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Starts at: Lukla Ends at: Lukla
Trek Region: Everest Transport: Flight
Duration: 17 days Trip Grade: Challenging
Max Altitude: 6,119 m / 20,075 Accommodation: Tea House / Camping

Lobuche Peak Climbing Highlights

  • Hike to Everest Base Camp
  • Panoramic view from Kalapatthar aka Everest viewpoint
  • Summit Lobuche Peak at 6,119 m, one of the most popular climbing peaks in Nepal
  • Tented overnight accommodation at  Lobuche Base Camp and High Camp at Lobuche Peak
  • Experience climbing in  the Himalayas
  • Stunning views of Mt Everest from the summit of Lobuche Peak

Lobuche Peak is the second most popular climbing peak in the Everest Region after Island Peak. It too follows the classic Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek route up to Gorakshep.

Starting with an interesting flight into the high altitude airport at Lukla, your first trek to Namche Bazaar and Tengboche Monastery.

Both of these locations are well known for their interesting past, locations and, in the case of Tengboche, stunning views.  Still following the EBC Trek we reach 5,545 m at Kalapatthar where are magnificent views of Mt Everest and surrounding high peaks. You spend the night at Gorakshep (over 5,000 m) and visit Everest Base Camp.

Now our route to Lobuche Peak diverts from the regular trekking route.  Base Camp is at Lobuche Village itself and High Camp is situated at 5,400 m.

Once at Base Camp, our climbing team will teach/ refresh climbers on the basic use of the climbing gear.  We begin the ascent of the summit at 2:00 AM to avoid the high winds later in the day.

And also in this way we see the mesmerizing sunrise over the mountains!  After taking in this glorious sight, descend to Base Camp and on to Pheriche.  From Pheriche, you rejoin the trekking route to Lukla for your flight to Kathmandu.

Magical Nepal works with local Sherpa based in Dingboche and Khumjung.  Our Sherpas are highly experienced and know Lobuche Peak inside out. For the safety of our climbers, we use one climbing guide for each 3-4 climbers, based on the climbers’ experience

This peak is best climbed in April and May, followed by October and November.

Lobuche Peak Climbing Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu!


Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and Trek to Phakding

Phakding – 2651 m / 8697 ft – 35 min + 3 hrs

Day 3: Phakding to Namche

Namche – 3440 m / 11286 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 4: Acclimatization Day in Namche

Namche – 3700 m / 12139 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche

Tengboche – 3956 m / 12979 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 6: Tengboche to Pheriche

Pheriche – 4,371 m (14,340 ft) – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Pheriche

Pheriche – 4,371 m (14,340 ft)- 3 to 4 hrs

Day 8: Pheriche to Lobuche

Lobuche – 4938 m / 16200 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (afternoon trip to Kalapatthar)

Gorakshep – 5160 m / 16929 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 10: Gorakshep to Lobuche (morning hike to Everest Base Camp)

Lobuche – 4938 m / 16200 ft- 4 hrs + 4 hrs

Day 11: Lobuche Base Camp to Lobuche High Camp

Lobuche High Camp – 5400 m / 17712 ft – 4 hr

Day 12: Lobuche High Camp to Summit and Down to Lobuche Base Camp

Lobuche Base Camp – 4938 m / 16200 ft – 10 to 11 hr

Day 13: Lobuche to Pangboche

Pangboche- 3930 m / 12900 ft -7 hrs

Day 14: Pangboche to Namche

Namche – 3440 m / 11286 ft – 6 hrs

Day 15: Namche to Lukla

Lukla – 2860 m / 9383 ft – hrs

Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu Flight

Kathmandu – 1400 m / 4593 ft -30 min

Day 17: Departure


Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu

  • Accommodation: Hotel

Today is the opportunity to meet your guide and ask any questions you have regarding your climb and trek.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding

  • Flight time: 35 to 40 minutes
  • Trek time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Your flight into the Everest Region leaves early morning from the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan Airport.  You will fly over hills and through the Himalayan mountains to reach the high-altitude airport at Lukla. 

