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Makalu Sherpanicol Trekking


Col Traverse…27 days…Where challenges dare the brave to glory & the triumph of self belief…
Trip Code: HMG-TOM-12

 

Trip Legent
Trek Grade               Adventurous, Challenging.
Trek & Camp             26 / 27 days
Starts                      In Kathmandu
Ends                        In Kathmandu
Transportation          Tourist coach & flights
Accommodation        Hotel & Camping
Meals                       Provided on the trail
Highest elevation       5900m at Phedi – West Col

 

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.

 

The latitudes & longitudes of your exploration:
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.

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.

 

YOUR TRIP IN BRIEF:
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.

 

YOUR TRIP IN DETAIL:

 

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1, 300m. O/N Hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be received by our staff and be escorted to your hotel, where one of our leaders or a senior Sherpa guide will give you a brief orientation of the hotel, Kathmandu, Trek/Camping, things you should do & ought not to do and other related information that you might require while in Nepal. Our Tour Officer will ask for your International flight ticket and your passport for safe keeping and for reconfirmation of your out bound flight. Do not hesitate to do this, as this is one of our routine services and it will be in safe hands while you are on the trek. After the trek, your valuable documents will be returned back to you. Your first overnight in the valley of temples.

 

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometimes, depending upon your flight arrival, if it’s late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of the morning to give you a good sleep and rest before you venture out of the hotel for our interesting tour. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu

 

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar (950m) 50 minutes’ flight and trek to Khadbari (1,330m) O/N Camp.
After breakfast, we take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 50 minute sweeping scenic flight to Tumlingtar overlooking range of snow capped peaks from Langtang all the way to Mt. Everest, Makalu & Mt. Kanchenjunga, Tumlingtar airport and its village town located on a shelf above the Arun River, we walk across to meet our trek crew beside the airstrip, we can clearly see, far off to the north, the white peak of Makalu. From here, our first day of the trek, starts from Tumlingtar the walk is pleasant for an hour through the farm fields and villages. After leaving the suburb of Tumlingtar, the trail climbs up gradually towards Khadbari in the midst of the sub-tropical forest of Sal (Sorea-Robusta)and more farm fields along the way, as we come to a town of Khadbari a major village and a headquarter of the Sankha Shaba and Makalu region. A busy bazaar, especially on Saturday market day

 

Day 04: Trek to Chinchilla (1,800m) Approx 5-6 hours. O/N Camp.
From Khadbari the trail is gradual with few ups and down till we reach village of Manibhanjang after an hour and half of gradual walking. After a brief break here, we ascend the ridge on a wide and well-used trail, reaching our lunch stop at Bhotebas after three and a half hours of steady ascent. After lunch, we walk for a couple of hours to the small ridge-top village of Chinchilla. En-route, we pass through fertile farmed land, and verdant rain forest, with thick undergrowth and many types of ferns. Chinchilla is a small farm village with 6-8 houses & superb views of Mt. Makalu at 8,463m and the Khumbukarna mountain range.

 

Day 05: Trek to Num (1,500m) Approx 5-6 hours. O/N Camp.
In the clear dawn we have good views of Makalu and its satellite peaks, from this magical spot of Chinchilla, perched high above the surrounding countryside. The walk to Num leads us through the cool and serene forest of rhododendron, oaks and hemlocks as we climb to the ridge top, from the ridge top it is almost downhill for two hours to the overnight camp at Num. Num a small village with about fifteen houses and a primary school on the large flat ground, from where we have good view of our route for the next couple of days. Opposite, across the Arun River, is the village of Sedua, our camping spot for the next day.

 

Day 06: Trek to Sedua (1,493m.) Approx: 5 hours. O/N Camp.
From Num, we set off down the incredibly steep and terraced slopes towards the Arun River, nearly 800 meters below. The lower slopes of this narrow valley are densely forested and the paths are quite slippery, after reaching the bottom, cross the suspension bridge across the torrential Arun River, at the height of 670 meters, we start our climb back out of the rain forest, reaching our lunch place at Runruma. After lunch, a steep climb takes us up to Sedua, a village with a small health post and a primary school. We camp overnight near the schoolyard.

