22 days

Everest Base Camp & Lobuje Peak

Everest Base Camp & Lobuje Peak

Summit Island Peak

The lakes and 8000-metre peaks of Gokyo

Namche Bazaar – the gateway to the High Himalaya

Kathmandu’s hidden old town

Kala Patar (5643m) - the best vantage point to see Mount Everest

Everest Base Camp and the notorious Everest Ice Fall

17th Century Thyangboche Monastery

Bodhnath Stupa of Kathmandu - one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world

Trip rating
  • Lobuje Peak lies to the west of Mount Everest, and is home to some of the finest mountain view in the world. We follow the Dudh Kosi Valley to Namche Bazaar and on to the magnificent Thyangboche Monastery. Trekking here, in the shadow of the Everest massif and surrounded by Buddhist prayer flags, is absolutely awe-inspiring. Ascending to Pangboche and Dingboche, we follow the historic route taken by all expeditions to the historic Everest Base Camp. Afterwards, we ascend Kala Patar for fantastic panoramic views of Everest and hundreds of other snow capped peaks. After descending back down valley we establish a Base Camp and High Camp before making our attempt on Lobuje Peak. This expedition is challenging, but well within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit.

    Why we love it

    • Lobuje Peak lies to the west of Mount Everest, and is home to some of the finest mountain views in the world.
    • Trekking through Dudh Kosi Valley to Namche Bazaar and on to the magnificent Thyangboche Monastery, in the shadow of the Everest massif and surrounded by prayer flags, is absolutely awe-inspiring.
    • Ascending to Pangboche and Dingboche, and following the historic route taken by all expeditions to the historic Everest Base Camp is a truly special experience.
    • Ascending Kala Patar for fantastic panoramic views of Everest and hundreds of other snow capped peaks.
    • Establishing a Base Camp and High Camp before making an attempt on Lobuje Peak is challenging, but well within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Kathmandu (1360m)

    • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few metres from the exit door. Look out for the Peregrine signboard. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes.
    • A briefing given by the group leader is scheduled for the late afternoon. They will discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements.
    • The evening will be free, but the tour leader will usually organise an evening meal (optional) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants. Alternatively you can enjoy dinner at the hotel.
    Shangri La Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Kathmandu (1360m)

    • In the morning you will explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. You will visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where you can observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa.
    • You will also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of your afternoon in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration. In the late afternoon you will be issued with your trek and climbing pack and climbing boots if you have ordered these. Departure information for the next morning will also be given.
    • Tonight you will partake in a wonderful traditional Nepalese banquet with traditional dancing.
    Shangri La Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Phakding (2652m)

    • In the early morning you will take the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m), flying parallel to the giant Himalayan Mountains bordering Nepal and China (Tibet).
    • The flight time is about 40 minutes and you will land at an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing you will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load your trekking equipment.
    • In the afternoon you will begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where you will join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), it is only a short walk to Phakding. (Trekking: approximately 3 hours)
    Local guesthouse
    Breakfast

    Day 4 - Namche Bazaar (3446m)

    • From Phakding you will cross the river and head up the valley, following porters from the south that are ferrying supplies to Namche Bazaar. The trail remains close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is especially spectacular in the spring months, when the flowers are in bloom.
    • You will cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, where you will catch tantalising glimpses of the snow-capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m).
    • From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m), where you will arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon the walking is a little tougher and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar.
    • From Monjo it is a short walk to the entrance of the national park, before crossing the Dudh Kosi River to Jorsale (2805m). The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank before the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi Rivers, where you will start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar.
    • After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river, you will slowly ascend at a steady pace. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. (Trekking: approximately 7 hours)
    Local guesthouse

    Day 5 - Namche Bazaar (3446m)

    • (Acclimatisation Day) You will remain at Namche Bazaar for a second night to allow you to properly acclimatise to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village situated in a large protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal.
    • Today a limited amount of trade still exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat.
    • It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village. The stunning vista includes a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest.
    • After breakfast, a variety of options are available to you. Perhaps a walk towards Thami (3810m) above the beautiful Bhote Khola River Valley, or a visit to the national park headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and information on the park’s flora and fauna.
    • Your guides are on hand to offer advice and escort you on walks.
    Local guesthouse

    Day 6 - Thyangboche (3875m)

