To be at the top of a peak is the greatest feeling for an adventurer. It is just a great impression that very few people can only sense in their life, those who can dare for a thrill and adventure. If you are someone who is thinking of pushing your limits to be on the top of a mountain for the very first time, Pokalde Peak Climbing can be a great adventure.
Pokalde Peak or Dolma Ri is a peak of Nepal that lies in the neighborhood of Mt Everest. Situated about 12 KM southwest of the tallest peak in the world, Pokalde Peak is one of the popular trekking peaks in Nepal. The elevation of its summit is just 5,806m i.e. 19,049ft. The peak is also considered to be an easy and short peak to climb in Nepal. As of that, it becomes the ultimate peak for those who are trying their mountaineering luck for the first time. You cannot take many risks on your very first try. This mountain is the right pick to give you enough climbing experiences for the many next climbs.
As said before, the mountain lacks difficult technical sections and is one of the easiest climbs in Nepal. The climb will demand you little more than just trekking and that is all. However, the peak has gratifying mountain displays from its top. If not for the technical section, you should do this climb for a great snow-loaded mountain view. Sky Towering peaks like Mt Everest, Mt Nuptse, Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Lhotse, and many other Everest region alpines can be seen from the top.
Due to its easiness and low difficulty, Pokalde Peak Climbing is a prime climbing option for those tourists who wish to climb a peak without wearing crampons and using ice axes. But remember, you will definitely use ropes in certain sections of the climb. And the weather can make this simple climb a difficult one. If you wish to do it without any bad experience, you have to do it at the right time. Along with that, you need certain climbing training as well.
As soon as your aircraft hits the runway of Kathmandu Airport, our crew will be there at the airport to pick you up. The crew’s cab will drop you straight to your hotel for initial check-in. You’ll spend some time getting refreshed and rest after the long and hectic flight. Once you feel refreshed, you can tour around the city’s hangout places for refreshment. Your first overnight of the trip will be at Kathmandu.
On the very second day of the trip, you’ll leave your hotel for the city sightseeing. Kathmandu valley is a big valley that consists of three major districts of the country: Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur. This day will fully be dedicated to the exploration of Kathmandu valley. You’ll reach out for the UNESCO listed sites of the valley like Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar square, and Basantapur Durbar Square.
The rest of the day will be used to prepare for the trip. You surely need certain clothes, climbing gear, and other necessities for the expedition. For getting those things, you’ll roam around the marketplaces of the city. After getting all of the shopping, you’ll return back to your hotel for a night’s stay.
Now you are all set to get going on the expedition of Pokalde Peak. You’ll leave Kathmandu for Lukla by a scenic flight of 30 minutes. Enjoying the airtime over the Himalayas, you’ll land at Lukla Airport, which is deemed also as the treacherous airport.
After the safe landing, you’ll now join the trail of Everest Base Camp Trek to leave Lukla for Phakding. It will be a downhill trek through the woods of the region at first. Then following the bank of Dudh Koshi River, you’ll trek ahead. A trek of 3 hours will come to an end after arriving at a settlement full of tea houses, Phakding. You’ll settle at your overnight’s tea house and roam around the area before nightfall. Overnight at Phakding.
Following your first overnight outside Kathmandu in Phakding, you’ll leave the place to reach Namche Bazaar. The palace you are heading to today, Namche Bazaar, is the major trade area of the region. Today, you’ll cross some suspension bridges that are dotted with prayer flags, a lush forest of rhododendron, and several settlements. You’ll follow the same Dudh Koshi River’s bank to move ahead.
While trekking on a clear sunny day, you’ll start to see the bright mountains of the region. Mt Tharmasekhu is the most noticeable peak for the day. You’ll also enter through the entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park today at Monjo. The trek of 6 hours will complete once you reach the Namche Bazaar. The hustle and bustle of the town will surely add some energy to you. The town is crowded with many good restaurants, bakeries, and coffee houses where you can spend evening time after the long trekking day. You can also get some of your necessities from the shops around the streets of Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
A day or so for acclimatization is very much important in an expedition like Pokalde Peak Climbing. Your body requires some time to adjust to newer altitudes. If not properly adjusted, the body starts to get troubled by the sickness. For that cause, you’ll spend one full day at Namche Bazaar as an acclimatization day. You tour the town thoroughly and hike around a must place near Namche.
