Makalu trekking in Nepal

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Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Makalu Base Camp Trekking description: 

Mt.Malaku (8475m) the world's 5th highest peak's base camp trek is a Utterly marvelous, still very untouched and an irregular trekking area of Makalu region is very close to the Everest region. And the Barun valley is a part of a huge international protected area under the agreement between the governments of Nepal and China, which comprises of 2330 sq. km of National Park and 830 sq. km of conservation area in Nepal alone. Trekking and tours in Makalu region takes you through the beautiful Makalu Barun National Park, from the steamy lowlands of Tumlingtar [460m], one of the least frequented areas of Nepal to the snowy heights of Makalu Base Camp [5000m] which is least visited by tourists like Nepal's far west and with the views of the south face of Makalu, as well as Everest and Lhotse are truly real and fantastic.

 

Highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trekking :

World's deepest Arun valley, Close up view of the Makalu and all Everest Himalayan panorama from Serpani col, Mixed communities and the majority of Sherpa poeple, Stunning view of summits, Sherpini col pass trekking is considered as the most difficult and challenging pass trekking of the world. It is one of the most adventures trek in the Himalaya only for experienced hikers or climbers.

 

Makalu Base Camp Trekking grade:

this Trekking trip is suitable for any walker looking for more challenging and energetic. It does not require any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and super-strong to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.

 

Best season to visit Makalu Base Camp:

February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.

 

Makalu Base Camp Trekking outline itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu:
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trekking preparation.
  • Day 03: Fly Kathmandu -Tumlingtar (460m) and trek to Khandbari
  • Day 04: Trek to Hururu (1900m)
  • Day 05: Trek to Num (1490m)
  • Day 06: Trek to Sedua (1460m)
  • Day 07: Trek to Tashi gaon (2070m)
  • Day 08: Trek to Kauma (3470m)
  • Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk (3570m)
  • Day 10: Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m)
  • Day 11: Trek to Sherson (4615m)
  • Day 12: Trek to Makalu Base camp (5000m)
  • Day 13: Explore around.
  • Day 14: Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m)
  • Day 15: Trek to Mumbuk (3570m)
  • Day 16: Trek to Kauma (3470m)
  • Day 17: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2070m)
  • Day 18: Trek to Balung (760m)
  • Day 19: Trek to Tumlingtar (460m)
  • Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu and rest of time at leisure.
  • Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu and rest of time at leisure.
  • Day 22: Final departure for your onward destination

Note of the above itinerary

O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.



Important note

Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.


short description mode of packages

In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows

Makalu Base Camp  trekking detail itinerary

Day 01
Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1350 m)

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport Kathmandu. our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu/ Bhaktapur. After refreshment, you will have briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02
Sightseeing of World Heritage sites (BB)(1350m)

All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Syambhunath Stupa. And transfer back to hotel.

Day 03
Fly Kathmandu -Tumlingtar (460m) & trek to Khandbari (1040m)

We take scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, from where our trek conducts. From Tumlingtar, treks goes north towards Khandbari after lunch. We begin walking on a plateau for about 45 minutes after which the trek starts climbing gradually for approx 3 hrs to reach Khandbari camp above the village on large grassy fields.

Day 04
Trek to Hururu village (1900m)

Leaving Khandbari, continuing along the trail which passes a ridge, we walk a short distance to reach the settlement of Mani Bhanjyang (1100 m). We continue through fields, bamboo groves, big rocks and climb a short distance to reach the Tamang village of Bhotebas (1740m). Beyond the village, the cultivated fields disappear as the trail climbs through trees to a pass at 1850 meters that offers spectacular views of Chamlang, Makalu and Jaljale Himal. We then descend a bit to the next ridge, and then follow the crest as it makes some ups and downs through a rhododendron forest to Chilchela (1830m), with a tea shop and few houses inhabited by Gurungs. We follow along the ridge to the small settlements of Kuwa Pani (1910m) and Sakurati Majuwa (1860m). Just past a Mani wall, the trail leads up to a campsite. The lower trail heads to the village of Fururu, situated below the ridge at 1900 meters.

