Makalu Base Camp

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Trek to one of the most wilderness and remote part of Nepal. Makalu base camp lies on Makalu Barun National park on the eastern part of Nepal which offers some of the most spectacular and diverse trekking routes and scenery in the Himalayas. The region takes you deep in the wilderness and strikes you with waterfalls, lush valleys, colorful flowers, craggy rocks and the Giant Makalu loom above you.

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Trek to one of the most wilderness and remote part of Nepal. Makalu base camp lies on Makalu Barun National park on the eastern part of Nepal which offers some of the most spectacular and diverse trekking routes and scenery in the Himalayas. The region takes you deep in the wilderness and strikes you with waterfalls, lush valleys, colorful flowers, craggy rocks and the Giant Makalu loom above you.

 

Our tip starts with a flight to Tumlingtar, most of the trails are either down hill or uphill but the rewards are great with stunning surroundings and the Himalayas.  The untouched beauty of this region for sure stunned anyone visiting this region.

Day 01 : Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Mane Bhanjyang (1730m)
Day 02 : Trek to Chichira (1980m)
Day 03 : Trek to Num (1560m)
Day 04 : Trek to Seduwa (1500m)
Day 05 : Trek to Tashigaon (2100m)
Day 06 : Trek to Khongma (3560m)
Day 07 : Rest & acclimatization day  
Day 08 : Cross Shipton La and trek to Nambuk (3540m)
Day 09 : Trek to Nehe Kharka (3700m)
Day 10 : Trek to Merek ( 4100m) - 5 hrs 
Day 11 : Trek to Shershong (4630m)- 3hrs 
Day 12 : Day tour to Makalu Base Camp (5000m)
Day 13 : Trek to Yangle Kharka (3557m)
Day 14 : Trek to Mumbuk (3540m)
Day 15 : Trek to Khongma (3500m)
Day 16 : Trek to Tashigaon 
Day 17 : Trek to Num  
Day 18 : Trek to Chichila 
Day 19 : Chichila trek to Mane bhanjyang and drive to Tumlingtar 
Day 20 : Fly back to Kathmandu

 

Day 01: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Mane Bhanjyang
Early morning, we take a 50 minute flight to Tumlingtar. Upon landing we take another one and half hour drive to Bhotbas where we will spend our first night.
Flight Time: 50 min
Driving Time: 1 and half hour
Height: 1730m

 

Day 02: Trek to Chichira
We star our climb along the arunthan through wide and well used road and pass through fertile land to village of Sheka and Bhotebas. After bhotebas we again continue our walk through fertile land and forest path to camp at a small village of chichira with view over Mt Makalu
Trekking time: 4 hrs
Height: 1980m

 

Day 03: Trek to Num
After a morning view of Mt. Makalu, we start our journey to our next camp Num heading upward through many small settlement and beautiful forest of Rhododendron, oak and hemlock until its time for us for the final downhill walk to our camp.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Height: 1560m

 

Day 04: Trek to Seduwa
We follow steep downhill and slippery trail following lush forest and terraced fields to Arun River. On crossing Arun River we have another steep ascend through forest waiting for us to reach seduwa which is also and enter point to Makalu National park.
Trekking Time: 6
Height: Sedua 1500m

 

Day 05: Trek to Tashigaon
Today is the short and pleasant walk through village, paddy fields and forest to Tashigaon.
Enjoy the culture and lifestyle of typical local village.
Trekking Time: 5 hrs
Height: Tashigaon 2100m

 

Day 06: Trek to Khongma
We follow the trail through the lush green forest which ultimately brings us to small River. Then the trail becomes steep up until Unshisa. We walk along the ridge that is followed by steep uphill walk until Khongma. Khongma is the last stop before crossing the Shipton La (4125m) and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley. The green forests are replaced by scrub and rhododendrons that cover the lower reaches of the mountains.
Trekking time: 6-7 hrs
Height: 3,560m

 

Day 07: Rest & acclimatization day
Rest and acclimatization day allows our bodies to catch up with us before gaining more height. The following day we take on crossing of the Shipton La.

