Everest Lobuche East Peak - Autumn

Everest Lobuche East Peak - Autumn

Everest Lobuche East Peak - Autumn

Hard
18 Days 17 Nights
  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Region:
    Everest
  • Type:
    Trek
  • Max. Altitude:
    6145m
  • Activity:
    Trekking Peaks
  • Group size:
    4-12 people
  • Accomodation:
    Hotel, Lodge
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  • Lobuche has two peaks the East and West and is considered as one of the most technical peaks although it lies at the elevation of 6119m and 6145m. Situated just above Lobuche, Lobuche Peak provides spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many other famous peaks. The peak has two summits, East and West. To acclimatise, the this trip to Lobuche will also take you Kalapattar which is one of the famous trekking destination in Nepal.

    Trip Highlights

    • Summit one of the most technical peaks in Nepal
    • The trip takes you to Kala Patthar which is one of the most famous trek sites in Nepal
    • - Panoramic views of Everest, Nutpse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku

    What is included

    • Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfer
    • 3 Nights hotel Kathmandu in Mulberry  on BB Twin Room
    • 1 day camping Services with food & Tent at High Camp
    • 1 night YMH Lodge on FB Twin Room
    • 12 nights food & accommodation in Local Lodge on FB Twin Room
    • Flight: Ktm- Lukla-Ktm with airport tax
    • Lobuche East  Peak Permit Fee
    • National Park & TIMS Permit Fee
    • Climbing equipment; Rope/Ice crew/snow bar/ carabiners
    • High Camp Food & Camping equipment
    • 04/06 Pax 1 Climbing Sherpa Sirdar + 1 Climbing Sherpa
    • 07/09 Pax 1 Climbing Sherpa Sirdar + 2 Climbing Sherpa
    • 11/12 Pax 1 Climbing Sherpa Sirdar+  3 Climbing Sherpa
    • 1 porter-every two members
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages food and equipment
    • Farewell Dinner in KTM

    What is not included

    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Nepal Visa fee US$ 40 per person
    • Alcoholic Beverages, Telephone & Laundry
    • Any personal nature expenses.
    • Emergency Evacuation if required
    • Tips for Staffs
  • Detailed Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel

      Meals: BB
      Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
      Meals: BB
    • Day 2

      Flight: KTM-Lukla, trek 1 Phakding (2610m)

      Meals: FB
      Flight: KTM-Lukla, trek 1 Phakding (2610m)
      Meals: FB
    • Day 3

      Trek 2 Namche (3440m)

      Meals: FB
      Trek 2 Namche (3440m)
      Meals: FB
    • Day 4

      Trek 3 Namche Excursion

      Meals: FB
      Trek 3 Namche Excursion
      Meals: FB
    • Day 5

      Trek 4 Thame (3820m)

      Meals: FB
      Trek 4 Thame (3820m)
      Meals: FB
    • Day 6

      Trek 5 Thame - visit Samdur Peak (5361m)

      Meals: FB
      Trek 5 Thame - visit Samdur Peak (5361m)
      Meals: FB
    • Day 7

      Trek 6 Lunghden (4380m)

      Meals: FB
      Trek 6 Lunghden (4380m)
      Meals: FB
    • Day 8

      Trek 7 Cross Renjo pass (5360m) Gokyo (4790m)

      Meals: FB
      Trek 7 Cross Renjo pass (5360m) Gokyo (4790m)
      Meals: FB
    • Day 9

      Trek 8 Drangang (4700m)

      Meals: FB
      Trek 8 Drangang (4700m)
      Meals: FB
    • Day 10

      Trek 9 Cross Chola Pass (5368m) - Dzongla (4830m)

      Meals: FB
      Trek 9 Cross Chola Pass (5368m) - Dzongla (4830m)
      Meals: FB
    • Day 11

      Trek 10 Lobuche (4910m)

      Meals: FB
      Trek 10 Lobuche (4910m)
      Meals: FB
    • Day 12

      Trek 10 High Camp (5400m)

      Meals: FB
      Trek 10 High Camp (5400m)
      Meals: FB
    • Day 13

      Trek 11 Summit Lobuche peak(6119m) - Deboche (3820m)

      Meals: FB
      Trek 11 Summit Lobuche peak(6119m) - Deboche (3820m)
      Meals: FB
    • Day 14

