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Lobuche Peak Climbing

Grade : Moderate Alpine Climb | Max Altitude : 6119m

A spectacular and stimulating peak climbing adventure with a stunning Everest alpine scenery | A semi-technical but accessible guided climb

About Lobuche Peak Climbing

Infinite Mountain Adventure (IMA) Lobuche East Peak is an exceptional value adventure for a first Himalayan climb due to its aesthetics, stunning summit panorama, low cost of permit and privacy. Lobuche East Peak is positioned ultimately for the view of Lhotse Face, Everest and most amazing view of Cho Oyu, Makalu, Amadablam and many Khumbu peaks with a stunning view of neighbouring Cholatse. IMA offers a guided climb to beginner climbers with preparation program designed by an exercise physiologist.

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Highlights

  • Moderately technical, challenging
  • Everest views from Lobuche summit
  • Exclusive preparation program
  • Sherpa operated Australian company
  • Well-designed acclimatization
  • Western style trained Climbing Guides

Departures

Spring 2017:

Apr 9

Autumn 2017:

Oct 21

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About Lobuche Peak Climbing

Lobuche East Peak is an exceptional value for the first Himalayan climb due to its aesthetics, a stunning summit panorama, a low cost permit and a privacy of the climb. Lobuche East Peak unlike Island Peak is positioned ultimately for the view of Lhotse Face and Everest. It has also the most amazing view of Cho Oyu, Makalu, Amadablam and many Khumbu peaks with a stunning view of neighboring Cholatse.

Infinite Mountain Adventure (IMA) offers Lobuche East peak climbing as a guided climb to beginner climbers or adventurous trekkers with our pre-departure preparation program.

As a part of the program you will learn basic climbing techniques to allow you sufficient skills to reach the summit. You will also receive an advise how to prepare physically with an adequate endurance level.

While most of companies take climbers to the false summit only, IMA Sherpa guides take our clients safely to the real summit.

It takes about 4 hours to the false summit and 2 hours for a return climb to the summit via an aesthetic but daunting snow ridge and rock-snow mixed ridge climb. IMA focuses exclusively on the client’s success with the climb, ensuring safety, comfort and an enjoyable climbing experience. The IMA innovative strategy maximizes acclimatization and climbing time. IMA conducts a western style climbing training to our Sherpa guides. We equip our guides with an appropriate climbing equipment and trained the staff on its use.

IMA maximizes holiday value for our professional and executive clients with a minimum time away from their busy schedules. All our climbing adventures are designed by an exercise physiologist and experienced climber. They are appropriately scheduled for the safety and success.

IMA offers preparation program in Australia for experienced trekkers. We provide our clients with a sound advice on preparation by professional exercise physiologist specializing in the high altitude training.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu | Transfer

Day 2: Kathmandu Rest | Preparation

Day 3: Lukla Flight | Trek to Phakding

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 5: Acclimatization in Khumjung

Day 6: Trek to Thame

Day 7: Trek to Lungdung

Day 8: Trek to Gokyo/Acclimatization

Day 9: Trek to Dragnak

Day 10: Trek to Dzonghla via Cho La

Day 11: Trek to Lobuche East BC

Day 12: Climb Lobuche East Peak

Day 13: Trek to Dingboche via Kongma La

Day 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 15: Trek to Lukla

Day 16: Flight to Kathmandu

Day 17: Kathmandu | Weather Contingency

Day 18: Airport Transfer | Departure

Your adventure price includes:


  • Airport welcome and transfers.
  • Katmandu Hotel accommodation.
  • Full board lodging Lukla-BC-Lukla
  • NMA permit to climb Lobuche East
  • Everest Conservation Permit.
  • TIMS Card.
  • Airfare KTM-Lukla-KTM
  • Porter Service|Lukla-BC-Lukla|20kg Allowance
  • Experienced Sherpa Climbing Guide|1:4 Sherpa-Client Ratio
  • Required fixed|dynamic rope during climbing period
  • Camping Gear|Food in BC
  • EPI gas with stove for BC
  • Staff Lodgings|Salary|Insurance|Equipment.
  • Group First Aid Medical kit.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Documentation|Office Service|Government Taxes
  • Comprehensive Pre-departure Information
  • Sound Advice|Guided Preparations.

