Pumori Expedition

Pumori Expedition Situated in Khumbu region, the pyramid shaped 23,495 ft. peak, Mt. Pumori dominates the skyline behind Kala Pathar (19,000 ft). The name of the peak was named "Pumori" by George Leigh Mallory, apparently means "Unmarried Daughter" in the Sherpa language. The best season to explore this stunning peak is September to November and March to May.
We'll climb following the southeast buttress in its lower reaches before traversing open snow-slopes to get to a Col to the East Ridge. When we talk about the condition of the route, we must say that it is mixed and varied and the ascend is not of high technical difficulty. At least three camps above the base camp are to be set-up in Pumori expedition. The Base Camp of Pumori Expedition will be set-up at 5300m altitude. The Camp 1 will be made at 5700m and the Camp 2 will be established at 6200m. Similarly, Camp 3 will be set up at an altitude of 6480m. Passing through crevasses, we climb up to Pumori cliff and then to the summit. Passing through Namche Bazaar (gateway to Mt. Everest), exploring 200 years old Tyangboche monastery, Pangboche monastery, and panoramic views of the dozens of great Himalayan peaks are some of the specialities of Pumori expedition.

Day 01 : Arrival KTM & transfer to hotel
Upon your arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport, our representative will welcome you and will assist to transfer you in your hotel in Kathmandu. You may relax at your hotel or go around for shopping. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02-03 : At leisure in Kathmandu
Sightseeing and Preparation for Pumori Expedition. While the leader attends a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism, you will explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. You will visit famous Stupa, Boudhnath and the popular Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath Temple. In the late afternoon, the leader will check everyone's equipment, as Kathmandu is the last opportunity to buy anything missing. You will also get introduced with fellow expedition members and guides. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 : Fly Kathmandu to Lukla
An early morning scenic flight to Lukla. In Lukla, we will meet our camp staff and porters and set off straightaway for our first night's stop at Phakding. Situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi which drains the whole of the Khumbu region, Phakding on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean well-built lodges where we can spend the night.

Day 05 : Trek to Namche Bazar
Continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we will enter the Khumbu National Park. Cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours to reach Namche Bazaar. This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu region with genuine Tibetan artifacts.

Day 06 : At leisure in Namche Bazar
We spend a day in Namche Bazar resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3,450m (11,300ft).

Day 07 : Trek to Thyangboche
The well worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Kosi. Follow the path, savoring the first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, cross the Dudh Kosi River and make a steep climb to Thyangboche, home of an impressive and newly rebuilt monastery.

Day 08 : Trek to Dingboche
Shaded by rhododendron trees, the path leads gradually down to the river once again to another airy suspension bridge. An hour's walking from here brings us to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for Ama Dablam. Contouring up the valley side, re-cross the river and turn up the Imja valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche.

Day 09 : Acclimatization
This is an important phase of the expedition. 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. Follow the regime that you have previously found most suitable, in order to give you maximum acclimatization before arrive in base camp.
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.

Day 10 : Trek to Lobuche
Retrace back to Pheriche before continuing up the trail towards base camp. Reach Dugla situated below the snout of the Khumbu Glacier, a convenient place for lunch. After lunch, the trail starts steeply to climb up beside the glacier moraine. After a couple of hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche.

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.

Day 12 : Rest, Acclimatization and preparation.

Day 13-27 : Ascent of Mt Pumori.

Day 28 : Withdraw to base camp
All team members return to base camp and assist with packing expedition stores and cleaning the base camp area.

Day 29 :  Retrace to Lobuche.

Day 30 : Trek to Pangboche.

Day 31 : Trek to Lukla.

Day 32 : Fly back to Kathmandu and rest of the day free.

Day 33 : Departure from Kathmandu.

Cost Includes

1.    Airport picks up & Droop.
2.    All food (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
3.    Accommodation.
4.    Hot drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate).
5.    All transportation.
6.    Trekking permit.
7.    Four nights Hotel with break fast in Kathmandu.
8.    Sight seeing in Kathmandu valley.
9.    All temples Entry Permit in kathamndu.
10.  All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear,
       transport etc for Nepalese staff.
11.  All taxes.

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client's personal insurance,
       and any kind of unforeseen & personal expenses
2.    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.

Climbing gear

1.    Alpine climbing harness. Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing.
2.    2 locking carabiners. Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best, screw gate type recommended
3.    3 regular carabiners. Lightweight; BD Hot wire are recommended.
4.    Ice axe w/leash. Light weight (Grivel Air tech, Black Diamond Raven,
       or Charlet Moser Snow Walker). Under 5’7” use 60cm; 5’7”- 6’2” use 65cm; over 6’2” use 70cm.
5.    Plastic Mountaineering boots (Koflach Degree, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha)
       or Leather Double Mountaineering boots (La Sportiva Olympic Mons, Boreal GI or equivalent;
       must be mountaineering/crampon compatible)
6.    Crampons. Must be fit to plastic boots prior to trip, new-matic type recommended;
       include a simple repair kit (Grivel G12, Black Diamond Contact, or Charlet Moser Super 12)
7.    Adjustable trekking poles.
8.    Belay/rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)

