Many adventurers want to go to the Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas but very few have idea that this world famous trekking trip can be turned into an epic expedition by combining it with the adventure of climbing a trekking peak called Lobuche which is 6119 meters in elevation.
This Lobuche peak expedition combined with Everest base camp trek takes you on the regular base camp trekking route. The trip goes through the beautiful villages on the route which are accessed after some effort requiring yet worthy walk on the Himalayan trail that Tenzing Norgay Sherpa along with Sir Edmund Hillary walked on to the base of the world’s highest mountain in the year 1953 for a successful climb to the summit of Everest. The trip first goes as the very regular base camp trek to the Everest base camp and Kalapatthar and returns back to Lobuche to take another route to the Lobuche peak. After successful ascent of the summit of Lobuche peak, the trip returns back again on the same trail that takes you up to the base camp.
This is a beautiful expedition trip that lets you experience the magical charm of Himalayan expedition. Add on your bag of adventure with the feat of achieving the summit of Lobuche peak and Everest base camp together in the Himalaya.
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m
Today is your arrival day in Kathmandu. Once you finish the custom and visa process and come outside at the airport in Kathmandu, you will find a person waiting for you with our company sign board. Follow him to the car and you will be driven to your hotel. Check in, relax and spend some leisurely time.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding
Take an early morning flight to Lukla, the gateway town to the Everest trek. Flying for about 45 minutes enjoying spectacularly beautiful view of the middle hills and mountains of Nepal, we land at the airstrip of Lukla. We, then, meet our complete trekking crew at Lukla and proceed on our trek for the day towards Phakding. After a four hours’ trek on a gradual downhill trail, we reach the small village of Phakding on the bank of beautiful Dudh Koshi River.
Stay overnight at a teahouse.
Day 03: Phakding – Namche
The trek for the day today that starts after breakfast at the teahouse goes mostly uphill to Namche. We come across several suspension bridges that allow us to connect from one mountain to the other across rivers and gorges. The effort of the trek is rewarded by the spectacular beauty of Namche bazar and the view of the Himalayan peaks from here. The stunning mountain peaks seen from this homeland of the famous Sherpas are… This homeland of famous climbing tribe Sherpa, who have the roots centuries back into Tibet, has become the ethnic Sherpa town for ages now when they migrated to the Everest region crossing the Himalayas.
Development of tourism activities in the Everest region has brought a significant change in the social and economic lives of Sherpa community as they have been the most preferred climbing assistants and trekking guides. All local Sherpa households of Namche bazar have been benefitted from the tourism industry as they have been able to run hotels at their own hometown.
Stay overnight at Namche Bazar.
Day 04: Acclimatization Day
We spend an extra night here at Namche Bazar as part of the acclimatization to the high altitude climate. We will take a day hiking trip to one of the hiking destinations in the area. We come back to Namche bazar for the overnight stay.
Day 05: Namche – Tengboche
We walk to Tengboche today on an uphill trail to an even higher elevation today. We will be walking higher and higher on the trek for the next few days until we reach the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. On reaching Tengboche and checking into a teahouse, we can explore the surrounding and Tengboche Monastery.
Day 06: Tengboche – Dingboche
The trek from Tengboche to Dingboche is about 6 hours on a beautiful trail. We will walk past the beautiful mountain villages of Diboche and Pangboche which are also overnight stopover places in some of the trips. We walk on the trail across a river called Imja and reach Pangboche where we will have a short break to visit Pangboche monastery. After walking some distance on the Imja valley we finally start the ascent to Dingboche, the stopover place for today.
Day 07: Acclimatization Day
As part of the acclimatization process on the high altitude climate, we are going to stay overnight at Dingboche today. We will hike up to a view point ridge behind Dingboche to find a spectacular view of high soaring mountain peaks including Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche. Several other mountain peaks are also visible from the point we hike to. Later, we hike down to Dingboche and relax.
Day 08: Dingboche – Lobuche
We walk to Lobuche today after breakfast. Our walk today passes along the glacial moraine on Khumbu glacier. The walk will bring various mountain peaks into our view. The walk with the view of several spectacular mountains is worth the effort it takes.
Stay overnight at Lobuche.
Day 09: Lobuche – Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp
We walk to Gorakshep from Lobuche today. The trail traverses up and down on the mountains and glacial moraine. Once we reach Gorakshep, we take lunch at the tea house we are staying tonight and proceed towards Everest Base Camp in the afternoon. We walk to the epic base of the highest mountain in the world. We walk to the new base camp of the Everest which is different than the old one where Hillary and Tenzing had camped before starting on their adventure journey towards the summit of the highest peak in the world.
