Lobuche Mountain consists of two different summits with East and West with heights of 6,119m/20,070ft and 6,145m/20,161ft. respectively. A continuous ridge connects them but there is still a sharp gap and a considerable distance between them. The East Peak is recognized as a Peak Climbing, whereas the West is known as an Expedition Peak.
The East face rises over the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to a spectacular skyline, forming the south ridge. This course is suitable for the complete novice or as a great refresher for those who want to climb again. The course curriculum includes an introduction to equipment, crevasse rescue, ice climbing skills, rope work and comprehensive mountaineering safety techniques.Laurence Nielson and Ang Gelzen Sherpa made the first ascent to Labuche East on 25 April 1984 although there are possibilities that others have reached the summit before. But there are no records yet. This routes trip route program after doing Gokyo valley trek or Gokyo Chola Trek.
After arrival at Kathmandu International Airport an ‘Region Treks’s representative will take you to your hotel in town. You will be briefed about your trek and there will be time to walk around in the vicinity of the hotel. Evening Meal in the hotel.
After breakfast we offer a guide for a tour of the Kathmandu valley with visits to the Pashupatinath Temples, Durbar Square and the Boudhanath Stupa. If preferred you can have a free day. Evening meal in the hotel.
After 35 minutes flight above panoramic view of Mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. According to arrival time flight at lukla it could be tea/coffee break or lunch break. And we start to hike around, acclimatize direct high elevation from Kathmandu (1337m) and with enjoying to assist acclimatization for upcoming days, we only have short hike around from the area with gaining extra experience as local people’s life style and additional activities, landscape and agriculture besides you will visit one of biggest School, local monastery and biggest Oak tree from the area. We will stay in Buddha Lodge at Chaurikharka. It’s better for tourist more close to learn the local people life but you are just little far away from main trekking trail but it is just as hidden village for trekking area where you can gain experience directly from the area. So you will meet your porters and staffs for trek to know properly. Overnight stay at Chaurikharka(2590m).
An early start after breakfast is planned to avoid the rush of trekkers and porters arriving from Kathmandu. Passing by lovely Sherpa settlements, along gentle undulating trails and enjoying the marvelous scenery of the Dudh Kosi valley, we arrive at the village of Phakding (8,700'/2,652m). After a break for lunch, we continue on for approximately three more hours to Monjo. The sounds of plodding porters with portable music to their ears, the cacophonic mix of myriad languages, strange sounding birds, the sight of porters, loads aside, resting outside tea houses, weather-beaten, windblown trekkers winding their way back to Lukla, prayer flag a-flutter, the brightly painted tea houses and of course the dramatic scenery are memories to treasure of this first day on the trail. Overnight –
Five minutes walk from the lodge and you enter into Everest National Park area, where entry formalities have to be completed. Today will be one of the harder days of the trek but we take it slowly, enjoying the scenery as you climb gradually up to Namche Bazar. Along the way there are two suspension bridges to cross as you zigzag the Dudh Koshi River before you are at the base of the climb to Namche. A long steep climb but with several stops to catch our breath, and a slow plod, we make our way steadily up wards. The trail to Namche Bazar is a wellmarked, comfortable broad trail. Walking in the cooler part of the morning it is easier to breathe and get used to the increasing altitude. After an easy paced three hour's of walk you arrive at the heart of Khumbu Namche Bazar-3460m
This is first scheduled 'acclimatization' day for this trek. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or carry out relaxed exploration of Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Overnight accommodation is set at same Teahouse/Lodge.
We climb steeply out of Namche Bazzar up to Kyangjuma Village from where we can enjoy outstanding views of Thamserku, Katenga, and Ama Dablam. Most exhausting ascent of the day is obviously to pass the Mong La, a very charming place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. An ancient historical Chorten stands at the centre of the settlement of Mong La. We stop at the top of Mong La to admire the grandstand views of surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys while we have our lunch. The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. Spotting wild lives like pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer while on the way is not unusual. Through forests, some waterfalls and bridges, we reach Dole within 5-6 hours; a small place with few teahouses for our overnight full board accommodation (B, L, D).
