Duration: 19 Days
Trip Grade: Challenginng
Best Season: Sep-Dec/March-April
Altitude Max: 6,119 m
Group Size: 1 - 10
Transportation: Private Vehicle and Flight
Accomodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Guest House/Tent during the trip
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trip
Lobuche East Peak Climbing, a moderately challenging endeavor, yet rewarding with amazing views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Pumori. The peak is ideal for climbers who want to improve their skills as the path consist of steep slopes of snow and ice which requires effective techniques. Everest Base Camp Trek is a highly recommended route which takes on high viewpoints and passes that acclimatizes for the peak climbing.
The trek starts at Lukla after a short flight of about 40 minutes. We slowly gain elevation passing through Phakding on to Namche Bazaar, a highly facilitated area in the Everest region. After stopping a day here for acclimatization, we move on to Tengboche and to another Tamang village of Dingboche where we stop again for acclimatization. We climb higher to Lobuche and move through Gorak Shep to the Everest Base Camp. After spending a night back in Gorak Shep, we get back through the same route to Kalapathar which bestows breathtaking views of Everest, the best in the journey. Climbing to Kalapathar(5545m) also acclimatizes us for peak climbing. We move back to Lobuche and then head to the Lobuche Base Camp and then to the High camp from where we summit the Lobuche. The climb is strenuous and technical but equally rewarding with magnificent views from the top. Our descent back to Lukla takes us through Pangboche and Namche Bazar from where we fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Day 2 :Free Day in Kathmandu and Preparation for trek & climbing
Day 3 :Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 4 :Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
Day 5 :Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day
Day 6 :Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5- 6 hours
Day 7 :Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 8 :Dingboche: Acclimatization Day
Day 9 :Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 10 :Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft): 6-7 hours
Day 11 :Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours
Day 12 :Lobuche to Lobuche Base Camp (4,950m/ 16240ft): 1-2 hours
Day 13 :Lobuche Base Camp to High Camp (5,400m/17,712ft): 3-4 hours
Day 14 :Lobuche High Camp to Summit (6119m/20,070 ft) and back to High Camp: 8-10 hours
Day 15 :Lobuche High Camp to Pangboche (3930m /12900 ft): 8-9 hours
Day 16 :Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours
Day 17 :Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours
Day 18 :Fly to Kathmandu
Day 19 :Final Departure or onward for next program
Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 :Free Day in Kathmandu and Preparation for trek & climbing After breakfast, you will be introduced with the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring along your passport and three passport sized photos and a copy of your travel insurance policy. You can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last minute shopping.
Day 3 :Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trekEarly morning the drive from hotel to domestic airport terminal after breakfast. The flight to Lukla gives outstanding views of early morning sunrise on the snowcapped mountains. On landing Tenzing-Hillary Airport after a 40 minutes at Lukla, we reach the gateway to the Himalayas. The trek begins from the airport itself soon after meeting our crew there from where Phakdung is a short walk. As this is the first day of the trek, we rest in Phakding.
Day 4 :Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hoursStarting early in the morning, the route passes through beautiful pine forests, Dudh Koshi River and views of Maunt Thamserku. After passing a few settlements we a check post, the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. We further walk through the confluence of Dudh Koshi River and Bhote Koshi River, and take a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar where the first sight of marvelous Mount Everest and ridges of Mount Lhotse and Mount Nuptse welcomes us.
Day 5 :Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization DayNamche Bazaar, the biggest settlement in the Khumbu region, is well facilitated with ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries et cetera. Although it’s rest day for acclimatization, we go for a short hike to a nearby viewpoint (Thame or Khunde) and take a tour of the place including the Tourist Visitor Center where information about Everest climbers, Sherpa people and their culture and flora and fauna of the region are briefed.
Day 6 :Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5- 6 hoursWe follow the trail that climbs the top of a ridge offering a panorama of Thamserku, Kusum Kangrib and Kantega. After walking around a branch ridge, the views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Everest, Tawetse and Nuptse suddenly become unveils. We then start descending and come to the crossroad with one way leading to Gokyo valley. Walking through the village of Trashinga, we soon reach the Dudh Koshi River. The first half of the climb to Tyangboche is strenuous, however eases off as the trail approaches forested area. With splendid views in the backdrop, the climb along the mountainside leads to a stone gate that marks the entrance to Tyangboche. The sunset falling on Everest and Ama Dablam makes for an outstanding view. Tyangboche gives one of the best panoramic views of the snow giants. You can spend your night camping at the plateau in front of the monastery or stay in a lodge.
