Pumori - South West Ridge

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Trip Overview

Route: Kathmandu – Lukla – Namche – Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Pumori - return to Namche - Lukla – Kathmandu

Pumori’s South West Ridge route offers a nice technical challenge for experienced climbers, much like the North Ridge route on Ama Dablam.


This technical route comprises some rock scrambling, snow and ice, with some steep terrain and high levels of exposure. Whilst more technical than the standard route on Pumori, it is considered to be more ‘safe’ from the risks of avalanche, for which the normal route on Pumori is well known.

If you were comparing this climb to the normal (south west) route on Ama Dablam, you could categorise this trip as being more challenging. But, if you have climbed the normal route on either of Ama Dablam or Cholatse then such would be a good indicator that you have a good level of experience for this climb. In any event, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can discuss with you in more detail.

This trip is also a great pre-Everest climb, both in timing, checking ‘where you are at’ with your preparation to climb the world’s highest mountain, plus being an impressive climb in its own right.

We won’t be climbing the route directly from Kala Patar, but via the couloir to the right of Kala Patar and west of the normal route. Once the ridge is reached, we will follow the ridge directly to the summit.

Approximate camp altitudes on this route:
Camp 1 – 6,000m
Camp 2 – 6,500m
Camp 3 – 6,750m

Why join with Expedition Base?

When it comes to mountaineering expeditions, for any peak, we are known for our sound strategy, strong leadership and well-resourced approach to our expeditions. The mountains are fun and full of wonderful experiences. But, we also recognise that they also carry with them risk. For that reason, we approach the mountains on the basis of ‘safety first’. With safety as our first focus, fun and amazing experiences will follow. Few companies offer logistics as good as ours for a reasonable price point. Our goal is to put our clients in the best position for success, whatever their personal goal in the mountains may be. Our guides are some of the best in the business, with experience on a wide range of peaks from small, right up to the 8,000m peaks, many with multiple summits on the 8,000m peaks. We see strong leadership as critical to success on the world’s highest peaks and we can offer that leadership here at Expedition Base – and not all companies can. We offer the level of services historically offered by leading western companies, but without costly western overheads. In the mountains, your safety is our prime importance. We know our clients value our commitment to them and with that flows a great experience.

    Trip Facts

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    • Intermediate Mountaineering


      Intermediate Mountaineering

    • Duration

      32 Days, 31 Nights

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    Difficulty level

    Intermediate Mountaineering

    Intermediate Mountaineering

    This trip will build on the mountaineering skills that you already have with our guides working together with you to advance those skills. The trip will involve challenging trekking, intermediate mountaineering, moving on snow, rock and ice, with technical tools, at reasonably high altitudes up to around 7,500m, depending on the trip. You can expect to experience some serious heights, maybe some ledges, and exposure to steeper terrain. For this trip, you want to have a sound level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own-body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 4-5 times per week for the period of around 4-6 months before this trip. Weight training is also recommended. Training on uneven terrain is recommended.

    Trip Notes

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    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Day 2

    In Kathmandu

    Day 3

    Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Monjo (2,840m) ~5 hrs

    Day 4

    Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) ~5 hrs

    Day 5

    Acclimatisation day in Namche ~ 5 hrs

    Day 6

    Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,800m)

    Day 7

    Tengboche to Dingboche (4,100m)

    Day 8

    In Dingboche, acclimatisation walk ~5 hr

    Day 9

    Dingboche to Lobuche (4,900m)

    Day 10

    Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m), and onward to Pumori Base Camp ~ 6 hrs

    Day 11-12

    Rest Day at Pumori Base Camp (5,400m)

    Day 13-26

    Climbing period

    Day 27

    Pumori Base Camp to Tengboche ~6-7 hrs

    Day 28

    Tengboche to Namche Bazaar ~4-5 hrs

    Day 29

    Namche Bazaar to Lukla ~6-7 hrs

    Day 30

    Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

    Day 31

    In Kathmandu

    Day 32

    Depart Kathmandu

    Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.

    Package Details


    Internal fixed wing flights, climbing permit fees, 4 nights in Kathmandu hotel equivalent to Hotel Tibet or Radisson (Lazimpat or similar) based on twin share accommodation, experienced climbing guides at high guide : client ratio, team transport in Nepal, extensive high altitude wilderness first aid kit, fully serviced base camp with quality personal tent, dining, kitchen and shower tents, serviced higher camps, all meals outside Kathmandu plus breakfast in Kathmandu, porters to carry personal/group equipment to on treks and up to base camps, climbing Sherpas to set up camps and carry group food, and expedition duffel.

    The quote price for this trip allows for a 1:2 sherpa:client ratio.

    (For those climbers who would like a 1:1 ratio, please add $US1,200 per person – advance notice required so that guide is available.)


    International flights to and from Kathmandu, lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (allow USD $10-15 per meal), aerated and alcoholic beverages, personal items (e.g. phone calls, internet, laundry), tips and Cholatse summit bonus, travel insurance (incl. early departure, mountain rescue) and personal trekking/climbing gear.

    Meet Our Expert Team

    No matter what the enquiry, our commitment to exceptional service ensures that a helpful and knowledgeable staff member is on hand to assist you whenever the need arises.

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