Peak(s):  Lobuche East Peak - 20,075 feet
Date Posted:  06/20/2012
Modified:  09/27/2015
Date Climbed:   05/28/2012
Author:  Taillon75
 Nepal climbing for amateurs....  

Just got back from Nepal. Completed the Yak Highway also known as the Everest Base Camp Trek. Great trip with amazing scenery. Also able to add in a quick detour to climb Lobuche East. Great opportunity to get to 20,000 ft on the cheap without going broke. Considered a trekking peak it is a quick snow climb without an expensive permit.
After a week of trekking and acclimatizing me and my guide hiked up into a high camp at around 18,000 ft. from the village of Lobuche. It only took a couple hours and resembled a rocky unmaintained 14er. We set up some tents on a small rocky plateau and waited for the clouds to break. The next morning we woke at 2am and set out around 3am with head lamps. After a couple hours of mixed rock, ice and snow climbing we hit the glacier as the sun came up. It was crazy how little oxygen there was even at this altitude. We made our way through the glacier maze and hit the base of the steep snow climb. It was a little steeper than I thought. Well over 45 degrees. I had a great Sherpa Guide (3 Everest Summits) who climbed lead. After a couple more hours I crawled onto the summit around 10am with an amazing view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablam. Took some pictures and chowed down on some apples and mars bars before descending. Made it down to camp as the clouds rolled in. Broke down the tents and headed back to Lobuche for some hot tea and some grub.

Link to Picasa Photo Album. Hope you like Yaks?

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

06/20/2012 15:38
I would love to do this sometime. Seems like it would be ”in reach” for many folks on this site and be very rewarding. The only downside is everyone would be asking you ”what, you didn't climb Everest?”. But, that would just be ignorance talking. Looks like it was very worthwhile to have a guide with you.


Beautiful Photos
06/20/2012 16:11
It's a crime you only included 11 of them. Looks like an incredible experience. Thanks for sharing!


07/17/2012 13:18
Thank you for sharing. I agree, would enjoy more photo's of your adventure! Cheers.


Link to my trip pics.
06/20/2012 17:39
This is the entire trek and climb. Sorry for the numerous random pics of Yaks and bathrooms. Im too lazy to edit.


More Please
06/20/2012 18:06
Thanks for adding the link to the photos. AWESOME. Any chance you will write anything more on this trip itself? I have so many questions I dont even know where to begin.


Way cool man.
06/20/2012 22:23
Your photos make me want to go back and see how much has change in the last decade. Really cool trip.


06/20/2012 23:04
Well now they have solar powered cell towers and spotty satellite WiFi..... For a fee of course.

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