Lobuche East, Kala Patar or Everest Base Camp

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.


Trip Facts

  • Price Starts From: USD 5,500

  • Duration: 20 Days, 19 Nights

  • Difficulty Level: Introductory Mountaineering

  • Type: 6000m+

  • Activity: Expedition

  • Max. Altitude: 6119m

  • Destination: Nepal

Trip Highlights


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.

Trip Map

Short 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

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

An Expedition Base representative will collect you from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport. It’s a
free day to recover from your international flight. Later in the day, there will be a team briefing,
gear check and welcome team dinner.

Day 2

In Kathmandu

This is a free day for you to explore Kathmandu, home to 5 World Heritage sites, Kathmandu is
a stunning landscape of handcrafted wooden palaces (Durbar or palace squares of
Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur) and glorious Buddhist stupas (Swayambu and

Day 3

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

Our day begins with an early morning 40 min flight to Lukla. Once in Lukla, we have a short
break to organize porters and gear before starting our day’s walk, descending and ascending to
Monjo. This region is Buddhist so remember to walk clockwise or to the left of mani walls and
prayer flag poles (keeping them on your right).

Day 4

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

Before leaving Monjo, we’ll check into the Sagarmatha National Park Information Centre. On a
clear day, you can catch your first view of Mt Everest from a lookout about mid-way up the hill
to Namche. Once in Namche, you have the afternoon to rest, and explore.

Day 5

Acclimatisation day in Namche 5 hrs

We spend an extra day in Namche before trekking higher to allow our bodies to adjust to the
increased altitude. In the morning, we will walk up to the Everest View Hotel to enjoy
panoramic views and you can explore the villages of Khunde and/or Khumjung. The afternoon
is free for exploring Namche, or relaxing, as you wish.

Day 6

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,800m)

We head out of our beloved Namche, to Kyanjuma and then down the hill to Phunki Tenga for a
refreshment, then up a hill we go to the famed Tengboche Monastery. And, don’t forget to visit
the bakery, and the coffee in one of the lodges is barista gooood!

Day 7

Tengboche to Dingboche (4,100m)

Today, we gradually gain in altitude on relatively easy terrain, and our lush surrounds become
more alpine like as the trees start to disappear and a more alpine environment envelops up.
We really feel like we are in the mountains now. Dingboche is famous for potato growing so be
sure to try potatoes here.

Day 8

In Dingboche, acclimatisation walk -5 hr

It’s a rest day in Dingboche to acclimatise to our increased altitude gain. In the morning, we’ll
walk up to a lookout to touch the 5,000m mark. It’s a steep climb but on a clear day expect
views of giants Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,501m), Nuptse (7,861m) and
 on clear days, Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Shishapangma (8,013m).

Day 9

Dingboche to Lobuche - 5-6 hrs

Today, we head up the valley towards Lobuche village passing through Thukla (where we stop for tea and bikkies) before a short trek up the hill to the memorials for mountaineers, paying our respects, before we continue up to Lobuche village.

Day 10

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

Gorak Shep is the last settlement before reaching Everest Base Camp. From Lobuche, it’s a
short trek of a couple of hours across a glacier moraine to reach Gorak Shep around mid

Day 11

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

The summit of Kala Patar or ‘Black Rock’ offers us our first real look at Mt Everest, an
unobstructed view of the highest mountain in the world. Then, we’ll trek to Lobuche East Base
Camp, an easy traverse contouring around Lobuche on the south side of the mountain. The
camp provides uplooking views of neighbouring peaks of Taboche (6367m), Cholatse (the
second climb on your list for this trip) and Arakam Tse (6423m).

Alternatively, you might want to go to Everest Base Camp (5,350m), and then return to Lobuche
East Base Camp. You have the option to choose.

Day 12

Rest Lobuche East Base Camp

Today is a training day in base camp to practice climbing on fixed lines (up on a jumar and
descending on a belay device). It’s also a contingency day to allow for poor weather conditions
that may delay a summit attempt.

Day 13

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

After crossing a grassy meadow to the foot of Lobuche peak, we ascend steeply on a rocky
trail to a col for lunch. From here, we can appreciate magnificent 360o views of Everest, Lhotse
and Nuptse.

Day 14

Lakeside Camp to High Camp (5,500m)

To reach high camp along the start of the summit ridge, it’s another 1.5-2 hr rock scramble or
snow climb depending on conditions. Do not miss the stunning sunset view from high camp!

Day 15

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

Summit day begins with an alpine start at 4-5am for a quick breakfast and dressing for a
summit climb. We leave camp by 5-6am and walk up the ridge for 50m to a face. Climbing on
fixed lines up the 45 degrees snow wall, we then reach the ridge proper. We follow the ridge

around seracs (snow/ice climb) to the 1st or false summit. Be prepared for exposure along the
way as we walk on the ridge. It’s a quick rappel down from the 1st summit, then finally up
another 60m to the real summit by mid morning*. We return by the same route to high camp
for a break and pack up camp, and head to base camp for final pack up and then the short 45
min – 1 hr trek to Dzong La. (*real summit, conditions permitting)

Day 16

Lobuche East base camp to Namche

Depending on the snow conditions on the day, it will take us approximately 5-7 hours to cross
ChoLa. At the top of the pass you can soak in the view, take photos, play in the snow, and
then we descend toward Dragnag.

Day 17

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

It’s a big downhill trek from Namche to the valley floor. This is our last night as a group with
your guides and porters. We will stop in Lukla to celebrate before bidding farewell to some of
our local team members.

Day 18-19

Fly to Kathmandu and in Kathmandu

The flight will give you a final close look at some Himalayan giants (Gauri Shanker and
Langtang). Once in Kathmandu, you’re free to relax. If you didn’t make it to Bhaktapur or the
other durbar squares in Patan/Kathmandu, make sure you don’t miss these world heritage

Day 20

Depart Kathmandu

We bid Kathmandu and Nepal farewell. We will be sad to see you go.

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