Day 05
Trek to Num village (1490m)

From Hururu, we move back to the ridge at 1960 meters and trek through forests of huge rhododendrons just below the ridge line to a Mani wall and a dirty pond. We continue along the ridge past a small stream to a single Sherpa house and tea shop. This is Mure, a spread-out village at 1980 meters that is inhabited by both Sherpas and Rais.

Day 06
Trek to Sedua village (1460m)

We continue along the trail descending steeply from Num through the corn fields of Lumbang. Below the village the trail drops very steeply through a jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun River (660 m). From the bridge we climb steeply to a primitive tea shop, then through corn and buckwheat field. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, we make a long, steep, rough climb to Sedua (1460m).

Day 07
Trek to Tashi gaon (2070m)

Leaving Sedua, we make a gradual climb high above the Kasuwa Khola to Gyang (1770m). Climbing past the school at Gyang, it is a gentle walk through terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. During the trail, we cross meadows and several streams, and then climb to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley.

Day 08
Trek to Kauma village (3470m)

The trail levels out, and then climbs to a shepherd’s hut called Chipla atop another ridge. We climb past two small streams, then switchback up the ridge in forests to a Kharka at 2900 meters and up to a saddle and Unshisha, a tiny meadow at approx 330 meters. Here the trail joins the ridge that separates the Iswa and Kasuwa drainages. The slope gets steeper and becomes a series of moss-covered stone stairs to Dhara Kharka, a meadow atop the ridge. We then move over a hillock and descend a bit to reach Kauma (3470 m).

Day 09
Trek to Mumbuk (3570m)

Today leaving Kauma, we climb on steep switchbacks for a while. We then climb less steeply through rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge, with a large Mani wall adorned with prayer flags. From here, we get superb views of Chamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7. From the pass, we descend to another lake, and then ascend steeply through large boulders to the Tutu La. We continue descending about 150 meters into sparse rhododendron forests to a level area. The final descent is through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk (3570 m).

Day 10
Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m)

We descend a steep gully with a stream for about 500 meters. We then move left through fir forests, along the flank of the Barun Valley. Moving along ill-defined trail, we cross a 200-meter-long slide area, and then follow the river to a Kharka. Moving through forests of birch and scrub rhododendron, we reach Yangle Kharka. We Climb from Yangle Kharka, finally crossing to the north side of the Barun Khola to reach Nhe Kharka (3000 m). There is a small gompa at the south side of the valley that offers great mountain views in all directions.

Day 11
Trek to Sherson (4615m)

Beyond the Nhe Kharka, we follow the north bank of the Barun Khola for a while. We then cross a small wooden bridge before the river turns northward. The Barun Valley makes a huge S-shaped curve and the walls rise almost vertically 1500 to 2000 meters above the river, but the trail climbs gently as we approach Ripok Kharka. Still on the north side of the Barun, the trail turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. Above Ripok Kharka, the route crosses a rocky crest with a few goths, and then ascends alongside a moraine formed by the Barun Glacier. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3 and Peak 5, but Makalu is not yet visible.

Day 12
Trek to Makalu Base camp (5000m)

From Sherson, we stay to the right in a gully on the east side of the valley. It is gradual descent to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. We then descend to a stream, cross on boulders to the base camp on the west bank of the river. From here we get terrific views of the south face of Makalu. The large buttress of the south face rises across from base camp. An ascent of this buttress yields views of Peak 6, 7 and Baruntse (7220 m); Everest and Lhotse complete the panorama.

Day 13
Explore around.

Rest day at the Base Camp to explore around. Today is a rest day for acclimatization.

Day 14
Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m)

Today we retrace our steps down the Barun Valley towards Nhe Kharka.

