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.
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!
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.