      Trek 12 Monjo (2835m)

      Meals: FB
      Trek 12 Monjo (2835m)
      Meals: FB
    • Day 15

      Trek 13 Lukla (2840m)

      Meals: FB
      Trek 13 Lukla (2840m)
      Meals: FB
    • Day 16

      Flight: Lukla-Ktm transfer to hotel

      Meals: BB
      Flight: Lukla-Ktm transfer to hotel
      Meals: BB
    • Day 17

      Kathmandu free day, hotel

      Meals: BB
      Kathmandu free day, hotel
      Meals: BB
    • Day 18

      Departure from Kathmandu

      Departure from Kathmandu
  • Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the teahouses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    More Info

    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high.

    Equipment Checklist

    Body Wear

    • Down Suit- Recommended Absolute Zero Oversuit by Mountain Hardwear, or Ulvetanna Suit by Berghaus, or The Himalayan Suit by The North Face, or the Expedition Suit by Rab.
    • Waterproof Jacket and Over trousers that goes over your alpine boot
    • Balaclava- Recommended The North Face A3543 Unisex Wool Balaclava or similar covering nose and face
    • Fleece or woolen hat
    • Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Buff Scarf / thin face mask
    • Long sleeve Thermal shirt and Trousers- Recommended anti-sweat
    • Anti-sweat T-shirt
    • Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore Tex pant, Patagonia, or The North Face, or Mountain Hardwear
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie
    • Hiking pant
    • Ultra-Soft Running/Hiking Socks (2 pair - new)
    • Smartwool Mountaineering Socks (2 pair - new)
    • Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
    • Alpine bootRecommended La Sportiva Men's Nepal EVO GTX Boot or similar
    • Mountaineering bootRecommended La Sportiva Olympus Mons Evo or Millet Everest GTX
    • Trekking boots
    • Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper

    Hand wear

    • Liner gloves- thin and warm
    • Down mitts- Recommended The North Face, or Marmot Expedition mitt, or Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Mittand.
    • Mountain Gloves- Recommended water & wind proof
    • Fleece or woolen thin gloves for trekking

    Other Equipments

    • 55-65 Litre Rucksack- Recommended POD Black Ice, Crux AK47 (extendable) and Crux AK57
    • 30 Litre Rucksack with cover
    • Base Camp Duffel with padlock for climbing equipment’s - XXL
    • Duffel Bag for trekking with padlock for clothing - L
    • 5 season sleeping bag with compression bag- Recommended North Face and Mountain Hardwear
    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15 ºC)
    • 2 X 5 season foam sleeping mat- Recommended 72 x 20 inches (20 x 5 x 5.5 inches folded) and weigh around 14 ounces
    • Swiss Army Knife with multi tools system or leather men
    • 1 liter stainless steel thermos - that works in extreme weather condition
    • Water bottles 1 Litre X 2
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

    Climbing Equipments

    • Climbing helmet- Recommended Black Diamond
    • Ski Googleswith UV protection and anti-fog system
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Snow Googleswith 100% UV protection and anti-fog system
    • Headlamp- Recommended Black Diamond & Petzl
    • Spare batteries- Recommended Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries
    • Classical Alpine ice-axe- Recommended (70-90 cm) Petzl, or Grivel Air Tech, or Black Diamond
    • Crampons that fits Mountaineering and Alpine boots- Recommended Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons

    Washing Kit & Toiletries

    • Waterproof washing kit bag
    • Towel - medium size
    • Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, tooth brush etc.
    • Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Hand wash & sanitizer
    • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
    • Wet tissue

    Harness Set

    • Light weight Harness- Recommended DMM Super Couloir, or Black Diamond Couloir Harness, or Mammut Ophira 3 Side climbing harness
    • Ascender (Jummer)- Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    • Abseiling device- Recommended Black Diamond ATC Guide Bley Device, or Petzl GRIGRI 2 Grey Belay, or Descent Device D14BG
    • Screw gate Carabiners (2 large, 2 small size)- Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    • Bent Gate Carabiners (2 medium size)- Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    • 6 mm rope- Recommended 2 meters UIAA tested
    • 6 mm rope- Recommended 5 meters UIAA tested
    • 1 X tape sling- Recommended 120 cm UIAA tested
    • Dynamic 8.9 mm rope (single rope) - Recommended 2 m UIAA tested

