Lobuche East Peak Climbing
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Lobuche East Peak (6119M) is the hardest of the trekking peaks that commercial groups attempt. In the Everest region(Khumbu) only Kwangde and Kusum Kangguru are more difficult. Now follows a description of Lobuche East (20075ft, 6119m 27° 57' 34.2? N, 86° 47' 23.8? E). Very few climbers who attempt this peak reach the real summit, but many attain the worth-while false summit. Good conditions and a dawn or pre-dawn start is recommended. The average angle for the rocky slabs above the lake (high camp) at about 16,500' to the start of the snow ridge at around 18,600' average 45 to 50 degrees and the route is marked with cairns. This is nice for alpine starts. These rock slabs could be tricky with snow on the rock and there are a couple of moves as you approach the SW ridge that parties may want to be roped up to surmount. It is better to avoid the south west face unless you are looking for more of a challenge. Most climbers who take the SW ridge approach stop at the top of the ridge and consider this to be the false summit of Lobuche East. To reach the true summit of Lobuche East, which is a continuation on the knife-edged ridge heading north west, a rope is recommended due to the exposure. A fall here would be disastrous. There is a slight descent from the false summit along the NW ridge and then a steep climb to the highest point on the long summit ridge. This is a couple of rope lengths at most. From the true East summit, you will see more knife edge ridge leading NW to a massive notch that separates Lobuche East from Lobuche West, which is higher. The true summit proved to be, at first, an unattainable goal, but rocky outliners of Lobuche East were first climbed by the Swiss in 1952. Subsequent attempts fell short of the summit, finally climbed in 1984. Lobuche West was first climbed in 1955, by the South shoulder, which was also the first attempt. Since then the mountain has been scaled only a few times, also by the East-Face. Adventure Zambuling Treks suggest one day extra climbing day to clear and make climbing route by climbing support Sherpa.
Trek Grade: Strenuous
Peak Grade: Strenuous
Trip Duration: 20 days
Trekking Days: 16 days
Climbing Period: 2 days
Maximum Altitude: 6,119m.
Trekking Mode: Lodge/Camp
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu & transfer hotel
Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and preparation day
Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2804 m) and immediately trek to Phakding (2610 m)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 m)
Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar and little hike around Khumjung area.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 m)
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4350 m)
Day 08: Hike to Chhukung valley (4710 m) and trek back to Dingboche.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4930 m)
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 m) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 m)
Day 11: Hike to Kalapattar (5550 m.) then trek down to Lobuche (4930 m)
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche Peak Base Camp (4950 m)
Day 13: Early morning climb Lobuche East Peak (6119 m.) and back to Base Camp.- camp
Day 14: Reserve day and cleaning base camp - camp
Day 15: Trek to Pangboche (4000 m)
Day 16: Trek to Namche (3441m)
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2804m)
Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 19: Rest day or final shopping day
Day 20: Final departure to homeland
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide
Both way domestic Air fare (KTM-LUK-KTM) with airport tax
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Everest National Park Entry fee
Peak climbing permit
Food for the members on camping basis/ Lodge basis
All camping equipment and camping charges during climbing period
All required group climbing equipments( like fixed ropes, man rope, ice bar, ice screw.....)
All required Nepalese staffs including climbing support sherpa
Climbing support Sherpa equipments
All Nepalese staffs insurance
Company service charge and government taxes etc.
International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu
All personal equipment and personal expenses
All personal climbing gears
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Telephone and internet charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staff and porters Tips...