Makalu Sherpenicol Trekking

makalu-sherpenikol trekkingThis Makalu, West Col & Sherpani Col challenging trekking with BUNA is a mountaineering traverse from Makulu to Everest region, starting this trekking starting from Tumlingtar in the Arun valley, from here spending a varied eight days, then trekking in to the base camp of Makalu at Sherson, on the high yak pasture beneath the towering Mt.Makalu the 5th highest mountain in the world. This walk-in follows a picturesque and rarely trekked route, which passes through a number of interesting settlements and offers tantalising views of the highest peak of this planet earth. On this trek we have allowed a couple of days for acclimatization at Sherson and beyond in the laps of these giant peaks.

BUNA Makalu, West Col & Sherpani Col fascinating and challenging trekking with high alpine traverse starts from Arun Valley following the rural areas, through fascinating medieval traditional markets and farm villages, this walk-in follows picturesque and rarely trekked route, offering views of Mt. Makalu and Kanchenjunga all the way, more stunning views of the Mt. Khumbakarna Range as you enter the Barun valley of Makalu basin. Makalu, West Col & Sherpani Col trekking passes over the yak pastures beneath the Makalu’s towering south face along with the great view of the rare east (Kanshung) face of Mt. Everest. From here moving to a higher camp at the foot of the Barun Glacier, here making our final preparation for the traverse of the three cols.

BUNA expert guides will fix ropes on the steepest and most exposed sections of each of the passes, to safe guard the passage of the group, from this high route a spectacular view of most of the high peaks of the central eastern Himalaya, including Mt.Everest, Lhotse from the south east. As a relaxing final to this outstanding trek, after passing the last pass of Amphu Labtsa we descend towards the popular Everest trail, through the Khumbu area to Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Highlights: “In the midst of the rhododendron, alpine forest, on the least accessible isolated route, diverse vegetation, glacier and high peaks, friendly locals with superb views of the great giant mountains and dramatic landscapes, traditional villages, in the vicinity of rich Buddhist culture”.

Trip Profile:

Trip Mode: On Camping basis.
Trek Grade: Adventurous + Challenging & Extreme adventure.
Trek & Camp: 20 – 21 days.
Total Trip : 24-25 days

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel..

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 950m 45 minutes flight and camp.

Day 04: Drive to Chinchilla 1,800m, 3-4 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Num 1,500m, 5-6 hours.

Day 06: Trek to Sedua 1,493m, 5 hours.

Day 07: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,200m, 3-4 hours.

Day 08: Trek to Kohma Danda. 3,500m. 5-6 hours walk.

Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk 3,400m 6 hours walk.

Day 10: Trek to Nehe Kharka 3,750m, 6 hours.

Day 11: Trek to Sherson 4,600 m. 6 hours walk.

Day 12: Free day for a day hike.

Day 13: Trek to High Makalu Base Camp 4,800m. 2-3 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Higher Camp 5,200m 4-5 hrs.

Day 15: Camp at 5,700m. 4-5 hrs

Day 16: Rest day.

Day 17: Camp on the Moraine 5,640m after crossing Sherpani col.

Day 18: Trek to Panch Pokhari 5,480m 4-5 hrs.

Day 19: Rest day at Panch Pokhari.

Day 20: Trek to Thyangboche 3, 867m 4-5 hrs.

Day 21: Trek to Monjo 2,820m via Namche Bazaar 3,440m 5-6 hrs.

Day 22: Trek to Lukla 2,830m 4-5 hrs.

Day 23: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.

Day 24: Free day at leisure.

Day 25: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by Adventure Nepal staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking / Camping, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest (that is if booked in advance). Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it’s late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a good rest before you set out of the Hotel in our interesting tour.

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 950m, 45 minutes flight and camp.
Morning after breakfast, take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 50 minute sweeping scenic flight to Tumlingtar overlooking range of snow capped peaks from Langtang all the way to Mt.Everest, Makalau & Mt. Kanchenjunga, Tumlingtar airport and its village town located on a shelf above the Arun River, we walk across to meet our trek crew beside the airstrip, we can clearly see, far off to the north, the white peak of Makalu. Overnight stop at Tumlingtar

Day 04: Drive to Chinchilla 1,800m 3-4 hours via Mani-Bhanjyang 1,200m.
First day of the trip, starts with a drive as the road has been constructed few years ago from Tumlingtar the drive is pleasant for an hour through the farm fields and villages. After leaving the suburb of Tumlingtar, the trail climbs up gradually towards Khadbari in the midst of the sub-tropical forest of Sal(Sorea-Robusta)and more farm fields along the way, coming to a town of Khadbari a major village and a headquarter of the Sankha Shaba and Makalu region. A busy bazaar, especially on Saturday market day, from Khadbari the trail is gradual with few ups and down till Manibhanjang, ascending the ridge on a wide and well-used trail, reaching to the small ridge-top village of Chinchilla, passing through fertile farmed land, and verdant rain forest, with thick undergrowth and many types of ferns. Chinchilla a small farm village with 6-8 houses with a superb view of Mt.Makalu 8,463m and the Khumbukarna mountain range.

