Trip Overview of Kala Patthar Trekking
Kala Patthar trekking is a perfect combo of Everest base camp trek and three pass trek. Kala Patthar is popular among people as the best viewpoint of mountains. Almost all adventure geeks have a dream of visiting Everest from Kala Patthar at least once in a lifetime. You can also visit Sagarmatha national park via the alternative and unique trail in the Kala Patthar trekking. Although the trails and the destination of the Kala Patthar trekking are as same as the Everest Base camp trek we will make sure that you have a different experience. You will be taking the alternative route, which is easier and enjoyable for you.
Kala Patthar is a very popular trekking destination in the Everest region in Nepal. The word “Kala Patthar” means “black rock” in the Nepali language. Although Kala Patthar is not a mountain, it is more famous as it provides a close and fantastic view of the great Mount Everest. In addition to this, trekkers can also get the closest possible view of other mountains like Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse, and other small mountains. Another interesting thing is the largest webcam is also in Kala Patthar. The altitude of Kala Patthar is 18,514 ft. above sea level.
Stay overnight at Gorakshep before climbing Kala Patthar
Trekkers often say that Kala Patthar is the heart of the Himalayas in Nepal. You will be thrilled to see the high mountains with snow everywhere. The trail to Kala Patthar goes through the small villages of Gorakshep and Lobuche. Gorakshep is located at an altitude of 5,164 meters.
The trail to Kala Patthar from Gorakshep seems more ascent but you will have the easier and clear path to Kala Patthar. The trekking distance from Gorakshep and Kala Patthar is short so, you can enjoy the walk. You can take pictures and enjoy the majestic view the entire way up. It is better if you start the trek in the early hours, as the mountains seem photogenic in the morning. The Kala Patthar trekking takes 2 weeks to complete along with the Everest base camp trek. However, since the trek is at a higher altitude the climbing takes 8 to 9 days.
Best time to trek to Kala Patthar
It is very important to manage the timing as you get to enjoy it more if you visit the place at the right time. The best time to trek Kala Patthar is during the falls of September and December. During this time, the weather becomes clear giving you the perfect view of the mountains. In addition, the weather is moderate during this time so it will be less tiring to hike.
People also wait to trek Kala Patthar from March to May, which is the spring season. During this time, you can enjoy the trails filled with rhododendron and oak trees. Skies become clear with very little precipitation. The weather during the spring season is absolutely fine for trekking with occasional snowfall sometimes.
What is the specialty of this trek?
The trekking to Kala Patthar goes through the riverbank. The entire trail goes through the lovely Sherpa villages and breath taking mountain scenery. Along with the flora and fauna, you can also observe the unique Sherpa culture and Buddhist monasteries. The houses of the village are welcoming with the handcrafted arts with the small roofs. Kala Patthar trek goes through the Sagarmatha national park where you will get a chance to see the wild animals of the Himalayas like Himalayan Goat (Thar/Jharal), Musk Dear, colorful birds “Daphne” with various species of birds. Yaks are the main domestic animals of the Khumbu region whereas it is also the home of snow leopards. People say the Kala Patthar region is the land of the mysterious creature yeti. Kala Patthar trek gest through various other viewpoints like Khumbu glacier, Khumbu icefall, and glacier, which provides the breath-taking view of the mountains.
How to get there?
Kala Patthar trekking starts with the scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport. After landing at Lukla, you will have to walk through the lovely Chaurikharka village. For here, you will be continuing your trek through Ghat, Phakding, and Manoj following the bank of Dudh Koshi River. The entire trekking trail is full of Pine and rhododendron trees. You can move further towards Namche Bazar where you will take acclimation. Namche Bazar is his perfect place where you will get to interact with the local people and know about their culture.
There is a famous museum in Namche Bazar that you can visit. After that, you will have to continue your trek towards Tengboche. You can visit the Tengboche monastery that is the oldest Buddhist monastery in Nepal. From here moving, forward to beautiful Dingboche village. On the way to Dingboche, you will start to see the perfect glance of mountains. Closest view of Nangkkhar Tshang peak (5,6615m) and all-round view of high mountains like Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,749m), and Cho Oyu (8,201m), and Imja Valley view.
Finally, after trekking, you will get to Mt. Everest base camp, which is at an elevation of 5,360 meters. Walking through Lobuche you will reach Gorakshep, the gateway of the Kala Patthar trek. Teahouses in Gorakshep are very famous. Then after hiking for some time, you will reach Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is an unbelievable place from where you can get a terrific view of the entire northern face of Everest.
