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Sherpani Col Pass Trek - 22 Days

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The Makalu to Everest Traverse Trek includes three passes, two of them over 6,000m. It traverses the mountain range between Makalu and Everest. This trek combines cross-country trekking with mountaineering (fixed ropes and possible ice axe) to scale the high passes of the “Three Cols” – namely Sherpani Col, West Col and Amphu Labsta. Today this trek forms part of the Great Himalayan Trail, a newly opened up trail which crosses the country from east to west through some of the toughest and most beautiful landscapes. This being one of the most challenging sections of the GHT, an excellent level of fitness is required to complete the long weeks of trekking, the majority of days at altitudes over 4,000 and up to 6,000m.

The latter section of the trek follows the route to Everest Base Camp, from where mountaineering expeditions set off to scale Everest. The trek also visits Gorakshep and Kala Patthar, the viewpoint for Everest, from where the views of the world’s tallest mountain are simply stunning! The Makalu Barun region is one of the largest protected areas in Nepal, home to 3,000 species of flowering plants, including a variety of Himalayan orchids, 440 species of birds and 75 species of mammals. Rare species such as the snow leopard, musk deer and Himalayan Thar live in this pristine environment. This is one of the reasons it has been included in the Sacred Himalayan Landscape initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

And not forgetting the once-in-a-lifetime views of the immense mountain vistas of Makalu (8,481m), Everest (8,848m) and Lhotse (8,516m) – which are towering granite cliffs capped with amazing glaciers, and high altitude lakes. This is a journey for those who have the stamina and fitness level to tackle one of the most rewarding and challenging treks in Nepal. The final days of this amazing trip are spent in Namche Bazaar and Lukla – and that’s just the icing on the cake (Or the snow on the glacier!).

Days Itinerary Altitude Time
Day 1 Kathmandu To Tumlingtar (Flight) Drive to Chichila 1980 m 3 - 4 hr
Day 2 Chichila To Num 1040 m 6 - 7 hr
Day 3 Num To Seduwa 1500 m 6 - 7 hr
Day 4 Seduwa To Tashi Gaon 2100 m 4 - 5 hr
Day 5 Tashi Gaon To Khongma Danda 3500 m 6-7 hr
Day 6 Acclimatization Day 3500 m 5 hr
Day 7 Khongma Danda To Dobato 3500 m 6 - 7 hr
Day 8 Dobato To Yangla Kharka 3557 m 6 - 7 hr
Day 9 Yangla Kharka To Langmale Kharka 4410 m 5 - 6 hr
Day 10 Langmale Kharka To Makalu Base Camp 4870 m 6-7 hr
Day 11 Makalu Base Camp to Swiss Base Camp 5150 m 5 - 6 hr
Day 12 Acclimatization Day 5150 m 3 hr
Day 13 Swiss Base Camp to Sherpani Col Base Camp 5688 m 5 hr
Day 14 Sherpani Col Base Camp to Baruntse Camp 6050 m 7 - 8 hr
Day 15 Baruntse Camp to Honku Basin 5500 m 4 - 5 hr
Day 16 Honku Basin to Amu Lapcha Base Camp 5527 m 5 hr
Day 17 Acclimatization Day 5527 m 5 hr
Day 18 Amu Lapcha Base Camp to Chukung 4730 m 8 - 9 hr
Day 19 Chukung to Tengboche 3960 m 6 hr
Day 20 Tengboche to Monjo 2700 m 6 hr
Day 21 Monjo to Lukla 2840 m 5 hr
Day 22 Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight) 1380 m 40 min


  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 2
  • Makalu Barun and Everest National Park Entry Permit and TIMS card
  • Tumlingtar to Chichila (starting point of the trek) by private jeep
  • Kathmandu-Tumlingtar & Lukla-Kathmandu Flight
  • Guide for 22 days
  • Porter for 23 days
  • Cook for 22 days
  • Kitchen Helper for 23 days
  • 4 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar)
  • 21 night accommodation in mountain teahouses & tented camps
  • 22 x set breakfast, 22 x set lunch and 21 x set dinner while on trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff


  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any you may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)


Is it safe to drink the water in Sherpani Col Pass Trek?

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Sherpani Col Pass Trek. Mineral water is not available on the trail. You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

Yes. It is an exploratory trek, and weather conditions can be unpredictable. We might need to use crampons.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

Yes. It is an exploratory trek, and weather conditions can be unpredictable. We might need to use crampons.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own well being and for the wellbeing of our clients.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

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