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Everest View Glacier School on Lobuche Peak | Summitclimb

  • Everest Glacier School Summit of Lobuche East. Photo - Martina
  • Everest Glacier School Our team climbing a glacier with AmaDablam in the background. Photo – Dan Mazur
  • Everest Glacier School AngSangay Sherpa just below the summit of Lobuche East. Photo – Dan Mazur
  • Everest Glacier School Working with climbing equipment on the glacier. Photo - Deha
  • Everest Glacier School Instructor demonstrating ice climbing technique. Photo - Deha
  • Everest Glacier School Climbers roped together for glacier travel. Photo - Martina
  • Everest Glacier School Ascending a fixed rope. Photo - Dan
  • Everest Glacier School Crampon point on Lobuche East. Photo - Martina
  • Everest Glacier School Team members on the Cho La glacier. Photo – Valerie Hovand
  • Everest Glacier School Members climbing Loboche East. Photo - Max
  • Everest Glacier School Approaching base camp. Photo - Max
  • Everest Glacier School Team members taking a break during the trek to Loboche East. Photo - Max
  • Everest Glacier School Yaks crossing a bridge. Photo - Max
  • Everest Glacier School Members taking a break before climbing. Photo - Max
  • Everest Glacier School Members working with ropes. Photo - Max
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  • Learn high altitude mountain skills and climb a 6000 meter / 19,500 foot peak with great views of Everest.

  • Full Service Cost: $3,450 £2,650 €3,050. Five day option: $1850 . 4 day extension to Everest Basecamp: $750.

  • 2020 Dates: 1 to 18 November 2020. 18 days in Nepal.

  • 2021 Dates: 6 to 23 April, 20 April to 7 May, or 1 to 18 November 2021. 18 days in Nepal . (Call for flexible dates in April - May or October - November)

  • 5 day option 2020: 9 to 13 November 2020

  • 5 day option 2021: 14 to 18 April, 28 April to 2 May or 9 to 13 November 2021

  • Awarded 25 Best New Trips by the editors of National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine.

 
Our Everest-View Glacier School is one of the best ways to learn the fundamentals of glacier travel with ice-axe and crampons, while gaining high altitude experience in the spectacular grandeur of the Khumbu Himalaya. We will teach you everything you need to know to make a summit attempt onLobuche East (6119 meters/20,075 feet). It is a beautiful place to learn, practice your skills, and to take an up-close look at the high peaks of the Himalaya, including Everest, the famous south face of Lhotse , Makalu and the north side of AmaDablam .
 
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Lobuche Peak - Nepal Everest View Glacier School Cost

Our full-service expedition includes:

  • British, European, or American leader
  • Expert climbing Sherpa
  • Transport to base camp to/from Kathmandu, including accommodation
  • Transport of all equipment to and from basecamp
  • Skillful base camp cooks
  • Three meals each day
  • Group emergency equipment and satellite phone
  • Private tents in basecamp (no sharing)
  • Full base camp with dinning tent, showers, bathroom, and solar charger
  • Double occupancy tents above base camp
  • All permit fees and liaison officers
  • Use of group gear and supplies
  • Two nights stay in a Kathmandu hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.
  • Airport transfer


What is not included?

  • International flights to/from Kathmandu
  • Mountain climbing rescue and travel insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment and clothing
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Nepalese visa


Five-Day Option:
We offer a five day trip for those members that wish to meet our team on day 9 of the itinerary in Dzongla and arrange their own trek before and after the 5 days of glacier travel. All of the services provided to our full-service members will be offered to members who wish to only do the 5 day program. This may be a great option for those who are participating in other treks/climbs in the region.

Lobuche East - Everest View Glacier School Itinerary

1) Arrive at Kathmandu

2) Orientation in Kathmandu

3) Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding

4) Trek to NamcheBazaar

5) Rest in NamcheBazaar. Acclimatization walk to Everest view hotel

6) Trek to Pangboche

7) Trek to Dingboche

8) Rest in Dingboche.

9) Trek to Dzhongla (Optional Rock Climbing Training)

10) Walk to Cho La pass. Snow and ice training

11) Walk to Lobuche high camp.

