Kala Patthar Trek, a Viewpoint to Everest from Base Camp
Nepal is though small but a country full of hearts, full of culture, full of beautiful sceneries, full of greenery, and many more. You will never regret even a single moment being here. This place has so much to offer you to make you busy.
Talking about Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar trek is not itself a trek but a short hike from Everest base camp, which provides you the most amazing view of the Everest base camp and the surrounding peaks.
Kala Patthar ( called as the black stone in English ) stands at an impressive 5,644m above sea level, making it the highest altitude reached on most EBC treks at over 300m above Everest Base Camp.
1. Kala Patthar Trek View
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Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek lies in the northeast part of Nepal. It is one of the most popular and adventurous trekking sites of Nepal and ranks in the top 4th best trekking area around the world by Lonely Planet.
This adventurous trek starts with a scenic flight to Lukla at 2,830 meters, the gateway to Mt. Everest. For all the trekkers around the globe, Kala Patthar trek is one of the not to miss destination in Nepal.
Kalapathhar trek will not only amaze you by its mount Everest views but also Buddhist monasteries, unique lifestyle, breathtaking, amazing views of Mount Everest, Mt Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and many other snow-capped peaks as well. The most famous Glacier in the world, “Khumbu Glacier,” also lies in this trekking region.
2. Kala Patthar Trek Difficulty
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Its name comes from the coloration of the rock that makes up its peak – a dark black that stands in stark contrast to the snow-capped peaks it surveys.
Kala Patthar is not any mountain but is just a place at a greater height. In spite of that, this is one of the most famous destinations in Nepal because it gives you a breathtaking view of the highest peak in the world, Mt Everest, and a lifetime experience to the visitors.
So, after all the effort trekkers who make it to the Everest Base Camp, they don’t want to lose the chance to see the tallest and the majestic mountain closely. Because of the structure of the Everest Massif, its high summit gets blocked by Mount Nuptse from the surroundings of the region.
So, on reaching Kala Patthar, you will see the spectacular view of not just the massive Mount Everest but of Mount Nuptse and Changtse too. Also, there is a glimpse of the northern flank and summit of Mount Lhotse.
3. Kala Patthar Trek Route
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So, the trekking starts from the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which is itself the most amazing trip as it has Nepal's shortest runway. There are other ways also to get through to Lukla. However, the most comfortable, easy, and quick one is taking the flight.
But since the Tenzing Hillary airport has the smallest runway, it's even considered most dangerous. However, people who love adventure will have the best startup for the trekking journey ahead.
Lukla itself serves you with green hills and mountains. From Lukla, your next destination is Phakding that will take you another step closure to Kala Patthar. Phakding is a small village which is very beautiful in its view and is famous for the shops that will fulfill your small trekking needs.
This village is mainly for supporting the tourism industry in Nepal. After speaking, your next destination to stay and feel will be Namche bazar, which is even called the gateway to Everest.
Altitude Sickness is a great risk while climbing the higher elevation. It is a negative health effect due to a lack of adoption of higher altitude and because of exposure to minutely low oxygen and higher altitude region. Nausea, headache, vomiting, trouble in sleeping, dizziness, tiredness are some of the usual symptoms of altitude sickness.
It poses a great threat to you if you don’t take appropriate steps. The best way to keep altitude sickness away is acclimatization, which means to adjust the change in an environment like a change in temperature, altitude, humidity, and so on.
Namche bazar is better to stay to adopt the new coming atmosphere or surroundings. This place was used for the trading of meat and other goods between Tibet and Nepal in the past times.
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After Namche, Tengboche will welcome you with its very delightful village of sherpa community filled with beauty and a lot of traditions and culture. Here lies one of the largest monasteries of the whole Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery.
Tengboche will also amaze you with the most amazing panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountains, including Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku, Tawache and Ama Dablam.
The trek to from Tengboche will take you to Dingboche, which is also a Sherpa village that heavily depends upon the tourist lodges and tourist camps, which will finally lead to Everest Base Camp (5364) and Gorak shep the same day.
After getting all the fresh up views of the mountains, you can trek to the Kala Patthar if you want to get the best majestic sights of our highest peak to make sure to trek in the early morning because, in the day time, it doesn’t get way clear than it will be in the morning.
The trek to Kala Patthar will take to about 4 hours and come back to Gorak shep all again. Descending from Gorak Shep, you will trek down to Pheriche (4,371 meters), which is amongst the popular stop for trekkers and climbers.
From Pheriche, you will descend straight to Namche and then to Lukla. From Lukla taking a domestic flight, you will fly back to Kathmandu.
4. Best Time for Kalapathar Trek
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The best time to trek through Kala Patthar to escape into nature is in the march to May; because in spring, the climate is perfect, moderate with no rains and warmer days.
Moreover, from Sep to Nov is also considered to be a good time, when there is no worry about getting burnt by the scorching sun and the rain as well.
This is right immediately after the monsoon has ended, leaving all the black clouds away from the sky and making the view more realistic and crystal clear.
So, make sure to pack your bags during these seasons mentioned to make your trip obstacles free and involve yourself in fun with zero worry ness about the climate.