Kala Patthar EBC Trek with Sherpa Guides

Embark on a life changing adventure, enjoy spiritually enlightening landscapes with an awe-inspiring view of Mt Everest from Kalapatthar

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15 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5545 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

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Strenuous Level

Among the hardest available treks in Nepal, but still these treks are in reach of most people however one must be fit.

Kala Patthar meaning “Black Rock” in English, lies at an elevation of 5,644.5 m (18,519 ft.) above the sea level, providing an awe-inspiring view of the stunning mountains. It is one of the highest points in the Himalaya that does not require any technical climbing skills, thus adding more popularity to it. The structure of Everest restricts a clear visibility of the Everest Summit from the Everest Base Camp due to which trekkers opt to climb up to Kala Patthar for a better view of the world-famous, Mt. Everest. Kala Patthar Trekking leads its trekkers to a remarkable and unforgettable journey that touches their soul with its overwhelming beauty. Walking through the perfectly blended villages with the unique Sherpa culture and the blissful rhododendron forests is simply life changing. Trekkers are offered with wide ranges of flora and fauna, along with spiritually enlightening monumental landscapes and enchanting monasteries.

Kala Patthar EBC trek has always been challenging but is one of the most popular and wonderful trekking sites in the Khumbu Region. This strenuous yet exciting journey to Kala Patthar commences from the vibrant city of Kathmandu which is a fun-filled historical experience in itself. Kathmandu Valley is the capital city of Nepal, holds an immense amount of history in every brick of its antique temples, stupas and world heritage sites. It has a vast blend of culture, religions and picturesque experiences. The journey next day continues with a half an hour scenic flight to a small airstrip of Lukla airport. We follow a pleasant route passing through some pine forests and rhododendron flowers all the way to Namche Bazaar, the main trading hub in the Khumbu Region. The trekkers also get an opportunity to visit the UNESCO world heritage site, Sagarmatha National park along with tiny Sherpa villages, Khumbu valleys, and legendary monasteries over high Himalayan passes. The trail passes alongside the mesmerizing view of the splendid Himalayan giants including Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, and Thamserku.

Furthermore, making our way through the alpine forests, stony trails, splashing waterfalls, glacial rivers, and monasteries, we reach Kala Patthar. Here, you will enjoy a spellbinding 360 panoramic view of the Himalayas covering us from all sides. Since the trail is strenuous, we will have enough acclimatization days included in the itinerary. Throughout the trip, you will get an opportunity to click limitless photographs to remember this exceptional journey that you will cherish for a lifetime. The journey that combines the best Himalayan views with thrilling cultural experiences and the satisfaction of having achieved a physically demanding trail, Kala Patthar, and Everest base camp trek is truly one of the best treks in the Himalayan region.

Kala Patthar EBC trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: A Scenic flight from Kathmandu to lukla(2880m), trek to Phakding (2640m), 4 hrs walk. 
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization, hike to Everest view hotel.
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 07: Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion in and around the places.
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4900m), 6 to 7 hrs walking. 
Day 09: Trek from Lobuche (4900m) to Gorakshep (5180m) and retrace back to Gorakshep.
Day 10: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m) and back to Pheriche (4243m), 6 hrs walk. 
Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Phortse (3750m), 4 to 5 hrs walking. 
Day 12: Trek from Phortse (3750m) to Namche (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 13: Trek from Namche to Monjo then to Lukla (2800m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight.
Day 15: Final departure.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Kala Patthar EBC trek – Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350 m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our guides will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Rest and relax for the afternoon. In the evening, join a welcome dinner with one of our team leaders at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the meal having a nice conversation and a short briefing about your Kala Patthar and Everest base camp trek that begins the next day. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: A scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2880 m) | Trek to Phakding (2640 m) | 4 hrs walk. 
After a healthy breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for a flight to Lukla. Lukla is a small town with one of the narrowest airports around the world. There are a few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores for the tourists. From here, our trek begins following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. As we climb up the trail, Mt. Nupla (5885 m) can be seen in a far distance on the opposite bank atop the Kongde Ridge. We descend towards a mountainside path that merges into our route to Everest, which offers views of a valley to our right; and at its far end lies Mt. Kusum Kang (6367 m). The Dudh Koshi River approaches as we pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. We continue our journey along a small path with many ascents and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi River to Phakding. Overnight at guest house.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
We start our trek after a warm breakfast and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Making our way beyond Monjo (2800 m), we see the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile environment in the mountain. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch our first glimpse of Mt. Everest in a far distance. We enjoy the view of Mt. KusumKangaru, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Konde-Ri and Mt. Tawache peak along our way. We visit some of the village monasteries while trekking to Namche Bazaar to get a better insight on the Buddhist culture. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. A meeting place is set for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight at hotel or guest house.

Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization | Hike to Everest View Hotel.
Namche Bazaar has tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook on the mountain vistas. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. For the acclimatization, we walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or we can go for a one hour walk up to Syangboche (3800 m) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. KusumKangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi River. We have our first glimpse of the stunning views of the great peaks of Khumbu Region including Mt Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. KusumKangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3250 m).The village has an excellent place for lunch and we can take a short rest before making a steep climb to Tengboche. Although exhausting due to the zigzag path, the trek has numerous attractions like rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds chirping and superb mountain scenery making our trek very exciting. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
We gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. This lies directly opposite to Ama Dablam (6,856 m) and has an exceptional view of the mountain, with the Gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. As we gradually ascend, we find ourselves near thick forest areas. This part of the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and half hour's walk brings us to Dingboche. Here we can see Sherpa people working hard in the agricultural farm. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion in and around the places.
Today, we can steeply climb up to Nakartsang Gompa for the rare outstanding view that it has to offer of Mount Makalu (8463 m) along with Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Island Peak, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Thamserku. Another option provided is a small side trip to Chhukung which takes about 2 and a half hours to climb and 1 and half hours to come back to Dingboche. There are some of the lodges which serve delicious food items which we can try. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4900 m) | 6 to 7 hrs walking. 
The onward journey leads north for up to 50 minutes until we reach to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail then takes a downward path to Pheriche village. Today's walk offers views of Mt. Tawache, Mt. Ama Dablam and to the north- Mt. Pokalde (5741 m), Mt. Kongma-tse (5820 m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours of walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595 m). We stop at Dugla for lunch before continuing our trek for an hour up to a steep hill to the top, where there are stunning views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, we continue (1 to 2 hours) trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind. Overnight at the tea house.  

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche (4900 m) to Gorakshep (5180 m) and retrace back to Gorakshep.
This trek takes about three and a half hours. We have our lunch at Gorakshep, take rest and when ready, we begin our climb to Everest Base Camp (5486 m). We will spend about 4 and a half hours trekking up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep. The trek is on the glacier and snow-capped rocks. We can also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp and return back to Gorakshep. Overnight at the tea house.

Day 10: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) and back to Pheriche (4243 m) | 6 hrs walk. 
We accomplish an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545 m) to enjoy a mesmerizing view of the sunrise. From Kala Patthar, we can get a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and much more. Pheriche is the place where we can make phone calls to any part of the world. We can see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. Here in this part of the region, Yaks are normally regarded as the porters. The town of Pheriche is also known as a windy town. We can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache from here and Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post with foreign volunteer doctors provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people is also located here. Overnight at the tea house. 

Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Phortse (3750 m) | 4 to 5 hrs walking. 
The trail descends to Pangboche and now the route starts go uphill and downhill in every half an hour to Phortse. On the way, we get an opportunity to see wildlife in and around the area, such as mountain goats, musk deer and many species of Himalayan birds. There are village monasteries in Pangboche and Phortse rich in the cultural heritage of Sherpa people. Along with this, we see an old monastery in Pangboche, which is believed to have been established during the 16th century. The Pangboche village is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year. Overnight at a tea house in Phortse.

Day 12: Trek from Phortse (3750 m) to Namche (3445 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
The trail here descends for nearly twenty minutes and ascends up steeply for almost one hour to Mongla (4000 m). From this area, we can see the panoramic view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. KusumKangaru, Mt. Konde-Ri and Mt. Tawache peak. Now, the trail descends and ascends frequently up to Khumjung. The Khumjung village is said to have the largest settlement in Khumbu region. There is a well-equipped high school built by Edmund Hillary in 1960.Apart from this, there is an old monastery where the skull of Yeti is believed to have been preserved for several years. The neighboring village of Khumjung is Khunde where a well-equipped Hospital is built by Edmund Hillary in 1964. We continue descending to Namche Bazaar where we spend our night at a cozy lodge. 

Day 13: Trek from Namche to Monjo then to Lukla (2800 m) | 6 to 7 hrs walking.
After a heavy breakfast, we follow the trail which steeply descends up to Monjo. We stop at Phakding to eat our lunch and after we are done, we continue walking to Lukla crossing the Dudh Koshi River over the suspension bridges. Overnight at guest house in Lukla.

Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu | 35 minutes flight.
After breakfast, we take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred back to the hotel. Rest and relax till evening. One of our team leaders will pick you up and take you for a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the drinks, food and live culture show with your guide and crew hosted by Ram Kumar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to the international airport for your flight back home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight and we hope to see you again in the future.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Lukla return trips.
  • Everest National park fee with trekking permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Guest house or mountain lodges) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu hosts by Ram Kumar
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Kala Patthar and Everest base camp trek:

How can I book Kala Patthar and Everest base camp trek?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Kala Patthar and Everest base camp trek?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging with stunning views of Mt. Everest region. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Kala Patthar and Everest base camp trek?
Mid Feb to June and Mid September early December is the best season. However, July, August and Jan are also okay and trekking can be done.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates Kala Patthar and Everest base camp trek. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Kala Patthar and Everest base camp trek is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 5545m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info 

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, one of our team leaders will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Equipments & Packing List for Kala Patthar EBC trek.

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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