POKALDE PEAK CLIMBING
Pokalde Peak Climbing .
Pokalde Peak (or Dolma Ri) is a mountain peak of Nepal situated 12 km southwest of Mount Everest. Pokalde Peak is one of the shortest and easiest trekking peaks in the Everest Region. The majority of the 650m climb from base camp requires little more than walking with short sections of scrambling up rock.
During the trekking seasons this rocky peak is scarcely covered by snow. Despite its lack of any great technical difficulty, it offers trekkers the prospect of reaching 5,800m in elevation and superb views from the summit, particularly to the South East, North West and West. Other prominent mountains visible from the summit include Makalu, Ama Dablam and Pumori Because of its relatively low difficulty and impressive summit vista's for this altitude; Pokalde is a popular commercial tourist peak in Nepal for those wishing to climb a Himalayan peak without needing to use ice axes and crampons.
The first ascent of Pokalde Peak was made in April 1953 via the ridge adjoining the Pokalde summit with the Kongma La high pass (5535m). This ridge continues from Kongma La to the slightly higher Mehra Peak (Kongma Tse) at 5820m and beyond. Hence the prominence of Pokalde Peak is modest at 271m (889 feet). Most ascents of Pokalde Peak nowadays are made by skirting the opposite Makalu side of the mountain.
Pokalde Peak can be easily climbed in half a day by a fit and acclimatized group with appropriate leadership. Despite its low difficulty, sections of Pokalde are quite exposed so it shouldn't be attempted in poor weather. Doing so would significantly increase the difficulty of the climb above that of a "simple trekking peak". The final pitch to the summit also involves a short section of near vertical scrambling which for amateurs should definitely be protected by rope.
The base camp of Pokalde Peak is situated in a raised "amphitheatre" style valley with a large circular lake in the middle below the Kongma La pass. About 40 minutes from the base camp is the Kongma glacier. This glacier offers ice walls suitable for ice climbing training by appropriately equipped and motivated groups. The glacier is said to be receding in size.
Foot print evidence of significant Snow Leopard activity has been witnessed in the vicinity of Pokalde Peak base camp. This is despite the popularity of the area in being the gateway to both a major trekking peak as well as a high pass.
Even during the trekking seasons, it is not uncommon for overnight temperatures at base camp to be in excess of twenty degrees below freezing.
Max. Altitude: 5806 m.
Trip Duration: 20 days
Trek Grade: Strenuous Plus
Accommodation: Teahouse (Lodge to Lodge)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Transportation: Car / Van / Plane
Best Time: Jan, Feb, March, April, May, Oct, Nov, Dec.
Per day Hiking: 5 to 7 hours
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Free day in Kathmandu (preparation for climbing gears)
Day 3 Flight from kathmandu to Lukla and trek till Phakding ( 2652m. )
Day 4 Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m. )
Day 5 Namche, hike to Khumjung ( 3780m. ) for acclimatization & back to Namche
Day 6 Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3860m. )
Day 7 Tengboche to Pheriche (4040m
Day 8 Pheriche ( hike to Nagarjun for acclimatization & back to Pheriche
Day 9 Pheriche to Lobuche ( 4910m )
Day 10 Kalapathar & back to Luboche
Day 11 Lobuche to Dingboche (4350m.)
Day 12 Dingboche to Pokalden Base camp (4500m.)
Day 13 Rest day at Base camp
Day 14 summit (5806m.) and back to the Base camp
Day 15 Base camp to Pangboche
Day 16 Namche to Phakding
Day 17 Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 18 Depature
Arrival and Departure transfer as per itinerary including domestic flights.
3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 nights before the trip and 1 night after).
Domestic flight KTM-LUK-KTM.
All three-time meals and teahouse accommodation while on trekking and camping facilities during Peak climbing.
An Experienced trekking Guide and necessary porters for the trekking part.
An Experienced Sherpa climbing guide to support during climbing peak.
Common climbing gears like ropes, snow bars, ice screws, Carabineers etc. provided.
All staff wages.
Insurance of the trekking and climbing staffs.
All necessary tents for members and staff.
All necessary kitchen utensils and equipment.
National Park fee.
Peak Permit Fee and Trekking permit.
SKA T-Shirt and (Duffel bag for use).
Farewell Dinner with cultural show.
Nepal visa fee.
Lunch & Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
Extra nights Hotel in Kathmandu.
Personal equipment (your personal clothing and climbing gear can be rented in Khare.).
Medical insurance (high altitude coverage and emergency evacuation) and Travel insurance.
All kind of bottle beverages & telephone calls and internet usage.
Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.
Kathmandu Heritage site entrance fee during Sightseeing.
Tips to the staffs.