Duration: 22 Days
Departure From: Kathmandu
Highest Point: 6189
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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Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft): Sightseeing and Preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5- 6 hours
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 09: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft): 6-7 hours
Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours
Day 11: Lobuche to High Camp (5,400m/17,712ft) afternoon Pre-Climb Training: 3-4 hours
Day 12: Lobuche High Camp to Lobuche summit (6,119m/20,070 ft) and back to high camp: 8-10 hours
Day 13: Lobuche High Camp to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours
Day 14: Rest day in Chhukung
Day 15: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours
Day 17: Reserved day
Day 18: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours
Day 19: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours
Day 20: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 22: Final Departure
Includes and Excludes
- 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
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.
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.