Everest Kalapatthar Trekking - 12 days
Everest Kalapatthar Trekking is one of the most popular trekking trails in the Everest region. It offers panoramic views of the mountains stretching across the entire region, including the world’s highest mountain—the Mt. Everest. Everest region is a viewpoint of the whole Solukhumbu region; it is the heartland of the Sherpa community. The trekking in the area is mostly designed for those who want to explore the rural village. This is one of the trekking areas that the clients of the Himalayas on foot often love to visit.
The Everest Kalapatthar Trekking requires with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek then commences from Lukla to reach Namche Bazaar , a beautiful Sherpa Town. The trail pass through the patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the rare wildlife such as musk deer and mountain goats can sometimes be seen. Trekkers will also be visiting several Buddhist monasteries along the way, which is a wonderful way to explore the unique Buddhist culture of the Everest Region.
The Everest Kalapatthar Trekking trail passes through several Sherpa village to reach the Everest Base Camp. Everest Basecamp is a great place feel the thrill of adventure as you will meet many mountaineers looking to summit the great Mount Everest. Everest Base Camp may be a great place to be but it doesn’t offer a great viewpoint for the Everest. For a great view of the Everest, trekkers will then walk to Kalapatthar.
Kalapather is a small hill from where we can have a great view of the Everest. Kalapatthar is considered to be one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Mount Everest. It is a contrasting experience to the one you get from its short-lived luxurious counterpart. From there we can capture the scenic views of Himalayan, including the four the highest peaks in the world above 8000 m, namely, Mt. Cho OyU (8,201 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m) and the Mt. Everest 8,848 m and other breathtaking mountain vistas. Once we make it to the Kalapathar making a trip around, finally we return back to Lukla airport and we catch the place and fly back to Kathmandu .
Everest Kalapatthar Trekking Highlight
- Closest to Mt. Everest you have ever been
- Trek up to 5545m through spectacular scenery
- Explore the Sherpa culture, tradition, and lifestyle.
- Breathtaking views of the Everest region
- Experience the hospitality of the Sherpa people.
- Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser crests seen from a peaked vantage point
- Visit market town Namche Bazaar
Day 1: Kathmandu – Lukla (40 min flight) – Phakding
Early in this morning, we will head towards the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport to board the flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) – a gateway destination from where our trek starts. The 40 min long flight has amazing views of silver glistening mountain peaks peeking through the clouds to offer. Once we reach Lukla, we will start our trek towards Phakding. It will take us about 3-4hrs to reach Phakding. We will spend the night in a hotel in Phakding.
Day 2: Phakding-Namche Bazaar
We will begin our journey towards Namche Bazaar through a beautiful pine forest followed by the Dudh Koshi River across numerous suspension bridges. We can catch a wonderful view of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). After walking through the settlements of Benkar, Chumoa, and Monjo we will come to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. It will take us about 5-6hrs to reach Namche Bazaar. We will spend the night in Namche Bazaar.
Day 3: Namche Bazaar: Rest day
The rest day at Namche Bazaar is crucial for acclimatization. It is advisable to stay active instead of being idle for this day. We could hike to Thame, visiting Khunde or explore Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the center of the Khumbu region that houses government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market on every Friday evening and Saturday. We could also pay a visit to the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park, where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first climbers, Sherpa culture and learn about the various botanical and wildlife of the this region. We can also take a trip to Khumjung valley that is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila. We will spend the night in Namche Bazaar.
Day 4: Namche-Tengboche
We start our trek towards the village of Tengboche. The trail offers superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. We might spot some of the wildlife like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail heads through Kayangjuma towards Sansa and a Pine Forest. We will then come across a small settlement amidst the alpine woods. The journey toward Tengboche is through another Pine forest. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it houses the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We will spend the night in a lodge in Tengboche.
Day 5: Tengboche-Dingboche
On this day we will trek for about 6-7 hours to Dingboche from Tengboche. The trail passes through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. We will also catch a glimpse of Ama-Dablam. The walk becomes fairly moderate as we reach the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. A steep climb across the river will bring us to Dingboche, We will spend the night in Dingboche.
Day 6: Dingboche: Rest Day
We spend our second day of acclimatization at Dingboche. Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Lhotse and numerous other peaks are visible from Dingboche. We can also see three of the world’s six highest peaks, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Yu. To the west, loom the towering peaks of Cholatse and Taboche. As we look northwest, we see an array of peaks, the Lobuche West and Lobuche East is the most dominating ones, rising at the head of the Khumbu Khola valley. We will spend the night at Dingboche.
Day 7: Dingboche-Duglha-Labuche
We will move towards Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. As we come to a yak herder’s place called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow. We continue through Phulung Karpo and come across a majestic view of Mt. Pumori. As the trail descends after crossing a small wooden bridge over a roaring stream, we ascend to Dugla. We can see Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks from here. Beyond Duglha we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal will be towering right above us. We will spend the night in Labuche.
Day 8: Lubuche-Gorak Shep- Kala patthar
Our journey towards Gorak Shep goes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. View of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse, will come into sight as we get closer to Gorak Shep. A slightly ascending scent trail will take us to Thangma before we reach Gorak Shep. We will continue our journey towards Kala Patthar to witness the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. From here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags.
Day 9: Gorak Shep- Lubuche- Pangboche
The trail to Lubuche passes along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and a stone memorial built for those climbers who lost their lives in their attempt to make it to the summit. The climb will eventually get steeper and reach an altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche. It will take us about 6-7hrs to reach Lubuche. The altitude will make this climb highly uneasy for almost everyone. The 5-6 hours walk to Pangboche provides and amazing view of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse. We will spend the night in a hotel in Pangboche.
Day 10: Pangboche to Namche Bazar
On this day we will begin our journey towards Namche Bazaar. It will take us about 4-5hours to reach Namche Bazaar. The trail passes through several forests and bridges. We might also spot some of the wildlife inhabitants of the region. The entire region is rich in flora and fauna of rich diversity. As we descend further down the trail, we will reach Namche Bazaar and spend the night here in a local lodge.
Day 11: Namche Bazaar- Phakding-Lukla
We will begin our journey towards Phakding through the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. We will then pass through several forests and brides. We can catch a wonderful view of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). The route then heads across several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing a pine forest, we will finally enter Phakding. It will take us about 3-4 hours to reach Lukla from here. We will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 12: Lukla- Kathmandu
On this day we will extend our final good-byes to the Khumbu region. You will be transferred to the airport and other airport formalities will be taken care of by the guides. Once the aircraft arrives, you can directly board the plane and fly back to Kathmandu. Our representatives will be waiting for you at the Kathmandu airport. You will be transferred to your respective hotels. You will have the rest of the day free to yourself to explore the city as you please.