This is our regular itinerary for Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek, If you are looking for your own customized itinerary, feel free to contact us.
After being warmly received by the Footprint Adventure team at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be driven to your hotel for a briefing on your trip to climb the Lobuche peak, including the route taken and accommodations. We'll go over a number of dos and don'ts in detail, putting your safety first.
Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in the early morning and drive you to the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu airport before the 40-minute flight to Lukla. Some of the most breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas may be seen throughout the journey. Your personal porter will meet you when you arrive at Tenzing-Hilary Airport, Lukla, and carry your luggage. Your hiking journey then starts. Your hike today lasts about three hours and is rather simple. Before leveling out and going through the Kyangma hamlet, which has a Sizable gompa (monastery) and school, the trail passes a Kani (ceremonial gatehouse). We travel from Kyangma hamlet to Cheplung village before descending through a communal forest with the Koshi in our line of sight. A short ascent across the ridge leads to Ghat after you've crossed a suspension bridge. The walk continues past a school, a collection of mani walls, Chortens, and prayer wheels after leaving Ghat. Then we ascend to Chhuthawa, where we take a short stroll to reach Phakding. Stay the night in a mountain lodge. Included are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Before reaching the Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate in the morning, our trek crosses a bridge over the Dudh Kosi River, passes through the charming villages of Toktok, Bhenkar, and Monjo, and then continues along the riverbed for a few hours before crossing our final bridge and beginning the arduous ascent to Namche Bazaar. Namche is home to a number of excellent eateries, bars, cybercafés, post offices, and banks. Included are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This trek's "acclimatization" day is scheduled for today. Health professionals always advise us to keep moving and being active during our downtime, and they advise us to avoid sitting still. We have the option of spending the day relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar or going on a day walk to Thame, Khunde, or both. The primary hub of the Everest (Khumbu) region is Namche Bazaar, which features government buildings, ATMs, Internet cafés, stores, restaurants, a bakery, and a vibrant market every Friday and Saturday. We can better acclimate if we hike a few hundred vertical feet during the day. Our guides will lead us to the Tourist Visitor Center, which is close to the Sagarmatha National Park's headquarters, where we can see a variety of artifacts related to the first Everest climbers, learn about Sherpa culture, and explore the various plant and animal species that can be found in the Everest region. Additionally, we make a worthwhile detour up to Khumjung. To reach Syangboche's renowned airfield, we ascend. The Everest View Hotel, a Japanese project to construct a luxurious hotel with fantastic views of the highest mountains on Earth, is located just above the airport. The snow-capped summits of Kongde and Thamserku encircle the Khumjung valley, and the revered peak Khumbila is home to a well-known monastery that keeps a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, we walk back down to Namche Bazaar.
Your layers of clothing for fluctuating temperatures during the day should fit in a medium-sized rucksack (2500–3500 cubic inches, or 40–55 liters). Although they nearly always depart earlier in the morning than you do, the porters and yaks who will transport your bulky duffel bags do not necessarily travel more quickly than you do. The majority of the things you bring every day are things you don't need to hike in, not things you need to be active with. For instance, the jacket and cap you put on in the morning before the sun comes out, the camera and notebook you use to take notes while taking breaks. Don't take the advice to pack lighter so you can carry less. The weight is well distributed, and it is much simpler to pack in slightly larger packs (particularly with chilly fingers!).
An alpine climb of intermediate difficulty is Lobuche Peak. You ought to have some prior knowledge of self-arrests, crampon use, and ice ax walking. Your team will need to move quickly on set lines and in teams across limited ridges on summit day, which will necessitate an early-morning "alpine start." The ascent is breathtaking! The necessary skills will be reviewed by your guides, but it is imperative that you are comfortable using your climbing gear (harness, crampons, and ice ax) before the trip.
You'll see on the schedule that it takes us 11 days to trek from Lukla, located at 9,200 feet (2,804 meters), to base camp, located at 17,500 feet (5,333 meters). We take rest days in Namche and Pheriche to help our bodies adjust to the greater altitude. This routine, along with a diligent mindset and paying attention to our bodies and to one another, has consistently produced positive results.
All across the Khumbu, there are hot showers with gravity-fed water that has been heated on gas stoves. You will find solar-heated showers in your private rooms in the lodges in the lower settlements, including Namche. Washing facilities get simpler as you go higher, but they're always there. Because it is freezing outside at the highest altitudes, fewer people utilize the showers. Each client also receives a small basin of warm washing water every day from our Sherpa crew. Before every meal, warm water for hand washing and soap are also available (and you must use them!).
The internet is frequently available in Khumbu, but it is not available everywhere and is not totally reliable. Throughout your trek, you can anticipate having access to the internet every couple of days. However, there won't be any internet access at Lobuche Base Camp or higher up the mountain. As you approach Lobuche, be aware that internet speeds can fluctuate and can be costly.
In the Khumbu Valley, there is now a sizable amount of cell phone coverage. Even though there will be dead spots, you will typically have adequate cell coverage. Call your service provider to inquire about international rate options if you intend to use your cell phone outside of the country.
When days in Kathmandu are added, the Island Peak trip lasts a minimum of 17 days and includes 16 days of trekking and climbing. We do advise giving yourself extra time to account for possible flight delays entering and leaving the highlands.
Hiring a guide is an essential component of climbing any mountain because it allows you to acquire new abilities or explore a new region, whether you're hiking, biking, skiing, or climbing. Because climbing is somewhat technical, we highly recommend hiring a guide to teach you the ropes. Technically and legally, it is nearly impossible to climb Lobuche Peak without a guide if you are a novice mountaineer. The ascent can be exciting because the equipment and trails will be completely new. But for a skilled mountain climber, the climb should be straightforward. It will be difficult for both of them to reach the sledding slope.