Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek - 21 DaysMakalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek - 21 Days

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek - 21 Days

Key Information
  • Duration21 Days
  • Difficulty LevelDifficult
  • Max Altitude6,190 m/20,308 ft
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • Best TimeMarch-May/Sep.-Dec.
  • Group Size1-16

About The Trip

The Makalu Trek traverses Everest via 3 high passes in Himalayas Nepal is absolutely adventure hiking in over 6000 m. During the trekking period, we will have stunning views of mountains alike Mt: Kanchenjunga, Makalu I, Makalu II, Kumbhakarna, Baruntse, Lhotse, Everest, Amadablam, Pumori, and Thamserku. With different landscapes, magnificent mountain ranges to an incredible tumbling glacier, river, and waterfall to forest and tablelands, Trek through the lap of the mountain landscape dotted with terraced farmlands and Sherpa villages. You will grab an opportunity to insight into the local culture and lifestyle of local tradition.

Overview

We consider that many travelers don’t want to trek to hectic and crowded trials but want to hike off the beaten track and less traveled areas. So that we will be able to experience the authentic Nepal wilderness and local experience to explore the remote, unspoiled, authentic face. Sherpani Col Pass Trek in the Himalayas, also called Makalu Three Col Pass Trek, is an actual adventurous trek in Nepal. This Trek passes through the lap of the gigantic peak of both Makalu (8,485 m) and Everest (8,848.86). Makalu Base Camp Trek & Sherpani- col pass is most likely Nepal’s most courageous and challenging Trek located southwest of Mount Everest. This Trek lies between two famous national parks Makalu Barun National Park and Sagarmatha National Park. The Trek crosses through the Makalu Arun River. This Trek allows trekkers to travel and explore the new and relatively undisturbed areas of the region.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek in Nepal follows the route of Everest Base Camp and not forgetting the once-in-a-lifetime views on immense mountain views. During the Trek, you will pass through towering granite cliffs capped with impressive glaciers and high-altitude lakes. During the Trek, you will cross from Arun valley, across the beautiful fields’ lush valley of Arun, and highly challenging passes. You will also get the chance to witness many floras and faunas during the Trek as we are crossing two national parks. You will find many Himalayan ecosystems with foliage, vegetation, and fauna, maintained by conservation. Your Trek will be pleasurable to enter the peaceful valleys and beautiful rhododendron forests. The Trek is simply full to the very edge with the natural beauty of unutterable beauty and the conspicuous blend of woods and tiny village houses.

This is a camping trek, so we will provide you with every possible service and facility to make your journey happy and delightful. We provide local pioneers and staff working this field splendidly for long years to overcome extreme challenges and make you trek a resplendent memory. Come and join us at Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trekking for pleasant lifelong memory in the lap of the mountains. To sum up, a trip to Makalu Sherpani Col Trek is going to take some days of yours but is worth it because it is the only way to gain pride in steeping 3 high passes and passing through gigantic peaks.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek Route

Your adventurous journey starts with the scenic flight to Tumlingtar, which takes about 35 minutes flight. You will be rewarded with the spectacular view of green hills, forces, and towering peaks during the flight. As we reach Tumlingtar, we will then get to Num via local transportation. We will walk ahead towards Sheduwa and descend steeply alongside Arun River and pass through forested trails and amazing villages.

After walking ahead, we will reach to beautiful villages of Tashigaun, which are inhabited by Sherpa peoples. Continuing our Trek, we will cross through rhododendron and oak forests to reach Khonmga Danda. You will entertain by the steep uphill climb that shows an open area of Khonmga Hill. From here, we will hit the trail to Donato and then Yangri Kharka. We will pass through the alpine tundra, leaving the forested path we will reach to Sherson. After crossing Sherson finally, we will head towards Makalu Base Camp, where we can encounter ridges and icy glaciers.

As you are in Base Camp, you will be blessed with the mighty south face of Makalu and Baruntse standing with pride. You can also see many ridges and icy glaciers on the way to the base camp. After spending memorable moments at base camp, we will trek ahead to the west side of Barun Glacier. You will walk along moraines and reach Hillary Base Camp. Ahead we will continue to High Camp, where we will be rewarded with Makalu, Makalu II, Baruntse, Kali Himal, Chamland, and surrounding peaks. Today is the rest day at High Camp, enjoying the astounding views and preparing for the next challenging climb.

