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Price per person

USD $ 1755

Trip Duration

22 Days

Region

Makalu Treks

Country

Nepal

Group Size

2 to 20 person

Trip Grade

3
Difficult
Difficult Trekking is both moderate and difficult. Altitude you reach is around 4000-5500 meters. Hike about 6 hours per day and requires to be physically fit and acclimatization is required.

Activity

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Arrival On

Kathmandu

Departure From

Kathmandu

Best Season

March To May And Sept To Nov

Max Altitude

4870M

Makalu Base Camp Trek Overview

Mt. Makalu (8463m) is the 5th highest peak in the world. It is a solitary trekker’s popular trekking destination. This trek takes you to the Makalu base camp (5250m). This trek starts with the one-hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. This trek is designed as Makalu Barun National park and Conservation area which comprises 2330 sq. km of a national park and 830 sq km of the conservation area in Nepal.

It is part of the huge international protected area under an agreement between Nepal and China. We can visit the remote and unfrequented area of Nepal with a true adventure with beautiful scenery. The Rhododendron forest, Hanging glacier and beautiful waterfall, snowcapped mountains, ethnic Himalayan lifestyle, high altitude terrains make you never tire.

The real trek starts from Chichila and heads upon an Arun river valley with Seduwa and Num then crossing the Shipton La Pass (4210m) into the Barun River Valley with a look of Makalu and Chamlang Himal. This trek is an ideal choice for tranquility and pristine Natural habitat who wish to avoid crowds.

Trek itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour.

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu -Tumlingtar (460m) & drive to Num (1490) by private jeep.

Day 4: Trek to Sedua (1460m) Duration: 5 hrs.

Day 5: Trek to Tashigaou (2070m) Duration: 6-7 hrs.

Day 6: Trek to Kauma (3470m) Duration: 6 hrs.

Day7: Trek to Mumbuk (3570m) Duration: 6 hrs.

Day 8: Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m) Duration: 7 hrs.

Day 9: Trek to Sherson (4615m) Duration: 6 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Makalu Base camp (5000m) Duration: 5 hrs.

Day 11: Explore Makalu Base Camp.

Day 12: Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m) Duration: 6-7 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Mumbuk (3570m) Duration: 5-6 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Kauma (3470m) Duration: 7 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2070m) Duration: 6 hrs.

Day 16: Trek to Balung (760m) Duration: 5 hrs.

Day 17: Trek to Pukuwa (550m) Duration: 7 hrs.

Day 18: Trek to Bumling (370m) Duration: 6 hrs.

Day 19: Trek to Tumlingtar (460m) Duration: 06 hrs.

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 21: Leisure day.

Day 22: Farewell.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Itinerary

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Day 1:

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Walking Hours : 30 Minutes Driving

Meals Included : Welcome Dinner

Accomodation : 3 Star Category Hotel

You are welcomed by a hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to the hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival.

Day 2:

Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Walking Hours : 6 Hour Tour

Meals Included : Breakfast

Accomodation : 3 Star Category Hotel

Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple.

Day 3:

Fly Kathmandu -Tumlingtar (460m) & drive to Num by private jeep

Walking Hours : 1 Hour Flight and 4 Hours Jeep

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tented Camp

Max. Altitude : 1490M

We take a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, we then take a jeep to Num passing through Hururu. 

Day 4:

Trek to Sedua

Walking Hours : 5 To 6 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tented Camp

Max. Altitude : 1460M

We continue along the trail descending steeply from Num through the cornfields of Lumbang. Below the village, the trail drops very steeply through a jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun River (660 m). From the bridge, we climb steeply to a primitive tea shop, then through corn and buckwheat field. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, we make a long, steep, rough climb to Sedua. 

Day 5:

Trek to Tashigaou

Walking Hours : 6 To 7 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 2070M

Leaving Sedua, we make a gradual climb high above the Kasuwa Khola to Gyang (1770m). Climbing past the school at Gyang, it is a gentle walk through terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. En route, we cross meadows and several streams and then climb to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon.

