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Trip Facts

Destination: Makalu Region

Trek Duration: 18 Days

Mode of Trek: Camping & Teahouse

Grade of Trek: Moderate & Technical

 

 

Entry Point: Tumlingtar

Exit Point: Tumlingtar

Max. Elevation: 4870 Meters/15973ft

Approx per Day Walk: 5-6 HRS

 

 

Culture: Tibetan, Tamang, Gurung, Nepali etc.

Major Attractions: Natural Environment, Wildlife, Mountains, Peaks, Hills, Flowers, Flora-Fauna etc.

Transportations: Flight, Tourist Bus, Jeep & Car

Tour Details
Overview

Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations is Makalu Base Camp offers an exceptional opportunity to explore high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. Makalu Base Camp has been compared to the Yosemite Valley, on a grand scale! To reach some of the most amazing mountain scenery in the Himalaya, you first have to cross the challenging Kongma Danda covered in cloud forest draped in hanging orchids. There are few villages along the approach to the fifth highest peak in the world, Mt Makalu (8485m). The mountaineering route over the glaciated Sherpani Col (6180m), West Col (6190m) and Amphu Labsta (5845m) to the Everest region involves the highest and hardest passes in the entire Himalaya, however the rewards of such an undertaking are more than worthwhile. This region is fully tent based trek so less tourist are interested to visit this virgin place for the pristine mountain views and Nepali’s culture. Sherpa, Rai and Limbus are main habitants in this area.

Includes & Excludes

Price Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Flight from Kathmandu-Badrapur & Tumlingtar-Kathmandu.
  • All necessary paper works, National park entry permits and TIMS permit.
  • Special restricted area trekking permits.
  • Camping equipments like: tents (dinning tent, sleeping tent, kitchen tent), mattress, kitchen items etc.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
  • High Spirit trekking duffel bag, T-shirt and trekking map are yours to take .
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if Necessary (return after the trek Nepal Planet Treks Logo).
  • Farewell dinners .
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charge.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu).
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner) whilst in Kathmandu & Birtamod/Jhapa.
  • Personal expenses and all the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate bars and hot shower during the trek.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Tips for the guide and staffs.
  • Any others expanses which are not mentioned in &"Trip Includes" section etc.

Complementaries

  • High Spirit T-Shirt
Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft) .

After our arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, a our
reprentative/staff will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. We can take
rest and later visit the company office in Thamel, a popular tourist hub. However, there
will be a welcome dinner in the evening where we get to experience excellent Nepalese
cuisine.

Day 02:Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft): 50 mins flight, 3/4 hours drive.

Today we fly to Tumlingtar after breakfast and meet the rest of the crew members who will also be joining us for the trek. Next, we drive to Chichira, a small Gurung settlement. We take a rest at Chichira as we need to be prepared for the next day’s trek. Overnight in Chichira. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner,

Day 03: Chichira to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6/7 hours.

We will start early in the morning and head towards Num right after a warm breakfast. A moderately paced walk through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests will take us to Num. A ridge line with great views on both side and perched on the end, this is Num for us. Overnight in Num.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 04:Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft), 6/7 hours.

A steep descent through forests and terraced farms takes us to Barun River.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.Included meals: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft), 4/5 hours.

Ascend the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Overnight in Tashigaon. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner,

Day 06: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft), 6/7 hours.

We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a Kharka and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. From here it’s a short way down to Khongma Danda. Overnight in Khongma Danda.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner,

Day 07:Acclimatization/Rest Day.

The day off will allow some bodily rest before we take on crossing of the Shipton La the next day. Overnight in Khongma Danda.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

Day 08: Khongma Danda to Dobate 6/7 hours.

Climb towards the summit of the Shipton La (pass) which takes a few hours to reach. After the lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), pass over the Keke La at 4,170m. We can see the marvelous views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate. Overnight in Dobate.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinne,r

Day 09:Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft), 6/7 hours.

From Dobate, we pass through the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. 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.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft), 5-6 hours.

Following a moderate walk to the valley, we pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields. The valley walls tower imposingly above us during the start of the trek. Overnight at Langmale Kharka.

Day 11:Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft), 6-7 hours.

Today is the day we move to the Base Camp. From Langmale Kharka we make our way up to Shershong and eventually to Makalu Base Camp. As we make our way to the camp, we get to soak in the majestic Himalayan panorama surrounding us. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Included meals : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Explore Makalu Base Camp.

The Base Camp is a rocky barren place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up where we may celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Included meals : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13:Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka, 6/7 hours.

We descend down from the base camp and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and heading back.
Overnight at Yangri Kharka.
Included meals : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14:Yangri Kharka to Dobate, 6/7 hours.

This day from 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. Overnight at Dobate.
Included meals : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15 :Dobate to Khongma Danda: 5/6 hours.

We begin the trek with steep climb from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) and through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. We then cross the Keke La, Tutu La and Kauma La en route. Next, we descend to Khongma Danda again.
Overnight in Khongma Danda.
Included meals : Breakfast Lunch Dinner,

Day 16 :Khongma Danda to Tashigaon, 4/5 hours.

The trek continues with frequent long and steep descent cutting through the hillsides.
Overnight at Tashigaon,
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17 :Tashigaon to Seduwa 4-5 hours.

We retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun River. Overnight at Seduwa.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18Seduwa to Num 5-6 hours.

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.
Included meals : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 19 :Num to Tumlingtar 6-7 hours.

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.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 20 :Final departure.

Our amazing journey in the Everest region including that to the base camp of Mt.
Everest and crossing high passes comes to an end today. A company representative will
pick you up from you hotel and drop you off at the airport 3 hours before our scheduled
flight.

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