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Pokhalde Peak Climbing / Expedition

Trek to Pokhalde Peak in Everest region provides you unforgettable moments of your life exploring panoramic views of many stunning Himalayas like Mt. Everest (8848m\ 29028ft.), Mt. Nuptse (, Amadablam, Lhotse, Makalu, Thamserku and many more. Categorized under one of the challenging and technical climbing, it requires better previous experience and good health physical to climb Pokhalde Peak with much special equipment like rope, ice ax, snow bar etc. Trekking to the Everest region, Pokhalde Peak Climbing provides you a great chance to observe the local culture of many Mongolian people. Especially the Sherpa people, following their own different traditions, beliefs, norms and rituals and you can also explore the wild habitat of many endangered species in the beautiful forest of pine and bamboo.

One of the shortest and easiest peaks situated in Khumbu region requires a little skill for climbing. Also the Pokhalde peak 5806 m (19048) is the easiest one to climb and shortest trekking peak in Everest Region. In trekking seasons this peak becomes rocky and get covered by snow. Most prominently you see peaks such as Makalu, Ama Dablam & Pumori from the top/summit. The top of the peak is only 650m away from the base camp. Although, you can summit the peak within a time frame of half a day with mild fitness and appropriate leadership. Most of the times you won’t need to use climbing equipments like crampons and ice-axes except use of the rope near the top. The climb is relatively easy but you shouldn’t attempt to climb during the bad weather because the terrain is exposed. First our trip starts from Kathmandu followed up by flight to Lukla and then we trek from there to Namche Bazaar through Phakding. After this, we trek to Tyangboche and the altitude gradually increases with it, on the next day we reach Dingboche. We also take rest in some places for acclimatization, so that you can adapt to new environment and get comfortable with high altitude. Acclimatization is for beginners in the mountains. In first we trek to Pokhalde Base Camp and then to High Camp. Here you are taught some basics of climbing through the guide. The next day you will head to summit the peak and return to Base Camp afterward. We celebrate our summit at the camp and return back the same way. Once you are in Kathmandu we organize a get-together and enjoy the successful summit with Sherpa’s and climbing guides.

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m)

Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft - Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal! Our airport representatives welcomes you and transfers you to designated Hotel and give short brief and further details of the trip program. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2
Free Day In Kathmandu For Preparation Of The Trip.

Today we succeed our day with sightseeing around Kathmandu along with the trek preparation. Sightseeing includes tour around Swayambhunath (monkey temple), Bauddhanath (Buddhastupa), Pashupatinath/Biggest Hindu Temple & Patan Durbar Square.

Day 3
Fly To Lukla (2886m.) & Trek to Phakding (2652m)- About 35 Minutes 3-4 hrs

Today, you are transported to domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport with our team members. And take scenic flight to Lukla, this flight cumulates as the world’s most dramatic flight as we fly above the breathtaking green and white mountains. Upon the arrival, we do some packing and preparation and head to Phakding. Once you reach Phakding you can either rest or take short trek to local monastery. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 4
Trek From Phakding To Namchhe Bazaar (3440m) – 5 hrs

From Phakding we trek to Namchhe Bazaar. The trail is uphill with downhill combined of crossing rivers and bridges. This way, our trekking permits are checked and pass some famous suspension bridge as well. Namche Bazaar is the main administrative and trading centre for the Khumbu region. With the inclusive of magnificent forests of blue pine, fir, juniper and rhododendron as well as first view of Everest, it helps you to control the anticipation of the thrilling journey. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 5
Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Although we are acclimatizing, Health experts recommend us to stay active and move short distance instead of remaining idle. Therefore, we acclimatize in Namchhe Bazaar by taking a day hike to Thame or by visiting Khunde. Namchhe bazaar is full of facilities like government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants and various markets. This way you won’t get bored and acclimatize well. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 6
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) about 5 hrs

In our trek for today we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, Himalayan Thar, etc and this makes the walk for today a wild one. The trek from Namche to Tengboche is unbelievably stunning, Far below is the Dudh Koshi and Thamserku, Kantenga, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest rises in front. Woods, Rhododendron Forest, Mani Walls, Chorten (Stupas), and suspension bridges across the rivers make this a lovely walk. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 7
Trek From Tyangboche To Dingboche (4260m.) 5-6 hrs

We trail through upper trail for great views to visit Pangboche village and it’s ancient Monastery. Then we pass several Chorens and Mai walls and small village. We take lunch with stunning close-up view of Ama-Dablam and walk onward through Imja valley. The valley approaches with the confluence of Lobuche River and we descend into the river. From there take our steepest climb to reach Dingboche. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 8
Acclimatization at Dingboche (4260 M.)

