Makalu Base Camp Trek

GRADE

Strenuous

TRIP DURATION

18 days

BEST SEASON

March to May & October to November

GROUP SIZE

From two persons

TRIP Altitude

4500 meters

CUSTOMIZE TRIP

On Request

Trip Highlights

Glimpse of  high  mountain of in the world, home of Sherpa, Rai,  Shingsawa (Bhotia) and other ethnic group, More than 3.000 species of flowering plants, with hundreds of orchid varieties, 48 primroses and 25 of Nepal's 30 rhododendrons, endangered red panda, musk deer as well as the ghoral, Himalayan tahr and leopard, 400 bird species, Shipton la (4.230m), Barun Glacier, Makalu Base Camp, superb Mountain View, friendly people and many more ......

Trip Overview

Makalu base camp is located in the eastern Himalaya, seven valleys radiate from mount Makalu, the world's fifth highest peak. These valleys, particularly the Barun valley, treasure some of the last remaining pristine forests and alpine meadows of Nepal. From the bottom of the Arun valley, at just 435m above sea level, the Himalaya rise to the snow-capped tip of Makalu 8.463 m within a 40 km distance. Within this wide range of altitudes and climates, the Makalu Barun area contains some of the richest and most diverse pockets of plants and animals in Nepal, elsewhere lost to spreading human habitation.

Nestled in the lower reaches of these valleys are communities of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa (Bhotia) farmers. Though economically poor and isolated, they retain a rich cultural heritage. They hold the key to the preservation of the unique biological and cultural treasures of the Makalu Barun area.

Covering 2.330 sq km, Makalu-Barun is a vital component of the greater Mount Everest ecosystem which includes Nepal's 1.148 sq km Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) National Park to the west and the 35.000 sq km Qomolungma Nature Preserve in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north. The Makalu-Barun area is little known to most tourists due to its relative inaccessibility. But those few hundred trekkers and mountaineers who visit each year come away with an unforgettable experience.

For the naturalist, there are spectacular displays of wildflowers and exotic plants. More than 3.000 species of flowering plants, with hundreds of orchid varieties, 48. primroses and 25 of Nepal's 30 rhododendrons splash the hillsides with color. The forests shelter abundant wildlife, including the endangered red panda and musk deer as well as the ghoral, Himalayan tahr and leopard. Ornithologists have identified 400 bird species, at least 16 of which are extremely rare. Most trekkers and mountaineers visit the Makalu-Barun area during October-November and March-April when high passes are less likely to be snowed over. Lower elevations are temperate throughout winter and hot during April and May. Heavy monsoon rains occur throughout the region from June through September, with occasional showers during April-May. For the hardy botanist, the monsoon season is bursting with life, including the pestly leech. Trekkers carry only day pack and walk on their own pace.

Average hiking per day in Kanchengunga trek 6-7 hrs.

  • Day 01 Arrival and transfer to hotel/welcome dinner (D)
  • Day 02 Day at Leisure /Hotel (B)
  • Day 02 Fly to Tumlingtar and drive on a jeep track to  Num village (1500m) (B, L, D)
  • Day 03 Trek to Sedua village (1493m) (B, L, D)
  • Day 04 Trekking  to Tashigaon (2057m) (B, L, D)
  • Day 05 Trek to Kauma Kharka (3500m) (B, L, D)
  • Day 06 Trek to Dobato (3700m) with cross the Shipton La (4229m)(B, L, D)
  • Day 07 Trek to Yangri Kharka with Descending to the Barun River and accending trek to Yangri Kharka (3620m) (B, L, D)
  • Day 08 Trek to Lengmale Kharka (4400m) trek with upper Barun Valley (B, L, D)
  • Day 09 Trek to Sherson (4500m) (B, L, D)
  • Day 10 Trekking to view point near to Makalu Base Camp (B, L, D)
  • Day 11 Trek to Yangri Kharaka (B, L, D)
  • Day 12 Trek to Kauma Kharka (B, L, D)
  • Day 13 Trek to Sedua (B, L, D)
  • Day 14 Trek to Num (B, L, D)
  • Day 15 Drive to Tumlingtar (B, L, D)
  • Day 16 Fly to Kathmandu /Hotel (B)
  • Day 17 Day at leisure /farewell dinner /Hotel (B, D)
  • Day 18 Drive to airport for return flight (B)
Note: The itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday. Similarly hotel can be upgraded or degraded depend on your budget. The lodge and meal at Makalu Base Camp trek are basic; you mostly time will have local food and sometime we will provide packet lunch. Makalu trek it used to be for camping trek; lodge trek are open only since few years. 

  • International airport pickup and drop
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Hotel accommodation at 3 star catagory in double occupancy
  • Trekking Transportation by flight and land
  • Special trekking permit
  • Conservation permit.
  • TRC permit
  • Meals as per mention (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • English speaking guide with his insurance and equipment.
  • Porter with his insurance and equipment (one porter in between two person)
  • Wages, food, accommodation, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs
  • For the emergency case when the lodges are closed  at trekking due to cold at high snow fall; in such case to avoid the risk we also carry big tent with some emergency use food; this will b with basic comfort but it is as an option.
  • Beverage (drinks)
  • Tips
  • Helicopter evacuation in case of emergency
  • Personal insurance
  • Sleeping bag (this can be rent at Thamel; cost Rs 75-150 a day a sleeping bag)

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