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Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek

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Makalu Region
26+ booked
22 days
Highest Elevation
6,150m / 20,200ft
0 yrs

Tour Overview

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek is an adventurous journey that takes you through the remote and less-traveled trails of the Makalu region. The trek is a perfect combination of challenging trekking and breathtaking mountain scenery. It involves crossing over the high-altitude Sherpani Col Pass (6,143m), which is considered one of the most technical high passes in Nepal.

The trek begins with a scenic flight to Tumlingtar, followed by a drive to Num village. The trail passes through dense forests, crossing several streams and suspension bridges, and gradually ascending towards the high-altitude settlements of Tashi Gaon and Khongma Danda. The trek then leads towards the base of Makalu (8,481m), the world's fifth-highest mountain. The trail then takes you through the Sherpani Col Pass, which requires technical climbing skills and experience. The descent from the pass takes you through the stunning Barun Valley, offering panoramic views of the Himalayan range.

The trek also takes you to several culturally rich villages and exposes you to the unique lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa people. You will witness traditional Sherpa houses, prayer flags, and Mani walls along the way. The highlight of the trek is crossing the Sherpani Col Pass, which offers stunning panoramic views of Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, and several other peaks. This trek is perfect for adventure seekers and experienced trekkers who are looking for a challenging and rewarding trekking experience in the remote Himalayan region.

Tour Highlights

  • Cross the challenging Sherpani Col Pass at an altitude of 6,135m, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas
  • Trek through the remote and less-visited Makalu Barun National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna
  • Explore the culturally rich villages of the Sherpa, Rai, and Limbu communities and learn about their unique customs and traditions
  • Enjoy panoramic views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Makalu (8,481m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Everest (8,848m)
  • Experience a mix of challenging high-altitude trekking and stunning alpine landscapes, including glaciers, moraines, and lakes.


Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu
Your Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek begins with your arrival in the bustling city of Kathmandu. After a warm welcome, you'll settle into your hotel and prepare for the epic adventure ahead.
Day 2: Fly From Kathmandu To Tumlingtar And Drive To Num (1,560m)
The journey starts with a scenic flight to Tumlingtar, followed by a drive to Num. You'll be immersed in the lush greenery of the lowlands as you begin your trek into the remote Makalu region.
Day 3: Trek From Num To Sheduwa (1,510m)
Your trek officially begins as you descend through dense forests, crossing suspension bridges and enjoying the natural beauty of the region. Sheduwa, a serene village, welcomes you for the night.
Day 4: Trek From Sheduwa To Tashi Gaun (2,070m)
The trail leads you through picturesque landscapes and charming villages as you ascend to Tashi Gaun, where you'll be introduced to the unique culture and traditions of the local inhabitants.
Day 5: Acclimatization At Tashi Gaun (Rest Day)
A well-deserved acclimatization day in Tashi Gaun allows you to explore the village and immerse yourself in the local way of life. It's an opportunity to relax and prepare for the higher altitudes.
Day 6: Trek From Tashi Gaun To Khongma (3,760m)
The trek takes you higher into the mountains as you make your way to Khongma. The landscapes become more rugged, and you'll be surrounded by the grandeur of the Himalayas.
Day 7: Trek From Khongma To Mumbuk (3,520m)
Today's journey leads you through stunning alpine scenery and provides a glimpse of the diverse flora and fauna of the Makalu region. Mumbuk, a remote and peaceful spot, is your destination for the day.
Day 8: Trek From Mumbuk To Nehe Kharka (4,320m)
Your trek continues to ascend, bringing you to Nehe Kharka, where you'll experience the stark beauty of the high-altitude landscapes. The sense of remoteness and tranquility is captivating.
Day 9: Trek From Nehe Kharka To Makalu Base Camp (4,870m)
The trail takes you to the awe-inspiring Makalu Base Camp, where you'll be surrounded by towering peaks and glaciers. This is a significant milestone in your trek, offering breathtaking views.
Day 10: Trek From Makalu Basecamp To Hillary Camp
As you continue your ascent, you'll trek to Hillary Camp, named after the legendary Sir Edmund Hillary. The high-altitude environment provides a unique challenge and a sense of accomplishment.
Day 11: Trek From Hillary Camp To High Camp (5,650m)
Your journey leads you to High Camp, where you'll prepare for the challenging crossings that lie ahead. The high-altitude setting is both exhilarating and demanding.
Day 12: Acclimatization At High Camp (Rest Day)
A rest day at High Camp is essential for acclimatization. It allows your body to adjust to the high altitude and prepares you for the upcoming pass crossings.
Day 13: Trek To Baruntse Base Camp (5,700m) Via Crossing Sherpani Col (6,146m) And West Col (6,143m)
Today is a formidable day as you cross the challenging Sherpani Col and West Col passes. The thrill of these crossings is matched only by the incredible views that await you at Baruntse Base Camp.
Day 14: Acclimatization At Baruntse Basecamp (Rest Day)
Another rest day at Baruntse Base Camp allows you to recharge and take in the stunning surroundings. You'll have the opportunity to explore the base camp area and soak in the high-altitude ambiance.
Day 15: Trek From Baruntse Basecamp To Amphu Labste Base (5,400m)
Your journey continues as you make your way to the Amphu Labste Base, where you'll prepare for another challenging pass crossing. The anticipation builds as you approach Amphu Labste.
Day 16: Trek From The Base To Imja Lake Camp (5,100m) Via Crossing Amphu Laptsa Pass (5,850m)
Today's adventure takes you over the daunting Amphu Laptsa pass. The pass offers unparalleled views and leads you to the serene Imja Lake camp, surrounded by the majesty of the Himalayas.
Day 17: Trek From Chhukung To Pangboche (3,985m)
Descending from the high altitudes, you'll trek to Pangboche, a charming village with a unique cultural heritage. The change in scenery is noticeable as you re-enter the lower valleys.
Day 18: Trek From Pangboche To Namche Bazaar
As you continue your descent, you'll return to Namche Bazaar, a bustling hub in the Khumbu region. It's a place where you can enjoy the comforts of civilization and reminisce about your high-altitude adventures.
Day 19: Trek From Namche Bazaar To Lukla
Your trek takes you back to Lukla, where you'll celebrate the completion of your challenging journey through the remote Makalu region and the thrilling pass crossings.
Day 20: Fly From Lukla To Kathmandu And Transfer To The Hotel
A scenic flight brings you from Lukla back to Kathmandu. You'll have time to relax and reflect on your incredible trek in the comfort of your hotel.
Day 21: Sightseeing Around Kathmandu Valley
Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley with visits to historic temples, ancient palaces, and vibrant markets. This day allows you to explore the city's captivating charm
Day 22: Departure From Kathmandu International Airport
As your Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek comes to an end, you'll bid farewell to Nepal, carrying cherished memories of your epic adventure. Depart from the Tribhuvan International Airport, taking with you the spirit of exploration and the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas in your heart.

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