On landing, once the gear is sorted, it’s time to head out for a 3 – 4 hour hike to Phakding, where you spend the first night in the Khumbu (otherwise known as Everest) Region.

Day 3: Phakding to Namche

  • Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

You are now in the Sagarmatha National Park. A check post is on the way, so make sure you have your permits ready. 

It is mainly an uphill trek today, rising at around 800m/ 2,624 ft.  Entering Namche be prepared to see many other trekkers and climbers as everyone gathers here to acclimatize for their journey or to celebrate the end of their trip.

Day 4 Acclimatization Day in Namche

  • Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

As you are now at a considerable height, with more altitude to come, there is an obligatory acclimatization day in Namche.  But it is not a day of rest; the best way to acclimate your body is to be active. 

There is an opportunity to explore nearby Sherpa villages, see the school and health post that Sir Edmund Hillary established for the locals, or sip coffee at the Everest View Hotel, whose name is very befitting, and watch the helicopters bringing in visitors on the Everest for Breakfast Heli Tour. 

Remember to do any shopping for snacks if you don’t have time in Kathmandu – no chocolate shops on the trail from here on.  And don’t underestimate the power of comfort food in high and cold conditions.

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche

  • Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

You will have seen on the trails and Namche evidence of the prominent Buddhist culture in this region.  Today you will see many stupas (Buddhist shrines), mani walls (stone walls with Buddhist mantras carved into them), prayer flags, and other evidence of this culture and religion. 

Tengboche Monastery is the highest monastery in the region and home to numerous monks.  If you are there at the right time, there is an opportunity to participate – quietly – in a puja (worship) or light some butter lamps.  Regardless of your religious beliefs, there is no denying the panoramic views from  Tengboche are out of this world, including views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse.

Day 06: Tengboche to Pheriche

  • Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

The trail descends to Dingboche and then follows the ridgeline with the Dudh Khosi River flowing below on a relatively flat area. 

Coming to a fork in the trail, you will reach the village of Pangboche, where, if you are lucky, the bakery will be open. 

Great place to stop for lunch or grab something sweet on the road. By now, you should be looking for any tell-tale signs of altitude sickness and report this to your guide.

Day 07: Acclimatization Day in Pheriche

  • Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

At Pheriche, there is the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Pheriche Aid-Post, whose main purpose is to help trekkers and mountaineers with Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and other mountain-related illnesses and ailments. 

They also help locals, guides, and porters and offer information about ASM. It is possible to organise a talk on this subject from the staff there.  This is a good way to spend your acclimatization day. 

Day 8: Pheriche to Lobuche

  • Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

There are several boulders to scramble over today as the path passes through the half-frozen streams in wide valleys.  While the sun is hidden from the valley, it will be very cold, surrounded by mountains. Despite the desire to walk faster to warm up, the altitude will slow you down: be patient.   

You will likely see yak trains on the trail.  As you pass through villages, you can stop for a hot cup of tea or soup before reaching a row of chortens.  These chortens are for the many people – guides, mountaineers, and trekkers – who have died in the Everest Region. 

Prayer flags honor all those who have passed, including Scott Fisher, an American guide whose life is remembered in the book and film ‘Into Thin Air.  With the mountains all around, it is a very atmospheric place.

Day 09 Lobuche to Gorakshep (afternoon trip to Kala Patthar) 

  • Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Today you head to Gorakshep, where you will spend two nights to give time to make some awesome trips.  Walking along the Khumbu Glacier, there are some steep sections of the trail, but with Mt Everest in full view, it’s well worth it.  Passing the glacier, you come to Gorakshep, where lunch is taken before a trip up the amazing ‘Everest View Point,’ known as Kala Patthar.  

