Lobuche & Island Peak Climbing
Duration : 28 days
Difficulty : Medium
Max Altitude : 6189m
Accomodation : Hotel & Camping
Start Date : 17th Sep/8th Oct 2023
Price per Person: 4285€
Its ascent takes us to the heart of the Himalayas, as close as possible to the highest peaks on the planet. In Sherpa Country, all the myths of the Himalayas are present in a postcard setting.
Yaks and mani walls, banners flapping in the wind, llamas muttering mantras, hordes of breathless tourists and the most beautiful mountain in the world
If you want to discover Nepal and Sagarmatha, make a big trek but also climb your first Himalayan summit, immerse yourself in Sherpa and Buddhist culture, this small Lobuche Peak is a godsend.
It offers a loop route that begins with a trek to Gokyo, makes a detour to the top of Gokyo Ri then crosses the Cho La pass to allow us to perfect our acclimatization. Before joining our altitude camp, near a small, well-hidden lake.
The altitude is important without being extreme and the difficulty of the ascent is very affordable (PD in snow). We just need to be comfortable on the crampons and learn to use our ropes well.
The Lobuche is intended for hikers with a little experience of mountaineering or for mountaineers wishing to make their first ascent at high altitude.
The Nepalese team of Himalayan Travelers will be very close to us and particularly attentive because it is for our friends mountain guides also a technical training course Learning by Doing (The third part of “To be guide…?”).
And especially with the Island Peak extension …
It is also a project in two parts , with first the ascent of Lobuche in 3 weeks, then for those who wish to continue their discovery of Khumbu, one more week to climb Island Peak , but by “fair means », In an alpine rope and without a fixed rope with one of the Himalayan Travelers guides.
I will devote myself exclusively to the ascent of Lobuche and Deepen will be my assistant for this first part and then the leader of the Island Peak expedition.
The progression style.
It is a continuous progression with maybe 1 altitude camps on the ridge.
We will always progress roped, in ropes of two people, some will evolve in autonomy and the roped parties can be Franco-Nepalese.
For the Lobuche there will definitely be some fixed ropes in place, but we’ll try not to overuse them. Not easy…
For Island Peak, almost all groups use the fixed ropes in place (and pay a fee for it). will we be able to do differently? In any case, we will take the necessary equipment (two technical ice axes, pins and a rappelling rope).
The management team.
We’ve been climbing together for a very long time.
And you will find them in the last reports, as for the Himlung… (Link but franch) in the fall of 2015 , in the spring of 2016 and for the Traversée de l’Himlung in 2017. But also for internal training at the Himalayan Travelers agency such as the most recent at the Loha Pass. And for over 10 years, we explored Mustang together. It is therefore a well-established and stable team.
And with Bishal, I have been traveling Nepal with him since the fall of 2002!