Everest Kalapathar Trek

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Trip Fact:
  • Duration 16 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude5545m
  • AccommodationHotels in Kathmandu and Guest houses during trekking
  • MealsBreakfast in Kathmandu and All meals during trekking
  • Trip Start/EndLukla/Lukla
  • Group Size1-30pax
  • Best SeasonMarch, April, May, September, October and November are the best months.

What to Expect:

  • Explore the base camp of Mount Everest (8,848m), the highest mountain in the world.
  • Immerse yourself in the unique culture and traditions of the Sherpa people in the Everest region.
  • Journey through ancient monasteries and charming villages in the Khumbu region.
  • Enjoy the beauty of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO site known for its natural wonders.
  • Marvel at the stunning view of the Khumbu glacier that will leave you amazed.
  • Take relaxing walks through enchanting rhododendron and pine forests, adding to the allure of the Everest region.

If you're an adventurer up for a challenge, our Everest Kalapathar Trek is tailor-made for you. This trail leads you deep into the heart of the Everest region, offering breathtaking views of some of the tallest peaks on the planet.

But it's not just about the thrill. As you trek through stunning landscapes, you'll encounter diverse plants and animals in Sagarmatha National Park. Immerse yourself in Sherpa culture in mountain villages and explore ancient monasteries that tell the story of the region's rich history.

The trek journey reaches its climax with a sunrise hike to Kala Patthar, providing an unbeatable view of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Pumori.

While the trek is physically demanding, our skilled guides prioritize your safety and comfort. They're familiar with the region and will guide you through the trek, helping you appreciate the land.

The Everest Kalapathar Trek goes beyond being just a physical adventure; it's an opportunity to connect with nature and explore the soul of the Himalayas. Take on the challenge, make lasting memories, and immerse yourself in the excitement, beauty, and culture of the Everest region with us.

Weather in Everest Kalapathar Trek

The weather in the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar trek varies because of the high altitude in the Everest region of Nepal. The best times to go on this trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is more stable and favorable for trekking.

In spring, daytime temperatures at Everest Base Camp range from -10°C (14°F) to 10°C (50°F), with nighttime temperatures dropping as low as -20°C (-4°F). It's important to note that it gets colder at higher elevations.

Similarly, during the autumn season, temperatures at Everest Base Camp are similar to spring, ranging between -10°C (14°F) and 10°C (50°F) during the day, with nighttime temperatures reaching around -20°C (-4°F).

Because the weather in the Everest region can change rapidly, it's crucial to be prepared for various conditions, including cold temperatures, strong winds, and the possibility of snowfall, especially at higher altitudes.

For your safety and comfort during the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar trek, it's recommended to check reliable sources like local weather forecasts or trusted trekking companies for the most accurate and up-to-date weather information before starting your journey.

Ideal Time for Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar Trek

The ideal times for the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar Trek are during the spring and autumn seasons. These periods provide the best weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, enhancing the overall trekking experience and offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. Here's a breakdown of the recommended seasons:

Spring (March to May): This is one of the most popular times for the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar Trek. The weather is generally stable with mild temperatures, and the blooming rhododendron forests add vibrant colors to the landscape. The views are clear, and there's a lower chance of encountering snowfall at lower altitudes. Many trekkers prefer this season for its abundance of flora and pleasant trekking conditions.

Autumn (September to November): Another excellent time for the trek, autumn follows the monsoon season. The weather stabilizes, offering clear skies and uninterrupted views of the Himalayas. Days are pleasantly warm, nights are cool but not too cold, and the trails are dry and more accessible. Autumn is considered the peak trekking season in Nepal, so expect to encounter more fellow trekkers on the route.

Both spring and autumn provide opportunities for stunning photography, appreciation of the Himalayan beauty, and cultural interactions with local Sherpa communities. It's crucial to plan and book your trek well in advance, especially for peak seasons, to secure accommodations and permits.

While the trek is possible in other seasons, it comes with challenges. Winter (December to February) brings colder temperatures and occasional snowfall at higher altitudes, while the monsoon season (June to August) involves heavy rain and limited visibility. Trekking during these seasons requires proper preparation, experience, and suitable gear.

Ultimately, the best time for the Everest Kalapathar and Base Camp Trek depends on your preferences and comfort level with weather conditions. Regardless of the season, the allure of the Himalayas and the adventure in the Everest region promise an unforgettable experience.