Hiking up the ‘black rock,’ a translation of its name, we get as close to Everest as possible.  At no other point can we see such wonderful views of Everest and the other mountains surrounding it.   After taking in this wonderful panorama of mountains, return to Gorakshep for the night.

Day 10 Gorakshep to Lobuche (morning hike to Everest Base Camp)

  • Trek time: 4 + 4 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

After breakfast, we set off to Everest Base Camp, interestingly, it is not the same base camp for trekkers as it is for mountaineers.  But you can see the climbing expedition camps just a little ahead.  After the astounding views at Kala Patthar, the base camp might seem a little disappointing as far as views go. 

You are too close to Everest to get good views here.  But this is an iconic spot and one you will treasure in your memories forever.  After this visit, head to Lobuche, where you will spend the night.

Day 11: Lobuche Base Camp to Lobuche High Camp

  • Trek time: 3 hours
  • Accommodation: Camping

It takes around 3 hours to reach High Camp – which seems somehow longer in the thin air at this altitude.  Here tents are set up, and climbing equipment is checked for tomorrow’s climb. 

Day 12: Lobuche High Camp to Summit and Down to Lobuche Base Camp

  • Trek time: 9 to 10 hours
  • Accommodation: Camping

This extremely long and tiring day begins with a 3 am start.  At the snowline, crampons are fixed because the trails are slippery underfoot.  Ropes and ice axes will assist you, as will your guide, in the climb.  From the summit, the whole Everest Region is on display.  Breath in the air, glory in your achievement.  Return to Lobuche Base Camp.

Day 13 Lobuche Base Camp to Pangboche

  • Trek time: 7 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

This morning, enjoy a great breakfast to revive you from yesterday’s long day, descend slowly to Lobuche village for lunch and onward to Pheriche village.  By now, we are used to seeing the magnificent Himalayan mountains all around us, and today we welcome green and often colourful juniper and Rhododendron forests.

Day 14 Pangboche to Namche

  • Trek time: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

A relatively easy day today through Sherpa villages with the ever-present mountains – Thamserku, Nuptse-Lhotse, and others –  above you and the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River valleys below. 

Finally, you reach Namche Bazaar, where you can reflect on the marvelous journey and experiences you have just made.  Tonight celebrate with a beer or two and compare notes with your companions.  Don’t forget to call home to tell them of your success!

Day 15: Namche to Lukla

  • Trek time: 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

This is the last day of the trek, and it is a bittersweet one.  Say goodbye to the mountains as you retrace your steps to Lukla.  Overnight in Lukla to await your morning flight to Kathmandu.  

Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu Flight

Fly over the mountains one last time to arrive in Kathmandu, tired yet full of life for your experiences.  There is time for some souvenir shopping before another celebratory dinner.

Day 17: Departure

We wish you a safe onward journey if you leave Nepal today. If not, we can help you organise another adventure.

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  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 2
  • Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu flight
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Park and Local Entry Permits
  • Peak Climbing Permit
  • Guide for 15 days
  • Porter for 14 days
  • Climbing guide for 2 days (Lobuche Peak Base Camp / return to Base
  • 2 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu (Norbulinka boutique hotel or similar)
  • 14 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 1 night tented accommodation at Base Camp
  • Packed lunch on the summit day
  • All cooked meals at base camp with complementary hot water, tea and coffee
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
  • 14 x set breakfasts, 15 x set lunches and 15 x set dinners while on the trek
  • International flight ticket and Nepal entry visa
  • Tip to Guide and Porter
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Personal climbing gear (can be rented in Chukung/ Dingboche)

Lobuche Peak Climbing FAQ

How many days longer is the Lobuche Climbing trip than the regular Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC)?

It is three to four days longer.

Is this climb for me?

Yes, with proper acclimatization and with our expert climbing guide, this peak is for anyone who is fit and can do the EBC trek. This peak is suitable for those with little or no previous climbing experience.

Is it technically difficult?

