Makalu Base Camp 3 Col Pass Highlights

Grade Duration Trek Style Best Time Group
3 24 Days Fully supported camping trek Mar – May / Sep – Nov SGL / GRP / FM / STU

SGL = Single, GRP =Grouping, FM= Family, STU = Students

Makalu Base Camp 3 Col Pass

Nestled in the cradle of barren Himalayas, Makalu Base Camp 3 Col Pass is taunted by few trekkers. Makalu Base Camp 3 Col Pass extends to Barun Glacier from Makalu Base Camp leading to Hinku valley. Further, it leads to high alpine valley of Khumbu across Sherpani Col (6135m) and West Col (6143m). This route offers a splendid walk through with 8000-ers Cho Oyo (8153m) Lhotse (8501m), Everest (8848m), Makalu (8475m) and Kangchenjunga (8586m). The trek offers challenges through steep slopes for adventure lovers with lifetime accomplishment of adventure treks.

Short Itinerary

DayActivityDestinationAltitudeTime
1FlightKTM- Tumlingtar900m¾ hr
TrekKhandbari1040m4 hrs
2TrekFururu1900m5 hrs
3TrekNum1490m4 hrs
4TrekSedua1460m6 hrs
5TrekTashi gaon2070m6 hrs
6TrekKauma3470m7 hrs
7TrekMumbuk3570m5 hrs
8TrekNhe kharka3000m6 hrs
9TrekSherson4615m7 hrs
10Acclimatization
11TrekMakalu Base Camp5000m4 hrs
12TrekHilary Base Camp5200m5 hrs
13TrekHigh Camp5700m5 hrs
14Acclimatization
15TrekSherapani6135m
TrekCamp Side5640m8 hrs
16TrekWet Col6143m
TrekCamp Side5615m8 hrs
17TrekPanch pokhari5480m 5 hrs
18TrekAmphu labtsa high camp5527 m5 hrs
19TrekAmphu labtsa Pass5845m
TrekChhukung4730m 8 hrs
20TrekTangboche3860m5 hrs
21TrekKhumjung3780m5 hrs
22TrekPhakding2610m7 hrs
23TrekLukla2840m3 hrs
24FlyKathmandu1300m¾ hr

Trip Information

Trekking part:

Airport transfers

All camping equipment including 2-man tents, sleeping mat, and sleeping bag

Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)

Domestic flight Kathmandu-Tumlingtar/Lukla-Kathmandu

Applicable trekking permits and fees

Makalu & Everest National Park entrance fees

Porter to carry personal gear

15kg luggage allowance while on trek per person

Full trek staff including Sherpa’s, cook and kitchen staffs

Cooking utensils

English speaking trekking guide

Comprehensive medical kit

The Cost Does Not Include:

Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary.

Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head

Cost for Insurance.

Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Payment for service provided on a personal request.

Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.

Price:

  • The given price is in US dollars. Do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Visa Information:

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Insurance:

Guide / Porters : RMT (Royal Mountain Trekking) provides insurance facility to our guides and porters as per state law.

Day 1

KATHMANDU - TUMLINGTAR - KHANDBARI (1040m, 4 HRS)

We take an hour flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, from where our trek commences. From Tumlingtar, we walk north towards Khandbari after lunch. We begin walking on a plateau for about 45 minutes after which the trek starts climbing gradually for approx 3 hrs to reach Khandbari camp above the village on large grassy fields.

Day 2

KHANDBARI - FURURU (1900m, 5 HRS)

Leaving Khandbari, continuing along the trail which passes a ridge, we walk a short distance to reach the settlement of Mani Bhanjyang (1100 m). We continue through fields, bamboo groves, big rocks and climb a short distance to reach the Tamang village of Bhotebas (1740m). Beyond the village, the cultivated fields disappear as the trail climbs through trees to a pass at 1850 meters that offers spectacular views of Chamlang, Makalu and Jaljale Himal. We then descend a bit to the next ridge, and then follow the crest as it makes some ups and downs through a rhododendron forest to Chilchela (1830m), with a tea shop and few houses inhabited by Gurungs. We follow along the ridge to the small settlements of Kuwa Pani (1910m) and Sakurati Majuwa (1860m). Just past a mani wall, the trail leads up to a campsite. The lower trail heads to the village of Fururu, situated below the ridge at 1900 meters.

