Everest Kalapathar Trek
There is no denying the fact that Nepal’s Himalayas have drawn adventurers, climbers and cultural enthusiasts for nearly 200 years. Hospitable Sherpa people, rugged terrain, age-old culture of the Sherpas, majestic mountains, etc. are some of the attractions that have made the travelers to visit Nepal time and again. Nowhere else in the world will you find the physical, cultural and religious diversity that Nepal holds. Nepal offers a unique kaleidoscope of South Asian culture, combined with the world’s most spectacular mountains, warm and hospitable people to make your visit a lifetime experience. In this trek, we take you through the land of Sherpas, mighty himalayas, green valleys and unique settlements.
Commencing from Lukla, we trek through the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Namche Bazaar. A day is spent here to for acclimatization or to be familiar with the atmosphere of this bustling village before heading on up through Tengboche, Pheriche, Lobuche village and Gorak Shep. It is the jumping off point for the climb up to Kala Pattar (5545m) for spectacular views of Mt. Everest, and the walk to the Everest Base Camp.
This is a moderate trek will lead to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La at 5,430m making a circuit of Tawache (6,367m.) and Cholatse (6,440m). Emerging into the Khumbu valley above Lobuche the trail continues up to Kalapatthar and then back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche Bazaar. The small settlement of Gokyo (4750m) lies on the banks of the third lake. We can see the four peaks above 8000m of Cho Oyu (8,201m.), Makalu (8,463m.), Lhotse (8,516m.) and Everest (8,848m.) exposing above Gokyo. In addition to this, we will have a look at the tremendous ice ridge between Cho You and Gyachung (7922m). Besides, there is also a option to explore Cho La, a 5420m-high pass into Khumbu and Gokyo Ri.
Day 01: Kathmandu (1320m)
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Upon arrival at the airport, you would be received by our representative and then transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and then to Phakding (2640m.)
We take early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.). 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 (5885m) can be seen in a stone throwing distance on the opposite bank. In the late afternoon, we reach Phakding.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3440m.)
Having breakfast at Phakding, we commence our trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.).The trail goes along the right bank of Dudh Koshi. Thamserku is standing majestically skyward on the opposite bank. We then reach Bengar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. We continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village Monjo. We then come to Sagarmatha National Park Service where a park entrance fee is to be deposited. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks Dudh Koshit to the right Bhote Koshi to the left. Now we begin steep ascent to Namche Bazar. On the way, we would have excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.).Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazar (3440m) is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods.
Day 04: Acclimatization at Namche Bazzar
We take rest at Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) for acclimatization. It is considered as an ideal place for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading towards Tyangboche. We go up to Khhumjung monastery. It is a small settlement of Sherpa community. We enjoy the splendid view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and so on from here. While returning to Namche, we would visit Museum just above the town that exhibits Sherpa culture.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.)
Taking breakfast at Namche Bazaar, we would be heading towards Tyangboche (3867 m.). The trail goes ahead leaving a steep cliff that drops down to the Dudh Kosi. In this section too, we would have a panoramic view of the Himalayas such as Ama Dablam (6812m), Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855m) and Tawoche (6501m). We would visit Trashinga, Phunki Tenga and reach Tyangboche. Tyangboche offers a good view of sun rise and sun set at Everest and Ama Dablam.
Day 06: Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260 m.)
We trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260 m.). Leaving Tyangboche at the backdrop, we descend through a rhododendron forest and enter Deboche. 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. We finally come to Dingboche.
Day 07: Acclimatization at Dingboche (4260 m.)
Today too, we acclimatize at Dingboche (4260 m.) to be familiar with the local climate. Having breakfast at the teahouse, we go around the village and in the afternoon, we even hike up to Chhukum. It also provides majestic view of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others. In the late afternoon, we come back to Dingboche and take rest.
Day 08: Dingboche(4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.)
We gradually ascend up to the Chhukung (4730m.) from Dingboche(4350m.). En route, one can view summer huts made especially for keeping livestock in summer season.
