Makalu Sherpani Col Trek - 28 Days

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Makalu Sherpani Col Trek is a hidden gem in the heart of Great Himalaya Network lies between Makalu and Barun region traverse to Everest which includes some of the highest and most challanging Himalayan Passes of Sherpani Col (6150m), West Col (6143m) and Amphu Labtsa Pass (5800m). Mt Makalu (8463m), a fifth highets mountain and also considered as one of the toughest peak to summit, lies dramatically between famous Everest and Kanchenjunga massifs

Undoubtly Makalu to Everest via Three Col. is one of the longest and most extreme trekking trial in Makalu which leads through deepest valley of the world to Makalu Base Camp and connects to Khumbu Region. You will have a great chance to witness one of the most spactacular Himalayan Range including three of the world's highest mountains, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Everest. The route to Sherpani Col (6135m) includes good amount of time in exposure at an high altitude with steep slopes which needs basic mounteneering skills as you are using fixed ropes on the steepest section.

You will be greeted with the dramatic view of Mt Makalu from North to Imja Tse (Island Peak) to the west. You will continue through West Col to Amphu Laptsa Pass and descent to Chukung via Imja Glacier. 

The trial follows some of the most extreme glacier valleys, Authentic mountain vistas, culture and bio diversity of Makalu Barun and Sagarmatha National Park. Explore largest Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar and world famous Monastery of Tengboche. You can witness culture of Sherpas at their hometown. With fully logistic support expose yourself in a true wilderness experience with the Mighty Himalayas. 

You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport. From there, you will be transferred to the hotel. Freshen up and meet the representatives once again to get the brief about the trekking itinerary. In your free time, you can stroll around the capital city of Kathmandu. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

The day begins with a cheerful breakfast at your hotel. Then, you go off to explore the city of temples. Our first stop is the sacred Hindu Temple, Pashupatinath. It is just 6 kms away from the center of the city. This is one of the holiest places dedicated to Lord Shiva and also used as a cremation site by the Hindus. The temples situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and is decorated with beautifully carved silver doors and golden statues. Then, you will make it to the Boudhanath Stupa. Boudhanath is the largest spherical stupa in the world also known as wish fulfilling Stupa. This site is also one of the most important pilgrimage sites of the Buddhist community. Finally, you will travel to Swoyambhunath Stupa famously known as Monkey Temple. Listen to the story of how the temple was created. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Kathmandu Valley from the temple. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast you will be driven to Kathmandu Airport to board your hour long flight to Tumlingtar, a small hilly town located at Eastern Nepal. After a short introduction with Trekking Crew followed by trek briefing, start walking up to Khadbari . You will have your lunch en-route. Overnight at Tented Camp.

After breakfast, start your walk via many villages and Rhododendron Forests untill you reach Chichila, small Gurung village where you stay for Overnight today. Overnight at Tented Camp.

After breakfast walk uphill for around 2 hours with a Panoramic view of Makalu and its sibling Mountains where you will have your lunch. After lunch descend for a while to reach Num where you camp for tonight. Num is a Village Development Committee in Sankhuwasabha District with many Tea houses and telephone facility. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Today descend steeply through Lumbang till you reach a Suspension bridge over Neguwa River. You will be amazed with the view of corn, barley and other seasonal crops and vegetables field and picturisque villages. Cross the bridge and ascend through villages until you reach Seduwa. Seduwa is a small village with check post and Makalu Conservation Area Office. Overnight at Tented Camp.

You will have a relatively easy day as you are walking on a flat trial with slight ascend until you reach Tashi Gaon, a large settlement of Sherpa. Tashi Gaon is also a last settlement around the valley. You will find many prayer flags waggling through the sky. Overnight at Tented Camp.

After breakfast start your trek with a steep ascend which will continue throughout the day. Walk through Rhododendron forests over a knoll and descend slightly until you reach Kauma (Kongma). Overnight at Tented Camp.

Today you will have a rest day at Kauma for acclimatization purpose. Explore surroundings and prepare your body at high altitude as the altitude increases significantly, the oxygen level starts to decrease. So, a day for acclimatization is strictly advisable for the adventure seekers. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Start your day with steep ascend until Kalo Pokhari (3930m/12895ft) a picturesque lake. You will be rewarded with magnificent view of Mt Chamlang (7290m), Peak 6 (6739m) and Peak 7 (6105m). Descend through firs and Rhododendron forests until you reach Mumbuk where you will set your camp for overnight. Overnight at Tented Camp.

