The Pinnacle of our Trip – Kala Patthar

While getting to EBC and performing research along the way was the main focus of our trek, the sunrise hike to Kala Patthar was probably the most anticipated aspect of the trip for myself and others on the team.


Kala Patthar is a “small little bump” sitting at 5600 m and providing incredible views of all the peaks in the region.


We hit the trail around 5:00 am and took about 2 hours to make it to the top of Kala Patthar.  Despite only covering 2.1 km of distant, the hike was a slog, as we gained 529 m of elevation in an environment with considerably thin air.

Pumori beckons us higher

While the climb up Kala Patthar was difficult and exhausting, every step provided an even greater view of Everest, which was reason enough to keep hiking!

Clouds whip over Everest while the rising sun begins to reveal itself

Once we reached the top of Kala Patthar, the sun had risen over the mountains and began to heat us up.  We had an incredible vantage of the entire region and spent the better part of an hour taking pictures and just enjoying the view.

One thought on “The Pinnacle of our Trip – Kala Patthar

  1. Hi Jeremy
    Thank you for sharing your extraordinary adventure. We have just finished reading your last post. We hear you are under the weather and know that you need a much deserved rest. We do have two questions for you though.
    When you finish your research will you let us know so we can read it. Rebecca wants to know if you will keep in touch with your research subjects!
    Take care


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