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Lobuche and Island Peak Climbing 24 Days

Lobuche and Island Peak Climbing 24 Days

Lobuche peak and Island peak climbing combines adventure climb to Lobuche peak (6119m) and Island Peak (6189m) with classic Everest base camp trek. This program is designer for beginners climber having mountain climbing dreams and having good physical condition. Moreover, our itinerary has been designed very carefully allowing climbers to cope with altitude with gradual acclimatization.

Lobuche and Island peak summit offers amazing view of mountains of Khumbu region.
The trip starts when we fly to Lukla mountain airstrip. We follow the main route of Everest Base Camp trek. Then toward lobuche peak after climbing it we continue to Island peak base camp via Chukkung.

If you are interested to climb only the single peak, please click the link Lobuche peak and Island peak climbing

WHAT ARE INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE

  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu, entrance fees
  • 3/4 nights hotel (3 star) in Kathmandu in bb plan
  • Climbing permits for Island Peak & Lobuche Peak, national park fees,
  • Tea house/lodges accommodation during trekking
  • Full board meals on trekking and climbing to/from BC
  • 25 kg personal equipment per person is allowed
  • porters as necessary for whole program
  • Tent with mattress for Base camp and high camp use
  • 1 kitchen tent, 1 dining tent, lighting, gas heating,
  • 1 climbing Sherpa/ guide, 1 cook and necessary staff
  • Salary, allowance insurances for staff
  • Kathmandu - Lukla – Kathmandu flight, domestic taxes
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip)
  • Group Climbing equipment fix ropes, ice crew etc.
  • All transportation as per itinerary
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepai restaurant with cultural dance show
  • Government taxes, vat and office service charge

WHAT ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE

  • International air ticket and airport taxes
  • Lunch and dinner while stay in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Personal Trekking Equipment for trek
  • Excess baggage charge (if you have more than 25 kg cargo is $1.5 per kg)
  • Gamow bag (altitude chamber) or oxygen
  • Personal climbing guide
  • All expenses of personal nature like: bar and beverages bills, telephone calls etc
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • Staffs tips
  • All not mentioned in cost includes

Lobuche and Island Peak Climbing 24 Days Itinerary

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Ramdung Expedition representative will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a rest or if you are arriving earlier, can visit around the city.
In the evening we will hold a briefing session regarding your trip and get to know your Nepali trekking companion. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have.

Day 02 - Fly to Lukla (28040) and trek to Phakding (2610m) 3 hrs.
An early morning start takes us to the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804m). On arrival at the airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610m).

After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550m) it is a short walk to Phakding.

Day 03 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3441m) 5-6  hrs
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail.

 

Day 04 – Acclimatization day
We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.


Day 05 - Namche Bazaar to Tengboche .6 hrs
Morning breakfast fuel us for the trekking to Tengboche which is one of most beautiful place in Khumbu region. Breathtaking view of – Kwangde, thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest begins appearing on the route. We descent to DudhKoshi river for some time and climb along Rhododendron forest. Once arriving in Tengboche, we visit the monastery which is biggest in the region and enjoy the mountain views.

Day 06 - Tengboche to Dingboche. 6 hrs. 
It take around 4 hour to reach Dingboche today. You gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. As you gradually ascend, you find thick forests as the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and a half hour’s walk brings us to Dingboche.


Day 07 – Acclimatization day

Day 08  -Dingboche to Lobuche. 6-7 hrs
We start our day with steady climbto Duglha. Here we find memorial stupas dedicated to trekker and climbers who lost their lives in the region. Then we climb to Khumbu Glacier moraine facing many great peaks such as Khumutse, Lingren, Mahalangur himal and pumore. The trail will now be easy until settlement of Lobuche.

Day 09 - Lobuche to Gorakshep (5288m) 3hrs. Excursion to Everest Base camp (5360m) 6-7hrs.
The big day on our overall trek arrives today. We start with easy trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep. The succeeding trail to Everest base camp is harder and involves walking to rocky dunes, moraines and glacial debris. We will also approach famous khumbu Glacier and icefall. When reaching Everest base camp in spring, we see lots of tents of climbers attempting Mt. Everest to climb. We’ll spent some time there to see unbelievable views of mountains and take some pictures then head back to Gorekshep after the busy day.


