Makalu Base Camp trek

Destination

Nepal

Activity

Trekking in Nepal

Duration

22 days

Group size

1

Max. altitude

4,870m

Difficulty

Difficult

Start Point

Kathmandu

End Point

Kathmandu

Accomodation

standard hotel/teahouse during the days.

Meals

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea-house where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

 

Transportation

private vehicles /flight.

  • Observing the surreal view of the Makalu mountain.
  • Interacting with the Sherpa people living in the Makalu Barun National Park.
  • Crossing the dangerous Shipton La Pass and Keke La Pass.
  • Sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Swoyambhunath in the Kathmandu valley.
  • Arriving at the periphery of the Makalu base camp.
  • Observing the delightful picture of mountains like Peak 6 and Peak 7.

Makalu Base Camp is one of the must-visit destinations in Nepal. Surrounded by the wilderness of Makalu Conservation Area in Eastern Nepal, the route to Makalu Base Camp takes you through the high altitude terrains, alpine meadows, tropical Arun Valley, dense forests of rhododendron and firs to the base of Mount Makalu at 8463m. 

The trek begins with a short sightseeing tour of the heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley. The trek is moderately strenuous, but it is planned to fit anyone willing to take this opportunity. You will pass through lush forests, rhododendron, and alpine trees savouring the flora and fauna in Makalu Barun National Park. Several Sherpa communities will treat you with their hospitality and welcoming nature. Although life is very difficult in the highlands, their smile never seems to waver. You will reach the base camp, where you will witness the beauty of stunning mountains.

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a wonderful choice for trekkers and adventure seekers who prefer pristine natural habitat. Guides, porters and local people are very helpful during the trek. So, you can worry less and enjoy the tour even more. Get immersed in the beauty of nature and sky-high mountains as you tread forward towards your lifetime achievement.

 

0utline itinerary

 

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu Valley (1300m/4,264ft)
  2. Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
  3. Flight to Tumlingtar (50 minutes) Drive to Chichira (1980m/6,497ft): 3-4 hours
  4. Trek to Num (1560m/5,119ft): 6-7 hours
  5. Trek from Num to Seduwa (1500m/4,922 ft): 6-7 hours
  6. Trek to Tashigaon (2100m/6,890ft): 4-5 hours
  7. Trek to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hours
  8. Acclimatization/Rest
  9. Trek to Dobate: 6-7 hours
  10. Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours
  11. Trek to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 hours
  12. Ascend to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours
  13. Explore Makalu Base Camp
  14. Descend to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hours
  15. Trek to Dobate: 6-7 hours
  16. Trek to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hours
  17. Trek to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours
  18. Trek to Seduwa: 4-5 hours
  19. Trek to Num: 5-6 hours
  20. Num to Tumlingtar: 6-7 hours
  21. Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 50 mins flight
  22. Final departure

 

Acclimatization


Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, a separate day is set aside for acclimatization. 

 

Best Time to Travel


Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be taken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.


Equipment & Packing List


This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also, understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by hiker Himalaya inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

 

Important documents and items.

 

Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveller's checks, etc.


Head

 

Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)


Upper Body

 

Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable


Hands

 

1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)


 Lower Body

 

Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woollen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric


Feet

 

2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version


Sleeping

 

1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags

1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an aeroplane carryon)
1 large duffel bag *
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

 

Medical

 

Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhoea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or the water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies


Practical Items

 

1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Ziplocs
2 water bottles (1 litre each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

 

Toiletries

 

1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene

Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial handwash
Extras/Luxuries

Reading book

Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen

 

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu Valley (1300m/4,264ft)

After your arrival in Kathmandu Valley, a representative will attend you and drop you to the hotel. Our representatives will help you check-in and introduce you to the dos and don'ts around the place. You can rest for the day and will be served authentic Nepali cuisine as the first introduction to Nepalese culture.

Day 2
Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

After your breakfast, you will go on a short tour around the valley visiting the most historical and spiritual attractions. Some of these heritages are enlisted in World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Pashupatinath is one of the largest temples for Lord Shiva which attracts domestic and foreign tourists from South Asia. The Swayambhunath is popular as Monkey Temple among fellow tourists and provides a wonderful view of the valley. Bouddhanath is one of the largest stupas and depicts Tibetian culture. You can immerse yourself in the religious activities happening here. 

Past afternoon, you will have a pre-trip discussion with the trek leader and your fellow acquaintances. 

Day 3
Flight to Tumlingtar (50 minutes) Drive to Chichira (1980m/6,497ft): 3-4 hours

Taking an early start, you will fly over the high hills reaching Tumlingtar in 50 minutes. You will drive to Chichara from Tumlingtar and after 3 to 4 hours you will reach a small Gurung settlement and stay overnight prepping for the trek starting tomorrow.

Day 4
Trek to Num (1560m/5,119ft): 6-7 hours

You will head towards Num after your breakfast. The trek is moderately paced walking you through the picturesque villages, and lush forests. Num is a ridge line with stunning views on either side and is perched on the end.

