LOBUCHE EAST &
EVEREST BASE CAMP
Max Altitude: 6,119m
Walking Per Day: 5-7 Hours
Summit day is 12 Hours
Group Size: 7-14
Land Only Package
Accommodation: Hotels, Teahouses
Moderate / Hard Difficulty
15 Trekking Days - 22 Days Total
Bespoke Trips by Request
£300 deposit to secure your place
Final balance paid 8 weeks before departure
ABOUT THE LOBUCHE EAST & EVEREST BASE CAMP EXPEDITION
Nepal is the mecca of high mountains, classic treks, soaring ridgelines and crashing rivers. A place where the views are breathtaking, the people are amazing and the trails are sensational.
This expedition first heads up the Khumbu Valley towards the world famous Everest Base Camp. As you reach the village of Dingboche at 4,400m you get your first sighting of Lobuche East itself. The trek continues up to Everest Base Camp before turning back towards Lobuche to start the climbing phase of the expedition. Lobuche East, although regarded as a trekking peak, is very much at the 'top end' of this. There is some easy scrambling to tackle at night, before heading up steep snow-clad slopes towards the lofty summit. The hard work required to get to the summit is well and truly rewarded by the jaw dropping views.
As part of joining this adventure with us, you do get a weekend of winter walking tuition in the Lake District to help you prepare for the journey ahead.
This trip is best suited to those with good levels of hiking experience, and a good level of fitness. Ascending to High Altitude is no easy task, so being as fit as you can for such a trip is the way to be.
Trek Manager Andy Mumby descending Lobuche East in 2019
LOBUCHE EAST & EVEREST BASE CAMP ITINERARY
Days 1 & 2 are spent leaving the UK and arriving in Kathmandu. Upon our arrival we are transported to high spec hotel accommodation in Thamel, the tourist district of Nepal.
On the morning of Day 3 we will have a trek briefing, followed by a few hours of kit sorting. After lunch we will drive 5 hours to Ramechap Airport.
Day 4 will see us take an early morning internal flight to the famous mountain airport of Lukla.After lunch we will trek a few hours to Phakding.
On Day 5 we gain much more height and head to the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar (3,440m). Day 6 is also spent at Namche acclimatising. Acclimatisation days usually include a trek of 3-4 hours too.
Day 7 and 8 are 5-6 hour trek days as we head for Dingboche (4,360m).
We spend Day 9 at Dingboche acclimatising.
By Day 10 we will have reached Lobuche village (4,940m) and the peak of Lobuche East looms high above.
On Day 11 we head to Gorak Shep. In the afternoon we will head up the 5,545m peak of Kala Pattar where we will enjoy amazing views of the Everest range at sunset. Day 12 is a real treat as we trek to Everest Base Camp itself. Afterward we trek to Gorak Shep and then down to Lobuche Village.
Now well acclimatised it is time to head for our main objective, Lobuche East. Day 13 is spent heading for 'Low High' Camp (5,200m) and then on Day 14 we'll have an early rise to get to our highpoint at 6,119m. Some of this day will be spent wearing crampons, using an ice axe and fixed lines for safety.
Wisely Day 15 is a contingency day to allow for any bad weather or sickness, and if not required we'll continue to head down the mountain.
Day 16 is a long day of descent as we travel down to the familiar ground of Dingboche (4,360m).
Between Day 17 and Day 18 we'll descend over familiar ground through Namche back to Lukla. This said, if we have not used our contingency day we will visit the quieter and idilic Sherpa villages of Phortse and Khumjung before descending to Phakding and then Lukla.
Day 19 is our planned day to fly out of Lukla and back to Kathmandu. The afternoon is yours to relax with once we get back to Kathmandu, and so is Day 20 and any spare time before heading to the airport on Day 21.
On Day 22 you'll be back in the UK with a whole load of new memories, strong legs and a memory card full of snaps.
Internal Transfers - Airport Transfers, and flight from Lukla Airport
Accommodation throughout, including high spec hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
All food except Lunch and Dinners in Kathmandu
Trekking Staff, including English speaking Nepali Guides
Experienced LMG Trek Manager
2 Day Lake District based Winter Training Weekend
Medical Kit and Portable Altitude Chamber
Team t-shirt & Duffle Bag
International Flights from your destination country
Personal Trekking Insurance - To cover trekking to over 6,119m. This is mandatory to join us on a trip.
