Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Elevation: 19049 ft / 5806 m

Overview


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.

It is close to Island Peak/ Imja Tse and I have written a page about that mountain too. I climbed the two peaks back to back and it made a very good trip.

Getting There


To get to the start point, the village of Lobuche, it takes eight days (minimum) to allow proper acclimatisation from Lukla. Lukla is the nearest airport and lies at 2850m above sea level. Most people will actually walk in from the trail head and this adds on five days or so. It is important to be properly acclimatised – it is obviously safer to acclimatise properly, but also means that one can then enjoy the climb. I have seen several people with very serious problems at Lobuche, one of whom could have died had his friends not evacuated him.

It is also possible to approach from the south and avoid going over the Kongma La as Fred Nath writes:
" We climbed Pokhalde in March 2004. We walked up from Dingboche and established an attack camp at around 5,400m on the South-East side of the peak. From there we climbed Pokhalde and walked down to Chukung on the way to Island Peak in time for supper!
The down side of this route is the long walk in from Dingboche which climbs almost 1000m to establish the high camp. It's very tiring and temperatures were around minus ten in camp. You need to be well acclimatised as the climb to high camp is well above recommended levels for one day."

To read about climbing the South Ridge, click on the route section on the left hand side of the page.

Red Tape


You need to get a trekking peak permit and this costs around US$300. The rules constantly change but it is easy to get the permit on arrival in Kathmandu.

Jamie McGuiness, author of a very good trekking guide to the region, has some info about permits on his web site.

There are several organizations dedicated to helping the Sherpa community. Here are just two. Should you wish to contribute to this worthwhile cause contact either of the following organizations though the information below.

The Sir Edmond Hillary Foundation
222 Jarvis Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5B 2B8
(416) 941-3315


The American Himalayan Foundation
909 Montgomery Street, suite 400
San Francisco CA 94133
Telephone (415) 288-7245
Fax (415) 434-3130

When To Climb


Pre or Post monsoon: March to May and October to November.

Camping


The best place to camp is by the lake at the base of the mountain. It is usually deserted, it is sheltered and it provides a great view of the peak. Make sure you have a very warm sleeping bag. The altitude of the lake at the base of the mountain is approx. 5400m: you really do want to be well acclimatised to sleep here.

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Chamonix Man

Chamonix Man - May 1, 2004 4:23 am - Hasn't voted

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Thanks,



i have incorporated this comment into the page.



Peter

Chamonix Man

Chamonix Man - May 25, 2004 1:41 pm - Hasn't voted

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thanks

Bernd-Yak - Nov 18, 2002 12:33 am - Hasn't voted

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The altitude of the lake at the base of the mountain is approx. 5400m.

fn21

fn21 - Apr 30, 2004 2:26 am - Hasn't voted

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We climbed Pokhalde in March 2004. We walked up from Dingboche and established an attack camp at around 5,400m on the South-East side of the peak. From there we climbed Pokhalde and walked down to Chukung on the way to Island Peak in time for supper!

The down side of this route is the long walk in from Dingboche which climbs almost 1000m to establish the high camp. It's very tiring and temperatures were around minus ten in camp. You need to be well acclimatised as the climb to high camp is well above recommended levels for one day.

Chamonix Man

Chamonix Man - May 1, 2004 4:23 am - Hasn't voted

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Thanks,



i have incorporated this comment into the page.



Peter

vito corleone - May 21, 2004 8:07 pm - Hasn't voted

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Lukla does not lie at 2200 meters. 2850 meters is correct.

Chamonix Man

Chamonix Man - May 25, 2004 1:41 pm - Hasn't voted

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thanks

dmiki

dmiki - Dec 6, 2005 6:31 am - Hasn't voted

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Wilfred Noyce made the first ascent of the North ridge of Pokalde in 1953.

dmiki

dmiki - Jan 11, 2006 3:23 am - Hasn't voted

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According to http://www.tourism.gov.np/peaksopedfortrekking.htm (if it is correct (and due to the state of their website it might not be)), the geo coordinates of the peak might be:



27.9375, 86.8361



thx

Michael

Bruno

Bruno - Aug 30, 2011 12:15 pm - Hasn't voted

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Based on the Nepa map and GE, correct summit location is about 1.4km further south at 27°55'30"N 27°55'30"N (27.925, 86.833).

The other coordinates (27.9375, 86.8361) do correspond to P5777m on the South Ridge of Mehra Peak (Khongma Tse).

ye2bnik

ye2bnik - Oct 30, 2017 11:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Permit

Hi
According to TAAN Web page, there is no permit needed for Pokhalde. Can someone confirm?

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