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Everest Kalapathar Trek | Mt Everest View Trekking

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Trip facts

Destination: Nepal

Name of Trail: Kalapathar Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration: 15 days

Grade: Moderate

Maximum altitude: 5,545m

Per Day walking: approx. 5-6 hours

Trek Style: Tea house

Transportation: Flight & Private Vehicle

Accommodation: Star level accommodation in cities, tea house/ lodge during the Trek

Activities: Trekking in Himalaya

Best Month: March - June & Sept - Dec


Everest Kalapathar trek is one of the most rewarding journey for your adventure holiday in Nepal. It combines different landscapes and terrain to offer you the dramatic introduction to Everest possible.Trek to Everest Base Camp offers the dramatic view of Khumbu Glaciers, the infamous ice-fall to the Western Cwm and, in spring, the preparatory conditions of mountaineers. Kala Patthar, on the other hand, offers the close-up view of Everest, Nuptse, the South Col and the circular view of peaks including Pumori next to you. Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trekking route is the grandeur destination to experience the best of Khumbu region.

16 days Kalapathar Everest view Trek is meticulously designed to minimize the risk of altitude sickness by limiting the altitude gain each day. An acclimatization and rest day at vibrant village of Namche Bazaar allows you to gain in-depth knowledge of local people and their lifestyle. As we gain elevation, the villages gradually become smaller, tree-line gives way to alpine scrub and the mountain comes full into view. We halt at Dingboche for second scheduled acclimatization after which we climb to the last settlement of Gorak Shep. A rigorous hike to Everest base camp is followed by next day’s climb to the Kalapathar.

This challenging trek in Khumbu region demands you to be physically fit and you need to hold a good pair of hiking boots, waterproof clothes, sleeping bag, Day pack, sunscreen and Hat. Our Kalapathar Everest Base camp Trek package covers all the transportation, porters, guides, accommodation and other expenses incurred during the trek.

Where is Kalapathar?

Kalapathar is a mountain located nearby the Gorak Shep which displays the excellent view of Mount Everest and sunrise.The golden mount Everest view in sunrise from here is rated as heavenly view by travelers.

Kalapathar reaches an elevation of 5,545m and takes around 3 - 4 hours to reach the summit from Gorak Shep. Kalapathar in Nepali dialects means “black rock” which is exactly what it is.

Is it hard to climb Kalapathar

Well, that depends on the time of year you go, the weather and how tired you are. On average, it’s not so hard and worth every step!

Kala Patthar, 3 – 4 hours climb from Gorakshep don’t lead you up to the snowy peak, just takes you to summit of black rock. Kalapathar climb negotiates steep terrain with small rocks and large boulders. It is rated as “Strenuous” trek which any passionate hiker can join in to enjoy the magic of nature.

When to trek Kalapathar?

Autumn (September – November) and spring (March – May) are the best time of the year for Kalapathar EBC trek. However, Adventure Vision Treks can organize this trek throughout the year. Not only Kalapathar trek, all trekking routes like Everest base camp trek, Everest view trek, Everest gokyo lake trek are suggested to trek in Spring and Autumn. If you are planning to trek Everest base camp only see this Everest base camp trekking in Spring package also.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300 m/4,264 ft)

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu – Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,562 m/8,700 ft): 35 minutes airstrip and 3-4 hrs. trek

Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 10km, 6-7 hrs

Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440 m /11,284 ft)

Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Phortse Village (3,810m/12,450ft); 10 Km, 6-7 hrs 

Day 07: Phortse – Dingboche  (4,360 m/14,300ft): 10km, 5-6 hrs

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche

Day 09: Dingboche - Lobuche (4,940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,160 m/17,000 ft) Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): Gorak Shep,8-10 hrs 

Day 11: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft) - Pheriche (4,280 m/14,070 ft): 8-10 hrs

Day 12: Pheriche – Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 8km, 5-6 hrs

Day 13: Tengboche –  Namche Bazaar(3,440 m/11,280 ft): 8km 

Day 14:Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft): 18km, 7-8 hrs, 5-6 hrs

Day 15: Lukla – Kathmandu by Air (1,300 m/4,264 ft): 35 minutes airstrip

Day 16: Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft)

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be received by a representative of Adventure Vision Treks who will transfer you to the hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take some rest. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner organized by Adventure Vision Treks.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300 m/4,264 ft)

After breakfast, we proceed for the visit to UNESCO designated world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu valley has one of the dense concentration of cultural heritage and religious sites. The city tour instigates after morning breakfast and you will explore the highly venerated world heritage sites that includes Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Durbar Square. All these sites are highly revered by the people of city.