We again acclimatize at Dingboche by taking short walk to the ridge at the North behind the village for nicer view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse and other peaks. We see many mountains from Dingboche with Imja Khola valley and the stunning fields and pasture of Dingboche. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 9
Dingboche to Pokhalde Base Camp (4900m) 4-5 hrs

We take short walk to Pokhalde Base Camp and upon the arrival we learn some ice climbing skills and acclimatize for the upcoming altitude. The base camp is located near a large circular lake in the middle below the Kongma La Pass. We can see Mt. Makalu, Amadablam, the south face of Nuptse and other remarkable mountain peaks from the camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 10
Pokhalde Base Camp to High Camp (5400m) 4-5 hrs

As we pass Kongma La Pass, we can enjoy views of wide basin dotted with frozen lakes. You can see majestic view of Pokhalde peak from the high pass and as we tag along, the trail rewards us with eye-catching views of Cholatse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and several other peaks in Khumbu region. And we finally call it a day upon reaching High Camp of Pokhalde peak. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 11
High Camp To Pokhadle Peak Summit and Return to Base Camp

Today is the most anticipated day of the trip. Today we conquer Pokhalde peak. We wake up fairly early today and move toward the climb. First we need to cross stony area then we reach to the narrow rocky Summit, Pokhalde peak. From the top you can observe the most breathtaking and panoramic views of the world’s highest mountains including Makalu, Ama Dablam & Pumori with many other remarkable mountains. Then after a while we trace back to the camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 12
Reserve/Contingency Day

Nature is unpredictable and sometimes some team members suffer from severe condition. Reserving one extra day to fill any kind of contingencies helps to complete the climb successfully in case of bad weather & suffering of any team member. If the trip goes smoothly this day won’t be used/necessary. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 13
Trek to Tengboche (3860m)

We take standard Everest Base Camp route to Tengboche. We cross Louche River, pass several chortens and Mani walls to reach Monastery filled village of Tengboche. And not to forget the amazing close-up view of Ama-Dablam in the background as we trail. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 14
Trek to Khumjung (3780m) & to Namchhe (3440m)

This is the day to return back Namchhe Bazaar and the path leads downhill to Phungitenga and we continue flat trail until Namchhe. Here you can explore The Everest National Park Museum which houses many mountaineering and Himalayan artifacts. This is the moment to relive the last trek and previous journey. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 15
Trek to Lukla (2840m)

Descending steeply downward we take slow walk across the rocky terrain. Then we cross the suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi and take quite and charming route. The trail is same as we trekked uphill but the sceneries appear different and the rhododendron & pine forest makes this trail even interesting. You can see Sherpa culture with prayer stones and flags in the monasteries once you arrive Lukla. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 16
Fly to Kathmandu (1350m)

Taking flight back to Kathmandu, you can relive the amazing mountain flight experience. After the arrival you can arrange your luggage, emails, and photos and do sightseeing in the evening. Also you can shop around for Nepalese goods, artifacts and buy souvenirs for friends and family at home. In the mean time we organize fantastic get-together with Sherpa’s and guides in the evening. Meals included: Breakfast and finally an overnight stay in hotel. Attend the evening dinner and cultural program provided by the company.

Day 17
Departure/Farewell

Thank you for enjoying the country of Mountain. We arrange your documents while you can organize your luggage. Approximately 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight, our airport representative drops you to the airport. Have a safe journey home.

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Useful information

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Kanchenjunga region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Kanchenjunga trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 5 – 7 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Kanchenjunga No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Kanchenjunga trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Kanchenjunga trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Kanchenjunga region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Kanchenjunga region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking, Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culure
  • Nepal
  • 5806 meter
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Easy to moderate
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • September- December and March - May