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Pokalde Peak Climbing

Trip Highlights

Duration: 18 Days

Type of Trek: Camping

Max Altitude: 5806 m

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Flight

Grade: Strenuous

Pokalde (5,806 m) was first climbed in 1953 via the Kongma La along its north ridge by the 1953 Everest Expedition team led by John Hunt. Pokalde looks like a crenulated rocky ridge dominated by the vast bulk of Nuptse. The mountain has a small hanging glacier, which is best reached along the ridge rising from the Kongma La, on its northern side. Although the summit is comparatively smaller than the rest, it provides a good viewpoint. The views northwards towards Pumori and the Lho La are outstanding.

Formerly called Mehra Peak or simply Mehra, this attractive mountain rises to the north of the Kongma La above the Khumbu glacier opposite Lobuje, and is one of several small summits, including Pokalde, that make up the long South-West Ridge of Nuptse. Seen from Gorak Shep, the summit has a diamond shaped hanging glacier above a steeply inclined rock wall that makes up the mountain's North Face, which is in turn slashed by a diagonal ice ramp leading to the lower edge of the glacier

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary
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Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) that takes about 35 minutes.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) takes approximately five hours.

Day 05: A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) takes about five hours.

Day 07: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes approximately five hours.

Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization.

Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Pokalde Base Camp (4,900m.) takes about 5 hours.

Day 10: Climb from Pokalde Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5,400m.) takes about 5 and half hours.

Day 11: Climb Pokalde Peak Summit and trek to Chhukung (4,730m.) takes about 8 and half hours.

Day 12: Trek from Chhukung to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes approximately four hours.

Day 13: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) takes about four and a half hours.

Day 14: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2640m.) takes about four hours.

Day 15: Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2886m) takes about three hours.

Day 16: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes.

Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour.

Day 18: Departure

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our airport representative. You will be greeted traditionally with flower garlands. The representative will then take you to your hotel where you will be served welcome drinks. In the afternoon, you can take a stroll around and visit shops, restaurants and bars. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip.

Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip. Checking your climbing equipment's, and discussing the climb with the climbing/trekking guide. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) that takes about 35 minutes.

After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the domestic airport terminal. Receive your boarding pass and fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) that takes about 35 minutes. The flight offers you up close views of the Himalayas and romantic landscapes of hills, farms and rivers.

On arrival to Lukla, you will begin 3 hours trek to Phakding (2640 m.). You start your trek from Lukla with a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Mt. Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in the distance is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a wonderful valley to your right; and Mt. Kusum Kang (6367m.) to the far end. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) takes approximately five hours.

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) takes approximately five hours. Namche Bazaar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and faces the Bhote Koshi to the South. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. It is an ideal place to spend acclimatizing with the high altitude. For acclimatization you walk up to Khumjung where you can visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawoche, and Kwangde and so on. Or you can take an hour's walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) takes about five hours.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) takes about five hours. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by the lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes approximately five hours.

Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes approximately five hours. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization.

Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization. There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon. Another option is to hike up to Chhukum, where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Pokalde Base Camp (4,900m.) takes about 5 hours.

Trek from Dingboche to Pokalde Base Camp (4,900m.) takes about 5 hours.

The trek from Dingboche to Pokalde Base Campa involves steep climbing and some difficult trails. At the base camp you will be able to enjoy the serene glacial lake and spectacular views of of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Nuptse among others. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 10: Climb from Pokalde Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5,400m.) takes about 5 and half hours.

Climb from Pokalde Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5,400m.) takes about 5 and half hours.

After early morning breakfast, you will carry your rucksack and head towards the high camp. One of the major challenges today is while crossing the Kongma La Pass 5528m, perhaps one of the highest Himalayan passes. As you reach the higher elevation you will be able to see many frozen lakes and majestic views of Pokhalde Peak, Cholatse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam. Stay overnight at High Camp.

Day 11: Climb Pokalde Peak Summit and trek to Chhukung (4,730m.) takes about 8 and half hours.

Climb Pokalde Peak Summit and trek to Chhukung (4,730m.) takes about 8 and half hours.

Today you will reach the summit of Pokalde Peak, our goal of this trek. The trail from high base camp to the peak will take about 3 hours and follows difficult walk along stones, rocks and ice. Our Sherpa will teach you some ice climbing and glacier walking techniques. The walk to the Pokalde Peak is worth every effort as the summit will allow the most breathtaking and rewarding panoramic views of the world’s highest mountains including Mt Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Nuptse, Pumori,etc.

After spending some time on the peak we will retrace our steps over Kongma La Pass and drop down to Chhukung. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Chhukung to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes approximately four hours.

Trek from Chhukung to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes approximately four hours. Tyangboche is a small village with a famous monastery offering you splendid views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and river views. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) takes about four and a half hours.

Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) takes about four and a half hours. The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings you to the village of Khunde. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2640m.) takes about four hours.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2640m.) takes about four hours. The trails descend steeply for about one and a half hours. After that, the path follows few ups and downs to Phakding via Monjo. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2886m) takes about three hours.

Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2886m) takes about three hours. Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. Stay overnight in Lukla.

Day 16: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes.

Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour.

Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Departure

As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.

The price includes the following services:

  • Peak climbing permit
  • Climbing guide / Sirdar (One climbing guide for 4 climbers)
  • One trekking guide/leader
  • Necessary porters including a cook (some nights will be camping and will require cook and cooking utensils)
  • All meals three times a day during the trek/climb (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodations in tea houses (lodges) and some nights for camping
  • Necessary trekking/camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping    bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • All land transportation (from hotel to airport and from airport to hotel)
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu with domestic airport tax
  • Insurance and equipment for the climbing & trekking staff
  • First Aid kit
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Farewell dinner on the last day

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • All drinks & beverages
  • Hot shower
  • Battery charges
  • Tips
  • Climbing equipment's 
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu

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