Makalu Base Camp Trekking

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  • Total Duration:20 days
  • Best Time:April - May, September- November.
  • Max Elevation:4,812 m / 15,879 ft
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate-adventurous
All inclusive price $1499.00PP

Highlights

  • “Start from low warm areas of Arun River to scenic cooler Barun valley and at arctic zone
  • At world’s fifth highest Mt. Makalu base camp within remorseless fields of ice and glaciers
  • On the hidden trail to beautiful Barun valley crossing high and scenic passes Shipton and Kongma-la
  • Adventure around remote hills, the valley of Nepal Far Eastern Himalaya within a pure wilderness
  • Constant views of snowcapped peaks with Makalu, Baruntse as far to Kanchenjunga Himalaya
  • Explore remote villages of eastern Nepal enriched with varied culture and traditional custom
  • Experience rare views of East (Khansung) Face of Mt. Everest from Makalu base camp”

Trip Facts

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate-adventurous
  • Max Elevation:4,812 m / 15,879 ft
  • Total Duration:20 days
  • Best Time:April - May, September- November.
  • Activities:Trekking, Historical & Cultural Excursion
  • Trekking Duration:16 days
  • Trip Start from :Kathmandu
  • Trip End at :Kathmandu
  • Accommodation:Double/Twin shearing in hotel/lodge
  • Meals:Full board in Trekking & Breakfast basis in City
  • Transportation:Private vehicles /Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Group size :2-10 pax
  • Per Day Walking:4-6 hrs

Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Makalu Base Camp Trekking, one of the most picturesque adventure destinations around Himalaya region, located Far North East of Nepal between high peaks of Kanchenjunga towards the east with Mt. Everest in the west direction.

Amazing scenery of mountains, green hills to witness on walks towards Makalu base camp where the adventure leads you from low warm sub-tropical temperatures of Arun Valley to cooler alpine areas with high hills and into scenic Barun Valley.

Barun valley a paradise for naturalist and as well for trekkers where 47 species of orchids, 67 species of valuable medicinal and aromatic plants are found with 25 of Nepal’s 30 varieties of rhododendron, 19 species of bamboo, includes 400 different species of bird life with rare and elusive wild animal from musk deer to snow leopards.

Besides its beautiful mountain views, traditional villages enriched with medieval period villages of mixed custom and people around Makalu region is equally fascinating where walk leads into typical Nepalese hill villages.

Starting Makalu Base Camp Trekking, taking a sweeping scenic flight to land at warm sub-tropical areas of Arun Valley in Tumlingtar, an impressive town where exciting drive leads you on mid hills to commence our walking journey.

As trek proceeds into high green hills past remote farm villages and then into the absolute wilderness away from human habitations and villages, into cool dense forested areas then climbing up to reach over Kongma and Shipton-la passes to reach scenic Barun valley.

Barun valley situated beneath high snowcapped peaks and high rocky cliff walls where walks head towards our final destination at Makalu base camp. Where panorama of close mountains views surprise and excites you.

At Makalu base camp the highest spot of the adventure enclosed by Baruntse, Chamling with east and western side flanks of world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu which rises above 8,463 m and 27,766 ft high, first climbed by French Expedition way back on May 15th, 1955.

An awesome place with an opportunity for rare views of Mt. Everest the Eastern Khansung Face only seen from this scenic spot, after a wonderful time and experience in perfect mountain wilderness heading back to Tumlingtar for flights to Kathmandu.

Makalu Base Camp Trekking a most mesmerizing adventure with an enjoyable time that truly fascinates you on daily walks.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:    Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m and transfer to Hotel.
  • Day 02:    Full day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour at places of interest.
  • Day 03:    Fly to Tumlingtar 475 m (45 mins) drive to Num 1,485 m - 04 hrs.
  • Day 04:   Trek to Seduwa 1,540 m- 05 hrs.
  • Day 05:   Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,135m - 04 hours.
  • Day 06:   Trek to Kongma Danda 3,556 m - 05 hours
  • Day 07:   Trek to Mumbuk 3,553 m - 06 hours
  • Day 08:    Trek to Nehe Kharka 3,760 m - 05 hours.
  • Day 09:   Trek to Shersong 4, 572 m - 05 hours.
  • Day 10:    Trek to Makalu Base Camp 4,812 m - 04 hrs.
  • Day 11:    Rest day at base camp for local exploration and hike
  • Day 12:   Trek to Yangle Kharka 3, 598 m - 06 hours.
  • Day 13:    Trek to Mumbuk - 05 hours.
  • Day 14:   Trek to Kongma Danda / Ridge - 05 hours.
  • Day 15:    Trek to Nawa Gaon via Tashi Gaon - 05 hrs.
  • Day 16:    Trek to Num via Seduwa - 05 hrs.
  • Day 17:    Drive to Tumlingtar for overnight in local Lodge.
  • Day 18:    Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 19:    In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
  • Day 20:    Final International departure from Nepal.

