Makalu Base Camp Trekking is the famous trekking destination that lies in the area of Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area in the center of Eastern Nepal. Mount Makalu (8,463 m) is the world’s fifth-highest peak whereas Chamlang Himal and Barun Valley are the key charms of this trekking region.
Makalu Base Camp presents a unique opportunity to explore high elevation terrains, quiet trails, rare fauna and flora, vibrant terraced fields, and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. Makalu Base Camp Trekking is a strenuous and exceptional trek and a perfect choice for enthusiastic trekkers who seek serene in the pristine unexplored area and those who wish to avoid mass tourists.
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- Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel.
- Day 02: Optional tour to ancient marketplaces and Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour
After breakfast, we will start our fresh morning by wandering Ason and Indrachowk marketplaces to get a glimpse of traditional Nepalese life. You’ll witness the bustle of the market, see how locals purchase the products and haggle for a bargain. Whilst walking around enjoy the lively and vibrant atmosphere this local market has to offer.
We walk through a narrow alley and see people rushing. Observe the first hand the local produce people from Nepal actually purchase. You will also take in the sights and smells of the market. Your friendly tour guide will explain in full detail all the products and procedures you will see. There is plenty of opportunities to buy something for your selves and lots of photo opportunities to capture in your camera.
Kathmandu Durbar Square also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar and used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. These ancient sites situated in the traditional heart of Kathmandu that incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.
The most revered places of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the three-storied temple named Kumari Bahal. The structured like a typical Newari Vihara. In this house lives Kumari, a girl who is respected as the living goddess. During the festival of Indra Jatra, the Kumari is paraded around the square in a custom-built gilded chariot and worshipped by the people.
The tallest temple of Kathmandu valley ‘Taleju Bhawani’ built in 1549 AD. This temple is deliberated to be the most outstanding work of art in the Durbar square and considered to be the royal goddess.
Jagannath temple built in the 16th century is well-known for erotic carvings, and the Hanuman Dhoka (the royal palace) is situated in Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Kalbhairav is considered to be the destructor form of Lord Shiva. Built in the 17th century, this, 10 ft. high stone statue of terrifyingly portrayed Kal Bhairav is sited near Jagannath temple.
Temple of Shiva Parvati, rectangular in shape enshrines Nava Durga, a group of goddesses on the ground floor. It has a wooden image of Shiva and Parvati at the window of the upper floor looking out at passerby in Durbar Square.
You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “Om Mani Padme Hum” resound everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe, and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.
Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupa in Nepal as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras. You can see the vibrant prayer flags tied
to the stupa that conveys mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colors. The five colors signify the elements and the Five Pure Lights.
Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditatingoutside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.
After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.
- Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu -Tumlingtar 50 mins flight, ; drive to Num via Chichira (1,980m/6497ft): 4 hours drive
After breakfast we take 45 minutes flight to Tumlingtar and meet the team members who will also be joining us for the trek. We will have a lunch and take private vehicle along the paved road to the bustling town of Khandbari. We continue driving along the coarse path passing all the way through beautiful terraced fields and then through forest to the village of Gurung settlement called Chichira.
We will stop by Chihira to check the entry permit. You can see the shaded and serene forest of rhododendron, oaks on the way. We then head towards Num driving descend path. Num is situated on an outcrop above the Arun River where you can see birds-eye view over the valley towards Seduwa village. We stay overnight in Num.
- Pass through Rai, Sherpa and Gurung village
- Scenic drive to Num where you can see local people and rural village along with rhododendron forests.
- Day 04: Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 8 hours
Today after breakfast we leave Num behind and head towards Seduwa. We start our journey with steep descent through terraced farms and forests to the Arun River at an altitude of 650m. We traverse the suspension bridge over wild-flowing Arun River and follow an equally steep ascent to the village of Seduwa. This is where Makalu Barun National Park starts and we register our permits. We camp right at the top of the village.
