Kala Pattar Trek
Kala Pattar trek is most demanding trek route of Everest region in Nepal. Trek to Kalapattar follows the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing and ends with an ascent of Kala Pattar summit.
Mountain black stone Kalapatthar – kala patthar is a little peak and famous hill station to observe Mount Everest and many other tallest mountains brilliant landscapes, the high mountain villages and Buddhist monasteries of khumbu region.
Kala Pattar trek has a great opportunity to experience the local Sherpa hospitality. Furthermore, Trek to ebc combine with Kala Pattar is in Sagarmatha national park which is listed in UNESCO world heritage sites. An express trek to Everest base camp is a trail to see the highest mountain of the world, Everest at 8,848m, and many of the world’s 8,000m peaks such as Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.
Everest Icefall glacier with huge ice pinnacles soaring to unbelievable height before reaching the Everest Basecamp (ABC). Kala Pattar trek is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic.
Kala Patthar (mark as Kala Pattar or Kalapatar, 5,545 meters), near Everest base camp. It is located next to the foothill of Mount Everest, remains the top viewpoint in Nepal. The trek Kala Patthar offers the closest view of Mount Everest one can get to without serious mountaineering skills.
Our program always includes rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. Along the routes, you can walk at your own pace, with plenty of stops for rest. Trek to Kala Pattar is possible to do in anytime throughout the year.
Why people choose Kala Pattar trek?
The ebc trek route is perhaps the most dramatic and picturesque scenery in the Nepalese Himalaya. You will have face to face the view of Mount Everest 8,8,48m/28,933 feet. It is the most popular footsteps of great mountaineers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Trek goes through forests, hills and quaint villages.
A great sense of anticipation builds as you trek up the Khumbu valley, passing through intriguing tiny Sherpa villages, Buddhist monasteries, all towered over by some of the highest and most stunningly beautiful mountains of the world. The trail offers comfortable accommodation run by local inhabitants.
The trek includes all meals, road-head transport, services of English speaking local trekking guide and porters to carry the luggage. You will only need to carry a day-pack and you can walk at your own pace.
Majestic Kala Pattar trek highlights and Himalayan Sights
Sagarmatha national park, Museum, oldest Buddhist monasteries. Moreover, Kala Patthar standout on the 5,545m above sea level. The hilltop offers an amazing view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku etc.
The Kala Pattar trek grades
Trek to Kala Patthar with base camp is suitable for all age trekkers looking for something a little challenging. It does not require you to be super fit or have any previous trekking experience. If you are healthy and can walk about 5 hours daily, you can do this trekking easily.
However, daily jogging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always includes rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. Along the routes, you can walk at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Top famous Kala Pattar trek covers
Namche Bazaar – Sengeboche Hill – Tengboche monastery – Kalapatthar & ebc.
Best season to explore Kala Patthar trek
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December.
Kala Pattar trek outline itinerary
01 Day : Arrival in Kathmandu
02 Day : World heritage sites seeing. Trek preparation.
03 Day : Fly to Lukla airport (2,886m) & Bengkar hikes (2,698m /8,822 ft.), 5 hours
04 Day : Namche Bazaar hikes (3,440m/11,249 ft.), 6 hours
05 Day : Khumjung hiking (3,789m) via Sengboche hill, 3 hours
06 Day : Tengboche trek (3,867m/12,645 ft.), 6 hours
07 Day : Dingboche hiking (4260 m/13,930 ft.) , 6 hours
08 Day : Lobuche trek (4930 m/16,121 ft.) , 5:30 hours
09 Day : Everest Base Camp trek (5,364m/17,540 ft) , 7 hours
10 Day : Hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,132 ft). Trek to Pheriche (4,243m.), 9 hours
11 Day : Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/12,249 ft) , 7:30 hours
12 Day : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,886 m/9,337 ft.), 8 hours
13 Day : Mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Trip finish.
14 Day : Final departure from Kathmandu.
The Kala Patthar trek detail itinerary
Top viewpoints of Nepal Kala Patthar trek has a short about 12-day itinerary compared to most walks in this region leading up to the mountain black hill station. For travelers who wish to reach the Everest base camp in a more relaxed manner can try this itinerary however if this itinerary is not fit you than send us an inquiry for tailor-made itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
Day 02: World heritage site of Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; including visits to the pilgrimage sites of Hindus Pashupatinath Temple, the world biggest Boudhanath, visit Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess) in central Kathmandu. Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,886m/9,437 feet). Trek to Bengkar (2,698m /8,822 ft.), 5 hours
We take an early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, upon arrival at Lukla, we would be refreshed in one of the hotels and then start our trek to Phakding (2640 m). We trek following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5,885m) is just standing in front of you. And we pass several Sherpa villages such as Ghat, Phakding, Tok Tok and finally we reach Bengkar village.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,249 feet.), 6 hours
The trail ascend over the Koshi river riverbed, than we continue many ups and downs; cross a river and stream, and pass by the tiny village, Monjo. We reach the Sagarmatha National Park office where a park entrance fee has to pay. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this valley where the major river meets each other. Crossing over the Hillary bridge, the trek begins the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. On the way, we would have excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.). Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazaar (3,440m) is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods.
