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Makalu Base Camp Trek

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Makalu base camp trek yet another trekking destination that is well appreciated by the trekkers. Makalu with the altitude of 8475m is the 5th highest mountain in the world known for its utterly marvelous untouched natural beauty. Situated very close to Everest region Makalu Base Camp trek takes you through the beautiful Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area. The park is recognized internationally for its exquisiteness along with the diversity of flora and fauna. Some of the endangered species of flora and fauna found in the park includes Rhododendrons, Orchids, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk deer, Wild boar, Wild Yak, Himalayan Thar along with more 420species of native as well as migratory birds. Some locales have also informed about the view of elusive Himalayan giant the Yeti time and again.

Makalu Base Camp Trek begins from Tumlingtar which is situated in mid-eastern Nepal which is an hour away flight from Kathmandu. The actual walk begins from Chiclila which is 3-hour’s drive from Tumlingtar. Following the beautiful Barun river valley in the Makalu Barun National Park and conservation area we will cross passes like Shipton La, Keke La and lakes like Kalopokhari all the way to Base Camp which is situated at the altitude of 5000m. On the way we will be awed by the jaw dropping view of Mt Makalu along with Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang, Baruntse with the hodgepodge of many others. The whole area gives you the vibe of remote wilderness enclosing some of the pristine forests and alpine meadows of Nepal.

Makalu base camp trek require utmost 5-6hours of walk daily. Walking to the high mountains through the thrilling passes is the part of your adventure journey. Anyone with prior trekking experience and in good shape can make through this fairly challenging trek. The trek is purely a camping trek and no lodges are available in the route.

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila(1840m)

Enjoy the 45minutes morning flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar through the Himalayas. As we reach Tumlingtar we will meet our trek crew, have lunch and then drive in 4WD vehicles through a rough road to Chichila. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 3: Trek to Num (1500m); 6-7hours

We will start with a gradual uphill climb through the forest for about 2hours and then trail descends by a small river where you walk in a flat land for around one hour to reach Num. Num is a small village with many teahouses offering a distant view of Himalayas.

Day 4: Trek to Sedua(1493m); 6-7hours

Leaving Num behind us the trail steeply descends through the forests and terraced fields to Arun River. Crossing a suspension bridge the trail ascends through forests and few villages taking us to the village of Sedua. There is a check post and an office of Makalu Conservation Area. Stay overnight at camp in Sedua.

Day 5: Trek to Tashigaon(2057m); 4-5hours

Initially the trail slightly goes uphill but major part of the walk is flat and easy through the bushes. Passing the hillside through quiet villages and small paddy fields we will reach to the village of Tashigaon. Tashigaon is a big Sherpa village surrounded by dense forest with prayer flags fluttering in the wild. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 6: Trek to Kauma Kharka(3500m); 5-6hours

We will start the walk through the dense forest and after a gradual uphill climb we will arrive to a sort of alpine meadow. After having lunch we will climb to a ridge and finally arrive in a grazing area at Kauma Kharka. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 7: Trek to Dobato(3700m);7-8hours

We will start with a steep climb towards the summit of Shipton La(4229m) which takes few hours. The pass offers the superb Mountain View. After crossing the pass we will make our way through the Rhododendron forest to the beautiful valley of Dobato. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 8: Trek to Yangri Kharka(3620m); 5-6hours

Leaving Dobato behind us the trail steeply descends through the Rhododendron Forest of Barun River. Following the River we will arrive to our high pasture campsite in Yangri Kharka which is situated in the base of the valley. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 9: Trek to Lengmale Kharka(4400m)

Following the river upstream and witness the regal vista of Himalayas we will trek to an alpine meadow of Lengmale Kharka for overnight stay.

Day 10: Trek to Sherson(4500m)

We will start the climb through Yak pastures and boulder fields in a complete high alpine environment to Sherson. From Sherson the southern flank of Mt Makalu and Barun glacier comes into view. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 11: Explore Makalu Base Camp (5100m) / Everest View Point Ridge and trek back to Sherson; 7-8hours

Climb to Makalu Base Camp for the breathtaking views on the way. Return back to the campsite have lunch and climb to 5000m on the ridge to the north for the views of Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Everest and many other. Stay overnight in camp in Sherson.

Day 12: Trek to Yangri Kharka

We will descend down to the valley following Barun River which finally takes us to Yangri Kharka.

Day 13: Trek to Dobato; 5hours

The trail descends through the small bushes of Rhododendron for around 4hours. Later the path goes uphill through the jungle all the way to Dobato. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 14: Retracing our path back we will re-cross the Shipton La pass and descend down to Kauma Kharka. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 15: We will descend for around 6hours through the dense forest to Sedua via Tashigaon. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 16: Trek to Num

We will start the day with a steep descend to Arun River Valley. Crossing the River the trail goes uphill through a ridge which takes us to Num.

Day 17: Trek to Chichila(5hours) and drive to Tumlingtar

The trek starts early in the morning through the ridge which takes us to Chichila. From here we will catch a ride back to Tumlingtar. Stay overnight in camp.

Day18: Fly back to Kathmandu

Early in the morning we will catch a scenic flight back to Kathmandu over the Himalayas. After having lunch we will have plenty of time for sightseeing and shopping.

Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu

Today we can enjoy either shopping or sightseeing or simply have rest.

Day 20: Farewell

You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey.

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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