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Makalu Base Camp- 21 Days

Trip Introduction


 
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Among countless trekking destinations throughout the Khumbu region, Makalu is a solitary awe-inspiring trekking destination at the base of giant Mt. Makalu (8,458 m) on the border between Nepal and Tibet at Sankhuwasabha district on Nepal.
Explore the valleys in the eastern region of Nepal and savor the beauty that lies in the Fifth highest mountain in the world. Makalu base camp trekking is high adventures and challenging trek in the Mahalangur Himalayan region of Nepal. Makalu Base Camp trek route progresses through Makalu Barun National Park that is renowned for its rare species of flora and fauna. In fact, Barun Valley provides shelter to some of the last remaining Himalayan meadows. Makalu Barun National Park is home to above 400 species of birds including rare wren babbler, and more than 75 species of mammals like Red Panda, Leopard, and others. The Arun River that crisscrosses the park has more than 80 species of fish.
 Makalu Base Camp Trek is a beautiful journey that lets you taste the real adventure of walking inside the Makalu Barun National Park to the Makalu Base Camp. The region offers some magnificent views of Mountains like Mt. Makalu with other peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Baruntse. The lush scenery of Arun valley is probably the most beautiful thing that will keep you going throughout your journey. Though many people keep their interest in this trek, the Makalu region attracts only a few travelers during a year due to its remote accessibility and off the beaten trekking trail.
Opened for foreigners only since 1952, Trek to Makalu Base Camp is one of the least crowded trekking routes where one can still observe local life in its traditional form Eric Shipton was the first foreigner to visit this lost land by crossing the High Pass which was later named as Shipton La to honor his memory. Makalu region is one of the most culturally diverse areas. Makalu Base Camp trek allows the close-up look of the western face of Makalu.
This is more of a journey than just a trek, for perhaps more experienced trekkers who relish a challenge. If you are a true nature lover looking for something quite different than what the major trekking regions of Everest and Annapurna provide, on trails far away from the crowds then this Trekking is best for you. This journey to and through the Makalu Barun National Park never fails.
 


Group Size : Minimum 02 Pax Max - altitude : 5100m/16732ft
Destination : Destiny Country Fitness level : Adventure
Arrival : Kathmandu Departure from : Kathmandu
Meals : During Trek - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation : Double/Twin Sharing in Hotel/Lodge
 
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Rest & preparation day in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar (448m) then drive to Num(1560m/5119ft), Duration: 40 minutes flight & 5 hour drive
Day 04: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1500m/4922ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 05: Trek from Seduwa to Tashi Gaon (2100m/6890ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Day 06: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma La (3500m/11483ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 07: Rest and Acclimatization day
Day 08: Trek from Khongma La to Dobato (3620m/11871ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 09:  Dobato to Yangri Kharka (3620m/11877ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 10: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4410m/14468ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Day 11: Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (5100m/16732ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 12: Rest and Explore the Makalu Base Camp
Day 13: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka (3620m/11877ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 14: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobato (3620m/11871ft), Duration:
Day 15:  Trek from Dobato to Khongma La (3500m/11483ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Day 16: Trek back from Khongma La to Tashi Gaon (2100m/6890ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Day 17: Trek from Tashi Gaon to Seduwa (1500m/4922ft), Duration: 4-5 Hrs
Day 18: Trek from Seduwa to Num (1560m/5119ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Day 19: Trek from Num to Chichila and drive to Tumlingtar (410m/1345ft): Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 20: Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu, Duration: 40 minutes
Day 21: Final departure
 
Note: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailor-made”. The Trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your need and taste, for more information please contact us at info@swagatholidaytreks.com
 

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by the representative of Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition and you will be shifted to your hotel. The employees in the hotel will manage your accommodation and check-in. In the evening, you may visit Thamel or some souvenir shops.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
 
Day 02: Rest & preparation day in Kathmandu
On the rest day, you are allowed to rest before making preparations for the upcoming venture. Swagat Holiday Treks and Expedition will provide you an elaborate presentation regarding the upcoming trip. You can even go shopping and meet friends. If you are interested, you can go sight-seeing inside the Kathmandu Valley. The company will arrange a private vehicle for the same.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
 
