Makalu Base Camp Trek
This trek to the base camp of the world's fifth highest mountain (Makalu 8463 m) is an outstanding trek in the eastern region of Nepal which offers a combination of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity. The trek takes us from the humid lowlands of Tumlingtar on the Arun River, through one of the least frequented areas of Nepal which is populated by a wide cross-section of Nepali peoples with a diverse cultural background, to the base camp of Makalu (5000 m).
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|Duration: 23 Days | Trip Grade: Strenuous | Maximum Altitude: 4800 m | Trekking Hour Per Day: 5 -6 hrs Daily | Number of Pax: Min. 4 | Style of Trek: Camping|
This trek to the base camp of the world's fifth highest mountain (Makalu) is an outstanding trek in the eastern region of Nepal which offers a combination of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity. The trek takes us from the humid lowlands of Tumlingtar on the Arun River, through one of the least frequented areas of Nepal which is populated by a wide cross-section of Nepali peoples with a diverse cultural background, to the base camp of Makalu (5000 m). The trail follows the beautiful Barun river valley in the Makalu Barun National Park, crossing Shipton Pass at 4127 m before arriving at Makalu Base Camp from where views of the south face of Makalu, as well as Everest (8,850m), Lhotse (8,516m), Chamlang (7,319m) and Baruntse (7,220m) are truly spectacular.
As the trek moves into the higher mountains, we traverse distinct vegetation zones; from pristine forests of fir, birch and rhododendron in the sub-alpine zone, to the herbs, grasses and juniper shrubs of the alpine pastures. The area has a large variety of orchid, aromatic plants, oak, primrose and not least of all, 19 species of bamboo! The Arun valley is also a home of rare species of various birds found in Nepal with other various fauna like; red panda, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard, wild boar, marmot and langur monkey.
Anyone in good shape and has previous experience of trekking can make this fairly challenging trek anytime in between March to May and September to early December.
Itinerary for Makalu Base Camp Trek
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Free day for trek preparation
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (50 m) and drive to Chichila (21/2 hrs) (1,850m).
Day 04: Trek to Num 1,505 m.
Day 05: Trek to Seduwa (1,530 m)
Day 06: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,065 m)
Day 07: Trek to Khongma 3,562m
Day 08: Acclimatisation day at Khongma.
Day 09: Climb over the Shipton La (4,220m) and descend to Mumbuk (3,550 m).
Day 10: Trek to Yangri Kharka 3,610m.
Day 11: Trek to Shershong 4,650m.
Day 12: Trek to Makalu South East Base Camp 4800 m.
Day 13: Explore around Makalu South East Base Camp.
Day 14: Trek back to Shershong.
Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka.
Day 16: Trek to Mumbuk.
Day 17: Trek to Tashi Gaon
Day 18: Trek to Num
Day 19: Trek to Chichila
Day 20: Trek to Tumlingtar
Day 21: Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
Day 22: At leisure in Kathmandu
Day 23: Transfer to airport for journey back home
•Arrival airport pick up and transfer to hotel
•Two nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (on the arrival day and after the trek)
•Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
•TIMS card and Makalu conservation area entry permit
•Flight + Land transportation
•All accommodations in lodges/ camps during the trek
•Camping gear (two-person tents, foam mattress, kitchen tent, dining tent & toilet tent)
•Supporting field staff that includes professional trekking guide, cook, kitchen boy, porters
•Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter(s)
•First aid kit, All government taxes
•Nepal entry visa fee
•Travel & Medical insurance
•International airfare and airport departure tax
•Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
•All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
•Sweet things like chocolate
•Hot shower during the trekking
•Tips for the guide and porter
•Emergency evacuation (In case) by helicopter which will be paid by the client’s Travel insurance company