Everest Kalapatthar Trekking - 12 days

Overview

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

Itinerary

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.

 

FAQs on Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is a paradise filled with natural flora and fauna. From the plain lands of Terai to the high Himalayas, there is diversification and singularity in every aspect. This is what makes Nepal so unique.

Due to variation in the topography and altitudes, Nepal has been famously spotted as a diverse Trekking Region. Nepal offers normal trekking routes starting from 2000m (Dhampus Trek, Ghandruk Trek) to 5500m (Everest Base Camp). And I can tell you that every single trek has its own peculiarity and adventure.

You may have a lot of queries regarding trekking in Nepal. In this article, I have tried to answer some of them.

Is it safe to travel in Nepal?

After the devastating earthquake in 2015, every visitor has had this common question in mind. And the answer is yes, it is safe to travel in Nepal. You can come here and enjoy without any hesitation or second thoughts.

After the quake, numerous reconstruction activities have been done and many are even going on. So, you will be witnessing a different outlook of the country. If you are willing, you can even lend a hand financially or through volunteering for reconstruction in the remote areas.

How is the current political scenario in Nepal?

The political situation in Nepal is facing a transitional shift. Nepal is in the process of adopting a federal structure of governance form.  From the political view, there are not many obstacles as you might think.

How can I get a Nepal visa for arrival?

You can get your arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of the people can obtain a visa on entry to Nepal. Some countries’ visa will need to be arranged prior traveling.

The price of visa depends on the number of days you will be staying. $25 is for 15 days from the date of issue, $40 for 30 days and $100 for 90 days tourist visa. You will need two passport size photos. Other documents are not required.

You can apply for an online visa through (http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ ).

Do you have any pickup facility from the airport on arrival and departure?

Yes, our company has a pick-up facility as a complementary policy. At your arrival, our agency airport representative will pick you up from the airport. You can recognize us at the spot easily through our company’s name card.

And when you complete your trip, we will drop you back.

What type of insurance should I get? How can I get it?

We advise you to get your general travel and medical insurance cover from your respective country. In Nepal, you should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for traveling. But, we don’t offer mountain rescue insurance here.

Who can go on the trips?

Our trips are designed for everyone who has a love for outdoor adventure and cultural experience. Of course, some trips may be a bit difficult for people who are physically unfit.

In such cases, you need to choose only those trips that suit you best. Please contact for prior management.

What if I am a solo traveler? Is there any supplementary service for singles?

Not a problem at all. Many of our customers are traveling single. You also have the option to join a small group or another solo traveler.

Even if you are a single traveling woman, you need not worry. You will not face any kind of awkwardness.

Yes. There is an extra charge for traveling alone. Please contact us to find out more.

Do I really need a trekking guide?

According to recent changes in policy, trekking guides are almost mandatory for trekking in Nepal for everyone. It is to ensure safety and protection of all visiting tourists.

Plus, the journey will be a lot more informative and memorable with guides. S/he will be your friend and company during the journey.

But if you are well experienced and have trekked before as well, you may not require one. But if you are with a guide, it will be easy for you to tackle any problems during the trek.

Do I need a porter?

This part completely depends on your choice. If you think you are able to carry backpacks on your own, you can avoid them. If not, it is better to hire one.

You can have double benefits as well. As porters may have knowledge about the trails and settlements, you may not even require a guide.

Do you have tailor-made trips?

Yes. If there is any specific place that you want to visit that is not on our itinerary or if you want to combine trips or do multiple treks, we can surely arrange that. Send us your ideas and we will work with you to put together a customized trip of a lifetime.

When is the best time to visit Nepal for trekking?

Spring and Autumn season can be considered as the best time for trekking in Nepal.

October to November is the most popular time for trekking in Nepal. As it is the post monsoon period, the climate is clear and the mountains have an amazing view.

After that, March to May is the second most popular time. This pre-monsoon time has warmer weather with good visibility.

Besides, short tea house treks can be done during the winter season as well. I suggest you guys not to make plans for treks during monsoon and winter as far as possible.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

Nepal is known worldwide for its adventurous and interesting trekking spots. You certainly need to keep in mind that the journey will be challenging.

The toughness of the trekking depends on its altitude, grade, and location. There are different gradings for trekking such as; easy, medium, challenging, and demanding. You can make your choice depending on these grades.

