Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp perched on the remote region of the Nepal house of the world fifth highest mountain peak Makalu is unraveled dream destination seeking and waiting for the nature lovers, adventurers to amaze with its rustic natural beauty along with enthralling experience on each day of the camping trek. Makalu Base Camp trek takes at the base of the Mt Makalu encircled by the lush Makalu Barun National Park blooming with 3000 species of the flowering plants and sanctuary for the 440 bird species and 75 mammal species.

 The incredible trek grants moment for the awesome experience of crossing the Shipton La pass following footsteps of the legendary mountaineers and explorers who convinced the humanity to believe on the human capabilities doing the unbelievable adventure activity, as well as take the memorable snap on signature pose at the foothills of the Mt. Makalu.

Apart from the remarkable perception of the rich bio-diversity and dramatic beauty Makalu Barun Conservation harbors incredible Makalu Base Camp trek stuns with the breathtaking glimpses of the world highest peaks along the insight into adorned culture and religion of the inhabitants Sherpa and Rai community with the camping experience.

Makalu Base Camp perched on the remote region of the Nepal house of the world fifth highest mountain peak Makalu is unraveled dream destination seeking and waiting for the nature lovers, adventurers to amaze with its rustic natural beauty along with enthralling experience on each day of the camping trek. Makalu Base Camp trek takes at the base of the Mt Makalu encircled by the lush Makalu Barun National Park blooming with 3000 species of the flowering plants and sanctuary for the 440 bird species and 75 mammal species.

 The incredible trek grants moment for the awesome experience of crossing the Shipton La pass following footsteps of the legendary mountaineers and explorers who convinced the humanity to believe on the human capabilities doing the unbelievable adventure activity, as well as take the memorable snap on signature pose at the foothills of the Mt. Makalu.

Apart from the remarkable perception of the rich bio-diversity and dramatic beauty Makalu Barun Conservation harbors incredible Makalu Base Camp trek stuns with the breathtaking glimpses of the world highest peaks along the insight into adorned culture and religion of the inhabitants Sherpa and Rai community with the camping experience.

Trek starts following the steep descent trail passing through dense forest enjoying the lush beauty of the forest and playing hide and seek game with the sunrays inside the jungle during the trek.

Itinerary

Day 1. Kathmandu arrival (1,300m)

Langtang Ri Trekking & Expedition representative will greet you in an airport & transfer you to your Hotel, after refreshment you will be picked from hotel lobby to office where you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.

Day 2. Kathmandu sightseeing (1,300m)

After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the Thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.

Pashupatinath: Hindu Temple is a very large and complex and focal point for the Hindu religion. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.

Swayambhunath: You will first visit the Swayambhunath temple complex that sits atop a high hill overlooking Kathmandu and the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It consists of a very large white stupa with the all-seeing-eye of Lord Buddha plus many small stupa and beautifully carved stone shrines. This is a wonderful place to catch your breath and start to understand and appreciate the deep importance of Buddhist belief to the people of Nepal and the Himalaya region. Make sure you ring the many bells to awaken the gods and let them know you are in Nepal. Take the time to enjoy the view over Kathmandu and have your guide point the many other highlights of the city. In the far distance to the east you may also be able to see the hills of Nagarkot where your hotel for tonight is located. If you feel energetic you might also like to try some or all of the 350 steps that lead all the way from Kathmandu city up to your Swayambhunath temple vantage point.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop today is the beautiful Kathmandu Durbar Square, or the royal palace square of the ancient Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. This square and all its architectural treasures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While some damage to buildings occurred in the 2015 earthquake the site still contains many stunning architectural gems. The original royal palace courtyards are open to visitors and you will marvel at the intricate timber carving and beautifully crafted brickwork of the palace. The open square outside the palace has many beautiful multi-storey pagodas and temples with ornate carving and carpentry artwork that tells some of the story of the ancient kings and their mystical time and beliefs. The square also contains many important Hindu temples and statues such as to Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Durbar Square also contains the unique and intriguing Kumari Chok. This is an ancient and ornate house where resides the Raj Kumari – the Living Goddess. She is a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are in the courtyard of the home at the right time in the afternoon you may see a brief glimpse of the Goddess at her window.

Day 3. Kathmandu – Tumlingtar Fly and drive to Num (1,560m)

After breakfast drive to airport and fly to Tumlingtar, the focal point of our journey. On arrival before we begin with our trekking we take lunch at one of the hotels at Tumlingtar. And then drive from Tumlintar to Num.

