Days: 30 / Difficulty: 5 of 5 (Very Strenuous)
The Great Himalayan Trail Alpine Way Hard GHT (Makalu-Barun)
ICE COL TREK TUMLINGTAR TO NAMCHE BAZAR VIA SHERPANI COL, WEST COL AND AMPHU LAPCHA LA INTO NATIONALPARK SAGARMANTHA
A truly adventurous expedition to a remote and wild region of the Great Himalayas, with full logistic support - this is a journey that seeks a different route, a fresh perspective, a challenge.
Our route traverses a spectacular, seldom visited region of Nepal
and crosses three High Mountain passes. Only on the very final section does it meet the popular southern approach to Everest Base Camp at Chhukung. The rare views, some of which will be ours alone, are quite the most breathtaking in the whole Himalayan range: sublime vistas in which are amplified the power of three of the world’s five highest mountains: Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Everest.
Here too is offered the satisfaction of absorbing at first hand the culture and folklore of tribal hill and mountain peoples and the flora and fauna of remote Eastern Nepal
and the dates selected should ensure some of the best weather and panoramic views
From Kathmandu, the majestic backbone of the Himalayan glides our wingtips as we head east for Tumlingtar. Beyond here our trekking route follows a great are, rising north onto the ridges of Num and sweeping slowly westwards into the uninhabited heartland of the world's most spectacular mountains and passes.
Destination: Sherpani Col, West Col & Amphu Lapcha La Pass
Group Size: Min — 2
Minimum altitude: 1040 meters
Maximum altitude: 6143 meters
Season: Spring & Autumn
Accommodation: Hotel, Tented Camp
Transportation: 4WD drive, Airplane
Walking Hours: 5 to 7 approximately
Minimum 4 participants in group
Trip Day to Day Itinerary
DAY 01: ARRIVAL KATHMANDU AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL.
DAY 02: FULL DAY GUIDED SIGHTSEEING INSIDE THE KATHMANDU VALLEY.
After breakfast our guide meets you in the Lobby. We visit the temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva .After we drive to visit the Bouddhanath Stupa the biggest Stupa in the world which is an important place for Buddhists. After we drive to Swayambouddha known also as monkey temple.
We arrive back in the Hotel at around 3 in the afternoon. Last shopping for Trek
DAY 03: KATHMANDU-TUMLINGTAR - KHADBARI - 1,040 m - 4-hrs walk.
Fly to Tumlingtar which is an hour flight. Here your trekking crew will meet you and a bit of briefing about the trail, then start walking up to Khadbari (1,040 m). Have lunch break in the shade of Kabra Trees. We walk north towards Khandbari, and then begin walking on a plateau for around 45 minutes after the trails climbing gradually to Khandbari. We camp above the village.
DAY 04: KHADBARI - CHICHILA — 1,830 m - 5/6 hrs walk
After breakfast walk through many small picturesque villages most of the time the walk is uphill and you will be walking through bamboo groves and a rhododendron forest. Our camp is at Chichela a small settlement of Gurungs at 1,830m.
DAY 05: CHICHILA-NUM — 1,490 m - 5 hrs walk
Today we start walking with views of snow capped peaks in the distance. Fantastic views of Makalu and its surrounding peak. Walk on a striaght path, with little ups and downs, through forest to have lunch at about 2 hrs and then start descending to reach Num. Camp.
DAY 06: NUM-SEDUA — 1,460 m - 5/6 hrs walk
The trail today descends steeply from Num through the Cornfield of Lumbang. The country is particularly rocky; tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, then we have tough steep climb to Sedua. Camp
DAY 07: SEDUA-TASHI GAON — 2,070 M - 5 hrs walk
The trail crosses meadows and several streams, then climbs to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley. Camp
DAY 08: TASHI GAON - KAUMA — 3,470 m - 6 hrs walk
A very hard day of the trek as the trail goes up real steep. We walk through the sparse forests along the ridge over a hillock and descend a bit to Kauma at 3,470 m. Camp
DAY 09: KAUMA
Today is a rest day as well as acclimatization day.
