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SHERPANI COL TREKKING

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destination Makalu
duration 25 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Makalu
max altitude 6,110m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hrs
accommodation Lodge + Camping
season Autumn/Spring

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 3,700
2 Pax USD 3,500
3 Pax USD 3,300
4 - 6 Pax USD 3,200
7 - 12 Pax USD 2,900
13 - 18 Pax USD 2,800
19 - 24 Pax USD 2,700
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SHERPANI COL TREKKING

Do you have an invincible and can-do attitude? This trek will test your stamina and will challenge you while you regularly trek at high altitudes through an amazing remote and wild location in the great Himalayas. You will cross three challenging passes: Sherpani Col (meaning pass) at 6110m, West Col (6135m), and Amphu Lapcha Pass (5845m). “Col” means pass in Tibetan.

This is definitely a trek for the brave adrenaline-junkie adventurer not afraid to put in the hard yards to reach their goal. The Sherpani Col Trek is also referred to as the Makalu Sherpani Col Trek.  To reach Sherpani Col (6110m) will require some serious effort at this high altitude, but in return, you will have a wonderful spectacle before your eyes as you look up to the world’s 5th  highest mountain, Mt. Makalu (8485m) in the north and Island Peak (6189m) in the west. This is the land of glaciers and home to three of the world’s five highest mountains, Makalu.

This trek follows a trail across a mountain range between Makalu and Everest. This trek is a fusion of cross-country trekking and more serious mountaineering using fixed ropes and at times an ice axe to traverse the

“Three Cols”. Most days you will be trekking at altitudes between 4000 and up to 6000 meters. .

The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu toTumlingtar situated in the east of Nepal and heads to Khadbari (1025m), Chichila (1800m), Num (1500m), Seduwa (1493m), Tashi Gaun (2200m), Kahuma Danda (3500m), Mumbuk (3400m), Nehe Kharka (3750m), Sherson (4600m), Barun-Che Base Camp (4800m),  High Camp (5200m), High Camp at (5700m), camp on the Moraine (5640m) via Sherpani Col (6115m), Panch Pokhari (5480m) via Amphu Laptsa (5780m), Amphu Labtsa Base Camp, Chhukung (4730m), Tyangboche (3867m), Namche Bazaar (3430m) and finally to Lukla (2800m) from where we fly back to Kathmandu. 

On the trail you will enjoy some exceptional mountain views of Kanchenjunga, Makalu I, Makalu II, Jannu, Baruntse, Lhotse, Everest, Ama Dablam, Pumori, and Thamserku. . 

Sherpa Expedition & Trekking have been in the business for more than forty years and have an exceptional reputation for providing exceptional service and put your comfort and safety first.

Key Features of Sherpani Col Trek

  • Explore a remote and wild region of the Himalayas.
  • Trek for days at a high altitude.
  • Amazing close-up views of many massive mountains.
  • Cross three high passes between  Sherpani Col (meaning pass) at 6110m, West Col (6135m) and Amphu Lapcha Pass (5845m
  • Amazing and varied cultures and their unique traditions.
  • Incredible lush vegetation and raging rivers.

