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Makalu base camp trek

Makalu base camp trek is 17-day adventure hiking trip to the fifth world highest mountain valley that located Northeastern in Nepal. It is a hard grade trip that begins from Tumlingtar, after 45 minutes flight or 20 hours bus journey from Kathmandu. Makalu (8463 m) is the fifth world highest mountain. It is situated remote region of Nepal. The best time to visit here from October to December 15 and March to May.

Makalu base camp trek passes through the Makalu-Barun National Park that established in 1992. The Park has bordered by the Arun River in the east and the Sagarmatha National Park on the west. Park permit is essential that can buy at Khandbari. Afterward, the base camp, the difficult pass, Sherpani Col links the Everest region. The rhododendron flower blooms in the spring. Enjoy the wildlife, the yak pasture with herdsman along the trail.

Makalu base camp trek offers panoramic views of the peak 6, 7, Baruntse, Everest and Lhotse. The walking journey is quiet, tranquil and adventure. The physically fittest and mental preparations are essential to enjoying the hiking. Read the further information with day to day itinerary below.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: Full day sight seeing in Kathmandu Valley

Day 03: Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (460 m), hike to Mani Bhanjyang (1100 m) – 3/4 hours

Day 04: Mani Bhanjyang to Chichela (1830 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 05: Chichela to Num (1490 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 06: Num to Sedua (1460 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 07: Sedua to Tashi Gaon (2070 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 08: Tashi Gaon to Kauma (3470 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 09: Kauma to Mumbuk (3570 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 10: Mumbuk to Nhe Kharka (3000 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 11: Nhe Kharka to Sherson (4615 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 12: Sherson to Makalu Base Camp (4820 m) – 3/4 hours

Day 13: Makalu Base Camp to Nhe Kharka (3000 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 14: Nhe Kharka to Mumbuk (3570 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 15: Mumbuk to Kauma (3470 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 16: Kauma to Tashi Gaon (2070 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 17: Tashi Gaon to Num (1490 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 18: Num to Mani Bhanjyang (1100 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 19: Mani Bhanjyang to Tumlingtar (460 m) – 3/4 hours

Day 20: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (1350 m) – 35 minutes by flight

Day 21: Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport
When the flight arrives at Tribhuban International Airport, take the 6 km car ride with our guide, takes 25 minutes to reach the hotel. Check in hotel and guide will brief the programs. Stay overnight at hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day sight seeing in Kathmandu Valley
Professional Tour Guide comes at 9 AM with a car to the hotel door. Ride the car, guide explains about Nepal. The four UNESCO world heritage sites include Swayambhunath (1st century) is popular for the Buddhist Stupa, activity of the Assamese monkey and the panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley and the Himalaya. Kathmandu Durbar Square (12th to 18th century) is popular for royal palace squares, museum, Kasthamandap, the Living Goddess Kumari, Freak Street, wood carving and temple architecture. Pashupatinath (5th century) is famous for the cremation ghat, Pashupatinath Temple, the shrines with Shiva Lingam and Yoni, the Hindu holy men (Sadhus) and an activity of the Assamese monkey and deer in the sub-tropical forest. Boudhanath (5th century) is famous for the second largest Stupa in the world, Tibetan refugee settlement, painting school, huge prayer wheel, prayer flag and monastery with the monk and lama.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (460 m), hike to Mani Bhanjyang (1100 m) – 3/4 hours
Take early morning flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar in 35 minutes with the views of village, river valley, forest and mountain. Tumlingtar is a flat plateau with settlement, terrace field, school, lodge and shop. Walk to the east through the main trail, climb uphill to a ridge between Arun River and Sabha Khola. Enjoy view of the Chhamlang peak. Hike continues to reach Khandbari (1060 m), a Newar town to shop and national park check post. Walk one hour to reach Mani Bhanjyang with lodge and grassy meadow. Stay overnight at a camp in Mani Bhanjyang.

Day 04: Mani Bhanjyang to Chichela (1830 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk a gradually uphill through the terraced field, Panguma and Sheka to reach the Bhotebas Village (1740 m). Tamang people live with tea shop and terraced field. Hike to a pass (1850 m) with views of the Makalu, Chamlang and Jaljale Himal. Descend to a ridge with uphill and downhill through a forest of rhododendron to reach Chichela. This is a Gurung village with tea shop. Stay overnight at a camp in Chichela.

Day 05: Chichela to Num (1490 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk through the Kuwa Pani and Majuwa Village with Mani walls to the Fururu (1900 m). Walk to a ridge, then, descend through a forest trail passing a stream to the Mure Village (1980 m) with the Sherpa people. Walk through a forest to a ridge, then, descend with rocky trail to reach Num with shop, hotel and school. Stay overnight at a camp in Num.

Day 06: Num to Sedua (1460 m) – 5/6 hours
Descend through a terraced field to Lumbang Village. Walk continues to a bridge (660 m) over the Arun River. Climb uphill to a shop and Sedua Village with school and shop. Stay overnight at a camp in Sedua.

Day 07: Sedua to Tashi Gaon (2070 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb gradually uphill to Gyang (1770 m). Walk through terraced fields and forest to Hindrungma and Rupisa Village. Walk continues through meadows, cross several streams, climb to reach Tashi Gaon. It is a Sherpa village with hotel and terraced fields. Stay overnight at a camp in Tashi Gaon.

Day 08: Tashi Gaon to Kauma (3470 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb to a ridge then, walk continues through a forest with stream to reach a ridge with a campsite. Continue to reach another ridge, cross couple of streams to reach a Kharka (2900 m) with a forest. Hike to a tiny meadow (3300 m) and a ridge. Descend a bit to Kauma. Stay overnight at a camp in Kauma.

