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Makalu Base Camp Trek (23 days)

Trip Facts

  • Name: Makalu Base CampTrek
  • Duration: 23 days
  • Grade: Strenoues Trek
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Activity: seeing and trekking
  • Accomodation: Hotel and Lodge
  • Transportation: Private vehicle and flight
  • Maximum altitude: 5000m
  • Per day walking: 6 - 7 hours

Overview

Makalu Base camp trek is challenging and outstanding trekking in the eastern Nepal. The main target of this trek is Makalu Base Camp which is at 5000m from the sea level and the major attraction is Mt. Makalu (8463) which is regarded as world’s fifth highest mountain. It is one of the most remote and irregular touristic areas of Nepal. It is designated as Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area Makalu Base camp trek is a true adventure with scenery so beautiful.

This trek is very interesting walking with its panoramic view of Everest 8848m, Cho Oyu 8152m, Lhotse 8516m, Makalu 8463m and Ama Dablam 6456m through the traditional village of Rai, Gurung, Magar, Chhetris, Brahmins, Tamang, Sherpa etc, various Buddhist Monastery, lush forests and its flora and fauna, glaciers, rivers, waterfalls,high terrain etc.

It is regarded as strenuous trek and it is almost impossible without previous experience. In this region there are not available local lodges and tea houses in place to place. So during the trek you will be camped on tent.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu 

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar and trek to Khadbari

Day 04: Trek to Chichila

Day 05: Trek to Num

Day 06: Trek to Sedua

Day 07: Trek to Tashi Gaon

Day 08: Trekto Kauma

Day 09: Acclimatization

Day 10: Trek to Mumbuk  

Day 11: Trek to Neha Kharka

Day 12: Trekto Shershon

Day 13: Trek to Makalu Base Camp

Day 14: Explore Makalu Base Camp

Day 15: Trek to Neha Kharka

Day 16: Trek to Mumbuk

Day 17: Trek to Kauma

Day 18: Trek to Tashi Gaon

Day 19: Trek to Num 

Day 20: Trek to Mane Bhanjyang

Day 21: Trek to Tumlingtar

Day 22: Fly to Kathmandu

Day 23: Depart Kathmandu

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative and driver meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your designed hotel. The representative will help you check into your hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The Kathmandu valley offers you a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. In the morning after having breakfast, you will be guided to visit famous and biggest Hindus Pashupatinath temple, Buddha stupa, Swoyambhunath and in the afternoon having lunch you will visit Kathmandu durbar square and Patan durbar square.
 

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar and trek to Khandbari

This day after having breakfast, you have a flight to Tumlingtar in eastern region, the starting point of your trek through Arun valley and landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of your trek at the village of Tumlingtar]. When you are in aircraft you can enjoy by seeing the panoramic sights of great Himalayas of Nepal including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt, Makalu (8,463m), Mt, Cho Oyu (8153m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501m) and Mt. Lhotse Shar (8,393m),Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar, Ganesh, Langtang etc., terraced land field, hills, forests, beautiful traditional villages. After reaching Tumlingtar, you will trek up to Khadbari where you will be camped.

Day 04: Trek to Chichila

Leaving Khandbari, you will be continuing along the trail which passes a ridge, you will walk a short distance to reach the settlement of Mani Bhanjyang then through fields, bamboo groves, big rocks and climb a short distance to reach the Tamang village of Bhotebas. The path offers spectacular views of Chamlang, Makalu and Jaljale Himal. You then descend a bit to the next ridge, and then follow the crest as it makes some ups and downs through a rhododendron forest to Chichila (1830m), with a tea shop and few houses inhabited by Gurung. Today you will camp at Chichila.

Day 05: Trek to Num

From Chichila, you will move towards village of Fururu which is situated at 1900m. Then you start to follow the path to reach Num through forests of huge rhododendrons just below the ridge line to a Mani wall and a dirty pond, Sherpa and Rai village. You make a tedious descent on a rocky eroded trail to Num at 1490m which is situated the ridge above an S- shaped bend in the Arun river on the opposite to Sedua village.

Day 06: Trek to Sedua

Today you continue along the trail descending steeply from Num village through the fields of Lumbang, the trail drops very steeply through a jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun River (660 m). From the bridge you climb steeply to a primitive tea shop. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, you make a long, steep, rough climb to Sedua (1460m).

