We often get asked the question whether there is a fewer demanding alternative to the famous Everest Base Camp Trail. In case you do not have more than 14 days available for the journey or the respect for altitudes above 5.000m is just too big for your first Nepal Trek - exactly for this kind of situation we created the Everest Easy Trail, situated at the Khumbu Himal in the Everest area.
This enchanting trail has several advantages for Nepal-beginners: Firstly, you only need two weeks of vacation (including eight days of trekking) for this great Himalayan experience. Secondly, your hike will not surpass 4.000m in altitude - combined with our careful travel planning, the inconvenience of high altitudes and the risk of altitude sickness are largely reduced. Thirdly, the attractiveness of the trek does not suffer a bit from this reduction in distance and altitude! On the contrary, the varied circular trail in the heart of the Khumbu Himal opens up magnificent views and insights! Legendary paths on which even the first-time climbers of Mt. Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa hiked, the vibrant Sherpa town Namche Bazar, magnificent Buddhist monasteries in Tengpoche and Pangpoche and fabulous views of the highest (Mt Everest, Lhotse) and most beautiful (Ama Dablam) peaks on earth. As crowning conclusion, a panoramic path off the beaten track awaits you, leading from Pangpoche to the pristine Sherpa village Phortse, home to many legendary Everest conquerors.
Spring and autumn are the most suitable times for a trekking journey on the Everest Easy Trail, with each season offering its unique advantages.
Spring (March, April, May): Trekking on the Everest Easy Trail is possible from March onwards, though there may still be snow on the last few stages leading up to the Base Camp. In April, the temperatures begin to grow more moderate, with blooming rhododendrons covering the landscape in glowing hues of red. The afternoons can bring rain showers, which become increasingly frequent and intense throughout May. The end of May marks the start of the monsoon, and the end of the trekking season.
Summer (June, July, August): Although the monsoon season is less intense in the Everest region than other parts of Nepal, a trekking journey in the summer months is not recommended. The mountain scenery is often concealed behind clouds, while flights to Lukla are frequently cancelled due to bad weather.
Autumn (September, October, November): From mid-September onwards, the monsoon season draws to a close, and fine weather can persist in the Everest region for weeks on end – meaning clear blue skies and the most incredible long-distance visibility. The days are still fairly warm, but the air cools down rapidly once the sun has gone down. Especially in November, the nights can turn decidedly chilly at higher altitudes. For those who enjoy sharing the experience with like-minded people, this is the perfect time, as autumn is the busiest season on the Everest Easy Trail. The stages leading to / starting from Phortse, however, are still very quiet.
Winter (December, January, February): From December onwards, the temperatures in the Everest region drop rather dramatically; even in places as low as Lukla, you might get the occasional dusting of snow. Seeing as the Everest Easy Trail does not cross any high passes, it is suitable for a trekking journey even in winter: an interesting proposition for those with a high resistance to cold and a deep love for solitude.
In terms of technique, the Everest Easy Trail is moderately challenging, making it suitable for any surefooted hiker with previous experience in mountainous terrain. The paths are broad and well-worn, without any exposed stretches.
With regards to endurance, the Everest Easy Trail is slightly more demanding, considering that each day-trek involves up to seven hours of hiking and up to 900 metres of elevation gain. However, with adequate preparation and strict adherence to the pre-determined acclimatisation days, this should pose no problem to any experienced trekker. The altitudes are also moderate (highest overnight stay: 3950m) – making the Everest Easy Trail a perfect introductory route for Nepal-novices. It is vital to follow the stipulated programme of trekking and acclimatisation days, along with the instructions of your Sherpa guide.
The Everest Easy Trail is suitable for teens aged 14 and up, provided they have very good stamina.
We also recommend that you request a health check and start your relevant vaccinations six months before your date of travel.
Here you can find more information about the requirements.
Standard alpine trekking equipment will be sufficient for your trek on the Everest Easy Trail. Click here for more equipment details.
Important information: Your luggage will usually be divided between a light-weight day-backpack and your main travel luggage (i.e. a duffelbag, preferably waterproof, especially to protect your sleeping bag). While you take the day-backpack (containing a change of clothes, raincover, thermos, energy bar, photography equipment and headlight), your main luggage (max. 15kg) is carried by a porter. Please note that trekking poles are obligatory.
For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc.show Stages
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In Kathmandu, you are able to choose between three accommodation categories (regional ratings):
Basic: simple, clean, functional – standard Nepalese guesthouse
Classic: higher levels of comfort – 3-star hotels
Comfort: high-end accommodation – 4-star hotels, sometimes with spa area
Along the Trail, there are two categories:
Basic: simple, functional lodges
Classic: higher standards, clean and cosy
Comfort: not available along the Trail
Children aged 14 to 16 staying in their parents’ room are charged at a 35% discount (provided both adults are paying full price)
The following catering options are available:
Breakfast: morning buffet or breakfast served at your table
Half-board: breakfast and dinner (usually 3 courses)
Please enter any individual dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food intolerances etc.) in the ‘comments’ box. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will do their best to accommodate your request.
To ensure a particularly carefree Trail journey, we offer a comprehensive transport service:
Luggage service: Trekking with a light-weight day backpack, while a porter carries your main luggage (max. 15kg) to your next accommodation.
Shuttle services (using the country’s customary transport vehicles): All airport shuttle services (for both international and domestic flights) are included.
Domestic flights: All flights within Nepal that are necessary for your Trail journey (i.e. from Kathmandu to Lukla or Pokhara / from Pokhara to Jomson) are included in your package price. In this instance, Trail Angels GmbH acts as an agent, and must make you aware that all Nepalese domestic airlines are on the list of air carriers banned from entering the EU airspace. While Nepalese airline companies are continuously striving to improve their safety standards, they do not currently meet the EU’s stringent requirements.
In general, our long-distance hiking and trekking routes are not geared towards persons with limited mobility. However, if you would like to discuss your options based on the degree and nature of a particular impairment, simply contact our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center.
Our comprehensive range of services has been carefully designed to ensure a smooth and carefree Trail journey in the Himalayas.
All Angels’ Services are included in the package price, and encompass the following:
Trail Hotline: This English-language service is available around the clock, every day of the week, offering both advice and practical support.
Sherpa Guide: An experienced guide (Sirdar) with good English skills will accompany you on your Trail journey. Groups of five or more are provided with an additional assistant guide.
City Guide: An English-speaking city guide will take you on a tour of the Kathmandu valley (listed as a UNESCO cultural heritage site). A taxi service is included.
Permits: All necessary permits (Trekking Peak permit, entry fee Sagarmatha National Park) will be organised on your behalf, and are included in the price.
Comprehensive Travel Information: We will send you an expertly compiled folder with in-depth information in plenty of time prior to your trekking adventure.
For this Trail journey, arriving by plane is the only available travel option (not included in the price):
International flight: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A shuttle service (included) takes you to your hotel, and back to the airport at the end of your tour.
The lodges where you spend your nights during your trek on the Trail, as well as the hotels and guesthouses you’ll be staying at in Kathmandu and Pokhara, have been selected and quality-tested by Bookyourtrail.com. Under the project title ’Fair Trails for the Himalayas’, we are working with our partners in Nepal to develop sustainable tourism models that directly benefit our partner establishments and their employees.show partners
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Trail Angels GmbH
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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
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