Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek

The Makalu Base Camp Trek begins from Tumlingtar of mid-eastern Nepal, an hour’s flight from Kathmandu. The real walking starts from Chichila, a 4-hour’s drive from Tumlingtar. Following the beautiful Barun river valley in the Makalu Barun National Park, we cross various high passes such as Shipton La, Keke La and lakes such as Kalopokhari etc. While trekking, we rise from lowland of Tumlingtar on the Arun River to one of the highest Base Camps on earth, the Makalu Base Camp at 5000m. While on the way to the Makalu Base Camp, you will enjoy the views of the highest mountains such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and other Himalayan mountains along with Makalu (8481m)

Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL.

DAY 02: FULL DAY GUIDED SIGHTSEEING INSIDE THE KATHMANDU VALLEY.
Join the welcome dinner with live Nepalese cultural program hosted by Makalu adventures.

DAY 03: KATHMANDU-TUMLINGTAR – KHADBARI (1,040 m – 4-hrs Hiking.)
Fly to Tumlingtar which is an hour flight. Here your trekking crew will meet you and a bit of briefing about the trail, then start walking up to Khadbari (1,040 m). Have lunch break in the shade of Kabra Trees. We walk north towards Khandbari, then begin walking on a plateau for around 45 minutes after the trails climbing gradually to Khandbari. We camp above the village.

DAY 04: KHADBARI (1,040 m) – CHICHILA (1830 m – 5/6 hrs Hiking)
After breakfast walk through many small picturesque villages most of the time the walk is uphill and you will be walking through bamboo groves and a rhododendron forest. Our camp is at Chichela a small settlement of Gurungs at 1830m.

DAY 05: CHICHILA (1830 m) – NUM (1490 m – 5 hrs Hiking)
Today we start walking with views of snow capped peaks in the distance. Fantastic views of Makalu and its surrounding peak. Walk on a striaght path, with little ups and downs, through forest to have lunch at about 2 hrs and then start descending to reach Num. Camp.

DAY 06: NUM (1490 m) – SEDUA – (1460 m 5/6 hrs Hiking)
The trail today descends steeply from Num through the Cornfield of Lumbang. The country is particularly rocky; tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, then we have tough steep climb to Sedua. Camp

DAY 07: SEDUA (1460 m) – TASHI GAON (2070 M – 5 hrs Hiking)
The trail crosses meadows and several streams, then climbs to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley. Camp

DAY 08: TASHI GAON (2070 m) – KAUMA (3470 m – 6 hrs Hiking)
A very hard day of the trek as the trail goes up real steep. We walk through the sparse forests along the ridge over a hillock and descend a bit to Kauma at 3470 m. Camp

DAY 09: KAUMA (3470 m)
Today is a rest day as well as acclimatization day.

DAY 10: KAUMA (3470 m) – MUMBUK (3570 m – 5 hrs Hiking) 
We again start today with a steep climb then through less steeply rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge. You will have superb views of Chamlang (7,290 m) Peak 6 (6739 m) and Peak 7 (6105 m). Then we will have a final descent through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk. Camp

DAY 11: MUMBUK (3570 m) – NEHA KHARKA – (3000 m – 6 hrs Hiking)
Today the trail descends steep gully with a stream for about 500m. The trail is ill defined, rocky and sloppy mud in places as it leads up the glacial valley. From here you can have a good views of Peak 6. Nhe Kharka is located on a large open grassy plain at an elevation of 3000 m. from here you will have great mountain views. Camp

DAY 12: NEHA KHARKA – (3000 m) – SHERSON (4615 m – 7 hrs Hiking)
The trail today turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak (7168 m), Peak 4 (6720 m) etc. Sherson is at 4615 m a bit dangerous day as the altitude gains more than 1500 m but we don’t have a choice because we do not have any suitable camp between Nhe Kharka and Sherson.

