Pokalde Peak, 5806m, offers trekkers the chance to experience a Himalayan summit in the Everest region. Pokalde Peak, also known as Dolma Ri, is one of the shortest and easiest trekking peaks in the Everest Region. The altitude and possibility of snowy conditions provide enough challenge to make it exciting however.
Following the same route as the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek, an additional three days are scheduled for the ascent of Pokalde Peak. Pokalde Peak can be easily climbed in half a day by a fit and acclimatised group .
After ascending Kala Pattar, we descend to Chhukung, and follow the yak trail toward the Kongma La pass, 5535m, which connects the Khumbu Valley with the Chhukung Valley. The base camp of Pokalde Peak is located just below the Kongma La pass, overlooking a large lake. The Kongma glacier is approximately a one hour climb above the base camp.
The rocky Pokalde Peak has very little snow cover during the trekking season. To reach the summit it is a mere 650-meter climb from the base camp, but it is an exhilarating climb which requires short sections of scrambling up and over rocks. The final stretch to the summit involves a short section of near vertical scrambling which gives a taste of mountaineering, as we need to be protected by rope. Although it is considered a simple trekking peak, sections of Pokalde are quite exposed so it shouldn't be attempted in poor weather.
Most ascents of Pokalde Peak nowadays are from the Makalu side of the mountain, via Kongma La high pass, 5535m. Some of the prominent mountains visible from the summit include Makalu, Ama Dablam and Pumori.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m
Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3441m
Day 5 : Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar
Day 6 : Trek to Tengbuche, 3860m
Day 7 : Trek to Dingbuche, 4400m
Day 8 : Acclimatization Day: Hike to Chhkung Ri back to Dingbuche
Day 9 : Trek to Lobuche, 4915m
Day 10 : Trek to Gorak Shep and back to EBC (Everest Base Camp), 5363m
Day 11 : Early Morning ascent to Kala Pattar 5545m and descent to Dingbuche, 4400m
Day 12 : Trek to Chhukung, 4710m
Day 13 : Trek to Pokalde Base Camp
Day 14 : Climb Pokalde Peak and back Chhukung
Day 15 : Trek to Namche, 3441m
Day 16 : Trek to Lukla
Day 17 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 18 : Free day Kathmandu
Day 19 : Departure
Personal Climbing Gear
|Start Date||End Date||Cost||Status||Booking|
|22 March, 2017||09 April, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|07 April, 2017||25 April, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|18 April, 2017||06 May, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|26 April, 2017||14 May, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|12 May, 2017||30 May, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|24 May, 2017||11 June, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|12 September, 2017||30 September, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|24 September, 2017||12 October, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|10 October, 2017||28 October, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|17 October, 2017||04 November, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|25 October, 2017||12 November, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|10 November, 2017||28 November, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|20 November, 2017||08 December, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|05 December, 2017||23 December, 2017||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|22 March, 2018||09 April, 2018||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|07 April, 2018||25 April, 2018||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|18 April, 2018||06 May, 2018||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|26 April, 2018||14 May, 2018||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|12 May, 2018||30 May, 2018||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|24 May, 2018||11 June, 2018||USD 1800 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
Pokalde Peak Equipment and Packing list
This list is only our suggestion for Poklade Peak Climbing . You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip. Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.
Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.
Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients. The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg. That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs). You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.
Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.
It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather. At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night. What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring. A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea. You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.
Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items):
Why Climb Pokalde Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks?
Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.
Why Climb with a Sherpa?
Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.
Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.
While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.
To be safe, you dont need shops worth of Karabiners, ice-screws, snow stakes and rock racks- You need a Sherpa guide as a partner, some rope, a few bits of protection, good weather and overriding urge to die of old age.
The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.
Sherpa Support Staff:
Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.
Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)
Logistics for Pokalde Peak:
You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu.
Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.
It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.
Pokalde Peak Trip Accommodation:
Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package.
Our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti , in Kathmandu, before heading into the remote regions and after returning trip. During the trek, eleven nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses/lodges.
To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.
If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.
If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 19 Days
Price : US $1800 p/p
Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 1B
Group Size Min:2 Pax
Group Size max:12 Pax
Activities:Trekking / Climbing
Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Accommodation during trek:Local lodges 13 days (13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included
Camping services:Meals on the climbing period 2 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
Mountain Energy-supply:Chocolates: Snicker, Mars, Twix and Bounty and Biscuit
I did the above mentioned trip in December 2016. The trip was perfectly planned and everything went smoothly. The itinerary allowed for perfect acclimatisation, especially having two nights at Island Peak Base Camp. Tashi, the trekking guide for the trip picked me up at the airport and helped me through…Lukas
A friend and I worked with Annapurna Foothills Treks to be guided trekking on the Annapurna circuit from Besi Sahr over the Thorong La pass to Jomsom, with a guided climb of Chulu West on the way. Our trekking guide Dawa was outstanding all the way to Pisang, and provided…Craig
Our 14 day Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek, guided by Tashi was an outstanding experience. We enjoyed his local knowledge while making the trip a joy. From the trip's booking to departure from Nepal, all aspects of the trip were carefully organized and well executed-something we appreciated very…Kathy