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 (8463m) 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 unique opportunity to explore high elevation terrains, quite trails, rare faunna and flora, vibrant terraced fields and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. Makalu Base Camp Trekking is a strenuous and exceptional trek and perfect choice for enthusiastic trekkers who seek serene in pristine unexplored area and those who wish to avoid mass tourists.
- Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Accommodate at Kathmandu.
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.
- Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft): 50 mins flight, 3-4 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 rough 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 which is situated at the top of a ridge. We overnight at Chichira.
- Day 04: Chichira to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6-7 hours
We set off our trek with early decent breakfast. You can see magnificent view of majestic Himalayas along with Makalu ranges if the weather is favorable. We then march towards Num right after a warm breakfast. Today the trails take you through the shaded and serene forest of rhododendron, oaks as we ascend to the top of the ridge. You can see beautiful backdrops of Makalu and Chamlang on the way. We pass the tiny picturesque Sherpa settlement and lush mountain forest then walk down to the village of Num. Num is situated on an outcrop above the Arun River where you can see birds-eye view over the valley towards Sedua village. Overnight in Num.
- Day 05: Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6-7 hours
Today after breakfast we leave Num behind and head towards Sedua. 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 Sedua. This is where Makalu Barun National Park starts and we register our permits. We overnight at Sedua.
- Day 06: 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 which is surrounded by spectacular Himalayan panorama.
- Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 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.
- Day 08: Rest & acclimatisation 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.
- Day 09: Day 8. Trek to Debotay (3,800m) via Shipton La (4,125m)- 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) after that a decline to Kalo Pokhari lake. We ascend and pass over the Keke La (4,150m) subsequently; we descend down through a picturesque valley of Debotay where we stay overnight.
- Day 10: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours
From Dobate, the trail crosses alongside the precipitous part of the Barun valley and 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.
- Day 11: Yangzi Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 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.
- Day 12: 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
- Day 13: Trek 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. Overnight camping.
- Day 14: 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
- Day 15: Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,700m/12139 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.
- Day 16: Trek to Debotay (3,800m/12467 ft)
From Yangri Kharka we walk down through rock falls, lush forests and valley, and heading towards Dobate. As we walk down the trail we follow the river banks of Barun. We stay overnight at Dobate.
- Day 17: Trek to Tashigaon.
From Debotay we walk towards Tashigaon where we stay overnight.
- Day 18: Trek to Num.
After breakfast we leave Tashigaon behind and head towards Num. We stay overnight here.
- Day 19: Drive to Tumlingtar.
We drive from Num to Tumlingtar and get ready for an early departure to Kathmandu next day. Overnight at 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.
- Day 21: Fly back home.
Leisure time and explore Kathmandu until the departure time when you will be transferred to airport and fly back home.