Makalu Base Camp and Sherpani Col Trek – 26 days
One of the most challenging pass trek.
This trek is truly an adventurous expedition to a remote and wild region of the Great Himalayas. It is a journey that seeks a different route, a fresh perspective, and a challenge. The trek is considered very hard and strenuous as you will be making some difficult and high cross over.
Our route traverses a spectacular, seldom visited region of Nepal and crosses three high mountain passes. Only on the very final section does it meet the popular southern approach to Everest Base Camp at Chhukung. The rare views, some of which will be ours alone, are quite the most breathtaking in the whole Himalayan range: sublime vistas in which are amplified the power of three of the world's five highest mountains: Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Everest.
You are offered the satisfaction of absorbing at first hand the culture and folklore of tribal hill and mountain peoples and the flora and fauna of remote Eastern Nepal and the dates selected should ensure some of the best weather and panoramic views.
From Kathmandu, the majestic backbone of the Himalayan glides our wingtips as we head east for Tumlingtar. Beyond here our trekking route follows a great are, rising north onto the ridges of Num and sweeping slowly westwards into the uninhabited heartland of the world's most spectacular mountains and passes.
On the map overleaf, you can follow our journey as it emerges out of tranquil pastures and ascends the hidden Arun River valley. Climbing and descending gradually, taking us from villages at 457m to the Khongma Pass at 3,090m, this trail gives us the best possible form of acclimatization. Beyond Num there are no villages. The track climbs all the way to Neghe Kharka, crossing the Barun Khola flowing from Makalu. The route to Sherpani Col (6,135m) involves a sustained period at altitude with some steep slopes, but rewards with powerful views of Makalu (8,463m) to the north and the aptly named Island Peak (6,160m) to the west. This is the realm of the glaciers, surrounded by the unforgettable presence of the world's mightiest mountains; and brooding above the towering bulk of Everest itself.
The trailheads towards the setting sun, mounting West Col and crossing the wide Hongu glacier. In a long day it climbs easily to the Amphu Labtsha pass, descends to skirt under Amphu peak (5,335m) and, with the elegant cones of Island Peak dead ahead, serves to gain the wide Imja glacier and relax on its westerly descent to the village of Chhukhung.
Chukung is the first Sherpa habitation, nestled at 4,730m above the junction of five major glacial valleys, is a typical low walled grey stone village, coloured with traditional Sherpa smiles.
The run home is a very pleasurable re-entry to the calm valleys and rhododendron forests. We call at Thyangboche monastery and visit Namche Bazar as we flow onward down the valley to our aircraft at Lukla. The flight home to Kathmandu surpasses the flight out. It is as if mountains march westward beside us until waves of gentle terraced hills raise up to guide us back into the modern world.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. O/N Hotel.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu / Tumlingtar. Trek to Khandbari. O/N Camp.
Day 04: Trek to Chichile. O/N Camp.
Day 05: Trek to Num. O/N Camp.
Day 06: Trek to Sedua. O/N Camp.
Day 07: Trek to Tashi Gaon. O/N Camp.
Day 08: Trek to Khongma Ridge. O/N Camp.
Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk. O/N Camp.
Day 10: Trek to Nehe Kharka. O/N Camp.
Day 11: Trek to Sherson. O/N Camp.
Day 12: Rest day at Sherson for acclimatization. O/N Camp.
Day 13: Trek to High Makalu Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 14: Trek to High Camp enroute Sherpani Col. O/N Camp.
Day 15: Trek to camp near Sherpani Col. O/N Camp.
Day 16: Rest day for preparation for high climb. O/N Camp.
Day 17: Trek near Hongu Glacier. O/N Camp.
Day 18: Trek to Panch Pokhari. O/N Camp.
Day 19: Rest day for preparation for crossing Amphu Laptsa. O/N Camp.
Day 20: Trek to Chhukung. O/N Camp.
Day 21: Trek to Thyangboche. O/N Camp.
Day 22: Trek to Namche Bazaar. O/N Camp.
Day 23: Trek to Lukla. O/N Camp.
Day 24: Fly Lukla / Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.
Day 25: In Kathmandu for independent activities. O/N Hotel.
Day 26: Transfer to the airport for departure.
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- 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu 3 star hotel on (BB)
- All meals and accommodation in Lodge, tent and home stay during the trek.
- Service of trek guide and assistant for cooking
- Porters to carry personal baggage (24 kg for 2 person), food and camping equipment.
- Warm clothing, shoes, blankets and dark goggles for high altitude porters as required.
- Accident insurance for staffs and porters.
- National Park fees and Tims
- Arrival and departure transfers.
- All necessary transportation for staff and equipments
- Hotel accommodation as per program using 3 star category Hotel on BB
- Personal clothing and sleeping bag
- Personal accident and health insurance
- Emergency evacuation and medical-box
- Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips
- Sightseeing and major meals in Kathmandu]
- Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned in the program
- Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies
Departure: Anytime as per your choice of date