Climb Island Peak with Berg Adventures – Trip Description
Berg Adventures offers a climb of Lobuche Peak as an extension to our Everest Base Camp trek. Stand atop the glaciated peak of Lobuche at 20,076ft/6119m for a uniquely rewarding 360 degree view of the Himalayas. From the stunning base camp site to the snowy summit ridge, Lobuche will keep you both physically challenged and visually delighted. Offering spectacular views from the summit of famed peaks such as Ama Dablam, Makalu, Nuptse, Pumori and, of course, Everest, the Lobuche climb is perfect for adventure travelers looking to gain climbing experience in the Himalayas.
Your adventure begins with a trek to Everest Base Camp and climb of Kala Patar with our regularly scheduled Everest Base Camp Trek. You will arrive in the bustling city of Kathmandu, tour the city’s many religious and historic sites and browse the outdoor stores for any last minute climbing gear needs. From there you fly to the village of Lukla – the gateway to Everest’s Khumbu Valley. The quiet and slow-paced life of the Khumbu will feel like a different world, especially in comparison to the hectic city life of Kathmandu. There are no road and no cars in the Khumbu – just trails, yaks and your own two feet.
After a visit to Everest Base Camp and a climb of Kala Patar, you will continue on to Lobuche Base Camp where your climb begins. We will establish our high camp near a hidden lake in a rocky hollow along the southwest face near 18,212ft/5,551m.
Lobuche Peak is an alpine climb of moderate difficulty. You should have some experience walking with an ice axe, using crampons and doing self-arrests. Summit day will require a pre-dawn “alpine start” and your team will need to move efficiently on fixed lines. Your guides will review the necessary skills with you, but it is essential that you are familiar with the use of your climbing equipment before the trip.
Your adventure on Lobuche will be cybercast to the Internet via satellite phone. Daily dispatches will be posted on BergAdventures.com. These dispatches will not be a forum for personal messages, but will be a great way for your group to share stories and photographs of your adventures while “on the scene”. In the past, our cybercasts have been used by family, friends and supporters to track the progress of our groups, by classrooms to learn about the wild places we visit, and by local newspapers to report stories of interest. Check our Cybercast Archives for details from past expeditions.
Kathmandu and Trip Extensions
Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu is vibrant with history and culture making it an exciting trip destination on its own. With every Berg Adventures trip to Nepal, we spend a few days in Kathmandu, but there is always more to see and do. If you are interested in extending your trip to give you more time to explore this colorful city, we are happy to help you make arrangements. Read our article “Things to Do in Kathmandu” to learn more.
Those with extra time to spare should consider trip extensions to Tibet, Bhutan or other regions of Nepal. Check out these trips: Seven Days in Tibet and Trekking in Bhutan, or contact our office for alternate regions of Nepal and customized itineraries.