Day 6:

Trek to Kauma

Walking Hours : 6 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 3470M

We climb over the ridge and ascend through forests to a stream and onto a ridge where there is a small campsite. The trail levels out, and then climbs to a shepherd’s hut called Chipla atop another ridge. We climb past two small streams, then switchback up the ridge in forests to a kharka at 2900 meters and up to a saddle and Unshisha, a tiny meadow at approx. 330 meters. Here the trail joins the ridge that separates the Iswa and Kasuwa drainages. 

Day 7:

Trek to Mumbuk

Walking Hours : 6 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 3570M

We climb steeply through rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge, with a large mani wall adorned with prayer flags. From here, we get superb views of Chamlang, Peak 6, and Peak 7. Following the ridge for a while, we ascend a stone staircase. After a few false summits, the trail veers left off the crest to a small lake. We then climb gently up a shallow rocky gully to the Kike La (4127 m). From the pass, we descend to another lake and then ascend steeply through large boulders to the Tutu La. We continue descending about 150 meters into sparse rhododendron forests to a level area. 

Day 8:

Trek to Nhe Kharka

Walking Hours : 7 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 3000M

We descend a steep gully with a stream for about 500 meters. We then move left through fir forests, along the flank of the Barun Valley. Moving along the ill-defined trail, we cross a 200-meter-long slide area, and then follow the river to a Kharka. Moving through forests of birch and scrub rhododendron, we reach Yangle Kharka. We Climb from Yangle Kharka, finally crossing to the north side of the Barun Khola to reach Nhe Kharka. 

Day 9:

Trek to Sherson

Walking Hours : 6 To 7 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 4615M

Beyond the Nhe Kharka, we follow the north bank of the Barun Khola for a while. We then cross a small wooden bridge before the river turns northward. The Barun Valley makes a huge S-shaped curve and the walls rise almost vertically 1500 to 2000 meters above the river, but the trail climbs gently as we approach Ripok Kharka. Still, on the north side of the Barun, the trail turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3 and Peak 5, but Makalu is not yet visible. As we pass a ridge the glacier turns slightly north. 

Day 10:

Trek to Makalu Base camp

Walking Hours : 5 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 5000M

We stay to right in a gully on the east side of the valley. It is gradual descent to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. We then descend to a stream, cross on boulders to the base camp on the west bank of the river. An ascent of this buttress yields views of Peak 6, 7 and Baruntse (7220 m); Everest and Lhotse complete the panorama.

Day 11:

Explore Makalu Base Camp

Walking Hours : 2 hours Hiking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Today is a rest day for acclimatization and exploration.

Day 12:

Trek to Nhe Kharka

Walking Hours : 6 To 7 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 3000M

We retrace our steps down the Barun Valley towards Nhe Kharka.

Day 13:

Trek to Mumbuk

Walking Hours : 5 To 6 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 3570M

From Nhe Kharka, we continue descending through the forests to Mumbuk. From here we get beautiful sunset views of Makalu and Chamlang.

Day 14:

Trek to Kauma

Walking Hours : 7 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 3470M

Leaving Mumbuk, we trek across the Shipton La and descend to Kauma.

Day 15:

Trek to Tashi Gaon

Walking Hours : 6 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 2070M

Today we make a long steep descent back to Tashi Gaon. At Tashi Gaun, we spend the rest of the day relaxing in order to recover from the high altitude.

Day 16:

Trek to Balung

Walking Hours : 5 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 760M

Trek to Kasuwa Khola Valley back to Sedua, then turn south down the west bank of the Arun River. From Sedua, The route now enters the hot bottomlands of the Arun Valley. Most of the settlements in this area are temporary settlements used by Rai and Chettri farmers who live in villages high on the hillside above. 

Day 17:

Trek to Pukuwa

Walking Hours : 7 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 550M

We continue through temporary farming settlements to the spread-out Rai village of Walung (880m). The trail descends to the Apsawa Khola and crossing it on a suspension bridge we climb steeply to Chhayang, a pleasant Rai village with an extensive bamboo-pipe water supply at 800 m. We continue through forests and pass several small streams to reach Pukuwa.