Day 4. Num – Sedua (1,500m)

Descending steeply from the western end of the Num ridge the trail reaches to Lumbang, from where the trail becomes exceptionally steep as it reaches to the suspension bridge over the Arun Koshi at 620 m, from where we make a rough climb to Sedua. We camp at Sedua for the night.

Day 5. Sedua – Tashigaon (2,100m)

From Sedua to reach Tashigaon we pass through Manigaon, where the trail turns west and makes a gradual climb above the Kasuwa Khola and reaches to Chyaksadanda from there to Hindrungma Village and on to Ropesa. The route crossing the meadows and several streams finally reaches to Tashigaon.

Day 6. Tashigaon – Khongma (3,410m)

In this trek we first climb over the ridge behind a hotel run by Norbu Lama ascend through forests to a stream, then onto a ridge. We climb through two small streams, and then get connected to Kharka and further up to Unshisha, from where the trail joins the ridge that separates two drainages, a short distance from there will lead us to Khongma. Camping at Khongma.

Day 7. Khongma – Mumbuk via Khongma la Pass (3,520m)

On the way to Mumbuk we climb on steep switchbacks for a while to the top of the ridge, at 3840m, from where astounding view of Chhamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7 of 6739m and 6105m respectively can be seen. Following the ridge through rhododendrons we ascend a staircase and reach to Ghungru La one of the first pass among the three passes we cross to reach the Barun Khola. From here descending a small lake we climb up to Shipton La then to Keke La (4150m). The route then enters to a valley filled with rhododendrons, finally making a steep descent through a forest of firs to Mumbuk.

Day 8. Mumbuk – Yangle Kharka (4,274m)

Descending 300m down from Mumbuk to a rocky gully we continue our trail westward in fir forests at the bottom of the Barun Valley. We cross several streams, then cross the Barun on a wooden bridge to Yangle Kharka. Yangle Kharka is a large meadow at an elevation of 3600m, a fine place to make a camping site. We make the large meadow of Yangle Kharka our resting place.

Day 9. Yangle Kharka – Merek (4,100m)

Passing from Nghe Kharka, a large open, grassy plain, we connect our trek to Riphuk Kharka which is at an elevation of 3930m and then turning westward to reach to the potato field at Jhak Kharka, climbing from there we reach at Yak Kharka. Beyond Yak Kharka the trail climbs over a ridge and then from there, to Merek.

Day 10. Merek – Shersong (4,630m)

The trail from Merek climbs in sand beside a stream alongside the moraine. As we pass a ridge, the valley turns slightly north. Entering into an alluvial valley Makalu pops into view just before Shersong. Staying towards the eastern side of the valley we head up to the valley over a low ridge to Shersong (4660m). Rest of the day can be used for acclimatization.

Day 11. Trip to Makalu Base Camp and back to Shersong (4,870m)

This day we make a trip to Makalu Base Camp. After early morning breakfast at Shersong, we stay to the right in a gully on the east side of the valley. It’s a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100m above Makalu Base Camp. Descending to a stream and crossing on the boulders to the base camp on the west bank of the river. There are terrific views of the south face of Makalu. There are no shelters and vegetation at the Makalu Base Camp, which is at an elevation of 5000m. We can make this a day trip and return to Shersong to spend a night.

Day 12. Shersong – Yangle Kharka (4,274m)

Now getting over with our day trip to the Makalu Base Camp begins our journey to return back. So after a heavy breakfast at Shersong we begin with our trek. We retrace our steps down to the Barun Valley to the pleasant camp of Yangle Kharka.

Day 13. Yangle Kharka – Mumbuk (3,520m)

As descended from Shersong to Yangle Kharka on the earlier day, we continue descending through the rock fall area and then climb up the rocky gully to the trees of Mumbuk.

Day 14. Mumbuk – Khongma via Khongma la pass (3,520m)

From the steep hillside of Mumbuk where we had our campsite for the night on arrival from Yangle Kharka, we continue to retrace our way back- we trek across Shipton La and descend to Khongma.

Day 15. Khongma – Tashigaon (2,100m)

On this day we do not need to climb up we only descend, this will really help us to comfort our trek and reach to Tashigaon. We will make a long, steep descent back to the civilization.

Day 16. Tashigaon – Num (1,560m)

Trek to get our next stoppage point, Num. From Tashigaon we go to Sedua and from there to Num.

Day 17. Drive from Num – Tumlintar (410m)

Today the trek will lead us to Chichila from Num. On doing so we retrace the route we had approached. From Num we return to Mure and then Hururu also known as Kopdane and then from there, to the small Sherpa Settlement of Kuwapani and then to Chichila. And drive from Chichila to Tumlintar.

