‘from warm Arun area to cool alpine Barun valley towards remorseless fields of glaciers’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As you know that all Himalaya region is full of Ups and Down Hill walks with some gentle path, as for Makalu trekking till Kongma-La is full of downs and steep up as walk progress within Barun Valley, walking gets better but with touch high altitude.
As long walking and taking time with some few breaks will be the best way to achieve your goal, as well depending upon your interest and fitness level.
We have maintained walking itinerary days to suit all interested people to enjoy this scenic treks with time to enjoy and acclimatize with high altitude.
On this trek to Nepal Far East will be a mixture of Buddhist and Hindu religions with Brahmin-Chettries-Dalits and Kirat Rai, some Gurung includes Newari people on lower mid hills, as walk heads higher region at Tashi Gaon mainly dominated by Sherpa tribe of Tibetan origin with same Buddhist culture and religion.
On this trek few villages on route with fascinating culture and traditional farm life of hill people as Makalu base camp takes you beyond villages for a week or more.
From minimum 3-4 person in the group with maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in some cases we do allow booking for single person as well, running independent at extra cost than in groups.
As per the season wise, where best time is from April to May, when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas.
September to November another best time to visit when most of the days a clear for views can be cold in the morning and night time above 2,500 m high without wind-chill factor.
Tea-House the word used in early days when there was smaller numbers of lodges on route trekking, at present only few main town and villages like Tumlingtar, Num, Seduwa and Tashi-Gaon with simple lodges to stay with basic facilities.
On this trek to Makalu where camping is necessary as this region falls within remote and isolated part of the country, camping is the best way to enjoy this adventure to Makalu Base Camp having complete camping facilities with kitchen unit of cook-kitchen staff-guide and porters, carrying much of foods from Kathmandu itself. The lodge beyond Tashi-Gaon offers minimum comfort like shacks rather than lodge.
Most of the places do not have electricity on route trekking some village run by its own small hydro-power like Kandbari, Num and Tashi-Gaon where electric supply are private and individual of the village and some lodge owners with sun / solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones.
Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internets like Wi-Fi above Tashi-Gaon or Num villages and on route, where networks are disturbed in deep gorge and valleys.
At present nearly all people in Nepal including remote villages do have assist to cell-phones with fine network connection only in bad weather the line can be broken, otherwise it is fine in working order.
07: What happens if some is sick and have to break the trek?
In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and medical purpose, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is much critical where nearest medical attention needed, we call for immediate evacuation for Helicopter services to reach the victims to nearest medical station and hospital.
For light AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), resting and drinking enough fluid leaving an extra guide to take care of sick clients till he / she recovers on route treks or help them to descend to safer areas and taking an advance flight back to Nepalgunj or Kathmandu.
08: How are foods and hygiene during treks?
Meals are prepared by our head camping chef with varied items, all foods are carefully prepared with much hygiene concern, with good breakfast-lunch and dinner with afternoon tea and snacks prepared by our camping cook and staff.
09: I came to know that some people could get sick while on treks why?
Well hearing rumors and seeing for your own self is a different picture, to be honest some people are not used to Asian and spicy foods, that’s why people could get sick with change of diets as well.
To be on healthy side before and after the treks is to get advice from your guides what will be the best food to consume while on treks, we strongly suggest staying away from meats items in the first place, as it is not hygienic could be stale meat of a week time or more. If you go with vegetarian for sometimes will be the best options to stay healthy till you get immune to local environment and culture.
10: What types of medication should I bring from home for the trek?
In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor advice also, your doctor might recommend you some basic medication list like medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well.
In ever trip of ours we carry comprehensive medical kits which will be carried by our trekking staff, guides or group leader for common use if required as for your own personal illness, where you doctors might have recommended some medicine to carry with you.