Day 14: Lobuje (4930m)(Excursion to Kala Patar (5545m) - trekking: approx 7 hours)
Today we leave Lobuje very early in the morning for the ascent of Kala Patar. Initially we follow the broad valley running parallel to Khumbu Glacier to the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, where we make a series of small ascents and descents to Gorak Shep (5160m). After a short rest we ascend the slopes of Kala Patar (5545m), a small, rocky peak on the south-west ridge of Pumori. A slow, steady pace once again is the best form of attack. The climb is not easy but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. We hear huge glaciers creaking as they move under pressure and will be undoubtedly awestruck at the sheer size and majesty of the surrounding peaks that include Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest - the highest mountain in the world. For many trekkers reaching Kala Patar is a very emotional experience and we have allowed plenty of time when on top to enjoy the experience. We return to Gorak Shep for a welcome cup of tea and a light lunch, before walking back to Lobuje in the early afternoon.