Makalu Basecamp and Sherpini-col pass Trek.

March 13, 2020 By Admin


Makalu base Camp & Sherpani- col pass trek  is most likely Nepal’s most adventures the challenging pass located in the south-west from Mount Everest and lies between two popular national parks Makalu Barun National Park and Sagarmatha national park,  Makalu base camp and Serpini Col pass is known as a  world’s most tough pass, this route starts from the eastern part of Nepal at  Sankhuwasava districts,  Makalu base camp and Sherpini Col pass route begins after a short 40 minutes domestic flight to Tumlingtar airport,  Tumlingtar the airport is located in the lowest altitude at 450m of this trek, Once you safely land in Tumlingtar airport then basically you will take a jeep to Num today, the drive rode go through the  Arun river valley for a while and take right side up towards Bhotebash via mane Bhanjyang, once you reach in Bhotebash you feel a little bit cool with fresh air, Tumlingtar is very warm temperature so you feel very hot in the beginning but after hour drive you shall reach in a bit higher in top of the hill then you feel cooler than before, afternoon, if the weather is clear until you reach in this town you will have the first view of Mt. Makalu mountain range alt 8443m. in distance, continually you shall drive down to num which today drive distance is 4 to 5 hours in total, So we don’t have more hours to start to walk, So you must stay in num tonight, you will have time to prepare walking to Makalu base camp and Sherpini- col pass trek.




to start to walk, So you must stay in num tonight, you will have time to prepare walking to Makalu base camp and Sherpini- col pass trek.

In Num only Basic lodge are available, still, you will have a good night with local people warm hospitality, the evening they will serve you organic  Nepali foods and drinks,   Next is we trek to  Seduwa which goes steep down again to Arun river, The river around 600m.altitude and steep up to Seduwa, Num to Seduwa walking distance is  6 to 7 hours, today mostly you shall walk in low altitude area then the temperature will be very warm weather, no need more clothes during the walking period, Next day or day 3rd of this trek you will trek from Seduwa to Tashi gaon today is very easy to walk, but this will help us to save energy for further days treks,  Tashi Gaun is one of the popular Sherpa habitation in this trek, more than 1000 to 1200 Sherpa people live here permanently, afternoon you can visit the Monastery and museum, while you walking around Tashi Gaun (Villages)  you will see how Sherpa people stay in mountains with great cooperate with each other, and you can also see their basic daily lifestyle.  Some groups also make a day rest here its help for acclimatization to go higher pass to Sherpa –Col pass (alt 6160m), after Tashi Gaun you can’t find a big town, only you will cross fewer local tea house, Cow and ship statements, continually on the day 4th of this trek you will walk Tashi Gaun to Kongma la (alt 3790m) dada, mainly you will be ascending, generally it takes in between  8 to 10 hours,  this is your big walking day, along the trek you will walk through the jungle and Sherpa farming land, some people say about today it’s a  big ascending day for earlier training or preparation to go high adventure trek to Makalu base camp and Sherpini – Col pass. on the day 5th of this trek, you shall trek to Satdobatoo, via Kongma-la pass cross,  which is not that high pass, but most of the time fuggy is staying on this hill,  so it makes a bit harder even its lower altitude pass,  After Dobato it is just down to Barun River and easy up to yangrikharka, which is a beautiful Makalu valley. Yangri kharka and Makalu base camp valley it is the most beautiful scenery of Makalu Range Mountain, you shall see nicer and close from you.

Once you reach in Makalu base camp (alt 4790m) it is just amazing beauty of the world top fifth -eight thousand big mountain base camp. Once you reach in Makalu base camp then will have time to explore the Barun glacier and you need to save energy for rest of the adventure parts of Sherpini- Col passes 6100m.

Sherpini – Col pass harder parts start from here.


