Kala Pattar

Elevation (feet): 18,192
Elevation (meters): 5,545
Continent: Asia
Country: Nepal
Range/Region: Central Nepal Himalaya
Latitude: 27.995833
Longitude: 86.828417
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: Lukla
Convenient Center: Gorekshep

Thanks to Teo Yik Ying for adding this peak.

Kala Pattar (Khumbu region, Nepal) standing at 5545m asl. is a rocky outcrop against the background of Pumori. Standing on the peak, one can see the Everest range which includes Everest and Lhotse. A basic trekking peak at moderate altitude, nearest thing to a 'basecamp' is a few small huts in a region named Gorekshep (5100+m), on the way from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. Normal route taken to this peak will be via Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Periche, Lobuje and finally Gorekshep.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 47 trip reports for Kala Pattar.

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  • Log #22444 - by Sven Sjöberg on Oct 31, 2013
    Trek to Everest base camp
  • Log #22259 - by Mongoose Travel on Nov 28, 2011
    This is a trekking viewpoint, not a mountaineering expedition and not really a true mountain either. I've trekked up there at least eight times. It takes about three hours from Gorakhshep and two to...
  • Log #22108 - by wennol2 on Nov 24, 2010
    Left Gorak Shep 07:00. Clear but very cold. Summitted in about two hours. Fantastic views.
  • Log #22049 - by Pep Pons on Aug 16, 2010
    This was my 3rd Kala Pattar. This year, I arranged and new expedition to Mera Peak in order to show the Everest Region to my friend Cristina and Txus (my climbing colleagues since 2004). From Mera...
  • Log #22048 - by Pep Pons on Aug 16, 2010
    This was the second time I was in Kala Pattar. Just was part of my training for the Island Peak. That year was the 50th anniversary of the Everest Summit. The BC was absolutely crowded, but I had the...
  • Log #22047 - by Pep Pons on Aug 16, 2010
    It was my first trek in the Everest Region. Like a piece of a dream! Un tros d'un somni!
  • Log #21937 - by Mark G on Feb 24, 2010
    A trek of several hours from Gorak Shep. After walking up to the top of several 'false summit', the views offered from the summit of Kala Pattar are well worth the effort. The site of the Khumbu...
  • Log #21275 - by Jani Verster on May 14, 2008
    Kala Pattar is an easy-ish hike from Gorak Shep village, and provides glorious views of Everest, Base Camp, the Khumbu Ice Fall and Pumori. Start as early as possible - the weather tend to be foul...
  • Log #16276 - by adrian clifford on Sep 28, 2004
    went up while acclimatising for an attempt on w ridge Nuptse with Mal Duff , Brian Sprunt and andy Nisbet.Mal died at everest base afew years ago.He was a great character as was Brian ,who died...
  • Log #16277 - by Lim Wui Liang on Aug 10, 2004
    I can still recall the excitement on the morning I was supposed to ascend Kala Pattar. Just the day before, I headed for EBC after arriving at Gorak Shep during noon. The trip to base camp and...
  • Log #16278 - by Christine Theodorovics on June 24, 2004
    Came from Lobuche. Felt sick - still high altitude sickness. Great view to Nuptse, Everest an Pumori!
  • Log #16279 - by David Johnson on Feb 22, 2004
    One of my best memories was trekking to EBC and Kala Pattar with my 14 year old son! We went with a family of six who were living in Nepal at the time. Their four children aged 9-15, made our group...
  • Log #16280 - by Gordon Crosbie on Feb 16, 2004
    One of the best moments of my life, finally sitting on the rocky summit. Sun bright on the SW face of Everest made for great photo's. Well worth the effort and shortness of breath on the ascent from...
  • Log #16281 - by Thomas C. Johansen on Dec 07, 2003
    I started out from Lobuche with a friend I met at about 7 or 7.30 in the morning. We reached Gorak Shep at about 9.30 and rested their for an hour while drinking som tea.
  • Log #16282 - by Justin Rawley on Oct 28, 2003
    Too bad the day I went up was under whiteout conditions. I left with Nuri Sherpa from Gorak Shep around 6:00 am after scrambling to finish packing my stuff because all of us were planning to head...
  • Log #16283 - by Nyle K. Walton on July 23, 2003
    I slept here three nights just short of the Russian Base Camp to Mount Everest. I got some good color shots of the summit of the world from high on Kala Pattar. It was the climax of a very memorable...
  • Log #16284 - by Jaakko Uotila on July 21, 2003
    Breathtaking views and magnificent people of Nepal.
  • Log #16285 - by vivek shah on July 15, 2003
    Simply stunning!! Chomolungma and Pumori just ooze sexuality seen from this close range!
  • Log #16286 - by James Kaplan on July 02, 2003
    this is a repeat of my 16 Sep 2001 post. My wep page has changed, as noted in this post. "I'm 55 and trained hard for this trek. I didn't find it particularly difficult, just took some frequent...
  • Log #16287 - by Armando Corvini on June 12, 2003
    This was my second assent to KalaPatar. First summited in October 1988, as acclamatizing for our assent of the South East Ridge of Pumori (7145m.) My second assent in December 1993. Jenny Corvini,...
  • Log #16288 - by Martin Garvey on June 10, 2003
    i Still remember the slow walking pace and heavy breathing. Suffered from altitude sickness that night and had to descend quickly next morning with the help of some friends i had met during the walk...
  • Log #16289 - by Norbert Fels on May 02, 2003
