SHERPANI COL AND AMPHU LAPCHE - Alpinist Club

SHERPANI COL AND AMPHU LAPCHE

Group Size

5- 10 people

meal

breakfast, lunch, dinner

accomodation

hotel, lodge,tent

arrival on

kathmandu

departure from

kathmandu

trip level

hard, technical

max. altitude

6,135m

Best season

Autumn

trip highlights

  • The Sherpani Col at 6 135 m
  • Makalu base camp and  Shipton Trail
  • High mountain guide
  • Hyperbaric chamber and satellite phone

We are going on a mythical and difficult-to-organize expedition, which brings us closer to mountaineering than trekking. We are committe to the ascent of the 3 passes. the three pass Amphu Lapche (5,850 m),  West Col (6,143 m), and the Sherpani at 6,135 meters. this route s  first explored by Shipton in 1951. sherpani col is easier than the East Col which allows reaching the base camp of Makalu. Sometimes we have to use fixed ropes and rappelling. We evolve in a glacial and snow-covered landscape and flirt with the high peaks.

Sherpani Col passe trek with west col, and  Amphu Lapche pass is the longest challenging high pass trek.  difficulty Trek between Makalu and Everest Region. However, it is truly adventurous in remote and wilderness regions. This trail is part of the Great Himalayas trails. therefore, we need to organize camping with full logistics. Difficulty Trek between Makalu and Everest Region is the match that seeks a different route, a fresh perspective, and a challenging trekker.

Sherpani Col Pass trek touches both sides of the famous region Everest and Makalu.  Sherpani Col pass trekking starts from flying  Lukla along with the Arun Valley. we follow the rural areas through charming traditional Sherpa villages. The wonderful views of the breathtaking Himalayan range and the world’s three highest mountains, Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. At the end of the trip we descent from Makalu base camp via the famous Shipton Trail.

The spring and autumn seasons are the best trekking season in Nepal. The weather becomes clear with warm days and cold nights. During these seasons, you will get a clear view of magnificent mountains, colorful flowers, and lush greenery. Which makes the spring and autumn seasons the busiest time to trek in Nepal

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Very early departure (between 2 am and 4 am) for Ramechapp airport. On your arrival, a breakfast near the airport will be organized before taking your flight to Lukla. On your arrival in Lukla, organization of the loads with the porters and the sherpas then start of the trek. Depending on availability in the lodges, stage in Phakding (2610 m) or Monjo (2835 m), in order to shorten the next long stage to Namche Bazar.

approximately Transfer:  4 to 5 h drive and 15 min flight to Lukla 
Final altitude: approximately 2,610 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We appreciate the softness and greenery of the Dudh Kosi Gorge. At this average altitude, vegetation is still abundant; pine forests cover the steep slopes. At the detours of the trail, we discover Sherpa settlement above the banks of the river or perched on small flats. After the village of Monjo, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park Created in 1976 and listed as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, the park extends over the entire watershed of Dudh Kosi, within which our route. By a wide path winding through the pines forest, we climb 500 meters above the confluence with the Bhote Kosi. Around 3100 meters, a small stop is needed to discover Everest in focus. Namche, the capital of the Sherpas country is staged in a large amphitheater overlooking the gorges, facing the peaks of the Lumding Himal.; nearly 2500 inhabitants live in magnificent houses. Markets, traditional shops and Sherpa shops offer a lively atmosphere.  Overnight at the lodge for 2 nights.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,440 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We climb in a small forest and admire for the first time the high peaks of Khumbu (Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam), we arrive in the villages of Kunde and Khumjung. It may be possible to visit Hillary High School and Kunde Hospital built at Hillary’s initiative.

Approximately 3 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,780 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Very nice day, quiet walk with beautiful views of the Himalayan range, we are starting to be acclimatized. Crossing the Dudh Khola, we are at the foot of Thamserku (6,608 m) and Kangtega (6,685 m).

Approximately 3 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,810 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We continue the gradual ascent in the Khumbu. It is advisable to walk slowly to have the best possible acclimatization.

