Located at an elevation of 5600m, Kala Patthar is one of the best vantage points in the Everest Region of Nepal. Also spelled as Kalapathar or Kalapatthar, this destination offers incredible views of Mount Everest trekkers. Further, this destination also lets trekkers enjoy the views of other majestic mountains like Nuptse, Changtse, Lhotse, and Pumori. While writing a blog on Kalapatthar, I must not forget to say that Kala Patthar is not a trekking destination. As the summit of Everest is not visible from the Everest Base Camp itself, most of the people heading for the Everest Base Camp Trek or Three High Passes Trek include Kala Patthar in their itinerary. But, in recent days, you can see many trekking packages focusing mainly on the Kala Patthar Trekking. Even though who is short of time, they follow the Everest base camp helicopter tour, which is Land in this Place.
How to reach Kala Patthar Nepal?
Whatever the trekking package you choose, there are usually just two options to reach Kalapatthar from Kathmandu.
- Take a drive before the trek.
The first one is to take a drive from Kathmandu to Jiri or Phalpu, where you join the classic Everest region trekking route to reach Lukla. Following the regular Everest Base Camp Trekking trail from Lukla, you can finally make your way to the Kala Patthar. Up to the Kala Pathar from Jiri, you will have ample opportunity to savor the unrivaled beauty of the majestic Himalayas, beautiful Sherpa villages, old Buddhist monasteries, vibrant prayer flags, mani walls, and so on. As the trek to Kala Patthar via the EBC trekking trail takes you inside the Sagarmatha National Park, you will also observe diverse flora and fauna.
- Take a flight before the trek.
The second way to reach Kala Patthar is to first take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After landing on the Lukla, you join the Everest base camp trekking trail to reach Phakding. You can spend a night at Phakding before going to Namche Bazaar. The next day, wake up and continue trekking to Namche Bazaar, a commercial hub of the Khumbu region.
Before getting to the high elevation, it is recommended to take a few days of acclimatization rest at Namche. During your stay at Namche, you can visit Sherpa Museum, Namche Monastery, Everest View Hotel, Syangboche, and Khumjung Village. Visiting the Tengboche Monastery and taking the acclimatization rest, continue your trek to reach Pangboche and Dingboche. Take a rest at Dingboche and hike up to Lobuche for your next stay. From Lobuche, continue your tour to Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the last teahouse stop on the Everest Base Camp Trekking trail. Moreover, it is also the starting point of both the Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar.
Upon reaching Gorakshep continue your trek toward the Everest Base Camp. After spending some time there, return to Gorakshep the same day for a night's stay. After taking the proper sleep, you start your early morning hike to enjoy the sunrise view from Kalapatthar. Further, the idea of Mount Everest, along with other neighboring peaks, makes you feel happy deep from the heart. It takes around 2hour of a hike to reach Kala Patthar from Gorakshep. If you are a keen photographer, then instead of joining the morning hike, you trek the Kala Patthar in the evening. During the evening, you can capture the best photograph, which is quite impossible in the morning. However, you have to be very careful during the sunset hike.
Is it possible to reach Kala Patthar without trekking?
Yes, it is possible. If you are short for trekking in Nepal but want to see Mount Everest from Kalapatthar, you can join the Everest base camp helicopter tour from Kathmandu to Kala Pathar. For this, you need not have to enter the Everest Kala Patthar Trek.
Kala Patthar Weather
Being at a higher elevation, the weather and temperature of Kala Patthar remain pretty unpredictable. Therefore for a better trekking experience, it is recommended to trek this region during the Autumn and Spring season. The pleasant weather here offers trekkers stunning views of the surrounding environment and mountains during these seasons.