MAKALU BASE CAMP TREKKING (22 Nights/ 23 days)

MAKALU BASE CAMP TREKKING (22 Nights/ 23 days)

overview

Makalu Base Camp is one of the unfrequented areas of Nepal. The long trek and unspoiled terrain makes this a classic in its own. This trek goes high up to 5,100m. This is a region where you hardly find any modern facilities and amenities but blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty.

Makalu (8,463 m.), the fifth highest mountain of the world lying on the Nepal- Tibet border has the virtue of observing the Nepal’s most major peaks to the east of the Everest. Makalu base camp trekking starts right from the ArunValley. Makalu region trekking considered as one of the non-tourist areas has a wonderful charm. Our itinerary has been planned to allow for sufficient acclimatization to the altitude and to maximize our time around Makalu Base Camp.

Makalu trekking in eastern Nepal is protected by the MakaluBarunNational Park and Conservation Project. Established in 1992, it covers 2330 sq km. This mainly low altitude trek is centered on the ArunValley, in eastern Nepal. The sub-tropical valley floor of the mighty ArunRiver is in places densely forested, contrasting with the terraced slopes higher up, which are framed by villagers of diverse tribal groups. High pastures typify the upper slopes, which border on the Makalu-BarunNational Park, an important conservation area for many threatened species.

itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m / 4264 feet)

    Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative. In the evening we will organize a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner (D)

  • Day 02

    Kathmandu and Valley wold heritage side sightseeing,

    In the morning we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour visiting Bodhanath Stupa &SwoyambhuNath Stupa. Here we may observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the Stupa. Where we can visit the surrounding monasteries and perhaps watch the monks as they chant their daily mantras. In addition, we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy BagmatiRiver. Here we will see Hindu holymen (or Sadhus), pilgrims bathing and, occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats.

  • Day 03

    Fly to Tumlingtar (950m/3,116ft), 50 minutes flight and camp.

    This morning you’ll be transferred to domestic airport to fly to Tumlingtar overlooking range of snow capped peaks from Langtang all the way to Mt.Everest, Makalu & Mt. Kanchenjunga, on arrival at Tumlingtar airport which is a village town located on a shelf above the ArunRiver, we’ll walk besides the airstrip and walk to the camp for overnight.

  • Day 04

    Trek to Mani-Bhanjyang (1,200m/3,936ft), 5-6 hrs walk

    We starts our adventurous journey from Tumlingtar with pleasant walk for an hour through the farm fields and villages the trail climbs up gradually towards Khadbari in the midst of the sub-tropical forest of Sal tree (Sorea-Robusta) and more farm fields along the way, as we come to a town of Khadbari a major town of the Makalu region and from Khadbari with up and down walk lead to the camp at Mani Bhanjyang.

  • Day 05

    Trek to Chichila (1,800m/5,904ft), 5-6 hrs walk

    Today, we start our adventure with ascending 3-4 hrs to the ridge on a wide and well-used trail, reaching our lunch stop at Bhotebas. After lunch we walk passing through fertile land and forested path brings you to the top of the small ridge at Chichila village for the overnight after few hours walk which is settled few local houses with superb scenic mountains of Mt.Makalu and Khumbakarna range.

  • Day 06

    Trek to Num (1,500m/4,920ft) 5-6 hrs walk

    Our journey further to Num leads us through the cool and serene forest of rhododendron, oaks and hemlocks as we climb to the top of the ridge, from the top it is almost downhill for two hours to the overnight camp at Num, which is a small village with about fifteen houses and a primary school on the large flat ground, from where we have good view of our route for the next couple of days.

     

  • Day 07

    Trek to Seduwa (1,493m/4,897ft), 5 hrs walk

    Today, we descend incredibly steep and terraced slopes towards the Arun River, nearly 800 meters below. The lower slopes of this narrow valley are densely forested and the paths are quite slippery, after reaching the bottom, cross the suspension bridge across the torrential ArunRiver, and climb back out of the rain forest, reaching our lunch place at Runruma. Further walk steep climb takes us up to Seduwa a village with a small health post and a primary school nearby we will camp for the night.

