South East Ridge

Page Type: Route
Route Type: Basic Snow/Glacier Climb
Time Required: One to two days
Difficulty: PD/ PD+

Approach


See main page. The best way to approach is from the Khumbu valley side via the Kongma La pass.

Route Description


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.


Essential Gear


1 Ice axe (though if the summit ridge was frozen to ice you might need two.) Crampons will normally be required.
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