Makalu Base Camp Ni Col Trekking


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  • Trip Duration 27 Days
  • Price from US$ 3850
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Trip Style NA
  • Accomodation NA
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One of the most adventurous and challenging trekking pass in the world. Physical fitness most required before starting this trek. The track climbs all the way to Nghe Kharka, crossing the Barun Khola flowing from Makalu. The route to Sherpani Col (6,135m) involves a sustained period at altitude with some steep slopes, but rewards with powerful views of Makalu (8,463m) to the north and the aptly named Island Peak (6,160m) to the west. This is the realm of the glaciers, surrounded by the unforgettable presence of the world's mightiest mountains; and brooding above the towering bulk of Everest itself.

The trail heads towards the setting sun, mounting West Col and crossing the wide Hongu glacier. In a long day it climbs easily to the Amphu Labtsha pass, descends to skirt under Amphu peak (5,335m), and, with the elegant cones of Island Peak dead ahead, serves to gain the wide Imja glacier and relax on its westerly descent to the village of Chhukhung.

This first Sherpa habitation, nestled at 4,730m above the junction of five major glacial valleys, is a typical low walled grey stone village, colored with traditional Sherpa smiles. Tumbling into the Khumbu valley, the heartland of the Sherpa people, and past the relative metropolis of Dingboche, we make for Pheriche (4,252m). The village is perched above the Dudh Kosi, or river of milk, which drains the western flanks of Mt. Everest, and is guarded by the dramatic twin shoulders of Ama Dablam (6,856m).

Below, the Khumbu Icefall tumbles out of the Western Cole and, swallowing up another four glaciers, slowly grinds its way toward the Ganges.


  • 01Arrival: 15 -20 Minute drive (Airport to Hotel) AIT representative will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transport you to your Kathmandu hotel. After having formal introduction, you are being served with welcome drink at the hotel. They will give you helpful tips for your time in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel
  • 02Kathmandu Sight-seeing: 3-4 hours. After breakfast, you are being prepared for joining a guided tour of the amazing sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley. You can visit Durbar Square, Swayambhunath ‘Monkey’ Temple, the famous Hindu temple – Pashupatinath and the largest Stupa in Nepal – Boudhanath onwards at afternoon we gather for a pre trek briefing and introduction to your trek leader & make arrangements for your ‘trek pack’. In the Evening AIT organizes welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
  • 03KATHMANDU-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, then begin walking on a plateau for around 45 minutes after the trails climbing gradually to Khandbari. We camp above the village.
  • 04KHADBARI - 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.
  • 05CHICHILA-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. Camp.
  • 06NUM-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.
  • 07SEDUA-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. Camp.
  • 08TASHI 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.
  • 09KAUMA Today is a rest day as well as acclimatization day.
  • 10KAUMA - 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.
  • 11MUMBUK-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.
  • 12NHE 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.
  • 13SHERSON - 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.
  • 22TREK 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.
  • 23TREK 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. Camp Overnight
  • 24TREK 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
  • 25NAMCHE BAZZAR TO PHAKDING TO LUKLA 7 HRS. Today the trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy natural trail. Lunch at Phakding & 3-4 hours later the trail will lead you back to Lukla (2,800m). On arrival in Lukla you will have a time to relax.
  • 26LUKLA TO KATHMANDU: 35 minutes. After an early morning flight to Kathmandu, you'll transfer to your hotel. Finally there'll be an evening celebration dinner together.
  • 27DEPARTURE: You could catch up on some last minute shopping, Internate to your friends and family before departure to Airport or onwards to your next destination.
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Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Pre-trip services & advice
  • Embassy Reg.
  • 3 nights Deluxe hotel inKathmandu
  • Airport pick up drop services
  • All permits such as National park, Trekking Permit, ACAP, Climbing permits as itinerary describes.
  • All hygienic meals such as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner while you are on treks.
  • All accommodations as per Itinerary describe.
  • Use boiling water reduces mountain pollution & save money. We provide you boiling water.
  • Down sleeping bags and Jackets
  • Trekking gear duffle bag for your trekking stuffs.
  • Good quality climbing equipments for peak climbing except 6500m expeditions.  
  • High quality tents, mattress, pillows, kitchen equipments for camping trek
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip
  • First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking professionals guide
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • All Comfortable, private transportation by car, bus and plane as per itinerary
  • Necessary porters as per the trip
  • Staffs insurance, well paid salary, high altitudes equipments, foods and accommodations
  • Rescue Arrangements off course not the rescue bills please!
  • High altitudes chamber bags (PAC) for high altitudes treks, expedition, Mt. Kailash and long private Tibet Tours.
  • Group celebration dinner
  • 10 % VAT and 2% TSC Taxes

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare to/from home city;
  • Food and Accommodation while you are off the trip.
  • Nepal entry visa costs
  • Visa extension fees;
  • International Airport departure taxes;
  • Excess baggage charges;
  • Travel, trek and expedition medical and evacuation insurance;
  • Emergency evacuation charges, if required;
  • Personal expenses (e.g. phone calls, laundry, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, souvenirs, etc.);
  • Tips for the staffs because this is the sign of the guest happiness at the end of the trip. It has been establish a custom say "Baksis"
  • Any loss due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, road blockage due to landslide, etc
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