Pokalde Peak Climbing

Peak Climbing in Nepal

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    18 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Pokalde Peak 5,806 m

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Drive/Flight

  • Region/Type

    Everest Khumbu Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

If you are a free spirit who loves to seek adventure and thrill, then the combined trip of Pokalde Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek will surely satisfy your hunger. The trekking trail is filled with rocky ridges, narrow paths, infrequent passes, hanging glaciers, and steep rises which will challenge the inner adventure seeker in you.

The scenic beauty of Pokalde Peak Climb with EBC Trek will surely emerge as one of the most beautiful programs providing ample opportunities to showcase your photography skills. The views of the peaks become clearer when moving ahead on the journey.

This trekking journey is divided into enough breaks from the Everest Base Camp trek that enable both novice and habitual trekkers to acclimatize before climbing vertical steep and extremely rocky trails of Pokalde. You may observe the scenery alter along the trip as it passes through luscious meadows, rocky dunes, and lonely mountains. You can enjoy and experience unforgettable moments at the campsite, by pitching camps at comfortable altitudes with amazing views. 

Trekking overnight stops like Lobuche and Gorakshep offer incredible views of surrounding peaks, and so does the steep ascending trail leading to the Tengboche monastery, which is immensely popular among the trekkers. Tengboche monastery is surrounded by the alluring views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Kantega, and Nuptse apart from a clear view of the mighty Mt. Everest.

The southern part, i.e. the trail towards the main destination of this journey is less traversed by travelers but has an undisputed view. It leads you to Kongma La which is one of the famous high mountain passes at 5545 meters and to the beautiful Chhukhung Valley. The northern part is undoubtedly beautifully wrapped in hanging glaciers.

You will get enough opportunities on your hike to enjoy the culture of the locals and to mingle with them as the trails pass through the local settlements of the Sherpas, a village of Jorsale, Periche, and others. 

Pokalde Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek Route 

Pokalde Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a brief but exciting flight from Kathmandu to one of the most dangerous airports in the world named Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. The trail then follows the traditional Everest Base Camp trekking route from Lukla that goes towards Phakding to Namche Bazaar which is the commercial of the Khumbu region. After spending an acclimatization day at the main gateway to Everest Khumbu Region, Namche, the adventure peak climbing track continues through the towns of Tengboche and Dingboche to Lobuche. 

From Lobuche, we proceed for the Everest Base Camp journey via Gorakshep. Returning to Gorakshep for the night after exploring EBC, we climb to Kalapatthar the next morning to view incredibly beautiful 360-degree views of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range. We return to Lobuche for the night on that day and prepare for the climbing journey to Pokalde Peak. 

From Lobuche, we make it to Pokalde Base Camp and it is only 600 meters to the high camp from camp. The following day, the ascent from the high camp continues to the summit. After spending the needed amount of time at the top of the 5806meters peak, we descend to Chukkung on the same day. Then, our descent goes through the villages of Tengboche, Namche Bazaar, Monjo, and Phakding before reaching Lukla. After Lukla, we'll catch an early-morning flight back to the city to wrap out our incredible 14-day journey in Everest Region.

Pokalde Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights 

  • Scenic flight to one of the most dangerous airports in the world
  • The extravagance of scenic beauty
  • An overdose of adventure on narrow challenging trails and rocky steeps
  • Charming Sherpa settlements and dramatic canyons of the waterways
  • Amazing view from Tengboche of the majestic Everest Khumbu region
  • Historic Tengboche Monastery to see the thriving Tibetan Buddhism
  • Beautiful trails through blazing Rhododendron and dense pine forests
  • A diverse range of flora and fauna
  • Experience of Sherpa culture and customary way of life and traditions from up close
  • Ample opportunities for honing photography skills
  • Magnificent Mahalangur Himalayan Range
  • Kongma La Pass as 5545 meters 
  • A thrilling ascent to the top of the 5,806-meter-high Pokalde Peak

Pokalde Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Pokalde Peak lies at 5806 meters elevation above sea level and it is the highest altitude you reach during your Pokalde Peak Climbing journey. It is less difficult than other climbing peaks in comparison which does not involve any technical expertise or the ability to use ice axes and crampons but keep in mind that you will undoubtedly utilize ropes in some parts of the climb. It still necessitates a great deal of physical endurance, though. So, we suggest you indulge in some physically related sports and activities before starting the trip.  

Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) can make your Pokalde Peak Climb challenging. It is not a guarantee that you will get AMS but it is likely because you will be staying several nights above 3500-meter elevation. And regardless of any age, gender, experience, or fitness, it could get you. Therefore, it is crucial to acclimatize and hydrate adequately throughout the climb in order to lower the risk of AMS. Carrying AMS medication such as Diamox is also a good idea. In addition, having travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation will also play a pivotal role if in case required. 

Furthermore, the inappropriate weather can make this straightforward climb challenging. So, learn about the appropriate time for Pokalde Peak Climbing if you want to avoid difficulties. 

Best Time to do Pokalde Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek

Alike many treks and peak climbing journeys in Nepal, Pokalde Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek is also best done in the spring and autumn seasons. The winter is also pretty doable but the summer monsoon is not recommended at all. 

Autumn is the busiest time of the year for trekking and climbing including the Pokalde Peak Climb. The dry and consistent weather and temperatures make this season the most secure time with the highest success rate of summiting. Daytime temperatures during this season range around 15 degrees Celsius and the nighttime temperature will be 5 to below degrees. The days are sunny with a clear sky offering alluring natural beauty, including lush forests, breathtaking pastures, and beautiful views of the Himalayas. Autumn also celebrates many festivals in Nepal including the country’s biggest celebrations Dashain and Tihar and the famous Sherpa/Tibetan-Buddhism Festival Mani Rimdu in the Everest Region which lasts 19 days. 

Another ideal season for Pokalde Peak Climbing is surely the brimming spring season. The dry and stable weather and temperatures are similar to autumn. The daytime temperatures range between 15 and 17 degrees Celsius and it drops to below minus at night. As it is a post-winter season, trekkers will be awarded the stunning and unobstructed vista of the lofty Himalayas and the newness and freshness in all surrounding nature. Red and Pink Rhododendrons in full blossom, lush woodlands, and verdant meadows give the spring season a seductive aura. You might run into the fellow Everest expedition groups since this time of year is also great for climbing Everest. 

Though winter is considered an off-season for peak climbing journeys in Nepal, it is possible to do the Pokalde Peak Climbing, especially during December month as the views of the mountains are incredibly clear during this month. In addition, you will have the opportunity to get a calmer and more nuanced experience since there will be fewer people on the route. However, you must be adequately prepared to handle the cold. 

The summer monsoon is definitely an off-season for Pokalde Peak Climbing like other climbing and trekking journeys because of the heavy rain causing landslides, mudslides, slick trails, and unwelcome delays in your flights and your whole schedule. Also, the clouds and fogs will disrupt your mountains as well as surrounding views. 

Permits to do Pokalde Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekkers and climbers need to obtain the following permits to do the Pokalde Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek. 

1. Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) Permit 

2. Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Permit 

3. Local Permit (Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit)

Note: All these permit costs are included in the Pokalde Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek package. 

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

🕑 30 min drive

Max Altitude: 1,400 m

We warmly welcome you to our beautiful country Nepal. After we receive you at the airport, we will drop you at your designated hotel for the overnight stay.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in KTM

Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour and climb Preparation

🕑 5-6 hrs drive

Max Altitude: 1,400 m

After morning breakfast, we start our trip today. We take you to visit a few of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, situated around the small periphery of Kathmandu Valley.

There are 7 Heritage sites located within the Kathmandu Valley. They are Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Changunarayan, Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in KTM

Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2,800 m) & trek to Phakding (2,610 m)

🕑 30 min flight and 2 hrs trek

Max Altitude: 2,610 m

It is better to take the early flight to Lukla because of its ever-changing climatic condition. So, after early breakfast, we head straight to the airport at the domestic terminal to catch up on the flight.

After landing in Lukla, we commence our trek towards Phakding. Once we reach Phakding, we stay at a guest house or tea house overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)

Max Altitude: 3,440 m

You are at one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Phakding. After enjoying breakfast viewing the mountains in the surrounding, we continue our trek towards Namche Bazaar. 

