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Makalu Base Camp
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* Around the world's 5th highest mountain amidst perfect wilderness
* Traditional villages with friendly locals and magnificent views of the world’s highest snowcapped mountains
* Panoramic flight and walking in the midst of the rhododendron, alpine forest, on the least accessible isolated routes
* High passes and in the virgin Barun Valley enriched with flora & fauna

* Around the world's 5th highest mountain amidst perfect wilderness
* Traditional villages with friendly locals and magnificent views of the world’s highest snowcapped mountains
* Panoramic flight and walking in the midst of the rhododendron, alpine forest, on the least accessible isolated routes
* High passes and in the virgin Barun Valley enriched with flora & fauna

 

Introduction:

The journey to the base of Mt. Makalu- the fifth highest mountain in the world (8,481m) begins by entering the lowest valley in the world. This trek lets you visit the alpine forest in the high alpine terrain, orchids and rural farm, and market villages.  Following the ridge above the Arun River, the proposed site for the largest hydroelectric plant in Nepal, the trail passes through yak pastures towards the endless ice fields of Mt. Makalu.  View the Kanchenjunga massif, Everest, Lhotse, Baruntse and Chamlang as well as the rarely seen Kangshung face of Everest.  Return through isolated Sherpa villages back to Tumlingtar for your picturesque return flight below the Nepalese Himalaya. 

This trek offers one of the most spectacular sceneries from lush tropical green of Arun Valley up to the high remorseless ice fields of Mt. Makalu situated in the north east of Nepal. The trek starts from Arun Valley following the rural areas, through fascinating medieval traditional markets and farm villages. This walk-in follows picturesque and rarely trekked routes that offer views of Mt. Makalu and Kanchenjunga all the way, more stunning views of the Mt. Khumbakarna Range appear as you enter the Barun valley of Makalu basin. From here, the trek passes over the yak pastures beneath the Makalu's towering south face along with the great view of one of the rare east (Khanshung) faces of Mt. Everest. 

This adventurous and memorable journey ends at Tumlingtar with a sweeping scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
Day 02:

A day in Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.

Day 03:

Fly to Tumlingtar (950m) 40 minutes' flight and drive to Chichilla (1,800m), 4-5 hours drive.

Day 04: Trek to Num (1,500m) Approx 5-6 hours.
Day 05:

Trek to Sedua (1,493m.) Approx: 5 hours.

Day 06: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,200m)Approx 3-4 hours.
Day 07: Rest day at Tashi Gaon.
Day 08: Trek to Kohma Danda. Approx 3,500m. 5-6 hours walk.
Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk (3,400m) 6 hours walk.
Day 10: Trek to Nehe Kharka(3,750m) 6 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Sherson (4,600m) 6 hours walk.
Day 12: Free day for a day hike to Makalu Base Camp.
Day 13: Trek to Yangre Kharka(3,645m)  6 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Mumbuk, 5 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Kohma Ridge, 5 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Nawa Gaon (2,500m)via Tashi Gaon, 6 hours.
Day 17: Trek to Num via Sedua, 6 hours.
Day 18: Trek to Chichila, 5 hours.
Day 19: Drive to Tumlingtar via Khadbari 3-4 hours.
Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu, meet & transfer to hotel.
Day 21: Free day at leisure guided tour on request.
Day 22: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Departure Dates Availability
12 Apr-03 May Available
18 Oct-08 Nov Available
Day 01: 
Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
 

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking / Camping, do's and don'ts and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

   
Day 02: 

A day in Kathmandu.

 

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

   
Day 03: 

Fly to Tumlingtar (950m) 40 mins’ flight drive to Chichila (1,800m) via Mani-Bhanjyang (1,200m) 4 hrs and camp.

 

After breakfast, transfer to domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 40 minute sweeping scenic flight to Tumlingtar overlooking range of snow capped peaks from Langtang all the way to Mt. Everest, Makalu & Mt. Kanchenjunga, Tumlingtar airport and its village town located on a shelf above the Arun River, walk across to meet our trek crew beside the airstrip and towards far off to the north, the white peak of Makalu, first day of this adventure starts from Tumlingtar with a pleasant drive for 3-4 hours through the farm fields and villages. After leaving the suburb of Tumlingtar, the trail climbs up gradually towards Khadbari in the midst of the sub-tropical forest of Sal (Sorea-Robusta) and more farm fields along the way, then reaching at Khadbari a major town village and a headquarter of the Sankhuwa Shaba and Makalu region.