Regarding time, you will be trekking 5 to 7 hours per day for altitudes ranging from 3000m to 8848m. But again, it will depend on the type of trek.

So no need to be afraid! You will enjoy extreme wilderness untouched by modern development. You will be grateful for the thrill and adventure of exploring the exotic nature.

How long will be the trekking period?

The period of trekking will depend on its type and grades.

As I have already mentioned about the grading of trekking, the most challenging treks will be for more than 4 weeks. The easy type of trek completes in about 1-3 days whereas the moderate will take about a week. The days taken cannot be exactly calculated as it might depend on weather conditions and other emergencies.

How fit should I be for the trekking?

You should be mentally and physically prepared for the trekking. The success of trekking wholly depends on you. We suggest you choose the trekking routes that suit your fitness level. Obviously, shorter treks are easier than longer ones. The longer treks will require a better standard of fitness.

So, be in your best physical form. Believe in yourself and move on!

What are tea houses and camping trekking? Is it possible here?

Teahouse trekking and camping trekking are the two general types of trekking in Nepal.

Teahouse trekking is the most popular type of trekking in Nepal. It is available in the trekking regions of Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, and Manaslu.

In this type, you will get good accommodation and fooding with a variety of items in the menu including Nepali Dal Bhat.

Camping trekking means making a full camp, carrying everything for the whole trip and getting along for the destination. In this type, you will fully cater for camping. You (or porters or packed animals) will carry all the camping gears including food, tents, sleeping bags, medical kits, etc.

You will be pitching your camps wherever suitable. You will be accompanied by a guide, cooks, porters, and sometimes a packed animal.

As compared to the tea house trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.

What types of food will be served during the trekking?

All kinds of food, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food will be mostly available. But, I recommend you to eat vegetarian during the trekking period. It will be more hygienic and physically helpful.

About food standards in tea houses, the fruit and vegetables are hygienic and well soaked in iodine before cooking. Food will be simple and homely reflecting the Nepali culture. Continental and international cuisine can be also served (depending upon the places).

Most of the lodges serve boiled and filtered water, safe for drinking. If you want, you can buy bottled mineral water as well.

Will there be any telephone/internet facilities at higher altitudes?

Most of the villages along the popular trekking routes have good coverage of cell phone and internet.

The Wi-Fi service is slowly becoming popular. You can also find telephones for international calls. But, these extra services will cost you extra money.

What do I need to carry on the trek?

If you hire a porter, he will carry your luggage and belongings. A porter will carry up to 50 kg of load.

You should remember to carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, waterproof clothes, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle, first aid kit and water purification kit. Besides, you can carry any other stuff you think is important.

What is AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)? Can I suffer from AMS?

Altitude sickness is one of the major problems you may face during trekking in higher altitudes. It is also referred to as AMS. AMS is a kind of dizziness due to failure to adapt to the surrounding.

A severe headache, nose bleeding, rapid heartbeat, instant respiration, nausea, vomiting, coughing etc. are the common symptoms of AMS. Your lungs and brain will be the most affected during AMS. If you get any such indications, you have to be immediately moved to lower altitudes.

The chances of AMS cannot be predicted exactly. It sometimes depends on the surrounding and on your diet as well.

I recommend you to take proper advice and medication regarding AMS before you hit the road.

What happens in the case of emergency?

If you get in an emergency, we are ready to reach out and help you anyhow. Plus, our guides are properly trained to tackle such situations.

In the case of physical problems, the guides will help you out with their basic knowledge. If a serious emergency occurs, rescue operation by helicopter is available. Their expenses will be recovered from your insurance company.

Additionally, you have to be mentally and physically prepared for everything that might come on your way.

What currency should I bring?

We advise you to bring US dollars/British pounds/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost, and other expenses. Almost all the major currencies are usually accepted. But, it is always better to travel with US dollars.

What essential documents/items do I need to bring along with me?

You must bring a valid passport, a copy of your travel insurance, cash, necessary tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and the required medications you will/might need.

Are your staffs fully insured?

Yes! Our guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are fully equipped and insured as well. They are all experienced and have adequate knowledge about trekking. You will surely have a great time with them.

Can I extend the period of trek?

The itinerary that we provide you is a type of guideline and a standard pattern only. So, the schedule can be modified according to your time and requirements. We provide both types of trekking, tea house, and camping.

Please do contact or email us for the latest updated info.

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