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MAKALU BASE CAMP ADVENTURE TREK

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Destination

Makalu Base Camp

Region

Makalu Region

Max.Altitude

4,870 Meters

Grade

Moderate to Challenging

Activity

Trekking

Duration

15 Days

Route

Tumlingtar - Num - Khongma Danda - Makalu Base Camp

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge / Tea house

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek

Transportation

Kathmandu / Tumlingtar / Kathmandu

Start/End

Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Group Size

2-15 Persons

Best Season

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
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Overview

The Makalu Base Camp trek is a remote route that encompasses some of the best that Nepal has to offer — The spectacular Nepal adventure treks holidays in Nepal are led by professionally-trained English-speaking trekking Guides/ leaders.  Makalu High passes trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. This trek takes you to the protected areas of Makalu Barun National Park. Makalu 8463 M is also known as the fifth-highest mountain in the world. It offers an exceptional opportunity to explore the high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes. It also lets you experience the ethnic Himalayas ’ lifestyle on the trail of Makalu Base camp. This region is one of the restricted regions as per the government of Nepal and China. This region requires special permits for one to travel.

Makalu High Passes trek spans five major ecological zones. Lush off tropical Arun Valley, dense forest of rhododendrons, and fir alpine meadows. This leads your way to the mighty Barun Glacier. This trail rises from 850 m to 5000m in your time span of trekking in the Makula Region of Nepal.

This Makalu Base camp trek is the ideal choice for avid trekkers. This trek is for nature enthusiasts who seek solace tranquility in their natural habitat. This can be the best option to avoid crowds. This Makalu high passes trek starts with a flight to Tumlingtar and heads to the Arun valley. On this trek, you will visit the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal. All this region has its own wildlife vegetation and endangered wild animals.

If you wish to trek on Makalu High passes then be sure to get your friend going. You can only visit this region with a group size of 2 or more to get a special permit. With Parikrama treks, you can complete this remote and special trek in 22 days. If you like to spend more time on this trail you can get on this trail for 26 days or more.

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Itinerary

01
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Upon arrival meet by Parikrama Treks representative and transfer to Hotel. You can enjoy the view of Pashupatinath while on the way to the hotel.

02
Kathmandu Sightseeing (1,350m)

Today we will enjoy some of the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley. We will visit Boudhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later we will also visit Pashupatinath Temple. In the evening, you will meet with your climbing guide. All the climbers will get a short briefing about this trip. Note: While you are enjoying the cultural site we will collect your permits. We need to collect permits for Upper Mustang, Nar Phu Valley for this trip. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

03
Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (50 Min), drive to Chichira (1,980m / 3-4 hrs)

We take a flight to Tumlingtar after breakfast. Upon reaching the destination meet the rest of the crew members who will also be joining us for the trek. Next, we drive to Chichira, a small Gurung settlement. We take a rest in Chichira area as we need to be prepared for the next day’s trek. Overnight at Tea house

04
Trek from Chichira to Num (1,560m / 6-7 hrs)

We start early in the morning and head towards Num right after a warm breakfast. A moderately paced walk through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests will take us to Num. A ridgeline with great views on both sides and perched on the end, this is Num for us. Overnight at Tea house in Num

05
Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,500m / 6-7 hrs)

A steep descent through forests and terraced farms takes us to Barun River. We cross the river and follow an equally steep ascent up the other side again. Often quite hot – the forest on the valleys offers a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park begins and where we register our permits. We camp right at the top of the village. Overnight at Tea house in Seduwa

06
Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m / 4-5 hrs)

Ascend the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola on the east. Crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields, we reach the exotic village of Tashi Gaon. Once there, we are surrounded by a breathtaking Himalayan panorama. Overnight at Tea house in Tashigaon

07
Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m / 6-7 hrs)

This will be a bit of a tough day as we have to walk on a steep trail at a higher elevation. We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a Kharka (grazing land) and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. From here it’s a short way down to Khongma Danda. Overnight at Tea house in Khongma Danda

