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Makalu Trek with Sherpani col (27 days)

Trip Highlights

Duration: 27 Days

Type of Trek: Tea house/ Camping

Max Altitude: 5817 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Flight/Land Transportation

Grade: Strenuous

Makalu Trek with Sherpani Col is a truly intrepid expedition to a remote and wild region of the Great Himalayas.

The Makalu Trek route traverses a spectacular, seldom visited region of Nepal and crosses three high mountain passes: Sherpani Col (6135m), West Col (6143m) and Amphu Laptsa (5850m). Only on the very final section does it meet the popular southern approach to Everest Base Camp at Chhukung. The rare views of tallest mountains are the most breathtaking in the whole Himalayan range including Makalu (8463m), Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Everest (8850m).

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Day 01-02: Drive from Kathmandu to Hille via Dharan and Dhankuta by overnight bus.

Day 03: Trek from Hille to Mangmaya which takes about six and half hours.

Day 04: Trek from Mangmaya to Surtibari which takes about six hours.

Day 05: Trek from Surtibari to Tumlingtar takes about six and half hours.

Day 06: Trek from Tumlingtar to Maney Bhanjyang takes about five and half hours.

Day 07: Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Chilchile (1830m) takes about five hours.

Day 08: Trek from Chilchile to Num (1500 m) takes about four and half hours.

Day 09: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1510 m) takes about four and half hours.

Day 10: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2070 m) takes about four hours.

Day 11: Rest day at Tashigaon for acclimatization. You camp for the night.

Day 12: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma la (3560 m) takes about six hours.

Day 13: Trek from Khongma la to Mumbuk (3550 m) takes about six and half hours.

Day 14: Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600 m) takes about four and half hours.

Day 15: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Yak Kharka (4810 m) takes about five and half hours.

Day 16: Trek from Yak Kharka to Hillary Base Camp (Makalu Base Camp) takes about six and half hours.

Day 17: Rest at Makalu Base Camp.

Day 18: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Baruntse East Col.

Day 19: Trek from Baruntse East Col to Sherbani Col.

Day 20: Trek from Sherbani Col to Baruntse West Col.

Day 21: Trek from Baruntse West Col to Hinku Pokhari

Day 22: Trek from Hinku Pokhari to Mingbola Base camp (Glacier Camp).

Day 23: Trek from Mingbola Base camp to Mingbola Pass (5817m.)- Next Base Camp of Mingbo La.

Day 24: Trek from Mingbo La Base Camp to Pangboche. You camp for the night.

Day 25: Trek from Pangboche to Namche bazaar takes about five and half hours.

Day 26: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) takes about six hours.

Day 27: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes 30 minutes.

Day 01-02: Drive from Kathmandu to Hille via Dharan and Dhankuta by overnight bus.

Drive from Kathmandu to Hille via Dharan and Dhankuta by overnight bus. It takes about 16 hours. You camp for the night.

Day 03: Trek from Hille to Mangmaya which takes about six and half hours.

Trek from Hille to Mangmaya which takes about six and half hours. The trek starts with gentle ascent and moves along flat trail through the jungle of pine and rhododendron trees. You camp for the night.

Day 04: Trek from Mangmaya to Surtibari which takes about six hours.

Trek from Mangmaya to Surtibari which takes about six hours. The trail passes by the side of a river which is a gentle flat trail with some small descents. You camp for the night.

Day 05: Trek from Surtibari to Tumlingtar takes about six and half hours.

The trail starts with an adventurous action of hanging rope ways over the river. The trail then will ascend about 2 hours. This is a small town with an airstrip. Here you will find a market, some government administrative offices and some tea houses. You camp for the night.

Day 06: Trek from Tumlingtar to Maney Bhanjyang takes about five and half hours.

The trail ascends all the way through forests of rhododendrons and sal trees and en route you will pass a few villages. Maney Bhanjyang is a ridge inhabited by some people. You camp for the night.

Day 07: Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Chilchile (1830m) takes about five hours.

The trail continues to ascend through forests of rhododendrons and sal trees for about three hours until you begin to walk over a flat trail to arrive to Chilchile. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurungs but there are other communities as well. There is a government school where locals send their children along with some good tea houses. You camp for the night.

Day 08: Trek from Chilchile to Num (1500 m) takes about four and half hours.

