Climbing Lobuche Peak 6119 m. And trek to Everest via Gokyo
Lobuche Peak (6119 m) is one of the six thousand meters of the Nepalese Himalayas, located in the Everest region, accessible for climbing by people with little climbing experience.
Lobuche Peak is located in Barun National Park. It differs favorably from its Nepalese “six-thousand-man colleagues” in that it is not so popular among climbers, there is no such pandemonium as, for example, on Island Peak. In terms of climbing Lobuche-peak is interesting for its route. Here it is possible to test your climbing skills by simple climbing over rocks and overcoming the steep snow-ice slope on the front teeth of the “cats”. Nevertheless, the route is considered simple and is completed in one day, dangerous places are hung with ropes.
Climbing Lobuche-peak is preceded by acclimatization with a set of descents, ascents and rest. The path to the mountain passes along one of the most famous tracks in the world – the track to Everest.
Climbing on the spit-peak with track to Everest Through Gokio is a 19-day version of the program in which you will see as many new things as the path to the mountain goes through one area, and after the ascent you will go down a completely different valley. Two ascents to heights above 5500 m allow for better acclimatization before the upcoming ascent to Lobuche Peak.
From the top of the mountain there are beautiful views of the Himalayas, from here you can see several Himalayan “eight thousand meters”, including Everest and Makalu.
Thread route: Kathmandu – Lukla (2800 m) – Packing (2610 m) – Namche Bazaar (3446 m) – Dole (4110 m) – Machermo (4470 m) – Gokyo (4790 m) – Gokyo Peak (5360 m) – Dragnak (4700 m) – Cho-La-Pass Pass (4830 m) – Lobuche (4910 m) – Lobuche Assault Camp (5300 m) – Lobuche Peak (6119 m) – Tyanboche (3860 m) – Namche Bazar (3446 m) – Kathmandu
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Hotel accommodation
As a rule, flights arrive in the morning. A shuttle takes you to the hotel in Kathmandu. Here you will meet with the group members, determine the plans of the expedition. Then the purchase will be organized necessary for the expedition – products, equipment, kitchen.
After lunch, a walk through the city is possible.
Day 2: Flight to Lukla (2800 m). The transition to the village Pakding (2610 m)
The flight on a small plane takes 40-45 minutes. Upon arrival in Lukla, if necessary, we pack cargo for porters.
From Lukla the trekking part of the route begins. On this day, there will be a short trip to the village of Pakding – it takes about 3 hours along a well-filled path. There are many tourists here, because this is a popular road to Everest. Night at the lodge.
Day 3: Transfer from Pakding (2610 m) to Namche Bazar (3446 m)
The transition with climb from the village of Pakding in Namche Bazar. The transition takes about 5-6 hours. Night at the lodge.
Day 4: Day of rest and acclimatization in Namche Bazar (3446 m)
Today is a day of rest and acclimatization. After breakfast – a simple walk with a climb to the vantage point above Namche Bazar, from where a beautiful view of Ama Dablam, Everest and Lhotse opens up.
Namche Bazar is considered the capital of Sherpas, the people of Nepal who live in the high mountains of the Himalayas. The village itself is a fairly large settlement, with more than 1,500 inhabitants. There are many hotels here, in some cafes you can even find pastries. Recently there appeared pubs with good beer. There are several monasteries in Namche Bazar, which, if desired, can be visited.
Overnight at the lodge in Namche Bazar.
Day 5: Transfer from Namche Bazar (3446 m) to Dole (4110 m)
The transition takes about 6 hours. You have to go to the alpine zone of the Himalayas, where the vegetation is rather scarce, but there are views of the surrounding mountains.
Day 6: Transition from Dale (4,110 m) to Machermo (4,470 m)
The transition takes about 5 hours.
We continue to gain altitude.
Day 7: Transfer from Machermo (4470 m) to Gokio village (4790 m)
The transition takes 3-5 hours.
Gokio village is located on the shores of a mountain lake, in the pocket of a giant moraine. Numerous streams flow into the lake from the slopes of the surrounding mountains, feeding it with water. From the village overlooking the Nepalese “eight thousand” – Cho Oyu.
Day 8: Climbing on the peak of Gokyo (5360 m). Go to the village of Dragnag (4700 m)
Early in the morning you have to get out of the lodge and gain altitude with the ascent to the peak of Gokyo, which rises above the lake. The climb is simple, along a well-packed path. The climb will take 3-4 hours, at the top you will meet the dawn. From here there are views of Cho-Oyu, Everest is visible, in the distance Makalu stands a dark pyramid. From this place you can make a lot of beautiful photos.
