Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world and its striking shape is mesmerizing to see. 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, whilst paving a way for trekking. While only 20km away from Everest, the region feels completely different. Wild, remote and far less busy – indeed it is a wild remote trek with pristine beauty of nature. The ideal trip to get away from hustle and bustle. This trek goes high up to 5,100 m. This is a region where you hardly find any modern facilities and amenities but blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty.
Like some of the less frequented areas in Nepal, Makalu Base Camp Trekking also appeals to adventurous solo trekkers, who also want to be entertained and be under the influence of nature that has extraordinary beauty, beautiful culture where time has remained unchanged for centuries.
Makalu Base Camp Trekking takes place in the Makalu Barun National Park, where the trekking gets wilder as the jungle closes in, where the distant lush green hill welcomes you, which is a perfect habitat for many different species of birds, including the Wren Babbler, that is rarely found in other parts of the world, and here, more than 75 species of mammals have been discovered living in this region since time immemorial, including Red Panda, Snow-Leopard and Musk Deer. These rare and endangered animals thrive in the harsh but beautiful climate of the mountain.
The lower region of the park is covered with beautiful rhododendrons, while the upper constitutes of granite cliffs, hanging glaciers, and huge waterfalls – showing many aspects of varied landscapes. Makalu Base Camp offers you a breath-taking view of mountains, such as Kanchenjunga massif, Everest, Lhotse, Baruntse, Chamlang and others, and what could be better in your life than to see these mountain giants and their summits. The common places that the trekking trail takes you are up hills and downhill and of course the valleys, alpine lakes, and glaciers shaped by nature in many years. Above all, the trekking trail takes you to the heart of the Makalu Region.
Makalu base camp trek can be fairly challenging in some parts depending upon your level of physical fitness. Outstanding scenery of Makalu Base Camp Trek’s coupled with beautiful culture of people will significantly provide you boost. The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar of Mid-eastern Nepal for half an hour’s. The trail to Makalu Base Camp Trek envelops plain, sub tropical valley of Arun River basin to extraordinary temperate passes called Keke La pass (4230m) and Tutu La pass (4200m), many edges ascend up from the Barun River valley which is off the beaten mid hill trails.
Sherpas, Rais and Limbus are main habitants in this area. Walking north up the Arun river to Sedua and Num, you get to the upper Barun Khola valley for a close look at Makalu (8,463 m).
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu|
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|NOT INCLUDED||International flight to Nepal
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Essential trip information:
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Welcome to the land of Buddha. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our company representative at the arrival gate with your name written on it. You will be then escorted to hotel. You will spend overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
You will meet your group and get a trek brief. This will be your administration day. Also, you will explore around the world heritage sites of Kathmandu. This day is also the day for making all kit ready for the trek.
We fly toTumlingtar by schedule flight and drive via Khandbari to Num.
After Num we will descend steeply from the western end of the Num ridge through the cornfields of Lumbang, we will continue way down through jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun Kosi (620 m). From here the route steep climb up to Seduwa (1540 m) which has an excellent large camping ground below the national park office. Here we must register with both the local police and the national park office.
Today there are many streams to cross that may (or may not) have bridges and makes a gradual climb high above the Kasuwa Khola to a mani wall (1890 m). From here on it is a gentle walk through terraced rice fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and then onto Ropsesa. The route crosses meadows and several streams and then reaches the Tashigaon school, after which there is yet another stream to cross and a short ridge climb to reach the foot of the Sherpa village of Tashigaon. This is the last settlement in the valley. Many of the houses in this village are on stilts topped with round stone or wood barriers to keep out the mice (5-6 hrs).
This will be a tough day with an elevation over 1400 meters on a steep trail. We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge where there is a small shepards hut called Chipla (2520 m). After this the trail becomes even steeper and passes a kharka (commonly owned grazing land) and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs ascending to the top of the ridge. From here it’s a short way down to Khongma. There are no buildings here and many of the tent sites are on the sloping hillside.
Today we will first climb on steep switchbacks adorned with prayer flags to a ridge at 3840 m, from where there is a very nice view of Chhamlang, Peak VI (6739 m) and Peak VII (6105 m). We will follow the ridge through a rhododendron forest for a while and then go up to the first of three passes we must cross today, which is Ghungru La (4050 m). Descend to a small turquoise lake after which we will ascend again through Shipton Pass (named after Eric Shipton, who used this pass with Edmund Hillary on their 1952 Everest reconnaissance). We then have to pass Keke La (4150 m) after which we will enter a valley filled with rhododendron forest and continue on to Dobate.
We descend to Barun Khola through rhododendron forests and we pass a small cave at 3250 meters and then traverse up and down to a large open area. We will have good views of Peak 7 from here. The valley widens and we have to pass several streams and then cross the Barun river on a wooden bridge to Yangle Kharka and then onto the large grassy plain of Nghe Karka.
Today is our acclimatisation day. It’s a very special place for a rest where you can observe the nature closely. And it also gives you the opportunity for basic administration.
Beyond Nghe Kharka we will follow the Barun valley past Piphuk Kharka (3930m). We will climb alongside a waterfall and then on to a swampy meadow and stream. Here we will go to a single house at Jhak Kharka (4210m) and continue our way through the meadows of Yak Kharka where there is a rough hotel and an amazingly well equipped shop. Beyond Yak Kharka we will follow alongside a moraine formed by the lower Barun glacier. There are excellent views of Peak 4 (6720 m), Peak 3 (6477 m) and peak 5 (6404 m). We will continue our way through the valley until we reach Shersong for overnight camp through pine and rhododendron forests and grassy plain. Halfway into the valley the dramatically beautiful summit of Makalu comes into view (7 hrs).
From Shersong gradually climb to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu base camp. Then descend to a stream and cross boulders to the base camp on the west side of the river. There are terrific views of the south face of Makalu. There are no huts, shelters or vegetation at base camp which is at an elevation of about 5050 meters. We have to return to Shersong for overnight camp (6-7 hrs).
This day we will explore Makalu Base Camp. The scenary from here is fantastic, the closest you can get to nature.
We will retrace our steps down the Barun valley to the pleasant camp of Yangle Kharka.
We will continue descending through the rock-fall area and then climb up the rocky gully to the trees of Dobate.
We will pass a terraced field and jungles to reach a tiny village of Tashigaun.
We retrace our approach route and will ascend around 580 meters and have a 240 meters descend.
Again we retrace our footsteps to Chichira from where we can savour the glorious vista of Mount Makalu for the last time. The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day.
Today we will take flight back to Kathmandu after breakfast.
Day 19: Return
About 3 hours prior to your flight, we will transfer you to the airport to fly your onward destination. We were happy to have met you and we will cherish the bonds of our relationship developed with you all over the weeks spent with us in our amazing country Nepal. Our family wishes your best time ahead and wait for your return.
Fixed Dates – Please select your dates on the “book the tour” section
|Sat 1 Sep 18 – Wed 19 Sep 18|