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Julien and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip and would not have changed anything.
Julien and Jacky Cobb (UK) | Annapurna Luxury Lodge, Nepal
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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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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