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Lobuche East Peak and Island Peak Climbing

Lobuche East Peak and Island Peak Climbing

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

21 Nights 22 Days

Difficulty Level

Difficult

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

6189 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Climbing two stunning trekking peaks and explores the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar enables the best demanding trekking and climbing experience in Nepal.
  • Take in stunning views of highest mountains on earth from the summits of both peaks.
  • Intensive exploration of Namche Bazar and soak up the Sherpa Culture.
  • Heavenly blessed mountain flight to and from Lukla.
  • This is one of the challenging expeditions as well as the trip full of activities filled with fun.

Lobuche East and Island peak climbing is a combined climbing package that adds double fun and excitement to your trip. In this trek you will be climbing both the peaks and in addition there will also be trek to the Everest Base Camp. Thus, this is one of the challenging expeditions as well as the trip full of activities filled with fun. If you are crazy about climbing then you can definitely try out this trek as it gives you chance to scale two peaks in a single trip.

In addition to climbing Lobuche East and Island peak and reaching till Everest Base Camp, you will get to explore around the Everest region like in other treks. The trek starts and ends at Lukla. You will be trekking through the other major areas like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Pheriche and many others along the way.  The trail passes through Sherpa villages where you will receive warm hospitality. You will be staying at the lodges and teahouses on the way which are mostly run by Sherpas. Ancient monasteries are seen decorated with prayer wheels and prayer flags which exhibit the religious inclination of Sherpa people towards Buddhist culture. 

 

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport we offer you pick up facility from the airport and manage your stay at the most comfortable hotel in the city. You get to meet the team of trekkers and together we prepare for the trek. At the evening we offer you lavish welcome dinner with authentic Nepali Cuisine.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private Car

We offer you short trip to historical and cultural sites around Kathmandu valley: Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. You can also do some souvenir shopping during the sightseeing. After sightseeing we head back to hotel and get our clothing and trekking equipment ready and prepare for the trek.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private Car

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla lets you enjoy the beauty of green hills with a background of snowy mountain peaks. The trek begins from Lukla and we head towards Phakding passing through Cheplung village enjoying the sight of Mount Khumbila. We stay for the night at Phakding.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Flight / Walking

We walk the trail passing through pine forest and crossing Dudh Koshi River. We then reach entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Moving ahead, we reach Namche Bazar, the famous Sherpa village. From Namche Bazar we can have sight of Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse. We spend the night at Namche Bazar.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We stay for a day at Namche Bazaar to adjust with the altitude condition. Namche Bazaar is the main market area of the region with small local tea houses, restaurants, shops and trading areas around. We explore the areas observing the traditional and cultural Sherpa life. We can also choose to hike to Sagarmatha National Park from where the beautiful sight of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and others can be visible. Rare species of flora and fauna can be spotted along the way. We end the day thus and get a good night’s sleep in hotel at Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trek passes through Dudh koshi river and along lush rhododendron forest. Heading ahead to Tengboche, the beautiful view of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse and Mount Ama Dablam greet you along the way. Reaching Tengboche we get to visit the most famous and largest monastery in the region called Tengboche monastery. We conclude the day’s trek at Tengboche.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start the trek walking through evergreen forests with pines and conifers. The area is also rich with colorful rhododendron bushes. We then take the trail to Pangboche, crossing Imja river. The trail takes us to famous Pangboche monastery. We again walk ahead and reach Imja valley and from there towards Dingboche from where we get to see field of various kind of crops like barley, buckwheat and potatoes, carefully protected from cold winds and animals. We spend the night at Dingboche.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start the trek climbing through Duglha and Chupki Lhara. The area is decorated with prayers flags as memorials for departed souls. We move ahead towards Khumbu glacier where the great peaks Pumori and Maha Langur himal can be seen up close. We spend the night in Lobuche.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trail to Everest Base Camp passes through Gorak Shep Lake. The walk ahead takes us to Indian army mountaineers’ memorial. Walking through rocky terrain in such high altitude can wear out the tired body. But upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, the spellbinding view of mountain peaks and colorful tents contrasted against the snowy beauty makes you forget the arduous journey. We will then get back to Gorak Shep for the night.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our hike early in the morning. After walking some hours we reach the top of Kala Patthar (meaning black rock in local language), which is the sunrise viewing point. From the top we get to see 360° view of mountains around with the closest view of Mount Everest. Down below we can see the deep and dangerous Khumbu glacier. Also, we can see gigantic view of Mount Pumori from the top of Kala Patthar. Mount Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserkhu and many other mountains can be viewed up close from the top. We then return back to Lobuche and spend the night there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will be walking from Lobuche Base Camp to Lobuche high camp. It takes around 4 hours to reach the high camp. The trail is rocky and snowy. We need to be extra careful when walking through such risky trails. We then reach the high camp. We set up our camp and enjoy the views around. We walk around for some time to help in acclimatization. Then our trekking guides will orient and provide training on climbing. You will be informed about different types of climbing equipments and then instructed on ways of properly using the equipments and gears. Night at the camp.

