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    Makalu High Pass Trek

    • Destination
    • Durations
      24 days
    • Max. People
    • Trip Mode
      In Hotels in Kathmandu with local lodge and camping on treks
    • Trekking area
      Nepal Far North East Himalaya around Sankhuwasabha district to Khumbu areas at Everest region.
    • Highest Altitude
      Sherpani Col 6,180 m / 20,270 ft, West Col at 6,190 m /20,303 ft and Amphu Lapcha Pass 5,850 m/19,188 ft to reach Everest area.
    • Transport
      Scenic flights from Kathmandu with exciting drive to start the treks from Sankhuwasabha district.
    • Trek Duration
      20 Nights and 21 Days (includes flights with drive to start the walks)


    “An adventure trekking in Nepal in between high giant peaks of Nepal Mid and Far East Himalaya. Traverse over high pass from Makalu to Everest region via Sherpani / West Col. Within scenic Arun and Barun valleys with exciting views on daily walks. Explore remote isolated farm villages of Nepal Far East Himalaya region. On least and rarely explored areas of Makalu to Everest within scenic Khumbu. Adventure from green dense forest to remorseless fields of ice and glaciers”

    Makalu High Pass Trek 24 days

    ‘a great Himalaya adventure crossing Sherpani and West Col to Everest region’

    Makalu High Pass Trek with Eco Holidays Nepal leads you to scenic journey quite different to any other normal high altitude treks, where walk leads you to full of exciting adventure with memories of a life time experience.

    Makalu High Pass Trek, certainly a walk of extreme thrill with enjoyable moments around Arun, Barun and Imjatse valleys a tough walk but rewarding with outmost amazing scenery of mountain range, that trekkers have never seen.

    On this adventure where you will be on the highest passes of Himalaya engulfed with giant peaks that sandwich the trails for many days, truly a journey for trekkers and adventurer in search for pure wilderness as this walk leads you into arctic zone of remorseless fields of ice and glaciers for many days.

    Makalu High Pass Trek a combination of scenic views with cultural aspects walking into remote and rural villages and within clouded forest, where trekkers often venture around high country of Far North Eastern Himalaya of Nepal.

    Makalu High Pass Trek begins with sweeping scenic flight to land at warmer low areas of Makalu at Tumlingtar and then on high trails walking from sub-topical temperatures to cooler alpine air.

    Journey continues above high hills within dense tree lines and rural farm villages of Chichila, Num, Seduwa to Tashi Gaon, the end of human settlement for more than a week till walk reaches at Chukung within Everest trekking area after a tough traverse from Makalu region.

    Adventure proceeds to higher ridges of Kauma to reach at scenic Barun valley within an area where rare almost extinct plants, herbs and mammals on this planet are found around.

    Where Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation area came into action to protect its valuable and exotic flora and fauna covering an area of 2,330 sq,kms all the way to Hongu valley where our treks leads to near Amphu Lapcha high pass.

    Slowly adventure reaches at the far end of Barun valley within Makalu base camp with time here to explore around scenic view points with excellent views of famous Khansung the East Face of Mt. Everest( you may read our blog: Where is Mount Everest located?).

    Adventure continues heading over highest pass to traverse from Makalu to Everest region via Sherpani and West Col to reach at isolated valley of Hongu and then crossing last pass of the journey of Amphu Lapcha.

    Once within Imjatse valley around Everest area within close to famous Island Peak, and then walk gets easier and better with views of Everest and Amadablam to reach at large village or a town of Namche Bazaar, back into human civilization with many facilities for trekkers.

    From Namche walk ends at Lukla town with last final overnight stop around high mountains of Everest and Khumbu area, where next early morning flight brings you back at Kathmandu to complete our marvelous experience on Makalu High Pass Trek.

    People / Culture: 

    Around Arun and Barun valley of Makalu area populated by Kirat Rai tribe with ancient culture and traditional farm life, higher area of Makalu with Everest areas inhabited by Sherpa people of strong Buddhism religion with age-old heritage farm life and interesting cultures.

    Best Seasons for Makalu High Pass Trek:
    March to May is best time for Makalu High Pass trek for clear views. Wild flowers are in bloom with fantastic views of mountains at that time. This season has a pleasant day with cooler morning and night time.

    October to November is yet another best trekking season for Makalu High Pass trek due to clear views of peaks. With a short sunlight days, it can be freezing cold in the morning and night time, depending upon the altitude and overnight stop.