- Pass through cardamom plants
- Pass through picturesque village
- Traverse suspension bridge over Arun River
- Day 05: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours
We carry on our trekking by climbing out of the valley all the way through blanketed forest of rhododendron and bamboo then passing through rice paddy fields to Manigaon village. The trail then goes through wooded area and farmland and takes you to the school at the entrance to exotic village of Tashigaon.
- Walk through shaded forest of rhododendron and bamboo
- Passing through rice paddy fields
- Pass through picturesque village
- Explore Sherpa settlement and their lifestyle
- Day 06: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 8 hours.
Today is a bit of a sturdy day as we have to walk a lot through steep trail. From Tashigaun we will climb through forests to a rivulet and then on top of a ridge. The trail gets still steeper and passes a Kharka (grazing land) and then follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes climbing to the top of the ridge. Then you walk a bit down to Khongma Danda. We stay overnight here.
- Walk through varied types of rhododendron, rhododendron tea and pine forest
- You are likely to see troops of Langur monkeys and varied species of birds
- You can see yak grazing in the pasture land
- Day 07: Rest & acclimatization day at Khongma (3,500m/11,483 ft).
Today is a day to take a rest to allow some bodily rest and help your acclimatization before traversing Shipton La the next day. For those who prefer to explore the close by area can walk along Khongma ridge towards Shipton La. You can enjoy the magnificent backdrop of Kanchanjunga from the ridge. We stay overnight in Khongma Danda.
- View of Kanchanjunga from Khongma ridge
- Day 08: Trek to Dobate (3,800m/12,467 ft) via Shipton La (4,125m/13,533 ft)- 6 to 7 hours walking.
After breakfast, from Khongma we ascend steeply along glimpse with marvelous backdrop of Makalu and Chamlang and also over to Kanchenjunga in the east. We keep on walking along a stone stairs all the way through rhododendrons. Then we reach Shipton La (4,216m/13,832 ft) after that a decline to Kalo Pokhari lake. We ascend and pass over the Keke La (4,150m/13,615 ft) subsequently; we descend down through a picturesque valley of Debotay where we stay overnight.
- Walk through rhododendron forest
- Marvelous views of Chamlang (7321m/24,019 ft), Peak 6 (6,524m/21,404 ft) and Peak 7 (6,758m/22,178 ft).
- Pass through Kalo Pokhari
- Day 09: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours
From Dobate, the trail passes through rhododendron forest which takes to Barun river and the upper reaches of the Barun valley traverse several landslide areas. You can see gigantic rock soaring in the clouds and backdrops of majestic Peak 6 and 7 down the valley on next side of the river. We walk further where the valley broadens and you can see huge flat lush area near Yangle Kharka. Yangri Kharka is located at the base of the valley. We overnight at Yangri Kharka.
- Views of majestic Peak 6 and 7
- Pass through the rhododendron forest
- You can see yak and mountain goat grazing in the meadow
- Day 10: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 7-8 hours.
Today we follow a moderate walk and pass through yak pastures, lush forest, herder huts and boulder fields. As we start to ascend high elevation we climb gradually to make sure our body has enough time to adjust with altitude. After we arrive at Langmale Kharka we camp at pasture land.
- You can see yak and mountain goat grazing in the meadow
- Pass though lush forests and boulder fields
- You can see potato fields from the camp
- View of Mount Makalu, Chamlang and several other unnamed peaks
- Day 11: Acclimatization day at Langmale Kharka (4,410m/14,468ft)
Today we take rest for acclimatization before ascending up to Makalu Base Camp next day. You can spend rest of your day by enjoying the splendid backdrops of the Himalayan range enjoy the walk where you will see beautiful Peak 3, 4, and 5 and Chamlang. Overnight camping
- Superb vistas of Peak 3, 4, and 5 and Chamlang.
- Day 12: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,900m/16076 ft) - 4 to 5 hours walking.
