Pokhalde Peak Climbing

Dolma Ri better is known as Pokhalde peak is a shortest and easiest mountain peak climbing in Everest region which is located 12 km southwest of Mount Everest (Khumbu) region at the altitude of 5806m. The Pokhalde peak is one of the popular commercial tourist peaks which can be climbed without any climbing gears like crampons and ice-axes. We can observe the large circular lake of Kongma La Pass from the base camp of Pokhalde peak as it’s located just below the Khongma La Pass.

Pokhalde Peak was first climbed in April 1953 by John Hunt group passing through the Kongma La Pass along its north ridge. This Peak is also known as the rocky peak for it has very little snow during the trekking season and can be done in half day by a fit and cooperated group. Pokhalde Peak summit provides a spectacular view of different mountains including Makalu, Ama Dablam, and Pumori. The best season to do this trek is during March-June and October-December.
Trip Code: PPC61
Starts: Lukla
Finishes: Lukla
Duration: 17 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Feb-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 5806m/ 19048.6ft
Trip Views: 718
Activities: Peak Climbing
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Breakfast: 16
Lunch: 14
Dinner: 14
Car
Flight
Hotel: 3 Night(s)
Teahouse: 11 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 2 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Pokhalde Peak is also known as Dolma Ri and Rocky Peak.
  • The first ascent of Pokhalde Peak was made in April 1953 via the ridge adjoining the Pokhalde Summit with the Kongma La high pass (5,535m) by Everest Expedition group led by John Hunt.
  • Pokhalde is a popular commercial tourist peak in Nepal for those wishing to climb a Himalayan Peak without needing to use ice axes and crampons.
  • Proffers the magnificent views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse, Mount Makalu, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Kantega, Lobuche and many other Himalayas.
  • The best time is from February to May and from September to November.

Why this Trip

  • Pokhalde Peak is the shortest and easiest peak climbing through the Everest region, about anyone with good stamina and fitness level can easily climb it. Culture and tradition of the Sherpa people throughout the trip adds additional charm to climbing the peak.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
    You will receive a pleasant welcome on your arrival. After check-in at the hotel, we will be eagerly waiting for you to join us for the traditional dining.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick-up-Hotel
    • Thamel Tour
    • Cultural show
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHT-SEEING
    A visit to the cultural heritage sites is soul refining; therefore we will pay a visit to the Boudhanath Stupa and continue to Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath if desirable. This tour will be scheduled according to your preferred sites.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Half day sightseeing around Kathmandu
    • Food and wine tour(Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : FLY TO LUKLA, TREK TO PHAKDING (2656M)
    There's no other way of putting it: the flight to Lukla is hair-raising indeed, but as you step down from the plane, you'll be taking your first monumental step on the path to Everest Base Camp. After reaching Lukla you’ll hike towards the village of Phakding where you’ll spend the night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Flight to Lukla
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO NAMCHE (3450M)
    This morning right after an early breakfast, your trek truly begins. On the path from Phakding, you’ll cross rivers by suspension bridges. The villages along the way will set the pace and before you know it you'll have reached the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. The trail continues rising sharply to reach Namche bazaar. Here you'll spend the night in a hotel with good facilities.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    Acclimatizing is the key to successful trek in this reason because you’re ascending to the highest altitude near to Everest. While your body is doing its work, you can explore the Namche Bazar where restaurants, Pubs, coffee shops etc are available in this place. You can visit Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche.From there you can watch the sunset over Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Exploring Namche Bazar
  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TENGBOCHE
    You will start the day with an easy walk to Phulki, From there you ascend towards Tengboche village which is very famous for Tengboche monastery probably the biggest monastery of the Everest region. It is located within the Sagarmatha National Park which has been listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the monastery, you can see panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Overnight stay in Tengboche

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO DINGBOCHE
    The trail descends and crosses through lush forests of birch, confer and rhododendron trees. You’ll reach Pangboche by walking downhill to Debuche and crossing the Imja River too. The trek continues through the Imja Valley and Lobuche River before ascending to Dingboche. It is a picturesque village with beautiful barley, potato and buckwheat field complete with grazing animals dotted along those fields.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : TREK TO LOBUCHE
    The trail will gradually be more challenging, due to the higher altitude. We ascend to the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail goes through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara which is a ridge that provides spectacular mountain views. The next part of our veture brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with spectacular views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari and the Nuptse.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : TREK TO KALA PATHAR (5545M), BACK TO LOBUCHE
    Every step gets you closer to your destination that begins with a relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep. Today we trek about 8 to 9 hours so that we can reach Kala Pathar to view the breathtaking view of mountains including Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Pumori, Everest and descend back to Lobuche

