Pokalde Peak Climbing

Pokalde Peak Climbing

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Camping

Grade

Strenuous

Altitude

5,806 m

Transportation

Flight

Group Size

1+

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

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

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Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

On your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be greeted with flower garlands/Khadas. Our representative will then take you to your hotel. If time prevails, you will visit office for paperwork.
Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Today, you will visit popular world heritage monuments in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and Pashupatinath. Alternatively, you can also choose Bhakatapur and Patan sightseeing. By late afternoon, you will drive back to your hotel.
Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2886

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

Namche Bazaar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi.
Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

Today is a day for rest at Namche Bazaar (3440m.) for acclimatization. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. 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 an outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.
Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3867

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 lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m).
Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4260

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4260

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4900

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5400

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4730

Today you will reach the summit of Pokalde Peak, our goal of this trek. The trail from high camp to the peak will take about 3 hours and follows difficult walk along stones, rocks and ice. Our climbing guide (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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3867

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2886

The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.
Stay overnight in lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to hotel from airport.
Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast

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

What Is Included ?

 

a) Kathmandu

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • 3 night hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • One day city sightseeing with an English speaking tour guide and private vehicle
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs

 

b) Trekking

  • Pokolde peak climbing permit
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Entry fee of local municipal government (Rs.2000)
  • Climbing guides (Sirdar) (one climbing guide for 2 climbers)
  • Equipments fee for the climbing guide/s
  • Required 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
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) for some nights and some nights camping
  • Necessary trekking/camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, rope, Helmet, Harness, cooking utensils, Epi gas, etc.
  • Round trip flight tickets: Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
  • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs
  • Sherpa summit bonus
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal climbing equipments
  • Entrance fees while sightseeing in and around Kathmandu
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary)

Pokalde Peak Climbing Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Mountaineering Equipments

Crampons, Ice axe, Helmet, Harness, Lock and unlock Carabineers, Shovel, Climbing pack, Rope, Ski poles, Desender/abseil device, Jummer  (Asender) , Tapes, Prusik Loops, Rappel device, Hand Warmer (if possible)

Cothing and Wears
Trekking shoes with spare laces, Mountaineering Boots, Plastic or leather for mountaineering boots, Gore-Tex pants, Long shorts, Insulated Parka, Jumper, Waterproof Jackets, Down Jacket, Fleece Vest, Wool cap, Neck Gaiter, Gloves, Climbing Socks, Thermal Underwear, Sandals, Snow Goggle

Essential Gears
Backpack, Duffle bag, Sleeping Bag, sleeping pad, Tents

Gadgets
Map, Compass, Camera, GPS, Two way radios, Binoculars, Head Lamp, Flashlight

Sun Protection Items
Sun glasses, sun scream, Lip balm,

Medical
First aid Kit (Brufen / Ibuprofens, Antibiotic, Diamox, Paracetamol, Handy Plaster, Crack Bandage, Tincture Iodine, etc.)

Other Essentials
Energy Bars, Water bottle, Water Purification Tablets, Toiletries, Trekking poles, Pocket knife, raincoat, Satellite Phone, Altimeter

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