• Lobuche East & Island Peak climbing

Lobuche East & Island Peak climbing

 

Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 22 Days

Activities: Trekking/Climbing

Departure From: Kathmandu

Highest Point: 6189

Activity Level:

Country: Nepal

Region: Everest

Price: USD 3,150

Group size: 1-16 Pax

These two peak climbing in one package is one of the adventurous and popular expedition packages as Lobuche East (6119 m, 20075 ft) and Island Peak (6189 m, 20305 ft) being a thrilling and moderate expedition in the Everest region.

On these 22 days expedition, we will be covering two most popular expeditions alongside visiting the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar which are reflected as the best points of the Everest region. As Lobuche Peak has two different summits - Lobuche West & Lobuche East; the west peak is called an expedition peak and east peak as a trekking peak. A ridge with a sharp gap is connected between these peaks making it two different ones.

Lobuche East was first ascended by Laurence Nelson and Ang Gyaltsen Sherpa on 25th April 1984. From the Lobuche East, you can have a spectacular view of Everest as well as other peaks like Lhotse (8516 m), Nuptse (7861 m), Makalu (8485 m), Cho Oyu (8188 m), Ama Dablam (6812 m) and Pumori (7161 m). On the trial, you get to observe the ancient monasteries of the Everest region and livelihood of Sherpa people living here.

Island Peak (also known as Imja Tse) is graded as moderate level also located in the Khumbu region.  The name - Island Peak was titled by distinguished English Himalayan mountaineer Eric Shipton in 1952. The Island Peak is truly an extension of the crest coming down from the south end of Lhotse Shar (8383 m). Not only you will be enjoying the Island Peak expedition but you will also get the spectacular views of the Nuptse (7879 m), Lhotse Peak (8501 m), Lhotse Shar (8383 m) and many other peaks from the summit.

This expedition begins from the scenic flight to Lukla - the main entrance to the entire Everest region. From there continuing trekking for few days through beautiful Sherpa village with terraced fields, spectacular mountainous views, and ancient monasteries - we reach the Everest Base Camp. From EBC, we make our way trekking to Kalapathar where we get the close view of the Mount Everest. And then we are headed to Lobuche Base Camp. Next, we will be summiting the Lobuche East Peak and within next few days, we will be summiting the Island Peak. After our successful accomplishment, we retrace our way back to Lukla and finally fly to Kathmandu.

The perfect seasons for this expedition are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). If you are well adapted to the cold temperatures, you can try in winter too. For more details about this dual expedition or any if you want to inquire more, please simply email or contact us.

Below we list our daily itinerary for Lobuche East and Island Peak Climbing:

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

As you arrive at the Tribhuvan international airport our Accent Himalaya staff will be there waiting for you carrying the signboard of the company name and then they will greet you and pick you up from the airport and then they will take you to the respective hotel. iInthe evening our team will be giving you a welcome dinner with the authentic Nepali cuisine. We will be spending our night at Kathmandu.

  Breakfast and Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft): Sightseeing and Preparation

Today after finishing having our breakfast we will be sightseeing the Kathmandu city by exploring the Kathmandu and we will be visiting the main heritage sites of Kathmandu which is- Kathmandu durbar square the ancient square, Pashupatinath temple- the Hindu temple and the cremation site of Hindus, Swambhunath temple which is also known as monkey temple and the last one is the Boudhanath stupa which is said to be the largest stupa of south Asia. Then our climbing expert will be checking all the climbing gear and then we will be introducing you to other fellow participants and have a small discussion about the expedition at the Accent Himalaya company.  We will be spending our night at Kathmandu.

  Breakfast

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

After finishing having our breakfast we will head to the airport and fly to Lukla during your flight you get the panoramic view of the Himalayas. We will be starting our trek through the flourishing village of Lukla then we will be reaching at Phakding. Today we will be trekking only for awhile as we will be acclimatizing properly.  If one is interested in doing trekking today then we will visit the monastery nearby. We will be spending our night at Phakding.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we will be trekking through the pine forests alongside the Dudkoshi River. After trekking almost for an hour we will come across the view of the mount Thamserku at 6608 meters and continue our trek through the pine, juniper and fir forests. If there is clear weather then we will get to view the glimpse of the mighty mountain Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. We will continue trekking and then we will be reaching at the Sagarmatha national park and further trekking we will reach Namche bazaar which is the gateway to the entrance to the Everest region trekking and peak climbing. As today we crossed five bridges and the biggest bridge was known as Hillary suspension bridge. We will be spending our night at Namche bazaar.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day

Health experts says that even in the rest day one should not stay idle we will be acclimatizing as well as hiking to the Everest view hotel to view the close view of the Everest as well as roam around the Sherpa village and also visit the museum which displays the history of the Everest region and also the history of the first summiteers of the Everest region and also displaying the flora and fauna of the Everest region.

