Everest Kalapathar Trekking is considered one of the most rewarding trekking packages in Nepal as it offers us heart-thrilling experiences during the Nepal Trips. This trek is perfect trip for those who wish to experience the true adventure while witnessing the beautiful views of glorious mountains. This trek lets you experience the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar, the best viewpoint the region while lets you experience the 360 degree panoramic views of peaks around.
Everest Kalapatthar trek is a lifetime adventure exploring the dense forests full with rhododendron, ascending and descending steeply hills, crossing raging rivers through suspension bridges, and throughout the trek, witnessing the spectacular views of mountains. This is the ideal trek to get glimpses of Mount Everest; the sunrise view from Kalapatthar is the most phenomenal moment in this trek; and you cannot ignore the breathtaking 360 degree view of the mountains. And as you reach at the Everest Base Camp, the Everest appears so near that you might want to reach out stretching your hand! This trek is the blend of cultural and spiritual awareness, beautiful experience of natural landscape, and adventure.
Apart from the views from Kalapatthar, this trek gives you the opportunity to explore the Khumbu ice fall region. You shall be amazed by the richness of Sherpa culture and their hospitality. If you are lucky, you might see wild animals like Blue Sheep, Musk Deer, snow leopard, and birds such as Kalij, Munal, Himalayan Pheasant, Danfe, etc. You might want to read some of the ancient books and transcripts of Sherpas at the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazar.
We begin Everest Kalapatthar Trek after the scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or the drive to Jiri. We then continue our trek further to various interesting Himalayan destinations. Everest Kalapatthar Trek also takes you to beautiful Gokyo Valley which is the source of grand Dudh Koshi River and many other destinations including Ngozumpa Glacier, the other celebrated view point of Gokyo Ri, famous Cho La Pass, and importantly in the lap of world-highest peak Mount Everest. Everest Kalapatthar Trekking will let you experience the typical Sherpa lifestyle and culture offering you plenty of opportunities to explore wonderful Himalayan ecosystem and biodiversity. You will have wonderful experience when you will visit tranquil and beautiful series of Gokyo Lakes. As Everest Kalapatthar trekking is graded as difficult and challenging trek, only physically fit and experienced trekkers are recommended for this trip. Everest Kalapatthar Trek is considered perfectly suitable trek for those who are physically fit, and who love challenges.
Besides, you will get to explore many other wonders in Khumbu region during this trek. Blue Mountain Travels and Tours organizes Everest Kalapatthar Trek with all required facilities during the Nepal Himalayas Trips. You will have great experience during this trip. Blue Mountain team cordially welcomes you all to Nepal for this Everest Kalapatthar Trekking.
RouteAfter your arrival at Kathmandu (1,320 m), you shall drive to Jiri (1,905 m). Via Deurali (2,250 m), you shall trek to Sete (2,575 m). Through Junbesi (2,680 m), Nunthala (2,220 m), Bupsa (2,360 m), Surkey (2,400 m), Phakding (2,610 m), you will reach all the way to the Namche Bazar (3,440 m)—the Gateway to Everest. Spending a day for acclimatization at Namche Bazar, you shall head off to Tengboche (3,870 m). The next day, you shall reach at Dingboche (4,360 m) and spend the following day for acclimatization. Via Chhukung (4,730 m), Chhukung Ri (5,550 m), Lobuche (4,950 m), Gorakshep (5,170 m), you will reach at your destination—the Everest Base Camp (5,380 m). Returning back to Gorakshep, you shall head towards another destination—the Kala Pathhar (5,643 m), the next day. Via Pheriche (4,371 m), Phortse Thanga (3,750 m), Khumjung (3,790 m), Thame (3,800 m), Monjo (2,835 m), you shall reach Lukla (2,800 m). The next day after your stay at Lukla, you shall return back to Kathmandu via a 30 minute flight. You shall spend an extra day at Kathmandu, exploring the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites and shopping. If you have time, you can visit to Chandragiri. Next day, you have your return flight back to your home country.
