Makalu Base Camp Trek

‘Adventure around Nepal Far East Himalaya beneath worlds 5th highest towering Mt. Makalu’

Highlights

  •  A journey of great fascination with Nepal’s Far Eastern Himalaya with impressive scenery
  • On the least travelled area by other trekkers and adventurer in complete wilderness
  • Exploring the hidden culture of Far East people around unspoiled villages of great interest
  • Country of great beauty from alpine green hills, emerald lakes to windswept arctic terrain
  • Following the classic mountain trails towards remote and scenic isolated Barun Valley

Trip Outlooks:

Trip Mode:                  Hotels and in Lodge with camping on treks.
Trek Grade:                 Moderate & Adventurous.
Highest point:            At Makalu South Base Camp 4,812 m.
Trek duration:            15 nights & 16 days (Tumlingtar to Tumlingtar with flight both ways)
Total Trip:                   19 nights & 20 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Activities:                     Cultural tour – scenic flights and trekking.
Season:                         April to June and September to November.

Introduction:

Awesome Adventure Treks presents a magnificent journey around Nepal’s Far Eastern Himalaya walking beneath towering world 5th highest Mt. Makalu at 8,463 m / 27, 766 ft high, where you can catch rare, eastern side views of Mt. Everest known as Khangsung Face.

Makalu Base Camp trekking located Far East Nepal Himalayan under conservation of Makalu -Barun National Park with an area of 2,330 sq.kms, located around Sankhuwasabha and Solu Khumbu districts, bordered by Arun River on the east, Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park on the west, the Nepal-China border on the north and Saune Danda (ridge) to the south. Arun and Barun valley has some of the richest and unique species of plants and animals, which are near lost and extinct in rest of the world due to spreading human habitation.

Truly a most fascinating adventure to Makalu Base Camp Trekking on the least visited trails by other main flow of trekkers around undisturbed areas of Arun and Barun valley basin of Makalu and Nepal’s Far North Eastern Himalaya. Starting our wonderful journey taking a scenic flight to land at the warm semi-tropical town at Tumlingtar, where our adventure leads towards high alpine hills passing interesting villages and town of Khandbari-Chichele and Num to reach Tashi-Gaon, the last human settlement on route Makalu base camp and Barun valley.

Walk leads into complete wilderness through pristine woodland of rhododendron-pines-magnolia and fir trees to reach Khoma and towards small and large icy lakes and crossing over the smaller pass to reach beautiful Barun valley and beyond Makalu Base Camp at Sherson. With enjoyable and interesting time for few days within Makalu Base Camp in between towering peaks of Changtse-Barun and Makalu peaks with rare views of the rare eastern sight of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. Return journey leads back downhill with few ups to reach at Num for the drive to Tumlingtar on completing one of the most memorable and remarkable adventure Makalu Base Camp Trekking.

Guideline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 448 m – 45 mins flight with an overnight stop.

Day 04: Drive to Num 1,490 m – 04 hrs with the afternoon free to explore.

Day 05: Trek to Seduwa 1,540 m- 05 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,135m – 04 hours.

Day 07: Trek to Kohma Danda 3,556 m – 05 hours

Day 08: Trek to Mumbuk 3,553 m – 06 hours

Day 09: Trek to Nghe (Nehe Kharka 3,760 m – 05 hours

Day 10: Trek to Shersong 4, 572 m – 05 hours.

Day 11: Rest day at Shersong for a day hike to Makalu South Base Camp 4,812 m.

Day 12: Trek to Yangle Kharka 3, 598 m – 06 hours.

Day 13: Trek to Mumbuk – 05 hours.

Day 14: Trek to Kohma Ridge – 05 hours.

Day 15: Trek to Narbu Gaon 1,310 m via Tashi Gaon – 05 hours.

Day 16: Trek to Num via Seduwa – 05 hours.

Day 17: Drive back to Tumlingtar – 04 hrs.