Itinerary

Your unforgettable Nepal adventure begins as you touch down at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. We'll warmly welcome you and escort you to your hotel. After you've freshened up, we'll present a detailed trekking briefing. Rest up overnight at your hotel, nestled 1400m above sea level.

  • Hotel
  • 1400m

Kick start your day with a hearty breakfast, followed by a guided tour through Kathmandu Valley's spiritual and historical treasures. This includes the revered Pashupatinath Temple, the vibrant Kathmandu Durbar Square, the iconic Swayambunath (Monkey Temple), and Boudhanath, one of the world's largest Stupas. Overnight at your comfortable Kathmandu hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m

Fuel up with breakfast before your exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From here, we'll commence our trek to Phakding, a journey of about 3-4 hours. On the way, marvel at the breathtaking views of Mt Nupla, Kusum Kangaru, and the Mount Kwangde Range. Spend the night at our cosy tea house in Phakding.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • 2640m

Today, our trail will wind through picturesque Sherpa villages and lush forests in the Dudh Koshi valley. Along the way, be prepared for spellbinding views of Kusum Kangru, Thamserku, Everest, and Nuptse. Your comfortable hotel in the bustling Namche Bazaar awaits you.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • 3440m

Take a leisurely day to acclimate in Namche Bazaar. Embark on a short, thrilling hike to Khumjung, visit the vibrant local market and Sherpa village, and soak in panoramic views of Himalayan giants including Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, and more. Overnight in Namche.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • 3440m

We'll embark on a journey from Namche, following the Dudh Koshi River and trekking through a steep trail to Tengboche. Overnight in a warm, inviting tea house in Tengboche, situated at an elevation of 3864m.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • 3864m

Today, we venture through beautiful Rhododendron forests and the vibrant Imja valley to reach Dingboche, also known as the "summer valley". En route, enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, and other towering peaks.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • 4350m

As we rise to the bright Himalayan morning in Dingboche, popularly known as the 'Summer Valley', we prepare ourselves for a day designed for acclimatization and exploration. Acclimatizing is essential in our journey to ensure we adjust to the altitude and prevent any mountain sickness.

After breakfast, we take advantage of this rest day by undertaking a morning hike up to Chukhung, a small summer settlement. The hike is fairly moderate but gives you an impressive view of the valley and its surrounding peaks. The climb rewards you with a captivating panorama of the Imja Khola valley and the stunning array of peaks bordering Tibet. Here, we are surrounded by a grand amphitheater of mountains - Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Island Peak, and the Lhotse Shar glacier.

After immersing in the spectacular views, we return to Dingboche for lunch. Post-lunch, you have the option of visiting the local monastery, famous for its mythical Yeti scalp and hand, adding a touch of intrigue to your adventure.

This day also presents an opportunity to interact with the Sherpa community, delve into their unique culture, traditions, and lifestyle that have remained mostly untouched by the outer world. You might also witness how they have adapted to the harsh conditions of high altitudes and yet managed to thrive in harmony with nature.

The rest of the day is free to relax, read, or stroll around the village, absorbing the tranquil atmosphere and beautiful mountain landscapes. Savor a hearty dinner as the last light of the day fades, and the clear night sky unveils a sparkling display of stars, possibly the clearest you've ever seen. The tranquility of Dingboche and the starlit sky make for a perfect end to your day of rest. Overnight in Dingboche.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • 4350m

With a good breakfast under your belt, we'll journey to Lobuche, starting with a steep hike up to a yak farm. From here, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of Tawache Peak and Cholatse peak before the trail ascends to the Khumbu Glacier and finally to Lobuche.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • 4930m

The much-awaited day arrives! After a nourishing breakfast, we begin our trek towards Gorakshep. The trails are rocky and sometimes even covered in ice, making the journey both challenging and thrilling. Along the way, the Khumbu Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in Nepal, greets us with its chilling yet awe-inspiring presence.

Upon reaching Gorakshep, a small settlement sitting at the edge of a frozen lakebed, we refuel ourselves with a quick bite before marching towards our ultimate goal: Everest Base Camp (EBC). The path from Gorakshep to EBC is adorned with prayer flags whispering the sagas of brave mountaineers who embarked on the audacious journey of summiting the world's tallest peak.

