Pokalde Peak is a part of Everest Three Passes Trek, as it is located very near to Kongma La Pass. Located 12 km southwest of Everest, it is easiest and shortest peak climbing in Khumbu. You can approach Pokalde Peak Attack Camp (Base Camp) either from Lobuche side or from either Dingboche or Chukung. From the base camp it is 650 m vertical climb toward the elevation of 5800 m, i.e. summit of Pokalde Peak. Climbing is fairly easy.
- Pokalde Peak Grade – F
It requires additional three days from regular Lukla to Everest Base Camp Trek. You will need necessary climbing permits issued by NMA
Update Nov 2015: Case is ongoing about the permit, it might be either by NMA or immigration department will took it.
You will national park entry permit for Everest. TIMS is not required after obtaining the climbing permit. People set a camp at attack camp, then mid night they start climb to the summit. Very next morning descend down from the summit and hike down to next destination.
Necessary permits for Pokalde Peak
- Pokalde Peak Climbing Permit
- Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
Climbing permit cost was sharable before, recently cost was revised. Now you need to pay per person for the permit cost. Here is a link for the new revised permit cost. Until now you can share the cost of climbing guides. Normally one climbing guide can easily guide five to six climbers. There is a warehouse in Dingboche, for renting necessary climbing gears. After hiking EBC independently you can easily take guide climb from Dingboche to Dingboche. There are no teahouses in the base camp.
Pokalde Peak Climbing Itinerary
- Hike from Chukung or Dingboche or Lobuche to Pokalde Peak Attack Camp
- Summit Pokalde Peak and hike back to Chukung or Dingboche or Lobuche
You can browse the map provided by Himalayan Map House. There is a meaningful trail for Pokalde Peak Climbing and other available peak climbing in Everest. Make sure you are well covered by your insurance for the climbing activities. There are different trekking itineraries to reach Dingboche or Lobuche. Check it out. This peak is best climbed in fall and spring. Few people goes for winter and monsoon adventure.
- October to November
- April to May
At the elevation of 5800 m from sea level oxygen percentage measure 51% in the air. Below is the chart with oxygen level in different elevations. You can download the chart.
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Top 10 Facts About Pokalde Peak
- Open climbing peak listed by NMA
- Easiest, shortest and non technical climbing peak
- Base Camp at 5150 m
- Vertical climb of 650 m to the summit from base camp
- General walking with steep section at summit
- First ascend April 15th 1953
- Scramble, only hiking and rock climbing
- Base camp is above the glacial lake from Pokalde Icefall
- Makalu, Ama Dablam and Pumori can be seen from summit
- Though Everest is 12 km north, is not visible