Makalu base camp trekking is culturally and biologically very worthwhile it provides opportunity to photograph a wide variety of native plants and wildlife. On Makalu base camp trek, we also meet the ethnic groups of Limbu, Newar and Rai at lower elevation near to Terai and Tibetan Buddhist like Bhotias, Tamangs and ,of course, the Sherpa at higher elevation of Makalu trekking. These highland people live in isolated villages and mainly depend on subsistence farming for their livelihoods. They are economically very poor, culturally very rich.
Makalu base camp trek is suitable for both first time trekkers and those who have done previous trekking in Nepal, though it takes a longer day’s time for Makalu base camp trekking. The trek start at Tumlingtar (1400m) to reach highest point, Makalu Base Camp’s view point (5500m) in a 10 days trekking. From view point above Makalu Base Camp can see superb views of Everest(8850m), Lhotse(8516m), Makalu(8463m), Chamlang(7319m) and Baruntse(7220m).
Hence Makalu trekking is truly a rich natural paradise of beautiful mountains. Pristine forest, a wide range of plants, wildlife and the simple and warm hearted local people with rich and varied customs are the highlights of Makalu trekking. A keen walkers and trekkers who are able to walk for 5-6 hours in a day with a light rucksack is a great trekking holiday’s destination in Nepal.
Eastern Nepal, Makalu base camp trekking is protected by Makalu Barun National Park Conservation Project is a challenging trekking, but has an outstanding natural beauty, recognized internationally for the diversity of its flora and fauna. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, it is little known to trekkers and few trekking groups trek to Makalu is located 22km to the east of Everest and 80km west of Kanchenjunga.
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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Meeting and receiving you at Katmandu airport and taken to Hotel. We are waiting you at Kathmandu airport with you name. For those joining Makalu trekking in Kathmandu, all team members should aim to meet at the hotel on this day.
Day 2: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila
After a short bus ride to Kathmandu domestic airport, we find ourselves on board a twin propeller aircraft with the rooftops of Kathmandu disappearing beneath us. It is about a 50 minute flight before we touchdown on a grass airstrip at Tumlingtar (400m). The team is picked up by jeep and it is a bumpy 2.5 hour drive before we reach our first camp at Chichila (1,850m). This is also a gathering place for all of the porters.
Day 3: Trek to Num.
On our first day of trekking it is a relatively steady walk through the picturesque villages and lush forests of the foothills. Eventually we meet a ridgeline with great views on either side and perched on the end is Num at 1,505m. Almost every evening Num experiences a dramatic display of thunder and lightning, which makes life here that little bit more interesting.
Day 4: Trek to Seduwa (1,530m, 4/5 hours).
Today trekking starts with a great view 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 land all the way to the Arun Khola (river). Then it is a winding ascent up the other side. It is often quite hot at these low altitudes, so the forest on the valley sides offers a bit of shade on this quite challenging day. This is the boundary of the Makalu National Park, so we must register our permits with the local rangers. By camping right at the top of the village we can enjoy a beautiful view looking back towards Num and the ridgelines bounding the Arun Valley.
Day 5: Trek to Tashi Gaon.
Trek ascends the ridge, which is bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. It is an easier day today after yesterday is exertion. The path cuts across the hillside, contouring through quiet villages along the way. You will see the locals using buffalo to plough the small paddy fields, as every piece of land possible is being utilized for farming. Finally, we climb 500m to reach the busier village of Tashi Gaon (2,065m).
Day 6: Trek to Khongma.
The pace needs to be slow and steady today as we trek upwards towards Khongma to an altitude of 3,562m. Khongma is the last opportunity we have to stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley. It is an interesting walk today as we leave the green forests behind, which are replaced with the more remote scrub and rhododendrons that cover the lower reaches of the mountains.
Day 7: Acclimatization day at Khongma.
At this point in the trek, we need to take a well-earned acclimatization day before crossing the Shipton La (4,200m) the following day.
Day 8: Climb over the Shipton La and descend to Mumbuk.
After a good rest it is time to climb higher towards the summit of the Shipton La (4,200m). It takes a few hours to reach the top of the pass, from where we can enjoy views back towards Num. We then drop down the saddle for a rest by the lake, Kalo Pokhari, before passing over the Keke La (4,152m) and an easy descent towards Mumbuk (3,550m). Along the way we have the opportunity to enjoy fantastic views of Chamlang (7,319m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). This day is for acclimatization, as it gives us the opportunity to climb quite high, but then sleep low.
Day 9: Trek to Yangri Kharka.
A further descent from Mumbuk through the Rhododendron forest eventually leads to the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. It is a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude, until we arrive at Yangri Kharka. Yangri Kharka is a very small village situated in a meadow at the base of the valley. It is a relaxing place to stop for the night at 3,610m.
Day 10: Trek to Shershong.
The trekking trail now climbs up the valley, emerging into yak pastures and impressive boulder fields. We stay in a pleasant campsite at Shershong near a small stone hut at 4,650m. The local people graze a lot of their Yak and goats in this area.
Day 11: Trek to Makalu South East Base Camp.
We trek onwards and gain height as the valley opens up a little, before we veer off to the right. At this point the mighty pyramid of Makalu (8,463m) comes into full view. After a great photo opportunity with Makalu on the left and Chamlang on the right, we continue on until reaching the Makalu South East Ridge base camp at 4,800m. From here we can see the route of the South East Ridge, still unclimbed in its entirety, despite several attempts by the British Forces.
Day 12: Explore around Makalu South East 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 is South East Ridge, where on the edge of the icy slopes you get a fantastic view up the Barun Valley of Everest, Lhotse and Baruntse. This viewpoint is approximately 5,500m and is a far superior spot for taking in the awesome vista of peaks, compared to lower down the valley.
Day 13: Trek back to Shershong.
After breakfast and a final photo opportunity, we begin our return trek back down the valley.
Day 14: Trek back to Yak Kharka.
There is quite a lot of ground to cover as we descend back down the valley and take our final look at Makalu and the other big peaks, before eventually reaching Yak Kharka.
Day 15: Trek down to Mumbuk.
Continuing with our descent, we eventually reach Mumbuk. As you walk, you will notice how much more colorful the landscape becomes, with blossoming rhododendrons replacing the rock, snow and ice of the mountains.
Day 16: Hiking to Tashi Gaon.
It is a big day to re-cross the Shipton La, then cut across the hillside to eventually reach the Sherpa town of Tashi Gaon.
Day 17: Walk to Num.
You will not have forgotten this path from the way in, as we re-trace our foosteps all the way back down to the river, only to be rewarded with a climb back up the opposite side to Num.
Day 18: Walk back to Chichila.
It is quite a distance to cover to reach Chichila, but the walking is easier overall.
Day 19: Trek back to Tumlingtar.
The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day.
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu
We complete the journey with a flight to Kathmandu. Free day in the afternoon and in the evening, we have our farewell celebration and expedition dinner
Day 21: At leisure in Kathmandu.
Buy souvenirs or perhaps just to relax walking around.
Day 22: Kathmandu Airport
Transfer to Kathmandu airport at least 3 hours before the scheduled flight time. Say good bye to Nepal and thank you for joining us.