Lobuche Peak Climbing
‘Trek and climb on classic Lobuche peak with an awesome adventure of a lifetime experience’
- Grand views of giant snowcapped peaks on walks from the begging to an end
- Visit and tour of ingenious Sherpa traditional old culture of the Buddhist religion
- Exploring colourful Sherpa villages of unique heritage way of life
- From green vegetation and tall alpine tree lines to moraine and glaciers
- Within the World Heritage Site around Sagarmatha National Park
- Amazing views on trek and climb on top Labuche peak
Awesome Nepal Treks presents fascinating, scenic and enjoyable high altitude and classic climb on top Lobuche Peak with visit of Everest Base Camp and high scenic hill on Kalapathar at 5,545 m, leading you with exciting moment within world highest mountains in the backdrop of Sherpa ‘High Landers of Himalayas’ immense culture and traditional villages interwoven with Buddhism religion.
Lobuche Peak trek and climb offers you with awesome views from Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft), Nuptse (7,855m-25,772 ft) and Lho – La or Khumbutse peak (6,036 m – 19,992ft) Mt. Lingtren (6,749 m / 22,142 ft) Changtse ( 7,583 m / 25,230 ft) Mt. Pumori (7,161 m / 25,772 ft) Amadablam ( 6,812 m / 22,480 ft) Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft) Tharmarserku ( 6,623 m / 21, 855 ft) Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft) Kusum Khanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft) holy peak of Khumbi-la (5,761 m / 19,012 ft) and as far towards world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) with Island Peak / Imjatse (6,160 m / 20,328ft) Lobuje Peak (6,119 m / 20,192 ft) Pokhalde ( 5,806 m / 19,159 ft).
A great combination fully loaded adventure where the climb of Lobuche Peak, which is undertaken after much acclimatization and practice with a visit of Everest base camp overlooking notorious Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers, and then a climb of scenic view point at Kalapathar with Everest at its closest. Adventure continues to our main goal and highlights for the climb of Lobuche peak around beautiful Khumbu High valley, surrounded by giant and towering peaks.
Lobuche Peak at 6,189 m and 20,305 ft high with tough grade TD means ‘Technical Difficulty, as per French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification, a straight forward climb to the summit with much technical effort to encounter, where our expert guides will place on the top and bring you back safe and sound after an exciting and adventurous on top of Lobuche peak. After a wonderful and grand time on Lobuche Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trekking a short early morning flight brings you back at Kathmandu with grand services of Awesome Nepal Treks and its guides and staff.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 07 hrs.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 07hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m – 06hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep 5,180 m – 07 hrs.
Day 11: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Lobuche base camp 4,865 m – 07 hrs.
Day 12: Trek and climb to Lobuche High Camp 5,600 m – 03 hrs.
Day 13: Climb Lobuche Peak at 6,119 m and descend to base camp – 09 hrs.
Day 14: Reserve and contingency day in case of unfavorable weather.
Day 15: Trek to Pangboche 3,985 m / 13,074 ft -06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,441m / 11289 ft -06 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla 2,840 m / 9,317 ft – 07 hrs.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 19: In Kathmandu free day with optional sightseeing tour.
Day 20: International departure for homeward bound
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Lobuche Peak Climb and Everest base camp trek, hotels, lodge on route with do and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Lobuche Peak Climb and Everest Base Camp Trekking next early morning.
(other options on tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area also known as Little Tibet)
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.
Mornings, flight to Lukla with views of mountain range including Mt. Everest, after 30 mins of great flight reaching at Lukla with its unique airstrip a gateway Sherpa town to Everest base camp and other adventure destination.
From Lukla walk to Phakding village for overnight stop leading past Sherpa farm villages, a nice and pleasant walk with few short ups overlooking beautiful views along the walk to Phakding village located by Dudh Kosi a glacial River.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 05 hrs.
