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Everest Kalapathar Trek

Everest Kalapathar Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Everest Kalapathar

Best Month:

Sep-Nov & Mar-May

Max Elevation:

5545 m

Walking hours Per Day:

5 - 8 Hours

Trip Duration:

15 Days

Trip Grade:

Moderate / Adventure

Meals:

BLD

Accommodation:

Hotel, Lodge

Group Size:

2+

Destination:

Everest Region of Nepal

Everest Kalapathar Trek is a popular and unforgettable trekking route located in the Everest Region of Nepal. This trek offers the spectacular views of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest (8848 meters or 29,029 feet) and surrounding landscape. Beside the mountain views it offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and personal realization as trekkers get to witness the overwhelming splendor of the Himalayas.

 
Everest Kalapathar Trek is popular trekking destinations for adventurous lovers as well as a combination of Everest Base Camp Trek and Kalapathar view point. This route authority gives you an extra chance to hike both Everest Base Camp and the splendid 360 degree view point of Kalapathar (5545m) for durable views of mighty Mt Everest on the bordering Himalaya of Everest region.

Kalapathar:- 

Kalapathar is the famous and major highlight of the Everest Base Camp trek to observe Mount Everest from a closer distance and others surrounding mountains and landscape. The meaning of KALAPATHAR is rocky black hill.  It is situated 5,550 meters height from sea level and located in the Everest Region on the south ridge of Mount Pumori and near the village of Gorakshep. Gorakshep serves as a resting point during the Everest Base Camp trek.

To reach the Kalapathar, normally hikers embark on a challenging hike from Gorakshep. The trail involves a steep ascent with rocky terrain and can be physically challenging due to the high elevation. Kalapathar viewpoint is also an option for the sunrise and sunset views to witness the sunrise and sunset over the mountains.

Everest Base Camp:-

Everest Base Camp (EBC) is a popular and iconic destination for all travelers, situated in the Everest region of Nepal and located on the foot of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest (8,848 meters or 29,029 feet) on Khumbu Glacier at an elevation 5,364 meters (17,598 feet). It's surrounded by soaring Himalayan peaks, offering stunning and dramatic scenery. It is a famous point as both a staging area for climbers attempting to summit Everest and a popular trekking destination for adventurers seeking to experience the Himalayan landscape.

The route to the Everest Base Camp involves a moderately challenging trek through various landscapes, including lush forests, river crossings, moraine crossing, and high-altitude terrains. Hikers pass in the trail through charming Sherpa villages, gaining close into local culture.

Trip Overview and Route:-

Most of the trekkers dreaming to do Everest Kalapathar Trek with Everest Base Camp at least once in a lifetime and many thousands of trekkers did this trek in Nepal to experience the real exciting activity of the Mountain trekking trail in the Sagarmatha National Park. The main attraction of this park is the wonderful view of Mountain Everest and other beautiful mountains Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pomari, Mt.Ama Dablam, and many other snow peaks. Besides the mountain views, this park offers to see and enjoy the unique lifestyle of the Sherpa people and their culture, Monasteries and museums, wildlife, and birds during the Trekking.  

Kalapathar Trek starts with a short mountain scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then follows the classic Everest Base Camp Trek through Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, EBC, and the top of Kalapathar. After an incredible time at Kalapathar, and recently back to Gorekshep for Breakfast and trekking trail heading the same way back to Lukla.

This trekking destination requires previous high altitude trekking experience or practice about hiking, jogging, and biking before Kalapathar Trek with strong mental, good health and physical fitness.  Our missions prioritize safety and the security of our clients, ensuring a secure and unforgettable trip throughout Nepal.

Everest Kalapathar Trek Highlights

  • Scenic Mountain flights in and out of Lukla
  • Reach the base camp of the tallest mountain in the world. 
  • Explore the Khumbu icefall and glacial view
  • Sagarmatha National Park- worthy of Nature, Culture, and Mountain views 
  • Sherpa Village and monasteries- unique culture and lifestyle
  • Namche Bazaar- gateway to Everest Base Camp
  • Wonderful View Point- Kalapathar (5545 m) to Mt. Everest view from the closest distance
  • Massif Glacier- Khumbu Glacier
  • Beautiful Valley - Khumbu Valley

Why High Pass Adventure trekking agency for Kalapathar Trek?

Everest Kalapathar Trek and Everest Base Camp Trekking with the High Pass Adventure trekking agency mean a lot because we are different from the other agencies. We are a company based only in Nepal and managed by Nepalese tourism experts and local guides. We are the trekking agency authorized by Nepal government tourism ministry. All our guides are experienced in the trekking field with general knowledge about first aid kits.  

