See main page. The best way to approach is from the Khumbu valley side via the Kongma La pass.
We were treating Pokalde as a warm up for Island peak. From the splendid base camp by the base of the Kongma La we ascended the South East Ridge.
I would grade this climb as PD. The rock is a little loose at times and you are scrambling rather than walking.
On the whole this was a rock scramble until near the summit where we put up two pitches. The summit itself was a large lump of rock which posed a few difficulties. It had snowed the night before but we did not need to put crampons on at all – in Winter (or colder conditions during the climbing season) this route would become quite tricky with mixed rock and ice.
1 Ice axe (though if the summit ridge was frozen to ice you might need two.) Crampons will normally be required.