MAKALU BASE CAMP TREKKING|
Though this is a demanding and challenging and an outstanding trek in
eastern Nepal, the trek up to Makalu base camp visits one of the most remote
and unfrequented areas of Nepal. The long trek and unspoiled terrain makes
this trek a classic in its own. This trek goes high up to 5100m. This is a
region where you hardly find any modern facilities and amenities.
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DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL.
DAY 02: FULL DAY GUIDED SIGHTSEEING INSIDE THE KATHMANDU VALLEY.
Join the welcome dinner with live Nepalese cultural program hosted by Makalu
DAY 03: KATHMANDU-TUMLINGTAR - KHADBARI (1,040 m – 4-hrs Hiking.)
Fly to Tumlingtar which is an hour flight. Here your trekking crew will meet
you and a bit of briefing about the trail, then start walking up to Khadbari
(1,040 m). Have lunch break in the shade of Kabra Trees. We walk north
towards Khandbari, then begin walking on a plateau for around 45 minutes
after the trails climbing gradually to Khandbari. We camp above the village.
DAY 04: KHADBARI (1,040 m) - CHICHILA (1830 m - 5/6 hrs
After breakfast walk through many small picturesque villages most of the
time the walk is uphill and you will be walking through bamboo groves and a
rhododendron forest. Our camp is at Chichela a small settlement of Gurungs
DAY 05: CHICHILA (1830 m) - NUM (1490 m - 5 hrs Hiking)
Today we start walking with views of snow capped peaks in the distance.
Fantastic views of Makalu and its surrounding peak. Walk on a striaght path,
with little ups and downs, through forest to have lunch at about 2 hrs and
then start descending to reach Num. Camp.
DAY 06: NUM (1490 m) - SEDUA - (1460 m 5/6 hrs Hiking)
The trail today descends steeply from Num through the Cornfield of Lumbang.
The country is particularly rocky; tiny terraces planted with corn and
barley, then we have tough steep climb to Sedua. Camp
DAY 07: SEDUA (1460 m) - TASHI GAON (2070 M - 5 hrs Hiking)
The trail crosses meadows and several streams, then climbs to the Sherpa
village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley. Camp
DAY 08: TASHI GAON (2070 m) - KAUMA (3470 m - 6 hrs Hiking)
A very hard day of the trek as the trail goes up real steep. We walk through
the sparse forests along the ridge over a hillock and descend a bit to Kauma
at 3470 m. Camp
DAY 09: KAUMA (3470 m)
Today is a rest day as well as acclimatization day.
DAY 10: KAUMA (3470 m) - MUMBUK (3570 m - 5 hrs Hiking)
We again start today with a steep climb then through less steeply
rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge. You will have superb views of
Chamlang (7,290 m) Peak 6 (6739 m) and Peak 7 (6105 m). Then we will have a
final descent through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk. Camp
DAY 11: MUMBUK (3570 m) - NEHA KHARKA - (3000 m - 6 hrs Hiking)
Today the trail descends steep gully with a stream for about 500m. The trail
is ill defined, rocky and sloppy mud in places as it leads up the glacial
valley. From here you can have a good views of Peak 6. Nhe Kharka is located
on a large open grassy plain at an elevation of 3000 m. from here you will
have great mountain views. Camp
DAY 12: NEHA KHARKA - (3000 m) - SHERSON (4615 m - 7 hrs Hiking)
The trail today turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for
alpine tundra. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak (7168 m), Peak 4
(6720 m) etc. Sherson is at 4615 m a bit dangerous day as the altitude gains
more than 1500 m but we don't have a choice because we do not have any
suitable camp between Nhe Kharka and Sherson.
DAY 13: SHERSON (4615 m) - MAKALU BASE CAMP (5000 m - 4/5 hrs Hiking)
Today is a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100 m . From here you will
have a magnificent south face views of Makalu also you will be able to see
the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. Camp
DAY 14: EXPLORE MAKALU BASE CAMP
DAY 15: MAKALU BASE CAMP TO NEHA KHARKA - (3000 m)
We retrace back down the Barun Valley. Camp
DAY 16: NEHA KHARKA - (3000 m) – MUMBUK (3570 m)
We continue descending back. Camp at Mumbuk
DAY 17: MUMBUK (3570 m) - KAUMA (3470 m)
We trek across Shipton La and descend to Kauma
DAY 18: KAUMA (3470 m) - TASHI GAON (2070 m)
Today we walk a bit long to Tashi Gaon. Camp
DAY 19: TREK TO PAKUWA (1520 m)
We walk through farming settlements to the spread out Rai village. Continue
in forests past several streams to Pukuwa. Camp
DAY 20: PUKUWA (1520 m) - BUMLING - 1160 m
Walk through the forests and follows some spectacular high and exposed
narrow tracks as it climbs over rocky ridges. We camp across the Chhetri
village of Bumling.
DAY 21: BUMLING-TUMLINGTAR - 860 m
We following the east bank of the Arun and the route pass through Chyawabesi
before making a short climb back to Tumlingtar. Camp
DAY 22: TUMLINGTAR-KATHMANDU
DAY 23: KATHMANDU FREE DAY.
DAY 24: FINAL DEPARTURE.
“Give your child a pencil and ask to draw a mountain – s/he will draw
Makalu…. straight up and then down; an amazing gesture” - M. Lamsal
01. All ground transfers by private vehicle.
02. Three star Hotel Thamel Eco resort in Kathmandu (Bed and breakfast basis
inclusive of all govt. Tax and VAT.)
03. Welcome Dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program hosted by Makalu
04. Guided sightseeing around world heritage sites of KTM. (Includes
all applicable entrance fees.)
05. All domestic airfares (Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - Kathmandu).
06. Organized Camping Trek arrangement, including all high quality German
Salewa / UK Super Quasar camping equipments and tents such as Two Men Tent,
Kitchen Tent, Dinning Tent, Toilet Tent, Tables, Chairs, Mattresses, Hot
Water Bags, Pillows, Inner Sheet and etc.
07. Three times hot meals a day while trekking, which will be prepared by
our very professional kitchen crew.
08. National Park / Conservation Area Permit Fees (Makalu Barun Conservation
09. Guide, porters and their daily wages, insurance with all necessary
lodging - fooding arrangements.
10. High altitude working crew / high altitude porters / vast experienced
climbing Sherpa / guide with their daily wages, insurance and all
01. All International Airfares / Airport taxes.
02. Expenses of personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water,
laundry and etc.
03. Rescue and evacuation (helicopter operation) - if needed.
04. Personal medical and travel insurance.
05. Tips and Gratitude.
Fixed Departures Dates for 2013
Fixed Departure Dates for 2014
All the itineraries are subject
to change to suit your schedule