Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure
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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
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp Trek

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

Duration: 14 days
Altitude: 4870m
Difficulty: Moderate
Accommodation: Teahouse
Season: Spring & Fall
Equipment: Basic Trekking Gear

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.)

Flying into KTM is a memorable experience with the Himalaya Spread out before you. After landed your flight in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1350m), our airport representative will be waiting for you with your name written on the placard. We welcome you by offering Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.
Overnight at Hotel 

 

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

The day is spent visiting UNESCO World Heritage and cultural sites of Kathmandu. You will visit to ancient Buddhist and Hindu holy sites Swayambhu(Monkey Temple), planet's tallest Boudha Stupa, open cremation and sacred Hindu Temple Pashupatinath. After visit these three places return to hotel and prepare for trek and explore the tourist hub of Nepal Thamel where you can easily find all you need for trekking. Or if you just want to relax there are many cafes and bakeries serving excellent local tea and coffee. It is best to avoid the street food.
Meals included: bed and breakfast
Overnight at Hotel 

 

Day 03: Scenic flight Tumlingtar + drive to Num

We fly to Tumlingtar (520m). From here our journey begins. We pass through picturesque villages on the way to Mane Bhanjang (1100m). The journey already offers marvellous views of Makalu before we reach Num.
[Included meals: Lunch and Dinner]
Overnight at Hotel

 

Day 04: Path to Tashigoan

Num is set above the Arun Kosi river, affording us good views over the valley towards Seduwa. On a clear day, we will see as far as the peaks flanking the Shipton La pass. After several hours along the trail, we’ll reach Seduwa (1540m). The path climbs gently northwards past farmland and small forests to our destination Tashigoan (2070m).
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 05: Journey onward to Khongma

Tough day ahead: our trek involves a 1400m climb on a very steep trail. Starting from Tashigaon, climb over a ridge and continue along a steepening path. The last stage to Khongma (3560m) is a relatively draining climb over a rough path. Eventually, we’ll reach Khongma where we get a well-deserved afternoon tea.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 06: To Dobato

From Khongma, our walk continues along challenging sections of the trail but with remarkable views. We’ll encounter an interesting lake- the Thulo Pokhari (Big lake). We continue to the Keke La (4150m), the last steep climb of the day. The trail dips into a Rhododendron filled forest before we reach Dobato.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 07: To Yangle Kharka

The trail to Mumbuk is gentler relative to what we experienced in previous days. We follow a long slope down to the Barun Valley, a natural path towards today’s
destination. We reach Yangla Kharka (3600m) after crossing the Barun.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 08: To Langmale Kharka

From Yangle Kharka, we follow the trail to Nghe Kharka (3750m). We pass rocky terrain and various herder huts until we reach the final climb up to Langmale Kharka (4400m) where we stop for the day.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 09: Journey to Makalu Base Camp

From here, the trail further follows the (now very small) Barun Khola. Because there is plenty of water streaming down from the glacier, this area is used for herding. We follow the moraine until we finally reach a spectacular viewpoint that gives us clear sight of Makalu and its spectacular summit pyramid. No doubt, this is one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Nepal.
[Included meals Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day10: Return to Yangle Kharka

\We retrace our steps down the Barun Valley to the lodges and campsite at Yangle Kharka.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 11: Trek to Khongma

We return to Khongma.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day12/13: Descend to Tumlingtar & flight to KTM

We retrace our steps from the first day. The continuous walking downhill puts a strain on the knees and trekking poles will come in very handy. We take frequent stops where we can have a relaxed tea.
[Included: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner & Bed and Breakfast in Ktm]
Overnight at Teahouse & Hotel in Ktm

 

Day 14: Final Departure

A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle
[Included: Breakfast]

 

Included Services

+ Private trek with an English speaking trekking guide

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 20 kg; i.e. 10kg pP)

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu [upgrade possible]

+ One day sightseeing in Kathmandu by private vehicle and professional English speaking guide

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

+ 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 (not mandatory but expected)

- 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.

Duration
14 days
Season
Spring/Fall/Winter
Region
Makalu
Grade
Moderate
Altitude
4,800 m
Walking
5 hrs
Accommodation
Tea-house