Situated in the Everest region, Pokalde Peak is one of the shortest and easiest trekking peaks offers spectacular views of white snow capped mountains including great Mt. Everest ( 8848m,). 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.
This 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 two decades below freezing.
Destination: Pokalde Peak
Trip duration: 19 Days
Grade: Strenuous Plus
Activity: Sightseeing, trekking and climbing
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel, camping or lodge (tea house)
Transportation: Flights, private car or tourist bus
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport, transfer to the selected hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: Early Morning flight to Lukla, and start trek to Phakding (2652m) 3 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Namche (3440m) 6 hrs Camp
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3870m) 5 hrs Camp
Day 06: Tengboche to Pheriche (4350m) 5 hrs Camp
Day 07: Pheriche to Lobuche
Day 08: Lobuche to Kalapatthar - Gorakhshep
Day 09: Trek to Pokalde Base Camp.
Day 10: Climb to High Camp
Day 11: Summit – base camp
Day 12: Extra day to attempt summit
Day 13: Trek to Dingboche
Day 14: Dingboche to Tengboche (3870m) 4 hrs Camp
Day 15: Tengboche to Namche (3440m) 3 hrs Camp
Day 16: Namche to Lukla (2800m) 4 hrs Camp
Day 17: Flight back to Kathmandu. Evening join the farewell dinner with culture show.
Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu for relaxes and shopping.
Day 19: Transfer to airport for final departure.
Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.
The cost of each climbing differs as per the size of group, choice of hotel, client's interest of service and amendments in our itinerary. Our prices are very reasonable for the services we cater.
|Group Size||Rate US$||Additional P/P US$|
|1-4 persons||350.00 only|
|5-8 persons||350.00 plus||40.00(per person)|
|9-12 persons||510.00 plus||25.00(per person)|
Note: Maximum number of members in team is 12.
Garbage deposit for all 33 NMA Peaks
An amount of US$250.00 should be deposited to NMA as garbage deposited to get permit to all 33 NMA peaks except the Thorang peak which we have to deposit USD 500 to Nepal Bank Limited.
The refund shall be made as per the provisions made by NMA.
Freshly cook food on full board basis will be provided both on trekking and climbing sections through the best provided lodges and by our experienced and trained cook during the climbing respectively, foods are high level of balance diet, hygiene and safety. Three meals (Nepali, Sherpa, and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian cusions) will be provided both in lodges and during the camp. Each day dinner and breakfast will be provided in the same lodge/camp you spend the night. Lunch camp will be fixed on a pleasant surrounding…
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Pokalde Peak Climbing itinerary is a mixture of lodges and tents accommodations while you are on the mountain. Actually trek part we accommodate on the best lodges/guest house and has been chosen according their eco-friendliness, best location, hygiene and friendly nature. On climbing section will accommodate with comfortable two men camping tent, foam mattress, 4 season sleeping bag. We maintain standard & comfort in every means with best of our knowledge, experiences and costs. All accommodations on trekking/climbing lodge & tent is based on twin share. We provide standard hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast.
Mission Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.
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