Lobuche Peak Overview
Lobuche peak lies in the Sagarmatha Zone, Solukhumbu district, close to Khumbu glacier and in Lobuche village. It is situated at a height of 6119m. There are 2 main peaks of Lobuche, Lobuche East, and Lobuche West. According to the National mountaineering Association of Nepal, Lobuche east is classified as Trekking peak and Lobuche west as Expedition Peak. These two peaks are separated by a deep long notched ridge, and considerable distance which makes approaching the west peak impossible from the east peak. On 1984 April 25, Laurence Neilson along with Sherpa mountaineer Ang Gyalzen made their first summit on Lobuche East. Again in 1955, Lobuche west was first climbed via the south shoulder.
Lobuche East remains popular among people and is also one of the most climbed peaks. The peak itself falls under the protection of Sagarmatha National Park which covers an area of 124,400 hectares. The trail passes through the lush green forest which includes Juniper, fir, Himalayan Birch, Rhododendrons, and many more. You also get to see many endangered animals like snow leopard, bearded vulture, snowcock, red pandas, etc. The spectacular view of Mount Everest, Khumbu valley from its summit, and the amazing hospitality of Sherpa people are the main attraction of this trek.
This route takes around 15-17 days if you take proper rest and take some days off. This trek is quite expensive because it includes flights, trekking gear, clothes and accommodations. The average price can range from 1500-2000$.
Lobuche Peak Climbing with Marvel Trek
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Highlights of Lobuche Peak
- Astonishing view of Mt Everest, Mt Nuptse, Mt Lhotse, etc
- Explore the local villages, the culture, and hospitality of Sherpa people
- Trek over the trail of Everest base camp
- Explore the ancient Gompas, monasteries, prayer walls, etc.
- Climb the great Lobuche peak itself.
- Day 1- Kathmandu- Lukla- Phakding, (35 minutes flight, 3 hours walk)
- Day 2- Phakding-Namche bazar, (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 3- Namche Bazar- Phortse, (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 4- Phortse- Dingboche, (6 hours walk)
- Day 5- Dingboche- Lobuche, (6 hours walk)
- Day 6- Lobuche- Gorakshep-Everest base camp, (8 hours walk)
- Day 7- Everest base camp- Lobuche base camp, (5 hours walk)
- Day 8- Lobuche base camp- peak climbing, back to base camp, (9-10 hours walk)
- Day 9- base camp- Pheriche, (6 hours walk)
- Day 10- Pheriche-Namche Bazar, (6 hours walk)
- Day 11- Namche Bazar- Lukla, (7 hours walk)
- Day 12- Lukla-Kathmandu (35 minutes flight)
Safety and fitness
The road to Lobuche peak base camp is rough, steep, and can be snowy. The trail above the base camp is more challenging. The extreme temperature and altitude can be a serious problem if you don’t apply the necessary precaution. Any peak climbing requires concentration, focus, patience, and knowledge. Physical and mental stability is the most important factor. Physical fitness can be built by running, jogging, and doing some light exercise before starting your trek. The average walking hour of 5-6 per day, and overnight camping, risk of altitude sickness, combining all these facts, the trek and climb to Lobuche peak can be moderately difficult.
Symptoms of Mountain sickness
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeats
Preventing mountain sickness
- Walk slow
- Stay hydrated
- Have nutritional food
- Have enough rest
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
Medicines for mountain sickness
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Clothing and equipment
|Travel wallet||Climbing shocks|
|Duffel bag||Synthetic underwear|
|Trekking boots||Synthetic climbing/trekking pants|
|Trekking shocks||Insulated pants|
|Light weight sneakers||Shell pants(water proof)|
|Medium weight Gaiters(water proof)||Medium weight long john tops|
|Foot powder||Synthetic pile jacket|
|Down booties||Down jacket|
|Double insulated climbing boots||Shell jacket (light weight waterproof)|
|Heavy gaiters||Down parka|
|Buff neck gaiters||Face mask|
|Fleece gloves||Winter/summer hat|
|Climbing gloves||Glacier glasses|
|Chemical hand warmers and foot warmers||Dark goggles|
|Climbing pack||Double lenth and single length sling|
|Lightweight harness||Climbing ascender|
|Locking/non-locking carabiners||Prusik cord|
|Helmet||Alpine ice axe|
|Point crampons||Figure 8 and Rappel device|
|Trekking poles||Backpack cover|
|Down sleeping bag||Sleeping pads|
|Water purification tablets||Power banks|
|Travel towel||Safety kit|
|Hand sanitizer||Suns cream and lip balm|
|Altitude sickness medicine||Wash kit|
|Cup, bowl, spoon||Trash bags and tissue papers|
Travel insurance- Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.
Visas/passports- If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.