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Pumori Peak Expedition

Duration
37 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Located in Khumbu region at a distance of just 8km far from Mount Everest is the scenic Pumori Peak. Mount Pumori in Nepal provides excellent training base for those who are willing to try climbing Mount Everest. Pumori is in fact the most popular 7000m+ mountain. Conquered for the first time in 1964 by a German Swiss Expedition team in 1964, many climbers have joined Pumori Expedition since then.
Ace Holiday Treks (P) Ltd. currently offer 37days Pumori Expedition packages. We will trace the route that progresses up from the base of south eastern ridge. There will be altogether four camps including one base camp and three high camps. The Base Camp of Pumori Mountain is located at 5300m altitude. Four hours of moderate climb through glacier will take us to the First High Camp of Pumori Mountain which will be located at 5700m altitude. Ascending 480m further through the snow walls, we will reach Camp II of Pumori Mountain located at 6200m altitude. Climbing becomes rather challenging as we shift further up to Camp III (6480m). This area is avalanche prone area. Thus we need to be extra cautious. Follow the instructions of your team leader. Camp III is the final High Camp. We will pass through snow crevasses and walls to the summit. Camping at the top of Pumori is not advisable. We will lower down to Camp III after enjoying the scenic views of Mount Everest and other mountains and peaks in Nepal.
September to November and March to May are considered best months for Pumori Expedition in Nepal.


Itinerary Outline
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day02 & 03: Trek preparation and briefing in Ministry of Tourism
Day04: Kathmandu Lukla Flight trek to Phakding
Day05: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day06: Rest at Namche Bazaar
Day07: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860m) 5hrs
Day08: Trek to Dingboche
Day09: Trek to Lobuche
Day10: Trek to Pumori Base Camp
Day11 to Day 31: Climb Pumori Mountain
Day32: Trek to Pheriche
Day33: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day34: Trek to Lukla
Day35: Lukla Kathmandu Flight
Day36: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day37: Kathmandu Airport
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will find our representative ready to greet you as soon as you disembark from the flight. You will be transferred to the hotel where brief orientation about the Pumori Expedition is provided before you enjoy the delicious welcome dinner.

Day02 & 03: Trek preparation and briefing in Ministry of Tourism
First two days are dedicated in exploring Kathmandu valley and preparing for Pumori expedition. We will take half day guided city tour during which we will explore UNESCO enlisted sites of Kathmandu namely Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Pumori Climbing requires approval from Nepal Government. We will receive approval from Ministry of Tourism.

Day04: Kathmandu Lukla Flight trek to Phakding
We will follow the street that is lined with Mani Walls. We will walk through the forest to a steel suspension bridge. We will climb the hill and cross another bridge over Thado Koshi River to reach Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the river, we will move in and out of Ghat to reach Phakding.

Day05: Trek to Namche Bazaar
The trail progresses through the dense thickets of pine woods. We will pursue the trail to the suspension bridge over Dudh Kosi River. Crossing the river, we will move in and out of small but culturally rich Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo and Jorsale to reach Namche Bazaar which is the trade center and also the gateway to Everest Khumbu Region.

Day06: Rest at Namche Bazaar
There will be sharp increase in altitude after Namche Bazaar. Taking rest will reduce the possibility of high altitude sickness. We will explore the market area of Namche Bazaar and also visit nearby Khunde village.

Day07: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860m) 5hrs
Leaving Namche Bazaar early in the morning, we will traverse the forest of rhododendron and juniper and take the descending trail to Kayangjuma. We will walk along small Sherpa settlement at Sansa to forest from where we will head to Dudh Koshi River. We will cross Dudh Koshi River over suspension bridge and reach Phuki Thengna from where we will take the ascending trail to Tengboche Village. We will visit Tengboche Monastery.

Day08: Trek to Dingboche
We will wake up early in the morning and head to the top of ridge that allows striking views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Everest Mountains. Returning back, we will pay visit to Tengboche Monastery which is the largest Buddhist Monastery in Khumbu Region. We will pass through the settlement at Pheriche and lower down to Lobuche River from where we will follow the steep path uphill to Dingboche.

Day09: Trek to Lobuche
We will advance through Khumbu Khola Valley and take the raising path to Dusa. We will cross Phulung Karpo and descend to the river. We will cross the river over bridge and reach Dughla. Climbing the ridge, we will move in and out of Chupki Lhara and lower down to Khumbu Glacier. We will move through rocks and boulders to Gorakshep and walk 5km more to reach Lobuche.

Day10: Trek to Pumori Base Camp
We will follow the trail through Khumbu glacier to Gorakshep. Leaving the valley of Gorakshep that is dotted with few tea houses we will chase the trail through moraines of Khumbu glacier and reach the area near the base of Khumbu icefall where we will set our camp and stay overnight.

Day11 to Day 31: Climb Pumori Mountain
11th to 31st days are dedicated to climb and lower down from Pumori Mountain. We will listen to the instructor and practice to climb the mountain for few days before actually climbing the mountain. We will pass through High Camps to the summit and return back to Base Camp. Climbing equipments like crampons, ladders and cables are required to climb to the summit of Pumori Mountain. We will enjoy the gratifying views of mountains in Nepal from the summit.

Day32: Trek to Pheriche
We will take breakfast and descend to Khumbu Valley. Walking further, we will reach Pheriche which is the small yet culturally rich village of Sherpa ethnics located at 4371m altitude. The culture in Pheriche is much influenced by neighboring Tibetans.

Day33: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Walking past the forest of blooming rhododendron, the trail stretches through small settlements to Namche Bazaar.

Day34: Trek to Lukla
From Phakding, we will retrace our route to hotel in Lukla. We will manage our photos and pack the things for Lukla Kathmandu flight.

Day35: Lukla Kathmandu Flight
We will take 35minutes of scenic Lukla Kathmandu flight. We will return back to hotel in Kathmandu and celebrate successful Pumori Expedition trek.

Day36: Free Day in Kathmandu
It is the free day. You can spend the day as you wish. Either take rest in the luxurious room or go for shopping in Thamel.

Day37: Kathmandu Airport
You will be assisted in your last moment preparation afterwards which our representative will take you to International Airport from where you will move to your next destination.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Flight ticket for guide Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Flight ticket for Clients Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 37 Days
Accomodation: Camping
Seasons : September-November :: March-May
Type: Modarate
Activities : Hiking and climbing
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Mount Pumori in Nepal provides excellent training base for those who are willing to try climbing Mount Everest.
  • Pumori is in fact the most popular 7000m+ mountain. Conquered for the first time in 1964 by a German Swiss Expedition team in 1964.
  • Ace Holiday Treks (P) Ltd. currently offer 37days Pumori Expedition packages.
  • September to November and March to May are considered best months for Pumori Expedition in Nepal.

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