You will walk up the rocky slopes of Barun Glacier to cross Sherpani Col and West Col and reach Baruntse Base Camp. The trail then takes you to Amphu Labste Base Camp and Imja Lake Camp. Further, we will trek to Chhukung and continue through Pangboche. In Pangboche village, you will get an opportunity to soak into the Sherpa community. Furthermore, you will descend to Namche Bazaar, then Lukla, and a scenic flight to Kathmandu.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek Weather

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Weather goes across diverse climate zones, so it is a bit difficult to predict weather conditions during the Trek. Trek to Makalu Sherpani Col Pass holds a diverse landscape from 518 m at Tumlingtar to 6,190 m at West Col, which causes an exciting shift in the temperature.

Weather and climate modify from various altitudes and various seasons but we can somehow figure the pattern of climatic situations at different altitudes.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek in spring

Spring month starts from March and continues up until May. Spring is the best season for Trek Makalu Sherpani Col Pass. You will experience close to perfect, and temperatures at high altitudes are still cold during the early season. The tea houses and lodges stat to open in an alpine zone that was closed during the winter. You can easily cross the 3 passes without any difficulties in this season. Forest inside the national Park starts to blossom, giving the forest new greener looks, which feel amazing. You will get a chance to see many exotic and even endangered wildlife on the way to Trek.

Around mid-spring, the temperature in lower elevation starts to rise, and it will be even hotter in late spring. Still, the upper elevation is perfect for Trek during this weather. You will experience the blooming of colorful flowers in the entire lush green forest in late spring. Green hills and snow-capped mountains in the background view are incredibly stunning.

If you are wandering in lower elevation, then we will recommend you to wear sunscreen, a sunhat, and sunglasses as sunlight can be strong. During the Trek, we will recommend wearing sunglasses as the direct sun to white snow causes difficulties.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek in summer

June to August months fall in the summer season in Nepal and are also known as the monsoon or rainy season. During this season, you will experience the super-hot in the lower region, especially in the Terai and Hilly regions.

The month of June is the pre-monsoon period, and temperature decreases during the downpours and rises on sunny days. Clouds are most likely covers majestic views of mountains, but you may see mountains occasionally. From July to August, you will experience frequent rainfall in Makalu Trek. Flight cancellation of Tumlingtar and Lukla may occur during these months.

As Nepal is located in a hilly area, there will be a chance to occur landslide problems in monsoon seasons. If you decide to Trek in this season, just be sure to take precautions and safety measures. Your Trek will be memorable if you have a proper guide who knew the route well. As this is the offseason so there will be few lodges that remain open in this weather condition.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek in autumn

The autumn season starts from September to November when the monsoon is just leaving its effect. But still, the probability of rainfall is high in the first two weeks. Downpour gradually decreases, and slowly skies turn out to be clear where the lush green forest and stunning snow-capped mountain views will come to life. During the season, the trek route will be perfect with not much wind or clouds resulting in the best view of nature and mountains.

The autumn season is also the perfect time of the year, and lots of Nepalese festivals fall in this season. Taking part in local culture and festivals is an experience not to be missed. During the late autumn, you will experience cool weather at high altitudes. The number of tourists will gradually decrease in late autumn. Even the weather is cold, it doesn’t affect the scenic view of the mountains.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek in winter

The winter season falls from December to February month in Nepal. The beginning of winter is one of the best times to trek Makalu Sherpani Col Pass. It is pretty cold at high altitudes, but the aspects of the landscape are crystal clear.

In mid-winter, massive snowfall will make your Trek difficult or impossible sometimes. Three passes are yet possible to cross before thick snow seals it down. This pass will be tremendously challenging at this time. You can pass the trail but only with the best trekking gears.

The lodges will be closed this season, and you may have to camp at some stops. As the weather at a high altitude is challenging, it will add to the adventure. In the late winter, the temperature begins to improve. The snow deposits begin to meltdown, and wildflowers start to blossom everywhere at the lower altitudes.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek Difficulty

Makalu Trek holds a diverse landscape from 518 m to 6,190 m which causes an exciting shift in the temperature. You will have to cross the three high passes while being in the lap of many renowned mountain peaks. So without a doubt, the Makalu Sherpani Col Pass trek is the most demanding and technical Trek of Nepal.

