Pokhalde Peak (5806m.) Climbing
Height: 5,806m. (19,049 ft)
First Ascent: April 15, 1953
Trip Duration: 16 Days
Normal Ascent Route: Scramble/Ice Climbing
Caravan Route: Lukla - Namche Bazar - Tengboche - Lobuche - Everest Base Camp - Pokhalde Peak Base Camp - Namche Bazar - Lukla
Pokhalde (Pokalde Peak) also known as Dolma Ri is a mountain peak of Nepal situated 12 km southwest of Mt. Everest. Pokhalde Peak is one of the shortest and easiest trekking peaks in the Everest Region. The majority of the 650m climb from base camp requires little more than walking with short sections of scrambling up rock. From Lobuche the peak looks interesting rising to the south of Kongma La (5,535m.) and the summit of the peak provides a good view point for the panoramic views of the Himalayas. The peak can be approached from either Bibre or Dughla. These two routes provide several ways to approach the peak: North Ridge, North East Face, North West Face, South Face etc. For Bibre route, we will follow Everest trekking trail up to Tsuro Og and trek to Yarsa. Base camp will be set up near the lakes beneath the Kongma La.
Pokalde is a popular commercial tourist peak in Nepal for those wishing to climb a Himalayan peak without needing to use ice axes and crampons. We climb to a rugged pass and follow beautiful snow ridge and cross rocky pinnacles. We continue following the ridge to a little more difficult climb through stones and finally to the narrow rocky summit. The North East Face of the mountain from east of Kongma La could be the easiest way to get to the summit. We climb up through broken rocks and snow to the summit ridge and then to the summit.