 

Day 07: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,200m) Approx 3-4 hours. O/N Camp.
The trek to Tashi-Gaon is a short walk of three to four hours probably with lunch and camp on the same spot. The walk takes you to more rural farm villages, on the gradual trail through the farm fields and terraces, as we come near to Tashi Gaon; it’s an uphill climb for an hour through the millet and rice fields. Tashi Gaon is a Sherpa village unlike the Sherpa of Everest; they are a bit different in their lifestyles, i.e. the dress and the kind of houses they live in; being settled in the low warm areas they are engaged more in agriculture and raise cattle for a living. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to wander around. We bunk out at Tashi Gaon for the night.

 

Day 08: Trek to Kohma Danda. 3,500m. 5-6 hours walk. O/N Camp.
Tashi Gaon is the last village en-route to the Makalu base camp, after this village the walk is refreshing for an hour and a half in the beautiful shade of the rhododendron and oaks forest, after leaving the dense forest coming to a summer pastures with traces of temporary made shepherd huts. From here onwards to Kohama ridge is a strenuous uphill climb, as the tree lines declines for the bushes of rhododendron and juniper. After the climb, we come to the open area of Kohama danda for our overnight camp. From this spot, we get stunning grand views of the far landscapes with the 3rd highest mountain Kanchenjunga in view towards the north east and Mt. Makalu towards North West. From here onwards, you begin to feel the cold chill of the Himalayas. We camp out here for the night.

 

Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk (3,400m) 6 hours walk. O/N Camp.
With the wonderful morning and the superb views of the surrounding landscapes and snow capped peaks, our trek follows a gradual trail with few ups and down as we pass through the Thulo Pokhari (big pond) and Sano Pokhari(small pond). In the heavy snow, the path from here can be quite misleading and it will be arduous to find the trail sometime. After the last pond, we cross the pass of Tutu-la at 4,075m. From here onwards, it is all downhill back to vegetation, as we reach to our camp at Mumbuk, a small clearing place for camping in the middle of the woods of pines, hemlock, birch and rhododendrons. We set up camp for our overnight

 

Day 10: Trek to Neha Kharka (3,750m) 6 hours. O/N Camp.
The camp being in the shade of the tree, the view of the Khumbukarna can be seen through the vegetation of the tree lines, the walk from here is downhill to the enclosed and concealed Barun Valley, one of the least explored area in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. The unique landscapes within the Makalu-Barun National Park are some 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 bird species and 75 species of mammals, including the endangered clouded leopard, red panda and musk deer.

The remarkable bio-diversity is considered to be of global significance and provides a living laboratory for international scientific research. As we reach the lush alpine area of Barun Valley the walk is very pleasant with gradual uphill slopes, following the Barun River upstream on the valley gorge towards our camp at Neha-Kharka, one of the summer pastures for the local folks of Tashi and Navagoan. We camp out here on the green meadows.

 

Day 11: Trek to Sherson 4,600 m. 6 hours walk. O/N Camp.
A little beyond our camp we cross the Barun river by way of couple of wooden bridges, which make use of conveniently situated boulders. There is a large prayer wall at Ramara, after 2-3 hours walk, from here the vegetation gets sparse, although the rhododendron, berberis, cotoneaster and juniper bushes persist for some time. This is a lovely day's walk, through the high alpine, as we come nearer to Sherson in sight of the lower Barun glacier and the towering majestic Mt. Makalu. Sherson is also the lower base camp of Mt. Makalu. There are number of stone enclosures at this high grazing ground with outstanding view of host of peaks, including the upper part of Makalu south face, and Mt. Baruntse at 7,220m peeking above peak 4. We bunk out here for the night.

 

Day 12: Free day for a day hike. O/N Camp.
This is a leisure day for a free-for-all day hike, free from the hassles of packing. Around Sherson there are many interesting hikes and view points to explore, the most scenic walk would be taking a hike on the right side of the camp above for closer views of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari and the view of the rare face of Everest the Kanshung face with Lhotse nearby. A one hour steep hike up brings us to a large meadow & you can walk farther up to get magnificent views of the Mt. Makalu and other lovely peaks of this area and beyond. We can also enjoy an afternoon siesta & bunk out here for the night.

 

Day 13: Trek to High Makalu Base Camp. 4,800m. 2-3 hrs.
From Sherson, we continue to more isolated area towards the higher base camp, which is less than three hour trek above Sherson, at the snout of the Barun glacier, near its glacial pond. On arriving at the camp, the afternoon is free for short hike above this camp; we can climb on the moraine ridge for more spectacular views of Mt. Makalu, and of the usual hidden east sides of Lhotse and Everest, which looms above the Barun glacier to the North West. We will spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure and preparing for the next big adventure. Some of the porters will set off back with equipment which we do not need to take with us making the load as light as possible to overcome the traverse over Sherpani Col and beyond.

