18 days point-to-point walking with full porterage. Altitude maximum 5546m, average 3900m.
4 nights hotels, 18 nights teahouses
4 breakfasts included.
The High Passes of Everest is a tough trek. It is grade D with 18 days walking. The maximum altitude we reach is 5546m and the average is 3900m.
It is recommended for those who have previously walked at high altitude, are physically fit and have plenty of stamina. The rewards include the best views possible of the world's highest mountains. Acclimatisation time is built in to maximise the chances of everyone completing the circuit. This trek is mostly at high altitude in remote areas. Most of the trails are good, but some scrambling and walking on rock, scree, ice and snow should be expected. There are also some steep ascents and descents and long days when crossing the passes.
The nights will be cold, often well below freezing. The Cho La crosses a glacier so this will always be on ice and snow. It should be noted that in very bad conditions, for example when there has been heavy snowfall, it might not be possible to cross a pass, in which case a lower route will be taken.
Our leaders have first aid training, and also carry a Portable Altitude Chamber to treat altitude sickness, if required. This means added peace of mind for those choosing this hugely rewarding trek to see the Roof of the World.
Normal group size and age
Normally 2 to 16, plus leader and appropriate local staff. Minimum age 18.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
Those experienced in trekking for a number of consecutive days in the Scottish Highlands, will understand how tough treks at this grade can be – stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude; you need complete confidence in your physical condition and the ability to trek for many days over difficult terrain.
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