Descent to the lodge, lunch, collection of things. Today we have to go through the language of a huge glacier on its opposite shore. So you will reach the village of Dragnag, at an altitude of 4700 m. The transition from Gokyo to Dragnag takes 2-3 hours.
Day 9: Trekking from Dragnag village (4700 m) through Cho-La-Pass pass (5360 m) to Dzongla village (4830 m)
From the village of Dragnag begins a trail that will lead you to the pass Cho-La-Pass, located at an altitude of more than 5000 m. The path goes along a well-filled trail. From the pass there is a stunning view of the Khumbu valley and its majestic mountain peaks. From the pass you need to cross the glacier and go to the path on the “mutton foreheads”.
On the trail descend to the highland zone of the meadows and exit to a small village consisting of several loggias. This is the village of Dzongla, where you have to spend the night before descending into the Khumbu valley.
Day 10: Transfer from Dzongla village (4830 m) to Lobuche village (4910 m)
The transition takes 3-5 hours.
Today, first with a loss of height, along a good path, you will begin a descent in the direction of the Khumbu valley with the same glacier. The highland zone of Nepal shakes its landscapes.
Lobuche village will be your base camp. Here you will have a good rest before the planned ascent to Lobuche Peak.
Day 11: Rest in the village Lobuche (4910 m)
You devote the whole day to rest and recuperation before climbing. In the afternoon, collect all the necessary things that you need at Lobuche Peak.
Day 12: Trekking from the village of Lobuche (4910 m) to the assault camp under the massif of Mount Lobuche (5300 m)
Today we have to climb the assault camp on the slopes of Lobuche-peak. The transition takes 4-5 hours. The camp is located on a flat platform, under the beginning of the route. Here is living in tents.
Day 13: Climbing Lobuche Peak (6119 m)
Early rise, breakfast. Exit to the route.
First, the ascent will take place on the steep “lamb foreheads.” At night and morning, the rocks are covered with leaky ice. Then you will go to the simple rocks of the ridge and will move along the ridge to the beginning of the ice-snow fields. On the “lamb foreheads” and on the crest in the insurance is not necessary.
Then you will leave under the snow-ice slope, the length of which is about 300 m, the steepness – 40-50 degrees. On the fixed railing, on the “cats”, you will reach the false peak Lobuche. From camp to the top 5-7 hours.
The ascent can be completed here, on Lobuche False, as the majority of climbers do. Or you can continue to climb and climb the true summit of Lobuche Eastern (6119 m) along a steep snowy ridge with pressurization. From the false peak to the eastern ascent it takes another 3-4 hours.
Descent to the camp on the ascent path. Night in tents.
Day 14: Descent from the Lobuche camp (5300 m) to the village of Tyanboche (3860 m)
In the morning you will gather camp, then go down the already known trail and go out on the trail track to Everest. Further along the track you will go down to the village Tenboche. The transition takes 5-6 hours.
Day 15: Transfer from Tyanboche (3860 m) to Namche Bazar (3446 m)
Along the familiar path, you will go down to Namche Bazaar. The transition takes 4-5 hours.
Rest in Namche Bazaar. You can visit the cafe with buns and coffee.
Day 16: Crossing from Namche Bazar (3446 m) to Lukla (2840 m)
The transition takes 4-5 hours.
You will return from Namche Bazar to Lukla.
Day 17: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
In the morning we will fly to stuffy Kathmandu.
Upon arrival, you will be accommodated at the hotel and will spend the afternoon exploring the city and visiting the sights. In the evening – dinner dedicated to climbing Lobuche Peak.
Day 18: Reserve day in case of bad weather
Often it is impossible to fly out of Lukla on the scheduled day. In order not to be late for an international flight, you may need a spare day. If we arrive in Kathmandu on time (the day before), then we spend today on city tours. You can also plan a one-day rafting on the Trisuli River. You can plan two days in such a way as to leave Kathmandu on the previous day, go rafting, then go to Chitwan National Park in general and spend time there. Chitwan National Park is known for the variety of animals that can be observed while walking on elephants or rafting on a river in a canoe.
Day 19: Departure home
The end of the program. Transfer to the airport and departure home.