    Optional Items

    • Trekking poles
    • Pulley device
    • Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
    • Shorts
    • Base layer leggings
    • Snow Gaiter
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Pillowcase
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera
    • Repair kit – (egg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • FIXED DEPARTURES

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  • Overview

    Lobuche has two peaks the East and West and is considered as one of the most technical peaks although it lies at the elevation of 6119m and 6145m. Situated just above Lobuche, Lobuche Peak provides spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many other famous peaks. The peak has two summits, East and West. To acclimatise, the this trip to Lobuche will also take you Kalapattar which is one of the famous trekking destination in Nepal.

    Trip Highlights

    • Summit one of the most technical peaks in Nepal
    • The trip takes you to Kala Patthar which is one of the most famous trek sites in Nepal
    • - Panoramic views of Everest, Nutpse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku

    What is included

    • Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfer
    • 3 Nights hotel Kathmandu in Mulberry  on BB Twin Room
    • 1 day camping Services with food & Tent at High Camp
    • 1 night YMH Lodge on FB Twin Room
    • 12 nights food & accommodation in Local Lodge on FB Twin Room
    • Flight: Ktm- Lukla-Ktm with airport tax
    • Lobuche East  Peak Permit Fee
    • National Park & TIMS Permit Fee
    • Climbing equipment; Rope/Ice crew/snow bar/ carabiners
    • High Camp Food & Camping equipment
    • 04/06 Pax 1 Climbing Sherpa Sirdar + 1 Climbing Sherpa
    • 07/09 Pax 1 Climbing Sherpa Sirdar + 2 Climbing Sherpa
    • 11/12 Pax 1 Climbing Sherpa Sirdar+  3 Climbing Sherpa
    • 1 porter-every two members
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages food and equipment
    • Farewell Dinner in KTM

    What is not included

    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Nepal Visa fee US$ 40 per person
    • Alcoholic Beverages, Telephone & Laundry
    • Any personal nature expenses.
    • Emergency Evacuation if required
    • Tips for Staffs
  • Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel

    Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
    Meals: BB

    Day 2 : Flight: KTM-Lukla, trek 1 Phakding (2610m)

    Flight: KTM-Lukla, trek 1 Phakding (2610m)
    Meals: FB

    Day 3 : Trek 2 Namche (3440m)

    Trek 2 Namche (3440m)
    Meals: FB

    Day 4 : Trek 3 Namche Excursion

    Trek 3 Namche Excursion
    Meals: FB

    Day 5 : Trek 4 Thame (3820m)

    Trek 4 Thame (3820m)
    Meals: FB

    Day 6 : Trek 5 Thame - visit Samdur Peak (5361m)

    Trek 5 Thame - visit Samdur Peak (5361m)
    Meals: FB

    Day 7 : Trek 6 Lunghden (4380m)

    Trek 6 Lunghden (4380m)
    Meals: FB

    Day 8 : Trek 7 Cross Renjo pass (5360m) Gokyo (4790m)

    Trek 7 Cross Renjo pass (5360m) Gokyo (4790m)
    Meals: FB

    Day 9 : Trek 8 Drangang (4700m)

    Trek 8 Drangang (4700m)
    Meals: FB

    Day 10 : Trek 9 Cross Chola Pass (5368m) - Dzongla (4830m)

    Trek 9 Cross Chola Pass (5368m) - Dzongla (4830m)
    Meals: FB

    Day 11 : Trek 10 Lobuche (4910m)

    Trek 10 Lobuche (4910m)
    Meals: FB

    Day 12 : Trek 10 High Camp (5400m)

    Trek 10 High Camp (5400m)
    Meals: FB

    Day 13 : Trek 11 Summit Lobuche peak(6119m) - Deboche (3820m)

    Trek 11 Summit Lobuche peak(6119m) - Deboche (3820m)
    Meals: FB

    Day 14 : Trek 12 Monjo (2835m)

    Trek 12 Monjo (2835m)
    Meals: FB

    Day 15 : Trek 13 Lukla (2840m)

    Trek 13 Lukla (2840m)
    Meals: FB

    Day 16 : Flight: Lukla-Ktm transfer to hotel

    Flight: Lukla-Ktm transfer to hotel
    Meals: BB

    Day 17 : Kathmandu free day, hotel

    Kathmandu free day, hotel
    Meals: BB

    Day 18 : Departure from Kathmandu

    Departure from Kathmandu
  • Essential Info

    Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the teahouses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    More Info

    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high.

