Kala Patthar Trek is another name of the Everest base camp trek in fact. Kala Patthar is Nepal’s top best viewpoint to see Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Nuptse, Mt Amadablam and other mountains in a 360 Degree view. Everest base camp trek is to reach till the base of Mt Everest and go to The most famous and highest elevated viewpoints of Everest that is Kala Patthar 5640 Meters. The Kala Patthar viewpoints allow you to have the best view in the whole Everest region including the marvellous morning sunrise above Mt Everest and other mountains. Kala Patthar Trek begins from Lukla. flights to Lukla is another daunting experience to observe the Langtang and Everest Himalayan Range together. The trek goes through the Khumbu most popular villages like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche then to Kala Patthar.
What to see on Kala patthar trek
Kala Patthar Trek/Everest base camp trek is one of the fabulous treks of Nepal. The trek offers the super magnificent view of the Everest Mountain Ranges. Everest Mountain ranges are also known as Mahalangur Himalayan Range. Trekkers can see 4 Mountains above 8,000 Meters in these regions which trekkers can see by doing the Kala Patthar trek. Mt. Everest 29,031 feet from the Kala Patthar. Lhotse 27,940 feet, Nuptse 25,791 feet, Amadablam 22,349 Feet, Makalu 27,825 feet, Choyou 26,906, Cholatse 21,129 feet, Thamserku 21,729 feet and many other peaks can be visible from the trek routes anywhere. The trek also offers the chance to explore the sherpa community and sherpa cultures of the entire Khumbu regions. Tengboche Monastery, Lukla, Namche are the major things to see on the Kala Patthar Trek.
Kala Patthar Trek trails/route
The spectacular trek begins after the stunning flights to Lukla from Kathmandu. The 35 Minutes flight is a great chance to see the Mountain ranges and the landscapes of the north-east side of Kathmandu. Once you land in Lukla, the rest of the team gathers there to carry your luggage. Together with the Porter, you will start your Kala Patthar trek through the bank of the Dudh Kosi River. During the trek, you will cross the River Multiple times through the suspension bridges. Staying Rest day at Namche you will continue your trek through the Tengboche to reach the Dingboche. We have also put a day at Dingboche for the better acclimatization. After doing a couple of days trek you will reach the Gorak Shep and you will visit the Everest base camp. Next day, early in the morning you will hike to one of the best viewpoints of Nepal known as a Kala Patthar. The Kala Patthar offers the best panoramic view of Everest and other mountains.
What is kala patthar?
Kala Patthar is a ‘small’ summit, at 5643m. It is the one and only best submit to see the Khumbu Glacier, Everest Base Camp, and is an incredible viewpoint of Everest itself. All the trekkers who do the Everest Base Camp trek go to the top of the Kala Patthar. Normally, trekkers start their hike in the morning in the freezing cold to see the stunning sunshine over the Everest Himalayan Range’s top peaks including Mt Everest.
11 Trek days, 1 day in Kathmandu after returing from trek 2 days Arrival and Departure total 14 days
5645 M/18,514 Feets Kala Patthar
Lukla 2860 Meters via flight or Jiri or Phaplu but this starts from Lukla
Everest base camp trek Best Time:
Spring Season (March, April and May) and Autumn Season (October, November)
Sagarmatha National park permits and Local municipality permits
Tea House totally
Kala Patthar trek highlights
Here are some Highlights of Kala Patthar trek highlights, you can quickly see what Kala Patthar trek/Everest base camp trek looks like to do
Sightseeing at Kathmandu on World heritage sites of Kathmandu, Pasupatinath temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and Kathmandu durbar square
Scenic flight to Lukla, from the flight’s to Lukla you can see the panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges such as Langtang, Rolwaling and Khumbu
Hike through the bank of Dudh Koshi river, which allows you to enjoy the Himalayan scenery, local villages, waterfalls and local cultures.
Walk inside the world heritage National park, Sagarmatha National Park.
Enjoy the market of the Namche Bazaar, local people’s lifestyle and sherpa community who live nearby and in the Namche Bazaar.
Stunning views of the green valleys and the snow-capped mountain above the green valleys.
Visit the ancient old Monastery of the Khumbu ie Tengboche Monastery. Trekkers/hikers can enjoy the traditional local farming and the cultural activities by the Sherpa People.