12) Climb Lobuche, return to Lobuche high camp

13) Walk to Pangboche,

14) Walk to Namche Bazaar

15) Walk to Lukla.

16) Return flight to Kathmandu

17) Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu.

18) Flight Home.

Optional Everest Basecamp Trek Extension: On day 12 of the itinerary you will branch off from the main group heading back to Kathmandu and trek to Everest basecamp. Please add an extra 4 days into your travel plans if you wish to do this.

1) Trek from Lobuche high camp to GorakShep


2) Trek from GorakShep to the top of Kala-Pattar, return to GorakShep for the evening

3) Walk to Everest basecamp, then trek to Pangboche.

4) Continue back to Kathmandu following day 13 of the normal itinerary

Lobuche East - Everest View Glacier School Leadership

Leadership: Dan Mazur is a relaxed, friendly, well organized, and highly skilled professional with over 20 years of experience leading people to the summits of Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Manaslu, Shishapangma, Baruntse, and Lobuche East

Sherpas: We employ some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff has supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.

Lobuche - Everest View Glacier School Experience & Training

Extensive experience is not required for climbing Lobuche East. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness. You may attempt this climb as a novice and we will teach you what you need to know. No further experience is required.

To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter walker/climber and be in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Lobuche - Everest View Glacier School-Personal & Team Equipment

Climbing:

  • Climbing harness
  • 5 meters (16 ft.) of 6mm accessory cord
  • Figure 8 abseil/belay device (tube style devices, i.e. ATC will not work on fixed lines)
  • Full size ascender (i.e. PetzlAscention)
  • 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small
  • 4 non-locking carabiners
  • Ice axe with leash
  • Steel crampons with anti-balling plates
  • Trekking poles
  • Abseiling/Rappelling Gloves

Upper Body:

  • 2 cotton t-shirts
  • 2 synthetic t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts
  • Light-weight soft shell jacket
  • Medium weight insulatingjacket (fleece, down, or synthetic)
  • Hard shell jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy down coat

    • For 6,000m peaks a very warm down coat with hood or an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 7,000m peaks an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 8,000m peaks an 8,000m down coat with hood or an 8,000m suit can be used instead

Hands:

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • Mid-weight soft shell gloves – water/wind resistant
  • Heavy- weight waterproof gloves – Gore-tex shell with removable liner
  • Expedition weight mittens -Gore-tex over mitt matched polar fleece mitt liner

Head:

  • Helmet
  • Warm hat that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Face mask
  • Baseball hat or brimmed sun hat
  • Glacier sunglasses with side shields
  • Ski goggles with light and dark lenses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Buff/neck gaiter
  • Bandana or head scarf (optional)

Lower Body:

  • Synthetic underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms
  • Medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Polar fleece or soft shell pants
  • Waterproof/breathable pants with full side zips (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy insulating pants

    • For 6,000m peaks: Down or synthetic pants will full zips
    • For 7,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants or a 8,000m suit can be used instead

Feet:

  • Boots

    • For 6,000m peaks: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc) Modern waterproof, single boots designed for 4-5,000m peaks may be suitable if they can be worn with 2 pairs of socks and vapor barrier lines and/or they are equipped with overboots
    • For 7,000m: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc)
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m boots - One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent

  • Sturdy leather walking boots
  • Trainers, running shoes and/or sandals
  • Down booties (optional)
  • 3 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • 2 pair poly or wool liner socks (optional)
  • Vapor barrier liner socks (optional)
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks
  • Cotton socks for in town

Sleeping:

  • Down sleeping bag

    • For 6,000m peaks: -18C or 0F
    • For 7,000m peaks:-23C or -10F (If you sleep cold consider -29C or -20F)
    • For 8,000m peaks: -29C or -20F (If you sleep cold consider -40C or -40F)

  • An additional down sleeping bag for basecamp for the following climbs: Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I and II, Spantik, K2/Broad Peak Everest training climb. For Mastagata a second sleeping bag is optional, but highly recommended.