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    Equipment Checklist

    Body Wear

    • Down Suit- Recommended Absolute Zero Oversuit by Mountain Hardwear, or Ulvetanna Suit by Berghaus, or The Himalayan Suit by The North Face, or the Expedition Suit by Rab.
    • Waterproof Jacket and Over trousers that goes over your alpine boot
    • Balaclava- Recommended The North Face A3543 Unisex Wool Balaclava or similar covering nose and face
    • Fleece or woolen hat
    • Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Buff Scarf / thin face mask
    • Long sleeve Thermal shirt and Trousers- Recommended anti-sweat
    • Anti-sweat T-shirt
    • Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore Tex pant, Patagonia, or The North Face, or Mountain Hardwear
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie
    • Hiking pant
    • Ultra-Soft Running/Hiking Socks (2 pair - new)
    • Smartwool Mountaineering Socks (2 pair - new)
    • Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
    • Alpine bootRecommended La Sportiva Men's Nepal EVO GTX Boot or similar
    • Mountaineering bootRecommended La Sportiva Olympus Mons Evo or Millet Everest GTX
    • Trekking boots
    • Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper

    Hand wear

    • Liner gloves- thin and warm
    • Down mitts- Recommended The North Face, or Marmot Expedition mitt, or Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Mittand.
    • Mountain Gloves- Recommended water & wind proof
    • Fleece or woolen thin gloves for trekking

    Other Equipments

    • 55-65 Litre Rucksack- Recommended POD Black Ice, Crux AK47 (extendable) and Crux AK57
    • 30 Litre Rucksack with cover
    • Base Camp Duffel with padlock for climbing equipment’s - XXL
    • Duffel Bag for trekking with padlock for clothing - L
    • 5 season sleeping bag with compression bag- Recommended North Face and Mountain Hardwear
    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15 ºC)
    • 2 X 5 season foam sleeping mat- Recommended 72 x 20 inches (20 x 5 x 5.5 inches folded) and weigh around 14 ounces
    • Swiss Army Knife with multi tools system or leather men
    • 1 liter stainless steel thermos - that works in extreme weather condition
    • Water bottles 1 Litre X 2
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

    Climbing Equipments

    • Climbing helmet- Recommended Black Diamond
    • Ski Googleswith UV protection and anti-fog system
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Snow Googleswith 100% UV protection and anti-fog system
    • Headlamp- Recommended Black Diamond & Petzl
    • Spare batteries- Recommended Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries
    • Classical Alpine ice-axe- Recommended (70-90 cm) Petzl, or Grivel Air Tech, or Black Diamond
    • Crampons that fits Mountaineering and Alpine boots- Recommended Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons

    Washing Kit & Toiletries

    • Waterproof washing kit bag
    • Towel - medium size
    • Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, tooth brush etc.
    • Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Hand wash & sanitizer
    • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
    • Wet tissue

    Harness Set

    • Light weight Harness- Recommended DMM Super Couloir, or Black Diamond Couloir Harness, or Mammut Ophira 3 Side climbing harness
    • Ascender (Jummer)- Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    • Abseiling device- Recommended Black Diamond ATC Guide Bley Device, or Petzl GRIGRI 2 Grey Belay, or Descent Device D14BG
    • Screw gate Carabiners (2 large, 2 small size)- Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    • Bent Gate Carabiners (2 medium size)- Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    • 6 mm rope- Recommended 2 meters UIAA tested
    • 6 mm rope- Recommended 5 meters UIAA tested
    • 1 X tape sling- Recommended 120 cm UIAA tested
    • Dynamic 8.9 mm rope (single rope) - Recommended 2 m UIAA tested

    Optional Items

    • Trekking poles
    • Pulley device
    • Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
    • Shorts
    • Base layer leggings
    • Snow Gaiter
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Pillowcase
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera
    • Repair kit – (egg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    • 3 NIGHTS KTM HOTEL
    • 1 NIGHT CAMP
    • 12 NIGHTS LOCAL LODGES & 1 NIGHT YMH LODGE

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