Where is the Kalapathar of Everest?


If you had a trek to Everest Base Camp then you might know about the Kalapathar of Everest. It is the best place for its panoramic view of Everest, Nuptse, and Changtse. Similarly, it is only 33ft high and it is very famous among all the travelers due to the closer view of Mt Everest.

To be the truth, from the top of Everest Base Camp, you won’t see Mt Everest. However, from Kalapathar you can see Mt Everest which will be in your Itinerary.

Likewise, here is some latest information about Kalapathar you might want to know:

Where is Kalapathar located?

Kalapathar of Everest

Kalapathar is located near Pumori Himal (Nepal: Tibet border), which is above Gorakshep with an altitude of 5,643m (18,514 ft). Situated in the Mahalangur Himalaya section, 10.6 km far from Mt Everest in south ridge of Pumori, it lies in the Khumbu region.

According to Nepalese people, Kalapathar means “Black Rock” and the name was given due to its coloration. You can reach its summit from Gorakshep within 1.5-2 hours and 3-4 hours from Lobuche. To recognize the Kalapathar, you can see the prayer pictured below and from there you can see the closer look of Mt Everest.

How to reach Kalapathar of Everest?

After coming to Lukla, you have to do a short trek in Namche Bazar via Phakding. There, you will have an astounding view of Mt Everest from Namche Bazar also. And after having a rest day in Namche Bazar, you will have to trek to Tyangboche the next day. Here, you can see the oldest monastery of Nepal and the history of it.

Similarly, crossing the Fungi Thanga you will reach Dingboche where you have to take an acclimatization day. Acclimatization is very important for your body to adjust the surrounding.

Lobuche will be your next destination after a rest day in Dingboche; then finally you will have to trek to Gorakshep in next day and then you will hike to Kalapathar.

This itinerary consists of a minimum of 11 days to reach Kalapathar; only if you are a beginner. If you can do rapid base camp trekking then you can do Kalapathar trekking within 8-9. However, there’s no short route or vehicle in this trekking. Therefore, trekking is the only way to reach Kalapathar.

If you don’t want to do trekking then you can reach there by Helicopter ride. It will be a little costly though.

Weather in Kalapathar of Everest


Weather can be unpredictable in this area because Global warming has also affected here. In 2019, even in starting of peak season there was some rash weather which affected the delay of flights. However, the best month to do trekking in Kalapathar is in the Autumn season which falls under Sep-Dec and Spring season which falls under March-June.

MonthAverage TemperatureSeasonsWeathers
March 19-June 2015°C at Day and -10°C at nightSpring seasonWarm at day, clear sky.
June 21- Sep 2217°C at daytime & 5°C at nightSummer seasonToo much fog/mist. Slippery roads.
Sep 23- Dec 2120°C at day & -10°C at nightAutumn seasonDry winds, warm and clear sky
Dec 22- March 2015°C at day and -17°C at nightWinter seasonheavy snowfalls possibilities, extreme cold at night.

Summer season and winter season is a deadly season to do trekking in this area due to possibilities of an avalanche, extreme cold, bad weather and many more. But people try to trek in this region at the time of winter season to get rid of rush hour in peak season. It is not recommended to do trekking in the winter season because the chance of surviving is very low.

Why trek in Nepal?

As technology is updating day to day, more people are being stuck in the technology world, forgetting about the beauty of nature. They are unknown about the huge gap they are leaving in their life by not experiencing any adventure in their life. Therefore, to fill the gap in their heart adventure, traveling and trekking are most important.

Likewise, Kalapathar of Everest has become a most essential part of hiking for all trekkers who trek in EBC. If you are interested in traveling, learning cultures by doing Home Stay, trekking and other adventure then you can send inquiry to [email protected] or visit our website.

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As the head of Pristine Nepal Treks and Expedition, he is the inspiration for all young generation who wants to work in the trekking field. Working in the trekking field from his young age he is also very interested in learning the Himalayas, Culture, History, and politics too.

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