Mount Makalu Base Camp Trek 2018

Mount Makalu Base Camp Trek 2018

 

 

 

Mount Makalu Base Camp Trek

 

 

Makalu base camp trek is a stunning and adventurous trek in the eastern part of Nepal all the way to the base camp of the world’s 5th highest peak Mount Makalu. Placed on the lap of the great Himalayan range, the Mt. Makalu is the fifth largest summit of the world and has a height of 8463m. This is one of the most remote area of Nepal. This trekking route takes you all the way through beautiful Makalu Barun national park from the lowlands of Tumlintar to the highest access of Makalu base camp. Makalu base camp trek is a classic trek stretched the high plateau of Tibet to the variety of sub-tropical forest carved by the Arun River. Mount Makalu base camp trek is still fascinating trekking destination for the trekkers to explore the virgin wilderness and natural beauty from lowland to the high peaks of Nepal.

 

This journey will be an experience of a grand adventure when you take a trip to the Makalu Base Camp. Trekkers will be able to catch a glimpse of some of the most amazing and unseen beauties of Nepal’s hilly region. It is situated close to the Mount Everest and stretches in the north east border region of Nepal. The region is also blessed with an incredible diversity of scenic landscapes, flora, fauna and culture of the local civilization residing there.

 

The Makalu Base Camp trek is regarded as one of the most hard-working and the best experienced camping region that a trekker can experience and the journey will require some skill with hard work and is ideal for people who can easily adapt to any geographical setting type.  The highest altitude is about 5000 m. The journey will began with walking through green forests and rice terraces and will gently ascend to some of the most unfrequented and remote places, where you will get to see some of the most stunning landscapes on the Earth. Upon reaching the higher altitudes, trekkers will find themselves encircled by deep glaciers, huge moraines and impressive lofty peaks, some of which have a height ranging from 7000 m to 8000 m. Some of the popular mountain peaks in this range are – Nephau peak, Peak 3, Peak 5, Mt. Baruntse (7,129 m), Mt. Chamlang (7,319 m) and Mera Peak (6,476 m).

 

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is situated near the Barun Pokhari Lake, at 4860 meters high. The trek cannot be categorized under normal trekking because the journey will also involve some steep walk on rock and snow. While trekking, travellers will be encountered by three notable passes namely – the Kongma La, the Shipton La and Keke la, en route from Khongma to Dobate. The task becomes difficult because as you reach the higher altitude and you will also begin to feel cold. However, trekkers will be able to capture the incredible glimpses of the Great Himalayas. Experience the rich culture of the people there and the diverse range of flora and fauna, making your journey an unforgettable one. 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

 

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1340m) and transfer to the Hotel. 

 

Day 02 Kathmandu to Tumlingtar by flight and same day drive to Num (1560m) 4-5 hrs driving.

Fly to Tumlingtar 35 minutes flight and then we drive along the village of Khandbari, Chichira to Num village a ridge line with great views on both side and perched on the end, this is Num for us. Overnight in Num. 

 

Day 03 Num to Sheduwa (1600m) 5-6 hrs walking.

A steep descent through forests and terraced farms takes us to Barun River. We cross the river and follow an equally steep ascent up the other side again. Often quite hot – the forest on the valleys offer a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park begins and where we register our permits. We camp right at the top of the village. Overnight in Seduwa.

 

Day 04 Seduwa to Tashigaon (2100m) 4-5 hrs walking.

Ascend the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields, we reach the exotic village of Tashi Gaon. Once there, we are surrounded by breathtaking Himalayan panorama. Overnight in Tashigaon. 

 

Day 05 Tashigaun to Khongma (3520m) 6-7 hrs walking.

Today the day is tough as we have to walk on a steep trail climbing up. We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a yak pastures and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. From here we have a short walk down to Khongma Danda. Overnight in Khongma Danda. 

 

Day 06 Rest day for acclimatization.

Rest day at Khongma for acclimatization. 

