By Dan Mazur, SummitClimb (Dan Mazur and his Sherpa friends have been leading Lobuche Peak and the Everest View Glacier School for 20 Years)
When we think of a trekking peak in the Khumbu Valley or Everest base camp trek, we often think of Island Peak. Island Peak is very well known, after all, it is the oldest trekking peak in Nepal. However, Lobuche Peak is, in many ways, a much better destination than Island Peak.
What is Special About Lobuche Peak and Why is Lobuche Peak a Better Destination Than Island Peak? The trek from Dugla teahouses along the Everest Base Camp path to Lobuche base camp is lovely, traversing grassy meadows, and pretty lakes. Lobuche Peak has a beautiful green grassy basecamp, in the fields near Dzhongla Tea Houses. Near Lobuche base camp we can find small rock cliffs for fun practice rock climbing. Lobuche Peak is on the adventure trekking route to the Cho La Pass. Lobuche Peak has a lovely high camp with a picturesque lake. Lobuche Peak has a quick direct descent route from high camp straight down to Lobuche Village. From the summit of Lobuche Peak we can see stunning views of Mt Everest, Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse and Mt. Lhotse.
Who Is This Trip For? Lobuche Peak is for the fit trekker who would like to be a trekking peak climber and who wants just a little bit more green pristine alpine beauty than there is to be found on Island Peak. However, just like on Island Peak, the climbing to the summit of Lobuche is really limited to only1 day.
When Is The Best Season To Climb Lobuche Peak? You can really climb Lobuche Peak just about anytime, but here at SummitClimb, we offer Lobuche Peak twice each year. Once in April and again in November. April will have a few clouds and might be a tiny bit warmer. November is famous for clear sunny days and cool nights.
What Equipment Do I Need For Lobuche Peak? You can rent/hire/purchase all of this equipment at good quality and good prices in the shops in Kathmandu. We will help check your gear and assist you in visiting the mountain shops. You will need normal trekking clothing, with a thick warm down jacket, warm insulated trousers, warm mitts and gloves for rope work, warm hat and sun hat, wind and water proof goretex shell clothing, good leather ankle-high trekking shoes, good quality snow boots for mountaineering, crampons, ice axe, harness, carabiners, slings, headtorch, batteries, glacier sunglasses, goggles, sleeping bag, mattress, 3 litre waterbottles, a few snacks to have in your pocket for summit day, such as chocolate, chips, nuts, cookies. Please remember your sun screen, lip balm, and personal medicine.
You Will Not Be Carrying a Heavy Rucksack During the Trek or Climb: While trekking, yaks and porters will carry your bags. During the climb, Sherpas will help to carry your things, so you don’t have to.