DAY 10: KAUMA - MUMBUK — 3,570 m - 5 hrs walk
We again start today with a steep climb then through less steeply rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge. You will have superb views of Chamlang (7,290 m) Peak 6 (6,739 m) and Peak 7 (6,105 m). Then we will have a final descent through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk. Camp
DAY 11: MUMBUK-NHE KHARKA — 3,000 m - 6 hrs walk
Today the trail descends steep gully with a stream for about 500m. The trail is ill defined, rocky and sloppy mud in places as it leads up the glacial valley. From here you can have a good views of Peak 6. Nhe Kharka is located on a large open grassy plain at an elevation of 3000 m. from here you will have great mountain views. Camp
DAY 12: NHE KHARKA - SHERSON — 4,615 m - 7 hrs walk
The trail today turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak (7,168 m), Peak 4 (6,720 m) etc. Sherson is at 4,615 m a bit dangerous day as the altitude gains more than 1,500 m but we don't have a choice because we do not have any suitable camp between Nhe Kharka and Sherson.
Day 13: 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 14: Trek to high Makalu base camp (4,800m/15,744ft)
A short day we continue to more isolated area towards the higher base camp, which is less than three hour trek above Sherson, at the snout of the Barun glacier, near its glacial pond. Upon arriving at the camp afternoon free for short hike above this camp, a climb on the moraine ridge, for more spectacular views of Mt Makalu, and of the usual hidden east sides of Lhotse and Everest, which looms above the Barun glacier to the North West. We will spend rest of the afternoon at leisure and preparing for the next big adventure. Some of the porters will set off back with equipment which we do not need to take with us making the load as light as possible to overcome the traverse over Sherpani col and beyond.
Day 15: Trek to higher camp (5,200m/17,056ft)
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 4-5 hrs and we overnight camp on the clearing of the moraine.
Day 16: Trek to above higher camp 5,700m
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 4-5 hours of vigorous climb.
Day 17: Rest day at same camp
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 18: Camp on the Moraine
(5,640m/18,500ft) after Sherpani Col. 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. 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 19: Trek to Panch Pokhari 5,480m
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 20: Rest day at Panch Pokhari
Another well earned rest day, which gives us a break to pull back our strength back for the final assault over the last big pass. Either relaxing or for the energetic people there is an opportunity to climb smaller hills behind the camp for the excellent views of the Hinku Glacier and the Mingu-la.
Day 21: Trek to Amphu Labtsa high camp
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 22: Cross Amphu Labtsa Pass (5,780m/18,958ft) and to Chhukung 4,730m
Another big day, an early start from the camp for 2-3 hrs treks leads us to the top of the pass and overlooking 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.
DAY 23: TREK TO DENGBOCHE - 4,380m (5 hrs)
Follow the main Khumbu Valley down to site of the Himalayan Rescue Association's Trekkers' Aid Post and continue to Dingboche. Camp Overnight.
DAY 24: TREK TO TENGBOCHE - (3,860m) (4 hrs).
The trail continues through meadows where yaks graze. In the distance you can glimpse the summit of Everest, girt by the impressive rock walls of Lhotse and Nuptse. Start by passing by a spring, and then continue slightly takes you to Tengboche, the cultural heart of Everest. Camp Overnight.
DAY 25: TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAR (3,440m) (4 hrs).
The trail descends to the right flank of the Dudh Kosi and then leads to the large Sherpa settlement and then ascends to the Namche Bazar.
DAY 26: REST AT NAMCHE BAZAR
A complete rest day at Namche to explore its attractions.
DAY 27: TREK TO PHAKDING (2,610m) — (4 hrs)
Down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the village of Phakding. Camp Overnight.
DAY 28: TREK TO LUKLA (2,840m) — (1 ½ hrs)
Continue ascend to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare a farewell treat for you. You would be expected to join in the singing and the dancing! Overnight Camp.
DAY 29: FLY TO KATHMANDU. FREE DAY… And of course a farewell Dinner at private house
DAY 30:After breakfast or at your desired time transfer to International airport for your final Departure
single participant USD 5370
2 participants USD 4850
3 participants USD 4550
4 participants USD 4350
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 3 nights ccommodation with breakfast at 3*** Standard hotel in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary.
* Domestic flight ticket KTM/Tumlingtar and Lukla/KTM and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* All transportation.
* Sagarmatha National Park permit and all necessary permits.
* All Camping Equipments (Tents) and Kitchen equeipments
* Office Service charge.
* Guide & support staffs insurance and salary
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays,political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.