The Pumori Expedition is a challenging and renowned mountaineering venture that takes place in the Himalayas, specifically on Mount Pumori, situated on the border between Nepal and Tibet. With an elevation of 7,161 meters (23,494 feet), Pumori is a popular choice among experienced climbers seeking a significant but technically demanding ascent. The expedition requires careful planning, expert guiding, and excellent physical and mental preparation due to its steep and icy terrain. The climbers must contend with crevasses, seracs, and extreme weather conditions while making their way to the summit. The rewards of this expedition include breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, and the surrounding peaks, making it a memorable and awe-inspiring experience for those who undertake the challenge.
The home to mountains, Khumbu, holds four of fourteen world's highest peaks. Besides, there are many 6,000 metres and 7,000 metres peaks in the Everest region. One of them, the technically demanding mountain, Pumori, rises to 7,161 metres. At only 6 km away from Everest, its distinctive pyramidal shape is utterly visible from Kala Patthar.
English mountaineer and alpinist George Mallory, who led the first Everest expedition, got an early impression of a mountain. A peak close to Everest and Lhotse, like Everest, he named the peak "Pumori". The Sherpa meaning of this mountain is "Unmarried Daughter. He may have used this peak for acclimatisation and practice climbs. The same trend followed for many decades. Now, people who look up to scale 8,000-metre peak climb Pumori to excel in climbing skills.
What makes Pumori's best 7,000 metres peak? Well, the Pumori Peak summit is the last point, from where you can see the utmost elegance of Everest and Lhotse. North of Pumori summit lies Tibet and the Rongbuk glacier, the inspiring landscape of the Himalayas. On top, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other peaks are visible from the summit of Pumori. The 17 days long climbing period not only lets you learn countless mountaineering techniques, but you'll master them. On top, the rewarding summit climb and successful completion of this trip make you the best fit for the 8,000 metres journey.
The preferred route to reach the summit of Pumori is the southeast face. Some climbers often seek thrill by attempting the climb from the western flank. Crossing glacial blue ice walls of nearly a 1 km length is a must for climbers when attempting the summit climb from any side. Often, the vertical steepness rises to 70 degrees at some ridges. Till today, around 600 people reached the summit successfully.
Pumori Base Camp sits at 5,300 metres, just above the Kala Patthar. Our climb route follows the South East Ridge, where there'll be three Camps, Camp I at 5,700 metres, Camp II at 6,200 metres, and Camp III at 6,480 metres. The route from Pumori Base Camp to Camp I is a glacial route, and that to Camp II is deep snow-filled terrain. Climbing Camp III in icy walls will be arduous. Thus, a precise fixed line climbing skill comes in handy during the climb. The route to the summit comprises crevasses and blue ice walls. So, Pumori at 7,161 metres is technically demanding.
Pumori expedition is to the Everest region, where you'll trek on the Everest trekking trail for days.
To kick off a month-long Pumori Expedition, we'll take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding overnight. The route from Lukla to Phakding is rich in villages, towering hills, and lush vegetation on either side of the Dudh Koshi river.
We'll hike to Namche Bazar from Phakding. The true beauty of Khumbu starts unfolding as we reach Monjo. The glimpses of Khumbila and Themsekru appear from Monjo. We'll continue our hike to Namche Bazar by crossing several suspension bridges, including Hilary Bridge.
We'll acclimatise at Namche Bazar for a day before leaving for Tengboche. We'll hike to Hotel Everest View for mountain sightseeing like Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, etc.
We'll further trek to Tengboche, Pheriche, Lobuche, Kala Patthar, and Pumori Base Camp with a day of acclimatisation at Dingboche.
We'll have 15 or more days during the climbing period at Pumori Base Camp. We'll practice routine climbs for proper acclimatisation and practice sessions. We'll wait for stable weather and have a puja ceremony before heading for the summit push. With a successful Pumori summit push with our Sherpa guides, we'll leave for Namche Bazar, retracing the Everet trekking trail.
The afterparty at Kathmandu marks the end of the successful Pumori Peak expedition.
We at World Expedition Nepal believe in keeping mountains and the environment clean. We promote a clean campaign at every expedition. Thus, we run an eco-friendly Pumori expedition where we try to minimise solid waste. Also, we have policies to clean the base camp and leave nothing but a footprint on the mountains. We believe our valued clients also support us in this initiative. Successful Pumori summit and cleaning the base camp afterward is our main motto.
World Expedition Nepal focuses on and promotes peak climbing and expeditions in Nepal. We have been providing tour services since 2017 by registered and licensed under Nepal Government. In the Everest region, we'll make sure that you'll have complete joy alongside the adventure of high-altitude climbing.