Day 05: Trek to Num 1,500m, 5-6 hours.
In the clear dawn good views of Makalu and its satellite peaks, from this magical spot of Chinchilla, perched high above the surrounding countryside. The walk to Num leads through the cool and serene forest of rhododendron, oaks and hemlocks then climb to the ridge top, from the ridge top it is almost downhill for two hours to the overnight camp at Num. Num a small village with about fifteen houses and a primary school on the large flat ground, from where we have good view of our route for the next couple of days. Opposite, across the Arun River, is the village of Sedua, camping place for the next

Day 06: Trek to Sedua 1,493m, 5 hours.
From Num, walk downhill the incredibly steep and terraced slopes towards the Arun River, nearly a 800 meters below. The lower slopes of this narrow valley are densely forested and the paths are quite slippery, after reaching the bottom, cross the suspension bridge across the torrential Arun River, at the height of 670 meters, we start our climb back out of the rain forest, reaching our lunch place at Runruma. After lunch, a steep climb takes us up to Sedua, a village with a small health post and a primary school, overnight camp near the schoolyard.

Day 07: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,200, 3-4 hours.
The trek to Tashi-Gaon is a short walk of three to four hours probably with lunch and camp on the same spot. The walk takes to more rural farm villages, on the gradual trail through the farm fields and terraces, reaching near to Tashi Gaon, its an uphill climb for an hour through the millet and rice fields. Tashi Gaon is a Sherpa village, unlike the Sherpa of Everest, they are bit different in the way they live in, the dress and the house they live in, being settled in the low warm areas they are engaged more in agriculture and cattle raising. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to wander around.

Day 08: Trek to Kohma Danda 3,500m, 4-5 hours walk Tashi Gaon is the last village en-route to Makalu basin,
after this village the walk is refreshing for an hour and a half in the beautiful shade of the rhododendron and oaks forest, after leaving the dense forest coming to a summer pastures with traces of temporary made shepherd huts. From here onwards to Kohama ridge is a strenuous uphill climb, as the tree lines declines for the bushes of rhododendron and juniper. After the climb then coming to the open area of Kohama danda for the overnight camp, from this spot a grand view of the far landscapes with the 3rd highest mountain Kanchenjunga in view towards the north east and Mt. Makalu towards North West. From here onwards you can feel the cold chill of the Himalayas.

Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk 3,400m, 6 hours walk
With the wonderful morning and the superb views of the surrounding landscapes and snow capped peaks, our trek follows a gradual trail with few ups and down as we pass through the Thulo Pokhari (big pond) and Sano Pokhari(small pond). In the heavy snow, the path from here can be quite misleading and it will be arduous to find the trail sometime, after the last pond cross the pass of Tutu-la at 4,075m. From here onwards it is all downhill back to vegetation, as we reach to our camp at Mumbuk, a small clearing place for camping in the middle of the woods of pines, hemlock, birch and rhododendrons.

Day 10: Trek to Nehe Kharka 3,750m, 6 hours.
The camp being in the shade of the tree, the view of the Khumbukarna can be seen through the vegetation of the tree lines, the walk from here is downhill to the enclosed and concealed Barun Valley, one of the least explored area in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. This unique landscapes within the Makalu-Barun National Park are some 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 bird species and 75 species of mammals, including the endangers clouded leopard, red panda and musk deer. The remarkable bio-diversity is considered to be a global significance and provides a living laboratory for international scientific research. As we reach the lush alpine area of Barun Valley the walk is very pleasant with gradual uphill slopes, following the Barun River upstream on the valley gorge towards our camp at Nehe-Kharka one of the summer pastures for the local folks of Tashi and Navagoan, overnight camp on the meadow.