Our long years experience in Nepal and true dedication guarantee your vacation is well thought out and planned to make the most beautiful journey of your lifetime. We are flexible in creating a suitable itinerary and offer a great combination of a quality service for hotel, small group size trip, family tour, solo trekking, honeymoon trip, and group trekking.  Our guide brings friendship, fun, convenience, adventure and above all the security and safety.

Important Note for the Everest Kalapathar Trek:- 

Please must be responsive to fly in a smaller aircraft for flight to the Everest region, where the Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp is located.  Sometimes there could be bad and critical weather that might delay your journey to/from Kathmandu/Lukla. If there will be delays or cancellations to the Lukla flight due to weather conditions but we try to do our best for the flights. You need an extra few days before and after the trekking days from the itinerary for the Everest Kalapathar Trek for the weather condition. If the weather condition is really bad and you have a very tight program, you can charter a helicopter to complete the trip on time. The helicopter cost is the extra from the trip cost but needs minimum 1,500 meters visibility to operate the helicopter. We are always with you to assist in arranging the Helicopter to fly in Lukla. 

Similarly, sometimes problems like local politics issue, transportation or other factors that are beyond our control during the Everest Kalapathar Trek. It might change the itinerary due to those issues.  If alterations are necessary, the Guide and Trekking leader will decide what the best options are. You can talk and decide through the best happiness of the whole group. Where a change does suggest itself, we try to do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot take responsibility for the results of changes or delays. Our trekking staff are experienced and professional and try to solve all problems during the trekking. 

Everest Kalapathar Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Pvt. Ltd. welcomes you to Nepal, One of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying A4 size paper with your and our company name. This person will take you to the hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into the hotel, rest, freshen up, and be ready for the meeting with your programs in our trekking office.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
1350

You will enjoy your breakfast in the hotel and get ready for the Kathmandu valley tour with an experienced tour guide. Our tour is of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath, which are the best and most popular places in 4 out of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting by comfortable private vehicles before walking a tour of these sites. There is an interesting tour full of fascinating insights into Buddhism, Hinduism, ancient art and historical architecture, lifestyle, and culture of the people of Kathmandu Valley. After this tour, you will come to the office and finalize your trekking clothing and gear.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
1350

Our trekking guide will be transferred to the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport by private vehicles to depart for the Lukla flight. You will board a flight and fly to Lukla with your trekking guide. You will be enjoying the scenic flight for about 35 minutes and land on Lukla airstrip (Tenzing-Hillary Airport). You will meet your trekking porter and be introduced. They are waiting for you at Lukla airport. Treks start from Lukla after the Pasang Lhamo memorial Gate, through Lukla town. Our trekking trail drops down to the Phakding Village through the Chheplung, Thadokosi, Ghat, and somewhere forest as well. From the trail, you will see the wonderful Mountain View of Kusum Kangru and Kongde peak.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
2655

From Phakding, Everest Base Camp trek continues north. There are a few uphill and downhill climbs, through the forest of pine and rhododendron, suspension bridges and the local Sherpa village will follow and take you to Monjo. Monjo is the gateway of the Sagarmatha National Park to Everest Base Camp Trek. Our trekking guide will manage the entrance fee of the Sagarmatha National Park. From the Monjo Gate, the trail continues and drops down to the bridge crossing the Dudh Koshi River and you will get to the Jorsalle village.  Your trekking trail continues to follow the north and cross another bridge of the same river and follow the river bank trail untilthe  the large Dovan. There is a very high bridge on this river, we have to cross and we will climb into a forest of pine trees on the Zigzag trail until Namche Bazaar. Before getting to Namche Bazaar we will see and enjoy the first view of Mt Everest and other mountains.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
3440

Namche Bazaar is a beautiful town, with an elevation is 3440 m. We have to stay two nights to acclimatize to the further altitude. During the day we have to hike up somewhere for acclimatization. There are two places for hiking, one is Thame village and another is Khumjung village. Your trekking guide decided on your plan for the hike up. After breakfast, you will visit either Thame Sherpa village or Khumjung Sherpa village. From both sides, you will enjoy panoramic Mountain Views, pine forests, mani wall, Gompa (Buddhist monasteries), and Sherpa village. And remaining time can be spent visiting the National Park Head office and Museum or relaxing in a hotel.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
3440

After having breakfast from Namche, you will follow the trail of Chorkang.  you will walk the north side and past a memorial Chorten to Tenzing Norgay. From there you can enjoy a beautiful panorama view of Kusum kangaroo, Thamserku, Khandega, Amadablam, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse, Tawaboche, and reaching out to Kyanjuma. From the Kyanjuma trail drop down to the bridge Phunki Thanga. You will cross the bridge and the trail goes ascent to the Tengboche. If you are lucky you can see deer and pheasant birds.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
3865

