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Makalu Base Camp Trek


Trekking to Makalu base camp is considered as virgin wilderness. The trek starts from Tumlingtar and ends also at Tumlingtar. This remote terrain elongates east from Sagarmatha National Park, connecting to the high plateau of Tibet and the vast subtropical gorge engraved by the Arun River. The brilliant views of craggy Himalayan peaks, comprises Mt. Makalu (8463m), fifth highest in the world, Mt. Chamlang (7200 m) and Mt. Baruntse (7168m) within the remoteness of 40 kms. The Makalu-Barun Valley affords dazzling disparity, where high waterfall pour into deep gorges, craggy rocks go up from lush emerald forests, and multi-colored vegetations bloom beneath the pallid snow crests. The trail goes along the Arun, Kosi and Barun Valley escorts past yak grazing land and glaciers to the Makalu base camp from where the fantastic views of Everest, Makalu and Lhotse  seems outstanding.  The trek to Makalu base camp visits one of the most inaccessible and isolated areas of Nepal. This area is blessed with diversity of natural vegetation, culture and life style of local people.

Trip Facts


Country : Nepal
Region : Makalu Barun
Activities : Trekking & Hiking
Trekking/Tour Days : 15
Total Days : 20
Difficulty : Hard
Trip code: 
Max Altitude: 5000m
Best season: Autumn & Spring
Per day walk: 5-8 hrs.

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu & Transfer to hotel - 1300m/4264ft 
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation 
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1,840m/6035 ft): 9/10 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Num (1,500m/4920 ft): 6/7 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Seduwa (1,540m/5051 ft): 6/7 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m/6790 ft): 4/5 hrs 
Day 06: Trek to Khongma (3,560m/11,676 ft): 6/7 hrs
Day 07:  Rest & acclimatization day 
Day 08: Cross Shipton La and trek to Debotay (3,650m/11,972 ft): 7/8 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600m/11,808 ft): 5/6 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Merek (4,500m/14,760 ft):5/6 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Shersong: 6/7 hrs
Day 12: Day tour to Makalu Base Camp (5,000m/16,400 ft): 5/6 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Yangle Kharka: 8/9 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Mumbuk: 6/7 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Khongma: 6/7 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Tashigaon: 5/6 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Num: 4/5 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Chichila, Transfer to Tumlingtar: 9/10 hrs
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu 
Day 20: Farwell Friends

Services


Trip Cost Includes 
  •  All airport/hotel transfers
  •  Hotel in Kathmandu (Both on B&B basis)
  •  Welcome and farewell dinner
  •  Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
  •  Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees.
  •  All accommodation and meals during the trek
  •  Airport pickups and drops in private car
  •  An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1   assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  •  All necessary paper work and permits
  •  All government and local taxes

Trip Cost Does Not Include
  •  Nepalese visa fee
  •  Excess baggage charges
  •  Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Lukla/Namche Bazar because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  •  Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  •  Travel and rescue insurance
  •  Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  •  Tips for guides and porters

Detail Itinerary


Day 01:  Arrival Kathmandu & Transfer to hotel - 1300m/4264ft 
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative welcomes you and assists you to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu, after freshen up, you will be provided the necessary information regarding the trip in Nepal along with our fellow trekking staff for your adventurous trip. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation 
We will collect you on the morning for guided trip of cultural word heritage sites in Kathmandu valley which is rich for its Newa culture and temples; including several places of pilgrimages sites for Hindus and Buddhists , the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the world biggest Stuppa; Boudhhanath, Swoyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple) and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with unique architectural temple, and incredible Kumari widely known as Living Goddess in Basantapur of central kathmandu. A brief discussion of your trip with our fellow trekking staff in the evening.

Day 03:  Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1,840m/6035 ft): 9/10 hrs
As per the flight schedule you’ll be transferred to domestic airport to fly to Tumlingtar which takes nearly 50 minutes observing range of snow capped peaks from Ganesh Himal to Mt. Everest, Makalu & Mt. Kanchenjunga. When we first arrive to Tumlingtar which is small town located up above the Arun river and begin our first day, drive to the chichila. You can get evening time to explore the Chilchila which is a small town. Overnight at Chichila.