    • Day01

      Reach Kathmandu via various international airline and transfer to hotel.

      On reaching at International airport of Nepal, don’t be confused where Eco Holidays Nepal staff and guides receive you for transfer to your hotel in the midst of Kathmandu city.

      After checking the rooms with refreshing rest, then join in hotel lobby with other members of Makalu High Pass Adventure trekking for necessary information and briefing regarding the trip.

      The evening includes nice dinner(includes traditional Nepali cuisines) in nice pleasant Nepalese restaurants with folk programs.

    • Day02

      In Kathmandu with optional tour and preparation for Makalu high trek.

      Free day in Kathmandu after a jet-leg either relax or join in our exciting half day tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest, Kathmandu steeped with historical and religious monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

      Rest of the day preparation for the adventure to Nepal Far North East towards Makalu and at Everest region

    • Day03

      Fly to Tumlingtar 950 m (45 mins) drive to Khadbari 1,030 m / 3,378 ft 01 hr drive, overnight in Khadbari local lodge.

      Morning as flight time for Tumlingtar to start the trek transfer from hotel with short drive to domestic airport of Kathmandu, after checking in board in for super sweeping scenic flight of 45 mins to land at Nepal Far East region at Tumlingtar town airport.

      During air glorious panorama of mighty Himalayan peak with views of Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga range.

      Landing at Tumlingtar located on a high shelf from Arun River with sub-tropical warm temperatures, from here taking a short drive up hill within patch of Sal forest to reach at large town of Khadbari, headquarter of Sankhuwas -Sabha district within Makalu region.

      Here transfer into best available local lodge with time to browse around this interesting town and bazaar and catch Nepalese cultures and custom with various mix hill tribes of Eastern Nepal.

    • Day04

      Trek to Chichila 1,830 m/ 6,002 ft -06 hrs.

      From Khadbari town with pleasant overnight, morning walks leads on high ridge past many scattered farm villages to reach at Mani-Bhanjyang, and then uphill past Bhote Bas a small farm village to reach into cool shade of forest and then at Chichila for overnight stop.

      Chichila, a small hill farm village with grand views of Makalu in the far North West direction, enjoy cooler air around mid hills after leaving Tumlingtar and Khadbari.

    • Day05

      Trek to Num 1,490m/ 4,878 ft- 06 hrs.

      After this small nice farm village of Chichilla walk leads to a climb for short while within forested area to reach a high ridge, and then on long downhill to reach another interesting farm village at Num, slowly developing into a town due to construction of motorable road from Tumlingtar and Khadbari since last ten years.

      At Num transfer into a nice lodge or overnight camp in the village yard facing views of Makalu and Jaljala rocky and snow peaks.

    • Day06

      Trek to Seduwa 1,460 m / 4,788 ft- 06 hrs.

      Morning starts with an hour steep descend into a gorge of Arun River, after crossing a bridge with steep up to a small farm village of Ramara, possible lunch break cooked by our camping chef and staff.

      Afternoon with short climb to reach a high ridge within cooler hill at Seduwa for overnight camping from here onward till our adventure takes you at Chukung around Everest areas.

      Seduwa, a small farm village with series of rice terraces having a local primary school with small medical post, here enjoy views of snowcapped peaks and landscapes.

    • Day07

      Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,070 m / 6,789 ft – 04 hrs.

      After Seduwa a short day walk on gentle path to Tashi-Gaon, as route leads on winding path within farm fields and terraces to reach at Tashi Gaon, mostly populated by Sherpa people, this will be the last village for a week on route high Makalu crossing Sherpani and West Col to reach around Everest region.

    • Day08

      Trek to Kauma Danda 3,470 m / 11,381 ft – 06 hrs.

      From Tashi Gaon walk into forest of rhododendron, pines, oak and birch tree lines within few temporary settlement of cattle herder, after gentle winding path then start with steep climb all the way to reach on top Kauma danda (danda means high ridge or hill top_.

      Overnight camp on top Kauma rewards you with marvelous views of Kanchenjunga towards far-east and Mt. Makalu in the North.

    • Day09

      Trek to Mumbuk 3,570 m / 11,709 ft – 06 hrs.

      Morning catching clear mountain views and then start trekking where route leads into an open area past tree lines for few hours heading towards two glacial ponds of Thulo Pokhari and Sano Pokhari, (bigger and smaller), and then cross a ridge over Tutu-la pass at 4,075 meters with downhill back in trees to reach at Mumbuk for overnight camp in the midst of dense forest.

