Makalu Base Camp with Sherpani Col Trekking

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destination Makalu
duration 22 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Makalu
max altitude 6135m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 6-7 Hours
accommodation Teahouse + camping
season Autumn - Spring

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No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 3,890
Pax 2 USD 3,790
Pax 3 USD 3,690
Pax 4 to 6 USD 3,590
Pax 7 to 12 USD 3,490
Pax 13 to 18 USD 3,390
Pax 19 to 24 USD 3,290
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Makalu Base Camp with Sherpani Col Trekking

Makalu Base Camp with Sherpani Col Trekking is an adventurous and challenging trekking route that takes you to the base camp of Mount Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world. This trek also includes crossing the high-altitude Sherpani Col, which adds an extra level of difficulty and excitement to the journey.

The trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, followed by a drive to Chichira, where the actual trekking starts. The trail takes you through lush forests, picturesque villages, and beautiful alpine meadows, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

As you ascend higher, the landscape changes dramatically, with rugged terrains, glaciers, and towering peaks dominating the scenery. The trek takes you through remote and less-visited areas, allowing you to experience the untouched natural beauty of the Makalu-Barun National Park.

The highlight of this trek is reaching the Makalu Base Camp, situated at an altitude of 4,870 meters. From here, you can witness the majestic beauty of Mount Makalu, as well as panoramic views of other Himalayan giants like Everest, Lhotse, and Kanchenjunga. The base camp provides a serene and peaceful environment, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and pristine glaciers.

The Sherpani Col crossing is the most challenging part of this trek. It involves navigating steep ice and snow slopes, as well as using climbing equipment like ropes and crampons. The Sherpani Col pass is located at an altitude of 6,135 meters, and reaching the top offers a sense of accomplishment and awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks.

The descent from Sherpani Col takes you through the picturesque Hinku Valley, where you can enjoy the beauty of alpine lakes, lush forests, and cascading waterfalls. The trek concludes in Lukla, from where you will take a flight back to Kathmandu.

Makalu Base Camp with Sherpani Col Trekking is a physically demanding and technically challenging trek, suitable for experienced trekkers and mountaineers. It requires a good level of fitness, acclimatization, and prior trekking or mountaineering experience.

Overall, this trek offers a unique and unforgettable adventure, taking you off the beaten path and immersing you in the raw and untouched beauty of the Himalayas. It is a journey that tests your limits, rewards you with breathtaking views, and leaves you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

ITINERARY

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Upon your arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You can take some rest and then explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, immersing yourself in the rich culture and heritage of the city.

Today, we will assist you in obtaining the necessary permits for the trek. You will need a Makalu-Barun National Park permit and a special restricted area permit for the Makalu and Sherpani Col regions. After completing the permit formalities, you can spend the rest of the day shopping for any trekking gear or supplies you may need.

We will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, enjoying scenic views of the Himalayas during the flight. From Tumlingtar, we will drive to Num, which will be our starting point for the trek. Num is a small village located at an altitude of 1,560 meters.

Today, we will begin our trek by descending steeply through forests and terraced fields, crossing suspension bridges over the Arun River. We will continue hiking uphill to reach the village of Sheduwa, situated at an altitude of 1,510 meters. Along the way, we will be treated to stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

Leaving Sheduwa, we will continue our ascent through forests of rhododendron and bamboo, passing several small settlements along the way. We will reach Tashi Gaun, a beautiful Sherpa village located at an altitude of 2,070 meters. Here, we can immerse ourselves in the local culture and hospitality.

Today will be a rest day to acclimatize to the increasing altitude. We can explore the village, interact with the locals, and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains. This rest day will help us adjust to the higher altitudes and prepare for the challenging trek ahead.

Leaving Tashi Gaun, we will ascend through dense forests, crossing several streams and waterfalls. The trail gradually steepens as we climb higher, offering panoramic views of the Makalu and Everest regions. We will reach Khongma, a small settlement at an altitude of 3,760 meters, where we will spend the night.