After a nice morning, walk continues crossing bridges over Dudh Kosi River passing several interesting villages of Toc-Toc, Bhenkar and Monjo arriving at Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate, from here on the river bed for few hours and after the last bridge a steep uphill to Namche Bazaar, at Namche with facilities of good restaurant, pubs, cyber café, post office, and banks.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
A perfect place for rest day for proper acclimatization before heading higher area, morning a short hike to Everest View Hotel or walk up on top a hill of Namche for views of Everest, Amadablam and adjoining peaks, visit the museum with wide information of the Khumbu areas.
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.
From Namche on gradual scenic path with downhill to Imjatse river at Phunge-Tenga for lunch, and then uphill through rhododendron, pines, firs tree forest with views of snowcapped peaks. On reaching Thyangboche visit famous Buddhist monastery with magnificent panorama of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtenga, Thamasarku, Kwande and majestic Amadablam. Afternoon with time for tour of the monastery, which was burnt by accidental fire in 1991 at present back into normal form, where you witness young monks and elderly priest and Lama on evening prayer.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05 hrs.
Morning downhill walk for few hours over Imjatse River, after the bridge walk on an open country where tree lines fades for few short juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes, uphill for a while to reach at Pangboche village at 3,900 meters. Last permanent village before Dingboche and beyond, from here a slow climb to Somara for lunch and continue walk with climb to Dingboche village for overnight stop, located in Imjatse valley with panorama of mountains.
Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.
Another rest day for proper acclimatization, a short hike to Nakarjung hills for best views of Mt. Makalu and other adjoining. For energetic people can walk up to Chukung at 4,760 m high a small and last settlement within Imjatse valley offers incredible views of Island Peak, Lhotse Shar, Lhotse, Nuptse and Amadablam.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.
After a great rest at Dingboche morning walk with steep climb for an hour commanding excellent views, and then on gentle trail to Thugla for lunch where Khumbu glacier melts into a raging river, here trail from Pheriche joins after a break a steep climb for an hour to Thulga pass, with stone memorials of unfortunate climbers who died climbing Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other high mountains. From here a nice pleasant walk brings to Lobuche for overnight stop.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5364 m and return to Gorakshep 5,180 m - 06 hrs.
Today reach the highlight of this adventure at Everest Base Camp, walk for few hours with short steep climb in between over glacier and moraine, reaching Gorakshep, beneath Mt. Pumori and Kalapathar.
Walk continues towards Everest Base Camp, at base camp enjoy the view of notorious Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers, after a grand time with experience of a lifetime adventure at base camp retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for overnight halt.
Day 11: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Lobuche base camp 4,865 m - 05 hrs.
Morning a steep climb up to Kalapathar for great views of surrounding high peaks where you can witness Everest at close distance, this will be the highest spot of the adventure at 5,545 m high. After catching the beautiful panorama of mountains descend back to Gorakshep and walk to Imja Khola Valley; on the land affected by the glacier moraines, and in the midst of mountains. During pleasant walk views of high snow capped mountain with majestic Amadablam and then walk to our main highlight and goal of the adventure towards Lobuche Peak East base camp.
Day 12: Climb to Lobuche High Camp 5,600 m - 04 hrs.
Starting with gradual climb to set high camp, climbing almost four hours to reach our overnight and last camp for the climb, walk leads over rocky moraine path to reach High Camp, afternoon with final preparation for the climb, while our guide will scout the route of climbing and fixing ropes where necessary for next day ascent.
Day 13: Climb the summit 6,119 m and to Base Camp - 08 hrs.
The climb to the summit leads to steep haul; while our guide will fix rope where necessary on this tough technical ascent to reach the eastern summit of Lobuche peak, after a final push to the top with mind blowing panorama of mountains and valleys,certainly makes you feel on top of the world in high spirit.Enjoy view of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,501 m, Mt. Amadablam 6,856 m, Mt. Makalu 8, 463 m, Chamlang and Baruntse peaks in the far distance, after an adventure of life time experience descend on same route to base camp.
Day 14: Trek to Pangboche 3,985 m - 06 hrs.
