Makalu – West Col, Sherpani Col trek is one of the adventures treks in high Himalaya which is experienced hikers. During the trek, you will come in the uppermost valley in the world to begin your journey to the base of Mt. Makalu, the 5th highest mountain in the world (8,481m). You will have the opportunity to visit cloud-forest jungle, high mountainous terrain, orchids and rural farm and market villages. From there, you will follow the ridge above the Arun River. The projected site for the major hydroelectric plant in Nepal. Pass through yak fallows towards the endless ice fields of Mt. Makalu, Baruntse and Sherpani col.
The trek starts from Arun valley subsequent the countryside areas, through captivating out-of-date traditional markets and farm villages, this walk-in follows the picturesque. The infrequently hiked route, subscription views of Mt. Makalu and Kanchenjunga all the way, more spectacular views of the Mt. Khumbakarna Range as you enter the Barun valley of Makalu basin. From here, the trek passes over the yak pastures beneath the Makalu’s towering south face along with the great view of the rare east (Khangsung) face of Mt. Everest.
You will be warmly welcomed at the airport by our workplace representative and then you will transfer to hotel. Our staff will give the brief explanation of the program.
After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; including visits to the pilgrimage sites of Hindus Pashupatinath temple, the world biggest Bouddhanath Stupa, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess) in central Kathmandu. Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.
In this morning you’ll be transported to domestic airport to fly to Tumlingtar superintending range of snowcapped mountains from Langtang all the way to Mt. Everest, Makalu & Mt. Kanchenjunga. On entrance at Tumlingtar airport which is a village town situated on a projection above the Arun River, we’ll walk beside the runway and walk to the camp for overnight and meet up our crews for the trekking. Rest of the time reconnoitres the town and overnight at tented camp.
Starting our daring journey from Tumlingtar with enjoyable walk for an hour through the ranch fields and villages the trace climbs up gradually near Khadbari in the middle of the sub-tropical forest of Sal tree (Shorea-Robusta) and more farmhouse fields along the way, as we come to a town of Khadbari a major town of the Makalu region and from Khadbari with up and dejected walk lead to the camp at Mani Bhanjyang.
Today, we twitch our escapade with ascending 3-4 hrs to the edge on a wide and well-used trail, attainment our lunch stop at Bhotebas. After lunch, we walk transitory through fertile land and forest path brings you to the top of the minor ridge at Chichila village for the overnight after few hours walk which is established few local houses with wonderful picturesque mountains of Mt. Makalu and Khumbakarna variety.
Journey further to Num primes us through the cool and tranquil forest of rhododendron, oaks and hemlocks as we ascent to the top of the ridge, from the top it is almost easy for two hours to the overnight camp at Num, which is a small village with about fifteen houses and a prime school on the big flat ground, from where we have good opinion of our route for the next couple of days.
We slope amazingly steep and adjoining slopes towards the Arun River, nearly 800 meters below. The lower slopes of this thin valley are densely forested and the trails are quite slippery, after reaching the bottom, cross the postponement bridge across the heavy Arun River, and climb back out of the rainforest, triumph our lunch place at Runruma. Further walk steep climb takes us up to Seduwa a community with a small health post and a primary school neighbouring we will camp for the night.
Easy and enjoyable short walk takes you to rural farm towns, on the regular trail through the farm fields and walkways, as we come near to Tashi Gaon, it’s a demanding climb for an hour through the millet and rice fields.
This is the preceding village up to the Makalu and after this village. The gait is uplifting for an hour and a half in the lovely shadow of the rhododendron and oaks forest. After departure, the dense forest coming to some summer meadowlands with traces of provisional made shepherd huts. From here onwards to Kahuma ridge is an energetic uphill climb. As the tree lines decay for the scrubs of rhododendron and juniper. We’ll stay here and can be seen picturesque highland ranges.
After the excellent mountains view and the nearby landscapes and snow-capped peaks. Our trek follows a slow trail with few ups and down as we pass through the Thulo Pokhari (big pond) and Sano Pokhari (small pond). In the weighty snow, the path from here can be quite deceptive and it will be difficult to find the trail sometime. The further walk crosses the pass of Tutu-la at 4,075m. We forward our journey. It is all easy back to undergrowth, a small payment place for go camping in the middle of the woods of pines, hemlock, birch and rhododendrons to spread at Mumbuk for the overnight.
View of the Kumbakarna can be perceived through the shrubbery of the tree lines, the walk from here is effortless to the bounded and hidden Barun Valley, one of the least discovered area in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. This exceptional scenery within the Makalu-Barun National Park are some 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 bird species and 75 species of mammals, including the jeopardizes clouded leopard, red panda and musk deer. As we reach the luxurious alpine area of Barun Valley the walk is very pleasing with steady uphill slopes, following the Barun River upstream on the valley towards our camp at Nehe-Kharka, one of the temporary meadows for the local folks of Tashi and Navagaun.
Our trek onwards passages the wooden bridge on the Barun River and walk on the rocks, where is a large prayer wall at Ramara after 2-3 hours walk the flora gets sparse, though the rhododendron, barberries, cotoneaster and juniper bushes persevere for some time. With an enjoyable walk, we come nearer to Sherson in sight of the lower Barun glacier and the immense royal Mt. Makalu. Sherson is also the lower base camp of Mt. Makalu. There are the number of stone inclusions at this high browsing ground with an unresolved view of the host of peaks, counting the upper part of Makalu south face, and Mt. Baruntse 7,220m and at Sherson we make camp for the night.