    • From Namche Bazaar, you will climb towards the park headquarters and follow a contouring trail high above the Dudh Kosi River. Above Namche the route to Thyangboche becomes visible, the monastery can be seen nestling below the summit of Everest and surrounded by other Himalayan peaks.
    • On today’s walk there will be opportunities to spot local wildlife including the beautiful Danfe pheasant, often seen among the birch and silver fir forest between Shanasa and Trashinga, and Himalayan tahr, on the high ground above the trail.
    • After reaching the reforestation nursery at Trashinga, the trail drops steeply before crossing the Dudh Kosi River at Phunkitenga (3250m) where you will take lunch.
    • In the afternoon you will ascend, initially steeply, through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forests towards Thyangboche. The monastery and the lodge are located in a beautiful meadow surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks in a truly peaceful and tranquil setting.
    • The most notable peaks seen from here are Kantega, Ama Dablam (perhaps the most beautiful peak in the region) and, of course, Mount Everest. (Trekking: approximately 6 hours)
    Local guesthouse

    Day 7 - Pangboche (4040m)

    • According to legend, Lama Sange Dorjee, who came from Tibet’s Rongphu Monastery, founded Thyangboche Monastery in the 17th century.
    • Thyangboche was destroyed by an earthquake in 1933, rebuilt, and again badly damaged by a fire in 1989. Construction of the present monastery was completed in 1992.
    • You will spend the first part of morning at Thyangboche visiting the monastery and the nearby museum. There is a small entrance fee for the museum and a small donation to the monastery is appreciated.
    • Later in the morning you will descend through alpine forests to the settlement of Deboche, where there is a convent, and then through to Milingo to cross a bridge over Imja Khola.
    • From here the trail gradually climbs up, with great views of Ama Dablam, to the village of Pangboche where you will stop for the night. In the afternoon you will visit the village of Upper Pangboche before heading off towards a ridge below Tawache to aid in your acclimatisation. You will then return to the lodge for tea and biscuits. (Trekking: approximately 2 hours)
    Local guesthouse

    Day 8 - Dingboche (4360m)

    • Today you will have a pleasant walk, ascending gradually high above the Imja Khola River and passing the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the river and old glacial moraines on your way to the lodge in the settlement of Dingboche. The scenery is spectacular and although Everest disappears behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge here, the huge peaks that tower above the eastern end of the valley are ample compensation.
    • You will be almost completely above the tree-line and, in clear conditions, can look out for spectacular sunsets here and on Ama Dablam. Today’s walk is quite tiring due to the altitude, so it is important to take notice of your trek leader’s advice and recommendations regarding rest and fluid intake. (Trekking: approximately 4 hours)
    Local guesthouse

    Day 9 - Dingboche (4360m)

    • Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of small fields enclosed by stone walls. The walls protect crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. It is occupied mainly through the monsoon months, when large numbers of yaks are brought here to graze in the valley pastures.
    • Behind the lodge the huge rock faces of Taweche seem to soar to the heavens. The trek leader will advise you on activities for today, but the short excursion up the valley towards Chukkung is a worthwhile option.
    • The views are fantastic in this valley; the towering south face of Lhotse to the north, Island Peak in the centre of the valley, and the fluted ice walls of unnamed peaks that line the southern end of the valley form a hauntingly beautiful sight.
    • In the afternoon an optional hike up the hill behind the lodge will enable you to view the world's fifth highest mountain, Makalu (8481m), which is not visible from the valley floor.
    Local guesthouse

    Day 10 - Lobuje (4930m)

    • In the morning you will ascend the small ridge behind the village above Pheriche Valley. From the chorten at the top, Taweche and Cholatse (6440m) make for a striking scene; they seem to lean forwards from across the valley in the west.
    • To the north, Lobuje Peak (6119m) and the snowfields of Cho La dominate the skyline. The walking is now generally flat on wide-open fields, but take your time and ensure you are well hydrated.
    • Late in the morning you will cross the Khumbu Khola at Dughla (4620m) and take a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of Khumbu Glacier, which flows off Everest.
    • In the afternoon, there will be a solid and quite steep climb on a rocky trail to the top of the moraines. On the crest of the ridge, you will pass a line of memorial cairns, built in memory of Sherpas and other climbers who have died on the various Everest expeditions over the last 50 years.
    • From here the view is spectacular - Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Khumbutse (6623m) and, across the border in Tibet, Changtse (7550m) can be seen at the head of the valley whilst Everest remains hidden behind the towering walls of Nuptse and Lhotse.
    • You will then follow the valley stream to the lodge at Lobuje, arriving early afternoon. Today will be tiring but the fantastic scenery makes it all very worthwhile
    • If you still have some energy and conditions are clear, a walk, taken gradually, up on to the large ridge at the rear of the lodge will reward you with even more spectacular views. (Trekking: approximately 6.5 hours)
    Local guesthouse

