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Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Drive in Drive out: 25 days

This is an outstanding trek in the eastern region of Nepal which offers a combination of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity. The trail takes you from the steamy lowlands of Tumlingtar on the Arun River, through one of the least frequented areas of Nepal, to the base camp of Makalu [8475m]. The trail follows the beautiful Barun river valley in the Makalu Barun National Park, crossing Shipton pass at 4127 meter before arriving at Makalu Base Camp [5000m], from here views of the south face of Makalu, as well as Everest and Lhotse are truly spectacular. The Arun valley is also a home of rare species of various Birds which are now only found in Nepal.

 Anyone in good shape and has previous experience of trekking can make this fairly challenging trek anytime in March to May and September to early December.

The majestic view from the Singla Top of massif Manaslu , with Manaslu (8163m.) poking up from behind the Ganesh Himal appears before you. To the northwest is the Ganesh Himal and at other side looms Langtang Himal. Ganesh (7406m.) and her sisters jut up from the valley below like large crystals thrust out of the earth, creating a stunning panorama of glaciers, peaks, rock, snow, and ice.

Facts of the Trek

Duration:                     25 Days

Trek type:                    Camping

Max Altitude:              6135 m.

Minimum Pax:             1 +

Mode of travel:           Flight

Grade:                             Strenuous

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01-02: Kathmandu – Hille                                [16 hours]

Drive from Kathmandu to Hille (1860 m) which takes about sixteen hours.

Day 03: Hille – Mangmaya                                        [6-7 hours]

The trek starts with gentle ascend and moves along flat trail through the jungle of pine trees, rhododendron trees.

Day 04: Mangmaya – Surtibari                                [6hours]

The trail passes by the side of a river which is gently a flat trail with some small descends.

Day 05: Surtibari – Tumlingtar                                [6-7hours]

The trail starts with an adventurous action of hanging ropeways over the river. The trail then will ascend about 2 hours. This is a small town with an airstrip. There is a market and you find some government administrative offices and some tea houses.

Day 06: Tumlingtar – Maney Bhanjyang                [5-6 hours]

The trail ascends all the way through forest of rhododendrons and sal trees. En route, you pass few villages. Maney Bhanjyang is a ridge inhabited by some people. It is quite surrounded by forest and this is grazing filed for local people.

Day 07: Maney Bhanjyang – Chilchile (1830m)     [5 hours]

The trail ascends through forest of rhododendrons and sal trees for about three hours and you will ultimately walk over a flat trail and you approach Chilchile. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurungs and other communities as well. There is a government school where locals send their children. You will find some good tea houses.

Day 08: Chilchile – Num (1500 m)                           [4-5 hours]

The trail ascends for about 2 hours and then descends by a small perennial river and the walk on a flat trail for about 1 hour and reach Num. Num is a beautiful village which is enriched with many tea houses and telephone facilities.

Day 09: Num – Seduwa (1510 m)                             [4-5 hours]

The trail descends steeply for about 2 and half hours till a big river named Neguwa Khola. The trail passes through the suspension bridge and the trail ascends through forest and few traditional villages. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and the crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending upon season. There is a check post and local office of Makalu Conservation Area.

Day 10: Seduwa – Tashigaon (2070 m)                    [4 hours]

The trail slightly ascends but major part of the trail is flat and easy through the bushes. While walking, you can villages at far distance. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest is a big sherpa village. You find prayer flags fluttering in sky in and around village. The camping spot in this village is really praiseworthy.

Day 11: Tashigaon – Khongma la (3560 m)            [6 hours]

The trail ascends throughout the day and you will walk through forest of Rhododendrons and Sal trees until you reach destination. Kongma la is a ridge and there is only one tea house here. This is also perfect place for camping. There falls snow during March and April.

Day 12: Khongma la – Mumbuk (3550 m)              [6-7 hours]

The trail ascends and then following a trail you reach a beautiful lake named “Kalo Pokhari” at the height of (4004 m). Leaving this lake, you go downhill until you reach Mumbuk. It is a camping spot surrounded by green forests.

Day 13: Mumbuk – Yangle Kharka (3600 m)         [4-5 hours]

The trail today is bit adventurous and strenuous. The trail passes for about 3 hours through a landscape which is very prone to landslides. The Barun river through the trail adds more dimensions to the trail with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, Peak 7 (6185 m).

Day 14: Yangle Kharka – Yak Kharka (4810 m)   [5-6 hours]

The trail ascends through the grassland and forest. You can enjoy the majestic peaks such as the Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, Peak 7 (6185 m), Isuwa La (5340 m) and many unnamed mountains and peaks. Yak Kharka is a grazing field and you camp overnight here.

Day 15: Yak Kharka – Makalu Base Camp (4812 m) [4 hours]

The trail passes through a flat trail and will descend to Perennial River. As you reach Makalu Base Camp, you will be mesmerized by the views of Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m), etc.

Day 16: Rest at Makalu Base Camp.

You will have a spectacular views of different mountains and peaks like  Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m), etc. You can also hike to Baruntse Base Camp.

Day 17: Makalu Base Camp – Yangle Kharka (3600 m). [4-5 hours]

After ascending for few hours, the trail moves along flat level path and at the end it descends to reach Yangle Kharka. En route, you walk through rocky forest path with views of green hills and huge stones at some distance.

Day 18: Yangle Kharka – Dobato                            [4-5 hours]

The trail ascends for almost three hours through the same landscape of landslide. Then you have to trek uphill passing through jungle all the way to Dobato. This is not a village but a camping place. Here, you find small bushes of rhododendrons.

Day 19: Dobato – Tashigaon (2070 m)                     [6 hours]

The trail descends steeply upto Khongma la via Kali Pokhari through jungle. You again walk along downhill all the way to Tashigaon.

Day 20: Tashigaon – Num (1490 m)                         [5 hours]

The trail steeply descends in the beginning and will pass through a steep ascend later on to reach Num. You pass through small forest of bamboo and small villages.

Day 21: Num – Maney Bhanjyang (1158 m)           [5  hours]

The trail ascends in the starting through the forest and will gently descend in the second half of the day.

Day 22: Maney Bhanjyang – Surtibari (300 m)      [4-5 hours]

The trail descends all the way to Surtibari through grassland and villages. At some point of walking, you can see the airport and villages at far distance.

Day 23: Surtibari – Hille (1860 m)                            [6-7 hours]

The trail today will steeply ascend through the forest of Rhododendrons, pine and Sal trees.

Day 24-25: Hille – Kathmandu                                 [Drive]

You will drive through the pitched road through different village and town and then ultimately reach Kathmandu.

Services Included

  • National Park entry permit, Trekking permit,
  • All surface transportation to and fro, a guide and required number of porter(s), cook, kitchen helper, sherpas,
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee, fruit, juice, etc.),
  • Necessary camping equipments such as tents, kitchen tent, dining tent,  toilet tent, mattresses, down   sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, fuel etc. camping charges,
  • Rescue help, insurance and equipment for the Nepali staffs.

Services Excluded

  • Personal expenses, Insurance, Tips,
  • Emergency evacuation by Helicopter,
  • Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.
  • All the other expenses which are not included in the above services included.

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