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Makalu Sherpani Col Pass

Duration 22 days
Max-Altitude 6,150m / 20,200ft.
Transportation Private Vehicle/Flight
Grade Difficult
Accommodation 3* Hotel in City & Teahouse/Camping Tent During Trek
Meals Breakfast in City & All meals during trek
Best Season Spring/Autumn
Communication Available
Group Size 2+

The Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek is a challenging and lengthy trek that spans both the Makalu and Everest regions. Trekkers need to prepare extensively and be physically fit, as glacier walking and the use of ice axes and other gear will be necessary.

The primary objective of this trek is to reach the Makalu Base Camp, which provides breathtaking views of the world’s fifth-highest mountain, Mt. Makalu (8485m). The trek also presents the daunting challenge of crossing the three highest passes in the Himalayas, namely Sherpani Col (6150m), West Col (6143m), and Amphu Labtsa Pass (5800m). However, these passes offer unparalleled views of several peaks, including Mt. Ama Dablam (6814m), Chonku Peak (6830m), Island Peak (6189m), Cho Polu (6734m), Kang Tega West, Kang Tega East, and others.

Upon reaching Amphu Labtsa Pass, the trail leads to Chukung in the Everest region, which lies on the Imja Tse Glacier. The journey from here takes several days, passing through the Sherpa villages of Pangboche, Phortse, and Namche Bazaar before reaching Lukla. Throughout the trek, trekkers can enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Phortse.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel (1,300M)
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1,560m)
Day 03: Trek from Num to Sheduwa (1,510m): Camping
Day 04: Trek from Sheduwa to Tashi Gaun (2,070m): Camping
Day 05: Acclimatization at Tashi Gaun (rest day): Camping
Day 06: Trek from Tashi Gaun to Khongma (3,760m): Camping
Day 07: Trek from Khongma to Mumbuk (3,520m): Camping
Day 08: Trek from Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (4,320m): Camping
Day 09: Trek from Nehe Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m)
Day 10: Trek from Makalu Basecamp to Hillary Camp: Camping
Day 11: Trek from Hillary Camp to High Camp (5,650m): Camping
Day 12: Acclimatization at High Camp (rest day): Camping
Day 13: Trek to Baruntse Base Camp (5,700m) via Crossing Sherpani Col (6,146m) and West Col (6,143m): Camping
Day 14: Acclimatization at Baruntse Basecamp (rest day): Camping
Day 15: Trek from Baruntse Basecamp to Amphu Labste Base (5,400m): Camping
Day 16: Trek from the Base to Imja Lake camp (5,100m) Via Crossing Amphu Laptsa pass (5,850m): Camping
Day 17: Trek from Chhukung to Pangboche (3,985m)
Day 18: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Day 19: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 20: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and Transfer to the Hotel
Day 21: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Day 22: Transfer To International Airport For Departure

Cost Included

  • Airport – Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • 3 Star Category hotel Accommodation In Kathmandu in twin sharing bed room including Breakfast.
  • Farewell Dinner in a tourist standard Nepali restaurant with a cultural show in Kathmandu.
  • All necessary paper works: Makalu Barun National Park permits, TIMS permit & conservation entry fee.
  • Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
  • Fly from Kathmandu – Tumlingtar and Lukla – Kathmandu, as per itinerary
  • Drive Tumlingtar to Num.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner along with accessible accommodation sharing twin bed room at Hotel/Lodge/Camping during the trek.
  • Camping: All necessary camping equipment and stuff during the trek.
  • Guide: Local government-licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.
  • Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek.
  • Staff Salary and allowance: All Nepalese staff & porters’ daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
  • Comprehensive Medical kit for group.

What’s Not Included

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Entrance  Fee for  Sightseeing
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic) Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs Sunglasses with UV protection Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body:
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves) Light and expedition weight thermal tops Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket Down vest and/or jacket * Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves. 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves 1 pair of mittens, consisting of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body:
Non-cotton underwear briefs 1 pair of Hiking shorts 1 pair of Hiking trousers 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal) 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”) 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals Cotton socks (optional) Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)* Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional) Rucksack and Travel Bags 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon) 1 large duffel bag * A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids) 1 skin-blister repair kit Anti-diarrhea pills Anti-headache pills Cough and/or cold medicine Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants. Water purification tablets or water filter 1 set of earplugs Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items:
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches 1 compass or GPS(optional) 1 alarm clock/watch 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries large Ziplocs 2 water bottles (1 liter each) 1 small folding knife Binoculars (optional) 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

1 medium-sized quick-drying towel Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable) Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable) Deodorants Nail clippers Face and body moisturizer Female hygiene products Small mirror Personal Hygiene Wet wipes (baby wipes) Tissue /toilet roll Anti-bacterial hand wash

Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps) 1 modest swimsuit Binoculars (optional) Voltage converter (from 220 to 110) Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs) Lightweight pillow

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