Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek

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    Makalu Base Camp is one of the remotest treks of North eastern Nepal yet offering

Makalu Base Camp is one of the remotest treks of North eastern Nepal yet offering a spectacular beauty. Makalu Trekking is the off the beaten path trekking destinations for the trekkers who want to trek in the less crowded region. Makalu Base Camp Trek can be the ideal option for the trekkers who have exceptional attachments towards nature. Makalu Trekking can be the suitable trekking destination for the poets, botanical researchers, zoologists, etc.

From Makalu Base Camp trekkers enjoy the spectacular view of the world’s fifth highest peak, Mt. Makalu, standing at an altitude of 8463 meters from sea level. Our trek in the Makalu region is permitted and monitored by Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area. Makalu Barun National Park is very famous for its lush green beauty, rare flora and faunas.

Mt. Makalu trekking is extremely scenic trekking destination. Our trek moves through the Arun river valley, waterfalls, glaciers, Barun la Pass and finally to the Base camp of the world’s fifth highest peak. Makalu Base Camp at an altitude of 5250 meters is the highest altitude that we will be scaling during our Makalu Base Camp Trek. Makalu trekking offers everything that a trekker wishes for. But despite of its utmost beauties and adventures Mt. Makalu trekking is not getting as much tourists as it deserves.    

From the Makalu Base Camp we will be able to watch the picturesque panoramic view of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Makalu and other Himalayan ranges.

Our Makalu Base Camp trek begins after taking a scenic and adventurous one hour flight to the Tumlingtar airport. During our flight we can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges.  

In this trek we will be walking through the high altitude terrains & ethnic Himalayan villages watching the awe inspiring snowcapped Himalayan ranges in front of our eyesight. We will trek though two spectacular valleys; the Arun and Barun Valley. As our trek passes into the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area, we can see various species of Himalayan flora and fauna, also some endangered mammals like red panda, snow leopard, golden jackal, Himalayan wolfed fox, Himalayan Thar and Himalayan Ghoral. We will be trekking through few Himalayan passes that are above 4000 meters altitude from sea level.

In some part of our trek the trail gets really tough. We will experience a real adventure during the Makalu trekking and our adventure will be rewarded by the serene beauty of this region. We will also experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa ethnic communities. The locals of this region are economically very poor and isolated with the capital.  Despite of their poverty and illiteracy they have preserved the natural and cultural treasures of the region. Due to this region’s inaccessibility in comparison to other trekking regions, very few trekkers reach this region for trekking and mountaineering. Trekkers and mountaineers who visit this region take unforgettable memories back home.

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Day 01:  Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1,840m/6035 ft): 9/10 hrs
Take a 50 minutes flight to Timlingtar. Upon arrival at the airport we take 3 hours jeep drive From Tumlingtar. The ride is almost bumpy but safely takes you to the Chichila, our first camp.
Flight Time: 50 min
Driving Time: 3 hrs
Height: 1840m Chichile
Overnight: Tented Camp.

Day 02:  Trek to Num.
We start the first day of the trek with gentle walk through pictorial villages and abundant mountain forests. We walk through the ridge of the valley and with picturesque view on both side of the valley. We settle down at Num
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Height: 1500m Num
Overnight: Tented Camp.

Day 03:  Trek to Seduwa (1,540m/5051 ft): 6/7 hrs
This day start with a steep downhill walk through the dense forests and terraced plots of land takes to Arun Khola. Then we walk through a steep ascend on windy trail but the temperature is still hot. However the forest on the otherside of valley provides us some shades. Makalu National Park starts from Seduwa where we register our permits. We camp at the top of Seduwa Village.
Trekking time: 6-7 hrs
Height: 1540 Seduwa
Overnight: Tented Camp.

Day 04:  Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m/6790 ft): 4/5 hrs
Perform a downhill walk along the ridge enclosed by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Passing the amazing hill ridges, crossing isolated villages and passing by small terraced fields, we reach the village of Tashi Gaon and set our camp tonight.
Trekking Time: 4-5 hrs
Height: 2070m
Overnight: Tented Camp.

Day 05:  Trek to Khongma
Today we start with uphill walk towards Khongma. We pass by the forest of Rhododendron and we come to the village of Khongma. Khongma is towered by Shipton La and is the last village before crossing Shipton La Pass. We take a overnight rest on Khongma.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Height: 3560m
Overnight: Tented Camp.

Day 06:  Rest & acclimatization day
Take a rest to acclimatize your body before we gain height tomorrow while crossing Shipton.

Day 07:  Cross Shipton La and trek to Debotay
Wake up early in the morning and ascend towards the summit of the Shipton La and that could take approximately 2 hrs to make it to the top. Then we come the Kalo Pokhari (Pond), pass over the Keke La at 4,152m.  We get to see Marvelous views of Chamlang 7,319m, Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend down to valley to Debotay. We camp at Debotay.
Trekking Time: 7-8 hrs
Height: 3650m
Overnight: Tented Camp.

Day 08:  Trek to Yangle Kharka
We leave the valley of Debotay and climb gently, pass through the Rhododendron forest. Then we come to the Baruni River.  Another gradual climb will takes us to Yangle Kharka. This place is located at the lap of valley.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: 3600m
Overnight: Tented Camp. 

Day 09:  Trek to Merek
Today, we trek to Merek. Since we are gaining height beyond 4, 000 meters, be sure to allow your body the necessary time for acclimatization.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: 4500m
Overnight: Tented Camp.

Day 10:  Trek to ShersongToday we climb to the valley. We walk by yak pastures and we climb up the valley, through yak pastures and rocky landscapes. After arriving at Shersong, we can see the south East Ridge of Mount Makalu comes. We camp at Sherong.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Height: 5000m. Sherong
Overnight: Tented Camp.

Day 11:  Day tour to Makalu Base Camp
Today we hike to Makalu Base Camp. Upon approaching the Makalu Base Camp, we enjoy superb view of Himalayas all around the places. And we return back to Shersong. Camp at Sherong.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Overnight: Tented Camp
Height: 5000m Makalu Base Camp.

Day 12:  Trek to Yangle Kharka
Descend back down the valley and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and eventually reaching Yangle Kharka.

Day 13:  Trek to Mumbuk
We continue our descent through the rock fall. Then we climb up to the rock channel to Mumbuk. The suave greenery will be greeting us.  
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs.
Overnight: Tented Camp

Day 14:  Trek to Khongma
We start with steep climb from Mumbuk to Khongma through a jungle of firs and rhododendrons. We cross the Keke La, Shipton La and Ghungru La and descend to Khogma again.  
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs.
Overnight: Tented Camp

Day 15:  Trek to Tashigaon
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.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Overnight: Tented Camp

Day 16:  Trek to Num
We retrace the same path that we came by earlier. We descend down to Arun Khola and Seduwa again. Follow the way back down to the river we come to Num.
Trekking Time: 4-5 hrs
Overnight: Tented Camp

Day 18:  Trek to Chichila, Transfer to Tumlingtar
We retrace our steps to Chichila today too. We take a jeep drive to Tumlingtar and sleep overnight at Timlingtar.
Trekking Time: 9-10 hrs
Overnight: Tented Camp.

Day 19:  Fly back to Kathmandu
Take a early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu we can celebrate the succession of the trip and open few bottles of beer.

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