Lobuje Peak – 6119m

Arrival City

Kathmandu

Departure City

Kathmandu

Lodging level

Teahouse/ Camping

Meals

Trip Grade

Challenging

Maximun Altitude

6119m

Attractions

Activity

Trekking and Climbing

Overview

This is a classic trek to Lobuje Peak, one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal. Lobuje, also spelt as Lobuche, has two distinct summits, Lobuje East [6,119 m] and Lobuje West [6,145 m]. Though they are connected by a continuous ridge, there is a sharp gap and a considerable distance between them. This trek takes you to the East Peak.; in order to trek to the Lobuje West you need an Expedition permit.

Lobuje Peak is an attractive summit and offers a variety of trekking routes, some already existing and other probable ones. When 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 route of ascent. This in turn leads to the summit ridge running north-west from the top of the East Face through several small summits to the East Peak.

The first recorded ascent of the true Lobuje East was made by Laurence Nielson and Sherpa Ang Gyalzen on 25 April, 1984. From then, there have been numerous ascents of the summit by mountaineers from all over. Descending into a marked notch and climbing steep snow/ice slopes, you reach the top of the striking true East Peak. This peak is rarely climbed and often mistaken as Lobuje West. Most of the trekkers climb the summit ridge only as far as a subsidiary snow summit, before the notch, south-east of the true peak. While trekking to the East Peak, you need to be careful of the false summits.

Itinerary

It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. As your plane lands at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the arrivals and escort you to your hotel.

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Boudhnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and after that to Pashupatinath, the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. You take a tour to Patan also called as Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. You will walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.

A scenic flight of thirty minutes from Kathmandu brings us to Lukla airport, a cliff-hanging airport in Khumbu from where most of the trekking in Everest region begins. After meeting the crew, you head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.

From Phakding, you cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche, one of the most important stopovers during the trip. If the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading center in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the locals and the people from neighboring vicinity.

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, teashops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you can visit Khunde village which has Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, and Khumjung village which have a monastery known for having famous yeti scalp or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. You get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by some settlements with numerous teashops, you descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here you can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche Monastery, one of the most remarkable monasteries you visit during the whole trek. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam rising in the horizon can be seen from here.

You descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam [6,812 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the monastery, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours’ walk-through scrub junipers bring you to Dingboche.

A day for acclimatization. You get to wander up the valley to the summit of Nangkartshang Peak (5083m), from where you can get the stupendous 360-degree view of the mountains including Mt. Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Island peak, Amadablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Taboche and Cholatse. Another option can be a hiking to Chhukung Village (4730m) – the last village before Island Peak. If you want to push yourself a bit harder, you can also climb ChhukungRi (5550m), from where you can get the impressive view of ImjaTse (Island Peak), Imja Glacier, AmaDablam, Makalu and Nuptse. In that case an early start from Dingboche is required.

You continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Taboche on the left. Then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Thugla is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to many Sherpas and international climbers like Scott Fisher who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Leaving Lobuche, you trek along the trail about four hours to Lobuche Base Camp. After walking halfway on flat land, you follow steep ascending path to reach Lobuche Base Camp. The path is quite rocky and it moves along the bank of Lobuche Glacier. En route, you get to enjoy the spectacular views of Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokhalde, Thanserku, Kantega, etc.

Today is a rest day at the Base Camp for acclimatization and also for making the necessary preparation for the climb.

You begin your climb as you hike over smooth slabs, following cairns, (stone markers), onto the hard snow. Further on, there is steep climbing of about 60 degrees. You head along the knife-edged ridge, less than 12inches (25 centimeters) in places to finally reach the summit. At the summit, you will catch panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Cholatse, Pumori, Changri, etc. After enjoying your hard earned climb, you return to the Base Camp.

Leaving the Base Camp, you trek towards Pheriche. Descending all the way downhill passing Duglha, you finally reach Pheriche. You are rewarded with the spectacular views of Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokhalde, Thanserku, Kantega, etc.

Today’s trek is mostly downhill. You continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche you descend to the bridge over Imja River. At Phunki Tenga, you get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.

Your final day's trek follows the DudhKoshi back down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. You have a party with your Sherpa guides and porters. You sample some chang (local beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps. Altogether an end to a memorable trip on a merry note!

You pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu. On touchdown, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last-minute shopping and packing, or even go down for a stroll in Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.

Our Nepali support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National Parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking, etc). Please ask us 

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