Kala Pathar Nepal is one of the adventurous trekking destinations in the country best popular for offering the amazing spectacular views of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. Since the early days of Everest expedition, Kala Pathar has been drawing a number of climbers as it is the best location to explore the breathtaking views of Everest and other giant snowcapped mountains.
The Kala Pathar Mountain is at the elevation of 5,554m. above sea level. It lies above Gorakshep on the south ridge of Pumori of the Himalayas. Though it is not an advanced mountain, the destination is very popular and is the prior choice to ascent by the trekkers exploring Everest Base Camp (EBC). Why not, it provides a close-up view of Everest, the land of opportunities for real photographers. An interesting fact about the region is that the "Mount Everest Webcam", the world's highest webcam is located on the mountain.
The highest summit of the Everest is blocked by Nuptse due to Everest Massif's structure from the base camp. As you ascent Kala Pathar, you will get the glimpses of the northern flank, Nuptse, Changtse and summit of Lhotse as well. This has increased the number of trekkers on the mountain every year as it recovers the loss of views from the Everest Base Camp.
As per the Nepali and Hindi language, the term "Kala Pathar" means "Black Stone." The name of the mountain is popular and is often used in the Nepali literature.
Trek to Kala Pathar is not an official trek but is accomplished as an optional extra destination while moving to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek. Almost every trekker for EBC wishes to ascent the mountain. It normally takes 2 hours walk to reach the mountain's view point. There is no particular word to describe the heavenly feeling of being in such incredible view point.
As you head for the ascent of the mountain, the top of the mountain is not clearly seen in some way which will raise the mental difficulty to the trek. Trekkers who are well acclimatized and passion for challenging trek feels more adventurous.
There is a misconception that Everest Base Camp requires a high degree of fitness and not everyone can accomplish it. This is not a fact as people with good fitness level can move for the trek. Every year more than 30,000 trekkers are welcomed on this route and most of them don't miss the chance to ascent the Kala Pathar. This is because of the mind-blowing scenic views of soaring peaks and high-sky altitudes.
On 4 December 2009, former Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and the Nepali Cabinet made a historic meeting at the base of Kala Pathar. The cabinet was held for a short time and made the record of being the cabinet meeting at the highest elevation. The main objective of the meeting was to draw the attention of the entire world for responding to the climate change. Because of urbanization, pollution and global warming, the adverse effect on the climate has been measured which is eventually harmful to the entire living beings.
After the meeting, PM Nepal announced some new conservation areas to be established in Nepal. The meeting became successful to raise the voice and aware about the effects of melting glaciers in the Himalayas. If the climatic degradation continues, the chances of bursting glacial lakes increases which are threatening the mountain communities.
Kala Pathar Nepal trek begins from Gorakshep (5,164m). The journey gets initiated as you walk down to "The Beach", one of the ancient lakes before you start the mountain ascent. Meanwhile, you'll move through a series of steep switchbacks. After few hours of walk, you'll get to explore the world's highest webcam.
Trekkers desire for the black stone mountain ascent because it recovers the real Everest structure view that is not available from the Everest base camp. The structure of the Everest is the main reason and therefore every trekker for EBC trek wishes to reach the top of the Kala Pathar. Alongside the stunning Everest, one can get the majestic views of giant peaks including Changtse, Numptse and Lhotse.
The most desirable time to climb the mountain is early in the morning. One can get the incredible sunrise views above the Khumbu glacier. Apart from the natural beauty, trekkers will definitely be entertained by Buddhist monasteries and prayer flags throughout the journey. If you become lucky and reach the mountain's summit in a clear day, you will amass a chance to get the extraordinary panoramic views of white snow-capped mountains including Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse and Kwangde. When the sun starts setting down, another incredible view of Mt. Lhotse and Everest over golden sunlight will fascinate the trekkers.
The leading destination in the Sagarmatha National Park will take you up and down making you pass through muddy routes, narrow valleys, stone steps and walking through Sherpa community villages. You will also encounter some passing yaks, donkeys and mountain goats. Apart from these all, one can get to know the insights into the way of living and culture of the local ethnic community.
Everest Base Camp Kala Pathar Nepal is best to visit during the autumn season i.e. September to November and spring season i.e.March to May. During those best season, you'll experience the crystal clear and remarkable views of the Himalayas environment. To ascent, the mountain during the winter season is very difficult and most challenging and hardly it is accomplished.
Kala Pathar becomes the sub-destination as trekkers accomplish it when they are looking to explore the Everest base camp. So, it is essential to carry the trekking gears/ equipment as per the requirement for base camp. Navigation tools, compass, proper clothing, additional foods, water bottles are some of the most common equipment essential for the journey.