After spending some quality time at the base camp, from where we can inhale fresh air from stunning mountains of Pumori, Khumbutse and Nuptse, we start our way back to Gorakshep for the stay overnight.
Day 10: Gorakshep – Kalapatthar 5543m – Lobuche
We go for an early morning hike up to the stunning view point of Kalapatthar at the elevation of 5545 meters above, which is also the highest elevation gain on this trek, for an excellent panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks right in front of us. Later we descend to Gorakshep and have our breakfast. We proceed on the trek for the day down to Lobuche to stay our overnight there.
Day 11: Lobuche – High Camp 5400m
We trek to High camp today walking past the Lobuche base camp. As we walk along the glacial path, we are stunned with the spectacular view of Himalayan peaks of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Kangtega etc. After going past the base camp, our trail turns into rocky moraine that leads us to the high camp. Once we reach the high camp, we settle on our tents and our pre climbing orientation begins.
On the orientation, we will talk about all the climbing techniques and use of climbing equipment. As a group adventure, we will feel motivated by the expectation of each other in the group, their skills and determination for the adventure. Doing so, the day will allow us ample time to well acclimatize for the summit attempt that lays ahead of us.
Day 12: High Camp – Summit 6119m – High Camp
The day for us starts really early today almost right after midnight. As we have to be at the summit before noon, we need to start early. High mountains are extremely windy thus dangerous in the afternoon. So we try to be on the summit as early as possible in the calm morning. The first section of our walk towards the Lobuche peak summit goes on the rocky surface and the second section is tricky icy one. The second surface climb needs the help of climbing rope which will be fixed by our climbing guide. The snowy surface has several crevasses so it is highly important and necessary that we follow the guide’s instruction like a small children do of their parents. Eventually, after the strenuous effort and dodged will power, the summit of the Lobuche peak is blessed to us. We celebrate the achievement of the summit, enjoy some quality time at the peak and take pictures. The panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse and many other Himalayan peaks is something that lures us to stay on the top. But we know we have to head back down before it starts getting the blow of wind so we start making our way down towards the high camp.
Stay overnight at high camp
Day 13: Reserve Day
This contingency day ensures our unhindered and successful climb because of some unforeseen circumstances like bad weather for the climb or flight delays etc.
Day 14: High Camp – Pangboche
We start our way down on the trek after breakfast at the high camp. We come back to Lobuche to meet the regular Everest Base Camp trekking trail and walk further down to Pangboche to stay overnight there. A long day of about nine hours takes us on the beautiful trail giving us the views of some wonderful Himalayan scenery.
On reaching Pangboche, we check into a guest house and relax.
Day 15: Pangboche – Namche 3440m
We take our breakfast at our lodge in Pangboche and start the trek for the day to Namche. The walk takes us via Tengboche where we can visit a monastery and explore the surround for a while until our lunch is ready. After lunch at Tengboche, we start our descent towards Namche bazar through beautiful serene forested area full of juniper and rhododendron trees. Following the trail along the Dudh Koshi river gorge, we still continue further down towards our destination for today. Our day will be even more beautiful if we get chance to see some wildlife during our walk. On reaching Namche after around five hours of walk, we check into a lodge and relax.
Stay overnight at Namche bazar.
Day 16: Namche – Lukla 2800m
Today we map the Everest trail all the way back down to Lukla. We take the same trail we took to go up and come across several suspension bridges and walk past several local villages. Dudh Koshi River flow adds more beauty on the trail and makes the walk more enjoyable. And we eventually reach the town of Lukla where our trekking and expedition adventure comes to end.
We bid farewell to our supporting crew members expressing our thankfulness for everything they did to take us to the base camp of the world’s highest peak and to the summit of Lobuche peak and bring us back safely. We stay overnight at Lukla today waiting for the flight back to Kathmandu tomorrow.
Day 17: Lukla – Kathmandu
We take another adventurous flight back to Kathmandu. Before boarding the plane, we will have a look on the Everest region and be grateful for offering us such incredible days which will stay in memory forever. The flight takes us back to the chaotic charm of Kathmandu. We reach hotel; check in and spend the day at leisure or find some massage, yoga etc. to rejuvenate our somewhat tired body.
Day 18: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
We will take you for a historical and cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu after breakfast today. The tour will take you to some of the cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Those sites are Pashupatinath to see the Hindu cremation rituals on the bank of a holy river, Boudhanath which is the largest Buddhist stupa in the world, Swoyambhunath famously known as monkey temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a medieval palace square where you visit the temple of living goddess, Kumari.
Day 19: Departure Day
Get ready at the hotel lobby 3 hours prior to your flight time and we will transfer you to airport for your departure flight.