Kalapatthar Trek

This Kalapatthar trek is one of the most beneficial journeys for your holidays in Nepal Himalayas. The Everest region is one of the best destinations for adventure seekers. It offers the best opportunity to gain the Himalayan experience. This trek includes not only the Everest Base Camp, Namche, Lukla, Tyangboche & the whole area of solu, which are at the lap of Mt. Everest. This trek offers a fascinating and enjoyable environment. This trek begins with a scenic flight from Lukla. It passes through many traditional villages, with beautiful views of the highest peak in the world, and continues on to Kalapatthar.

Detailed Itinenary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu. Representative from our office will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your respective Hotels.

Day 2: Kathmandu
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla and then to Phakding
We will make an early morning start for the flight to Lukla (2,840m), the gateway to the Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal. We can have a beautiful & unforgettable glimpse of Mt. Everest in the distance, as well as up-close views of some of the highest mountains on the way to Phakding. We can find tea houses every kilometer or so through to the little village of Phakding (2,600m) with its large selection of lodges, as it is a common first night stop.

Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar is a village lying at the junction of the Dudh Koshi and a lateral valley that leads to frontier pass of Nangpa La (5,500m). We will continue up the banks of Dudh Koshi, crossing it twice by small bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we will enter the Khumbu National Park. We will then cross confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi on a high bridge and climb for about 2 hours up ‘Namche Hills’ to reach Namche Bazar. This is the unofficial capital of Khumbu region of Nepal, and is a major stop-off point for trekkers. Namche Bazar is the major regional training centre, and contains the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park. There is plenty to do around Namche Bazar and a day should be spending here for acclimatizing.

Day 5: Acclimatization at Namche Bazar
Today is acclimatization day. We can enjoy the beauty of Namche’s quaint village as well as the friendliness and hospitality of its local people. We will spend time by resting and trekking to high altitudes, this will allow our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3,450m. We can also visit the local museum containing exhibits displaying the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region.

Day 6: Namche Bazar to Thyangboche
After breakfast we will proceed towards Thyangboche which is set an altitude of 3860 meters. Thyangboche, the Buddhist monastery is further above after a long climb. During the full moon in Nov – Dec, the Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated in this place. A trek in immense cultural experience and a glance of Everest in a short period of time, Thyangboche Trek is a life time experience.

Day 7: Thyangboche to Dingboche
After a valuable time in Thyanboche, the trail moves down through forest of birch, fir, juniper, and rhododendron before it finally reaches Debouche, a beautiful spot situated at 3,650m, with splendid views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. From Debouche, the trail meanders past a long mani wall. We need to walk through this path until we reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of Imjatse River. From here, you can see the northern face of Kangtenga peak. We head towards the east after having a break in Shomare. After an hour of walking, just before a small wooden bridge, the road splits in two directions. We head towards the east and reach Pheriche. From here, you can see a totally different view of Ama Dablam. The trail climbs slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, until you arrive at a big Mani stupa. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as it enters the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse, with a view of the eastern snow-capped mountains, including Island peak or Imjatse (6,189m). Dingboche is situated amongst beautiful patchwork fields enclosed by stone walls, which protect the crops of barley, buckwheat, potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about ten tea houses and it is also the gateway to Chhukung.

Day 8: Acclimatization to Dingboche
Today is acclimatization day. We have enough time to explore this part of Khumbu region. Dingboche is a village in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal in the Chukhung Valley. We can take an optional trek towards Chhukung or we can simply hike to the top of the hill for the view of Makalu and other peaks. After scenic views, we will move back to Dingboche for an overnight stop. After 3 pm, The Himalayan Rescue Association will brief us about high altitude sickness.

Day 9: Dingboche to Chhukung
Leaving Dingboche, we slowly move upward to the Chhukung. Chhukung Valley is formed on the southern slopes of Lhoste and Nuptse by the Lho Glacier and the Nup Glacier, the western slopes of Cho Polu and Baruntse by the Imja Glaciers, and the northern slopes of Mount Ama Dablam by the Ama Dablam Glacier and Chhukung Glacier. On the way, we can view huts made especially for keeping livestock in summer season. Overnight stop at Chhukung.

Day 10: Chhukung to Chhukung Ri to Lobuche
Leaving Chukkung, we then move towards Chhukung Ri and then to Louboche. After we reach Chhukurn Ri, we can have a awesome view of Mt. Nuptse (7,896m), Mt. Lhoste (8,511m), Baruntse peak (6,800m), Ama Dablam peak (6,800m), Thamserku peak (6,608m), Konde peak (6,187m), Tawoche peak (6,542m), Cholotse peak (6,441m) and many more. After viewing the beautiful Himalayas, we move towards Lobuche. Overnight stay at Lobuche.

Day 11: Lobuche to Gorakshep
Early morning walk, while enduring a climb of approx. two hours and arriving at Gorakshep. Like Lobuche, this settlement is here just to service the trekkers and climbers. We will have our Lunch at Gorakshep and walk to Everest Base Camp. We will be spending few hours in the Everest Base Camp. We also can see so many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp. Then finally, back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.

Day 12: Gorakshep to Kalapatthar then to Pheriche
After breakfast, we trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar and then to Pheriche. From Kalapatthar, we can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhoste, Mt. Ama Dablam and many more. The town Pheriche is also known as windy town as the flow of wind is high at all times. Pheriche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers.

Day 13: Pheriche to Phorste
Now, we trek from Pheriche to Phorste. On the way to Phorste, we can have a look at wild animals like mountain goat, musk deer and many species of Himalayan birds. There are many monasteries as well at Pangboche and Phorste constructed during the 16th century.

Day 14: Phorste to khumjung
Early morning we start our trek from Phorste to Khumjung. The trail here moves downward for few minutes and moves upward steeply for almost an hour to Mongla. From here, we can see some beautiful views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. From here, the trail moves upward and downward to Khumjung. The Khumjung valley is said to be the largest settlement of Khumbu region.

Day 15: Khumjung to Thame
Leaving Khumjung, we trek forward to Thame where we can visit many ancient monasteries. We can also experience the real Sherpa culture at Thame.

Day 16: Thame to Monjo
After Lunch, we trek from Thame to Monjo. While trekking from Thame to Monjo we come across Sherpa settlements and can interact with the friendly Sherpa people.

Day 17: Monjo to Lukla
After Lunch, we trek to Lukla. On the way to Lukla, we gradually move downward along the bank of Dudh Koshi River. We can have many opportunities to walk over suspension bridges.

Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Evening at your own.

Day 19: Depart Kathmandu
Our representative will see you off at the airport for final departure to your hometown.

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