Makalu Basecamp, Sherpani Col, West Col and Amphu Labtsa Photos

Thanks to Rajendra from www.mountainsunvalley.com for making this grand adventure a reality! It was the toughest trek in Nepal. It went without any problems and we finished it in less time than we planned.

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The end of the road, we walk from here

The end of the road, we walk from here

Arun River

Arun River

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Sunrise over Kangchendzonga

Sunrise over Kangchendzonga

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Shipton Pass and our first view of Makalu

Shipton Pass and our first view of Makalu

Chamlang

Chamlang

To of Shipton Pass

To of Shipton Pass

High pass (over 4,000m) in very cold wind and snow just before the Barun River Valley

High pass (over 4,000m) in very cold wind and snow just before the Barun River Valley

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In the Barun Valley in Yangre Kharka

In the Barun Valley in Yangre Kharka

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Barun River

Barun River

Brun River Valley

Brun River Valley

The husband and his wife in this photo were looking after a small herd of goats.  They lived alone at 4,500m and a four day walk from nearest village.  They were both in their 80s.   Amazingly, their daughter lives in Boston, USA.  They called her from my satellite phone while we were there.

The husband and his wife in this photo were looking after a small herd of goats. They lived alone at 4,500m and a four day walk from nearest village. They were both in their 80s. Amazingly, their daughter lives in Boston, USA. They called her from my satellite phone while we were there.

Staying at the friendly farmer’s house.

Staying at the friendly farmer’s house.

Approaching Makalu BC, Chamlang

Approaching Makalu BC, Chamlang

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Mt. Chamlang and Lower Barun Glacier

Mt. Chamlang and Lower Barun Glacier

Chamlang and satellite peak of Baruntse on the right

Chamlang and satellite peak of Baruntse on the right

Lower Barun Glacier Icefall

Lower Barun Glacier Icefall

Lower Barun Glacier

Lower Barun Glacier

Chamlang

Chamlang

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Makalu

Makalu

Chamlang

Chamlang

Makalu

Makalu

Makalu BC, the proper BC is further up the glacier

Makalu BC, the proper BC is further up the glacier

Makalu BC

Makalu BC

Makalu

Makalu

Makalu

Makalu

Makalu

Makalu

Makalu

Makalu

Sunset on Makalu

Sunset on Makalu

Juan going home from Makalu BC

Juan going home from Makalu BC

Makalu BC

Makalu BC

The Barun Glacier, at the head of the glacier is Lhotse Shar and the Lhotse/Everest massif. The top of Baruntse is visible on the left.

The Barun Glacier, at the head of the glacier is Lhotse Shar and the Lhotse/Everest massif. The top of Baruntse is visible on the left.

Lhotse, Everest and Barun Glacier

Lhotse, Everest and Barun Glacier

Lhotse Shar and Lhotse

Lhotse Shar and Lhotse

From left to right: Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Everest

From left to right: Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Everest

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Sandy camp en route to Sherpani Col

Sandy camp en route to Sherpani Col

Sandy camp

Sandy camp

Lhotse/Everest massif from the Sandy camp

Lhotse/Everest massif from the Sandy camp

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Makalu and the Barun glacier on the way from Sandy Camp to Sherpani Col BC

Makalu and the Barun glacier on the way from Sandy Camp to Sherpani Col BC

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Sherpani Col BC

Sherpani Col BC

Sherpani Col camp and Makalu The prominent West Rib is in the centre

Sherpani Col camp and Makalu The prominent West Rib is in the centre

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Sherpani Col BC

Sherpani Col BC

Sherpani Col BC and the snout of the glacier that we need to ascend to get to the pass.

Sherpani Col BC and the snout of the glacier that we need to ascend to get to the pass.

Approaching Sherpani Col.

Approaching Sherpani Col.

Sherpani Col ahead.  At 6,000m

Sherpani Col ahead. At 6,000m

Sherpani Col - a small rock climb at 6,100m

Sherpani Col - a small rock climb at 6,100m

Climb to Sherpani Col

Climb to Sherpani Col

The narrow rib of Sherpani Col early in the morning.

The narrow rib of Sherpani Col early in the morning.

The actual elevation is 100m higher.

The actual elevation is 100m higher.

On the Sherpani Col.

On the Sherpani Col.

The narrow Sherpani Col and Baruntse.

The narrow Sherpani Col and Baruntse.

West Col from the Sherpani Col. The snow/ice plateau is at 6,000m.

West Col from the Sherpani Col. The snow/ice plateau is at 6,000m.

Camp 2 for the Baruntse Climb

Camp 2 for the Baruntse Climb

Peaks of the Khumbu from the Sherpani Col

Peaks of the Khumbu from the Sherpani Col

The snow/ice plateau between Sherpani Col and West Col at 6,000m that we need to cross.

The snow/ice plateau between Sherpani Col and West Col at 6,000m that we need to cross.

Descent from Sherpani Col

Descent from Sherpani Col

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On the ice plateau between Sherpani Col and West Col

On the ice plateau between Sherpani Col and West Col

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Climbing Baruntse

Climbing Baruntse

The west rib of Makalu. We are at 6,000m and Makalu is still huge!

The west rib of Makalu. We are at 6,000m and Makalu is still huge!

Baruntse

Baruntse

The icefall of Barnutse.

The icefall of Barnutse.

Baruntse and the trail to the top - it seems so close (it is not!)

Baruntse and the trail to the top - it seems so close (it is not!)

Approaching West Col

Approaching West Col

Baruntse Camp 2 is now far away.