Dedicated to lord Shiva, Pashupatinath temple is one of four most significant Hindu religious sites in the world. The temples was built in 5th century and later renovated by the Malla Kings. Pashupatinath is protected by UNESCO world heritage sites.

The main temple has pagoda style shape with gilded roof, four sides clotted with silver and wood carving of the finest quality. There are many small temples and shrines dedicated to several deities of Hindu and Buddhist at the premises of Pashupatinath.   

The entrance to the main temple is strictly restricted to non-Hindus, however the vantage point located along the bank of Bagmati River offers the full-scape view of temple and ongoing rituals. The intriguing architecture and fascinating history of temple are worth exploring.


Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the sacred site for Tibetan Buddhist outside the Tibet. The stupa is located about 7km north of central Kathmandu; on the eastern outskirt of the valley. It is the major hub of Tibetan community and portrays rich symbol of Buddhism. Interestingly, it is designated as world heritage sites of Nepal.

Built in 14th century after the Mughal invasions, there are many interesting legends regarding the construction of the site. In 1959 thousands of Tibetans migrate here and thereafter it becomes one of the most significant centers of Tibetan Buddhism.


Located at the walking distance just 3km west of Thamel, Swayambhunath is hilltop stupa dating back to 2,000 years. Swayambhunath is also popularly known as “Monkey Temple” due to large number of rhesus primate living here. The entrance to this white domed shaped stupa 365 stone steps which need to be climbed to reach the shrine.

The numerous shrines and temple and 360 degree view of Kathmandu valley is the main attraction of Swayambhunath. It is the one of the important world heritage site in Nepal.

Durbar Square

Located about 2km south of Thamel, Durbar Square is an ancient royal palace of Nepal. This significant heritage sites houses numerous ancient art, architecture, sculpture and painting the ancient history of Nepal. Here you can also discover the holy abode of living goddess, Kumari.

Drive back to the hotel and make the necessary preparation for the next day trip.

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu – Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,562 m/8,700 ft): 35 minutes airstrip and 3-4 hrs. trek

Early in the morning drive to Manthali (4 hours) Take Manthali to Lukla flight. (April, May, June and July 2019). Enjoy breakfast, and then enjoy breathtaking scenery on our short trans-Himalayan flight to Lukla. With the airport perched on the side of a mountain, you can see rolling clouds on the surging peaks of mountains seemly within your reach. In contrast to the hustle and bustle Kathmandu, Lukla, the gateway of all treks in the Everest region, is enveloped with the tranquility of the Himalayas – a patch of blue sky with snow-tipped mountains furnishing the ground, the air crisp and the wind slight. From there, we start our trekking journey. Today’s trek is relatively short and easy - we trek for about 3 hours to Phakding. During the gradual descending path to Phakding, you would be surrounded by towering mountains and rolling hills. Enjoy the view of Mount Khumbila and Kusum Kanguru and stay overnight at the teahouse at Phakding.

Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 10km, 6-7 hrs

Today we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River and cross the river several times through a suspension bridges laden with a prayer flags. We cross Chumao and Monjo village before reaching the entrance point of Sagarmatha National Park. Then after, we cross suspension bridge and walk across Jorsale village and walk alongside the River of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi. A steep climb through the forested trail leads us to Namche Bazaar. Namche is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, internet cafes and bakeries.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440 m /11,284 ft)

Today is set aside for acclimatization day on our trek. Mountain expert suggests to stay active throughout the day: we climb high and sleep low. We spend our day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust our body in thin atmosphere.

After breakfast, we hike to Syangboche Airstrip that is majestically located on a hill above the town. From here, we get to witness the spectacular view of Namche and tantalizing Himalayan ranges as well. Further, we hike to Everest view hotel. It is the highest located hotel in the world and serves the best view of Everest and other peaks right in front of the table. We trek back to Namche, visit Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Cultural Museum.

Overnight in Namche

Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Phortse Village (3,810m/12,450ft); 10 Km, 6-7 hrs 

Namche to Phortse village trail passes the Mong la and trek downhill to Phortse Tenga. After crossing Dudh Koshi River, steep uphill climb leads us to Phortse village. Phortse is picturesque farming village located at 3,810m above from sea level. Phortse village is alternative route to Everest Base Camp Trek in Khumbu.

