Pumori Expedition

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USD $ 9,449 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    33 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Mount Pumori 7161 M m

  • Difficulty

    strenous

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private Car & Flight

  • Region/Type

    Everest Khumbu Treks
  • Best Season:

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

Pumori Expedition serves as a gateway to other high-altitude peaks including Everest. Mt. Pumori is one of the best mountains for mountaineering that is located in the Khumbu region, in the shape of a pyramid, on the Nepal-Tibet boundary at an elevation of 7161 meters. It dominates the skyline behind Kala Pathar (5555m) and is very easy to identify because of its unique shape. 

“Pumori” is also called the “daughter of Everest” as “Pumo” means “Daughter/young girl” and “Ri” means “mountain” in the Sherpa language. Mr. Gerhard Lenser was the first person to reach the summit via the southeast face in 1962 as a part of a German/Swiss team. Pumori adventure offers well-traveled Himalayan paths, pure scenery, stunning mountain ranges, and a wide flora and fauna as you pass through blossoming rhododendron, pine, birch, and magnolia forests. The top of mount Pumori also offers a bird's eye perspective of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and other notable Himalayan summits and a view of the Tibetan Plateau. 

There are two routes to reach the top of the 7616 meters Mount Pumori. Both the routes share the same trail till Pumori Base Camp which starts with an exciting flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and goes through Phakding, Namche, Dingboche, Lobuche, finally reaching Gorakshep. 

Route 1: The South-East Ridge/Standard Route/Normal Route 

This is the classic route to Mount Pumori and almost every climber takes this route to make the summit. The trail goes through the mountain from the South-East Ridge, starting at Pumori Base Camp at 5300 meters above Gorakshep, and staying at three camps as mentioned below. 

Camp 1 (5700 m): The route runs via glaciers from the base camp to Camp I. 

Camp 2 (6200 m): A 40-60 degree climb on a snow wall from Camp I to Camp II. This 4 hours climb is the most technical part of this Pumori Peak Expedition journey. 

Camp 3 (6480 m): A 30-60 degree climb through ice walls and crevasses from Camp II to Camp III. The campsite offers a spectacular view of the Tibetan Plateau. 

From Camp 3, the path climbs up to the Pumori cliff going through crevasses, before making the final climb to the top.

Route 2: The South-west Ridge

Few climbers attempted this route because it is the most demanding out of the two routes to Mount Pumori. This path features a lot of technical obstacles such as rock scrambling, snow, and ice, as well as steep terrain and high exposure levels. While it is more technical than the classic path, it is thought to be safer from avalanche threats, which the standard route on Pumori is widely known for. 

From Gorakshep, this path climbs through the crevasse to the right of Kala Pathar and west of the regular route and continues straight over the hill at a nearly 75-degree angle. Then the path follows the ridge directly to the summit of Pumori Peak. The route also includes stays at 3 camps at 6000 m (Camp 1), 6500 m (Camp 2), & 6750 m (Camp 3) above sea level. 

NOTE:

We will follow the standard route on the South East Ridge, a grade 3, snow and ice climb that requires a good understanding of alpine climbing techniques and familiarity with the effects of high altitude. Three camps are set up above the base camp at 5300m. Climb through the glaciers for approx. 4 hours and reach Camp 1 at 5700m.

From Camp 1, we climb the face with a 40-60 degrees slope and pass through a snow wall to reach camp 2 at 6200m. From camp 2, climb through ice walls and crevasses to reach Camp 3 at 6480m. Passing through crevasses, climb up to Pumori cliff and then to the summit. From the Pumori summit, the views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Lingtren, Baruntse, Island Peak, and other peaks can all be seen. After that, we return to Base Camp and trek back to Lukla.

