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Trip Code: NET-TR-MKT2

  • Trip Type Camping Trek
  • Duration 18 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude 4812 m.
  • Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Flight
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Makalu Base Camp Trek (Mt. Makalu 8463m.)

Makalu Base Camp Trek (Mt. Makalu 8463m.)

Makalu Base Camp Trek is filled with adventure and excitement of visiting the base camp of Mt. Makalu (8463m), the world’s fifth highest mountain. The pyramid-shaped mountain is part of the Mahalangur Himalayan range and lies along Nepal-China border. 
 
The Makalu Base Camp trek falls in Sankhuwasabha district in eastern Nepal and entirely lies in Makalu Barun National Park. It passes along the banks of Barun and Arun river, pristine forests, alpine meadows, high valleys and high passes. The trekkers will have to overcome the  Shipton La pass at an altitude of 4229m to reach Makalu Base Camp (4800m).
 
The Makalu Base Camp will afford wonderful opportunity to grab beautiful views of Makalu, Mt. Everest (8848m), Kangchengjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Chomo Lonzo (7818m) Nuptse (7861m), Changtse (7553m), Chamlang (7319m), Mera (6654m) and many more. The impressive Makalu-Barun glacier can be seen rolled out before the base camp. 
 
Makalu region has some of the last pristine mountain ecosystems of the world. The area has been developed a hotspot for ecotourism. There are plenty of waterfalls, deep gorges, lush green forests that are inhabited by rare species such as White-necked Storks, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Yak, Snow Leopard, Black Bear, Himalayan Thar etc. 
 
A diverse set of ethnic communities inhabit in this region. The culture and hospitality of Rai, Sherpa, Gurung in the upper reaches and Magar, Brahmin and chhetri in lower valley will be an added attraction. 
 
Both tea houses and camping options are available for this trek. Autumn (Sep-Nov) and Spring (Mar-May) are the two best seasons for Makalu Base Camp trek. 
 
Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition has organized many groups for this trek previously. Our passion for the Himalayan adventure compliments our team of highly experienced and professional trekking guides, high altitude sherpas, climbers and support assistants.

overview

 Trip code: NET-TR-MKT2
  Region Makalu Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 18 days
 Trip Type: Camping Trek
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Max Altitude: 4812 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Flight
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu.
Lodge or Camping Accomodation during Trek

itenerary

Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (510m.) takes about 45 minutes. On the same day, you begin your trek from Tumlingtar to Maney Bhanjyang which takes about five and a half hours. The trail ascends all the way through forest of Rhododendrons and Sal trees. En route, you pass a few villages. Maney Bhanjyang is a ridge inhabited by the ethnic Rai and Limbu communities. It is gently surrounded by lush green forest and is a grazing field for cattle and fodder used by the local people. Stay overnight at camp in Maney Bhanjyang.

Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Chilchile (1830m.) takes about five hours. The trail ascends through forest of rhododendrons and Sal trees for about three hours where you will ultimately walk through a flat trail that brings you to Chilchile. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Brahmins, Gurungs and Chettris.. There is a government school where locals educate their children. You will find some good tea houses around here. Stay overnight at camp in Chilchile.

Trek from Chilchile to Num (1500 m.) takes about four and a half hours. The trail ascends for about 2 hours and then drops by a small perennial river where you will walk on a flat trail for about one hour to reach Num. Num is a beautiful village which is dotted with many tea houses and also has telephone facilities. Stay overnight at camp in Num.

Trek from Num to Seduwa (1510m.) takes about four and a half hours. The trail descends steeply for about 2 and a half hours until you come to a big river named Neguwa Khola. The trail passes over the suspension bridge and ascends through forest and a few traditional villages. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending on the season. There is a check post and local office of the Makalu Conservation Area. Stay overnight at camp in Seduwa.

Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2070 m.) takes about four hours. The trail slightly ascends but the major part of the hike is flat and easy through the bushes. While walking, you will see villages at a far distance. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest, is a big Sherpa village. You will find prayer flags fluttering in the wind whispering odes of prayers for the dead and forgotten in and around the village. The camping spot in this village is really a praiseworthy site. Stay overnight at camp in Tashigaon.

Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma la (3560m.) takes about six hours. The trail ascends throughout the day and you will walk through forest of Rhododendrons and Sal trees until you reach your destination. Kongma la is a ridge and there is only one tea house here. This is also a perfect place for camping. It snows here even during the spring months of March and April. Stay overnight at camp in Khongma La.

Trek from Khongma la to Mumbuk (3550m.) takes about six and a half hours. The trail ascends and then follows a rugged path to reach a beautiful lake named “Kalo Pokhari” at the height of 4004 m. Leaving this lake, you go downhill until you reach Mumbuk. It is a serene camping spot surrounded by green forests. Stay overnight at camp in Mumbuk.

Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600m.) takes about four and a half hours. The hike today is a bit adventurous and strenuous. The trail passes for about 3 hours through a landscape which is very prone to landslides. The Barun River running through the trail adds more dimensions to the trek with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m and Peak 7 (6185m.). Stay overnight at camp in Yangle Kharka.

Trek from Yangle Kharka to Yak Kharka (4810m.) takes about five and a half hours. The trail ascends through grasslands and forest. You can enjoy the majestic peaks such as Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m, Peak 7 (6185m), Isuwa La (5340m) and many other unnamed mountains and peaks. Yak Kharka is a grazing field. Stay overnight at camp in Yak Kharka.

Trek from Yak Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4812m.) takes about four hours. The hike passes through a flat trail and will descend to a perennial river. As you reach Makalu Base Camp, you will be mesmerized by the views of Mt. Makalu (8463m), Baruntse (7152m), Kali Himal (6985m), Chamlang (7390m) and Makalu II (7640 m), etc. Stay overnight at camp in Makalu Base Camp.

A day for rest at Makalu Base Camp. You will enjoy the whole day in the base camp. From here you will have spectacular views of different mountains and peaks. You can also hike to the Baruntse Base Camp to enjoy the scenery and view what this camp has to offer. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka (3600 m). This takes about four and a half hours. After ascending for a few hours, the trail moves along a flat level path and at the end it descends to reach Yangle Kharka. En route, you walk through a rocky forest path with views of green hills and huge stones at some distance. Stay overnight at camp in Yangle Kharka.

Trek from Yangle Kharka to Dobato takes about four and a half hours. The trail ascends for almost three hours through the same landscape and possibility of landslides. You then have to trek uphill passing through jungles all the way to Dobato. This is not a village but a camping place only. Here, you find small bushes of rhododendrons. Stay overnight at camp in Dobato.

Trek from Dobato to Tashigaon (2070m.) takes about six hours. The trail descends steeply to Khongma la via Kali Pokhari through a dense jungle. You again walk along a downhill path all the way to Tashigaon. Stay overnight at camp in Tashigaon.

Trek from Tashigaon to Num (1490m.) takes about five hours. The trail steeply descends in the beginning which changes to a steep ascent before reaching Num. You pass through small forests of bamboo and small villages. Stay overnight at camp in Num.

Trek from Num to Maney Bhanjyang (1158m.) takes about five hours. The trail ascends by starting through the forest and will gently descend in the second half of the day. Stay overnight at camp in Maney Bhanjyang.

Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Tumlingtar takes about five and half hours. Stay overnight at camp in Tumlingtar.

Fly out from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.


SERVICE INCLUDES/EXCLUDES

The Trip includes following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off service
  • Trekking permit
  • Entry permits for National Park/Conservation Area
  • Trekking guide
  • Cook
  • Kitchen helper
  • Sherpa
  • Necessary porters
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu -Tumlingtar - Kathmandu
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Insurance and equipments for the Nepali staffs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, you should have travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner with live cultural show at authentic Nepali restaurant)

The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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