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Serpani Col Trekking Nepal

Trip description

Mt.Malaku (8475m) the world's 5th highest peak's base camp trek is a Utterly marvelous, still very untouched and an irregular trekking area of Makalu region is very close to the Everest region. And the Barun valley is a part of a huge international protected area under the agreement between the governments of Nepal and China, which comprises of 2330 sq. km of National Park and 830 sq. km of conservation area in Nepal alone. Trekking in the Makalu region takes you through the beautiful Makalu Barun National Park, from the steamy lowlands of Tumlingtar [460m], one of the least frequented areas of Nepal to the snowy heights of Makalu Base Camp [5000m] which is least visited by tourists like Nepal's far west and with the views of the south face of Makalu, as well as Everest and Lhotse are truly real and fantastic.


Highlights of the trip:

World's deepest Arun valley, Close up view of the Makalu and all Everest Himalayan panorama from Serpani col, Mixed communities and the majority of Sherpa poeple, Stunning view of summits, Sherpini col pass trekking is considered as the most difficult and challenging pass trekking of the world. It is one of the most adventures trek in the Himalaya only for experienced hikers or climbers.


Trip grading:

This trekking trip is suitable for any walker looking for more challenging and energetic. It does require basic previous trekking experience and also it is necessary that you must be young and super-strong to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5:30 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. During the trekking, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.


Best season:

February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and early December.


Makalu Base Camp + Serpani Col. + Amphulapcha Pass - trekking itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
  • Day 02 Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Day 03 kathmandu to Tumlingtar
  • Day 04: Trek from Tumlingtar to Maney Bhanjyang which takes about five and half hours.
  • Day 05: Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Chilchile (1830m) which takes about five hours.
  • Day 06: Trek from Chilchile to Num (1500 m) which takes about four and half hours.
  • Day 07: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1510 m) which takes about four and half hours.
  • Day 08: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2070 m) which takes about four hours.
  • Day 09: Rest day at Tashigaon for acclimatization.
  • Day 10: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma la (3560 m) which takes about six hours.
  • Day 11: Trek from Khongma la to Mumbuk (3550 m) which takes about six and half hours
  • Day 12: Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600 m) which takes about four and half hours.
  • Day 13: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Yak Kharka (4810 m) which takes about five and half hours.
  • Day 14: Trek from Yak Kharka to Hillary Base Camp (Makalu Base Camp), 6 - 6:30 hrs,
  • Day 15: Rest at Makalu Base Camp.
  • Day 16: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Baruntse East Col.
  • Day 17: Trek from Baruntse East Col to Sherbani Col.
  • Day 18: Trek from Sherbani Col to Baruntse West Col.
  • Day 19: Trek from Baruntse West Col to Hinku Pokhari
  • Day 20: Trek from Hinku Pokhari to Mingbola Base camp (Glacier Camp)
  • Day 21: Trek from Mingbola Base camp to Mingbola Pass(5817m.)- Next Base Camp of Mingbo La.
  • Day 22: Trek from Mingbo La Base Camp to Pangboche village
  • Day 23: Trek from Pangboche to Namche bazaar which takes about five and half hours.
  • Day 24: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) and it takes about six hours.
  • Day 25: Fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu. 35 Min
  • Day 26: Final departure for your onward destination.

Note of the above itinerary

O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Important note

Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.

short description mode of packages

In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows

Makalu Base Camp - Serpani Col. itinerary in details

Day 01
Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur in B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs. As your request we go to short walk around old city area.

Day 02
Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After breakfast, we drive to Changu Narayan (1500m.) which is situated approximately 20 k.m east of Kathmandu. Changunarayan is said to be the oldest temple of Kathmandu valley and is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage monument list. It is said to have been built by King Hari Dutta in 323 AD and said to be the oldest temple in the valley. We then trek to Nagarkot (2175m.). Walking through the pine forest along the ridge through the villages with splendid view of the valley and mountains we arrive at Nagarkot. It is one the most panoramic destinations of Nepal for landscapes, mountain views including Mt Everest and magnificent sunrise and sun set view. Overnight in hotel.

Day 03
Trek from Surtibari to Tumlingtar which takes about six and half hours.

The trail starts with an adventurous action of hanging ropeways over the river. The trail then will ascend about 2 hours. This is a small town with an airstrip. There is a market and you find some government administrative offices and some tea houses.

Day 04
Trek from Tumlingtar to Maney Bhanjyang which takes about five and half hours.

The trail ascends all the way through forest of rhododendrons and sal trees. During the trekking, you pass few villages. Maney Bhanjyang is a ridge inhabited by some people. It is quite surrounded by forest and this is grazing filed for local people.

Day 05
Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Chilchile (1830m) which takes about five hours.

The trail ascends through forest of rhododendrons and sal trees for about three hours and you will ultimately walk over a flat trail and you approach Chilchile. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurungs and other communities as well. There is a government school where locals send their children. You will find some good tea houses.

Day 06
Trek from Chilchile to Num (1500 m) which takes about four and half hours.

The trail ascends for about 2 hours and then descends by a small perennial river and the walk on a flat trail for about 1 hour and reach Num. Num is a beautiful village which is enriched with many tea houses and telephone facilities.

Day 07
Trek from Num to Seduwa (1510 m) which takes about four and half hours.

The trail descends steeply for about 2 and half hours till a big river named Neguwa Khola. The trail passes through the suspension bridge and the trail ascends through forest and few traditional villages. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and the crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending upon season. There is a check post and local office of Makalu Conservation Area.