You can start the day by exploring the town. After that, you will perform a short day hike around the Khunde and Khumjung, the two iconic Sherpa settlements of the region. There you will get to know the culture, lifestyle, and hardships of the Sherpas. You may get inspiring insights through this sort of hike.
Thereafter, you will move to the Everest View Hotel which is one of the highest located hotels in the world. You’ll dine there at the hotel along with the breathtaking mountain panorama including Mt Everest. Around the dawn, you’ll make a return to Namche Bazaar for the night rest. Another overnight at Namche Bazaar’s vicinity.
You’ll bid a farewell to Namche Bazaar until you return to track Tengboche before dusk. The heavy breakfast at Namche should push you hard on the steep trail. You’ll start with an ascending trek which takes you through woods to Syanboche at first and Khumjung Village next. From Khumjung, you’ll have an easy trekking time through a descending trail. The trail goes downwards to the bank of Dudh Koshi river once again.
Keeping the feet going, you’ll pass several lush forests of pine, fir, and rhododendron. The walk into the woods will come to an end soon after you reach Tengboche. It is one of the popular settlements that come along the trail of Everest Base Camp Trek. The big and important Tengboche monastery will greet you with a warm welcome. The day will end with a visit around the monastery. You could even see a wide range of mountains from there if the light is still available. Overnight at Tengboche.
You’ll start the day with a visit to Tengboche Monastery to get blessings for a safe journey. Locals believe that the wishes surely work wonders. Leaving the village, you will reach into the lush forest after crossing another suspension bridge. Coming across the woods, you’ll be able to see mountains yet again while descending. The views of wide landscapes and vibrant meadows will enchant you surely.
Moving further, several Sherpa villages will come your way to host short breaks. You’ll see beautiful and nicely crafted mani stones around the village. The days’ trek will end once you reach the yards of Dingboche. From there you can see the snow-loaded peaks more clearly. Amazing overnight stay in Dingboche
The warm and breathtaking sunrise will be at your windows while in Dingboche. Then you’ll have breakfast before joining the trail again. Here onwards, the view will not be the same but unrealistic with the crystal clear mountains in front of yours. You’ll enjoy the trek along with so many views to look at. However, don’t just be into the views, or else you’ll be late. The trail is a bit rocky from here so it is important to watch out for your feet.
Your way will also cross the memorial stone caves dedicated to the lost Everest climbers’ souls. It can pause you for a while but don’t wait much. The way ahead is rougher and you should reach the destination before dark arrives. Lobuche village is an entrance to another popular trekking peak, Lobuche Peak. You’ll spend an overnight there at Lobuche.
This is one of the major days of this entire expedition where you’ll reach the ground of Everest Base Camp. As you have to be there, you’ll start the trek early in the morning. The trek through rough trail will continue today also. The higher you move, the rougher the way becomes. The way is made upon the rocky ice-made moraines. However, the exquisite mountains will keep you going further.
On this stretch, you’ll reach Gorak Shep at first where you’ll make your return soon after exploring the Everest Base Camp for night rest. After a quick stop at Gorak Shep, you’ll ascend forward until you reach the base camp of the world’s tallest peak. The sense of being in this ground is just imaginary and unrealistic. You’ll have made it to the palace that not everyone can be. Enjoy the view of glaciers and tall mountains before it is time to return from there. You’ll retrace your footprints to get back to Gorak Shep where you’ll take a rest after a packed day.
It will be another big day which will start from Gorak Shep after the early breakfast. Today, you have to reach Kala Patthar(5,54m), the best place to enjoy the panorama of Mt Everest. And after that, you also have to trace out Lobuche before nightfall. The ascending trail will take 2 to 3 hours to end at Kala Patthar. Once you reach there, enjoy the grand show of Mt Everest and other peaks and take enough photos. Everest isn’t the same from here, it’s so clear, so real and so tall.
Then you’ll leave Kala Patthar. By now your body will have acclimatized nicely with the altitudes of the region, therefore, you’ll retrace your way back to Lobuche by the end of the day. It will be an easy but rough trek of 4 hours to reach Lobuche where a warm bed will be waiting for you. Overnight at Lobuche.