Today’s walk will be a much easier descending towards lower altitudes, following on the same route back into a wide valley of Imjatse Khola, past Orsho and Shomare villages and then a short climb to reach and visit the oldest Gompa of Khumbu at upper Pangboche, and then taking a regular route to lower Pangboche, a scenic village surrounded by Mt. Everest to its north withAmadablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range on the south with Imja Tse River flowing through the wide fertile valley.
Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,441m - 06 hrs.
From Pangboche, retrace the journey downhill to Imja Khola after crossing a bridge up through woodland to reach at Tengboche for interested people visit the nunnery around Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche continue walk through a hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Kosi River, trail follows up into pine forests before reaching Sansa around this area might spot some wildlife such as mountain goats, musk deer or even snow leopards, colorful pheasants Danphe (Impeyan Pheasants national bird of Nepal) while passing through the forest walk slowly reaches you at Namche after walking on gradual wide path.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla 2,840 m - 06 hrs.
Morning after breakfast a long descend to Dudh Kosi River and then walk into Sagarmatha National Park exit point to reach Monjo village and then over a long bridge to Phakding, a gradual winding trail leads past Ghat to Choplung village with last and final climb of 40 minutes to reach at Lukla for last overnight stop around Khumbu and Everest region. Evening celebrates dinner party with crews and members after concluding a memorable and remarkable adventure on Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trekking.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Early morning depart from Lukla for Kathmandu, a short and scenic sweeping flight brings you at Kathmandu airport and then transfer to your hotel with free afternoon for individual activities and souvenirs shopping.
Day 18: In Kathmandu free day with optional sightseeing tour.
We reserves this day as contingency day in case of flight delay from Lukla to Kathmandu, which might occur sometimes, as Himalayan weather pattern can be unpredictable with unfavorable heavy cloudy days, if all goes well as per the itinerary you can enjoy as free day for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or book for another interesting sight-seeing tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.
Day 19: International departure for homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal country of Himalayan wonders, as per your flight time transfer for your international flight with fond memory and excellent time on Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trekking and excellent service of Awesome Nepal
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- Standard otel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- Tented accommodation during the climb
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
- English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
- Down jacket (to be returned after trip completion)
- Awesome Nepal Treks trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
- All necessary paper work; trekking and climbing permits
- Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
- Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
- Medical kit (carried by your guide)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepalese visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Personal climbing equipment
- Personal climbing guide if requested
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- Tips for guides and porters
- Services not listed in the ‘What Is Included’ section
Useful Trip Notes & Activities
Please be informed that you are joining for the adventure around remote and isolated pockets of Himalaya region, where weather conditions can be unpredictable sometimes.
Where health, and fitness of the member requires sound medical background and approved by your doctors if you are joining on extreme adventure treks and climbs. While for other moderate and adventurous treks all needs to be physical fit with some exercise to cope with long uphill and downhill walks in Himalaya.
Booking in all our treks requires medical history and insurance to cover if illness and other injuries and accidents might occur on treks and climbs.
On this severe conditions where there is no medical facilities and hospitality needs victim to be evacuated immediately where quick means of transportation applies including Helicopter services.
Passport & Visa Information
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.
Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require visa.
Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following border.
• Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
• Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
• Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
• Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
• Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
• Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
• Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
• Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,
Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
In this Labuche Peak Climbing trip, the minimum group size would be 2 and maximum group size is 10. We can also organize private trip to solo person with single supplement cost. Else, join our estimated group departure dates available online or ask us with your personal dates, we will open group date on the same date.
Our Guides, trip, and safety
Our hikes / Climbs to Mera Peak involves walking on remote region of high Himalaya terrain, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the very experienced and qualified & equipped leader for safe and successful trip. We at Awesome Nepal Treks employee are native guide and staff who are trained and qualified for this type of trips. Our guides are trained and licensed by Nepal Gov, certify from TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal) & NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association).
