Pokalde Peak Climbing A
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Pokalde Peak (or Dolma Ri) (5806m.) is a mountain peak of Nepal situated 12 km southwest of Mount Everest. Pokalde Peak is one of the shortest and easiest trekking peaks in the Everest Region. 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.
Pokalde Summit Pokalde Peak can be easily climbed in half a day by a fit and acclimatised 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 twenty degrees below freezing.
Trek Grade: Strenuous
Peak Grade: Modurate
Trip Duration: 19 days
Trekking Days: 15 days
Climbing Period: 2 days
Maximum Altitude: 5,806m.
Trekking Mode: Lodge/Camp
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu & transfer hotel
Day 02: ½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and preparation day
Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2800m) and immediately trek to Phakding (2652m)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 05: Rest day at Namche and little hike in Khumjung area
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3860m)
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche(4410m.)
Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche(4410m.) and little hike for acclimatization
Day 09: Trek to Pokhalde Base Camp approx (5100m.). - camp
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Base Camp and preparation day - camp
Day 11: Early morning climb Pokhalde Peak (5806m) and return back to Base camp - camp
Day 12: Early morning clean Base Camp and trek to Lobuche(4910m.).
Day 13: Early morning trek Gorakshep, have breakfast and immediately trek to Everest Base Camp(5364m.) and back to Gorakshep
Day 14: Early morning trek to Kalapathar (5550m.) and decent trek to Pheriche(4240m.)
Day 15: Trek to Namche (3450m)
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2800m)
Day 17: Flight to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 18: Rest day or final shopping day in Kathmandu valley
Day 19: Final Departure to Homeland.
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide
Both way domestic Air fare (KTM-LUK-KTM) with airport tax
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Everest National Park Entry fee
Peak climbing permit
Food for the members on camping basis/ Lodge basis
All camping equipment and camping charges during climbing period
All required group climbing equipments( like fixed ropes, man rope, ice bar, ice screw.....)
All required Nepalese staffs including climbing support sherpa
Climbing support Sherpa equipments
All Nepalese staffs insurance
Company service charge and government taxes etc.
International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu
All personal equipment and personal expenses
All personal climbing gears
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Telephone and internet charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staff and porters Tips...