Today's trek will take us through rocky terrains and steep ascents as we make our way towards Mumbuk. We will pass by yak pastures and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Mumbuk, situated at an altitude of 3,520 meters, is a beautiful campsite surrounded by lush greenery.

The trail today will take us through the Barun Valley, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges. We will pass by moraines, glaciers, and alpine meadows, witnessing the raw and untouched beauty of the Makalu-Barun National Park. Nehe Kharka, located at an altitude of 4,320 meters, will be our campsite for the night.

Today is the day we reach the much-awaited Makalu Base Camp. The trail will lead us through rocky terrain, crossing glacial streams and moraines. As we approach the base camp, the views of Mount Makalu and the surrounding peaks become more prominent and awe-inspiring. We will spend the night at the base camp, surrounded by the majestic Himalayan giants.

Leaving the base camp, we will continue our trek towards Hillary Camp. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and peaks, as we make our way through the rugged terrain. Hillary Camp will be our stop for the night, providing us with a unique camping experience amidst the high-altitude wilderness.

Today's trek will take us to High Camp, situated at an altitude of 5,650 meters. The trail involves steep climbs and technical sections, requiring the use of climbing equipment and ropes. As we ascend higher, the views of the surrounding peaks become even more mesmerizing. We will spend the night at High Camp, preparing for the challenging crossing of Sherpani Col.

Today will be a rest day at High Camp to acclimatize to the high altitude and prepare for the challenging crossing of Sherpani Col. We can relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, or engage in light hiking and exploration of the area.

Today is the most challenging and thrilling day of the trek as we cross Sherpani Col and West Col. We will navigate steep ice and snow slopes, using climbing equipment and techniques. The crossing offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. After crossing the cols, we will descend to Baruntse Base Camp, located at an altitude of 5,700 meters.

Today will be a rest day at Baruntse Base Camp to acclimatize and prepare for further trekking. We can explore the surroundings, take in the beauty of the Baruntse peak, or engage in light hiking and relaxation.

Leaving Baruntse Base Camp, we will trek towards Amphu Labste Base. The trail takes us through rocky terrain and glacial moraines, offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Amphu Labste Base, situated at an altitude of 5,400 meters, will be our campsite for the night.

Today is another challenging day as we cross the high-altitude Amphu Laptsa pass. The pass requires technical climbing skills and the use of ropes and crampons. After crossing the pass, we will descend to Imja Lake camp, located at an altitude of 5,100 meters. The campsite offers beautiful views of the Imja Lake and the surrounding peaks.

Leaving the high-altitude camps, we will descend to Chhukung, a small village located at an altitude of 3,985 meters. The trail offers stunning views of Ama Dablam and other Himalayan peaks. From Chhukung, we will continue our descent to Pangboche, where we will spend the night.

Today, we will trek back to Namche Bazaar, the bustling Sherpa town located at an altitude of 3,440 meters. The trail takes us through beautiful forests, charming villages, and suspension bridges, providing a glimpse into the local Sherpa culture and lifestyle.

Leaving Namche Bazaar, we will trek back to Lukla, where our trek began. The trail offers a mix of uphill and downhill sections, passing through scenic landscapes and charming villages. This will be our last night in the Everest region, and we can celebrate the successful completion of our trek with our fellow trekkers and guides.

We will take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, enjoying the aerial views of the Himalayas one last time. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the city, shopping for souvenirs, or simply relaxing and reflecting on your incredible trekking adventure.

Today is the last day of your journey in Nepal. Our representative will transfer you to the international airport for your final departure. You will leave with unforgettable memories, a sense of accomplishment, and a deeper appreciation for the majestic beauty of the Himalayas.

SERVICES

Costs included in your package.

