Everest High Trail Everest High Trail

Everest High Trail

The ultimate Trail adventure: traversing high passes to reach the Everest Base Camp

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Overview

The land of the Sherpa at the foot of Mt. Everest, the Khumbu Himal, is a true trekker's paradise! A network of mostly ancient hiking trails runs through the spectacular mountain landscape and opens up plenty possibilities for planning your own personal trekking trip. Experienced trekkers are especially fascinated by the large mountain passes of the Khumbu, as these paths lead up to the edge of the eternal ice in the midst of an archaic mountain wilderness. On their heights, where the prayer flags are flattering, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the highest mountains in the world. Their ascent is technically usually not difficult, but a certain amount of experience, stamina and careful acclimatization is required. This pass route provides a delightful alternative to getting to Mt. Everest as it avoids the sometimes too busy hustle and bustle of the classic Mount Everest Base Camp trails.

The Everest High Trail is a carefully designed trail, which involves crossing the Renjo La (5.420m) and the glaciated Cho La (5.360m) with the ascent of the two 5.000m peaks Gokyo Ri (5.360m) and Kala Patthar (5.550m) and the hike will connect to the famous Everest Base Camp. It is a fantastic circular trail that connects the Renjo La Trail and the classic Everest Base Camp Trail and enriches with the crossing of the Cho La. An outstanding journey that appeals to experienced trekkers to make a lifetime experience!

Highlights

  • The main Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar
  • The monastery complexes of Tengboche, Pangboche and Thame
  • Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO world heritage site)
  • The high-alpine valley of Gokyo with its turquoise-blue mountain lakes
  • Crossing the Renjo La (5420m) and Cho La (5360m) passes
  • Conquering the 5000-metre peaks of the Gokyo Ri (5360m) and Kala Patthar (5550m)

Highlights

  • The main Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar
  • The monastery complexes of Tengboche, Pangboche and Thame
  • Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO world heritage site)
  • The high-alpine valley of Gokyo with its turquoise-blue mountain lakes
  • Crossing the Renjo La (5420m) and Cho La (5360m) passes
  • Conquering the 5000-metre peaks of the Gokyo Ri (5360m) and Kala Patthar (5550m)

Your advantages

  • Special Trail Info and Booking Center
  • Top advice from Nepal experts
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with "travel planner" & "book here"
  • Fabulous services, experienced crews, clean and well-maintained lodges
  • Online Chat and Trail Hotline: daily from 00:00 to 24:00
  • For your safety: All travel packages fulfill the package travel directive law - PRG; BGL. I No. 50/2017 on package travel and other forms of combined travel.

Your advantages

  • Special Trail Info and Booking Center
  • Top advice from Nepal experts
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with "travel planner" & "book here"
  • Fabulous services, experienced crews, clean and well-maintained lodges
  • Online Chat and Trail Hotline: daily from 00:00 to 24:00
  • For your safety: All travel packages fulfill the package travel directive law - PRG; BGL. I No. 50/2017 on package travel and other forms of combined travel.
Khumbu – sacred land
Khumbu – sacred land
Khumbu – sacred land
Khumbu – sacred land
Khumbu – sacred land
Khumbu – sacred land
Khumbu – sacred land
Khumbu – sacred land

Information

Best time to travel

Spring and autumn are the most suitable times for a trekking journey on the Everest High Trail, with each season offering its unique advantages.

Spring (March, April, May): Trekking on the Everest High 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 entire landscape in glowing hues of red. In the spring, 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 conditions 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. Although autumn is peak season on the Everest High Trail, it is nowhere near as busy as the Everest Base Camp Trail.

Winter (December, January, February): Trekking on the Everest High Trail is not possible during the winter months, as crossing the two high passes would be far too dangerous. However, both the Everest Base Camp Trail and the Everest Easy Trail are great alternatives for a trekking journey in wintertime.

Requirements

In terms of technique, the level of difficulty on the Everest High Trail is, for the most part, moderate. The route should certainly pose no problem for any sure-footed hiker with experience in mountainous terrain. On the high passes, the Trail grows slightly more challenging, with steep, rocky sections as well as some exposed stretches (Renjo La). The brief glacier passage on the Cho La can be slightly tricky to navigate, though crampons are rarely necessary.

With regards to endurance, the Everest High Trail is slightly more demanding, with each day-trek involving up to eight hours of hiking and up to 1000 metres of elevation gain. All the while, your body must adapt to the high altitude (with overnight stays at up to 5000 m above sea level), a process that has to be carefully managed. It is vital to adhere to the stipulated programme of trekking and acclimatisation days, and to follow the instructions of your Sherpa guide.

The Everest High Trail is not suitable for children.

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.

Equipment


Standard alpine trekking equipment will be sufficient for your journey on the Everest High 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 a 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.

Stages

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.

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Service

Category

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


Basic

Classic

Comfort
Boarding

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.


Bed and breakfast

Half board

Mobility Service

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.


Luggage service

Back transfer

Shuttle service
Service

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.

Arrival

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.

Partners along the trail

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.

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Information about your destination

Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.

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Your booking center

Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
Austria

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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093
Email: info@bookyourtrail.com

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