Baruntse Camp 2 is now far away.

Baruntse camp 2 at 6,100m

Baruntse camp 2 at 6,100m

Hinku Valley - Ama Dablam is in the centre.

Hinku Valley - Ama Dablam is in the centre.

The massif of Baruntse

The massif of Baruntse

The peaks of the Khumbu.

The peaks of the Khumbu.

Mt. Menlungtse (looks like a saddle) in Tibet from the West Col.

Mt. Menlungtse (looks like a saddle) in Tibet from the West Col.

Looking down from the West Col Pass at 6,150m. Descending from the West Col with a spectacular panorama of high Himalaya.  You can even see Shishapagma on the extreme right in the far distance.

Looking down from the West Col Pass at 6,150m. Descending from the West Col with a spectacular panorama of high Himalaya. You can even see Shishapagma on the extreme right in the far distance.

Descent from West Col at 6,150m.

Descent from West Col at 6,150m.

The peaks of the Khumbu.

The peaks of the Khumbu.

Looking back at Makalu from the West Col.

Looking back at Makalu from the West Col.

Descending from the West Col on fixed ropes.

Descending from the West Col on fixed ropes.

Descending from the West Col. Hinku Valley is below.

Descending from the West Col. Hinku Valley is below.

The west wall of Mt. Baruntse

The west wall of Mt. Baruntse

Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam

My altimeter recorded the height of the West Col. It is in fact a little bit higher. It took us around 4 hours to get from Sherpani Col to the West Col.

My altimeter recorded the height of the West Col. It is in fact a little bit higher. It took us around 4 hours to get from Sherpani Col to the West Col.

The rocky descent from the West Col from 6,150m to 5,900m

The rocky descent from the West Col from 6,150m to 5,900m

Looking back at the descent slope from the West Col.

Looking back at the descent slope from the West Col.

Hiking to the Hinku Valley and the Baruntse BC.

Hiking to the Hinku Valley and the Baruntse BC.

Baruntse basecamp at around 5,400m. The West Col is now far in the distance.

Baruntse basecamp at around 5,400m. The West Col is now far in the distance.

Mt. Baruntse from the Baruntse BC

Mt. Baruntse from the Baruntse BC

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En route from Baruntse BC to Amphu Labtsa Pass camp.  The wall of Mt. Baruntse.

En route from Baruntse BC to Amphu Labtsa Pass camp. The wall of Mt. Baruntse.

Mt. Baruntse

Mt. Baruntse

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Mt. Chamlang

Mt. Chamlang

Chamlang on the left and Hinku valley in the centre.

Chamlang on the left and Hinku valley in the centre.

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Ascending to Amphu Labtsa pass

Ascending to Amphu Labtsa pass

Ascending to Amphu Labtsa Pass

Ascending to Amphu Labtsa Pass

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The south face of Lhotse with Mt. Everest peaking from behind the ridge.

The south face of Lhotse with Mt. Everest peaking from behind the ridge.

Looking back at Chamlang and the Hinku Valley from Amphu Labtsa Pass.

Looking back at Chamlang and the Hinku Valley from Amphu Labtsa Pass.

On Amphu Labtsa Pass. The massive south face of Lhotse looms behind us.

On Amphu Labtsa Pass. The massive south face of Lhotse looms behind us.

Very steep descent from Amphu Labtsa Pass with Lhotse South wall dominating the skyline.

Very steep descent from Amphu Labtsa Pass with Lhotse South wall dominating the skyline.

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Very steep descent from Amphu Labtsa Pass 5,900m. It was quite unnerving looking down, almost vertical wall, all the way to the glacier below.

Very steep descent from Amphu Labtsa Pass 5,900m. It was quite unnerving looking down, almost vertical wall, all the way to the glacier below.

Looking down from Amphu Labtsa Pass, 5,900m.

Looking down from Amphu Labtsa Pass, 5,900m.

Mt. Cholatse

Mt. Cholatse

Mt. Cholatese, Mt. Cho Oyu (in the distance left of centre) and Lhotse massif on the right

Mt. Cholatese, Mt. Cho Oyu (in the distance left of centre) and Lhotse massif on the right

Summit of Lhotse with some wicked wind.

Summit of Lhotse with some wicked wind.

The memorial to the Polish climbers who died on Lhotse in the 1980s.

The memorial to the Polish climbers who died on Lhotse in the 1980s.

Pheriche village and Mt. Cholatse

Pheriche village and Mt. Cholatse

Ama Dablam from Pheriche

Ama Dablam from Pheriche

Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam

En route to Namche Bazar with Ama Dablam behind.

En route to Namche Bazar with Ama Dablam behind.

Nuptse, Lhotse and Mt. Everest from Tangboche Monastery

Nuptse, Lhotse and Mt. Everest from Tangboche Monastery

Nuptse, Mount Everest (behind the ridge) and Lhotse (on the right). Notice the strong wind blowing across Mt,. Everest’s summit.

Nuptse, Mount Everest (behind the ridge) and Lhotse (on the right). Notice the strong wind blowing across Mt,. Everest’s summit.

Namche Bazar and the valley leading to Renjo La Pass and Rowaling

Namche Bazar and the valley leading to Renjo La Pass and Rowaling

Quick way home! An old Soviet Mi 8 cargo helicopter. The pilots make extra cash by taking people to the road head from the Khumbu.

Quick way home! An old Soviet Mi 8 cargo helicopter. The pilots make extra cash by taking people to the road head from the Khumbu.

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