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LOBUCHE EAST EXPEDITION

Outrageous Nepal

Lobuche East Expedition

A 6000 METER HIMALAYAN EXPEDITION IN THE SHADOW OF MOUNT EVEREST.

Towering high above the Khumbu valley and facing the spectacular south faces of Everest and Lhotse is the beautiful mountain of Lobuche, famous for its accessibility, high level of physical challenge and its incredible summit panorama. Although this is an entry level mountaineering experience, we recommend our introductory level courses or some level of experience with technical gear prior to joining. If you're in any doubt about this expedition, please reach out to us on info@lifehappensoutdoors.com

Alpine Academy

TRIP TYPE

Alpine Academy, Summit

Trip duration

DURATION

18 Days

Trip Destination

DESTINATION

Nepal

ACCOMMODATIONS

Tent, Tea House

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A great first step into Himalayan expeditions.

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Trek to Everest Base Camp and summit Kalapathar to acclimatize for this summit.

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Experience a 360 degree panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and Choy Oyu from the summit.

Itinerary

This is a serious mountaineering achievement that is often considered a prerequisite to climbing Mount Everest itself. Good physical conditioning, dedicated training focusing on cardio and endurance, and a willingness to learn new skills whilst on this expedition are key to enjoying this incredible climb.

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO KATHMANDU

Day 1 is arrival day. We’ll be picking you up from the airport and checking you in to the Kathmandu Guest House. Kathmandu airport can be a bit of an experience unto itself. Once you’ve navigated your way out, you’ll be met by your LHO team leader. Depending on what time you arrive you’ll benefit from a tour of Kathmandu which includes Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa and Thamel. At 8:00 PM we’ll have a team dinner and briefing before heading back to the hotel for gear checks and last minute preparations.

DAY 2: LUKLA TO PHAKDING

We’ll start our day early and aim to depart the hotel no later than 5am to catch our flight to Lukla. The flight itself takes around 30 minutes although we should expect around a 2-hour delay pre-departure as is typical in Nepalese aviation. Once in Lukla we’ll be met by our porters for the expedition. Depending on the time of arrival we’ll have the chance to briefly roam around the town and grab tea before heading out on the first section of our trek. The trek to Phakding is relatively easy. There are very few uphill sections and we’ll largely be trekking in alpine forest and between the better developed villages of the Khumbu region. We usually arrive early on the first day and don’t expect to walk for more than 4 hours. It’s a great chance to check out the town and sample your first Everest region German bakery experience. Yes, you read that right!

DAY 3: NAMCHE BAZAAR

Our second day on the trail will be a full one as we ascend to 3,445 meters to one of the most unusual high-altitude metropolitans on the planet. The trail begins with a short 1 hour ascent to Monjo before descending down to the river. From there, we’ll ascend up to one of the most spectacular suspension bridge crossings in the Himalayas. Unlike on the previous day, this will be a largely uphill trek although we’ll be taking it slow and easy to make it as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible. On the way up we’ll actually have the chance to see Everest for the very first time from a viewpoint just below Namche. We expect to arrive to town at 3 PM giving us plenty of time to explore one of the most vibrant villages on the trail.

DAY 4: EVEREST VIEW HOTEL

We’ll be staying in Namche Bazaar for a second night as we allow our bodies to adapt to the high-altitude environment. After a late breakfast we’ll visit the local museum and then ascend to the Everest View Hotel 400 meters above the town. From there we’ll be able to see Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Everest in the distance. Lunch will be in Namche Bazaar and the afternoon will be free for us to roam around and explore. If any of us need to purchase extra gear, that too is possible at this point.

DAY 5: TYANGBOCHE

Easily one of the highlights of this trek is the monastery at Tyangboche that sits at the foot of Ama Dablam and serves as a gateway to the highest mountains on the planet. The trek starts early in Namche Bazaar as we make our way out of the villages and onto the main trail that leads into the deep Khumbu valley. It begins with a flat path and slowly winds along the mountain side before a big descent to the valley floor. Lunch will be by the river at the low point of the day before ascending to 3,800 meters where the village is situated. At 3:30 PM, the monastery opens for visitors and we’ll have a chance to visit and participate in the rituals of one of Buddhism’s holy sites.

