This is a 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! Although most of this trip (70%) is great trekking, a major part reaches out to the real Himalayan climbing expeditions. Therefore it is a fantastic introduction to Himalayan climbing.
Enter the lowest valley in the world to begin your journey to the base of Mt. Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world (8,481m). In this expedition we will take you to sub tropics cloud forest jungle, high alpine terrain, orchids forest and rural farm market. We will follow the ridge above the Arun Valley, proposed site for the biggest Hydro Electricity plant in Nepal.
The journey from the sub tropics of Tumlingtar in the far East of Nepal into the isolated and high alpine areas of Sherpani Col, the Baruntse glacier, West Col and Mera Peak. Pass through yak pastures towards the endless ice fields of Makalu Baruntse, get fantastic views of Kanchenjung masiff, Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang as well as the rarely seen Kangshung face of Mt. Everest. Return through the isolated Sherpa Village, then the mail Everest trekking trail to Mera Peak and further down to Lukla for your flight back to Kathmandu.
This trip offers a combination of almost everything that Nepal has to offer: different climate zones, different cultures, great trekking in very remote areas and great alpine climbing in Himalayan style. So come explore the remote, challenging and the unspoiled side of Nepal Himalayas with us.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu O/N Hotel
Day 02: Briefing and preparations in Kathmandu O/N Hotel
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to heluwa Besi (2½ hrs) & hike to Sankhuwa Doban (500m) O/N Camp
Day 04: Trek to Gupha Dara (1,850m) (6 Hrs) (Steep uphill) O/N Camp
Day 05: Trek to Gauthala (2,200m) via Deaourali (3,000m) (8 Hrs) O/N Camp
Day 06: Trek to Khempalung (1,900m) (3 Hrs) O/N Camp
Day 07: Trek to Walung (2,100m) (8 Hrs) O/N Camp
Day 08: Trek to Norbuchaur (2,350m) (4 Hrs) O/N Camp
Day 09: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,070m) O/N Camp
Day 10: Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,700m) O/N Camp
Day 11: Trek to Langmale Kharka (4,450m) O/N Camp
Day 12: AcclimatizationDay at Langmale Kharka (4,450m) O/N Camp
Day 13: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4,900m) O/N Camp
Day 14: Day walk & Mountaineering skills instruction at Makalu Base Camp (4,900m) O/N Camp
Day 15: Trek to Sherpani Low Camp (5,200m) O/N Camp
Day 16: Trek to Sherpani High Camp (5,700m) O/N Camp
Day 17: Contingency Day O/N Camp
Day 18: Cross Sherpani Pass (6,135m) and West Col (6,143m), trek to Upper Baruntse B.C (5,700m)
Day 19-22: Establish Camp Mountaineering skills instruction at Upper Baruntse Base Camp (5,700m)
Day 23-27: Attempt Summit of Mt. Baruntse (7,129m) O/N Camp
Day 28: Return to Baruntse Base Camp O/N Camp
Day 29: Trek to Setho Pokhari O/N Camp
Day 30: Trek to Khare (4,919m) O/N Camp
Day 31: Tanang (4,300m) O/N Camp
Day 32: Chatrabuk (4,270m) O/N Lodge
Day 33: Zatrwa La (4,500m) O/N Lodge
Day 34: Lkula O/N Lodge
Day 35: Lukla / Kathmandu by flight O/N Hotel
Day 36: Free day in Kathmandu O/N Lodge
Day 37: Final Departure
Best Period: Feb to May & Sept to Oct
Time Period: 36 Nights / 37 Days
Trek Period: 32 Night / 33 Days
In Kathmandu: 04 Nights
Trek Type: Strenuous ++
Highest Altitude: 7,129m
Warning: Altitude Sickness
Trek Start Point: Tumlingtar
Trek End Point: Lukla
Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu / Camping in most places/ Lodges in few places
National Park: Sagarmatha National Park (1148 sq. kms)
Mountains: Everest, Lhotse, Tamserku, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Kantega, Pumo-ri, etc.
Rivers: Bhote Kosi, Dudh Kosi and Imjatse Khola etc.
Villages: Lukla, Namche, Thyangboche, Pheriche, etc
Tribes: Mostly Sherpas & Tibetans
Forests: Of Rhododendron and Pine.
Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains
NEPAL TREK INFORMATION
What is Tea House / Lodge trek?
A simple way to under Tea house / Lodge is probably ‘a small hotel’. However this can sometimes be misleading, as they do not have high-end facilities like modern hotels in urban areas. The concept though is same as hotels in providing accommodations (rooms) and meals for guest staying in it.
So if one does a trek going from point A to B to C etc., and spending nights in these kind of lodges or teahouse is called a ‘Lodge Trek’ or ‘Tea House Trek’
Which areas in Nepal have Tea House treks?
