Pumori Peak Climbing

Trip Highlights:

           •  Scenic flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu

           •  Swayambhu, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square

           •  15 days trekking 3-8 hours each day walking past the remote Sherpa villages with towering highest peaks of the world

           •  Pumori Peak ascent from 13th to 27th day


 

Trip Cost Includes:

            •   All land transportation in private vehicles.
            •   5 Nights in twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu in star hotels
            •   14 Nights in tented camps during peak climbing
            •   15 Nights in best available lodge and guest house during trekking days
            •   Lodges and Guesthouses accommodation during the trek will be twin sharing and occasionally dormitory rooms
            •   34 Breakfast, 29 Lunch and 31 Dinner
            •   Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu including airport departure tax at Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
            •   Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
            •   Pumori Peak Climbing Permit.
            •   Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places
            •   An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
            •   Climbing Sherpa from Pumori Peak Base Camp for the summit and back to base camp.
            •   Group climbing equipments such as climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar, ice hammer, camping tents and kitchen equipments
            •   The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign 1 porter for every 2 guests).
            •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
            •   Down Jacket and sleeping bag that has to be returned later
            •   Satellite phone service.
            •   Oxygen (2 4-litre bottles).
            •   Flights to transfer climbing members, staff, liaison officer and cargo of the climbing gear.
            •   City Map and T Shirt

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your pre booked hotel. A group meeting will be arranged introducing the team members and trip orientation and preparation. In the evening we go for welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Welcome Dinner


 Day 02 & 03: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Kathmandu DurbarSquare: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Kasthamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth,  the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.

Patan Durbar Square: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, on the southern side of the Bagmati River, Patan is one of the three royal cities in the valley. A paradise of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The city of Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty. It was expanded by Lichhavis in the 6th century A.D. and again by the Mallas in medieval period. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast


Day 04: Fly to Lukla (2800m); Trek to Phakding (2652m)
We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi. We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.
Overnight: Lodge in Phakding

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazar
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 06:  At leisure in Namche Bazar
A rest day at Namche for acclimatisation. There is the option of a day hike to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest, Lhotse and AmaDablam.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 07: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3870m) 5-6 hrs

Tengboche is famous for its celebrated monastery, the largest in the Khumbu.

Overnight: Lodge in Tengboche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 08: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m/  ) 5-6hrs

We descend through the forest to Devoche and a little further on we cross the rushing Imja Khola, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending the valley we have lunch at Shomore, after which we leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas, A short steep climb brings us to Dingboche, at 4,530m, a summer settlement where great peaks surround us.

Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 09:  Acclimatization in Dingboche

Dingboche is a good location for acclimatization. The team leader will organize daily outings to the adjacent hills with the aim of providing gradual acclimatization. Walk some of the nearby hills in order to slowly increase exposure to altitude. While in Dingboche, we can attend a seminar on high altitude acclimatization at a hospital run by the Himalayan Rescue Association nearby Pheriche. The walk over to Pheriche and back will also serve as good acclimatization training.

Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m)

After three hours we reach the small collection of lodges at Dugla (4,620m/15,153ft). We might choose to walk up to the Sherpa memorials, from where there are outstanding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taweche. From Dugla, the trail starts steeply to climb up beside the glacier moraine. After a few hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft).

Overnight: Lodge in Lobuche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11:  Trek to Pumori Base Camp

Contouring along the valley-side and looking down on the Khumbu Glacier, follow a reasonable trail to Gorak Shep. This was the site of the base camp in 1953 and now consists of a few small tea houses. Leaving Gorak Shep, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble and eventually reaching base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. This will be our home for the next six weeks.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 12:  Rest, Acclimatization and preparation

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 13-27:  Ascent of Mt Pumori

Overnight: Tented Camps

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 28:  Return to base camp

All team members return to base camp and assist with packing expedition stores and cleaning the base camp area.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 29:  Retrace to Lobuche

Overnight: Lodge in Lobuche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 30:  Trek to Pangboche

Overnight: Lodge in Pangboche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 31:  Trek to Namche

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 32:  Trek to Lukla

Overnight: Lodge in Lukla

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 33:  Fly to Kathmandu

We fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla. We spend the evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast


Day 34:  Free day in Kathmandu
Today you have the leisure day on your own. This day is kept free day in case of delay in returning back to Kathmandu due to any unavoidable circumstances.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner


Day 35: Final Departure
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.

Meals: Breakfast

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November.

Best Months 
The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Pumori Peak Climbing.


Maximum Altitude: 


Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD


Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.


Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for couple of hours daily can choose for trekking. But for mountain climbing one has to have previous experience of climbing.


Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket.


 Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

 

Accommodation

We use standard rooms at star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses and lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

In summit base camps, the accommodation will be a tented camp.


Meals

Meals are provided at Guesthouses and lodges on the way and in a star hotel in Kathmandu. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

During tented camps our professional cook will provide you the best vegetarian food.


Means of Transportation

Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs


Climbing Guides

All our climbing guides are licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association and are experienced in many 6000, 7000 and 8000 meter peaks.


Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us

 

Communication while trekking

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you Any international calls made, you can pay to the guide directly.

 

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended. Your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses.

 

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.

 

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at + 977 9841414582

Thanks to Eve for making my summit attempt a success. Their guides and porters are completely professional and friendly. They made my trip a pleasure and took care of every small details.

Clark Harrison