Day 10 – Morning climb to Kalapathar (5545m) 4hrs. Trek back to Lobuche. 6-7 hrs
We wake up early in the morning and start to walk to Kalapattar meaning “black rock”. Kalapattar is epic climb, the point to view sensational Himalayan vistas of a life time. The climb is tough but a chance to cherish your dream of viewing highest mountain at one place. We get back to Ghorakshep, take breakfast and head down to Lobuche with easy walking.


Day 11 – Lobuche to High Camp (5400m). Afternoon pre-climb training. 3-4 hrs
We start walking relatively flatter plane. Near Base camp the path gets steep and rocky. We hike forward Lobuche glacier with magnificent view of Ama Dablam, Poklade, Cholatse and other peaks. From base camp, we continue walking on rocky moraine to reach high camp. We set up our camp, take lunch and rest.
On afternoon, our guide provide training on technique to climb peak and proper use of the climbing gear to boost your confidence and climbing skills.

Day 12 – Lobuche High Camp to Summit (6119m) back to High Camp 9hrs

We wake up early around 12-1am take breakfast and begin climb. We walk on rock surface up to around 5700m then climb on ice. Depending on condition guide will fix rope and main rope. The summit offers beautiful view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, Cholatse, Ama dablam and many more. Then we get back to high camp.

Day 13 – Contingency day

Day 14 –
High camp to Chhukung (4730m). 6-7 hrs
We walk down to Base camp and head towards Chhukung village which is kind of summer settlement.

Day 15 – Rest in Chhukung

Day 16 – Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m). 3-4 hrs
The route is mostly steep one. We start walking and climbing south turning east to main line of valley. We walk on southern flank of moraine from Lhotse glacier. Again continue walking along streamside from where way to Amphu Labtsa lies to southeast. The route through Imja and Lhotse Glacier leads us to wide valley south west side of island peak. O/N Camping (BLD)

Day 17 – Summit Island Peak (6189m) and back to Base Camp. 9-10 hrs
Our target is to wake up around 12-1am and reach summit before noon because afternoon sees strong winds in summits. We start climbing steeply up the lower flanks of south-east face. The route is well but some times there is bit of rock scrambling and rocky spur takes us to snow ramp leading to upper snow field. We see Makalu and Lhotse from now on. After crossing upper neve, it is essential to fix ropes but steep ice then leads to summit ridge. The summit ridge is quite exposed here we fix the ropes and walk towards the summit. It is magnificent vantage point to view all peaks south of Lhotse face. Then spending some time, we descend by the same route back to base camp.

Day 18 – Reserved day

Day 19 –
Island peak base camp to Pangboche (3985m). 5-6 hrs
The hiking today is easier as we walk descending to lower altitudes following same route back. We take different trail to visit Gompa in Upper Pangboche, believed to be oldest of Khumbu region. Pangboche is scenic village surrounded by mountains such as Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangenge, Kongde etc.

Day 20 – Pangboche to Namche Bazaar 4-5hrs
We retrace our way down to Imja Khola and through forest reaching Tengboche. We will visit monastery in Tengboche and after lunch continue through rhododendron and juniper tress down to reach Dudhkoshi river. Then cross the bridge we climb for some hours passing through forest. There will have chance to see mountain goats, snow leopards and pheasants on the way then reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 21 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla. 6-7 hrs
We trace back the same route we started passing through Hillary suspension bridge and through the Sherpa villages. The last day of trek is traditionally completed by party with your trekking crew. All are in happy and celebration mood for accomplishing the great Everest base camp trek. This will also be last day of yours in the mountain.

Day 22 – Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes. We will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to Hotel. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel.

Day 23 – Contingency day
You can spend time resting/buying souvenirs back to home. In the evening, we will host farewell dinner in traditional restaurant with cultural dance performances in celebration of your amazing trip. O/N Hotel (BD)

Day 24 - Trip ends. Farewell and departure
The journey in the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today ! At last approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition will drop you to the airport. (B)


Lobuche and Island Peak Climbing 24 Days Cost Detail

VISA REQUIREMENT
All foreigners require a visa for entry into Nepal. The passport must be at least 6 months valid from return date. Nepalese visas can be obtained from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or directly upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport.

You will need two passport photo and following fees
- US$ 25 for 15 days or equivalent convertible currency.
- US$ 40 for 30 days or equivalent convertible currency.
- US$ 100 for 90 days or equivalent convertible currency.

