Lobuche East, Kala Patar or Everest Base Camp

Trip Overview

Route: Kathmandu – Lukla – Namche – Lobuche – Namche - return to Lukla - KTM

This trip will lead you through the Khumbu valley’s most popular and scenic areas, with incredible views from Kala Patar and Lobuche and the opportunity to see Everest Base Camp for yourself.

Your trip begins at the gateway to the Khumbu (Everest) region of Nepal in Lukla. We will trek up the Khumbu valley towards Mt Everest, passing through numerous Sherpa villages until we arrive at Dingboche. Our introductory climb will be on Pokhalde (5,806m), which is a rock ascent from Kongma La pass. At the top you will see spectacular views all around you. We will then drop down towards and cross the Khumbu glacier to reach Lobuche for our second, more challenging climb, of Lobuche East (6,119m). This climb will require 3 camps, one base camp at the foot of the mountain and 2 higher camps. Some try to attempt the summit with only 2 camps but we wonder, why the hurry? An extra day on the mountain enjoying the amazing views is one of the experiences you won’t want to rush.

Whilst at our base camp, we will practice rope skills and fixed line climbing. Our summit day will involve crossing the summit ridge, which offers an exhilarating sense of exposure and amazing views towards Mt Everest.

Why join with Expedition Base?

When it comes to mountaineering expeditions, for any peak, we are known for our sound strategy, strong leadership and well-resourced approach to our expeditions. The mountains are fun and full of wonderful experiences. But, we also recognise that they also carry with them risk. For that reason, we approach the mountains on the basis of ‘safety first’. With safety as our first focus, fun and amazing experiences will follow. Few companies offer logistics as good as ours for a reasonable price point. Our goal is to put our clients in the best position for success, whatever their personal goal in the mountains may be. Our guides are some of the best in the business, with experience on a wide range of peaks from small, right up to the 8,000m peaks, many with multiple summits on the 8,000m peaks. We see strong leadership as critical to success on the world’s highest peaks and we can offer that leadership here at Expedition Base – and not all companies can. We offer the level of services historically offered by leading western companies, but without costly western overheads. In the mountains, your safety is our prime importance. We know our clients value our commitment to them and with that flows a great experience.

Trip Facts

  • Price starts from

    USD 5,500

  • Introductory Mountaineering


    Introductory Mountaineering

  • Duration

    20 Days, 19 Nights

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Difficulty level

Introductory Mountaineering

Introductory Mountaineering

This trip will introduce you to the introductory mountaineering skills that you need for this trip. The trip will involve challenging trekking and introductory mountaineering, moving on snow, rock and ice, with technical tools, at reasonably high altitudes up to around 6,500m, depending on the trip. For this trip, you want to have a sound level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own-body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 4 times per week for the period of around 4-6 months before this trip. Weight training is also recommended to build up your strength. Training on uneven terrain is recommended.

Trip Notes

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

Day 2

In Kathmandu

Day 3

Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Monjo (2,840m) -5 hrs

Day 4

Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) -5 hrs

Day 5

Acclimatisation day in Namche 5 hrs

Day 6

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,800m)

Day 7

Tengboche to Dingboche (4,100m)

Day 8

In Dingboche, acclimatisation walk -5 hr

Day 9

Dingboche to Lobuche - 5-6 hrs

Day 10

Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m) - 3 hrs

Day 11

Gorak Shep, Kala Patar (5,500m) or Everest Base Camp (5,350m), back to Lobuche East Base Camp - 5-6 hrs

Day 12

Rest Lobuche East Base Camp

Day 13

Lobuche East Base Camp (4,830m) to Lakeside Camp (5,250m)

Day 14

Lakeside Camp to High Camp (5,500m)

Day 15

High Camp, summit (6,119m), back to Lobuche East base camp -5 hrs

Day 16

Lobuche East base camp to Namche

Day 17

Trek Namche (3,440m) to Lukla (2,840m) -5-6 hr

Day 18-19

Fly to Kathmandu and in Kathmandu

Day 20

Depart Kathmandu

Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.

Package Details


Internal fixed wing flights, climbing permit fees, 4 nights in Kathmandu hotel equivalent to Hotel Tibet or Radisson (Lazimpat or similar) based on twin share accommodation, experienced climbing guides at 1:2 sherpa/client ratio, team transport in Nepal, extensive high altitude wilderness first aid kit, fully serviced base camp with quality personal tent, dining, kitchen and shower tents, serviced higher camps, all meals outside Kathmandu plus breakfast in Kathmandu, porters to carry personal/group equipment on treks and up to base camps, climbing guides to set up camps and carry group food; and complimentary expedition duffel. (All accommodation is on a twin share basis - single share can be arranged on request at an additional cost).


International flights to and from Kathmandu, lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (allow USD $10- 15 per meal), aerated and alcoholic beverages, personal items (e.g. phone calls, internet, laundry), tips, travel insurance (incl. early departure, mountain rescue) and personal trekking/climbing gear.

Meet Our Expert Team

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