After breakfast in Tengboche, you will visit those popular monasteries and continue walking to the Everest Base Camp. The trail drops down 30 minutes through the green forest and reaches the bridge. After crossing the river, the trail goes gently up until Dingboche. Along the trail, you will enjoy the wonderful Mountain View.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
4400

Acclimatization is the most important time for going up before you get your way to the Everest Base Camp. After breakfast, your trekking guide makes a plan, either take to you full-day hike for Nangkar Tsang Hill for a view of MT. Makalu 8516m, Lotse  8556m, Barunche 7245m, and other popular mountain views or full-day hikes to Chukung.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
4400

From the Dingboche, the trail goes slowly climbs up to the long ridge through yak Kharka, and you will get to Dhukla. From the ridge, you can be enjoying views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Amadblam, and Khantega. Before getting Dhukla you will cross a glacial stream. From the Dhukla trail continues goes up to Dhukla pass, there are a lot number of memorials to lost climbers and Sherpa. After passing this memorial place, easy trail to reach in the Lobuche. If you have extra time, you can either be hiking up a ridge for a view of Khumbu Glaciar or rest in a hotel.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
4900

This is your mission day to do your plan, so you will definitely get to Everest Base Camp on this day. After breakfast from there, you will hurry to leave without wasting any time, and continues walking to Goreshep through the Italian Pyramid side, beside Khumbu glacier and terminal moraine. After lunch in Gorakshep, you will enjoy views of Nuptse, Khumbutse, Chanhtse, Pumori, and Lingtren mountains and you will continues hiking to Everest Base Camp. You will spend a few minutes enjoying your aim and take pictures in Base Camp and get back to Gorakshep following the same trail.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
5363

Everest is not visible from the Base Camp. So, you have to hike Kalapathar for the best sunrise view of Mt. Everest and other mountains. It takes 2 hours to reach the top of the Kalapathar. Your trekking guide creates your plan and tells you about hiking up. From the top, you will enjoy a golden color 360-degree panoramic Mountain View. After enjoying the view, you will go back down to Gorak Shep and have breakfast, pack your stuff and go back the same way until Dhukla. From Dhukla trail drop down to a glacial stream and cross that stream. There are two trails to come down to Dingboche and Pheriche. Our guide takes you to the lower trail to Pheriche.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
4240

You will have breakfast in Pheriche and follow the trail to Namche through Somare, Pangboche, Tengboche, Phungi Tanga, and Kyanjuma. Those parts you did walk up to Dingboche.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
3440

You will have breakfast in Namche and you will continue downhill to a large bridge from Namche. After crossing a large bridge of the Dudh Kosi River, you will follow the trail along the bank of this river until Phakding, where you did spend the first night on this trek. You will stop Phakding for lunch. After lunch, you will walk and ascend to Lukla.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
2800

After the last Breakfast in Lukla of your Everest Base Camp trek, you will catch a morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla airport.in Kathmandu. Your trekking guide manages a private vehicle to transfer you to your hotel. That day you can explore the market in Kathmandu. We will take to you a farewell dinner in the Nepali culture kitchen.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
1350

Your trip to Nepal is coming to an end today. When it's time for your flight to depart, a member of our High Pass Adventure crew will transport you to the Kathmandu International Airport. High Pass Adventure can assist you with your next vacation and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and India if you're seeking to take an additional trip to Nepal.

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure trekking agency has the best and experienced guides and porters for working in the trekking field. We are providing excellent service to our customers during their stay in Nepal. All our costs are net and very clear with details of the cost include and exclude section. We have paid the best salary to Trekking, Climbing and Tour guide and porter, which is more than the government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied with our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

  • Airport Pick up & drops, domestic / International by private vehicles 
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Flight Fair Kathmandu –Lukla- Kathmandu (Guest and Guide)
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tea-house during the trekking
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fees
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fees 
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Guide and porter salary, food, accommodation and insurance during the trek 
  • All organizational requirements
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above

Route Map

route map

FAQs

The time it takes to climb Kala Patthar can vary depending on several factors, including the starting point of your trek, your fitness level, weather conditions, and the exact route you take. Kala Patthar is a popular trekking destination in the Everest region of Nepal, known for its stunning views of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
Usually, most trekkers take around 2 to 3 hours to reach Kala Patthar from the Gorakshep, which is a last teahouse for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The distance is not very long, but the altitude and steepness of the trail can make it challenging. The trek to near Everest Base Camp (Gorakshep) itself generally takes about 8 to 9 days from Lukla with the acclimatization days. 
 

