Lobuche East & Island Peak climbing

Trip Overview

Trip facts

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Activities: Trekking/Climbing
  •    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:

Itinerary

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

Day 2: Day 02: Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft): Sightseeing and Preparation

Day 3: 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 4: Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours

Day 5: Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day

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

Day 7: Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5-6 hours

Day 8: Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hours

Day 9: Day 09: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft): 6-7 hours

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

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

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

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

Day 14: Day 14: Rest day in Chhukung

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

Day 17: Day 17: Reserved day

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

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

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

Day 21: Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu

Day 22: Day 22: Final Departure

Detail 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

 

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

 

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: Breakfast

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