Makalu Base Camp Trek

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22 Days
Mar - May , Sep - Dec
Max Altitude: 4870m
Makalu Conservation Area
Trail Length: 117 Km

Makalu Base Camp Trek Overview

Makalu base camp trek will lead you through the Makalu Barun National Park 1,500 km2 and buffer zone 830 km2 which treasures some of the last remaining pristine forests and alpine meadows. From tropical forests along the Arun River to icy mountain summits, Nepal’s Makalu Barun National Park and buffer zone is the only protected area on earth with an elevation gain of 8000m. You will trek along the 46Km long Barun valley enjoying the stunning views of mountain peaks, glaciers, high altitude lakes, pastures, forests and rivers. The trek offers the magnificent views of the skyline of a panorama of rugged Himalayan peaks including mount Makalu 8463m, Chamlang 7319m, Baruntse 7129m and Mera Peak 6654m. This trek is must do trek for those who want to see the most pure state of nature available on the earth.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

Our representative will pick you up at the international airport and drive you to the hotel. After then you will take a meandering evening walk with your guide through Kathmandu’s heritage sites, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together.

Day 2Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Today you will spend the day discovering medieval Kathmandu. Venture into Pashupatinath and visit Nepal’s largest Buddhist stupa, the Boudhanath Stupa. Later after noon you will visit monkey temple and then stroll around durbar squares in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel near Thamel.

Day 3Kathmandu - Chichila Bazar (1,980m/6,497ft)

You will take a scenic 45 min flight to Tumlingtar enjoying Himalayas on the North. From Tumlingtar you will take a 4 hours drive to Chichila Bazar and stay overnight in a tea house.

Day 4Chichila Bazar - Num (1,560m/5,119ft) : 6-7 hours

Early morning you will start descending trek through the lush green forests and villages. The trail passes along the ridge offering sideway views and ends in village Num. You will stay overnight in Num.

Day 5Num - Seduwa (1,500m/4,922ft) : 6-7 hours

Today you will descend down to Barun river through thick forest and cultivated lands. After crossing the river starts Makalu Barun conservation area, you will trek up to village Seduwa. Your guide will set up camp in Seduwa for staying overnight.

Day 6Seduwa - Tashigaon (2,100m/6,890ft) : 4-5 hours

You will trek along the ridge with Ipsuwa and Kasuwa river sideways. Your guide will tell you interesting facts about the area. Through the scattered settlement and cultivated lands you will get to Tashi Gaon. From here you can get awe inspiring mountain views.

Day 7Tashigaon - Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483ft) : 6-7 hours

Today you will trek steep up through forests and kharka along the ridge. At the top you can see two beautiful lakes, further trekking you will get to Khongma Danda. This is the last village before entering Barun valley. You will stay overnight in a camp.

Day 8Rest Day

Today you will acclimatize at Khongma Danda gazing at the beautiful mountains. You can explore the surrounding area and prepare for crossing Shipton La. You will stay overnight in a camp.

Day 9Khongma Danda - Dobate (3,930m/12,893ft) : 6-7 hours

Today you will cross the Shipton La 4216m and descend down via Kalo Pokhari (3930m) and cross Keke La at 4,170m. From here you can get stunning views of mount Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). You will slowly descend down to beautiful Barun valley and stay overnight in Dobate.

Day 10Dobate - Yangle Kharka (3,557m/11,670ft) : 6-7 hours

Today you will trek moderately up through the beautiful rhododendron forest and get to Yangle Kharka. You can observe very rare species of vegetations in Barun valley. Your guide will set up camp at Yangle Kharka for staying overnight.

Day 11Yangle Kharka - Langmale Kharka (4,410m/14,468ft) : 5-6 hours

Today you will trek along the Barun valley enjoying dramatic views the park. You will pass through Merek and get to Langmale Kharka for overnight camping.

Day 12Langmale Kharka - Makalu Base Camp (4,870m/15,978ft) : 6-7 hours

Early morning you will start slightly ascending trek to Shersong, from there you can get a beautiful view of mount Makalu. Continuing further you will get to Makalu base camp surrounded by magnificent mountains. Overnight camping at Makalu base camp.