Yaks and Yak products which you can taste during your Kala Patthar Hike.
Trek through the ridge and through the Glaciers on the way to Gorak Shep.
Hike to the most delightful place of the trek i.e. Kala Patthar trekkers can see the outstanding view of the Khumbu Himalayan range of Mt. Everest 29,037 feet from the Kala Patthar. Lhotse 27,940 feet, Nuptse 25,791 feet, Amadablam 22,349 Feet, Makalu 27,825 feet, Choyou 26,906, Cholatse 21,129 feet, Thamserku 21,729 feet and many other peaks
How Difficult is kala patthar trek?
Kala Patthar trek is relatively hard trek as compared to other treks of Nepal. This trek is suitable for most of the people who can walk per day 6-7 hours in mountain terrains. Kala Patthar trekking requires some level of physical strength because it is quite tough in terms of height and geographic locations. The maximum height you will gain on the trek 5,645 Meters on Kala Patthar/Everest base camp trek. The entire Everest base camp trek takes 12 days. Trekkers need to sleep on Gorakshep at the altitude of 5170 Meter before you make the final steep to Kala Patthar. Trekkers require 6-7 hours on the mountainous terrain landscape. The mountain terrains are full with up and down. Everyday trekkers gain the 300-500 meters altitude on this trek.
What are the exercises for Kala Patthar Trek?
It is not necessary for the trekkers to do the previous exercise for Kala Patthar Trek. However, if you want to prepare a little bit for the trek easiness then you can do some exercise. If you do cardiovascular exercise like walking, jogging, running and cycling to make your body better and get used to it. You can simply do these things in the morning when you are in your country. This allows you to adjust on the thin air and high elevations. Hikers should walk 6-7 hours each day around 11-14 miles. Nepal Trek Hub guides will monitor during the trek each day and give updates to the office about your health conditions.
Best time to visit/trek Kala Patthar
There are two best seasons in a year on which you can get the best experience of the Kala Patthar trek. Trekkers can even do the trek on the offseason too but the experience might not be good. That is the reason we recommend you to trek Kala Patthar on the seasons only. Here is the time chart on which you can choose to do the Kala Patthar Hike. For more information please visit the Everest base camp trek best time.
Autumn is the best time to explore entire Nepal and do the trek too. Usually, at this time, the weather remains very perfect to see and do the adventure activities in the Himalayas. Visibility is very important and this time you will have excellent visibility of the Himalayas for the whole day. There is a very rare chance of rainfalls but snowfalls sometimes. The temperature is very perfect to do the trek like Kala Patthar in the Autumn seasons.
Spring is the second-best season in Nepal for adventure tourism and mountain activities. This is the time on which the forest gets the rhododendron flowers and magnolia flowers on the lower parts of the Himalayas. The trek to Kala Patthar would be very nice this season because there would be perfect visibility, very suitable temperatures and suitable weathers.
Monsoon basically starts from mid of the June till September. We recommend you to not to do trek this time, you can not see the good view and also there will be a problem of leeches and floods
Winter season is also considered as a snowy season of Nepal. High Himalaya gets snow so the weather might be cloudy so you need to bear all the risk of snowfall and bad weather. We advise you to do your plan for not this season
Kala Patthar trek map
There are so many types of Everest base camp/Kala Patthar trek map. These maps are published by the different publisher of Nepal. The map is may different as per publisher, Some Everest base camp trek map has much information while others may have less. You can get a map of online shopping. If you want to buy the map in Kathmandu there are mostly Nepal Map, Himalayan Map. If you want to get the big scale with details map which cost is more than the normal map. You can choose as per your wish but make sure that the proper information you seek is in the map, Such as distance in KM, Time in Hours. We advise you to take the float-able map which can go anywhere in the bag or even in a pocket. You can get Everest base camp trek map free from us if you book the trip with us. When you arrive in Kathmandu, we give this map on your trek preparation day. if you like to see the dynamic google Everest base camp trek map go through the link.
