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Makalu Base Camp to Everest

Makalu Base Camp to Everest

A heart pondering walk from Makalu Base Camp to Everest via Sherpani Pass, West Col and Amphu Laptsa, follows the portion of The Great Himalayan Trial. Following the Barun valley the trek

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A heart pondering walk from Makalu Base Camp to Everest via Sherpani Pass, West Col and Amphu Laptsa, follows the portion of The Great Himalayan Trial.

Following the Barun valley the trek consist of some of the last remaining areas of pristine forest and alpine pasture land of Nepal. The trail from Tumlingtar leads us to the seamy lowlands near the Arun River to Shipton La and into the isolated and surreal Barun River Valley before making our ascent to Makalu Base Camp. from here we will make our way through most challenging mountain pass of  Sherpani Pass, then cross West Col(6100m) to Panch Pokhari followed by Amphu Laptsa(5780m) and then to Everest region. This proves that the trek passes through a wide diversity of ecosystems and cultures.

Making its way through the isolated villages offering the magnificent concealed vista of Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchanjunga; this is a genuinely a daring journey that goes through the lap of Himalayas.  

We have tailored our itinerary giving enough time for acclimatization to the rising altitude and maximizing your possibility of carrying out the trip to Everest. There are some technical hurdles in arranging the trek to remote Himalayas, and this is only possible by arranging a team of experienced Sherpa guides.

The trek is quite challenging as there will be fixed rope on the passes and roped group walk on glaciers , demanding some prior experience in the mountains.

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel. In the evening there will be briefing about the trek.

Day 2: Preparation of Trek

Today we will prepare ourselves both the physically and mentally for the trek.

Day 3: Fly to Tumlingtar and Drive to Chilchila(1480m)

Early in the morning after having breakfast we will transfer to airport and take a 35minutes flight to Tumlingtar through the Himalayas. Tumlingtar is a small settlement which sits on a wide plateau in the Arun valley. After landing in Tumlingtar we will drive to Chilchila via Mane Bhanjyang.

Day 4: Trek to Num (1500m); 5hours

Making our way through the ridge we will pass through the small settlement of Baisake and Kuwapani(1870m) before passing through Mani walls at Sakuranti Majuwa. From here the trail drops into a Oak forest for a while and then climbs along the ridge into the forests and then enters into the Sherpa settlement of Mure. From here the trail descends to a rocky eroded path to Num. stay overnight at tented camp in Num.

Day 5: Trek to Sedua(1540m); 5hours

From Num the trail steeply descends through the cornfields to Lumbang. From Lumbang the trail drops down steeply through jungle to suspension bridge over Arun Koshi at 620m. From the bridge trail steeply goes uphill through the fields of rice, corn and buckwheat. Making our way through the picturesque landscape we will climb uphill to our camping site in Sedua.

Day 6: Trek to Tashi Gaon(2070m); 4hours

From Seduwa the trail goes uphill through terraced rice fields to Mangaon. From Mangaon the trail goes west and gradually goes above Kasuwa Khola through Mani wall, terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village and then Ropesa. In the way we will find monks collecting donations for a small gompa nearby. Before reaching Tashi Gaon which is last permanent settlement we will pass through meadows and few streams. Stay overnight in tented camp.

Day 7: Trek to Khongma(3560m); 6hours

From Tashi gaon the trail gradually goes up through the herders camp to Chipla(2520m). From here the trail steeply goes uphill through forest to a pastureland at Unshisha(3180m). We will continue the uphill walk through the sparse forest before making a final descent to Khongma. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 8: Acclimatization day

Today we will take a rest and get acclimatized with the rising altitude. we too will explore the beauty of the area. Stay overnight at tented camp in Khongma. 

Day 9: Trek to Debotay(3550m)  via Shipton La(4216m); 7hours

From Khongma the trail steeply goes uphill to 3840m which has stone chorten adorned with prayer flags offering the astonishing view of Makalu in the distant. Making our way along the ridgeline through Rhododendron forest, we will climb along a stone staircase. Now we will cross the first pass of our trek which is Ghungru La (4050m). We will descend to small lake and then climb steeply to a gully to the major pass of Shipton La (4216m). From here we will again descend down cross lakes and climb through large boulders to Keke la(4150m). After crossing the pass the trail enters into the Rhododendron forest and which ultimately takes us to our camping site in Debotay.

Day 10: Trek to Yangle Kharka(3600m); 5hours

Today we will walk through the dense forest of Rhododendron to Yangle Kharka. Some portion of the trail are rough and places where in the past landslide has occurred so we must make our way meticulously. While making our way we will traverse through alpine meadows which offer the magnificent view of Peak 7. Ultimately crossing few streams we will reach our camping site in Yangle Kharka.

Day 11: Trek to Langmale Kharka(4200m); 5hours

From Yangle Kharka the trail continues to follow Barun valley which takes us to Langmale Kharka through the forest of Rhododendron, chilly waterfalls and potato fields.

Day 12: Acclimatization day at Langmale Kharka

We will spend the day resting and getting adapted with the prevailing environmental circumstances. In the afternoon we will explore the area. Stay overnight in tented camp in Langmale Kharka.

Day 13: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (5000m); 6hours

From Langmale Kharka the trail climbs above the ridge along moraine which is formed by lower Barun Glacier to Merek which offers the astonishing view of Chhamlang, Peak3 (6477m) and Peak5 (6404m). From Merek the trail climbs through the rocky trail alongside the Moraine to the Shersong(4660m). a short walk from Shershong will ultimately takes us to Makalu Base Camp.

Day 14: Explore the area

Today we will enjoy and explore the natural beauty of Makalu Base Camp has to offer. From Base camp one can witness the stunning south face of Makalu, Baruntse, Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse shar, Kangshung face and South col. Stay overnight at tented camp in Makalu Base Camp.

Day 15: Mountaineering Skill practice at Makalu Base Camp

After today the walk is quite hectic and challenging. So to cope up with the upcoming situation we will make short hike around the area and get introduced with the Himalayas and its surprises.

Day 16: Trek to Sherpani Low Camp (5200m)

Day 17: Rest and Acclimatization day at Sherpani Low Camp

Day 18: Trek to Sherpani High Camp (5700m)

Day 19: Make a way through Sherpani Pass (6,135m), West Col (6,143m) and trek to upper Baruntse Base Camp (5,700m).

Day 20: Rest and Acclimatization day at Upper Baruntse Camp (5,700m).

Day 21: Trek to High Camp (5400m)

Day 22: Cross Amphu Laptsa Pass (5,850m), and trek to Imja Lake Camp (5,100m)

Day 23: Trek to Pangboche (3,875m)

Day 24:  Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m)

Day 25: Trek to Lukla(2,840m)

Day 26: Contingency day

Day 27: Fly to Kathmandu

Early in the morning we will board a short airstrip from Lukla to Kathmandu through the Himalayas. Upon arrival check into the hotel, and in the remaining day you can take rest or do some family shopping.

Day 28: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha.  . In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari).  After this we will pay our visit to Swoyambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 29: Farewell

You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is high\low. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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Makalu Base Camp to Everest

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