Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek

06 June 2019 | Arjun Rijal

Everest Circuit Trek offers a variety of options to trek through the Everest region of Nepal. The Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek is one such optional trekking packages. It takes you to Kala Pathar and is a great side trip for those with time at hand.

Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek lies at the northeast part of Nepal. It reaches an altitude of 5,550m above sea level which makes it the highest altitude reached on most Everest Base Camp treks.

Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek is famous among those who want the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the peak of Everest from the famed Kala Patthar. It is more a hike than a trek as it situates only 300 m above the Everest Base Camp.

View from Kalapattar !

This trek is popular and gives a unique experience for the trekkers. This trek takes you through Sherpa villages with its cultural settlements and traditional lifestyle of Sherpa people. It also takes you through the Buddhist Monasteries. This trek lets you experience the beauty of Mount Everest and many other snow-capped peaks.

Everest Base camp Kalapattar Trekking route map !

Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek spans for 14 days to 20 days. It is excellent for both well-experienced trekkers and those who are new to trekking. This trekking trail is in the midst of the Sagarmatha National park. As such it provides an excellent view of nature.

Sagarmatha National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
 

 Overview :

Name

Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek

Region

Everest Region Trekking

Trip duration

14-20 days

Trip type

Tea house Trek

Best Season to visit

Autumn and Spring

Trip Difficulty

Moderate

Trip Start

Kathmandu

Trip End

kathmandu

Max Altitude

5,550m

Restriction

None

 

Best Time for the Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek

Trekking in Nepal is and has always been dependent in the season and the weather it presents. Each season brings along different weather and those weather condition can directly affect the trek.

As such Autumn and Spring has always been a favourable season to go trekking in Nepal. The sky clears and the temperature starts to get warmer. The trail also becomes safer for travelling.

Summer and Winter, however, are opposite of this as it gets colder and darker. The clouds block the sky which gives muddy visibility and the trails become especially tricky to trek on.
 

Everset base camp Kalapattar Trek in Autumn Season:

Autumn season is the best time in Nepal for trekking. As such Autumn season is generally popular for Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek. It falls in the month of September, October, and November. And it becomes crowded with adventurers and trekkers.

Moderate temperature and relatively low chances of rainfall make it an ideal season for trekking. The sky clears and the temperature gets warm. And the ending Monsoon rain of the summer season washes the trekking region making it lush and green.

Everest Base camp Kalapattar Trek in Summer Season:

With the arrival of summer season brings the clouds of Monsoon rain. It falls in the month of June, July, and August. Because of the Monsoon rain, this summer season is off-peak season for tourists and adventurers alike.

The constant rain which falls everyday is enough to make the trail path muddy and slippery. This causes the infestation of leeches and mosquitoes. This causes the trail to become incredibly tricky to pass through. The cloud of the Monsoon season also can occasionally block the view of the mountain.

Everest Base camp Kalapattar Trek in Spring Season:

The month of March, April and May indicate the arrival of Spring season. It is also one of the popular season among tourists for trekking purposes in Nepal. The weather warmer gets warmer and calmer with the arrival of Spring season. The vegetation in the Sagarmatha National Park also becomes lush and green.

This gives a great view of rhododendrons and other flowers in the lower region of the trek. The Spring season brings a bout of Everest expedition rush. As this season is popular for mountaineers you will get an opportunity to meet those who will be attempting to brave the Mount Everest.

Everest Base camp Kalapattar Trek in Winter Season:

The arrival of Winter season welcomes the month of December, January, and February which are the coldest in Nepal. The days will get shorter and the snow gets deeper with each passing day. Because of this, routes that involve crossing big passes like the three passes trek are usually impenetrable.

The cold weather brings along cold temperature with freezing winds. Because of this the snowfall becomes heavier which results in less people treading on these trails. But this makes it great for those who want to trek and experience the Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek in solitude.
 

The difficulty of Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek:

Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek is as one of the popular and challenging treks in Nepal. As with the danger in trekking through the rigorous area, there is also a danger in Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek. Even though it has its danger the trek is worth the dedication and the challenges that you have to face. And with proper guide and self-research, you can overcome these difficulties and have an experience of the lifetime.

