Through the Vantage Point of Kala Patthar

The company of Himalayas will be on all sides of your trek; bask in their beauty. After crossing Dughla, the trail passes through boulder-strewn slopes

15, Jan 2023 |

Taking you through culturally rooted villages, monasteries and spellbinding views, Thamserku Trekking offers an adventure of a lifetime.

Providing one of the best close-up views of the Himalayas without requiring any mountaineering experience and equipment, Kala Patthar is one of the most sought after treks in Nepal. Reaching Kala Patthar, you will see the spectacular view of not just Mount Everest but of Mount Nuptse and Changtse too. You can also get a glimpse of the northern flank and summit of Mount Lhotse. It doesn’t end there. The trek to Kala Patthar also includes stopping by many villages where you can experience the Nepali way of life and culture first-hand. 

The only way to get extremely close to Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is to trek to Kala Patthar. Mount Everest is towering 8848.856 metres magnificently above sea level. Because of its size, the locals refer to it as Sagarmatha. At 5643 metres above sea level, Kala Patthar is close to the Everest Base Camp. 

A mix of the natural beauty and cultural variety can be seen on the Kala Patthar trek. You can make a lifetime’s worth of memories there. The Kala Patthar trek’s additional features include lush valleys, striking vistas, Sherpa settlements with their distinctive building designs, and centuries-old monasteries. Without a question, the Kala Patthar Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel the most well- known trekking path in the world and take in some of the most spectacular landscapes conceivable. 

Day 1 : Flight To Lukla and Trek To Phakding (2651 m)

The first flight to Lukla from Kathmandu takes place very early in the morning, so head towards Tribhuvan International Airport to start your journey. Depending on the time, you will have your breakfast either in the hotel at Kathmandu or upon arrival in Lukla. Lasting about 40 minutes, the plane ride gives you a scenic view of the ranges and finally lands on a narrow runway high above the Dudh Koshi River. Soar across high mountains and brace yourself for the cold that will hit you as soon as you get off.

The trek to Phakding is an easy walk for the first day with a mostly downhill leg. The trek will take you through pastoral lands through several small villages and farms. After approximately three hours, you will reach Phakding (2651 m) where you can spend your day browsing through tea houses run by the local Sherpas whilst staying overnight at a lodge.

Day 2 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

After breakfast, you will begin your journey towards Namche Bazaar. An easy walk to Monjo will take you through the pine trees and glimpses of distant snow-capped peaks. You will encounter a few impressive waterfalls and yaks along the way taking food essentials for trekkers as well as locals. You will pass through the checkpoint before reaching Monjo where the officials check your permits. All trekkers to this region require TIMS cards and National Park Entry Fee. After this, you officially enter the Sagarmatha National Park and a little way up the trail, you arrive in Monjo where you will stop for lunch.

After lunch, you start your trek through the valley crossing the river via a high suspension bridge. Right after the bridge is the upward climb towards Namche (3438 m). An hour and a half long, the ascent to Namche is famous amongst locals as ‘Namche Ko Ukalo’ meaning the uphill of Namche. About an hour before reaching Namche, your hard work will be rewarded by the view of Mt. Everest.

Day 3 : Acclimatisation Day

Being situated at a high altitude, Namche Bazaar serves as an acclimatisation stop for climbers to avoid altitude sickness. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Khumbu region and is facilitated with government offices, internet, ATM’s, restaurants and a colourful market. Explore the real charm of Namche Bazaar by interacting with the locals and haggling over prices for souvenirs. You can also observe the traditional life of Sherpas and enjoy the flora and fauna found at such high altitudes. Enjoy your stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 4 : Trek to Tengboche (3870 m) 

The biggest monastery of the Everest region located at Tengboche (3870 m), takes roughly five to six hours to get to. It lies within Sagarmatha National Park which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trek to Phunki will be easy, but from thereon, ascending will become relatively harder. 