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 19: In Kathmandu free day with an optional sightseeing tour.

Day 20: International departure for homeward bound.

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Your first impression of arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport is an experience in itself. But don’t be worried by the apparent confusion as your airport representative will be waiting to welcome you with your name written on a placard. Depending on traffic, you will be at your hotel within 20 minutes or so.
You have time to relax and enjoy the ambience and comfort of the hotel until your evening Group Meeting. This is when we collect your insurance details and discuss how the trip will run for the coming days. After the meeting, we go for our first group dinner. Your tour leader will take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant in Thamel.

(M Hotel or equivalent)

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Makalu Base Camp trek next early morning.

(other options on the tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area is also known as Little Tibet)

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 448 m a scenic flight of 45 mins.
After breakfast, our guide and staff transfer you at Kathmandu domestic airport for 45 minutes sweeping scenic flight to Tumlingtar overlooking range of snow-capped peaks from Langtang all the way to Mt. Everest, Makalu & Mt. Kanchenjunga, then on reaching Tumlingtar, located on a shelf above the Arun River, walk across to this small town area for the overnight stop, with afternoon free for local walk around this interesting town, this area is quite tropical in nature.

Day 04: Drive to Num 1,490 m - 04 hrs with an afternoon free to explore.
From Tumlingtar starting the morning with a scenic interesting drive heading to the mid hills passing many farm villages and the large town of Khandbari, drive continues on the hill ridge rough dirt road leading higher to Chinchela village from here a long descend to Num village slowly turning into a town with the motor reaching this village a few years back, at Num overnight in lodge or in tents with grand views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Jalajala Himal and Makalu.

Day 05: Trek to Seduwa 1,540 m- 05 hrs.

Today our first day walk starts with downhill and up to Seduwa village, a steep descend to the bridge over raging Arun River around this place quite tropical, and then with a climb towards farm fields and small villages of Runmura, here with lunch break and then with a gradual climb to reach overnight stop at Seduwa village, a small place with primary school and small  health post with views of Num across the ridge and of other adjoining hills of Bhojpur and Jalajala rocky peaks.

Day 06: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,135m - 04 hours.
After Seduwa village, morning walk on undulating winding trail to Tashigaon a Sherpa village, the last village before Makalu base camp, walk leads through farm areas with nice terraces of millet, a major crops after rice and wheat’s of this area, and then for 3-4 hours of good trek reaching at Tashigaon for lunch and overnight camp with time to visit the local village around, which is quite interesting. The Sherpa of this area is quite different to Khumbu highlanders.

Day 07: Trek to Kohma Danda 3,556 m - 05 hours
Leaving Tashigaon the last village for a week-long, morning walk leads on gentle path into the thick forest of rhododendron, oaks and tall pines trees passing many cattle herder’s temporary shelters of shades and stone huts after few hours of pleasant walk stopping for lunch on the grassy meadow and summer pasture ground.

Afternoon walks with a steep climb for few hours to reach Kohma ridge top, as the tall trees give away for smaller rhododendron and juniper bushes and small birch trees. This high ridge offers excellent views of Kanchenjunga mountain range and of Mt. Makalu with adjoining peaks, from here in the complete wilderness.

Day 08: Trek to Mumbuk 3,553 m - 06 hours
From Kohgma Danda morning walk on a ridge line following a gradual path with few ups and down reaching at icy ponds of Thulo Pokhari (big) with Sano Pokhari(small) after crossing Tutu-la and Shipton la at above 4, 453 meters pass, and then downhill back into forest with views of Khumbakarna Himal range of mountains towards north, overnight camp on a level ground in the middle of tall trees.

Day 09: Trek to Nghe (Nehe Kharka 3,760 m - 05 hours.
Today walks leads to scenic Barun valley famous for rare species of vegetation- plants and herbs including wild-life, starting the morning with down-hill for an hour and crossing a small stream to reach Barun valley, walk with gentle up views of peaks on both side of the valley passing few Sheppard’s shelters with a small Buddhist Gompa (monastery), after a pleasant walk of 5 hours reaching at Nehe Kharka for overnight camp around Barun valley.

