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Makalu Everest Base Camp Trek

Abhishek Subedi August 9, 2020

A heart pondering walk from Makalu Base Camp to Everest via Sherpani Pass, West Col and Amphu Laptsa, follows the portion of The Great Himalayan Trail. Following the Barun valley the trek consists of some of the last remaining areas of pristine forest and alpine pasture land of Nepal. The trail from Tumlingtar leads us to the seamy lowlands near the Arun River to Shipton La and into the isolated and surreal Barun River Valley before making our ascent to Makalu Base Camp. from here we will make our way through most challenging mountain pass of  Sherpani Pass, then cross West Col(6100m) to Panch Pokhari followed by Amphu Laptsa(5780m) and then to Everest region. This proves that the trek passes through a wide diversity of ecosystems and cultures.

Makalu Everest Base Camp Trek

Making its way through the isolated villages offering the magnificent concealed vista of Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga; this is a genuinely daring journey that goes through the lap of Himalayas.  There are some technical hurdles in arranging the trek to remote Himalayas, and this is only possible by arranging a team of experienced Sherpa guides. The trek is quite challenging as there will be fixed rope on the passes and roped group walk on glaciers , demanding some prior experience in the mountains.

Day 1 Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu on the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is a dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha.  

In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kasthamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of a single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari).  After this we will pay our visit to Swayambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. 

Day 2 Fly to Tumlingtar and Drive to Chilchila

Early in the morning after having breakfast we will transfer to the airport and take a 35 minutes flight to Tumlingtar through the Himalayas. Tumlingtar is a small settlement which sits on a wide plateau in the Arun valley. After landing in Tumlingtar we will drive to Chilchila via ManeBhanjyang. 

Day 3 Trek to Num

Making our way through the ridge we will pass through the small settlement of Baisake and Kuwapani(1870m) before passing through Mani walls at Sakuranti Majuwa. From here the trail drops into a Oak forest for a while and then climbs along the ridge into the forests and then enters into the Sherpa settlement of Mure. From here the trail descends to a rocky eroded path to Num. 

Day 4 Trek to Sedua

From Num the trail steeply descends through the cornfields to Lumbang. From Lumbang the trail drops down steeply through the jungle to suspension bridge over Arun Koshi at 620m. Moreover, from the bridge trail steeply goes uphill through the fields of rice, corn and buckwheat. Making our way through the picturesque landscape we will climb uphill to our camping site in Sedua. 

Makalu Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 5 Trek to Tashi Gaon

From Seduwa the trail goes uphill through terraced rice fields to Mangaon. From Mangaon the trail goes west and gradually goes above Kasuwa Khola through Mani wall, terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village and then Ropesa. In the way we will find monks collecting donations for a small gompa nearby. Before reaching Tashi Gaon which is the last permanent settlement we will pass through meadows and few streams. 

Day 6 Trek to Khongma

From Tashi gaon the trail gradually goes up through the herders camp to Chipla(2520m). From here the trail steeply goes uphill through forest to a pasture land at Unshisha(3180m). We will continue the uphill walk through the sparse forest before making a final descent to Khongma.  

Day 7 Acclimatization Day

Today we will take a rest and get acclimatized with the rising altitude. we too will explore the beauty of the area.  

Day 8 Trek to Debotay via Shipton La

From Khongma the trail steeply goes uphill to 3840m which has stone chorten adorned with prayer flags offering the astonishing view of Makalu in the distance. Making our way along the ridgeline through Rhododendron forest, we will climb along a stone staircase. Now we will cross the first pass of our trek which is Ghungru La (4050m). We will descend to a small lake and then climb steeply to a gully to the major pass of Shipton La (4216m). From here we will again descend down cross lakes and climb through large boulders to Keke la(4150m). After crossing the pass the trail enters into the Rhododendron forest and which ultimately takes us to our camping site in Debotay.

Day 9 Trek to Yangle Kharka

Today we will walk through the dense forest of Rhododendron to Yangle Kharka. Some portions of the trail are rough and places where in the past landslides have occurred so we must make our way meticulously. While making our way we will traverse through alpine meadows which offer the magnificent view of Peak 7. Ultimately crossing a few streams we will reach our camping site in Yangle Kharka.

 Day 10 Trek to Langmale Kharka

From Yangle Kharka the trail continues to follow Barun valley which takes us to Langmale Kharka through the forest of Rhododendron, chilly waterfalls and potato fields. 

Day 11 Acclimatization Day

We will spend the day resting and getting adapted with the prevailing environmental circumstances. In the afternoon we will explore the area. Stay overnight in a tented camp in Langmale Kharka.

Day 12 Trek to Makalu Base Camp

From Langmale Kharka the trail climbs above the ridge along moraine which is formed by lower Barun Glacier to Merek which offers the astonishing view of Chhamlang, Peak3 (6477m) and Peak5 (6404m). From Merek the trail climbs through the rocky trail alongside the Moraine to the Shersong(4660m). A short walk from Shershong will ultimately take us to Makalu Base Camp.

