- duration 34 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 18+ years old
- max group size 12
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Join one of the most challenging and rewarding treks that crosses the Sherpani Col (6180m), West Col (6190m) and Amphu Labsta (5845m)
- Marvel at superb views of Makalu & Everest combined with two high pass crossings at Cho La and Renjo La
- Learn the art of alpine travel from our experienced local mountaineering guides
- Revel at the magic of the Khumbu region through authentic Sherpa and Rai villages
This stage of the GHT is undoubtedly the most challenging. We cross the highest passes in the Himalaya including the Sherpani Col, West Col and Amphu Labtsa, all above 5500 metres, enroute to the Everest region before crossing the Cho La to Gokyo Lakes. This trek is unsurpassed in terms of awe inspiring views of the most famous mountain region in the world.. The approach to Makalu Base Camp has been compared to the Yosemite Valley, on a grand scale! To reach some of the most amazing mountain scenery in the Himalaya, you first have to cross the challenging Kongma Danda covered in cloud forest draped in hanging orchids. There are few villages along the approach to the fifth highest peak in the world, Mt Makalu (8485m), the summit of which stands 3km above Base Camp. The mountaineering route over the glaciated Sherpani Col (6180m), West Col (6190m) and Amphu Labsta (5845m) to the Everest region involves the highest and hardest passes in the entire Himalaya, however the rewards of such an undertaking are more than worthwhile! During this trek there will be sections where the trail is very rugged or ill-defined. Space in some camp sites will also be very limited. It may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary at any time due to unforeseen circumstances such as adverse weather, snow or trail conditions, river water levels, or group movement. Your trip leader will advise any changes should this occur. All participants on the GHT should be flexible and open minded. The GHT should be seen as exploratory in the true sense of the word.
The Australian Himalayan Foundation is dedicated to helping the people of the Himalaya achieve their goals through supporting and overseeing education, health, cultural and environmental projects. With a $100 donation for every booking on the GHT World Expeditions will help support sustainable tourism development in regions less frequented by trekkers. For full information please refer to www.australianhimalayanfoundation.org.au.
Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 : In Kathmandu (1330m)
Day 3 : Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, drive to Num (1040m).
Day 4 : Trek to Seduwa (1500m), walk approx. 4.5hrs
Day 5 : Trek to Tashigaon (2100m), walk approx. 5hrs
Day 6-7 : Trek to Kongma Danda (3500m), walk approx. 7hrs.
Day 8-10 : Trek to Dobato & Yangla Kharka (3557m). Rest day
Day 11-12 : Trek to Langmale Kharka (4400m / 5hrs) & rest/acclimatisation day
Day 13-14 : To Makalu Base Camp (4870m), rest/acclimatisation day.
Day 15-16 : To Swiss Base Camp (5150m/5-6hrs)
Day 17-18 : To Sherpani Col Base Camp (5700m/6-7hrs), cross Sherpani Col (6180m) to Baruntse High Camp (West Col @ 6100m), walk approx. 10-12hrs
Day 19-21 : Cross West Col to Honku Basin & Amphu Labsta Base (5400m)
Day 22 : Cross Amphu Labsta (5845m) to Chukung (4730m), approx. 10-12 hrs.
Day 23-24 : Trek to Dingboche (4360m), Dzongla (4843m)
Day 25 : Cross Cho La to Gokyo (4759m)
Day 26 : At Gokyo, ascend Gokyo Ri (5483m)
Day 27 : Trek to Renjo La high camp, walk approx. 4hrs.
Day 28 : Cross Renjo La to Taranga (4368m/6.5hrs)
Day 29 : To Thame (3820m/3hrs).
Day 30 : Trek to Namche (3440m), walk approx. 5 hrs.
Day 31-32 : Trek to Ghat (2600m/ 6hrs) & Lukla (2800m/ 2hrs)
Day 33 : To Kathmandu by air (1330m)
Day 34 : Trip concludes Kathmandu
- Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 34 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
- Accommodation at the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu
- 33 breakfasts, 30 lunches and 30 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$1350
- Flight Kathmandu/Tumlingtar & Lukla/Kathmandu valued at US$306
- World Expeditions mountaineering leader
- Expert bilingual guide
- The use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
- Climbing pack including ice axe, crampons, harness and helmet
- Safety equipment including portable altitude chamber, group medical kit, satellite phone and oxygen cylinder for emergency use
- Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
- All park entrance fees and trekking permits
- Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter's insurance
- Sightseeing and site entry fees in Kathmandu
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
- Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
- International flights
- Airport and departure taxes
- Travel Insurance
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this GHT Makalu & Everest Traverse via Sherpani Col tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 07 May 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 07 May 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
GHT Makalu & Everest Traverse via Sherpani Col tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this GHT Makalu & Everest Traverse via Sherpani Col tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.For Solo Travelers
A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
- Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this trip. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- A multitude of COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
- This tour has obtained a COVID-19 CLEAN accreditation from Quality Tourism Australia.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.