Day 11: Trek to Sherson 4,600m, 6 hours walk.
A little beyond our camp we cross the Barun river by way of couple of wooden bridges, which make use of conveniently situated boulders. There is a large prayer wall at Ramara, after 2-3 hours walk, from here the vegetation gets sparse, although the rhododendron, barberries, cotoneaster and juniper bushes persist for some time, this lovely day’s walk through the high alpine, as we come nearer to Sherson in sight of the lower Barun glacier and the towering majestic Mt.Makalu. Sherson is also the lower base camp of Mt.Makalu. There are number of stone enclosures at this high grazing ground with outstanding view of host of peaks, including the upper part of Makalu south face, and Mt.Baruntse 7,220m peeking above peak 4.

Day 12: Free day for a day hike.
A free day for a hike, around Sherson there are many interesting hike and view points to explore, the most scenic walk would be taking a hike on the right side of the camp above for the closer view of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari and the view of the rare face of Everest the Kanshung face with Lhotse nearby. A one hour steep up brings you to the large meadow you can walk farther up to have a greater view of the mentioned peaks and more other peaks of this area and beyond.

Day 13: Trek to Yangre Kharka 3,645m, 6 hours.
Trek back towards the end of the Barun valley at Yak Kharka for the overnight. Day 14: Trek to Mumbuk, 5 hours. Trek back to Mumbuk, after leaving the Barun Valley it is all uphill to the overnight camp in the midst of the alpine forest at Mumbuk.

Day 15: Trek to Kohma Ridge, 5 hours.
Retrace the journey back to Kohma danda (ridge) via Shipton-la and Thulo Pokhari for the overnight camp.

Day 16: Trek to Nawa Gaon 2,500m via Tashi Gaon, 6 hours.
Trek back to Tashi Gaon and continue walk towards Nawa-Gaon on the upper trail for another 2-3 hours through the cool shade of the forest after leaving the forest area, coming towards the farm terraces and eventually to the village of Nawa-Gaon, another Sherpa village which is much larger than Tashigaon, situated right above the Sedua village.

Day 17: Trek to Num via Sedua, 6 hours.
The walk today, after leaving Nawa gaon is on the downhill track through the farm fields for an hour or two to Sedua village, from Sedua retrace the journey to Num, with 2-3 hours downhill and after the bridge another 2-3 hours brings you back to Num for the overnight camp.

Day 18: Trek to Chichele, 5 hours.
Trek back to Chichele, the first 2-3 hours is all uphill to the ridge top, from here onwards it is almost down hill all the way to the overnight camp at Chichele.

Day 19: Drive back to Tumlingtar 2-3 hours.
From Chichele, it is one of the pleasant drives to Khadbari through the forest, farm lands and small villages; the final leg of the day’s walk is on the gradual path, leading you to the large village town of Khadbari from here 40 minutes drive leads to the last overnight camp of this great memorable adventure journey and this will be your last night with the trekking staffs and porters as well.

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu meet our staff & transfer to hotel.
This morning depending upon the schedule flight time, sometime the flight time after getting the boarding pass make way to the terminal for security check, the flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu which takes less than an hour, a panoramic view of the snow capped can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, BUNA staff will receive and transfer you back to the Hotel.

Day 21: Free day at leisure.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 22: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. BUNA staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

The Park and Conservation Area are situated in the Sankhuwasabha and Solukhumbu Districts, bordered by the Arun River on the east, Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park on the west, the Nepal-China border on the north and Saune Danda (ridge) to the south.

This is the only protected area in Nepal with a strict nature reserve. The park has some of the richest and unique pockets of plants and animals, elsewhere lost to spreading human habitation.

Steeping up the slopes are a series of vegetation zones starting with tropical sal forests below 1,000 m elevation; subtropical Schima-Castanopsis forests at 1,000 – 2,000 m, fir/birch/rhododendron forests in the sub-alpine ( 3,000 – 4,000 m); and herbs, grasses and rhododendron/juniper shrubs in the alpine pastures ( 4,000 – 5,000 m). There are 47 varieties of orchids, 67 species of economically valuable medicinal and aromatic plants, 25 of Nepal’s 30 varieties of rhododendron, 19 species of bamboo, 15 oaks including Arkhoulo, 86 species of fodder trees and 48 species of primrose. Over 400 species of birds have been sighted in the Makalu-Barun area, including two species never before seen in Nepal, the spotted wren babbler and the olive ground warbler.

Wildlife includes the endangered red panda, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard and possibly the snow leopard, in addition to more substantial populations of ghoral, Himalayan thar, wild boar, barking deer, Himalayan marmot and weasel, common languor monkey and the serow. The Arun River system contains 84 varieties of fish. Some 32,000 people inhabit the conservation area.

Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions.

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