Day 01:    Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m and transfer to Hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines, where you will be received by our office staff and guide with the warm welcome then transfer to your hotels in the hub of the city.

After checking into your rooms and getting refreshed join the other groups for a briefing on Makalu Base Camp Trekking, our guide offers you with useful important information regarding trek and your stay in Nepal with us.

Evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner.

Day 02:    Full day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour at places of interest.

Morning, depart from the hotel for an exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest,  Kathmandu city and its valley steeped with historical and religious monuments temples and monasteries listed as World Heritage Sites.

After an interesting tour afternoon free to relax and prepare for Makalu base camp trekking next early morning flight to Tumlingtar around d Arun Valley.

Day 03:    Fly to Tumlingtar 475 m (45 mins) drive to Num 1,485 m - 04 hrs.

As per the flight time towards Nepal Far East to reach Tumlingtar, where our marvelous Makalu base camp adventure begins, a scenic flight from Kathmandu takes you to land at warmer areas at Tumlingtar located on the shelf of Arun River.

Tumlingtar, an interesting town with time for a troll and explore the traditional life of local hill people of eastern Nepal, from here transfer to a local vehicle where drive leads towards mid hills past farm villages and the town of Khandbari, headquarter of Sankha Sabha district of Makalu region.

Drive continues over high hills on the dirt road heading past Chinchela farm village and long downhill to reach at Num village for overnight in a nice local nice lodge with views of grand landscapes with Jalajala Himal and Makalu peaks.

Day 04:   Trek to Seduwa 1,540 m- 05 hrs.

The first day starts with long descend for an hour to cross over a bridge above Arun River, and then uphill to Seduwa village, walking past Runmura a small farm village with the gradual climb to Seduwa village for overnight camp.

Day 05:   Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,135m - 04 hours.

From Seduwa village a short day walks today as morning walk follows the winding path to Tashigaon a moderate size farm village of Sherpa community, which is the last village on route to Makalu base camp, walking into farm area and then reaching at Tashigaon for lunch and overnight camp.

Here with ample time to explore the village of great interest around to witness Sherpa Buddhist culture and age-old traditional life.

Day 06:   Trek to Kongma Danda 3,556 m - 05 hours

After Tashi Gaon which is last human settlement for a week, as morning leads to gradual walk within a dense forest of rhododendron, oaks and pines trees past several cattle herder’s shelters and shades.

Walking for few hours on a good moderate trail where afternoon walk leads to a climb for few hours to reach on top Kongma ridge, where tall trees fade to small rhododendron and juniper bushes.

Overnight camp is set overlooking views of world third high Mt. Kanchenjunga with Mt. Makalu and adjoining peaks.

Day 07:   Trek to Mumbuk 3,553 m - 06 hours

From Kongma walk leads to complete wilderness following a ridge with few ups and down to reach at glacial ponds of Thulo Pokhari (large) with Sano Pokhari(small), and then cross over Tutu-la and Shipton la above 4, 453 m high passes, with downhill heading back into dense forest to our overnight camp in the midst of tree lines at place called Mumbuk.

Day 08:    Trek to Nehe Kharka 3,760 m - 05 hours.

Morning walks heading down towards scenic Barun valley, a place famous for unique rare species of vegetation- plants that are almost extinct on this world, where medicinal herbs and mountain animals are found around.

On reaching Barun valley, walk leads to gradual up with views of peaks on both sides of the valley and then encountering several Yak herder shelters and a small Buddhist Gompa (monastery), after a nice good walk reaching to our overnight camp at Nehe Kharka with scenic Barun valley.

Day 09:   Trek to Shersong 4, 572 m - 05 hours.

