Known for its extremely adventurous summit, Lobuche peak is among the most famed mountain peak of Nepal. The peak is itself is an extension of the classic Everest Base Camp trek. Among many small summits in Lobuche, Lobuche West (6145 m) and East (6119 are the two major ones. Lobuche east climbing through the south ridge route is more popular whereas Lobuche west is more difficult. Here is a detail of Lobuche Peak Climbing along with Lobuche Peak Climbing Difficulty.
Lobuche climb is not like having a piece of cake, its thrilling and risky. However, the enchanting view from the summit is worth all your efforts. The summit curtains the mesmerizing display of Mt. Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Nuptse along with a fabulous view of Mt. Everest.
Well, don’t expect a mountain climb to be easy. Lobuche Peak also demands a genuine mountaineering experience. The safe expedition to the peak requires knowledge of climbing techniques. Also not to ignore the risk of altitude problems.
During the climb, you must walk 50m on a 45-degree snow wall. For that, you use fixed lines to ensure that you reach the proper summit ridge. And the final sharp ascent is life-threatening. But then when you kiss the submit, everything feels so perfect.
Difficulties During Lobuche Peak Climb
- The ascending from Lobuche village though is highly steep and rocky steps up to the Lobuche Base Camp is tiresome.
- 5-6 hours of the daily walk during the entire trip and 8-10 hours walk in the final day.
- The snowy slopes and steep stone terraces above the base camp are hard to climb which should be climbed using a rope.
- Above high Camp, slippery iced or snowed stones awaits you which is too risky.
- The 45-degree snow wall climbing before you reach the summit
Experiences and Physical Condition for Lobuche Climbing
Climbing Lobuche does not compulsorily demand previous climbing experiences – but having one is a bonus. You need to prepare your body to walk over rugged hills and tough mountain walks. For that, you will need pre-ice climbing training. The training includes:
- Walking / jogging 10-12 km per day for 2-3 months before the climb
- Learn to use the climbing equipment like a harness, ropes, ice pick, and crampons.
- Attend few pre-climbing sessions before you head for the actual ascent to the summit.
- Swimming and cycling a few months in advance is of great help
Best Time for Lobuche Peak Climbing
Like all other mountain submits, Spring (April- May) and Autumn (Sep- Nov) are the best time for Lobuche Peak Climbing.
During these months, the days are dry and you can experience the most stable and favorable weather conditions.
Climbing during choosing the snowy winter is just like adding risks to your climb. Also, the summer which chances of higher precipitation is also not suggested.
The day might be sunny, but early mornings and late afternoon are never too warm in the Himalayas. So, you will need warm gear at any time of the year.
In Autumn the average temperature remains around – 5-degree Celsius which is around – 2-degree Celsius in Spring. But winter with around -9-degree Celsius is freezing whereas in summer the temperature is around 5-degree Celsius.
There are many choices of teahouse during lower altitudes trekking. But the number and the facility degrade with your ascent. And after you climb from the base camp, your accommodation will be camping in tents. The warm sleeping bags along with foam mattresses are your real savior.
Up to the base camp, you will have many options for food which is served by the tea houses. You can enjoy typical Nepali food or the local foods of the different ethnic groups of Himalayas. After ascending from the base camp you can have the food in the teahouses where you are staying.
Lobuche Peak Climbing is a difficult yet exciting adventure in the Everest region. So be extra careful and get prepared for all types of technical difficulties and geographical challenges.
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