The most popular regions for treks in Nepal are Annapurna, Everest Langtnag and Upper Mustang. All these places have good quality lodges, well managed, variety of food to choose from the menus available and boast of Wi-Fi, bakeries etc.
Around the areas that have lesser trekkers like, Makalu Barun, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga etc. the tea house/ lodge are very basic in comparison.
Basically good lodges have developed where foot traffic is the most and Annapurna, Everest and Langtang receive the most trekkers in Nepal.
Rooms in the Lodges?
The rooms are very basic in most places. In some very popular areas like Annapurna and Everest high-end rooms with attach bath and flush toilet and ruining hot/ cold water have come out in the recent years. However these kinds of lodges are very few and not available in all places on the trek route.
Basic room’s sizes are on an average of 8 feet by 8 to 10 feet. They have twin cots with mattress and pillows. Most lodges provide blankets, however for hygienic regions it’s advisable to carry a good sleeping bag of your own. The walls are pretty thin and noises carry. Earplugs are recommended to be carried.
In more remote areas one may only get dormitories for accommodations and dinning and sleeping arrangements may be in the same common area.
Toilets in the Lodges
Most lodges have several common toilets inside the lodge. The number depends on how big the lodge is. On an average a lodge having 15 /18 rooms may have 3 /4 common toilets. The toilets are very basic and no flush or running water is available in the toilets. Please bring you own Toilet paper. Drums with water and a mug are the ways to flush!
In Annapurna and Everest region we try and provide rooms with attach bath
where available. However, do note that there are only a handful of places where this kind of facility is available.
Food in lodges
Menu in most places especially the more popular trekking routes have extensive looking menus ranging from local, Tibetan to western delicacies. Items like Dal Bhat (rice, vegetables and lentils), pizzas, pastas, momos (dumplings), noodles, soup, fried rice etc., are amongst the common ones in all menus.
Our recommendation is to avoid meat, as in most places porter carry the meat to lodges without any hygienic way to keep the meat fresh on the way. It takes at least few days to reach the lodges. Even the canned meat items are not recommended, as one has no way to check the expiry date etc.
Recommended food items are the local ones like Dal Bhat, Momos (Dumplings), noodles etc, as they are freshly made in comparison to other food items. Please remember the cooks in the lodges are ‘not chefs’, very few are trained professionally as most have learned through looking at other cooks cooking in the same lodges or similar ones in the area. Basically sticking to local food is best as they are hygienic and fresh.
For breakfast pancakes, porridge, toast (not available everywhere), eggs etc. are available in all lodges.
There is a common dining area with fireplaces in all lodges. This is not only a place to eat but also a good place to unwind, interact with fellow trekkers, read a book, play board games or cards and relax.
Everyday our guide will help you and provide information on what choices to make in which places / lodges for food.
Drinking water on treks
One can get boiled water or bottled mineral water or filtered water in the Everest region, Annapurna and Langtang region. On an average a liter of water will cost US $ 1.50 to US $ 4.00 per liter. As one gains altitude on trek or goes further from the urban areas the higher the cost of drinking water.
Showers during treks
Hot or Cold showers are available everywhere in the Lodges. In some lodges, especially as we go higher in altitude instead of showers a bucket of hot water may be the option.
A hot shower cost on an average of US $ 3.00 to US $ 5.50 per shower. The higher we go the more expensive the bath.
We recommend not to take too may baths on treks specially if one is going to high altitude treks. The reason being the temperature drops rapidly as the sunsets and getting the body temperature back to normal after shower at high altitude becomes difficult. This increases the chances of catching cold and walking with cold at high altitude with thin cold air is not a pleasant experience. So please try and avoid taking showers as much as possible.
Electricity on treks
Electricity hasn’t reached all places in Nepal. So electricity is limited to certain areas of the trek. On an average one has electricity till about 3500 meters in altitude. As we gain altitude solar system has been set up in all lodges.
Rooms have lights only till places where electricity has reached. So where electricity has not reached there are no room lights. Dining hall, toilets and all common areas have electricity through the night even if it is being supplied through solar system.
Charging camera batteries, mobile phones can be done at the dining hall upon informing the management. They charge on an average of US $ 2.00 to US $ 6.5 for getting the batteries fully charged. The higher we go the more expensive to charge.
We recommended that you put your batteries in your sleeping bags at night to keep it warm as in cold the batteries drains energy very fast.
Wi-Fi and mobile phone on treks
Annapurna and Everest regions have lodges that provide Wi-Fi. A cost of US $ 5.00 to $ 12.00 depending on what data package they have is charged on per hour or per day basis.
Other trek areas have not developed this facility.
Annapurna and Everest region has good mobile connectivity. Other areas don’t have much coverage but the mobile network connection is growing. Please enquire via mail about the mobile phone coverages on trek routes for details.
One can get a mobile phone sim card on arrival at the airport. Passport photocopies with passport size photo (one) is required.