Kala Patthar trek 12 days
Kala Patthar trek 12 days is a very normal itinerary. If you want to add more days on Kathmandu or anywhere on the trek it may take more days than 12 days. Sight Trips to Gokyo Lake or anywhere around the Khumbu may take more time. Here we have mentioned the 12 days Kala Patthar trek itinerary.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Lukla then to Phakding
Trek to Namche Bazzar
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazzar
3-4 Hours Hike
Trek to Tengboche
4-5 Hours Hike
Trek to Lobuche
Trek to Gorakshep then to Everest base camp and back to Gorakshep
Trek to Kala Patthar then down to pheriche
18,520 Feets 14,341 Feets
Trek down to Namche Bazaar
Fly to Kathmandu
The total walking days is 11 and including the flight to Kathmandu it is 12 days Kala Patthar Trek
Kala Patthar trek 12 days itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
NTH will pick up you from airport, then take you to the hotel and give you a short briefing about the Kala Patthar trek program. We also help you to hire the equipment rental without any deposit for your trek
Day 02: Fly to Lukla then trek to Phakding 2,610 M, 5-6 Hours
You will have an amazing 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (9,186ft), from the flight you can see spectacular Himalayan scenery. Upon you arrive at Lukla your trek starts. Porter will be on Lukla who will carry your baggage for the entire trek. From Lukla, the trails go gradually descent to Cheplung village first. You will walk nearby the bank of the river most of the time with the mountain scenery on the north through the pine forests. It takes 4-5 Hours further to reach the Phakding
Day 03: Trek to Namche 3440 M, 5-6 Hours
This is a quite tough and tough day as compared to the previous day. At the morning after you start the trek, you will trek through a beautiful forest filled with pine, hemlock, juniper and more. The trails go slowly up by crossing the Dudh Koshi River multiple times. You will then reach Monjo which is the entrance point of Everest National Park. Crossing the long suspension bridge you will reach to Jorsale. After walking a couple of hours you will Cros the Hillary bridge. The Hillary bridge is the place where two rivers meet and from here to Namche is mostly accenting. It takes a few more hours to reach Namche Bazar. On the way, you will have excellent views of Everest (8,848m) and Lhotse (8,516m.). Namche Bazzar is the biggest village in the Khumbu.
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazzar 3440 M
It is the acclimatization day and you will explore the mountain scenery going a small hike from Namche. Hiking from Namche to Everest view hotel is the best and popular hikes. It takes some hours and from the Everest view hotel, you can see the stunning view of the Mt Everest and other mountains such as an Amadablam with the guide. You will explore the countless Chorten and monasteries around the trails.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche 3250 Meters/10,662 Feet from Namche, 5-6 Hours
Trek to Tengboche offers the amazing mountain scenery and Landscapes. You will walk around 6-7 hours to reach the Tengboche. In Tengboche, you can visit the Monastriey which gives you an overview of Buddhism and the Buddhist culture of the Sherpa People.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche 4,360 M, 6-7 Hours
Your Journey to Dingboche is quite tough because you need to walk on the altitude where there is thin air. You should trek through wooded forests which is very thin in the density on Imja Khola valley. The views become more impressive when you go higher. Crossing Pangboche village and the mani walls of the village you trek continue towards the Dingboche. It takes some more hours to Arrive Dingboche
Day 07: Dingboche: Acclimatization
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 4940 M, 6-7 Hours
You will reach to Lobuche today, First of all, you’ll across Thukla after you walk from Dingboche. Thukla is a small settlement, from here the trail slowly climbs to Pheriche (4210m). From here the trek route gets a bit harder. The trekking trails from here go down to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. This is one of the big glaciers of Khumbu. crossing the moraine of the glaciers, the view some isolated peaks like Khumbutse, Pumori is visible perfectly. After some walk, you’ll reach Lobuche. This is a small settlement where the hotels are there for tourist.
Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep then to Everest base camp and back to Gorakshep 5,170 M, 6-7 Hours
Everest Base Camp is our destination today, we need to start early today. It might take a long time as the trail climbs through the ice, crevasses of the Glacier. Due to altitude, You might even count your steps. The AMS chance is very high here. Accent and slow walk from Lobuche alongside the right side of the Khumbu Glacier to Gorakshep. This is elevated at 5181m/16994ft. upon onward from here there is no tea house/lodges. There is a big trail to reaches Everest Base Camp. You can see Khumbu Icefall from here. Depending on whether you need to spend the time on Everest base camp, After base camp, you need to go back to Gorakshep for overnight stay.