Difficulty5,643 m is the highest point you will be making in this trek; you shall begin at 1,905 m of altitude. This is a long trek rather than any technical climbing. You might experience vomiting, dizziness, insomnia, and headache in the trek due to altitude sickness. The worst case of altitude sickness is lungs or brain filled with fluid. You need to have proper time for acclimatizing your body. Further, you will have to be slow. Don't make haste to ascend. Just before reaching EBC, you will have to go through the glacial area and some of the areas prone to rock fall. Maintaining appropriate distance between each trekker is important. Further, the weather in the Everest region isn't stable. Sometimes, unprecedented extremely dangerous weather change can lead to immediate evacuation. Avalanche is another possible dangerous problem. 21 people were killed in an avalanche when Nepal was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015. 16 Sherpas were killed in another avalanche during 2014.
If you are well aware of the possible risks in the trek and adopt required preventive measures, these challenges shouldn't stop you from going to the most adventurous trek of all. Take sufficient acclimatization days, go slow, drink plenty of clean water, eat hygienic food, and stay warm, and follow the guide. You are not required to have any perfect bodily fitness to complete this trek. Some prior trekking experience, or some exercises before few weeks to trek will be added advantage. In addition to above considerations, if your body can endure walking for long duration and do not have any knee or ankle problem, this trek will not be any difficult to you.
Food and accommodationThe most popular and pervasive food dishes in the country is Dal Bhat; no matter where you dine, provided it is not a fast food spot, you shall get this dish. Tea houses mostly offer you toast, tea/coffee and eggs for breakfast. Otherwise, you will get fresh chapatti, porridge, pancakes, etc. Sherpa stew is another pervasive item that you will find in every tea house, but the recipe differs. Beside Dal Bhat, you can have noodles, potatoes, pasta, etc. to crab in lunch. You can have fried Mars Bars enclosed in dough for dessert. You might have pretty limited items in menu at high altitude, but the varieties shall appear as you descend down. MoMo or dumpling is the popular food item in Kathmandu. Kathmandu offers you varieties of foods.
You will get all different sorts of hotels at Kathmandu—from very cheap to expensive. Everest base camp trekking routes are pretty busy, therefore, you shall find lots of lodges for stay. A 'hotel' may not provide accommodation, but a 'lodge' shall always provide you accommodation facility. These trekking lodges, tea houses and hotels offers you decent bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Throughout the trail, you will find different sorts of accommodation options available.
Best SeasonIn Everest region, Nar-Phu valley, Mustang and Dolpo are decent trekking destination during monsoon season. March through to May, and September through to November are the best time to trek to Everest base camp. During autumn and spring season, the weather is clear, the temperature isn't extreme, and offers bright and obstacle-free views. During the spring season, you will be able to witness the spectacular flowers, forests full with rhododendron, fresh plants, and various endangered animals. Walking becomes much more pleasing during this season. Whereas, winter season is also good for trekking. And in fact, October is the busiest season. You shall also meet the mountain climbers during this season.
Day 01 : Drive from Kathmandu (1300m) to Jiri (1350m)
Day 02 : Jiri (1905m.) to Deurali (2705m.)
Day 03 : Deurali (2705m.) to Sete (2400m.)
Day 04 : Sete (2400m.) to Junbesi (2675m.)
Day 05 : Junbesi (2675m.) to Nunthala (2200m.)
Day 06 : Nunthala (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.)
Day 07 : Bupsa (2350m.) to Surkey (2400m.)
Day 08 : Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.)
Day 09 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)
Day 10 : Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization
Day 11 : Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3850 m.)
Day 12 : Tyangboche to Dingboche( 4350m.)
Day 13 : Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization
Day 14 : Dingboche(4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.)
Day 15 : Chhukung to Chhukung Ri (5546m.) to Lobuche (4900m.)
Day 16 : Lobuche (4900m.) to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (5180m.)
Day 17 : Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and back to Pheriche (4250m.)
Day 18 : Pheriche to Phortse (3750m.)
Day 19 : Phortse (3750m.) to Khumjung (3790m.)
Day 20 : Khumjung to Thame (3800m.)
Day 21 : Thame to Monjo (2835m.)
Day 22 : Monjo to Lukla (2800m.)
Day 23 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.