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Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp Trek

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of our favourite treks and we’d be delighted to help you explore this impressive region in Nepal.

Let Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure take you to the remote Makalu area on a trek through regions far-off the beaten trek. Enjoy some true Himalayan wilderness and unparalleled views of Makalu.

At 8,485m, Makalu is the 5th highest mountain in the world and its striking shape can be spotted from far away. In the early days of Himalayan exploration, it was frequently confused with Everest due to a very high prominence. But since then, it has played an important part in mountaineering history itself. While only 20km away from Everest, the region feels completely different. Wild, remote and far less busy. You’ll have to dispense with the amenities and infrastructure offered in the Everest region but in return you’ll receive a true Himalayan adventure. The ideal trip to get some distance from everything ‘usual’.

At Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure we pride ourselves being very experienced in successfully and safely executing even these remote trips that require a more sophisticated logistical arrangement. The physical aspects of this trip can be quite demanding, particularly because of the lack of facilities. This trip is therefore only advisable for travelers with good physical fitness. But don’t let that deter you. Walking the remote trails and standing at Makalu base camp at high altitude without the hustle-bustle that you can sometimes encounter at Everest base camp make it more than worthwhile. 

Highlights:

  • Admire the stunning shape of Makalu, one of the highest peaks in the world
  • Enjoy the remote Himalayas and unspoiled nature
  • Embark on your own private adventure

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 15 days
Trek Duration: 11 days
Altitude: 520m - 4800m
Difficulty: Moderate
Starts/ends point: Kathmandu
Best Season: Spring/Fall/Winter
Accommodation: Hotel, Teahouse/Lodge
Transport: Private vehicle & Domestic Flight
Permits: Makalu Barun National Park
15 days Trek, S/Seeing, Hike activity in English by Best Mountain Leader

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.) & Transfer to Hotel

Flying into Kathmandu is a memorable experience with the Himalaya spread out. Time pass is so quickly, enjoying the views of marvellous Himalayan ranges along with the world's highest peak Mount Everest while being on this flight. The flight will land at (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport at 1350m after you will receive Nepal entry visa which can be obtained in advance or on entry and for the visa process at Kathmandu TIA, you will take around 45min, it depends on the number of people in a queue. For the Nepal entry visa information, have to visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. After you will exit from the gate, where you will see our company representative waiting for you withholding placard written with the company name. Company representative welcomes you by offering the holy Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. It takes around 30min to reach at Thamel from TIA via means of transportation. The scenes of Pashupatinath (sacred Hindu temple), city, full of various vehicles, peoples make our journey more enjoyable and amazing, then we reach the hotel, trip briefing and take rest. Thamel is full of restaurants, shopping centre & good accommodation. 
[Included meals: welcome drink]
Overnight at hotel

Day 02: Free day at Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.)

We recommend you to take an extra day in Kathmandu on the second day of the trip. Due to several hours of flight travel, physical mentally could be exhaust. Therefore it is an ideal idea to stop a day in Kathmandu before starting your Himalayas trip and prepare for the trip. During the free day at Ktm, you can simply stay relax or to make your the day memorable you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu on world's UNESCO Heritage sites or you can do 1hr Everest Mountain Flight tour or 3h30min Everest Helicopter tour or 1h30min Langtang Helicopter tour, rock climbing, etc.
[Included meals: bed and breakfast]
Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Scenic flight to Tumlingtar (520m/1706.04 ft.) and drive to Num (1560m/5118.11 ft.), 30min fly + 3-4hr walk

We fly to Tumlingtar. From here our begin with ascend a long ridge running north from the edge of the sprawling town around the airstrip to the Newari and Rai village of the Khadbari (1040m). We continue along the ridge through picturesque villages to Mane Bhanjang (1100m). The journey offer marvellous views of Makalu. We will passes pretty villages Gongane and Chichira, Kuwapani etc. some ups, downs passes journey bring us to Num.
[Included meals: Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 04: Trek to Tashigoan (2100m/6889.764 ft.), 5-6hr walk

Num is set on a promontory above the Arun Kosi, giving us good views over the valley towards Seduwa. It will soon become clear that we have a long descent, followed by an equally long climb. On a clear day, we will see as far as the peaks flanking the Shipton La. Eventually, after several hours, we’ll reach Seduwa (Murmidanda; 1540m), as we climb gently northwards through the rice terrace to the village of Manigaon and makes a gradual climb high Kasuwa Khola to a Mani wall at Chyaksadanda (1890m). It’s a gentle walk past farms, meadows and forested glades to the school at the bottom of Tashigaon
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Trek to Kongma (3560m/11679.79 ft.), 4-5 hr walk

Our trek involves a 1400m climb on a very steeps trail. Starting from Tashigaon, climb over the ridge and ascend through forests to a stream. The path levels out at the next ridge before climbing to a shepherds’ hut stop another ridge at Chipla (2520m). Here the trail becomes even steeper. Continue over rocks and tree roots to reach Unshisa, a tiny soggy meadow at 3180m. The last stage to Khongma (Kauma; 3560m) is a draining climb through forest along the ridge that separates the Isuwa Khola and Kasuwa Khola. After about 1 1?2 hours, we’ll reach at our Khongma.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 06: To Dobate, 6-7hr walk

