From Makalu to Everest, across the three passes

One of the most committed treks of Nepal : from Makalu to Everest on a high altitude itinerary, surrounded by the most impressive summits of the planet.

Our agency offers you an exceptional itinerary : the great crossing between Makalu and Everest, the most demanding part of the famous Great Himalayan Trail. A difficult trek reserved to experienced trekkers, ready for a true high mountain expedition!

We will start this trek in the tropical forest of the Makalu-Barun natural parc, kept wild and preserved from tourism. We climb up the path leading us to the Makalu base camp, giant glacier peaking at 8485m high. It is the moment to take some height and to adventure ourselves on a out of the ordinary itinerary! We ascend slopes of the first high-pass, the East pass (Sherpani pass), at 6135m. We then go on to the next pass, the West pass, waiting for us at 6145m, after crossing the Baruntse glacier (7152m). We are now immersed in the glacier impasse of the Hinku valley, between Ama Dablam and Baruntse. The final obstacle is named Amphu Labsta (5845m), the 
exit gate to the Everest valley, the end of this wonderful Himalayan journey!



    International flight from Paris to Katmandu

    Accommodation : Airplane

  • Day 2 KATMANDU

    KATMANDU Arrival to Katmandu. We are welcomed at the airport by our guide, and driven to our hotel in the city center. Free time for lunch and afternoon to relax and finish our preparation for the trek. Little immersion in the town of the famous temples with pagoda-style roofs. Welcome diner with our guide and night in the hotel.

    Accommodation : Hotel

  • Day 3 KATMANDOU - TUMLINGTAR - NUM (1560 m)

    After breakfast, we'll leave the hotel to join the airport. We take an interior flight to Tumlingtar, in the East region of Nepal. A long road journey is then necessary to reach the starting point of the trek, near Num, from where our itinerary will start tomorrow morning.

    Positive difference in altitude : around 700m | Negative difference in altitude : around 60m | Altitude Max : 3540m | Accommodation : Camp

  • Day 4 NUM - SEDUWA (1500 m)

    NUM - SEDUWA (1500 m) This morning is our departure to our trek between Makalu and Everest ! As it is protection the Arun valley as well as majestic peaks such as Makalu, Baruntse, Mera Peak or even Chamlang, the Makalu-Barun National parc is considered as the extension of the Sagarmatha National parc, itself listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Seduwa, the entry gate of this parc, is the first step of our trek, in which we'll cross rice, corn, barley and buckwheat terrasses cultures.

    Positive difference in altitude : 890m | Negative difference in altitude : 950m | Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 5 SEDUWA - TASHIGAON (2100 m)

    SEDUWA - TASHIGAON (2100 m) We pursue our trek by climbing up the valley, between bamboos and rhododendrons. From rice terrasses to the jungle, we roam the path on the mountainside and cross Manigaon. A gradual slope will take us to Tashigaon, the last permanent village... We'll camp near the village.

    Positive difference in altitude : 650m | Negative difference in altitude : 50m | Accommodation : Camp

  • Day 6 TASHIGAON - KONGMA DANDA (3500 m)

    Today is a walking day a little bit more intense than the day before : to join the ridge of Kongma Danda at 3500m high, we have to climb up 1400m ! We trek through rhododendrons, jungle and bamboo forest, and pass a few rivers before reaching the ridge of Kongma where we'll spend the night.

    Positive difference in altitude : 1400m | Accommodation : Camp

  • Day 7 KONGMA DANDA - SHIPTON'S PASS (4125 m) - DOBATO (3650 m)

    KONGMA DANDA - SHIPTON'S PASS (4125 m) - DOBATO (3650 m) We pass Kongma La, pass located near the village of the same name, before walking along the ridge leading to Shipton's Pass, named after the alpinist Eric Shipton, the first explorer of this itinerary. He was on a quest to access Everest in 1951... With its 4125m high, this pass is called the Tutu La in nepali. We'll descend to a pretty lake, the Kalo Pokhari, before crossing a third pass, the Keke La (4170m). We then descend in the Barun valley to camp in the hamlet of Dobato, at 3650m high.

