Sherpani Col Pass trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal which lies in Makalu Barun National Park in eastern Nepal covering two districts, Sankhuwasabha and Solukhumbu district. Sherpani col pass trek provides the trekking experience in the remote Himalayan region as well as some mountaineering experience while doing the high passes like Sherpani Col (6155m), West Col (6135m), and Amphu Laptsa La pass (5845m) during the trek.
The trek can be divided into three stages to simplify in which the first leg of the trek goes through relatively lower altitudes until the base camp of mount Makalu (4870m). During this stage, you will be passing through several local villages, forests, alpine meadows, and along with the upstream of Barun River. However, at this stage, it also involves several uphill and downhill walks.
The second leg of the trek goes beyond Makalu base camp and traverses on moraine terrain, ice, and snows, rocks and boulders, glacial lakes, glaciers, and high passes. This is a remote mountain region where you won’t find any human settlements and you will be spending most of the time over 5000 meters.
The third leg of the trek begins after descending the last pass of the trek, the Amphu Laptsa-la pass which gives you access to the famous Everest trekking region. So, this region is well developed where you can find lodges and hotels stuffed with facilities like hot showers and wifi!
During this stage, the trek follows downstream the Imja River and Dudh Koshi River passing through major Sherpa villages of the Khumbu region such as Dingboche, Pangboche, Namche bazaar, and finishing at Lukla village which has the famous Lukla airport.
Sherpani Col Pass Trek via Mera La
Although the traditional and popular trek approach to Sherpani-col pass is from Makalu base camp, however, as an option you can trek through the Hinku valley summit Mera peak (6476m) and descend to Kangma Dingma, Seto Pokhari, and to Baruntse base camp to catch up the regular route to Sherpani-col and beyond.
How to get to the trailhead of the Sherpani Col Pass Trek?
The best and popular way to start the trek is from Tumlingtar which can be reached by flight from Kathmandu. Although you can drive all the way to Tumlingtar, it is a long and tiring journey as well as takes an extra day. After Tumlingtar it is another drive to get to Num bazaar from where the actual trekking journey begins.
Required permits and fees for Sherpani Col Pass Trek.
- TIMS card (trekking information management system) costs $10 USD per head for an organized trekker and $20 USD for the individual trekker.
- Makalu Barun national park permit costs 3000 Nepalese rupees per head.
- Sagarmatha national part permit which costs 3000 Nepalese rupees per head.
- Pasang Lhamu Municipility entrance fee cost $20 USD.