This is one of the wildest high mountain adventure treks that involve some rope climbing as well. It is a technical climb from Makalu Base Camp across Barun glacier and further to the Khumbu region of Nepal. While crossing over the high passes of Sherpani/East Col (6,100m/20,014ft) and West Col (6,135m/20,129ft), it rewards with great views of some prominent peaks. The Ice Col adventure trek is a demanding Himalayan trek with spectacular views of the mountains above 8,000 meters. They are namely 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 steep slopes and good for only those with alpine experience and has high level of stamina. Since there are very few modern facilities, this trek requires a well-supported 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 finally ends 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.
Extension of Ice Col Adventure Trek
Island Peak climbing can also be combined with this 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 venture into an isolated and un-spoilt wilderness of massive moraines and glacial lakes
- Possibility of combining Island Peak climb