Day 18:

Trek to Bumling

Walking Hours : 6 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 370M

The trail now follows a route through forests and some spectacular high and exposed narrow tracks as it climbs over rocky ridges. The route eventually enters a region of intense valley bottom cultivation, crosses a huge landslide and some more scrub jungle before descending to Tome (520 m). Below Tome, the Arun Valley becomes wider and more U shaped. From the top of the ridge at 530m, the trail descends to a delightful camp on the banks of the Sankhuwa Khola (370m), across from the Chhetri village of Bumling.

Day 19:

Trek to Tumlingtar

Walking Hours : 6 Hour Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude : 460M

The trail traverses the fields of lower Bumling, then climbs over a ridge and descends to the Inkhuwa Khola, crossing it on a rickety wooden cantilever bridge. The trail follows the river downstream to its confluence with the Arun. It then follows the Arun downstream, crossing it on a large suspension bridge. Now following the east bank of the Arun, the route passes through Chyawabesi before making a short climb back to the Tumlingtar plateau.

Day 20:

Fly back to Kathmandu

Walking Hours : 35 Minutes Flight And 30 Minutes Drive

Meals Included : Breakfast

Accomodation : 3 Star Category Hotel

Max. Altitude : 1350M

30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, breakfast, and dinner provided by our company side with the special cultural program included.

Day 21:

Leisure day

Walking Hours : leisure

Meals Included : Breakfast

Accomodation : 3 Star Category Hotel

Max. Altitude : 1350M

Spend the day in Kathmandu, to rest or to explore, as per your inclination. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Day 22:

Farewell

Walking Hours : 30 Minutes Driving

Meals Included : Breakfast

Accomodation : None

Max. Altitude : 1355M

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Mission Himalaya Treks And Expeditions PVT Ltd will take you to the airport. Or you can head right away for another unforgettable trip.

  • Airport picks up and drops service during international arrival/ departure and domestic arrival/departure.
  • Deluxe 3 star category accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive with breakfast according to the itinerary.
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Tumlingtar to Kathmandu with guide and porter.
  • Beautiful and clean accommodation at guest houses, lodges during the trek.
  • Full board meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner with a cup of hot drinks).
  • One trekking Guide highly experienced, friendly, English-speaking, Government licensed, Ministry of tourism Trained with his salary, meals, accommodation, transportation, and insurances.
  • One strong porter with his salary, meals, accommodation, transportation, and insurance.
  • All required trekking permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Permits.
  • Tumlingtar to chichira and chichira to Tumlingtar drive by local vehicle.
  • Down Jacket, Four-seasonal sleeping bags, Duffel bag, and trekking map (Down Jacket, sleeping bag and Duffel bag have to be returned after trip completion).
  • Complimentary welcome or Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with the cultural dance show.
  • All necessary paper works Government tax and office service charges.
  • First Aid Medicines and medication with your guide.
  • Certificate of your trekking signed by the company Manager and your trekking Guide.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Gear List

  • Trekking gears:
  • backpacks.
  • trekking map.
  • trekking permits.
  • sleeping bag(-10 degrees).
  • water bottle.
  • cash money.
  • medical kit.
  • hiking boots.
  • 4 pairs of warm trekking socks.
  • 2 to 3  underwear.
  • some pair of fast-drying t-shirts.
  • pair of fast and easy drying trousers.
  • 1 pair of swimming suits or sking underwear. Fast-drying fleece.
  • warm hat and cap protect from sun and cold.
  • warm gloves.
  • balaclava.
  • waterproof jacket.
  • insulating jacket or vest.
  • sandals for guest house stay period.
  • waterproof trousers.
  • toothbrushes.
  • a light towel.
  • a small towel can be useful for the day sweating period.
  • shampoo, soap, or shower gel.
  • toilet paper.
  • sunscreen at least 50 SPF.
  • a good quality lip care.
  • trekking poles.
  • sunglasses.
  • camera for future memory.
  • power bank, battery charge, and pairs of batteries for camera.
  • some snacks and energy bars.
  • some reading materials/playing cards for free time.
  • watch or smartphones.
  • a headlight for use night toilet or sunrise hike.

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