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Pokalde Peak Climbing (Trek)

Highlights of the Pokalde Peak Climbing

  • Walk through the pleasant towns and fierce waterway gorges, along the Khumbu valley.
  • Visit the ancient Tengboche Monastery and observe the vibrant Buddhist religious communities.
  • Witness the majestic Mahalangur Himalayan range situated at the Khumbu Region.
  • Picturesque scenery of the verdant landscapes, glazing waterfalls, and exotic flora and fauna.
  • Experience the conventional lifestyle and traditions of the Sherpas.
  • Thrilling climb to the summit of the Pokalde Peak which lies at an altitude of 5,806m.

Do you wish to set foot at the summit of one of the numerous icy peaks but you’re not experienced enough? Fear not! Because the Pokalde Peak climbing package is designated for people who wish to experience the ultimate mountaineering experience with less complexity and troubles.

Let’s face it; the thought of conquering the summit of mountains gives us all a surge of adrenaline! But many mountains require substantial technical knowledge and experience. That’s where the Pokalde Peak Climbing comes into the picture. Situated at an altitude of just around 5,806 meters, it is one of the easiest mountain climbs in the Khumbu region. But, despite its lower elevation, the summit offers majestic views of the surrounding Himalayan range.

The Pokalde peak lies North of the Kongma La ridge and above the Khumbu glacier, opposite of Lobuche. Climbers can attempt the summit of the mountain via two routes which are namely Bibre and Dughla. Each of the sides provides their distinctive outlooks and features. Nowadays people also opt for the climb from the Makalu side via the Kongma La Pass.

If you are a thrill-seeker looking for some comfortable mountaineering experience, then the Pokalde Peak Climbing can be your first challenge! Sign up for this thrilling trek today to experience the most picturesque scenery possible with the adrenaline experience of a lifetime!

Note: If you’re looking forward to the Pokalde peak climbing, contact us at Exciting Nepal for customized itineraries and services which can suit your needs accordingly!

About The Route

The journey commences with a short and thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, the trail follows the conventional Everest Base Camp trekking route as you pass through the verdant settlements of Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is the central hub of the Everest region and also provides you with an insight into the Sherpa lifestyle and traditions. From Namche, the trail passes forward through the settlements of Tengboche and Dingboche to Lobuche. Along the route, you can observe the change in the landscapes as they contrast from verdant meadows to rocky dunes and deserted mountains.

From Lobuche, we climb a little higher to Gorak Shep and then towards Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is a well-famed destination, famous for its majestic 360-degree view of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range.

After visiting Kala Patthar, we head back to Lobuche for our leading destination, which is the Pokalde Base Camp. The climb from Pokalde Base Camp to the high camp is a short 600m climb. The following day, the climb extends further to the summit which stands at around 5806m.

After summiting the peak, we make our way back down to Chukkung. Furthermore, we pass through the settlements of Tengboche and Monjo into Lukla. From Lukla, we will catch and early morning flight back to the capital, concluding our incredible 18 days journey!

Best Time For The Pokalde Peak Climbing

The Khumbu region is notoriously known for its ever-changing and unpredictable weather. As a result, the weather is a crucial factor to consider before opting for the climb. The Pokalde peak climbing typically includes climbing lofty altitudes through rocky and steep terrains. So, if the weather is not at it’s best, the potential risks are very high!

The best time for the Pokalde Peak climbing is from March to May (Spring) and from September to November (Autumn). During these times of the year, the weather is much clearer contributing to a sharper view of the peaks. Also, since these are the pre and post-monsoon season, there is very less chance of rainfall which reduces many potential risks of the climb.

The winter is also quite feasible, but you need to have proper preparation for tackling the cold weather. During December, the views of the mountains are crystal clear! Also, due to the less traffic of tourists, the climb is more of a tranquil and subtle experience. The monsoon season, however, is not suitable due to the recurring rains. These typically create slippery paths, landslides, and unwanted delays in your itinerary.

