Exquisite Views from Kala Patthar
Most adventurous people visiting Nepal will want to spend at least a little time admiring the fabulous and famous peak of Mount Everest. Whether you intend to climb the mountain or not, you will find that the best views of this stunning mountain are available from nearby Kala Patthar – a small brown mountain with very little appeal itself. Kala Patthar, Nepal is situated on the southern side of the somewhat more impressive Pumori Mountain and it is dwarfed by this snow-covered spectacle. However, its relatively small size (5,545 m/18,192 ft) makes it easy to climb which means it is quite accessible as long as you have a moderate level of fitness.
Kala Patthar is not famous for its own beauty but rather for the view it offers of other mountains. A part of the Nepalese Himalayas, a climb to the top of Kala Patthur is a popular tourist activity. Not only does such a trip take visitors right into the Himalayas but it affords them some of the most spectacular scenery in the region. Kala Patthur offers stunning views of Lhotse, Nuptse and, of course, Everest. The view of Mount Everest is especially treasured since it gives climbers a chance to see the entire mountain – from base to peak. Those actually climbing the mountain can only see certain parts of it at any given time so the view from Kala Patthar is truly inspiring since one can clearly see the magnitude of the mountain and appreciate the difficulty of the climb.
If you want to ascend Kala Patthar, you will begin your climb at Gorakshep which is situated at an elevation of 5,164 m. From here you will descend a few meters into a ancient lake bed before climbing again. After a rather steep climb, the path levels off somewhat allowing trekkers a somewhat easier climb up the eastern side of the mountain. It become difficult again as it reaches the summit where winds may lash against trekkers