Yes, one of the main attractions of climbing Kala Patthar is the breathtaking view of Mount Everest (8,848 meters or 29,029 feet), Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more  the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Kala Patthar is situated at an elevation of about 5,545 meters (18,192 feet), and it offers a panoramic view of the Everest region and is famous for their stunning beauty and the way they illuminate the towering peaks with golden light. 

The trek to Everest Base Camp in the Everest region is a challenging undertaking that requires physical fitness, mental determination, and proper preparation. Different trekkers may find various parts of the trek to be the hardest, as challenges can vary based on individual experiences and perspectives. However, some common challenges and hardest aspects of the trek are:  high altitude, strenuous land, long walking days, cold weather, limited accommodations, changeable weather, physical fitness etc. 

No, Kala Patthar is not the same as Everest Base Camp, even though they are both located in the Everest region of Nepal and are often visited by trekkers and mountaineers.
Kala Patthar is a famous viewpoint situated at an elevation of about 5,545 meters (18,192 feet), above sea level. It offers spectacular panoramic views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks. Many trekkers hike to Kala Patthar to get a close-up view of Everest without actually attempting to reach the summit.
Everest Base Camp, on the other hand, refers to the base camps used by mountaineers as performance points for their ascent of Mount Everest. The Everest Base Camp is located in Nepal at an altitude of about 5,364 meters (17,598 feet). This base camp is the last point for the trekkers, and serves as starting points for climbers preparing to summit Mount Everest.
 

The Kala Patthar trek near Everest Base Camp is situated at an altitude of approximately 5,545 meters (18,192 feet), above sea level. It's a moderately challenging trek that offers fabulous panoramic views of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Trekkers often hike to Kala Patthar to get a close-up view of Everest and to experience the breathtaking scenery of the region. 

The difficulty level of the Kalapathar Trek is varying depending on some factors like fitness level, previous trekking, acclimatized days and weather conditions during the trek. so, it requires good physical fitness, good health condition, and previous trekking experience and has to be able to walk 6-8 hours a day for successfully complete the trip.   

There are two best seasons for trekking to Everest Kalapathar. These are the autumn season (September to December) and spring season (March to May). So, the best time to go on the Everest Kalapathar Trek is during the spring and autumn. Regardless of the time of year, the Kalapathar Trek offers an unforgettable journey through the picturesque Everest region, promising a blend of natural beauty and cultural exploration that will leave lasting memories. 

There are some valuable advantages to choose the Everest Kalapathar Trekking package such as moderate challenging trekking level, high altitude trekking experience, can be done throughout the year, spectacular scenery, unique cultural experience, and best view of the tallest mountain of the world and surrounding mountains. 

Usually the Everest Kalapathar Trekking route starts after a 25 minutes scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla  and ends at the same place. 
 

The cost of the Everest Kalapathar Trek depends on group size and your preference. The 13 nights 14 days trip from arrival and departure date to Everest Kalapathar trekking package cost can range from USD $ 1200 to 2400 per person. 
 

Unfortunately, card payments are not accepted during trekking in the Nepal Himalayas or tours due to the remote nature of the areas. There are no facilities for electronic payments. Therefore, we strongly advise you to withdraw sufficient cash before embarking on your journey from the city.
 

The duration of the Everest Kalapathar trek depends on your reference such as itinerary, trekking place, trekking route, extra days for acclimatization. Anyway, the most famous route from Kathmandu to Kathmandu takes 10 days to 12 days to complete theEverest Kalapathar Trek and needs 2 days extra for your arrival and departure from/to your home.
 
 

The walking distance depends on your fitness level, the terrain, elevations and destination. Normally the walking hours range is 6 to 8 hours a day during the Everest Kalapathar Trek. 
 
 

Everest Kalapathar Trek does not require technical climbing skills, so you don’t need special training for this trek.  But, we highly recommend having good physical fitness and need preparation to easily complete the Everest Kalapathar trek such as Normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging and swimming.  These practices are beneficial in preparing for the trekking in himalayas. 
 
 

Everest Kalapathar trek is very safe during the spring and autumn season with our experienced trekking guide. We (high pass adventure teams) guarantee clients safety and security by preparing necessary trekking gear to face any condition of risk. It is considered not safe during the summer and winter season because you have to face slippery and humid trails due to rainfall and snowfall.  High Pass Adventure will be always with you to assist all emergencies during the Everest Kalapathar Trek. 

It is a pretty busy trail to the Kalapathar Trekking route by internal and external trekkers during the  spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons.  But in the summer and winter seasons it is not a busy trail due to not good weather for the views and hikes. 
 