Finally, as we step on the grounds of Everest Base Camp, the feeling is euphoric. The camp, surrounded by Himalayan giants, buzzes with an infectious energy of achievement. Take some time here to revel in the success of reaching the base of Mt. Everest, at an elevation of 5,357m. Capture the magical vistas of Khumbu Icefall, Khumbu Glacier, and towering peaks like Mt. Pumori, Khumbutse, among others. You may also spot the brightly colored tents of expedition groups, a spectacle that adds color to the otherwise icy landscape.

After spending memorable moments at the base camp, we start our return trek to Gorakshep. The journey back is no less beautiful, with the vastness of the Himalayas providing an excellent backdrop for introspection. Upon reaching Gorakshep, we wind down for the day, giving our bodies a well-deserved rest, reminiscing about the incredible journey to the base of the highest point on earth, and preparing for the return journey that lies ahead. Overnight at Gorakshep.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • 5357m

Wake up before dawn today, as we embark on our journey to Kala Patthar, the highest point on our trek. Kala Patthar, translated as "Black Rock," offers an unobstructed panorama of Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks. This early morning trek might challenge you with its steep ascent and thin air, but the reward at the top outweighs every hardship.

As we reach the summit of Kala Patthar at 5,545m, witness the first rays of sun striking the snow-capped peaks, painting a picture of a magical golden landscape. The breathtaking vista from this vantage point is one of the most splendid in the entire Himalayan range. Marvel at the sweeping views of the world's highest peak - Mt. Everest (8,848m), along with other magnificent peaks such as Khumbutse (6,639m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501m), Mt. Nuptse (7,864m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,814m), Cholatse Peak, Tawache Peak, and Mt. Pumori. Take some time to capture these spectacular scenes in your memory and your camera before we start our descent to Gorakshep.

After a hearty breakfast at Gorakshep, we set off towards Pheriche, a charming village known for its Dugla Memorial, a tribute to the climbers who've lost their lives on Everest. Our descent follows the same trail that we took up, but offers a different perspective, as we admire the valleys, the extensive glacier moraines, and the rhododendron forests from a height. This downhill trek is a time to reflect on the grandeur of the mountains and the humbling effect they impose on us.

Upon reaching Pheriche, we settle into our teahouse accommodation. Soak in the tranquil atmosphere, refresh yourself, and rest your tired muscles. Cherish the memories of the day, from the beautiful sunrise at Kala Patthar to the peaceful descent, and look forward to another day of Himalayan adventure. Overnight stay at Pheriche.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • 4252m

After breakfast, we'll descend to the village of Pangboche, home to the region's oldest monastery, which is rumored to house Yeti relics. After crossing the Dudh Koshi River, we'll journey through a pine and juniper forest to Tengboche village, before returning to Namche Bazaar for the night.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • 3440m

On the last day of our trek, we'll descend sharply to Lukla, following the Dudh Koshi River. As the sun sets, bask in the warmth of the last mountain sunset of this exhilarating journey. Overnight in Lukla.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • 2810m

Catch a morning flight back to Kathmandu, soaking in the scenic views one last time. We'll transfer you to your hotel for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m

Awake to a relaxed morning in the vibrant city of Kathmandu. This day is an open canvas for you to paint with the colors of your own desires. After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you have an entire day to explore the city's bustling streets and hidden corners at your own pace.

Consider visiting the local markets, such as Ason Bazaar or Thamel. These bustling marketplaces are perfect for shopping for souvenirs. You can find a vast array of Nepalese arts and crafts, traditional clothing, and exquisite jewelry. Don't forget to bargain to get the best deals. Thamel is also home to numerous bookstores, cafes, and restaurants that offer everything from traditional Nepalese cuisine to international dishes.

If you're a history or architecture enthusiast, visit the numerous other UNESCO World Heritage Sites that Kathmandu has to offer. These may include Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, both boasting beautifully crafted temples, idols, open courts, and artistic historical monuments.

For a more tranquil experience, consider visiting the Garden of Dreams, a neoclassical garden with beautifully manicured lawns, fountains, and pavilions. It's an ideal spot to unwind and escape the city's hustle and bustle.

Alternatively, you might want to try a Nepalese cooking class or a yoga session, both widely available across the city. These activities can provide a fun and insightful way to engage with the local culture.