Ultimately, the day is here when you’ll start to head towards Pokalde Peak. You’ll leave Lobuche for Pokalde Base Camp early in the morning after a tight breakfast. The trail will turn rougher and rougher with every next step. Along the trail, you’ll come across one of the popular mountain passes, Kongma La Pass(5,545m). The pass has a perfect location to show you a great mountain display. Mountains of the region can be viewed from this very stop. After the view, you move forward to the base camp of Pokalde. The team will set up a camp for you to settle in. Overnight in the tented camp.
The distance from Pokhalde Base Camp to the High camp is not that long but it will take at least 4 hours to reach from one to the next. The rough and sloped trail is enough to make you slow. Moreover, you will witness peaks like Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, and Everest along the stretch, this will surely keep you awake-stuck.
But you need to keep moving, the rocks in mountain areas are very loose and can fall at any time. Therefore, it is good to keep going. The hard climb of 4 to 5 hours will come to an end once you reach the high camp of Pokalde Peak. There are no tea houses, and you have to settle a camp for a night’s stay. The team will install a campsite there for all of the members. Overnight at High Camp.
Here comes the day that you’ll be longing the most, the Pokalde Peak summit day. This the most important day of the entire climb and the toughest also. You cannot reach the top of any mountain unless you do a hard climb. In the same manner, you’ll trek uphill through a challenging and rocky trail that ends at the summit of Pokalde Peak.
As you know, this particular part will be the hardest one, you should put all of your efforts here. All the preparation and hard work will pay off here at this very section. The section is not that technical but it is pretty vertical and you have to use a rope to move upward. Completing the climb of 5 hours will surely pay you off at the top with the view of the surrounding sky-touching peaks. After the celebration of a successful climb of the peak at the top, you’ll now descend back to reach Chhukung. This return from the top will take around 4 hours of trek. The day full of events will end up at Chhukung where you will call it a day.
The ultimate goal has been achieved already, now, you’ll try to make a return home ASAP. From Chhukung, you’ll leave for Tengboche, the village of the biggest monastery in the region. It will be a retracing trek through the same trail adjoined by the lush woods. After the trek of six hours, you’ll reach Tengboche where you will take a night’s rest.
You’ll leave Tengboche behind in an approach towards Monjo on your way back to your home. The trek will be 7 hours long through the same Dudh Koshi Valley full of greenery and woods. The mountains will be getting away from you with every next step of yours. Along the way, you’ll pass Namche Bazaar as well in the route Monjo. The trek will end at Monjo and you’ll stay at one of the tea houses there.
Now, you will move in the direction of Lukla by retracing the same scenic river sided trail. The trek will be much easier by now as there will not be many uphill treks. It will take around 5 hours to find your way back to Lukla. Overnight at Lukla.
This will be the final day in the Everest region when you’ll get ready for the flight back to Kathmandu. Then the flight will take 30 minutes to land you in Kathmandu. You’ll have an amazing Himalayan flight once more. After your arrival at the airport, our team will do arrangements for a hotel transfer to your hotel. This will be the formal end of your long and successful Pokalde Peak Climbing.
On your departure day, you’ll get a quick transfer to the airport prior to your flight time. You’ll bid a farewell to the team until your next time to Nepal.
- Pickup and drop from the Tribhuwan International Airport on a private vehicle.
- Welcome dinner as well as farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Three-night high-quality Hotel stays in Kathmandu on B/B.
- Kathmandu one-day sightseeing with guide
- All ground transportation cost
- Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu plane flight cost
- Peak climbing permit.
- One experienced climbing guide.
- Two Clients One Porter for trekking Part, one extra Porter for Climbing Part
- National Park entrance permit.
- TeaHouses/Lodges Plus Camping combined accommodation throughout the trek – in accordance with the itinerary
- All 3 meals throughout the trek & climb– Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- All of the Accommodation including camping arrangements.
- Equipment for kitchen and camping during the climbing duration
- Basic first aid kits
- All essential climbing gear and equipment
- All required taxes and necessary paperwork by the government
- Accident and health insurance for the staff of the expedition.
- Staff clothing, wages, and insurance
What's not included?
- Personal expenses.
- Purchase of personal gear and clothing.
- Personal travel insurance.
- Emergency evacuation costs and other medical assistance.
- International flight fare cost
- Personal expenses during sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley.
- Tips for guides/porter