Day 3

FURURU TO NUM (1490m, 4 HRS)

From Fururu, we move back to the ridge at 1960 meters and trek through forests of huge rhododendrons just below the ridge line to a mani wall and a dirty pond. We continue along the ridge past a small stream to a single Sherpa house and tea shop. This is Mure, a spread-out village at 1980 meters that is inhabited by both Sherpas and Rais.
Below Mure, the route cuts across the ridge, then makes a tedious descent on a rocky eroded trail to some stone steps and a final walk to Num (1490m). Num is situated on the ridge above an S-shaped bend in the Arun River. On the opposite side of the Arun is the village of Sedua.
Day 4

NUM TO SEDUA (1460m, 6 HRS)

We continue along the trail descending steeply from Num through the corn fields of Lumbang. Below the village the trail drops very steeply through a jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun River (660 m). From the bridge we climb steeply to a primitive tea shop, then through corn and buckwheat field. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, we make a long, steep, rough climb to Sedua (1460m).

Day 5

SEDUA TO TASHI GAON (2070m, 6 HR

Today, we climb down to Charang Chu River to cross and the walled city of Lo comes in to sight as we climb up again. Ahead, trail enters the Tholung valley and widens itself across a desert-like landscape of gray and yellow. Finally, the trail climbs up into the plateau of Lo Manang after descending and crossing a stream.

Day 6

TASHI GAON TO KAUMA (3470m, 7 HRS)

We climb over the ridge and ascend through forests to a stream and onto a ridge where there is a small campsite. The trail levels out, and then climbs to a shepherd’s hut called Chipla atop another ridge. We climb past two small streams, then switchback up the ridge in forests to a kharka at 2900 meters and up to a saddle and Unshisha, a tiny meadow at approx 330 meters. Here the trail joins the ridge that separates the Iswa and Kasuwa drainages. The slope gets steeper and becomes a series of moss-covered stone stairs to Dhara Kharka, a meadow atop the ridge. We then move over a hillock and descend a bit to reach Kauma (3470 m).
Day 7

KAUMA TO MUMBUK (3570m, 5 HRS)

Today leaving Kauma, we climb on steep switchbacks for a while. We then climb less steeply through rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge, with a large mani wall adorned with prayer flags. From here, we get superb views of Chamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7.
Following the ridge for a while, we ascend a stone staircase. After a few false summits the trail veers left off the crest to a small lake. We then climb gently up a shallow rocky gully to the Kike La (4127 m). From the pass, we descend to another lake, then ascend steeply through large boulders to the Tutu La. We continue descending about 150 meters into sparse rhododendron forests to a level area. The final descent is through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk (3570 m). Mumbuk is a forest camp, on a grassy slope about 100 meters above a small stream, with views of snow peaks through the trees.

Day 8

MUMBUK TO NHE KHARKA (3000m, 6 HRS)

From Mumbuk, we descend a steep gully with a stream for about 500 meters. We then move left through fir forests, along the flank of the Barun Valley. Moving along ill-defined trail, we cross a 200-meter-long slide area, and then follow the river to a kharka. Moving through forests of birch and scrub rhododendron, we reach Yangle Kharka. We Climb from Yangle Kharka, finally crossing to the north side of the Barun Khola to reach Nhe Kharka (3000 m). There is a small gompa at the south side of the valley that offers great mountain views in all directions.