Day 10: Trek to Shersong 4, 572 m - 05 hours.
From Barun valley walk to Shersong leading at the end valley near Makalu base camp leading on gentle uphill crossing streams with great views of Mt. Makalu and Baruntse peaks, after a nice walk of 5 hours reaching at our destination at Sherson for two nights camps.

Day 11: At Shersong for short hike above hills and view-points.
Rest and acclimatization day to soak with the views of Mt. Makalu, Baruntse peaks with peak IV, morning an optional hike for excellent views of Mt. Everest with rare East Face known as Kanshung faces with Lhotse.

Day 12: Trek to Yangle Kharka 3, 598 m - 06 hours.
Retrace the journey back on the Barun valley to Yangle Kharka enclosed within high rocky cliffs with views of cascading waterfalls after a descend reaching the overnight camp at cow herders temporary summer grazing place at Yangle-Kharka.

Day 13: Trek to Mumbuk - 05 hours.
After a wonderful time at Barun valley, walk leads past the valley with a climb to reach back into thick woodland at Mumbuk for overnight camp.

Day 14: Trek to Khoma Ridge - 05 hours.
On the same trail back to Khoma ridge morning walk with a climb for an hour or more through the forest on reaching the hill top ridge leaving the tree lines, and passing the ponds and over Tutu la and Shipton la reaching at Khoma ridge for overnight camp.

Day 15: Trek to Narbu Gaon 1,310 m via Tashi Gaon - 05 hours.
Morning walk on downhill path back into forest of tall tree lines to reach villages and farm fields, on reaching at Tashigaon taking a different higher route to Nawa gaon village, through cool shade of woodlands and farm terraces and then reaching a large Sherpa village of Narbugaon on for overnight stop, with afternoon free to explore this nice farm village.

Day 16: Trek to Num via Seduwa - 05 hours.
From Narbugaon our last day walk of this wonderful adventure leading downhill with few short up to Seduwa gaon after a rest here continue to descend on a steep path to Arun River, after crossing a bridge a steep climb for few hours to reach at Num village for last overnight around the high hills of Makalu.

Day 17: Drive back to Tumlingtar - 04 hrs.
After a wonderful time on the high hills and mountains with farm villages, from Num taking an exciting drive on the rough road passing past villages with beautiful views of surrounding green hills and peaks, after few hours of drive reaching Khadbari, a major town and headquarter of Sanka Sambua district of Makalu region. From here an hour downhill back to Tumlingtar in the comfort of a nice lodge.

Day 18:  Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
After a fabulous and gorgeous time around Mt. Makalu as per the morning flight time to Kathmandu, taking a short walk at Tumlingtar airport terminal then board on the small aircraft for scenic sweeping flight to Kathmandu, after a wonderful flight with parallel views of mountain reaching at Kathmandu, then transfer to your hotel with rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 19: In Kathmandu free day with optional sightseeing tour.
Awesome Adventure Trek reserves today as contingency day, in case of flight delay and cancellation at Tumlingtar, which might happen sometimes due to bad weather conditions.

If all goes well per our itinerary days one can use this spare day and join in our tour at places of interest around World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu-Patan or Bhaktapur, with rest of the day free for individual activities and souvenirs shopping.

Day 20: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal, the land full of Himalayan wonders after wonderful experience and fond memories of Makalu Base Camp Trekking around Far North East Himalaya region, our staff transfer you to the airport as per your time for an international flight for your final departure toward homeward bound.