    • Down base camp sleeping bag should be rated to -10C or 15F (If you sleep cold consider -18C or 0F)

  • 2 closed cell foam kari-mats (sleeping pads) for use in basecamp and high altitude (these can be purchased inexpensively in Kathmandu)
  • High quality inflatable sleeping pad designed for cold weather (Thermarest)
  • Patch kit for inflatable pad

Rucksack and Travel Bags:

  • Medium rucksack/backpack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used as carry-on bag)
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional)
  • 2 large (120+ L / 7500+ cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment
  • Small luggage locks for duffel kit bags

Personal Hygiene:

  • Female or male hygiene supplies
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream
  • Large tube skin sun cream (min factor 30)
  • Anti-mosquito cream
  • Toothpaste/brush
  • Hand sanitizer gel (small-medium bottle)
  • Bar of soap small towel
  • Hand wipes

Medical:

  • Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc.
  • Blister repair kit
  • 10 anti-diarrhea pills
  • 20 anti-headache pills
  • 10 cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide (optional)
  • 10 Stomach antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • 5 Azithomycine tables
  • Steri pen or bottle of water purification tablets
  • Cough sweets/lozenges (Halls/Stepils)
  • Earplugs
  • Extra prescription glasses/contact lenses and supplies

Personal Food:

  • Snack food/daily energy food

    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam, Baruntse: 2-4kg (4.5-9lbs)
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manasu: 2-5kg (4.5-11lbs)
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 3-6kg (6.5-13lbs)
    • Lobuche Peak: 2-3 kilos/4-6 pounds personal snack food

  • Dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for summit attempt

    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam: 2 meals
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manasu, Baruntse: 3 meals
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 5 meals
Practical:

  • Small roll of repair tape
  • Sewing repair kit
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Small box matches
  • Compass or GPS
  • Battery powered alarm clock/watch
  • Camera with extra cards and extra batteries
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene
  • Pee bottle (1litre or larger)
  • Plastic cup and spoon
  • Small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary
  • Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or euros cash
  • Bank/ATM/Cash and credit cards
  • Bathing suit/swim suit (you never know)
  • Paperback books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, musical instruments, extra batteries, etc.
  • Travel clothes for basecamp and in town
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Small solar panels for personal electronics (optional)


Group Equipment:

We provide group gear, equipment, and supplies including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection, tents; stoves, fuel, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. A personal tent will be provided for each member at base camp. On the upper mountain, team members will share tents. In base camp, a shower, toilet, solar charger, and a dining tent will be provided

Everest View Glacier School-International Members Application

Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.


In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the Lobuche Peak trip begins:

  • Completed Payment
  • Oxygen order (if any)
  • Sherpa order (if any)
  • Trip Registration form
  • 1 Passport sized photo
  • A scan of your passport identification pages
  • Complete flight itinerary
  • Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance. We strongly recommend Global Rescue, with at least $50,000 worth of helicopter rescue insurance.
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Lobuche - Everest View Glacier School-Questions

SummitTrek and SummitClimb Everest Glacier School and Lobuche Peak Reviews, Testimonials, Complaints, and Comments

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Here is what Tony says: I am totally positive about the trip. Well paced, good leadership. Nice flexible approach. All worked well for me and I would be happy to recommend it to anyone thinking of going. Regards, Tony

Here is what Travis says:
It was/is a great time!


I had a wonderful time and wonderful trip. Enough can't be said about how nice it is to just basically show up and have most things handled for you. Everything from the hotels to the airport pickup and other logistics. It really makes this trip easy to do with minimal planning at a pretty affordable price. I even got to meet the Sherpa that brought me back to Lukla from Mera Peak during my last trip there in November 2015. Such a small world, it's nice to have those connections. Thanks, Travis


Here is what Marjo and Mika say:


We are now back home and would like to thank you and your Company for the great trip we had to Lobuche East. Special thanks to your professional, kind and helpful sherpas. They all were so strong and we had a really good group together with Matt from UK!! Everything was very well organized, they took good care of us, we saw beautiful sherpa villages and enjoyed wonderful scenery. And finally the climb went very well and we all summeted!

Thank you also for your kindnes during our stay in Kathmandu, it was nice to meet your family. Your hotel manager was also very helpful drawing maps for us to find sights from the city and he even drove us to the airport.

