Kala Patthar

Everest from Kala Patthar

From Gokyo, three long days of walking have brought us to the tiny settlement of Gorak Shep to climb Kala Patthar, a rocky outcropping rising to 5545 meters (18,298 ft) that provides the closest glimpse of Everest on the Nepali side of the mountain (that is without actually climbing the mountain itself).

Everest Close-Up from Kala Patthar

In the first picture with me above, Everest is the peak to the left of my head. The main peak to the right of my head is Nuptse, which although much lower than Everest, clearly steals the show. A closer look at Everest reveals that the Nepali view (the South Face) is much rockier with less snow than the North Face.

Nuptse Close-Up from Kala Patthar

Obviously, none of the Nepali views of Everest can compare with the views from the Tibetan side of Mt. Everest, but the overall panorama is quite stunning with Himalayan peaks and snowy ridges in all directions and a view over the Khumbu Glacier with the notorious Khumbu Icefall in the distance.

Khumbu Icefall and Glacier

One response to “Kala Patthar”

  1. avatar greeneyes says:

    Fantastic Photo
    With your smile from ear to ear
    Obviously this is a very happy moment for you
    One of many I hope
    So what’s next

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