  • Day 08

    Trek to TashiGaun (2,200m/7,216ft), 3-4 hrs walk

    We have easy and pleasant short walk takes you to rural farm villages, on the gradual trail through the farm fields and terraces, as we come near to TashiGaon, it’s an uphill climb for an hour through the millet and rice fields. We’ll overnight at camp and rest of the time walk around the village.

  • Day 09

    Trek to Kahuma Danda (3,500m/11,480ft), 5-6 hours walk

    This is the last village up to the Makalu and after this village the walk is refreshing for an hour and a half in the beautiful shade of the rhododendron and oaks forest, after leaving the dense forest coming to a summer pastures with traces of temporary made shepherd huts. From here onwards to Kahuma ridge is strenuous uphill climb, as the tree lines declines for the bushes of rhododendron and juniper. We’ll stay here and can be seen scenic mountain ranges.

  • Day 10

    Trek to Mumbuk (3,400m/11,152ft) 5-6 hrs walk

    After the superb mountains view and the surrounding landscapes and snow capped peaks, our trek follows a gradual trail with few ups and down as we pass through the ThuloPokhari (big pond) and Sano Pokhari (small pond). In the heavy snow, the path from here can be quite misleading and it will be arduous to find the trail sometime and further walk cross the pass of Tutu-la at 4,075m. We onwards our journey, it is all downhill back to vegetation, a small clearing place for camping in the middle of the woods of pines, hemlock, birch and rhododendrons to reach at Mumbuk for the overnight.

  • Day 11

    Trek to NeheKharka (3,750m/12,300ft) 6-7 hrs walk

    Our camp settled in the shade of the tree, the view of the Kumbakarna can be seen through the vegetation of the tree lines, the walk from here is downhill to the enclosed and concealed Barun Valley, one of the least explored area in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. This unique landscapes within the Makalu-Barun National Park are some 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 bird species and 75 species of mammals, including the endangers clouded leopard, red panda and musk deer. As we reach the lush alpine area of BarunValley the walk is very pleasant with gradual uphill slopes, following the BarunRiver upstream on the valley gorge towards our camp at Nehe-Kharka, one of the summer pastures for the local folks of Tashi and Navagaun.

  • Day 12

    Trek to Sherson (4,600m/15,088ft) 6-7 hrs walk

    Our trek onwards crossing the wooden bridge on the Barun River and walk on the boulders, where is a large prayer wall at Ramara, after 2-3 hours walk the vegetation gets sparse, although the rhododendron, barberries, cotoneaster and juniper bushes persist for some time. With a pleasant walk we come nearer to Sherson in sight of the lower Barun glacier and the towering majestic Mt.Makalu. Sherson is also the lower base camp of Mt.Makalu. There are number of stone enclosures at this high grazing ground with outstanding view of host of peaks, including the upper part of Makalu south face, and Mt.Baruntse 7,220m and at Sherson we make camp for the night.

  • Day 13

    Acclimatization day

    Today you have full day rest at the camp or for acclimatization visit around some interesting hike and view points to explore, the most scenic walk would be taking a hike on the right side of the camp above for the closer view of Mt. Makalu, BarunPokhari and the view of the rare face of Everest the Kanshung face with Lhotse. A one hour steep up brings you to the large meadow you can walk farther up to have a greater view of the mentioned peaks and more other peaks of this area and beyond. After exploring the area stroll back to the camp.

  • Day 14

    Free day at Sherson for a day excursion.

    We have another full day to explore the surrounding area as optional visit to the base of Makalu for 4-5 hrs and stroll back to camp.

  • Day 15

    Trek to YangriKharka (3,645m/11,956ft) 6-7 hrs walk

    After a wonderful exploration in the surrounding valley, we trek back to end of the Barun valley named Yak Kharkha for the overnight stop.

  • Day 16

    Trek to Mumbuk (3,400m/11,152ft) 5-6 hrs walk

    As our continuing journey trek back to Mumbuk, after leaving the Barun Valley it is all uphill to the overnight camp in the midst of the alpine forest at Mumbuk and enjoy the day stroll back from trek.

  • Day 17

    Trek to KahumaDanda (3,500m/11,480ft), 5-6 hours walk

    After breakfast we retrace the journey back to Kohumadanda (ridge) via Shipton-la and ThuloPokhari for the overnight camp. Enjoy the scenic picturesque spot and evening rest at the camp.