Day 9

NHE KHARKA TO SHERSON (4615m, 7 HRS)

Beyond the Nhe Kharka, we follow the north bank of the Barun Khola for a while. We then cross a small wooden bridge before the river turns northward. The Barun Valley makes a huge S-shaped curve and the walls rise almost vertically 1500 to 2000 meters above the river, but the trail climbs gently as we approach Ripok Kharka. Still on the north side of the Barun, the trail turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. Above Ripok Kharka, the route crosses a rocky crest with a few goths, and then ascends alongside a moraine formed by the Barun Glacier. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3 and Peak 5, but Makalu is not yet visible.
As we pass a ridge the glacier turns slightly north. We enter an alluvial valley and Makalu pops into view just before Sherson (4615 m). Sherson is somewhat sheltered, but still is a very cold spot. It is a long trek today of approx 8 hours.
Day 10

ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

This day we have a have full day rest at the camp for acclimatization and you may 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 for the overnight.

Day 11

SHERSON TO MAKALU BASE CAMP (5000m, 4 HRS)

From Sherson, we stay to the right in a gully on the east side of the valley. It is gradual descent to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. We then descend to a stream, cross on boulders to the base camp on the west bank of the river. From here we get terrific views of the south face of Makalu. The large buttress of the south face rises across from base camp. An ascent of this buttress yields views of Peak 6, 7 and Baruntse (7220 m); Everest and Lhotse complete the panorama.
Day 12

MAKALU BASE CAMP TO HILARY BASE CAMP (5200m, 5 HRS)

Our journey from here heads westwards to camp just below Makalu west pillar, 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. Makalu’s West Pillar. Our strenuous trek on the glacier is rewarded with unique views of Lhotse and the rare Khangsung face of Mt Everest. Today we walk about 5 hrs and we overnight camp on the clearing of the moraine.
Day 13

HILARY BASE CAMP TO HIGH CAMP BEFORE SHERPANI PASS (5700m, 5 HRS)

As getting more adventures and higher elevation we are 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 5 hours of vigorous climb.
Day 14

ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

Today is an important rest day for well acclimatization 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.
Day 15

CROSS SHERPANI PASS (6135m) (CAMP SIDE, 5640m, 8 HRS)

A great adventure day! We leave the camp and 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.
Day 16

CAMP SIDE TO CROSS WEST COL (6143m) / CAMP SIDE, 5615m, 8 HRS)

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 shapely 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.
Day 17

CAMP SIDE TO PANCH POKHARI (5480m, 5 HRS)

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 5,780m.
Day 18

PANCH POKHARI TO AMPHU LABTSA HIGH CAMP (5527m, 5 HRS)

Today, we have a short day walk up to high altitudes to Amphu Labtsa high camp. We will pitch out our camp at high 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 for the next day cross to high Amphu Labtsa cross.
Day 19

AMPHU LABTSA PASS (5845m) and TREK TO CHHUKUNG (4730m, 8 HRS)

Another big day, an early start from the camp for 2-3 hrs treks leads us to the top of the pass and over looking 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. We overnight camp at Chhukung after 5-6 hrs of hard adventurous trek.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner & tented accommodation included)
Day 20

CHHUKUNG TO TANGBOCHE (3860m, 5 HRS)

An easy way down to Tangboche. Tengboche offers a beautiful glance of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Cholatse, Thamserku and Amadablam. One can also visit Tangboche Monastery, the most important Buddhist center of this region.
Day 21

TANGBOCHE TO KHUMJUNG (3780m, 5HRS)

Continue walk down to Phunki Tenga from where you ascend uphill till Khumjng. It is one of the largest Sherpa village of this region.  You will have a great view of Amadablam and make side excursion through the local Sherpa village to Hillary hospital and Hillary school.
Day 22

KHUMJUNG TO PHAKDING (2610m, 7 HRS)

Easy way walks down to Phakding village via Namche Bazaar
Day 23

PHAKDING TO LUKLA (2840m, 3 HRS)

Trek an easy way to Lukla, the last destination of your memorial trek. Our guide will make re-confirm your next day flight to Kathmandu in the afternoon.
Day 24

FLIGHT LUKLA TO KATHMANDU

From Lukla, we take an early morning flight to Kathmandu

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