Kala Patthar Trekking View
Due to the fluctuating structure of Mount Everest, you will not see the mountain from the base camp. That is why people travel to Kala Patthar for the perfect view. You should visit Kala Patthar in the early morning as you can see the majestic views of the sun behind the mountains. We have shared so much about the views of the mountains, but what exactly can you see from Kala Patthar. Here are the mountains that are visible from Kala Patthar
Mt Everest is the main reason for people trekking to Kala Patthar. Everest trek packages also include the trek to Kala Patthar. Seeing the magical view of Mount Everest from Kala Patthar is the huge box on every adventure lover’s bucket list. The altitude of Everest is eight, 8448.84 meters from sea level. Only Kala Patthar can provide the entire south face of the world’s highest mountain. Strangely, people visiting Kala Patthar say that Mount Everest does not look like the tallest mountain in the region.
Mount Nuptse is another masterpiece to see from Kala Patthar. It is situated at a distance of only 2 kilometres from Mount Everest with an altitude of 7861 meters above the sea. From the actual viewpoint of Kala Patthar, you can see Nuptse closely and clearly.
Some of the trekkers love the view of Mount Nuptse. It is a magical peak but it blocks the view of Mount Everest from Everest base camp.
Mount Changtse is a beautiful yet trekked mountain of Nepal. This mountain is more famous among Tibetan people. That is why Mount Changtse means north peak among Tibetan people. This mountain is on the Northern side of Everest with an altitude of 7583 meters. The interesting thing about mount Changtse is that this mount connects with Mount Everest physically. Trekkers do not climb this mountain, as it is difficult to climb. You can get a fabulous view of mount Changtse from Kala Patthar.
Kala Patthar trek difficulty
Since Kala, Patthar is located inside the Khumbu region so the trek is quite long and the trail is uphill. This trek might be difficult for people both mentally and physically. You will have to be fully prepared during the trek. You will need to take some breaks during the trek.
If due to any cause, you are not feeling well, then immediately stop the trek. The most common problem that people face during the Kala Patthar trek is altitude sickness. People get altitude sickness due to the higher elevation. You will have to drink plenty of water and suitable clothes according to the weather.
Guide and porter during Kala Patthar trekking
Guide and porter are compulsory for the trek to Kala Patthar. You will have to hire both a guide and porter for this trek to enjoy this trek properly. If you are traveling Above the Himalayas then we will provide you experienced and qualified guide. The guide will make your trek to Kala Patthar more interesting and fruitful. As our team is responsible, we will manage you the porter for the trek. Normally the porters will carry a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack. If your luggage is more than 25 kilos then you will have to pay extra for that. Porter will make your trek memorable by telling you about the culture and tradition of the local Sherpa people in the Khumbu region.
Enjoy the best view
Kala Patthar trekking is one of the best adventures in the Khumbu area. Kala Patthar means ‘black rock’ in English, Kala Patthar stands at an impressive 5500m above sea level. This is the highest altitude reached on most of our Everest trekking routes. It is located to the south of the Himalayan ranges, just above the Gorak Shep. It overlooks the Khumbu Glacier, Everest Base Camp, and is an incredible viewpoint for Everest itself.
Most of the trekkers are on the route of Kala Patthar trekking. Don’t miss being here and it t takes about 2-2.5 hours to reach the top of Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep. If you wanted to see the best sunrise view Be sure to get there before sunrise.
The trail starts very early morning from The small village of Gorakshep (5,164 m / 16,942 ft.) sits at the base of Kala Patthar trekking. It is always advisable o walk slow and starts the trek in the early morning. We are suggesting you allow yourself plenty of time, leave your pack light with bare essentials. Be sure to stop and enjoy the views the entire way up. Trekkers start to climb the mountain is in the early hours of the morning, for a photogenic sunrise opportunity on top. Don’t start your hike too late in the day as winds pick up and unpredictable storms move in later in the afternoon.
Things to pack for Kala Patthar trekking:
Flashlight or headlamp, warm clothes, water, something to take pictures with. Kala Patthar is a mountain that mountaineers who summit Everest will spend time on as well. If you’re trekking to Everest Base Camp in May you can see some of these famous climbers here.
Trip Highlights Kala Patthar trekking
- Sightseeing Other peaks Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), and Cho Yu (8,201m)
- Stunning views of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m)
- Visit the ancient monastery in Tengboche and Stunning Khumbu Glacier
- Explore Sherpa culture, getting insights into their lifestyles and monasteries
- You will get a chance to have a glimpse of various flora and fauna
- In the time of the spring season, you will be amazed by the blooming Rhododendron and Lush Green Forests.
- Visit the world’s highest airport in Syanboche
- You will observe Wildlife like snow leopards, musk deer, and Himalayan Monal
- You will get to view the incredible panoramic view of mountains from Kala Pathar (5,555m).