After breakfast descend through steep trench. You will be amazed with the spectacular view of Mt Tutse (Peak 6. Follow the rocky and slippery trial until you reach the grassy plain of Nehe Kharka. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Finish your breakfast and continue your strenuous and adventurous day leaving the Rhododendron forests and entering the alpine tundra as you turn to west. You will be greeted with the panoramic view of Pyramid Peak (7198m), Peak 4 (6720m) naming the few. This day you will gain a much altitude such as you should make up your mind and walk slowly until you reach Sherson. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Ascend through rocky glacier path until you reach Makalu Base Camp. You will be amazed with the panoramic view of Mt. Makalu (8463m), Baruntse (7152m), Kali Himal (6985m), Chamlang (7390m), Makalu II (7640m) and Mt Everest (8848m) itself. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Explore Makalu Base Camp and surroundings. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Trek to Swiss Base Camp (5150m/16896ft). Overnight at Tented Camp.

Explore around Swiss Base Camp. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Trek to Sherpani Col Base Camp (5688m/18661ft). Overnight at Tented Camp.

Trek to Baruntse Base Camp (6050m/19849ft) crossing the Sherpani Col (6146m/20164ft). Overnight at Tented Camp.

Trek to Honku Basin (5500m/18044ft) crossing the West Col (6143m/20154ft). Overnight at Tented Camp.

Trek to Amphu Labsta Base Camp (5527m/18134ft). Overnight at Tented Camp.

Trek from Amphu Laptsa BC to Chhukung (4730m/15518ft) via Amphu Labsta La Pass (5848m/19188ft). You will be greeted with the view of Mt Amadablam (6812m) which is certainly one of the most picturesque mountain in the world. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Follow the river through the main Khumbu Valley to reach Dingboche. In the distance you can see clear view of Peak 38. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Descend the trial to Tengboche through streams and meadow forests, enjoying the view of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Today’s trek will take you through magnificent rhododendron and juniper forest back to the village consisting the oldest monastery around the region. Along the trail, you may see mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, and several other animals. Explore the Gompa at Tengboche. Walk back down the same trail to reach Namche Bazaar. Get accompanied by the magnificent mountain views and the rhododendron forest. Also, have views of the Everest, Nuptse, Thamserku, and other peaks. Enjoy the rest of the day wandering around the trade hub of the Sherpa people. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Today you will descend from the Bazaar back to the entry point of the Khumbu Region. Cross several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi and its tributaries. Also, you will get a chance to enjoy and explore the Sherpa lifestyle and culture. Overnight at Tented Camp.

You will be boarding the flight back to the Kathmandu Valley through the Tenzing and Hilary Airport. Enjoy your last meal at the rural land of the country and then board the plane to Kathmandu. Spend your free time shopping for souvenirs and wander around the tourist center of the Kathmandu Valley. You can also visit the spas and natural therapy centers for relaxation. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

This day can be used as a Flight Contingency day. You will have a free day for last minute exploration and shopping. Evening you will have a Farewell cultural dinner with Authentic Nepalese cuisine. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

A Great Nepal representative will guide you to the airport some 3 hours before the flight. Have a safe journey ahead.


  • All transportation using private vehicle as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • Three nights accommodation in Kathmandu using Three Star Category Hotel on Twin Sharing basis with Breakfast.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Bouddhnath and Swoyambhunath) with monument Entrance Fees.
  • Domestic Airfares (Kathmandu - Tumlingtar and Lukla - Kathmandu) with Airport Tax.
  • Organized camping trek with all necessary logistic arrangements and high quality equipments.
  • All your standard Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) followed by tea/hot drinks during the trek.
  • An experienced English speaking Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters, high altitude working crew to carry your luggage during the trek. 
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • National Park/Conservation Area Permit Fees (Sagarmatha National Park & Makalu Barun Conservation Area).
  • Restricted Area Permit, TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Complementary Farewell dinner with Cultural show and Authentic Nepalese Cuisine in Kathmandu.
  • Service charge and Government Taxes


  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu 
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items, Wifi access fees in lodges, fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services and Personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory), this must include helicopter rescue (Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost. One can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like (natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Which is not mandatory but highly appreciated)
  • Any other items not mentioned on above Include Section.

Trip Facts

  • Duration: 28 Days
  • Trip Grade: Very Strenuous Very Strenuous
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Makalu Barun/Everest
  • Max. Altitude: 6146m/20164ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Camping
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/Land transportation

Trip highlights

  • An expedition from Makalu Base Camp to Everest Region via Three high passes of Himalaya, Sherpani Col, West Col and Amphu Laptsa.
  • Extreme wilderness on the foothill of Makalu (8463m) a fifth highest Mountain. 
  • Authentic mountain vistas, culture and bio diversity of Makalu Barun and Sagarmatha National Park.

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