Duration: 17 Days
Starts In: Kathmandu
Ends In: Kathmandu
Maximum altitude: 5,806 m
Trekking Type: Teahouse/Camping
Best Season: March to May; September to November
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
Accommodation: Hotel, Camping
Transportation: Flights, private car or tourist bus
Group Size: 12 pax Maximum
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-acclimatised 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.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Rest/preparation
Day 03: Fly Lukla (2800m); trek Phakding (2610m)
Day 04: Trek Namche Bazaar (3420m)
Day 05: Rest/acclimatization
Day 06: Trek Tengboche (3870m)
Day 07: Trek Dingboche (4360m)
Day 08: Rest/acclimatization
Day 09: Trek Lobuche (4930m)
Day 10: Trek Pokhalde Peak Base Camp
Day 11: Rest/preparation
Day 12: Summit (5806m); descend Dingboche
Day 13: Trek Tengboche
Day 14: Trek Namche Bazaar
Day 15: Trek Lukla
Day 16: Fly Kathmandu
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu
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