 

Day 07 Khongma to Dobate (3860m) passing over the Kongma la. Shipton la and Keke la pass. 6-7 hrs walking

Climb towards the ridge of the Kongma la then contine to Shipton la which takes a 4 hours to reach there.We can see the stunning views of Mt. Chamlang (7321m) from here including many other peaks. After it comes Kalo Pokhari and pass over the Keke La. After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate.

 

Day 08 Dobate to Yangle Kharka (3600m) 5-6 hrs walking.

From Dobate, we walk down through the rhododendron forest which leads to the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. We should be very careful during the first two hours of trek as the trail is steep and arduous. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka situated at the base of the valley. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.

 

Day 09 Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4410M) 5-6 hrs walking.

Today we have gentle walking day along the valley, we pass through some yak pastures, lush forests of Pines and Rhododendrons as well boulder fields. The valley walls tower imposingly above us during the start of the trek.  We pass Merek as we make our way further up and notice a significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views. Today we get above the tree lines reaching Langmale. Overnight in Langmale Kharka. 

 

Day 10 Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4860m) 4-5 hrs walking.

Finally today we reach the the Base Camp of Makalu. The trail is gradually climbs up to Shershong and eventually to Makalu Base Camp. Makalu comes into view as we get to Shershong. Then short walk along the grassy meadows and reach to the Makalu Base camp. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp. 

 

Day 11 Exploration day around Makalu Base Camp. 

Makalu Base Camp is a rocky barren place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. From here we can see the magnificent view Makalu and as well panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short hike up to glacier. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp. 

 

Day 12 Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka (3600m) 6-7 hrs walking.

We descend from the base camp all the way generally. On our way down, we pass through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley finally stopover at Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Yangri Kharka. 

 

Day 13 Yangle Kharka to Dobate (3860m) 5-6 hrs walking

After Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, green forests and valley, making our way towards Dobate. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail. We begin the trek with steep climb all the way to Dobate. Overnight at lodge.

 

Day 14 Dobate to Kongma (3520m) 4-5 hrs walking.

We walk through a forest of fir and rhododendrons cross the Keke La, Shipton ls and Kongma La en route. Next, we descend to Kongma Danda again. Overnight in Kongma Danda. 

 

Day 15 Kongma to Tashigaun (2100m) 4-5 hrs walking.

The trek continues with frequent long and steep descent cutting through the hillsides. The trail takes us through thick forests and finally making it to the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashigaon. Overnight in Tashigaon. 

 

Day 16 Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hours walking.

We retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun River. We then cross the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again. Overnight at Seduwa. 

 

Day 17 Sheduwa to Num (1560m) 5-6 hrs walking.

We leave Seduwa and trek through lush forests towards Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards. Overnight at Num. 

 

Day 18 Num to Tumlingtar(400m)

Num to Tumlingtar drive out by Jeep. 

 

Day 19 Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

Tumlingtar to Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight back and Transfer to the hotel. 

 

Day 20 Final departure.

Drive to international airport for your departure flight back to home. 

 

 

What’s Included?

  • Airport transfers to/from by private vehicles as per itinerary.
  • Accommodations 2 nights at 3 star standard hotel in kathmandu with breakfast and all govt. taxes. 
  • Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley and entrance fee to the sites. 
  • flight from Kathmandu /Tumlingtar/Kathmandu by regularly scheduled or chartered flight, airport taxes and surcharges.
  • Full board meals and all drinks(tea/coffee/chocolate).
  • Service of experience Sherpa guide, assistant guide and required number of porters while on trekking and as well their wages, foods and insurance. 
  • All necessary trekking equipments.
  • All staffs transports and cargo charges.
  • Makalu Barun National park entrance fees.
  • TIMS cards arrangement.
  • Agency service charges and all govt. applicable fees. 

 

What’s not Included?

  • Meals (lunch/Dinner) during staying in Kathmandu 
  • Visa fee US$ 40.00 per person. 
  • Airfare to and from home/Nepal.
  • All personal expenses, travel insurance, rescue charge in emergency. 
  • Extra cost to due to flight cancellation or road condition .
  • Purchase of bottled while on trek, gifts and alcohol. 
  • All personal clothing and equipments including sleeping bag. 
  • Tipping for trek staffs and donations.