Our professional and experienced guides will ensure your utmost comfort and safety on Pumori Peak climbing. We'll make this tour an unforgettable experience for you. Also, the health and safety of our clients is our primary motto. Our guides for these expeditions have mountain skills certification. They come with expertise in mountain medicine, first aid, and rescue operations.
We have fixed departures for the Pumori expedition for Autumn 2022 and Spring 2023. Book your trip with us and experience the thrill of climbing this 7,000 metres peak.
We at World Expedition Nepal manage logistics for camping-style accommodation at Pumori base camps.
We'll accommodate tea houses until Lobuche. The tea houses on the Everest trekking route provide good meals and proper accommodations. You can also get hot showers at these lodges with attached washrooms. During peak expedition season, you have to accommodate on a twin-sharing basis.
While camping, our Sherpa team will manage the logistics from meals to overnight sleep. You'll get nutritious foods and warm sleeping bags. We'll guarantee that you'll get a proper meal and rest throughout the expedition.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from the world Expedition Nepal. Look out for a signboard with your name on it. After a warm welcome, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu.
The drive from the airport to the hotel will take you through the bustling streets of Kathmandu, offering you a glimpse of the city's vibrant culture and architecture. During the drive, the representative will provide you with a brief overview of the Pumori Expedition and the days to come.
Once you reach your hotel, you will complete the check-in procedures. The hotel will be well-equipped, offering comfortable accommodation to ensure you have a pleasant stay. After settling in, you will have some free time to rest, freshen up, and recover from the journey.
Later in the day or evening, there will be a pre-expedition briefing at the hotel. This will be conducted by the expedition leader or a representative from the company. During the briefing, you will receive essential information about the expedition, including the detailed itinerary, safety guidelines, and necessary preparations. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have regarding the upcoming Pumori Expedition.
After the briefing, you can explore the surrounding area, soak in the atmosphere of Kathmandu, and get a taste of the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the city.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
After a hearty breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, the day will be dedicated to completing various essential tasks and preparations for the upcoming Pumori Expedition.
Permit Issue: You will start the day by visiting the concerned government offices to obtain the necessary permits for the Pumori Expedition. This typically includes the climbing permit, Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, and any other required permits for restricted areas. The trekking agency or expedition company's staff will assist you with the permit process to ensure all the paperwork is in order.
Expedition Preparation: Following the permit issue, you will have time to prepare and organize your expedition gear and equipment. You should go through the checklist provided by the expedition company and make sure you have all the required gear for the climb. This may include personal climbing gear, clothing, sleeping bags, tents, cooking equipment, and other necessary items. Double-check the condition of your gear to ensure everything is in good working order.
Last Minute Shopping: If there are any additional items you need or items you may have forgotten to bring, this is the time to go shopping. Kathmandu has numerous outdoor gear shops where you can purchase any last-minute essentials. Items such as batteries, snacks, toiletries, or any specific gear requirements can be taken care of during this shopping session.
Briefing: In the late afternoon or evening, there will be a final expedition briefing conducted by the expedition leader or the climbing guide. During this briefing, you will receive detailed information about the Pumori Expedition's logistics, daily schedules, and the route to the summit. Safety procedures, emergency protocols, and contingency plans will also be discussed. You will be given an opportunity to clarify any remaining doubts or queries regarding the climb.
Packing and Rest: After the briefing, you may need to make some final adjustments to your packing based on the information provided. Make sure all your gear is neatly organized and packed into duffel bags or backpacks, ready for the early start the next day.
Relax and Rest: With all the necessary tasks completed, take some time to relax and rest. Have a nourishing dinner at the hotel and get a good night's sleep to ensure you are physically and mentally prepared for the start of your Pumori Expedition the following day.
This is the official start of your Pumori Expedition.
In the early morning, we will be transferred to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for a thrilling flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu region. The short flight offers stunning aerial views of the Himalayas, including peaks like Ganesh, Langtang, and Nuptse. Lukla's airport, Tenzing-Hillary Airport, is known for its challenging runway set amidst the mountains.
Upon landing in Lukla, we will meet the rest of our expedition team, including porters and guides. After a brief break and organizing the gear, we'll start our trek towards Phakding. The trail initially descends through the village of Lukla before crossing the Dudh Koshi River via a suspension bridge. We'll be walking amidst picturesque landscapes, green hills, and Sherpa settlements.
The trail passes through beautiful forests of rhododendron and pine trees, with occasional glimpses of the towering Himalayan peaks. We'll cross several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River and pass through small villages like Chheplung and Thado Koshi. Along the way, we may encounter fellow trekkers and locals going about their daily lives.