Day 13Explore Makalu Base Camp

Today is the most rewarding day of the trek at Makalu base camp. You will hike to surrounding area to discover interesting rocks, glacier, mountains and peaks. Camping overnight at Makalu base camp.

Day 14Makalu Base Camp - Yangle Kharka : 6-7 hours

Today you will trek back to Yangle Kharka through relatively easy descending trail. You will get to Yangle Kharka for staying overnight. Along the trek your guide will tell you interesting stories about the region.

Day 15Yangle Kharka - Dobate : 6-7 hours

You will continue slightly descending trek through the alpine meadow of Yangle Kharka. Along the way you can see beautiful waterfalls, forest and numerous ice capped peaks. You will trek along the Barun river until you reach Dobate. You will stay overnight in Dobate.

Day 16Dobate - Khongma Danda : 5-6 hours

Today you will trek up to Shipton La through dense forest of rhododendron and firs. After then you will descend to Khongma Danda for staying overnight.

Day 17Khongma Danda - Tashi Gaon : 4-5 hours

You will continue descending trek through the barren hills and then thick rhododendron forest and get to Tashi Gaon. Your guide will take you around to explore the authentic Sherpa culture in the evening. You will stay overnight in Tashi Gaon.

Day 18Tashigaon - Seduwa : 4-5 hours

Today you descend down to the Barun river where you will exit the Makalu Barun Conservation Area, cross the river and ascend up to Seduwa village. You will stay overnight in Seduwa village.

Day 19Seduwa - Num : 5-6 hours

You will continue ascending trek through beautiful forests, farm fields, Sherpa villages. On the way your guide will tell you interesting stories about the village. Finally you will get to Num village which remarks end of walking. You will stay overnight in Num.

Day 20Num - Tumlingtar : 6-7 hours

Today you will take 7 hours jeep drive to Tumlingtar. On the way you can see scattered settlements on the slopes of giant green hills. You will find the jeep ride through the winding dirt road of eastern Nepal a thrilling adventure. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Tumlingtar.

Day 21Tumlingtar - Kathmandu

Early morning you will take a flight to Kathmandu on a twin otter plane. During your flight you can again get great views of the Himalayas including Makalu, Everes, Gaurishankar and Langtang on the north. After a scenic 45 minutes flight you will get to Kathmandu. Your guide will drive you to your hotel. Rest of the day you will spend in leisure. In the evening your guide will escort you for the farewell dinner.

Day 22Departure

Make the most of your last minutes in Kathmandu with breakfast in a bistro, a city walk, and additionally trinket shopping. Your guide will meet you at your inn and drive you to the airport two hours before the scheduled flight.

Package Includes

  • Airport pick up/ drop in comfortable private vehicle
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu heritage city tour
  • All ground transportation in comfortable vehicle as per itinerary
  • Tea House twin sharing accommodation during the trek
  • All Meals breakfast, Lunch and dinner with tea and coffee
  • One English speaking, highly experienced trekking guide with government-license
  • Porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers : 1 porter) – their expenses including salary, food, accommodation, accident insurance, equipment
  • All necessary paperwork, Makalu Barun Conservation Area permit
  • TIMS Fee-trekker’s management system (2 pp size photo needed)
  • Early Morning Scenic Domestic Flight to Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
  • Duffel bag, Down Jacket and sleeping bag only for trekking use
  • First aid medicine kit box
  • Necessary Govt. and local tax
  • Office service charge

Package Excludes

  • Nepalese Visa fee
  • International airfare to Kathmandu and out
  • Personal Expenses, Phone call, Bar bills, WiFi internet, battery charges, Hot shower
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Snacks and dessert
  • Extra night accommodation and meals in city
  • Entrance Fees in Kathmandu Sightseeing Point
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips and appreciation for trekking staff and drivers
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Naver Been

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Nature at its supreme combination!

March 16, 2017