  • Day 18

    Trek to Navagaun (2,500m/8,200ft) via TashiGaun, 6-7 hrs walk

    We trek back to TashiGaon and continue walk towards Navagaun on the upper trail for another 2-3 hours through the cool shade of the forest after leaving the forest area, coming towards the farm terraces and eventually to the village of Navagaun, another Sherpa village which is much larger than Tashigaun, situated right above the Seduwa village.

  • Day 19

    Trek to Num via Seduwa, 6-7 hrs walk

    Today, walk down to the downhill track through the farm fields for an hour or two to Seduwa village. From Seduwa retrace the journey to Num, with 2-3 hours downhill and after the bridge another 2-3 hours brings you back to Num for the overnight camp. Enjoy the walk during the re-track to Num village.

  • Day 20

    Trek to Chichila (1,800m/5,904ft), 5-6 hrs walk

    Trek back to Chichele, the first 2-3 hours is all uphill and reach at the top of ridge, from here onwards it is almost downhill all the way to the overnight camp at Chichela. Enjoy exploring the village.

  • Day 21

    Trek to Khadbari, 6-7 hrs walk

    We have a pleasant walk through this route back to Khadbari, the forest, farm lands and small villages passing and further walk to gradual path, leading you to the large village town of Khadbari, where nearby we’ll overnight stop at our camp.

  • Day 22

    rek back to Tumlingtar (950m/3,116ft), 3-4 hrs walk

    Today, our last day walk leads an easy 3-4 hours downhill walk brings you back to Tumlingtar for lunch and the last overnight camp of this great memorable adventure journey and this will be your last night with the trekking staffs and porters as well. Celebrate day after completion of the long trek and overnight at camp.

  • Day 23

    Fly back to Kathmandu

    Today, fly to Kathmandu and we transfer to your hotel and remaining time simply rest and relax at the hotel.

prices

Per Person on Twin Sharing in US$ Suppliment
1 2-3 4-6 7-9 10-14 15 & ABOVE Single Room Half Board Full Board

include/exclude

cost include
  • Arrival & Departure transfer to and From Kathmandu international Airport.
  • 3 star hotel for 3 nights on bed and breakfast basis.
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary in two men tent
  • Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Trek Sirdar, Sherpa, cook, kitchen boy, and porters
  • Trekking equipments including two men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, sleeping bag, mattresses.
  • Insurance & all necessary expenses of trekking crews including their allowances.
  • Government taxes (10%VAT + 2% TSF) – subject to change.
cost exclude
  • Airport Tax.
  • Conservation & National Park Fees
  • Domestic airfare. (Insurance Surcharge + Fuel Surcharge)
  • Emergency rescue
  • Entrance fees.
  • Expenses due to the situation beyond our control (Such as; landslides, natural calamities, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc.)
  • Medical expenses.
  • Other Services not mentioned in cost including.
  • Tips and Gratuities.

Fixed Departure Dates

Scenic Nepal Tour (06 D/05 N)- KTM-Chitwan Park / Pokhara

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

VEHICLE ALLOCATION

Pax Travelling Vehicle Type
2 – 3 ADULTS Toyota / Ford Figo / Tata Indica / Nissan Car
4 – 10 ADULTS Toyota Hi–Ace 13 Seated With Roof For Baggage.
11–14 ADULTS Toyota Or Nissan Jumbo Hi–Ace 16 Seated With Roof For Baggage.
15–21 ADULTS Japanese Costar Bus -24 Seated
22–30 ADULTS Deluxe Tata Mini Bus -35 Seated
31–35 ADULTS Deluxe Coach -40 Seater

HOTELS WE USE

Properties Kathmandu
Luxury Hyatt  Regency / Dwarikas Village
5 Star Deluxe Soaltee  Crawn Plaza /Yak & Yeti / Annapurna / Radission
5 Star Everest / Shangri – La / Hotel Malla
4 Star Airport Hotel / Grand / Vaishali / Royal Singi
3 Star Manaslu  / Manang / Samsara Resort
Standard Hotel Thamel / Moonlight / Hotel Harati

Note

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