Nepal: The Colors Of Makalu with Sherpani col

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Country

Nepal

Duration

24 Days

Activity

Trekking

Region

Eastern Region Trekking

Makalu with Sherpani Col Trek

Do you want to experience the last remaining pristine forests and alpine meadows of Nepal like the Barun valley? Are you interested to see one of the highest peaks of the eastern Himalayas? Then we give you the Makalu trek, which originates from the bottom of the Arun valley. Above you see the giant Himalayas and especially the ever snow-capped top of Makalu at8463m. This beautiful Barun area has some of the richest and most diverse plants and animal life in Nepal. But also witness the rich cultural communities of the Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa farmers. Although they are economically poor or isolated, their culture enriches them with a long and strong heritage. The trip also includes one of the most difficult passes known as Sherpani Col.

In a way, they are so important because they still express the saving of the unique biological and cultural treasures of the area. More than 3.000 species of flowering plants, with hundreds of orchid varieties, 48 sorts of primroses, and 25 of Nepal’s 30 rhododendrons fill all the colors of the valley and hillsides. Animals like the endangered red panda and musk deer can be found and seen here. As well as, also the Ghoral, Himalayan tahr, and leopard. And if you see a bird, remember there are here 400 bird species, with extremely rare species among them.

Nepal: The Colors Of Makalu with Sherpani col Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to hotel, after some refreshment, we will invite for typical Nepali welcome dinner.

Day 02:

Sightseeing around in Kathmandu valley

After breakfast we will start for sightseeing tours around in Kathmandu valley, the sightseeing program is focused to introduce some highlights and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu such as Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Bouddhanath. Preparation for the trek and check the equipment list and buy the equipment that is necessary for trip.

Day 03:

Flight to Tumlingtar and Drive to Num

Trek Duration

4/5hrs drive

Highest Altitude

1560m

It’s about a 50-minute flight before we touchdown on a grass airstrip at Tumlingtar (400m). Eventually drive to Num which is on a ridge above Arun Koshi River. Almost every evening Num experiences a dramatic display of thunder and lightning, which makes life here that little bit more interesting.

Day 04:

Trek to Seduwa

Trek Duration

5hrs

Highest Altitude

1540m

We will descend steeply from the western end of the Num ridge through the cornfields of Lumbang. The trail passes over the suspension bridge and ascends through forest and a few traditional villages. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending on the season. Ascend continue through dense forest, eventually brings to beautiful camp site Seduwa. Here is large flat camping lawn ridge above the Makalu Barun National park check point, where needed to be registered.We can enjoy a beautiful view looking back towards Num and the ridgelines bounding the Arun Valley.

Day 05:

Trek to Tashigoan

Trek Duration

3/4hrs

Highest Altitude

2070m

From Seduwa, we ascend the ridge, which is bounded by the IpsuwaKhola on the west and KasuwaKhola to the east, with flat and easy hiking through the bushes. The path cuts across the hillside, contouring through quiet villages along the way. You will see the locals using buffalo to plough the small paddy fields, as every piece of land possible is being utilized for farming. Finally, we climb to the last settlement of trek to Tashigoan. The camping spot in this village is really a praiseworthy site below the national park office.

Day 06:

Trek to Kouma Pain

Trek Duration

7/8hrs

Highest Altitude

3500m

We ascend steeply through dense forest of remote scrub and Rhododendron passing many ridges and seasonal Yak herders. Trail rises to Chipla (2520m) and even becomes steeper, struggling up past stream and a huge overhanging rock right below the Mani danda. We have a packed lunch because of the lack of the water in between Tashigoan and Khongma. Khongma is the last opportunity we have to stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote BarunValley.There are no buildings here and many of the tent sites are on the sloping hillside.

Day 07:

Trek to Mumbuk

Trek Duration

5hrs

Highest Altitude

3550m

From Khongma, climb the ridge on steep switchbacks to a stone chorten at 3840m and feast your eyes on views of Chhamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7. Scrubby rhododendrons and mossy boulders line the trail as you climb a stone staircase over several false ridges towards the small pass known as Ghungru La (4050m). The path twists and turns steeply, passing through forest before emerging on to a ridge with Mani walls, numerous prayer flags and superb mountainviews, including Kanchenjunga. Descend to a small turquoise lake after which we will ascend again through Shipton Pass. We then drop down the saddle for a rest by the lake KaloPokhari, before passing over the Keke La (4152m) and an easy descent walk through rhododendron and pine forest towards Mumbuk. It is a serene camping spot surrounded by green forests.

Day 08:

Trek to Nghekharka

Trek Duration

4hrs

Highest Altitude

3750m

From Mumbuk, the trail drops down a scree-covered slope into the long, curving Barun Valley. The Barun River running through the trail adds more dimensions to the trek with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m and Peak 7 (6185m). It’s a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude, until we arrive at Yangri Kharka (3610m). Yangri Kharka is a very small village situated in a meadow at the base of the valley. From Yangri Kharka climb gently to Nghekharka, another cluster of herd’s hut and prayer flags on the opposite side of Barun.

Day 09:

Trek to Merek

Trek Duration

3hrs

Highest Altitude

4570m

Beyond Nghekharka, the river makes a huge S-shaped curve between curtains wall of cliffs that tower on either side of river. From the meadow at Riphuk (3930m), climb past a waterfall and up over swampy ground to a lonely stone hut. Another gentle climb passes a Mani wall to YakKharka (4400m). The final climb to the rather bleak camp site at Merek passes through a dizzying landscape of Himalayan giants. Have marvelous views of Chhamlang, Peak 3, Peak 4 and Peak 5.

