Makalu Base Camp Trekking
1950

Overview

Makalu Base camp trekking is one of the best treks for adventurers to explore the remote and untouched wilderness of Nepal. The trek is blessed with pristine landscape and natural beauty with the ultimate destination being Makalu Base camp at an altitude of 5250 m. Makalu (the fifth highest mountain) with its beauty and diversity, attracts many adventure-loving tourists.

The area was designated Makalu Barun National Park in 1992 to protect and promote the natural treasures of the area. The unique landscapes and the rich biodiversity are being explored and studied by people of different fields every year. The highlights of the trek are the breathtaking views of the mountains like Mt. Makalu ( 8463m), Mt. Chamlang (7319m ), Mt. Baruntse (7129m) and others than descend to Arun river (670m), within 40 km.

The colorful flowers blooming beneath the snow-white mountains and rocks arising from lush green forests are stunning contrasts of the trek. Barun Valley, with lush Rhododendrons covering the hills, high waterfalls falling into deep gorges, alpine meadows as well as glaciers, has a unique contrasting look. The climatic variations have resulted in diverse flora and fauna in the region with around 3000 species of plants.

The fauna of the region includes animals like red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan wolf, Assamese Macaque and others. 315 species of butterflies, 43 of reptile, 16 of amphibians, 440 birds and 88 mammals have been discovered in the area till date.

The people in the area are also of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, languages and customs. Rai and Sherpas make up most of the population with their unique traditions. The trek is a naturally pleasing and culturally entertaining trip to experience the remote life of Nepal. we run this trek basic tea house trek. In the past its used to be only full camping trek.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive to Kathmandu airport (1380m).

Welcome to Kathmandu. Once you reach the airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly received by our airport representative who will help you with the transfer to the hotel on a private car or a bus. After Checking into your hotel (we usually book rooms of Hotel Access Nepal, Hotel Bouddha, Hotel Aryatara Boutique hotel Kathmandu), you can either rest or stroll around to explore your vibrant surrounding at your convenience.

Day 2
Sightseeing around Kathmandu.

The sightseeing tour will begin early in the morning with one of our guides. The guided tour includes important temples listed under World Heritage Sites. We visit Pashupatinath Temple (a sacred Hindu temple), Swoyambhunath Stupa ( famous as monkey temple) and Boudhanath Stupa ( one of the largest Buddhist shrines). Kathmandu Durbar Square is also famous for its cultural and architectural temples and palaces.

Day 3
Kathmandu- Tumlingtar- Khadbari.

The trek starts with an hour long flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. The gorgeous mountains, landscapes and the ethnic people in the area are seen from different vantage points. The trip takes 21 days to complete with the best seasons for the trek being March – June and September – November.

Day 4
Drive to Chichila and trek to Num

From Khadbari, we again drive to Chichila. It is an easy walk through villages and lush forests from Chichila. And finally, we reach a ridge with breathtaking views on either side with Num lying at the end. We stay overnight at Num local lodge.

Day 5
Trek to Seduwa.

The day’s trek starts with a steep descent through forests and farms to reach Barun River. From there, we cross the river and then take an equally steep ascent on the other side to enter the Makalu Barun National Park. After registering the permits, we spend night at local lodge.

Day 6
Trek to Tashigaun.

On this day we ascend a ridge bounded by rivers to the east and west. Then we cross the hillside through villages and paddy fields to finally reach the village of Tashi Gaun. We get the first breathtaking, panoramic views of the Himalayas. Overnight at local lodge.

Day 7
Trek to Khongma.

It is one of the toughest trek days as we have to take steep ascends at higher elevations. After we pass through forests, a stream, and a ridge, the trail gets steeper. Then it passes through a grazing land, stone steps, and few lakes to reach the top of a ridge. A short way from the ridge is Khongma Danda. A spellbinding view of Chamlang Mountain and other peaks can be enjoyed from the hilltop where we spend the night at local lodge.

Day 8
Acclimatization day at Kongma.

You will have easy rest day at Kongma as this place is already 3600m. It is ideal to spend for acclimatization. You can go day trip to acclimatize properly. It is great view point also. Overnight at Kongma local lodge.

