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Makalu Trek with Sherpani Col : 27 days
 

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:                     27 Days

Trek type:                    Camping

Max Altitude:             5817 m.

Minimum Pax:             1 +

Mode of travel:           Land

Grade:                             Strenuous

Itinerary in Details:

Day 01-02: Kathmandu – Dhankuta

Drive from Kathmandu to Hille via Dharan and Dhankuta by overnight bus. It takes about 16 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                    [6 hours]

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

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

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: Rest day at Tashigaon for acclimatization.

Day 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: Yak Kharka – Hillary Base Camp (Makalu Base Camp) [6-7 hours]

Early part of the trek is flat and then it turns ascent till Hillary Base Camp. En route, you pass through glacier rocky path. You will be enchanted by the panoramic views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, Kali Himal, Mt. Makalu II etc.

Day 17: Rest at Makalu Base Camp

You will enjoy the whole day in the 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 18: Makalu Base Camp – Baruntse East Col.

Day 19: Baruntse East Col – Sherbani Col.

Day 20: Sherbani Col – Baruntse West Col.

Day 21: Baruntse West Col – Hinku Pokhari

Day 22: Hinku Pokhari – Mingbola Base camp( Glacier Camp)

Day 23: Mingbola Base camp – Mingbola Pass(5817m.)- Next Base Camp of Mingbo La.

Day 24: Trek from Mingbo La Base Camp – Pangboche

Day 25: Pangboche – Namche bazaar [5-6 hours]

You start downhill trek for one hour and then crossing a suspension bridge you continue your trek over flat and ascent path through forest till Tyangboche. It is an excellent view points as you can see the panoramic views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Tawache peak, Lhotse and as Tyangboche lies near Thamserku so some parts of this majestic peaks are also seen.

Following through rhododendron forest, you trek over descent path and reach Phunki Tanga. There are some tea houses here. There is a possibility of seeing mask deer in and around this year. Leaving this, you trek uphill for two hours till Sanasa. There are three diversified paths here, one moving Gokyo, another to Khumjung and the third one goes to Namche in one hour.

Day 26: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2886 m.)                        [6 hours]

The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.

Day 27: Lukla – Kathmandu                                               [30 Mins Fly]

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes 30 minutes. You take an early morning flight back to 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 listed in the above services included

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