    Day 11 - Gorak Shep (5160m)

    • As the trek to Gorak Shep is relatively short, you will have the opportunity to have a leisurely breakfast before beginning the day’s walk. From Lobuje you will follow the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu Glacier.
    • A gradual ascent enables you to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. When you reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, you will make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that eventually leads to the surprising glacial sands of Gorak Shep (5160m) - reached after about three hours of walking.
    • After a quick bite you will gear up appropriately and head off towards the Everest Base Camp. The trek to the base camp can be achieved in around three hours and if trekking in the popular climbing period of March to May, you will almost certainly encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to expeditions here.
    • From Everest Base Camp you won't get views of Mount Everest, but you will be able to see the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm, which is regarded as technically the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain.
    • The return journey from the Base Camp to Gorak Shep takes the same amount of time. You’ll have an early dinner so you can get up early the next day for the awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan giants from Kala Patar. (Trekking: approximately 3 hours to Gorak Shep, 5 hours round trip to Everest Base Camp)
    Local guesthouse

    Day 12 - Kala Patar - Lobuje Peak Base Camp (4930m)

    • You will wake up early the next day for the trek to Kala Patar (5643m) to experience the sensational sunrise views from this amazing vantage point.
    • From the lodge the ascent is quite steep, so you should start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady, rhythmic pace.
    • Kala Patar is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk because of the altitude, but the view from the top will surpass your wildest imagination. It will probably take a good hour and a half to reach the summit from Gorak Shep, although lower viewpoints will provide views that are almost as good.
    • Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest, the highest mountain in the world, will surround you. About three kilometres away and some 200 metres below, the area of the Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall.
    • For many trekkers, reaching Kala Patar is a very emotional experience and it is worthwhile spending as long as you wish in order to savour this special moment. The descent back down to Gorak Shep is easy and once you have returned to the lodge you will have a quick drink and retrace your steps back to Lobuje for lunch.
    • In the afternoon you will head back towards the memorial chortens and then contour around the hillside to Lobuje Base Camp. (Trekking: approximately 8 hours)
    Local guesthouse
    Dinner

    Day 13 - Lobuje Base Camp (4930) - Rest Day & Training

    • Your leader and guides will conduct a training session during the day to ensure you are familiar with your climbing equipment. They will also give you instruction on technical matters including crampon and ice axe technique and how to climb using fixed ropes. The rest of the day is free to relax and make preparations before heading up the mountain to Lobuje High Camp.
    Local guesthouse
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 14-15 - Lobuje Peak - Summit Attempt (6119m)

    • We have allowed two days to climb Lobuje Peak. The strategy for the climb will be decided by the leader at the time, taking into account the group's acclimatisation, weather, snow conditions and other factors.
    • Generally you will have a leisurely start on the first day and after an early lunch will ascend over rocky terrain to High Camp (5450m).
    • The following morning you will leave very early for the final climb to the summit. It may take between five and six hours to reach the summit, depending on snow and weather conditions.
    • You will use fixed ropes on the steep snow slopes for safety on both the ascent and descent. Although it is not a difficult climb technically, the snow slopes are at times steep and a head for heights is useful.
    • To reach the summit, willpower and stamina are required, but the incredible feeling of achievement atop this 6000-metre giant will remain a lifetime memory.
    • The view from the summit is utterly fantastic! Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Everest are the dominant giants rising above a sea of lesser peaks. From the summit you will descend carefully down the fixed ropes to High Camp and then back to Base Camp.
    • This is a demanding and tough day and the fitter you are the better you will be prepared for this challenging adventure. (Trekking: approximately 4 hours, climbing approximately 10 hours)
    Local guesthouse
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 16 - Contingency Day

