Although Nepal Mountaineering Association categorizes Pokalde (5806m) as a group B Climbing Peak, you can walk up to the top of Pokalde without any climbing gears like crampons and ice-axes, with just the assistance of ropes near the top. Once you reach its base camp, you need to go up for only about 650 meters. And the only challenges you encounter are the sections of loose rocks, which do not even require the assistance of ropes for the people with some mountaineering experience. However, its exposed terrains mean that you should not try climbing it in bad weather.
Standing in Khumbu region at some 12 kilometers southwestern direction from Mount Everest, Pokalde, also known as Dolma Ri, provides really extraordinary mountain spectacle from the summit. Mt Makalu, Ama Dablam, and Pumori rise in prominent view from the summit, along with a vast mountain vista of Khumbu region to be had from its top. Besides, you can include all the central attractions of Everest Treks as you go up to climb the peak and return after its ascent.
First ascended in 1953, Pokalde Ascent fulfills your amateur mountaineering desires, taking you above the normal experience of mountain treks and below the technically equipped, skill-and-effort demanding climbing expeditions. The base camp for the peak is established at the valley below the Kongma La Pass (5,535m), which has a turquoise glacial lake in the middle. For the final ascent, you can reach the pass and follow the ridge (the route of the first ascent). Or you can move to the opposite side of the mountain facing Mt Makalu and proceed towards the top, as most climbers do nowadays.
The following itinerary, consisting of many side trips and detours, combines all the fabulous locations and vantage points of Everest region in a single route. If you have enough time, follow this to make the best of your vacation, as you will traverse the entire Everest Base Camp trekking trail with Kalapathar, Gokyo, a climb of Gokyo Peak, as well as Chola Pass. Together they make up a trail with dazzling adventure, with icing on the cake provided by Pokalde Climb. If you are short of time and energy to have all of it, we will customize the itinerary as per your needs.
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2640m)
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m)
Day 5: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tenga (3600m)
Day 7: Trek from Phortse Tenga to Machhermo (4410m)
Day 8: Trek from Macchermo to Gokyo (4750m)
Day 9: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Peak (5480m)
Day 10: Trek to Nyimagawa (5050m)
Day 11: Trek from Nyingmawa to Cho La Pass (5420m) and to Dzongla (4840m)
Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 13: Trek from Lobuche to Kala Pattar (5545m) and back to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 14: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5310m) and back to Lobuche
Day 15: Trek from Lobuche to Pokalde Base Camp (4500m)
Day 16: Climb to Pokalde Summit (5806m) and Return to Base camp
Day 17: Trek back to Tengbuche (3860m)
Day 18: Trek back to Khumjung (3780m) and to Namche (3440m)
Day 19: Trek back to Lukla (2840m)
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu (1350m) / Hotel
Day 21: Bhaktapur & Patan sightseeing and return
Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or relax
Day 23: Drive to Airport for flying your own destination