Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl.
airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel
in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for
welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu
and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Today, we prepare for the trekking and necessary arrangements and evening briefing
about your trip, what is your responsibility, what to do and doesn't in the trek?
Introduce with our fellow trekking staff and chances to ask remaining question
and remaining time explore the surrounding areas or simply relax at the hotel.
Fly to Tumlingtar (950m/3,116ft), 50 minutes flight and camp
This morning you'll be transferred to domestic airport to fly to Tumlingtar overlooking
range of snow capped peaks from Langtang all the way to Mt. Everest, Makalu &
Mt. Kanchenjunga, on arrival at Tumlingtar airport which is a village town located
on a shelf above the Arun River, we'll walk besides the airstrip and walk to the
camp for overnight and meet up our crews for the trekking. Rest of the time explores
the town and overnight at tented camp.
Trek to Mani-Bhanjyang (1,200m/3,936ft), 5-6 hrs walk
We starts our adventurous journey from Tumlingtar with pleasant walk for an hour
through the farm fields and villages the trail climbs up gradually towards Khadbari
in the midst of the sub-tropical forest of Sal tree (Sorea-Robusta) and more farm
fields along the way, as we come to a town of Khadbari a major town of the Makalu
region and from Khadbari with up and down walk lead to the camp at Mani Bhanjyang.
Trek to Chichila (1,800m/5,904ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Today, we start our adventure with ascending 3-4 hrs to the ridge on a wide and
well-used trail, reaching our lunch stop at Bhotebas. After lunch we walk passing
through fertile land and forested path brings you to the top of the small ridge
at Chichila village for the overnight after few hours walk which is settled few
local houses with superb scenic mountains of Mt. Makalu and Khumbakarna range.
Trek to Num (1,500m/4,920ft) 5-6 hrs walk
Our journey further to Num leads us through the cool and serene forest of rhododendron,
oaks and hemlocks as we climb to the top of the ridge, from the top it is almost
downhill for two hours to the overnight camp at Num, which is 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.
Trek to Seduwa (1,493m/4,897ft), 5 hrs walk
Today, we descend incredibly steep and terraced slopes towards the Arun River,
nearly 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, and climb back out of the rain forest,
reaching our lunch place at Runruma. Further walk steep climb takes us up to Seduwa
a village with a small health post and a primary school nearby we will camp for
Trek to Tashi Gaun (2,200m/7,216ft), 3-4 hrs walk
We have easy and pleasant short walk takes you to rural farm villages, on the
gradual trail through the farm fields and terraces, as we come near to Tashi Gaon,
it's an uphill climb for an hour through the millet and rice fields. We'll overnight
at camp and rest of the time walk around the village.
Trek to Kahuma Danda (3,500m/11,480ft), 5-6 hours walk
This is the last village up to the Makalu and 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 Kahuma ridge is strenuous
uphill climb, as the tree lines declines for the bushes of rhododendron and juniper.
We'll stay here and can be seen scenic mountain ranges.
Trek to Mumbuk (3,400m/11,152ft) 5-6 hrs walk
After the superb mountains view and 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 and further walk cross the pass of Tutu-la at 4,075m. We onwards
our journey, it is all downhill back to vegetation, a small clearing place for
camping in the middle of the woods of pines, hemlock, birch and rhododendrons
to reach at Mumbuk for the overnight.
Trek to Nehe Kharka (3,750m/12,300ft) 6-7 hrs walk
Our camp settled in the shade of the tree, the view of the Kumbakarna 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. 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 Navagaun.
Trek to Sherson (4,600m/15,088ft) 6-7 hrs walk
Our trek onwards crossing the wooden bridge on the Barun River and walk on the
boulders, where is a large prayer wall at Ramara, after 2-3 hours walk the vegetation
gets sparse, although the rhododendron, barberries, cotoneaster and juniper bushes
persist for some time. With a pleasant walk 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 and at Sherson we make camp
for the night.
Today you have full day rest at the camp or for acclimatization visit around
some 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. 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. After exploring the area stroll back to the camp.
Trek to Barun-che Base Camp (4,800m/15,744ft), 2-3 hrs walk
From Sherson, we continue to more isolated area towards the higher base camp,
which is less than three hour trek above Sherson, at the snout of the Barun glacier,
near its glacial pond. On arriving at the camp afternoon free for short hike above
this camp, a climb on the moraine ridge, for more spectacular views of Mt.Makalu,
and of the usual hidden east sides of Lhotse and Everest, which looms above the
Barun glacier to the North West. We will spend rest of the afternoon at leisure
and preparing for the next big adventure. Some of the porters will set off back
with equipment which we do not need to take with us making the load as light as
possible to overcome the traverse over Sherpani Col and beyond.
Trek to High Camp (5,200m/17,056ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Our journey from here heads westwards to camp just below Makalu west piller,
as the altitude gains slowly, we take our time with enough breaks in this high
terrain our walk follows a path which 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 and ice to a camp known as Puja Camp below the towering
Mt. Makalau's West Pillar. Our strenuous trek on the glacier is rewarded with
unique views of Lhotse and the rare Kangshung face of Everest. Overnight camp
on the clearing of the moraine.
Camp at (5,700m/18696ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Leaving our camp the path follows to a steep climb up the rocky slopes of the
Barun's west bank, until a line of cairns leads us into the valley where two small
glaciers are fed by the slopes of the Sherpani Col. We will make our camp beneath
the ice cliffs at the terminus of these two glaciers after 4-5 hours of vigorous
Rest day. O/N Camp.
An important rest day for acclimatisation before the hard high climb and steep
descend. At this altitude offers 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/18,500ft), after crossing Sherpani col.
