Sherpani Col Trek

  • Package price

    USD 3550

  • Trip Code

    MKA-1124

  • No of days

    30

  • Challenge level

    Challenging

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About trip

Trip Overview

A truly adventurous expedition to a remote and wild region of the Great Himalayas, with full logistic support - this is a journey that seeks a different route, a fresh perspective, a challenge. 

 

Our route traverses a spectacular, seldom visited region of Nepal and crosses three High Mountain passes. Only on the very final section does it meet the popular southern approach to Everest Base Camp at Chhukung. The rare views, some of which will be ours alone, are quite the most breathtaking in the whole Himalayan range: sublime vistas in which are amplified the power of three of the world’s five highest mountains: Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Everest. 

 

Here too is offered the satisfaction of absorbing at first hand the culture and folklore of tribal hill and mountain peoples and the flora and fauna of remote Eastern Nepal and the dates selected should ensure some of the best weather and panoramic views.

From Kathmandu, the majestic backbone of the Himalayan glides our wingtips as we head east for Tumlingtar. Beyond here our trekking route follows a great are, rising north onto the ridges of Num and sweeping slowly westwards into the uninhabited heartland of the world's most spectacular mountains and passes.

 

On the map, you can follow our journey as it emerges out of tranquil pastures and ascends the hidden Arun River valley. Climbing and descending gradually, taking us from villages at 457m to the Khongma Pass at 3,090m, this trail gives us the best possible form of acclimatization. Beyond Num there are no villages. The track climbs all the way to Neghe Kharka, crossing the Barun Khola flowing from Makalu. The route to Sherpani Col (6,135m) involves a sustained period at altitude with some steep slopes, but rewards with powerful views of Makalu (8,463m) to the north and the aptly named Island Peak (6,160m) to the west. This is the realm of the glaciers, surrounded by the unforgettable presence of the world's mightiest mountains; and brooding above the towering bulk of Everest itself.

 

The trail heads towards the setting sun, mounting West Col and crossing the wide Hongu glacier. In a long day it climbs easily to the Amphu Labtsha pass, descends to skirt under Amphu peak (5,335m) and, with the elegant cones of Island Peak dead ahead, serves to gain the wide Imja glacier and relax on its westerly descent to the village of Chhukhung.

 

This first Sherpa habitation, nestled at 4,730m above the junction of five major glacial valleys, is a typical low walled grey stone village, colored with traditional Sherpa smiles. Tumbling into the Khumbu valley, heartland of the Sherpa people, and past the relative metropolis of Dingboche, we make for Pheriche (4,252m). The village is perched above the Dudh Kosi, or river of milk, which drains the western flanks of Mt. Everest, and is guarded by the dramatic twin shoulders of Ama Dablam (6,856m).

 

Below, the Khumbu Icefall trumbles out of the Western Cwm and, swallowing up another four glaciers, slowly grinds its way toward the Ganges. Our route picks its way through the moraine, to the last huts of Lobuche and, with our prior level of acclimatization, we should probably take the altitude in our stride.

 

The run home is a very pleasurable re-entry to the calm valleys and rhododendron forests. We call at Thyangboche monastery and visit Namche Bazar as we flow onward down the valley to our aircraft at Lukla. The flight home to Kathmandu surpasses the flight out. It is as if mountains march westward beside us until waves of gentle terraced hills raise up to guide us back into the modern world.

What you will get

Includes

  • All ground transfers by private vehicle as per our itinerary.
  • Three star Hotel in Kathmandu (including breakfast, and taxes)
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu (includes all entrance fees).
  • All domestic airfares (Kathmandu - Tumlingtar & Lukla- Kathmandu).
  • Organized Camping Trek arrangement, including all high quality German Salewa / UK Super Quasar, F10 Spindrift camping equipments and tents such as Two Men Tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Table, Chairs, Mattresses, Hot Water Bags, Inner Sheet and etc.
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) for emergency use etc.
  • Everyday meals while trekking, which will be prepared by our cook.
  • National Park / Conservation Area Permit Fees (For Sagarmatha National Park & Makalu Barun Conservation Area).
  • Guide, porters and their daily wages, insurance with all necessary lodging - fooding arrangements.
  • High altitude working crew / high altitude porters / vast experienced climbing Sherpa / guide with their daily wages, insurance and all arrangements.
  • We also provide a complimentary Welcome Dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
What you wont get

Excludes

  • All International Airfares / Airport taxes.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, laundry and etc.
  • Rescue and evacuation (helicopter operation) - if needed.
  • Personal medical and travel insurance.
  • Tips and Gratitude.
Things To Do

Itinerary

ARRIVE KATHMANDU AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL.

FULL DAY GUIDED SIGHTSEEING INSIDE THE KATHMANDU VALLEY.

Join the welcome dinner with live Nepalese cultural program hosted by Makalu adventures.

KATHMANDU-TUMLINGTAR - KHADBARI - 1,040 m - 4-hrs walk.

Fly to Tumlingtar which is an hour flight. Here your trekking crew will meet you and a bit of briefing about the trail, then start walking up to Khadbari (1,040 m). Have lunch break in the shade of Kabra Trees. We walk north towards Khandbari, then begin walking on a plateau for around 45 minutes after the trails climbing gradually to Khandbari. We camp above the village.

 

KHADBARI - CHICHILA – 1,830 m - 5/6 hrs walk

After breakfast walk through many small picturesque villages most of the time the walk is uphill and you will be walking through bamboo groves and a rhododendron forest. Our camp is at Chichela a small settlement of Gurungs at 1,830m.

