This mountain poses few difficulties and it is often used as a warm up for other Himalayan Peaks. It is one of the so called ‘trekking peaks' of Nepal and it does not require a huge amount of mountaineering skill. The term trekking peak is, however, a little misleading for some of these peaks which should be approached seriously. Most people climb the north ridge from the Kongma La. It is also possible to climb the South ridge (see route section.)
The mountain lies to the east of the Khumbu Valley which leads all the way up to Everest base camp. Pokalde is around two or three miles from Everest but the Lhotse ridge obscures the view of the highest point on Earth from the summit.
From the hamlet of Lobuche, which consists of only a handful of trekking lodges, the peak does look impressive as a high point on the ridge across the valley. It sits above the
Kongma La (pass) and in comparison to the busy paths leading to Everest the route is infrequently travelled. The mountain is, of course, dwarfed by its impressive neighbours but nevertheless it is a worthwhile side trip from a trek.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and met our staff and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Preparation for trip and make a permit.
Day 03: Fly, Kathmandu to Lukla (2835m) then start trek to Phakding (2652m). Camp at Phakding
Day 04: Phakding / Namche Bazaar (3446 m.)
Day 05: Rest at Namche bazaar
Day 06: Tyangboche (3867 m.)
Day 07: Pheriche (4252 m.)
Day 08: Lobuche (4930 m.)
Day 09: Trek to Kalapather (5545m) and back to Gorak Shep. Camp at Gorakshep
Day 10: Excursion to Everest Base Camp and trek back to Lobuche
Day 11: Lobuche / Dingboche (4343 m.)
Day 12: Dingboche / Chhukung (4730 m.)
Day 13: Chhukung / Pokalde Base Camp
Day 14: Climb the peak and back Chhukung
Day 15: Extra day in case of bad weather
Day 16: Chhukung / Dingboche (4343 m.)
Day 17: Dingboche / Tyengboche (3867m)
Day 18: Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 19: Phakding (2610m)
Day 20: Lukla (2840m)
Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 23: Transfer to airport to return to home