Infinite Mountain Adventure (IMA) operates Lobuche East climb in spring and autumn seasons and offers a spectacular semi-technical 6000m climbing in a safe and quality environment. Lobuche East climb is a moderate physical undertaking with a ridge climb in a stunning alpine scenery. The acclimatization sequence was designed by high altitude exercise physiologist. There is no climbing or mountaineering experience required, just a high level of the endurance fitness. IMA will provide guided preparations for our clients before the deprture.

Our guides are experienced and qualified young Sherpas from Kanchenjunga area. We provide an extensive training to our staff in a technical western style climbing as well as English, customer relationships and Mountaineering Outdoor First Aid. So apart of professionalism you can expect warmth and genuine hospitality of Sherpa and Tibetan culture.

Our staff is young, energetic and experience in customer relationship and technical climbing through our training program and a practical experience. Our climbers are the only guides trained in western style climbing, critical thinking and ethical behaviour. Our guides are our business partners and participate in a profit sharing scheme.

Simply click on SERVICES TAB, where you find all inclusions. If this is insufficient please send us e-mail to info@8mtb.com.

Absolutely not, all your gear will be delivered to Lobuche BC by a porter.

You will spend an afternoon in the basecamp and your Guide will prepare sufficient and adequate food for the climb as well as will provide boiled water for the climb and hot drinks in the BC.

All foreign visitors to Nepal with exception of Indian nationals require Nepali visa. Passport holders of Australia, New Zealand, United States and all European countries are eligible for the visa on arrival. Since spring 2015 Nepali Immigration has introduced computerized automated visa system making the arrival Immigration process fast and convenient. You will require a visa with 1 month duration.

Yes the Lobuche East climbing permit and the Everest Conservation permit are included in the package and we will organize them prior to your arrival to Kathmandu.

Yes our representative will meet you at the Tribuvan International airport and will transfer you to the hotel. We monitor time of your arrival and we will be there on-time. All you need to do is to collect your luggage, clear customs and proceed to the outside of the terminal. Kathmandu International terminal is very small. Once you outside the building you will easily see your name displayed by our representative, who will transfer to the hotel.

In Kathmandu we use newly build Hotel 3-star hotel, which meets earthquake proof building code and is located in quiet part of Thamel. On the trek we offer lodge style accommodation with 3 a al card meals included. During the climb your Guide will prepare your lunch, dinner and breakfast in the basecamp.

Yes you need a sleeping bag rated at -20°C if you like sleeping warm and cosy however one can get away with -15°C one. All lodges on the way provide warm blankets.

Yes we will provide thick quality base matt in the base camp and down filled Thermarest style of airbed for the climbing camp.

Simply click on GEAR TAB, where you find recommended Gear List. If this is insufficient please send us e-mail to info@8mtb.com.

We recommend purchasing down gear as well as fleece and Gore-Tex jackets from Keamp8848 in Kathmandu. We use their gear as our personal gear for trekking, climbing and mountaineering due to innovative design and high quality manufacturing equivalent or better, for Himalayan use, to leading western brands but for fraction of the cost.

You will also require basic climbing gear such as helmet, Ice-axe, crampons, climbing and trekking boots and following climbing hardware: alpine style of harness (Black Diamond Alpine Bod), ascender device, rappel device, minimum 4 karabiners (2 locking and 2 non-locking) and 4 Prusik loops (2 long and two short. Your info pack will contain details.

IMA recommends quality over price for comfort and safety and long term savings. Quality can be expensive but it doesn't have to be if one select right gear from right OEM. Naturally there is budget advantage of buying from quality Nepali OEM and you will pay 25-50% for similar designed Nepali gear comparing to leading US or European brands. We use and recommend Keamp8848 for quality, innovative design and the price. Your guide will direct you to Keamp8848 factory showroom in Thamel located only 5 minutes' walk from the hotel. You should consider purchasing your Gore-Tex climbing/trekking jacket, Gore-Tex over pants, Fleece jacket and down jacket in Kathmandu. Another Nepali OEM to consider is Sonam brand, which has comparable pricing to Keamp8848, however quality of fabric is different and it lacks innovative design features of Keamp8848.

Climbing hardware is readily available in numerous trekking/climbing stores in Kathmandu, so you don't need to bring them on the plane and save the weight of your luggage. We will advise you details within you info pack.