 

Day 14: Trek to Higher Camp. 5,200m. 4-5 hrs. O/N Camp.
Our journey from here heads westwards to camp just below Makalu west pillar, as the altitude gains slowly, we take our time with enough breaks in this high terrain our walk follows a path which climbs an ablation valley on the west side of the Barun glacier. Following this valley onto the glacier we make our way over the boulder-strewn caves and ice to a camp known as Puja Camp below the towering Mt. Makalu's West Pillar. Our strenuous trek on the glacier is rewarded with unique views of Lhotse and the rare Kangshung face of Everest. We camp overnight on the clearing of a moraine. It’s wild & exciting.

 

Day 15: Camp at 5,700m. 4-5 hrs. O/N Camp.
Leaving our camp the path follows to a steep climb up the rocky slopes of the Barun's west bank, until a line of cairns leads us into the valley where two small glaciers are fed by the slopes of the Sherpani Col. We will make our camp beneath the ice cliffs at the terminus of these two glaciers after 4-5 hours of vigorous climbing.

 

Day 16: This is a day for rest. O/N Camp.
An important rest day for acclimatization before the hard high climb and steep descend. This altitude offers superb views of the giant West Face and West Pillar of Makalu. Here, our expert guides will check the route and make the pass accessible by fixing ropes en-route to the pass. We then set up camp to enjoy our well earned sleep after a thrilling day at this elevation.

 

Day 17: Camp on the Moraine 5,640m after crossing Sherpani col.
The big day! Leaving the camp before dawn, we climb on the icy snout of the Sherpani Glacier, three separate Col's give access to the cirque, we will choose the most appropriate of these routes, according to the prevailing conditions, our climb follows on steep snow covered slopes, with the back-up of the fixed ropes which we had set up on the previous day. From the Col we will rope up to cross the glacier to the rocky crest of the West Col. This stunning cirque is framed by the sweep of Baruntse's icy ridges to the north, the vast cliffs of Makalu, the wall of Chamlang to the south and the shapely spire of Ama Dablam ahead of us to the west. We will be having our packed lunch on the world's highest picnic spots, in the meantime our guides will scout the safe route down the West Col. After a break a descent from the Col on fixed lines leads us to the Hongu Glacier, and end our long hard day with a gradual walk over snow slopes down to our camp on the moraine.

 

Day 18: Trek to Panch Pokhari.5, 480m. 4-5 hrs. O/N Camp.
Our journey leads to our next adventure over the Amphu Laptsa before we head towards the main busy trail of Lukla, Namche Bazaar and Thyangboche. The walk follows across the wide reaches of the upper Hongu Basin towards Kang Leyamura, a 6,430m peak to the west. Following the rocky glacier in the beginning, then towards old and more recent moraine deposits, we reach the beautiful Panch Pokhari meaning 'five ponds' and make our camp near to the largest pond at the foot of our final pass Amphu Labtsa at 5,780m. This is a great spot to camp out in.

 

Day 19: Rest day at Panch Pokhari. O/N Camp.
Another well earned rest day, which gives us a break to pull back our strength for the final assault over the last big pass. Either relaxing or for the energetic people there is an opportunity to climb smaller hills behind the camp for the excellent views of the Hinku Glacier and the Mingbo-la. Here our guides will go up to the Amphu Labtsa and will fix ropes on some difficult section for the safe descent towards Imjatse Valley. We camp for the night

 

Day 20: Traverse Amphu Labtsa Pass at 5,780m and trek to Chukung. 4,730m. 7-8 hrs. O/N Camp.
Another big day, an early start from the camp for 2-3 hrs trek brings us to the top of the pass. This pass overlooks stunning views of the impressive south face of Lhotse and Lhotse shar and the summit of Island or Imajatse Peaks which looks as if it could almost be even lower than our vantage point. As soon the kitchen staffs and porters arrive at the pass, they will be lowered the 150 meters to the relatively less steep ground below the pass. Similarly, loads have to be carefully lowered, after checking every member in the group we slowly and carefully descend with the help of ropes and ice axe if required, then reaching the safe side from the pass by early afternoon everybody should be off the snow. Once in the safe ground away from the snow and ice area, an hour or more walk will take us to the ablation valley by the side of the Imja Glacier, now being within the Imja-tse valley walking will be more or less easier most of the way to the trekkers civilization at Chukung, a temporary settlement with 5-6 teahouse and lodges. We camp overnight at Chukung after 8-9 hrs of hard adventurous hiking.