Full day rest at the camp or for acclimatization visit about some exciting hike and viewpoints to travel, the most picturesque walk would be taking a hike on the right side of the camp above for the closer assessment of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari and the view of the rare face of Everest the Kanshung face with Lhotse. A one-hour steep up brings you to the large turf you can pace farther up to have a better view of the stated peaks and more other peaks of this area and beyond. After travelling the area amble back to the camp.
From Sherson, we endure to more remote area towards the higher base camp, which is less than 3-hour trek above Sherson, at the proboscis of the Barun glacier, near its freezing pond. On incoming at the camp afternoon free for short hike above this camp, a climb on the debris ridge, for more remarkable views of Mt. Makalu, and of the usual concealed east sides of Lhotse and Everest, which appears above the Barun glacier to the North West. We will spend rest of the afternoon at liberty and prepare for the next big exploit. Some of the doorkeepers will set off back with equipment which we do not need to take with us making the cargo as light as possible to overcome the traverse over Sherpani Col and beyond.
Our journey from here heads westwards to camp just below Makalu west pillar. As the height increases gradually, we take our time with enough breaks in this high topography. Our walk follows a path which climbs an ablation valley on the west side of the Barun glacier. Following this valley onto the glacier we make our way over the boulder-strewn caves and ice to a camp known as Puja Camp below the soaring Mt. Makalu’s West Pillar. Our determined trek on the glacier is satisfied with sole views of Lhotse and the rare Kangshung face of Everest.
Leaving our camp the path follows to a sharp climb up the rocky grades of the Barun’s west set. Until a line of landmarks mains us into the valley where 2 minor glaciers are fed by the slopes of the Sherpani Col. We will make our camp beneath the ice cliffs at the station of these two glaciers after 4-5 hours of energetic climb.
A vital rest day for acclimatization before the solid high climb and vertical incline. At this height offers excellent views of the huge West Face and West Pillar of Makalu. Here our skilled guides will check the route and make the pass nearby by fixing riggings en route pass.
It’s a big day! Leaving the camp before dawn, we climb on the freezing muzzle of the Sherpani Glacier. 3 distinct Col’s give access to the valley, we will choose the most suitable of these routes, according to the usual circumstances. Our climb shadows on vertical snow enclosed slopes, with the back-up of the secure ropes which we had set up on the previous day. From the Col we will rope up to cross the glacier to the rocky top of the West Col. This spectacular valley is edged by the arc of Baruntse’s icy edges to the north. The vast cliffs of Makalu, the wall of Chamlang to the south. Well-formed tip of Ama Dablam ahead of us to the west.
Next escapade over the Amphu Laptsa before we head near the main busy trail of Lukla, Namche Bazaar and Thyangboche. Walk tracks across the extensive reaches of the upper Hongu Basin near Kang Leyamura a 6,430m peak to the west.
Following the stony glacier in the beginning, then towards old and fresher moraine sums. We reach the beautiful Panch Pokhari meaning ‘five ponds’ and make our camp close to the largest pond at the foot of our last pass Amphu Labtsa 5,780m.
Starting our hike after breakfast to the Amphu Labtsa Base Camp. Going up to the Amphu Labtsa and will fix chains on some problematic section for the innocuous ancestry towards Imjatse Valley.
Another great day, an early twitch from the camp for 2-3 hrs. walks lead us to the top of the pass. Also, supervising spectacular sights of the impressive south face of Lhotse and Lhotse Shar. High-level assembly of Island or Imajatse Peaks which guises. As if it could almost be even lower than our vantage point. Loads have to be cautiously lowered. We slowly and carefully descend with the help of ropes and ice axe if obligatory. Then attainment the safe side from the pass by early p.m. everybody should be off the snow.
after breakfast, we start our trek with a pleasant walk through the forest with a magnificent view of mountains. The great view of the mighty peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde will be at our disposal all day long. Today’s trail ascends through the forest on its way to Tyangboche. The first thing that could draw your attention after reaching Tyangboche might be its beautifully big monastery. Tyangboche has a large campsite, tea houses and lodges overseeing Mt. Ama Dablam. We will finish the day by spending the night in a hotel in Tyangboche.
we will continue of the walk to Tharo Koshi River. After crossing the river, the trail ascends to Ghat (2600m) and walk climb to Phakding. We climb over steep and stony rim towards Benkar (2630m). Continuing our trek we cross the Kyashar Khola River and climb for Monjo (2840m). Just away from Monjo, we enter Sagarmatha National Park. From here after crossing few rivers and climbs we will reach Namche Bazaar (3440m). Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre of this region with hotels, lodges and restaurants.
we walk back to the flat land of Lukla. Our trek ends as we exit the Sagarmatha National park. We explore the beautiful area of Lukla and spend the night here.
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today.
This enjoyable day you may have a full day at ease and either relax at the hotel or explore.
It’s free or last-minute shopping for mementoes or gift to your family, friends for you until your departure flight. Also to originate any extra excursions or activities you may have booked with us. You’ll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.