This is included
meeting at kathmandu international airport
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, 3 nights, DOUBLE rooms
climbing permit and all necessary fees (incl. litter tax)
porters for carrying public gear
group equipment for climbing (borax, snow anchors, ropes)
food on the mountaineering part of the program
escort by an experienced guide
Kathmandu to Lukla flights to Kathmandu
This is not included
flights Moscow – Kathmandu – Moscow (price from 1100 USD)
meals on the tracking part of the program (15 – 20 USD per day)
Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu (approximately 20 USD per day)
Nepal visa (40 USD, issued at the airport upon arrival)
airport taxes (on local flights)
surcharge for personal baggage on domestic flights
porters for personal items (about $ 15 per day X 16 days). It is advisable to hire one porter for two people. Porter carries 20 kg of cargo
medical insurance (approx. 40 USD)
tips for staff
Good to know
Necessary clothes and shoes
thermal underwear for sleep
fleece cap and fleece gloves (it is desirable to have two pairs – thinner and thicker)
trekking socks – 3 pairs
light cotton socks – 2 pairs
T-shirt x / b – 2-3 pcs., can be with long sleeves and short
loose and lightweight microfiber pants, trekking
GORE-TEX breathable fabric jacket – waterproof, windproof
GORE-TEX breathable fabric trousers – waterproof, windproof
Panama or a baseball cap from the sun, you can bandanna; downy sweater
trekking boots (boots, but not sneakers)
light sandals or slippers for relaxing (crocs are great)
Clothing for climbing – the principle of layers:
thermal underwear set
warm sweater from Polartek or with synthetic filler
woolen socks – 2 pairs + spare; good expedition hooded down jacket
warm gloves – 2 pairs
balaclava or face mask; warm mittens
climbing boots double + “cats”, fitted to size
leg warmers (protection from getting snow inside the boot)
mountaineering bottom harness (arbor)
self-insurance (cut lace 2 m, diameter 6-8 mm)
climbing carbines – 3pcs.
Jumar, but better T-block
launching device (any)
climbing glasses (ski mask)
sleeping bag (temperature “comfort” from “minus” 15 degrees)
towel (better – microfiber, “sports” – dries quickly)
backpack, volume from 60 L
hard case sunglasses
thermos (0.7-1 liter)
headlamp with optional battery pack
telescopic trekking poles
personal first aid kit
sunscreen, protection from 40 units
stock of wet sanitary napkins
To enter Nepal, you need a valid passport. Visa is placed upon arrival at the airport Kathmandu. To obtain a visa, you must have 2 color photos, 2×3 cm in size (there are no special requirements for a photo). Upon receipt of a visa, you must pay a fee of 40 USD.
No vaccinations are required to visit Nepal.
Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is carried out on a small plane (15-20 passengers). The cost of the flight is not included in the cost of the program.
In Kathmandu – 3 * hotel (in the tourist part of Tamel), accommodation in double rooms
On the trekking part of the route, accommodation is in small high-mountain hotels called lodges (the lodge is a residential complex consisting of a heated guest cafe-area with a kitchen, small living rooms with accommodation for 2 people. Living rooms are not heated, you need to be ready for this)
On the slopes of Lobuche – accommodation in double tents
In Kathmandu, lunches and dinners in the cafes and restaurants of the city for an additional fee
Breakfast at the hotel
On the trekking part of the route food in the lodges
During the ascent and acclimatization exits on the slopes of the mountain, food is prepared independently in tents on gas burners (food purchased in advance in Kathmandu)
Throughout the program from Kathmandu to Kathmandu, the group is accompanied by a guide – a representative of BASK-TOUR. With a group of 5 people on the active part of the route, the Nepalese mountain guide accompanies the group. For carrying cargo on the trekking part of the route, porters work with the group. The program includes porters at the rate of 1 porter for 2 people.
If you wish, you can hire for an additional fee:
cooks who will cook on the slopes of Lobuche-peak for the group.
The best season for climbing and trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas is spring and autumn. The air temperature in Kathmandu is up to + 40C during the daytime. In March, early April, as well as at the end of October, November and December, the night temperature in the city can drop to +5 + 10C. It’s cool in the mountains. At heights up to 4000 m in the afternoon to + 20C, at night – 0` – + 5`. In the early spring and late autumn at night frost. At altitudes of more than 5000 m and on the ascent – you need to be prepared for extreme disadvantages, especially at night. On the night of ascent, the temperature in the upper camp can drop to -25C -30C.
Insurance and medicine
All participants planning to climb Lobuche Peak should be insured. Insurance – high-risk category, with the possibility of evacuation by helicopter. The amount of coverage is not less than 40,000 USD. Climbing Lobuche-peak implies a long stay at high altitude, therefore climbers should not have contraindications to such loads. In case of doubt, before the start of the expedition it is necessary to consult a doctor. It is necessary to have a minimum of medicines, such as analgesics, as well as water disinfectant tablets. Details about medical products and mountain sickness can be found in our articles that are devoted to this.
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