Approximately 4 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,000 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Vegetation begins to be scarce from 4000 meters. We go up along the moraines of the Khumbu glacier – A few alpine villages line our route and the last yaks still hang out here and there, before going down to the villages to spend the winter.

Approximately 5 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,400 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today, we will hike towards Chhukhung Valley. Chhukhung Valley is located unwaveringly under an incredible rock wall that links Nuptse with Lhotse. From here, we will be having fabulous views of Amadablam (6,856m.) which is also titled the most photographed mountain in Nepal

Approximately 5 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,730 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We ascend to Chhukung Ri, a rock-strewn peak over the community of Chhukung in the Khumbu region. It takes around 3-4 hours to get there to the summit from Chukkung and it needs no technical skill. The peak bestows wonderful views of Imja Tse, Ama Dablam, Makalu and Nuptse. Then we will go back to Chhukung

Approximately 5 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 5,550 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

A short descent, then a bridge and it’s time to start the climb that will bring us to the base camp of Amphu Laptsa. The Ama Dablam slips out of sight long before we walk along a small lake. The camp is well hidden in a recess and the water is some distance away. It only remains for us to try to find where our pass of tomorrow is located.

Approximately 5 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 5,300 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Once we have crossed a small place of fine sand, a few tracks lead us towards the pass. These tend to disappear, but following a game of tracks, we gain height before reaching a small platform where we have to stop. Our guide will have to put a rope on a belay placed above a granite rock. Once past this lock, the trail becomes easy again and propels us directly onto the ridge. Ama Dablam reappears, beautiful east face. A set of snow/ice ledges allows you to descend quickly. Depending on the snow conditions, it may be necessary to lay a piece of rope to reach the rock. From there, the last effort and the camp are there in front of us. Well deserved rest.

Approximately 7 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 5,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

The path is “cairn”, but as if by chance it ends up disappearing all the same. We leave a large lake on our right to head towards a huge glacial moraine. You have to find the best descent to go up on the other side. In the distance, we see the camp where there are multiple tents that serve as a base camp for the ascent of the Baruntse. The West Pass becomes clearly visible, it will only have to be cut tomorrow.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 5,430 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

After another night at more than 5,000 meters, we go along the lake to continue through some bumps that must be passed. They bring us to the foot of a large face of snow that we will have to climb. Using the fixed ropes, we finally reach the West Pass which opens the doors to the immense basin of the Lower Barun glacier. It is in this that we will set our camp. The night will be cold, but the sunset over Makalu, which seems so close, will warm us up at best….

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: around 6,100 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

Two options are available to us. Take the classic Sherpani passage or use the pass opened by Laurent Boiveau, a little further east. In the first case, it will be necessary to unwind the ropes that allow you to descend to the base camp of Sherpani. A route of rock and snow. In the second case, it will be necessary to continue climbing a little after crossing the glacier to reach a well-hidden pass that allows you to descend without difficulty by finding the old route of the East pass. All that remains is to reach the Swiss base camp, making the best use of the glacier’s relief.

 Approximately 7 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 5,450 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

In both cases, we reach the base camp of Makalu along the moraine of the Baruntse glacier. The glacier is far below, the Makalu with its 8,481 meters is omnipresent, it attracts all eyes. The moraine is pretty bad so you have to follow the cairns so you don’t waste too much time. One last descent and everything becomes easier. A wide path allows us to reach the guesthouses of the base camp. After this last day, do not forget to make some offerings to the tutelary gods. A small altar for fumigations is also provided for this purpose.

 Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,850 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

This morning we gain height to head on the eastern moraine which dominates the base camp. Halfway up you can see the mountains of Khumbu and more particularly the Lhotse and Sagarmatha in “person”. The latter is hardly recognizable because it is its north face that is presented to us, the Tibetan side. From a small plateau, the possibility is offered to measure oneself against a “small” stony summit of almost 5800 meters which allows you to widen the view on the peaks and satellite glaciers of Makalu, still as impressive it goes without saying … Back to Camp base of Makalu for a second night.