High Altitude:

The first difficulty that comes to everyone mind when asked about the Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek is "altitude." The Everest base camp kalapathar trek starts from Lukla at 2,860 meters above sea level. It reaches the height of 5,550m.

The high altitude tends to cause Altitude Sickness among the trekkers. Altitude sickness is dangerous as it can cause severe health problem. The Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek or the 16 days Everest Base Camp trek is essential to counter this problem. The Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek has 2-3 days of rest and acclimatize. But even then the threat of altitude sickness is ever so present.

Insufficient Training:

Any type of trekking requires a huge amount of strength and stamina. If you ask any trekkers with experience, they’ll tell you that physical fitness is an important part of trekking. So proper training is advisable to overcome this physically demanding challenge. With proper training months before the trek, you can achieve the physical fitness necessary to overcome this hurdle.

Training 6-8 weeks before the trip is a very good idea. This early training can condition your body to be more resistant to physical exhaustion. Exercises which increase your physical endurance is essential. As such jogging, running, cycling, and swimming are highly recommendable.

Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek is not only physically but also mentally tough challenge. Having a strong mentality is important before you start the trek. Envisioning your success can help you in achieving that success.

Improper diet and Food Poisoning:

Proper food and hydration is essential for the Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek. The food you eat and drink serves as a fuel for your body to undertake this difficult journey. Without a proper diet plan with good hydration, you can have serious health complication. These can abruptly stop your trek and hamper your journey. As such consuming healthy diet is essential for the Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek.

Hydration also serves as another important part in the prevention of Altitude Sickness. Little hydration means the body would be prone to health complications. Simple solution for this issue is to drink ample amount of water or eat soup based diet.

Distance on Everest Base camp Kalapattar Trek:

Not many people realise the vast distance you have to walk during the Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek. The total distance that you have to cover is 130 km as you have to cover 65 km up and down from Lukla to the Everest Base Camp. And Kalapathar hill is about 300 meters above the Everest Base Camp. Underestimating this trekking distance would be foolish.

The trails you walk through can change according to the season at hand. Summer and Winter season are especially difficult. During these seasons you have to walk about 7-8 hours a day in slippery or snowy trails. This can be dangerous as the chance of landslide is high in these seasons.

The trails get easier during the Autumn and Spring but it is still a challenging trek. As such managing the trek by extending it is also a simple solution to deal with this. Rest and acclimatization are also an important part to overcome the difficulty.
 

Cost of Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek

The cost for the Everest Base camp trek ranges from USD $1000 to $3000 per tourist. It excludes travel insurance, visa fees, trekking equipment, and other personal expenses. The trip can span from 14 days to 20 days.

Porter and Guides:

As with most type of trekking Porters and Guide are important . If you are solo-trekking or do not feel the need for porters or guide then the cost of them can be reduced. But this is only advisable for the trekkers with more experience and who know the trails.

For novice trekkers it is important to bring along a Porter or a guide for the trek. These guides and porters can make your trip easier and keep you safe from the danger of being lost.

It is also important to hire only the trusted and trained Guides as these people can guarantee safe journey.

Accomodation:

Trekking in Nepal can be quite expensive, especially in the remote areas. The transportation in remote and high altitude regions are very basic. Porters or pack animals are in use for transporting goods across these regions.

As such, prices can increase for food, drinks and lodging accordingly. These only get more expensive as you elevate towards higher altitude. Good food and rest are important while trekking through the Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek. As such it is important to allocate a set amount of budget for foods and lodging.

Accomodation in Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek also depends on the season. In the popular season of Spring and Autumn, it is difficult to get rooms to rest in. Advance booking is important during these seasons to have a good experience.

But in the off-season of Winter and Summer, you can get a free room in exchange for food and drinks at the Teahouse.
 

Solo Trekking:

While trekking is usually a group activity for many people, you can also trek alone or independently. While this can be bit difficult, it does help to reduce the cost of the trip drastically.  Solo trekking usually costs about USD $900-$1300 per person.

There are many dangers in trekking through these treacherous trails alone. So, this is only advisable for those with lot of experience in trekking and the trails of Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek.