After around 4 to 5 hours of trekking, we'll arrive in Phakding, a charming village located at an altitude of approximately 2,800 meters. Phakding is a popular stopover for trekkers heading towards Everest Base Camp and other destinations in the Khumbu region. You'll spend the night in one of the teahouses, which provide basic accommodation and meals.
This first day of trekking is a relatively easy and gradual walk, designed to help us acclimatize to the increasing altitude. It allows us to immerse ourself in the surrounding natural beauty and get a taste of the adventure that lies ahead. Make sure to drink plenty of water, follow our guide's instructions, and take it easy to ensure a successful and enjoyable trek to Pumori.
Overnight stay in Phakding.
After a good night's rest and breakfast at the teahouse in Phakding, we'll begin our trek towards Namche Bazaar, the bustling trading hub and the gateway to the Everest region.
The trail starts with a crossing of the Dudh Koshi River on a suspension bridge. We'll follow the path along the riverbank, passing through lush forests of pine, fir, and rhododendron. As we trek, you'll catch occasional glimpses of the magnificent Thamserku (6,608 meters) towering above.
After a few hours, we'll reach Monjo, where we'll enter the Sagarmatha National Park. Here, our trekking permits will be checked at the park entrance. The trail continues, gradually ascending with some steep sections, and we'll encounter several suspension bridges over the gushing river.
As we approach Jorsalle, we'll be greeted by the breathtaking sight of the Hillary Suspension Bridge, an iconic landmark along the route. Crossing this bridge, we'll enter the heart of the Everest region, and the trail begins to climb uphill, offering stunning views of the soaring peaks in the distance.
After another couple of hours of trekking, we'll arrive at Namche Bazaar, perched on the side of a hill and surrounded by towering peaks, including Thamserku and Kwangde. Namche Bazaar is a lively Sherpa town with numerous lodges, restaurants, shops, and facilities catering to trekkers and climbers.
The trek to Namche Bazaar is one of the most challenging sections of the journey due to its steep ascent. It's crucial to maintain a steady pace, drink plenty of water, and take short breaks to acclimatize properly. As we ascend, the air gets thinner, and you may start feeling the effects of the higher altitude.
Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, we'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Everest (8,848 meters) and Lhotse (8,516 meters) on a clear day. It's a vibrant place where trekkers often take a rest day to further acclimatize and explore the local culture and markets.
Today is a crucial rest and acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar. Acclimatization is a vital process in high-altitude trekking and mountaineering, allowing our body to adapt gradually to the reduced oxygen levels at higher elevations. Taking a rest day at Namche Bazaar will aid in minimizing the risk of altitude-related illnesses and ensure a safer and more enjoyable trek.
During the acclimatization day, we have several options for activities:
Hike to Everest View Hotel: We can take a scenic hike to the Everest View Hotel, which offers a breathtaking panorama of the Everest and Ama Dablam (6,812 meters) peaks, among others. The hike is relatively short but involves ascending to a higher altitude, aiding in the acclimatization process.
Explore Namche Bazaar: Spend time exploring the lively town of Namche. We can visit the local shops, markets, and bakeries. Don't miss the opportunity to interact with the friendly Sherpa people and learn about their rich culture and traditions.
Visit the Sherpa Museum: The Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar provides valuable insights into the history, culture, and lifestyle of the Sherpa community and the mountaineering expeditions in the region.
Rest and Relax: Acclimatization days are also about relaxation and recuperation. Take this opportunity to rest, read a book, or simply enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding Himalayan landscape.
Regardless of the activity we choose, remember to stay well-hydrated, maintain a moderate pace, and avoid excessive physical exertion to ensure a smooth acclimatization process. Keep in mind that even though we may feel well, it's essential not to rush and give your body enough time to adjust to the altitude.
Throughout the day, pay attention to our body and any signs of altitude sickness, such as headache, dizziness, or nausea. Inform your guide immediately if you experience any symptoms, as they can provide appropriate assistance and make decisions regarding our health and safety.
Overnight stay in Namche Bazar.
After a refreshing acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar, we'll resume our trek towards the serene and culturally significant Tengboche Monastery.
The trail initially descends from Namche Bazaar, providing us with stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. We'll cross the Dudh Koshi River again and then start ascending towards Kyangjuma, a small settlement with a few teahouses and shops.
From Kyangjuma, the trail offers breathtaking views of Ama Dablam and other surrounding peaks. We'll continue to climb gradually until you reach Sanasa, a junction where the trail from Gokyo meets the trail to Everest Base Camp.
