Makalu Trek with Sherpani col (18 Days)

Makalu Trek with Sherpani col (18 Days)

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Tea house / Camping




5,817 m


Flight / Land

Group Size


Best Season

Spring and Autumn

The Makalu Trek with Sherpani col route traverses a spectacular, seldom visited region of Nepal and crosses three high mountain passes: Sherpani Col (6135m), West Col (6143m) and AmphuLaptsa (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 breath-taking in the whole Himalayan range including Makalu (8463m), Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Everest (8850m).

Mountains offer hikers the most beautiful opportunity to take on a challenge, test their own limits, and catch breath-takingscenery. Nepal, a country with the longest Himalayan range is absolutely perfect for capturing the best mountaintop vistas in the world. Makalu is one the less visited trekking region in Nepal mainly due to its remoteness. 

Makalu Trek with Sherpani Col is a truly intrepid expedition to a remote and wild region of the Great Himalayas. Makalu region has also gotten attention in the media due to its possible connection with mysterious animal, yeti. Allow us to inspire you for your next altitude-friendly adventure with our competent and determined team in the safest mode. 

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Same day, you will drive to Num (1500 m.) that takes about seven hours. You will drive by jeep from Tumlingtar. Stay overnight at tea house (lodge). 


The trail descends steeply for about 2 and a half hours until you come to a big river named Neguwa Khola. The trail passes over the suspension bridge and ascends through forest and a few traditional villages. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending on the season. There is a check post and local office of the Makalu Conservation Area. Stay overnight at tea house (lodge).


The trail slightly ascends but the major part of the hike is flat and easy through the bushes. While walking, you will see villages at a far distance. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest, is a big Sherpa village. You will find prayer flags fluttering in the wind whispering odes of prayers for the dead and forgotten in and around the village. The camping spot in this village is really a praiseworthy site. Stay overnight at tea house (lodge).


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 and there is only one tea house here. This is also a perfect place for camping. It snows here even during the spring months of March and April. Stay overnight at tea house (lodge).


The trail ascends and then follows a rugged path to reach a beautiful lake named “Kalo Pokhari” at the height of 4004 m. Leaving this lake, you go downhill until you reach Mumbuk. It is a serene camping spot surrounded by green forests. Stay overnight at tea house (lodge).


The hike 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 running through the trail adds more dimensions to the trek with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m and Peak 7 (6185m.). Stay overnight at tea house (lodge).


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


The hike passes through a flat trail and will descend to a perennial river. As you reach Makalu Base Camp, you will be mesmerized by the views of Mt. Makalu (8463m), Baruntse (7152m), Kali Himal (6985m), Chamlang (7390m) and Makalu II (7640 m), etc. Stay overnight at camp in Makalu Base Camp.

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


Today you will follow steep climbing from Swiss Camp rewarding 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.

Today the trail crosses rocky glacier and beautiful Panch Pokhari. Stay overnight at camp.

Early morning hike to Amphu Laptsa Base Camp through moraines and meadows. Stay overnight at camp.


Get ready to face one of the most challenging treks. Make a steep climbg from the base camp and cross the Amphu Labtsa pass which fffers beautiful views of Makalu ranges. Then drop down to Chukkung. Stay overnight at lodge.


Tyangboche is a small village with a famous monastery offering you splendid views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and river views.  Stay overnight at lodge.


The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings you to the village of Khunde. Stay overnight at lodge.


The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a 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. Stay overnight in lodge.


 You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. 

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Trekking and climbing guide 
  • Equipment fees for climbing guide and porters to cross Sherpani Col
  • Camping crews (Cook, Sherpa, kitchen helper)
  • Porters (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) 
  • Accommodation in tents and some night in lodges 
  • Required equipments: Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, cooking utensil and trekking poles
  • Cooking fuel 
  • Camping charges 
  • Special trekking permit fee for Makalu region 
  • Entry Permit for Makalu conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Land transportation from Tumlingtar to Num by regular public jeep or bus
  • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs 
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary) 

Makalu Trek with Sherpani col (18 Days) Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:
Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:
Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:
First Aid Kit 

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:
Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

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