    Positive difference in altitude : 875m | Negative difference in altitude : 715m | Accommodation : Camp

  • Day 8 DOBATO - YANGRI KHARKA (3700 m)

    Today, we'll climb back up to the Barun valley, going pass a few mountain slides. The pathway is getting closer to the river, coming from the Barun glacier, that we'll join at the level of Yangri (or Yangle) Kharka, our campsite for tonight. This campsite is ideally located, in the heart of a grassy plain with an incredible view of the surrounding mountains.

    Positive difference in altitude : 350m | Negative difference in altitude : 300m | Accommodation : Camp


    YANGRI KHARKA - LANGMALE KHARKA (4410 m) We pursue climbing up into the valley. The first part of the day will take place on a pleasant pathway bordering a river, in the middle of yacks pastures, before climbing towards Langmale Kharka. We'll evolve from now on in a high mountain environment.
    Our campsite for the night is in a beautiful decor, surrounded by summits peaking over 6000m !

    Positive difference in altitude : 760m | Negative difference in altitude : 50m | Accommodation : Camp


    We start our day by a nice and easy walk towards the famous Makalu base camp. We follow the path roaming in an alluvial valley whilst enjoying the panorama of the immense South side of Makalu and surrounding peaks : Baruntse, Lhotse and Everest !

    Positive difference in altitude : 460m | Accommodation : Camp


    ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT MAKALU BASE CAMP Acclimatization day to be ideally prepare for the following days, which will be more technical. We review mountaineering essentials, necessary to walk on snow and glacier.

    Positive difference in altitude : around 1100m | Negative difference in altitude : around 1650m | Altitude Max : 6476m | Accommodation : Camp


    MAKALU BASE CAMP - SWISS BASE CAMP (5150 m) Today, we join the Swiss Base Camp to get closer to the first pass to cross : the East pass (or the neighbour Sherpani pass). Following the Barun glacier located under the Makalu, we pass on rocks and climb up the moraines which are facing the West pillar of Makalu. From there, the 8000m high don't seem too far away...

    Positive difference in altitude : 330m | Negative difference in altitude : 50m | Accommodation : Camp


    SWISS BASE CAMP - EAST COL BASE CAMP (5700 M) After a resting day, we pursue our trail on a rocky and steep path leading us to the opposite valley. We'll take advantage of a relative flat terrain before the last climb taking us to the East Col base camp. The campsite is located on the rocky zone juste before the glacier.

    Positive difference in altitude : 550m | Accommodation : Camp

  • Day 14 EAST COL BASE CAMP - EAST COL (6180 M) - WEST COL (6150 m)- BARUNTSE HIGH CAMP (5800 m)

    EAST COL BASE CAMP - EAST COL (6180 M) - WEST COL (6150 m)- BARUNTSE HIGH CAMP (5800 m) With a long walking day ahead of us, we leave the campsite in the middle of the night to pass the glacier and cross the East Col. At the beginning of the ascent, ropes are fixed to the walls to help us climb up. We follow a snowy ravine before crossing the rocky passage. When we reach the top, the view is worth every effort : we are at the peaking point of this trek, at 6180m high, in an exceptional Himalayan environment !
    We descend the West side of the Barun glacier, and then join the summit of the second pass, the West Col, at 6150m. We now descend towards the end of the Hinku valley, an immense glacial circus closed of by massive snowy peaks, of which the Ama Dablam (6812m). We'll walk until we reach the Baruntse base camp, where we'll spend the night and rest our weary feet.

    Positive difference in altitude : 550m | Negative difference in altitude : 450m | Accommodation : Camp

  • Day 15 SPARE DAY

    Safety day to provide for contingencies. This day can be shifted in the program depending on the need. The guide can decide to use it in case of bad weather, as a resting day, or as another acclimatization day.

