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Makalu Base Camp and Sherpani Col Pass


Everest and Makalu Region


5,250 Meters


Moderate to Challenging






Tumlingtar - Num - Makalu Base Camp - Sherpani Col - Amphu Laptsa- Lukla

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day


Hotel / Lodge / Tea house/ Camping


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek


Kathmandu / Tumlingtar and Lukla / Kathmandu


Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Group Size

2-15 Persons

Best Season

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
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Makalu High passes trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. This trek takes you to the protected areas of Makalu Barun National Park. Makalu 8463 M is also known as the fifth-highest mountain in the world. It offers an exceptional opportunity to explore the high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes. It also lets you experience the ethnic Himalayas ’ lifestyle on the trail of Makalu Base camp. This region is one of the restricted regions as per the government of Nepal and China. This region requires special permits for one to travel.

Makalu High Passes trek spans five major ecological zones. Lush off tropical Arun Valley, dense forest of rhododendrons, and fir alpine meadows. This leads your way to the mighty Barun Glacier. This trail rises from 850 m to 5000m in your time span of trekking in the Makula Region of Nepal.

This Makalu Base camp trek is the ideal choice for avid trekkers. This trek is for nature enthusiasts who seek solace tranquility in their natural habitat. This can be the best option to avoid crowds. This Makalu high passes trek starts with a flight to Tumlingtar and heads to the Arun valley. On this trek, you will visit the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal. All this region has its own wildlife vegetation and endangered wild animals.

If you wish to trek on Makalu High passes then be sure to get your friend going. You can only visit this region with a group size of 2 or more to get a special permit. With Parikrama treks, you can complete this remote and special trek in 26 days. If you like to spend more time on this trail you can get on this trail for 26 days or more.

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Arrival at Kathmandu (1345 m)

Upon arrival meet and assist by Parikrama Treks representative. Transfer to hotel for rest. On the way, one can enjoy the view of the UNESCO world heritage site Pashupatinath Temple.

Sightseeing and Permits preparation

Today you will visit some of the best UNESCO heritage of Kathmandu. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Bauddhanath. In the meantime, the Parikrama Treks team will complete all the necessary paper works. 

Flight to Tumlingtar (950m / 50 minutes)

Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Timlingtar. This flight will let you overlook Langtang, Everest, Makalu, and mount Kanchenjunga peaks. Tumlingtar is a small village located on the shelf above Arun River We will also meet with the rest of the crew. 

Trek to Num (1,500m / 6 hrs)

Once we take breakfast at the hotel we start our drive to Num. Here we will travel with our whole crew who will take care of our belongings. 

Trek to Seduwa (1,493m / 5 hrs)

Today, we descend steep and terraced slopes of around 800 meters towards the Arun River. We will hike through dense forests with quite slippery paths. With the crossing of the Suspension bridge, we climb to reach Runruma for lunch. Later we climb further up to reach Seduwa. It has a small health post and a local primary school. 

Trek to Tashi Gaun (2,200m / 4 hrs)

Today we will have a pleasant walk from small rural farm villages and farm fields. This trail is easygoing providing us to get one with nature to reach Tashi Gaun.

Trek to Kahuma Danda (3,500m / 6 hours)

Today we will hike to the last village of Makalu through the shade of Rhododendron and oaks forest. Once we get out of the forest we come to summer pasture and some temporary shepherd huts. Later we climb Kahuma Ridge converting rhododendron forest to juniper bushes. We will reach Kahuma Danda for our night stay and enjoy scenic mountain ranges.

Trek to Mumbuk (3,400m / 6 hrs)

We will enjoy our breakfast with superb Mountain views of snow-capped peaks. Later we start with a few ups and downs 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. It will be arduous to find the trail sometime and further walk crosses the pass of Tutu-la at 4,075m. We onwards our journey, it is all downhill back to vegetation. We walk past pines, hemlock, birch, and rhododendrons to reach Mumbuk overnight.