Upper Body

1.    2 cotton t-shirt.
2.    1 polypropylene t-shirt.
3.    2 long sleeve polypropylene shirts. Lightweight, light colored for sunny days.
4.    2 women sports bras. Synthetic, no cotton!
5.    1 Softshell. Marmot Dri-clime Wind Shirt, Patagonia Stretch Zephur
       or Krushell Jacket (R2 pullover acceptable).
6.    Down/synthetic sweater or vest. Patagonia Puffball Jacket or Sweater preferred;
       R4 Jacket acceptable.
7.    Hard shell jacket with hood. Water proof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best,
       roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
8.    1 expedition down parka with hood. This is probably your most important piece of clothing!
       It is important that your jacket is 700+ fill down, baffle construction (not sewn through seams)
       and has a thick insulated hood

Hand Wear

1.    You will require two systems: one glove system for lower on the mountain and a mitten
       overmitt system for the cold temperatures encountered on summit day.
2.    2 pair liner gloves. Thin wool or polypropylene.
3.    1 pair warm gloves. Fleece or wool.
4.    1 pair expedition shell gloves.
5.    1 pair modular expedition shell mitts. Or Pro Mitts. If they do not have wrist straps consider
       sewing one on so that you can either attach it to your jacket or cinch the strap to your wrist
       so that you do not lose your mittens in high winds.

Head Gear

1.    Warm hat. Wool or synthetic that covers your ears.
2.    Balaclava
3.    Face mask.
4.    Shade hat or baseball cap.
5.    Glacier glasses. 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case
       (e.g. Julbo or Cebe)
6.    1 pair extra sunglasses (also with UV protection in case your 1st pair breaks).
7.    1 ski goggles with UV protection
8.    If you require prescription glacier glasses, you can get your lenses
       modified to your prescription.

Lower Body

1.    4 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or Capilene.
2.    3 pair lightweight trekking socks.
3.    2 pair medium-heavy wool socks. Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on.
4.    1 pair nylon shorts.
5.    1 pair nylon pants for trekking and around camp.
6.    2 pair lightweight long underwear bottoms
7.    1 pair fleece pants with side zipper or “puff-ball pants”
8.    1 pair soft shell pants (e.g. Patagonia Guide pants or OR Granite Pants. Schoeller fabrics).
9.    1 pair of hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips,
       Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
10.  1 pair gaiters. Make sure they will fit over plastic boots (OR Crocodiles or equivalent).
11.  1 pair down booties (optional).
12.  1 pair trail shoes for the hike to base camp and use at camp
13.  1 pair sandals or tennis shoes for Kathmandu and in camp
14.  All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large plastic bags.

Pack

1.    1 lightweight internal frame pack (approx 4,000 cubic inches).
2.    1 daypack is optional for the approach hike, possible use on summit day and carry-on pack.
       If you plan to use it for your summit pack it must be large enough for your down jacket, misc.
       clothes, food and water. The Lowe Alpine Neutrino or Black Diamond Speed 28 are excellent,
       lightweight (16 oz.) choices.
3.    1 large (7,500+cu.in.) duffel bag for gear, must be durable for use on pack animals
4.    Small padlock for duffel bag.
5.    1 small duffel bag for luggage storage in Kathmandu. We will supply complimentary
       duffel/kit bag for the item you buy in Kathmandu.
6.    Sleeping Gear
7.    1 down sleeping bag rated to -10 F (Gore Dryloft or similar fabric helps protect down
       and dark colors speed drying time)
8.    Sleeping pad. Full length closed cell foam (mandatory) and/or Therma-Rest
       for extra warmth and comfort

Miscellaneous

1.    1 first-aid kit with ibuprofen and any other doctor recommended medications.
2.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful
       to hang around your neck
3.    Sunscreen. At least SPF 40
4.    Headlamp. Petzl Myobelt 3 or Black Diamond Polar Star.
5.    3 Water bottles. 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle).
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube for lower mountain (optional)
7.    1 water bottle insulator.
8.    Plastic mug w/snap-on lid, 16 oz. or larger.
9.    Bowl and spoon. Plastic, small Tupperware works well. Lexan spoons are best.
10.  Pocket knife. Small Swiss-army type.
11.  Water purification. Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals
12.  Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
13.  3-4 Large plastic bags, for keeping miscellaneous gear dry.
14.  Nylon stuff sacks. For food and gear storage (OR has a good selection);
       large Ziplocs are useful also.
15.  Bandana.
16.  Camp towel.
17.  Ear plugs.
18.  Hand wipes.
19.  1 small stainless steel thermos (optional).
20.  Favorite snack foods (no more than 2 pounds).
21.  Paperback books, cards, Walkman, etc.
22.  Binoculars (optional for viewing the route from the lower camps).
23.  Camera. 1 light weight point & shoot on the mountain, 1 large SLR type is optional
       for the trek in and base camp.
24.  Fanny pack or wallet for travel documents, money & passport.
25.  Passport and passport photos
26.  Airline ticket (Please leave your airline ticket at our office in Kathmandu because we may
      required changing the date of your departure from Kathmandu)

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