    Easy to climb, good views but heavily overcrowded
  • Log #16290 - by Josep Pons on Mar 18, 2003
    It was a dream and without the monsoon should be incredible. Era un somni, per¤ sense nuvols ha de ser la "repera".
  • Log #16291 - by Craig Knelsen on Jan 10, 2003
    I began my first Nepal trek at Jiri. The walk-in from Jiri to Lukla is well worth the extra 8 days. The two of us Westerners on the Jiri walk-in did not have any problems with the Maoist rebels...
  • Log #16292 - by Pat Corry on Dec 05, 2002
    Literal high point in my climbing career. Climbed at the age of 15 along with Douglas Hoffmann, Sherpas Pasang Kami, Pemba Tensing, and Bob(last name escapes me) from Seattle. Also climbed subsidiary...
  • Log #16293 - by ajeev ahuguna on Nov 29, 2002
    Okay, I climbed only one KM up on Pylatus, 700 meter short of peak. But I had no equipment, just lunch and water in back pack and had never seen a peak from so near. I happy to see snow from so close.
  • Log #16295 - by Manfred Werkmann on Nov 29, 2002
    A great day, unfortunately the only day, when the upper 800 m of Everest were in clouds.
  • Log #16296 - by Richard Merrell on Oct 31, 2002
    A long walk up from Lobuche, with beautiful clear skys all day. Very windy at summit. Fantastic 360deg views with Everest, Nuptse and Khumbu Glacier. Never seen anything like it!
  • Log #16297 - by Tom Tang on Sep 24, 2002
    Great trekking experience. The best view I have ever seen, from the summit, there are at least over 10 6-8000m peaks you could see at the same time. Khumbu Glacier is fantastic.
  • Log #16299 - by Nick Mew on Aug 05, 2002
    Even after trekking all the way from the roadhead at Jiri, and taking it slow to acclimatise, it's still a hard slog from Lobuche up to Kala Pattar - not helped by the huge amount of morraine you...
  • Log #16300 - by Anders Joergensen on July 15, 2002
    The view to everest is OK, but the view towards the lower parts of khumbu is even more spectacular.
  • Log #16301 - by Rob Bogue on June 27, 2002
    I reached the summit on April 1st, 2002 at about 12.30 p.m. with Katie, my beautiful partner, after leaving Lobuche at 4.40 a.m. The trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep was spectacular, as the sun rose...
  • Log #16302 - by Ryan James McAllister on May 11, 2002
    Three of us, plus our sherpa guide,"Ghumbo", managed the summit on December 28th , 2000. Spectacular weather, brilliant sunshine, blue sky and no clouds, a rarity in the middle of winter....
  • Log #16303 - by Eric Hulst on May 08, 2002
    This was the most thrilling event of my life so far (and I have done sky-diving!). A lot of hard work was payed off by this beautifull view of mount everest! The memorie of the sight will never...
  • Log #16304 - by Hajah Zaleha Hj Abu Samah on Apr 17, 2002
    Our group 9 of us reach the top of Kallapattar to view Mt Everest.3 of my friends are not in good condition (acute mountain sickness) so only 6 of us manage to reach the top of...
  • Log #16305 - by Stewart Taylor on Apr 07, 2002
    After walking from roads end to Kala Pattar then to almost quit from lack of energy and oxygen only to be spurred on to the summit by a 73 year old British lady that tut tutted me for smoking too...
  • Log #16306 - by Ben Bonnaerens on Jan 21, 2002
    The Nuptse face is spectacular and you cannot get nearer to Everest without climbing it...Magnificent!
  • Log #16307 - by Mark Owens website on Jan 04, 2002
    What a great day to summit this peak, the views where spectacular with no clouds in the sky. The only problem was the wind which must have been at least 60 miles per hour making it hard to stand up....
  • Log #16308 - by Horst Vandermeer on Jan 03, 2002
    From the huts of the gorakshep where a lady resided nicknamed'the witch'I started the ascent in a early hour.After the last scrambles to the top I stayed there for the usual things to do,smoked some...
  • Log #16309 - by Jim Kaplan on Aug 25, 2001
    I'm 55 and trained hard for this trek. I didn't find it particularly difficult, just took some frequent rest stops on those unbroken 500 meter ascents. Our group of 13 ranged from 22 to 69 and all...
  • Log #16310 - by Bill Ozanne on July 08, 2001
    We reached the top early in the morning before the monsoon rains obscured the amazing view. It was a great accomplishment but it should not be confused with a true trekking peak. There is a great...
  • Log #16311 - by carson on July 07, 2001
    although the monsoon clouds hid the giants, hearing avalanches and feeling the pouring snow and reaching the top made lasting imprints on us all. ps....DRINK YOUR WATER!!!!! :)
  • Log #16312 - by PASIAN on July 05, 2001
    A fantastic view upon the top of the world, located on the north ridge of the Pumori : Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse With Laurence, we climbed it easily, in 2h30 with a small headache. Weather...
  • Log #16313 - by Luis Felipe Salinas on June 26, 2001
    Nice trekking with my wife Marianela and my friends Arturo, Ang Kami and thirta man tamman.
  • Log #16314 - by bill mcwatters on May 27, 2001
    for those of you(like myself) who are non-climbers this is a must for trekking.a great vantage point for photo's of everest,lhotse,nuptse etc. however at 5545m it's no walk in the park but if you are...
  • Log #16315 - by Foo Ts'iang Boon Simon on Apr 21, 2001
    Illness and friends goes well together.....
  • Log #16316 - by Teo Yik Ying on Apr 21, 2001
    A nice piece of rock!