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Mt. Kala Patthar with Pumori in Background

The views from almost anywhere on
Kala Patthar of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are spectacular.
Mt. Kala Patthar

Introduction to Kala Patthar
Kala Patthar is a mountain in the Nepalese Himalaya. It appears as a big brown bump below the impressive south face of Pumori (7,161m / 23,494ft). Many trekkers in the region of Mount Everest will attempt to summit Kala Patthar.

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The main reason for summiting Kala Patthar is that it provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest from base camp to peak (due to the structure of Everest, the peak cannot be seen from the base). The views from almost anywhere on Kala Patthar of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are spectacular.

The ascent of Kala Patthar begins at Gorakshep (5,181m), 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 leveling 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. From there, a five to ten minute scramble over boulders takes one to the top, which is marked with prayer flags. The full ascent usually takes between 1.5 and 2 hours. If the attempt is made starting from Lobuche, an additional two to three hours (one way) is required.



 
 
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