Our climb of Lobuche East Peak provides an excellent introduction into the world of Himalayan mountaineering. The route while somewhat steep and exposed is challenging and offers a truly dramatic expedition experience. The mountain consists of two summits, East and West with heights of 6,119m and 6,145m respectively. A continuous ridge connects both summits but there is a steep gap and substantial distance between them. The East Peak is recognized as a trekking peak, whereas the West is known as a technical climbing peak. The mountains East Face towers above the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to a spectacular skyline, forming the Southeast Ridge. The summit offers a 360° panorama of the Himalayas with five of the fourteen 8000 meter peaks visible in the distance. Lobuche East Peak is a great first Himalayan objective for new or experienced climbers.
Everest Base Camp Trek and Lobuche Peak Climb • 21 Days
This adventure combines a climb of Island Peak with a classic trek to Everest Base Camp. For most trekkers, the very thought of seeing Mount Everest from Kala Pattar or standing at the base of the Khumbu Icefall is a dream come true. Our journey begins in the historic city of Kathmandu, known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. We soon fly to Lukla and trek along the Dudh Koshi River until arriving in legendary village of Namche Bazaar, the main trading center of the Sherpa people and gateway to the Khumbu Valley. Over the next few days we visit the Tengboche monastery and we’re continually rewarded with amazing views of the north face of Ama Dablam and upper Khumbu Valley.
After reaching Everest Base Camp we turn our attention to Lobuche Peak and approach the mountain via the trekking outpost of Lobuche. We continue up valley towards the East Face of Lobuche Peak. After crossing the Khumbu Glaciers moraine we depart the main Khumbu trekking route and begin climbing open slopes until we reach base camp at Hidden Lake high camp. The Southeast Ridge route starts at the glaciers edge and soon begins climbing the narrow ridge on 45-50 degree alpine ice. As we gain the summit ridge, we are rewarded with increasingly stunning views of Everest and Lhotse to the east. The final stretch of climbing involves traversing the 30 degree ridge to the summit plateau.
Lobuche Peak is a great first Himalayan objective for new or veteran climbers seeking to expand their mountaineering or high altitude experience. Our expedition allows more time for acclimatization increasing your chance of completing the journey. During the spring climbing season our trek stays one night at Everest Base Camp.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1-11 • Kathmandu – Lobuche
Day 13 • Lobuche Peak Base Camp • 16,000 ft
Day 14 • Lobuche Peak High Camp • 17,700 ft
Day 15 • Lobuche East Peak • 20,075 ft
Day 16 – 21 • Pheriche – Kathmandu
Everest Base Camp Trek and Lobuche Peak
Begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 1-11 • Kathmandu – Gorak Shep • 16,942 ft
Please refer to our Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary for the approach to EBC and Lobuche Peak.
Day 12 • Lobuche • 16,100 ft
We head down the glacier and return to Lobuche for the evening. (B, L, D)
Lobuche Base Camp • 16,000 ft
After breakfast we cross the Khumbu valley towards Lobuche Peaks East Face. We climb to base camp situated on the edge of Hidden Lake. We prepare for our summit day. (B, L, D)
Day 14 • Lobuche High Camp • 17,700 ft
We climb to high camp. Rest and acclimatization for tomorrow’s summit climb. From here views of Ama Dablam and other Himalayan peaks are remarkable. We also have the option of climbing Lobuche Peak from basecamp and using the day to rest up and refresh climbing skills (B, L, D)
Day 15 • Summit Day • Lobuche East Peak • 20,075 ft
The day starts early. The Southeast Ridge route starts at the glaciers edge and soon begins climbing the narrow ridge on 45-50 degree alpine ice. As we gain the summit ridge; we are rewarded with increasingly stunning views of Everest and Lhotse to the east. The final stretch of climbing involves traversing the 30 degree ridge to the summit plateau where we are met with a 360° panorama of the Himalayas with five of the fourteen 8000 meter peaks in the world visible in the distance. We descend the route to high camp where we break camp and continue on to Pheriche. (B, L, D)
Day 16 – 20 • Pheriche – Kathmandu
Over the next five days we descend to Lukla and return to Kathmandu.
Day 21 • Depart Kathmandu
Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home. (B)
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
Deposit and Payments
$700.00 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application
Balance due 90 days prior to departure
- Park fees and climbing permit
- Lodges during the trek
- Tented accommodations
- Scheduled meals during the expedition
- Professional mountain guide
- Scheduled porter service based on itinerary
- Baggage transport (limited to 30kg – 66lbs)
- All group equipment for the expedition (including tents, stoves, group climbing gear, fixed ropes, emergency oxygen)
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare and meals during travel
- Visa fees
- Non-scheduled airport transfers
- Non-scheduled meals
- Personal gear
- Non-scheduled porter service
- Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
- Single room supplement (hotels only)
- Medical and evacuation coverage
- Helicopter flights due to delays
- Early departure fees
- Excess baggage fees
- Tips and gratuities
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in the PreClimb information upon reservation.
Head and Face
- Warm Hat: Wool/ synthetic, one that covers the ears.
- Buff or Neck Gaitor
- Heavyweight Balaclava
- Sun Hat or Baseball Cap
- Glacier Glasses: Essential eye protection at altitude. Wrap around style or side shields.
- Goggles: Dark lenses to help with snow and wind.