Day 04:  Trek to Num (1,500m/4920 ft): 6/7 hrs
After having breakfast we start our first day trek to Num. The trail goes through the picturesque villages and you can have the view of lofty mountains during the journey. We will follow the ridge that climbs to the top and downhill to the level area of Num-is a small village with about fifteen houses and a primary school on the large flat ground, where we have good view of natural scenic landscape. Overnight at Num.

Day 04:  Trek to Seduwa (1,540m/5051 ft): 6/7 hrs
Today we follow the trail that descends incredibly steep and terraced slopes towards the Arun River, nearly 800 meters below. We can encounter the narrow slopes of this valley which are densely forested and have quite slippery path. We further walk to reach the bottom and then cross the suspension bridge across the incredible Arun River. We climb back out of the rain forest, reaching our lunch point at Runruma. A few hours walk from Runruma takes you to Seduwa village where we stop for the night.

Day 05:  Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m/6790 ft): 4/5 hrs 
The trail ascends to the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. The trail takes you to rural farm villages, on the gradual trail through the farm fields and terraces, as we come near to crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields to reach Tashi Gaon where we stop for the night.

Day 06:  Trek to Khongma (3,560m/11,676 ft): 6/7 hrs
Today we hike for Khongma trekking upward through the refreshing beautiful shade of the rhododendron and oaks forest, then leaving the dense forest coming to a summer pastures with traces of temporary made shepherd huts.  Khongma is the last stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley. You can encounter the scrub and rhododendrons that cover the lower reaches of the mountains.

Day 07:  Rest & acclimatization day 
We allow you a full day to explore the vicinity of Khongma. This rest and acclimatization day helps your body to catch up with us before gaining more height.

Day 08:  Cross Shipton La and trek to Debotay (3,650m/11,972 ft): 7/8 hrs
After an hearty breakfast we start our trek to Debotay. The trail climbs towards the summit of the Shipton La which takes a few hours to reach. After the lake Kalo Pokhari, pass over the Keke La at 4,152m.  Marvelous views of Chamlang 7,319m, Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend down through the   beautiful valley to Debotay. Climbing high and sleeping low gives the opportunity for acclimatization. 

Day 09:  Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600m/11,808 ft): 5/6 hrs
From Debotay, pass through the Rhododendron forest leads to the Baruni River and the upper reaches of the valley. A pleasant walk, gaining altitude slowly, until we arrive at Yangle Kharka situated at the base of the valley.  

Day 10:  Trek to Merek (4,500m/14,760 ft):5/6 hrs
Today, we trek to Merek. Since we are gaining height beyond 4, 000 meters, be sure to allow your body the necessary time for acclimatization.  

Day 11:  Trek to Shersong: 6/7 hrs
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. Campsite at Shersong.  

Day 12:  Day tour to Makalu Base Camp (5,000m/16,400 ft): 5/6 hrs
Make sure that you acclimatize well before walking up to Makalu Base Camp. Enjoy the superb views of the Himalayan mountains throughout the day. Return back to Shersong.
 
Day 13:  Trek to Yangle Kharka: 8/9 hrs
Descend back down the valley and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and eventually reaching Yangle Kharka. 

Day 14:  Trek to Mumbuk: 6/7 hrs
Continuing with our descent through the rockfall. Then climb up the rock gully to Mumbuk. We will be again greeted by the greeneries below.  

Day 15:  Trek to Khongma: 6/7 hrs
Initial steep climb from Mumbuk through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. Cross the Keke La, Shipton La and Ghungru La. Descend to Khogma again.   

Day 16:  Trek to Tashigaon: 5/6 hrs
Today, we continually descend down to Tashigaon. The descent will be a long and steep one. Cutting across the hillside to eventually reach the Sherpa town of Tashi Gaon. 

Day 17:  Trek to Num: 4/5 hrs
We are retracing the same path that we came by. We exit the Makalu Barun Camp. Descend down to Arun Khola and Seduwa again. 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. 

Day 18:  Trek to Chichila, Transfer to Tumlingtar: 9/10 hrs
Again we retrace our steps to Chichila. The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day. Transfer to Tumlingtar.
 
Day 19:  Fly back to Kathmandu 
We complete the journey with a flight to Kathmandu. We will return to the welcome haven of the Hotel. Once back in Kathmandu, Himalayan Glacier will host an evening barbecue to celebrate the expedition and as a farewell party to thank the Sherpas for their support and friendship. 

Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu for next trip or to your home
Today the journey comes to an end. There's nothing to do but trade emails with your new friends, organize all your photos and finally depart from Nepal. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onward destination. Or get ready for the next adventure.  

Important Note

Important Note
Your safety is our paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Club. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Our Effort 
Our effort will be made to keep to the proposed itinerary but your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Club. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

The Trekking Group
The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best trekking routes on Earth. It has opened its trekking route since 1953. Many foreigners from around the globe visit Nepal for hiking in one of the best trekking destination. Hence, to organize the best trip we provide best trek leaders and staffs for you. For this trek, there will be our best group consisting 1 experienced English speaking climbing leader (guide), cook, assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers (1 trekker: 2 helpers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging. We organize this trek for both solo and group trekkers.  

Our Trek Leaders and Staffs
Operating better than the best trip for you is our paramount concern. We will provide you best professional team from the trekking operator to the vigorous Sherpa porter. Our trekking guides are the holder of license issued by Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre, Nepal and have got professional rescue training. Your trek leader's role is to ensure all aspects of the trek to run efficiently. Your trekking guide will share all knowledge that he has during the trip. Please ensure that he needs your full cooperation and support to run the trek smoothly. If you have any kind of problem then let him know about this in advance so that your trek leader can take right step to organize safe and efficient trek. The trek leaders and staffs of Himalayan Club have got training on follows:
Intensive Wilderness First Aid
Trekking Guide Training
Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
English Language [we also provide trekking guides speaking special languages (Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian, Hindi) as per your desire]
Conservation and Biodiversity
Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders) 

Health & Experience Required 
Our Makalu Base Camp trek is adventurous trek. It needs good physical effort to trek. Anyone who is interested and have a capacity to walk for 6-7 hours a day with light rucksack can encounter this trek. Trekking around high altitude are physically challenging than trekking around lower attitude. Nevertheless if you are physically fit with sound mind and positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish this trek. Regular exercise and jogging for 2-3 hours is good preparation for hiking. However consultancies with physician are highly recommended. Whilst travelling with Himalayan Club, you will be provided all necessary details regarding your safety before trekking. Our professional trekking crew members (from trek operators to assistance guide) are highly acknowledged about acute mountain sickness and regular first aid courses to tackle any emergency situation. Moreover, we are able to evacuate seriously ill group members by helicopter if needed.

Meals (Teahouse trek)
During your Makalu Base camp Valley trek you will be provided freshly hygienic food including typical Nepali food. You can have breakfast and dinner in teahouse/lodge as per menu. Lunch will be provided on the way to the destination. Further you can bring your favorite snacks with you as per your desire. A welcome and farewell dinner will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Accommodation (Teahouse trek)
In Kathmandu, you have comfortable stay with relaxed environment in 3 star hotels. We also book rooms in 5 star hotels as per your desire. Rooms are generally on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc.. During trekking you will stop for the nights in standard teahouse/lodge/hotel. On the way to Tsum valley trek you may encounter several teahouses with attached washroom but in some places you have to adjust in sharing toilets and bathrooms.

Permits and fees/Visa processing
Any foreigner desiring to trek in permissible trekking region in Nepal shall have to submit application in the format as referred to Appendix 10 for trekking permit and in the case of group; the trekking operating agency shall have to submit application to the Ministry of Home Affairs of Immigration Department in the format as referred to in Appendix 11. You must require permits and fees to enter a certain areas such as World heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing as well. Entries fees for visiting gompas, temples and other historical monuments while trekking should be made by your own. For any inquires about visa processing and trekking permits in Nepal please log on www.immi.gov.np  

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is a cover for the risks you might face in your trip, while trekking in Nepal. Typically, it covers death, personal accident, medical expenses, repatriation, loss/ delay of checked baggage, passport loss and third party liability as per the agency chosen by you. You do not want anything to ruin your hard earned holiday or your crucial business meeting. But there is a possibility of some unexpected occurrence no matter how perfect the planning is. Unfortunate events such as baggage loss, passport loss, a medical emergency or an accident can affect you. Having Travel Insurance protects you from all such perils. It ensures that in the unknown foreign land you are not left stranded in any kind of an emergency. We strongly recommend travel insurance for everyone who is intended to hike in Nepal.

