LOBUCHE PEAK CLIMB

The Lobuche Peak Climb follows closely the itinerary of the Everest Base Camp Trek and shares many of the same stops and allows for spectacular views of the highest mountain on Earth. It also sets aside time to summit Lobuche Peak (20,075′), which many climbers view as a warm-up climb before approaching Mt. Everest. Our time in Kathmandu will be supplemented by visits to the Tengboche Monastery and other cultural activities.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Climb

ACTIVITY LEVEL: WWTrek Supreme Challenge

TRIP LENGTH: 24 days/23 nights

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TRIP COST: 

DATES

Custom Dates Available

HIGHLIGHTS

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TREK TIPS: NEPAL

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive to Kathmandu, Nepal

  • A WWTrek representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel. Relax and settle in or tour Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Overnight: Yak and Yeti Hotel
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Kathmandu Cultural Tour

  • We will spend the day exploring Kathmandu, a sacred city to the Buddhist & Hindu culture, 3000 year old Monkey Temple, and various other temples and sites
  • Your guide will check each guest’s gear to ensure everyone is prepared for our adventure
  • Overnight: Yak and Yeti Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (9,000') then Hike to Phakding (8,600')

  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla in the morning
  • Our first day is an easy walk through lush forest along the Dudh Kosi River to Phakding
  • Overnight: Phakding Teahouse
  • Meals included: B/L/D
  • Domestic fight included

Day 4: Trek from Phakding (8,600') to Namche Bazaar (11,500')

  • Enter Sagamartha National Park, and ascend 2,900’ to Namche Bazaar
  • We will visit local shops and enjoy the village
  • Overnight: Namche Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Explore Namche Bazaar (11,500')

  • Remain in Namche Bazaar
  • Day hike around Namche
  • Overnight: Namche Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Namche Bazaar

  • Remain in Namche Bazaar
  • Acclimatization hike
  • Overnight: Namche Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Namche Bazaar

  • Remain in Namche Bazaar
  • Day hike around Namche
  • Overnight: Namche Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Namche Bazaar

  • Namche Bazaar Day
  • Day hike around Namche
  • Overnight: Namche Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Trek from Namche to Tengboche Monastery (12,738')

  • Traverse the steep valley above Dudh Kosi, passing many gompas and stupas along the way
  • A steep but short climb through the forest takes us to the Tengboche Monastery, where we will attend the call to prayer with the lamas
  • We will then take a short walk down the hill to Deboche to enjoy the night at our teahouse
  • Overnight: Deboche Teahouse
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: Trek from Deboche to Pangboche (13,993')

  • Trek from Deboche to Pangboche (13,993′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 11: Trek from Pangboche to Pheriche (14,340')

  • Trek from Pangboche to Pheriche (14,340′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 12: Remain in Pheriche

  • Acclimatization and recovery day in Pheriche
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 13: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (16,203')

  • Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (16,203′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 14: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (16,942')

  • Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep
  • Optional: Gorak Shep to the summit of Kala Patthar (18,300′)
  • Enjoy stunning views of Mt. Everest, Everest Base Camp, the Khumbu Ice Fall, and the route climbers take to the summit
  • Return to Gorak Shep
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 15: Trek from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp (17,688')

  • Trek from Gorak Shep and pause for lunch
  • Continue trekking after lunch to Everest Base Camp (17,688′)
  • Photo opportunities
  • Descend to Lobuche for the night
  • Mealsincluded: B/L/D

Day 16: Lobuche Training Day

  • Fixed line training and recovery day
  • Stay in Lobuche
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 17: Trek from Lobuche to Lobuche Base Camp

  • Trek from Lobuche to Lobuche Base Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 18: Lobuche Base Camp Preparation for Summit

  • Lobuche Base Camp preparation for Summit
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 19: Climb to Lobuche Summit!

  • Lobuche Summit!
  • Return to base camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 20: Trek from Lobuche Base Camp to Pangboche

  • Trek from Lobuche Base Camp to Pangboche
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 21: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

  • Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 22: Namche to Lukla

  • Trek from Namche to Lukla
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 23: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

  • Lukla flight to Kathmandu (KTM)
  • Free afternoon in Kathmandu
  • Overnight: Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 24: International Departures

  • International departures
  • Meals included: B/L/D

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT IN NEPAL

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities. We have a number of diverse projects in Nepal that WWTrek guests can get involved with.

The Human Outreach Project started with the decision to support Ang Pasang’s children after his tragic death. Our projects in Nepal have grown to include trekking dental supplies in to the remote Namche Dental Clinic, supporting the Himalayan Rescue Association by rebuilding the Manang medical clinic, and improving the conditions at Juving Secondary School by adding a solar powered computer center and an industrial water filter. We have also supported many other projects, including emergency earthquake relief and cataract surgeries; find out more at HumanOutreachProject.org

TRAVEL NOTES

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT:

Nepal experiences two main seasons: wet and dry season. The monsoonal year spans dry from October to May and wet from June through September. Prime trekking weather takes place in Spring from March to May and in autumn from September to November.