All of our Trekking and Climbing Guide experience of more than decade in this adventure and tourism field. We have trained them especially for this adventure for safe and enjoyable trip with us,
On every trip, there would be our one Trek leader/ Climbing Leader and one assistance leader on each additional 2 peoples on the trek/Climbing- this arrangement would ensure that even if any of our guide/ assistance guides get sick or if any travelers get sick and need to be back or delay the days of walking, it would still work smoothly and there would not be any impact on our original trek plan. Also, every two trekkers would have one Sherpa helper for carrying your trekking bags.
Meals and Accommodations
While in Kathmandu and any other cities, your accommodation is at tourist standard hotels ( Attached Bath, A/C, 24 hours running hot/cold shower) similar of 2 to 3-star standard hotel. and while in trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and local tea houses, they are clean and comfortable.
While Mera Peak Climbing Excursion, below the group of 2, there would be tea House/ Mt. Lodge accommodation during trekking up to Khare then onward climbing is with tented camp. Above 3 or more than 3 peoples in a group, your entire accommodation is on tented camp throughout the trip
Our entire accommodation/ tented camp is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 250.
In city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee). We provide you food from the local tea- house/ Mt. Lodge from en route. Breakfast and dinner is to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be en route in between.
Foods provided depend on the availability of the Mt. lodges we would be staying but in general, you can have Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, pasta and even a version of pizza! So, overall you have a different choice of food on trek.
While in Climbing Excursion, you would be provided a freshly cooked hygienic food from our cook who would accompany your climbing days. During climbing, we do also provide you boiled drinking water-3 lts each person/ per day.
(Upgrade hotel to 4 stars or 5 stars is possible in Kathmandu, please write us if you interested)
Seasons for Mera Peak and other Climbing Adventure:
Nepal Himalaya have two best seasons for the trek and climb of Mera Peak. As this trip is an adventurous, we always advice and suggest joining at the right time of the year as far as possible.
Spring: - (March, April, May) - Spring is considered as Best time to climb Mera Peak. Excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, warmest weather of the year.
Autumn:- (Mid-September, October, and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Recommended time to attempt this Mera Peak Climbing
Winter Months: - (December, January, and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. Summit to the Top is Pretty Cold.
Summer: - Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July, and August). We do not suggest you this time for the climbing at this time.
Vaccination is required to plan to your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information of vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling.
Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid, and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for travel Nepal.
Facilities and Care for Porters:
Our porter is fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters.
The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.
Communication on-route Trek and Climb:
At present, available communication facilities on-route trek and as well on climb, villages do have local telephone ISD and STD phones if required, you can easily communicate with friends and family, however, the cost will be expensive as per call per minute.
Nowadays, on clear days, reception of Nepalese cell phones is on throughout walking trail, your guide will also have Cell phone on every trip.
When Booking with Us:
Once! you choose the trip with us, write us with full information or by phone using our number for the trip booking confirmation. We have online trip booking options, you may visit the link, choose your trip and dates and then follow instruction with enough information required then submit the booking.
Once your trip booking received, we will suggest for the final trip procedure with advance payment of the trip. Non-refundable deposit of 25% (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure.
Thirty (30) feet of 6mm accessory cord is required. Please contact the Gear Department with any questions related to cord lengths you already own.
A general mountaineering ice axe. Size according to height; under 5'2'' use a 50 cm axe, 5'3'' to 5'5'' use a 55 cm axe, 5'6'' to 5'9'' use a 60 cm axe, 5'10'' to 6'0'' use a 65 cm axe, above 6'0'' use a 70 cm axe. If you already have and prefer to use a waist leash, you are welcome to bring it to your gear check.
General mountaineering crampons. We recommend modern steel 12-point crampons with anti-balling plates. We do notrecommend 10-point, aluminum, or single-piece rigid crampons. The traction offered by a 12-point crampon is superior to that of a 10-point; steel crampons stand up to the rigors of potential time spent walking on rock in crampons; one-piece crampons often break or do not fit modern boots well.
