Pokalde Peak Climbing is one of the shortest and easiest trekking peaks climbing in Everest region. The majority of the 650m climb from base camp requires a little more than walking with short sections of scrambling up rock. Pokalde Peak known as Dolma RI is a mountain peak in Nepal Himalaya situated 12 km southwest of Mount Everest
The rocky Phokalde Peak is scarcely covered by snow during the trekking seasons. Despite its lack of any great technical difficulty, it offers trekkers the prospect of reaching 5,800m in elevation and superb views from the Summit, particularly to the South East, North West and West. Other Mountain visible from the summit includes Makalu, Ama Dablam and Pumori. Due to its relatively low difficulty and impressive summit vista’s for this altitude, Pokalde is a popular commercial tourist climbing peak in Nepal for those wishing to climb a Himalayan peak without needing to use ice axes and crampons.
The first ascent of Pokalde Peak was made by in April 1953 via the ridge adjoining the Pokalde summit with the Kongma La high pass (5535m). This ridge continues from Kongma La to the slightly higher Mehra Peak (Kongma Tse) at 5820m and beyond. Most ascents of Pokalde Peak nowadays are made by skirting the opposite Makalu side of the mountain.
Pokalde Peak can be easily climbed in half a day by a fit and acclimatised group with appropriate leadership. Despite its low difficulty, sections of Pokalde are quite exposed so it should not be attempted in poor weather. The final pitch to the summit also involves a short section of near vertical scrambling which for amateurs should definitely be protected by rope.
The base camp of Pokalde Peak is situated in a raised amphitheatre style valley with a large circular lake in the middle below the Kongma La pass. About 40 minutes from the base camp is the Kongma glacier. This glacier offers ice walls suitable for ice climbing training by appropriately equipped and motivated groups. The glacier is said to be receding in size.
Foot print evidence of significant Snow Leopard activity has been witnessed in the vicinity of Pokalde Peak base camp. This is despite the popularity of the area in being the gateway to both a major trekking peak as well as a high pass. Even during the trekking seasons, it is not uncommon for overnight temperatures at base camp to be in excess of twenty degrees below freezing.
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Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2652m).
Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m).
Day 3: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization.
Day 4: Trek to Thyangboche (3867m).
Day 5: Trek to Dingboche (4530m).
Day 6: Trek to Chhukung (4730m)
Day 7: Rest day at Chhukung for climbing preparation.
Day 8: Trek to Pokalde Base camp.
Day 9: Climb Pokalde Peak (5745m.) and return back to Pokalde Base Camp.
Day 10: Trek to Khongma Tse Base Camp.
Day 11: Climb Khongma Tse Peak (5820m.) and return back to Khongma Tse Base
Day 12: Trek to Pokalde Base Camp.
Day 13: Trek to Chhukung.
Day 14: Trek to Pangboche (3985m).
Day 15: Trek to Khumjung (3790m).
Day 16: Trek to Phakding.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla.
Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight.