This mountain was first climbed in 1953 by a route from the Kongma La along its North-ridge. Despite its relatively low altitude the mountain's first successful climbers were giants of the mountaineering world, a fact that is true of many of the Trekking peaks.
Phokalde is an insignificant-looking mountain when seen from Periche, from where it appears as a rocky ridge dominated by the vast bulk of Nuptse. Seen from the Lobuje or Gorak Shep the peak looks more interesting rising to the south of the Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft), an infrequently traversed pass that leads into the Chhukhung Valley. The northern side of the mountain has a small hanging glacier that is best reached along the ridge rising from the Kongma La. By and large the rock on the mountain is poor, although it does offers some interesting scrambling on the well-defined ridges. The summit provides a good viewpoint and from that perspective is a fine little peak.
Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla.
Days 02-09: Trek Namche-Thyangboche-Dingboche.
Day 10: Establish high camp near Kongma La.
Day 11: Climb Pokalde peak. Trek to Gorakshep.
Day 12: Climb Kalapattar and/or visit Everest Base Camp.
Days 13-17: Return trek to Lukla.
Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.
This peak can be combined with others like Island Peak, Khongma tse or Lobuche East. The trekking route can include crossing the Chola pass into the Gokyo valley.