Planning to escape to Nepal in 2023/2022, if so what about Kalapatthar Trek in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
Khumbu region also popularly known as the Everest region of Nepal is one of the most fascinating and exotic regions for any trekkers into the wild Himalayas of Nepal. It is a dream destination for many and to experience its reality is only for some. It is so because of its distinct landscape, culture, religion, lifestyle, vegetation, and also the high Himalayas with an altitude of 8848.86 meters.
Khumbu Region is a sub-region of the Solukhumbu district of Nepal, covering an area of 1539.11km² (594.24 sq. mi) bordering the Autonomous region of Tibet. With a long-range of Himalayas with hundreds of mountains still to be named, the Khumbu region has everything trekkers or travelers would prefer to explore.
Of the 14 highest mountains in the world, Nepal still holds the record being blessed with 8 highest mountains of the world of which 3 are in the Khumbu region itself, thus making trekkers explore 3 highest Himalayas which are: Mt. Everest 8848.86 meters is one of the highest existing mountain of the world, Mt. Lhotse 8516 meters holds the record of 4th highest mountain of the world and Mt. Cho Oyu 8188 meters the 6th highest mountain on the earth.
Apart from above 8000 meters of Himalayas, the Khumbu region has numerous Himalayas still hundreds of them waiting to be named. Some of the popular mountains to be mentioned here are: Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7161m), Baruntse (7129m), Ama Dablam (6812m), Kangtega (6782m), Cho Polu (6735m), Num Ri ( 6677m), Thamserku (6623m), Taboche (6542m), Cholatse (6440m), Kusum Kanguru (6367m), Imja Tse (6189m), Lobuche (6119m), Kala Patthar (5643m), Gokyo Ri (5357m) are very few to mention.
Khumbu region holds the record for being blessed with multiple trekking trails from Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Three Pass Trek, Gokyo, and Gokyo Ri Trek, Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek, Short Everest View Trek to Expedition and Peak climbing Island Peak Climbing, and Mera Peak Climbing and also a day tour like Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, all these makes Khumbu, a region for challenge taking trekkers, to easy hiking trekkers, to a short day tour trekkers into the high Himalayas along with low elevation to high, making you choose between your interest. It is a region with high passes, with numerous snow-melted lakes, and also a region where Yeti, a mysterious creature dwells. Along with all these, the Khumbu region is only the region with the highest number of Sherpa communities, an ethnic group of people living in the high altitudes, making the Namche Bazaar their official headquarter.
Kalapatthar Trekking itinerary has so designed by Discover Altitude to include all the central highlights of the Khumbu region. Starting the trek from Lukla, which is a short flight from the capital city of Kathmandu, the trail will then take us through the diverse vegetation, flora, and fauna of the Khumbu region. Crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, one will enter the Sagarmatha National Conservation Area which is a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nepal.
Further, we ascend towards the headquarter of the Khumbu region which is Namche Bazaar, we will pass by all the vegetation as we enter towards the bare Himalayan desert to reach Gorakshep, Everest Base Camp, and finally to Kalapatthar.
As Kalapatthar will be the highest altitude of the entire Kalapatthar Trekking Itinerary, but optional we will visit Everest Base Camp as well, to make our dream destination come true, before descending towards Lukla for our domestic flight to Kathmandu.
Now, the question may arise why the Kalapatthar trek, Kalapatthar trek includes two popular viewpoints of the Khumbu/Everest region. They are Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar together and at the same price, making the trek as Kalapatthar-Everest Base Camp Trek. Trekker will not miss the exotic view of the Himalayas existing in the Khumbu region.
This will help trekkers to explore the base of the highest mountain Mt. Everest and Kalapatthar for the 360° panoramic view of the Himalayas. This won’t cost any extra for trekkers neither need to carry any extra equipment nor need to pay for extra accommodation or food as the hike to Kalapatthar is just a 3-4 hours hike from Gorakshep two-way but early in the morning for the sunrise view over the Himalayas.
Follow the right trip to explore the majestic view of the entire Khumbu region by choosing Discover Altitude as your travel guide in Nepal.
Highlights of Kalapatthar Trek
Kalapatthar Trek is one of the fabulous treks into the Khumbu region of Nepal, rich in a diverse culture, religion, and vegetation along with the mighty Himalayas. This Kalapatthar trek will lead us to a region with the three highest mountains on earth Mt. Everest (8848.86m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), and Mt. Cho Oyu (8188m). Further, we can experience a thrilling flight to Lukla from Kathmandu airport.
Kalapatthar Trek will energize any layman with panoramic views of the Himalayas, the vegetation of the Khumbu region, the cultural lifestyle of Sherpa people, and also the beautiful Monasteries all throughout the trail.
One can explore the Tengboche monastery which is the famous monastery of the entire Khumbu region and also the monastery at the highest altitude. Further, we will be visiting Everest View Hotel in Shyangboche, which holds the Guinness world record of being the highest placed hotel on earth at the altitude of 13,000 ft.
The trail of Kalapatthar Trek will lead us towards our highest overnight camp in Gorekshep (5364) before hiking towards Everest Base Camp and our final point and also the highest altitude of the entire Kalapatthar trek which is Kalapatthar 5545 meters.
Kalapatthar trekking is not only a mere trail for the magnificent views of the mighty Himalayas, it is a trail that will lead us through the dense forest towards the bare Himalayas to explore the flora along with fauna at such altitude along with Everest Base Camp.
Further, throughout the Kalapatthar trekking trail, one can fill the true spiritual vibration by visiting numerous monasteries, strolling praying wheels, hanging praying flags, and chanting some religious mantras that will make our materialistic journey flourish.