Day 10: Trek to Kala Patthar then down to pheriche 8-9 Hours
The group should make an early start to avoid the early morning clouds and fogs to trek Kala Pattar (5545 m). Kala Pattar is the best viewpoint of Everest as well as Nuptse. Some people get emotional when they are here and might get tear on eyes because of a long and tough hike. To go to Kala Pattar from here, the trail is ascent and quite steep. Pumori can see from here. It might take 2 hours to reach Kala Pattar. From here you can see Nuptse, Pumori, Changtse, Taweche, Ama Dablam and Mt Everest. From Kala Pattar, Everest base camp is visible at bowl shape. When you back to Gorakshep you will do breakfast then start trek to Pheriche.
Day 11: Trek down Namche Bazaar 3,440 Meter
Now your trail always goes decently down through rocky terrain. During the trek route, you would see rhododendron forest. During the trek, you would pass Tengboche where there is the famous and oldest monastery of this region. You go still descends from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) on this time you would pass several tiny villages.
Day 12: Trek to Lukla 2800 Meter
, First of all, we go steep down. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure
Kala Patthar trek cost includes
Airport Pick up and drop service
2 night’s twin sharing on tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
Kathmandu lukla Kathmandu round flight tikets for the Guest and Guides
Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
tea house basis trekking accommodation while on trekking days
Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis
Everest national park permits
First Aid Box
Domestic airport pick up and drop off itinerary
Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs
Any meal in Kathmandu
Any kinds of battery charges, wifi charge, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.(tea, coffe, water, beer, alcohol, wine)
Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
Any other things which are not mentioned above
Kala Patthar trek cost
If you are keen to do Mt. Everest base camp trek/Kala Patthar trek, here is a general idea about the Kala Patthar trek cost. First of all, The flight cost is the most expensive and main cost of your trek. The 2-way flight cost, Accommodation in Kathmandu and on the trek days, food cost, drinks cost, gear for the trek, travel permits, insurance, cost of hiring a guide and porter are the tittle of major overheads.
360$ is the flight cost to Lukla – Kathmandu – Lukla. If you start from Jiri to Everest Base Camp, you will save 1-way flight cost but it takes 7 more days to complete your Everest trek.
50$ is food and accommodation cost per person per day. Which includes your food and accommodation for the single day.
Likewise, you need to get the two permits while you go to Everest trekking. EBC trek requires Sagarmatha National Park permit costs 33$. Besides that, you also need to get Rural municipality ticket which cost is.
To go to Everest base camp it needs guide as well as a porter. The basic salary of guides is 26$ per day which includes his salary as well as other expenses. Same like for the porter is 23$ per day.
Kathmandu to Lukla Flight
Everset base camp trek begins from Lukla. To go Lukla you need to take the Kathmandu to Lukla flight which is always quite challenging due to the limited flight from Kathmandu and fast-changing weather. The flight schedule can be changed quickly as per the weather of the Lukla. The Kathmandu to Lukla flight starts early in the morning from 6:30 AM to till 10 AM, 11 AM by 3 to 4 airlines. The Lukla airstrip is quite small that is the reason the small planes which carry around 18-19 people can go to Lukla. Since Kathmandu airport is one of the busy airports that the flights to the different places of Nepal go, the Kathmandu Lukla flight may be disturbed. Sometimes the airlines or aviation might also tell you that you need to Fly from Ramechap as well. Ramechap is another domestic airport which is near from Kathmandu. The 3-4 hours driving from Kathmandu takes you to the Ramechap. The airline company comes to pick you up on Thamel to go Ramechap before the flights. There is a big chance that the flights from Ramechap to Lukla.
Everest base camp trek FAQ
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Which is the best time to trek to Everest base camp
Without any doubts, September mid, October, November are the first best season to trek. The second best season is March – April to trek in Everest. This time you can see the rhododendron flowers in lower land of Himalaya. In this both season the view is spectacular. However you can do also in other time but depends on your luck to see the Himalayas.
Can i trek with child
If the child can walk for 6-7 hours, then you can trek with child too. otherwise you need to extend your trek days
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