Day 07Phortse – Dingboche  (4,360 m/14,300ft): 10km, 5-6 hrs

Trek from Phortse to DIngboche which takes 5-6 hours

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche

For the acclimatization day at Dingboche, we will spend our day for a relaxing hike to Nagerjun after breakfast. Despite the steep slope and high ascend that requires physical strength, the 4-hour hike definitely worths the efforts as it offers the stunning panoramic view of a few famous peaks, including Lobuche East, Lobuche West, Lhotse, Kangtega and Thamserku. You can also obtain a bird-eye view of the whole Imja Khola Valley, as well as the Dingboche village there. After our hike, we head back to the village and enjoy a little private time in Dingboche. Stay overnight at teahouse and prepare for tomorrow’s trek.

Day 09: Dingboche - Lobuche (4,940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, we begin to trek from Dingboche to Lobuche. On our way, we will pass through the Periche Aid-post of the Himalayan Rescue Association where it provides medical service for trekkers on mountain sickness. As we ascend through the steep path along Khumbu Glacier, we walk up some steep slopes and reach Chupki Lhara, where the whole area is enveloped by breathtaking mountain views. As we walk up to a ridge, we can find a memorial shrine crafted especially for trekkers who give up their lives for the Everest. Further down the Khumbu Glacier moraine, peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Mahalangur Himal and the Pumori are right at the front. Crossing the glacier marks an end to our 5-hour trek of today. Stay overnight at teahouse.

Day 10: Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,160 m/17,000 ft) Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): Gorak Shep,8-10 hrs 

Today is our big day of trekking to the Everest Base Camp. Although we will trek approximately for 8 hours, it will not be very challenging since we have to walk slowly to get adapted to the altitude. The path begins with a relatively easier trek to the village of Gorakshep, where we can take a rest and have tea in the lodge. Then we will walk a straight upward rough path all the way to the Everest Base Camp. Enjoy the stunning view of the Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori. Immerse in the immense beauty of the Everest and rest overnight at teahouse.

Day 11: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft) - Pheriche (4,280 m/14,070 ft): 8-10 hrs

Today early morning after breakfast we trek from Gorak Shep, walking along the scenic route featuring the Everest, Lingtren and Changtse to Kalapathar for the sunrise. The journey of summit is of slow and steady pace, which you could also enjoy spectacular mountain views along the way. The sunrise is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience - you have the chance to see the sun coloring the whole sky with fiery red and orange, the whole world awakened by the little red ball gradually, with the tip of Everest tinged with the golden ray of light. Then, we descend to Pheriche and spend the night at teahouse. The whole trek of the day would be approximately 7-8 hours.

Day 12: Pheriche – Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 8km, 5-6 hrs

Today after breakfast, we follow the path of Imj River with numerous ascends and descends. During our 7-hour trek, we will pass through rhododendron and juniper forests, cross a suspension bridge and walk through a pine forest where lots of wild animals inhabit in. Then, we will pass Kyangjuma and reach Namche Bazaar again. Stay overnight at teahouse in Namche.

Day 13: Tengboche –  Namche Bazaar(3,440 m/11,280 ft): 8km 

After breakfast, we retrace our step back to Namche Bazaar via same route we used previously.

Day 14: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft): 18km, 7-8 hrs, 5-6 hrs

Enjoy breakfast and get prepared for the challenging descending journey of today. The way from Namche back to Lukla is rather steep and rocky. Trekking alongside the Dudh Koshi River for 7 hours, we will cross suspension bridges, walk through some pine and rhododendron forests and pass by some monasteries. After reaching Lukla, let’s sit back, relax and have a toast on completing the whole trek. Stay overnight at guesthouse in Lukla.

Day 15: Lukla – Kathmandu by Air (1,300 m/4,264 ft): 35 minutes airstrip

Early morning, enjoy a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Seize the last minute to enjoy the vibes of Kathmandu and grab the last chance to capture memorable moments in Nepal.  Enjoy farewell dinner and rest overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Final Departure

At the assigned time, you will be taken to the airport by our vehicle. We are delighted to serve you in any means. Goodbye and may we meet again.

Cost Info

Cost includes

  • Airport Pickup & Drop,
  • All city star accommodations with breakfast
  • Tea house accommodation and full meals during trek days
  • Round trip flight KTM-Lukla-KTM
  • Private Transportation if necessary
  • All entrance fees, Trekking permits, Trekking Information Management System Fee
  • All Transportation
  • English speaking Trekking Guide
  • Required no. of Porters
  • Certificates,
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • Government and local taxes &
  • Preparatory Session before and after arrival.

Cost Exclude

  • Visa cost
  • International airfare
  • Excluded meals and accommodation.
  • Drinks and beverage cost.
  • Insurance cost.
  • Trekking equipment.
  • Additional potter or equipment cost.
  • Personal expenses, tips and shopping cost
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