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Makalu Sherpani Col & Amphu Laptsha Pass Trek - 29 Days

Makalu Base Camp, Sherpani Col and Amphu Laptsha Pass Trek
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Trip FAQ

Trip Highlights

  • From Kathmandu so as to approach Tumlingtar.
  • To be found in the core of eastern Himalayas. 
  • Deputy of world's fifth highest peak as Makalu (8463 m).
  • Harbor to unbounded plants and animals.
  • Immaculate forest, pasture lands and splashing Rhododendrons.
  • Economically poor but culture and religion is beyond price.
  • 6110 m,6135 m and 5845 m of three passes are burdensome.    

Makalu Sherpani Col & Amphu Laptsha Pass Trek - High in the heart of the eastern Himalaya, seven valleys radiate from mount Makalu, the world's fifth highest peak. These valleys, particularly the Barun valley, treasure some of the last remaining pristine forests and alpine meadows of Nepal. Makalu Trek with Sherpeni Col trek start from the bottom of the Arun valley, at just 435 m above sea level, the Himalaya rise to the snow-capped tip of Makalu (8463 m) - within a 40 km distance. Within this wide range of altitudes and climates, the Makalu-Barun area contains some of the richest and most diverse pockets of plants and animals in Nepal, elsewhere lost to spreading human habitation. Nestled in the lower reaches of these valleys are communities of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa (Bhotia) farmers. Though economically poor and isolated, they retain a rich cultural heritage. They hold the key to the preservation of the unique biological and cultural treasures of the Makalu Barun Conservation Area. For the naturalist, there are spectacular displays of wildflowers and exotic plants. More than 3,000 species of flowering plants, with hundreds of Orchid varieties, 48 Primroses and 25 of Nepal's 30 Rhododendrons splash the hillsides with color. The forests shelter abundant wildlife, including the endangered red panda and Musk Deer as well as Ghoral, Himalayan Thar and leopard. Ornithologists have identified 400 bird species, at least 16 of which are extremely rare.

The trek starts from Tumlingtar after a short fly from Kathmandu. After the Makalu Base Camp we cross the 3 difficult passes which are Sherpani Col (6110m), Panch Pokhari (6135m) and Amphu Laptsha Pass (5845m). We at Skyline Treks have been successfully conducting this trek since many years. Come on, lets have some crazy moments!! 

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport (T.I.A.) and pick up by our private vehicle and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing in Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square. (B)

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar (510m) and overniht in Camp (B.D)

Day 04: Tumlingtar commence trek to Dhungedhara (790m) (B.L.D)

Day 05: Dhungedhara to Gogane (1564m) (B.L.D)

Day 06: Gogane to Num (1500m) (B.L.D)

Day 07: Num to Seduwa (1540m) (B.L.D)

Day 08: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2250m) (B.L.D)

Day 09: Acclimatization day in Tashigaon (B.L.D)

Day 10: Tashigaon to Kauma Danda (3560m) (B.L.D)

Day 11: Kauma Danda to Dobate (3550m) via cross Shipton la (4216m) (B.L.D)

Day 12: Dobate to Nehe Kharka (3650m) (B.L.D)

Day 13: Nehe Kharka to Jark Kharka  (4410m) (B.L.D)

Day 14: Jark Kharka to Sherson (4660m) (B.L.D)

Day 15: Sherson to Makalu Base Camp (B.L.D)

Day 16: Makalu Base Camp to Hillary Base Camp (4920m) (B.L.D)

Day 17: Hillary Base Camp to High Camp (B.L.D)

Day 18: Acclimatization day in High Camp (B.L.D)

Day 19: High Camp to Sherpani Col (Baruntse Base Camp) (6110m), (B.L.D)

Day 20: Sherpani Col to Panchpokhari (6135m) (B.L.D)

Day 21: Panchpokhari to Amphu Laptsha Pass (5845m) (B.L.D)

Day 22: Amphu Laptsha Pass to Chukung (4988m) (B.L.D)

Day 23: Acclimatization day in Chukkung (4900m) (B.L.D)

Day 24: Chukkung to Tengbuche (3860) (B.L.D)

Day 25: Tengbuche to Namche Bazaar (3446m) (B.L.D)

Day 26: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (3446m) (B.L.D)

Day 27: 40 Minutes flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. And check in Hotel (B)

Day 28: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping (B)

Day 29: Drive to airport for return flight. (B)

Cost Includes: 

  • Airport Pick up and drop off by our private vehicle
  • Kathmandu hotel room on bed and Breakfast basis
  • Fluent english speaking license holder sightseeing tour guide
  • Sightseeing tour guide fee
  • Sightseeing entrance fee
  • All land transfer as per above itinerary 
  • Domestic airfare from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • National Park entry permits fees 
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permits fees
  • Accommodation and 3 meals a day while on the trek in Lodge and Tent Camp
  • Fully escorted trek with English speaking license holder local Sherpa trekking Guide & necessary porter 
  • All program according to itineraries on full board. 
  • Wages, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs 

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal entry visa fee 
  • Kathmandu hotel Lunch and Dinner (L, D)
  • Travel Insurance and medical evacuation in case of emergency 
  • Personal spending money and All bar bill, i.e. Soft/hard drinks, tips etc. 

Where is Nepal?

Nepal, a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east by Sikkim and West Bengal of the Indian Union on the south by Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and on the west by Uttar Pradesh of Indian Union. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south. Climatically, it lies in the temperate zone with the added advantage of altitude.

Why is Nepal such a fascinating country for many people?

The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best walking trails on Earth. It's a small country, but it's rich in scenic splendor and exotic cultures. The people of Nepal are as diverse as their country and represent distinct cultures and races.

Though they speak a variety of tongues and practice different religions, they are the friendliest people that you would ever meet. The kingdom has long exerted a pull on the Western imagination and it's a difficult place to dislodge from your memory once you return. So, wait until you're actually here in Nepal.

As a traveler, there is endless number of surprises Nepal has to offer you. Kathmandu Valley with its thousands of Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, stunning architecture and rich pageantry can be quite beyond words. If you are careful enough not to get entangled in the superficial facade of a flatly"modernizing" capital city, Kathmandu probably offers you as exotic and urban experience as you can get.

Beyond Kathmandu, it’s another world altogether. Most travelers to Nepal want to check out the truly spectacular Himalayas along with the higher hills. A few go there to scale the high mountains, but many are nature lovers who trek along landscapes filled with deep valleys, lush forests, snow trails, terraced fields, and above all, the most hospitable people.

Travelers to Nepal also love making a safari trip to one of the National Parks in Nepal. The most popular one is the Chitwan National Park in the southern plains which hosts a diverse wildlife reserves including the rare Asian one-horn rhino.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.

What do I need to get my visa? 

You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.

Where do I apply to get my visa?

The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office upon your arrival day at the entry points of Nepal.

What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?

There's no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.

How to Enter Nepal?

In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Nepal Airlines (NAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight. Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option.

When is the best time to travel in Nepal? 

The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and March to May.

What is the national language of Nepal?

Nepal's national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language - the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.

What's the common form of greeting in Nepal?

It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?

  • Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one's home
  • Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
  • Taking photographs inside the most temples are considered illegal
  • Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.
  • Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel

What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?

Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977 1 4212737 First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last digits are telephone numbers.

What is the currency of Nepal?

Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn't been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?

Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.

Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?

Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming' package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.

What are health requirements to visit Nepal? 

Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.

What about getting to Nepal from Tibet?

The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organized groups but not to individual travelers heading north. Be prepared with alternative plans if you're thinking about using this route, because landslides regularly make it impassable during the monsoon.

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