 

Day 08: Cross Shipton La and trek to Nambuk
Climb towards the summit of the Shipton La 4125m which takes few hours to reach and after passing a small lake of kalo pokhara we gain the height again cross over the pass of keke la at 4170 m. Marvelous views of Chamlang 7319m, peak 6 (6524m), Peak 7 (6758m) could be see from the pass. After Keke La pass, we descend down through the beautiful valley to Nambuk. Climbing high and sleeping low gives the opportunity for acclimatization.
Trekking time: 7 hrs
Height: 3540m

 

Day 09: Trek to Nehe kharka
We continue our walk through forest and descend town to Barun River and we follow the Brun river valley to our camp to Neher Kharka.
Trekking time: 5 hrs
Height: 3700m

 

Day 10: Trek to Merek ( 4100 m)-5 hrs
We follow the Barun river upward and cross the river from small wooden bridge and start going upward crossing over the waterfall then we reach to the meadow area of yak Kharka and after crossing yak khara we have out camp site waiting for us at the height of 4100m.
Trekking time: 5 hrs
Heights: 4100m

 

Day 11: Trek to Shershong (4630m)- 3hrs
Now we climb up the valley, through yak pastures and boulder fields. On approaching Shersong the south east ridge of Mount Makalu comes into view. We have a sight of lower Barun Glacier and towering Mt. Makalau. Campsite at Shersong.
Trekking time: 3 hrs
Heights: 4630m

 

Day 12: Day tour to Makalu Base Camp
Make sure that you acclimatize well before walking up to Makalu Base Camp. We start our gentle walk gradually climbing up and west side of the glacier with boulders is the base camp of Makalu. Enjoy the superb views of the Himalayan Mountains throughout the day. Return back to Shersong.
Trekking time: 5 hrs
Height: 5000m

 

Day 13: Trek to Yangle Kharka
Descend back down the valley and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and eventually reaching Yangle Kharka.
Trekking time: 6 hrs
Height: 3557m

 

Day 14: Trek to Mumbuk
We continually retrace our trail we will again be greeted by greeneries below.
Trekking time: 6 hrs
Height: 3540m

 

Day 15: Trek to Khongma
Steep climb from Mumbuk through forest of firs and rhododendrons, crossing the Keke La, Shipton La we descend to Khogma again. 
Trekking time: 7 hrs
Height:3500m

 

Day 16: Trek to Tashigaon
Today, we continually descend down to Tashigaon. The descent will be a long and steep one across the hillside to eventually reach the Sherpa town of Tashi Gaon.
Trekking time: 6 hrs

 

Day 17: Trek to Num
We are retracing the same path that we came by. We exit the Makalu Barun Camp. Descend down to Arun Khola and Seduwa then another hike through the forest to Num. We follow our footsteps all the way back down to the river. Climb back up the opposite side of the valley to Num.
Trekking time: 5 hrs



Day 18: Trek to Chichila
Again we retrace our steps to Chichila.
Trekking time: 6 hrs



Day 19: Chichila trek to Mane bhanjyang and drive to Tumlingtar
Tonight is our final night at the eastern park of Nepal. We retrace back to Mane Bhanjyang and take a drive to Tumlingtar and wait for our flight the next day back to Kathmandu.
Trekking time: 4 hrs
Drive time: 1 and half hour


Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu
We complete the journey with a flight to Kathmandu.

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

Visa for Nepal

All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.

You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.

1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.

2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.

3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.

4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.


Please Note:
The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate. 


Introduction:

Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!

Where ever you choose to trek in the Himalayas there are always uphill and downhill walk as a part of journey to greet you.  Forget all the hard work which need to be done; just imagine what nature will offer you up in the high Himalayas.


What to bring:

As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round.  You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.


Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:


Check list:


BODY WEAR

  • Loose comfortable T-Shirts
  • Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
  • Trousers
  • A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
  • A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
  • Water and wind proof jacket
  • Water and wind proof trousers
  • Woolen or thermal gloves
  • Sun hat and sun glasses
  • Woolen or fleece hat
  • Scarf     

 
FOOT WEAR

  •  Warm woolen socks
  • Comfortable and warm trekking boots
  • Gaiters ( if snows)


ACCESSORIES

  • A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
  • Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
  • Camera, music and books
  • Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
  • An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
  • Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
  • Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
  • WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle `      boiling/hot water
  • HEAD TORCH!
  • Batteries for camera, torch etc..
  • A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
  • Walking sticks (if needed)


Note:
These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!


INSURANCE

All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.


THE TRAILS

Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!


ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.

Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).

Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.

The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.

You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.


TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS

Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.

Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.


CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT

While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.

There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:

- Pick up any litter along the trail

- Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water  Source

- In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source

- Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests

- Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled

- Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora

- Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)