Day 03: fly to Tumlingtar (448m) then drive to Num(1560m/5119ft), Duration: 40 minutes flight & 5 hour drive
After having early breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, we drive to Kathmandu airport and take an early morning flight to Tumlingtar which is about 40 minutes. During air panorama of snowcapped peaks with Everest and Makalu at Tumlingtar overnight in a nice local lodge, rural farm areas of warm semi-tropical climate located above Arun River.
After landing at Tumlingtar we will take local jeep for Num village for about 5 hours, we drive on a rough road through rice, wheat, barley, and potatoes fields. After 1 hour drive, we stop for lunch in Khandbari where small lodge and teahouses available then we start overdrive again to the small ridge-top village of Chichila and continue to drive to Num. Chichila is a big Gurung village, on the way to here you will see the green landscape filled with crops and forest. We will stay overnight at Num.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 04: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1500m/4922ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek and our day begins with nice views of our campsite at Seduwa, on the opposite side of the valley, this can only mean one thing; a steep descent down through the forest and terraced plots of lands all the way to the Arun Khola (River).
We then hike up a winding ascent up the other side; we generally experience more heat at these low altitudes, so the forest on the valley sides offers a bit of shade on his somewhat challenging day. This is the boundary of the Makalu National Park, so we must register our permits with the local rangers, descending steeply from the western end of the Num ridge the trail reaches Lumbang, from where the path becomes exceptionally steep as it reaches the suspension bridge over the Arun Koshi at 620m, from where we make a rough climb to Seduwa.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 05: Trek from Seduwa to Tashi Gaon (2100m/6890ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek, and from Seduwa to reach Tashigaon, we pass through Manigaon, where the trail turns west and makes a gradual climb above the Kasuwa Khola and reaches Chyaksadanda from there to Hindrungma Village and on to Ropesa.
Finally, we climb 500m to reach the busier village of Tashigaon (2065m), in the course of our hike, we pass a local school that was built by funding from the British Services Makalu expedition in 2008 and the route crossing the meadows and several streams finally gets us to Tashigaon.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 06: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma La (3500m/11483ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek and it’s an interesting walk today as we say bye to the lovely green forests that we don’t see for some time, these are replaced with the more remote scrub and rhododendrons that cover the lower reaches of the mountains.
We first climb over the ridge & ascend through forests to a stream, then onto a ridge. We climb through two small streams, and then get connected to Kharka and further up to Unshisha, from where the trail joins the ridge that separates two drainages, a short distance from there will lead us to Khongma.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 07: Rest and Acclimatization day
To be fit in the Himalayas you have to acclimate to such high altitude. You can visit some monasteries near the village and learn about the Sherpa culture and Buddhist religions of the area.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 08: Trek from Khongma La to Dobato (3620m/11871ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Today is a challenging day because there are 4 passes to do, to reach our final destination for tonight. The first pass is Kauma La pass which is 3603m then you directly head to the Keke La pass (4127m), these are the first two passes. Now we have to go for the third pass which is known as Shipton La pass (4170m). This third pass is not difficult but it takes time to climb. After doing the third pass we see Kalo Pokhari (Black Lake). Now you need to be ready for the fourth and final pass that is Tutu La Pass to reach Dobato. From Dobato you may see the spectacular view of Chamlang (7319m), Peak 6 (3521m), Peak 7 (6758m), and many other peaks.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 09:  Dobato to Yangri Kharka (3620m/11877ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek and today and continue our trail westward through fir forests at the bottom of the Barun Valley. We cross several streams and then cross the Barun on a wooden bridge to Yangri Kharka, Yangle Kharka is a pert little village situated in a meadow at the base of the valley, it’s a relaxing palace to haul up for the night.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 10: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4410m/14468ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek and today, the trail ascends through grasslands and forest, we will take pleasure in the majestic peaks such as Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m, peak 7 (6185m), Isuwa La (5340m) and many other unnamed mountains and peaks that lay spread out before us. Yak Kharka is a grazing field.
You will have bushes and lush Himalayan forests along the way to Langmale Kharka. After crossing a couple of wooden bridges over small streams from the mountain, then you will arrive at Merek. You will get the mesmerizing view of the Himalayas from here. Now you will trek through moraines and passes and small settlements to reach Langmale Kharka.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 11: Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (5100m/16732ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
After having breakfast at the lodge, we start to climb the steep hiking trail which goes through the Barun River. Today, the trek passes through a flat trail and will descend to a Perennial River, as we reach Makalu Base Camp; we are literally mesmerized by the views of Mt. Makalu at (7463m), Baruntse (7152m), and Kali Himal (6985m), Chamlang (7390m) along with Makalu II (7640m).
You will further walk through the glaciers to arrive at Shersong; a small homestay. From here you need to trek further 2 hours to reach the Makalu base camp.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 12: Rest and Explore the Makalu Base Camp
We spend a day exploring around base camp, with the aim of climbing up towards the advance Base Camp at the start of the Makalu’s southeast Ridge, from where on the edge of the icy slopes we get great views from up the Barun Valley of Everest, Lhotse, and Baruntse, we will enjoy most of the whole day in the base camp. From here we will get some really spectacular views of different mountains and peaks. We can also hike to the Baruntse Base Camp to enjoy the scenery and view what this well-known camp has to offer.
Today you will get the chance to see a superb panorama of Makalu range from the south face.  And there is a lake as well to see and glaciers to walk and hike to Barun Pokhari. We will stay overnight in a local lodge at Base camp.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 13: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka (3620m/11877ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek and after ascending for a few hours, the trail moves along a flat level path and in the end, it descends to reach our previous rest point of Yangle Kharka.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 14: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobato (3620m/11871ft), Duration:
After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek today. You descend to Dobato along with the rapidly flowing Barun River. The rocky trails and ridges are normal to reach Dobato. The Yaks and Sheep pastures increase the beauty of trekking down.
The trail ascends for almost three hours through the same landscape and with the possibility of landslides. Then we will have to trek uphill passing through jungles with dense foliage all the way to Dobato.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 15:  Trek from Dobato to Khongma La (3500m/11483ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek, and today, the trail will descend steeply to Kongma La via Kali Pokhari through a dense forest.
This is quite a hard day because you have to pass the 4 small passes today, Trekking through the rhododendron, juniper, and fir forest along the way. Up and down today is very normal and the maximum pass you will have to cross is Shipton La pass 4170m to reach the Khongma La.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 16: Trek back from Khongma La to Tashi Gaon (2100m/6890ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Today we have our breakfast and trek to make a long steep descent back to Tashi Gaon. Ascending a little up to the hill at first we descend down then through the ridge, during which we pass by the streams. Forests and green meadows and reach at Tashi Gaon. Reaching Tashi Gaon we spend the rest of the day relaxing in order to recover from the high altitude. We will stay overnight at Tashi Gaon.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 17: Trek from Tashi Gaon to Seduwa (1500m/4922ft), Duration: 4-5 Hrs
You trek through small streams and pass small settlements in Barun river valley. With Isuwa River at both sides, you head towards Seduwa. You cross the hillside and come across small villages and settlements as you move further down towards Seduwa. We will stay overnight in a local lodge at Seduwa.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 18: Trek from Seduwa to Num (1560m/5119ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
After breakfast, we will start our trail for today. As the end of the trek gets near, you walk through dense forests and the trails and smooth. The trails go up and down and you pass few Sherpa villages. You also cross Arun River and finally stop at Num for overnight.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 19: Trek from Num to Chichila and drive to Tumlingtar (410m/1345ft): Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Today is the last day of the trek and you head towards Tumlingtar from Num. you start your trek from Num and head to Gurung village, Chichila. You rest at Chichila and then drive to Tumlingtar watching beautiful scenes of hills and mountains. When you reach Tumlingtar, you can visit the markets and rest. We will stay overnight at Tumlingtar.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 20: Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu, Duration: 40 minutes
Finally, you’ll take a flight to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar early in the morning. You’ll be guided to the hotel and if time is available, you may go for sightseeing in Thamel, Kathmandu
Included: Bed & Breakfast
 