Day 08
Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2070 m) which takes about four hours.

The trail slightly ascends but major part of the trail is flat and easy through the bushes. While walking, you can villages at far distance. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest is a big sherpa village. You find prayer flags fluttering in sky in and around village. The camping spot in this village is really praiseworthy.

Day 09
Rest day at Tashigaon for acclimatization.
Day 10
Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma la (3560 m) which takes about six hours.

The trail ascends throughout the day and you will walk through forest of Rhododendrons and Sal trees until you reach destination. Kongma la is a ridge and there is only one tea house here. This is also perfect place for camping. There falls snow during March and April.

Day 11
Trek from Khongma la to Mumbuk (3550 m) which takes about six and half hours.

The trail ascends and then following a trail you reach a beautiful lake named “Kalo Pokhari” at the height of (4004 m). Leaving this lake, you go downhill until you reach Mumbuk. It is a camping spot surrounded by green forests.

Day 12
Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600 m) which takes about four and half hours.

The trail today is bit adventurous and strenuous. The trail passes for about 3 hours through a landscape which is very prone to landslides. The Barun river through the trail adds more dimensions to the trail with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, Peak 7 (6185 m).

Day 13
Trek from Yangle Kharka to Yak Kharka (4810 m) which takes about five and half hours.

The trail ascends through the grassland and forest. You can enjoy the majestic peaks such as the Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, Peak 7 (6185 m), Isuwa La (5340 m) and many unnamed mountains and peaks. Yak Kharka is a grazing field and you camp overnight here.

Day 14
Trek from Yak Kharka to Hillary Base Camp (Makalu Base Camp), 6 - 6:30 hrs,

During this day, trek to Hillary Base Camp / Makalu Base Camp which takes about 6 to 6: 30 hrs, Early part of the trek is flat and then it turns ascent till Hillary Base Camp. En route, you pass through glacier rocky path. You will be enchanted by the panoramic views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, Kali Himal, Mt. Makalu II etc.

Day 15
Rest at Makalu Base Camp.

You will enjoy the whole day in the base camp. You will have a spectacular views of different mountains and peaks like Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m), etc. You can also hike to Baruntse Base Camp.

Day 16
Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Baruntse East Col.
Day 17
Trek from Baruntse East Col to Sherbani Col.
Day 18
Trek from Sherbani Col to Baruntse West Col.
Day 19
Trek from Baruntse West Col to Hinku Pokhari
Day 20
Trek from Hinku Pokhari to Mingbola Base camp( Glacier Camp)
Day 21
Trek from Mingbola Base camp to Mingbola Pass(5817m.)- Next Base Camp of Mingbo La.
Day 22
Trek from Mingbo La Base Camp to Pangboche village
Day 23
Trek from Pangboche to Namche bazaar which takes about five and half hours.

During this trekking, it start downhill trek for one hour and then crossing a suspension bridge you continue your trek over flat and ascent path through forest till Tyangboche. It is an excellent view points as you can see the panoramic views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Tawache peak, Lhotse and as Tyangboche lies near Thamserku so some parts of this majestic peaks are also seen.

Following through rhododendron forest, you trek over descent path and reach Phunki Tanga. There are some tea houses here. There is a possibility of seeing mask deer in and around this year. Leaving this, you trek uphill for two hours till Sanasa. There are three diversified paths here, one moving Gokyo, another to Khumjung and the third one goes to Namche in single hour

Day 24
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) and it takes about six hours.

The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote - Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.

Day 25
Fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu. 35 Min

After breakfast, flight back to Kathmandu with amazing mountain flights which takes about 35min back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 26
Final Departure

After breakfast, rest of day is at leisure until we pick from your hotel and then transfer to airport for your onward destination. Our trip end and wish you your wonderful journey !!

Cost includes

  • Kathmandu international - domestic airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 3 nights on twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/ Bhaktapur
  • Flights: Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - Kathmandu round fare with applicable airport departure tax
  • Meals: {Breakfast, lunch and Dinner) serve with tea/coffee during the trekking days
  • Tented accommodation / local homestay both are applicable for this trekking.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle.
  • License holder - professional mountain trekking guide and required number of other trekking staffs such as professional cook, Sherpas, Kitchen helper and porters as upon the group size.
  • All necessary kitchen equipments and Cooking things for camping trekking
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurances, equipments, transportation, accommodation for Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Makalu Conservation entry permits and TIMS permits for ths trekking
  • All grounded transportation according to the given programs
  • A special gift from our company "Gokyo Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd"

Cost excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things not mentioned.


We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.

Travel Insurance

To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.

Climate and Weather

The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.

Group Size

We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.

Responsible travel

Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.

Trekking equipments

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
Upper Body
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower Body
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Optional items
  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing

Responsible trekking

Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.

Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.

Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!

After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.

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Serpani col trekking fact

  • Starts Tumlingtar
  • Ends Lukla
  • Duration 26 Days
  • Grade streneous
  • Highest point 6180 m
  • Culture Encounter Local People
  • Trek type Camping Trekking
  • Himalayan view Makalu Route mountain, Everest region mountain   
  • Attraction great Mountain View, Villages
  • Best Season March, April, May, September, October, November
  • Meal breakfast, lunch, and Dinner
  • Transportation Local bus or private transport and by air
  • Accommodation camping accommodation
  • Group size 1-12
  • Per day Walking 5 to 6 hours
  • Itinerary type Fixed / Customized

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