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Pokhalde Peak (Dolma Ri) looks like a crenulated rocky ridge dominated by the vast bulk of Nuptse situated 12 km southwest of Mount Everest. The mountain has a small hanging glacier, which is best reached along the ridge rising from the Khongma La, on its northern side. The last 50 meters to the top is rather steep so may need a rope. Although the summit is comparatively.
Pokhalde was first climbed in April 1953 from the ridge Khongma- la pass (5535 meters) the same ridge to continues from Khongma la to Mehra Peak and beyond. The prominence of Pokhalde Peak is modest at 270 meters. Nowadays most ascent of this Peak are made by skirting the opposite Makalu side of the mountain.
This rocky peak is scarcely covered by snow during the snowy season. Despite its lack of any great technical difficulty, it offers trekkers the prospect of reaching 5800 meters 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; Pokhalde is a popular commercial tourist peak in Nepal for those wishing to climb a Himalayan peak without needing to use ice axes and crampons.
Pokhalde Peak can be easily climbed in half a day by a fit and acclimatized group with appropriate leadership. Despite its low difficulty, sections of Pokhalde 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.
Pokhalde Base Camp is situated in a raised "amphitheatre" style valley with a large circular lake in the middle below the Khongma La pass. About 40 minutes from the base camp is the Khongma 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 Pokhalde 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.
Arrive to Kathmandu, an exciting and memorable experience with the panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan range greets your sight.
Independent Himalayan Adventure's Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. After arrival to hotel, Short briefing and final procedures.
We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip. Final checking of your climbing equipments. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley.
Early morning fly from Kathmandu airport to Lukla Tenzing Hillary Airport (the hub of Khumbu) take short time to finalize packing for porterts/yaks.
Trek around 4 to 5 hours to get our first night in Phakding (2640 meters)
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours. Namche Bazaar known as the capital of Khumbu and the Gateway to Everest which is home to many good hotels and lodges here, along the whole Everest trail this is quite a big village.
We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. As well as a short trek where a museum is celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Today we hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.
Trek to Tyangboche /Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours. We trek to an altitude of 3860 meters today.
There is a beautiful monastery 'Tyangboche' is situated with several monks. On reaching Tyangboche our guide will tell you about the local monastery situated here. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the days trekking went.
We continue to climb as we head to the altitude of 4350 meters taking our time so we avoid getting affected by the thinning of the air. Approx 5 hours trek.
Rest and acclimatisation day in Dingboche (4350m)
We continue trek to the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier to Duglha. The trail lead us zigzags through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path we continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 meters in Lobuche, some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Rest after some trekking and drinking of plenty of water would be better. Chocklates or Snickers would be friendly.
Trek to Khongma La Pass( 5553 meters). approximately 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Climb Pokhalde Peak ( 5806 meters) and after successful climbing trek down to chukung.
An extra day is included for incase of poor weather support.
Trek down to Tyangboche (3860 meters), approximately 5 hours
The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. Enroute you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde.
There is an opportunity to visit one of its monastery, the only monastery that has a Yeti Scalp. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings you to the village of Khunde, where you can visit the Khunde Hospital funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. After Khunde, a scenic and pleasant walk brings you to Namche for the overnight.
The last day of your trek leads you from Namche Bazaar via Phakding, Monjo to Lukla.
The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.
Enjoy your Last day party with your group.
Morning flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
Leisure day in Kathmandu. It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla, If you are interested in continuing on to the Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.
Transfer for your final flight departure. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
US $ 250 (refundable after submit garbage clearance letter by SPCC)
Climbing Permit fee for Group "A" NMA Peaks:
Group size 1 to 7 persons : US$ 500
each additional climbingmember upto 12 person US$ 100
Climbing Permit fee for Group "B" NMA Peaks:
Group size 1 – 4 persons: US$ 350 only
Group size 5 – 8 persons: US$ 350 plus US$ 40 per person
Group size 9 – 12 persons: US $ 510 plus US$ 25 per person
Climbing Guides fee/allowance:
US$ 300 for normal peaks
US$ 500 to 700 for technical peaks