Both Island Peak and Lobuche Peak are more difficult compared to Mera Peak. However, with proper instruction and training at Base Camp by our professional and well-qualified climbing guide to developing your knowledge and use of climbing gear, this Peak can be successfully climbed.

Do I go to EBC on this climb?

Yes, you will go to both Everest Base Camp and to Kalapatthar for acclimatization before climbing

Are there toilet facilities at the base camp?

Being that this is the most popular trek the teahouses and lodges are open throughout the year and people do trek all months of the year. The best time in terms of weather and scenery is October, November and April, May. Yes, there will be toilet facilities at base camp. You will have a personal sleeping tent, as well as a communal kitchen and dining tent, and a toilet tent.

How many climbing guides will be there?

We provide one climbing guide for three to four climbers, depending on the experience of the climbers.

Will we use fixed ropes?

Yes, you will be using a fixed rope for the climb.

Is it safe to drink the water in the Everest Region?

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Everest. Mineral water is available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on this trip?

As the possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at elevations over 3,000 m, you should be aware. But in order to avoid this as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am on this trip?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation..

What about simple medical treatment on this trek?

On every trek or climb, we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply,

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Where can I leave my belongings in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

Lobuche Peak Climbing Map

General Information

What is the height of Lobuche East Peak?

Lobuche East Peak stands at 6,119 meters (20,075 feet) above sea level.

Where is Lobuche East Peak located?

It is located in the Khumbu region of Nepal, near the Everest Base Camp.

How long does it take to climb Lobuche East Peak?

The climb typically takes about 18-20 days, including trekking and acclimatization periods.

What is the best time to climb Lobuche East Peak?

The best time to climb is during the autumn (October, November) and spring (March, April, May) seasons.

Is prior climbing experience required to climb Lobuche East Peak?

While it’s suitable for beginners, some prior experience with mountain climbing and the use of climbing equipment is beneficial.

What is the success rate for climbing Lobuche East Peak?

The success rate ranges from 70% to 90%, depending on weather conditions and the climber’s preparedness.

What permits are required for climbing Lobuche East Peak?

Climbing permits from the Nepal Mountaineering Association and the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit are required.

What is the difficulty level of Lobuche East Peak climbing?

It is considered moderately difficult and is graded PD+ (Peu Difficile) on the Alpine climbing scale.

What equipment is necessary for climbing Lobuche East Peak?

Essential equipment includes crampons, ice axes, climbing ropes, harnesses, helmets, and appropriate clothing for high-altitude conditions.

How can altitude sickness be managed during the climb?

Proper acclimatization, staying hydrated, and possibly using medication like Diamox can help manage altitude sickness.

Itinerary and Preparation

What is the typical itinerary for Lobuche East Peak climbing?

The itinerary usually includes arrival in Kathmandu, flights to Lukla, trekking through Namche Bazaar, and acclimatization hikes before the climb.

How many days are spent acclimatizing during the trek?

Typically, 2-3 days are allocated for acclimatization to help climbers adjust to the high altitude.

What is the starting point of the trek to Lobuche East Peak?

The trek starts from Lukla, following a flight from Kathmandu.

What are the key stops along the trekking route?

Key stops include Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche Base Camp.

What kind of accommodations are available during the trek?

Accommodations range from teahouses and lodges to camping at higher altitudes.

Is there a rest day included in the itinerary?

Yes, rest days are included, especially for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche.

What kind of meals are provided during the trek?

Meals typically include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a mix of local and western cuisine.

Are there any cultural sites to visit during the trek?

Yes, trekkers can visit monasteries in Tengboche and Namche Bazaar, and experience Sherpa culture.

What is the highest point reached during the trek?

The highest point, aside from the summit, is Kala Patthar at 5,545 meters, offering panoramic views of Everest.

What preparations are needed before the climb?

Preparations include physical training, gathering necessary gear, obtaining permits, and possibly taking a mountaineering course.

Climbing Experience

What challenges are faced during the Lobuche East Peak climb?

