Makalu to Everest Via 3 cols Trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas. We will cross several high passes in which two of them are above 6,000 meters above. The trek will allow us to traverse between the Makalu and Everest range. Makalu is one of the rarely visited trails of the Himalayas which makes the region raw and authentic. All the part of the trail will not include tea house or lodge and we will be camping and cooking by ourselves for several days. The trail will include numerous steep ascends & descends, rugged & rocky paths, gorgeous glaciers & glacial lake, pristine rivers, dense forest of rhododendron, pine & fir lovely small villages. We will get to see panoramic views of mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Island Peak (6,189 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), and several other mountains. Moreover, the Makalu Barun region is one of the protected region of Nepal which is habitat to around 3000 species of flowering plants including varieties of Himalayan Orchids. The region also includes 75 species of mammals and 440 species of birds. We may get to see wildlife like clouded leopard, musk deer, and Asian golden cat.
Makalu to Everest via 3cols TrekDuration: 26 Days
- Destination: Nepal
- Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
- Style: Trekking and tour
- Transportation: Private Vehicle
- Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
- Accommodation: Lodge + Camping
- Max Altitude: 6,146m/20,164ft
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01Flight Kathmandu - Tumlingtar, drive to Chiuribas (east of Num) 8 hrs
We will take a flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. The flight will be scenic, and upon reaching Tumlingtar, we will begin our drive towards Chiuribas. On the way, we will go through small settlements and reach Chiuribas where we will stay for the night.
Day 02Chiuribas (1800 m) - Seduwa (1500 m) 5 hrs
After having breakfast, we will begin trekking towards Seduwa. The trail will easy yet tiring. On the way, we will go through small villages and forested trail. Upon reaching Seduwa, we will rest for the day and prepare for the next day.
Day 03Seduwa (1500 m) - Tashigoan (2100 m) 7 hrs
We will ascend to a ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola on the east. Further, we will go through small villages and paddy fields to reach lovely Tashigaon village. We will get to see stunning views of Himalayas all around us, and stay overnight in Tashigaon.
Day 04Tashigoan (2100 m) - Kongma Danda (3500 m) 7 hrs
Day 05Rest and acclimatization day Kongma Danda (3500 m)
Day 06Kongma Danda (3500 m) - Debotay (3650m) via Tutu La/Shipton's Pass (4125 m) 8 hrs
Day 07Debotay (3650 m) - Yangle Kharka (3557 m) 5/6 hrs
We will go through beautiful rhododendron forest which will lead us to the Barun River. The first couple of hours, the trail will be steep and rugged so we have to be careful while walking. We will take a small break to have lunch. We will then ascend gradually with superb views of mountains and surrounding. We finally reach Yangle Kharka located at the base of the valley where we will stop for the night.
Day 08Yangla Kharka (3557 m) - Langmale Kharka (4410 m) 4 hrs
We will begin trekking through yak pastures and a dense forest. The trail will be rocky, and on the way, we will go through small villages. We will reach Merek village, and as we move further towards Langmale Kharka, we will see brilliant Himalayan views. We will stay overnight in Langmale Kharka.
Day 09Langmale Kharka (4410 m) - Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) 4 hrs
Day 10Makalu Base Camp (4870 m). Rest day
Day 11Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) to Swiss Base Camp (5150 m) 4 hrs
Day 12Swiss Base Camp (5150 m). Rest day
Day 13Swiss Base Camp (5150 m) - Sherpani Col Base Camp (5688 m) 5 hrs
Day 14Sherpani Col Base Camp (5688 m) - Baruntse Camp (6050 m) crossing the Sherpani Col (6146 m) 7 hrs
Day 15Baruntse Camp (6050 m) - Honku Basin (5500 m) crossing the West Col (6143 m) 4 hrs
Day 16Honku Basin (5500 m) - Amphu Labsta Base Camp (5527 m) 5 hrs
Day 17Amphu Labsta Base Camp (5527 m). Rest day.
Day 18Amphu Labsta Base Camp (5527 m) - Chhukung (4730 m) crossing the Amphu Labsta La (5848 m) 9 hrs
Day 19Chhukung (4730 m) - Dingboche (4410 m) 3 hrs
Day 20Dingboche (4410 m) - Lobuche (4910 m) 4 hrs
Day 21Lobuche (4910 m) - Gorak Shep (5140 m) with side trip to Kala Pattar (Everest Viewpoint) (5550 m) 6 hrs
Day 22Gorak Shep (5140 m) - Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and back to Lobuche (4910 m) 6 hrs
Day 23Lobuche (4910 m) - Pangboche (4150m) 5 hrs
Day 24Pangboche (4150m) - Namche Bazar (3440 m) 8 hrs
Day 25Namche Bazar (3440 m) - Lukla (2840 m) 8 hrs
Day 26Flight Lukla - Kathmandu
- Airport pickup/drop by a private vehicle
- Standard accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast as per itinerary
- Teahouse/guest house accommodation during the trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek as per Teahouse/guest house menu
- All ground transportation on a private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits
- An experienced, English-speaking government-licensed guide and assistant guide
- Porter service
- Staff expenses including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag provided by Royal Himalayan Safari Tours (to be returned after trip completion)
- Free trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map to take back with yourself
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Makalu Rural Municipality, Makalu Barun National Park entry fee, Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit, Sagarmatha National Park Permit)
- Medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Other official expenses
What's not included
- Nepalese visa fee
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal trekking gears
- Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, hot & cold drinks, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s), and driver(s)
- Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Include part
Tradition & Culture in Makalu to Everest Via 3 cols Trek
Everest is mostly influenced by Tibetan Buddhists culture. We will get to witness ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines, chortens, prayer walls, centuries-old monasteries, and kaanis. We will interact with locals and also experience their unique lifestyle, tradition, and culture. The people residing here are one of the kindest. Moreover, the isolation of this region has contributed immensely to conserve the cultural heritage and tradition for centuries.
We will be staying in 2 or 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the Makalu to Everest Via 3 cols Trek, we will stay in lodge and tented camps. All the accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. On special request, single rooms can be arranged in the cities.
Meals & Drinking Water
In Makalu to Everest Via 3 cols Trek, we will enjoy authentic Nepalese food with few other cuisines like Tibetan. Meals will be cooked and served by the porters during the camping and menu will be according to the lodge. Beside that you can find bars, bread, cookies, butter tea, extra on the trail but, remember as the elevation get higher, the cost also gets high. In Kathmandu and Nepalgunj you will only get breakfast. There will also be welcome and farewell dinner for you.
Drinking water can be easily found everywhere. You can get hot water throughout the trek and fill in your bottle everytime it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you to not buy mineral water bottle on the way as it will help in preserving the region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or SteriPen with yourself to purify the water.
Makalu to Everest Via 3 cols Trek Difficulty & Physical Fitness
Makalu to Everest Via 3 cols Trek is a strenuous trek. The trails are also challenging in terms of technical climbing and do includes 5-7 hours of walk each day. Therefore you need to be passionate and in good health. Trekking to the higher altitude always demands average physical fitness, positive attitude, and a strong determination. If you have any previous hiking or trekking experience it would be great.
Other than that, if you have any kind of health related issues then do consult with your doctors before booking the trip. In case of any medical history, we highly recommend you to inform us so that any future event can be tackled without having any issue.
Best Season to go on Makalu to Everest Via 3 cols Trek
April to May and September to October is the best time to go the Makalu to Everest Via 3 cols Trek. During this time of the year, the weather is a pleasant and the sky is also clear which will allow us to see best views. Whereas, in Monsoon the region receives heavy rainfall, which makes the trail slippery and dangerous. In Winter, the temperature gets below zero and the harsh cold weather will freeze you that also increase the chance of altitude mountain sickness.
Makalu to Everest Via 3 cols Trek Permit
Everest is one of the restricted regions of Nepal, and tourists are required to get certain permits to enter in this region. We will also need to get the permit to enter in the Sagarmatha National Park and Makalu-Barun National Park.
Besides that to go on trekking in Nepal you need to get special permission from the Government of Nepal, and also required to get TIMS card (TIMS cards is not needed if you have immigration permit).
Following is the list of permits for the Upper Mustang Trek:
TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Around USD 10)
TIMS entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 600 NPR (Around USD 6)
NPR 2,000 for Makalu Rural Municipality Permit
NPR 3,000 for National Park Permit
NPR 2,000 for Rural Municipality Permit
NPR 3390 for National Park Permit
*If you are traveling with a trekking agency they will arrange these permits for you.
*These prices exclude 13% VAT (Value Added Tax) compliance.
Why go with Royal Himalayan Safari Tours on Makalu to Everest Via 3 cols Trek?
Royal Himalayan Safari Tours offer one of the most extensive Makalu to Everest Via 3 cols Trek in the market. We take our clients as a family member, and for us, this is not only a business but, also a way to connect and know people from different part of the world. We have designed this package to give you all of the Makalu to Everest Via 3 cols Trekking experience. We assure you that, with us, you will complete this trek without having any issues. We will make sure that you are enjoying every second of the journey, and get back your home with lots of unforgettable memories that will last with yourself for the lifetime.