After walking for about 6 hours we reach one of the most beautiful valleys in the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight at a guest house with proper facilities, amazingly maintained at such a high altitude.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 5: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

🕑 1-2 hrs hike

Max Altitude: 3,440 m

Today you are free on your own to explore the beautiful village, Namche. Also, it is important for your body to acclimatize at such high altitude.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 6: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3,800 m)

Max Altitude: 3,800 m

You enjoy the delicious breakfast at your guest house. Next, we continue the trek which will eventually take us to Tengboche. Stay overnight at a teahouse.

Tengboche is named after the monastery itself, i.e. Tengboche Monastery or commonly named as Dawa Choling Gompa. Tengboche is also popular for the festival, Mani Rimdu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200 m)

Max Altitude: 4,200 m

After spending a night at Tengboche, we now trek to Pheriche, eventually after breakfast. You will get to see an up-close view of the Mountain ranges from here. Enjoy the eye-catching view and stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 8: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4,900 m)

Max Altitude: 4,900 m

Today we trek from Pheriche to Lobuche, enjoying the stunning mountain view on the background, following the beautiful trail.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 9: From Lobuche to Kalapathar (5,545m) and back to Lobuche (4,900 m)

Max Altitude: 5,545 m

Woohooo!! Heading to Kalapatthar today...

The literal meaning of Kala Patthar is Black Rock. It is a notable landmark among the trekkers as you get to see the closer view of Mt. Everest from here. 

After indulging in the natural beauty around the Kala Patthar region, we again trek back to Lobuche for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Kongma La Pass (5,528 m) – Pokalde Peak Base camp (4,300 m)

Max Altitude: 5,528 m

Enjoy the delightful breakfast at Lobuche so that we can continue our trek to Pokalde Peak Base Camp, crossing through Kongma La Pass. We are almost near to our destination.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 11: Ascend from Base camp to High camp (5,000 m)

Max Altitude: 5,000 m

Today is the day to trek from Pokalde Base Camp to High Camp. You trek passing the icy trails surrounded by the highest peaks everywhere. The weather is cold but you feel like nature is calling you towards herself. After a long walk, stay overnight setting the camp at High camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 12: Climb Pokalde Peak (5,800 m) and back to Dingboche

Max Altitude: 5,800 m

Please enjoy your breakfast because today will be a long walk day. At first, we trek to Pokalde Peak from High Camp, our main destination on this trek.

Oh Wow!! you conquered the peak after 11 days of trekking to such a high altitude. After indulging some time in the Pokalde Peak, it's time for us to trek back to Dingboche for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 13: Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche

After breakfast, we continue to trek back to Tengboche. You pass through the forests crossing over the river on your way back.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 14: From Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

It is already time to get back to Namche Bazaar from Tengboche following the same route we cam from.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 15: From Namche to Phakding and then to Lukla

Today is the last day of our trek. At first, we trek from Namche to Phakding then, to Lukla from Phakding.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

🕑 30 min flight

Max Altitude: 1,400 m

Take an early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Rest of the day is free on your own. 

In the evening you will be taken for a farewell dinner by the Himalayan Trekkers team.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in KTM

Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 min airport drive

Max Altitude: 1,400 m

It is already time for us to depart so, with the hope to see you again in Nepal for another adventurous trip, we drop you at the airport after breakfast, for you to catch up on your flight.

Have a safe journey!!

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • All Arrival/Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast in Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • All Guesthouse, Lodge/tented Accommodation during the Trek and Climb
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunches & Dinner with Tea/Coffee) During the Trek & Climb
  • Guided Sightseeing with all applicable entrance fees as per itinerary in Kathmandu
  • All Private transfer as per itinerary
  • Domestic (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) Airfare and taxes as per itinerary
  • An Experienced GOVT licensed Trekking/Climbing Guide & required No. of Sherpa Porters
  • All wages, allowances, insurance, medical and equipment for supporting crew.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Fees
  • TIMS fees & Local Province (Municipality/Village) Fees
  • Peak Climbing fees (Royalty)
  • Climbing & Camping Equipment as per itinerary/necessary
  • Garbage fees / a comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All GOVT local taxes

Excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees ( USD 25/40/100 – 15/30/100 Days Cash On arrival)
  • International Airfare to/from Kathmandu & Departure Taxes
  • Excess baggage (cargo) charges
  • Any charges incurred due to the changing itinerary ( Early arrival from the trek, late departure, cancellation of the trek in the middle etc)
  • Meals (Lunches & Dinner) in the city
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for your safety measures
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.
  • Tipping/ gratitude
  • Any extra cost arising from bad weather, unfavorable circumstances (road blockage, landslide, flight delay etc)
  • Rescue and evacuations
  • Personal Trekking/Climbing Equipment
  • Your Travel Insurance

FAQ'S

Q. 1. Where is Pokalde Peak located?

Pokalde Peak is located in the Khumbu region of Solukhumbu district lying just 12 km southwest of Mt. Everest. It lies north of Kongma La ridge and is situated just above the Khumbu glacier, opposite Lobuche Peak. 