    • We have allowed a further day for the attempt on Lobuje Peak. This will allow for weather conditions and other variable factors.
    Local guesthouse

    Day 17 - Pangboche (4040m)

    • After a welcome lie in you will take a leisurely approach to the day and after breakfast descend from Base Camp back to the main trail that leads to Everest Base Camp.
    • You will head down to Thugla, where you’ll stop for a tea break and then continue downhill across the Khumbu Khola and down the valley below Cholatse Peak to Pheriche, where you will stop for lunch.
    • In the afternoon you will leave Pheriche and cross the Khumbu Khola River and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of Imja Valley, Ama Dablam and Kantega.
    • You will then descend to the small settlements at Orsho and Shomare back to the lodge at Lower Pangboche. (Trekking: approximately 5 hours)
    Local guesthouse
    Breakfast

    Day 18 - Namche Bazaar (3446m)

    • From the village you will continue to descend to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River before ascending through Rhododendron and Birch forest back to Thyangboche.
    • It is a steep descent down through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea you will cross the Dudh Kosi river and ascend towards Trashinga where you will take lunch.
    • From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and on to Namche Bazaar where you will spend the night. (Trekking: approximately 5 hours)
    Local guesthouse

    Day 19 - Phakding (2652m)

    • You will enjoy a leisurely departure from Namche Bazaar with a final opportunity to visit the shops in the bazaar before descending steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River.
    • You will follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where you will take lunch.
    • In the afternoon there will be a short walk via Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest, with great views of Kusum Kangaru, back to the lodge in Phakding. (Trekking: approximately 4 hours)
    Local guesthouse

    Day 20 - Lukla (2800m)

    • This is your last day of trekking; it will only be a short walk in the valley before making the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. You will then take lunch at the lodge and the afternoon is free to wander around, relax, or perhaps enjoy a hot shower!
    • In the evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a few celebratory drinks and dancing with your Sherpa companions. (Trekking: approximately 3½ hours)
    Local guesthouse

    Day 21 - Kathmandu (1360m)

    • You will rise early in the morning for the flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred back to the starting hotel. The rest of the day is free for souvenir shopping or further sightseeing.
    • Located in the south of the city, Patan is also worth a visit with its own Durbar Square full of historic structures and statues of past kings.
    • Your final night in Kathmandu offers you the chance to go out on the town and enjoy a final dinner (optional) with your travelling companions and newfound friends.
    Shangri La Hotel or similar

    Day 22 - Kathmandu (1360m)

    • Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements. A departure transfer to the airport is not included. Kathmandu has so much to offer and occasionally flights from Lukla can be delayed, so we recommend that you consider booking pre-tour or post-tour accommodation and a departure transfer before you commence your travels.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Experienced local trek leader
    • Local guides
    • Cooks
    • Porters
    • Arrival transfer
    • Transport
    • First-aid kit
    • Medical oxygen and Portable Altitude Chamber
    • All meals on Peak climb
    • Sightseeing and entrance fees
    • Trekking/climbing permits
    • National park fees

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Meals not listed
    • Any optional tours and activities during free time
    • Camera fees
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Showers on trek (if available)
    • Tips or gratuities
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Allow approximately US$720 for meals
  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Everest Base Camp & Lobuje Peak

    Ralph - Canada, 6 Oct, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    This was a highly organized and professionally run tour. It is by far the best tour I have ever been part of. Extremely challenging and hugely rewarding.

    Everest Base Camp & Lobuje Peak

    Christopher - Australia, 28 Apr, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    The trip was very well guided and planned. If there were any changes to the schedule we were informed or made apart of the decision. Considering the type of trip, it was good that health, well-being and safety was always the number priority.

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Trip Code PHLP
Group size 4 - 12
Start City: Kathmandu
End City: Kathmandu

What to know

You will be trekking above the snowline using ice axe, crampons and ropes. The trek will be physically and mentally demanding due to the altitude and inherently demanding nature of mountaineering. You will be trekking on hilly terrain, and attempting to climb the summit of Lobuje Peak. Expect trekking anywhere between 3-8 hours per day (summit day is over 10 hours), on average about 5 hours a day. The summit of Lobuje Peak is 6119 metres.

 

Please read our information on Altitude Sickness carefully.

Full mountaineering insurance is required for this trek. 

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