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Our warmest thanks goes to Chandra whose professionalism got us over the pass but who was loads of fun too. He looked after us so well, and had a great team of lads. We all made it over the pass which was mainly due to Chandras training and advice.
Sue Charter (UK) | Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

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  • Trekkers at Sedua Village
  • Crossing Arun River
  • Crossing Shipton La to enter Barun Valley
  • Sherson close to Makalu Base Camp
  • Mount Makalu seen from near Base Camp
  • Approaching Sherpani High Camp with Lhotse Shar and Everest
  • Climbing up Sherpani Pass on fixed ropes
  • Top of Sherpani Pass
  • Abseiling/ rapelling down Sherpani Pass
  • View of West Col from top of Sherpani Pass
  • Upper Baruntse Base Camp
  • Descent line down West Col (250m)
  • Walking up Amphu Laptsa pass
  • On glacier climb on Amphu Laptsa pass
  • View from top of Amphu Laptsa pass
  • Abseiling/ rapelling down Amphu Laptsa Pass
  • Imja lake with Cholatse and Taboche behind
  • Tengboche monastery in Khumbu

Makalu Base Camp to Everest - GHT

An expedition from Makalu Base Camp to Everest via Sherpani Pass, West Col and Amphu Laptsa. This trek follows a section of The Great Himalaya Trail

The trail takes you from Tumlingtar in the steamy lowlands near the Arun River over the Shipton La and into the remote and beautiful Barun river valley before arriving to Makalu Base Camp. From here we cross Sherpani Pass over to Baruntse Base Camp, then cross West Col to Panch Pokhari followed by the Amphu Laptsa into the Everest. 

This is a truly adventurous expedition passing through a remote and wild region of the Himalayas with superb views of Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga.

Our itinerary has been designed to include sufficient time for acclimatisation to the altitude in order to maximise your chances of completing the traverse into the Everest. There are logistical challenges in organising an expedition to such a remote area of the Himalaya and this is only possible by bringing a strong and experienced Sherpa team.

Previous mountaineering experience is required to safely complete this journey as there will be fixed rope on the passes and roped group travel on glaciers. However if you think that our Makalu to Everest trek is too challenging then take a look at our Makalu Base Camp itinerary (returning to Tumlingtar).

Please take a look at this video on YouTube taken by a member of our Makalu to Everest group in Spring 2011, this gives a really good idea of what to expect on this trek- Sherpani, West Col and Amphu Laptsa on YouTube

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Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Holiday Type: Mountaineering
    Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 29 days from Kathmandu
  • Leadership: Western-Led
  • Minimum Group Size: 6 People
  • Cost: 2018 - £4,395 (US$5,695 or €5,295)
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What does this include

Price includes:

  • Internal flight to Tumlingtar and from Lukla to Kathmandu including baggage allowance of 20kg for your main bag checked into the hold and 5kg for day pack carried with you inside the aircraft
  • All transfers including airport collections
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet, Hotel Manaslu or Hotel Ganjong in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek
  • Twin share tents while on trek using our three person Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1s
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Western and Sherpa guides, porters and cook
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Makalu and Everest regions from EverestWeather.com throughout the duration of this trek
  • Thuraya satellite phone for organising logistics and medical evacuations, it can also be also used for personal calls at extra cost
  • SPOT gps tracker with daily check ins published on SPOT Adventures map website
  • Complimentary Makalu trekking map
  • For financial protection of your booking before departure, UK residents will be issued an ATOL certificate and international clients will be covered by our financial protection insurance issued from International Passenger Protection
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Nepal Pre Trip Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu
  • Travel and trekking insurance
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40 (approx £25)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
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Trip Grade Challenging

Trip Grade Challenging

Suitability: a good choice for regular, long distance hill walkers. A very high level of fitness would be required for our toughest treks and expeditions. Previous trekking experience at high altitude is preferable although not mandatory given sufficient experience, preparation and training. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.

1) Walking times: average 7 to 9 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 15 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 6,500m.

3) Terrain: you will experience a wide variety of mountain terrain from reasonable trails to crossing technical mountaineering passes and climbing to summits sometimes including use of fixed ropes.

4) Remoteness:  usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • April 15th to May 13th 2018
  • April 14th to May 12th 2019

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu 
  • Day 2Briefing and preparations in Kathmandu 
  • Day 3Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1,840m) 
  • Day 4Trek to Num (1,500m) 
  • Day 5Trek to Sedua (1,540m)  
  • Day 6Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m)  
  • Day 7Trek to Khongma (3,560m) 
  • Day 8Rest & acclimatisation day 
  • Day 9Cross Shipton La and trek to Debotay (3,800m) 
  • Day 10Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,700m) 
  • Day 11Trek to Langmale Kharka (4,450m) 
  • Day 12Acclimatisation day at Langmale Kharka (4,450m) 
  • Day 13Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4,900m) 
  • Day 14Day walk around Makalu Base Camp (4,900m) 
  • Day 15Mountaineering skills instruction at Makalu Base Camp (4,900m) 
  • Day 16Trek to Sherpani Low Camp (5,200m) 
  • Day 17Acclimatisation day at Sherpani Low Camp (5,200m) 
  • Day 18Trek to Sherpani High Camp (5,700m) 
  • Day 19Cross Sherpani Pass (6,135m) and West Col (6,143m), trek to Upper Baruntse Base Camp (5,700m) 
  • Day 20Rest day at Upper Baruntse Base Camp (5,700m) 
  • Day 21Trek to High Camp before Amphu Laptsa (5,400m) 
  • Day 22Cross Amphu Laptsa pass (5,850m) and trek to Imja Lake camp (5,100m) 
  • Day 23Trek to Pangboche (3,875m) 
  • Day 24Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m) 
  • Day 25Trek to Lukla (2,840m) 
  • Day 26Spare/ contingency day 
  • Day 27Fly to Kathmandu 
  • Day 28Sightseeing in Kathmandu  
  • Day 29Fly back home 
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