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Ice Col Adventure Trek - 25 Days

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Ice Col Adventure Trek
  • Nepal’s highest trekking route
  • Crossing of three major high passes-East Col, West Col and Amphu Lapcha
  • A stunning panorama which includes 5 of the World’s 8,000m peaks
  • A chance to venture into an isolated and un-spoilt wilderness of massive moraines and glacial lakes
  • Possibility of combining Island Peak climb

This is one of the wildest high mountain adventure trek that involves some rope climbing from Makalu Base Camp across Barun glacier to the Khumbu region while crossing over the passes of Sherpani/East (6,100m/20,014ft) and West Cols (6,135m/20,129ft) with great views of some prominent peaks. The Ice-Col trek is also a demanding Himalayan trek with spectacular views of the mountains above eight thousand meters such as Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,907ft), Lhotse (8,501m/27,890ft), Everest (8,848m/29,028ft), Makalu (8,463m/27,767ft) and Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28,170ft) en-route. The trek has some very steep slopes and good for only those with alpine experience and need a high level of stamina. Since there are very few modern facilities and amenities, this trek requires a well-supported and guided team with sensible equipment including ropes and ice-axe.

The trek connects with the Khumbu region at Chhukung crossing after the Amphu Lapcha pass (5,800m/19,029ft). The Amphu Lapcha (also referred to as the Amphu Labtsa) pass is one of the most dramatic crossings in the Himalaya having straightforward ice-fall. The valley is high and open, fringed with broad moraines and sharp white peaks where the views of Chamlang (7,319m/24,013ft) and Baruntse (7,129m/23,390ft) are excellent. The Khumbu region has some pristine Sherpa villages and monasteries along the Everest Base Camp trail. Namche Bazaar is the popular Sherpa hometown. There is a possibility of taking a side trip to the world famous Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. The trek is completed at Lukla. The entire Makalu-Barun, Hinku (Honku) valley and Khumbu region has a unique landscape that shelters some of the rare species of animals and plants in Nepal.

Note: Island Peak climbing can be associated with this trek.

Day 1
Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (457m/1,500ft) and trek to Khandbari (1,040m/3,412ft).

Day 2
Trek Khandbari to Bhotebash (1,700m/5,577ft).

Day 3
Trek Bhotebash to Mure (1,980m/6,496ft).

Day 4
Trek Mure to Seduwa (1,510m/4,954ft).

Day 5
Trek Seduwa to Tashi Gaon (2,070m/6,791ft).

Day 6
Trek Tashi Gaon to Khongma (3,470m/11,385ft).

Day 7
Trek Khongma to Mumbuk (3,400m/11,155ft) crossing over Shipton la pass (4,800m/15,749ft).

Day 8
Trek Mumbuk to Nghe Kharka (3,750m/12,303ft), a pilgrimage site for local people.

Day 9
Rest and acclimatisation day at Nghe Kharka.

Day 10
Trek Nghe Kharka to Shershong (4,615m/15,141ft).

Day 11
Trek Shershong to Makalu Base Camp (5,000m/16,404ft).

Day 12
Rest day at Makalu Base Camp for excursion.

Day 13
Trek to Sandy camp upper Barun Glacier (5,250m/17,225ft).

Day 14
Trek to East Col Base Camp (5,500m/18,045ft).

Day 15
Rest day and explore around.

Day 16
Trek over East Col (6,100m/20,014ft) to Moraine (5,550m/18,209ft).

Day 17
Spare day for weather conditions, etc.

Day 18
Trek through West Col (6,135m/20,129ft) to Panch Pokhari (5,445m/17,865ft).

Day 19
Spare day for weather conditions, etc.

Day 20
Trek Panch Pokhari to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (5,200m/17,061ft).

Day 21
Trek through Amphu Lapcha pass (5,800m/19,029ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,519ft).

Day 22
Trek Chhukung to Tengboche (3,867m/12,687ft).

Day 23
Trek Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,446m/11,306ft).

Day 24
Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft).

Day 25
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (35 minutes).

Cost Includes:

  • Makalu-Barun and Sagarmatha National Park permits
  • Three meals (B/L/D) a day on trekking from teahouse/lodge and at our own kitchen
  • Accommodations at teahouse/lodge/tents in the mountains
  • A Sherpa Group leader, Cook and kitchen crew for camping period
  • Necessary porters
  • Necessary equipment including high mountain Tents, Ropes, Mattresses, etc.
  • Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
  • Regular flights for Kathmandu-Tumlingtar and Lukla-Kathmandu & ground transfers to/from airport
  • First aid kit box
  • A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program

Cost Excludes:

  • Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
  • Personal equipment that may require for high passes such as Ice-axe, Crampons, etc.
  • Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
  • Tips to the staff
  • International Airfare and Taxes

  • Kathmandu City Tour
  • Mt. Everest Flight
  • Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia National Park
  • Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • White Water Rafting in Nepal
  • Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
  • Shopping Tours

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Trip Facts

  • Fly in KTM-Tumlingtar, Fly out Lukla-KTM
  • Minimum 2 Pax
  • 6,135 meters
  • Difficult