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 trekkers incredible views of Mount Everest. 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 in itself. As the summit of Everest is not actually visible from the Everest Base Camp itself, most of the people heading for 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, to reach Kalapatthar from Kathmandu, there are normally just two options.
Take a drive before the trek
The first one is to take a drive from Kathmandu to Jiri or Phalpu from where you join the classic Everest region trekking route to reach Lukla. Following the normal Everest Base Camp Trekking trail from Lukla, you can finally make your way up to the Kala Patthar. All the way up to the Kala Pathar from Jiri, you will have the 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 EBC trekking trail takes you inside the Sagarmatha National Park, you will also get to observe diverse flora and fauna on the way.
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 just join the Everest base camp trekking trail to reach Phakding. You can spend a night at Phakding before reaching Namche Bazaar. The next day, wake up and continue trekking to Namche Bazaar, a commercial hub of the Khumbu region.
Before getting in 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 the next stay. From Lobuche continue your trek to Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the last teahouse stop in 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 towards the Everest Base Camp. After spending some time there return back to Gorakshep the same day for a night stay. After taking the proper sleep, you just start your early morning hike to enjoy the sunrise view from Kalapatthar. Further, the view 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 just trek the Kala Patthar in the evening. During the evening time, you can capture the best photograph which is quite impossible in the morning time. 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, then you can do so by Joining the Everest base camp helicopter tour from Kathmandu to Kala Pathar. For this, you need not have to join the Everest Kala Patthar Trek.
Kala Patthar Weather
Being at a higher elevation the weather and temperature of Kala Patthar remains quite unpredictable. Therefore for a better trekking experience, it is recommended to trek this region during the Autumn and Spring season. During these seasons, the pleasant weather here offers trekkers stunning views of the surrounding environment and mountains.