Makalu Base Camp Trek - 23 Days

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  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Trip Grade: Very Strenuous Very Strenuous
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Makalu/Barun
  • Max. Altitude: 4900m/16,076ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Camping Trek
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/Land transportation

The trek to Makalu Base Camp is a journey which offers the walk inside the Makalu Barun National Park to the Makalu Base Camp (4900m/16,076ft). It offers spectacular views of Mt. Makalu along with other peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Baruntse. The beautiful scenery of Arun valley is the one you dont want to miss during this trek. Because of the remoteness, the trekking destination receives fewer travelers though having an interest to travel. 

You will start your trek with  a 50 minutes of scenic mountain flight to Tumlingtar.  We will follow Barun River and pass through several high passes like Shipton La and Keke La during our trek to Makalu Base Camp. The trail is difficult with the comparison to other having many descends along with ascends. The way is full of wonders and excitement as we walk through the forest of rhododendron, beautiful cliffs, glaciers and stunning waterfalls. Due to rich in biodiversity, we will also get to insight the culture, lifestyle and tradition of the Sherpa inhabitants working in fields for their livelihood.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Fly to Tumlingtar (860m/2822ft, 50 min.) and trek to Khandbari (1040m/3415ft)

Day 3: Trek to Chichila (1830m/6004ft, 3-4 hrs)

Day 4: Trek to Num (1490m/4889ft, 6-7 hrs)

Day 5: Trek to Seduwa (1500m/4921ft, 6-7 hrs)

Day 6: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2090m/6856ft, 4-5 hrs)

Day 7: Trek to Kauma (3770m/12370ft, 6-7 hrs)

Day 8: Acclimatization day

Day 9: Trek to Mumbuk (3570m/11712ft, 6-7 hrs) via Shipton La (4125m/13533ft) and Keke La (4170m/13681ft)

Day 10: Trek to Nehe Kharka (3000m/9843ft, 6-7 hrs)

Day 11: Trek to Sherson (4615m/15141ft, 5-6 hrs)

Day 12: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (5000m/16405ft, 4-5 hrs)

Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp

Day 14: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3610m/11844ft, 6-7 hrs)

Day 15: Trek to Dobate (3650m/11975ft, 6-7 hrs)

Day 16: Trek to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483ft, 5-6 hrs)

Day 17: Trek to Tashi gaun (2090m/6856ft, 4-5 hrs)

Day 18: Trek to Seduwa (1500m/4921ft, 4-5 hrs)

Day 19: Trek to Num (1490m/4889ft, 5-6 hrs)

Day 20: Trek to Tumlingtar (860m/2822ft 6-7 hrs)

Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu (50 min)

Day 22: Guided Sightseeing Tour around Kathmandu City

Day 23: Departure Transfer

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You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport. From there, you will be transferred to the hotel. Freshen up and meet the representatives once again to get the brief about the trekking itinerary. In your free time, you can stroll around the capital city of Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast you will be driven to Kathmandu Airport to board your hour long flight to Tumlingtar, a small hilly town located at Eastern Nepal. After a short introduction with Trekking Crew followed by trek briefing, start walking up to Khadbari. You will have your lunch en-route. Overnight at Tented Camp.

After breakfast, start your walk via many villages and Rhododendron Forests untill you reach Chichila, small Gurung village where you stay for Overnight today. Overnight at Tented Camp.

After breakfast walk uphill for around 2 hours with a panoramic view of Makalu and its sibling Mountains where you will have your lunch. After lunch descend for a while to reach Num where you camp for tonight. Num is a Village Development Committee in Sankhuwasabha District with many Tea houses and telephone facility. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Today descend steeply through Lumbang till you reach a Suspension bridge over Neguwa River. You will be amazed with the view of corn, barley and other seasonal crops and vegetables field and picturesque villages. Cross the bridge and ascend through villages until you reach Seduwa. Seduwa is a small village with check post and Makalu Conservation Area Office. Overnight at Tented Camp.

You will have a relatively easy day as you are walking on a flat trial with slight ascend until you reach Tashi Gaon, a large settlement of Sherpa. Tashi Gaon is also a last settlement around the valley. You will find many prayer flags waggling through the sky. Overnight at Tented Camp.

After breakfast we will start a steep ascend which will continue throughout the day. Walk through Rhododendron forests over a knoll and descend slightly until you reach Kauma (Kongma). Overnight at Tented Camp.