Climbers face steep icy slopes, technical sections, and extreme weather conditions.

How technical is the climb?

The climb involves technical sections that require the use of crampons, ice axes, and fixed ropes.

What is the route to the summit like?

The route includes trekking to base camp, moving to high camp, and then ascending steep snow and ice slopes to the summit.

How long does it take to reach the summit from base camp?

It typically takes about 8-10 hours to reach the summit from the high camp.

What is the descent like after summiting Lobuche East Peak?

The descent is quicker than the ascent, often taking 4-6 hours back to high camp.

What kind of support is provided by guides?

Guides offer technical support, help with navigation, manage safety ropes, and provide first aid if necessary.

What are the key safety measures during the climb?

Safety measures include using proper gear, following guide instructions, acclimatizing well, and monitoring weather conditions.

What views can climbers expect from the summit?

Climbers are rewarded with stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and other peaks in the Everest region.

How do climbers handle emergencies during the climb?

Emergency protocols include immediate descent, use of satellite phones for communication, and helicopter evacuations if necessary.

What is the role of porters during the climb?

Porters carry heavy loads, set up camps, and assist with logistics, allowing climbers to focus on the ascent.

Costs and Logistics

What is the cost of climbing Lobuche East Peak?

Costs range from $2,250 to $3,000 per person, depending on the group size and the expedition company.

What does the cost include?

Costs typically cover permits, guide fees, porters, meals, accommodation, and transportation.

Are there any additional costs to consider?

Additional costs may include personal gear, travel insurance, tips, and extra amenities like hot showers or charging electronic devices.

What is the cost of permits for Lobuche East Peak?

The permit cost is around $350 for a group of up to 6 people.

How much money should climbers carry for daily expenses?

Climbers should carry around $40 per day for additional expenses like snacks, drinks, and personal items.

Is travel insurance necessary for the climb?

Yes, comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and climbing is essential.

What kind of transportation is provided during the trek?

Transportation includes domestic flights to Lukla, private cars, and possibly helicopters for emergency evacuations.

How are accommodations arranged in Kathmandu?

Accommodations in Kathmandu are usually in 3-4 star hotels, included in the expedition package.

What are the tipping guidelines for guides and porters?

Tipping is customary, with suggested amounts being $5-$10 per day for guides and $3-$5 per day for porters.

How can climbers book the expedition?

Climbers can book through reputable trekking agencies, either online or through travel agents specializing in Nepal treks.

Health and Safety

How can climbers prepare physically for Lobuche East Peak?

Physical preparation should include cardiovascular training, strength exercises, and hiking with a loaded backpack.

Recommended vaccinations include Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus, and possibly Malaria prophylaxis.

How is hygiene managed on the trek?

Hygiene is managed through using purified water, maintaining clean campsites, and personal hygiene practices like hand sanitizers.

What is the protocol for dealing with altitude sickness?

Protocols include immediate descent if symptoms worsen, using medication like Diamox, and ensuring proper acclimatization.

What kind of first aid support is available during the trek?

Guides typically carry first aid kits, and climbers are advised to carry personal medications and a basic first aid kit.

Are there medical facilities available along the route?

Basic medical facilities are available in larger villages like Namche Bazaar, but more serious issues may require evacuation to Kathmandu.

How do climbers stay hydrated during the trek?

Staying hydrated involves drinking at least 3-4 liters of water per day, using purification tablets or filters for safe drinking water.

What kind of diet is provided to maintain energy levels?

The diet includes high-carbohydrate meals, with options for vegetarian, vegan, and other dietary preferences upon request.

What precautions are taken for weather conditions?

Climbers should be prepared for variable weather, including bringing appropriate clothing layers and equipment for both warm and cold conditions.

How can climbers stay connected with family and friends during the trek?

Connectivity is available through Wi-Fi in teahouses at major stops like Namche Bazaar, and satellite phones can be used for emergencies.

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