Makalu – 3 Cols Trek

A high mountain traverse from Makalu Base Camp across Barun glacier to Khumbu across 6000+ m East and West cols.

3 Cols Trek is an absolute classic adventure right into the heart of the wildest Himalayas where only a few people dare to venture into. The trip makes a high mountain traverse across Barun Glacier from Makalu base camp emerging into Hinku valley and finally into the high alpine valley of Khumbu across the most challenging East Col (6100 m) and West Col (6135m).

A very high and demanding yet truly spectacular route where you are treated with the best views of the 8000-ers Cho Oyo (8153m) Lhotse (8501m), Everest (8848m), Makalu (8475m) and Kangchenjunga (8586m). This is an extremely challenging trek involving a sustained period at high altitude with some very steep slopes that is only intended for people with alpine experience and good stamina.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 2 In Kathmandu - sightseeing & preparation
  • Day 3 Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Khandbari By flight (460m)
  • Day 4 Bhotebas (1700m)
  • Day 5 Mure(1980m)
  • Day 6 Seduwa (1460m)
  • Day 7 Tashigaon (2200m)
  • Day 8 Kauma Kharka (3470m
  • Day 9 Shipton La (4250m) - Mumbuk (3570m)
  • Day 10 Nehe Kharka (3670m)
  • Day 11 Rest day (3670m)
  • Day 12 Merek (4340m)
  • Day 13 Makalu Base camp (5000m)
  • Day 14 Explore around
  • Day 15 Sandy camp upper Barun Glacier (5250m)
  • Day 16 East Col base Camp (5500m)
  • Day 17 Rest Day
  • Day 18 Traverse East Col (6100m) to Moraine (5550m)
  • Day 19 Spare day for weather etc
  • Day 20 Across West Col (6135m) to Panch Pokhari (5445m)
  • Day 21 Spare Day for weather etc.
  • Day 22 Across Amphu Labtsa (5600m) to Chukung (4730m)
  • Day 23 Tengboche(3860m)
  • Day 24 Namche (3450m)
  • Day 25 Lukla (2800m)
  • Day 26 Fly to Kathmandu (1300m)
  • Day 27 In Kathmandu
  • Day 28 Depart Kathmandu

General Information

TRIP GRADE- Strenuous Trek

This is a long trek that goes far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists, to remote areas of the country where the landscapes are wild and untamed and where the local inhabitants have seen little change in their way of life for centuries- untouched corners of an increasingly crowded planet.

It is physically challenging, likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities, such as, climbing/ scrambling across high passes.


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