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LABUCHE EAST PEAK CLIMBING

lobuche east expedition

The Lobuche East Expedition Mountain consists of two different summits, east and west with the height of 6,119m. and 6,145m. respectively a continuous ridge connects them but there is still a sharp gap and a considerable distance between them. The east peak is recognized as a trekking peak whereas the west is known as an expedition peak. Lobuche being an attractive mountain offers various existing routes and also a probability of new ones. The dark triangle of its rocky east face rises down the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier to a nice skyline, forming the south ridge. The peak of Lobuche east is reached by descending a marked notch and climbing steep snowy slopes to the top. On most occasions, the mountain is climbed on the summit ridge only as far as a subsidiary snow summit, south-east of the true peak and before the notch. This peak is identified as the false peak.

Lobuche East Expedition

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Day 02: City Sight-seeing.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla Phakdingma (2652m.)

Day 04: Phakdingma to Namche bazzar (3450m.)

Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.

Day 06: Namche to Tengbuche (3867m.)

Day 07: Tengbuche to Dingbuche (4400m.)

Day 08: Dingboche Rest Day.

Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m.)

Day 10: Lubuche to Gorakshep (5100m.)  EBC (Everest Base Camp)

Day 11: Gorakshep to Kalapathar – Lobuche.

Day 12: Lobuche to Lobuje Base Camp (5350m.)

Day 13: Base Camp to High Camp (5850 m.)

Day 14: Climb to the Summit (6119m) and Return to Base Camp (5350m.)

Day 15: Base Camp to Dingboche.

Day 16: Dingbuche to Namche bazzar.

Day 17: Namche Bazzar to Lukla.

Day 18: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Day 19: Free from Program or Departure.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Our representative will welcome  you to Nepal at Airport on your arrival. You will be transferred to your hotel . After check-in you can relax and can go to explore tourist hub, Thamel. Our guide will brief about hotels and other common things like what to do and what not to do during trekking? In evening, you will be taken to observe typical Nepali cultural dance and music with a typical Nepali cuisine as a dinner hosted by Visit View Nepal Trek. Overnight stay at Hotel.


Day 02: City Sight-seeing.

After breakfast at hotel, half day sight seeing tour to world heritage sites, enjoyed with our experienced city tour guide & private vehicle. Rest of the day we do our meetings for our trip and check our climbing gears. O/N Hotel.


Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla Phakdingma (2652m.)

We fly to Lukla where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The sights from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Lukla, we meet the rest of our staff and porters and trek for about two and a half hours to Phakdingma. Overnight stay at guesthouse.


Day 04: Phakdingma to Namche bazzar (3450m.)

We continue trekking along the bank of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region. We stay overnight at Namche bazzar.


Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. We make a short walk around museum to celebrate the traditional custom of the sherpas people. Today, we hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with tea and coffee.


Day 06: Namche to Tengbuche (3867m.)

The trail leads past the large Sherpa settlement of Khumjung and then descends deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka. The trail then ascends the right flank of the Dudh Koshi valley to Tengboche at 3870m., home to the famous Tengboche Monastery, spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is long but, more than adequately compensated by views of Mt. Amadablam and on clear days views of Mt. Everest and it surrounding peaks. Amadablam means “Mother’s Charm Box” and is named after the little box that Sherpa women wear around their necks. It is also one of the most beautiful mountains in the Himalaya. Overnight stay at guesthouse.


Day 07: Tengbuche to Dingbuche (4400m.)

Descend through a beautiful forest, then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche 4,400 m. Overnight stay at guesthouse.


Day 08: Dingboche Rest Day.

Today you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to get a marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse- massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening. Overnight stay at guesthouse.


Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m.)

We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha 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 the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. Overnight stay at guesthouse.


Day 10: Lubuche to Gorakshep (5100m.) EBC (Everest Base Camp)

Everest Base Camp is the main camp for mountaineers attempting the mountain, situated at an elevation of 5252m. Trekkers feel understandably great satisfaction in reaching here as the Everest Base Camp is not only full of history but breathtakingly dramatic. Overnight stay at guesthouse.


Day 11: Gorakshep to Kalapathar - Lobuche.

To reach our next stop, Kala Patthar, we follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at Lobuche. Overnight stay at guesthouse.


Day 12: Lobuche to Lobuje Base Camp (5350m.)

We leave Lobuche and trek along the trail for four hours to Lobuche base camp. After walking half an hour on a flat land, we ascend a path that leads to Lobuche base camp. This path is rocky and it goes along the bank of the Lobuche glacier. You come across the spectacular view of Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokhalde, Thanserku, Kantega in the route. Overnight stay at tent.


Day 13: Base Camp to High Camp (5850 m.)

We walk onto a ridge overhanging the Khumbu and Lobuche glaciers. The rope is fixed with gradient about 45 to 50 degrees if necessary. Overnight stay at tent.


Day 14: Climb to the Summit (6119m) and Return to Base Camp (5350m.)

The climb starts as we hike over the smooth lump, following the stone markers onto the hard stones. Then you will have to climb steep of about 60 degrees.

Then we head towards the edge of the ridge to reach at the summit. You will catch a panoramic view of the Everest, Lhotse , Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Cholatse, Pumori, Changri from the summit. After the climb is done, we return back to the base camp. Overnight stay at tent.


Day 15: Base Camp to Dingboche.

After leaving the base camp, we trek towards Dingboche. Then we descend down the hill passing through Duglha. After trekking for about five hours, we reach at Dingboche. You are rewarded with the spectacular views of Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokhalde, Thanserku, Kantega, etc. Overnight stay at lodge.


Day 16: Dingbuche to Namche bazzar.

Slowly trek down to dengboche and the trek continue down following towards Pangboche. After this, we take a same trails back which is used to trek up. The trails comes all the way down to river. We cross the river and take an hour walk up through the forest to reach Namche Bazzar. Overnight stay at lodge.


Day 17: Namche Bazzar to Lukla.

Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath going to Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla’s footpath leads us through the first villages we saw two weeks ago : Gumila, Phakding, Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. In Lukla, This last evening in the mountains Overnight stay at lodge.


Day 18: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.

We will return back to Kathmandu. Either you can take rest after a tiredness of long trip or you can explore the city.


Day 19: Free from Program or Departure.

Our trip will be over on arrival in Kathmandu. If you have more leisure days you can consult us for short sight seeing tour, safari, white water rafting etc or we can depart you at International Airport.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Tea houses/Lodge and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide)
  • Cook, assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section.
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Pisang Peak climbing permit
  • Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part -very high quality North Face or Mountain Hardware tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrance fees during Kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

The equipment listed below can be taken as a guideline to pack a items for trekking and peak climbing, and these items listed below may vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. We suggest you to pack only what is necessary and the items with an asterisk (*) are provided by a Visit View Nepal Trek inclusive in the service.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Day pack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Personal Climbing Gears

  1. Ice axe, Crampons, Harness, Tape slings(2)
  2. Screw-gate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock), Descender / eight figure.
  3. Plastic mountaineering boots, Ascend-er / Jhumar, Helmet.

Group Climbing Gears

  1. Snow bar*
  2. Rope*
  3. Ice hammer*
  4. Ice screw*

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow