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Selected among the world's 20 Journey, Everest Base Camp Trek in justifiably famous. Not only is Everest Base Camp exceptionally close the world's highest mountain, Mt Everest (8,850m) but it is also home to the wonderful friendly Sherpa people of the Everest region, picturesque villages, variety of cultures, traditions, colourful festivals and monasteries. 


Trip Notes

The route to Sherpani Col (6,135m) involves a sustained period at altitude with some steep slopes, but rewards one 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; all in the shadows of the towering bulk of Everest itself.

The route from Makalu Base Camp to the Everest region is over Sherpani Col - West Col - Panch Pokhari - Amphu Lapcha.
Basically all these passes lie on the three main ridges of Baruntse. The south-east ridge drops down to Sherpani Col at 20,127 ft (6,135m); the south ridge has West Col at 20,154 ft (6,143m), and the west ridge which ultimately joins Ama Dablam dips down to 19,193 ft (5,850m) at Amphu Lapcha.  
Amphu Lapcha is the most demanding phase with some exposed snow and ice work. You will need plenty of rope and anchors as there are two long descents to be set up. It could take 14 hours Day crossing the first two Cols. dependant on weather condition. Our guides know how best to approach this problem and we would suggest you leave it to them. You will need full mountaineering equipment and your party will need to be fit.


Ice Col Trekking Itinerary


Day 01  Arrive Kathmandu, meet our representative  and transfer to Hotel


Day 02  Full Day sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley. Join the welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural


Day 03: Kathmandu to Tumlingar - Khadbari - 1,040 m - 4-hrs walk.

Fly one hour to Tumlingtar. Here your trekking crew will meet you and provide a briefing about the trail, and we then start walking up to Khadbari (1,040 m). We break for lunch in the shade of Kabra Trees before walking north towards Khandbari, and onto a plateau for about 45 minutes after which the trails climbing gradually to Khandbari. We camp above the village.


Day 04: Khadbari - Chichila  1,830 m - 5/6 hrs walk

After breakfast we will walk through many small picturesque villages, bamboo groves and a rhododendron forest. Our camp is at Chichela a small settlement of Gurungs at 1,830m.


Day 05: Chichila -Num  1,490 m - 5 hrs walk

Today we start walking with views of snow capped peaks in the distance such as Makalu and its surrounding peaks. The walk for the rest of the Day is a steady pass with a few ascents and descents, until we reach Num. Camp.


Day 06: Num Sedua 1,460 m - 5/6 hrs walk

The trail today descends steeply from Num through the Cornfield of Lumbang. The terrain is particularly rocky; tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, after which we start a tough ascent to Sedua. Camp


Day 07: Sedua to Tashi Gaon- 2,070 M - 5 hrs walk

Today, the trail crosses meadows and several streams, then climbs up to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley. Camp overnight.


Day 08: Tashi Gaon- Kauma- 3,470 m - 6 hrs walk

The trail follows a steep ascent through sparse forests along the ridge over a hillock and descends slightly to Kauma at 3,470 m. Camp overnight.


Day 09: Kauma

Today is a rest day as well as acclimatisation Day.


Day 10: Kauma- Mumbuk  3,570 m - 5 hrs walk

We again start today with a steep climb then through 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. Camp overnight.


Day 11: Mumbuk - Nhe Kharka  3,000 m - 6 hrs walk

The trail descends steeply into a gully with a stream, along ill-defined, rocky and sometimes muddy terrain, 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. Camp overnight.


Day 12: Nhe Kharka - Sherson  4,615 m - 7 hrs walk


Day 13: Sherson - Makalu Base Camp 5,000 m - 4/5 hrs walk

After yester day's lengthy climb, the route today is more gradual, climb about 400m in altitude. 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. Camp overnight.


Day 14: Explore Makalu Base Camp


Day15: Trek to Hillary Base Camp


Day 16: Trek to High Camp


Day 17:Rest Day


Day 18: Trek to Sherpani Col, Baruntse Base Camp


Day 19: Trek to West Col


Day 20: trek to Panche Pokhari


Day 21: Trek to Amphu Lapcha Cross - Amphu Lapcha is one of the hardest sections to traverse (click here)


Day 22: Trek to Chukung - (4,730m) (6 hrs)  


Day 23: Trek to Dengboche (4,380m) - 5 hrs.

We follow the main Khumbu Valley down to site of the Himalayan Rescue Association's Trekkers' Aid Post and continue to Dingboche. Camp Overnight. 


Day 24: Trek 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.


Day 25:Trek to Namche Bazaar (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 Bazaar.


Day 26: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar


Day 27:Trek to Phakding (2,610m) - 4 hrs.


Day 28:Trek to Lukla (2,840m) - 1.5hrs.

Today, we ascend to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu the following morning. Overnight Camp.


Day 29: Fly to Kathmandu and spend the rest of the Day shopping or resting.


Day30: Final Departure


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Location: Nepal

Total Tour Duration: 30 or more Days

Accommodation: Hotel, Tents

Minimum Group Size: 1

Departures: All Year

Best : April to October

Risk: Altitude Sickness

Maximum Altitude: 6.143m



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Col Trekking Difficulty:

Extremely physically demanding climbing with ropes, ladders, crampons and ice picks. Good mountaineering skills are needed. Extremely high altitudes above 7600m 




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