DAY 13: SHERSON (4615 m) – MAKALU BASE CAMP (5000 m – 4/5 hrs Hiking) 
Today is a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100 m . From here you will have a magnificent south face views of Makalu also you will be able to see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. Camp

DAY 14: EXPLORE MAKALU BASE CAMP

DAY 15: MAKALU BASE CAMP TO NEHA KHARKA – (3000 m) 
We retrace back down the Barun Valley. Camp

DAY 16: NEHA KHARKA – (3000 m) – MUMBUK (3570 m)
We continue descending back. Camp at Mumbuk

DAY 17: MUMBUK (3570 m) – KAUMA (3470 m)
We trek across Shipton La and descend to Kauma

DAY 18: KAUMA (3470 m) – TASHI GAON (2070 m)
Today we walk a bit long to Tashi Gaon. Camp

DAY 19: TREK TO PAKUWA (1520 m)
We walk through farming settlements to the spread out Rai village. Continue in forests past several streams to Pukuwa. Camp

DAY 20: PUKUWA (1520 m) – BUMLING – 1160 m
Walk through the forests and follows some spectacular high and exposed narrow tracks as it climbs over rocky ridges. We camp across the Chhetri village of Bumling.

DAY 21: BUMLING-TUMLINGTAR – 860 m 
We following the east bank of the Arun and the route pass through Chyawabesi before making a short climb back to Tumlingtar. Camp

DAY 22: TUMLINGTAR-KATHMANDU

DAY 23: KATHMANDU FREE DAY.

DAY 24: FINAL DEPARTURE.

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL.

DAY 02: FULL DAY GUIDED SIGHTSEEING INSIDE THE KATHMANDU VALLEY.
Join the welcome dinner with live Nepalese cultural program hosted by Makalu adventures.

DAY 03: KATHMANDU-TUMLINGTAR – KHADBARI (1,040 m – 4-hrs Hiking.)
Fly to Tumlingtar which is an hour flight. Here your trekking crew will meet you and a bit of briefing about the trail, then start walking up to Khadbari (1,040 m). Have lunch break in the shade of Kabra Trees. We walk north towards Khandbari, then begin walking on a plateau for around 45 minutes after the trails climbing gradually to Khandbari. We camp above the village.

DAY 04: KHADBARI (1,040 m) – CHICHILA (1830 m – 5/6 hrs Hiking)
After breakfast walk through many small picturesque villages most of the time the walk is uphill and you will be walking through bamboo groves and a rhododendron forest. Our camp is at Chichela a small settlement of Gurungs at 1830m.

DAY 05: CHICHILA (1830 m) – NUM (1490 m – 5 hrs Hiking)
Today we start walking with views of snow capped peaks in the distance. Fantastic views of Makalu and its surrounding peak. Walk on a striaght path, with little ups and downs, through forest to have lunch at about 2 hrs and then start descending to reach Num. Camp.

DAY 06: NUM (1490 m) – SEDUA – (1460 m 5/6 hrs Hiking)
The trail today descends steeply from Num through the Cornfield of Lumbang. The country is particularly rocky; tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, then we have tough steep climb to Sedua. Camp

DAY 07: SEDUA (1460 m) – TASHI GAON (2070 M – 5 hrs Hiking)
The trail crosses meadows and several streams, then climbs to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley. Camp

DAY 08: TASHI GAON (2070 m) – KAUMA (3470 m – 6 hrs Hiking)
A very hard day of the trek as the trail goes up real steep. We walk through the sparse forests along the ridge over a hillock and descend a bit to Kauma at 3470 m. Camp

DAY 09: KAUMA (3470 m)
Today is a rest day as well as acclimatization day.

