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Makalu Base Camp Trek

Experienced team for Makalu base camp tea house + camping trek, create an opportunity to observe the world's 5th highest mountain

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21 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5050 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Lodge/Camp

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Strenuous Plus Level

This grade includes climbing peaks and the demanding treks in remote areas. Participants having basic knowledge of use of crampons and ice axes.

Makalu base camp trek provides an opportunity to observe the world's 5th highest mountain. The region is formerly a restricted area; it spans five major ecological zones where can be found the lush, tropical Arun Valley, dense forests or rhododendron and fir and alpine meadows that lead to the mighty Barun glacier.

Makalu base Makalu base camp trek is one of the popular and challenging treks in the Nepal Himalaya is protected by the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Project, set up in 1992. The park covers altogether 2330 sq km. Mt. Makalu (8463m), is the fifth highest peaks in the world is the home of other mountains-Mt Chamlang (7319 m) and Mt. Baruntse (7129m). The trek offers an exception opportunity to explore high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes and ethnic lifestyle. Makalu base camp trek has earned its popularity for its remoteness and wilderness as it takes us deep into the high mountains and remains as one the most unfrequented trekking trails of Nepal. The region is a remote and isolated where we hardly find any modern facilities and amenities but the stunning natural surroundings and rich flora and fauna abound on this region will definitely leave us spellbound. For adventure trekkers and nature enthusiasts who seek solace and tranquility in pristine natural habitat and those who wish to avoid crowds, Makalu base camp trek is an ideal pick.  

Makalu base camp trek commences with one hour scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar whereas the real trek begins from Chichira (about three hours drive from Tumlingtar airport) The trek is relatively a bit hard with either ascending or descending trails with rare flat walking sections. The lower reaches of the route are renowned for their lushness with beautiful rhododendron forests whereas the upper reaches of the trail comprise of polished granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers, overflowing with waterfalls. As we ascend we rise from the lowland of Tumlingtar airport on to one of the highest and stunning base camps at almost 5050 meters.

Makalu base camp trek - Short itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (TIA) (1345meters).
Day 02: Sightseeing trip and trek preparation day:
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & drive to Chichira (1,980m):
Day 04: Trek from Chichira to Num (1500m):
Day 05: Trek from Num to Sedua (1540m):
Day 06: Trek from Sedua to Tashigaon (2070m):
Day 07: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma (3560m):
Day 08: Trek from Khongma to Mumbuk (3550m):
Day 09: Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600m):
Day 10: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Merek (4570m):
Day 11: Trek from Merek to Shersong (4660m):
Day 12: Trip to Makalu Base Camp (5000m):
Day 13: Trek from Shersong to Yangle Kharka (3600m):
Day 14: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Mumbuk (3550m):
Day 15: Trek from Mumbuk to Khongma (3560m):
Day 16: Trek from Khongma to Tashigaon (2070m):
Day 17: Trek from Tashigoan to Sedua:
Day 18: Trek from Sedua to Num:
Day 19: Trek from Num to Tumlingtar:
Day 20: Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu:
Day 21: Final departure:


Trip cost: Please kindly contact us for a fresh cost quotation.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Makalu base camp trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (TIA) (1345meters).
You will be met by one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel and a short brief about the trekking after refreshment. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing trip and trek preparation day:
Breakfast at hotel, starts Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & drive to Chichira (1,980m):
After breakfast, we will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for morning flight to Tumlingtar), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous one hour flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tumlingtar airport. Upon arrival at Tumlingtar, we meet our other crew members and after some arrangements, we drive towards Chichira which takes 3-4 hours. Overnight at Chichira.

Day 04: Trek from Chichira to Num (1500m):
From Chilchira we follow the ridge in forests passing the Sherpa settlements of Baisake and Kuwapani then to Sakuranti Majuwa and Hururu from there the route climbs 100m and then drops into deep oak forests and follows alongside a stream and reach Mure. Below Mure the trail passes many tracts of burned trees. The route cuts across a ridge then makes a tedious descent on a rocky eroded trail to some steps and a final walk to Num. Overnight at Num.  

Day 05: Trek from Num to Sedua (1540m):
Descending steeply from the western end of the Num ridge the trail reaches to Lumbang, from where the trail becomes exceptionally steep as it reaches to the suspension bridge over the Arun Koshi at 620 m, from where we make a rough climb to Sedua. We camp at Sedua for the night.

Day 06: Trek from Sedua to Tashigaon (2070m):
From Sedua to reach Tashigaon we pass through Manigaon, where the trail turns west and makes a gradual climb above the Kasuwa Khola and reaches to Chyaksadanda from there to Hindrungma Village and on to Ropesa. The route crossing the meadows and several streams finally reaches to Tashigaon. Overnight at Tashigoan.  

Day 07: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma (3560m):
In this trek we first climb over the ridge ascend through forests to a stream, then onto a ridge. We climb through two small streams, and then get connected to Kharka and further up to Unshisha, from where the trail joins the ridge that separates two drainages, a short distance from there will lead us to Khongma. Overnight at Khongma.

Day 08: Trek from Khongma to Mumbuk (3550m):
On the way to Mumbuk, we climb on steep switchbacks for a while to the top of the ridge, at 3840m, from where astounding view of Chhamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7 of 6739m and 6105m respectively can be seen. Following the ridge through rhododendrons we ascend a staircase and reach to Ghungru La one of the first pass among the three passes we cross to reach the Barun Khola. From here descending a small lake we climb up to Shipton La then to Keke La (4150m). The route then enters to a valley filled with rhododendrons, finally making a steep descent through a forest of firs to Mumbuk. Overnight at Mumbuk.