 

Indeed, travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for Nepal trekking, ensuring your safety and peace of mind. It is crucial to ensure that your insurance policy adequately covers the highest elevation of your trek, including emergency evacuation provisions. For a comprehensive list of recommended travel insurance companies, please refer to the provided recommendations. 
 

Absolutely, trekking insurance for guides and porters is a crucial necessity during any trek in Nepal. At High Pass Adventure, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our staff, and therefore, all our team members are covered by life insurance specifically tailored for trekking in Nepal. Moreover, we take care of all the essential expenses, including daily wages, meals, accommodation, insurance, and necessary equipment costs, ensuring that you have a hassle-free experience, and all these are already included in your total trekking cost.
 
 

The places in the mountains region are always cold at night no matter which season or what time. The temperatures vary depending on the season and altitude but will be perfect temperature for trekking during the day time.  
So, It is recommended to bring suitable warm clothing, including thermal layers, a down jacket, a hat, gloves, and good quality trekking boots to stay warm and comfortable during the Everest Kalapathar Trek.
 

Certainly, we are pleased to offer you certain refundable trekking gear items such as walking poles, sleeping bags, and down jackets. However, please note that you are responsible for arranging the rest of the required equipment on your own. Our goal is to ensure your comfort and convenience during the trek, and providing these essential items will be one less thing for you to worry about. Should you have any questions about the trekking gear or need further assistance, our team will be more than happy to assist you.
 

There are tea houses and lodges available for accommodation with basic twin sharing rooms during the Everest Kalapathar Trek. The room may have a basic bed with mattress, bed-sheet, blanket and pillow. We recommend to trekkers that you should bring a sleeping bag for warmth and comfort especially at higher altitude. Toilet and bathroom (shower) are the limit in the teahouses, so we have to share with other groups. There are also luxury accommodations in a few places. 
The teahouses usually offer a variety of local and international dishes but options will be limited compared with cities.  You may get local dishes such as chapati, rice (Dal Bhat), potato item, tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, Sherpa stew, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles, thukpa and a few other foods.  They also offer the western food such as Pizza, roast, pasta and burger during the Everest Kalapathar Trek. 

While the tea houses along the Everest Kalapathar Trek do offer internet service, it comes with additional fees. However, we recommend not relying solely on the internet for communication during the trek as the connection may be slow and unreliable. Mobile phone network services are available, but the coverage is not consistently strong throughout the entire area, which may limit data usage. Rest assured, our knowledgeable guide will assist you in communicating with your family, friends, or colleagues effectively, ensuring you stay connected despite the connectivity challenges along the route.
 

Yes, you can charge all your electronics devices in a lodge but you also have to pay an extra cost.  Sometimes it is difficult to get a charging place and electric power during the busy trekking season, especially in higher places.  So we recommend you to bring your own power bank to charge your mobile and camera for the trekking in himalayas. 
 
 

Yes, you should bring advisable and basic medicines for the Nepal trek including Everest Kalapathar trek because the remote of the trekking routes where there is not a medical facility. 
If you have any allergies, it is important to ask with a healthcare or medicine specialist to consult about your detailed needs. They can advise you to take basic medicine depending on your health and trekking altitude. 
 
 

The weight of luggage to the porter is limited and it is normally set by the Government of Nepal, local authorities and trekking associations of Nepal.  Local porters can carry more than 50 kg but the maximum luggage weight for the trekking porter is 25-30 kg during the Nepal trekking including Everest Kalapathar Trek. 
 

Yes, all trekkers need trekking permits to do Everest Kalapathar Trek where applicable. We manage all necessary permits to make your trip hassle-free. 

Indeed, it is essential to carry your own water bottle for drinking water during the Everest Kalapathar Trek. Purchasing bottled water becomes more expensive as you ascend to higher altitudes. The cost of a single bottle can range from 100 to 500 Nepali rupees at elevated places. To save costs and minimize plastic waste, we highly recommend using water purification tablets or drops. These portable and effective solutions will enable you to treat water from local sources, ensuring safe and clean drinking water throughout the trek. Our team will provide guidance on the proper usage of water purification methods, ensuring your hydration needs are met responsibly and economically during the journey.

Tipping your guide and porter is customary and highly appreciated as they play a crucial role in ensuring the successful completion of the Everest Kalapathar Trek. They are like heroes, assisting and supporting you throughout the journey. Expressing gratitude through tipping is a compulsory gesture to acknowledge their exceptional service and dedication to making your trek an unforgettable experience. Your generosity will not only be well-received but also encourage and motivate them in their future endeavors with other trekkers. We recommend tipping your guide and porter as a token of appreciation for their invaluable assistance and contribution to your trekking adventure.

