For this trek, expect to be challenged in a way that is hard to beat when it comes to high altitude trekking. This is one of the most compelling treks that you could ever do. This is a remote trek, on paths less travelled and you won’t pass through many villages as you near Mt Makalu (8485m), the summit of which stands 3km above its base camp. The snow laden route over Sherpani Col (6,180m), Baruntse Camp 1 (West Col) (6,190m) and Amphu Lapcha (5,845m) into the Everest valley involves traversing what some would call the highest and hardest passes in the Himalaya. Expect to be blown away by the awe-inspiring views that make this an experience of a lifetime. Be prepared to be flexible as the itinerary may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as changing weather, snow or trail conditions or river water levels. Your guide will keep you informed. To try to keep costs down for this trek, for the portion after Makalu Advance Base Camp until before Chukhung, instead of providing a dining tent and cook, this trek contemplates that your guide will cook for you and you will eat your meals ‘al fresco’ (weather permitting) or in your personal sleeping tent. If you want a challenging Himalayan trek with some basic mountaineering skills thrown into the mix, then this is the trek for you!
This trip involves challenging, long, trekking days at a slow place, on uneven terrain, with some hills, carrying a backpack weighing around 8-12 kg. Therefore, you want to have a good level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own-body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 4 times per week for the period of around 4-6 months before this trip. Training on uneven terrain is recommended.
View the printable version of the short itinerary and detailed trip notes here.
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m)
Day 2In Kathmandu
Day 3Fly Tumlingtar, drive to Num
Day 4Trek to Seduwa (1,530m)
Day 5Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,065m)
Day 6Rest day in Tashi Gaon
Day 7Trek to Khongma (3,562m)
Day 8Trek to Dobato
Day 9Trek to Yangli Kharka (3,610m)
Day 10Trek to Langmale Kharka (4,400m)
Day 11Trek to Makalu Base Camp (Hillary Base Camp) (4,800m)
Day 12Rest day in Makalu Base Camp (Hillary Base Camp)
Day 13Rest day in Makalu Base Camp (Hillary Base Camp)
Day 14Trek to Makalu Advanced Base Camp
Day 15Rest day in Makalu Advanced Base Camp
Day 16Trek to Swiss Base Camp (5,150m)
Day 17Trek to Sherpani Col High Camp (5,750m)
Day 18Trek to Baruntse Camp 1 (6,100m)
Day 19Trek to Baruntse Base Camp
Day 20Trek to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (5,400m)
Day 21Trek over Amphu Lapcha to Chukhung
Day 22Trek to Pangboche (4,000m)
Day 23Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 24Trek to Phakding (2,600m)
Day 25Trek to Lukla (2,800m)
Day 26Fly to Kathmandu
Day 27In Kathmandu
Day 28Depart Kathmandu
Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.