Everest Base Camp travel blog

Kala Pattar

Pumori

Pumori from Kalapatar


We trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier as the

path winds over the rocky moraine towards the

settlement of Gorak Shep. We are high, among

the glaciers of the world's highest peaks. At the

junction of two large glaciers and nestled in an

amphitheatre of peaks, this campsite is

spectacular. Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m)

surround our camp. Following our arrival at Gorak

Shep we have an early lunch before ascending

Kala Pattar. Kala Pattar is not a Nepali name but

a Hindi name and translates to "black roc k". From

these black rocks atop the hill the views are

spectacular. Most eyes are locked on the mass of

Everest and its rocky buttresses immediately

before us. Many of the famous ascent routes are

quite clear. Below us the Khumbu Glacier snakes

towards the icefall and

Western Cwm. We can see the area where

expeditions set their base camp but the original

site was at Lake Camp, now known as Gorak

Shep. Take a look in every direction and soak it

in. The view south and our route out, is

particularly beautiful. The air is clear and the sun

is strong but as the sun sets it becomes very

cold. Sunsets here can be stunning.

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