CLIMBING HARNESS PLUS TWO LOCKING CARABINERS
A fully adjustable alpine climbing harness with gear loops. Fully separating leg loops & waistbelt are required. Bring two locking carabiners in addition to the harness, which will be used only with the harness.
Two non-locking, lightweight D-shaped wiregate carabiners. Wiregate carabiners are stronger, lighter, and easier to use than older round-gate carabiners.
Modern tube-style belay device. Avoid super-specialized belay devices which cannot accept a wide variety of rope diameters.
Collapsible skiing/trekking poles with snow baskets. Three-section varieties are preferred.
One right or left-handed ascender (pick your dominant hand to choose which style ascender). This item must be in good condition.
WOOL OR SYNTHETIC SOCKS
Three pairs of medium to heavy hiking socks. These must fit over your liner socks if you plan to wear liner socks.
Full-sized waterproof gaiters that must fit snugly over your mountaineering boots. Short trekking gaiters do not offer sufficient protection.
Double boots designed for mountaineering. Plastic-shelled models are sufficient, but modern non-plastic boots are more comfortable and are highly recommended. Single boots of any kind- boots without a removable liner- will not be sufficient.
LIGHT HIKING BOOTS OR TREKKING SHOES
For any approaches across dry trail. Light weight, high comfort, plenty of room in the toe box, and good support should be stressed here.
Two to three pairs. Synthetic or wool fabrics only; bring a comfortable athletic style for any top and bottom underwear.
Non-cotton baselayer bottoms that should fit snugly without constriction.
One to two long-sleeved baselayer tops. Baselayers must be constructed of a non-cotton material such as merino wool or polyester. Note that light-colored, hooded baselayers are strongly recommended for sun protection, and are worn by most guides.
A midweight, form-fitting, lightweight fleece layer for use over baselayers. Hoods are optional but recommended.
Stretchy, comfortable, non-insulated softshell pants that should fit comfortably with or without your baselayer bottoms. Please note that "zip-off"-style trekking pants are too light to be considered softshell pants.
This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket is a key part of a mountaineering layering system. We recommend a hooded model. This layer must fit well over your midlayer top and baselayer top.
Non-insulated, fully waterproof shell pants that must fit comfortably over your baselayer bottoms and softshell pants. Full-length separating size zippers are strongly preferred; shorter side zippers are allowed if you can put on and take off your pants without removing your footwear.
A non-insulated, fully waterproof shell jacket with a hood. Must fit comfortably over your baselayer, midlayer, and softshell. Helmet-compatible hoods are required.
INSULATED DOWN PARKA
This jacket or parka should be heavily insulated with high-quality down fill. We recommend an overall parka weight between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds. For warmth, a hood is required. Down sweaters or light puffy jackets will not be sufficient.
INSULATED SYNTHETIC PANTS
A synthetic insulated pant with full-length separating side zips. Ski pants are typically not appropriate for this layer.
LIGHTWEIGHT LINER GLOVES
Very lightweight wool or synthetic liner gloves that offer a snug, comfortable fit. Lighter colors absorb less sunlight while still offering UV protection. Black or dark-color gloves are also acceptable.
Midweight, lightly insulated gloves for use when mittens are too warm and liner gloves are not warm enough. Leather-palm construction is always ideal for the sake of durability.
INSULATED SHELL GLOVES
One pair of warm shell gloves with insulated removable liners. Excellent for use when conditions are too cold for softshell gloves, but too warm for expedition mittens. We recommend models with a durable leather palm.
Expedition-rated mittens with an insulated removable liner. Please be sure this mitten is the warmest model available by any manufacturer.
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A lightweight climbing-specific helmet. This must fit comfortably over your bare head, hat, and/or balaclava, and your headlamp must be able to strap securely to the outside of the helmet.
A must-have for all outdoor activities, the UV Buff is a versatile replacement for the bandana and serves a multitude of purposes.
Any style of lightweight hat for shading the head will work well. Baseball caps and sombrero-style sun hats are the most common.