Day 7 :Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5-6 hoursFrom the Tengboche Monastery, we take a trail through rhododendron forest to Deboche and further to Imja Khola. Then we climb to Pangboche (3930m), a Sherpa village with the oldest monastery in the region. We move on to another village Somare and reach the beautiful Dingboche (4250m) late in the afternoon. Overnight stay in a camp.
Day 8 :Dingboche: Acclimatization DayWe spend a day in the beautiful village of Dingboche which is a popular resting point for many treks in the Khumbu region. It’s best to keep active during the day, so a hike to Chukkhung or Ama Dablam base camp has been scheduled. These viewpoints give an excellent view of Makalu, Lhotse, Tawache and Ama Dablam. We return back towards early afternoon to Dingboche.
Day 9 :Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hoursWith clear views of the peaks, we move on towards Lobuche. The trail drops to Dugla and crosses a river to ascend again atop a ridge and continues on to the moraine of Khumbu glacier, and further on to Lobuche (4950m) where we stay for the night in a tented camp.
Day 10 :Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft): 6-7 hoursAt Thangma Riju one can experience the 360 degree panoramic view snow-capped mountains. Actually Mount Everest is not seen from here however Mount Nuptse, Mount Nuptse and Mount Pumori can be viewed very well. Below Mount Pumori a grey grassy land of Kalopaththar can be seen after climbing up the steep through terrain of Changri glacier.
Day 11 :Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hoursWe start early today so as to witness the glimpse of the Mount Everest when the dusk turns to bright morning with light of the day. On the way Peak s Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse are viewed. It is recommended that during the ascent to Kalapththar which takes hours one pauses and catch breath while snapping the photos at times. We descent back to Lobuche where we stay overnight.
Day 12 :Lobuche to Lobuche Base Camp (4,950m/ 16240ft): 1-2 hoursThe trail today takes on some level ground before entering the rocky and steep sections. Passing the Lobuche Glacier, we enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Pokalde, Thamserku and Kantega lurking high towards the horizon. It’s a short hike which takes around two hours. At the base camp, a professional climber will brief and demonstrate you on the proper use of climbing equipment which includes the use of ropes. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
Day 13 :Lobuche Base Camp to High Camp (5,400m/17,712ft): 3-4 hoursThe trail further continues through a rocky path along the glacier to ascend to the High Camp. It’s a strenuous climb and we take a good rest after lunch and prepare for the next day’s climb.
Day 14 :Lobuche High Camp to Summit (6119m/20,070 ft) and back to High Camp: 8-10 hoursWe wake at around 2 am and prepare for the climb after breakfast. Strong winds make it risky to stay on the summit after afternoon, so we start early. From the summit of Lobuche East, panoramic mountain views are most outstanding that other peaks. After viewing the chain of mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse et cetera, we get back to the High Camp and stay overnight in a tent.
Day 15 :Lobuche High Camp to Pangboche (3930m /12900 ft): 8-9 hoursWe take the downhill and join the EBC route to Lobuche. Descending to Periche, we further continue to Pangboche. The route offers a beautiful landscape with the snow peaks keeping company and passes rhododendron and juniper trees. Pangboche is also known for its monastery. Overnights stay in a tented camp.
Day 16 :Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hoursDescending to Imja River and crossing the forest to Tengboche, we continue along rhododendron and juniper forests. Crossing the Dudh Koshi, we descend through pine forests rich in wild life to Sansa. Further ahead, we pass a chorten marking the entrance to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a lodge.
Day 17 :Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hoursThe last day of the trek continues with the steep downward trail. Trekkers need to walk really slow very controlled and in a balanced manner on the steep rocky terrain until reaching the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi, passing through the open plain, rhododendron forest while enjoying distant view of snow covered mountains. Finally Lukla is reached.
Day 18 :Fly to Kathmandu This is the day when Mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is enjoyed over once again. On reaching Kathmandu it is time to enjoy shopping and walking round the city. The evening is to celebrate for successfully completion of Everest Base Camp trip.
Day 19 :Final Departure or onward for next programDeparture from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also extend your trip by opting for another program.
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