For the people who want to trek for longer hours i.e. 5-6 hours we can hike to the Khumjung village and there we can visit the Hillary school and the monastery where the well-known yeti head are placed. We will be spending our night at Namche bazaar.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5- 6 hours

After breakfast, we will be trekking to the Thyanboche. From Namche to Phunki the trails will be easy we will then ascends to the Tengboche and then we will come across the Tengboche monastery which is said to be the largest stupa of the Everest region and from this monastery one get a 360-degree view of the mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku and Ama Dablam. The monastery will open at 3 pm and if one is lucky we will be able to observe the religious ceremonies. We will be spending our night at Tengboche.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5-6 hours

In the early morning, we will be visiting the monastery once again to capture the panoramic view of the snowcapped peaks. Then we will begin our trek through rhododendron, birch and conifers forests. Before ascending up to Pangboche we will descend down to Debuche and cross the Imja River. We can either trek from the upper or from the lower trials but we will be trekking from the upper trails one get to view the pristine view of the Himalayas and then we will be visiting the Pangboche monastery. And from here the trails are relatively easy and then we will be entering the Imja valley. The veil slowly unfolds as we move toward the confluence of the Lobuche River. We will then descend down to the river and start to ascend up to Dingboche. We will be spending our night at Dingboche.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hours

Today we will be starting our day with the gradual ascend to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier and from here we will ascend up to the steep trail to the Chupki Lanka and then we will be trekking to the Khumbu glacier moraine where one get the stunning view of several peaks which are Lingtren, Khumbutse, Mahalangur and Pumori Himal. The trails will be relatively easy and then we will follow the valley of Lobuche. We will be spending our night at Lobuche.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft): 6-7 hours

Today we will be trekking to the Everest base camp through the vast Gorakshep Lake. We will be continuing our trek and then we will come across the Indian army mountaineer memorial and from here the trails are bit misleading but following the path of the Sherpa climbing guides there will be no such problem as being the expert they are very use of every trail of the Everest region. Further trekking the air becomes thinner and the trails become difficult and challenging due to the high altitude. Before reaching the Everest base camp we will be crossing the rocky dunes, streams, and moraines. From the base, camp one gets the clear view of the Khumbhutse, Nuptse, and Pumori. We will retrace back to Gorakshep and we will be spending our night at Gorakshep.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours

Early morning we will be heading to the kalapatthar as one must be prepared as heading early morning it will be extremely cold as the temperatures will be -10 to 14 degree Celsius. On the way, we get the spectacular view of the Himalayas and then we will continue our trek and then we will reach at kalapatthar and from the Kalapatthar one get to view the Mount Everest in close. We will be spending some time in Kalapathar and then we will retrace back to Lobuche. We will be spending our night at Lobuche.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinnerb

Day 11: Lobuche to High Camp (5,400m/17,712ft) afternoon Pre-Climb Training: 3-4 hours

Today we will be trekking towards the Lobuche base camp after trekking for awhile the trials become steeper and rocky as the trails to Lobuche base camp is steeper. We will continue our trek along the way to the Lobuche glacier and sideways we will get to enjoy the view of the Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Kantega, Thamserku, Pokalde including with the other Himalayas.  From the base camp we will continue our trek through the rocky moraine and then we will reach at high camp after that we will set our tent and have our lunch and take rest for awhile. Then we will be ascending on rock surface for up to about 5770 meters. Then we will be climbing on the ice using the ropes if necessary as the fixed ropes are used most of the time but the main ropes are only used when it is necessary. The climbing expert knows everything that is good for when. We will be spending out the night at Lobuche east high camp.

Climbing training- the climbing expert will train you how to climb the peak and how to use the climbing gears including with using the ropes and how to step on the crevasses etc. we believe that training will boost up your confidence and enjoy full and successfully you can scale the peak.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Lobuche High Camp to Lobuche summit (6,119m/20,070 ft) and back to high camp: 8-10 hours

Today is our summit day we will wake up early at 1 am and then we will have our breakfast. We must scale the peak before the noon hours as in the noon time the winds blow strongly so there will be a problem in summiting the peak.  We will be walking on the rock surface up to about 5770 meters and after that, we will be climbing on ice. As per the leader instruction, we will be using both fixed rope and the man rope. Then reaching at the top of the summit you will get the stunning view of the Himalayas including with the view of Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Ama Dablam etc. we will spend some time celebrating for the successful of scaling the peak and taking the best pictures and after that we will retrace back to High camp. We will be spending our night at high camp.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Lobuche High Camp to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours

After finishing having our breakfast we will be retracing back to Dughla. After that, we will be entering the Imja valley to the beautiful village of Dingboche. For few hours of trekking, we will reach Chhukung which offer the great view of the Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse.

Note: if you like to undertake the Kongma la Pass then we can head from another trail through Khumbu glacier and Kongma la base camp.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Rest day in Chhukung

Today we will take rest as scaling the Lobuche east peak we can’t be able to submit the island peak immediately. But remaining idle and taking full rest we will visit some of the places nearby. We will be spending our night at Chhukung.