From Makalu base camp Trek, we trek towards to Swiss camp, walking distance looks not so long total walking distance is only 4 to 5 hours, but walking into the glacier & stone takes more hours, along the trek,  today you will be enjoying with a magnificent view of Makalu Mountains( alt 8481m)make your feel very  happy, and you won’t feel that much harder walk into the rocky parts, from Swiss camp to High camp (alt. 5650m.) it is harder to accent up into the rocky hill, Non as called Sherpani-col high camp located in the front for huge Iceland,  In high camp you will have  one more rest day for preparing for  Sherpani -Col pass alt 6119, you need to acclimatize here, your climbing guide will teach you basic  climbing training and get used to altitude, after breakfast, climbing team will go for prepare the rout  fixing the  rope to the top of Sherpani – Col pass,  today  hard work help  for  makes it easier for crossing the high pass,  Next day early morning starts from high camp to Sherpani  Col top is  very  challenging  parts of this high pass basically  take 7 to 8 hour to reach the top,  5 to 6 hour you can manage to reach the button of Sherpani-Col, walk-in between high camp to Sherpini-Col pass is quite interesting because of every step looks very near, but due to crevasses   and hard snow  frozen makes it harder to keep continue to walk and it takes more hours,  somehow  after struggling some hours lack of oxygen  for  accent to the button of Sherpani- Col, then you have to go through the  rope to top for 200meters, until the top to reach it’s ok it is not very steep but still for porters to climb up it is not easy with carrying the load.  You are in the top of Sherpani –Col alt 6190 meters you can see west -Col and huge ice field of Baruntse camp II  in the west and stunning view of Mount Makalu it is always with you,  in between  Sherpini – Col top to another side in crevasses  Iceland is very challenging parts, everyone should stay safe in rope and descend 250m. steep rocky mountains, here you need a knowledgeable climbing guide, minimum in big the group we  need a three basic  knowledgeable Sherpa  team, always in mountain climbing period  Sherpa make the first plan or, the decision how to descend in the safe zone all  group members and  kitchen crew team  with safety and security, after fixing the rope here all groups members should descend one by one first then Nepali kitchen crews and finally Sherpa will descend the kitchen goods slowly with safety and security  normally, if encase some goods or people  took the wrong direction then it  can fall down to deep crevasses,   pull back to the right direction is very hard, require a  big  manpower and deep knowledge Sherpa team, as per plan from Sherpa team  they control in this dangerous descend parts  like this way, one person stay in the turning point of ice fall and one person in the button to collect safely and one person stay in top manage the load to send slowly down, after  safely  rescue in this hard decent parts, all groups, kitchen crews and equipment,  still you need to walk 4 to 5 hours in  gradual  ice parts,  and its huge big area  like 10 times bigger than a big football stadium ,  if encase a massive fuggy  in this part, some people lost the right direction then its dangers and can missed our life here, as a big record about people die in past, End of this flat area we make camp tonight, a similar strategy like Sherpani-Col high camp, here also climbing guide and other crews go to prepare for west-Col small accent and long descent for next day to make  sure rope condition and other preparation. This the part is most probably one of the most beautiful places in this whole adventure the trip, the lap of Barunte to sleep with seeing massif mount Makalu is definitely there is no other place to something similar like here, tonight is very hard to spend with this high altitude and sleep.   Next morning descending from west-Col, it is the hardest pass in this a trip among other passes in Everest and Makalu region, you have to descend at list promptly 300-meter street to Baruntse camp I from the west –Col,  during descending time lose rock may fall and can hit anybody so you need to be careful anytime, the mountains roles will be same like a yesterday in Sherpini –Col pass, with safety and security  Sherpa team, send group members first one by one and then after kitchen crew, porters and equipment,  Still, you can’t feel safe even completely reach in the button of west-Col still, you need to be careful rock can fall anytime and with crevasse, land and trail shape are always changing due to heavy avalanches during heavy snowfall time. After safely descending another side all groups, we trek to Baruntse camp I where we spend overnight.