CHICHILA-NUM – 1,490 m - 5 hrs walk

Today we start walking with views of snow capped peaks in the distance. Fantastic views of Makalu and its surrounding peak. Walk on a striaght path, with little ups and downs, through forest to have lunch at about 2 hrs and then start descending to reach Num. Camp.

NUM-SEDUA – 1,460 m - 5/6 hrs walk

The trail today descends steeply from Num through the Cornfield of Lumbang. The country is particularly rocky; tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, then we have tough steep climb to Sedua. Camp

SEDUA-TASHI GAON – 2,070 M - 5 hrs walk

The trail crosses meadows and several streams, then climbs to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley. Camp

TASHI GAON - KAUMA – 3,470 m - 6 hrs walk

A very hard day of the trek as the trail goes up real steep. We walk through the sparse forests along the ridge over a hillock and descend a bit to Kauma at 3,470 m. Camp

KAUMA

Today is a rest day as well as acclimatization day.

KAUMA - MUMBUK – 3,570 m - 5 hrs walk

We again start today with a steep climb then through less steeply rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge. You will have superb views of Chamlang (7,290 m) Peak 6 (6,739 m) and Peak 7 (6,105 m). Then we will have a final descent through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk. Camp

MUMBUK-NHE KHARKA – 3,000 m - 6 hrs walk

Today the trail descends steep gully with a stream for about 500m. The trail is ill defined, rocky and sloppy mud in places as it leads up the glacial valley. From here you can have a good views of Peak 6. Nhe Kharka is located on a large open grassy plain at an elevation of 3000 m. from here you will have great mountain views. Camp

NHE KHARKA - SHERSON – 4,615 m - 7 hrs walk

The trail today turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak (7,168 m), Peak 4 (6,720 m) etc. Sherson is at 4,615 m a bit dangerous day as the altitude gains more than 1,500 m but we don't have a choice because we do not have any suitable camp between Nhe Kharka and Sherson.

SHERSON - MAKALU BASE CAMP 5,000 m - 4/5 hrs walk

Today is a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100 m . From here you will have a magnificent south face views of Makalu also you will be able to see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. Camp

EXPLORE MAKALU BASE CAMP

TREK TO HILLARY BASE CAMP

TREK TO HIGH CAMP

REST/EXTRA DAY AT HIGH CAMP

TREK TO SHERPANI COL, BARUNTSE BASE CAMP

TREK TO WEST COL

TREK TO PANCHE POKHARI

TREK TO PANCHE POKHARI, AMPHU LAPCHA CROSS

TREK TO CHUKUNG - (4,730m) (6 hrs)

Chhukhung (4,730 m.), lies directly under an incredible rock wall that links Nuptse with Lhotse.  From here you will also have magnificent views of Amadablam (6856 m.), probably the most photographed mountain in Nepal.

TREK TO DENGBOCHE - 4,380m (5 hrs)

Follow the main Khumbu Valley down to site of the Himalayan Rescue Association's Trekkers' Aid Post and continue to Dingboche. Camp Overnight.

 

TREK TO TENGBOCHE - (3,860m) (4 hrs).

The trail continues through meadows where yaks graze. In the distance you can glimpse the summit of Everest, girt by the impressive rock walls of Lhotse and Nuptse. Start by passing by a spring, and then continue slightly takes you to Tengboche, the cultural heart of Everest. Camp Overnight.

 

TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAR (3,440m) (4 hrs).

The trail descends to the right flank of the Dudh Kosi and then leads to the large Sherpa settlement and then ascends to the Namche Bazar.

LEISURE DAY

This day serves as an 'extra' day. If we get across the passes in time then we take our time relaxing in Namche. Otherwise we are already on the trek.

TREK TO LUKLA (2,840m) – (1 ½ hrs)

Continue ascend to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare a farewell treat for you. You would be expected to join in the singing and the dancing! Overnight Camp.

FLY TO KATHMANDU.

FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU / SHOPPING & ETC.

FINAL DEPARTURE

About trip

Trip Highlights

OVER THE THREE PASSES: 

EAST COL (BY THE SIDE OF SHERPANI COL (6,135m))

In front of the main group, only our Sherpa Carriers and the kitchen crew along with the high altitude porter team go further to make the way. The ascent is quite laborious over the rocky glaciers under the East Col. The support camp for the Col still stands on approximately 5,700 m outside of the glacier, where a very coldest night of this trip may happen (possibly -05 to -10° C) (4 - 5 hrs).

 

 

WEST COL (6,143m)

The day will be quite outstanding and laborious, partially it goes up the last section to the Col. They stand in the midst of a fantastic arctic landscape: so far the eye hands only ice-covered summits and before itself the glacier high base of the transition to the west Col (6,143 m). After a short steep stage the glacier base is traversed and the West Col at the foot of the Baruntse Suedgrats is reached. Depending upon conditions, one night must be spent here again.

BARUNATSE GLACIER (5,450 m)

Way marked and with support of fixed ropes it goes over a 40-45° steep climbing about 150 meters down on the Hunku glacier. Again two hours further descent and the Baruntse Glacier (5,450 m) is reached.

AMPHU LAPCHA PASS (5,850m)

The section is a bit less steep route to the Amphu Labtsa (5,850 m) at the 5,300 m high terrain, directly opposite the famous Lhotse. (depending upon conditions 6-8 hrs).

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