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4410M)
    Today, we go through lush forests of birch, conifer and rhododendron trees and reach today destination 'Dingboche'.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : TREK TO POKHALDE PEAK BASE CAMP (4300M)
    Leaving behind the Dingboche today we get along with the trail through the Imja Khola Valley. As we arrive at Bibre, we see the popular Island Peak from there we hike up and arrive at the base camp.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : SUMMIT (5806M) AND BACK TO BASE CAMP
    After breakfast, we start our trek and climb to a rugged pass and the beautiful snow ridge. Continue walking in the beautiful snow ridge we reach the summit. At the summit, we will be surrounded by snow and we can view the different mountains including Manaslu, Pomori and AmaDablam. After some minutes at the high camp we come down to the base camp.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Summiting Pokhalde Peak
  • placeDAY 13 : TREK TO TENGBOCHE
    We follow back to the original path of our ascent. The fascinating culture of the Sherpas is on display once more and we reach Tengboche. Overnight at Tengboche

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : TREK TO NAMCHE
    The walk from Tengboche back to Namche is mainly downhill, although it does, counter-intuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. You'll be in Namche by late afternoon and off to bed to end the last day near the mountain.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : TREK TO PHAKDING/ LUKLA
    After breakfast, we head towards Lukla from where we’ll fly to Kathmandu. Before reaching Lukla we first reach Phadking, from Phadking it’s a short hike up to Lukla. Overnight at Lukla

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 16 : KATHMANDU
    Welcome back to experience the hustle and bustle of the city. This is a relaxing day for you after all those days of trekking. You can even go for a short walk in the city to shop the souvenirs for your family or pay a visit to Pashupatinath for the evening chant.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Flight to Kathmandu
    • Spa and Trekkers' Massage
    • Evening Sightseeing to Pashupatinath
    • Yoga retreat(Optional)
  • placeDAY 17 : DEPARTURE
    We will be giving you a small farewell party to show our gratitude. Hoping that this isn't our last meeting, we will escort you to the airport and bid you goodbye.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Shopping arrangements
    • Souvenir
    • Airport Drop
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle.
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in the standard hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast and dinner.
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with entrance fees and a professional guide.
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need).
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with Porters for the trek.
    • Two way Kathmandu- Lukla airfare with domestic airport departure tax.
    • Equipment clothing for porters including their insurance.
    • All applicable government tax.
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation.
    • All necessary paperwork, climbing permit, and local permit cost.
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek.
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek.
    • Map of Pokhalde Peak.
    • Trekking Massage (at the end of the trek).
    • Souvenir from Nepal.
    • Sim card service.
    • Photos and videoes of the trip.
    • Certificate of appreciation.
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee.
    • Excess baggage charge(s) for the domestic flight.
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary.
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).