    Accommodation : Camp


    BARUNTSE HIGH CAMP - AMPHU LAPSTA BASE CAMP (5527 m) We join the Amphu Laptsa base camp, and enjoy the view on the Chamlang peak (7321m), giant mountain with snowy hillsides which watches the glacial lakes of the Honku valley : the Panch Pokhari. After crossing this remote and wild valley, we arrive at the base camp.

    Positive difference in altitude : 150m | Negative difference in altitude : 450m | Accommodation : Camp

  • Day 17 AMPHU LAPSTA B.C. - AMPHU LAPSTA LA (5848 M) - CHHUKUNG (4730 M)

    AMPHU LAPSTA B.C. - AMPHU LAPSTA LA (5848 M) - CHHUKUNG (4730 M) The crossing of Amphu Laptsa pass starts by a gentle ascent similar to mountaineering. The slope is steep up to the top, but the reward is huge : we will enjoy a superb panorama on the Khumbu summits during the whole day. We then descend to Chhukung to relax for the rest of the day.

    Positive difference in altitude : 350m | Negative difference in altitude : 1120m | Accommodation : Camp

  • Day 18 SPARE DAY

    Safety day in case we are late on our itinerary.

    Accommodation : Camp

  • Day 19 CHHUKUNG - TENGBOCHE (3860 m)

    CHHUKUNG - TENGBOCHE (3860 m) We leave Chhukung and follow the Imja Khola valley until we reach the village of Pangboche, going through Dingboche, Orsho and Syomare. After stepping over the river, the pathway climbs up on the mountain hillside and leads us to Tengboche, famous for its Buddhist monastery.

    Positive difference in altitude : 70m | Negative difference in altitude : 940m | Accommodation : Lodge


    TENGBOCHE - NAMCHE BAZAAR (3930 M) Early in the morning, we go to the Tengboche monastery to assist to the prayer session. Then, we start walking on a descent going through rhododendrons forests to finally join the Dudh Koshi shores. We climb back up to the sherpa capital of Khumbu, Namche Bazaar.

    Positive difference in altitude : 70m | Negative difference in altitude : 940m | Accommodation : Lodge

  • Day 21 NAMCHE BAZAAR - LUKLA (2840 M)

    Today is a nice walking day on the pathway back to Lukla. We descend in the Dudh Kosi valley and cross a few villages before the last ascent to Lukla.

    Positive difference in altitude : 610m | Negative difference in altitude : 1020m | Accommodation : Lodge


    Early in the morning, we hop on a 40m flight back to Katmandu. We have spare time in the afternoon and for diner.

    NB : in case of bad weather, the flight from Lukla to Katmandu will be delayed to the next day.

    Accommodation : Hotel


    KATMANDU VALLEY Today is a free day in the nepalese capital. From the hotel, it is possible to visit on foot the touristic neighborhood of Thamel, the old town, as well as the Durbar Square, and the historic monuments listed in the World Heritage. The historic sites in the Katmandu valley are also accessible by taxi. [Lunch and diner at your own charge]

    NB : This day can be used as a spare day in case of cancellation of the flight from Lukla to Katmandu the day before (airplanes do not take off is the weather is bad). For those who have chosen to the option "Visit the Katmandu valley", fees will be refunded.

    - Option "Visit the Katmandu valley" (to pay when registering) : we offer you a guided visit of the main sites in the Katmandu valley : Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Boddnath. In case of cancellation of the Kulka-Katmandu flight, fees will be refunded.

    Accommodation : Hotel


    KATMANDU - PARIS Last free day in Katmandu. You can finalize your souvenirs purchases or take advantage of that spare time to continue to visit the capital and its surroundings. For those who have a night flight, we'll say goodbye to each other after an incredible trip together, and you will be transferred to the Katmandu airport and hop on your flight back to France.
    Night in the hotel for those who leave the next day, and transfer to the airport in the morning.

