Makalu to Everest traverse over 3 cols (Sherpani Col 6146m, West Col 6143m and Amphu Labsta 5848m) 23 days
Great Himalaya Trail traverse
Duration: 23 days
Trip level: adventurous/expedition (info?)
Maximum altitude: 6143 m
Season: April, May, September, October
This is one of the toughest and most technical treks in Nepal. You will cross 3 high altitude and technical passes. The rewards are views of another world. The Khumbu and Makalu mountains are almost touchable. And this trek will remembered for the rest of your life. This high altitude adventure start with a flight to the remote airstrip of Tumlingtar. From this airstrip you will hike to trail to Makalu Base Camp. After Base Camp the climbing adventure starts with the Sherpani Col, followed by the West Col. Than a well deserved resting day at the Konku Basin. And finally after crossing the Amphu Labsta you enter the busy trails of Everest.
The adventurous climbing trek begins with a flight to Tumlingtar at an altitude of 400 meters in a remote region of Nepal. In ten days you will hike to Makalu Base Camp at the high point of 5500 meters. The trekking route is scarcely populated by people. Many of the locals live in isolated villages and rely on subsistence farming for their livelihoods. The first days you will trek through the lush green subtropical Arun Valley. Through dense rhododendron and pine forest, you climb up to the alpine meadows which are close to the Barun Glacier. Fantastic panoramas offer themselves with every increasing height. You cross the two passes Shipton La and Tutu La. In between lies the picturesque lake of Kalo Pokhari. Through the Barun Valley you climb up to the base camp at 4870 meters. This base camp lies directly at the foot of the striking rock and ice wall of the beautiful Makalu (8463m). From a view point above base camp you can enjoy a superb panorama of some of the world’s highest mountains, including Everest (8850m), Lhotse (8516 m), Makalu (8463 m) and Baruntse (7220m) . After Makalu Base Camp you will over moraine trail towards the Sherpani Col. The days passing Sherpani Col and West Col are the toughest days of this traverse. At Sherpani Col we take our time for abseiling. From Sherpani Col you already can see West Col in the distance. Baruntse mountain right next to you and you can see Chamlang mountain. The white Baruntse glacier lies between Sherpani Col and West Col. You are now truly aware you are in the middle of the high Himalaya’s with high snowcapped peaks and glaciers all around you. After crossing the col we will rope up to cross the glacier. Crossing the West col is a second tough climb. At Panch Pokhari a well deserved break in the most remote and wild setting possible . Towards the Amphu Labsta it is again hopping over stones and moraines because there is no obvious trail. From Amphu Labsta you will have a good view of Mount Everest (8848m) and the Lhotse (8516m), Island Peak (6189m) and countless other high peaks all around you. After the pass you enter the Imja Tse valley (Island Peak area) and here you will find good hiking trails and teahouses with more trekkers and climbers. Compared to the passed days, the trail to Lukla is a pleasant stroll passing the monastery of Thyangboche and the Sherpa capitol Namche Bazaar. From Lukla you will fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 01 Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (1 hr.) and jeep drive to Chichila ( 1505 m – 3 hrs)
Day 02 Trek to Num (700 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Seduwa (1530 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Tashi Goan (2065 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Khongma (3470 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 06 Resting day at Khongma for acclimatization
Day 07 Trek over Shipton La pass (4257 m) and Keke La pass (4150 m) to Dobate (3875 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Yangri Kharka (3600 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek to Langmale Kharka (4410 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4810 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Swiss Camp (5150m – 6 hrs.)
Day 12 Resting day at Swiss Camp for acclimatization
Day 13 Trek to Sherpani Col Base Camp (5688m – 5 hrs.)
Day 14 Climb over Sherpani Col (6146m) to Baruntse Base Camp (6050m – 8 hrs.)
Day 15 Climb over West Col (6143m) to Panch Pokhari (5500m – 5 hrs.)
Day 16 Resting day at Panch Pokhari
Day 17 Trek to Amphu Labsta High Camp (5527m – 6 hrs.)
Day 18 Climb over Amphu Labsta (5848m) to Chukung (4720m – 9 hrs.)
Day 19 Trek to Dingboche (4260m – 6 hrs.)
Day 20 Trek to Monjo (2880m – 6 hrs.)
Day 21 Trek to Lukla (2830m – 5 hrs.)
Day 22 Flight Lukla to Kathmandu (0,5 hrs.)
Day 23 Buffer day for bad weather or extra acclimatization
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
Please inquire for price.
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu , and transfer to and from Kathmandu domestic airport
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return flight to start and from end trek
-Licensed and certified climbing guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage, tent equipment and cooking equipment. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
-Cooking staff service
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Free use of tent equipment; including one tent for two persons and a light sleeping mattress
-Three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tea and coffee.
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide, porters and cooking staff
-National Park entrance fee, permit for 10 days ($500,00), TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide, porters and cooking staff