6000m Peaks

Lobuche East Peak

Get to grips with your
first Himalayan climb.

Lobuche East
Climbing

Standing at 6,119m above sea level, high above the glaciers of the Khumbu region of Nepal, Lobuche East is a significant peak, but also one of the most popular, and the easiest to climb. Classified as a “trekking peak” it requires physical fitness and mountain awareness, but doesn’t demand much in the way of technical climbing ability. For this reason we often recommend it to climbers looking to tackle their first Himalayan peak.

Country

Nepal

Duration

20 days

grade

Moderate 2B

Max Altitude

6119 m
20075 ft

Daily activity

Approx
4 - 7 hours

Season

Spring &
Autumn

Dates Available

24 Oct - 11 Nov

Starting from

GBP £4,000

Aimed at mountaineers and trekkers with a high level of basic fitness, and a desire to push themselves. Prior experience of big mountain environments is preferred but not necessary. We can teach you what you need to know on this peak.

What the adventure involves

If you’re looking to take your first steps as a Himalayan mountaineer, Lobuche East is the perfect peak to start on. This, in fact, was the path our founder Nimsdai took: before the Guinness world records, before the world first winter ascent of K2, before he’d established himself as one of the leading mountaineers of his - or indeed any, generation - Lobuche East was the first Himalayan peak Nimsdai climbed, while still serving as a member of the British Special Forces.

As with all Elite Exped’s treks and trips, our expedition plan on this peak has been set out by our leaders Nimsdai, Mingma David, and Mingma Tenzi. Taking 20 days from arrival in Kathmandu to departure at the other end, we give you plenty of time to acclimatize and to take in the sights and sounds of the incredible Khumbu region. The trek will take you through Namche Bazaar, the monastery town of Tengboche and Dingboche. We’ll also take a trip to Everest Base Camp. 

The bulk of our team at Elite Exped hail from the Himalayas, meaning that our collective knowledge of these mountains is second to none. This unparalleled experience makes us uniquely placed to introduce you to this range, and this climb is one of the perfect ways to do it.

Summiting Lobuche Peak requires a high level of cardiovascular fitness, but you don’t necessarily need advanced mountaineering skills. As long as you’re comfortable operating in high alpine environments, can use crampons and handle an ice axe, the climb shouldn’t present too many difficulties. For this reason, we often recommend Lobuche East as the first step for people who are looking to build up to more serious mountaineering objectives in the future.

Our team’s Nepalese heritage, and ability to bridge the gap between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures allows us to run every aspect of our operation smoothly, without fear of misunderstandings. We pride ourselves on our ability to control every aspect of expedition planning - from ferrying-in food, to fixing ropes - so we’re never dependent on third party.

As well as being hugely experienced mountaineers, our guides are trained in the latest mountain rescue techniques, and their operational rescue and recovery experience is second to none. Our intimate knowledge of these mountains, and extraction routes, enables us to move faster than anyone should something unexpected happen. We have evacuation plans in place, and helicopters on standby in case of emergencies. If you’re planning on climbing in the Himalayas, you couldn’t be in more experienced or safer hands. 

From our clients
Jeff Evans
Mera 2017

You can trust them with the safety and satisfaction of clients. Elite was nothing less than a 10/10 in every aspect of how they executed the expedition.

Avedis Kalpaklin
Manaslu 2019

Manaslu climb with the best of the best, experienced guides. Bullseye for the pick of the Summit Day, excellent camaraderie on the mountain,Hatts Off can't wait to climb with you again!

Komal Varasni
Aconcagua 2020

 If I was to climb or attempt something big again it would be with the Elite team. Everyone was so positive and the energy surrounding the group was uplifting.

This tried and tested itinerary is informed by decades of mountaineering experience. As with all adventurous activities of this type however, circumstances may arise where Elite Exped is forced to make alterations, possibly at short notice. While making every effort to adhere to this published schedule, we kindly ask for your patience if the weather, or other naturally occurring circumstances, intervene.

Your daily schedule

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

  • Day 02

    Welcome brief, Gear Checking and official formalities in Kathmandu

  • Day 03

    Early morning flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding

  • Day 04

    Trek from Phakding to Namche

  • Day 05

    Acclimatize day in Namche; Hike to Everest View Hotel and National park museum

  • Day 06

    Trek from Namche to Debuche via Tengbouche Monastery

  • Day 07

    Trek from Debuche to Dingbouche

  • Day 08

    Acclimatize day in Dingbouche; Hike to Nagarjun Hill

  • Day 09

    Trek from Dingbouche to Labouche

  • Day 10

    Trek from labouche to Gorakshep and hike to Everest Base Camp

  • Day 11

    Early morning hike to Kalapathar and trek to labouche

  • Day 12

    Trek from Labouche to Labouche Base Camp

  • Day 13

    Pre Climb Training Day and rest for summit day

  • Day 14

    Summit day of Labouche and trek to Pheriche

  • Day 15

    Contingency Day

  • Day 16

    Trek from Pheriche to Namche

  • Day 17

    Trek from Namche to Lukla

  • Day 18

    Flight back to Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

  • Day 19

    Leisure day in Kathmandu/Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley

  • Day 20

    Final Departure

Training

Developing your skills to achieve a new possible

Our tailored approach to training will help you improve as a climber, developing the mental and physical skills you need to achieve your dreams. Learn more

Environment

Protecting our mountains

We believe the mountains are there for all to enjoy, but must be respected, and protected. We are the voice, carers and keepers of these sacred places for future generations. Our environmental policy ensures we do no harm, and leave no trace. Learn more

Above + Beyond + Adventure

Practical info

Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Elite Exped, what this expedition involves, and what is required. If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated FAQ support page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What skillset and fitness level are required?

All Elite Exped expeditions are within extreme high altitude environments, with differing requirements for ability. Due to the nature of these operational landscapes it is essential you provide concise, honest descriptions of relevant experience and current fitness levels. Upon receipt we will review your experience and respond accordingly. At this point if we consider there to be any shortfalls, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to achieve your goals.

What accommodation is included?
What equipment is provided?
Will I get my own guide?

Why choose
Elite Exped?

Unparalleled
leadership

Nimsdai Purja and Mingma David Sherpa’s mountaineering world records speak for themselves, but our founders are more than just supremely-talented climbers. While some choose to direct operations from a back office, Nimsdai and Mingma David lead from the front. Their experience of every aspect of guiding and climbing - from fixing ropes, to organising logistics - is unparalleled. It’s no surprise that when they’ve worked together they have a perfect, 100 percent success rate when it comes to summiting 8,000m peaks.

Safety through
self-sufficiency

If it’s controllable we control it, this is key to attain and maintain our industry leading strategy for success and safety. We maximise our options, agility and responsiveness by running totally self-sufficient expeditions, not relying on any other teams on the mountain to achieve our objectives. We are capable of setting up our own fixed lines (with a proven track record on all 8,000m peaks) and have backups to cover all scenarios, from secondary oxygen supplies through to the ability and experience to operate our own rescue missions if the situation arises.

A unique
perspective

With his Nepalese roots, and UK residency, our co-founder Nimsdai Purja brings a unique perspective of the world of mountaineering, and an unparalleled ability to bridge the gap between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures. We can assemble trusted teams and networks anywhere in the world, but our founders’ roots are a particular advantage when it comes to summiting the world’s very highest peaks. An intimate knowledge of how things work on the ground ensures that everything runs smoothly when you’re 8,000m above sea-level.

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