This trek takes you to Makalu Base Camp (5250 m), now designated as Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area. Mt. Makalu (8463 m) is the fifth highest peak in the world. The Makalu Base camp trek is a true adventure with scenery so beautiful that it will never tire you. The trek starts with a flight to Tumlingtar and heads up the Aurn River valley to Sedua and Num, then crossing Shipton La Pass (4210 m) into the upper Barun river valley for a close look at Makalu and Chamlang Himal. This trek visits one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal. The Barun valley is a part of a huge international protected area under the agreement between the governments of Nepal and China, which comprises of 2330 sq. km of National Park and 830 sq. km of conservation area in Nepal alone.
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 adventures.
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 Hiking)
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 at 1830m.
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.
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