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Makalu Base Camp Camping Trek, 21 Days

Makalu base camp trek is not very busy because of it remote location but it is decorated with superb Himalayan Shangri-La. Mount Makalu 8475m is the fifth highest peak of the world situated in Nepal. Makalu base camp trek is an absolutely amazing, still untouched and irregular route of Makalu region close to the Everest trekking region. Makalu region protected by the Makalu Barun National Park established in 1992. National park protected 3000 species of flowering plants, 440 species of birds, and 75 species of mammals, including the endangered Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Yak and Himalayan Thar etc. This remarkable biodiversity is considered to be of global significance, and a living laboratory for international scientific research; in this way it is necessary to touch the Makalu’s living laboratory before die. Makalu base camp trekking is a unique adventure tour with Himalayan view, landscape and beautiful scenery. It is really different adventure tour gives lifetime experience in Nepal. Makalu base camp trek starts with flight to Tumlingtar and heads up the Arun valley to Sedua and Num; then crossing Shipton La Pass 4210 m. Hiking to the view point above Makalu base camp offers superb views of the world’s highest mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Chamlang and Baruntse. Makalu Region usually require maximum 5-7 hours of walking everyday few day even more; walking to the high mountain is the challenging part of your adventure tour. Anyone in good physical condition with previous high altitude walking experience can make this quite challenging trek in March to May and September to December. Makalu base camp trek offers Panoramic views of the south face of Makalu, as well as Everest and Lhotse are truly regal and fantastic, this area is blessed with diversity of natural vegetation, culture and biological diversity. Highest access of Makalu base camp trek is 5100m considered as one of the remote areas trail of Nepal. Suggested Makalu base camp trek itinerary given below, if it is not suitable for you, we are happy to design another itinerary as per your desire and duration of holidays. Make a trek to the base camp of world's fifth highest mountain Makalu. Makalu is a close neighbor of Mt Everest, lying in the northeast region of Nepal. The Makalu Barun National Park, established in 1992, covers the Barun Valley which is part of a huge international protected area under an agreement between Nepal and China. The Park spreads just east to the Everest region, covering areas of the Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts of Nepal. One of the most popular trekking peaks of Nepal, the Mera Peak (6654m), also lies in the Makalu Barun region.  A large variety of common as well as endangered flora and fauna are protected in the region including rhododendrons, orchids, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Yak, Himalayan Thar, and more than 420 varieties of bird species. Some believe the area also to be home to the elusive Himalayan giant, the Yeti.

Fact of the Trek;
Trek Destination: Makalu Region
Highest Elevation: 4870m
Best Season: Autumn (Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April) 
Group Size: 02pax to 16pax
Mode of Trek: Tented Camp
Trek Start/End: Tumlingtar/Tumlingtar
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Trekking Hour: 5-6hours
Transportation by: Domestic flight and private vehicle
Types of trek/tour: Trekking
Culture: Majority of Rai, Lhomi and Sherpa
Himalayan Sights: Makalu and other snowy high mountains
High Lights of the Trek: Stunning view of high Himalayan Range, unobstructed Sunrise & Sunset view, typical lifestyle and culture of Rai, Lhomi and Sherpa, scenic and picturesque villages, ancient Monasteries, wildlife, beautiful terraced fields, dense rhododendron forest, water fall. 