ITINERARY

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On arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by a representative from Sherpa Expedition & Trekking who will take you to your 3-star hotels. You can rest at your hotel or stroll around Thamel and do some last-minute shopping and take in the sights.
Today we will make preparations ahead of our trek, which includes organizing the required permits, confirming your medical insurance.
Today we will fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar on a scenic flight that offers spectacular views of the snow-covered peaks of Ganesh Himal to Mt. Everest, Makalu & Mt.Kanchenjunga. The flight to Tumlingtar will take around 40 minutes and then the adventure begins as we head towards the Kumal (caste) village of Khadbari set amidst a sub-tropical forest and surrounded by terraced fields. We will stay here overnight.
This morning we head off on a five to six hour trek, first arriving at Bhotebas where we will stop for lunch. The trail passes through cultivated fields and forests until we reach the ridge where Chichila is located. Tonight we will stay at Chichila in a tent. From our campsite we have awesome views of Mt. Makalu and the Kumbakarna Himal.
The trail today of about five to six hours takes us through rhododendron, oak, and hemlock woods before reaching the ridge. Two more hours, heading downhill, we reach the small village of Num where we stay overnight.
Today we begin our trek down a steep slope to the Arun River 800 metres down in the valley. As we get closer to the valley floor the path is often slippery and is densely forested. After reaching the valley we cross the suspension bridge across the raging Arun River before heading back up into the forest again where we stop for lunch. We then ascend up another steep hill to Seduwa where we set up camp.
Today the trail takes us through farming villages with terraced fields of rice and millet until we reach Tashi Gaon where we camp overnight. Because of the relatively short trek we will have time to explore and wander around the village.
Today we trek for between five and six hours and head off on a trail with very few villages along the way as we walk through oak and rhododendron forests. We then ascend to a higher altitude to where shepherds graze their animals. The climb from here becomes more physical as we head to Kahuma Ridge and pass through less dense vegetation with only rhododendron and junipers before reaching our campsite at Kahuma Danda. We are surrounded by various mountains.
On the trail today we pass Thulo Pokhari (big pond in Nepali) and Sano Pokhari (small pond) and continue and eventually come to Keke La Pass (4230m) and Tutu La Pass (4200m) where there is a chorten. We then descend to a clearing where we camp for the night surrounded by forests of pine, birch and rhododendron forest at Mumbuk.
The trail and trek today of about six to seven hours leads down a steep descent through a narrow valley and then crosses the Barun Khola (river) near Tamatan Kharka. We follow the river bank until we reach the summer settlement of Yangri Kharka.
Today the trail takes us across a wooden bridge over the Barun River and then trek across a rocky river bed and past a prayer wall until we arrive at Sherson where we can see the lower Barun glacier and the soaring splendid Mt. Makalu. This is the lower base camp of Mt. Makalu. There are some amazing views from here of Makalu’s south face and Mt. Baruntse (7220m). We will set up camp for the night at Sherson.
Today is a rest and acclimatization day. Medical professionals suggest that in order to better acclimatize before heading to higher altitudes that you should remain active. This is a good reason to wander around the village or take a short hike into the hills where you will be rewarded with some great views of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari and Kangshung face of Everest and Lhotse. Tonight we will camp here again.
From Sherson we climb to the isolated higher base camp that should take us about two to three hours close to the lower end of the Barun Glacier and some small glacial lakes. After arriving at the camp in the afternoon we will have time to take a short trek to the moraine above the camp where we have even better views of Mt. Makalu and the east side’s of Mt. Lhotse and Mt.Everest. Tonight we will camp at Barun Che Base Camp.
An early start takes us on a trek of about five to six hours to just below Makalu west and along the way have several rest breaks as we gain altitude. We follow a valley on the west side of the Barun Glacier and across a rough rocky terrain to Puja Camp below Mt. Makalu’s West pillar. Our arduous trek over the glacier is rewarded with exceptional views of Lhotse and the Kangshung face of Mt. Everest. Tonight we set up camp on a clear space on the moraine.
We will trek for around four to five hours across the rugged slopes of Barun Valley’s west bank until we reach some cairns that are a sign to head down into the valley. There are two smaller glaciers that have their origin at Sherpani Col. We will camp the night just below the bottom of these glaciers.
Again we must take time out to acclimatize before heading to higher altitudes. From High Camp we again have some awesome views of the west face and west pillar of Mt. Makalu. We will camp here overnight.
This is the highlight of our trek and we have to leave very early in the morning. We have to trek along the base of the Sherpani Glacier and head up and across snow-covered slopes using fixed ropes if necessary. We then cross to the West Col using fixed ropes as we cross the glacier. We are surrounded by Baruntse's icy ridges to the north, the huge cliffs of Makalu, the wall of Chamlang to the south, and the peak of Ama Dablam in the west. We will stop at the top of Sherpani Col for lunch. After our lunch break, we will descend using fixed ropes to the Hongu Glacier and back down to our previous night’s camp on the moraine.
Today we ascend to Amphu Laptsa and then follow the trail toward Hongu Basin and on to Mt. Kang Leyamura (6430m) in the west. We finally reach Panch Pokhari (meaning 'five ponds') where we make camp at the base of Amphu Labtsa at (5780m).
After breakfast, we start our trek to the Amphu Labtsa Base Camp. Here our guides will go up to the Amphu Labtsa to fix ropes on some difficult section for a safe descent towards Imjatse Valley. We stay overnight at Amphu Labtsa Base Camp.
We have a seven to eight-hour trek today, firstly heading to the pass from where we have some stunning views of the south face of Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and Island Peak (Imjatse). We carefully descend from the pass using ropes and an ice axe. Once through the pass and heading down the going gets easier as we leave the snow and ice behind us. We continue on down to the valley close to the Imja Glacier and then on to Chhukung where we will camp overnight.
Our trek of four to five hours today is mostly downhill and at a lower altitude as head to Dingboche and on toward Tengboche. The next leg of our trek takes us to the very old Pangboche Sherpa village. Tengboche is often spoken about and said to be one of the most quaint villages on this trek and in the Himalayas. The large Gompa there is worth a visit. Next we come to a camping area where we will camp overnight and have fantastic views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt.Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt.Lhotse.
Today we trek for four to five hours heading through rhododendron, pine and juniper forests and then cross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. We continue on and follow the trail to Sanasa Village and then to Namche Bazaar where we will stay the night.
We will follow the trail today for six to seven hours to Monju Village and then to the Sherpa Village of Phakding where we will stop for lunch. On arriving at Lukla you will have time to browse the shops while you wait for your flight to Lukla. We will stay here overnight and celebrate this mammoth undertaking to some extreme high altitudes.
We board our flight to Kathmandu and once in the air can look back over the majestic peaks and mountain ranges in the distance. After arriving back at Kathmandu, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will take you to your hotel.
Your adventure comes to an end today – but your memories will last a lifetime! Our company representative will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to reminisce and plan your next adventure and opportunity to explore the most magnificent mountains of Nepal.

