Lobuche (6119m) is situated in the upper Khumbu valley of Nepal, on the Everest trail. It is one of Nepal’s classic trekking peaks and a perfect first 6000er. The Khumbu is a really magical place, and Lobuche Peak is a fantastic objective. It has a little bit of everything: spectacular trekking, glacier travel, a steeper climbing on fixed lines and a beautiful summit ridge. The views from Lobuche Peak are truly incredible – Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Baruntse, Ama Dablam…the list goes on!
Lobuche Peak is open to anyone looking for a real Himalayan adventure. Whilst high altitude mountaineering experience would be beneficial it is not essential. Lobuche Peak would be ideal for people who have been on Kilimanjaro or Elbrus, or have climbed in the Alps and are looking for their next expedition. However, it would equally suit those with an adventurous spirt and an aptitude for pushing their limits.
Why not join one of our Scottish Winter Courses and learn the crampons and ice axe skills.
“Nepal is such a special and humbling place, and I fondly look forward to going back each season. I have many good friends in the Khumbu amongst the climbing Sherpas, tea house owners and Yak herders. I always look forward to sharing the Himalayan experience with new folk.”
Our experience of operating in the Khumbu combined with our attention to detail allows you to enjoy the expedition experience to the full. A flexible and realistic itinerary with additional acclimatisation days allows ample time to prepare yourself for the ascent.
Mountain Expeditions has built strong relationships with lodge owners over our previous 15 expeditions to the Khumbu, guaranteeing a warm welcome for all of our teams. Jon has built an excellent rapport with porters, trekking guides and high altitude Sherpa’s, working with the same highly respected team each season.
Mountain Expeditions is supported with the best logistical support available in the Khumbu, working closely with Himalayan Guides and Kame Nuru Sherpa. With years of experience working as a close-knit team, our sherpas have ascended more 7000m and 8000m peaks put together than you could possibly imagine, and have an excellent understanding of the needs and requirements of our team.
Do I need a visa?
Yes. You can obtain a visa easily on arrival in Kathmandu or apply before hand. In 2015 it was $50 for a 30 day visa. Make sure you bring a passport photo (and a pen) if you are obtaining your visa on arrival.
What sort of insurance do I need?
The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is a good source of information. There are many companies that can insure you for Lobuche Peak. Whichever you choose to use, it is essential that you ensure that you are covered for climbing a ‘Trekking Peak’ over 6000m. Most adventure insurers would have heard of Lobuche Peak. You will require insurance in order to join our expeditions.
Does Mountain Expeditions carry a first aid kit? What do I need to carry?
Yes – Mountain carries a comprehensive team first aid kit including high altitude drugs, antibiotics, etc. As a team member you are asked to bring basic pain killers, blister plasters and any medication you normally take.
I have a special medical requirement, eg, Diabetes, can I climb Lobuche?
For all specialist medical advise we suggest you consult your GP, however Mountain Expeditions Medical Advisors are always on hand to help answer your questions and give you the best advise possible.
How technical is the climb?
The steeper section is a snow/ice slope at around 40/45 degrees which will be fixed with a rope. You do not require ice axes to ascend this section – you will be using a jumar. If you are familiar with wearing a harness and tying into a rope then this would be beneficial.
What is the food like?
It’s good, simple, tasty, fresh food. You choose what you eat! During the trek we stay in tea houses along the trail and you can choose from the menu. This way you get to eat what you feel in the mood for.
Do I need to have crampon and fixed lines experience?
Whilst some crampon experience would be beneficial it is not essential. Your expedition leader will run a fixed line training session, which will give you plenty of time to learn how to use them. It would also be beneficial for you to have some abseiling experience, but once again this is not essential.
Can I hire kit?
Yes – Mountain Expeditions has equipment available to rent. You can also hire anything from the kit list from Shona’s in Kathmandu. Your expedition leader will take you to Shona’s and help you sort out any equipment needed. Alternatively, our UK hire partner can supply all of the kit required: just follow this link!
What sort of boots do it need for summit night?
Lobuche can be cold and snowy so good boots are essential. Ideally you need a 6000m boot – Scarpa Phantom 6000s, La Sportiva Spantiks etc If you are unsure about the boots you have then just ask us! These can be easily hired. During the trek to base camp you need summer walking boots or approach shoes.
What happens if I get sick from high altitude, or pick up a bug?
The itinerary is flexible and can easily be adapted to cope with ill health. We know the Khumbu well, and the support network behind our expeditions is second to none. On summit day, should you need to descend for any reason you will always be accompanied down by an expedition leader or climbing Sherpa.
Q: Can I keep in touch with people back home?
In the Kumbu phone signal is quite good. In the lower part of the valley 3G is also possible. We advise that on arrival in Kathmandu you buy a NCell sim card (very cheap) and either bring an unlocked phone or buy a cheap Nokia in country. There is now Wifi available in lodges throughout the Khumbu.