Day 21: Final departure
This will be your final day in this awesome country of the Himalayas Nepal. We will drop you at the airport a couple of hours before your scheduled flight. Before leaving for the airport, you need to confirm that you have secured tour air ticket as well as other travel-related documents. We wish you have a wonderful departure back home. We can also arrange for another trip to Nepal in case you want to.
Included: Bed & Breakfast


COST INCLUDE
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle. (for both international and domestic flights).
  • Welcome Dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant with a cultural dance show.
  • 2 Night standard twin-sharing accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms.
  • Three meals a day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trekking.
  • A Highly experienced, Helpful, Knowledgeable, friendly, well-trained Government license holding English-speaking trekking guide.
  • We provide an assistant guide for walking with the group to support where necessary as per group size.
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card).
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
  • Food, accommodation, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and Khumbu permit for trekking.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • All applicable government taxes, vat, tourist service charges as per Itinerary.
 COST EXCLUDE
  • Your Nepal Visa Fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International airfare to and from Kathmandu ( no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Lunch and Dinner during staying in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and Health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra night’s accommodation, Lunch and Dinner in the city due to early arrival or departure as well as early back/return from Mountain/Trekking(due to any reason) than the given time period of Itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
  • Your personal expenses such as (soft beverages, confectionaries, laundries, phone calls, bar bills, Extra porter, etc.)
  • Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla.
  • Medical expenses and trip cancellation.
  • Any other extended trips and accommodation.
  • Tips of the guide, porters, and driver as a token of appreciation.
     # Any other expenses or charges that are not mentioned in the “cost includes” list.
 

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Important Note:

Your safety is our paramount concern while traveling with Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition. In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. for rescue. The charge must be paid by the client or their travel insurance company.
 Please note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc. can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
 
Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences. for more information please contact us at info@swagatholidaytreks.com

Equipment and Gears
  • Duffle Bag\Rucksack Bag\ Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Swagat Holiday Duffle Bag that is to be returned after the trip)
  • One pair of a walking stick
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Sports shoes or sandals
  • Sun Hat/Cap
  • Basic Medical Kits
  • Head Lamp
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Trekking towels
  • Sunglasses (UV Protection)
  • Warm Hand gloves ( Inner & Outer)
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
  • Pullover or warm sweeter
  • Raincoat
  • 5/6 pairs of good quality socks
  • 2\3 pairs of trekking trousers
  • 3\4 pairs of trekking shirts
  • 5\6 pairs of underwear( non-cotton preferred)
  • Water bottle
  • Good quality Sleeping Bag
  • Camera and Batteries

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