DAY 10: KAUMA (3470 m) – MUMBUK (3570 m – 5 hrs Hiking) 
We again start today with a steep climb then through less steeply rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge. You will have superb views of Chamlang (7,290 m) Peak 6 (6739 m) and Peak 7 (6105 m). Then we will have a final descent through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk. Camp

DAY 11: MUMBUK (3570 m) – NEHA KHARKA – (3000 m – 6 hrs Hiking)
Today the trail descends steep gully with a stream for about 500m. The trail is ill defined, rocky and sloppy mud in places as it leads up the glacial valley. From here you can have a good views of Peak 6. Nhe Kharka is located on a large open grassy plain at an elevation of 3000 m. from here you will have great mountain views. Camp

DAY 12: NEHA KHARKA – (3000 m) – SHERSON (4615 m – 7 hrs Hiking)
The trail today turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak (7168 m), Peak 4 (6720 m) etc. Sherson is at 4615 m a bit dangerous day as the altitude gains more than 1500 m but we don’t have a choice because we do not have any suitable camp between Nhe Kharka and Sherson.

DAY 13: SHERSON (4615 m) – MAKALU BASE CAMP (5000 m – 4/5 hrs Hiking) 
Today is a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100 m . From here you will have a magnificent south face views of Makalu also you will be able to see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. Camp

DAY 14: EXPLORE MAKALU BASE CAMP

DAY 15: MAKALU BASE CAMP TO NEHA KHARKA – (3000 m) 
We retrace back down the Barun Valley. Camp

DAY 16: NEHA KHARKA – (3000 m) – MUMBUK (3570 m)
We continue descending back. Camp at Mumbuk

DAY 17: MUMBUK (3570 m) – KAUMA (3470 m)
We trek across Shipton La and descend to Kauma

DAY 18: KAUMA (3470 m) – TASHI GAON (2070 m)
Today we walk a bit long to Tashi Gaon. Camp

DAY 19: TREK TO PAKUWA (1520 m)
We walk through farming settlements to the spread out Rai village. Continue in forests past several streams to Pukuwa. Camp

DAY 20: PUKUWA (1520 m) – BUMLING – 1160 m
Walk through the forests and follows some spectacular high and exposed narrow tracks as it climbs over rocky ridges. We camp across the Chhetri village of Bumling.

DAY 21: BUMLING-TUMLINGTAR – 860 m 
We following the east bank of the Arun and the route pass through Chyawabesi before making a short climb back to Tumlingtar. Camp

DAY 22: TUMLINGTAR-KATHMANDU

DAY 23: KATHMANDU FREE DAY.

DAY 24: FINAL DEPARTURE.

What’s included in the Cost:
Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle And local bus from Kathmandu to Jiri.
# Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
# Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance,medicine.
#  Trip flight ticket for  Lukla to  Kathmandu.
# Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
# Sagarmatha National Park fees.
Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
# Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
# Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
# All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes.
The cost are not included:
# Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
# International Airfare/Airport tax.
# Foods during the trekking and in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
# Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
# Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
# Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
# Personal trekking gears
# Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
# Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

Equipments list

Good standard trekking boots
Camping shoes/thongs
Socks-polypropylene
Down Jacket
Fleece
T-shirts
Trekking trousers
Shorts (both casual and for treks)
Swim wear
Sun Hat
Woollen Hat
Nylon Windbreaker
Gloves
Gaters
Strong Rucksack
Sleeping Bag
Water Bottle
Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
Toiletries/soap
Toilet paper
Sun block
Travel Towel
Wet-wipes
Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
Sunglasses
Binoculars
Camera & lenses
Memory cards
GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
Altimeter
Compass
Book/music player/pack of cards
Padlock
A plastic bag for waste
Energy/snack bars
The following equipment are needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore – Tex Jackets)

We advise travel insurance to all travelers are interested of trekking in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal is walking in the trail (path) of mountains. In mountain areas health treatment facilities are not standard. There are less available of good hospitals and doctors. So if in case the trekker suffers from severe sickness, he should bring to Kathmandu by helicopter for better treatment. And the helicopter charter fare is expensive in Nepal. If you have already travel insurance, your money will be saved.

When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We Himalayan Smile Treks and Adventures Pvt. Ltd. shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects.

We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. They have this policy only for Nepalese citizens. So we advise you do your travel insurance with Insurance Company in your own place.

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