From Sanasa, the path descends through beautiful rhododendron forests, and we may spot wildlife, including Himalayan pheasants and musk deer. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola, we'll make a final ascent to Tengboche.
Tengboche is famous for its stunning backdrop - the magnificent Ama Dablam. It is also home to the Tengboche Monastery, one of the most significant monasteries in the Khumbu region. The monastery is not only a religious center for the Sherpa community but also an essential site for mountaineers, as they receive blessings here before embarking on their climbs.
Upon reaching Tengboche, we'll visit the monastery and have the opportunity to witness the monks' chanting and prayer ceremonies. The peaceful and spiritual atmosphere of the monastery amidst the awe-inspiring Himalayan landscape is a remarkable experience.
Overnight stay in Tengboche.
After a peaceful morning at Tengboche, with the majestic Ama Dablam as a backdrop, we'll continue our trek towards Dingboche, a picturesque village nestled in the Khumbu region.
The trail initially descends through a forested area, and we'll cross a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola once again. As we ascend, we'll be treated to stunning views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest in the distance.
After crossing the bridge, the path gradually climbs up to Pangboche, a charming Sherpa village with ancient monasteries and traditional houses. Here, we'll also find a stone-walled potato field, believed to be one of the highest cultivation areas in the world.
Continuing on, the trail passes through Somare and Orsho villages before reaching the scenic Imja Valley. The landscape changes as we approach higher altitudes, with less vegetation and more rugged terrain. The views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks become even more spectacular.
After a few hours of trekking, we'll arrive at Dingboche, a popular stop for trekkers heading towards Everest Base Camp, Island Peak, and other destinations. Dingboche is surrounded by beautiful fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the crops from the cold winds and wildlife.
At an altitude of 4,243 meters, Dingboche provides stunning views of Lhotse, Island Peak (Imja Tse), and several other peaks. This is a significant acclimatization stop, and you'll spend two nights here to allow your body to adjust further to the higher elevation.
Upon arrival in Dingboche, take some time to rest and enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery. The teahouses in Dingboche offer basic facilities and hearty meals to replenish your energy. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat a balanced diet to maintain your strength and health for the challenging days ahead.
Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930 meters)
Leaving Dingboche behind, you'll continue your trek towards Lobuche, a significant milestone on your journey to the Pumori Expedition.
The trail from Dingboche initially climbs up to a ridge, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including Ama Dablam and Island Peak. As you ascend, you'll notice the landscape becoming more barren and rocky, with sparse vegetation.
You'll pass through Thukla (also known as Dughla), a small settlement with a few lodges and teahouses. Thukla is a popular resting point, and many trekkers stop here for a meal and some rest. It also serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges of high-altitude mountaineering, as there are memorials and monuments dedicated to climbers who lost their lives on Everest and other peaks.
From Thukla, the trail becomes steeper as you climb towards the Khumbu Glacier terminal moraine. The glacial terrain can be challenging, but the reward is the breathtaking view of several Himalayan giants, including Nuptse, Pumori, Lingtren, and Khumbutse.
After crossing the glacier, you'll reach Lobuche, a small village situated at the foot of Lobuche East and Lobuche West peaks. The name "Lobuche" means "pile of stones," and you'll see numerous stone memorials dedicated to climbers who have perished on nearby mountains.
At an elevation of 4,930 meters, Lobuche provides a high-altitude experience, and it's crucial to take it easy and allow your body to acclimatize further. Hydration and proper nutrition are essential, and you may find that your pace has slowed due to the thin air.
Upon arrival in Lobuche, settle into your teahouse and take some time to rest. The evening at Lobuche can get quite chilly, so ensure you have appropriate layers of clothing to keep warm. Enjoy a warm meal and take in the mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks as you prepare for the next stage of your Pumori Expedition.
Today's trek takes you from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, the last stop before reaching Everest Base Camp. Gorak Shep is the base for trekkers to ascend Kala Patthar and visit Everest Base Camp.
The trail from Lobuche to Gorak Shep is relatively flat and gradually ascends through the rocky and glacial terrain. As you trek, you'll get mesmerizing views of the Khumbu Glacier and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. The landscape becomes more barren and rugged, with snow-capped mountains dominating the horizon.
Upon reaching Gorak Shep, settle into your teahouse or lodge and take a well-deserved break. At 5,140 meters, Gorak Shep is at a considerable altitude, so it's crucial to continue acclimatizing and stay hydrated.
Pumori is a popular choice for experienced mountaineers seeking a significant but technically demanding ascent. Climbing Pumori involves using mountaineering skills, including the use of ropes, ice axes, crampons, and other technical gear to navigate the steep and icy terrain.