SERVICES INCLUDED:

  • All ground transfers by private vehicle.
  • Two star M Hotel in Kathmandu (Bed and breakfast basis inclusive of all govt. Tax and VAT.)
  • Welcome Dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program hosted by Awesome Nepal Treks
  • Guided sightseeing around world heritage sites of KTM. (Includes all applicable entrance fees.)
  • All domestic airfares (Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - Kathmandu).
  • Organized Camping Trek arrangement, including all high-quality German Salewa / UK Super Quasar camping types of equipment and tents such as Two Men Tent, Kitchen Tent, Dining Tent, Toilet Tent, Tables, Chairs, Mattresses, Hot Water Bags, Pillows, Inner Sheet and etc.
  • Three times hot meals a day while trekking, which will be prepared by our very professional kitchen crew.
  • National Park / Conservation Area Permit Fees (Makalu Barun Conservation Area).
  • Guide, porters and their daily wages, insurance with all necessary lodging - food arrangements.
  • High altitude working crew / high altitude porters / vast experienced trek leader/guide with their daily wages, insurance and all arrangements.

EXCLUDED SERVICES:

  • All International Airfares / Airport taxes.
  • Hot shower
  • Expenses of personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, laundry and etc.
  • Rescue and evacuation (helicopter operation) - if needed.
  • Personal medical and travel insurance.
  • Tips and Gratitude.

Trips Notes & Information while joining for the trip with us:
After booking the trip with Awesome Nepal Treks there are few points that one should bear with us. Where Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes with the sudden change in freak weather conditions, and as well health and fitness factor of the member while on the trek or just before trip departure times. Might compel us to change or reroute the itinerary to other similar destinations for the benefit and satisfaction of the clients.

Our main concern is clients and staff safety and to provide full satisfaction while you are with us on any treks and tours, and we assure you that Awesome Nepal Treks will provide the best team of staff and guides with well-planned logistics, professional services to make your trip enjoyable and mesmerizing experience that will last for lifetime while holidaying with us. 
Also note that our trip leader and head guide deserves final decision if the trip has to be amended, change of route or cancellation due to the extreme conditions beyond our control and as well for safety precaution. However, we will try our best to ensure that the trip runs accordingly as per our standard itinerary with some flexibility where necessary.

Experience & Fitness Required:
Trek to Makalu Base Camp is not difficult or technical, where no previous trekking and outdoor experience required if you are a sports person or have done outdoor activities and physical fitness training it will be a great advantage and plus point.
On this trek to Makalu Base Camp, one should be aware that you are walking into the world’s highest areas of Everest where maximum elevation rises above 5,364 meters at base camp.
With optional climb to high and scenic Kalapathar which is at 5,545 m offers you with a spectacular panorama of peaks with Everest at close distance, most of the walks within Everest and other parts of Himalaya involves lots of ups and downs. Somedays can be tiring and exhausting, but rewards you with scenic views with a glimpse of local colourful culture with refreshing stops in between and walking into nice lovely villages.
Around Makalu mid hills where you will be walking through farmlands, well-tended terraces, where route follows on the bank of a river crossing suspension bridges with duration of minimum 4 hours, and a maximum of 6 hours walks on this wonderful Everest Base Camp Treks.
All members should be physically fit with sound health to join in this marvellous walking journey on Everest base camp treks, and we strongly suggest all clients consult with your medical doctor before travelling and joining for the trip with us.
Where doctors can provide you with advice on disease and AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and the symptoms if it happens while on treks, for health and fitness, the participant must have a positive attitude and strong determination to enjoy and making the trip a great success.

Passport & Visa Information:
Nepal Visa is easy to obtain; you may obtain from the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or Mission offices in your home country if it’s not possible abroad one
can obtain on arrival at Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. Where you need to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months validity from the starting of the trip.

SAARC countries and China do not need the visa when visiting Nepal, as per the rule and regulation and Indian nationals do not require the visa.

Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over an initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain a Nepalese visa from the following border.

• Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
• Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
• Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
• Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
• Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
• Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid-Western Nepal)
• Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
• Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entries 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,

Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

Group Size:
In Makalu Base Camp Trek, minimum group size would be two persons and maximum group size of ten persons for more on above Ten on request. 
We also organize the private trip for a single person on single supplement cost or join in join our estimated group departure dates available online or contact us with your travelling and arrival dates.
Our Guides, Trip & Safety:
Treks in Nepal and at Makalu base camp takes you to the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with experienced and qualified guides or group leader for the safe and successful trip. 
Awesome Nepal provides native trekking guide and staff who are trained and qualified for these type of trips. Our guides are fully trained and licensed from Nepal Government Tourism Department, certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association. 
All our Trekking and Climbing Guides are professional with decades of experience in this field of adventure. They are trained specially for specified and various trips, to cater the flexible requirement of our clients from different nationalities, this will assure you that your trip will be enjoyable and in safe hands of professional experts.

On every trip, will be one Trek leader and an assistance leader on each additional 2 peoples in the group on treks, this arrangement would ensure that even if any of our guide/ assistance guides gets sick or clients may get sick and need to be evacuated or staying behind from the walks, it wills still works smoothly and there would non-impact with our original trek plan. 
Every two trekkers will have one Sherpa helper for carrying your trekking bags.

Meals and Accommodations:
While in Kathmandu, your accommodation is at the 2-star deluxe hotel or similar (if one has to upgrade please inform us) with all modern amenities to ensure your comfortable stay and while on the trek, your accommodation is at best local Lodge and Guest Houses where available. The Mountain local Lodges are clean and have comfortable beds. Our entire accommodation is on twin sharing basis unless required for single supplement accommodation at extra trip cost.
While in Kathmandu and at Pokhara or some any city in Nepal, based on bed and breakfast, while on the trek it will be on full board includes all 3 times meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, with Tea- Coffee). We provide meals from the local Lodge on route trekking. Breakfast and dinner will be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house on overnights stops, where lunch will be on-route day walks.

Foods provided in the local lodges depends entirely on availability and season, you can have Nepalese meals (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various types of soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, kinds of pasta and even pizza! So, overall you have a different choice of foods on the trek.

Trekking Seasons:
Two best seasons for the trek to Everest Base Camp. As this trip is an adventurous walk, we suggest you join in at the right time of the year as far as possible.

Spring: - (March, April, and May) – Warm days with Rhododendron in flowering times includes clear views of mountains, pleasant Temperature, warmest weather of the year.

Autumn:- (Mid-September, October and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Time to Trek

Winter Months: - (December, January, and February) also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to your plan for trek in the cold months.

Summer: - Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July to August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek.

Acclimatization:
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at the right altitude. Being in good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness. This itinerary is designed with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas with much acclimatization days to cope with pre-caution for altitude sickness. Staying well hydrated and getting plenty of rest may help. 
The maximum elevation of the trek will at Everest Base Camp at 5,364m above sea level. We will be walking from the mid-range at Lukla with 2,820 m and altitude range gradually with enough days for rest in each high altitude with overnight stops. 
Travel Insurance & Vaccination:
On this trip, you must obtain personal travel insurance to join with us in all our Himalayan trips. You must obtain travel insurance which covers helicopter rescue and immediate evacuation, trip cancellation and medical expenses. 
We suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your home country before joining with us, where it is difficult buying a local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal. 
Vaccination is required to plan for your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have the thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information on vaccination you would require to the country you will be travelling. 
Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for travelling to Nepal. 
Caring Porter:
Our porter is fully equipped and insured on each trip with us. As you know that we are very sincere and polite, while on trek thus we make sure that our porter are fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with the International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and benefit for trekking porters. 
The maximum load carried by our porter minimum 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag is not more than the above figure.

To Book:
Once you choose the trip and would like to book, write us with information or by phone using our proper phone number for the trip booking confirmation. 
We have an online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with the information required and submit us.

Once you choose the trip, we will suggest you with the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. A non-refundable deposit of 20% (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in relation to any questions you may have regarding our trip booking Process.

 

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