Trips for the trekking team (Roughly £50)
Lunches and Dinners outside of the trekking phase
Nepal Entry Visa £50
Additional food and beverages
Communications / Charging cost (Wifi / Sim Card)
Personal trekking kit (Boots,rucksacks etc)
Technical Kit Hire - Crampons, Axe, Mountaineering Boots
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why climb Lobuche East?
We were drawn to Lobuche East due to it's location, height and lack of major technicality. Being situated within the Khumbu valley this mountain offers incredible vistas at some of the world's highest peaks. It isn't as big a household name as Island or Mera Peak, but it is also much quieter.
It just scrapes in to the 6000m mark which adds a challenge (and kudos)
How fit do I really need to be and what skills do I require?
The fitter you are the more you will enjoy it, and the more chance you'll have of getting to the top. Being able to complete 3-4 back to back days of big hill walks in the UK is a good gauge that you're ready.
Being able to walk proficiently with crampons and have the basic knowledge of how to ascend a fixed line / abseil will be a good skill to have before heading to the Himalaya. Again, as part of this package you will be able to join us for a two day winter skills weekend here in the Lake District (Instruction only).
Although Lobuche East is technically graded as a trekking peak, it is at the upper spectrum of this. The summit day entails 2-3 hours of scrambling at night. Most of which is simple but it is a consuming experience. From the point at which you put crampons on and join the fixed lines it is steep all the way to the top. There is plenty of opportunity to rest (as you will need to - lots!) but it is very tiring. As such we feel Lobuche East is best suited to those who have done mountaineering in the past. If you want to break the 6000m barrier and avoid as much technicality as possible then it is worth looking at our Mera Peak expedition
Matt is also a qualified Personal Trainer so if you want some formal training just get in touch with us via LMG Personal Training
What about Altitude Sickness?
Having concerns about AMS is very natural and it unfortunately unpredictable. Even the experienced could struggle to get over 6,000m if they get ill. We have however designed our itinerary to help us best acclimatise. The fitter you are, the less exhausted you'll get, which in turn has an impact on bringing on symptoms of AMS. These points combined with walking slowly, drinking lots and eating well all give you the best possible chance.
What Technical Kit do I require?
Apart from the usual walking equipment you'll require crampons and mountaineering boots ( Hired from Dingboche for $30 if you don't want to purchase) a climbing harness, a good quality down jacket and a quality sleeping bag rated to -15 / 20. All these items can be hired in Nepal.
What about the Food and Accommodation?
The food in Nepal is fab. Expect a lot of rice, noodles and vegetables. If you have specific allergies or dietary requirements it may be worth researching what's on offer before committing. Eating well throughout is key to success on such an expedition. Our accommodation whilst on the trek will be teahouses, apart from 1-2 nights that will be spent in tents.
Should you need to leave the expedition early, any additional accommodation costs will need to be covered by you (or depending on the circumstance, your insurance)
Do I require Travel Insurance?
Most certainly. Travelling, let alone adventure travel, can throw up all sorts of incidents or circumstances that need to be covered by insurance otherwise you could face a very hefty bill. As a minimum your insurance must cover the dates of the trip, the altitude you are trekking to and helicopter evacuation. Our recommendation for travel insurance is Campbell Irvine
Do your trips have a minimum required number of participants to run?
Our scheduled trips do. Our Mera Peak trip requires 7 people to ensure it is guaranteed to run. We will let you know when it is guaranteed to run and from this point you can book flights.
Do you organise bespoke trips?
Of course, just get in touch with your group size and we'll offer you a quote.
Why should I trek with LMG?
Join our trek if you want a personal experience right from the start. We will help you get ready for this trip here in the UK, both physically and mentally. We'll do what we can to get you prepared and you'll then have our friendly faces to guide you through the experience once in Nepal. We work closely with an agent in Nepal to ensure we have the best possible service throughout.
You are not 'just another booking' to us. We value your booking, and we will ensure that you know that throughout your time with us.
As a company, although small, we will operate responsibly, giving back where we can. One of our best partnerships is that with Trees4Travel. We will plant 2 trees on the behalf of every booking we get, and we will plant enough trees to offset the travel of our trek manager too. Click here to see our Responsible Tourism Policy
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