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Makalu Base Camp Trek - 19 Days

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Makalu Base Camp Trek: Spectacular trek to the base camp of the world’s 5th highest mountain

Days: 19-Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Challenging) 

Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the spectacular treks in Eastern Nepal that takes us close to the world’s fifth-highest Makalu Mountain. Makalu Base Camp trek route progresses through Makalu Barun National Park which is renowned for its rare species of flora and fauna. In fact, Barun Valley provides shelter to some of the last remaining Himalayan meadows. Makalu Barun National Park is home to over 400 species of birds including the rare wren babbler, and more than 75 species of mammals like Red Panda, Leopard, and others. The Arun River that crisscrosses the park has more than 80 species of fish.

Opened for foreigners only in 1952, Trek to Makalu Base Camp is one of the least crowded trekking routes where one can still observe local life in its traditional form.
Eric Shipton was the first foreigner to visit this lost land by crossing the High Pass which was later named Shipton La to honor his memory. The Makalu region is one of the most culturally diverse areas. Makalu Base Camp trek allows a close-up look of the western face of Makalu.

Base Camp allows scenic views of Makalu Mountain (8463m), Mount Everest (8850m), Lhotse Mountain (8516m), Baruntse Mountain (7220m), and other peaks and mountains. The journey takes us through deep Arun Valley located at 435m above sea level to the base of Makalu Mountain. Spring and Autumn are considered the best seasons for Makalu Base Camp Trek. The route is quite remote with not much permanent settlements.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation (1,350m)
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1,500m), 3/4 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Seeduwa (1,493m), 6/7 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Tashi Gaun (2,200m), 5/6 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Khongma Danda (3,500m), 6/7 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Mumbuk (3,540m), 6/7 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Nehe Kharka (3,750m), 6/7 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Sherson (4,600m), 6/7 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m),3/4 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,645m),5/6 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Mumbuk (3,540m), 7/8 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Khongma Ridge (3,500m), 7 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Seduwa (2,200m), 6/7 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Num (1,500m), 4/5 hrs O/N Lodge
Day 16: Drive to Tumlingtar (518m), by Jeep 3/4 hrs
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 18: Contingency day (if for flight due to bad weather)
Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu

Join us on the Makalu Base Camp Trek in 2022/2023

Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste, for more information please email us at info@alpinetrav.com/

Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu (1,350m)

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.

Day 2
Sightseeing and trek preparation (1,350m)

Today after breakfast we will start our tour of major historical sites of Kathmandu with our professional tour guide. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Historic Sites and as we visit the places, the more diverse cultural milieu of the valley welcomes us with warm hospitality. Such as the Palace Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath), and the Buddhist Temple (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. . After returning from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. The trek guide will give you a brief orientation about your trek. And the rest of the time you can visit Thamel and shop for necessary equipment and other essentials.

Day 3
Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1,500m), 3/4 hrs

After breakfast, we proceed to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport. After a scenic 45-minute flight near the Himalayas with breathtaking views of mountains and peaks, we reach Tumlingtar. And rest for a while after drinking tea and after confirming that the jeep is going to Noom from Tumlingtar, we go to Noom by jeep. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach Noom due to the proximity of the axis, but the route may be longer due to the zigzag. And we will stay at Noom market at night.

Day 4
Trek to Seeduwa (1,493m), 6/7 hrs

Today’s Program Descending from Noom, we will pass through forests and terraced farmlands to reach the Lumbang settlement. We descend from Lumbang to the Arun River. Many forest-covered slopes can be found in the narrow valley. We will follow the slippery path of the Arun Koshi river. Crossing the suspension bridge, we will follow the climbing trail up to Seduwa. We will stay overnight at a teahouse in Seduwa/Seduwa. Seduwa Village is also the entry point to Makalu Barun National Park. We need to show our trekking permits to the Seduwa authorities.

Day 5
Trek to Tashi Gaun (2,200m), 5/6 hrs

Our Teahouse in Seduwa allows for scenic views of the surrounding mountains. We will take an easy walk through streams, mani walls, meadows, and terraces to reach the top of the Ipsua and Kasua rivers. We will send crop fields to small Sherpa villages. Walking through paddy fields we reach Tasi village where we will stay for the night.