A busy bazaar, especially on Saturday market day, from Khadbari the trail is gradual with few ups and down till it reaches the village of Manibhanjang, ascending the ridge on this dirt road to the small ridge-top village of Chinchilla. On route, passing through fertile farmed land, and verdant rain forest, with thick undergrowth and many types of ferns. Chinchilla a small farm village with 6-8 houses with a superb view of Mt. Makalu 8,463m and the Khumbukarna mountain range.

   
Day 04:  Trek to Num (1,500m) 5-6 hours.
 

In the clear dawn have a good view of Makalu and its satellite peaks, from this magical spot of Chinchilla, perched high above the surrounding countryside. The walk to Num leads through the cool and serene forest of rhododendron, oaks and hemlocks then climb to the ridge top, from the ridge top it is almost downhill for two hours to the overnight camp at Num. Num a small village with about fifteen houses and a primary school on the large flat ground, from where one can have good view of the route for the next couple of days. Opposite, across the Arun River, is the village of Sedua, our camping place for the next day.

   
Day 05: 

Trek to Sedua (1,493m.) Approx: 5 hours.

 

From Num setting off down the incredibly steep and terraced slopes towards the Arun River, nearly 800 meters below. The lower slopes of this narrow valley are densely forested and the paths are quite slippery, after reaching the bottom, then crossing the suspension bridge across the torrential Arun River, at the height of 670 meters, start the climb and out of the rain forest, reaching the lunch place at Runruma. After lunch, a steep climb takes up to Sedua, a village with a small health post and a primary school, overnight camp near the schoolyard.

   
Day 06: 
Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,200m) Approx 3-4 hours.
 

The trek to Tashi-Gaon is a short walk of three to four hours probably with lunch and camp on the same spot. The walk takes you to more rural farm villages, on the gradual trail through the farm fields and terraces, as we come near to Tashi Gaon, it's an uphill climb for one hour through the millet and rice fields. Tashi Gaon is a Sherpa village, unlike the Sherpa of Everest, they are bit different in the way they live in, the dress and the house they live in, being settled in the low warm areas they are engaged more in agriculture and cattle raising. In the afternoon you will have time to wander around.

   
Day 07:
Rest day at Tashi Gaon.
 

A complete rest day for acclimatization and local hike around, giving good time for the porters to rest and to re-supply their ration before the walk to Barun and Makalu area, as Tashi Gaon is the last village for more than a week.

   
Day 08: 
Trek to Kohma Danda. Approx 3,500m. 5-6 hours walk
  Tashi Gaon is the last village on-route to Makalu basin, after this village the walk is refreshing for an hour and a half in the beautiful shade of the rhododendron and oaks forest, after leaving the dense forest coming to a summer pastures with traces of temporary made shepherd huts, from here onwards to Kohama ridge with a strenuous uphill climb, as the tree lines declines for the bushes of rhododendron and juniper, after the climb coming to an open area of Kohama Danda for the overnight camp. From this spot a grand view of the distance 3rd highest mountain Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu towards North West. From here onwards you can feel the cold chill of the Himalayas.
   
Day 09: 
Trek to Mumbuk (3,400m) 6 hours walk
 

With the wonderful morning and the superb views of the surrounding landscapes and snow capped peaks, trek follows a gradual trail with few ups and down passing through the Thulo Pokhari (big pond) and Sano Pokhari(small pond). In the heavy snow, the path from here can be quite misleading and it will be arduous to find the trail sometime, from the last pond cross the pass of Tutu-la at 4,075m. Here onward it is all downhill and back to vegetation, reaching the camp at Mumbuk, a small clearing place for camping in the middle of the woods of pines, hemlock, birch and rhododendrons.

   
Day 10: 
Trek to Nehe Kharka (3,750m) 6 hours.
 

The camp being in the shade of the tree, the view of the Khumbukarna can be seen through the vegetation of the tree lines, the walk from here is downhill to the enclosed and concealed Barun Valley, one of the least explored area in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. This unique landscapes within the Makalu-Barun National Park are some 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 bird species and 75 species of mammals, including the endangers clouded leopard, red panda and musk deer. The remarkable bio-diversity is considered to be a global significance and provides a living laboratory for international scientific research. Reach the lush alpine area of Barun Valley the walk is very pleasant with gradual uphill slopes, following the Barun River upstream on the valley gorge towards our camp at Nehe-Kharka one of the summer pastures for the local folks of Tashi and Navagoan, camp on the meadow.

   
Day 11: 
Trek to Sherson (4,600m) 6 hours walk.
 

A little beyond the camp crosses the Barun River by way of couple of wooden bridges, which make use of conveniently situated boulders.