  • Airport picks up and transports by private Car/Jeep.
  • Three night’s standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after dinner.
  • Trekking Lodge (Tea House) accommodation /Tent camp accommodation during the trek.
  • camping equipment and tents such as Two Men Tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Table, Chairs, Mattresses, Hot Water Bags, Inner Sheet and etc.
  • National Park / Conservation Area Permit Fees (For Sagarmatha National Park & Makalu Barun Conservation Area).
  • All necessary paperwork including Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit & Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • Kathmandu-Tumlingtar & Lukla-Kathmandu flight with private airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Trip achievement certificate after successful trip completion.
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.
  • Assistant guide for groups of 8 or more people.

Costs Exclude

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu - lunch, and dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, mineral water, extra food, cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees($30 USD per person)
  • Excess baggage of more than 15 kg for Tumlingtar & Lukla flight.
  • NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. is nonrefundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Makalu Base Camp with Sherpani Col Trekking is a challenging and rewarding adventure in the Himalayas. Here are some things you should know:

1. Location: Makalu Base Camp is located in the Makalu-Barun National Park in eastern Nepal. It is the fifth highest mountain in the world and offers stunning views of the Himalayan range.

2. Difficulty: This trek is considered to be one of the most difficult treks in Nepal. It requires a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, high altitude passes, and some technical sections.

3. Duration: The Makalu Base Camp with Sherpani Col Trekking usually takes around 20-22 days to complete. This includes acclimatization days, rest days, and the time required for the trek itself.

4. Permits: To enter the Makalu-Barun National Park, you will need a special restricted area permit, which can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. Additionally, you will also need the standard trekking permits: TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card and Sagarmatha National Park entry permit.

5. Accommodation: During the trek, you will stay in tea houses or basic lodges along the trail. These accommodations offer basic amenities such as a bed, blankets, and food. However, it's advisable to carry your own sleeping bag for added comfort.

6. Sherpa Guides: It is highly recommended to hire a local Sherpa guide or porter to accompany you on this trek. Sherpas are experienced in the region and can provide valuable support and guidance throughout the journey.

7. Altitude Sickness: As you will be trekking at high altitudes, it's crucial to be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and take necessary precautions. Acclimatization days are included in the itinerary to help your body adjust to the increasing altitude.

8. Weather: The best time to undertake the Makalu Base Camp with Sherpani Col Trekking is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions and clear views of the mountains.

9. Equipment: Proper trekking gear is essential for this challenging trek. Some of the necessary items include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality backpack, trekking poles, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit.

10. Safety: It's important to prioritize your safety during the trek. Always listen to your guide's instructions, stay hydrated, and take necessary precautions to prevent accidents or injuries.

Remember to consult with a reputable trekking agency or a local guide for detailed information, a customized itinerary, and any updates on the trekking route. Enjoy your adventure to Makalu Base Camp and Sherpani Col!

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The Makalu Base Camp with Sherpani Col trek is considered to be a challenging and strenuous trek. It involves steep ascents, high altitude, and rough terrains. Proper physical fitness and prior trekking experience are recommended.

The trek usually takes around 20-22 days, including acclimatization days. However, the duration can vary depending on the pace of the group and weather conditions

The best time to undertake the Makalu Base Camp with Sherpani Col trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

Yes, you will need permits to enter the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area. You will also require a restricted area permit to enter the Sherpani Col region. These permits can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.

The highest point of the Makalu Base Camp with Sherpani Col trek is the Sherpani Col Pass, which stands at an altitude of 6,135 meters (20,128 feet). Proper acclimatization and altitude sickness prevention measures are crucial at this height.

While it is not mandatory, hiring a guide or porter is highly recommended for this trek. They are experienced in navigating the trail, can provide valuable insights about the region, and will assist you with carrying your belongings, allowing you to focus on enjoying the trek.

Accommodation during the trek is basic and primarily consists of teahouses and lodges. These provide simple rooms with shared facilities such as bathrooms and dining areas. It is advisable to carry a sleeping bag for extra comfort and warmth.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 3,890
Pax 2 USD 3,790
Pax 3 USD 3,690
Pax 4 to 6 USD 3,590
Pax 7 to 12 USD 3,490
Pax 13 to 18 USD 3,390
Pax 19 to 24 USD 3,290
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