DAY 6: DINGBOCHE

This is one of the longer days of our adventure together as we breach the 4,000 meter elevation mark and put the better developed low altitude villages behind us. The trail to Dingboche is mostly a gradual ascent as we turn around the iconic Ama Dablam that will accompany us on our right side throughout the day. Depending on the pace of the group we may have lunch in Pengboche or continue straight on to our final destination. Although remote, Dingboche actually has one of the best coffee shops on the trail. We’ll be sure to visit it.

DAY 7: DINGBOCHE REST DAY

We’ll be staying in Dingboche for two nights to rest and acclimatize. The tea houses in this area are relatively comfortable, giving us the opportunity to relax before pushing into the higher altitude environment. We’ll do a short trek before lunch to a nearby viewpoint but for the most part this day is dedicated to rest.

DAY 8: LOBUCHE

Dingboche is the last village on this trail. The tea houses from both Lobuche and Gorakshep are mostly to service trekkers and mountaineers. There are only a handful of inhabitants in both villages. The day will start with a gradual ascent towards the Thukla pass. Just before arriving to the pass, we’ll be traversing what appears to be a ditch with loose rocks. This is actually the terminal moraine (end point) of the Khumbu glacier that starts on Everest itself and is one of the longest and largest high-altitude glaciers on the planet. Lunch will be at a tea house just below Thukla after which we’ll cross the pass, home to the memorials of the many mountaineers who’ve perished in the region. The final leg of our trek is less steep than the ascent to Thukla as we make our way to Lobuche (4,900m) at the foots of the south face of Mt Nuptse.

DAY 9: EVEREST BASE CAMP

We’ll be getting another early start on this day and make our way to Gorakshep. Here we’ll check into our tea house, have an early lunch and then make our way along the glacier moraine all the way to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m). The trek to the base camp is not as steep as previous days however the high-altitude environment can make it feel challenging. Our aim is to reach the base camp and return to Gorakshep by 3:00 PM at the latest. For those of us who’d like to, it is possible to catch the sunset above Gorakshep on Kalapathar (5,555 m) although this depends on how we’re feeling.

DAY 10: KALAPATHAR – LOBUCHE BASE CAMP

For those of us who’d like to catch the sunrise on Everest it is possible to go for a pre-breakfast trek up to Kalapathar to do so. For those of us who’d rather sleep in, we’ll share a slow start to the day with a late breakfast before departing for the short trek to Lobuche base camp. Upon arriving, we’ll receive an induction from our mountain guides stationed at the base camp and a briefing of the mountaineering portion of the itinerary. After lunch, we’ll get started on training for the summit push.

DAY 11: LOBUCHE LOWER CAMP – 5400 m

After an early breakfast, we’ll continue our training where we left off the previous day. Once our guides are satisfied that we’ve grasped the pre-requisites to summit, namely walking with crampons, the use of a mountaineer’s axe, abseiling and ascending fixed ropes, we’ll do a last gear check and begin our ascent to lower camp situated 600 meters above. We’ll spend the night there.

DAY 12: LOBUCHE HIGHER CAMP – 5700 m

We’ll have a slow start to our day. After breakfast we’ll pack our gear and make our way along the trail to higher camp. It’s a short section so we’ll be arriving early with plenty of time to rest before summit night.

DAY 13: LOBUCHE EAST SUMMIT – 6119 m

We’ll aim to depart camp at 2:00 AM although the specific departure time will be determined based on conditions. From here, it’s a technical ascent and we’ll be putting our skills to the test. The aim is to reach the summit at around 7:00 AM before descending all the way down to base camp and possibly on to Pheriche town if time, conditions and team stamina permit. The lower we go the better we feel after being at altitude for several days.

DAY 14: TYANGBOCHE

Regardless of where we sleep, the aim of the day will be to reach Tyangboche. The further we reach on the day prior, the shorter this trek will be. Nonetheless, it is a downhill day and should be straightforward for the team as we’ll be super acclimatized from our summit the day before.

DAY 15: MONJO

We’ll depart early for the lengthiest day of our descent. Lunch will be at Namche Bazaar after which we’ll descend to the valley floor and reach the town of Monjo, our home for the evening.

DAY 16: LUKLA

Our last night in the mountains will be spent in Lukla. Team members will have the chance to explore the local bars and coffee shops in the evening and celebrate the end of our adventure together.

DAY 17: KATHMANDU

We’ll have breakfast in Lukla before flying back to Kathmandu where a celebratory dinner awaits. For those who are interested, a city tour is available with visits to Monkey Temple and Durbar Square, or you can enjoy the vibrant city bazaars and shopping districts.

