Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

Duration: 30 days
Group size: 4 - 16
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

Duration: 30 days
Group size: 4 - 16

About this trip

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek (Ice Col Trek) truly adventurous expedition to a remote and wild region of the Great Himalayas, with full logistic support - this is a journey that seeks a different route, a fresh perspective, a challenge.

Ice Col Trek route traverses a spectacular, seldom visited region of Nepal and crosses three High Mountain passes. Only on the very final section does it meet the popular southern approach to Everest Base Camp at Chhukung. The rare views, some of which will be ours alone, are quite the most breathtaking in the whole Himalayan range: sublime vistas in which are amplified the power of three of the world’s five highest mountains: Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Everest. Makalu Sherpani Col Pass trek is considered one of the most difficult Trails, so one must be so physically fit during this trip.


Here too is offered the satisfaction of absorbing at first hand the culture and folklore of tribal hill and mountain peoples and the flora and fauna of remote Eastern Nepal and the dates selected should ensure some of the best weather and panoramic views.

From Kathmandu, the majestic backbone of the Himalayan glides our wingtips as we head east for Tumlingtar. Beyond here our trekking route follows a great are, rising north onto the ridges of Num and sweeping slowly westwards into the uninhabited heartland of the world's most spectacular mountains and passes.

On the map, you can follow our journey as it emerges out of tranquil pastures and ascends the hidden Arun River valley. Climbing and descending gradually, taking us from villages at 457m to the Khongma Pass at 3,090m, this trail gives us the best possible form of acclimatization. Beyond Num there are no villages. The track climbs all the way to Neghe 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 Mt. 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 Mt. Ama Dablam (6,856m).

Below, the Khumbu Ice-fall tumbles out of the Western CWM and, swallowing up another four glaciers, slowly grinds its way toward the Ganges. Our route picks its way through the moraine, to the last huts of Lobuche and, with our prior level of acclimatization, we should probably take the altitude in our stride.

The run home is a very pleasurable re-entry to the calm valleys and rhododendron forests. We call at Thyangboche monastery and visit Namche Bazar as we flow onward down the valley to our aircraft at Lukla. The flight home to Kathmandu surpasses the flight out. It is as if mountains march westward beside us until waves of gentle terraced hills raise up to guide us back into the modern world.


Highlights of Sherpani Col Pass Trek (Ice Col Trek)

  • Explore Everest Base Camp lies at an altitude of 5364m.
  • Panoramic views of Island Peak, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam during Ice Col Trek in the Himalayas.
  • Explore Makalu-Barun National Park and the most popular Everest Region.
  • Cross the challenging passes: Shepani Col (6180 m), West Col (6190 m), and Amphu Laptsa Pass (5850 m).
  • Visit village of Khumjung the school, established by Sir Edmund Hillary

How Difficult is Makalu Trek with Sherpani Col?

Without a doubt, the Ice Col Trek : Makalu Sherpani Col Pass trek is the most demanding and technical 'trek' in the Nepal Himalaya. The difficulties of the Makalu Trek with Sherpani Col Pass depends on these common factors:

  • Weather Condition and Temperature: Make sure you choose the best season for Sherpani Col Trek. The best season for this trek is Spring (March to June) and Autumns (September to November). The weather, rainfall and temperature during these seasons remain moderate compared with other times of year allowing you to complete the trek with no doubt.
  • Trek and Climbing Route: The difficulty of the Shepani Col Pass Trek depends on the route you choose. Be sure and confident with your physical conditions and fitness and choose the best route that fits you.
  • Physical Fitness: One must be physically fit to complete this trek as this trek is considered one of the most challenging and technical treks in the Himalayas.
  • High Altitude Sickness: Climbers and Trekkers sometimes suffer from High Altitude sickness, so our itinerary is designed with acclimatization days. Don't Hurry and Rush as you may suffer from Altitude sickness.
  • Walking Distance: The trek becomes more difficult and challenging if you choose to walk more distance per day during the trek. It is recommended to walk 4-6 hours on normal routes and 3-4 hours on some challenging pass of Sherpani Col and Amphu Laptsa Pass.
  • Clothing and Equipment: Choose the best clothing and equipment as you need to trek through the most challenging destination. Trekkers need to choose warm, full-sleeved and down jackets with high-quality trekking equipment during the trek.


What’s included

  • Transfers
    All ground transfers by private vehicle as per our itinerary.
  • Hotel
    Hotel in Kathmandu 3* Standard [Thamel Eco Resort] (twin sharing, including breakfast and all taxes).
  • Sightseeing
    Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu (including all entrance fees).
  • Airfare
    Airfare: Kathmandu - Tumlingtar& Lukla- Kathmandu.
  • Trek Accomodation
    Teahouse Trekking arrangement (staying in lodges).
  • Meals Plan
    Meals Plan (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trek.
  • Entrance
    Makalu Barun Conservation Area entry permit and Sagarmatha National Park entry Permit
  • Guide and Porters
    Guides and Porters insurance, daily wages. lodging and three times food.
  • Welcome Dinner
    Welcome Dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program to all members. (complimentary)
  • Duffle Bag
    Duffel bag on trek.(complimentary)
  • Tea Coffee
    Tea, coffee, hot water for drink during trek.
  • Fees
    sagarmatha National Park And Makalu Barun Conservation Area entry Fees
  • Permits
    TIMS Card Permit
  • Insurance
    Travel insurance and medical expenses.
  • Meals
    Meals (lunch / dinner) while staying at hotels (our offer includes only breakfast) in Kathmandu
  • Bottled Drinks
    Extra beverages, drinks not included except mentioned in Cost Includes.
  • Evacuation
    Helicopter rescue evacuation costs – if needed (we provide only administration service).
  • Extra
    Delays, and extra services, because of natural events like land slides etc
  • Tips
    Tips for Guide, Porter [recommended]
  • Personal Expenses
    Personal expenses like bottled drinks, bar bill, laundry, telephone and etc.


Day 1
Arrival in Nepal

Pick up from the Airport and drive to Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, free day to explore. 

Your Organizer

Makalu Adventure
Established in 1998, we operate our services exclusively throughout Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and India. Whilst our Nepal trips are thoroughly researched and meticulously planned, the trips to Bhutan, Tibet and India too are highly acclaimed for their competitive cost, quality, and timeframes. In addition to having its own grand 3-star hotel – the Thamel Eco Resort, in the heart of Nepal’s tourist hub – Thamel, providing quality accommodation for its clients, Makalu Adventure also has its own fleet of fully air-conditioned private vehicles