Next-Day we trek to  Amphu laptsa high camp (alt 5430m) camper to Sherpini –Col & west Col pass Amphu laptsa high camp is not higher so you can have a good sleep after good ascending and descending, its only 4 to 5 hours walking distance in between Baruntse camp I,  from high camp to amphu laptsa it takes around 2 to 3-hour maximum to reach on top, today for final ascend to get top of Amphulaptsa pass (alt 5860m) you have to use rope,  but this one is easier and much safe and last passes, from top of AMPHULAPTSA PASSES Alt. 5860m you can see  Everest regions mountain, which is completely different than we show earlier from Sherpin Col and west Col pass from Makalu region, then we will onwards to descending other side base camp through the rope,aproxly  200 to 250 meter steep descending the south-north route, it’s your last the final hard part of this trek and its very challenging adventure pass and if we don’t have enough time to reach in Chukung then we stay at camp in Imse lake near Island peak base camp, if we have time and still enough energy to get in Chhukung then we trek to Chukung today directly from Amphulaptas base camp, definitely it’s another hard and big day, and then following fewer days are very easy trekking down to Chhukung,  Dingboche,  Namche, and Lukla before we fly back to  Kathmandu, in between Chhukung to Lukla we meet many trekkers,  who are heading up to Everest base camp trek, then we finally fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu and this is your adventures trip is over here with big memories and experience, definitely, you will always remember this incredible beautiful adventures trip in your lifetime.

Makalu base camp & Sherpini Col pass Itinerary 2020/021

Day 1- arrived in Kathmandu & transfer to your hotel (alt 1300m.)

Overnight at Hotel

Day 2 –Half Day sightseeing and afternoon trek preparation.

Day 3 – Fly to Tumlingtar from ktm, total flight duration is 50 minutes (450m.) and drive to Num (1560m.) 4-5 hours.

Day 4 – Trek to Seduwa (1510m.), 6 -7 HOURS.

Day 5- Trek to Tashi Gaun (2030m.) 4 – hours

Day 6 – Rest day in Tashi Gaun.

Day 7 – Trek to Kongma dada (3700m.) 5 to 6 hours.

Day 8 -Trek to Dobato (alt, 3520m), 6 to 7 hours.

Day 9 – Trek to Yangri kharka (3500m.) ,5 to 6 hours.

Day 10- Trek to Sherson (4040m.) , to 6 hours.

Day 11- Trek to Makalu base camp (5000m.), 4 to 5 hours.

Day 12 – Explore Makalu base camp and acclimatization day.

Day 13 – Trek to Swiss camp (5350m.), 6 to 7 hours.

Day 14 – Trek to Sherpani – Col high camp (5600m.) 5 -6 hours.

Day 15 – Rest and prepare for Sherpani-col pass(this day climbing guide go up to Sherpani- col to fixed the rope to top)and porters take some load to the top as well to make easier next day)

Day 16 – Early morning trek to Sherpani – Col pass (6190m) top last 200 meters by rope and descend 200m by rope to Baruntse camp II, and camp at Baruntse camp ii nearby west- Col,( total time minimum 10 to 12 hours.

Day 17- Climb up to west – Col (6220m) and go down Baruntse camp I by rope approx.300meter for overnight stay. (time 10 to 11 hours)

Day 18 – Trek to Amphu laptsa high camp (alt.5400m.) ,5 to 6 hours.

Day 19- Rest and prepare for Ampuhu laptsa pass.

Day 20-  Early morning trek to Amphulaptsa pass(5900m) 100 meter up by rope and from top 170 meters down by rope and trek to imjase  lake corner camp for overnight

Day 21- Trek to Dingboche (alt.4400m.) 5 hours

Day 23- Trek to Namche bazaar,(alt.3400m.), 6 hours

Day 24- Relaxing day

Day 25- Trek to Lukla, Alt.2800m, 6 hours.

Day 26- Fly back to Kathmandu 35 minutes and your trip is end here.