Q. 2. What is the height of Pokalde Peak?

Phokalde Peak is located at an altitude of 5,806 meters above sea level. 

Q. 3. What can we see from the Pokalde Peak summit?

The Pokalde Peak summit offers a majestic panoramic view of the snowy giants including the highest mountain in the world Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Shishapangma, Mt.Cho Oyu, Mt. Gosainthan, Mera Peak, and others.  

Q. 4. Is it difficult to climb Pokalde Peak?

Pokalde Peak is a short and easier climbing peak of the Himalayas. Previous climbing experience is not required for climbing this peak but one must be physically and mentally healthy and engage in outdoor activities like hiking, jogging, cycling, swimming, etc. before the trek. 

Q. 5. When is the best time to climb Pokalde Peak?

Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) is the best season for Pokalde Peak climbing. The weather is favorable with the lowest chances of any unfortunate events happening. Spring offers walking through the blossoming wild-flower forests whereas Autumn falls after the monsoon offering the best vistas of the Himalayas. 

Q. 6. How long does it take to climb Pokalde Peak?

Pokalde Peak climb is a one-day summit that can be done in 8-9 hours both ways depending on the travelers. However, the overall trip consists of 17 days. 

Q. 7. Can I do solo Pokalde Peak climbing? Do I need a guide for Pokalde Peak climbing?

Solo climbing to Pokalde Peak is not possible. And it is mandatory to have an authorized climbing guide in order to ensure the traveler's safety. Our guides are authorized professional climbing guides who are skilled and have a lot of knowledge and experience in this field. However, there are two options for this trip, you could either join a group or climb solo with the guide. 

Q. 8. Do I need travel insurance for Pokalde Peak climbing?

It is mandatory to have travel insurance for Pokalde Peak climbing. You could purchase insurance from a reliable insurance agency from your location/home country. While purchasing travel insurance one must choose the insurance that covers emergency and medical evacuation, trip cancellation/delay, medicinal treatment, injury, loss of baggage, liabilities, etc.  

Q. 9. Is a climbing permit required for Pokalde Peak Climbing? Is the permit included in the package?

Yes, a climbing permit is required for Pokalde Peak climb along with TIMS and Sagarmatha National Park permit. The legal climbing permit is issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). All the permits and entrance fees are included in all the packages offered by Himalayan Trekkers including the Island Peak Climb.  

Accommodations During Pokalde Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek

In accordance with our standard category, we Himalayan Trekkers offer the best 3-star category lodging options in Kathmandu on a twin/double sharing basis. However, you can choose from 4-star to 5-star hotels/resorts, modest lodges, and even hostels in Kathmandu. 

Your accommodations in the Himalayas will be trekking teahouses with minimal amenities. The rooms will be on a twin/group sharing basis furnished with a bed, mattress, blanket, and pillow as a bare minimum. While you can get the rooms with private bathrooms in Lukla, Namche Bazaar, you might have to share the restrooms as you move up to the higher regions. And, in areas where trekking lodges and teahouses are not available, we provide lodging in tent camps.

Meals during Pokalde Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek

Himalayan Trekkers will offer all three meals—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—with the exception of the lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, which have a wide variety of dining options. We can recommend the eateries in Kathmandu to meet your menu choice and budget. 

During the trekking journey starting from Lukla, you will be served breakfast and dinner at the teahouse where you spend the night and lunch at the teahouse on the way to your onward destination. Please keep in mind that the menu options keep on going limited with the increasing elevation, mostly after Namche Bazaar. The most well-known dishes are Nepali staple Dal-Bhat-Tarkari (rice, lentil soup, and seasonal vegetables), local dishes, noodles, dumplings, flatbreads, potatoes, fried bread, and mushroom soup. Then, during the climbing duration, our tent cooks will provide you with freshly cooked meals.

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