Trek difficulty highly depends upon Weather conditions when you are doing the Trek. The best season during the Trek is March to June and September to November. The rainfall and temperature in these seasons remain moderate compared with other seasons. Also, be sure to be physically and mentally fit to do this Trek. This Trek is challenging, and you may suffer high altitude sickness because of the diverse altitude range. It is recommended to be physically fit so that you will be able to walk 5-6 hours a day.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek Cost

When you are imagining traversing to Makalu Sherpani Col Pass, there will be many factors to take into a study like a route, best time, how fit do we need to be? But one of the most important confusion will be, “How much does Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek cost?”

This is apparently one of the best off-the-beaten trails in the world. In addition, the cost of the Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek is relatively expensive because this is a camping trek. The number of tea houses is limited on the trail.

The price also depends on the itinerary and route you are trekking with. This Trek can be done in a short or long time depends upon your decisions. The number of days and facilities you are taking during the Trek also determines the cost.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek cost is more average than other normal trekking in Nepal. On average, this Trek will usually take 18-24 days, and the cost ranges from $3880 to $4120. This price covers transportation, trekking permits, meals, professional trekking guides, accommodation, entry fees, and others. You will get some discounts if you are in groups. The cost of the Makalu Trek highly depends upon traveling in private or in a group.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek Permit

Like other trekking routes, the Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek requires 2 national park entry pass and TIMS Card. You will cross through two different national parks called Makalu Barun National Park and Sagarmatha National Park. If you choose to trek independently, you can take a TIMS card from the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) or the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu.

For a national park entry pass, you can take it from Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu at Tourism Office. To issue a TIMS card and entry pass, you will need to have a passport, insurance details, passport size photos, and contact details of a person in Nepal.

To receive the TIMS Card:

Fill the form at the Tourist Information Center in Kathmandu. Submit the filled-out form along with USD 20 per person. They only accept Nepalese Rupees, so change your dollars to NPR.

To receive the National Park Entry Pass:

Fill the form at the Tourist Information Center in Kathmandu. Submit the filled-out form along with USD 60 per person for two national parks. They only take Nepalese Rupees, so convert your dollars to NPR.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek Altitude

Highlights

  • Panoramic view of uncountable mountain peaks like Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Mera Peak, Baruntse, Island Peak, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and many more.
  • Cross the challenging 3 Himalayan passes like Sherpani Col (6,180 m), West Col (6,190 m), and Amphu Labtsa Pass (5,850 m).
  • Explore Makalu Barun National Park.
  • Experience the traditional villages with warm and friendly villages.
  • Picturesque flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

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The Himalayan Odyssey believes in professionalism and cultural practice. On day 1, arrival day, a representative in formal attire with garlands (Mala) and a traditional religious scarf (Khada) will receive. This is a culturally welcoming gesture of Nepalese. S/he will transfer you to the designated hotel. After hotel check-in, take some time to rest and refresh. You can stroll around the streets of Thamel to get acquainted with the local environment and lifestyle. In the evening, you will attend a cultural dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1300 m
  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1300 m

After early morning breakfast, we drive to Tribhuvan International Airport for a short trans-Himalayan flight to Tumlingtar, where the rest of the crew will be waiting for us. We will further drive to Num, which allows us the dramatic experience of lush mid-hill sceneries. Overnight in Num.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB L D
  • Maximum Altitude1560 m

Today we trek downhill from the western Num ridge, pass fields of Lumbang and cross a suspension bridge before ascending towards forests and traditional forests. We cross the river and do a steep climb through dense forest, which eventually brings us to Seduwa. Here lies the large flat camping lawn ridge.

  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5\6 house
  • Maximum Altitude1510 m

Today we continue ascending the ridge from Seduwa, bounded by Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola on the east: it is quite an easy hike. Walking on a hillside through villages and ancient paddy fields, we finally reach the village of Tashi Gaon.

  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5\6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2070 m
  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Time6\7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2070 m

Today will be a tough day as we have to negotiate many steep trails in higher elevations. We will climb through forests to a stream and then rise towards a ridge. From here, the trail gets steeper and passes a Kharka (grazing area), which eventually takes us to the summit of the ridge through a series of stone stairs and small lakes. From here, it is a short descend down to Khongma Danda.

  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5\ 6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3760 m

Today we start our day with dramatic views of snowy peaks and surrounding landscapes. We follow a gentle path with some ascend and descend and pass the Thulo Pokhari (big pond) and small pound (small pond). If it has snowed recently, the trail onward can be quite misleading. We continue to climb Keke La and Tutu La Pass, the latter topped with a small chorten. The gentle descend from here takes us back to vegetation and a small clearing place for camping in the middle of the woods. 