    • Day10

      Trek to Nehe Kharka 3,700 m / 12, 136 ft- 06 hrs.

      After Mumbuk, morning walk descend into Barun Valley one of most beautiful and scenic valley around Himalaya an unspoiled pristine region, where only few trekkers often travel on this remote areas of Barun valley.

      Barun valley famous for rare wildlife, herbs and rare species of plants and vegetation, from here walk leads to slow climb heading North West to camp at Nehe Kharka, a wide field and a grazing area.

      From Tashi Gaon onwards where Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area starts covering a 2,330 sq,kms till our route leads at Panch Pokhari near Amphu Lapcha Pass within Hongu valley.

    • Day11

      Trek to Shersong 4, 615 m / 15,137ft – 05 hrs.

      From this nice camp at Nehe Kharka, morning walk leads at the end of Barun Valley enclosed within high mountains and rock cliffs, as morning leads to reach near at Makalu base camp in a place called Shersong.

      Morning starts following Barun River on gradual uphill on a wide Barun valley to reach at Shersong for overnight camp, from the camp enjoy marvelous views of Mt. Makalu and Baruntse with Peak IV.

    • Day12

      Trek to Makalu Base Camp 4,800 m / 15, 744 ft -04 hrs.

      Enjoying time at Shersong, from here leaving last green vegetation, where walk leads to climb over moraine, ice and glaciers as climb takes higher towards remote isolated zone to reach and set our overnight camp at Makalu base camp.

      Located close to snout of Barun glacier and its glacial pond, afternoon rest and preparation for day hard climb, from base camp views of Mt. Everest one of the rare ‘East Face’ known as “the famous Khangsung Face”.

    • Day13

      Rest day for acclimatization and explore around scenic points.

      Enjoy free day with rest after days of continues walks for energetic people can hike to some view point hills for more views of surrounding mountains of Makalu-Baruntse-Chamlang including rare East Face of Everest and Lhotse peaks.

      An important to have rest to support acclimatization before heading towards higher altitude on route to Imjatse valley around Everest region via Sherpani and Amphu Labtsa passes.

    • Day14

      Trek to Swiss base camp 5,150 m / 16,892 ft – 05 hrs.

      After base camp start early morning where climb takes towards west o towering Makalu Western Pillar, from this point taking pre-caution with slow climb as altitude gain rapidly follow towards a valley ablation of the western side of a glacier that flows from Mt. Baruntse.

      Continue climb to a small valley to a glacier and then on faint path to reach over boulder of rocks and ice with strewn ice caves and then set the camp, this area known as Swiss camp or also called  Puja Camp right beneath Mt. Makalu’s West Pillar.

      From here onward for few days having pack lunch where one can stop and enjoy having pack lunch prepared by our camping staff and cook.

    • Day15

      Trek to Sherpani base at 5,700 m / 18,696 ft – 05 hrs.

      From Swiss or Puja camp morning leads to steady tough climb towards rocky ridge near Barun peaks west end, then heading to a row of cairns reaching at Sherpani base before the high Col and Pass within a glacial valley for overnight camp.

    • Day16

      Rest and preparation for next day crossing of Sherpani Col

      Another necessary and important leisure day around highest spot of Nepal Himalaya range where one can relax, during rest day our guide and leader will check the route for next day climb and finding safe and possible route towards high Sherpani pass.

    • Day17

      Cross Sherpani Col 6,180 m / 20,270 ft and to Baruntse base – 08 hrs.

      Morning starts early at the break of dawn where adventure leads to final assault on leaving the camp heading with flashlights / torch lights to reach Sherpani glacier with an icy snouts on three separate Col’s, provides entrée to a cirque, then choosing most suitable and reachable routes as climb follows on steep snow covered slope as well fixing ropes as back-up.

      From the Col / Pass all will be roped to get cross over a glacier to a rocky ridge at  Sherpani West Col a striking cirque covered by ice to the north facing Baruntse glaciers, offers close views of Makalu, and wall of Chamlang peak to the south with Amadablam towards west.

      After a hard arduous climb descend on fix rope towards Hongu Glacier, and then completing the day with pleasant walk over snow slopes beneath moraines near Baruntse base camp for overnight camp.

