Glacier School


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Glacier School



The high mountains of Nepal offer a unique challenge to mountaineers – the combination of breathtaking scenery, extremes of temperature and diversity of terrain can’t be found anywhere else in the world. All of this makes the Nepali mountains the perfect training ground for mountaineering. For our Climbing Clinic, we are based in the area of the Cho la Pass, with much of the best climbing in the Everest area right outside our front door. The Cho la pass is situated at 5,420m in the heart of the Everest region. It is an ideal base for developing climbing skills, techniques and confidence with our experienced and qualified instructors.

This course will cover use of ice axe and crampons, self arrest, crevasse rescues, rope work, glacier travel, abseiling and front point climbing using your crampons. After completing all your training, we will take you on an ascent of Lobuche East a, stunning 6,119m high peak. This is a beautiful peak which has some of the best views of Everest as you climb up the ridge to the summit.

Previous experience: Summer hill walking and a good level of fitness is required.


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Tour Kathmandu

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,840m / 9,300ft.

Day 4: Walk to Namche Bazaar 3,440m / 11,300ft

Day 5: Acclimatisation day

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche, 3,900m / 12,800ft

Day 7: Walk along to the village of Pheriche, 4,250m / 13,900ft

Day 8: Walk to the village of Dzongla (4,840m / 15,900ft)

Day 9: Walk to Cho La base camp (5,400m / 17,700ft).

Day 10: Cho La Glacier Training

Day 11: Glacier training on the Cho La Glacier

Day 12: Climbing Lobuche East

Day 13: Climb to Lobuche East High Camp

Day 14: Summit Lobuche East (6,119m / 20,075ft)

Day 15 : Today we have a relaxed walk down to Pangboche

Day 16: We will walk back to Namche Bazaar

Day 17: Walk down from Namche to Lukla

Day 18: Return flight to Kathmandu

Day 19: Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu

Day 20: Flight Home

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2
Tour Kathmandu

A beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples. Orientation briefing – meet the leaders and other team members. There will be time to review equipment, purchase or hire.

Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,840m / 9,300ft.

Trek to Phakding, where we camp in a field on the river bank at 2,650m / 8,700ft

Day 4
Walk to Namche Bazaar 3,440m / 11,300ft

Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa people. See this unique village on our trek to and from base camp.

Day 5
Acclimatisation day

Relax in Namche Bazaar. This is an essential step in the acclimatisation process.

Day 6
Trek to Tengboche, 3,900m / 12,800ft

Day 7
Walk along to the village of Pheriche, 4,250m / 13,900ft

Day 8
Walk to the village of Dzongla (4,840m / 15,900ft)

Day 9
Walk to Cho La base camp (5,400m / 17,700ft).

Rest and gear checking in Cho La base camp

Day 10
Cho La Glacier Training:

Glacier training on the Cho La Glacier

Day 11
Glacier training on the Cho La Glacier

Training details

We will cover:

– Gear check and inventory; an introduction to climbing equipment.

Tying in safely; rock climbing including safe belaying technique, ascending and descending.

– Walking on the glacier; roping together; fitting and use of ice axes and crampons; ice axe arrest.

Use of ice screws and snow stakes/bars.

– Ascending using jumars in full equipment; descending (abseiling/rappelling) using Fig 8 descender.

Use of fixed ropes.

During this period of intensive training you will gain a lot of information from our experienced guides.

Day 12
Climbing Lobuche East:

Walk from the Cho La base camp to Lobuche East Base Camp located at 5,550m / 18,200ft.

Day 13
Climb to Lobuche East High Camp

Day 14
Summit Lobuche East (6,119m / 20,075ft)

And back down to base camp.

Day 15
Today we have a relaxed walk down to Pangboche

Day 16
We will walk back to Namche Bazaar

Day 17
Walk down from Namche to Lukla

Day 18
Return flight to Kathmandu

Day 19
Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu. Various excursions and sights are available – please ask.

Day 20
Flight Home.

Optional Everest Base camp Trek Extension:

On day 15 of the itinerary you will branch off from the main group heading back to Kathmandu and trek to Everest base camp. Please add an extra 3 days into your travel plans if you wish to do this.

Trek from Lobuche to rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cozy teahouses at 5,160m / 16,900ft.
Trek from Gorak Shep to the top of Kalapattar, return to Gorak Shep for the evening.

Walk up to Everest base camp, which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5,300m / 17,400ft.

Trek from Everest base camp back to Lobuche. Continue back to Kathmandu following day 17 of the normal itinerary.

US$ 3070 Per Person

Note: If you do 3 days Everest base camp trek extension, then you should pay extra US$320 per person.

Services Includes:

    • Flights Kathmandu|Lukla|Kathmandu
    • All meals and accommodations during the trek and climb,
    • Camping equipments (two- men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, kitchen equipments)
    • Trekking cum climbing guide, porters, cook, kitchen boys and yaks
    • Insurance for climbing guide, camping staff and porters
    • Sagarmatha National Park fees,
    • Climbing permit for Lobuche East peak,
    • Trekking permit (TIMS),
    • Trekking rope and fixed static rope (200m), carabineers, snow bars and ice screws,
    • Climbing gears,
    • Domestic baggage 15 kg
    • Airport|hotel transfer
    • Wages and equipment allowances for climbing guide and staffs,
    • Equipments for staffs and porter,
    • Climb High duffle bag,
    • Rescue arrangements,
    • First-aid kit,
    • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu,
    • VAT.

Services Excludes:

    • Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency and from Lukla if normal scheduled flights can’t fly due to weather disturbance
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
    • Meals in Kathmandu,
    • Bottled mineral water,
    • Beverages (hard and soft drinks),
    • Personal trekking gear,
    • Tips for guides and porters,
    • Other expenses in case of any natural disaster.

Private trek or group option

We can organise this trek on a private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may want a Climb High leader or have no ‘leader’ but sill use the help of one of our guides and/or porters. Costs for this option are available on demand but are often not a huge amount greater than joining one of our ‘fixed departures’. Please contact us with your referred dates and itinerary and we’ll give you a quote.

Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trek or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone:

00 (977) 1-470-1398

Alternatively, you can contact us by email at:


To book a place on this trek, please complete the booking enquiry on our ‘Reservations’ page.

As we are a Nepali company, you will need to send your deposit by bank transfer to our bank account in Kathmandu. This is a completely safe process and may be done at any UK, European, Aus/NZ or US bank in a few minutes. Some banking websites even allow this to be done online.

Details will be sent to you once you have decided to proceed with your booking.


Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. It is recommended that you use tried and tested kit on the trip rather than relying on brand new kit you’re not sure of.

A complete kit list is to be found on this website.

Porter Protection

Climb High is a local Nepali company and as such we treat our own people with the respect and good conditions you would expect. Many team members are from our own families and you can be assured that the treatment they receive is second to none. All insurances and porter conditions are met, and more.

Why use Climb High?

Our acclimatisation schedule and trip organisation is designed to give everyone in the team the best chance of reaching base camp in great condition and feeling healthy.
This trek is accommodated in lodges with traditional Nepali hospitality.
Treks are led by highly experienced leaders plus Sherpas and porters.
Porter welfare is paramount to us – we are a local company and want to ensure that we take care of our own staff.
We are a premium Nepali trekking operator, with impeccable local contacts – any changes in plan can be dealt with far more effectively using our experience and network of local contacts.
We have our own modern offices in central Kathmandu in Mandala Street – Thamel’s premium street

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, please take the itinerary as a statement of intent rather than an absolute. Travel in Nepal can be dangerous, delayed and highly changeable. Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.

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