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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We take a flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. You can enjoy the evening strolling around the tourist hubs in 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.
Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?
Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.
You can apply online visa from 1st of March(http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).
Does your company pick up from airport on arrival ? is that included pick up and drop?
Yes, our agency airport representative will pick you up from airport. We will be displaying our name card of Nepal Eco Adventure with your name on it. and when you finished you trip we will drop you to airport. Pick up and drop is complimentary from our company.
When is the best time to visit Nepal?
Trekking at Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.
How difficult is trekking in Nepal?
The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters which has categories in various stage of grade. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.
How fit do need to be for trekking? wil i be able to do it?
It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly for you. Choose the trekking route suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.
How long will be the trekking?
The trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.
What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?
In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and foods. But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience. We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.
What types of food will be served during the trekking?
While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.
Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?
Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket, Kathmandu city tour, and you accommodation will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.
Do I really need trekking guide?
While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make your trekking They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.
Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?
Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.
Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.
Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?
You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for travelling in to Nepal. we suggest you buy insurance policy in your country. we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with worldnomad.com they have good policy for Nepal.
Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?
In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.
What doI need to carry on trek?
A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your room-mate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.
Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.
What in case of altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitudes trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at the high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it will affects to any trekkers then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospitals.
What happens if there is an emergency?
Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.
You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.
Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?
Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.
How safe Women traveling alone with your company?
we are aware about safety of female travelers. we completely guarantee the safety of the women travelling or trekking with us. We will give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking. we provide female friendly guide and porter. we are female friendly Company.
what currency should I bring to Nepal?
We advise you to bring US dollars /British pound s/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.
Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?
Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks. when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.
How early should I book my trip?
We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodateLAST MINUTE BOOKINGS. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserved the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.
What are your payment terms?
You need to pay 25% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to kathmandu.
What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?
You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.
How much extra spending money should I bring?
This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise.. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woollen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.
Is Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?
Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. we have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.
How much should I tip to my guide and porter?
Tips do not form any part of thewages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.