ACCOMMODATION
Normally, we use following 3-4 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our  peak climbing package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel.  www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com

On the trekking and climbing it may make you feel tired and exhausted. So, we are committed to arrange you a home away from your home. While on trek, the lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).

For camping, comfortable two men tent with foam mattress will be provided. Camping will be fixed at designated camp site with pleasant and scenery place.

PRE TRIP MEETING
Prior to all our peak climbing and expedition program, we arrange a Pre-Trip meeting in Kathmandu. Mostly on the 2nd day of your itinerary. It will be in morning during the breakfast. We introduce with you our leader. It will provide face to face platform to ask anything about your trip and knowing each other for nice trip.

FLIGHT DELAYS IN KATHMANDU-LUKLA
Flight between Kathmandu and Lukla is generally reliable. Being Short Take-Off & Landing (STOL) mountain airstrips, flight is dependent on the weather. Delays often happen if there is poor visibility or high winds. In case of bad weather, flight is cancelled often and to avoid missing international flights, we recommend 2-3 days extra at end of your trip.

If you have to wait in Kathmandu at beginning of the trip due to flight delays, the cost for your overnight accommodation in Kathmandu is not included so you will have to pay extra for this.

Also be prepared to pay some extra money for Helicopter flights. Which may cost $ 150- $ 500 or more depending on persons on the flight. For group, we normally charter helicopter flights. Make sure that you have full-fledged insurance coverage arrangement. In our program there is two night as buffer day in case of unforeseen circumstances.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and climbing and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. The insurance should cover comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue and treatment cost).

TREKKING DAYS
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average.
It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.

MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant.

While on trek, the lodges or teahouse provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. Meals whilst on trek are included in the package which is breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. You can choose your meal from hotel menus. Meals in lodges are varied ranging from traditional Nepalese daal bhaat to pizza, apple pie, steak, pasta and so on.

While on camping, our cook and kitchen staff will provide fresh, hygienic foods. 3 meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) will be provided accompanying timely tea breaks and snacks. You can have Nepali, Tibetan, Sherpa, Italian and Indian varieties as per daily menu. We use locally produced foods which is free of chemicals and pesticides.

It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in cities and while on trek. You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.

GUIDE AND STAFF ARRANGEMENT
Ramdung Expedition employs and train Nepalese guide and local staff. Our guides have done following trainings.

- Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
- Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Government's Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre of Nepal.
- Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet - TAAN (Trekking Agents Association Of Nepal)
- English Language - KEEP
- Conservation & Biodiversity - KEEP
- Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (optional) - Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our trekking guides posses good speaking English language skills. This is not our mother language and so sometimes we suggest traveler to pick up and use a few of local greetings and get firsthand experience of the local culture. Our guides and porters know the route direction like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are passionate about their country and job.

For safety concern there will be one climbing Sherpa/guide and one assistance guide to each 4 clients. This will ensure no disturb in itinerary, if in case one get sick. The trip still runs as plan as in itinerary. Our minimum group requirement is 2 and maximum goes up to 12 to ensure good team and to communicate and facilitate in every manner.

CLIMATE
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February.
The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.

TIPS
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).

ACCLIMATIZATION
Our itinerary is planned carefully to cope with AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Most of the time you’ll be trekking or going over 3000m and acclimatization is very important. You may be likely to experience some of the minor symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headaches, mild nauseas, loss of appetite) until your body adjusts to the elevation.  This can take from a few hours to a couple of days depending on the individual. Do not exert yourself and drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids. It is very important to drink at least 4-5 liters of liquids daily to avoid any altitude sickness; this is probably the best remedy for AMS.

We advise specially the guests with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.

Do not forget - the common effects of altitude such as:
- You may feel breathlessness on exertion.
- Some headache which is treatable by aspirin.
- May be some difficulty sleeping and a little loss of appetite.
- You might also wake up suddenly at night trying to catch your breath. Do not panic! Your metabolism has simply slowed down.
- You may also experience an exaggerated thumping headache, which will not go away, breathless even at rest, extreme nausea. The lack of oxygen in the system will first affect either the brain (HACE - Height Altitude Cerebral Edema) causing loss of physical and mental coordination OR the lungs (HAPE - Height Altitude Pulmonary Edema), coughing up persistent sputum or both.
- Do not drink any alcohol on the outward trek. It seriously impairs the ability to acclimatize, and confuses the symptoms of AMS.