    • Day18

      Cross West Col 6,190 m/20,303 ft and to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp at 5,400 m/17,712 ft -07 hrs.

      From this remote isolated camp, morning starts with climb to reach at Panch Pokhari means “five ponds” located beneath Amphu Laptsa pass another high pass to cross to reach at Imjatse valley around Everest and Khumbu region.

      Climb continues on rocky moraines to reach a wide area of Upper Hongu Basin close to Kang Leyamura peak at 6,430 meter, following rocky glacier towards a moraine then close to Amphu Labtsa pass for overnight stop at Panch Pokhari a glacial pond and at Amphu Labtsa Base Camp.

    • Day19

      Cross Amphu Lapcha pass 5,850 m/19,188 ft and trek to Chukung 4,730 m/15,514 ft- 09 hrs.

      An early morning start to cross the last and final pass of the adventure where strenuous climb leads to an hour or more on rocks, moraine and icy slopes to reach at the top of Amphu Lapcha.

      From the top catch stunning views of Mt. Lhotse South Face, Lhotse Shar with  Island / Imja-tse Peak, after final inspection and checking all members, porters and staff in case of ill health and sickness due to altitude and tiredness which is common at this altitude.

      At the top with safe descent on ropes to reach other side of Hongu valley to reach at Imjatse valley, descend of approx: 150 meters from the top, after safe adventure heading down, and then walk to an ablation valley of Imja glacier around Imjatse valley within Khumbu of Everest area.

      From here on pleasant walk to reach at Chukung for overnight stop in the comfort of nice cozy lodge.

    • Day20

      Trek to Pangboche 3,900 m – 05 hrs.

      After a great wonderful adventure around remote high mountains return journey from here on much easier as heights lowers every few hours on downhill with few short ups to Pangboche after walking past nice large settlement of Dingboche.

    • Day21

      Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.

      From Pangboche with pleasant overnight in a nice lodge head downhill to a bridge where an hour or more climb takes you on top at scenic spot of Thyangboche.

      A beautiful place surrounded by high mountains with views of Everest, Thyangboche and its monastery located in the middle of a alpine forest full of rhododendron and pine trees, here visit of interesting monastery.

      After a refreshing morning walk and stop at beautiful Thyangboche journey continues on downhill to a river, and then climb for an hour up and then on good scenic path to Namche Bazaar for overnight stop before Lukla, at Namche with enough time to browse around the street of Namche with many good shops and stores.

    • Day22

      Trek to Lukla 2,820 m – 06 hrs.

      One of long day walk on the last day of this adventure to reach at Lukla, from Namche walk downhill to a river then short climb to Monjo, from here on good trail to Phakding village, and then few hour walks reach you at Lukla for final overnight stop within Everest and Khumbu area.

    • Day23

      Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

      Morning depart from the lodge, as flight time for Kathmandu and then reach into Tenzing-Hillary airport terminal at Lukla, board in a small aircraft (Dornier-Twin Otter or similar), where short scenic flight brings you at back Kathmandu, and then to your hotel, after most amazing time on Makalu High Pass Adventure trekking.

    • Day24

      Transfer to airport for international departure.

      Finally all good things must come to an end after a grand glorious time on highest journey around Himalaya with fond memories of Makalu High Pass Adventure Trekking.

      Depart from the hotel with last final day in Nepal a country of Himalayan wonders our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your flight home or to respective countries.

    Cost Details

    What's Included in Makalu High Pass Trek

    • Airport picks up and drops by private vehicles.
    • Three nights Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis.
    • Necessary transports during trek.
    • Kathmandu – Tumlingtar and Lukla – Kathmandu flights.
    • A professional Climbing Guide.
    • Necessary staff likes Cook, Porter and helper.
    • Three meals per day during trek provided, which food cooked by our cook.
    • Necessary tents and cooking stuffs for camping.
    • Makalu Barun and Everest National park permit.
    • Staffs food, Clothing, salary and strong insurance.
    • First aid kit box with Ox-Meter.
    • Necessary Sleeping Bags and Duffel bag if you don’t have to be return after complete trek.
    • Necessary equipments like Main Rope, Ice Axe and Helmet.

    What's Excluded in Makalu High Pass Trek

    • Your personal expenses.
    • Personal equipments.
    • All kind of soft and hard drinks.
    • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu.
    • If need extra day during trek then cost $220 per day.
    • Tips for Guide and other staff.

    Departure Dates & Price

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