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29 Day Lobuche Peak

An attempt to climb Lobuche East (6119m) starting from the Everest region road-head, Jiri toNamche Bazaar. With several high passes to cross, the walk provides excellent acclimatization. From Namche, we leave the main trail to Everest Basecamp to trek through the village of Khumjung to the Gokyo Valley, the source of the Dudh Kosi. The Gokyo valley offers a good view of the towering massifs of Cho Oyo (8153m) and Gyachung Kang (7922m) appears. From our camp, it is a four hour walk to the summit of Gokyo Ri (5445m), offering gob smacking view of the Khumbu Himal range; of Lhotse (8501m) and Makalu (8470m) and the best view of Southwest Face of Everest. We cross the CHO LA (5470m) pass to arrive at the Locuche base camp. Couple of days are set aside for summit attempting, after which, we will return to Namche via Pangboche and Tengboche, before finally flying from Lukla to Kathmandu. Needless to say, the view from the summit of Lobuche is some of the best in the Everest area.

Day 01: Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu
Morning excursion to Swayambhunath, Bodhnath, Pashupatinath and Patan. After lunch, a full trek briefing to answer any questions you may have.

Day 03: Kathmandu-Jiri
Early start from the hotel private transport to Jiri. If we arrive at Jiri in good time we may trek to Mali (2400m). Overnight at camp.

Day 04: Jiri-Shivalaya
We descend to the Yeling Khola and cross the Kimti Khola to Shivalaya (1800m).

Day 05: Shivalaya-Changma-Sete
A climb over the Deorali Pass (2713m), we descend on the trail to Changma (2194m), the first Sherpa settlement of the trek. We descend the Surma Khola to the Likhu Khola which is crossed by a large bridge to Kenja (1634m). Leaving Kenja, we begin our ascent to the Lamjura Ridge. The first part of the climb is steep but becomes easier as we gain altitude to reach Sete (2575m).

Day 06: Sete-Junbesi
A gradual climb to the 3530m pass on the Lamjura ridge, the highest point of the trek to Namche. After crossing the pass, the route descends through fir and hemlock forests to the small settlement of Tragdobuk (2860m) and then continues down to Junbesi (2675m).

Day 07: Junbesi-Ringmo-Trakshindo Pass
From Junbesi it is a gentle and beautiful climb through blue pine and rhododendron to Sallung (2953m), crossing a spur which separates the Junbesi Khola from the Ringmo Khola. Just after crossing the ridge, at about 3050m, there is an excellent view of Everest (8848m), Chamlang (7319m) and Makalu (8481m). We descend to the Ringmo Khola (2650m) and climb upto Ringmo(2805m). A short ascent takes us to the Trakshindo pass (3071m).
Overnight at camp.

Day 08: Trakshindo Pass-Dudh Kosi-Karikhola
We descend to the Dudh Kosi (1578m), the lowest point of the trek. The trail concludes across the ridges and turns north along the Dudh Kosi. We climb gradually to the village of Jubling and on to Karikhola (2004m).
Overnight at camp.

Day 09: Karikhola-Chotkla-Surkhe
From Karikhola, it is a long climb to the Khari La (3078m), the last major ridge on the trek to Namche. A gradual descent to Poiyan (2796m) followed by a short climb over the Chutok La (2945m) takes us to Surkhe (2293m).
Overnight at camp.

Day 10: Surkhe-Namche Bazaar
From Surkhe, the trail climbs once again to the villages of Chaumrikharka (2680m) and Chopling, the breaking off point for Lukla on the way back. We cross another tributary to reach Phakding (2652m), before a further hour’s walk takes us to Jorsale where we enter the Mount Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. We cross the Bhote Kosi and begin the steep climb up to Namche Bazar (3446m).

Day 11: Namche Bazaar
Rest day at Namche Bazaar

Day 12: Namche-Khumjung
From Namche, we walk through Khumjung, staying high above the Dudh Kosi on the west bank to camp opposite Phortse Bridge.
Overnight at camp.

Day 13: Luza-Machhermo
An easy day, which helps with acclimatisation, we pass through summer settlements and Yak pastures to reach Luza (4220m). We continue to Maccermo(4410m).,the place where it was reported in 1974 that a Yeti killed three Yaks and attacked a Sherpa women.
Overnight at camp.

Day 14: Panga-Gokyo
We climb a ridge with superb views of Kantega and Cho Oyo (8153m) to reach Panga (4390m). We descend to the river before continuing onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier, staying on the glacier for two to three hours to reach camp by the second lake at Gokyo (4750m).

Day 15: Gokyo
Up at 4.00 am, it is a three hour climb to the summit of Gokyo Ri (5483m).

Day 16: Ngozump-Chhygyma
We descend the Ngozumpa Glacier a short way before crossing over to east bank to camp near Chhygyma.

Day 17: Chhygyma-Lobuche
Another early start as today we cross over the snow-covered Cho La (5470m) to our basecamp beneath Lobuche.

Day 18-22: Base Camp
Rest and preparation day
Overnight at camp.

Day 23: Base Camp-Lobuche
A high camp and climb Lobuche Peak.
Overnight at camp.

Day 24: Lobuche-Khumbu Valley
From basecamp we descend to Lobuche village and follow the Khumbu Valley south to Pangboche.
Overnight at camp.

Day 25: Khumbu Valley-Namche
A mornings walk to Namche.Free afternoon.

Day 26: Namche-Lukla
Proceed to Lukla.
Overnight at camp.

Day 27: Lukla-Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Overnight at hotel.

Day 28: Kathmandu
Day free for shopping and sightseeing.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 29:
Free until departure.


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