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Makalu Base Camp and Serpani Col – Amphu Lapsha Pass: 22 days
 

The majestic view from the Singla Top of massif Manaslu , with Manaslu (8163m.) poking up from behind the Ganesh Himal appears before you. To the northwest is the Ganesh Himal and at other side looms Langtang Himal. Ganesh (7406m.) and her sisters jut up from the valley below like large crystals thrust out of the earth, creating a stunning panorama of glaciers, peaks, rock, snow, and ice.

Facts of the Trek

Duration:                     22 Days

Trek type:                    Camping

Max Altitude:             6135 m.

Minimum Pax:             1 +

Mode of travel:           Flight

Grade:                             Strenuous

Itinerary Details

Day 01: Kathmandu – Tumlingtar                          [45 Minutes Fly]

Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (510m) which takes about 45 minutes.

Day 02: Tumlingtar – Maney Bhanjyang                [5-6 hours]

The trail ascends all the way through forest of rhododendrons and sal trees. En route, you pass few villages. Maney Bhanjyang is a ridge inhabited by some people. It is quite surrounded by forest and this is grazing filed for local people.

Day 03: Maney Bhanjyang – Chilchile (1830m)     [5 hours]

The trail ascends through forest of rhododendrons and sal trees for about three hours and you will ultimately walk over a flat trail and you approach Chilchile. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurungs and other communities as well. There is a government school where locals send their children. You will find some good tea houses.

Day 04: Chilchile – Num (1500 m)                           [4-5 hours]

The trail ascends for about 2 hours and then descends by a small perennial river and the walk on a flat trail for about 1 hour and reach Num. Num is a beautiful village which is enriched with many tea houses and telephone facilities.

Day 05: Num – Navagaon (2140m)                          [5-6 hours]

You trek somewhere mixed path and at some point trail appear quite flat through jungle and beautiful traditional villages. While walking, you can interact with the local sherpa, Tamang people. There is a small primary school. The main occupations of villagers are agriculture. They grow crops like maize, pototo, beans, as per the season. You can also taste chhyang (local wine).

Day 06: Navagaon – Tashigaon (2250m)                 [3 hours]

To reach Tashigoan, you follow a flat and easy trail passing through colorful villages, terraces, small forest and you cross a small river.

Day 07: Tashigaon – Khongma la (3560 m)                        [6 hours]

The trail ascends throughout the day and you will walk through forest of Rhododendrons and Sal trees until you reach destination. Kongma la is a ridge and there is only one tea house here. This is also perfect place for camping. There falls snow during March and April.

Day 08: Kauma – Mumbuk (3815m) via  Shipton la (4216m) [6 hours]

It takes three and half hours to get Shipton la pass following steep ascent path. Crossing Shipton la you have to trek through flat path until you meet a ridge and from here the trail ultimately goes downhill all the way to Mumbuk. The trekking path moves through dry land with some bushes on both sides.

Day 09: Mumbuk – Nehe Kharka (3620m) [4-5 hours]

The rocky trail moves between forests all the way to Nehe Kharka. You trek along mixed path. While walking, you can see huge stones and few mountain peaks.

Day 10: Nehe Kharka – Langma Le (4410m) [4-5 hours]

The trail is flat all the way to Langma Le. En route, you will be captivated by the mountain views like Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m), etc.

Day 11: Langma Le – Hillary Base Camp (4920m) [6 hours]

You trek gentle ascent path all the way to Hillary Base Camp. You can hardly find some bushes along the trail as your are at more than 4000 m. To mention about the majestic views, they are Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m), etc.

Day 12: Hillary Base Camp – Makalu Base Camp (4812 m) [5 hours]

You trek over gradual descent path until you reach Makalu Base Camp. You will have a spectacular views of different mountains and peaks like  Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m), etc. You can also hike to Baruntse Base Camp.

Day 13: Makalu Base Camp – High Camp (5300 m.) [3-4 hours]

You trek almost steep path till High Camp. Here too, you will fall in love with panoramic views of Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m), peak 3, and Pyramid peak etc.

Day 14: High Camp – Sherpani Col (6110m) [7 hours]

This day is quite difficult and adventurous as you need to do rock climbing. The rocky trail is full of snow.

Day 15: Sherpani Col – West Col (6135m) [7 hours]

This rocky route is also full of snow. This is very adventurous as on this day too you go for rock climbing.

Day 16: West Col – Amphu Laptsha Pass (5845m) [8 hours]

On this day, you again follow the same kind of path and do rock climbing.

Day 17: Amphu Laptsha Pass – Below Pass (4988m)

Day 18: Below Pass – Chukkung (4900m)

Day 19: Chukkung – Tyangboche (3860)                [5 hours]

You trek along gentle descent path for almost four and half hours and finally you trek uphill until you reach Tyangboche. En route, you pass sparse forest and Dingboche among other villages where you can visit monastery. While walking, you will feel exhilarating by the views of Ama Dablam peak, Thamserku Himal, Tawache peak, Lhotse and many more.

Day 20: Tyangboche – Namche Bazaar (3440m.)   [4-5 hours]

From Tyangboche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m.) crossing the Dudh Koshi. Now you have a glimpse of panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche has small ups and downs with view of forests, scenery and mountains.

Day 21: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2886 m.)                        [6 hours]

The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.

Day 22: Lukla – Kathmandu                                                [30 minutes fly]

You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

 Services Included

  • National Park entry permit, Trekking permit,
  • All surface transportation to and fro,
  • A guide and required number of porter(s), cook, kitchen helper, sherpas,
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee, fruit, juice, etc.),
  • Necessary camping equipments such as tents, kitchen tent, dining tent,  toilet tent, mattresses, down   sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, fuel etc. camping charges,
  • Rescue help, insurance and equipment for the Nepali staffs.

 Services Excluded

  • Personal expenses, Insurance, Tips,
  • Emergency evacuation by Helicopter,
  • Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.
  • All the other expenses which are not included in above services included

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