Day 6
Trek to Khongma Danda (3,500m), 6/7 hrs

We will follow the ascending trail via colorful rhododendron and oak forest. We will cross rivulets at a few points to arrive at a meadow full of lush green vegetation. The meadow is used as grazing land for local cattle. The area is crowded with Shepherd huts (Chipla). We will follow the steep trail through Kharka and take stone steps to Khongma which is perched atop the ridge. Stay overnight in Khongma Danda.

Day 7
Trek to Mumbuk (3,540m), 6/7 hrs

Located at the top of the hill, Khongma Hill today allows us to have panoramic views of Chamlang Hill (7321m) and other peaks. We will follow a scenic route decorated with prayer flags to the bottom of Shipton Pass. We will trek through the rhododendron forest to Ghungru La (4050m). A short descent from Ghungru La takes us to a small blue lake. We will cross Shipton Pass and arrive at Keke La Pass. After crossing Keke La, we descend into the rhododendron-filled valley of Mumbuk where we will stay for the night.

Day 8
Trek to Nehe Kharka (3,750m), 6/7 hrs

Today we will walk through the colorful rhododendron and fir forest from Mumbuk. We will descend through the forest to the river Barun. The trail continues along a small cave (3,250 m). We will descend from the cave and enter the Barun Valley. The valley is remote and receives only a few visitors each year. Walking through the valley, we cross the Barun river and reach Yangle Khark. A short walk from Yangle Khark takes us to Nehe Karka where we will stay for the night.

Day 9
Trek to Sherson (4,600m), 6/7 hrs

From Nehe Khark, we will descend and cross a small pass to reach Piphuk Khark (3,930m). The trail continues through a meadow with a waterfall. We will cross the grazing lands of the Yak Khark and follow the moraine path from the Barun Glacier. The route is scenic which allows a view of several peaks above 6,000 meters altitude. Leaving the valley we pass through the rhododendron forest to Shershan where we will stay for the night.

Day 10
Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m),3/4 hrs

After an early breakfast, we will follow the climbing trail to a small pass located 100 meters above Makalu base camp. We go down to the river and reach the base camp located on the west bank of the river. The base camp allows panoramic views of the south face of the amazing Makalu Mountain. A base camp is a desolate place with no vegetation. We will stay overnight at Makalu base camp.

Day 11
Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,645m),5/6 hrs

Makalu base camp is our final destination for this trek so we will start our return journey today. We will leave the Makalu base camp early in the morning and block the road to the valley via Sherson and Merek. We will descend the valley and follow the easy route to Yangre Khark where we will stay for the night.

Day 12
Trek to Mumbuk (3,540m), 7/8 hrs

Yangre Khark also known as Yangle Khark is a cattle grazing area. We go down through the green vegetation. After a few hours of walking, we arrive at the rugged terrain that eventually leads us to Mumbuk. We will stay overnight in Mumbuk.

Day 13
Trek to Khongma Ridge (3,500m), 7 hrs

Leaving Mumbuk early in the morning, we will pass through a verdant forest of rhododendrons and firs to reach the base of Keke La Pass. We will climb Keke La to reach Shipton from where we will cross another pass called Ghungru La to reach Khong where we will stay for the night.

Day 14
Trek to Seduwa (2,200m), 6/7 hrs

We will descend from Khongma Rock and follow a path filled with rhododendron forest. Leaving the forest, we pass through a rocky area. Passing through the grasslands we arrive at the Sherpa village of Tasi village. We will exit Tashi Gaon and walk through the terraced areas. The trail is scenic with mountain views. Descending the Arun River, we will reach Seduwa and spend the night.

Day 15
Trek to Num (1,500m), 4/5 hrs O/N Lodge

Today is the last day of our trek. We cross the Arun River through dense rhododendron and bamboo forests and exit the Makalu Barun Conservation Area. We pass a small rural settlement of Rai and Sherpas on the way to Noom. After a few hours of walking, we reached the Tamang and Sherpa villages of Noom. and overnight at a lodge in Num.

Day 16
Drive to Tumlingtar (518m), by Jeep 3/4 hrs

Today our journey before reaching Tumlingtar we reach Tumlingtar after a 4-hour journey enjoying the beautiful view of Makalu Himal (8481m) from Chichila’s tea hotel. And in the evening we explore the city and overnight at Tumlingtar Lodge.

Day 17
Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m)

After a successful Makalu Base Camp trek, we return to Kathmandu to enjoy the beautiful aerial view of the mountains. Enjoy your free day as you wish. You are on your own. You can also go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenir items like handicrafts and art for your family. and overnight at the hotel.

