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Sherpani Col Passes

Sherpani Col Passes

Wilderness Trekking
sherpani col pass
three col passes
sherpani col pass

Trip Facts

Duration : 21 Days Max-Altitude : 6200m Program Type : Camping /tea house Best Season : Sep to Nov, March to Jun Per Day Walking : 6/7 Hours Trek Grade : Grade 4:

This is challenging and technical Trekking, climbing of Nepal, you most have to physically fit and mentally prepare, off the beaten trails, camping or challenging high passes Treks, at this level can he arranged for periods of 18 to 32 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft. or climbing 6540m.

Mode of Travel : Flight/Land Hold Your Guide : Lal Gurung


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$ 4000 $ 3500
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Group Price

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $4000
2 Paxes $3500
2-4 Paxes $3450
4-6 Paxes $3400
6-10 Paxes $3300
10-15 Paxes $3100
15+Paxes $3100

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Sherpani Col Passes Trekking Itinerary

The Sherpani Col Pass trek is an epic adventure through the stunning Makalu and Everest regions. This journey connects three high mountain passes: Sherpani Col Pass, West Col Pass, and Amphu Lapcha Pass. Known as the “3-Col Pass” trek, it is challenging and requires excellent physical fitness, experience in high-altitude trekking, and technical mountaineering skills. This adventurous journey through remote and wilderness regions is part of the Great Himalayan trails and requires full logistical support. It is perfect for hikers seeking a different route and a fresh perspective.

Overview of Sherpani Col Pass Trek

The Sherpani Col Pass trek traverses both the Everest and Makalu base camps. It follows the high ridge separating the Dudh Koshi River and Arun valleys in the Everest region, known as the Hidden Treasure Trek. The trek includes the Makalu base camp the bank of the rivers which is used as base camp for the Makalu Expedition.

  • Sherpani Col Pass (6,155m): The first and most challenging pass, involving steep and exposed ice slopes.
  • West Col Pass (6,143m): The second pass, requires a technical climb on fixed ropes.
  • Amphu Lapcha Pass (5,845m): The final pass, involves a steep climb on a rocky ridge.

The Highest Pass in Nepal

Sherpani Col, standing at 6,155 meters above sea level, is the highest pass in Nepal. Although Nepal has numerous passes, Sherpani Col is often considered the highest. Some might claim that Thorong La Pass and Everest 3 Passes are the highest, but Sherpani Col holds this distinction. During the trek, you will stay at Baruntse Camp One, located at 6,146 meters.

Trekking Route and Highlights

The Sherpani Col Pass trek begins with a flight to Tumlingtar, followed by a journey through lush forests, the Arun Valley, and rural areas. You will pass through charming traditional villages like Khandbari, Mane Bhanjyang, Cheche La, Num, Sama Gau, Tashi Gaon, and Khongma. The route offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan range, including Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Everest. This trek is a camping trek in Nepal, connected with the Great Himalayan Trails, enhancing the overall experience.

Key Highlights

  • Scenic Views: Panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and other peaks.
  • Cultural Experience: Diverse cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of the Sherpa and Rai communities.
  • Glacial Valleys: Trekking through traditional Sherpa villages and glacial valleys.

Challenges of the Sherpani Col Pass Trek

The Sherpani Col Pass trek is challenging and requires careful planning and preparation.

High Altitude

  • Extreme Elevation: The trek reaches heights of up to 6,155 meters, which can lead to altitude sickness.
  • Acclimatization: Proper acclimatization is crucial, often requiring several days at high altitudes.

Technical Difficulty

  • Climbing Skills: The trek involves crossing high passes and technical terrains, requiring ropes, crampons, and ice axes.
  • Glacier Navigation: Navigating glaciers with crevasses and steep ice slopes adds complexity.

Weather Conditions

  • Unpredictable Weather: High-altitude regions are prone to sudden weather changes, including snowstorms and high winds.
  • Seasonal Challenges: The best seasons for the Sherpani col trek are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November).

Remote Location

  • Isolation: The Sherpani col pass trek passes through remote areas with limited access to medical facilities and communication.
  • Logistics: Managing food, fuel, and supplies requires careful planning.

Physical Endurance

  • Stamina: The Col Pass trek demands high physical fitness and endurance due to long days of trekking over rugged terrain.
  • Mental Fortitude: Challenging conditions require mental toughness and the ability to handle prolonged exertion and isolation.

Preparation Tips

  • Training: Engage in cardiovascular and strength training exercises for several months before the trek. Include altitude training if possible.
  • Gear: Ensure you have high-quality gear, including mountaineering boots, cold-weather clothing, and technical climbing equipment.
  • Guidance: Hire experienced guides and porters familiar with the region.
  • Acclimatization Schedule: Follow a proper acclimatization schedule and be prepared to take extra rest days if necessary.
  • Health Precautions: Carry a comprehensive first aid kit and medications for altitude sickness and other common ailments.