Accommodation
Tent

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today is the most awaited day of this trek. We start the trek early in the morning walking up towards the summit. We walk though the eastern side of the peak that offers panoramic view of many mountain peaks. The walk can get tough and slippery. We should carefully make use of the climbing gears and equipments. Upon reaching the summit of the peak we go speechless by seeing the magnificent beauties around. We get the enchanting view of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori and many other peaks around. We celebrate our success over scaling the peak. We take pictures and enjoy the moment together. We then return back to the high camp.

Accommodation
Tent

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will leave Lobuche High Camp early and head towards Dughla. We will walk along the beautiful Imja valley and walk towards Dingboche. We cross Dingboche and will pass few small huts scattered around the Imja valley area. The walk will then ultimately bring us to Chhukung. From Chhukung we will take our way towards Island peak. We will stay for the night at Chhukung.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will take rest for a day at Chhukung. As in this trip we will be climbing two peaks we will need to gather enough strength to climb the next peak immediately. So, rest for a day is necessary. We will spend the day by giving rest to the body and going for the light walk around.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Rest

We head toward Island Peak Base Camp from Chhukung taking the steep uphill walk. We follow the southern uphill trail and then catch the eastern trail of the valley. Walking ahead we follow the trail down the southern side of the glacial ridge of Lhotse glacier. Next, we take the flat trail alongside the icy stream. The path ahead takes us to the glacial ridges of Imja and Lhotse glacier. Walking further ahead we reach the Island Peak Base Camp which lies in the south western side of the peak. We spend the night at the base camp.

Accommodation
Tent

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take the steep uphill trail from the base camp through the rocky path. Walking through the rocky areas we take the route through the moraine towards the summit. We make use of ropes whenever required. Our guides will be there to help you in scaling up. Enjoying the majestic view around, we climb further ahead, towards the peak. Upon reaching the summit the success of finally reaching the summit will leave you feeling elated and exhilarated. We take the pictures together and then head back to the base camp. We reflect on our days climb enjoy together and take a good night’s sleep at the base camp.

Accommodation
Tent

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We keep a day as a reserved day so that it will cover if any unfavourable weather condition appears and we will have to stop our day. Such unexpected situation is likely as the mountain areas get extreme powerful winds and in such a situation climbing the peak becomes impossible. So, a day is set aside to cover for this.

Accommodation
Tent

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

We take the downhill walk through the valley and passing Khumbu river We walk ahead through the Sherpa villages and head ahead towards Pangboche village. We visit the oldest monastery in the village and finally reach the Pangboche village. From there you get to view the beauty of mountain peaks as well as watch the flowing Imja river down below.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We walk ahead from Pangboche through the downhill trail towards the Imja river. The walk then takes us through the rhododendron and pine forests and towards the Tengboche village. Further ahead, we cross the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi river and take the trail ahead towards the village called Sansa. We continue walking ahead until finally reaching Namche Bazaar. We spend the night at Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take the rocky trail downward toward Dudh Koshi river. Upon crossing the river we head towards Lukla crossing Monjo (Sagarmatha National Park entry and exit). Walking downhill and crossing the suspension bridge over Bhote Koshi river, we walk ahead to Phakding. From Phakding we catch the trail uphill until finally reaching Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla we give rest to our aching body and spend the night in a lodge.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take a flight back to Kathmandu and upon reaching Kathmandu we might roam around the city for some souvenir shopping. We organize farewell dinner for you and celebrate successful completion of trek and exchange final greetings and wishes and prepare for final departure.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Dinner

Transportation
Flight

Today is the final day and we get ready for the departure. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private Car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (3 nights twin sharing room at Kathmandu).

Staffs & Crew

  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Professional Sherpa climbing guide

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets

Permits & Paperworks

  • Climbing permit
  • Trekking permits/TIMS.

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • 5 Hot showers (Attached bathroom) on a trek
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping

Complimentary Extras

  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

What's Not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Personal climbing equipment

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for trekking and climbing, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking and climbing Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. 

Winter in Nepal is dry, with very cold nights where temperatures can drop to -20°C at the highest altitudes, but the days are pleasant and sunny. Additionally, the trails are much less crowded during this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures reach around 20°C.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Internal Flight Delays

Nepal is an incredible country of mountains and valleys, rivers and green rolling hills. With this incredible diversity of landscapes, road travel can be extremely time consuming and flights within Nepal to reach popular trekking destinations is a must. Along with this mountainous terrain also comes the possibility of in climate weather. Not to mention the incredibly high number of visitors during peak seasons makes internal flight delays a very real possibility. To manage this possibility, it may be helpful to have a few extras days on either end of your tour. If any cancellations or flight delays do occur (high chances of flight delays from around Kathmandu to Lukla, Everest region), we also provide services to arrange helicopter to help you to be on your schedule on the premises of Civil Aviation Rules in Nepal which state that helicopters can fly if the visibility is 1500m. The cost ranges from USD350 to USD650 according to the number of passengers. The payment can be made either to the helicopter company or to us directly and can be made either by cash or using a credit card. It will also be helpful to purchase and review your insurance as some of the alternative measures for travel may be covered. Flight insurance too may cover changing your international flight if necessary.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

 

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