Lobuje East Peak Everest Region
- Country: Nepal
- Trip grade: Adventure
- Destination: Everest Region
- Activities: Peak Climbing & Trekking
- Accommodation: Good Hotel in Kathmandu
- Meals: included during the trek
- Maximum altitude: 6119m
- Group size: Minimum pax 2
- Best Season: Spring and Atum
The dark triangle of its rocky East face rises over the moraines of the khumbu Glacier to a spectacular skyline, forming the south ridge. Lobuje has two summits, East (6,119 m) and West (6,145 m), connected by a continuous ridge. There is still a sharp gap and a considerable distance between them meaning they are rarely climbed together.
Many aspiring Everest teams climb Lobuje for acclimatization as the summit is the same altitude as camp 1 and it saves making at least one dangerous trip through the khumbu Icefall.
The south East Ridge is the most popular, graded as PD+on the Alpine Grading system. Teams, most commonly, climb only to a false summit on the summit ridge (after which it becomes progressively narrower and more difficult) but the views from here are anyway already stupendous.
From the high camp the route continues up a series of rocky slabs of increasing steepness to give access to the South-East Ridge proper. About 50 m from the main ridge the slabs end and there is a 45-degree snow slope to ascend onto the ridge itself.
The start of the ridge is at approximately 5,670 m and this is also a possible site for a second-high camp to make the summit day easier. Follow the ridge turning around seracs and ascending the various bumps towards the first summit. There are no real difficulties although there is a feeling of some exposure along the way. Between the first/false summit and the true summit there is a considerable descent which you may need to rappel down before the final 60 m or so.
Laurence Nielson and Ang Gyalzen Sherpa made the first recorded ascent to Lobuje East on 25 April 1984.
As a guide, this is a more technical climb than more popular trekking peaks such as Island peak, Pokalde and Mera Peak.
Days 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
Days 02: Stay in Kathmandu for the official procedure
Days 03: Fly from Ktm/Lukla (2,834 m) & trek to phakding (2,611)
Days 04: Trek to Namche bazaar.
Days 05: Namche overnight acclimatization, overnight.
Days 06: Namche overnight for acclimatization.
Days 07: Trek to Tengboche.
Days 08: Trek to Dingboche.
Days 09: Dingboche rest.
Days 10: Trek to Chukung.
Days 11: Hike Chhukung Ri and back to Chhukung
Days 12: Trek to Dingboche
Days 13: Trek to Lobuche
Days 14: Trek to Lobuche base camp
Days 15: Lobuche base camp
Days 16: Base camp to Lobuche high camp
Days 17: Summit Day
Days 18: Lobuche base camp
Days 19: Trek to Tyangboche
Days 20: Trek to Namche
Days 21: Trek to Lukla
Days 22: Fly back to Kathmandu
Days 23: Rest in Kathmandu
Days 24: Your own destination
Sun hat or scarf
Fleece jacket with wind-Stopper
Waterproof shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (can hire here in Nepal also)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees Fahrenheit
Trekking poles (sticks)
Trek bag-pack (provided by soul himalaya treks and tours
Basic First Aid Kit
Daypack (approximately 2,500 to 3,000 cubic inches)
Thermo-rest sleeping pad
Small wash towel
Quick drying towel (medium sized)
Soap (preferably biodegradable)
Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Tissue paper/ toilet roll
Anti-bacterial Hand wash
Trail Map/Guide book
Journal & Pen
Pencils and small notebooks