The route from Gorak Shep to Pumori Base Camp is not a regular trekking trail; it is a mountaineering expedition that requires careful planning, expert guiding, and excellent physical and mental preparation. Climbers usually need to be part of an organized expedition with experienced guides and support staff who are familiar with the Pumori route and the logistics involved.
While Gorak Shep serves as a base for trekkers and climbers visiting Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, climbers aiming to ascend Pumori will follow a distinct and challenging path towards Pumori Base Camp, which is situated at an altitude of around 5,220 meters.
The ascent from Gorak Shep to Pumori Base Camp involves navigating crevasses, seracs, and steep ice slopes. The climb requires acclimatization and acquires a more technical and dangerous nature as climbers approach higher altitudes.
Overnight stay in Base Camp.
During the climbing period from Day 11 to Day 28, we will be focused on attempting to reach the summit of Pumori (7,161 meters). This period involves several stages, including establishing high camps, acclimatization, and making the final summit push. Here's a general outline of the climbing period:
Day 11-13: Establishing High Camps and Acclimatization
Day 14-18: Acclimatization and Skill Training
Day 19-22: Camp 2 and Camp 3
Day 23-25: Summit Push
Day 26-28: Descend to Base Camp and Conclusion
Overnight stay in Base Camp.
After the climbing period and the successful summit of Pumori, we will start our descent back to lower altitudes. The journey from Pumori Base Camp to Pangboche will be a rewarding and scenic trek as we retrace our steps through the beautiful Khumbu region. Here's the trek from Base Camp to Pangboche:
Trek from Pumori Base Camp to Pangboche (3,930 meters)
Leaving Pumori Base Camp behind, we''ll head back towards the main trekking trail and the familiar villages of the Khumbu region. The descent will be a mix of rocky and glacial terrain, providing us with stunning views of the surrounding peaks.
We'll pass through Lobuche and Thukla, where the memorials of climbers pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in the Himalayas. From Thukla, we'll continue descending until we reach the picturesque village of Pheriche.
Pheriche is a popular stop for trekkers, offering teahouses, lodges, and medical facilities at the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic. After a short break in Pheriche, we'll continue on the trail, passing through beautiful rhododendron and juniper forests.
As we descend further, we'll reach Pangboche, a charming Sherpa village with traditional stone houses and a rich cultural heritage. Pangboche is known for its ancient monastery, which holds significant religious importance for the local community.
Upon arriving in Pangboche, take some time to explore the village and its surroundings. The friendly Sherpa hospitality and the stunning mountain vistas will make this a memorable part of our journey.
We'll spend the night in one of the teahouses or lodges in Pangboche, enjoying a warm meal and reflecting on the incredible experiences and achievements of our Pumori Expedition.
After a restful night in Pangboche, we'll continue our trek towards Namche Bazaar, the bustling Sherpa town and commercial center of the Khumbu region. The return journey offers a chance to revisit some of the beautiful landscapes and cultural sites we encountered on the way up.
The trail from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar follows the Dudh Koshi River valley, providing stunning views of the snow-capped peaks and picturesque villages along the route.
As we trek, we'll pass through Tengboche, where we can visit the famous Tengboche Monastery and enjoy breathtaking views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and other surrounding peaks.
Continuing on, we'll descend through the rhododendron and pine forests, with the sound of the Dudh Koshi River accompanying us . Along the way, we may encounter fellow trekkers and local porters carrying supplies to the higher villages.
After several hours of trekking, we'll arrive in Namche Bazaar, where we started our journey into the Everest region. Namche will welcome us with its vibrant atmosphere, colorful markets, and numerous shops and cafes.
Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, we can take some time to relax and explore the town. Visit the local bakeries, shops, and the lively market area. Don't forget to take in the breathtaking mountain views that surround Namche.
We'll spend the night in one of the comfortable teahouses or lodges in Namche Bazaar, reminiscing about our incredible adventures in the Himalayas and sharing stories with fellow trekkers.
On the final day of your trek, you'll bid farewell to Namche Bazaar and begin the descent towards Lukla, where you'll catch a flight back to Kathmandu.
The trail from Namche Bazaar to Lukla retraces your steps along the Dudh Koshi River valley, passing through the same villages and landmarks you encountered on your way up.
As you descend, you'll be able to observe the changes in the landscape, with the lush greenery of lower altitudes gradually coming into view. The walk back provides a chance to appreciate the beauty of the region from a different perspective.
You'll cross several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River and enjoy the gentle slopes and rolling hills along the trail. The sound of the river and the panoramic views of the mountains will accompany you throughout the journey.
