must contact your local Nepali embassy for the visa. 

The Nepal government has the authority to change visa rules without prior notice. Hence, for the latest visa information, please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/.

 

Money Exchange

Nepali Rupee (NPR) is Nepal’s currency. 
(1 USD = ~ Rs.130 NPR)

You can easily exchange major foreign currencies through banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all-over Thamel. The money exchanges display their current rates publicly. Some hotels also exchange small amounts of cash. If you have Indian Rupees, ensure that you only have INR notes of 100 and 2,000, as these are only legal in Nepal.

Despite the security advantage of traveler's cheques, we advise you to bring cash and exchange them through money exchanges. If you use banks for exchanging money, you will have to pay a commission of 4 percent or more, depending on the bank. 

You can also withdraw cash (in Nepali Rupees) from ATMs all over Kathmandu. Several of these ATMs are open 24/7. However, you need to pay a fee of Rs. 500 to withdraw Rs.35,000 using a foreign card. 

Please exchange your currency in Kathmandu, as there are no currency exchanges in trek regions, and the locals only honor Nepali currency. We estimate you will need around USD 10 to 20 per trek day. 

Most Asian banks do not accept old, torn, or faded foreign currencies. So ensure that you have new, clean and crisp notes.

How much luggage can I bring to Lobuche East Peak Climbing?

Our package includes the cost of porters to carry your luggage, but your luggage weight limit is 9 kg per person. We will assign one porter for every two trekkers, but we do not allow our porters to carry more than 18 kg of luggage. If you need, we can certainly provide one porter per person as well. We advise you to bring only the bare essentials to the trek. You can store your excess luggage at your hotel or Discovery World Trekking storage for the duration of your hike. Discovery World Trekking provides this service free of cost. Please note that we will confirm your luggage during the trek briefing to ensure you have not missed packing essential items.

 

Lobuche East Peak Climbing Safety

We guarantee client safety, security, and satisfaction, and safety is of our utmost concern. To remain safe, we carry the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. Moreover, we use only the best equipment available in the market. Our leaders and guides are extensively first-aid trained. 

You will climb with a Sherpa guide who has summited Lobuche Peak multiple times. If any team member falls sick due to the altitude, the trek leader decides whether to continue the trek or descend immediately. Furthermore, we will trek/climb together for group safety.

 

Responsible travel

We strongly believe in protecting the environment against the adverse effects of tourism. Unsustainable tourism activities are detrimental to tourists, the entire tourism industry, and locals living in tourist regions. So, Discovery World Trekking works with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly, sustainable, and fulfilling treks that benefit travelers as well as the locals living in tourist regions.

We dispose of the waste properly and encourage trekkers to manage their waste as far as possible. Furthermore, we take special care to conserve and avoid polluting water. We encourage our clients to carry a water bottle instead of packed water. We aim to leave the campsites in better condition than when we arrived. 

 

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During Lobuche East Peak Climbing, our local, licensed, and well-experienced guides/Sherpas will accompany you to make your journey pleasant, comfortable, and memorable. For every two trekkers, we will assign a porter, but the combined luggage weight limit for a porter is 18 kg. We never overload our porters. If you have a group of 12 or more, we add an assistant guide to the team.

Our crew members are born and raised in remote high Himalayas and are perfectly at ease in the high Himalayas. Each of our staff members is precious to us. In addition to salary, we take care of their insurance, food, clothing, and lodging throughout the expedition/trek. They also receive medical care when ill or injured. We try our best to keep our staff members happy, as we believe only happy people can keep others happy. 

Our professional guides have

  • Government-authorized Trekking Guide Training Certificate
  • Fluency in speaking English and other major languages (Spanish/Japanese)
  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid Training Certificate
  • Conservation and biodiversity training
  • Rock climbing experience

 

Tipping

Tipping does not form any part of our employee’s wages. However, Nepali society accepts tipping and views it as a validation of good service. We advise you to tip collectively at the end of the trek. You should consider the duration and cost of the trip, as well as the quality of service received while tipping. 

 

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a Nepal-government-authorized, licensed, and bonded trek and tour operator in service for over a decade.

We are also members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Hence, you can book trips with us with confidence. We require 10 percent of the trip cost as an advance to confirm the booking. You can pay this advance through bank transfer, Wise or online. The rest of the amount is due when you arrive in Kathmandu. Again, you can pay in cash, through bank transfer, using credit cards, or through Wise. We will also email you the cost details and the modes of payment available. 

We request you send us the necessary documents, like a passport copy, your passport-size photos, travel insurance policy, and arrival and departure flight details within a week of booking. The number of domestic flights for Lukla is limited, and this airport remains very busy during the trekking seasons. Hence, it is always better to book Lukla flights in advance.

 

Trip extension

After completing the Lobuche East Peak climb, if you want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal, we can arrange fun activities that suit your preferences. There are many things to do, such as the Kathmandu valley tour, the Nagarkot view trip, the Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, and canoeing.

 

Feedback

After completing the Lobuche East Peak Climbing, Discovery World Trekking will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. After the dinner, we will present you with a trek/climbing achievement certificate (hardcopy). You can also provide your feedback after dinner, as your feedback will encourage us to better serve trekkers like you. 

 

Useful Info

We recommend you add two extra days to your itinerary as a safety margin to return to your country without missing the international flight. The domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu have chances of getting postponed. In case of delays, upon your request, we can arrange helicopters for you but it will cost you anywhere between USD 500 to 1000 based on demand and helicopter capacity. If there are no delays, we can arrange fun activities for you. 

Please Note: The Lobuche East Peak Climbing includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu, but we can accommodate your requests and schedule. So make sure to review your designated departure dates, and if they do not suit you, let us know, and we will arrange your trek/climb at your convenience. 

The itinerary listed above is a general guideline and may require modifications in rare cases due to circumstances beyond our control, including but not limited to bad weather, inaccessibility, unavailability of lodging and campsites, and unforeseen governmental decrees.

In such cases, you cannot hold us accountable for the delays or circumstances that arise due to delays. 

In the event of an itinerary adjustment or the need to redirect to other trails, your guide will decide after consulting group members and keeping in mind the interests of the team as a whole.

 

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