Day 18. Tumlingtar – Kathmandu fly (1,300m)

After breakfast at the lodge we are taken to the airport at Tumlingtar, to connect flight to Kathmandu. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 19. Kathmandu free day of your own. (This day can be used in case of flight cancellation) (1,300m)

This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping. In the evening you will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.

Day 20. Final Departure (1,300m)

All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing country.

What's Included

    • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
    • Twin / double sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 to 3 star hotels with breakfast
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide, Entrance fee & Private transportation
    • Kathmandu Tumlingtar Kathmandu flight fare for guide & members
    • Cargo
    • Accommodation in tent during trek
    • Meals (Breakfast,lunch, dinner) in trekking
    • Boiled drinking water, Tea, coffee
    • Seasonal sleeping bag
    • Trekking map for group
    • Makalu National park fee
    • Tims
    • All necessary paper work & Permits
    • A First Aid and Eco trained & Government license holder English Speaking guide
    • Experiance cook, Kitchen crews, sherpa and required porter while on trek
    • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment & Insurance of Langtang Ri trekking staffs
    • Tent, mattress, sleeping bag, cooking utensils and other camping materials
    • Travel & Rescue arrangement
    • All government taxes
    • First Aids Kits
    • Farewell dinner

What's Not Included

    • International Airfare
    • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
    • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
    • Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc
    • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
    • Anything not specified in the Cost Include section

Equipment Check List

Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket

Footwear

Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.

Clothing

Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.

Other equipment

Sleeping bag (5 seasons),  lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.

Other Items

Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.

Important Note

Itinerary and Dates: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions and the health of trekkers can all contribute to changes. Your guide, and their Sherpa assistants, will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. Our aim is to return you safely to Kathmandu in time for your departure flight booking.

Experience Required: This Trek is suitable for keen walkers who are able to walk for 6 – 7 hours each day, with a light rucksack. Some of the days are quite long, and walking feels more strenuous at altitude. Generally, the trail is a good quality, but occasionally it will be uneven and rocky.

Food & Accommodation: You will be accommodated in a teahouse each night, unless the itinerary stipulates tent camping is necessary on some nights. Teahouses are simple, locally-run guesthouses with twin-share or single rooms. Toilets and showers are of varying standards. Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice & lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will probably be pleasantly surprised by the variety of food at the lodges.

What about our luggage: One porter will be shared between two trekking clients. Porters will carry a maximum of 12kgs per client. If you wish to, you may keep excess clothing and items in a storage room at your Kathmandu hotel.

What will the temperature be like: The weather obviously varies considerably by season and may also change drastically within a single day, particularly at high altitude. If your itinerary takes you above 3,000m need to be prepared for conditions that may range from -10 to 25 degrees on any day. Some useful weather data is available here: https://bit.ly/3vi7rHX You will also need good protections from sun and wind exposure. Contact us for a suggested trek packing list to suit your itinerary.

How much money should we bring: You will need to carry Nepali Rupee to pay for things not covered by your itinerary package. This may include bottled water; evening hot showers; additional food treats; additional hot drinks; equipment replacement or repairs; battery charging and gifts and tips. Shopping can also be done on your last day in Thamel. Talk with us in our office before departing on your trek and we can provide more advice and currency exchange.

What about Acute Mountaineering Sickness (AMS): AMS is essentially impossible to predict. Some people are affected, and other not. Only a very small percentage of people suffer serious effects. Effects may become apparent at any altitude, not just at the extremes of your itinerary.

Signs of AMS includes:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Drowsiness
  • Flatulence
  • Peripheral Edema (Swelling of extremities)
  • Fluctuation in body temperature

Prevention of AMS:

  • Adequate rest prior to the trek.
  • Adequate hydration maintained throughout the trek.
  • Adequate salt and sugar in your bloodstream. So, eat plenty and don’t skip meals.
  • Adequate warmth. Use clothing layers to maintain warmth without sweating excessively. Controlled and regular breathing. Breathe deeply from the diaphragm to use all your lung capacity. Try and walk to a pace that maintains controlled and steady breathing. Breathe through your nose to protect you throat from drying. Consider wearing a muff over your mouth and nose at high altitudes.
  • Managed exertion. Trekking is not a race to the next pass or teahouse. Go at a constant, manageable pace, do not chase after the person in front. Keep a slow steady pace rather than pushing too hard and needing to stop frequently. Take time to enjoy the scenery.

Trip facts

  • Region
  • Activity
    Trekking
  • Duration
    20 Days
  • Grade
    Demanding
  • Best Time
    April- May- September- November-
  • Max. Altitude
    5000m
  • Group Size
    Min 2 pax
  • Transportation
    Private vehicle / Flight

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