Highlights of the Mount Pumori Expedition
  • Summiting one of the most beautiful mountains in the Everest region, Pumori at 7,161 meters
  • Includes rock and ice climbing
  • Enjoy the beautiful view of 8 thousand such as Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Nuptse, along with other white crowns from the Pumori summit
  • Pass by the Sherpa villages of Namche, Tengboche, Khumjung, Lobuche, etc.
  • Get insight into the unique Sherpa culture, lifestyle, and hospitality

Difficulty Level of Pumori Expedition 

The difficulties to climb any summit depends on many factors such as weather Condition and Temperature,  the route you choose for climbing, the Physical Fitness of the climber, mountaineering Skills for Climbing, High Altitude Sickness, distance to cover, clothing and Equipment, etc. 

Considering these common factors and technical difficulty, Mt. Pumori is one of the most difficult peaks above 7000 meters. Pumori Expedition is also difficult because of the technical sections between Camp 1 and Camp 2, as well as the harsh weather at such a high altitude. 

Low air pressure and oxygen levels at high altitudes also pose a concern regarding AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). So, to prevent it, it is necessary to acclimate at frequent intervals, keep oneself hydrated, and have a laid-back mentality. Climbers can carry Diamox, a tablet for AMS prevention. 

Primarily, climbers must be in excellent physical condition. Prior peak climbing experience is required as Pumori Expedition is a grade 3 level of peak climbing from the southeast ridge/classic route.  

Best time to do Pumori Expedition

Himalayas’ climates are unpredictable and harsh at times. While visiting the high-altitude’s harsh and untamed nature, the best value of time and season must be taken into consideration. In addition to that, expeditions are high-risk adventures. So, that must be implemented within a specific time range. In Nepal, there are primarily two seasons that are known for running expeditions. They are spring and autumn. 

Pumori Expedition in Spring Season

In Nepal, the optimum time to go on an expedition is in the spring between April-May. With the lush view of the enormous mountain scenery, the climate will be most vivid at this time. The wind will not be as strong, and the trail will be easier to navigate than in other seasons. Wildflowers grow profusely, plants and trees start turning green, and every hill turns pink and scarlet with Rhododendron blossoms. Mountaineers prefer the spring season because it provides a great view of the region, easier access, and a great success rate.

Pumori Expedition in Autumn Season

The months of October to November of the autumn season are another great season for summiting the peaks. The months of October to November of the autumn season are another great season for summiting the peaks. This is the second busiest time of the year. After the wet monsoon season, the temperatures steadily drop, the sky opens up vibrantly, and the hills start turning yellow and brown. Ropes, ladders, and camps are simple to set up and connect and the success rate also rises in the autumn season. The trekking trails wind their way through lush green hills, with a clear blue sky, less heat haze, and breathtaking vistas of the world’s enormous peaks as a backdrop.

 

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

Once you exit the arrival terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will see one of our representatives with your name tag looking to welcome you. Then, you will be escorted to your hotel in the city center and helped till check-in. You can rest for the remainder or opt. to start exploring the city after a short break. 

If you are interested and time allows, we will drive to Boudhanath Stupa, the biggest Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal, and spend a nice time and watch the sunset from one of the rooftop restaurants there. As soon as you reach the stupa's gate, you'll notice the tranquil atmosphere and watch pilgrims and guests performing a kora (circumambulation) to the main stupa.

From there, we will drive for 15 minutes to Pashupatinath Temple to catch the evening Aarti which starts around 7 in the evening. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the 4 prominent Hindu sites in the world that is situated near the international airport on the bank of the holy Bagmati River. You can watch an aarti ceremony as well as an open-air cremation on the opposite side. 
We then drive back to the city center, walk in the streets of Thamel, and drop you at your hotel. 

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 2 & 3: Kathmandu sightseeing & Expedition Preparation

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 1350 M

We will spend the two days touring some of UNESCO's world heritage monuments in Kathmandu's valley. 
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel after a delicious breakfast for a full day of escorted touring. We will see the majority of Kathmandu Valley's seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will skip Boudhanath and Pashupatinath if we were able to see them the day before and instead focus on the remaining sights, such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. 