    Accommodation : Hotel

  • Day 25 PARIS

    Arrival in Paris

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

No departure for now

International departures:

No departure for now

Trip code: ATVMER


  • International flights
  • A french high mountain guide's supervision during the whole trip
  • Services from a local team during the trek 
  • Transports (on the ground and by airplane) 
  • The detailed excursions planned for the trip
  • Accommodations as mentioned in the itinerary
  • The collective camping equipment
  • Full-board, except for "free" meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Safety equipments necessary to the trip : first aid kit, satellite phone 
  • A 24/7 access to a medical service in altitude (in case of emergency only)

Not included

  • Visa fees
  • Insurance/assistance
  • Registration fees : 18 euros per person
  • Transfers to the airport in case of different flights
  • Drinks and mineral water during the trip, even during meals
  • Meals mentioned as "free" in the program (plan a budget around 10 euros per meal)
  • Showers in the lodges (around 2 to 4€)
  • Tips
  • Entrances in the cultural sites of Kathmandu (optional sightseeing, 20/30 euros per person)

Terms and conditions


Subscribe to one of our activities or travels means accepting general sales conditions. Each client must fill a subscription form, which will be accepted only after the payment of a deposit accounting for 30% of the travel’s price and according to the availability. If you subscribe less than 30 days before the trip, you must pay the whole price during the subscription. You can pay by bank transfer (SWIFT/IBAN) or with your credit card directly through our website (available soon). A booking confirmation will be sent to you be e-mail very soon. 

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is registered, we will send you an email containing the invoice. Full payment is required at least 30 days before your arrival. If the customer does not settle the payment of the travel price within the period agreed upon, Montagne Expedition has the right to cancel the booking free of charge. 

Cancellation policy

If for any reason, you decide to withdraw from a journey, the amount already paid will be refunded subject to the following exceptions:
  • More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
  • From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
  • From 20 to 14 days before departure,  you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
  • From 13 to 7 days before departure,  you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s priceLess than 7 days before departure,  you will be charged for the whole trip’s price 

Particular case :

Whatever the cancellation or contract change date, the following fees will be added to the charges above:
  • Airline fixed costs: plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plan changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
  • Ground fixed costs: you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
  • Insurance fees: Insurance fees will not be refunded if you have subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmationIf you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Montagne Expeditions and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt. 

The receipt date will be taken as the cancellation date to charge cancellation fees.  

If Montagne Expeditions has no choice but to cancel a group travel due to an insufficient number of participants, the decision will be taken and the clients informed at least 31 days before departure. Altaï Alpes can also cancel a departure due to exceptional events threatening participants safety (social events, strikes, weather conditions). In that case, the trip’s price will be fully refunded but the participants will not get any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If any change in travel contract is made at the customer’s request, the customer shall pay any fee that might arise from this change. In any case, every request for changes shall be notified in writing. In case of external events that could not be foreseen, Altaï Alpes might change some aspects of the travel contract. We will inform you of any changes as quickly as possible.


All group travel prices on our website have been calculated for the indicated number of participants for each trip. The price list is confirmed after the booking. If the number of participants is lower than expected, an additional payment charge might be applied. For each travel and program, we mention the price per person – valid for the minimum number of participants – and we provide you with detailed explanations about the services included or not. Any change in the exchange rates or in the price of travel services in particular regarding the cost of the fuel, might entail price revision.

Contract transfer

In case of contract transfer by the customer to an assignee, modification and cancellation conditions apply. 


We recommend you to get your personal insurance before your departure to cover the activities undertaken by Montagne Expedition. If you have not purchased any of our insurances, we ask you to email us your insurance contract information (company, contract name, contract number, phone number) and bring those information with you on your trip. 

Practical info


The tour is supervised by a mountain guide who has been chosen for his field experience, his specific knowledge of one geographical area and the culture attached, as well as his passion for the region.