Climate and Weather
Nepal\'s climate varies with its topography as it is divided into 3 regions on the basis of physical division i.e. Terai, Hilly and Mountain (Himalayan) region. There are four climatic seasons in Nepal: 

December-February (winter) 
March-May (spring), 
September-November (autumn) and
June-August (summer),
The monsoon is approximately from the end of June to the middle of September. About 80 per cent of the rain falls during that period, so the remainder of the year is dry. In winter, average maximum and minimum temperatures in the Terai range from a brisk 7ºC (45ºF) to a mild 23ºC (74ºF). Summer and late spring temperatures range from 28ºC (83ºF) in the hill regions to more than 40ºC (104ºF) in the Terai. The Terai region, which lies in the tropical southern part of the country, for instance, has a hot, humid climate.  The central Hilly region experience a minimum temperature often falls below freezing point and a chilly 12ºC (54ºF) maximum. The northern mountain region, around an altitude above 3,353 meters has an alpine climate with a considerably lower temperature and thin air in winter as can be expected. Much colder temperatures prevail at higher elevations. The Kathmandu Valley, at an altitude of 1310m (4297ft), has a mild climate, ranging from 19-27ºC (67-81ºF) in summer, and 2-20ºC (36-68ºF) in winter.

Best Season
We specially prefer spring (March to mid May) and autumn (mid Sept to Dec) seasons for this trek as they are known as the best season in Nepal. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding natural views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher altitude. Trekking in winter (Dec, Jan, and Feb) season is also good for this Everest Base Camp trek but the subject is only cold and might be disturbance because cold may obstruct the trekking route as of snowfall. The trekking routes become busy route during spring and autumn as they are called best season. But during monsoon and winter the routes are not busy and you could more enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal.

Porter Care
Porter plays an important role whilst trekking in Hilly and Himalayan Region. So we provide vigorous porter from our best professional trekking team for the smooth run of your trek. We behave with them like our team. The Sherpa people of Nepal have established a reputation as mountaineering porters, and are considered indispensable for the highest Himalayan expeditions. Every day, Sherpa porters in the middle hills carry excruciating loads on their spines, for trekkers and mountaineers. Hundreds of thousands more heave the basket as part of their daily household chores, fetching water, firewood and fodder. Carrying goods on the back with the help of a tumpline (namlo) is their daily routine. While the loads carried by the Sherpa porter are the heaviest anywhere in the world, the feat is doubly impressive when one considers his diminutive size and body weight. Himalayan back-loading is also distinctive because it is a continuous, unremitting activity, unlike, for example, the stevedore´s momentary toil. So it\'s very unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights. We ensure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. We provide same medical attention to all the Sherpa porters like team members if any injury occurs. And for the porter\'s sake we urge all trekkers to keep their luggage bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds in restricted trekking area and 24kgs/ pounds in other trekking area. We support and appreciate the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), Working for the safety of the mountain porter. 
We provide all the necessary facilities to the porter with the following:
A good working wage 
All food for porters while on trek
Accommodation while on trek
Work related clothing and equipment 
Income protection insurance
We also provide emergency helicopter evacuation if required

Environmental Concerns
The main concern of Himalayan Club is to conduct better than the best trip for you adopting various steps to preserve the environment of that place where we visit. We employ a Responsible Tourism policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do\'s and don\'ts, and our experienced staffs can advise you on how to minimize your impact and with some thought and care we can ensure that everyone benefits from the experience.

On this trip: Nepal owns beauty of nature as it is naturally rich in vegetation and wildlife. Whilst trekking with Himalayan Club's trekking leaders and staff you may encounter different conservation area and national parks inhabitant by birds and wild animals. We will use the policy of staying in locally owned accommodation, having local group members and using transport owned and operated by local people wherever possible is continued in Nepal. You will be guided by your trekking guide about the environment concerns while trekking.

Our Travel Booklet: We provide copy of our Travel Booklet to every client who travels with Himalayan Club's which contains every details and advice on how you can make your trip adventurous with helping in Global warming and other environment concerns. We also provide this copy to you in advance as per your desire when you contact us.

Charity: Himalayan Club is helping different rural areas for improving working conditions of the people as we work with societies of that area. We also conduct public awareness programs to make balance between the wildlife and the people daily needs whilst trekking. Our small help is helping to improve the working conditions of the people or rural areas in big.                           
                           

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