The trail ascends for about 2 hours and then descends to follow a path along a small perennial river to then walk on a flat trail for about 1 hour to reach Num. Num is a beautiful village with many tea houses and telephone booths.

Day 09: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1510 m) takes about four and half hours.

The trail descends steeply for about 2 and half hours until a big river named Neguwa Khola. The trail passes over a suspension bridge and then ascends through forests and a few traditional villages. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and the crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending upon the season. There is a check post and local office of the Makalu Conservation Area. You camp for the night.

Day 10: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2070 m) takes about four hours.

The trail slightly ascends but the major part of the trail is flat and easy through the bushes. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest, is a big sherpa village. You find prayer flags fluttering in sky in and around the village. The camping spot in this village is really praiseworthy. You camp for the night.

Day 11: Rest day at Tashigaon for acclimatization. You camp for the night.

Day 12: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma la (3560 m) takes about six hours.

The trail ascends throughout the day and you will walk through forest of Rhododendrons and Sal trees until you reach your destination. Kongma la is a ridge with only one tea house. This is also a perfect place for camping. You camp for the night.

Day 13: Trek from Khongma la to Mumbuk (3550 m) takes about six and half hours.

The trail ascends until you reach a beautiful lake named “Kalo Pokhari” at the height of (4004 m).

You then go downhill until you reach Mumbuk. It is a camping spot surrounded by green forests. You camp for the night.

Day 14: Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600 m) takes about four and half hours.

The trail today is a bit adventurous and strenuous. The trail passes for about 3 hours through a landscape which is very prone to landslides. The Barun river adds more dimensions to the trail with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, and Peak 7 (6185 m). You camp for the night.

Day 15: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Yak Kharka (4810 m) takes about five and half hours.

The trail ascends through the grassland and forest. You can enjoy views of the majestic peaks such as the Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, Peak 7 (6185 m), Isuwa La (5340 m) and many unnamed mountains and peaks. Yak Kharka is a grazing field and you camp overnight here.

Day 16: Trek from Yak Kharka to Hillary Base Camp (Makalu Base Camp) takes about six and half hours.

Early part of the trek is flat and then it ascends until the Hillary Base Camp. En route, you pass along rocky glacier path. You will be enchanted by the panoramic views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, Kali Himal, Mt. Makalu II etc. You camp for the night.

Day 17: Rest at Makalu Base Camp.

You will enjoy the whole day in the base camp where you continue to enjoy the spectacular views of different mountains and peaks like Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m), etc. You can also hike to Baruntse Base Camp. You camp for the night.

Day 18: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Baruntse East Col. You camp for the night.

Day 19: Trek from Baruntse East Col to Sherbani Col. You camp for the night.

Day 20: Trek from Sherbani Col to Baruntse West Col. You camp for the night.

Day 21: Trek from Baruntse West Col to Hinku Pokhari. You camp for the night.

Day 22: Trek from Hinku Pokhari to Mingbola Base camp (Glacier Camp). You camp for the night.

Day 23: Trek from Mingbola Base camp to Mingbola Pass (5817m.)- Next Base Camp of Mingbo La.

Trek from Mingbola Base camp to Mingbola Pass (5817m.)- Next Base Camp of Mingbo La. You camp for the night.

Day 24: Trek from Mingbo La Base Camp to Pangboche. You camp for the night.

Day 25: Trek from Pangboche to Namche bazaar takes about five and half hours.

You start downhill trekking for one hour and then cross a suspension bridge you continue your trek over flat and ascending path through forests until Tyangboche. This is an excellent view point as you can see the panoramic views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Tawache peak, Lhotse and Tyangboche. Following through rhododendron forests, you trek over a descending path until reaching Phunki Tanga. There are some tea houses here and you have a possibility of seeing musk deer in and around the area. You then trek uphill for two hours until Sanasa. There are three diversified paths here, one heading to Gokyo, another to Khumjung and the third one goes to Namche in one hour. You head for Namche and camp for the night.

Day 26: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) takes about six hours.

The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.

Day 27: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes 30 minutes.

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes 30 minutes. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

The Trip includes following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Trekking guide/s and Sherpa/s
  • Cook and kitchen helper/s
  • Necessary porter/s (One porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in tea houses (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 equipment's 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 in case 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.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

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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