Day 15
Trek to Mumbuk (3570m)

From Nhe Kharka, we continue descending through the forests to Mumbuk. From here we get beautiful sunset views of Makalu and Chamlang.

Day 16
Trek to Kauma (3470m)

Leaving Mumbuk, we trek across the Shipton La and descend to Kauma.

Day 17
Trek to Tashi Gaon (2070m)

Today, we make a long steep descent back to Tashi Gaon. At Tashi Gaon we spend the rest of the day relaxing in order to recover from the high altitude

Day 18
Trek to Balung (760m)

The route now enters the hot bottom lands of the Arun Valley. Most of the settlements in this area are temporary settlements used by Rai and Chettri farmers who live in villages high on the hillside above. Passing the villages, we continue along the trail through rocky fields to Balung (760 m).

Day 19
Trek to Pukuwa (550m)

We continue through temporary farming settlements to the spread-out Rai village of Walung (880m). The trail descends to the Apsawa Khola and crossing it on a suspension bridge we climb steeply to Chhayang, a pleasant Rai village with an extensive bamboo-pipe water supply at 800 m. The trail then crosses a stream at 590m and makes some ups and downs to reach Parangbu, a delightful camping spot among rice fields on the banks of the Arun River. We continue through forests and pass several small streams to reach Pukuwa (550m).

Day 20
Trek to Bumling (370m)

The trail now follows a route through forests and some spectacular high and exposed narrow tracks as it climbs over rocky ridges. Below Tome, the Arun Valley becomes wider. The trail climbs over another ridge on a steep, narrow stairway of rock steps. From the top of the ridge at 530m, the trail descends to a delightful camp on the banks of the Sankhuwa Khola (370m), across from the Chhetri village of Bumling.

Day 21
Trek to Tumlingtar (460m)

The trail traverses the fields of lower Bumling, then climbs over a ridge and descends to the Inkhuwa Khola, crossing it on a rickety wooden cantilever bridge. The trail follows the river downstream to its confluence with the Arun. It then follows the Arun downstream, crossing it on a large suspension bridge.

Day 22
Fly back to Kathmandu and rest of time at leisure.

Fly to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 23
Final departure

The trip ends, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Cost includes

  • Kathmandu international - domestic airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 3 nights on twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/ Bhaktapur
  • Flights: Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - Kathmandu round fare with applicable airport departure tax
  • Meals: {Breakfast, lunch and Dinner) serve with tea/coffee during the trekking days
  • Tented accommodation / local homestay both are applicable for this trekking.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle.
  • License holder - professional mountain trekking guide and required number of other trekking staffs such as professional cook, Sherpas, Kitchen helper and porters as upon the group size.
  • All necessary kitchen equipments and Cooking things for camping trekking
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurances, equipments, transportation, accommodation for Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Makalu Conservation entry permits and TIMS permits for ths trekking
  • All grounded transportation according to the given programs
  • A special gift from our company "Gokyo Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd"

Cost excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things not mentioned.

Acclimatization


We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.


Travel Insurance


To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.


Climate and Weather


The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.


Group Size


We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.


Responsible travel


Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.

Trekking equipments


The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


Head
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
Upper Body
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower Body
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
Feet
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)
Accessories
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Optional items
  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing




Responsible trekking

Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.


Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.


Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!


After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.

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Makalu Trekking Fact

  • Starts Tumlingtar
  • Ends Tumlingtar
  • Duration 22 Days
  • Grade streneous
  • Highest point Makalu Base camp (5000m)
  • Culture Encounter Local People, Gurung, Magar people
  • Trek type Camping Trekking
  • Himalayan view Makalu Route mountain 
  • Attraction great Mountain View, Villages
  • Best Season February, March, April, May, September, October, November
  • Meal breakfast, lunch, and Dinner
  • Transportation Local bus or private transport and by air
  • Accommodation tea house accommodation
  • Group size 1-12
  • Per day Walking 5 to 6 hours
  • Itinerary type Fixed / Customized

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