After you reach Tengboche, the panoramic view of the Himalayas from the monastery shows a divine universe built under the same range. One of the first places on your trek to get a clear view of the Himalayas, Tengboche also provides mesmerising views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kongde Ri. Immerse yourselves in the various religious ceremonies that take place in the monastery like the Mani Rimdu festival during October and November, where 19 days of meditation culminates with a blessing ceremony and spectacular mask dances. Stay overnight at a lodge and regain strength to continue your journey.

Day 5 : Trek to Dingboche (4360 m)

Enjoy the magnificent view with a hearty breakfast before you ascend towards Dingboche (4360 m). Pass the valley wall and then the plains to Pangboche village, the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region. Taking around six hours to reach Dingboche, this trek is a great opportunity to have lunch and mingle with the locals, Sherpas. The lunch is a typical Nepali khana set including rice, pulses, chicken and vegetables topped off with pickle (aachar). 

Day 6 : Dingboche: Acclimatisation

Before advancing forward today, rest your legs and help your body settle with the increasing altitude. Optional trek to the valley will pay off with rewarding views, but taking it easy is important. Although you can climb a ridge located behind the village and see six of the world’s tallest peaks including Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. Trekkers are advised not to strain themselves. Get tons of sleep before you embark on another trek tomorrow by staying overnight at a lodge.

Day 7 : Trek To Lobuche (4600 m)

From here on forth, the trek will be gradually more challenging due to high altitudes. So, stock yourself up by having a fulfilling breakfast. By trekking straight to the top of a high hill, you will be passing Dughla (Thukla). Before reaching Dughla, you will trek across a wide pass which is a much-wanted change from walking in a straight line. The company of Himalayas will be on all sides of your trek; bask in their beauty. After crossing Dughla, the trail passes through boulder-strewn slopes. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, you’ll find yourself facing great peaks before eventually reaching Lobuche (4600 m) after five hours of arduous walking.

Day 8: Trek To Gorak Shep (5170 m) and Visit the Everest Base Camp  (5364 m)

The distance between Lobuche and Gorakshep (5170 m) is 4.5 km and will take approximately two hours to reach. Pass through rocky dunes, moraines, and streams. Carefully make your way towards narrow tracks which are a few feet wide and a few hundred metres above the ground.

From Gorakshep, it is approximately 3.4 km to Everest Base Camp, taking about three hours to reach. As you walk across the rocks towards the many prayer flags that mark the spot, you will arrive at the Everest Base Camp (5364 m). During expedition season, many groups settle here in their respective camps awaiting the climb to the highest mountain in the world. Go ahead and interact with some of them. Enjoy the breath-taking views and celebrate it by taking many wonderful pictures. After resting for some time, head back towards Gorakshep for the night where you will stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 9 : Trek To Kala Patthar (5550 m) To Pheriche (4288 m)

Kala Patthar’s altitude is often given as 5550 m ] p\/];but the hill, further along, is a little bit higher. One fact is that you do not see the top of Kala Patthar from Gorakshep; only a false summit which is much lower. It is a fairly tiring walk up there unless you are well acclimatised. Kala Patthar is the best place to get an upfront view of the Everest. The views from this summit are extremely memorable. As always the descent is the easiest and this case is no different. Then advance towards Pheriche (4288 m) through a route which is fairly easy. This whole trek takes roughly seven to eight hours to finish. After you reach Pheriche, regain your energy for tomorrow by staying overnight at a lodge.

Day 10 : Trek To Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

Get yourself ready for the long way back by having a full breakfast. The way back to Tengboche is mainly downhill from Pheriche. Although a descent, it requires about an hour scaling a hill so that you can reach Namche approximately in the late afternoon; right on time for dinner. 

Day 11 : Trek To Lukla (2800 m)

After spending a night at Namche, you will begin your journey back towards Lukla. Trekking through the trail will be exciting as well as easier this time as it will go through the rhododendron and pine forests. You will pass Monjo after a short walk and then to Phakding. Stay on the same trail and advance towards Nurning and, after approximately eight hours of trekking, you will finally reach your destination.

Day 12 : Fly Back To Kathmandu

Wave goodbye to Lukla while flying back to Kathmandu. The snow-capped mountains seen while on the plane will be worth the watch.


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