The big day! Leaving the camp before dawn, we climb on the icy snout of the Sherpani
Glacier, three separate Col's give access to the cirque, we will choose the most
appropriate of these routes, according to the prevailing conditions, our climb
follows on steep snow covered slopes, with the back-up of the fixed ropes which
we had set up on the previous day. From the Col we will rope up to cross the glacier
to the rocky crest of the West Col. This stunning cirque is framed by the sweep
of Baruntse's icy ridges to the north, the vast cliffs of Makalu, the wall of
Chamlang to the south and the shpely spire of Ama Dablam ahead of us to the west.
We will be having our packed lunch on the world's highest picnic spots, in the
meantime our guides will scout the safe route down the West Col. After a break
a descent from the Col on fixed lines leads us to the Hongu Glacier, and 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/17,975ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Our journey leads to our next adventure over the Amphu Laptsa 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 glacier in the beginning, then towrds old and more recent
moraine deposits, we reach the beautiful Panch Pokhari meaning 'five ponds' and
make our camp near to the largest pond at the foot of our final pass Amphu Labtsa
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 section for the safe descent towards Imjatse Valley.
Traverse Amphu Labtsa Pass 5,780m and trek to Chhukung (4,730m/15,515ft), 7-8
Another big day, an early start from the camp for 2-3 hrs treks leads us to the
top of the pass and overlooking stunning views of the impressive south face of
Lhotse and Lhotse shar and the summit of Island or Imajatse Peaks which looks
as if it could almost be even lower than our vantage point. As soon the kitchen
staffs and porters arrive at the pass, they will be lowered the 150 meters to
the relatively less steep ground below the pass. Similarly, loads have to be carefully
lowered, after checking every member in the group we slowly and carefully descend
with the help of ropes and ice axe if required, then reaching the safe side from
the pass by early afternoon everybody should be off the snow. Once in the safe
ground away from the snow and ice area, an hour or more walk will take us to the
ablation valley by the side of the Imja Glacier, now being within the Imja-tse
valley walking will be more or less easier most of the way to the trekkers civilization
at Chhukung a temporary settlement with 5-6 teahouse and lodges. Overnight Camp
at Chhukung after 8-9 hrs of hard adventurous trek.
Trek to Tyangboche (3, 867m/12.684ft) 5-6 hrs
After the hard couple of days over the two high hidden pass in between the massif
peaks, our route from here leads to a pleasant walk on the downhill slope to Dingboche
and Pangboche village before Tyangboche. After two hours of easy walk brings us
at Dingboche village.
Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of field enclosed by stone walls, protecting
the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.
Dingboche has about more than ten teahouses and it is also the gateway to Chhukung
and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and
Hinko Valley. From Dingboche a gentle walk leads towards the Imjatse River with
excellent views of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga and Tawoche peaks the trail leads to
a small wooden bridge, from the bridge an easy walk to Pangboche village. From
here the route diverts into two ways, the upper one going to the upper Pangboche
village, where the old Monastery is located, the gradual low route is the straight
forward main trail onwards Thyangboche and beyond. It will be better to go the
upper trail, for more view and to visit the upper Pangboche village 3,900m and
its Monastery, which had a Yeti scalp, and a skeleton believed to be Yeti's hand,
it was stolen in the early '90's, and has never recovered back again, like the
monastery in Khumjung this Monastery is believed to be older, after the visit
to the Monastery a gradual walk downhill brings you back to the main trail, with
a short climb after the bridge over the gorge of Imjatse River, the walk follows
Mani wall through the beautiful forest of silver fur, birch and rhododendron all
the way to Tyangboche Monastery a magnificent place surround by the impressive
view of the snow capped mountains.
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft) 5-6 hrs walk
After a visit to the newly built monastery after the old one was burned to the
ground in the late 80's, our trek begins with a descend for an hour to Phungi
Tenka, here we cross the long suspension bridge over the Imjatse River by now
the trail is more busier with trekkers, porters and pack animals than the previous
days. From the bridge an hour and half climb brings us to
a small place of Shana-sa offering grand view of Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Perhaps
we might stop for lunch in this village. After a break here, if people are interested
to visit the upper sleepy village of Khumjung and Khunde they may do so, as the
walk to Namche from here is just 2 hrs away on the easy winding trail with constant
view of the snow capped peaks of Kwangde, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse
and Everest. Splitting the trail from here to Namche and Khumjung the later village
will take about an hour uphill walk and then about 2-3 hrs to reach Namche for
the overnight halt. On reaching Namche Bazaar it will be more or less back to
civilization with excellent restaurant, shops, lodges and even Cyber cafe.
Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft), 6-7 hrs walks
Being on the main trail to Everest, the walk from Namche onwards will be an easier
all the way to Lukla, the path leads downhill all the way to the confluence of
Bhotekoshi and Imjatse which makes the Dudh Koshi. From here we cross the long
suspension bridge with a short climb into the pine woods, reaching again back
to the river bed, the gentle trail follows the river downstream passing through
many farm fields and villages then coming at the entrance of Sagarmatha National
Park in Monjo village. After Monjo another 2 hours of good walk leads to Phakding
near the river Dudh Koshi. Final leg of this great trek will be another good walk
to Lukla, you can walk at your own leisurely pace, enjoying the lush green scenery
Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which
will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Cheplung or from the old
big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and celebration
with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
Fly back to Kathmandu.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the
wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather
and other reason beyond our command. Anyway we will fly back to Kathmandu and
your guide will transfer to hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey
and take back your breath and rest at your hotel.
Leisure at Kathmandu
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel
or explore the Thamel and overnight at hotel.
Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends
or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra
trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred
to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
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. In case of trek Itinerary alteration or if it needs
to be re-routed to other area your Group Leader or Sherpa Guide decision will
be the final.
We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!