  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5\6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3520 m

After breakfast, we drop down sharply into a narrow valley and then cross the Barun Khola beyond Tamatan Kharka. This takes about six to seven hours, and the trail becomes more challenging on the latter end. The last part of the trail gets hard, slippery, and rockfalls common threat. We continue our trail through the seasonal settlement of Yangri Khaka and then onto Nhe Kharka.

  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5\6
  • Maximum Altitude4320 m

Today is the day we make it to the base camp of Makalu. It is going to be a long and tedious day. From Nehe Kharka, we make our way to Shershong and eventually to the base camp. The trail is relatively flat, with ice on approaches and snowy peaks ahead of us. Mt. Makalu makes its grand presence as we get closer to SHershong. On our way to camp, we enjoy the dramatic Himalayan panorama encompassing us.

  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude4870 M

Waking via the west side of Barun Glacier, we stride through rocks, caves, and moraine glaciers; under the shade of Makalu to Hillary Time. Today we have enough time to enjoy the surrounding Himalayan Panorama.

  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5-6 hours

After breakfast, we do a steep climb from Hillary camp with dramatic views of Mt. Makalu, Baruntse, Kali Himal, Chamlang, Makalu II, and Pyramid Peak.

  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude5660 m

Today is the most challenging and longest day of our entire trek as we will be crossing two high passes above 6,000m. We start early at around 3:00 intending to cross both passes by the late afternoon. The crossing of Sherpa Col and West Col is often compared to peak climbing in Nepal regarding both challenges and sceneries. 

  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Time6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude6146 m

Today we trek from Baruntse Base Camp to Amphu Labste Base Camp. The walk is made via snowy terrain.

  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5\6
  • Maximum Altitude5400 m

Today we cross Amphu Laptsa Pass and drop down to  Chhukung.

  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Maximum Altitude5100 m

Today we trek from Chhukung to Pangboche. We will be walking along the Imja Khola and crosses it over a suspension bridge. Once we cross the Imja Khola, we will climb towards Pangboche. The trail mainly involves a steep uphill climb until we reach Pangboche. We will explore the Pangboche monastery and experience the unique culture and tradition around Pangboche.

  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Time6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3700m

After breakfast, we retrace our step back to Namche Bazaar. Leaving the Pangboche, we walk downhill via Tengboche and reach the famous town of the Khumbu region – Namche Bazaar. Once we reach Namche, we can enjoy the day exploring the bustling township of Monjo.

  • Accommodation Camping
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5\6
  • Maximum Altitude2800m

Today is the last day of our adventurous trekking journey. After breakfast, we will trek downhill to Lukla. As the elevation drop, we will go further away from the legendary views of Everest. However, the memory of the legendary Himalayas will embed forever in our life. We the high suspension bridge multiple times and walk through the village of Phakding and advance towards Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.

    After breakfast, we take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, which takes around 35 minutes. Make sure to take the right-hand side of the plane to enjoy the last view of mighty peaks.

    • Accommodation 3 star Hotel
    • MealsFarewell dinner
    • Maximum Altitude1300

      Cost Details

      Included
      • Accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan
      • Accommodation in the tent as per Itinerary
      • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek
      • Sagarmatha National Park and Makalu Barun National Park entry fee and TIMS card
      • Experienced Himalayan trek guide and porter (2 trekkers: 1 guide and porter)
      • Domestic flight from Kathmandu - Tumlingtar
      • Public vehicle from Tumlingtar - Num
      • Domestic flight from Lukla - Kathmandu
      • Arrival transfer from the international airport to your hotel
      • Camping during your trek
      • First Aid Kit during the trek
      • Staff Insurance
      • Salary, food, and accommodation of your staff during the trek
      • All ground transportation as per itinerary
      • Tour Certificate
      • Farewell Dinner

       

      Excluded

       

      • International flight ticket
      • International airport tax
      • Visa Fee
      • Other personal items. (Phone calls, snacks, hot and cold drinks, laundry, alcohol, extra porter, shower, etc )
      • Excess baggage cost during your domestic flight
      • Travel insurance
      • Tips for staff and guide
      • Anything that is not listed in the “PRICE INCLUDES” section above
      • Personal travel equipment

      Good to Know

      Packing List for Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek

      Every trekking requires certain preparation of gears and types of equipment for the journey to make your trip more comfortable. It is recommended to carry the necessary and light things so that it will be easy while you are walking. The following belongings are recommended that should be brought, although we concede that our clients have their own decision for the clothing. To know what to expect in the Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek, we have prepared some useful clothing & gear during the trek.