Today is the day we hit the big time to the Base Camp. From Langmale Kharka we walk up to Shershong where you can see fine view of Mount Makalu and finally reach to Makalu Base Camp where we will mesmerize seeing the majestic Himalayan panorama surrounding us. We stay overnight camping.
- Views of Mount Makalu, Chamlang, Baruntse, Petanche.
- You can see Yak along the way
- The trail is flat with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains accompanying us.
- Day 13: Explore near Makalu Base Camp (4,900/16076 ft).
We will organize an optional walk on the slope on east side of Makalu Base Camp, that help your acclimatization and we can see the magnificent south face of Makalu and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. If you wish you can explore the surrounding lakes and glaciers. The walk will take about 5 hours return and reaches an altitude of 5,300m. Overnight camping
- The magnificent views of south face of Makalu and panorama of Everest and Lhotse
- Explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers
- Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka (3,700m/12,139 ft).
We walk down from the base camp and take our final glance of Makalu before turning the curve. When you take a descent we pass through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and walk down the valley. We stop at Yangri Kharka and stay overnight here.
- Final glimpse of Mount Makalu
- Pass through beautiful villages
- Day 15: Yangle Kharka to Debotay (3,800m/12,467 ft) 7-8 hours
From Yangri Kharka we walk down through rock falls, lush forests and valley, Crossing River and landslide area. Then, we take steep ascend that takes you to Debotay.
- Walk through green forests, rock falls and valley
- Traverse river and landslide area.
- Day 16: Debotay to Kongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft); 8 hours trek
After breakfast we take ascend and reach at Keke La Pass. From here we take gradual descent till Kalo Pokhari and take steep ascent to Shipton La Pass. After that we take steep descent to Kongma Danda.
- Walk through forest of firs and rhododendrons
- Cross Keke La pass and Shiptom La Pass
- Day 17: Kongma Danda to Sinduwa (1,500m/4,922 ft); 8 hours.
After breakfast, we take long steep descent to Tashigaon. We stop here for lunch. After that we continue to trek leveled and zigzag path passing small villages, school on the way and reach at Sinduwa village where we stay overnight camping.
- Walk through rhododendron forest
- Pass through picturesque villages and school along the trail.
- Day 18: Sinduwa to Num. (1,560m/5,119ft); 8 hours trek
After breakfast we leave Sinduwa village behind and take steep descent followed by ascent all the way to Num. We stay overnight at Num.
Walk through lush forests towards Num
Pass through Sherpa villages
- Day 19: Drive to Tumlingtar (518m/1,700ft).
We drive from Num to Tumlingtar and get ready for an early departure to Kathmandu next day. We stay overnight in Tumlingtar.
- Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu
Today we will take flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. You will transfer to Hotel by our representative. You have leisure time to take rest and for shopping. We stay overnight in Hotel
- Day 21: Fly back home.
You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu from where you will take your flight back home.
- The region is named after Mt Makalu, which at 8463m is the world’s 5th highest mountain
- It’s home to more than 3000 species of flowering plants, including 25 species of rhododendron and hundreds of varieties of orchids
- Unexplored areas
- Several immense glaciers
- Makula lies within Nepal’s Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area
- The first ascent of Makalu was on May 15, 1955 when French climbers Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy reached the summit.
- Airport transfers,
- Internal flight Ktm-Tumlingtar- Ktm
- Transfer to/from trek point
- 3 nights ***Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast,
- Tea house Lodge during the trek on full board
- Trek Permits & National Park Fee
- Staff insurance on the trek
- Trek guide, and porter
- Duffel bag
What's not Included
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (approx. US$ 20 per day)
- Personal equipment,
- Personal bills,
- International airfare
- Excess baggage beyond 15 kilos including day pack
- Visa fee: US$ 30 for 15 days, US$ 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days multiple entries
- Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects) and Public Liability Insurance
- Optional Kathmandu Sightseeing tour
US$100 Full Day Sightseeing Tour based on 2 pax
US$60 Half-Day Sightseeing Tour based on 2 pax
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