Day 10:

Trek to Makalu Base Camp

Trek Duration

4hrs

Highest Altitude

5000m

As the path turns northwards into a side valley, Makalu finally soars into view. Stick to the faint, flat trail following the east bank of river to Shersong (4660m). From Shersong, it is a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100 meter above Makalu base camp after which we descend to a stream and cross boulders to the base camp on the west side of the river. There are terrific views of the south face of Mt. Makalu. There are no huts, shelters or vegetation at base camp which is at an elevation of about 5000m.

Day 11-12:

To Swiss Base Camp; Rest/Exploration Day

Trek Duration

4hrs

Highest Altitude

5150m

The trek to Swiss BC is tricky and involves boulder hopping as we follow the Barun Glacier directly beneath Makalu enormous west face. Swiss Base Camp is situated amongst the moraine in a sandy spot directly opposite the mighty West Pillar on Makalu. We have a full day set aside to rest and acclimatize and will aim to reach a vantage point above camp (weather permitting) with a great view of Everest and the fabled Kangshung Face

Day 13-14:

To Sherpani Col Base Camp / To Baruntse Camp To Baruntse Camp

Trek Duration

5hrs / 12 hrs

Highest Altitude

5700m / 5700m

We have allowed 2 days to position ourselves for the crossing of the Sherpani and West Cols. Depending on our group movement and progress we may need to be flexible on our approach. As we near the Sherpani Col base camp the trail is much less defined and with more boulder hopping, and now that we are climbing high cloud may obscure the trail. We camp high at the snout of the glacier at 5688m with the Sherpani Col 3 hours above us. If conditions are favourable and the group
are moving at a good pace we may attempt to make the crossing of both Cols in a day, but in all likelihood, we’ll be camping at Baruntse C1 on the West Col @ 6100m on the first night and descending the Col to the Honku valley the next day. Although these are the most demanding days of our trek, we are deep in the Himalaya and the massive scale of the mountains around us are an awesome sight to behold. There will be sections of roped up travel and abseiling, and our Sherpa guides and mountaineering leader will manage the coming days as snow and weather conditions
dictate.

Day 15-17:

Cross West Col to Honku Basin / Honku-Amphu Labsta Base Camp / Amphu Labsta Rest/Exploration Day

Trek Duration

4hrs/ 5hrs

Highest Altitude

5500m / 5527m

After our crossings are completed, we descend into the Honku valley nearby five large glacial lakes which sprawl out before us. They are known as Panch Pokhari (five lakes). The Amphu Labsta pass is situated immediately at the head of the valley to our right and is basically the low point on the ridge between the Honku and the Imja valleys. A new vista of peaks span out before us including Ama Dablam to the distant west, and many unnamed peaks. Amphu Labsta Base Camp is set close to the rocks that lead up to the pass. On these stages we ask that members be flexible and co-operative. Camps will be set where conditions allow, and your leader will keep you advised as to each days
plan.

Day 18:

Trek to Chukung via Amphu Labsta La

Trek Duration

9hrs

Highest Altitude

4730m

The approach to the pass from the Honku is deceptive. Facing east and southward, there is much more sun and little snow, just a collection of rocks that gradually lead up to the gap we travel through. On the north facing side we find steep slopes of snow that we must take care to descend by fixed ropes to the snow basins below and subsequent moraine and alpine valley beyond. The views from this 5845m pass crossing to the peaks of Khumbu are unmatched. Any spare moment whilst we are climbing and descending will allow us to appreciate the spectacle of the peaks of the region.

Day 19:

Trek to Tengbuche via Pangboche

Trek Duration

6/7hrs

Highest Altitude

3860m

Day 20:

Trek to Namche Bazzar

Trek Duration

5/6hrs

Now from Tenboche, we need to steep descent and the trail leads us back along the Dudh Kosi River. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar where we want to take a long last look back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche. The final steep climb traverses the hill side taking us to Namche Bazaar.

Day 21:

Trek to Lukla

Trek Duration

6hrs

Highest Altitude

2,800m

The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages; noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages.

Day 22:

After breakfast we will fly back to Kathmandu

We fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu early in the morning which takes about 45 minutes. Then transfer to Hotel by private car. Refresh and relax.

Day 23:

Free day in Kathmandu

Day 24:

Transfer to the international airport for onward fly to your destination

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What is included?

  • Hotel with bed and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Government licensed trekking guide and porters during trekking
  • Accommodation in hotel, lodge and tent
  • 3 meals a day during trekking (B, L, D)
  • Welcome dinner by arrival
  • Dining tent, Table and Chairs, toilet tent, Mess tent, Kitchen tent, expedition crew tent
  • Staff insurance, wages, equipment and local transport
  • Trekking permit and conservation fee
  • Government licensed guide with privet transport during sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • Pickup and drop from to the international and domestic airport in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight ticket and airport taxes
  • Private transport from Tumlingtar to the trek starting point.

What is excluded?

  • Monument entrance fees during sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • International flight ticket and airport tax
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fees
  • Personal insurance and helicopter rescue in case of emergency
  • Tips for local staff
  • Personal expenses like soft and hard drink, laundry, telephone, tips etc
  • Sleeping bag while trekking
  • Extra porter or transport incase of accident or any emergency
  • Personal Medicine

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