Our friend, Linda from US sent just an email that she is going to climb with you to Mount Rainier! So great! And also our friend, Tanya from Australia, who could not come now because of leg operation, is going to join Lobuche team in spring season.

Greetings from Finland, Marjo and Mika

 
Panoramic view from summit of Lobuche Peak. Photo Matt.
 
 
Members and Sherpa at the summit of Lobuche, background view Everest. Member reaching Summit with the help of fix rope. Photo Matt.

Here is what Grace Says:

I credit a childhood full of National Geographic magazines for my fascination with Mt. Everest and thirst for "off the beaten path"
adventures.  So, naturally, when the venerable magazine called out Summit Climb's Everest View Glacier School as "one of the best adventure travel trips", I knew it was the trip to get an adventurous but entirely inexperienced aspiring climber, like myself, up a mountain and then on to Everest Base Camp. If you have even the slightest thirst for adventure and challenge and you find yourself trekking through the Himalayas, you will ask yourself what it would be like to climb one of those beautiful peaks. Summit Climb's Everest View Glacier School is the way to make sure you answer that question.

I had a blast - so much fun that I've been planning my next trip with Summit Climb since I came home. What better review can I give than becoming a repeat customer? There is no shortage of adventure companies offering well organized and safe climbing opportunities in Nepal with experienced leaders; however, it's the extra little things that make a trip like this special.

Going with Summit Climb meant that I got free, unexpected, impromptu, laid back, really local walking tours through the winding and confusing streets of Kathmandu.  It meant an unbelievable array of companions in Kathmandu, at tea houses and along the trail because the leaders are very inclusive and like to bring together all of their clients and guides - especially for dinners on the initial days in Kathmandu. As a result, it was easy for me, a solo traveller, to make friends and mix with all types of climbers, from the novices on their way to climb their first peak, to the intermediate on their way to a more challenging peak, to experienced local and foreign guides, who have made mountain climbing their life's work and stood on the summits of peaks a beginner can only dream of. Maybe it's the nature of those who climb, or perhaps it's a reflection of the type of people who join a Summit Climb trip, but everyone was friendly, approachable and supportive of each other's ambitions and experience (or lack thereof).  Summit Climb gets huge marks for creating such a welcoming, positive and engaging environment for a first-timer. They also do a great job picking their local guides for the glacier school.  Even before I left Kathmandu, a Summit Climb repeat customer was raving about how lucky the glacier school group is to have thi leader as their guide and instructor and he was right.

The leader had all of the qualities a beginner climber would look for in a guide and instructor for their first trip to Nepal; he is a friendly, patient, approachable, supportive and professional guide who will make you feel safe at all times and make sure you are feeling healthy and having fun as well. He genuinely cares about everyone on his team and is committed to making sure you not only succeed, but truly enjoy your first Himalayan climbing experience. Most importantly he has a deep connection to Nepal, the mountains and the people; which led to many unexpected, warm and informal experiences with the locals along the way. I joined Summit Climb as just another client and there's a real skill to making people feel like they're not just another client.  In Nepal, the Summit Climb family always made me feel and took care of me like I was a friend and because of that I would encourage anyone who wants to learn to climb in the Himalayas with a relaxed, inclusive, friendly and supportive group to go with Summit Climb's Everest Glacier View School."

Grace

By the way, I've been following you hospital and school trek updates. Sounds like the group is doing lots of great work and enjoying themselves. Congrats.

Grace
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A view of the snow summit on Lobuche East. Photo Valerie Hovland. Team member and sherpa on the summit of Lobuche.Photo Valerie Hovland

Here is what Dennis N Says:
 
Just returned to Utah from the Everest View Glacier School. It was quite an experience of which I will never forget.  The views of the Himalayan Peaks were stunning and the people I met were awesome.  You have a great leadership and sherpa team assembled.  I enjoyed my time with each one of them and found them to be professional and well suited for their professions.  The porters and cooks were quite impressive as well.  Thank you for such a wonderful experience.

 

Setting off for Cho La basecamp the morning after a big snowstorm in Dzongla (Dan Mazur). Team practicing roped glacier travel on the Cho La glacier (Dan Mazur).