Passing through villages like Phakding and Chheplung, you'll eventually arrive in Lukla, where you'll have a chance to relax and reflect on your incredible trekking experience.
Upon reaching Lukla, you'll head to your lodge or tea house to rest and freshen up. You can spend the rest of the day exploring Lukla, visiting the local markets, and interacting with the friendly Sherpa community.
In the evening, you can celebrate the successful completion of your Pumori Expedition with your expedition team and fellow trekkers.
On this day, we'll bid farewell to Lukla and the breathtaking Everest region as we board a domestic flight back to Kathmandu.
The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu offers one last opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring Himalayan vistas from the air. The short flight takes us back to the bustling capital city, where modernity meets tradition.
Upon landing at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, we'll be met by the World Expedition Nepal representatives, who will assist with transferring you to your hotel.
Once you check into your hotel, you can take a well-deserved rest and freshen up after your adventurous journey in the mountains.
The rest of the day in Kathmandu is yours to explore at your own pace. You may want to visit some of the city's cultural and historical landmarks, such as Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple), or Boudhanath Stupa, to immerse yourself in Nepal's rich heritage.
In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious farewell dinner with The World Expedition Nepal team and celebrate the successful completion of your Pumori Expedition.
A leisure day in Kathmandu is a wonderful opportunity to unwind, explore, and immerse yourself further in the rich culture and history of this vibrant city. Here are some enjoyable activities wecan consider on our leisure day in Kathmandu:
Explore Thamel: Thamel is the tourist hub of Kathmandu, known for its bustling streets, colorful shops, and a wide array of restaurants and cafes. Take a leisurely stroll through Thamel's narrow alleys, shop for souvenirs, and try some local delicacies.
Visit Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple): Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, is one of the most sacred and iconic sites in Kathmandu. Located atop a hill, it offers panoramic views of the city and is adorned with prayer flags and intricate Buddhist artworks.
Discover Boudhanath Stupa: Another significant Buddhist stupa in Kathmandu, Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in Nepal and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's a place of spiritual significance and an excellent spot for soaking in the serene ambiance.
Visit Pashupatinath Temple: This Hindu temple complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Witness the fascinating rituals and ceremonies along the sacred Bagmati River.
Explore Durbar Square: Kathmandu Durbar Square, located in the heart of the city, is a historical square filled with ancient palaces, temples, and courtyards. Marvel at the exquisite architecture and soak in the cultural heritage.
Enjoy Nepali Cuisine: Treat yourself to authentic Nepali cuisine at one of the city's traditional restaurants. Don't miss trying momo (dumplings), dal bhat (rice and lentil soup), and other local delicacies.
Visit Garden of Dreams: Take a relaxing stroll through the Garden of Dreams, a serene oasis in the heart of Kathmandu. It's a great place to unwind and enjoy the peaceful environment.
Attend a Cultural Show: Consider watching a traditional Nepali cultural show that includes music, dance, and performances showcasing the country's diverse culture and traditions.
Shop for Souvenirs: Kathmandu offers an array of handicrafts, textiles, and unique souvenirs. Spend some time shopping for mementos to take back home.
Spa and Wellness: Treat yourself to a spa or wellness session to rejuvenate your body and mind after the trek.
On your departure day, your trekking agency will arrange a transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for your final departure.
Before leaving your hotel, ensure that you have packed all your belongings and necessary travel documents, including your passport, airline tickets, and any required permits or certificates related to your Pumori Expedition.
The World Expedition Nepal team's representative or driver will pick you up from your hotel at the agreed-upon time and assist you with your luggage. The drive to the airport usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic conditions.
Upon arriving at the airport, your driver will help you unload your luggage and guide you to the departure terminal. Before entering the terminal, you may need to show your flight ticket or confirmation.
Inside the terminal, follow the standard check-in procedures for your airline and flight. You will need to present your passport and any necessary travel documents during the check-in process.
After checking in, proceed to the security and immigration checks. Make sure to allow enough time for these procedures, as airport queues can vary in length.
Once you have completed the security and immigration checks, you will have access to the departure lounge. Here, you can relax, shop for last-minute souvenirs, or grab a meal before your flight.
As your departure time approaches, proceed to the designated gate for your flight. Be attentive to any boarding announcements and follow the instructions of the airline staff.
Once you have boarded your flight, bid farewell to Nepal with fond memories of your Pumori Expedition and the incredible experiences you had in the Himalayas.