 

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours

The trail to the island peak base camp is a fairly steep trail. We will be first climbing the south and turn to the east of the main valley. We will be walking through the winding path lower the southern flake off the moraine from the Lhotse glacier. We will continue trekking on an enjoyable trail along the streamside. The trails to the Amphulaptcha lead to the southeast. Zigzag trails through the Imja and the Lhotse glacier moraines lead to a broad valley contiguous the Southwest side of the Island Peak. We will be spending our night at island peak base camp.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16: Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp: 10-12 hours

We will wake up early at 1 am so, that we can summit the peak before the noon hours as in the noon hours in a high altitude there will be strong winds so, it will be a barrier for summiting the peaks however we will be summiting early morning to get rid of such hitches. Summiting this peak is not so tricky but in some situation, we must scale to several short rocks and we need rope up for the glaciers as it contains numerous crevasses. The climbing expert guide will fix the rope whenever it is required. After reaching the top of the summit we will be spending some time taking a good picture of the Himalayas then we will retrace back to island peak base camp. Then reaching the base camp we will be celebrating on the successful for the island peak climbing.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.

 

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17: Reserved day

This is an extra day like we don’t know exact about the weather condition of the Himalayas as it suddenly changes. So if we are not able to summit the peak in some unforeseen situation then this extra day will be the option but if none of the situation occurs then we can use this day as taking rest or relish the view of the Himalayas.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours

Today our trails become easier as we will be trekking down to the less altitude. We will follow the same trail to the wide valley of the Khumbukhola and then we will be passing through friendly and beautiful villages of Shomare and Orsho.  We can also trek through the different trail where you can visit the Pangboche gomba which is said to be the ancient Gumba of the Khumbu region. Pangboche is one of the beautiful villages where one gets the stunning view of the Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku and much more.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 19: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours

From the Pangboche we will be retracing back to the Imja River and head up to the Tengboche forests. If you like we can also visit the nunnery monastery of Tengboche. After having our lunch we will be trekking through dense rhododendron and juniper forests. After crossing the Dudh Koshi River through the suspension bridge and then we will be trekking all the way to the pine forests. On the trail we might also spot wildlife animals like snow leopards, mountain goats, pheasants etc. then passing through the forest we will cross the Mani wall then we will reach the army camp which is at Namche Bazaar. We will be spending our night at Namche Bazaar.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 20: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours

The trail descends down steeply so we need to be careful while walking then we will be crossing the Dudh Koshi River through the suspension bridge and from here the trail become relatively easy. Then reaching the Lukla we will relax and stretch our painful legs. We will be spending our night at Lukla.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu

Early morning we will catch a flight back to Kathmandu as Lukla flight is available only in the morning as in the afternoon there will be strong winds so we will head to the airport in the morning. Reaching Kathmandu our team will take you to the respective hotel and there you can freshen up or take rest or either you either do souvenir shopping. If you want to explore some of the sights nearby Kathmandu city then we can do it today and in the evening the company will be hosting farewell dinner and then we will be celebrating for the successful of scaling both the peak. We will be spending our night at Kathmandu.

  Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Day 22: Final Departure

Today the journey finally comes to an end and it is time for departing from us as the team will be dropping you at the airport three hours before your flight schedule.

  Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

What's Included

  • Airport pickup and drop on a private vehicle
  • 3 - star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paper work; trekking and climbing permits
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipments
  • Medical kit (carried by your guide)
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee (please bring exact US $ in cash and two passport size photograph)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage - the cargo charge is at around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain other than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet,  laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Services not listed in the ‘What's Included’ section

Trip Note

 

Accommodation for Lobuche East and Island Peak Climbing Expedition

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 stars) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels. But once you set out for Lobuche East and Island Peak Climbing Expedition, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow.  

Few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.

Meals and Drinks on Lobuche East and Island Peak Climbing Expedition Trek

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. We will enjoy typical Nepalese cuisine, Tibetan, Italian, Indian, Continental and so on during the trek. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package. 

Luggage/Backpack for Lobuche East and Island Peak Climbing Expedition Trek

During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.

Guide/Porter on Trek

Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.

Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member

Accent Himalaya organizes Lobuche East and Island Peak Climbing Expedition Trek from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 16 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.

Personal Expenses on Trek

Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available at some places) tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Gears Available in Kathmandu

All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.

A Typical Day on Trek

On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Lobuche East and Island Peak Climbing Expedition Trek with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you to inform us in advance  the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Flight Delay at Kathmandu and Lukla

The Twin Otter Plane is the only mode of transportation to and from Lukla on this tour. Sometimes flights to and from Lukla may be canceled due to sudden changes in mountain weather. So, we have kept an additional day at the end of the tour on our trekking itinerary to use it in case of flight delayed or canceled.

So, if the flights cancel for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on a scheduled flight to your destination and the cost of this extra service is payable directly to our office at Kathmandu. If you have to use this service in US dollars or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only), we will provide you the receipt of the payment with which you can claim the amount from your insurance company. The minimum cost for helicopter charter will be US $ 500 and the maximum US $ 3500 depending on the number of people in the flight.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 22 days for Lobuche East and Island Peak Climbing Expedition trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps while you are on Lobuche East and Island Peak Climbing Expedition Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip.  Please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Lobuche East and Island Peak Climbing Expedition Trek along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment.

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