SERVICES

Cost included in your Package

  • All ground transfers by private vehicle as per our itinerary.
  • Three-star Hotel in Kathmandu (including breakfast, and taxes)
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu (includes all entrance fees).
  • All domestic airfares (Kathmandu - Tumlingtar & Lukla- Kathmandu).
  • Organized Camping Trek arrangement, including all high-quality German Salewa / UK Super Quasar, F10 Spindrift camping equipment and tents such as Two Men Tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Table, Chairs, Mattresses, Hot Water Bags, Inner Sheet and etc.
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) for emergency use etc.
  • Everyday meals while trekking, which will be prepared by our cook.
  • National Park / Conservation Area Permit Fees (For Sagarmatha National Park & Makalu Barun Conservation Area).
  • Guide, porters and their daily wages, insurance with all necessary lodging - fooding arrangements.
  • High altitude working crew / high altitude porters / vast experienced climbing Sherpa/guide with their daily wages, insurance, and all arrangements.
  • We also provide a complimentary Welcome Dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.

Cost Excludes

  • 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 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 10 kg for Lukla flight.

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

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may not find comfort and better quality teahouses -During the trek, We sleep in the very simple tea house/tent and our guides will pick the best Camping site with a nice view of the Himalaya.

Meals during the trek

In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these mountain regions are potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu, Tumlingtar and back to  Kathmandu.

Physical fitness

Sherpani Col Trek is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities more than 4000m elevation then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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Departures

Trip Date Price Duration Seats Left

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 3,700
2 Pax USD 3,500
3 Pax USD 3,300
4 - 6 Pax USD 3,200
7 - 12 Pax USD 2,900
13 - 18 Pax USD 2,800
19 - 24 Pax USD 2,700
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  • Hassle-Free Booking
  • Team of highly experienced Experts

All Inclusive Cost

USD 3,700

Per Person

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