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Makalu Sherpani Col Trek

Makalu Sherpeni Col trek or the Ice Col trek is the most difficult trek to do in Nepal that offers an elevation gain of 6143m in the Sherpani Col. The col separates the Makalu and Sagarmatha national parks. Week-long camping is required to cross the strenuous section between the Makalu base camp and the Chukkung village. It takes almost 3 weeks to complete this trek.

The trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar airport in the Arun valley. Jeep drive to Num and the trail leads to the Makalu Barun national park and conservation area. The protected area got its name from the world’s fifth highest mount Makalu and Baruntse 7162m. You will trek through the villages inhabited by Rai and Limbu communities practicing Kiratism with their unique language, tradition, and costumes. After crossing mostly foggy and snowy Shipton La at an elevation of 4216m you will enter the exceptionally beautiful Barun valley. The trail follows along the Barun river through the alpine meadows to Makalu base camp. The trail heads further passing the Barun Pokhari at 5250m along the Barun glacier. You will pass the Sherpeni col just below the mount Baruntse and enter the hidden Hongku valley. From the valley, you will cross the Amphu Labtsa Pass at 5778m and get to the Chukkung village in the Everest region. From Chukkung you will trek back the popular Everest base camp route to Lukla for a flight back to Kathmandu.


  • Duration: 22 Days
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Max Elevation: 6,143m
  • Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House/Camping
  • Transportation: Jeep/Aeroplane
  • Best Month: February-May/September-December

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel (1,300M)
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1,560m)
Day 3: Trek from Num to Sheduwa (1,510m): Camping
Day 4: Trek from Sheduwa to Tashi Gaun (2,070m): Camping
Day 5: Acclimatization at Tashi Gaun (rest day): Camping
Day 6: Trek from Tashi Gaun to Khongma (3,760m): Camping
Day 7: Trek from Khongma to Mumbuk (3,520m): Camping
Day 8: Trek from Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (4,320m): Camping
Day 9: Trek from Nehe Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m)
Day 10: Trek from Makalu Basecamp to Hillary Camp: Camping
Day 11: Trek from Hillary Camp to High Camp (5,650m): Camping
Day 12: Acclimatisation at High Camp (rest day): Camping
Day 13: Acclimatisation at West Col (rest day)Trek to Baruntse Base Camp (5,700m) via Crossing Sherpani Col (6,146m) and West Col (6,143m) : Camping
Day 14: Acclimatisation at Baruntse Basecamp (rest day): Camping
Day 15: Trek from Baruntse Basecamp to Amphu Labste Base (5,400m) : Camping
Day 16: Trek from the Base to Chhukung (4,730m) Via Crossing Amphu Laptsa pass (5,850m) : Camping
Day 17: Trek from Chhukung to Pangboche (3,985m)
Day 18: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Day 19: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 20: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and Transfer to the Hotel
Day 21: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Day 22: Transfer to the International Airport For Final Departure