Traveller Useful Information

How to reach Everest Region

Located in the northeastern part of Nepal and Protected by Sagarmatha national park, the Everest region can be reached in different ways direct flights to Lukla from Kathmandu, Jiri, or Phaphlu are among the most common ways due to the unavailability of direct road links. Taking the bus to Jiri takes a 4-5 days trek and 2-3 days for Phaplu to enter the region.  

About Lukla Flight

Lukla is the small town and starting point of all trekking to the Everest region in Nepal. There is no direct road link to Lukla from Kathmandu due to which trekkers to Lukla either have to fly to the Tensing Hillary or Lukla airport or trek from Phaplu or Jiri. Many airlines operate regular flights from Kathmandu. 

The weight limit of the luggage bag is 12 kg and an extra cost is to be charged for the extra weight at the airport. We suggest you make less weight than 15 kg because Sometimes overload in a plane can cause you to replace the luggage on the next flight which could take more time. 

Please be responsive in taking a smaller aircraft for the flight to the highlands.  Sometimes, the weather could be bad and crucial resulting in delaying the flights to and from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu. Himalayan and Hilly Region weather can be changeable. But, we will try to make the best itinerary days possible. In case of flight delay and cancellation, you’ll need an extra few days before and after the trekking days from the itinerary. Because our trekking staff are experienced and professional in trekking as well as problem-solving so there are fewer chances of miss handling the situation.

Food and Accommodation in Everest Kalapathar Trek

Due to the popularity of the Everest base camp trek, the accommodations in the Everest region are well managed with the availability of lots of accommodations and restaurants along the trekking trail. Therefore there will be less or no difficulty in finding the best accommodations in the region. The majority of the teahouses have the best quality service. Normally, lodges have private rooms (2 beds in one room) for customers with sharing an indoor bathroom but if you need a luxury lodge, they have luxury facilities and some places have to limit lodges.  Every different place has different quality of the lodges so, you can choose the best according to your budget.

Every lodge has a menu with nearly identical food items. We strongly suggest the traditional Nepali cuisine "Dal-Bhat" (boiled rice, vegetable, and lentil soup), however, you are free to choose from the menu. Most hotels grow fresh vegetables in their gardens and provide them to their guests. The cooks are essentially skilled, yet the meal may have a taste that differs from that of western cuisine. Because meat is scarce in the mountains, we advise you to try vegetarian recipes.

You can buy all types of drinks in every lodge but the prices go high as you go higher. You can drink normal water using purification tablets. We should avoid alcoholic drinks when we go higher.

Best Season for Everest Kalapathar Trek

Autumn trekking season (September to December) and spring trekking season (March to May) are the best trekking seasons for the Everest region. The weather is perfectly sunny and warm with wonderful mountainous views, clean air, and no rain and snow compared with another trekking season. 

If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature and culture, you can do this trip during the winter (January and February).  The temperature during winter could be a little chilly for some trekkers but visibility is good. But there is a considerable risk to doing the Everest region trek in the winter season due to the possibility of a lot of snow.  In the summer season (June to August) it rains heavily but it is the best time for nature lovers. Therefore, the best season for trekking in the Everest region trek depends on what kind of trekker you are. 

How hard is Kalapathar Trek?

The Kalapathar trek is a popular trekking route in Everest Region and it is considered to be moderately difficult to strenuous.  The difficulty level of the Kalapathar Trek is varying depending on some factors like fitness level, previous trekking, acclimatized days and weather conditions during the trek. so, it requires good physical fitness, good health condition, and previous trekking experience and has to be able to walk 6-8 hours a day for successfully complete the trip.   

One of the main challenges of the Kalapathar trek is the high altitude because Kalapathar itself is situated at an elevation of 5545 meters above from sea level. Generally altitude sickness is potential anxiety to all trekkers to reach the summit of Kalapathar

The trek usually takes about 10-14 days but depends on specific route and your pace you choose. The trail of the Kalapathar trek include steep ascents, descents, rocky, moraine, steps and some section that might require scrambling. 

A moderate to high level of physical fitness is highly recommended for the Everest Kalapather Trek.  Regular exercise and previous trekking experience are the beneficial but if you are beginner, you have to be ready with proper preparation and the right mindset to attempt the Kalapathar Trek. 

Anyway our guide manages the proper clothing and gear, tea-house for accommodation, resting place of rest, acclimatization day to manage high altitude, slow walk, and short easy steps to complete the trip without any stress. 