Three meals per day, as varied as possible, will be served to you. Certain long days of walking, you will also have an energetic snack (cereal bar and/or dried fruits). The food in the nepalese mountains is not so much varied. Available ingredients in the mountains are : pasta, chinese noodles, potatoes, vegetables (carrots, cabbage), rice, lentil soup. However, meat is very rare in the nepalese region, but we will have a few meals with curry chicken. Nepalese people are mainly vegetarian. 

Tin can (sardines, tuna, sausages) will complete our meals. When it will be very hot, in low altitude, vegetables can be modified into a refreshing salad. 
  • Breakfast : eggs, toats, Tibetan bread, pancakes + butter/jam/honey
  • Lunch : a main course (fried rice or noodles, potatoes)
  • Diner : soup, main course, and fruits. 
  • Snack : biscuits and tea 

During your trip, drinks and mineral water are at your own charge. For steps in camps, boiled water is at your disposal every day to fill up you water bottles during the trek. 
For steps in lodges, you can fill up your thermos with water but it is mandatory to treat it will purifying tables (micropur) or to buy mineral water directly in the lodge. Avoid as much as possible plastic bottles that you have to recycle. 
Tea and coffee are available at every meal during the trek. 


  • In Kathmandu, comfortable hotel located near the city center. Twin or double rooms with air condition and private bathrooms (with hot water).
  • Lodges during the trek in inhabited zones (Khumbu) : nepalese houses. Most of the time, we fin twin rooms (2 individual bed per room). In certain altitude lodges, there are only dormitories with 3 to 6 beds. Rooms aren't heated, sanitaries are collective and hot showers (when there is one) aren't free ( around 2€ per person). 
  • Camp in the isolated valley of Hinku : expedition 3 place tents for two people (type Mountain Hardwear Trango 3) with foam mattresses (6cm) A "mess" tent (collective space for meals) with tables and chairs is installed every night as well as a kitchen (when necessary) and a toilet tent. Hot water is regularly are your disposal.  NB : For less then 4 people groups, the "mess" tent is useless : it is preferable to get warm in small refuges. 

Here is a list of the accommodations that we usually book for this trip* : 
In Kathmandu :
  • Tibet Hotel : international standard hotel located in a small enclave of the calm area of the embassies, near Thamel, the touristic city center. The interior is richly decorated with paintings and  Buddhist sculptures in a relaxing Tibetan ambiance. Rooms are comfortable and clean, with bathrooms and balconies. A restaurant offers quality local and international dishes with the possibility to eat on a flowery exterior terrasse. A bar is at your disposal on the roof of the hotel as well as a meditation room and a renowned spa and massage salon (
  • Manaslu Hotel : located at 50m from the Tibet Hotel, the Manasly Hotel offers the same features of comfort and services. With a traditional architecture, the hotel has been brilliantly renovated in the respect of the traditional decors, witness of the rich nepalese cultural heritage. A large garden bordered by a bar offers a warm and friendly space.  (

*Accommodations are given on an indicative basis and can change according to the availability. 


1. International transport
  • In Nepal, we will use the regular flights between Paris and Kathmandu with Qatar Airways and Oman Air, companies with whom we buy a stock of places (allotments) from Paris on certain dates, in order to guarantee as long as possible the best prices and the best flight schedule. Depending on availabilities when registering, we can also offer you to fly with other companies. A direct flight to Kathmandu doesn't exist : every company has a stop over (in Doha with Qatar AIrways and in Mascate with Oman Air).  

We prefer night flights when possible : on a Saturday departure, the arrival is on Sunday. Departures fro certain province towns are possible : transfer to Paris, either with national flights or TGV (SNCF ticket included in the flight price). 

2. Transfers in the country
  • Terrestrial transfers in private minibus
  • Domestic flights Kathmandu-Phaplu and Lukla-Kathmandu

In accordance with our information and transparency duty towards our travellers, we informe you that the European Commission has registered the 5th of December 2013 every airlines from Nepal on the list of air transporters forbidden in the European Union. This prohibition is theoric as no nepalese company flies to Europe. 