Day 09: Chhukung to Chhukung Ri (5546m.) and then to Lobuche (4930m.
It is our turn to trek from Chhukung to Chhukung Ri (5546m.) and then to Lobuche (4930m.) via Dongla (4620m.). From Chhukung Ri, one can have a panoramic view of Mt. Nuptse (7896m.), Mt.Lhotse (8511m.), Baruntse peak (6800m.),Ama Dablam peak (6856m.),Thamserku peak (6608m.), Konde peak(6187m.), Tawoche peak(6542m.), Cholotse peak (6441m.) and many more. After viewing the himalayas, we trek to Lobuche via Dongla.
Day 10: Lobuche (4900m.) to Gorakshep (5180m.)
Trek from Lobuche (4900m.) to Gorakshep (5180m.). We will have our lunch at Gorakshep and walk to Everest Base Camp (5486m.). We will spend some hours in the Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep. We trek on glacier and snow capped rocks. We would also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp.
Day 11: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and then to Pheriche (4243m.)
Today we trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and then to Pheriche (4243m.) We climb Kala Patthar (5545m.) in the morning to enjoy the view of sunrise. Besides, we would also have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. There is telephone service at Pheriche from where one can make telephonic conversations to any part of the world. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town as the flow of wind is high at all times. Pheriche is also popular due to the establishment of Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post where foreign volunteer doctors provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.
Day 12: Pheriche to Phortse (3750m.)
Now we trek from Pheriche to Phortse (3750m.). On the way, one can have a look at wild animals like mountain goat, musk deer and many species of himalayan birds. There are monasteries as well at Pangboche and Phortse which were believed to have been constructed during the 16th century. The Pangboche village has also gained its popularity for highest settlement on earth.
Day 13: Phortse (3750m.) to Khumjung (3790m.)
We trek from Phortse (3750m.) to Khumjung (3790m.).The trail here descends for early twenty minutes and ascends up steeply for almost one hour to Mongla (4000m.). From this spot, you can see the panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Now the trail descends and ascends frequently up to Khumjung. The Khumjung village is said to be the largest settlement of Khumbu region. There is well-equipped high school built by Edmund Hillary in 1960. Besides, there is an old monastery where the skull of Yeti is believed to have been preserved.
Day 14: Khumjung to Thame (3800m.)
It is our turn to trek from Khumjung to Thame (3800m.). At Thame, one can visit many ancient monasteries. One can experience the real Sherpa culture at Thame.
Day 15: Thame to Monjo (2835m.)
Today we trek from Thame to Monjo (2835m.). While trekking from Thame to Monjo we come across Sherpa settlements and interact with the friendly Sherpa people. Upon arrival at Monjo, we get into one of the best lodges of the area.
Day 16: Monjo to Lukla (2800m.)
Having lunch at Monjo, we trek to Lukla (2800m.). En route, we gradually descend along the bank of Dudh Koshi River. We would have plenty of opportunities to walk over suspension bridges.
Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu
We board our early flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. Upon arrival at TIA, we would be received by our representatives and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, we would go for shopping. Farewell dinner would be served, a typical Nepali restuarant
- Ground transportation all meals (Breakfast/lunch/dinner with tea/coffee), accommodation in teahouses, 2 night hote in Kathmandu on BB plan, a guide, entry permits, all necessaries for Nepalese staff (all meals, accommodation in tea houses, equipments, insurance etc).
- Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks), cigarettes, clients personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc.
- Flight ticket for clients Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
- Flight ticket for guide Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
Note: The departure schedule can be changed on any unavoidable circumstances such as weather hazards, trail slides, and avalanches.
Related Trekking Route
Trekking Region: Everest Region
Trekking Name: Everest Kala Patthar Trek
Best Season: September to December & March to May
Trekking Type: Teahouse Trek
Trekking Grade: Moderate
Max Altitude: 5545m.
Mode of Travel: Flight
Duration: 17 Days