Communication in the Everest Region

There is good mobile network service around the Everest base camp trekking area but not around Gokyo Valley and Chukkung Valley. The internet service is available in the whole of the Everest Region but teahouses and lodges provide the internet with some extra charges. In case of not have a Nepali sim card, Our Nepali guide will help you contact your family and update the head office about the trek. 

Because traveling is a part of human life and tourism is as old as human civilization, we have been working to make travel more enjoyable. 

Acclimatization:

When traveling to higher elevations in the high Himalayan region, high altitude sickness is a regular problem. Although it develops fairly quickly, the symptoms can be avoided. If you have prior high-altitude trekking experience, it might be preferable, but if not, you should take precautions to avoid high-altitude sickness if you plan to walk over three thousand meters. In order to avoid altitude sickness while trekking in Nepal, you should walk carefully, drink enough water, abstain from alcohol, ascend higher, and sleep at low elevation. You should also spend two nights for every 500 meters over the elevation of 3500 meters. All of our trekking routes are adaptable and include days for acclimatization. Your health and safety come first so that you may complete the trek without incident. In case things worsen, we give you some essential medications to help with an emergency rescue. 

As a result, you must advise your Guide or Leader of your health status each day. Based on his reaction, he will decide whether or not to let you continue on your trip.

Tipping Information:

During your tour, trekking, and other activities in Nepal, the guide, porter, driver, and all other employees who work in the tourism industry expect tips. Tipping is how customers evaluate service providers, and service providers accept tips at the end of a journey. Travelers often tip 10% of their billable amount, but you can give more or less depending on the quality of the service. 

Therefore, it is crucial that the High Pass Adventure working team takes good care of you at all times while you are visiting Nepal, is inspired by exceptional service, and provides inspirational once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Trip Extension:

After finishing the walk, if you have extra time, you can engage in other activities or go on another quick trek in Nepal. Chitwan National Park and Bardiya National Park for jungle safari excursions are only two of our many short travel packages and adventure activities. You can go sightseeing in Pokhara, go trekking in Nagarkot or Dhampus, or go rafting for the day on the Trisuli River. 

Paragliding, kayaking, ultra light flight, bungee jumping, and mountain biking are examples of adventure sports. These are all optional add-on activities to your package that are not included in the price. If you choose to participate in these activities with us after your vacation, we will organize them at a fair price and give you a generous discount.

Trekking gear list

Before departing, you must pack your trip necessities. We hope it would be too much for you to transport from your country to another, but some of the necessary equipment may be rented or purchased in Kathmandu's Thamel area. While trekking in Nepal, this basic gear is appropriate for all seasons, though it may vary depending on the season and length of the trekking routes you choose to take.

1) Requirements Documents for Everest Kalapatthar Trek: 

Passport and 4 passport size photos 

Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation if needed)

Boarding passes for flights

Driver’s license (if needed)

Cash USD

Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card in case an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)

2) Logistics Things for Everest Kalapatthar Trek

Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)

Sleeping bag liner (Optional)

3) Footwear Things

Trekking boots: one pair  lightweight

Sandals for city and tea house footwear 

Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)

Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Thin, lightweight inner socks

Thick, warm wool hiking socks

4) Clothing for Body

(Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking)

Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)

Fleece/Windproof jacket

Waterproof jacket

Down jacket for warmth

Travel clothes and City Wear

Underwear

Base-layer trousers (optional)

Waterproof trousers

Trekking trousers

Trekking shorts (Optional)

Gloves and wool hat

Bandanna or scarf 

5) Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea

Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular

Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu

6) Others Necessary Things:

Sunglasses and Sun cream 

Towel

Book (reading and writing materials)

MP-3 /Music, headphones and ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as optional.

Travel wash

Hand sanitizer, wet wipes

A day bag: 35 liters

A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)

Dry Liner or Dry Bag

Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgen bottles best.

7) General Toiletries

Toilet papers/ tissue 

Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)

1 medium sized quick drying towel

Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)

Nail clippers

Face and body moisturizer

Feminine hygiene products

Small mirror

On Personal Hygiene

Wet wipes (baby wipes)

Anti-bacterial hand wash

8) Others (Optional) Things

Trekking Poles 

Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag

Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 

Binoculars (for luxuries)

Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

Getting There: Nepal

Between China's Tibet Autonomous Region and India, Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation. It has eight of the top ten mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. There are numerous points from China and India where one can enter Nepal by land. Tourist visas for Nepal are available on arrival at all Indian and Chinese borders if you are traveling there by land. There are numerous foreign airlines providing nonstop connecting flights to Nepal if you're arriving by air. Nepal Airlines, Turkish Air, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Travel Dubai, Air Arabia, and Air China are a few of the well-known airlines that fly to Nepal. From China or India, one can also go overland. Please check your flight and get in touch with us before arriving in Nepal. At the airport in Nepal, you can easily obtain a on arrival visa.