Day 09: Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600m):
Descending 300meter down from Mumbuk to a rocky gully we continue our trail westward in fir forests at the bottom of the Barun Valley. We cross several streams, then cross the Barun on a wooden bridge to Yangle Kharka. Yangle Kharka is a large meadow at an elevation of 3600m, a fine place to make a camping site. We make the large meadow of Yangle Kharka our resting place.

Day 10: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Merek (4570m):
Passing from Nghe Kharka, a large open, grassy plain, we connect our trek to Riphuk Kharka which is at an elevation of 3930m and then turning westward to reach to the potato field at Jhak Kharka, climbing from there we reach at Yak Kharka. Beyond Yak Kharka the trail climbs over a ridge and then from there, to Merek. Overnight at Merek.

Day 11: Trek from Merek to Shersong (4660m):
The trail from Merek climbs in sand beside a stream alongside the moraine. As we pass a ridge, the valley turns slightly north. Entering into an alluvial valley Makalu pops into view just before Shersong. Staying towards the eastern side of the valley we head up to the valley over a low ridge to Shersong (4660m). Rest of the day can be used for acclimatization.

Day 12: Trip to Makalu Base Camp (5000m):
This day we make a trip to Makalu Base Camp. After early morning breakfast at Shersong, we stay to the right in a gully on the east side of the valley. It's a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100m above Makalu Base Camp. Descending to a stream and crossing on the boulders to the base camp on the west bank of the river. There are terrific views of the south face of Makalu. There are no shelters and vegetation at the Makalu Base Camp, which is at an elevation of 5000m. We can make this a day trip and return to Shersong to spend a night.

Day 13: Trek from Shersong to Yangle Kharka (3600m):
Now getting over with our day trip to the Makalu Base Camp begins our journey to return. So after a heavy breakfast at Shersong we begin with our trek. We retrace our steps down to the Barun Valley to the pleasant camp of Yangle Kharka.

Day 14: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Mumbuk (3550m):
As descended from Shersong to Yangle Kharka on the earlier day, we continue descending through the rock fall area and then climb up the rocky gully to the trees of Mumbuk. Overnight at Mumbuk.  

Day 15: Trek from Mumbuk to Khongma (3560m):
From the steep hillside of Mumbuk where we had our campsite for the night on arrival from Yangle Kharka, we continue to retrace our way back- we trek across Shipton La and descend to Khongma. Overnight at Khongma.

Day 16: Trek from Khongma to Tashigaon (2070m):
On this day we do not need to climb up we only descend; this will really help us to comfort our trek and reach to Tashigaon. We will make a long, steep descent back to the civilization. Overnight at Tashigaon.

Day 17: Trek from Tashigoan to Sedua:
We retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National park and descend down to Barun River. We then cross the hillsdie and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Sedua again. Overnight at Sedua.

Day 18: Trek from Sedua to Num:
We further trek through the forest for about 5 to 6 hours from Sedua to Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards. Overniath at Num.

Day 19: Trek from Num to Tumlingtar:
Again we retrace our footsteps to Chichira from where we can savor the glorious vista of Mount Makalu for the last time. The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day. Overnight at Tumlingtar.

Day 20: Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu:
After breakfast at the lodge we are taken to the airport at Tumlingtar, to connect flight to Kathmandu. In the evening, join a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant to celebrate your great trip. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 21: Final departure:
After breakfast, transfer to international airport for your flight back home. Have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the future.

Service Includes

  • All necessary airport pick up and drop as per the above program
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour as per the  above program
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar return trips.
  • Restricted area permits with national park fees
  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Camping + Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  •  Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

How can you trek in Makalu base camp trek?
First 2/3 days of the trip will be staying in the local guest houses. And, rest of the days will be camping (tented camp). On a camping trek you will sleep in tents. The staff includes a guide, cook, Sherpa and sufficient porters to carry all trekking gear. Even if you have never camped before, there is no need to worry that you won't enjoy the experience. The tents we provide are roomy, the sleeping pads/ mattresses are comfortable and international style food of a high standard is freshly prepared and served. On all of our treks a bathroom tent is provided as well as a dining tent with tables and camp stools, providing a cozy, comfortable atmosphere to eat and chat with fellow trekkers during the evening.

How Camping Trek is operated?
In a camping Trek, day starts around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea or coffee followed by a bucked of warm water for their washing and cleaning. After packing up their stuff and daypack, the trekkers are requested to leave their camp and meet at the dinning table for breakfast. The trek started around 7.30 to 8 a.m. and the kitchen staffs go ahead of the group.

Our well trained staff packs all camping equipment and gears and the porters carry them to the next camping site. The trekkers should carry only personal belongings that they may need for the day like water bottle, rain gear, camera, etc.

The Trekkers can decide on their own on time for viewing the beautiful landscape, taking photographs and resting or making a short pause. The walk to the lunch spot normally takes 3 hours. Our cook and assistant serve hot lunch upon arrival. The afternoon walk takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach at the night camp around 4/5 p.m. Tea and snacks are served while our sherpa pitch the camp. The dinner is served around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent lit with a pressurized lantern and furnished with table and camping tools. We provide high quality tents, foam and mattress, and a simple toilet tent in every camp for your comfort.

Our well - trained and experienced cook and assistant prepare a variety of healthy, hygienic and clean food which is carried for the entire trek. Fresh Fruit and vegetable may taste on the way to trek.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Freshly cooked food will be provided on Makalu base camp trek. Our very expert cook will cook the food during the trekking. Normally we will provide dinner and breakfast on the same camp where we will camp for overnight and lunch will be provided while walking on trail which will be packed lunch cooked by our cook. Reception, farewell dinner and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


Equipments & Packing List

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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