Swayambhunath is one of the major attractions in Kathmandu Valley that stands at a hill tower overlooking Kathmandu city surrounded by high hills. This Buddhist pilgrimage site is around 4 kilometers from Thamel and is equally popular with Hindus and people of other faiths. 
Patan Durbar Square is one of the beautiful examples of craftsmanship of Nepal located in the city of beauty, Lalitpur. A number of historical and cultural sites can be found within the Malla kings' palace complex. Krishna Mandir, Keshav Narayan Chowk, Sundari Chowk, the Royal Palace, and the Royal Bath are all gems of medieval culture. Similarly, the royal complex is home to a number of centuries-old monuments.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the best-preserved cultural landmarks in the Kathmandu Valley, located in Bhaktapur which is also known as the city of Devotees. The spectacular palace complex, temples, and monuments' craftsmanship, arts, and architecture are truly intriguing. Some of the notable sights here include the Golden Gate, 55-window Palace, Nyatapola Temple, and others. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the most visited sites in Kathmandu that is located at the center of the city within the walking distance of Thamel. It is the third durbar square in the valley and is a must-see in Kathmandu because of its historical significance and wonderful Newari architectural style. Kumari Ghar, Kasthamandap, Tajeju Bhawani Mandap, Kaal Bhairav Mandap, Hanuman Dhoka Museum, are the most famous spots here. 

Above all, we will complete all of the essential paperwork and make other preparations for the Pumori Expedition. You can also take a stroll around the old markets of Ason and Newroad and get a glimpse of Nepali market life. Interested can also take a rickshaw ride along the streets of Thamel and get a new experience. You can do last-minute shopping at Thamel market for the expedition as Thamel has some wonderful shops for buying or renting trekking and expedition gear. 
Enjoy your dinner and spend the night peacefully before we embark on the expedition journey tomorrow. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 4: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding

🕑 30 Minutes Flight & 3 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2610 M

Today we will fly to Lukla at Tenzing Norgay Airport which is considered one of the world’s most adventurous airports. We will take an early Twin Otter flight to Lukla which is the main entrance to the Khumbu Region. This is an adventurous as well as exciting flight, which provides you with a stunning view of Everest in the distance.
Upon arrival in Lukla, we will meet all crew members of the expedition and start our walking journey to Phakding (2610m). Phakding lies at the bank of Dudh Koshi River which drains the whole of the Khumbu region, this small village is on the main trade route through the area. We will stay in well-built lodges.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 5: Trek to Namche Bazar

🕑 5/6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3440 M

We begin this beautiful journey following the Dudh Kosi valley upstream. Expect to be blown away on the first day of the glorious journey to Mount Pumori.
As the day progresses we will cross and re-cross the rapid Imja Khola upon sturdy suspension bridges. Since most of today will be spent traipsing along the banks, the trek will be mostly on a plain stretch. However, towards the end of the day’s trek, we will make a final steep climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3440m). The rest of the day is designated for relaxing or exploring the bazaar after having checked into our comfortable lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 6: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization

🕑 Full Day Around

Max Altitude: 3440 M

Acclimatization is mandatory when doing high-altitude journeys. So, we will spend a spare day at Namche to adjust to the low oxygen levels. On this acclimatization day, we will spend time hiking and resting which will allow fasting acclimatizing in the high region.
After breakfast, we will ascend to Syangboche hill (3900m). From this spot, we can see the mouth-watering view of the entire Everest Region including of course Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kusum Kanguru, Tawache, Kunde, and other small snow-capped peaks. 
Furthermore, we will visit the high Himalayan Sherpa Village- Khumjung, from where you can see the Hillary school. And a little bit of walk from Khumjung takes us to Khunde village where we visit the Khunde monastery which depicts a clear picture of local Sherpa culture, traditions and you can also see the sculpture of “Yeti”, which you have heard in myths only. 
After this marvelous viewing sites visit, we will return to Namche for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 7: Trek to Tengboche

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3867 M

We continue onwards along the banks of the Imja Khola and make our way to Thyangboche (3867m) today. The start of the trek involves a steep climb out of Namche Bazaar to get to the trail. However, once that’s been overcome, we continue along the well-maintained trail and follow a slight gradient to reach the new elevation. 
Upon reaching our destination, you will not be disappointed with the amazing village located on a ridge below the impressive north ridge of the Kang Taiga. The best part about the hike is that you can see the summit of Mt. Everest from almost every part of the path. Following our day’s hike, we will rest at the lodge close to one of the most important monasteries in Nepal and the biggest in the Khumbu region. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 8: Trek to Dingboche