- Sunscreen: SPF 30+
- Lip Balm: SPF 30+
- Climbing LED Headlamp: Bring one extra set of batteries.
- Baselayer Tops: One synthetic long-sleeve shirt.
- Mid-layer Top: This is a synthetic or fleece top.
- Softshell Jacket: This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket. Hoods are highly recommended.
- Hardshell Jacket: GORE-TEX© or a fully waterproof shell. Hoods are highly recommended.
- Insulated Jacket: Heavyweight 700+ fill down.
- Lightweight Gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)
- Softshell Gloves: One pair. Leather palms offer durability and grip.
- Heavyweight Gloves: Insulated glove with GORE-TEX© or waterproof outer.
- Handwarmers: 1 set
- Baselayer Bottom: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
- Softshell Pants: One pair. Synthetic, stretchy, non-insulated
- Hardshell Pants: One pair of GORE-TEX© pants full-length side zips are required; you may need to take off your Hardshell pants without removing your boots.
- Insulated Pants: One pair of synthetic insulated pants with full side zips.
- Gaiters: Full-sized waterproof gaiters that must fit snugly over your mountaineering boots.
- Mountaineering Boots: Full shank crampon compatible. Heavy weight synthetic/ hybrid mountaineering boots.
- Mediumweight Socks: Two pair of wool or synthetic socks.
- Heavyweight Socks: Two pair of wool or synthetic socks for sleeping in and for summit day.
Note: Please read our Mountaineering Boot and Crampon guide for more information.
- Sleeping Bag: Bring a warm bag (rated to 0ᵒ fahrenheit).
- Sleeping Pads: A full-length closed-cell foam pad and inflatable pad.
Packing and Backpack
- Backpack: One 70L pack with good support, adequate to carry personal, and group gear. The pack should fit properly, have a good waist belt, and be able to carry gear between 30-40 lbs.
- Duffle/zip Bag: one large size, transporting gear to basecamp via mules.
- Liner Bags: 2 Large plastic contractor bags.
- Ice axe: 55-65cm mountaineering axe.
- Crampons: 12-point steel with anti-balling plates.
- Climbing Helmet: Lightweight
- Alpine Harness: Lightweight alpine harness with adjustable leg loops.
- Trekking Poles: Adjustable and collapsible with snow baskets.
- Locking Carabiners: (4) Large pear-shaped, screw gate locking carabiners.
- Non-locking Carabiners: (2) Wire gate non-locking carabiners.
- Ascender: Left or right handed
- Rappel/Delay device: Figure 8 recommended
- Prussik Cord: 40 feet, 6mm perlon
- Nylon Sling: (2) 60cm nylon slings
- Water Bottle: Two, 1L wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©
Personal Health and First Aid
- Snacks and drinks
- Small personal first-aid kit and medications
- Plastic bowl, insulated mug, and spoon
- Toilet paper, blue bag or wag bag
TRAVEL & FITNESS
Begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal
Passport must have six months or more validity remaining at the time of entry. American citizens may obtain a visa prior to travel or upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. 30 day multiple-entry visa ($40), or 90 day multiple-entry visa ($100)
Health & Immunizations:
Immunizations are not required for entry into Nepal
Flight Travel Information:
Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), Kathmandu, Nepal
Itineraries reflect the date and time you will need to arrive in country for a program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries destination city. When booking your flight, you will need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It is easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you will need to arrive.
Meals and Food:
All meals are provided as per meal schedule. See itinerary.
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.
Lobuche Peak Fitness & Training
Climbing Grade: Beginner
Lobuche Peak is usually climbed after an acclimatization trek to Everest Base Camp. This is highly recommended as altitude can be a determining factor on success on this climb. We recommend climbers to have basic snow and climbing skills before attempting this peak. Good physical conditioning is required, with pack weights ranging between 30-40 lbs. to high camp.
Prior to the expedition we recommend taking at minimum a mountaineering course and spending time at altitude.
Here’s a suggested progression of climbs before attempting Lobuche Peak.
- Northwest Climb (Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, Mount Shuksan)
- Mount Elbrus
- Mexican Volcanoes, Ecuador Volcanoes, Peaks of Bolivia
Frequently Asked Questions
The trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a 20 lbs. pack. The climb requires 10-14 hours of climbing with a 25 lbs. pack. Elevation gains of 3000-4000+ feet per day. Strong hiking skills and excellent physical conditioning are required.
Our Nepal climbs are led by a Nepalese (Sherpa) mountain guides or an American mountain guide with extensive experience leading our climbing teams. They will be accompanied by assistant Sherpa guides and porters. Many of these guides are native to the Khumbu (Everest) region of Nepal.
The best time to trek is in the pre-monsoon Spring season, March-April-May and the post-monsoon Fall season, October-November. Nepal experiences the monsoon (heavy rains and snow) from June to September. Winter is very cold in the high mountains (December-February).
During the trek you will only carry the gear you’ll use for each day. Porters will carry all your extra clothing items and overnight gear. At no point will you carry camping gear or equipment for overnight. Daypacks should not weigh more than 15-20 lbs. for your comfort. On summit day we will be breathing heavy, moving slowly, and carrying our 25 lbs. summit packs. Being in top physical and mental condition is key to succeeding on this climb.
In Kathmandu we stay at clean and comfortable hotels, during the trek we utilize mountain lodges owned and operated by the local people. During the climbing portions of the trip and in remote areas with overnight in mountain tents.