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Makalu - West Col, Sherpani Col  trek is one of the great adventure treks in the high Himalayas. It is only suitable for experienced hikers or climbers. During the trek you will enter the highest valley in the world to begin your journey to the base of Mt. Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world (8,481m).  But first you will have the opportunity to visit cloud-forest jungle, high alpine terrain, orchids and rural farm and market villages.  From there, you will follow the ridge above the Arun River, proposed site for the largest hydroelectric plant in Nepal.  Pass through yak pastures towards the endless ice fields of Mt. Makalu, Baruntse and Sherpani col.  View the Kanchenjunga massif, Everest, Lhotse, Baruntse and Chamlang as well as the rarely seen Khangsung face of Everest. Return through isolated Sherpa villages, then on the main Everest trekking trail to Lukla for your picturesque return flight below the Nepalese Himalaya.

Duration: 29 days

Primary activity: Trekking

Group size: 2-15

Country: Nepal

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Meals: 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) including Tea or coffee

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Secondary activity: Camping

Max-Altitude: 6146 m

Departure from: Kathmandu

Trip grade: Strenuous

Accomodation: Accommodation on home stay or Tent during the trek

Best Season

Mar- May Sep-Nov

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft)

Welcome to Himalayan country Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport our representative welcomes you and transfers you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Later in the evening, we will take you to welcome dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Kathmandu offering typical Nepalese cuisine during which we will also brief you about the trip. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300 m/4,264 ft)

After breakfast, we will take you for our guided trip of the cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. We will visit the revered Hindu temple Pashupatinath, the world's biggest stupa- Bouddhanath stupa, and later visit Swayambhunath. We will also explore the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square and enjoy its magnificent architecture and warm ambience. While in Kathmandu Durbar Square, we will also visit Kumari temple, home of the living goddess Kumari. You can also take your time to do trek preparation and talk to your trekking staff regarding any questions about the trip and necessary preparations. 

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar (950 m/3,116 ft), 50 minutes flight and camp.

The flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar will take some 50 minutes over the range of snow capped Himalayan peaks. Upon landing at Tumlingtar, a village located along the Arun River, we will head towards our campsite. Our trek crews will be there to welcome us. We can use the later part of the day and the evenings to explore Tumlingtar. 

Day 04: Trek to Mani-Bhanjyang (1,200 m/3,936 ft), 5-6 hrs walk

A pleasant walk along the farms of Tumlingtar village starts the day. The trail ascends gradually along subtropical forest as we head to Khadbari. Khadbari is a major town in Makalu region. We then head towards our campsite at Mani Bhanjyang from Khadbari. 

Day 05: Trek to Chichila (1,800 m/5,904 ft), 5-6 hrs walk

We set off early after breakfast along the trails atop the Mani Bhanjyang ridge. It takes some four hours for us along the trails to reach Bhotebas. We will stop there for lunch. The Chichila village is some two hours walk after lunch and the trail passes through some fertile farmland and forests. Chichila is a scantily populated small village that offers tremendous view of Mt. Makalu and the Kumbhakarna range.  

Day 06: Trek to Num (1,500 m/4,920 ft) 5-6 hrs walk

Num is a small village with very few houses and a primary school atop a hill plateau. The trail from Chichila to Num takes us through beautiful rhododendron forest. The forest looks mesmerizing during the blooming season.  We end our day's walk once we reach our campsite at Num.

Day 07: Trek to Seduwa (1,493 m/4,897 ft), 5 hrs walk

The early mornings trail takes us down a steep trail heading towards the Arun River some 800 meters down. The paths can be slippery and we need to walk cautiously. A suspension bridge waits us down to take us across the Arun River. The path ascends upon crossing the River. We walk up to Runruma and stop there for lunch. Further ascending along a steep trail brings us to the Seduwa village. It will serve as our campsite for the night.

Day 08: Trek to Tashi Gaun (2,200 m/7,216 ft), 3-4 hrs walk 

Today is going to be a comfortable day in terms of walking. A pleasant walk along the villages and their terraced farm takes us to Tashi Gaun. The only uphill climb for today will be while we approach Tashi Gaun. We will spread our tents at our campsite and use the rest of the evening to explore the village and its surrounding.

Day 09: Trek to Kahuma Danda (3,500 m/11,480 ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Rhododendron and oak forests, summer pastures, and shepherd huts will be the most prominent features of today's walk. We will see plenty of those as we head towards the Kahuma ridge. The uphill climb is pretty demanding. From atop Kahuma Danda, which will serve as our campsite for the night, we can see a wide range of Himalayan Mountains.

Day 10: Trek to Mumbuk (3,400 m/11,152 ft) 5-6 hrs walk

We can stay early to witness the morning sun pain the mountain range right in front of us. After enjoying the sunrise with breakfast, we will walk past Thulo Pokhari and later Sano Pokhari. In case it snows, the path ahead can be tricky. Otherwise, we require simple hike downhill to Mambuk. 