The Pumori Expedition is a challenging and technical undertaking that involves climbing one of Nepal's stunning Himalayan peaks. As with any high-altitude mountaineering expedition, there are several difficulties and challenges that climbers may encounter during the Pumori Expedition. Some of the main difficulties include:
Pumori is a technically demanding peak, requiring climbers to have advanced mountaineering skills and experience. The ascent involves navigating steep ice and rock faces, using ropes, crampons, ice axes, and other technical gear.
Pumori's summit stands at an elevation of 7,161 meters (23,494 feet), which means climbers will be operating in a high-altitude environment. The thin air at such elevations can lead to altitude-related issues such as altitude sickness, which requires proper acclimatization and cautious ascent profiles.
The weather conditions in the Himalayas can be highly unpredictable and harsh. Sudden changes in weather, including snowstorms and high winds, can pose serious risks to climbers. Weather windows for summit attempts are essential and must be carefully timed.
Avalanches and Icefall Hazards:
The Pumori route includes traversing glaciers and icefalls, which can be prone to avalanches and crevasses. Climbers must be vigilant and follow safety protocols to minimize the risks associated with such hazards.
Physical and Mental Endurance:
Climbing Pumori requires excellent physical fitness and mental endurance. Long days of climbing, carrying heavy loads, and facing challenging conditions can take a toll on climbers' physical and mental well-being.
The Pumori Expedition typically spans several weeks, including acclimatization, establishing high camps, and making a summit push. The extended duration can be mentally and physically taxing.
Logistics and Support:
Organizing a successful Pumori Expedition involves detailed logistics, including permits, gear, food, and support staff. Climbers must rely on experienced guides and a well-organized team to navigate these logistical challenges.
At high altitudes, communication networks may be limited or nonexistent. This can make it challenging to communicate with the outside world or call for assistance in emergencies.
The terrain on Pumori can be rugged and hazardous, with the risk of rockfall and icefall. Climbers need to exercise caution and use appropriate safety equipment.
Mountaineering expeditions, including the Pumori Expedition, can be costly due to permits, logistics, gear, and support services.
The cost of the Pumori Expedition can vary depending on several factors, including the expedition's duration, level of service, the number of climbers in the group, and the trekking agency or mountaineering operator you choose. The following are some of the main components that contribute to the overall cost of the Pumori Expedition:
Overall, the total cost of the Pumori Expedition can range from approximately USD 10000 to USD15000 or more per person. It's essential to choose a reputable and experienced trekking agency or mountaineering operator that provides transparent information about the expedition cost and services included.
The best months for the Pumori Expedition are typically in the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons when the weather is relatively stable, and climbing conditions are favorable. The two primary seasons for mountaineering in Nepal are:
Spring Season (Pre-Monsoon):
Autumn Season (Post-Monsoon):
Yes, altitude sickness is a significant concern during the Pumori Expedition, as the climb involves ascending to high altitudes. Pumori's summit stands at 7,161 meters (23,494 feet), which places climbers in the extreme altitude range where the air is thin, and oxygen levels are significantly lower.
Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or fitness level. It occurs when the body struggles to adjust to the reduced oxygen levels at higher elevations. The severity of altitude sickness can range from mild symptoms to life-threatening conditions.
Symptoms of altitude sickness can include:
As climbers ascend to higher altitudes during the Pumori Expedition, proper acclimatization becomes crucial to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. Acclimatization involves gradually ascending to higher altitudes, allowing the body to adapt to the reduced oxygen levels over time. The expedition itinerary usually includes rest days at specific elevations to aid acclimatization.
The normal route for Pumori is the Southeast Ridge. This route is the most commonly used and considered the standard route for climbing Pumori.
The Southeast Ridge route typically begins from the Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters) in the Khumbu region of Nepal. From Everest Base Camp, climbers trek towards Gorak Shep and then to Pumori Base Camp (5,220 meters).
From Pumori Base Camp, climbers start their ascent along the Southeast Ridge. The route involves crossing glaciers, navigating through crevasses, and climbing steep snow and ice slopes. Climbers establish high camps along the ridge to aid in the acclimatization process and to facilitate their summit push.
The key features and camps along the Southeast Ridge route are as follows:
Base Camp (5,220 meters): The starting point of the climb, where climbers prepare and acclimatize before ascending higher.
Camp 1 (around 5,700 meters): The first high camp, established on the glacier and used as a staging point for further ascent.
Camp 2 (around 6,400 meters): Located on a broad shoulder of the mountain, Camp 2 provides a higher vantage point for climbers to prepare for the summit push.
Camp 3 (around 6,800 meters): Situated on the Pumori Shoulder, this camp serves as the final acclimatization point before the summit attempt.
Summit (7,161 meters): The summit of Pumori offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Everest and Lhotse.