The Difficulty Of The Pokalde Peak Climbing

Comparatively speaking, the Pokalde Peak is an easier climb than most but still requires a hefty amount of physical endurance and stamina. Although Pokalde Peak Climbing does not require any technical knowledge or skills of using crampons and ice axes, you still need to be aware about the dangers of the climb and how to tackle them.

The lofty altitude during this adventure can also cause altitude sickness. Since we will be traveling mostly above 5000m, the risks are quite high! Thus it is essential to acclimatize properly throughout the trek, so you can reduce the chances of AMS(Altitude mountain sickness). Carrying Diamox and Ibuprofen tablets can also prove beneficial. These tablets can help speed up the acclimatization process!

Even though the Pokalde peak is labeled a simple peak, you shouldn’t attempt it during harsh weather conditions. It can unnecessarily increase potential risks that can even prove to be life-threatening! However, with proper precautions and safety measures, this trip can be an experience of a lifetime!

Highest Point During The Pokalde Peak Climbing:

The highest point we will be venturing during Pokalde Peak Climbing is Pokalde Peak. It lies at a staggering altitude of 5,806 meters above sea level.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu valley

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Day 05: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m)

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, afternoon explore to Everest Base Camp

Day 10: Early morning hike to Kalapatthar and trek to Lobuche

Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Pokalde Base Camp via Kongma-La Pass

Day 12: Trek from Pokalde Base Camp to High Camp

Day 13: Summit to Pokalde Peak 5806m and back to Chhukung

Day 14: Trek from Chhukung to Tengboche

Day 15: Trek from Tengboche to Monjo

Day 16: Trek from Monjo to Lukla

Day 17: Flight From Lukla To Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Altitude: 1400m

Upon arriving at Kathmandu, our representatives will pick you up and escort you to your hotel. After check-in, you can explore the city by yourself or rest cozily in your hotel room. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu valley

Altitude: 1400m

On the second day, you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu which comprises some of the UNESCO world heritage sites. The significant places you will visit are Pashupati Nath, Boudanath Stupa, and Swayambhu Nath.

All these temples carry an immense religious significance among devotees. You will also travel to the well-famed Durbar Squares of Patan and Kathmandu, which contain some of the oldest monuments in the valley. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Altitude: 2840m (Lukla) & 2610m (Phakding)
Time: 40 minutes of flight / 3 hours
Trekking distance: 9 kilometers

Our journey today begins with an early morning short and scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Throughout the trip, you can witness magnificent aerial view of the Himalayas as you approach a small terrain-topped airstrip of Lukla.

After landing in Lukla, we commence our trek by walking towards Phakding for the night. We follow the main trail of Churi Kharka and head eastwards along the banks of the Dudh Koshi river. A rough 3 hours walk finally leads us to Phakding where we will stay overnight.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Altitude: 3440m
Time: 6 hours
Trekking distance: 12 kilometers

After a quick breakfast, we depart Phakding and head towards our destination of the day, Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to numerous Khumbu region treks including the popular EBC trek.

Our journey commences ascending the trail along the west banks of the Dudh Koshi river leading us to the village of Tok Tok. En route, you can catch a magnificent glimpse of Mt Tharmasekhu. Another hour or so walk leads us to the settlement of Bengkar. Further, we cross a suspension bridge from Bengkar and head towards Jorsale.

The trail keeps ascending from Jorsale as we pass through lush pine forests reaching Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar offers the first glimpse of the mighty Everest. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

Altitude: 3440m

Today we will take a rest day to relax our muscles and acclimatize ourselves to the changing environment. Proper acclimatization is a must during this trek, as we do not want to risk the chances of falling prey to altitude sickness.

To make the day more productive, we take a short hike to the villages of Khunde and Khumjung. The communities are accessible with a short climb upwards from the Syangboche airstrip. We also venture to the Everest view hotel, which provides a breathtaking view of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Altitude: 3860m
Time: 5 hours
Trekking distance: 10 kilometers

The following day we continue on our journey as we depart the town of Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. The trail begins by ascending along the verdant landscapes to Syanboche and further towards the Khumjung Village. Then we start descending towards the Dudh Koshi River as we pass through scattered Sherpa settlements.

