Days: / Difficulty: 5 of 5 (Very Strenuous)
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
Trip Day to Day Itinerary
DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
DAY 02: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
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. Stay overnight at tented camp.
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. Stay overnight at tented camp.
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. Stay overnight at tented 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. Stay overnight at tented 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. Stay overnight at tented 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. Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 09: KAUMA
Today is a rest day as well as acclimatization day. Stay overnight at tented camp.
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. Stay overnight at tented 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. Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 13: SHERSON - MAKALU BASE CAMP 5,000 m - 4/5 hrs walk
Today is a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100 m . From here you will have a magnificent south face views of Makalu also you will be able to see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 14: EXPLORE MAKALU BASE CAMP, Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 15: TREK TO HILLARY BASE CAMP, Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 16: TREK TO HIGH CAMP, Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 17: EXPLORATION/REST DAY, Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 18: TREK TO SHERPANI COL, BARUNTSE BASE CAMP, Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 19: TREK TO WEST COL, Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 20: TREK TO PANCHE POKHARI, Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 21: TREK TO PANCHE POKHARI, AMPHU LAPCHA CROSS, Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 22: TREK TO CHUKUNG - (4,730m) (6 hrs)
Chhukhung (4,730 m.), lies directly under an incredible rock wall that links Nuptse with Lhotse. From here you will also have magnificent views of Amadablam (6856 m.), probably the most photographed mountain in Nepal. Stay overnight at tented camp.
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. Stay overnight at tented camp.
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. Stay overnight at tented camp.
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. Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 26: REST AT NAMCHE BAZAR
A complete rest day at Namche to explore its attractions. Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 27: TREK TO PHAKDING (2,610m) — (4 hrs)
Down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the village of Phakding. Stay overnight at tented camp.
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! Stay overnight at tented camp.
DAY 29: FLY TO KATHMANDU AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL. FREE DAY…
DAY 30:Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 3 nights ccommodation with breakfast at 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 water during the trek.
* Tented camp accommodation during the trek.
* All transportation by private car.
* Sagarmatha National Park permit and all necessary permits.
* Makalu Barun National Park Permit.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and 1 helper, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their
food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All Camping Equipments (Tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils etc.)
* Climbing Sherpa's equipment charge and his insurance, salary.
* Office Service charge.
* All government tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and
* 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 (P) Ltd. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.