Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Domestic Flight
  • Food: American Plan Basis
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge & Camping Tent
  • Group Size: 2 - 12 Pax
  • Max Elevation: 6,190 Meter

The Makalu Sherpani Col, the West Col and the Amphu Labtsa Pass are known to be wild and high hikes, and have some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the Himalayas. The Makalu Sherpani Col trek is one of the longest and most difficult treks that require extensive preparation and physical fitness. The trek crosses diverse landscapes and interesting cultures, passing through the magnificent forest, flora and fauna. The indigenous group of Rai, Limbu, Sherpa and Lhomi that you will meet in the southern buffer zones, but no one lives in the center of the park.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek is part of the Great Himalayan Trail and East Nepal Trekking.

Makalu Sherpani Col Trek is truly a trekking adventure in a rural and wild region of the Great Himalayan trail with full logistical assistance. It is a journey that seeks a different route, a new perspective, a demanding hiker. Makalu Sherpani Col Trek has three high passes from the Makalu region to the Everest region, two of them at more than 6000 meters above sea level. The Makalu Sherpani Pass trek is one of the highest and most difficult hiking routes in the world. From Makalu base camp, cross a few alpine technical passes: the Sherpani Col / East Col (6,180 m), the West Col (6,190 m) and the Amphu Labtsa pass (5,845 m) to the Solu-Khumbu region Everest. The Sherpa climbing guide of Mera Alpine Treks fixed the rope in each passage section to protect the group member. Glacier walking, the use of ice axes and other climbing gear will be necessary to complete this trek. Makalu Sherpani Col Pass offers breathtaking magnifications on the Himalayan chain of Everest, Makalu, Kanchanjunga, Lhotse, Baruntse, Mera Peak, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Kangtega among wilderness to explore.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek with Hunku Valley Trek and Makalu Base Camp Trek.

Makalu is the fifth highest peak in the world (8468 meters). Makalu Base Camp Trek is still one of the most difficult approaches in any base camp, with great passes blocking access. Dozens of peaks surround Honku Khola and the Honku Basin to the west of the national park. The Arun Valley is the deepest valley in the world, located between the hiking areas of Everest and Makalu. The Makalu Sherpani pass trek begins with a flight to Tumlingtar and heads north along the Arun river valley following rural areas. Climbing and descending gradually, taking us from the village of Num to Tashigaon to Khongma La to Yangri in Langmale to the base camp of Makalu, this trail offers us the best form of acclimatization possible. The hike to Makalu base camp alone takes about two weeks from Tumlingtar to Makalu base camp and returns by the same route to Tumlingtar.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek flora and fauna in Makalu Barun National Park.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek is located in the eastern part of Nepal in the scenic Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area. Makalu Barun is the second largest national park and buffer zone in Nepal. Indigenous breeders are allowed to graze the animals and are encouraged to take an active role in conservation projects. It is home to 3000 species of flowering plants as well as different types of Himalayan orchids, 440 species of birds and seventy-five species of mammals. Rare species such as the musk deer, the clouded leopard and the Asian golden cat bear witness to the incredible diversity that hikers can encounter in the abundant valleys. The tall granite cliffs topped by large glaciers in the upper parts of the Barun Valley are compared to those of Yosemite - on a much larger scale.

Makalu Sherpai Col Pass Trek - East Col / Sherpani Col (6,180 m)

East Col is known as Sherpani Col, South Col and Ice Col. The uphill route to Sherpani Col is quite strenuous on the rocky glaciers below the East Col with some steep slopes. After the Swiss base camp, another support camp for the Sherpani pass is located at about 5700 meters, where the coldest night of this trip can be -05 to -10 ° C. The difficult hiking pass of the pass Sherpani must be well organized as the mountaineering style offers an exciting view of the highest peak on earth. Our team of Sherpa guides makes the way and fixes the rope for about 200 meters to cross the glacier and you will walk with an ice ax, crampons and plastic boots. When climbing, you must use a jammer and when descending, you must use a reminder device.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek - West Col / Baruntse Camp I (6,190 m)

West Pass and Camp Baruntse One is the same place as possible to meet the Baruntse Expedition Group. The ascent requires solid lungs and a great will and begins with rock rushing towards a glacier. The day will be quite exceptional and in part, it goes up the last section towards the west pass. After a short stop from the west pass, spectacular view of the ice-covered peaks with glaciers at the top of the mountains. The trail heads to a fantastic arctic landscape, climbing the West Pass and crossing the wide Hongu Glacier. We cross the West Pass with the support of fixed ropes it passes on a steep slope of 40-45 ° about 200 meters lower on the Hunku glacier. Two more hours of descent, we reached Baruntse base camp across the Baruntse glacier.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek - Amphu Labtsa Pass (5,845 m) and Everest Region

The section is a slightly less steep route to Amphu Labtsa (5,845 m) on a terrain of 5,300 m above sea level, just opposite the famous Lhotse. In a long day, it easily climbs to the Amphu Labtsa pass with a support of minimum 50 meters of rope and climbing equipment. After crossing the last pass of Amphu Labtsa pass, we descend towards Chukung to the Everest base camp path through the village of Khumbu Sherpa to Lukla, after the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.


  • Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek is a part of the Great Himalayan Trail
  • Trekking in eastern Nepal Trekking between the Makalu and Everest region
  • It has three alpine passes East Col, West Col and Amphu Labtsa Pass
  • Arun Valley Trek is the deepest valley in the world with the Hunku Basin 
  • Makalu Base Camp Trek flora and funna in Makalu Barun National Park
  • Highest and wildest trek in a remote area with massive view of the Himalayas


Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu airport, pick-up and transfer to the hotel
  • Day 2Kathmandu city tour and meeting with a guide
  • Day 3Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1572m)
  • Day 4Num trek to Seduwa (1500m) 5 hours walk
  • Day 5Seduwa trek to Tashigaon (2100m) 5 hours
  • Day 6Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma pass (3500m) 6 hours
  • Day 7Trek from Khongma to Mumbuk (3540m) 5 hours
  • Day 8Trek from Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (3700m) 6 hours
  • Day 9Trek from Nehe to Makalu Base Camp (4870m) 7 hours of walking
  • Day 10Acclimatization and exploration day at Makalu base camp
  • Day 11Trek through Hillary Camp to Swiss Base Camp (5150m)
  • Day 12Trek from Swiss Camp to Sherpani Col High Camp (5688m)
  • Day 13Cross the East Col pass (6,180 m) to Baruntse Camp One (6000m)
  • Day 14Additional day for weather and acclimatization
  • Day 15Cross the west pass (6,190 m) to Baruntse base camp (5500m) 7 hours
  • Day 16Trek to Amphu Labtsa base camp (5527m) 6 hours
  • Day 17Cross the Amphu Labtsa pass (5845 m) to Chukung (4730 m) 7 hours
  • Day 18Trek from Chukung to Tengboche (3860m) 4 hours
  • Day 19Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazar (3440m) 4 hours
  • Day 20Trek from Namche to Phakding to Lukla (2840m) 5 hours
  • Day 21Flight from Lukla to Kathmndu
  • Day 22Free day in Kathamndu and visits
  • Day 23Return to the airport for the last day of departure

What's Included

  • Transportation
    Airport pick up and drop to airport by private vehicle.
    Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu.
    Drive from Tumlingtar to Num Village by Jeep
  • Accommodation
    4 night 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu based on BB plan.
    Tea House Lodge and Camping Tent accommodation during the trekking.
  • Meals Service
    All meals during the trek Breakfast, Lunch, Pack Lunch, Dinner and High Food.
    Welcome Dinner and farewell Dinner with drinks in Kathmandu.
    Tea, Coffee, Juice (lemon, orange, mango, etc) and hot drinking water as required.
    All Camping equipment and Kitchen equipemt during camping part trek.
  • Trekking Guide
    An experienced, helpful, friendly and licensed holder sherpa guide.
    Porter for the member to carry luggage with insurance and wages
  • Trekking Permit
    Makalu Barun National Park Entery Permit.
    Sagarmatha National Park Entery Permit
    Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee
    Trekking Information Management System TIMS Permit.
    Inclusive of government and local taxes during trek.
  • Safety and Security
    Mera Alpine Treks provides full information on Makalu Sherpani Col Pass trekking.
    Trekking Duffle Bag for the security of your trekking clothing and equipment.
    Down Jacket, four seasonl Sleeping Bag, hot water bag and trekking map
    Emergency first aid medicine kid and first aid training guides.
    Pre-information on the causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of Altitude Mountain Sickness.
  • Extra night stay in Kathamndu due to any reason
  • Telephone, Internet, laundry, any alcoholic beverage, etc
  • Your travel insurance which is compulsory. 
  • Tips for guide and porter as yourself (Tip is expected).
  • Round Trip International Air tickets and Nepelese visa fees.
  • Any expenses that are not mentioned in cost included part.

Price & Dates

Useful Information

Food and accommodation during the Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek has a ready-made tea house stop for each day night of the trek. The facilities and food are basic and a bit expensive for Nepal. Obligation to transport tents and kitchen equipment during the Makalu Sherpani pass trek. Since most places in this region have a limited tea house lodge, this is why camping trekking is highly recommended in the region. The treks to the Makalu Sherpani Pass have few lodges and generally require the full camping style with cooks and porters and all the food. Expect a few home stay options in the future. The strange route could be done by using certain stays at home to live a difficult trip out of the ground.

Best time to plan the Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek

Like many mountainous regions of Nepal, the best time to visit is during the main hiking seasons from April to May and from October to November. Throughout winter (December to March) and monsoon (June to September), the Arun and Barun River valley systems channel wet weather toward Makalu, dumping large amounts of snow on the Makalu east col and west col, closing them. During the monsoon spring season, the vast forests of rhododendrons and orchids, which cover the Kongma Danda, bloom in a multitude of colors and provide a welcome distraction from the difficult climbed. The clear weather of the post-monsoon period is an excellent mountain photograph and is probably the best time of the year to cross the high passes towards the Solu-Khumbu.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek Equipment

It is not mandatory to participate in the ascent, anyone with previous ice ax and crampon expertise and skills to use a jumar and a rappelling device. There will be equipment checks and training sessions for the use of the rope, ice ax, crampon and harness, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For security reasons, it is necessary to participate in these sessions. If you do not participate, the leader and Sherpa climbing will not allow you to participate in the climb. These are the climbing equipment necessary to complete the trek to the Makalu Sherpani pass.

Difficulty of Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek

Remember that altitude can have a significant effect on your physical condition. It is important to take the leader's advice and decisions at all times during a group discussion. Leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of the symptoms of AMS and will keep a close eye on the group. We must consult the altitude warning inside the trip notes. The ascent itself is not recommended for anyone who is afraid of heights or dizziness and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all have mesh sides but some are quite long and tall.