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Kala Patthar is the highest point of the Everest Base Camp trek. It is popular for the breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset above Everest. Kala Patthar is the only place from where you can get the sunrise and sunset views over Everest.
Kala Patthar is a Nepali word and it translates to “Black Rock” in English. It is situated at an altitude of 5,644.5 meters from sea level. Kala Patthar is a small peak above the Everest Base Camp, which is popular because of its incredible views of Mount Everest.
The hiking route to Kala Patthar starts from Gorakshep at an altitude of 5,164 meters. The trekking route passes through a number of ascends and descends. The trails steepen again until you reach the summit ridges before you finally reach Kala Patthar.
You can also enjoy the views of some other giant peaks such as Changtse, Lhotse, and Nuptse from the height of Kala Patthar. The best time to climb over Kala Patthar is in the late afternoon and enjoys the incredible view of the sunset.
Most people tend to trek over Kala Patthar in the morning to enjoy the dawn light but it is not a perfect time to get a good shot. There is a great chance to witness Mount Lhotse and Everest bathed in golden sunlight if you do climbing in the afternoon and weather permits.
The Difficulty level of Kala Patthar Trek
It takes around 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the viewpoint of Kala Patthar from the Ghorakshep for a frequent trekker. The trek is not long but is at altitude and uphill.
The altitude of Kala Patthar is difficult to be seen from distance. But if you have acclimatized well then you won’t face many difficulties. Although you need to take multiple breaks to reach the height of Kala Patthar as it is a complete uphill walk.
It is advised to take a nice warm jacket and plenty of water if you are going to climb over Kala Patthar. The temperature over Kala Patthar goes seriously cold because of the wind towards the top. Hence, you need to be careful to safeguard yourself from altitude sickness.
If the weather is fine, you will be able to have the best view of Mount Everest from the top of Kala Patthar. It is the best place to have an incredible view of Everest and other high Himalayas.
You can also have the best views of other high mountains such as Lingtren (6,714m), Kumbutse (6,636m), Changtse (7,550m), Lho-La (6,036m), Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,863M), Kali Himal (6,985), Ama Dablans (6,856m), Kangtega (6,635m) from the top of Kala Patthar.
There is no separate trek to Kala Patthar itself. It is a short climb from the Ghorakshep with a few hours of ascending. It is popular among trekkers as it is the best viewing point of the Everest Base Camp and surrounding area. The name of this place “Kala Patthar is derived from the color of the rock which makes its peak which is a dark black huge rock standing in stark with the snow-covered peaks around it.
Kala Patthar has been quite famous over the years among the trekkers going to Everest Base Camp. It provides trekkers with the best glimpse of the peak of Mount Everest and sights, which are not visible from the base camp. If you are planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or anywhere in Nepal, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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