Makalu Base Camp To Everest- Ght
An expedition from Makalu Base Camp to Everest via Sherpani Pass, West Col and Amphu Laptsa. This trek follows a section of The Great Himalaya Trail
The trail takes you from Tumlingtar in the steamy lowlands near the Arun River over the Shipton La and into the remote and beautiful Barun river valley before arriving to Makalu Base Camp. From here we cross Sherpani Pass over to Baruntse Base Camp, then cross West Col to Panch Pokhari followed by the Amphu Laptsa into the Everest.
This is a truly adventurous expedition passing through a remote and wild region of the Himalayas with superb views of Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga.
Our itinerary has been designed to include sufficient time for acclimatisation to the altitude in order to maximise your chances of completing the traverse into the Everest. There are logistical challenges in organising an expedition to such a remote area of the Himalaya and this is only possible by bringing a strong and experienced Sherpa team.
Previous mountaineering experience is required to safely complete this journey as there will be fixed rope on the passes and roped group travel on glaciers. However if you think that our Makalu to Everest trek is too challenging then take a look at our Makalu Base Camp itinerary (returning to Tumlingtar).
You will be met on arrival at Kathmandu airport and driven back to the hotel. Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick-up and transfer. Overnight at Hotel Tibet or Hotel (Meals: none).
A full expedition briefing will be given in the morning then in the afternoon you can purchase last minute items in Kathmandu, pack your bags etc. Overnight at Hotel (Meals: B).
The flight to Tumlingtar takes about 45 minutes, on arrival we will have lunch at a local lodge then we take jeeps along a rough road to the busy market town of Khandbari then we continue driving along the increasingly rough road passing terraced fields and then further up through forest to the village of Chichila located at the top of a ridge. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
If the weather is clear in the morning there is a superb view of the Himalayas including Makalu from Chichila. After breakfast we start walking through a forest of rhododendron and bamboo followed by oak further along the ridge. For the rest of the day we follow the ridge where on a clear day there are further fine views of Makalu and Chamlang. After lunch we reach the small Sherpa village of Mure and then descend to the village of Num. Num is set on a promontory above the Arun river with good views over the valley towards Sedua village. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
From Num we descend steeply through terraced fields and jungle to the Arun river at an altitude of 650m. We cross the suspension bridge over the fast flowing Arunriver and then have a steep climb up to the village of Sedua. The entry checkpoint for Makalu-Barun National Park is in this village. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
We continue climbing out of the valley through rhododendron and bamboo then start traversing through terraced rice fields to Manigaon village. From here the trail contours through forest and farmland to reach the school at the entrance to Tashigaon village. Our camp is in the higher part of the village next to several teahouse lodges. Tashigaon is the last village until we get to Chhukung in the Everest as there are no permanent settlements in Barun valley. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
From Tashigaon there is a steady climb through forest, and after a while, it starts to open out with more rhododendrons until we reach a few huts at Chipla. We camp further along the ridge to Khongma where there is a teahouse lodge with tent terraces. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
After a rapid ascent of 1,400m yesterday it is essential to take a rest day to help your acclimatisation before crossing Shipton La (4,216m) tomorrow. We will organise an optional morning walk along Khongma Danda (ridge) towards Shipton La, this is useful to help the acclimatisation process by “climbing high and sleeping low”. There is a superb view from Khongma looking eastwards towards Kanchenjunga. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
From Khongma the trail climbs steeply along switchbacks with superb views of Makalu and Chamlang and also over to Kanchenjunga in the east. We continue walking along a stone staircase through rhododendrons before reaching Shipton La (4,216m) followed by a descent to Kalo Pokhari lake. We make a climb to Keke La (4,150m) after this final pass we walk down through a beautiful valley Debotay where there is a basic lodge cleared among the rhododendron forest. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
After leaving Debotay the trail traverses along the steep sides of the Barun Valley and crosses a number of landslide areas. On either side of the river there are huge rock walls towering overhead and views of Peak 6 and 7 down the valley. Further along the valley widens and near Yangle Kharka there is a large flat grassy area with a basic teahouse where we camp for the night. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
Today we pass a number of yak pastures (kharkas) and herder huts with a number of different names and varying altitudes depending on which map or guidebook you read. As we are now approaching high altitude we limit our rate of ascent to ensure your body has necessary time to acclimatise. We camp at the grazing area called Langmale Kharka where there is a new lodge and terraces cleared for camping. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
Today we have a shorter day to help our acclimatisation before walking up to Makalu Base Camp tomorrow. There are superb views of the Himalayan mountains throughout the day so take your time and enjoy the walk you will see Peak 3, 4, and 5 as well as Chamlang. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
On approaching Sherson the south east ridge of Mount Makalu comes into view and as one approaches Base Camp the stunning view of its south face is revealed. We set up camp at Makalu Base Camp where we intend to stay for two nights. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
We will arrange an optional walk on the slopes on east side of Makalu Base Camp, this is well worth doing not only to help your acclimatisation but also for the good views of Everest, Lhotse and of course Makalu. The walk will take about 5 hours return and reaches an altitude of 5,300m. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
Today your western leader and Sherpas will organise a mountaineering skills session to show the techniques for ascending and descending a fixed rope, these are essential skills for safe crossing of the passes. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
From Makalu Base Camp the trail follows the ablation valley on the west side of Barun Glacier and then continues on lateral moraine however avoids descending onto the glacier like the trail to Makalu Advanced Base Camp. Further along the trail is rocky and traverse scree slopes marked by cairns. During the walk there are spectacular views of Makalu’s West ridge and foreshortened North West ridge as well as Everest and Lhotse at the head of the valley. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
Today is an essential acclimatisation day, for those feeling energetic we will organise a short morning walk (two to three hours) to explore the valley beyond the camp. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
From Sherpani Low Camp we continue traversing on a rocky trail to the next side valley and then follow this to Sherpani High Camp located on a rocky areas before the glacier. This is a tough day walking on loose moraine following another indistinct trail. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
After an early start around 1am we walk up the glacier to Sherpani Pass with dawn arriving as the group starts the climb on fixed ropes. On the way up we follow a snowy gulley then a short traverse on a rock step before reaching the top of the pass. There is a rapel/ abseil for 40m on the other side of the pass down to the West Barun glacier, from here there is an hour walk to reach the top of the West Col where there is a 200m rapel/ abseil down to Hunku Glacier followed by an hour or so walk to Upper Baruntse Base Camp.