FAQS

  • 1. What are the physical requirements for this trip ?
    Pokhalde Peak is not a technically difficult peak to climb, but you need good stamina and energy to climb it. Even though Pokhalde Peak can be climbed without any previous climbing experience, you need to know how to use the climbing equipment and gears. At Base Camp, our guide also helps you to how to use that equipment so you don’t need to worry about that.
  • 2. Will your company representative come to receive us upon arrival at arrival ?
    Yes, you shouldn’t worry about this. As you arrive, our representative will be standing outside the airport terminal. You'll be directly transferred to the hotel.
  • 3. What type of accommodation will you use at the Kathmandu and during the trek ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request. For this expedition, accommodation will be tented camp.
  • 4. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of $200 or 15% of total trip cost is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made less than 100 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip, if before two months, 25% of the total trip cost will need to be paid and if booked between 30-60 days, 50% of the total trip cost needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 30 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer or Western Union Money transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 5. How can I pay the remaining payment after arriving at Kathmandu ?
    You have to pay the remaining balance after arriving in Kathmandu either by cash or through credit card, before we start our adventure.
  • 6. What type of food can I get during the trek and is it healthy ?
    During the trek, you will get clean and hygienic food. Our cooks and helpers will cook the special meals.
  • 7. Is safe drinking water available while climbing ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 8. What type of transportation do you use ?
    We mostly use the comfortable and efficient vehicle so that you may not get a problem during the ride. We use private or tourist vehicle for sightseeing in the Kathmandu. Depending on the nature or group sized, we use cars, minibus, vans or jeep for travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. Mostly we use AC vehicles for your comfort. For domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu, we use Tara air, Yeti air, and Goma air which are the popular domestic airlines in Nepal.
  • 9. What is the best season for the trekking ?
    The best season for Pokhalde Peak Climbing is during March to June and October to December.
  • 10. How far do I have to trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 6-8 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because the walking hour really depend on client's speed. So it's really relative.
  • 11. Do your trekking guides have license and certificates in the tourism sector and have they received first aid training for the high altitude ?
    Yes, the trekking guides working in our company are the certified license holders and they also have received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).
  • 12. What safety measures can your guides do during the emergency like high altitude sickness, accidents and dehydration ?
    Our guides are well trained; they carry the first aid box for emergency. You also take some medicine box for your personal use.
  • 13. Are climbing guides well trained and have they already climbed this summit before ?
    Yes, our climbing guides are well trained and have got the license from the Nepal Mountaineering Association. They are experienced with many mountains above 6000 m to 7000 m and also some of them have experienced the 8000 m peaks.
  • 14. Do we need to book our own international flights to and from Nepal ?
    It's always a good idea to book on your own. But we can also help you booking your flight in case of request.
  • 15. During the trek, can we charge the camera and other equipments ?
    In some villages, it is possible to charge the devices, but it costs extra to charge the camera and other electronic equipments. It usually costs between $3-$6 per hour. So it's expensive. The best idea is to bring a power bank.
  • 16. Is there any communication system during the trek ?
    Yes, for the first few days, it's possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly to them. In higher altitude regions, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpas or Guides.
  • 17. Can I use credit card during this trip ?
    You can use a credit card only at Kathmandu. As outside the Kathmandu valley, you have to use the cash so change your currency into the Nepalese Rupees before the trekking.
  • 18. How much additional money do I need to carry with me during the trek ?
    There are no hidden costs in our itineraries. Therefore you don't need to carry much, but everything that's not mentioned on itinerary for example extra cup of tea, coffee, charging electrical appliances, can cost you extra. Therefore, we recommend you to keep at least $20-$50 per day for your personal expenses.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    Yes, you can add the extra days as per your wish, but for the extra day, you will have to pay the additional cost to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.
  • 20. Do you prefer yak or porter on the trek or should we need to carry by ourselves ?
    Definitely we will provide you porter, or yak as per the condition. Besides your personal bag and the water bottle which will be frequently needed for you, they must be carried by you and remaining will be carried by our porter or yak.
  • 21. Can we store our clothes which are not necessary for the trek ?
    The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave the clothes which are not necessary for the trekking. The best way is to save it in our office store room which is equally safe.
  • 22. How far do I need to climb each day ?
    You will follow the popular trek to go there, but also you have to walk about 7-8 hrs. We also take a few days for acclimatizing to the higher altitude. Side trips are available on the days when you need to acclimatize.
  • 23. How should I dress during the trek ?
    During trek, please use comfortable and flexible dress. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you though as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. For the cold nights, thermal underwear, a warm fleece jacket and even a down jacket will help to keep you warm. Good shoes are of great importance. They must be comfortable. For higher altitude treks where you may have to tread snow for long hours, good boots are available for rent in Kathmandu. For mountaineering, you will require special clothes that can be bought or hired from us.
  • 24. Is it possible to change the lodge if it is not in order ?
    Yes, of course you can change the lodge if you don’t feel comfortable at one place, but it really depends on the availability of the lodges. During the peak season, the possibilities of changing the lodges are low.
  • 25. Do you reserve rooms at the lodges before or during the trek ?
    We will send our potters to reserve the lodges before we reach there.
  • 26. What immunization will I need ?
    No vaccinations are compulsory in the Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria & TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also recommend: •A dental check-up prior to traveling that you know your blood group in case of emergency. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Swotah travelers at the time of your booking.
  • 27. What about the security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized Guides/Sherpas to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the guide’s instruction with utmost care.
  • 28. Will there be a problem for a vegetarian ?
    No, there will not be any problem as mostly at the high altitude, we prefer vegetarian food to avoid the food poisoning.

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