Clients usually pay for the guides’ drinks : you might find it practical to make a group kitty at the beginning of your stay (no obligation). 

Supplied equipment

  • Safety mountain equipment : satellite phone, first aid kit...
  • Collective camping equipment

Vital equipment

  • Telescopic poles
  • Sleeping bag (-20°)
  • Survival blanket
  • Toilet bag (prefer natural products and biodegradable)
  • Fast drying towel
  • Water bottle (minimum 2L)
  • Sunglasses, category 4, type glacier
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Toilet paper (biodegradable)

Specific equipment required for the ascents : 
  • Isolating and waterproof trekking shoes, adapted to cold temperatures
  • Crampons adapted to your shoes
  • Alpinism helmet
  • Harness
  • Ice axe, ideally adapted to walking on glaciers (make sure to protect it to avoid damaging your belongings during transport)
  • A descender
  • Two screw carabiners
  • One simple carabiner
  • A self-locking ascent handle (type Jumar)
  • A small rope (8mm, 1,5 to 2m long)
  • Belt ring (2m diameter)

Nb : it is possible to rent your equipment in the mountain shops of Kathmandu (between 20 and 40 USD per item). Except for the ice axe, the helmet and the crampons, we advise to avoid renting your equipment there as it is often obsolescent.


Plan to bring a walking equipment adapted to varied temperatures (30° in low altitude, -20° possible over 5000m !)
  • Hat or cat
  • Warm bonnet
  • Scarf
  • T-shirt in synthetic material
  • Thermic underclothes for the nights and days in high altitude
  • Polar jacket
  • Jacket adapted to trekking in high mountain : windbreaker, waterproof and breathable
  • Warm and thick jacket for the night
  • Walking shorts and trousers
  • Alpinism over pants
  • Walking shoes adapted to high mountain, comfortable, robust and that fit crampons
  • Light walking shoes
  • Sandals for the evenings or to cross possible rivers
  • Hiking socks
  • Warm gloves (+ 1 extra pair in case of loss)

NB: Don't hesitate to donate your old hiking equipment to your guide. Our local agency will then distribute them to our carriers, in addition to the working equipment that we will provide to them. 


  • A big bag (front opening or backpack). Important : an 80L Montagne Expedition bag type "duffel bag" will be provided to you at your arrival in Kathmandu. It will be given to the carriers which will carry your belongings at every step of the trek. Ideally, do not overcome 12kg of belongings per person, in order to avoid overcharging the carriers. the rest of your luggage will stay at the hotel in Kathmandu and will be collected at your return. 
  • 25/40L backpack for the day, in which you will put your belongings for the day (jacket and additional layers, headlamp, pharmacy, food, etc.). Important : nepalese mountain flights (Pokhara-Jomsom, Kathmandu-Lukla...) have strict requirements on luggage. They are always weighed when registering. Also, on our trips, the allowed weights is 15kg per person all included (checked-in bagage + cabin bagage), 20kg for the travellers that have an ascent of a "trekking peak" over 6000m high. Please, do not overcome the mentioned limit. The additional kilos will be invoiced there. 


Your guide has a pharmacy of first urgency.
Plan with your doctor your personal pharmacy:
  • Personal medicine
  • Pain reliever (preferably paracetamol)
  • Double skin
  • Elastoplast
  • Local disinfectant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Anti-vomiting
  • Intestinal antiseptic
  • Eyewash
  • Light sleeping pills
  • Earplugs
  • Broad spectrum antibiotic
  • Vitamins C 
Non-exhaustive list.
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  • The mythical trek from Makaly to Everest !
  • The crossing of the three passes, over a 6000m altitude
  • Immersion in high mountain
  • Optimized acclimatization and spare days
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