Pokhalde Peak (5806m) - 17 Days

Pokhalde Peak (5806m)

Pokhalde Peak, also known as Dolma Ri, lies 12kms southwest of Everest, rising to the north of the Kongma La, above the Khumbu glacier, near Lobuche. Standing at a height of 5,806m, the relatively low altitude of Pokhalde, together with its untechnical nature, make it one of the shortest and easiest trekking peaks in the Himalaya. From the summit, there are superb panoramic views in every direction, particularly of Ama Dablam and Pumori, making an ascent of the peak a worthwhile venture.

As no technical skills are required to reach the summit, this expedition would make an interesting and adventurous trekking experience for alpinists as well as fit, well-acclimatized trekkers wishing to climb a Himalayan peak without the use of normal expedition equipment.

Resembling a crenulated rocky ridge dominated by the vast bulk of Nuptse, the peak has scarcely any snow-covering in the trekking season. Its northern side has a small hanging glacier that is best reached along the ridge rising from the Kongma La. For the most part, the rock on the peak is poor, although it does offer some interesting scrambling on the well-defined ridges.

Pokhalde was first climbed in 1953 by the British Everest Expedition team led by John Hunt who ascended the peak along its north ridge via the Kongma La.

DayActivities
Day 01Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02Rest/preparation
Day 03Fly Lukla (2800m); trek Phakding (2610m)
Day 04Trek Namche Bazaar (3420m)
Day 05Rest/acclimatization
Day 06Trek Tengboche (3870m)
Day 07Trek Dingboche (4360m)
Day 08Rest/acclimatization
Day 09Trek Lobuche (4930m)
Day 10Trek Pokhalde Peak Base Camp
Day 11Rest/preparation
Day 12Summit (5806m); descend Dingboche
Day 13Trek Tengboche
Day 14Trek Namche Bazaar
Day 15Trek Lukla
Day 16Fly Kathmandu
Day 17Depart Kathmandu

What is Included

  • Arrival & departure transfer from and to the airport & hotels
  • 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu (twin share)
  • Tea house accommodation on full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trek
  • Tents/camping gear and food for base camp
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight
  • Surface transportation as per the itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Permits & other local taxes
  • Required number of porters
  • Climbing gear, transportation, accommodation, food, salary and insurance for guide and other staffs
  • Farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu

What is Excluded

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu & Nepal visa fee
  • Travel & medical insurance including insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, bottled water, bar bills, etc.
  • Trekking gear (also available on hire)
  • Tips for local staff
  • Any extra cost arising out of natural calamities or cancellation of the program
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Cost Includes’

Clothes Attributes

FabricBreathabilityWaterproofWind StopperStretchiness
FleeceExcellentPoorPoorExcellent
Laminated Soft-shell GoodGoodFairGood
Double weave softshellExcellentPoorFairExcellent
Waterproof breathable laminated softshellFairGoodExcellentFair
Waterproof breathableFairExcellentExcellentPoor

Footwear

  • Plastic mountaineering boots (B2 boots)
  • Water repellent boots with ankle support for walking
  • A pair of Gaiters.
  • Socks
  • Trainers which can be used in teahouses & camps

Clothing

  • Waterproof (trousers & jacket)
  • Trousers for trekking (Waterproof)
  • Long sleeve shirts/T-shirts (preferably not cotton)
  • Micro, Mid to heavyweight fleece & Fleece pants
  • Bodywarmer fleece
  • Thermals (top & bottom)
  • Down jacket

Climbing Equipment

  • Harness with 1m sling,
  • Screw gate carabiners
  • Crampons
  • Ice ax
  • Jumar
  • Mountaineering helmet

Head & Hand Gear

  • Hat (Woolen or fleece)
  • Sun hat
  • Bandana
  • Head-torch with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Mountaineering sunglasses
  • Fleece gloves.
  • Woolen gloves

Personal Equipment

  • Duffle bag (to be carried by a porter)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat. We also provide everyone mats. Your extra mat will be helpful at the Base Camp
  • Backpack to carry water bottles, camera, lunch packs, and personal clothing
  • Pee bottle
  • Sunscreen & Insect repellent
  • Water purification tablets
  • Snacks, books, MP3 players, cards, etc
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Insurance certificate
  • Hand sanitizer & wipes
  • Toiletries

Personal first aid kit

  • Any personal medications.
  • Electrolytes
  • Analgesics & throat lozenges
  • Diamox (helps with acclimatization)

Tourist Visa Information

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.

Visa Charges

Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries

Multiple entries 15 days – US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 30 days – US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 90 days – US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension

If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu

Visa Extension Fee 

  • Tourist visa extension is done for minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

For more information

http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

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Trip Facts

  • 17 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 5,806 m
  • D
  • Teahouse/Camping
  • March to May; September to November
  • Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
  • Hotel, Camping
  • Flights, private car or tourist bus
  • 12 pax Maximum