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Makalu & Sherpani Col Traverse Trek

Where challenges dare the brave to glory & the triumph of self belief…

‘An extraordinary adventure in the remote pockets of the high Himalayan peaks’

In the midst of the rhododendron, alpine forest, on the least accessible isolated route, diverse vegetation, glacier and high peaks, friendly locals with superb views of the great giant mountains and dramatic landscapes, traditional villages, in the vicinity of rich Buddhist culture.

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Enter the lowest valley in the world to begin your journey to the base of Mt. Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world (8,481m). But first you will have the opportunity to visit cloud-forest jungle, high alpine terrain, orchids, and rural farm and market villages.  From hereon, you will follow the ridge above the Arun River, a proposed site for the largest hydroelectric plant in Nepal.  Pass through yak pastures towards the endless ice fields of Mt. Makalu, Baruntse and the Sherpani col. View the Kanchenjunga massif, Everest, Lhotse, Baruntse and Chamlang as well as the rarely seen Kangshung face of Everest. Return through isolated Sherpa villages, and then proceed on the main Everest trekking trail to Lukla for your picturesque return flight below the Nepalese Himalaya.

Your trek begins from Arun Valley going through rural areas, as you pass fascinating medieval traditional markets and farm villages, this walk-in follows picturesque and rarely trekked routes, offering views of Mt. Makalu and Kanchenjunga all the way, more stunning views of the Mt. Khumbakarna Range as you enter the Barun valley of Makalu basin. From here, the trek passes over the yak pastures beneath the Makalu's towering south face along with great views of the rare east (Kanshung) face of Mt. Everest.

This challenging trek is a mountaineering traverse from Makalu to the Everest region. We start this trek at Tumlingtar in the Arun valley, from here we spend a varied eight days, trekking into the base camp of Makalu at Sherson, on the high yak pasture beneath the towering Mt. Makalu, the 5th highest mountain in the world. This walk-in follows a picturesque and rarely trekked route, which passes through a number of interesting settlements and offers tantalising views of the highest peak on earth. On this trek we have allowed a couple of days for acclimatization at Sherson and beyond in the laps of these
giant peaks. From here, we move to a higher camp at the foot of the Barun Glacier, here we make our final preparation for the traverse of the three cols.

Ropes will be fixed on the steepest and most exposed sections of each of the passes; to safe guard the passage of the group, from this high route a spectacular view of most of the high peaks of the central eastern Himalaya, including Mt. Everest & Lhotse from the south east can be wonderfully viewed. As a relaxing final to this outstanding trek, after passing the last pass of Amphu Labtsa, we descend towards the popular Everest trail, through the Khumbu area to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: In Kathmandu, we do a half day Sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar & Trek to Khandbari. O/N Camp.
Day 04: Trek to Chichele.6-7 hours trek.
Day 05: Chichela to Num. 6 hours trek. 
Day 06: Num to Sedwa. 5 hours trek.
Day 07: Sedwa to Tashigaon. 3 hours trek. This is the last village en-route Makalu.
Day 08: Tashigaon to Khoma Danda. 5-6 hours.
Day 09: Khoma Danda to Mumbuk.6 hours trek.
Day 10: Mumbuk to Neha Kharka.6 hours trek.
Day 11: Neha Kharka to Sherson.5 hours trek.
Day 12: At Sherson for acclimatization.
Day 13: Trek to Higher Makalu BC. 4-5 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Higher Camp at 5,200 meters.
Day 15: Trek & Camp near the base of Sherpani col. 5-6 hours.
Day 16: Day for rest and acclimatization.
Day 17: Trek and camp on the Moraine at an altitude of 5,640 meters.
Day 18: Trek to Panch Pokhari "Five lakes" at 5,480 meters.
Day 19: Rest Day.
Day 20: Trek to Chukhung via the Amphu Labtsa pass 6 hours.
Day 21: From Chukhung trek to Thyangboche. 5-6 hours.
Day 22: Thyangboche to Namche-Bazar. 5 hours.
Day 23:  From Namche trek to Lukla for the last camp.
Day 24:  Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 25:  In Kathmandu at leisure.
Day 26:  International Departure to your respective destination.

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Trip Info
  • Trip Code: ATT-MSCT-RT-02
  • Trip Grade: 
  • Total Duration: 25 Nights / 26 Days
  • Trek Days: 20 Nights / 21 Days
  • Best Season: Autumn, Spring, Summer
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Accommodation: Hotel & Camping
  • Transportation: Tourist coach & flights
  • Meals: Provided on the trail
  • Highest Altitude: 5900m
  • Start From: Kathmandu
  • Ends In: Kathmandu
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