About the mountain
Lobuche East is a ‘trekking peak’ standing at 6,119m (20,075ft) lying close to the Khumbu Glacier and the settlement of Lobuche. There are two main peaks, Lobuche Far East and Lobuche East (not to be mistaken with Lobuche West which is a totally separate mountain further west)
The first recorded ascent of Lobuche East was made by Laurence Nielson and Sherpa Ang Gyalzen on April 25th, 1984.
Climbing the mountain
In order to reach the top of this peak, we will be using the traditional trekking infrastructure into the Everest basecamp.
The major attractions on our way to the basecamp are the famous Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, the Tengboche monastery (the cultural/religious centre for the Sherpa people of the Everest region), Pangboche (the oldest and permanently settled highest of all the Sherpa villages) and Dingboche (the highest place in the world for barley cultivation).
The last two villages before we reach basecamp are Lobuche and Gorak Shep, however we are aware that both of these villages are very busy and the lodges are often over crowded meaning long waits for meals and so on. Therefore members will use our Himex Lobuche Peak basecamp, and as we have made our Everest basecamp lower than the traditional camp, we will use this instead of staying in Gorak Shep. This will make for a much more enjoyable experience, avoiding the crowds in these villages and making use of the well-established Himex facilities at these camps.
From basecamp at 4,910m, we will ascend a scree slope to reach the West Ridge where camp 1 is situated, at 5,600m, where we will spend one night. An early start the following morning will see us following the route up a steep snow slope that will have fixed ropes then onto the final ridge which is often broken by crevasses. The descent is the same route in reverse, arriving at basecamp on the same day.