Apply Layering Principle while Trekking and Climbing

While trekking in any mountainous undulating environment and particularly at high altitudes the weather is a subject to rapid changes. One needs to adopt layering principle with clothing to regulate body temperature. The body temperature must stays in a comfortable range to prevent excessive sweating followed by rapid cooling. When you start the day wear sufficient number of layers to keep warm. As soon as you feel overheating remove a layer on the go quickly to prevent an unnecessary overheating and sweating.

Take advantage of Merino Wool as a first layer

For layer one garments we recommend Merino Wool from Icebreaker because the company understands climbers and mountaineers needs and utilizes the best quality material. No other company can at this stage (spring 2017) match the Icebreaker quality. The quality in extreme conditions is essential for your comfort and safety. A Merino wool is the finest wool and it matches a cotton with softness and a polypropylene with insulation and breathing-ability. It takes moisture away from the body and keeps you dry and warm.

Utilize Merino Moisture Wicking, Insulation and Antibacterial Properties

The process of taking the moisture away from the body is called wicking. Wool and synthetic fabrics are really good wicking materials hence they are very suitable to wear for hard physical activity such as trekking, mountain biking and climbing. Due to its natural nano-tube construction the wool has also antibacterial properties, so it stays usable for much longer. It is slightly more expensive then polypropylene so is trekking and climbing. Using cotton shirts for trekking or climbing in high altitude is a wrong and dangerous approach, which can lead to hypothermia.

We have incorporated an acclimatization into the climbing sequence and appropriately scheduled approach by a high altitude exercize physiologist, so there is no need for prior acclimatization. The only requirements is a high level of endurance fitness.

Our philosophy is to maximize acclimatization and the climb and to minimize pointless and exhaustive trekking. We are climbing business with an extensive climbing experience. By the time you reach the Basecamp you will be ready to climb and not exhausted. We execute Lobuche East climb from the climbing camp at 5600m.

The risks during the Lobuche East climb are potential to develop the AMS, gastric problems or physical injury such as bleeding. IMA maintains programs and procedures to prevent and avoid all the above. We have appropriately equipped with a up-to-dated First Aid Kit and train our staff how to use it effectively. We require each group member to have valid Travel Insurance, which allows Medivac. We treat the AMS, gastric issues, and bleeding. If required we activate emergency evacuation by helicopter, so we require all climbers to obtain Travel insurance to cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses.

There are some risks associated with natures' activities such as excessive unseasonal snowfall or landslide blocking the path and potential earthquake. We have developed western style emergency and evacuation procedures to ensure safety on our adventure, which includes double back-up communication channels to our office in Kathmandu to assists us with any emergency.

Yes, all climbers are required to purchase adequate Travel Insurance, which doesn't exclude helicopter emergency evacuation. Insurance is not expensive compering to the cost of expedition and potential cost of evacuation.

Acute Altitude Sickness (AMS) is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen is available for the body to carry on normal functions. This is caused by decreased partial pressure of Oxygen, a difference between external and intercellular pressures.

The AMS most commonly occurs from above 2,800 metres but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at the altitude thus it is vital you monitor your own health. In principle a higher cardiovascular fitness decreases susceptibility to the AMS. Symptoms of the AMS may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it ignored it could lead to a serious health issue including death. All climbing adventure participants are required to purchase adequate Travel Insurance, which doesn't exclude helicopter emergency evacuation.

Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of the AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:

  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Disturbed sleep or drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid pulse
  • Swelling of hands, feet & face

Symptoms generally associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness include:

  • Bluish discoloration of the skin (cyanosis)
  • Chest tightness or congestion
  • Confusion
  • Cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
  • Grey or pale complexion
  • Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
  • Shortness of breath at rest

At high altitude all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and, if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?

  • Breathlessness
  • A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
  • Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
  • Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
  • Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)?

  • Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
  • Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Blurred or double vision/retinal haemorrhage

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatise and avoid altitude sickness by:

  • Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body
  • Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
  • Drinking plenty of water; the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colourless urine
  • Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
  • Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m above 2,800m
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?

Most travellers are able to successfully acclimatise by following previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for AMS is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages.

Our guides have training and experience in the AMS symptoms recognition, prevention and treatment. The guide will monitor your all the time for any symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to the AMS. We ask you to cooperate with the guide by reporting any above described symptoms and allow your guide to undertake an appropriate and timely action such as take a rest and have a drink or snack, help you to carry your day pack or change the pace, take extra day rest or descent if necessary.

Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest medication such as Ibuprophen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.