It is highly dangerous so those without experience may have life-threatening events or simply get lost in the trails of the Everest Base Camp.
 

Gear for Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek

Packing essential gears for the Everest Base camp Kalapathar Trek is an important and a daunting task. The gears and the clothing you pack is highly dependent on the season. The Spring and Autumn are warmer while Summer is rainy and Winter is the coldest among Nepal. It is also important to remember about the weight restriction before packing for the trek.

Head:

Sun hat or scarf

Warm fleece hat

Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:

Breathable Under Garments

Hiking shorts

Lightweight cotton long pants

Light weight thermal bottoms

Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)

Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:

Thin and lightweight inner socks

Thick and warm wool hiking socks

Hiking boots with spare laces

Sneakers or Sandals

Gaiters

Upper Body:

T-shirts

Light weight thermal tops

Fleece jacket or pullover

Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)

Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Down vest and/or jacket

Hands:

Lightweight gloves

Heavyweight gloves (waterproof)

Accessories:

Sleeping bag

Headlamp

Duffel bag

First Aid Kit

Day pack

Trekking Poles

Water bottle

Toiletries:

Towel

Toothbrush/paste

Multipurpose soap

Deodorants

Nail clippers

Face and body moisturizer

Feminine hygiene products

Small mirror

Personal Hygiene:

Wet wipes (baby wipes)

Tissue /toilet roll

Anti-bacterial hand wash

Extras/Luxuries:

Binoculars

Novels

Trail Map/Guide book

Journal & Pen

Pencils and small notebooks
 

Other trekking options in the Everest region:

There are also many other options, apart from the Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek, provided by Outfitter Nepal. We have also specially designed many trekking packages. It meets the requirements and interests of all kinds of trekkers including:

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour:

Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour begins from Kathmandu airport. It flies east from Kathmandu towards the beautiful Sherpa village and the gateway to Everest region, Lukla. After fueling in Lukla, the flight starts flying towards Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. The Everest flight tour goes over the Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep, and Khumbu glacier to reach the Base camp of Mount Everest.

Everest Base Camp Chola pass trekking:

The Everest Cho La pass trek goes to the viewpoint of Kalapathar. Following the tough Climb through Cho La which finally takes us to the cobalt-blue lakes at Gokyo. Following the classical route, we drop down to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu leaving behind our footprints in the shadows of the Everest. EBC Cho la pass trekking combines the highlights of the Everest region into one spectacular and adventurous journey

Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek:

The Trekking from Phaplu starts after a short flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu and gentle walk to Nunthala. The trek to Namche Bazaar continues through Kharikhola, Bupsa dada, Surke, Phakding. We will have a day for the acclimatization in Namche and we follow the original trail of the Everest base camp. After going through Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorekshep we finally reach Everest Base camp. After climbing the Kalapathar, we retrace back Lukla and take a short flight to Kathmandu.
 

Important Notes

Visa and Passport:

All foreign national must require Visa to enter Nepal. You can get your Visa in Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport. You can also get your Visa at the borders of Nepal.
Please insert correct information in your Visa from your Passport.
For more information please visit:
http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa


Flight Delays and Weight Restriction:

The flight in Nepal from Kathmandu to Lukla are usually on time. But sometimes due to unpredictable weather it can be delayed for set amount of time.
Also it is important to remember about the weight restriction while packing for trek. Only carry important gears and cloths as you are only allowed certain weight limit for your luggage.


Travel Insurance:

Trekkers are advisable to have travel insurance before undertaking such treks. This travel insurance can help you in your emergency medical expenses. It also covers the loss of your personal items/luggage, personal liabilities and cancellation.

Extra Expenses:

It is always a good idea to carry some money for some extra expenses. This can include showering, recharging batteries, bottled/boiled water, tipping, and recreational expenses etc.

Conclusion

Everest Base Camp Kalapathar trek is an extension or an optional trekking to the more classic Everest Circuit Trek. This trek takes you to Kala Pathar which gives an clear and excellent view of the Mount Everest. This trek can be moderately difficult for the novice trekkers and as such proper training is an excellent way to tackle this challenge so, Join us for your adventure Trek to Everest base camp-Kalapattar in Nepal.

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