Lobuche East & Everest Base Camp
Climb a 6000m peak, visit the famous Everest Base Camp and much more!
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. Join us for 3 on an expedition that you will never forget. Over the duration of 15 days in the heart of the Himalaya we will fly into one of the world's most famous mountain airports, visit Everest Base Camp, summit Kala Pattar (5,545m) and finally climb our main objective, the 6,119m trekking peak, Lobuche East.
Dates: Available upon request - April / May or October / November
Trip Duration: 22 Days - 15 Trekking Days
Price: Approx £3000pp based on a team of 7+ people. (Land Only)
Bespoke Date Option: Organised upon request.
Internal Transfers - inc flight to Lukla Airport
All food except Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
Trekking Staff, including a Nepali Guide
Experienced LMG Trek Manager
2 Day Lake District Winter Training Weekend
4 Days Summer Trek Training (Over 2 weekends)
Team t-shirt & discounts for UK outdoor shops
Days 1 & 2 are spent leaving the UK and arriving in Kathmandu. Upon our arrival we are transported to 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.
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 2-3 days of big hill walks in the UK is a good gauge that you're ready. You can join us for one of our International Trekking Training weekends (Guiding Only) to help build this fitness.
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
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. This 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.
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 won't be disappointed.
Are there any hidden costs?
At the top of this page you will see what is included in the trek. The main exclusions are:
International Flights - Between £750-£850.
Personal Trekking Insurance - To cover trekking to 6,119m. Likely cost of £150-£250.
Trips for the trekking team - Roughly £60
2x Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu - £15 a day.
Nepal Entry Visa £50
Personal trekking kit (Boots,rucksacks etc)
This trip can currently only be organised on a bespoke basis.
Please Contact Us for more information on this trip. Our trip terms and conditions can be viewed upon request.