Day 11: Trek to Nehe Kharka (3,750 m/12,300 ft) 6-7 hrs walk

We hike some of the most beautiful trails of the Barun Valley today. Barun Valley is one of the least explored areas in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. These unique landscapes within the Makalu-Barun National Park are some 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 bird species and 75 species of mammals, including the endangerd clouded leopard, red panda and musk deer. The walk is pleasant as we reach the lush alpine area of Barun Valley. The gradual uphill trail rolls against the run of Barun River along the Bvalley gorge. Our campsite at Nehe Kharka is also used as summer pastures by the people of neighbouring villages like Tashi and Navagaun. 

Day 12: Trek to Sherson (4,600 m/15,088 ft) 6-7 hrs walk

As we continue our trek today, we will notice the change in vegetation. Although the forests still have rhododendron, oak and juniper bushes, we see lesser vegetation. We start by crossing the wooden bridge over the Arun River and pass the prayer wall of Ramara that are painted with Tibetan prayers. As we approach Sherson, the Barun glacier starts to become visible and we start getting view of the majestic Mt. Makalu.  Sherson doubles as the lower base camp for Mt. Makalu expedition.  We can get proper view of Mt. Makalu's south face and Mt. Baruntse from our campsite at Sherson.

Day 13: Acclimatization day

After already having ascended an altitude of more than 4,500 m, we will use today for acclimatization. It is very important that our body is prepared for further ascending. We will use the day to hike around Sherson. For example, if we walk a bit further towards the right side of our camp, we can get a closer view of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari and Mt. Everest. Better view of those peaks can be enjoyed upon hiking an hour up onto a large meadow. 

Day 14: Trek to Mt. Makalu Base Camp and Back (5,000 m/16,404 ft)

The Mt. Makalu Base Camp is some five walks away from Sherson. We start as early so that we can enjoy before the weather starts getting bad. We will return to our campsite at Sherson after spending quality time at the Base Camp of Mt. Makalu.  

Day 15: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,645 m/11,956 ft) 6-7 hrs walk

We start our trek back by heading towards the end of the Barun valley named Yak Kharkha for the overnight stop.

Day 16: Trek to Mumbuk (3,400 m/11,152 ft) 5-6 hrs walk

We leave the Barun Valley and climb uphill through alpine forest to reach Mumbuk, our campsite for the night.

Day 17: Trek to Kahuma Danda (3,500 m/11,480 ft), 5-6 hours walk 

We start our day's walk after breakfast along the ridge of Kohuma Danda via Shipton-La and Thulo Pokhari. The campsite for the night offers pictuiresque view of the Mountain range we enjoyed from close just few days back. 

Day 18: Trek to Navagaun (2,500 m/8,200 ft) via Tashi Gaun, 6-7 hrs walk

Navagaun is a Sherpa village and is a neighbor of Seduwa village. As we pass Tashi Gaun, the trails are cool and the forest provides shade from the sun. As we continue our walk, the terraced fields signal that we are approaching Navagaun. 

Day 19: Trek to Num via Seduwa, 6-7 hrs walk

The day's walk is easy as we walk downhill through the farms for some good couple of hours to reach Seduwa. From there, the journey to Num takes another couple of hours. 

Day 20: Trek to Chichila (1,800 m/5,904 ft), 5-6 hrs walk 

The early morning's walk requires us to trek uphill for some three hours until we reach atop a ridge. From there onwards, the trails are downhill until we reach Chichila. We can use the remaining time of the evening to explore Chichila. 

Day 21: Trek to Khadbari, 6-7 hrs walk

The route from Chichila to Khadbari is easy as the trails run through farmlands and small villages. Khadbari is a big village and our campsite is on the edge of the village. 

Day 22: Trek back to Tumlingtar (950 m/3,116 ft), 3-4 hrs walk

It is the last day of our trek today. We walk downhill from Khadbari on our way to Tumlingtar. We will be on time for lunch. Along with us will be fond memories of the wonderful adventure we had. We will enjoy the evening with all trekking staff and porters at our campsite.

Day 23: Fly back to Kathmandu

We will take our flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. Upon landing at Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel where you can relax a bit and enjoy the rest of the day as per your wish. 

Day 24: Leisure at Kathmandu

The day can be used to do some last minute souvenir and gift shopping. In the evening, we will take you for a nice dinner at a Nepalese restaurant. 

Day 25: Departure from Kathmandu

Some of you might also have few more days and some other activities planned in Nepal. For the rest of your who are returning today, depending upon what time your return flight is, you can do some last minute shopping if you like to. We will transfer you to the airport hoping it won't be long before we see each other again!




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 Cost / person: $US 0
Duration: 29 days
Trip Grade: Strenuous
Group Size: 2-15


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