Best Time to Trek

The best time to undertake the Sherpani Col Pass trek is during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). For these reasons, the weather is typically stable, with mild temperatures and clear skies, offering stunning mountain vistas.

  • Spring: Brings gradual warming and vibrant displays of rhododendrons and wildflowers.
  • Autumn: Cooler temperatures with clear, stable weather, ideal for trekking.

Avoid the monsoon season (June to August) due to heavy rainfall and slippery trails, and the winter season (December to February) due to extreme cold and hazardous conditions.


The Sherpani Col Pass is one of the unique adventure, culture, and natural beauty. Proper preparation, equipment, and a skilled guide are essential for a safe and successful journey with NEPAL WILDERNESS TREKKING PVT Guide Team. Sherpa Col, comprising experienced guides and porters, has been leading this trek since 2001, equipped with the necessary gear. This half-camping and half-tea houses trek, connected with the Great Himalayan Trails, promises an unforgettable experience for adventurous trekkers.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Kathmandu to Tumling tar by fly, 45 minutes fly and drive to Num (1490m) 7 hours trek, stay overnight at Num,
  • Day 02: Num to Seduwa (1460m) 6 hours trek, stay overnight at Seduwa,
  • Day 03: Seduwa to Tashi Gaon (2070m) 5 hours trek, stay overnight at Tashi Gaun,
  • Day 04: Tashi Gaun to Khongma (3470m) 5 hours trek, stay overnight at Khongma.
  • Day 05: Khongma to Dobate (3570m) 6 hours trek, stay overnight at Dobate.
  • Day 06: Dobate to Yangli Kharka (3580m) 6/7 hours trek, stay overnight at Yangli Lharka,
  • Day 07: Yangli kharka to Jak Kharka (4615m) 6 hours trek, stay overnight at Jak Kharka
  • Day 08: Jak Kharka to Makalu base camp (5000m) 6 hours trek, stay overnight at Makalu base camp
  • Day 09: Makalu base camp to Hillary Base Camp (5200m) 5 hours trek, stay overnight at Hillary Basecamp
  • Day 10: Hillary Base Camp to High Camp (5700) 3 hours trek, stay overnight at High camp
  • Day 11: High camp to West Col ( 1 number camp of Barunche, 5 hours trek, stay  overnight at 1 number camp of Barunche via east col / Sherpani col pass 6,155 meters,
  • Day 12: West col to Barunche base camp (5300) 5 hours trek, stay overnight at Barunche Basecamp.
  • Day 13: Baruntse base camp to Panch Pokhari 4200m) 5 hours trek, stay overnight at Panch Pokhari,
  • Day 14: Rest day for acclimatization.
  • Day 15: Baruntse Base camp to Ampulapcha base camp 4 hours trek, stay overnight at the same place,
  • Day 16: Base camp to High camp. (5780m) 4 hours a trek, and stay overnight at the same place
  • Day 17: High camp to Chhukung via Ampulapcha Pass, 6 hours trek, stays overnight at Chhukung
  • Day 18: Chhukung to Tengboche, 5 hours trek, stay overnight at Tengboche,
  • Day 19: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar, 5 hours trek, stay overnight at Namche Bazar,
  • Day 20: Namche Bazaar to Lukla, 6 hours trek, stay  overnight at Lukla,
  • Day 21: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight back to Kathmandu.

Cost Included

  •  two-person tent.
  • Sleeping Matters.
  • Lunch Dinner and breakfast during the trek as per Itinerary.
  • Guide, Sherpa, cook necessary porters and Salary food High insurance staff and porter Equipment.
  • Makalu Park Permit.
  • Permit TIMS.
  • Kathmandu Tumlingtar - Lukla Kathmandu flight tickets.
  • General Climbing equipment from the past such as Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, etc.
  • Climbing Sherpa and Equipment for him.

Cost Excluded

  • Kathmandu entry visa fee you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport.
  • meals and accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • Bar and beverage bills, bottled water.
  • You must bring your equipment such as Sleeping bag/Crampons/Harness ice ax.
Trip Dates Trip Price Confirmed Pax Trip Status
October 10, 2024 US$ 3500 Join a Group Book Now
October 20, 2024 US$ 3500 Join a Group Book Now

Frequently Asked Questions

Sherpani col passes trek is challenging trek in Nepal, Tough night spent will be Baruntse expedition camp one, 6146 m elevations during the Sherpani col passes trek
Yes, you can do privately, but better to have at least 2 pax in the group
March, April, May to Sep Oct early Nov.
Everest national park permit, TIMS and Makalu national park permit
hike through the glacier, crevasse, Avalanches, rocks fall sections

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