At the beginning, we climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above the Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The path is steep in most places as we pass through thorny bushes up to Lhabarma. Offering us good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku the trail takes us through many summer settlements and a charming hamlet of Luza. While we ascend from Luza, the Dudh Koshi valley is deep like a canyon with its sheer sides. Walking along the hillside above thundering Dudh Koshi passing through some small hamlets and through sandy spurs, we reach Machherma. Machherma is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. We visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital here for a lecture regarding the altitude sickness, its precaution, and primary treatment. Our overnight full board accommodation (B, L, D) is set in Machherma.
Today, we climb through a ridge Chorten from where we can see fabulous view of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8201m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480m) after some gentle walk. We descend to the riverbank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. After crossing an iron bridge over an stream the trial levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho we become fascinated by the sparkling turquoise blue sheet of water dazzling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Choyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. After lunch, we explore around (duth pokhari) the third Lakes. We spend night in a teahouse with comfortable bedrooms in full board basis.
Today is full day rest or an acclimatization day but we know we should not stay idle. If the weather is good, we grasp the opportunity to climb Gokyo RI today instead of next day to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Or, as we know Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Certainly we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to fifth lake. If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get outstanding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. Moved by the charm, we may even try to go sixth lake too but depends upon our own interest and time. We will be back at Gokyo Village for overnight as usual.
If Gokyo RI has not been done the day before, then we do this today. Gokyo RI is the highlight of this trip. Early morning, we hike up to Gokyo RI/Peak. Climb to Gokyo RI is obviously strenuous as it is steep up and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top, but even from the trial scenery of Gokyo village on the edge of third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier are mind blowing. We observe a perfect panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. Sight of sunrays kissing the Everest that towers over all surrounding peaks is unlike from Kala Patthar (from Kala Patthar Nuptse seems taller). Our Gokyo RI visit will be unforgettable lifetime memories. We trek down to Gokyo and after breakfast we trek to Thaknak for overnight being by the second Lakes and the Nogzumpa Glacier.
Cho La Pass is also another show up of this trip. Today is the toughest day and we need to start early (4-6 am) compared to other days on the trip to walk about 8-10 hours in total. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glassy by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail we climb up continuously up from Phedi. As we gain height, the view gets increasingly enchanting before us. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. Prominent mountains we get sight of during the trail on the Pass and from the top are Kyajo RI, Tengkangpoche, Numbur, Kangchung etc. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soar on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below. Depending upon our own condition and interest, we might take overnight at Dzongla.
Trail from Dzongla follows little down and then continue towards around Awi Peak, before getting the main Khumbu valle. After reaching Labuche base camp, you will have a superb views today including towards the distinctive north face of Ama Dablam, Pumori, Lingten, Nuptse, Lhotse and many more. It’s perfect place among the big boulders and well scheltered from the wind. At the base camp, you will meet today the rest climbing staff crew with the rest of equipment gears and logistics.
An early start around 4 am sees us climbing the south East Ridge, which is mixture of moderately steep snow and ice. Where necessary, we fix rope along the route. We ascend steadily to plateau at around 6 am and the traverse around to an exposed Ridge, which follow to the summit slopes. Approximately 4hrs of climbing brings us to the far eastern summit, which is for almost every Labuche East Climbers mark the summit. From the main east summit we can observe a perfect view of Mt. Amadablam, Mt Makalu,Mt Lhotse, Mt Nuptse,Mt Everest Mt Pumori, Mt Gyachung Khang and Mount Cho-Oyo etc. After great view and summit on the top, we will back to base camp.
After Labche Climbing we will on the back with an another view of Mountains and Khumbu valley from different sides and after crossing long flat range of lodges from Pheriche and also visit Himalayan Rescue Association as your wish or tea break. And from Pheriche it’s a gentle downhill to Pangboche.
We might take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche or take the regular trial to reach Pangboche. From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche or if interested, we might visit nuns at the Debuche monastery. If we are trekking during the full moon of November or December, we might get and opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in the monastery at Tengboche. After having lunch at Tengboche, we continuing through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, the surrounding adored by pink and red rhododendron flowers is dazzling. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful peasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We want to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. On reaching our lodge, we take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar.
Today 6-8 hours trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile faces! Lukla is our last stop in the trekking itinerary.
After reaching Kathmandu as you like, either take a rest or enjoy a by souvenir shopping. In the evening, we'd like to celebrate your successful adventure with a farewell dinner. BB
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