Kala Patthar, another most worthy destination of adventure, is located at an elevation of 5,644.5 meters/18,519 ft. The literal meaning, “Black Rock” came from the shade of the rock which made up its peak. Kala Patthar is located at the south ridge of Mountain Pumori in the Himalayan range above Gorak Shep.
During Kalapatthar trek, you encounter with innumerable wilderness, cultural and Himalaya experiences. The trek across the quaint hamlet, alpine forest, lush green forests, glacial rivers, waterfalls, stony trails, mountains and Buddhist monasteries leads to attractive Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar provides the most accessible close-up view of Mount Everest despite its low- standing height (33ft tall). The trekkers get boundless photographic opportunities to capture the mesmerizing vistas of Khumbu Glacier, Everest and Nuptse, alpine bushes, junipers, pine forests, rhododendron flowers and picturesque villages.
The best time to climb Kala Patthar is in the late afternoon as during this time of day sun will be set and you will see those spectacular views of Everest along with other mountains. A 360-degree majestic backdrop of mountains Changtse, and Nuptse including Mt. Everest can be seen without any hitch. You can also have some glimpse of northern flank and Mount Lhotse. Therefore, trek to Kalapathar is idyllic and worth to visit.
Everest Base Camp is one of the most visited trek destinations for tourists in Nepal. Basically, the duration of Everest Base Camp Trek is 14 – 20 days considering what package you want to choose. You can get a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. However, you can trek to Lukla as well. After arriving at Lukla, your next stop will be Namche Bazaar, where you can rest for acclimatization. Then, from there it will take few days to reach Everest Base Camp.
The trek to Kala Patthar begins from Gorakshep, which lies at an elevation of 5,164 meters or 16,942 ft. Gorakshep is a frozen lakebed and the actual base camp of the Mount Everest. Kala Patthar is few hours of a hike from Everest Base Camp.
To enjoy the stunning landscape of marvelous mountains, trekkers in the Mount Everest region make sure they visit Kala Patthar. You are likely to encounter with blue sheep, Tibetan snow cock, yaks, Himalayan Thar, mountain goat, pheasant and many more. Furthermore, you get opportunities to observe the culture, tradition, primitive lifestyles and warm hospitality of Sherpa.
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