Nepal has five climatic zones, broadly corresponding to the altitudes. The Himalayan Range blocks cold winds from Central Asia in the winter and forms the northern limit of the monsoon wind patterns. In a land once thickly forested, deforestation is a major problem in all regions, with resulting erosion and degradation of ecosystems. We will be trekking through a variety of climates. Pay attention to WWTrek’s gear list, as we’ve taken the time to fine-tune it to suit the climates we trek. Expect the temperatures on your trek to range between the 50s at the beginning and drop to the 20-30 range higher in the Khumbu valley. Rain, sleet, and snow are always a possibility.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

This trip begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal. You will fly into and out of Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

There are many flight options from the U.S. to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).  International airfares are not included in program pricing. WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. We utilize Danny Genung at Harr Travel to book all of our flights. He can be reached at: danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117. The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries.

We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

Nepal Entry Visa: when clearing customs in Nepal you will be required to purchase a 30-day entry visa. The cost of the visa is $40, so make sure to bring cash with you. It helps to have exact change. In addition, remember to bring two passport photos for the visa. Waiting to try and have these taken in the Kathmandu airport will not only cause you undue delays, but it also tends to be exceedingly expensive.

EARLY ARRIVALS/LATE DEPARTURES:

Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

GRATUITIES:

As in many parts of the world, gratuities are a symbol of a job well done. In addition to recognizing service people such as taxi drivers, restaurant, and hotel personnel, we also acknowledge our staff with a gratuity. You should plan to tip any service person that helps you, 10% for taxi drivers and restaurant staff is the norm. Check to see that a gratuity is not already included in the bill. Remember, if tipping in US dollars, when calculating the exchange rate, be careful not to tip too much. As you know, tipping is your option, and a reflection of the quality of service you receive.

Trekking Staff: At the trails-end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented as we say our goodbyes.

Local trekking staff tip pool: $200 -$250/per person total

WWTrek Lead Professional Western Guide: $200-$250/per guest

WWTrek Professional Guide(s): $200 – $250 per guest/per guide

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

It’s easy to exchange money in Kathmandu after you arrive. We will allot a specific time for all of our guests to exchange money during our Kathmandu Cultural Tour on day 2. Local currency is best on the trek. There is money exchange in Namche Bazaar, but it is better to have it done in Kathmandu. Depending on the person, you may spend $50 – $100 on the trek if you buy sodas, snacks or souvenirs. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

GENERAL INFORMATION

COUNTRY:

A land locked sovereign nation, Nepal encompasses an area of 56,827 square miles (147,181 sq km) and has a population of approximately 30 million. The rugged, mountainous terrain has proven to be key in both the preservation of the nation’s deep cultural heritage as well as a hindrance to its worldly development.

POPULATION:

27.8 million

TIME ZONE:

Nepal Standard Time (NPT) is the time zone for Nepal. With a time offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) of +5:45, all over Nepal Standard Time is one of only three time zones with a 45-minute offset from UTC.

CAPITAL CITY:

Kathmandu, Nepal

PEOPLE:

Sherpas: The people of the Khumbu

The Sherpas are an eastern, indigenous people living in the eastern regions of Nepal. The word Sherpa is a combination of two Tibetan words, “Shyar,” meaning east, and “Pa,” or people. They are indeed easterners both in origin and present location of settlement, as they migrated from Eastern Tibet and now live in Eastern Nepal. While traditionally Sherpas were farmers and traders, today many work in mountaineering, trekking, or portering. The Sherpa people are known for their strength and relationship to the mountains. Therefore, the Khumbu region is well known as “Sherpa Land.”

LANGUAGE:

There are over one hundred different languages spoken in Nepal by the various ethnic groups. The main language spoken throughout the regions of Nepal, is Nepali. Our trek will take us through the Khumbu Valley where the villagers speak Sherpa, a Tibetan dialect, as well as Nepali.

CULTURE & RELIGION:

The people of Nepal are as diverse as the land that sustains them. Inhabiting different altitudes, various ethnic, tribal, and social groups have maintained their unique heritage for centuries. The 12 main ethnic groups of Nepal are: Bhojpuri, Bhotiya, Bahun and Chhetri, Gurung, Magar, Maithali, Newar, Rai-Limbu, Rajbanshi, Sherup, Tamang, and Tharu. Since the 1950’s, many Tibetan refugees now call Nepal home and contributed to the array of culture within Nepal. Eighty percent of the population practice Hinduism. Hinduism is the world’s third largest religion as well as the oldest. Originating in India, Hinduism’s eclectic religious, philosophical, and cultural roots are characterized by their belief in reincarnation—one absolute being or soul reborn multiple times in various manifestations until enlightenment is achieved. Ten Percent of the population practice Buddhism while the remaining 10% are either Muslim, Christian or Kirant (an indigenous religion). Many of the temples throughout Nepal are shared by both participants of Hinduism and Buddhism as beliefs are similar. Often times, religious and cultural practices are difficult to distinguish as many individuals often employ dual faith practices.

MONEY:

The official currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee Introduced in 1932, the Rupee is abbreviated Rs. Check online for current conversion rates.