With severe cases of AMS our guide will contact our Kathmandu office and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

Lobuche East climb is an introductory climb with a reasonably short 500m climbing route but it is still a serious physiological undertaking with some technical aspect. You should be in a good physical shape to start with. Generally our customers for Lobuche East peak climb are bike riders or recreational runners and many test themselves with occasional triathlon, 10km city fun runs or 50km bike rides. You don't need to be competitive just to be able to complete run or ride within average event time. If you completed one of the above within last 6 months you are well pre-qualifying and ready for Lobuche East climb

If you are in a good shape, the only thing you have to do now is 3 month ramp-up before the adventure. You should aim to run, jog or brisk walk 10km three to four times weekly, which will mean that you can sustain continuous exercise. To prepare for that you should preference outdoor step training or riding hills minimum twice a week. The more hills and steps you manage to get in, the more enjoyable the climb will be and you will also get more benefits out of the adventure.

There is section of 50m snow steep ridge from where you need to be able to down climb on fixed rope or rappel with confidence. We offer rappel clinics in Australia, so please contact us about it.

WHY DO IT?...

Part of doing the adventure is the aspect of motivation, setting your goals and meeting them. The adventure participation will be beneficial to you in all aspects of your personal and professional endeavours. Our exercise suggestions are designed for you get fitter and hopefully influence your healthy lifestyle as result of the adventure.

Please ask us for detailed advice.

The adventure is scheduled during the best weather period in the area, however with dramatic climate change we see disturbance of weather patterns with unusual precipitation and unpredictable cold weather snaps, so you have to be prepared for that with extra warm gear. Please check average temperature and precipitation in Lobuche. In addition Everest region is renowned for severe weather.

Absolutely, we welcome individual travellers on our fixed departure but we reserve the right to cancel the departure due to insufficient participation and to offer alternative departure. We require a minimum group of 4 participants. Naturally we will offer group prices for people joining as a group. Our adventure calculator will show you adventure of joining us together with friends.

Complete the booking form on the adventure page, select size of your group and required services and find out price for your group. Simply click on BOOK/INQUIRE button and give us required details. We will send you invoice for the deposit of 30% of the trip value. After paying deposit for the trip we will send you booking confirmation and Climbing Information. The balance is due 2 months prior departure. The deposit as well as the balance may be paid by bank money transfer or by Credit Card via secure PayPal system.

Simply complete BOOKIG/INQUIRE form and specify information you require in the message and we will engage with you by e-mail or if you prefer we will call you at the time convenient to you.

IMA Lobuche East climb is scheduled during spring and autumn when the weather is typically stable with sunny days. A stable weather and a short 5 hours climb create the high probability for the summit success. However the Everest area is a subject to a changeable mountain weather with possible snow storms and unpredictable cold snaps.

You will require an appropriate windproof Gore-Tex jacket, over-pants and down gear including down jacket. The IMA Lobuche East climb is designed as an alpine style climb. You will require a -15°C down sleeping bag for the climbing camp at 5600m.

The Lobuche East climb is a technically easy but moderately challenging climb. You will require a minimum climbing gear including mountaineering climbing boots, crampons, ice-axe, alpine harness, accessory Prusik loops, karabiners, an ascender and a rappel device. Please click on GEAR TAB, where you find the complete gear list. If this is insufficient please send us e-mail to info@8mtb.com with all questions you may have.

Tap on button below to download PDF file.

If this is insufficient please Send Email with all questions you may have.

Please note, that the Gear List is only a recommendation and you must choose the quantity of clothing ensuring that it will be sufficient to keep you warm and comfortable without an excessive luggage.

Tour Map:

IMA Lobuche East Climbing-summitIMA Lobuche East Climbing-summitIMA Lobuche East Climbing-summit viewIMA Lobuche East Climbing-False summitIMA Lobuche East Climbing-BasecampIMA Lobuche East Climbing-SummitIMA Lobuche East Climb-Lobuche summitIMA Lobuche East Climb-Lobuche East

CUSTOMIZE YOUR TRIP

Airport-Hotel Transfers
Flight KTM-Lukla-KTM
KTM Hotel
Lodging on trek
Camping gear in BC
Food in BC
Required climbing gear
Complementary crampons/ice-axe
Guide-Client ratio 1:3
Staff salary|Insurance
Porter service
Farewell Dinner
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