As evening falls, treat yourself to a delightful dinner at one of Kathmandu's top restaurants, perhaps trying a traditional Dal Bhat Thali or the delectable momos.

After a fulfilling day exploring Kathmandu, retire to your hotel for a peaceful night's sleep. This leisure day allows you to recover from the trek, while also immersing yourself in the rich tapestry of culture, history, and life that Kathmandu has to offer. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m

After a farewell breakfast, the Dream Heaven Adventure Team will accompany you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight home. Goodbye and safe travels, until we meet again!

  • Breakfast

Trip Map

Everest Kalapathar Trek map

Cost Details

Includes

  • International and Domestic Airport transfer
  • Kathmandu hotel including breakfast ( 4 nights )
  • Kathmandu full day city tour ( including professional city tour guide and private car)
  • Flight for Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.
  • Hotel/Accomodation in tea house ( in the trek)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), while trekking
  • Professional trekking guide ( including his all expences)
  • Strong porter for entire trek ( including his all expences)
  • National entry permit and Khumbu rural municipality entry fee
  • First aid kit ( guide will carry)
  • Equipments for the staff
  • Office service charges and all necessary government taxes

Excludes

  • Your Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal related expenses (battery recharge, hot shower etc)
  • Tips for the staff
  • Drinks related expences - alcoholic and soft drinks, mineral/hote water etc.
  • Others expenses  ( if any)

Dates & Price

Trip DatePriceAvailability 
Start DateFridayMay 31, 2024End DateSaturdayJune 15, 2024StatusStatusGuaranteedPricePriceUS $1450

Good to Know

Accommodation and Meals on Everest Base Camp (EBC) and Kalapathar Trek

During the Everest Kalapathar Trek, you'll stay in comfy teahouses and lodges strategically placed along the trekking route. These places to stay have a warm and friendly atmosphere, making you feel at home in the Himalayan wilderness.

Teahouses are a big part of the trekking experience in Nepal. They offer simple but cozy rooms with twin beds and shared bathrooms. After a day of trekking, these teahouses are a great place to relax, chat with other trekkers, and enjoy the friendship that develops during such an adventure.

The meals during the trek are nutritious and meant to give you energy for the challenges ahead. Our packages include three meals a day, offering a mix of local and international dishes. Enjoy tasty traditional Nepali foods like dal bhat (rice and lentil soup), momos (steamed dumplings), and thukpa (noodle soup). We also have Western options like pasta, pancakes, and sandwiches to cater to different tastes.

We make an effort to use fresh, locally sourced ingredients, making your dining experience not only enjoyable but also a chance to support local communities. Our experienced trekking staff ensures that the meals are prepared in a hygienic way, taking into account any dietary preferences or restrictions you may have.

Permits and Logistics for Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek

In our Everest Kalapathar Trek Package, we handle all the necessary permits and logistics to make your experience smooth and trouble-free.

To enter Sagarmatha National Park and the Everest region, you'll need a Sagarmatha National Park Permit. This permit supports conservation efforts and allows you to enjoy the park's pristine beauty. You'll also need a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card and a local Khumbu Municipality permit for safety and tracking.

Our team will take care of the permit application process for you, so you can focus on getting ready for the trek and embracing the adventure. You can trust us to handle all the paperwork, giving you more time to enjoy the stunning Himalayan scenery.

In terms of logistics, we provide a well-organized itinerary with planned accommodations, transportation, and daily trekking routes. Our experienced guides will lead the way, ensuring you take the best routes for a safe and enjoyable experience. With us, you'll have a dedicated support team managing all arrangements, letting you fully enjoy the journey.

Difficulty of Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek

The Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar trek is considered moderately to challenging, suitable for individuals with a moderate to good level of fitness. Participants typically walk for about 4 to 6 hours daily over a 12-day period, including rest days for acclimatization. While a reasonable level of fitness allows for carrying personal backpacks, having porters can ease the physical demands. No technical climbing skills are needed for this trek.

Caution is essential to avoid rapid ascents, which can lead to altitude sickness. Some parts of the trek involve steep climbs to higher elevations. The total distance covered is around 120 km (75 miles), averaging 15 km per day over two weeks. The terrain is not flat, with frequent ascents and descents. While exceptional physical fitness is not required, the high altitude adds to the challenge.