Visa and passport information

Except for Indian passport holders, all foreign visitors to Nepal need a visa; however, you must have a passport with a six-month validity date in order to apply for a tourist visa. At the Tribhuvan International Airport and the Chinese-Indian border in Tibet, visas are available on arrival. To apply for a visa to enter Nepal, you must have a color photograph in PP size. Please click this link for more details about Visa Information. 

Money exchange rate and prices

If you're seeking for the best foreign exchange rates and locations in Nepal, you may easily exchange the majority of your foreign currency at a local bank or authorized money exchange facility in a well-known tourist destination. The Nepal Rastra Bank controls all exchange rates (Center Bank of Nepal). You can exchange small amounts of money at the hotel if you want to. Because our banks will not take dirty or old notes, kindly bring clean and fresh notes.

In order to avoid the time-consuming processes associated with cards and traveler's checks, Nepalese people typically prefer cash in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use an ATM to get cash (in Nepali Rupees) if you have a credit or debit card. In the main tourist city, there are a number of ATM counters with 24-hour service. If you use a card, the maximum withdrawal amount is between 30,000 and 35,000 rupees at once, plus a processing fee of 500 rupees. 

You must convert your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the hike because the majority of trekking routes do not offer a facility for international currency exchange. Additionally, inquire about the amount of money required for a Himalayan trek from your trekking operator or guide.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Safe drinking water

For a healthy body while traveling and staying hydrated, clean water is essential. It will be the most effective method of completing the Himalayan journey. If not, getting sick and having diarrhea is simple. Almost everywhere during the Nepalese tea house trip, but not during the camping trek, sells bottled water. Unfortunately, bottled water is very pricey. 

Please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles since plastic bottles are detrimental for the environment. Reusable water bottles are a good idea because they help keep the mountain clean. If you are concerned about finding a typical water tap to fill up your bottles in the trekking region of Nepal, they are very simple to locate. It can be found in rivers, streams, and lodges.

Travel insurance and insurance policy

Nepal hiking tours: The difficulty levels of the Himalayas range from easy to tough. As a result of the Himalayan climate changing, there is a risk of high altitude and potential mishap. 

Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas demands practical trekking abilities at high altitudes (above 4,000 meters), so travel insurance is essential. If an accident occurs during a trip and requires medical attention or evacuation, the cost of returning to a city and receiving treatment may be significant. Therefore, you must ensure that your insurance covers the price of an air ambulance, medical care, and any risks associated with travel, such as delayed flights and lost, stolen, damaged, or missing baggage. Your complete itinerary while visiting Nepal should be covered by your insurance policy. Make sure your insurance policy covers hikes higher than 5,500 meters. If not, you will be responsible for all unforeseen costs associated with your trek through Nepal. 

All trekkers must send a copy of their certificate from their comprehensive travel insurance policy to High Pass Adventure as part of the booking process for trekking and climbing in Nepal.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, If you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

1) Types of High Altitude Sickness

There are three types of altitude sickness:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): It is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): It is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): It is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) Cause of High Altitude Sickness

Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 

Had the sickness before

Climbing quickly

Not being acclimatized to the altitude

Drinking alcohol when you ascend 

Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) Symptoms of High Altitude Sickness

These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

Difficulty sleeping

Dizziness 

Fatigue

Headache

Loss of appetite

Nausea or vomiting

Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)

Short breath with action

Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 

Chest tightness or blocking

Confusion

Dry cough or coughing with blood

Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention for High Altitude Sickness

Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

Climb the mountain gradually. 

Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.

Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.

Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.

Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.

If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.

If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:

Drink plenty of water

Climb slowly.

Take it easy

Do not drink alcohol.

Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.

Sleep lower elevation 

Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor

Client Reviews

Amanda A.

Amanda A.

United States

Purna is the Best Guide Ever !!!

16th July, 2023

Purna was our guide during our 14 day trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar in Oct 2015. He is one of the best guides you can have for this adventure. He was knowledgeable, helpful, kind, and just fun! He was extremely helpful when my brother got sick along the way and knew exactly what to do to make sure he was ok. He was extremely patient with my mom, staying with her as she walked slower than the main group, providing a hand, shoulder, and smile when she needed it. In the end we all made it to base camp, Kalapathar and had a wonderful time doing it. Purna's expertise and sense of humor played a big role in making this the best experience of my life. You are truly in good hands with him. Now he owns High Pass Adventure Trekking Company.  I do not hesitate to recommend him and his trekking company. Thanks 

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