Itinerary in details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1340m,
You'll be met at the airport by our representative from the company, so look out for a office sign/logo with your name when you leave the airport. They will bring you back to the Hotel. Welcome drinks will provide by Hotel and short briefing about your treks and refreshment. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 2: Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley,
A free day to explore in the Kathmandu Valley. Our tour guide introduces as following Options: Climb the many steps to Swayambhunath (the monkey temple), with its commanding views of Kathmandu (1420m), its whitewashed Stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism. The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. In the midst of traditional Gompas, and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, Boudhanath attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (Koras) of the Stupa. Durbar Square, one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, is a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist temples, stupas and statues, and is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies. Hindu Pashupatinath and its sacred temple complex on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and saffron sit serenely meditating - when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and trek to Mane Bhanjyang 1030m
If all goes as planned, we should arrive by plane in Tumlingtar at around 1 pm, where we start our trek after lunch. The ascent starts from the Arun Kosi and the Sabha Khola rivers. It is a long ridge walk with numerous villages along the road. We can see views of the huge Chhamlang massif in the distance. The trail crosses a plateau then climbs gradually after which we will arrive in Khandbari. We trek further an hour via the interesting fertile villages to camp at the Mane Bhanjyang (4:30 hrs). Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 4: Trek from Mane Bhanjyang to Chichira 1840m
The countryside will become more rural and we will climb through bamboo forests along the ridge to Arun than (1280m), after which we continue through bamboo groves and big rocks to Sheka (1350m). Ascend to Bhotebas (1740m) and trek further for 2 hours and reach the tiny ridge to the village of Chichira (1840m) where there are two excellent campsites and a few houses inhabited by Gurungs (6 hrs). Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 5: Trek from Chichira to Num 1500m
Having the views of Makalu at dawn we start to trek slowly. It’s an enjoyable walk for the day. We will continue following the ridge past small Sherpa settlements of Baisake and Kuwapani (1870m). The route climbs about 100 meters before descending into oak forests and then follows alongside a stream for a short distance. We will then go upwards again to the village of Mure (2000m), a village inhabited by both Sherpas and Rais. After Mure, the trails will descent on a rocky eroded trail to some stone steps and finally to Num, which is on a ridge above Arun Kosi River (6 hrs). Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 6: Trek from Num to Seduwa 1540m
After leaving our campsite at Num we will descend steeply from the western end of the Num ridge through the cornfields of Lumbang, we will continue our way down through jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun Kosi (620m). From here we will do the steep climb up to Seduwa (1540m) which has an excellent large camping ground below the national park office. Here we must register with both the local police and the national park office (5:30 hrs). Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 7: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon 2070m
Today there are many streams to cross that may (or may not) have bridges and makes a gradual climb high above the Kasuwa Khola to a mani wall (1890m). From here on it is a gentle walk through terraced rice fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and then onto Ropsesa. The route crosses meadows and several streams and then reaches the Tashigaon School, after which there is yet another stream to cross and a short ridge climb to reach the foot of the Sherpa village of Tashigaon. This is the last settlement in the valley. Many of the houses in this village are on stilts topped with round stone or wood barriers to keep out the mice (5 hrs). Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 8: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma 3560m
This will be a tough day with an elevation over 1400 meters on a steep trail. We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge where there is a small shepards hut called Chipla (2520m). After this the trail becomes even steeper and passes a kharka (commonly owned grazing land) and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs ascending to the top of the ridge. From here it’s a short way down to Khongma. There are no buildings here and many of the tent sites are on the sloping hillside (6 hrs). Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 9: Trek from Khongma to Mumbuk 3550m
Today we will first climb on steep switchbacks adorned with prayer flags to a ridge at 3840 m, from where there is a very nice view of Chhamlang, Peak 6 (6739m) and Peak 7 (6105m). We will follow the ridge through a rhododendron forest for a while and then go up to the first of three passes we must cross today, which is Ghungru La (4050m). Descend to a small turquoise lake after which we will ascend again through Shipton Pass (named after Eric Shipton, who used this pass with Edmund Hillary on their 1952 Everest reconnaissance). We then have to pass Keke La (4150m) after which we will enter a valley filled with rhododendron forest and continue on to our campsite at Mumbuk (7 hrs). Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Trek from Mumbuk to Nghe Kharka 3750m
Descend to Barun Khola through fir and rhododendron forests and we pass a small cave at 3250 meters and then traverse up and down to a large open area. We will have good views of Peak 7 from here. The valley widens and we have to pass several streams and then cross the Barun river on a wooden bridge to Yangle Kharka and then onto the large grassy plain of Nghe Karka (6 hrs). Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 11: Rest day at Nghe Kharka
Rest day, It’s a very special place for a rest and observes the nature closely. And it also gives you the opportunity to wash some of your clothes if necessary. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 12: Trek from Nghe Kharka to Shersong 4610m

Beyond Nghe Kharka we will follow the Barun valley past Piphuk Kharka (3930m). Then we will climb alongside a waterfall and then on to a swampy meadow and stream. Here we will go to a single house at Jhak Kharka (4210m) and continue our way through the meadows of Yak Kharka where there is a rough hotel and an amazingly well equipped shop. Beyond Yak Kharka we will follow alongside a moraine formed by the lower Barun glacier. There are excellent views of Peak 4 (6720m), Peak 3 (6477m) and peak 5 (6404m). We will continue our way through the valley until we reach Shersong for overnight camp through pine and rhododendron forests and grassy plain. Halfway into the valley the dramatically beautiful summit of Makalu comes into view (7 hrs). Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Trek from Shersong to Makalu Base Camp 4870m
From our camp site at Shersong, it is a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100 meter above Makalu base camp after which we descend to a stream and cross boulders to the base camp on the west side of the river. There are terrific views of the south face of Makalu. There are no huts, shelters or vegetation at base camp which is at an elevation of about 4900 meters. We will return to Shersong on the same day for our overnight camp (6 hrs). Make sure that you acclimatize well before walking up to Makalu Base Camp. Enjoy the superb views of the Himalayan Mountains throughout the day. Return back to Shersong. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 14: Trek from Shersong to Yangle Kharka 3557m/9 hours
Descend back down the valley and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and eventually reaching Yangle Kharka. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 15: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Mumbuk 3540m/7 hours
Continuing with our descent through the rockfall. Then climb up the rock gully to Mumbuk. We will be again greeted by the greeneries below. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 16: Trek from Mumbuk to Khongma 3500m/7 hours
Initial steep climb from Mumbuk through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. Cross the Keke La, Shipton La and Ghungru La. Descend to Khogma again.  Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 17: Trek from Khongma to Tashigaon 2100m/6 hours
Today, we continually descend down to Tashigaon. The descent will be a long and steep one. Cutting across the hillside to eventually reach the Sherpa town of Tashi Gaon. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 18: Trek from Tashigaon to Num 1560m/5 hours

We are retracing the same path that we came by. We exit the Makalu Barun Camp. Descend down to Arun Khola and Seduwa again. Then another hike through the forest to Num. We follow our footsteps all the way back down to the river. Climb back up the opposite side of the valley to Num. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 19: Trek from Num to Chichira, Transfer to Tumlingtar  by local jeep 9/10 hrs
Again we retrace our steps to Chichira. The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day. Transfer to Tumlingtar. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 20:  Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

We complete the journey with a flight to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

Day 21: Final departure to international airport as per your flight schedule.

Our Package Inclusive
# Int’l/Dom Airport/Hotel/Airport picks up and transfers by private car/van on arrival and departure.
# 3 nights accommodations in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at Standard Hotel in Kathmandu.
# Sightseeing Tour as per above mentioned itinerary and all kind of entry fees.
# Round Trip domestic flight tickets cost and airport tax.
# Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea or coffee are included during the camping trek.
# Tented Camp accommodation during the camping trek.
# 1 Experienced, helpful, friendly and well trained English speaking guide, 1 trekking cook, kitchen helper and necessary porters for camping trek, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples) during the trek and their food, accommodation, equipments, salary and insurance.
# All Equipments for Camping Treks (Tents, Dinning Tents, Kitchen Tents, Toilet Tents, Mattresses, Tables, Chairs and Kitchen Utensils for cooking etc.).
# All ground transportation by private vehicle and tourist bus.
# Makalu-Barun National Park Permit.
# All necessary permits.
# Tourist Service Charge.
# Office Service Charge.
# All government tax.
# First Aid Medical Kit box.

Our Package Exclusive
# Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
# International Airfare to and from Nepal.
# Travel Insurance.
# Nepal Tourist Visa Fees.
# Items and expenses of personal nature.
# All kind of alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, whisky), cold drink (mineral water, coke, fanta, sprite, juice), laundry service, postage, phone calls, internet, donations, museum entry fees etc during the trip.
# Personal Trekking Equipments such as sleeping bags, walking poles, down jackets, walking boots. (It can be hired/bought in Kathmandu and Pokhara).
# Emergency Evacuation (Medical Insurance and Helicopter Rescue in case of accident and can be paid either insurance company or clients themselves).
# Any cost arises due to a change of the program/itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, strike and some accidental problems.
# Horse/Pony renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
# Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusive.
# Tipping Tips for guide, porters, drivers and horse man.

Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory and can be treated end of the trip if satisfied.

N. B. This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailor-made”. The package itinerary can be redesigned or changed due to trekker’s fitness and time frame of holiday. Similarly hotel can be upgraded or downgraded depend on your budget. Please email to us at mystiquenepaltreks@yahoo.com for more details and discussions for suitably programs.

P.S. In case of Emergency Evacuation during the trip, Helicopter Rescue will be arranged by Mystique Nepal Himalayan Trekking & Expedition (P) Ltd within 1-2 hours in first call. The cost of the rescue must be paid by the clients themselves or insurance company.

There will be a cancellation fee of 25% for any cancellation unforeseen problems shown one month prior to Trekking/Tour departure date, a cancellation fee of 50% two weeks prior to Trekking/Tour departure date and no refund thereafter. No refund for no shows & delay arrivals whatsoever reason.
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