 

Day 21: Trek to Thyangboche. 3, 867m. 6 hrs. O/N Camp.
After the hard couple of days over the two high hidden pass in between the massif peaks, our route from here leads to a pleasant walk on the downhill slope to Dingboche and Pangboche village before Thyangboche. After two hours of easy walk brings us to Dingboche village. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls, protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about more than ten teahouses and it is also the gateway to Chukung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and Hinko Valley. From Dingboche a gentle walk leads towards the Imjatse River with excellent views of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga and Tawoche peaks the trail leads to a small wooden bridge, from the bridge an easy walk to Pangboche village. From here the route diverts into two ways, the upper one going to the upper Pangboche village, where the old Monastery is located, the gradual low route is the straight forward main trail onwards Thyangboche and beyond. It will be better to go the upper trail, for more view and to visit the upper Pangboche village 3,900m and its Monastery, which had a Yeti scalp, and a skeleton believed to be Yeti's hand, it was stolen in the early '90's, and has never recovered back again, like the monastery in Khumjung, this Monastery is believed to be older, after the visit to the Monastery, a gradual walk downhill brings us back to the main trail, with a short climb after the bridge over the gorge of Imjatse River, the walk follows mani wall through the beautiful forest of silver fur, birch and rhododendron  all the way to Thyangboche Monastery, a magnificent place surround by the impressive view of the snowcapped mountains. This is a thrilling area to camp out in.

 

Day 22: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. 5 hrs. O/N Camp.
After a visit to the newly built monastery after the old one was burned to the ground in the late 80's, our trek begins with a descend for an hour to Phungi Tenka, here we cross the long suspension bridge over the Imjatse River by now the trail is more busier with trekkers, porters and pack animals than the previous days. From the bridge an hour and half climb brings us to a small place of Shana-sa offering grand view of Ama Dablam and Thamserkhu. Perhaps we might stop for lunch in this village. After a break here, if people are interested to visit the upper sleepy village of Khumjung and Khunde they may do so, as the walk to Namche from here is just 2 hrs away on the easy winding trail with constant view of the snow capped peaks of Kwangde, Thamserkhu, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. Splitting the trail from here to Namche and Khumjung the later village will take about an hour uphill walk and then about 2-3 hrs to reach Namche for the overnight halt. On reaching Namche Bazaar, it will be more or less back to civilization with excellent restaurants, shops, lodges and even a Cyber café found at this remote outpost at such an altitude. Most visitors freak out with the facilities found around here, despite its remote setting. We could go wild a bit before crashing out to bed, on a high, of course.

 

Day 23: Trek to Lukla 2,800m. 6 hrs. O/N Camp.
Being on the main trail to Everest, the walk from Namche onwards will be easier all the way to Lukla, the path leads downhill all the way to the confluence of Bhote-Koshi and Imjatse which makes the Dudh Koshi. From here we cross the long suspension bridge with a short climb into the pine a wood, reaching again back to the river bed, the gentle trail follows the river downstream passing through many farm fields and villages then coming at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo village. After Monjo another 2 hours of good walk leads to Phakding near the river Dudh Koshi. Final leg of this great trek will be another good walk to Lukla; you can walk at your own leisurely pace, enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, we prepare for the last day with a great dinner and celebration with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members. This is altogether a merry ending to a real merry trip on these rugged but beautiful mountains.

 

Day 24: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. As we get hold of the boarding pass depending upon our flight time we make our way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 45 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen during the flight. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, one of our Tour Officers will be on standby to receive and escort you back to your Hotel.

 

Day 25: A free day at leisure.
this day is totally free for you in Kathmandu, please let our staff or tour officer know if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight. There are other wonderful options should you care to make this a holiday of a lifetime. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Day 26: Transfer to Airport for your International departure.
Today, as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, departure tax (in local currency) and your passport handy. Our Tour Officer will take you to the airport for your final departure from this wonder country, Nepal. Sayonara!!