The Makalu to Everest Traverse includes some of the highest and most challenging trails in the Great Himalaya Trails network. In this section you cross three high passes, two of them over 6000 m while traversing the mountain range between Makalu and Everest.
Makalu is a rarely visited gem. Sandwiched between the more famous Everest and Kanchenjunga massifs, Makalu (8463 m) is considered one of the toughest 8000 m peaks to climb – even the great Edmund Hillary failed twice. But the wilderness around it is just waiting to be explored by the intrepid trekker prepared to forgo the comforts of the traditional teahouse treks.
For the more experienced trekker the pristine river valleys of the Arun and Barun with views up to Everest and Lhotse, offer hard-won rewards. The path to Makalu Base Camp from the south is considered one of the tougher routes in Nepal, and you’re more likely to have the company of birds than fellow hikers.
This is even more the case on the traverse from Everest to Makaly. Be prepared for a combination of cross-country trekking and mountaineering to scale the high passes of the grueling ‘Three Cols’ – Sherpani Col, West Col and Amphu Labsta – which take you to almost 6200 m.
The rewards are generous. The lush Makalu Barun region is one of the largest protected areas in Nepal. It shelters 3000 species of flowering plants including countless varieties of Himalayan Orchids, 440 species of birds and 75 species of mammals. Rare species such as the musk deer, the clouded leopard and the Asian golden cat testify to the incredible biodiversity visitors will encounter in the verdant valleys. The towering granite cliffs capped with immense glaciers in the upper reaches of the Barun Valley have been compared to those of Yosemite – on a bigger scale!
As you walk up the river valleys, immense mountain vistas will unfold before you, including the massifs of Makalu, Everest and Lhotse. You may well wonder why you have the views all to yourself – something to ask the indigenous groups of Rai, Limbu, Sherpa and Lhomi people you will encounter in the lower altitudes.
Duration: 26 Days
Max Attitude: 6146 m.
Seasons: April, May, September, October
Accommodation: Camping, Teahouse/Lodge
Start Point: Tumlingtar
End Point: Lukla
Level of Difficulty: Extreame
Group Size: Min. 2 & Max.15
TIMS and Restricted Area Trekking Permit to be obtained at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. Entrance fees for Sagarmatha National Park and Makalu-Barun National Park to be paid at park entrance.
Day 1: Flight Kathmandu - Tumlingtar, drive to Chiuribas (east of Num) 8 hrs
Day 2: Chiuribas (1800 m) - Seduwa (1500 m) 5 hrs
Day 3: Seduwa (1500 m) - Tashigoan (2100 m) 7 hrs
Day 4: Tashigoan (2100 m) - Kongma Danda (3500 m) 7 hrs
Day 5: Rest and acclimatization day Kongma Danda (3500 m)
Day 6: Kongma Danda (3500 m) - Debotay (3650m) via Tutu La/Shipton's Pass (4125 m) 8 hrs Day 7: Debotay (3650 m) - Yangle Kharka (3557 m) 5/6 hrs
Day 8: Yangla Kharka (3557 m) - Langmale Kharka (4410 m) 4 hrs
Day 9: Langmale Kharka (4410 m) - Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) 4 hrs
Day 10: Makalu Base Camp (4870 m). Rest day.
Day 11: Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) to Swiss Base Camp (5150 m) 4 hrs
Day 12: Swiss Base Camp (5150 m). Rest day.
Day 13: Swiss Base Camp (5150 m) - Sherpani Col Base Camp (5688 m) 5 hrs
Day 14: Sherpani Col Base Camp (5688 m) - Baruntse Camp (6050 m) crossing the Sherpani Col (6146 m) 7 hrs
Day 15: Baruntse Camp (6050 m) - Honku Basin (5500 m) crossing the West Col (6143 m) 4 hrs Day 16: Honku Basin (5500 m) - Amphu Labsta Base Camp (5527 m) 5 hrs
Day 17: Amphu Labsta Base Camp (5527 m). Rest day.
Day 18: Amphu Labsta Base Camp (5527 m) - Chhukung (4730 m) crossing the Amphu Labsta La (5848 m) 9 hrs
Day 19: Chhukung (4730 m) - Dingboche (4410 m) 3 hrs
Day 20: Dingboche (4410 m) - Lobuche (4910 m) 4 hrs
Day 21: Lobuche (4910 m) - Gorak Shep (5140 m) with side trip to Kala Pattar (Everest Viewpoint) (5550 m) 6 hrs
Day 22: Gorak Shep (5140 m) - Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and back to Lobuche (4910 m) 6 hrs
Day 23: Lobuche (4910 m) - Pangboche (4150m) 5 hrs
Day 24: Pangboche (4150m) - Namche Bazar (3440 m) 8 hrs
Day 25: Namche Bazar (3440 m) - Lukla (2840 m) 8 hrs
Day 26: Flight Lukla – Kathmandu
Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with GHUMNAJAU.COM. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
15 Sep 2018
10 Oct 2018
- 25 Nights accommodation at clean and cozy Teahouses/lodges on trek.
- All meals during trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Tea/coffee break & Dinner).
- Internal flight ( Kathmandu-Tumlingtar & Lukla- Kathmandu.)
- Airport/Hotel transfer in Kathmandu.
- All Travel permits (Sagarmatha National Park Permits, Makalu-Barun National park entrance, Restricted Area permits & TIMS)
- English speaking guide & his/her Guide fees. (if requires other language as well)
- Comprehensive first aid kits
- Insurance for the staff
- All applicable government taxes.
- Personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- International airfare and VISA (On Arrival)
- Gratuities for Staff