From Barun valley trek to Shersong which is at end of Barun valley towards Makalu base camp as walk lead to slow uphill then crossing streams with views of Mt. Makalu and Baruntse peaks, after a good walk of the day reaching at Sherson for an overnight stop.

Day 10:    Trek to Makalu Base Camp 4,812 m - 04 hrs.

After Sherson heading to our main highlight and destination at Makalu Base Camp, where walk leads on the high path over moraine and ice within rocky areas to reach Makalu base camp, located close to a glacial icy pond next to Baruntse Himal.

Our overnight camp set beneath towering South Face of Mt. Makalu, with time to explore and enjoy views of surrounding high peaks.

Day 11:    Rest day at base camp for local exploration and hike

Rest day at Makalu base camp with views of Mt. Makalu, Baruntse Himal and peak IV, options for the hike for views of Mt. Everest with its rare East Face known as Kangshung with Mt. Lhotse.

Day 12:   Trek to Yangle Kharka 3, 598 m - 06 hours.

From Makalu base camp retrace the walk back towards lower Barun valley to reach at Yangle Kharka for overnight stop enclosed within high rocky cliffs, offering views of waterfalls.

Day 13:    Trek to Mumbuk - 05 hours.

After a grand time around Barun valley, walk leads towards the end of Barun valley and then climb back into a forest at Mumbuk for overnight camp.

Day 14:   Trek to Kongma Danda / Ridge - 05 hours.

Morning heading back on the same scenic trail to Kongma ridge, starting with a climb for an hour into forest areas to reach a ridge after leaving tree lines, as walk leads past the glacial ponds and over Tutu la and Shipton la to Kongma hill for overnight camp.

Day 15:    Trek to Nawa Gaon via Tashi Gaon - 05 hrs.

Ending our high latitude trek as morning walk leads to long downhill into forest of tall tree lines to reach at Tashi Gaon, from here on route to Nawa or Narbu gaon village, as our route leads into shade of forest and farm terraces to reach a large Sherpa village of Nawa Gaon on for overnight stop, with afternoon free to explore this nice farm village.

Day 16:    Trek to Num via Seduwa - 05 hrs.

Our last walk of the great adventure ends today following a trail to Seduwa village, from this village along descend on a steep path to reach a bridge over Arun River, after crossing the bridge steep climb for few hours to reach back at Num village for last overnight around high hills of Makalu Himalaya.

Day 17:    Drive to Tumlingtar for overnight in local Lodge.

Morning where our adventure complete after taking an exciting drive to a nice little town at Tumlingtar within back at warmer areas enriched with vast farmland around Arun Valley, as drive leads past farm villages of Chinchilla, Manebhanjyang and large town of Khandbari and then back at Tumlingtar with time to browse around village to observe local culture and custom of the eastern Nepalese.

Day 18:    Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

From Tumlingtar morning flight to Kathmandu with the panorama of mountains views all the way to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu domestic airport our staff transfers you back into your hotel with the free afternoon to relax after a great and wonderful adventure on Makalu Base Camp Trek.

Day 19:    In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.

Free day in Kathmandu reserved an extra day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Tumlingtar, due to unfavorable bad weather conditions which can occur sometimes as Himalaya weather can be unpredictable.

If all goes well as per our guideline and set itinerary, enjoy the day with individual activities or join in for an exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest.

Day 20:    Final International departure from Nepal.

Last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.

Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and great time on Makalu Base Camp Trekking.

Cost Includes

  • All airport pick up drop off by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights)
  • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant
  • 04 night twin/double sharing accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle (entrance fees extra)
  • Kathmandu to Tumlingtar to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • 02 guest to 01 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment
  • Your cost includes insurance, wages, food and lodging for both your guide and porter. We take excellent care of our guides and porters, they are like family to us.
  • Best available twin sharing lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • Snacks of biscuits/peanuts and seasonal fresh fruits dessert during the trek
  • First aid kit
  • Holiday Tours Nepal’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay a departure tax for international flights)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation (An Helicopter rescue insurance is highly recommended. If you have any problem and you have to be evacuated, without your insurance you have to pay the helicopter in cash.)
  • In case of extra more nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of the itinerary
  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, phone calls, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water {it will cost between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp).}, extra porter.. etc)
  • Entrance fees for the day tours in Kathmandu
  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column
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