From Khongma, our walk commence by climbing the ridge on steep switchbacks to a stone chorten at 3840m and feast our eyes on views of Chhamlang, Peak 6 (6739m) and Peak 7 (6105m). Drop down besides the Kalo Pokhari, a still, mysterious lake at 3840m, then climb steeply up a rocky gully to Shipton La (4216m). On the far side of the pass is another small basin and a quit, eerie lake of Thulo Pokhari (Big lake), further, the path skirts the lake and climbs to the obvious dip in the hills on the far side. This is the Keke La (4150m), the last steep climb for the day. The trail dips into a Rhododendron filled forest and reached to Dobato.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

 

Day 07: Trek to Yangle Kharka(3600m/11811.02 ft.), 5-6hr walk

our journey continue along the gentle trail to Mumbuk, from here we drops down a scree-covered slope into the long, curving Barun Valley, which forms a natural high-way towards your destination. Walk down towards the streambed then turn west along the south side of the valley. Beyond the landslides, the valley widens and the forest gives way to rolling alpine meadows with good views of peak7. The trail cross the Barun on a wooden bridge at Yangla Kharka.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 08: Trek to Langmale Kharka (4400m/14435.7 ft.), 5-6hr walk

From Yangle Kharka, we climb gently to Nghe Kharka (3750m), another cluster of herders’ huts and prayer flags on the opposite side of the Barun Khola. The landscape here could be something from the Rocky Mountains and the snowline seems almost close enough to touch. From the meadow at Riphuk Kharka (3930m), climb past a waterfall and up over swampy ground to a lonely stone hut at Jhak Kharka (4210m). Another gentle climb past Mani wall will bring you to the Langmale Kharka (Yak Kharka, and overnight stay here.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 09: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m/15977.69 ft.), 4-5hr walk

from here, our trail enters an ancient lateral moraine through which the infant Barun Khola flows. A large glacial lake fills the valley to your left and an easy-to-follow trail leads to Shersong (4630m, 21?2 hours), a large grassy area used by yak herders in the monsoon months. By following an obvious trail that climbs more moraine, we have a number of small trail (formed by yak) above the valley floor before finally descending to a small bridge and the stone huts of Makalu Base Camp, 2 hours). To the north, the massive bulk of Makalu rises almost two miles (3500m) to a pyramid summit; this is one of the most spectacular mountain viewpoints in Nepal.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

 

Day 10: Trek return to Yangle Kharka (3600m/11811.02 ft.), 4-6hr walk

Retracing the steps down the Barun Valley to the lodges and campsite at Yangle Kharka.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 11: Trek return to Khongma(3560m/11679.79 ft.), 4-5 hr walk

As we continue descending through the rock fall and then climb the rocky gully of Dobato. Following trek across Shipton La and descend to Khongma.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 12/13: Trek return to Tumlingtar (520m/1706.04 ft.) & flight to Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.), 4-5hr walk + 30min fly

We retrace our steps. Although the path is all downhill, the unrelenting Slope places a strain on the knees and trekking poles will come in handy. We take frequent stops where we can have a relaxes
[Included: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner & Bed and Breakfast in Ktm]
Overnight at teahouse & hotel in Ktm

Day 14/15: Final departure

A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle on day 15.
[Included: Breakfast]
Overnight at hotel

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Ktm as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]

+ Private trek with an English speaking government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 22 kg; i.e. 11kg pP)

+ Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and return

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses

+ Trekking permits and TIMS card

+ First Aid kit

+ Guides’ and porters’ medical and accidental insurance


Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. You also require 2 passport sized photos)

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Helicopter Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled mineral water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek

- Tips for Guide & Porter

- Sightseeing in KTM by private vehicle and professional English speaking guide or 3h30m Everest Helicopter Tour or 1h3m Langtang Helicopter Tour, 1hr Everest Mountain Flight tour, 5hr rock climbing etc

- Hot shower, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs etc. - Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt.

Equipment

Equipment for trip

Have a kindly bring following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality in good price.


Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.


Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. A Bandana

3. Sunglasses

4. Warm hat

5. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

6. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

7. An emergency light


Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

 

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm


Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket


Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp


Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.


Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius


Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)


Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble


Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Useful Information

Travel Season

The best season for the Makalu-Barun region is roughly from March to late May and mid-September to early December. The weather in the region is heavily influenced by the monsoon which brings large quantities of snow between June and August from the Gulf of Bengal. To avoid unstable weather, we recommend the spring and fall periods. However, trips can be organized outside these periods as well.

Your Meals During the Trek

During long treks, good nutrition is very important. Beyond the practical aspects, delicious food enhances every holiday. At Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventures, we make sure you experience high quality, locally sourced dishes. During the camping trek, we will freshly prepare your meals with great emphasis on local, authentic dishes. Please inform us of special dietary needs but keep in mind that the trek leads through remote areas and it will not always be possible to meet specific requirements. In this case you might have to bring suitable meals instead.

Individual vs Group Trips

Our trips are calculated as private treks. You will have your own guide and can determine your own itinerary. This gives you the most flexibility. If you, however, prefer to join a group, depending on dates and routes, this can be organized as well.  

Flexible Timing

The flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar significantly reduces the journey time. The flight is the shortest and most popular way of gaining access to the region but the mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable and sometimes even during the best part of the season, flights are delayed or postponed for one or more days. We highly recommend that you take potential delays into account and allow for an extra day in Kathmandu.

Start from: €1050

Duration

15 days

Season

Spring(Apr-Jun)/Fall(Sept–Nov)

Region

Makalu

Grade

Moderate

Altitude

4870m

Walking

5hr

Accommodation

Teahouse