Kala Patthar is the most prominent landmark of the Everest region. An enormous and elevated dark land mass at above 5,000 meters is one of the most popular tourist sites in the region.
The term Kala Patthar literally translates to ‘Black Rock’ in English. It is a notable landmark on the south ride of Pumori in the Khumbu region, and is mostly visited by the trekkers during the trekking to the Everest Base Camp.
Located at 5,643 meters, it is one of the highest tourist sites in the Everest. The view of Everest is completely blocked by the towering Lhotse peak in the East, hence, your only option of seeing the Everest is from the Kala Patthar. There aren’t any lodges at the top, mainly, because, the location is too high and open for a night stay. Therefore, the access to it is facilitated by the hike lasting an hour or two.
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It is the only place throughout the trail which offers the close and optimum view of the Mount Everest, hence, almost everyone makes a point to hike Kala Patthar during the trek to enjoy the rare sight of the Everest.
The ascent of Kala Patthar begins at Gorakshep, the original base camp for Mt. Everest. After a brief dip to an ancient lake bed (which now contains a small lake and a helipad), the ascent makes its way up a series of steep switchbacks before levelling off somewhat as it traverses to the eastern side of the mountain. The trail then becomes steep once again until it reaches the wind-swept summit ridge.
The top is marked with prayer flags. The full ascent usually takes between 1.5 and 2 hours, and is generally in the early morning.