Day 18
Contingency (Free day at Kathmandu)

Today, enjoy a leisure day in Kathmandu. This day can be used as a contingency for any possible delay due to flight cancellation etc. Cancellations may occur due to inclement weather. If the flight is canceled, outside or inside Kathmandu, you can explore the places and try to mingle with the locals where you live. You can meet local people and hear different stories from them. Try their traditional Nepali local organic food and enjoy the day in a wonderful atmosphere.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Please message us for more details on extensions. We will be at your service 24 hours a day on how to make arrangements.

Day 19
Departure from Kathmandu

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B, L, D) whilst on the trek with tea & coffee
  • 4 nights standard hotels and 14 nights teahouse/lodges
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Internal flight (Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu)
  • Trekking permit, and national park +local fees
  • Local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • 1 porter for every 2 trekkers throughout the trek
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
  • All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket 'if required' (return after completing the trek)
  • Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • High altitude medicine and first aid kit
  • Helicopter rescue arrangement (If necessary)
  • Group farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare & Nepal Visa
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu only)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
  • Personal expenses - Drinks & Souvenirs
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Gratuities for staff
Difficulty

Difficulty: Challenging

Trails generally go above 5000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 6 – 8 hours. The perfect setting for an introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.

Prerequisites

No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and have fun walking and adapting to high altitude conditions. Having previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not mandatory to participate for this trip. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. We strongly advise you to prepare for your trip by exercising regularly, walking, running or going to the gym. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.

Weather

The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)

Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.

Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.

Travel insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Group Size

At, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions; Our emphasis is always on maintaining small groups so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. We only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you are to join our’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, the minimum no of persons required to operate the trip is 2 and the maximum is 12 people.

If you want to travel something that is not included in our travel list, we are ready to tailor a trip to your exact needs. In short, we will do our best to get you on the journey you want, when you want it.

Carry my own stuff

You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.

Guide

We have a deep passion for alpine adventure and the outdoors, and with the small business group on board we have worked on the most isolated trails we are proud to be successful in every region of Nepal and this is all due to our diversity and qualified team of guides. So your journey will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter for every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants.

Private Travel

If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, family, and coworkers, you are invited to choose any trips at your convenient time frame for anyone. If you want to do something not included in our travel list, we are ready to tailor a trip to your exact needs. In short, we will do our best to get you on the journey you want, at the time you want.

Accommodation

Kathmandu:
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.

On track:
(Makalu area) does not require large logistics accommodation for hiking as there are many clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets, but there is a wonderful view from your window. All teahouses / lodges have adequate warm dining room lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for everyone.

Bathrooms are often shared and in many places, toilets are squat type. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.

Single supplement:
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. Especially when traveling in groups, we always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that trekking, due to limited rooms in teahouses / lodges, is sometimes not possible for singles.

Meals

Includes food
All meals are included in the trek and we will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) to Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house / lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way.

In Kathmandu, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to send your message to your staff. For a gluten-free diet, we recommend that you bring extra foods, especially for breakfast, as your options for breakfast will be limited. This trip includes food worth USD 580-660.

A normal day on the trek

Daily wake-up calls will be from 6.00 to 7.00 in the morning while on track. The time of getting up and the time of breakfast will be fixed one night before the briefing time. The schedule of each day will depend entirely on the length of your walk for that day.
After breakfast, we take day’s walk. So before breakfast, you need to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are eating breakfast. After a 3-4 hour walk, we stop for mid-day lunch. The afternoon walk is usually short and we usually arrive on time for our afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent walking around the village, washing clothes or relaxing with a good book. And after dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and retrieving the day’s adventures, before going to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Equipment Checklist

We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-T-Shirts
-Trousers
-Warm Jackets
-Sweater
-Pullover
-Waterproof jackets
-Thermal
-Inner-wears
-Undergarments
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Gloves
-Bandana
-Scarf
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

Documents:
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Others:
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Padlock
-Binoculars
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

All-inclusive service for the trek

Trekking is an all inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical or emotional. .All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Kathmandu, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusion

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
  • Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
  • In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
  • Drink at least three liters of water a day
  • Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
  • Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
  • However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

General Information

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Makalu Base Camp Trek
From $2,245.00
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Trip Facts

  • 18N/19 Days
  • Challenging
  • 4,870m/15,978ft
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Both way Flights
  • Lodges During Trek
  • 2 Max 12

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