Day 09: Kauma to Mumbuk (3570 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk through a forest of rhododendron to reach a ridge with Mani walls, prayer flag and superb views of the Chamlang (7290 m) and Makalu (8463 m). Climb continues through a rocker trail to Kike La (4125 m) then, descends passing a lake and a forest of rhododendron and fir to Mumbuk. There is a grassy slope with the view of snow-capped peaks and a small stream. Stay overnight at a camp in Mumbuk.

Day 10: Mumbuk to Nhe Kharka (3000 m) – 5/6 hours
Descend through a stream and a forest of silver fir to the Barun Valley. Here is a rocky with muddy trail to Barun Khola with the view of Peak 6. Walk through a birch and rhododendron forest to Yangle Kharka. Walk continues, cross the Barun Khola to reach Nhe Kharka with a large grass meadow. Stay overnight at a camp in Nhe Kharka.

Day 11: Nhe Kharka to Sherson (4615 m) – 6/7 hours
Follow the north bank of Barun Khola, cross a bridge in the Barun Valley then, climb gently to reach Ripok Kharka with a rhododendron forest. Cross a rocky crest then, climb a moraine of the Barun Glacier with views of the Peak 4 (6720 m), Pyramid Peak (7168 m), Peak 3 (6477 m), Peak 5 (6404 m) and Chamlang. Walk continues with the view of Makalu to reach Sherson. Stay overnight at a camp in Sherson.

Day 12: Sherson to Makalu Base Camp (4820 m) – 3/4 hours
Climb gradually uphill to a little pass, descend, cross a stream and continue to the west bank of the river in Makalu Base Camp. There are panoramic views of the south face of Makalu, Peak 6, Peak 7, Baruntse (7220 m), Everest and Lhotse (8516 m).

Day 13: Makalu Base Camp to Nhe Kharka (3000 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb back to the Nhe Kharka. Follow the previous trail with rhododendron forest, stream and bridge. Enjoy view of the snow capped mountain on the way to Nhe Kharka. Stay overnight at a camp in Nhe Kharka.

Day 14: Nhe Kharka to Mumbuk (3570 m) – 5/6 hours
Descend to reachYangle Kharka (3600 m). Walk through a forest of birch and rhododendron with the view of Peak 6. Pass the rocky trail, cross stream then, climb to Mumbuk with the fir and rhododendron forest and slope land. Stay overnight at a camp in Mumbuk.

Day 15: Mumbuk to Kauma (3470 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb uphill to the Tutu La and Kike La Pass. Enjoy the views of Chamlang (7290 m), Peak 6 (6739 m), Peak 7 (6105 m) and Makalu (8463 m) with prayer flags at the Pass. Descend with a forest of rhododendron to Kauma. Stay overnight at a camp in Kauma.

Day 16: Kauma to Tashi Gaon (2070 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk a little uphill, then; descend through the ridge, Kharka, stream, forest and meadow to reach Tashi Gaon with terraced field, shop and hotel. Stay overnight at the camp in Tashi Gaon.

Day 17: Tashi Gaon to Num (1490 m) – 6/7 hours
Descend to Kasuwa Khola Valley and reach Seduwa (1460 m) with tea shop and school. Walk downhill, cross a suspension bridge (660 m) over the Arun River. Climb uphill to reach Num with shop, lodge and school. Stay overnight at a camp in Num.

Day 18: Num to Mani Bhanjyang (1100 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk through the forest, rice fields, Mure Village (1980 m), Fururu (1900 m), Chichela (1830 m) and Bhotebas (1740 m) to reach Mani Bhanjyang with lodge power. Stay overnight at a camp in Mani Bhanjyang

Day 19: Mani Bhanjyang to Tumlingtar (460 m) – 3/4 hours
Walk continues through the Khandbari (1040 m) with the National Park, check post and lodge. Descend long way to Tumlingtar with airport, shop, hotel and settlement. Reconfirm the flight ticket for tomorrow morning. Stay overnight at a camp in Tumlingtar.

Day 20: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (1350 m) – 35 minutes by flight
Fly 35 minutes to Kathmandu with the views of snow capped mountain, village, highways, river and forest during the flight. Take a car to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.

Day 21: Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport
Airport is 6 km far, which takes 25 minutes car drive. Get airport 3 hours before your flight. Hope you enjoyed trekking trip in Nepal and welcome back again with the new program. We wish you safe and happy flight.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airports pick up and drop in private car with guide.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by a car with professional tour guide.
  • Three night’s hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • 17 night’s stay in tent in Mountain
  • Professional trekking guide and necessary porters.
  • Lodge, food, salary and insurance to porter and guide.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Trekking permit and TIMS card.
  • Camping gear, fuel, cook, Sherpa and helper.
  • Flight tickets from and to Kathmandu and Tumlingtar with airport tax.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea, coffee and hot chocolate during the trek.

 

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Travel insurance including helicopter evacuation.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except farewell meal.
  • International airfare with airport tax.
  • Bar bill, laundry, hot shower in the mountain.
  • Tips to guide, Sherpa and porter.
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Trip Facts

  • Duration: 22 days
  • Activities : Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Maximum Altitude : 4820 m (Makalu Base Camp)
  • Trek Grade & Mode : Hard / Camping Trek
  • Himalayan Sights : Makalu, Everest, Nuptse
  • Valley & River : Arun River, Barun and Sabha Khola
  • Transportation : Private vehicle/flight
  • Trek start and end : Tumlingtar (460 m)
  • Accommodation : 3 night’s hotel in Kathmandu, 18 night’s tent in Mountain
  • Meals : Full board, farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Best Time : April/May/October/November

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