Climb the two most popular peaks Lobuche East and Island Peak in a single trip with an acclimatization trek over Gokyo and Chola Pass.
- Lobuche and Island Peak Climb
- Ascent of two popular 6000m peaks in a single trip
- Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar
- Acclimatization trek via Gokyo and Chola Pass
Lobuche East and Island Peak Climb is an excellent Himalayan climbing holiday that includes climbing the two most popular 6000m trekking peaks in a single trip with a trek via Gokyo and Chola Pass for better acclimatization.
The two most climbed peaks in the Everest region, Lobuche East and Island Peak have always been argued over as to which one offers a better climbing experience and better view. Which is technical and which isn’t? Which one is suitable for beginners and which isn’t?
The climb of both peaks offers a different climbing experience and a different view from the summit. Both peaks are perfectly suitable for anyone who is looking to climb their first 6000m peak. Lobuche East stands tall at 6119m/20,075ft while the Island peak at 6,189m/20,305ft.
Lobuche East offers a more panoramic view of Everest and its surroundings and the Island Peak offers an impressive close-up view of Lhotse South Face and Mt. Ama Dablam.
Both peaks are classified as trekking peaks by the Nepal Mountaineering Association and are graded as Alpine PD+ on the alpine grading system.
Instead of looking at which peak to climb, why not climb both peaks in a single trip? Our Lobuche East and Island Peak trip is a specially tailored climbing trip that allows you to climb these two famous peaks in a single trip plus we have added an acclimatization trek over Gokyo and Chola Pass.
Lobuche East and Island Peak Trip Overview
Our Lobuche East and Island Peak trip is a fantastic climbing holiday which will provide you with an ultimate climbing experience with a well-paced itinerary.
This trip is perfectly suitable for beginners and you do not need previous climbing experience to take part. We have carefully planned the itinerary in order to provide a well-paced walk, proper acclimatizations and most importantly not missing out on any major highlights of the region.
Our approach to these mountains will be via Gokyo Ri/Lakes and Chola Pass to ensure that we are properly acclimatized. Also, after climbing Lobuche East we will visit Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar before heading towards Island Peak.
Similarly, a climbing clinic will be conducted before the actual climbing where you will learn the basic and required skills to climb the peak. Both peaks are climbed on a fixed rope which makes the climbing safer and easier too.
Lobuche East Peak Climb Overview
At 6119m, Lobuche East Peak is a slightly more technical climb than Island peak. The summit day on Lobuche East will be around 12 hrs long. We will leave for the summit from the Lobuche high camp.
The first few hours of a climb don’t involve the use of crampons and the terrain mostly consists of snow and rock. Fixed ropes are usually placed along all the sections of the climb starting from the high camp.
After almost 2 hrs, we get to the crampon point of Lobuche Peak, which is just at the base of a 60-degree vertical climb on a fixed rope. From here, the climb begins somewhat technical with climbing on mixed conditions of rock, ice and snow. After another 3-4 hrs of mixed climbing on a fixed rope on an average 45-degree incline we get to the summit of Lobuche East (6119m/20,075ft).
Island Peak Climb Overview
Island peak or also known as Imja Tse will be attempted directly from the Island peak base camp. The summit day from base camp to summit and back to base camp will take around 12 hrs as well.
We will take a moderate climb for the first part of the climb before reaching the steep hillside. The terrain frequently changes to boulder. We will follow the tapered path through a steep rock channel to emerge to the gully. Walking through a ridgeline, we conquer challenges proposed by seracs and crevasses. We will proceed through the snout of the summit glacier with the help of ropes and move through 40- degree snow slopes to reach the summit.
The challenge of the climb is rewarded with the gratifying views of Lhotse Mountain, Nuptse Mountain, Makalu, Baruntse and Amadablam Mountains.
Is this trip for you?
Lobuche East and Island Peak Climb includes an ascent of two 6000m peaks with a trek via Gokyo and Chola Pass. Previous experiences of trekking at high altitudes and basic mountaineering skills will be beneficial but it is not a must. However, you must be physically and mentally fit and have a very strong physical stamina level.
This grade trip involves the usage of peak climbing equipment (Harness, Crampons, Mountaineering Boots, Ascender). Previous experience of climbing smaller peaks is essential but we also provide a climbing course at base camp so you can acquire the skills required for the climb on the trip itself.
If you want to add another peak to this trip, then we recommend another fantastic climbing holiday Khumbu Three Peaks which also includes an ascent of three peaks (Island Peak, Pokhalde Peak and Lobuche East)
Or, if you want to climb all three major trekking peaks in Nepal (Lobuche East, Island Peak and Mera Peak) then check out our Three Peaks Climbing Trip.
Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while travelling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Your leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Dates & Price
Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private group basis.
If you are looking for a group to join this trip please click the Fixed Departures tab for more information on departure dates, availability and price. All our fixed departures are guaranteed to run. Or, if you would like to do this trip alone, or with your friends, families & colleagues in a private group style, please fill out the contact form in Private Group tab and send us your message. We will organize a private trip for you at your preferred dates catering any request you may have.
- Fully guided climb with experienced climbing guides on a 1:3 ratio (Guide to client ratio)
- Meals and Accommodation at Tea Houses/Lodges during the trekking period
- Meals and High-quality mountain tents during the climbing period
- Twin-sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast
- All peaks permit with garbage deposits.
- National Park Fees
- KTM-LUKLA-KTM Airfare
- Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
- Comprehensive first aid kit with a supplementary oxygen system
- Personal/Group climbing gears
- Porterage of equipment required during trekking and climbing
- Waterproof Duffel bag, Sleeping bag and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of the trek)
- Peak climbing certificate issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association
- Staff summit bonus, insurance and allowances
- International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
- Meals at Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on the trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
- Personal expenses and tips