Then we ascend for another two or more hours along the fir and pine forests into Tengboche. Upon reaching Tengboche, we visit the well-famed Tengboche monastery. It is one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at Tengboche.

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m)

Altitude: 4360m
Time: 5 hours
Trekking distance: 12 kilometers

We begin today’s journey with a descent along the lush forests and crossing a couple of suspension bridges. You will slowly start to observe the landscapes contrasting from verdant meadows to rocky terrains.

Along the course, we pass through the light settlements of Pangboche and Orsho. The trail comprises of regular Mani stones engraved with scribblings of Buddhist supplications. After four to five hours of walking, we finally arrive at Dingboche. Here, you can indulge yourself in the natural beauty of the surrounding icy giants. Overnight stay at Dingboche.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

Altitude: 4910m
Time: 6 hours
Trekking distance: 12 kilometers

On the fourth day, we start trekking towards Lobuche, observing the fantastic backdrop of the snow-clad mountains. The trail is a tough one as we pass through the winding paths along the rocky glacier moraine.

Along the path, you will witness numerous stone caves, built in the memories of the Sherpas, who died while summiting Mt Everest. After walking for about 6 hours along the rocky moraines, we finally reach the settlement of Lobuche. Overnight stay at Lobuche.

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, afternoon explore to Everest Base Camp

Altitude: 5140m (Gorak Shep) & 5,365m (Everest Base Camp)
Time: 7-8 hours
Trekking distance: 15 kilometers

The ninth day will be one of the main highlights of the trek as you set foot at the base of the world’s highest peak. The journey starts quite early as you ascend and cross the Lobuche Pass into Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep used to serve as the official base camp of Everest before the government constructed the newer one.

From Gorakshep, we further climb till the Everest Base Camp, which takes about 3-4 hours approximately. Upon reaching the Base camp, you can view the breathtaking up-close view of Mt Everest and its surrounding giants. The site also offers you the best view of the Khumbu icefall and glacier.

After some quality time at the top, we make our way back down to Gorak Shep for spending the night. Overnight at Gorak Shep.

Day 10: Early morning hike to Kalapatthar and trek to Lobuche

Altitude: 5550m (Kala Patthar) &4,910m (Lobuche)
Time: 6-7 hours
Trekking distance: 13 kilometers

On the tenth day of the journey, we start early and make our way to Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is a well-known site in the Khumbu region, famous for its incredible 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. It provides a sharp picture of Nuptse, Changtse, and Mt Everest.

We start the trek by ascending along the rock and icy trails from Gorak Shep. A 3-4 hour ascend finally leads us to Kalapattar where we will spend some time before heading down to Lobuche for the night. Overnight stay at Lobuche.

Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Pokalde Base Camp via Kongma-La Pass

Altitude: 4,400m (Pokalde Base Camp) / 5,535 (Kongma La Pass)
Time: 6-7 hours
Trekking distance: 13 kilometers

We start our venture towards the Pokalde peak by departing from Lobuche and heading towards the Base Camp. The trails are somewhat rocky, and the ascent is quite steep as we pass via the Kongma La Pass (5,535) towards the base camp. After walking for about 6 hours, we finally reach Pokalde Base Camp. Here, our representatives will guide you with some mountaineering tips for the big climb on the following day. Overnight stay at Pokalde Base Camp.

Day 12: Trek from Pokalde Base Camp to High Camp

Altitude: 5,000m (High Camp)
Time: 4-5 hours
Trekking distance: 1.5 kilometers

The climb from the base camp to the high camp is a mere 600m ascent, but the sections of occasional loose rocks adds to the challenge! Mountaineering equipment aren’t essential here yet as we ascend slowly witnessing the beautiful backdrop of Mt Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,414 m), and Mt. Makalu (8,463 m).