Day 27- free time in Kathmandu, and evening invited for farewell dinner. 

Day 28 – Departure to your won destination.


What is the best time of year to do Makalu base camp and Sherpini –Col pass trek?


In Nepal here is Two big trekking and climbing season autumn from Mid September to early December and next spring season start from early March to the first week of June, are the best time of year. You cannot do this sherpini -Col pass and Makalu base camp trek in winter or summer, because of the more rain, less chance to see mountains views, mostly cloudy very less visibility around. And winter is very cold with frozen snow and ice including snowing in high mountains moments is not a good idea to go.

So always Autumn and Spring is the best time to do the high passes treks in mountains, in this season it will be the warmer temperature and mostly sunshine day and less chance to snowing,  the ice, frozen snow will be melt mostly, the view of the mountains will be very clear with blue sky and. anyway for the good season also you need to have a good trekking and climbing gear for this trek and pass, when you have good equipment then it will be no problems. so the region we suggest people be prepared very well before you go this trek. We would also suggest you need to have good travel insurance for this trek, which cover your adventure trip in encase anything happens only.


Makalu basecamp and Sherpini Col pass trek suggested equipment list for 2020/021

 Ice axe (it’s not necessary to bring from there, the climbing guide will carry one for the summit day.) but if you have your own then you can bring it.)

  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings (2)
  • Screw gate karabiners (2 locks, 2 unlock)
  • Descended/eight-figure
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Ascender/Jhumar
  • Helmet

Group Climbing Gears (   it’s not useful for the single climber)

  • Snow bar*
  • Rope*
  • Ice hammer*
  • Ice screw*


  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable


  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens; consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched, waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms
  • 1 pair of fleece or woollen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric


  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks
  • Gaiters


  • 1 sleeping bag -30 degree centigrade
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • Daypack/backpack of 35 to 50 litres for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • We provide you duffle bag for the trip.

Medical (we will also have our first aid kit bag)

  • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhoea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Note: Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant!
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • Large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks


  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)you can buy everywhere on the trip
  • Tissue /toilet roll you can buy everywhere on the trip
  • Anti-bacterial handwash


  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book (Map we provide you.)
  • Journal and pen
  • 1 modest swimsuit
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110 ampere)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)


How hard is this trekking?

This adventures trip is yes, listed in hardcore adventures high pass trekking in Nepal .you should me prepare very well for this trek, you need to know basic climbing skill for doing this high passes through he sherpini- col pass to Amphulaptsa pass, if you are a beginner of trekking or walking then do not try to go this trek, you can’t succeed this adventure Makalu base camp and Sherpin Col pass. We suggest to all adventure outdoors lovers from around the world, please be prepare yourself very well, and choose a good team of Sherpa and kitchen crew who are organizing this type of adventure trip like us.

In Sherpini –Col pass and Makalu base camp trek tent or tea house?

Kathmandu we use a three-star level Hotels with breakfast, and when trek begins from Tumlingtar to Makalu base camp there are basic homestay available, for eating and sleeping, still, we have good organic food are available till the Makalu base camp, you won’t regret to spend your time here, after Makalu base camp to until Chhukung in Everest region there is no homestay or lodge available, so spend the night at the tent and cook fresh food from kitchen crews, after Chukung you will have good lodges and good food from the menu in Everest base camp trail.

What is the highest sleep on this trekking?

Baruntse camp ii is the highest sleeping in this trekking, after Sherpani-com and before west-Col a big ice part it’s called Baruntse camp II, its 6120m high place where we spend a night before we came down to Amphulaptsa base camp at 5420m.

How many high passes should we cross on this trek?

In this high pass trekking, there are 3 big passes like a sherpani-col (6190meter),west-col(6220 meters) and Amphu laptsa (5900 meters) which are the adventure high passes in Nepal in EVEREST REGION AND Makalu region.