The Southeast Ridge route requires climbers to possess advanced mountaineering skills, including the ability to use ice axes, crampons, ropes, and other technical gear. It is a challenging and technical ascent that demands excellent physical fitness, proper acclimatization, and the guidance of experienced mountaineering guides.
Mount Pumori is located in the Himalayas of Nepal, near the border with Tibet (China). It is part of the Mahalangur Himal subrange and lies within the Sagarmatha National Park in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal.
Specifically, Mount Pumori is situated on the Nepalese side of the Everest region, to the northwest of Mount Everest. The peak's coordinates are approximately 28.0067° N latitude and 86.8293° E longitude.
Mount Pumori is known for its stunning pyramid-shaped peak and its proximity to Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Its name "Pumori" translates to "Unmarried Daughter" in the Sherpa language, referring to its majestic and solitary appearance
Yes, it is highly recommended to have a guide and porter for the Pumori Expedition. While having a guide and porter is not mandatory, their presence provides significant advantages and contributes to the overall safety and success of the expedition. Here's why:
Expertise and Experience: Experienced climbing guides are well-versed in the technical aspects of mountaineering and the specific challenges posed by Pumori. They have extensive knowledge of the route, the best climbing techniques, and how to navigate through difficult terrain. Their expertise enhances the safety and efficiency of the expedition.
Safety: Climbing at high altitudes involves risks, and having a guide who understands the signs of altitude sickness and other health issues is crucial. They can monitor the team's health, provide guidance on acclimatization, and make informed decisions regarding the expedition's progress.
Navigation: Pumori's terrain can be complex and ever-changing due to glaciers and crevasses. A knowledgeable guide can navigate through these hazards, ensuring a safe and efficient ascent and descent.
Support and Encouragement: Climbing Pumori is physically and mentally demanding. A guide provides valuable emotional support and encouragement to climbers, boosting their morale and motivation throughout the journey.
Team Management: A guide helps coordinate the logistics of the expedition, including setting up high camps, organizing supplies, and managing the team's schedule and rest days.
Language and Cultural Bridge: Local guides often speak the local language and can facilitate communication with the Sherpa community, creating a more enriching cultural experience.
Porter Support: Porters play a crucial role in carrying heavy equipment and supplies between camps. This relieves climbers from carrying excessive loads, allowing them to focus on the climbing itself.
Preparing for the Pumori Expedition requires careful consideration of clothing, gear, and climbing equipment to ensure your safety, comfort, and success in the challenging Himalayan environment. Here's a detailed list of what you might need:
During the Pumori Expedition, food and accommodation arrangements are typically organized by the trekking agency or mountaineering operator that you choose to join for the expedition. Here's what you can expect in terms of food and accommodation during the various stages of the Pumori Expedition:
Accommodation: In Kathmandu, you'll stay in a comfortable hotel or guesthouse before and after the expedition. The accommodation in Kathmandu is usually of a standard level with basic amenities.
Food: In Kathmandu, you'll have access to a variety of restaurants and cafes offering both local and international cuisine. You can enjoy delicious Nepali dishes like momo, dal bhat, and Newari specialties, as well as a wide range of other options.
Trekking to Pumori Base Camp:
Accommodation: During the trek to Pumori Base Camp, you'll stay in teahouses or lodges along the trail. Teahouses are basic guesthouses that offer shared rooms with twin beds or dormitory-style accommodation. Facilities may be simple, with shared toilets and limited hot water availability. Keep in mind that the quality of teahouses can vary along the trekking route.
Food: Teahouses serve a variety of meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu typically includes local Nepali dishes, as well as international options like pasta, soups, and snacks. The availability of fresh ingredients may decrease as you ascend to higher altitudes.
Pumori Base Camp:
Accommodation: At Pumori Base Camp, the accommodation is in tents since it is a high-altitude camp. Expedition teams set up base camp with spacious tents equipped with sleeping mats and bags. Depending on the expedition package, you may have a personal tent or share with a teammate.
Food: Meals at Pumori Base Camp are provided by the expedition team's support staff. The meals are prepared and cooked at the base camp kitchen. The menu is designed to provide climbers with sufficient calories and nutrition needed for their strenuous climbing activities.
High Camps and Summit Attempts:
Accommodation: At higher altitudes, during the ascent to Camp 1, Camp 2, and Camp 3, climbers stay in smaller and more basic tents. These camps are established for acclimatization and as staging points for the summit push.
Food: During the climbing periods at higher camps, climbers rely on lightweight and easily prepared food, such as energy bars, nuts, and dehydrated meals. Adequate hydration is crucial, and climbers often melt snow for drinking water.
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