DAY 18: NAMASTE!

The last day together is dedicated to airport transfer and farewells. Breakfast is included on the day. Please make sure to provide us with your departure details before the first day of the trip so that arrangements can be made. We’ll be arranging your shuttle 3 hours prior to departure so please do make sure to be near the hotel at the time so as not to be late. For those of us departing late, we’re happy to recommend places to visit or arrange for a city tour if you weren’t able to attend it on the first day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters & Permits
  • Indicated Mountaineering Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

We do our best to ensure your wellbeing on LHO adventures. That's why the facilities we use throughout our trips are required to meet our health and safety standards. We also follow the laws and protocols of every country that hosts our adventures. This extends to national regulations requiring Covid-19 testing, vaccination certificates, mask wearing or any other local guidelines that may apply. Contact us for the most up to date protocols related to your destination.

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Dates & Prices

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Apr 21 2023 - May 8 2023

€4,400

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Top Questions

What's the accommodation like on the trip?

For the nights spent in Kathmandu, we use carefully selected accommodation that blends international standards and local tradition. You can expect a good level of general comfort in addition to private toilets, comfortable beds, garden areas or easy access to main market and walking areas, front desk, concierge, restaurant and breakfast area.

On the Everest trail, we stay in tea houses. These are basic family-run accommodation that are very much part of the experience when trekking i

For the nights spent in Kathmandu, we use carefully selected accommodation that blends international standards and local tradition. You can expect a good level of general comfort in addition to private toilets, comfortable beds, garden areas or easy access to main market and walking areas, front desk, concierge, restaurant and breakfast area.

On the Everest trail, we stay in tea houses. These are basic family-run accommodation that are very much part of the experience when trekking in the Himalayas. They consist of shared bathrooms, showers and a restaurant. We do not sleep in tents at any point on this adventure.

At Lobuche Base Camp and the forward camps along the mountaineering portion of this expedition we will be staying in technical tents.

Do you recommend camel back bladders for water?

For the trekking portion, camel backs, also known as water bladders, are recommended for this trek. Basically, it's a sack of water that's put into the backpack and comes with a straw that can be clipped to the shoulder strap for easy access to water without having to pull the bottle out of the backpack to drink.

For the mountaineering portion of this expedition, we recommend only using reusable water bottles and leaving the bladder at base camp. Please be sure to have enough capacity

For the trekking portion, camel backs, also known as water bladders, are recommended for this trek. Basically, it's a sack of water that's put into the backpack and comes with a straw that can be clipped to the shoulder strap for easy access to water without having to pull the bottle out of the backpack to drink.

For the mountaineering portion of this expedition, we recommend only using reusable water bottles and leaving the bladder at base camp. Please be sure to have enough capacity for 3 liters.

How do we charge devices and power banks? Do tea houses charge for using electrical outlets?

It's possible to charge electronics at the tea houses. Just keep in mind that power outlets are usually limited and demand for them is huge. Use any charging opportunity to fill up your power banks. Most tea houses will charge a fee of between 200 to 500 Rupees to fill up a power bank.

At the base camp charging is not possible. Our last opportunity to charge will be at the last tea house. Consider having enough power bank capacity for three days without recharging.

It's possible to charge electronics at the tea houses. Just keep in mind that power outlets are usually limited and demand for them is huge. Use any charging opportunity to fill up your power banks. Most tea houses will charge a fee of between 200 to 500 Rupees to fill up a power bank.

At the base camp charging is not possible. Our last opportunity to charge will be at the last tea house. Consider having enough power bank capacity for three days without recharging.

How much should I carry as spending cash?

We recommend around 200 USD. This does not include any discretionary tip you may wish to leave. Our tipping recommendation on this experience is 350 USD.

We recommend around 200 USD. This does not include any discretionary tip you may wish to leave. Our tipping recommendation on this experience is 350 USD.

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€4,400

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters & Permits
  • Indicated Mountaineering Equipment

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An adventure holiday for anyone with a pulse. No fitness requirements or prerequisites. Come as you are. Great for those who already train 1-2 times per week or would like to use this upcoming adventure as an opportunity to kickstart a fitness journey. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Need we explain further? No prior experience is required. Basic skills may be taught during this adventure. The skills necessary to safely complete this adventure will be taught as a part of this experience. This adventure requires prior experience, pre-requisite skills or certifications. See below for details.