       

      Travel Documents

      • Airline tickets (confirmation and itinerary)
      • Nepal Visa form (may be obtained at Kathmandu Airport)
      • Travel insurance policy documents
      • Valid passport
      • Copy of passport (2 copies, first page only)
      • Passport photos (4)

      Travel Equipment

      • Duffel bag (100 liters; no wheels or rigid handles)
      • Lightweight, duffel bag
      • Luggage locks
      • Travel wallet
      • Passport/money belt
      • Sleeping bag liner
      • Travel plug adapters
      • Electrical converter

      Travel Clothing

      • Quick-dry undergarments
      • Synthetic or wool T-shirt
      • Long-sleeve, travel-friendly shirt and pants
      • Casual shoes
      • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks

      Trekking Equipment

      • Day pack (25–35 liters)
      • Sleeping bag comfortable to 0°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference)
      • Waterproof hiking boots
      • Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
      • LED headlamp with extra batteries
      • Trekking poles

      Trekking Clothing

      • Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)
      • Mid-weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
      • Mid-weight down or synthetic parka with hood
      • Convertible hiking pants
      • Fleece pants or insulated pants
      • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket and pants
      • Mid-weight waterproof and fleece gloves or mittens
      • Sun hat
      • Midweight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
      • Liner socks (optional)
      • Glacier sunglasses
      • Neck gaiter, balaclava, Buff or bandana

      Food

      • Energy bars
      • Electrolyte replacement drink mix
      • Snacks (cookies, GORP, Snickers, etc.)

      FAQs

      • Q1. Where is Makalu Sherpani Col Pass?

        Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trekking, trekking to the base camp of the world's 5th highest mountain Mt Makalu. Makalu and Sherpani pass leads you through the Arun Valley to the ice fields of Mt. Makalu in the northeast of Nepal.

      • The Makalu traverses Everest via 3 high passes in Himalayas Nepal is absolutely adventure hiking in over 6000 m. We can have stunning views of mountains alike Mt: Kanchenjunga, Makalu I, Makalu II, Kumbhakarna, Baruntse, Lhotse, Everest, Amadablam, Pumori, and Thamserku.

      • Based on the consideration of many factors like temperature, climate, and scenic view, spring and autumn are the best seasons for Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek. Autumn lies from September to mid-December and Spring lies from March to May,

      • Your adventurous journey starts with the scenic flight to Tumlingtar which takes about 35 minutes flight. From Tumlingtar we will then reach Num via local transportation.

      • The elevation of Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek is 6,190 m/20,308 ft.

      • Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek requires 2 national park entry pass and TIMS Card. You will cross Makalu Barun National Park and Sagarmatha National Park.

      • It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking to be fit enough for Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek. Start doing exercise at least a month before trekking in the Himalayas. You can do cardio exercises like running, hiking, long walks, cycling and swimming.

      • Yes, you can trek Makalu SHerpani Col without a guide as this is not a restricted area. You have to cross many high passes with ice and ridges which makes this trek even extra challenging. If you are not a skilled trekker or are walking single a guide is a good idea. 

      • The daily gain in altitude during Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek is from 450 to 500 meters.

      • The menu in Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek s a mixture of traditional local or Asian but as we go high, the menu will be limited. We extremely suggest you consume more liquids like green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, garlic soup, etc. at high altitude and also fresh vegetable items for well-being.

      • It takes 18 to 25 days to complete Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek.

      • If you are healthy and willing to go on an adventure then there is no limit. There are children as young as 12 years who do Makalu Sherpani Col Pass. If you are traveling with the kids, then we suggest that families schedule a private trek and put in extra days.

      • The routes are quite harsh compared to other trekking regions. But, this trek is suitable for both beginners as well as experienced trekkers. The routes can be more challenging and overwhelming for new trekkers so be prepared with physical and mental preparation. On this trek, you will be making many steep uphill climbs and downhill walks.

      • We suggest you consult the doctor to know if there are any allergies issues. However, we advise you to bring simple medicines like Ibuprofen, Codeine, Paracetamol, Strepsils, anti-diarrhea tablets, and Diamox (for altitude sickness). If you are having a package tour then the company will provide you such basic medicines.

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