Do drink copious quantities of water-even 5 liters a day is recommended by some medical sources. Dehydration through perspiration and increased breathing rate seriously inhibits acclimatization, and is the most common cause of altitude related problems.

Do not drink any alcohol if you are above 3000m It seriously impairs the ability to acclimatize, and confuses the symptoms of AMS.

Read Altitude Sickness notes by Dr. Jim Duff on : http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trekking and climbing.  Most of the gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 25kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight.  Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek. It is also recommended to carry your own medical items too.

Personal Climbing gears
Harness
Crampons
Ice axe
Screw gate carabineers (2lock, 2 unlock)
Tape Slings (2)
Descender/eight figure
Ascender/Jumer
helmet
Mountaineering boots

Group Climbing gears (we provide)
Snow Bar
Rope
Ice Hammer
Ice Screw

Headwear

Head torch, extra batteries & bulb
Sunglasses of UV protection
Warm hat (fleece, wool, synthetic)
Sun Hat, Bandana or scarf

Upper Body
Cotton tees or thermals
Light expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stoper jacket
Waterproof jacket (breathable fabric)
Down vest and jacket
Gore-tex Jacket
Gloves for hand

Lower body
Non-cotton underwear
1 pair of hiking shorts
1 pair of hiking trousers
1 pair of Lightweight thermal pants (long)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Footwear
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Cotton socks
Gaiters

Sleeping
Sleeping bag rated to -30°C
Sleeping bag liner (fleece)

Accessories
1 medium rucksack or 1 large duffel bag
Day backpack with good shoulder support (35-50 liters)
Small Padlocks for duffel-kit bags
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Water bottle
Toiletries

TOILETRIES
Toilet facilities will be there nearby your tent is an comfortable distance covered with tent. And we properly dispose all the waste.

READING LIST
- Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
- Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
- Annapurna by Maurice Herzog
- Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
- Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
- Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
- Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
- Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
- Travelers’ Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
- Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.
- Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
- Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
- Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.


  • Price: $ 3600

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  • Duration: 24 Days
  • Physical
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Type: Peak Climbing
  • Route: Lukla-Namche Bazaar-Dingboche-Lobuche peak-Island peak-Pangboche-Lukla
  • Max Altitude: 6189m

Trek Highlights

  • Best Season: March, April, May, September, October, November
  • Trip Style: Combined (Teahouse & Camping)
  • Climbing of popular peak in Khumbu : Lobuche & Island
  • Get among the hustle and bustle of market town Namche Bazaar
  • Explore culture, villages and lifestyle of Sherpa community
  • Trek to foot of almighty Mt. Everest.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and many more
  • Spectacular view of the Khumbu Ice Fall besides soaring mountains.

Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 - Fly to Lukla (28040) and trek to Phakding (2610m) 3 hrs.
Day 03 -
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3441m) 5-6  hrs
Day 04 - Acclimatization day.
Day 05 - Namche Bazaar to Tengboche .6 hrs
Day 06 - Tengboche to Dingboche. 6 hrs. 
Day 07 - Acclimatization day.
Day 08 -Dingboche to Lobuche. 6-7 hrs
Day 09 - Lobuche to Gorakshep (5288m) 3hrs. Excursion to Everest Base camp (5360m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 10 – Morning climb to Kalapathar (5545m) 4hrs. Trek back to Lobuche. 6-7 hrs
Day 11 – Lobuche to High Camp (5400m). Afternoon pre-climb training. 3-4 hrs
Day 12 – Lobuche High Camp to Summit (6119m) back to High Camp 9hrs
Day 13 –
Contingency day
Day 14 –
High camp to Chhukung (4730m). 6-7 hrs
Day 15 – Rest in Chhukung
Day 16 – Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m). 3-4 hrs
Day 17 – Summit Island Peak (6189m) and back to Base Camp. 9-10 hrs
Day 18 – Reserved day
Day 19 – Island peak base camp to Pangboche (3985m). 5-6 hrs
Day 20 – Pangboche to Namche Bazaar 4-5hrs
Day 21 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla. 6-7 hrs
Day 22 – Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 23 – Contingency day
Day 24 – Trip ends, departure and farewell.