Day 07: Trek to Tashi Gaon

Leaving Sedua, you will make a gradual climb high above the Kasuwa Khola to Gyang (1770m). It is a gentle walk through terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. En route, you cross meadows and several streams, and then climb to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley.

Day 08: Trek to Kauma

Today you will climb over the ridge and ascend through forests to a stream and onto a ridge where there is a small campsite then climbs to a shepherd’s hut, two small streams, then kharka at 2900 meters and up to a saddle and Unshisha.You then move over a hillock and descend a bit to reach Kauma (3470 m).

Day 09: Acclimatization

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, Barun Pokhari 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 10: Trek to Mumbuk

Today leaving Kauma, you will climb less steeply through rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge, with a large Mani wall adorned with prayer flags. From here, we get superb views of Chamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7 then climb gently up a shallow rocky gully to the Kike La (4127 m). From the pass, you descend to another lake, and then ascend steeply through large boulders to the Tutu La. The final descent is through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk (3570 m).

Day 11: Trek to Neha Kharka

From Mumbuk, you will descend through fir forests, along the bank of Barun Khola, Kharka Khola Moving through forests of birch and scrub rhododendron, you reach Yangle Kharka.  You Climb from Yangle Kharka, finally crossing to the north side of the Barun Khola to reach Neha Kharka (3000 m). There is a small gompa at the south side of the valley that offers great mountain views in all directions.

Day 12: Trek to Shershon

Trek from Neha Kharka, today you move towards to Shershon by following the north bank of Barun Khola for a while. Then cross a small wooden bridge before the river turns northward. Then the trail climbs gently as you approach Ripok Kharka. On the way you have excellent views of Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3 and Peak 5, but Makalu is not yet visible. After getting Shershon (4615m) the cold spot, Makalu into view.

Day 13: Trek to Makalu Base Camp

From Shershon, you have a gradual descent to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp and then you descend to a stream, From here you get terrific views of the south face of Makalu. The large buttress of the south face rises across from base camp. An ascent of this buttress yields views of Peak 6, 7 and Baruntse (7220 m); Everest and Lhotse complete the panorama.

Day 14: Explore Makalu Base Camp

Today you will spend a day exploring around Makalu base camp, with the aim of climbing up towards the Advance Base Camp at the start of the Makalu's South East Ridge, where on the edge of the icy slopes you get a fantastic view up the Barun Valley of Everest, Lhotse and Baruntse. This viewpoint is approximately 5,500m and is a far superior spot for taking in the awesome vista of peaks, compared to lower down the valley.

Day 15: Trek to Neha Kharka

Today you retrace your steps down the Barun Valley towards Neha Kharka.

Day 16: Trek to Mumbuk

From Neha Kharka, you continue descending through the forests to Mumbuk. From here we get beautiful sunset views of Makalu and Chamlang.

Day 17: Trek to Kauma

Leaving Mumbuk, we trek across the Shipton La and descend to Kauma.

Day 18: Trek to Tashi Gaon

Today you make a long steep descent back to Tashi Gaon. At Tashi Gaon you spend the rest of the day relaxing in order to recover from the high altitude.

Day 19: Trek to Num 

You will not have forgotten this path from the way in, as we re-trace your footsteps all the way back down to the river, only to be rewarded with a climb back up the opposite side to Num.

Day 20: Trek to Khandbari

Today you 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.

Day 21: Trek to Tumlingtar

Today, your last day walk leads an easy 3-4 hours downhill walk brings you back to Tumlingtar  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 22: Fly to Kathmandu

After having breakfast you can check in the airport to fly back to Kathmandu. At the Kathmandu airport, your guide will transfer to the designed hotel. In the evening you have free time for refreshment and shopping etc.

Day 23: Depart Kathmandu

After checking out of the hotel, our representative will take to the airport for your flight home. Or if you want to stay longer for short tours i.e. National parks, rafting, and mountain biking, hiking, etc. do not forget to ask us.


Contact Address

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Namaste Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd.

Khadka Bhadrakali - 7, Hepali, Kathmandu,

Nepal

Tel : 977 1 4378035 / 1 4378938

Fax : 977 1 4370940

24X7 days contact : 9851035637 / 9801035637

Contact Person : Jangbu Sherpa

Email : namastetrek@ntc.net.np

Web : www.namastetrek.com.np

North American Contact : Steven Tickle (Seattle, WA)

Email : trekwithsteve@gmail.com

Phone : 1-425-830-3590


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