Trek to Nehe Kharka (3,750m / 7 hrs)

Today we walk from concealed Barun Valley enjoying one of the less explored areas of Nepal. This Makalu Barun National Park has a unique landscape with various flora and fauna. We will later walk through a lush alpine area of Barun Valley with gradual uphill slopes. Later follow the Barun River upstream on the valley gorge towards our camp at Nehe-Kharka. It is one of the summer pastures for the local folks of Tashi and Navagaun.

Trek to Sherson (4,600m / 7 hrs)

Today we start trek crossing the wooden bridge on the Barun River and walk on the boulders. Ramara has a large prayer wall where we can take time to see it. Later walk through rhododendron, barberries, cotoneaster, and juniper bushes persist for some time. With a pleasant walk, we come nearer to Sherson. It lies in sight of the lower Barun glacier and the towering majestic Mount Makalu. Sherson is also the lower base camp of Mount Makalu.

Free day at Sherson for a day excursion

Today is a spare day to get used to the higher elevation of the mountains. We can have some interesting hikes to nearby destinations. We can also hike further up for a closer look at mount Makalu and Barun Pokhari. You can also get a rare face view of Everest the Kanshung face with Lhotse. After exploring the area stroll back to the camp.

Trek to Barun-Che Base Camp (4,800m / 3 hrs)

Today we trek to the isolated area towards the higher base camp. We will walk past the snout of the Barun glacier, near its glacial pond. Once we arrive at camp we take a short hike uphill on the moraine ridge. From here we can see spectacular views of Makalu, and of the usual hidden east sides of Lhotse and Everest. , which looms above the Barun glacier to the North West.

Trek to High Camp (5,200m / 5 hrs)

Today we head westward camp below Makalu west pillar, as the altitude gains. We take our time to climbs an ablation valley on the west side of the Barun glacier. Following this valley onto the glacier we make our way over the boulder-strewn caves. Later we make it from ice to a camp known as Puja Camp below the towering Mt Makalu's West Pillar.

Camp at (5,700m / 5 hrs)

Today we follow a steep climb up the rocky slopes of the Barun's west bank. This climb will lead us into the valley where two small glaciers are. We will make our camp beneath the ice cliffs at the terminus of these two glaciers. 

Rest day

Today rest is for the body preparation to go for hard high climb summit. From here we can enjoy superb views of the giant West Face and West Pillar of Makalu. Here our expert guides will check the route and make the pass accessible by fixing ropes en route pass.

Camp on the Moraine (5,640m), after crossing Sherpani col.

Today we leave the camp and climb on the icy snout of the Sherpani Glacier. Three separate Col's give access to the cirque, we will choose the most appropriate. From the Col, we will rope up to cross the glacier to the rocky crest of the West Col area. This stunning cirque has the sweep of Baruntse's icy ridges to the north. The vast cliffs of Makalu, the wall of Chamlang to the south, and the shapely spire of Ama Dablam ahead of us to the west. After a break, a descent from the Col on fixed lines leads us to the Hongu Glacier. We end our long hard day with a gradual walk over snow slopes down to our camp on the moraine.

Trek to Panch Pokhari (5,480m / 5 hrs)

Our journey leads to our next adventure over the Amphu Laptsa. We will do this before we head towards the main busy trail of Lukla, Namche Bazaar, and Thyangboche. Walk follows across the wide reaches of the upper Hongu Basin towards Kang Leyamura a 6,430 m peak to the west. Following the rocky glaciers and moraine deposits, we reach the beautiful Panch Pokhari.  We make our camp near to the largest pond at the foot of our final pass Amphu Labtsa 5,780m.

Trek to Amphu Labtsa Base Camp

Today we start our trek after breakfast to the Amphu Labtsa Base Camp. Here our guides will go up to the Amphu Labtsa and will fix ropes on some difficult sections. We will have a safe descent towards Imjatse Valley.