After walking for about 4-5 hours, we finally make it to the high camp. From the high camp, the Pokalde peaks appear as a rough edge overshadowed by a substantial part of the vast Mt. Nuptse. Overnight stay at High Camp.

Day 13: Summit to Pokalde Peak 5806m and back to Chhukung

Altitude: 5,806m (Pokalde Peak) / 4,730 (Chukkung)
Time: 8-9 hours
Trekking distance: 6.5 kilometers

The day you all have been waiting for is finally here! The summit day! It might be one of the toughest days amongst all the trekking days but also is the most rewarding one! We start walking early as we begin the climb to the summit of the Pokalde peak. The trail is rocky and quite challenging all the way to the summit and takes about 4-5 hours in total.

Upon reaching the top, you can witness jaw-dropping scenarios of the surrounding Khumbu peaks. These namely are Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Pumori (7,165 m) and Mt. Ama Dablam (6,856 m). After some well-deserved photographs at the top, we start our descent back to the base camp. The trail then follows further to Chhukung for the night. Overnight stay at Chhukung.

Day 14: Trek from Chhukung to Tengboche

Altitude: 3,860m (Tengboche)
Time: 6-7 hours
Trekking distance: 12 kilometers

After a quick breakfast, we descend towards Tengboche for the day. The trail is relatively comfortable as you pass through the pine trees along the banks of the Imja river. En Route, you will pass through the Sherpa settlements of Pheriche and Pangboche with the magnificent view of the Himalayas in the backdrop. A six-hour journey finally comes to an end as we arrive at Tengboche. Overnight stay at Tengboche.

Day 15: Trek from Tengboche to Monjo

Altitude: 2,835m (Monjo)
Time: 6-7 hours
Trekking distance: 8 kilometers

As our trip nears its end, we start our journey back home with today’s destination being Monjo. Monjo lies about 8 kilometers away from Tengboche and takes roughly about 6 hours to reach. The trek starts with crossing a suspension bridge and ascending along the other side of the terrain to reach Namche Bazaar.

Then we further descend from Namche Bazaar and cross another suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. En route, we pass through the settlements of Jorsale and Larja Dobhan to reach Monjo. Overnight stay at Monji.

Day 16: Trek from Monjo to Lukla

Altitude: 2,840m (Lukla)
Time: 5-6 hours
Trekking distance: 9 kilometers

On the final day of the Pokalde Peak climbing adventure, we head back to Lukla for catching a flight back to the capital on the following day. The trail follows eastwards alongside the Dudh Koshi River all the way to Lukla. Upon arriving at Lukla, you can roam around embracing the magnificent sceneries all around for your final day at the lap of the Himalayas.

Day 17: Flight From Lukla To Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,400m (Kathmandu)
Time: 35 minutes

We board an early morning flight from Lukla back to the capital. The trip takes about 30 minutes and provides impressive outlooks of the Himalayan range. Upon landing at Kathmandu, our representatives will pick you up from the airport and escort you back to the hotel where you can relax for the day!

Day 18: Departure

After a quick breakfast, our representatives will escort you back to the airport for your flight back home, concluding the fantastic 18-day journey. We bid you farewell with the hope of seeing you back again very soon!

Trip Cost US$ 2150 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Two night Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on B/B
  • Climbing peak permit and one climbing guide (Sherpa)
  • National Park entrance permit
  • All Airport transfers
  • All Meals during the trek and camping.
  • Accommodation in lodge during the trek, basic camping arrangement during climbing.
  • Porters to carry member baggage 15 to 18 kg per person.
  • Accident insurance for staffs.
Cost Excludes:
  • Personal clothing.
  • Personal accident insurance, emergency evacuation cost, oxygen, medical box.
  • Alcoholic beverage, laundry and tips.
  • Hotel accommodation and sightseeing tour in Kathmandu (available as per your choice)

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  • Trekking Destination: Everest region
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  • Season: March to Jun,Oct to Dec
  • Grade Info: Strenuous
  • Transportation: Plane
  • Total Days: 17
  • Walking Hour: Apprx 5-6 hrs/day

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