🕑 4 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4410 M

We determinedly head towards the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4350m) passing through the highest of the original, permanent habitations in the valley, Pangboche. The trek on this day is a little more challenging as the elevation gain is greater than the previous two days. However, being surrounded by mountains on all sides makes the hike totally worth it. We spend the night in a lodge at Dingboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 9: Acclimatization in Dingboche /Acclimatization hike to Chhukung

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 4410 M

Today, we will gain some elevation to acclimatize ourselves. We begin the day by hiking up to the upper Imja Valley along steep and narrow trails to Chukung (4730m), situated below the tremendous south face of Lhotse. Having acclimatized ourselves to climbing at such high elevations, we retrace our steps back to Dingboche to spend a second night at the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 5018 M

After leaving Dingboche, our trail leads us downhill to the Pheriche settlement. The journey up a ridge to Dugla and on to the Khumbu Glacier on this day is one of the most spectacular. We will arrive at Dugla at 4,595 meters with a small wooden bridge over the Khumbu glacier river after around two hours of trekking from Pheriche. We'll have lunch at Dugla before continuing our uphill trip for another hour. We will enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Pumori and other high peaks west of Everest during our trek. We continue our journey until we reach Lobuche, where we will spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Pumori Base Camp

🕑 2/3 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 5300 M

Today, we move further to the Pumori Base Camp from Lobuche. Once we get to the campsite, our Sherpa team will swiftly set up base camp and begin making preparations for the rest of the trip up Mt Pumori.

Note: Since Lobuche to Pumori Base Camp takes only two hours of trekking, interested can take a day hiking trip or morning hiking trip for sunrise and mountain views to Kala Patthar at 5,545 meters. Kala Patthar is one of the best viewpoints surrounded 360 degrees by giant white peaks. The top of the hill station offers wonderful glorious views of Mt Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Makalu (8481 m), Cho Oyu (8201 m), and many other nearby peaks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 12 - 29: Mount Pumori (7161 m) Climbing period

🕑 18 Days Climbing

Max Altitude: 7,161 m

We'll spend many days practicing climbing skills while getting proper acclimatization. And on the day of summiting, we will follow the footsteps and instruction of our experienced climbing specialists as we tackle many technical climbing sections, fully acclimatized and well equipped with necessary climbing gear. We trek to the summit of Mount Pumori, taking into account the weather conditions. 
Our strenuous journey to the summit of Mt Pumori is rewarded with spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Nuptse, and a slew of other snow-capped high peaks in Nepal's Khumbu region. We'll spend some quality time at the summit before returning to base camp along the same trail we used to go at the top. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 30: Trek Back to Pangboche

🕑 4/5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3985 M

Today, we pack our belongings and prepare for the return trek. We leave the Base Camp after breakfast and begin retracing our ways along the same trail that leads to Lobuche. Our road drops gradually from Lobuche as we pass through the settlements of Pheriche and Dingboche on our way back to Pangboche for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 31: Trek to Namche Bazaar

🕑 6/7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3440 M

We leave Pangboche behind and start descending toward Deboche. Our trail then climbs for a while through a lovely pine forest before arriving in Tyangboche. After that, our hike follows a level trail for a while before beginning a slow descent to Phunke Tenga. As we approach Kyangjuma, our trail becomes moderate uphill trekking. From there, it's a pleasant trek all the way back to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. In the evening, feel free to stroll through Namche Bazaar's local shops and souvenir shops.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 32: Trek back to Lukla

🕑 7/8 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2860 M

The final day of our journey takes us from Namche Bazaar to Lukla via Monjo. Our trail winds its way down through a lush forest of rhododendron, oak, and pine trees. We walk along the grassy banks of the Dudh Kosi River, following the crests and troughs. We should expect a generally downhill journey to our destination, with a small rise in the terrain that we will follow to our Lukla lodge at the conclusion of the day.
Final celebration with all team members of Himalayan trekkers by opening some beers and good food. Overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 33: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