There is a large prayer wall at Ramara, after 2-3 hours walk, from here the vegetation gets sparse, although the rhododendron, barberries, cotoneaster and juniper bushes persist for some time, this lovely day's walk through the high alpine coming to Sherson in sight of the lower Barun glacier and the towering majestic Mt. Makalu. Sherson is also the lower base camp of Mt. Makalu. There are number of stone enclosures at this high grazing ground with outstanding view of host of peaks, including the upper part of Makalu south face, and Mt. Baruntse 7,220m peeking above peak 4.

   
Day 12: 
Free day for a day hike.
 

A free day for hike and free from the hassle of packing, around Sherson there are many interesting hike and view points to explore, the most scenic walk would be taking a hike on the right side of the camp above for the closer view of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari and the view of the rare face of Everest the Khanshung face with Lhotse nearby, an hour of steep up brings you to the large meadow where you can walk further up to have a greater view of the peaks of this area and beyond.

   
Day 13: 

Trek to Yangre Kharka (3,645m) 6 hours.

 

Trek back towards the end of the Barun valley at Yak Kharka for the overnight.

   
Day 14:   Trek to Mumbuk, 5 hours.
 

Trek back to Mumbuk, after leaving the Barun Valley it is all uphill to the overnight camp in the midst of the alpine forest at Mumbuk.

   
Day 15: 

Trek to Kohma Ridge, 5 hours.

 

Retrace the journey back to Kohma danda (ridge) via Shipton-la and Thulo Pokhari for the overnight camp.

   
Day 16: Trek to Nawa Gaon (2,500m) via Tashi Gaon, 6 hours.
 

Trek back to Tashi Gaon and continue walk towards Nawa-Gaon on the upper trail for another 2-3 hours through the cool shade of the forest after leaving the forest area, coming towards the farm terraces and eventually to the village of Nawa-Gaon, another Sherpa village which is much larger than Tashigaon, situated right above the Sedua village.

   
Day 17:
Trek to Num via Sedua, 6 hours.
 

The walk today on leaving Nawa Gaon is on the downhill track through the farm fields for an hour or two to Sedua village. From Sedua retrace the journey to Num, with 2-3 hours downhill and after the bridge another 2-3 hours brings you back to Num for the overnight camp.

   
Day 18: 
Trek to Chichila, 5 hours.
 

Trek back to Chichila, the first 2-3 hours is all uphill to the ridge top, from here onwards it is almost down hill all the way to the overnight camp at Chichila.

   
Day 19: 

Drive to Tumlintar 3-4 hours.

  From Chichila, drive and retrace the journey back to Tumlingtar after memorable time up in the high alpine valleys and snow capped mountains, an easy 3-4 hours downhill walk brings you back to Tumlingtar for lunch and the last overnight camp of this great memorable adventure and this will be your last night with the trekking staffs and porters as well.
   
Day 20: 
Fly back to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.
 

This morning can be at leisure, depending upon the schedule flight time, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason, the flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu which takes less than an hour, a panoramic view of the snow capped can be seen during the flight. On arrival at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our office staff will receive and transfer you back to the Hotel.

   
Day 21: 

Free day at leisure.

 

A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

   
Day 22:
Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
 

Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Internal flight Kathmandu / Tumlingtar / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
 5.  Transportation Tumlingtar / Chichila / Tumlingtar by local available vehicles.
 6.  Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.
 7.  Applicable Trekking Permit & National Park Fees.
 8.  Transfer of staff and equipment to / from Tumlingtar.
 9.  Insurance for Nepalese crew.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


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Bardia National Park:

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Kathmandu:

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites. ...(More)

 

Pokhara:
Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and ...(More)

 

Nagarkot:

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Tibet:

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India:
The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape  ...(More)

 

Bhutan:

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River Rafting:

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Mount Everest Flight:
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Bungy Jumping:

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Paragliding:

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Ultralight Flight:

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Hotels:

We have allowed our packages with just right number of nights of hotel accommodations which enables you to spend nights with quick visits of local market or monuments in the area. However if you have some extra days before or after your main package holiday, you can spend extra nights in Kathmandu or nearby destinations so that you can cover the interesting sights or just relax while you are here. ...(More)

 

Hotel Yak & Yeti:

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Hotel Shanker:

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Hotel Malla:
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Hotel Marshyangdi:

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Makalu Base Camp
  • Trip Duration : 22 Days
  • Trip Grade : Adventurous/Challenging
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : at BC, approx. 5,000 m
  • Month : Apr-May, Oct-Nov

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