Day 05: Trek to Khumjung (3,789m/12,432 feet) via Tengboche hill, 3 hours
We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Tengboche airstrip (3,790m), from where we will slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments) and hill station. We go to a hill station to have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and much other snow-capped mountains within 360 deg angle. Then we walk further to Khumjung village which is the largest village in Khumbu, at the foothill of the sacred peak Khumbila. We can also visit the Khumjung monastery. It is a small settlement of Sherpa community.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3867m/12,645 feet.), 6 hours
Having breakfast trek heading towards Tengboche Monastery. The trail goes ahead leaving a steep cliff that drops down to the Dudh Kosi. During the journey, we would have a panoramic view of the Himalayas such as Ama Dablam (6812m), Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855m) and Tawoche (6501m). Walk along Trashinga, Phunki Tenga, and reach Tengboche. Tengboche offers a good view of sunrise and sunset at Everest and Ama Dablam.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4260 m/13,930 feet.) , 6 hours
We trek leaving Tengboche at the backdrop, we descend through a rhododendron forest and enter Deboche village. Crossing a suspension bridge at Imja Khola, we head towards Minlinggo and inter Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m/16,121 feet), 5:30 hours
It is our turn to head towards Lobuche from Dingboche which is situated at a distance of five and half hours normal walk. The onward trail is gentle up to Pheriche village. Along the trail, we would be privileged to have panoramic views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-tse (5820m), and the great wall of Nuptse. We would have lunch at Dugla (4595m) and trek to Lobuche.
Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,540 feet) , 7 hours
Having breakfast at Lobuche, we trek to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (5140m.). It is the most rewarding section of the trek. Our trail winds up through a rocky path and Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La, and Khumbutse appear next to you. Visit Kala Patthar hill station instead of walking to Everest base camp.
Day 10: Hike to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,132 feet). Pheriche trek (4243m/13,921 feet.), 9 hours
We trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4243m.). Early morning, we get ready to climb Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of sunrise. We would see Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more from Kala Patthar. Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post is available at Pheriche health post where foreign volunteer doctors are providing medical treatment.
Day 11: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/12,249 feet) via Tengboche, 7:30 hours
Trek to Tengboche (3867 m.) is easy downhill walking. During the route, one can enjoy descending through rhododendron forest. Tengboche is famous for the oldest monastery where you enjoy the splendid view of Ama Dablam, green hills, colorful rhododendron flower, and pristine river. After Lunch at Tengboche hill, Trek descends from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar passing Sanasa village. You will catch the trail descends from Gokyo valley. We walk further about one hour to reach Namche Bazaar hill station.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m/9,337 ft.), 7 hours
We trek to Lukla with the same trail as we use on ascend. It is the last day of our trekking. Upon arrival at Lukla, we would get refreshed and take rest.
Day 13: Scenic Mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
We board our early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, we would be received by our representatives and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, go shopping or request us to discover Kathmandu as a guided trip on an additional cost. Trip finish
How much does Kala Pattar trek cost?
Kala Pattar trek 12 days we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation in Thamel and of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3 stars category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and Tourist standard accommodation with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places, so let us know. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Kala Pattar trek cost include:
- Kathmandu international airport picks up on your arrival in TIA by private car.
- 2 nights in Twin sharing tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu within breakfast plan.
- Government license holder – Professional license holder Mountain Trekking Guide
- Domestic flight tickets Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip with applicable domestic airport taxes
- All land transfer by Private vehicle according to programs.
- 3 meals each day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trekking days
- Guest House accommodation during the trekking
- Required number of porters during the trek.(one porter = two guest basis) because our porter can carry maximum 25 kg of your bag pack.
- All land transfer by Private vehicle according to programs.
- Well paid salary, food, accommodation and insurances of Nepalese staffs.
- Sagarmatha National Park entries permits and TIMS permits and as well as their fees.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
- A special gift from our company.
Kala Pattar trek cost exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- 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 higly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private Kala Pattar trek or at Everest base camp express trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Freequently Asked Questions
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?.
Answer: Yes of course! If you provide us with your flight details then you should do a request Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience for Kala Pattar trekking?.
Answer: Everest base camp express is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking – yes, you need to have experience in high altitude – somehow about 3000 meters above sea level.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Kala Pattar trekking?.
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in Kala Pattar trek?.
Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Kala Pattar trek?
Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on Kala Pattar trek?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in the campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.
Questions: Is there any communication facilities on Kala Pattar trek?
Answer: In this trekking route, you can get telephone services as well as 3G internet services and wifi at lodges.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city tours/city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20 % advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on Kala Pattar trek?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our every porter carry maximum 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls for Kala Pattar trek?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: What is ebc express trek? Is is also called Kalapatthar express trek?
Answer: Yes ! Short Everest base camp trek is called ebc express treks. And kalapatthar express trek is also the same.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
Kala Pattar trek note:
The above itineraries are subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
“What makes Kala Pattar trek special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.