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Kala Patthar is a viewpoint that offers fantastic views of Everest and the surrounding mountains. At 5644m it is the highest point you will reach on the Everest Base Camp trek. Kala Patthar means ‘Black Rock’ and it is located on the south ridge of Pumori (a 7000m+ peak just to the west of Everest) above Gorakshep. Whilst it is not itself classed as a mountain it is very popular with trekkers due to the fantastic views gained from standing at its high point.

It can feel especially cold whilst climbing Kala Patthar and temperatures can fall to as low as -20oC. This is pretty normal and so you need to be prepared.

To keep warm and improve your chances of reaching the viewpoint of Kala Patthar, we recommend you set out wearing:

  • Base layer top and bottom (2, dependant on how much you feel the cold)
  • Thick socks on top of a liner sock
  • Mid layer
  • Fleece layer
  • Down or synthetic jacket
  • Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Mittens – with liner gloves underneath
  • Warm hat
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Head torch
  • A small hot drink
  • Quick energy/sugar snacks

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