Makalu Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 13 Explore area

Today we will enjoy and explore the natural beauty of Makalu Base Camp. From Base camp one can witness the stunning south face of Makalu, Baruntse, Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse shar, Kangshung face and South col. Stay overnight at tented camp in Makalu Base Camp.

Day 14 Trek to Sherpani Low Camp

We started trekking with a highly calorie delicious breakfast. We walk through the alleyway above the Barun glacier which splits towards the left side and ascends through gully. After ascending nearly 500 meter we reached our camp site at Sherpani Col Base Camp at 5688m altitude. We have a splendid view of Massive Mt Makalu, Chago, SE peak, Peak 5. You get a really tough excursion on this day.

Day 15 Trek to Baruntse Base Camp

We start early in the morning after having a warm and energetic breakfast. The route goes ascending all the way up to Sherpani col 6180m. your guide will fix the ropes, make the track and assist the entire crew to cross the pass. The surrounding is so beautiful, truly heaven you get to witness real Shangrila you can see some of the world’s tallest mountains including Mt Makalu, SE peak, Chago peak,Kali Himal, Hunku peak, Imja Tse aka Island peak. After crossing Sherpani col we walk over the icy flat and cross another pass called West Col 6143m and we descend down using ropes to the glacier from where we walk all the way to Baruntse Base camp 5400m.

Day 16 Trek to Amphu Labsta Base Camp

We commence an excursion after having breakfast. We walk downhill all the way down close to the glacier and walk on the left hand side of the valley towards the south. Moreover, we walk north again after crossing the glacier. The trek consists of mesmerizing mountain views including a bunch of lakes along the way.

Day 17 Trek to Chhukung

We commence our journey early morning after the gut feeling energizing breakfast. We ascend up towards amphu labsta through the sharp ridge. Your guide and sherpa will fix the rope and assist the entire team to cross the pass. The excursion is tough albeit its very scenic with breathtaking flabbergasting sceneries. After crossing the pass we descend down across Amphu labsta glacier and traverse through the moraine route. You can see Imja lake which was formed due to glacier meltdown. We take packed launches.

Day 18 Trek to Lobuche

Today some of the supporting crew carrying camping gear and kitchen utensils will leave the group thus before trekking you can express your grevience and commend them. The trail goes uphill all the way to Khangma la top 5535 m through the pasture land and loose rock trail. The spectacular 360 view from several mountains of Everest and Makalu region will blow your mind. After that we descend all the way downhill to Khumbu glacier and cross through glacier and climb a small mound of moraine.  

Day 19 Trek to Gorakshep and Visit Everest Base Camp

We start early morning after taking gut feeling breakfast. The trail goes through the edge above Khumbu glacier. The trail consists of walk through pasture land, moraine, loose rock. You can see an eye -catching view of Mt Pumori 7165m, Lingtren 6749m, Khumbutse 6665m, Mt Everest 8848m, Nuptse 7861m, Nireka peak 6159m etc. Some more mountain we can see are Cholatse, Arakmtse, Taboche etc. After 3 hour of walk we reach Gorakshep which is the last stop for EBC trek where we stop, have launch, find our room and trek to Everest base camp 5365m which takes 4 hour back and forth.  

Day 20 Trek to Phortse and Visit Kalapathar

We climb Kalapathar early in the morning in order to see the perfect Everest panorama. Visiting Everest base camp doesn’t quench your thirst to see perfect Everest panorama thus we must have to climb Kalapathar 5545m. We can see dozens of mountains from the top of Kalapathar thus it is very crucial to visit. We walk back to Gorakshep. Moreover, have breakfast and trek down to Pheriche 4200m. We can see an amazing view of Mt Amadablam while descending down from Thokla Pass 4750m.  

Day 21 Trek to Namche Bazaar

Journey commences after gut feeling breakfast we walk downhill through the pastureland passing through villages like Somare, Pangboche, Tengboche, Lausasa etc. Today you can feel the joy of greeting the locals and chatting with kids. We can visit the monastery to express gratitude and blessing. We stop at Tengboche monastery and visit the premises. After Tengboche we walk downhill all the way to Phunki tenga. We take launch and after we ascend a bit up to Sanasa and go through a wide and flat trail until Namche. We can see a mind blowing view of the mountain so don’t forget to look back. You can celebrate evening at Namch because there are plenty of choices for shops, bars, and restaurants.  

Makalu Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 22 Trek to Lukla

After breakfast we commence our trek downhill all the way to Hillary Bridge through lush green forest of Pine, fir, rhododendron. After Hillary bridge we follow river Dudhkoshi all the way down to Phakding. We pass through several beautiful Sherpa villages full of smiling and welcoming people. We stop for launch at Phakding and push toward Lukla. 

Day 23 Flight to Kathmandu Valley

Early morning after breakfast we walked to Airport for to fly back to Kathmandu. The flight takes 30 minutes which consists of eye catching Himalayan view.  

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