WOOL/SYNTHETIC SKI HAT
A non-cotton wool or synthetic hat that covers the head and ears comfortably.
High-quality glacier glasses offering full coverage around both eyes and across the nose. Removable side-shields are not required provided eye coverage is sufficient.
High-quality goggles for sun and wind protection at altitude. The lens should offer visible light transmission (VLT) of no more than 30%. Those with light-sensitive eyes may wish to use a darker lens. Photochromic models are ideal for use in changing conditions.
A modern outdoor LED headlamp offering 90-200 lumens of output. Freshly installed batteries plus spare batteries. Weather-resistant models are strongly preferred.
Whether filled with down or synthetic insulation, your sleeping bag should be rated to approximately 0-degrees Fahreheit and feature a collared hood for warmth. Be sure to include a compression stuff sack. Weather conditions and your body temperature needs may effect what rating of sleeping bag you require. Please call with questions.
EXTRA-WARM SLEEPING BAG (OPTIONAL)
Rent or purchase a -20 degree Fahrenheit sleeping bag if you sleep cold. Average or warmer sleepers will be comfortable in a 0 degree Fahrenheit sleeping bag. Note: only one sleeping bag is required for this trip.
An internal frame climbing/trekking pack of approximately 32-40 liters in carrying capacity. Emphasize simple, lightweight designs.
INFLATABLE SLEEPING PAD
A full-length, modern inflatable sleeping pad is recommended. Older-style three-quarter length pads have been superseded by ultralight full-length pads. We recommend bringing a valve repair/body patch kit.
Two to three one-litre capacity bottles. Bottles should be wide mouth made of co-polyester (BPA free plastic). No water bag or bladder systems (they freeze or are hard to fill) and no metal bottles (they have a tendency to freeze).
PEE BOTTLE (1-1.5 LITER)
One wide-mouth, clearly marked collapsible container or wide-mouthed bottle for use overnight.
WATER BOTTLE PARKAS
Bring two fully insulated water bottles parkas with zippered openings. Neoprene 'cozy' style constructions do not provide enough insulation and are not recommended.
Optional. Small point-and-shoot cameras (including compact SLR's) are ideal & work well at altitude. Alternatively, many opt to use a smartphone camera. Due to weight & care in the mountain environment, large dSLR cameras are discouraged.
Bring one one to two ounce tube of SPF 30+ sunscreen, as well as one tube of SPF-rated lipscreen. All sunscreens lose SPF ratings over time; be sure your sun protection is brand-new.
SMALL PERSONAL FIRST-AID KIT
Basic medical supplies in a compact package. We recommend basic painkillers, Moleskin, first-aid tape, Band-Aids, and anti-septic wipes or gel.
MEDICATIONS & PRESCRIPTIONS
Bring any personal prescriptions, plus Pepto Bismol, Cipro (500mg tablets), Metronidazole, Z-Paks (250mg tablets), Diamox (125mg tablets, approx. 35 total), and a variety of standard painkillers including Excedrin Extra Strength, Ibuprofen, etc. We also recommend a selection of hard candies and cough drops to handle the cold, dry air.
HAND AND TOE WARMERS
Bring three sets of each. Please note that toe warmers are different than hand warmers. They are formulated to work in a lower oxygen environment, like the inside of a boot, they also burn out more quickly.
While food is provided on this trip, we recommend bringing along a selection of familiar snacks (such as energy bars, chocolate, candy, electrolyte powder, etc.). Bring a variety of easy-to-eat snacks you enjoy.
Please pack several quart-sized Ziploc bags, extra batteries for any electronic device (such as a headlamp or Steri-Pen!), and consider packing outlet adapters depending on your itinerary. An assortment of items to make your travel comfortable and secure will ensure a smooth trip.
Clean 'town' clothing is recommend for use traveling as well as pre-and-post trip. We recommend bringing a comfortable variety of clothing for peace of mind, including some t-shirts.