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Makalu Trek with Sherpani col - Option 2 (21 days)

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Trip Code: NET-TR-MKT3

  • Trip Type Camping Trek
  • Duration 21 days
  • Grade Strenuous
  • Max.Altitude 5300m.
  • Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Land & Flight
Makalu Sherpani col trek

Makalu Sherpani col trek

The main goal of the Makalu Sherpani Col Trek is to reach Makalu Base Camp at an astounding altitude of 5000m. The base camp offers spectacular views of Mt. Makalu (8485m), the fifth highest mountain in the world. Ahead the trek presents almost overwhelming challenges of crossing the Sherpani Col (6135m)West Col (6143m) and Amphu Labtsa Pass (5800m), the three highest passes in the Himalayas. 
These three passes afford uninterrupted views of Mt. Ama Dablam (6814m), Chonku Peak (6830m), Cho Polu (6734m), Island Peak  (6189m), Kang Tega West and Kang Tega East among others. 
After making past Amphu Labtsa Pass, the trekking trail climbs Chukung in Everest region which straddles the Imja Tse Glacier. It normally takes few days to reach down to Lukla via the Sherpa villages of Pangboche, Phortse and Namche Bazaar. During this part of the trek you will be greeted by the majestic views of Everest, Ama Dablam and Lhotse and Phortse. 
As the first half of the trek passes through Makalu Barun National Park and the second through Everest National Park, trekkers doing Makalu Sherpani Col Trek get to experience a range of cultural and natural biodiversity. This region is famous for Snow Leopard, Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Blyth’s Kingfisher, White-necked Storks etc. You will also get to experience culture and hospitality of of ethnic communities like Rai & Limbu, Sherpa, and Shingsawa (Bhotia). 
Makalu Sherpani Col Trek is without a doubt longest trek in Makalu region though it touches both Makalu and Everest region. It is undoubtedly one of the most strenuous treks which require extensive preparation and physical fitness on the part of trekkers. Glacier walking, use of ice axes, and other gears will be necessary to complete this trek.
Makalu Sherpani Col Trek is entirely a camping trek however some nights will be spent in lodges at the beginning and ending parts of the trek. It is best approached during Spring (Mar-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov). Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition provides experienced guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters who will help you with their excellent expertise and skills in making the trek successful and memorable.  


 Trip code: NET-TR-MKT3
  Region Makalu Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 21 days
 Trip Type: Camping Trek
 Trip Grade: Strenuous
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Max Altitude: 5300m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
 Transportaion: Land & Flight
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu.
Camping and Lodge Accomodation during Trek


Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and then trek from Tumlingtar to Khadbari via Maney Bhanjyang ridge which takes about five and half hours. The trail passes through forest of rhododendrons and Sal trees.

Stay overnight at camp.

Trek From Khadbari To Chilchile (1830m) takes about five Hours.
After early morning breakfast trek through picturesque villages and forest of bamboo groves and rhododendron before reaching Chichela (1830m). Chichela is a Gurung village.
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek From Chilchile To Num (1500 M) takes about four and half hours.
The first section of the path goes through rhododendron, oaks and hemlocks forest and then climbs down a ridge for almost 2 hours to reach the small village of Num.
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Num to Seduwa (1510 m) takes about four and a half hours.
Walk along Arun River and then cross the suspension bridge to reach Runruma. From here it is a steep climb to Seduwa that features a health post and a primary school.
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2070 m) takes about four hours.
The trail ahead is gentle through green fields and picturesque valley. It won't be long before you reach Tashi Gaon.
Stay overnight at camp.

Rest day at Tashigaon for acclimatization. 
Today is a rest day to acclimatize with the weather. You can explore the village around.
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma la (3560 m) takes about six hours.
The trail further up Tashigaon goes through rhododendron and oaks forest, and few shepherd huts in between. Up ahead is the Kahuma ridge where vegetation changes to small bushes. 
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Khongma la to Dobato or Mumbuk (3550 m) takes about six and half hours. Make a steep climb for the first few hours with spectacular views of Chamlang (7,290 m) Peak 6 (6,739 m) and Peak 7 (6,105 m). Drop to Mumbuk.  
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Dobato Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600 m) takes about four and a half hours. Throuch rocky and slippery trail you will climb up to Nhe Kharka (meadow) at 3000 m. 
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka or Yak Kharka (4810 m) takes about five and half hours. Walk along the snow fed Barun River, pass up the village of Ramara and inch towards Sherson which offers great views Mt. Makalu, Makalu south face, and Mt. Baruntse 7,220m.

Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Langmale Khasrka or Yak Kharka to Hillary Base Camp (Makalu Base Camp) takes about six and half hours.  Today you move higher camp towards the snout of the Barun glacier, through a moraine ridge with majestic views of Mt Makalu, Lhotse and Everest and Barun glacier.
Stay overnight at camp. 

Rest at Makalu Base Camp.
Today we will rest at Makalu Base Camp as we acclimatize with the weather and the climate.
Stay overnight at camp. 

Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Swiss Camp. 
Picking the path via the west side of the Barun glacier we stride through boulders, caves and moraine glaicer. Under the shade of Mt. Makalu's West Pillar, you will be able to catch breathtaking views of Lhotse and Mt Everest.
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Swiss Camp to High Camp (5300m) takes about three and a half hours. 
Early morning steep climbing from Swiss Camp rewards with majestic and breathtaking views of Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m), peak 3, and Pyramid peak etc.
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from High camp to Sherpani cole, West cole -  Baruntse Base Camp takes about 5 hours. Today the trail crosses rocky glacier and beautiful Panch Pokhari.
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Baruntse Base Camp to Seto Pokhara or Kongma takes about 5 hours.
As the trail drops down it makes its way thorugh yak pastures. You can enjoy the beautiful views of Chamlang and Barutnse.. The valley widens further rahead  surrounded by peaks.
Overnight in camp at Seto Pokhari. 

Trek from Seto Pokhari to Khare takes about 5 – 6 hours. 
From Seto Pokhari it is a long winding trail through valleys and meadows down to Khare. You will enjoy majestic views of mountains along the trail.
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek From Khare To Kothe takes about eight hours 
Trek from Khare to Kothe and it takes about eight hours. This day you walk along the gradual descent path passing through Tangnag. This is a small village and you find yak settlement here. To reach Kothe you follow the same kind of path. On the way you pass forests covered with fir, rhododendron and local vegetation.
Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek From Kothe To Zatrabok takes about six hours.
The trail from Kothe to Zatrabok continuously climbs. You can capture spectacular views of Mera peak, Nauleku peak along the way. The path partly passes through the forest of juniper, rhododendron etc.. Surrounded by hills, Zatrabok is a small village.
Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek From Zatrabok To Lukla takes approximately 6- 7 Hours.
On this section of the trek, you will pass through thick forest and ridge and cross streams. The last village before reaching Lukla is Chutanga. Enroute you will have to cross Zatrawal Pass (4610m) which offers spetacularr views of Numbur, Karyolang, Kongdi peaks among others. 
Stay overnight at lodge.

Fly From Lukla To Kathmandu takes about 35 Minutes.
Catch the early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmadu. Once in Kathmandu you will be transferred to your hotel. 


The Trip includes following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Trekking guide and Sherpas
  • Cook and kitchen helpers
  • Necessary porters (One porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) or Camping camping arrangements during the trek
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cook fuel
  • Camping Charges
  • Entry Permit for Makalu conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Insurance and equipments for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.



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