Day 9
Trek to Dobate (3600m)

From Khongma, we follow an equally picturesque trail to the foothill of Shipton Pass. We walk along the ridge through a Rhododendron forest to Ghungru La. A short descend from here takes us to a lake and we reach Keke la pass. After crossing the pass, we move downwards towards the valley of Dobate where we spend the night at Local lodge.

Day 10
Trek to Yangle Kharka.

The day’s trek is quite difficult due to 2 hours of steep, strenuous climb. After that, a pleasant walk will suffice to gain altitude and finally reach Yangle Kharka. It is situated at the base of a valley where we spend our night at local lodge.

Day 11
Trek to Yak Kharka.

Now, the trail ascends through grasslands and forests as we witness tantalizing views of various mountain peaks. Yak Kharka is a meadow where the yaks and other cattle graze during the day. Overnight at local lodge.

Day 12
Makalu Base Camp.

The trail from Yak Kharka is flat at first and then descends to a river. The base camp is on the western side of the river. The trail comprises views of various glaciers and snowy mountains. The stunning view of the southern part of Makalu Mountain is seen from the base. Other mountains like Baruntse, Kali Himal, Chamlang and Makalu II are also seen from the camp. Overnight at Local Lodge.

Day 13
Explore Makalu Base camp and trek down Yangle Kharka.

On this day, we explore our destination, Makalu Base Camp. It is a barren land with Barun glacier beyond it. We can enjoy the panoramic views of Everest and Lhotse or explore the lakes and glaciers in the region. A short hike can also be taken to Baruntse Base Camp. Later in the day, we make our way towards Yangle Kharka. After ascending for a few hours, the trail moves along a flat path and then descends to Yangle Kharka. Overnight at local lodge.

Day 14
Trek to Dobate.

From Yangle Kharka, we pass through rock falls, forests, and valleys to reach Dobate. From there, we walk along the Barun River and take a steep climb to reach a rough terrain that leads to Dobate. We stay overnight here.

Day 15
Trek to Khongma.

We start the day early and pass through lush rhododendron and fir forests to reach the base of Keke la pass. Then we climb Keke la pass, pass through Shipton La and Ghungru la pass to finally reach Khongma. Overnight at Local lodge.

Day 16
Trek to Seduwa.

We descend from Khongma ridge and pass through Rhododendron forests, rocky areas, and grasslands to reach Tashi Gaun. From Tashi Gaun, we pass through terraced fields with scenic views of mountains. We go lower to Arun River and make our way to Seduwa, where we stay the night at local lodge.

Day 17
Trek to Num.

As we leave Seduwa, we pass through lush forests on a trail that goes up and down to finally reach Num. Overnight at local lodge.

Day 18
Trek to Chichila and drive to Tumlingtar.

From Num, we retrace our steps back to Chichila. It is the last vantage point to enjoy the view of the Himalayas. The we drive to Tumlingtar. We spend a night at local lodge in Tumlingtar.

Day 19
Fly to Kathmandu.

We take a flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. You can enjoy the evening strolling around the tourist hubs in Kathmandu.

Day 20
Departure from Kathmandu.

One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport and see to your convenient departure. We welcome you to visit Nepal again to explore other treasures of the country.

What is Included

  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • Three night standards twin sharing accommodation 3 stars Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after the dinner.
  • Trekking Lodge (basic Tea House) accommodations throughout the trek.
  • Makalu National Park permits & Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS) permit.
  • Round trip flight fare Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu with including airport transfer.
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government License holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment his salary, foods, accommodation and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Strong, helpful porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment his salary, foods, accommodation and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed).
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and cap.
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private vehicle.
  • Makalu base camp trekking map.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

What is Excluded

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu (Lunch and Dinner).
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar.
  • Your Travel Rescue Insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees( $30 USD per person)
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • Excess baggage more than 20kgs for Tumlingtar flight.

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Trip Facts

  • Makalu Base Camp Trekking
  • Strenuous
  • Minimum 02 person
  • March-June & September-November
  • 5045m
  • Flight
  • NEA-ACT-04

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