Pumori Expeditions

pumori-expeditionPumori  Expedition at 7,161 meter situated in the Khumbu district of Sagarmatha zone at 28 00 53 Latitude and 86 49 41 Longitude which forms the northern boundary barrier between Tibet and Nepal. Pumori is clearly visible from the Tibet side near Rongbuk on the other side of the Rongbuk River.

From Nepal it lies on the northern mid eastern Himalayan range very close to
Mt. Everest, the walk to the Pumori base camp is almost the same walk to the Everest base camp, till Gorakshep, from Gorakshep the trail branches off towards north very close to the trail of Kalapatthar, the black rock mound hill top at 5,545m very popular with the trekkers for the awesome panorama of the surrounding high peaks and glacier with Everest in just a stone throw distance, Pumori is just few meters away from the top of Kalapatthar. The most accessible and popular normal route is from the side of near Kalapatthar, an expedition to this peak can take weeks, but the late famed Sungdari Sherpa and his Sherpa colleague has climbed this mountain, in less than 8 hours about two decades back.

The Pumori base camp from this normal route is based at the foot of near Kalapatthar and on the small glacial pond on the rocky of moraine part of Khumbu glacier.
Climb is done from the south east route to the summit, from this southern face of Pumori, is more ice and rock climbing in some places, the Pumori is mostly covered in a thick blanket of snow right up to the summit. The southern face from Nepal is more like a dome shaped.

Trip Profile:

Best Season for Expeditions:       Spring April to May & September to October
Expeditions Grade:  Full Fledge Mountaineering Expeditions.
Expedition’s duration:        30-31 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu for necessary paper works and preparations.
Day 03: In Kathmandu Free day at leisure checking the gear for the expeditions.
Day 04: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding 2,640m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. 5-6 hours.
Day 06: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization.
Day 07: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m 5-6 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Dingboche 4,340m. 4-5 hrs.
Day 09: Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and day hike.
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche 4,900m 5-6 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep 5,180m 3-4 hrs and climb Kalapathar 5,545m.
Day 12: Trek to Pumori Base Camp 5,400m 3-4 hrs.
Day 13: At Base Camp a free day to get organized for the climb.
Day 14: Trek towards Pumori Advance Base Camp 5,600m.2-3 hrs.
Day 15: Free day for climbing preparation.
Day 16 -21:   Climbing day.
Day 22: Return to base camp.
Day 23: Cleaning day of all the rubbish and collect to bring it back.
Day 24: Trek to Pheriche. 4,240m. 5-6 hrs.
Day 25: Trek to Thyangboche 5-6 hrs.
Day 26: Trek to Monjo 2,820m via Namche Bazaar 4-5 hrs.
Day 27: Trek to Lukla..
Day 28: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 29: Free day in Kathmandu to submit the expeditions report.
Day 30: In Kathmandu for individual activities.
Day 31: International Departure.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Expeditions, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 02-3: A day in Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest and preparations for the expeditions.

Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding. Approx: 45 minutes flight to Lukla 2,800m 9-10km (2 1/2 -3hr walk) to Phakding at 2,652m.

Early morning you will be transferred from the Hotel to domestic Airport a short drive of 20-30 minutes, after the necessary security formalities board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, on arrival you will be received by our trekking guides. In Lukla you will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load, lunch depending upon the time of arrival at Lukla either in Lukla or few walks further down on route to Phakding.

The walk is gradual most of the way, with few ups with view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing a short suspension bridge, a short climb brings to the Ghat village, and another 11/2hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi River.

Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs.
From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thermasarkhu 6,608m, then reaching a small village of Monjo after the last 20 minutes climb from the stream, after Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend with a gradual walk to the Jorsalle village is reached, the last village and the only place to shop till Namche Bazaar is reached, a second bridge is reached over the same river, the walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum kangru Mt.Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Taweche peak can be seen all the way up, from here another 1-2 hour walk up brings to the famed Namche Bazaar, the colourful houses are situated in an amphitheatre U shaped bowl.

Day 06: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
Suggested activities a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking view of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down, with an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region, afternoon at leisure.

Day 07: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m. Approx 5 hours.
The walk is fairly easy for the first half, after a 20 minutes climb to the top ridge of  Namche Bazaar. Once at the top walk follows on the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thermasharkhu and Kwangde-ri peak after a pleasant walk of two to three hours  coming at Phungitenga 3,250m, a small settlement with couple of teahouses and a small Nepalese Army barrack serving as park wardens in the midst of the alpine woods of mostly silver fir blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees. Walk from here is strenuous for an hour or two on the winding trail through the shade of woods till Thyangboche Monastery or Ghompa, is reached for the overnight stop. This beautiful spot offers views of the majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam with Everest looming above the Nuptse wall in the north with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east.

Day 08: Trek to Dingboche 4,358m.Approx. 5-6 hour.
After a wonderful time at Thyangboche, the trail descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron with magnificent view of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt.Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse, after the bridge over the narrow gorge of Imja-Tse river, the walk is gradual uphill most of the way to Pangboche at 3,900m from here a short climb to Shomare for lunch a small settlement with fantastic close-up view of Ama-Dablam. From here onwards Ama Dablam looks completely different, from the bridge the trails climbs slowly winding above the Imja tse river to a big mani Stupa, from here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja tse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with view of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island peak or Imja tse 6,189m, which is a popular peak amongst all the trekking peaks in Nepal.

Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of field enclosed by stone walls, protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about more than ten teahouses.

Day 09: Rest Day at Dingboche.
A leisure day for short hike around, at Dingboche there are places where one go for a short walk. Trek to Chhukhung 4,730m.is worth while which takes approx. 3-4 hours from Dingboche, towards east within the Imja tse Valley, although the trek is gradual, however you can feel the thin air as the altitude gains slowly coming towards Chhukhung. At Chhukhung, there are about five teahouses overlooking superb view of the snow capped peaks and glaciers of Lhotse, Ama-Dablam and Imja glacier, Chhukhung the last settlement in eastern Khumbu.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche 4,928m. Approx. 5 hours.
From Dingboche the trail leads north, the path is gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa, from here the trail is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village, today’s walk offers beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse. After a pleasant walk of 1 1/2 to 2 hours the trail from Pheriche joins near Thugla, before a small wooden bridge over the torrent river of Khumbu glacier. From Thugla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region, From here another 1 1/2 to 2 hours of gradual ascend brings you to Lobuche, Lobuche comes as a surprise, as its situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind. Lobuche has about 5-6 Teahouses.

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m.
Today towards the final destination of this adventurous journey the walk is gradual up the valley at the end of the grassy field, a short 20 minutes climb, the walk from here follows the rocky moraine path, as you walk you can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes a short downhill walk bring you to Gorakshep on the flat field below Kalapatthar 5,545m and Mt.Pumori 7,145m. Gorakshep has three teahouses.

Day 12: Trek to Pumori Base Camp at 5,400m.    3-4 hrs.
From Gorakshep the walk leads on the gradual path for an hour on reaching at the end of Gorakshep vast sandy field route to Pumori branches off from the other trail to Everest Base Camp, the walk leads to a climb on the rocks and boulders and walking on the dunes of scree then reaching at the base camp after three hours of good climb.

Day 13: At Base Camp a free day to get organized for the climb.
A free day to get organized and preparations for the long haul to the summit of Pumori with time to hike around for acclamatsation and to scout the route as well..

Day 14: Trek towards Pumori Advance Base Camp 5,600m.2-3 hrs.
After a good rest at the base camp climb up over the moraine and the icy pond to reach the near the foot of Mt. Pumori, and the establish advance base camp afternoon free for the expeditions preparations.

Day 15: Free day for climbing preparation.
Another free day to get fully prepared for the climb, on this day our climbing guide will fix necessary ropes and snow bar where applicable and will scout the route for any danger from avalanches.

Day 16 -21:   Climbing day.
We have allocated 6 days for the climb to the summit top of Mt. Pumori; a record climb was done by a Sherpa climber named late Sundari from Pangboche who reached the summit from Gorakshep in 11 hours and back to Gorakshep, an unusual climber who had climbed Everest 5th time as well in the early 1990’s.
The climb to the summit one has to be careful from the avalanche that is common on Mt.Pumori for safety and technical difficulties 2 camps can be added from the advance camp. After the long haul to the summit with incredible views descend back the same route towards the Advance Camp.

Day 22: Return to base camp.
Retrace the route by the same way towards base camp after a long arduous climb to the top of Mt. Pumori.

Day 23: Cleaning day of all the rubbish and collect to bring it back.
All rubbish to be collected and to be handed back to the SPCC (Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee) or to bring back to Kathmandu this is important to collect the garbage deposit money back.

Day 24: Trek to Pheriche 4,243m   4-5 hrs.
After a wonderful adventurous climb descend back to Gorakshep and continue walk to Pheriche, the walk is downhill most of the way, after Thugla where the Dingboche trails branches off from here  our route descends further to the flat Pheriche Valley, afternoon can be very windy here, after an hour of good walk reaches you at Pheriche for the overnight stop.

Day 25: Trek to Thyangboche approx. 5 hrs.
From Pheriche a short walk brings you to the bridge, after the bridge it is nearly downhill all the way with few ups in between to Pangboche and Thyangboche, on reaching the bridge back to the woodlands and vegetation with an hour up hill to Thyangboche for the overnight stop.

Day 26: Trek to Monjo. 2,835m. Approx: 5-6 hrs.
Retrace the journey back to Shanasha, from Shanasha where the trail from Khumjung, Gokyo and to Namche meets. From here the route follows on the main busy path, the walk winds all the way to Namche Bazaar on the downhill and gradual path. On reaching Namche Bazaar retrace the journey all the way to Monjo for the overnight camp at Monjo, located just near the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and exit.

Day 27: Trek to Lukla. 5 hrs walk.
Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at on your own normal pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around.
Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take about 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.

Day 28: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason. Depending upon the flight time this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 35 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen during the flight. At Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff receives and transfer  you back to the Hotel.

Day 29-30: Free day at leisure.
A free days in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley, as well to submit the report to the concern department regarding the expeditions.
Day 31: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

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