Pokhalde Peak and Khongma Tse Peak Climbing

Duration: 18 Days     
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Challenging
  • Trip Style: Trekking, Culture Tours
  • Group Size: 1 +
  • Max Elevation: 5806m
  • Type of Trek: Tea House/Camping
  • Mode of travel: Flight

Pokhalde Peak (5,806 m) was first climbed in 1953 via the Kongma La along its north ridge by the 1953 Everest Expedition team led by John Hunt. Pokhalde Peak looks like a rocky ridge dominated by the vast bulk of Nuptse. Pokhalde Peak has a small hanging glacier, which is best reached along the ridge rising from the Kongma La, on its northern side. Although the summit is comparatively smaller than the rest, it provides a good viewpoint.

Formerly called Mehra Peak or simply Mehra, this attractive mountain rises to the north of the Kongma La above the Khumbu glacier opposite Lobuje, and is one of several small summits, including Pokalde, that make up the long South-West Ridge of Nuptse, between the Khumbu and Nuptse Glaciers. Seen from Gorak Shep, the summit has a diamond shaped hanging glacier above a steeply inclined rock wall that makes up the mountain's North Face, which is in turn slashed by a diagonal ice ramp leading to the lower edge of the glacier. From the south the mountain is much more approachable. Seen from the lakes east of the Kongma La, a small, stepped glacier descends from the summit between long, rocky arms that make up the mountain's South and South-East Ridges. The margins of the glacier provide the normal route of ascent. As with Pokalde the views from the summit are spectacular, especially so because of the nearness of the massive south face of Nuptse. The views northwards towards Pumori and the Lho La are also outstanding

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek from Lukla (2,800m.) to Phakding (2,652m.).
  • Day 2Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m.).
  • Day 3Rest day at Namche for acclimatization.
  • Day 4Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche (3,867m.).
  • Day 5Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,530m.).
  • Day 6Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m.).
  • Day 7Rest day at Chhukung for climbing preparation.
  • Day 8Trek from Chhukung to Pokalde Base camp.
  • Day 9Climb Pokalde Peak (5,745m.) and return back to Pokalde Base Camp.
  • Day 10Trek from Pokalde Base Camp to Khongma Tse Base Camp.
  • Day 11Climb Khongma Tse Peak (5,820m.) and return back to Khongma Tse Base.
  • Day 12Trek from Khongma Tse Base Camp to Pokalde Base Camp.
  • Day 13Trek from Pokalde Base Camp to Summit then back to Chhukung.
  • Day 14Trek from Chhukung to Pangboche (3,985m.).
  • Day 15Trek from Pangboche to Khumjung (3,790m.).
  • Day 16Trek from Khumjung to Phakding.
  • Day 17Trek from Phakding to Lukla.
  • Day 18Fly back to Kathmandu.

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