Today you will have a rest day at Kauma for acclimatization purpose. Explore surroundings and prepare your body at high altitude as the altitude increases significantly, the oxygen level starts to decrease. So, a day for acclimatization is strictly advisable for the adventure seekers. Overnight at Tented Camp

Start your day with steep ascend until Kalo Pokhari (3930m/12895ft) a picturesque lake. You will be rewarded with magnificent view of Mt. Chamlang (7290m), Peak 6 (6739m) and Peak 7 (6105m). Descend through firs and Rhododendron forests until you reach Mumbuk where you will set your camp for overnight. Overnight at Tented Camp.

After breakfast descend through steep trench. You will be amazed with the spectacular view of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6). Follow the rocky and slippery trial until you reach the grassy plain of Nehe Kharka. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Finish your breakfast and continue your strenuous and adventurous day leaving the Rhododendron forests and entering the alpine tundra as you turn to west. You will be greeted with the panoramic view of Pyramid Peak (7198m), Peak 4 (6720m) naming the few. This day you will gain a much altitude such as you should make up your mind and walk slowly until you reach Sherson. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Ascend through rocky glacier path until you reach Makalu Base Camp. You will be amazed with the panoramic view of Mt. Makalu (8463m), Baruntse (7152m), Kali Himal (6985m), Chamlang (7390m), Makalu II (7640m) and Mt Everest (8848m) itself. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Explore Makalu Base Camp and surroundings. Overnight at Tented Camp.

During our descend we will pass through Sherson, Langmale Kharka, Merek and then will reach to Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Tented Camp.

During descend; we will walk through rock falls, green forest and the valley following the bank of Barun. We will then descend the trail. Overnight at Tented Camp.

We will descend from Dobate to Mumbuk and crossing the Keke La, Tutu La (Shiptoin's Pass) and Kauma La en route. Then, we will descend to Khongma Danda. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Today we will trek through thick forest and the Sherpa village of Tashi gaun. Overnight at Tented Camp.

On this day we will descend following the Barun River. We will cross villages and the settlements before we reach our destination. Overnight at Tented Camp.

The trail includes ascent and descent passing through dense forest and Sherpa villages. Overnight at Tented Camp.

We will track back to Tumlingtar sighting Mount Makalu for the last time. Overnight at Tented Camp.

We will fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival drive to hotel. Rest of the day free to explore on own. Overnight at the hotel.

The day begins with a cheerful breakfast at your hotel. Then, you go off to explore the city of temples. Our first stop is the sacred Hindu Temple, Pashupatinath. It is just 6 km away from the center of the city. This is one of the holiest places dedicated to Lord Shiva and also used as a cremation site by the Hindus. The temple situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and is decorated with beautifully carved silver doors and golden statues. Then, you will make it to the Boudhanath Stupa. Boudhanath is the largest spherical stupa in the world, also known as wish fulfilling Stupa. This site is also one of the most important pilgrimage sites of the Buddhist community. Finally, you will travel to Swoyambhunath Stupa famously known as Monkey Temple. Listen to the story of how the temple was created. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Kathmandu Valley from the temple. Evening you will have a Farewell cultural dinner with Authentic Nepalese cuisine. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

A Great Nepal representative will guide you to the airport some 3 hours before the flight. Have a safe journey ahead.

Inclusion

  • All transportation using private vehicle as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • Three night accommodation in Kathmandu using Three Star Category Hotel on Twin Sharing basis with Breakfast.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Bouddhnath and Swoyambhunath) with monument Entrance Fees.
  • Domestic Airfares (Kathmandu - Tumlingtar  - Kathmandu) with Airport Tax.
  • Organized camping trek with all necessary logistic arrangements and high quality equipments.
  • All your standard Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) followed by tea/hot drinks during the trek.
  • An experienced English speaking Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters, high altitude working crew to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • National Park/Conservation Area Permit Fees (Makalu Barun Conservation Area).
  • Restricted Area Permit, TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Complementary Farewell dinner with Cultural show and Authentic Nepalese Cuisine in Kathmandu.
  • Service charge and Government Taxes

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items, Wifi access fees in lodges, fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services and Personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory), this must include helicopter rescue (Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost. One can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like (natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Which is not mandatory but highly appreciated)
  • Any other items not mentioned on above Include Section.

Trip highlights

  • Scenic View of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Baruntse and Mt Everest 
  • Beautiful scenery of Arun Valley
  • Pass across the high passes
  • Insight the culture, lifestyle of Sherpa people
  • Passing across the forest of rhododendron, beautiful cliffs, glaciers and stunning waterfalls

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