The journey starts at 2800m, ascends approximately 2400m, reaching base camp at 5,364m (17,598 ft). The difficulty depends on factors like backpack weight (eased by porters) and the season, as adverse weather can make the trek more demanding.

Safety Measures and Preparations for Your Everest Kalapathar Trek

Ensuring your safety is our top priority during the Everest Kalapathar Trek. We take careful steps to make sure you have a secure and enjoyable trekking experience.

Before the trek, our experienced guides provide thorough briefings with essential information about the route, potential challenges, and safety guidelines. You'll receive guidance on preventing altitude sickness, acclimatization techniques, and recognizing symptoms that may need attention.

Throughout the trek, our guides closely monitor your well-being and adjust the pace to support acclimatization. They are skilled in identifying signs of altitude-related issues and are ready to respond appropriately to any medical concerns.

We equip our team with a well-stocked first-aid kit and communication devices for emergencies. Our staff is trained in wilderness first-aid, capable of handling minor injuries and providing necessary assistance until professional help is available.

Before starting the trek, we recommend engaging in physical fitness preparation to enhance your overall experience. Cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking practice are helpful in preparing your body for the challenges of high-altitude trekking.

Rest assured, we prioritize your safety at every step of the journey, making the Everest Kalapathar Trek an enriching and secure adventure that you can cherish for a lifetime.

Client Reviews

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    Sara MooreUnited Kingdom |December 15, 2021
    TripAdvisor

    14 day Everest Case Camp/Kalapathar

    My husband and I booked 14 Days Everest Base Camp trek with Dream Heaven. The booking process was easy, Mr. Suman was very keen in our every questions regarding the trek, every reply was prompt.

    Our guide Hupi was very attentive throughout the trek, he was being very funny and helpful. He was knowledgeable about the area and Mountain. This is the trip of a lifetime. Enjoyed our trip very much and the trip was beyond the expectation.

  • Helen Jing
    Helen JingSingapore |January 23, 2019
    TripAdvisor

    EBC Trek Lifetime Adventure

    We just completed 10 days customized Everest base camp kalapathar trek with Dream Himalayan Adventures! All the staffs in DHA were amazing. Suman was extremely prompt in answering of all our queries.

    And our guide Sham was very knowledgeable; everything was taken care of, provides us very good lodges during the trek. We had so much fun and the view was an amazing. Everything was well planned, could not recommend Dream Himalayan highly enough.

  • Michael Phillips
    Michael PhillipsAustralia |December 18, 2018
    TripAdvisor

    12 day Mt Everest base camp/kalapathar trek

    I would like to say from the very first point of contact Suman was extremely helpful in organizing our trek. Everything was seamless. Our guide Huparaj and our porter Manoj made our trek enjoyable and Huparaj was warm, personal, motivational and very very knowledgeable of the Himalaya's.

    Everything was well planned and catered for. I can't speak highly enough of Suman and the team at Dream Heaven Adventure, you made a incredible adventure perfect.

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    Andrew WatkinsonAustralia |November 28, 2018
    TripAdvisor

    Customised small group trekking

    Wow, this was great. I normally check around but when my husband Andrew made the first email enquiry Suman replied promptly, as he did for many emails and questions about trekking from Jiri to Kala Pattar. We learned to trust Dream Heaven Adventure was responsive in the way we are used to with good companies in Australia.

    We were able to customize the trek to meet our own specific needs and developed an itinerary which allowed for extra acclimatization days.

    The guide and porter Suman provided for us were wonderful, always looking after us whether it be on the trail, or finding the best teahouses to stay at.

    Suman has developed a great trekking company which meets the particular needs of his clients as he helps tailor the right trip whether travelling solo, as a couple or in small groups.

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    Gilbert LeeMalaysia |July 30, 2018
    TripAdvisor

    Wonderful trek to EBC

    Had a wonderful experience and great time in the trip. Our guide Raj and porter Rabin were so nice. Raj, great knowledgeable person, who knows very well about the region, locals and history/culture. We could not finish this trip without Raj, I was absolutely amazed with all arrangements.

    Suman was truly helpful person, prompt in answering my questions since I contact him. We first met him in Kathmandu, and he was very keen to organize our trip very well. Thanks all for making our adventure fun.

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