Makalu Everest High Passes Trek

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Makalu Everest High Passes Trek

This is the highest and most challenging section of the Great Himalaya Trail! On this section you cross three high passes, two of them over 6000m, traversing the mountain range between Makalu and Everest.

Makalu is a rarely visited gem. Sandwiched between the more famous Everest and Kanchenjunga massifs, Makalu (8463m) is considered one of the toughest 8000m peaks to climb – even the great Edmund Hillary failed twice. But the wilderness around it is just waiting to be explored by the intrepid trekker prepared to forgo the comforts of teahouse treks. For the more experienced trekker, the pristine river valleys of the Arun and Barun below the ‘Great Black One’, with views up to Everest and Lhotse, offer hard-won rewards. The trail to Makalu Base Camp from the south is considered one of the tougher routes in Nepal, and you’re more likely to have the company of birds than fellow hikers.

This is even more the case on the Great Himalaya Trail from Makalu to Everest: be prepared for a combination of cross-country and mountaineering to cross over the high passes of the grueling ‘Three Cols’ – Sherpani Col, West Col and Amphu Labsta – which take you to almost 6200m.

The rewards are generous. The lush Makalu Barun region is one of the largest protected areas in Nepal. It shelters 3000 species of flowering plants including countless varieties of Himalayan Orchids, 440 species of birds and 75 species of mammals. Rare species such as the musk deer, the clouded leopard and the Asian golden cat testify to the incredible biodiversity visitors will encounter in the verdant valleys. The towering granite cliffs capped with immense glaciers in the upper reaches of the Barun Valley have been compared to those of Yosemite – on a bigger scale!

As you walk up the river valleys, immense mountain vistas will unfold before you, including the massifs of Makalu, Everest and Lhotse. You may well wonder why you have the views all to yourself – something to ask the indigenous groups of Rai, Limbu, Sherpa and Lhomi people you will encounter lower down.


Day to day Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu Overnight hotel.

  • Day 02: Full day Kathmandu city tour. Overnight hotel.

  • Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar. Overnight camp.

  • Day 04: Trek to Katike. Overnight camp.

  • Day 05: Trek to Ghote Bazaar. Overnight camp.

  • Day 06: Trek to Salpa Phed. Overnight camp.

  • Day 07: Trek to Ghorase. Overnight camp.

  • Day 08: Trek to Gudel. Overnight camp.

  • Day 09: Trek to Khiraule. Overnight camp.

  • Day 10: Trek to Cholam Kharka. Overnight camp.

  • Day 11: Trek to Khola Kharka. Overnight camp.

  • Day 12: Khola Kharka. Overnight camp.

  • Day 13: Trek to Kathe. Overnight camp.

  • Day 14: Trek to Thangnag. Overnight camp.

  • Day 15: Trek to Khare. Overnight camp.

  • Day 16: Khare Rest day. Overnight camp.

  • Day 17: Trek to High camp. Overnight camp.

  • Day 18: Summit Mera Peak to Base Camp. Overnight camp.

  • Day 19: Trek to Thangnag. Overnight camp.

  • Day 20: Trek to Kathe Khola. Overnight camp.

  • Day 21: Trek to Chetarwa. Overnight camp.

  • Day 22: Trek to Lukla. Overnight Lodge.

  • Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu Overnight hotel.

  • Day 24: Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight hotel.

  • Day 25: Departure from Nepal.

Package Cost

Package cost always depends on the number of people travelling in your group, standard of the hotels you like to take, the mode of transportations you choose as (by private vehicle, tourist bus, plane, 4WD) and the period you are travelling (High season, Low season) etc. Please click on the next tab (INQUIRY/ BOOKING) and send us your inquiry. We will reply you with cost and other necessary details within 24 hours.

Cost Include(s)

  • All necessary ground transfers including all arrivals and departures.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided cultural city tour in Kathmandu with entrance to the monuments.
  • Tea House accommodations while Makalu Everest High Passes Trekking period.
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner during the Makalu Everest High Passes Trekking.
  • All domestic flights as listed in the itinerary with airport tax.
  • All necessary paper works, National park entry permit and TIMS Card for Makalu Everest High Passes Trek.
  • Experienced and First Aid trained trekking guide licensed by NATHM.
  • Strong, helpful porters (one porter for two people).
  • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Makalu Everest High Passes Trekking map.
  • Insurance of all local staff including porters.
  • Warm clothing and trekking gear for staff including porters.
  • Complementary Makalu Everest High Passes Trekking T-shirts and trip duffle bag.
  • Makalu Everest High Passes Trekking certificate issued by us.
  • Travel and Rescue arrangements (paid by your Travel insurance company).
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Air travel to and from Nepal.
  • Purchases of bottled water while on the trek, gifts or alcohol.
  • Entry visas for Nepal (suggest getting 30 day tourist visa for Nepal on arrival into KTM).
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Personal expenses whilst trekking such as laundry, showers, internet use.
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (transport, extra hotel nights, etc).
  • Personal travel / trip cancellation insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg).
  • Any rescue costs.
  • Gratuities.

Associated With:

  • Government of Nepal
  • Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)
  • Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN)
  • Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)
  • Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP)

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