Day 5
Trek from Num to Seduwa (1500m/4,922 ft): 6-7 hours

After a warm breakfast, you will descend through the steep forest and terraced farms reaching Barun river. Cross the river and ascend to the other side. The trek is moderately hot but the forests will offer soothing shade. You will register your permit as you enter the Makalu National Park starting here. You will set out camps after reaching the top. 

Day 6
Trek to Tashigaon (2100m/6,890ft): 4-5 hours

You will ascend the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola to the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. You will trek through the quiet villages and paddy fields reaching Tashi Gaon. The village offers enticing Himalayan panorama.

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

Today you will ascend higher through the forests, streams and onto a ridge. Trekking into even higher altitude, the forests blend into grazing lands and following rough stone stairs and small lakes, you ascend to the top of the ridge. A short walk reaches Khongma danda for an overnight stay there.

Day 8
Acclimatization/Rest

Today, you will allow your body to get acquainted with the climate and high altitude. You can relax and explore the place and go for a short hike around the area.

Day 9
Trek to Dobate: 6-7 hours

Climbing towards the summit of the Shipton La pass, you will reach lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), and pass over the KeKe La(4170m). You can enjoy the marvelous views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6524m) and Peak 7 (6758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, you will reach Dobate after a short descent. 

Day 10
Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours

You will pass through the rhododendron forest reaching Barun river, and the upper valley. The trek is difficult and tiring due to the steep trail. After a few hours, the trek gets comfortable and slowly gains altitude. You will reach Yangri Kharkha which is situated at the base of the valley.

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

A moderate walk to the valley passes through pasture lands, dense forests and boulder fields. You will pass Merek on your way to the top, gaining scenic Himalayan views. You will also prepare for your ascent to the summit tomorrow.

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

From Langmale Kharkha, you will make your way up to the Shershong and to the Makalu Base Camp. The trail is flat, but with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains. Mt. Makalu appears closer as you approach Shershong. You will get soaked into the majestic Himalayan panorama and enjoy the amazing landscapes as you make your way to the camp.

Day 13
Explore Makalu Base Camp

The Base Camp is a barren place with a large Barun Glacier beyond it. You can enjoy the magnificent south face of Mount Makalu and the wide panorama of Everest and Lhotse. You have enough time to marvel the surrounding lakes, glaciers and short hike from the camp. You can celebrate your great fleet on the camp itself.

Day 14
Descend to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hours

From the camp, you bid farewell to the mighty mountains and head back. You will descend through the Shershong, Langmale Kharka, and Merek finally stopping at Yangri Kharkha for overnight stay.

Day 15
Trek to Dobate: 6-7 hours

You will descend further through the rock falls, green forests and valley towards Dobate. Following the river banks of Barun river, you reach Dobate. Overnight stay at Dobate.

Day 16
Trek to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hours

The trek begins with a steep climb to Mumbuk through the forest of firs and rhododendrons. Cross the Keke La, Tutu La, and Kauma La enjoying the wonderful scenery. Finally, descend to Khongma danda for overnight stay.

Day 17
Trek to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours

The steep descending trail passes through the hillsides. As you descend further, you reach the thick forests and into the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon. 

Day 18
Trek to Seduwa: 4-5 hours

You will exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun river. Cross the hillsides, and several villages and settlements descending further into Seduwa for overnight stay.

Day 19
Trek to Num: 5-6 hours

Bidding farewell to Seduwa, you trek through the dense forests and Sherpa villages descending further into Num. Overnight stay at Num.

Day 20
Num to Tumlingtar: 6-7 hours

You will return to Chichira from Num, savoring the glorious vistas of Mount Makalu. Trekking further reaches Tumlingtar for overnight stay. You will relax and prepare for your return to the Kathmandu Valley.

Day 21
Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 50 mins flight

You will fly back to Kathmandu after the wonderful, strenuous and long trek. The short flight is scheduled early giving you plenty of time to rest, organize your photos, shop for souvenirs and exchange contacts. You will receive a farewell dinner from our team and a celebration of accomplishment. 

Day 22
Final departure

The wonderfully long and amazing trek ends today. Today, our representatives will drop you back to the airport before your scheduled flight. As you on-board your flight and depart to the clouds, the memories of the trek will keep you awake, willing to come back to Nepal for yet another wonderful memory to create.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop Airport-Hotel-Airport in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • 3 Night standard hotel in Kathmandu
  • Welcome dinner typical Nepali restaurant.
  • Flight Kathmandu-Tumlintar- Kathmandu.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek.
  • Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek.
  • Trekking Permit ACP (Makalu Special Permit).
  • TIMS card(Trekker’s Information Management System).
  • Necessary staff during the trekking period With Experience Guide and Porter.
  • 20 Kg Luggage free Per Person during the trekking (with porter or yaks).
  • The facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment for all trekking staffs.
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid kit

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Alcoholic beverages, personal nature expenses, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internets.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required such as personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
  • Extra luggage and personal trekking gears.
  • International flight tickets, date change or re-issue If required.
  • Nepal visa fee, Visa issuance is easy upon arrival.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

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