Traverse Amphu Labtsa Pass 5,780m and trek to Chhukung (4,730m / 8 hrs) walk

Today we will have an early start to reach the top of the pass and overlooking stunning views. We will enjoy the impressive south face of Lhotse and Lhotse Shar and the summit of Island or Imajatse. With our descent downhill, we walk by the side of the Imja Glacier. Later the walk will be more or less easier most of the way to the trekker's civilization at Chhukung. It is a temporary settlement area with 5-6 teahouses and lodges.

Trek to Tyangboche (3, 867m / 6 hrs)

With all the success of the summit, trek seems to have a pleasant walk. We descent downhill slopes to Dingboche and Pangboche village before Tyangboche. After two hours of easy walk brings us to Dingboche village. We will be walking on one of the most famous trekking trails of the Everest Base Camp trek. The trail is more crowded than the previous day. We will enjoy the excellent views of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, and Tawoche peaks. 

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 6 hrs)

Today trek begins with a descend for an hour to Phungi Tenka. Here we cross the long suspension bridge over the Imjatse River. From the bridge, an hour and a half climb bring us to a small place of Shana-sa. It  offers best view of Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Later we will make our trail all the way to Namche Bazaar.

Trek to Lukla (2,800m / 7 hrs)

Today's path leads downhill all the way to the confluence of Bhotekoshi and Imjatse. Later we call it Dudh Koshi. From here we cross the long suspension bridge with a short climb into the pine woods. We will later reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo village. After Monjo another 2 hours of the good walk leads to Phakding near the river Dudh Koshi. Later we walk through lush green scenery to reach Lukla.

Flight back to Kathmandu

The weather is unpredictable so we take an early flight back to Kathmandu. You can take this time to rest and relax after your long journey. 

Spare Day / Sightseeing

In case the flight got canceled we will take a flight back to Kathmandu on this day. You can take a sightseeing tour around the Historical city of Kathmandu.

Final Departure

Our representative will drop you for your next flight to another adventure.

Transfer to airport for departure.

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What is Included

  • Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu transfers
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in cities on a B/B basis
  • World Heritage sites for Sightseeing Tours during your stay in cities
  • Experienced English speaking guide for sight-seeing tour by private tourist vehicle
  • All land Transport Including Cities to Cities, from hotel to starting and ending point of the trek
  • Lodges/ tea house accommodation in double occupancy or family bedroom during the entire trek and climb
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek and climb
  • Tea and coffee (1 cup) three times daily on trek or climb
  • Services of a trained and Professional license holder English speaking trekking guide (leader)
  • Required number porters to carry your luggage (one porter for every 2 guests) during the trek
  • Proper warm clothing, shoes, sunglass for guide and porter
  • Expenses for all Staff including their salary, insurance, domestic airfare, transportation, food, and accommodation
  • Warm Clothes and Shoes for porters during the trek
  • Medical First Aid Kit (carried by your guide)
  • Guide with experience of First Aid treatment, AMS safety training certified
  • Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking conservation/ National Park/ TIMS Card/ Special permits fee as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fee in all monuments during tour
  • Guide airfare if you are flying to the destination
  • All government taxes, 24.3% VAT & service charges.

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What is Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airfare not listed in the Itinerary
  • Nepal entry visa fee can be issued on your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in cities
  • Emergency Rescue, Evacuation cost or any types of travel, Personal interest items insurance fee
  • Airfare for any sector as per the destination (Quoted separately)
  • Any item of personal nature such as beverages, hot cold drinks, laundry, telephone call, battery charges, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Food accommodation cost due to Unforeseen acts landslide, sick, flight delayed, bad weather, etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Tips for trekking, tour staff, and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘Cost Includes’ section.
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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


  • Extra layers, gloves, windbreaker, and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad-brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


  • Moisture-wicking long-sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture-wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and a day pack
  • Waterproof cover for a daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;

  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Earplugs for sleeping


  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen, and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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