🕑 30 Minutes Flight and Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

Today we prepare for an early morning picturesque flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. You will be transferred to the hotel after arriving at Kathmandu airport. You can either rest at the hotel or opt. for guided sightseeing in the places that you couldn't see on the second day of your vacation. Or, you can go to the spa and massage center to get rid of the pain and tiredness of trekking.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 34: Free Day in Kathmandu

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 1350 M

Today is the free day as you can visit some of the Heritage sites of Kathmandu or you can stroll at Thamel and can do last minutes shopping, and buy some souvenirs for friends, families, and relatives.
In the evening, Farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant with a team of Himalayan trekkers by enjoying a cultural show.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 35: Final Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Airport

After breakfast, one of our representatives will transfer you to the airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight back to your home country or onward destination. 

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • All airport transfers (pick-up & drop-off)
  • 4-night accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • All accommodation at Guesthouse/lodge during trekking for all members, staff and Liaison Officer.
  • All Meals during the trek and high-altitude food climbing for climbing period
  • Experienced expedition guide (Everest Summiter)
  • High-altitude porters (sherpas) - 1 for 6 members
  • Expedition Permit fee of Mt. Pumori
  • Liaison Officer
  • Return airfare to/from Kathmandu
  • Experienced Cook, Kitchen helper
  • Insurance of Staff (Liaison officer, Cook, and Kitchen helper)
  • National park entry fee and local taxes
  • All transportation during the trip
  • Expedition cargo to/from Lukla (max. 30 kg per person personal equipment)
  • Porters to carry members` equipment food and fuel to Base Camp and back
  • Tents for members and staff in BC and high-altitude camps
  • All camping /kitchen equipment and its cost and wages
  • Crockery in BC and high-altitude camps
  • Gas fuel (250 gram) - 5 per each member
  • Gas-stove burners - 1 in each high-altitude tent
  • High-altitude tents - 1 for 3 members
  • Sleeping bags for high-altitude camps - 1 per each
  • Generator at BC
  • Electric equipment in BC (wires, lamps, sockets)
  • All necessary Ropes
  • Ice screws
  • Walkie-Talkie - 3 for group
  • Satellite phone (5$ per minute)
  • Expedition T-shirt from Agency
  • All required government taxes and official expenses

Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Katmandu
  • Personal equipment for the ascent
  • Meals (Breakfast & Lunch) in Katmandu
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, and others
  • Beverage expenses
  • Extra porters if required
  • Tips for supporting crew
  • Personal travel, medical and rescue insurance
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required
  • Personal high-altitude Sherpa
  • Oxygen(Russian price)
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the includes section

We offer the best available 3 standard category hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast on a twin/double sharing basis. However, if climbers prefer a single supplementary for the duration of their vacation in Kathmandu, it can be modified according to prior requests with the change in price. 

After arriving in the Everest region in the Khumbu district, we will stay in the best available, neat, clean, and hygienic tea houses and lodges until we reach Pumori Base Camp. These are all on a twin sharing or double sharing basis, most of them with attached washroom and hot shower facilities. Some of these lodgings, especially in Lukla and Namche Bazaar have the amenities you would expect from a star-tagged hotel and where you can find some nice cafes and bakeries.  

We will stay in a tented camp from the Pumori Base Camp till the climbing period. 

Meals during the Pumori Expedition

Breakfasts are included in the accommodations that are provided in the package. While, lunch, dinner, and drinks are casual for the trekkers in Kathmandu since they can choose from a wide range of cuisines and restaurants/cafes/pubs. During your Kathmandu stays, we can recommend you the eateries to stop by for lunch and dinner as per your interest if needed.

However, during the Pumori Expedition period, all three meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) are provided within the package cost. The teahouses in the trekking trail serve Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, and continental menus. Our cooks will prepare high-altitude meals that are high in carbohydrates and potassium during our stay at the base camps.

In addition, we offer our guests a welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

 

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