Here is what John Says:

We had a wonderful adventure and couldn't have wished for more.  I especially want to let you know what a superb leader our guide was.  He was the consummate professional, taking care of our every need and his patience with all the personalities was remarkable.  The entire staff was great and made the trip care free.  Thanks again for working with our group to make the trip fit our schedule.  I will never be the same after spending 4 weeks in Nepal and the high alpine, I look forward to my next adventure.

Regards,
John
 
PS I have some wonderful pictures and video of the trek/climb that I will send to you on DVD soon.
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At the summit with Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, and more - 6119m (Sean McLane). On Summit of Mount Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever). View of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse, and the Khumbu Glacier from the Summit of Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever). View from the summit of Lobuche East (Max Kausch).   Approaching to summit of Mount Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever).
 
Everest Glacier School  with you guys from Summitclimb was a great experience !
 
Everest Glacier School was something I will recommend to others and -who knows -may be some of my family will join you in the future
 
I didn't really know,what to expect from this trip (completely new territory for me) and how I would do on the mountain (factors like altitude and conditioning )
 
I am really glad I did it and I still feel the "mental buoyancy " from the experience
 
To meet and climb with the leader in person was definitely THE highlight. I had seen and listened to him before at  Vancouver Mountain Film Festival and knew about him and other climbers rescuing  Lincoln Hall on Everest . For me safety  is a huge concern and I thought ,that I could trust him 100% with that and i wasn't wrong ! The tempo was very relaxed and I think most mistakes  happen,when people are rushing too much and get physically and mentally exhausted . I must say,that I did feel itchy in the beginning to get going faster though .
 
It also allows for a "group feeeling " to evolve . So many participants have given positive feedback . The whole climb seemed to be accomplished rather by the group than by each individual team member.
 
If you remember : I was a bit concerned about my sinus - headache and the night before the climb I wondered , if it would work for me to continue the climb. But I thought ,that worst case scenario I would have to abandon the climb on route and felt comfortable after talking about it  to you and you reassuring me,that I should be fine . Plus I did have helicopter rescue insurance in the worst of cases.
 
It  felt great ,when we finally got started on Monday evening. I have never camped on a glacier before and it was a unique experience . The self arrest practice was fun and hopefully I never need it in a "real" situation .
 
The hike to high camp was a pretty hard hike, but with taking it one step at a time and the breaks in between it was fine .
 
On the climb to the summit, the leader stopped ,when we asked for breaks - no problemo . Tempo was very comfortable and sustainable for hours . And we made it all the way to the top !
 
I found this while surfing on the net ,which sums up ,what I think about how to approach a climb :
 
Tip #10: It is just a mountain:  Ever try to hit a golf ball or ski a steep ski run when you are stressed out versus relaxed?  Go into the climb knowing that your summit is not going to change the history of climbing, and that when push comes to shove you are those close to you are really the only ones who care about your experience.  Get hurt or killed and you will have a big impact on the world around you.  If you are relaxed, happy, and not too attached to getting into "summit or plummet" mode and you will oddly have a much better chance of summiting.  There is no worse fate than being in the mountains with someone who hates climbing and is simply there to tick off the top.  Enjoy the ride, get as high as you can, realize that it is only important to you personally, and be kind to others and you will more than likely get lucky.

 

Sean McLane nearly on the summit of Lobuche Peak. (Sjoerd Wever). Training on a beautiful day on the Chola Pass with Mount Ama Dablam and Cholatse behind (Sjoerd Wever).
 
If you would like to contact our previous members, please send an email to info@summitclimb.com
 
We take our member's feedback and testimonials seriously. These help us to refine and make our trekking a successful, safe, and enjoyable experience for our future teams. 

What our clients say?

  • Here is what Mark from Australia says:

    "I was very pleased with the trip and have no complaints. The staff and leader were excellent and we had a good team."

  • Here is what Dennis from Utah says:

    "It was quite an experience of which I will never forget. The views of the Himalayan Peaks were stunning and the people I met were awesome. You have a great team of guides and staff assembled and I enjoyed my time with each one of them and found them to be professional and well suited for the trip. The porters and cooks were quite impressive as well. Thank you for a wonderful, life fulfilling dream come true. Your program is awesome and I have told several people already of the quality of Summit Climb."