Approximately 5 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,850 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

Descent to Langmale kharka by a route of grassy ridges allowing to admire from above the frontal glacial lake of the West Barun glacier. Then, within an hour of time, here we are again on the grassy pastures of Langmale. We descend along the Barun Khola to Yangri Kharka.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,550 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

We take the Shipton trail which owes its name to Eric Shipton (one of the pioneers of Himalayas). This trail is also known for its difficult terrain and the characteristic of being affected by the first snowfall in the region. The Barun Khola valley remains dry while the only route available to quickly reach “civilization” is often stuffed with fresh snow … From the kharka we take a path that crosses several rocky and sandy scree. We find a primary forest and, after having passed a natural cave, here is the path which begins to the right to go up a thalweg in which the “path” and the torrent sometimes blend intimately… How high the steps are!

Approximately 5 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,860 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

We climb regularly in the rhododendron forest which fades as we progress in altitude. We arrive at Keke La (4,185 m), the first pass of the day, marked by a chorten and prayer flags. We descend along the Kalo Pokhari (black lake) where the surrounding peaks are reflected before continuing to Shipton La (4,216 m) and its endless staircase climb before descending to cross the Ghungru La (4,020 m), the last pass. of the day. Then, we follow the edge of the ridge to reach the Khongma danda lodges.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,580 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

A day of pure descent! We feel the difference both in terms of altitude and temperature. The first part of the day on stairs in the forest before finding with happiness the first inhabited places of the year and first the Tibetan village of Tashigaon. In the afternoon, a lightly marked up / down balcony path takes us through villages mainly of the Raï ethnic group until we reach the hamlet of Seduwa.

Approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 1,600 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

One more last effort! We descend in wide switchbacks on a rocky path to the metal footbridge which allows us to cross the Arun Khola then, once on the other side, the endless ascent to the ridge of Num began in previous years! Today, the track has (fortunately or unfortunately) been traced up to the valley of the Arun Khola and the ascent is lightened. The Jeeps are waiting for us at 1,060 meters and we arrive in Num for lunch. We have 3 hours of track left before arriving in Khandbari. The commercial town is not very exciting and it is preferable to go down to Tumlingtar by the asphalt road to land in one of the guesthouses opposite the airport.

Transport: by private vehicle
 Approximately 4 hours  od drive
approximately 3 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 500 m
Meal: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a guesthouse

No more than 200 meters of flat walking to reach the boarding hall with a late morning flight to Kathmandu for a splendid “mountain flight” which allows us to revise our Himalayan geography. To be enjoyed to your satisfaction!

Transport: by private vehicle and domestic flight
Final altitude: approximately 1,300 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: Night at the hotel

Free day in Kathmandu also serves as a security day in case of problems on Kathmandu or during trekking. Today, you have a rest day to relax or you can also go shopping in Kathmandu or you can do anything you like to by yourself.

Final altitude: 1,350m
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: night in the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 20 minutes  of driving to the airport 
Final altitude: approximately 13,50m
Meals: breakfast 

Best Time to Visit

AUTUMN
During the months of October and November, the sky is normally a deep blue, the sun often bright, and the view of the mountains mostly crystalline, the temperature during the day is rather pleasant. It is an excellent time for tourism and trekking, although temperatures can be cold, especially at night in the Everest region.

WINTER
Heavy snowfall sometimes makes several high altitudes passes impassable. Trekking is still possible, but at altitudes below 4000m because of the cold. The weather is very clear and the visibility of the mountains is excellent.

SPRING
From March to May, the days are sunny and the temperatures increasingly mild. The view of the mountains gets worse and worse as the monsoon approaches, but it is also the flowering period of the rhododendrons, absolutely magnificent, especially in the Annapurna region.

SUMMER
In June and July, the humid air masses of the Bay of Bengal collide with the Himalayan range. As they rise, they cool and condense to fall in the form of rain: it is the monsoon. Its effects are very uneven across the country. It gradually loses its intensity as it moves from the south-east to the north-west. Some regions are therefore less affected by the monsoon: the north of the Annapurna area (Manang, Naar, Phu), Dolpo, and Mustang. where else, the paths are sometimes slippery and often infested with leeches …

inclusion

what's included

  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • Domestic flights described in the program.
  • Collective and individual camping and cooking equipment.
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate.

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles.

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