This is a very demanding day using fixed rope for ascent and descent as well as sections of rope travel on the glacier in a very remote glacial area, the exact daily schedule will be decided by your leader and Sherpas depending on conditions and weather as well as how the group and crew are faring with the expedition. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
After the long day yesterday crossing Sherpani Pass and West Col the group and crew will need a rest day before continuing towards the Amphu Laptsa pass. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
The trail descends on moraine to the lower Baruntse Base Camp then continues over moraine ridges with loose rock to the highest of the Panch Pokhari lakes in the Hongu valley. We put in a High Camp near to the start of the trail up to the Amphu Laptsa pass. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
After a morning start around 4am we follow the rocky trail from camp towards Amphu Laptsa pass, after an hour or so we climb a 10m ice step to access the glacier and then follow this to the top of the pass. The view from Amphu Laptsa is superb dominated by Baruntse and the West Col is clearly visible. There are several rapels/ abseils from the pass until we get onto the rocky trail that leads towards our camp located next Imja lake. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
After several challenging days crossing the remote passes from Makalu we are now in Everest with its well-constructed trails and other trekkers staying in the impressive network of teahouse lodges. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
From Deboche we walk up to Tengboche monastery then make a descent to Phunki Tenga by the river, this is followed by a steep section uphill then a long traverse to Namche Bazaar. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
From Namche we walk down the hill to Monjo village, then we carry on the descent of the Dudh Khosi valley through the villages of Phakding, Ghat and Cheplung. At Chaurikharka we start ascending the final hill of the trek to reach Lukla. On getting to the Numbur Lodge you can relax and enjoy your last evening with the Sherpa guides and wonderful porters. Overnight lodge (Meals: B,L,D).
Spare/ contingency day
If weather is fine then we will get an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day you are free to relax in Kathmandu or to go shopping, normally groups will meet up in the evening for a farewell meal. Overnight at Hotel (Meals: B).
This is a one day guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley visiting three out of the seven World Heritage Sites. You will start off by visiting Patan Durbar Square then drive to the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath followed by the last stop of the day at the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath. The tour is likely to finish around 4pm and the rest of the day is free to further explore Kathmandu.
Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere.
In the Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit. Overnight at Hotel Tibet, Hotel Manaslu or Hotel Ambassador (Meals: B).
Transfer from hotel to Kathmandu airport for your flight back home.
All ground transportation
All Domestic Flights
All Govt. Permits
Guide & Porters
All Meals During Trek ( B.L.D )
Twin Sharing / 3 Star Cotegory Hotel (B.B Plan)
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Insurance for Nepalese Guide & Porters
Basic Trekking Equipment: Climbing Ropes, Radio Phone, Hyper Bar Bag, Yak Expedition Duffel Bags (If required)
Trekking Map, Medical Kit
Welcome & Farewell Dinner
Kitchen & Dining Tents, 2 Men Tents, Tents for Nepalese Team Members
Kitchen Equipment, Toiletries
We also provide Ice Axe, Harnes, Crumb Punch, Walking Sticks and Helmets (if requested)
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
Personal Trekking Gears, Equipments
Personal Expenses and Tips
All Alcoholic / Non Alcoholic Beverages
Emergency Rescue Evacuation
Battery Charge for Electronic Devices
29 DaysChallenging, 22 trekking days
- Walking times: average 7 to 9 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 15 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.
- Altitude: up to 6,500m.
- Terrain: you will experience a wide variety of mountain terrain from reasonable trails to crossing technical mountaineering passes and climbing to summits sometimes including use of fixed ropes.
- Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.
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