08
Acclimatization/Rest at Khongma Danda (3,500m)

Today we take a rest day to get our body used to the higher elevation. Those who wish to explore the nearby surrounding can walk around the area. Overnight at Tea house in Khongma Danda

09
Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobate (4,170m / 6-7 hrs)

Climb towards the summit of the Shipton La (pass) which takes a few hours to reach. After the lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), pass over the Keke La at 4,170m. We can see the marvelous views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m), and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate. Overnight at Tea house in Dobate

10
Trek from Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m / 6-7 hrs)

Today, our trail takes us through the rhododendron forest. We will reach the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. We should be very careful during the first two hours of the trek as the trail is steep and arduous. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka situated at the base of the valley. Overnight at Tea house in Yangri Kharka

11
Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,410m / 5-6 hrs)

Following a moderate walk to the valley, we pass through yak pastures, lush forests, and boulder fields. The valley walls tower imposingly above us during the start of the trek. We pass Merek as we make our way further up and notice a significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views. Overnight at Tea house in Langmale Kharka

12
Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m / 6-7 hrs)

Today is the day we make it to the Base Camp. From Langmale Kharka we make our way up to Shershong and eventually to Makalu Base Camp. The trail is flat with icy glaciers and snow-clad mountains accompanying us. Mount Makalu comes into view as we approach Shershong. As we make our way to the camp, we get to soak in the majestic Himalayan panorama surrounding us. Overnight at Tea house in Makalu Base Camp

13
Explore Makalu Base Camp (4,870m)

The Base Camp is a rocky barren place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. From here we can see the magnificent south face of Makalu and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up to where we may celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself. Overnight at Tea house in Makalu Base Camp.

14
Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka (3,557m / 6-7 hrs)

We descend down from the base camp and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and heading back. On our way down, we pass through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley finally stopping at Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Tea house in Yangri Kharka

15
Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobate (6-7 hrs)

From Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, green forests, and valley, making our way towards Dobate. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail. Overnight at Tea house in Dobate

16
Trek from Dobate to Khongma Danda (3,500m / 5-6 hrs)

We begin the trek with a steep climb from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) and through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. We then cross the Keke La, Tutu La (Shipton’s Pass), and Kauma La en route. Next, we descend to Khongma Danda again. Overnight at Tea house in Khongma Danda

17
Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon (2,100m / 4-5 hrs)

The trek continues with frequent long and steep descent cutting through the hillsides. The trail takes us through thick forests and finally making it to the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashigaon. Overnight at Tea house in Tashigaon

18
Trek from Tashigaon to Seduwa (1,500m / 4-5 hrs)

We retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun River. We then cross the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again. Overnight at Tea house in Seduwa

19
Trek from Seduwa to Num (1,560m / 5-6 hrs)

We leave Seduwa and trek through lush forests towards Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards. Overnight at Tea house in Num

20
Trek from Num to Tumlingtar (285m / 6-7 hrs)

Again we retrace our footsteps to Chichira from where we can savor 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. Overnight at Tea house in Tumlingtar

21
Trek from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (1,350m / 50 min)

Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long trek in the mountains. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel or get in touch with our loved ones. In the evening we celebrate our successful journey to the Makalu base camp and back with a farewell dinner. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

22
Final departure

We will say goodbye to the Himalayas of Nepal and take the next flight to another destination.

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What is Included

  • Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu transfers
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in cities on a B/B basis
  • World Heritage sites for Sightseeing Tours during your stay in cities
  • Experienced English speaking guide for sight-seeing tour by private tourist vehicle
  • All land Transport Including Cities to Cities, from hotel to starting and ending point of the trek
  • Lodges/ tea house accommodation in double occupancy or family bedroom during the entire trek and climb
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek and climb
  • Tea and coffee (1 cup) three times daily on trek or climb
  • Services of a trained and Professional license holder English speaking trekking guide (leader)
  • Required number porters to carry your luggage (one porter for every 2 guests) during the trek
  • Proper warm clothing, shoes, sunglass for guide and porter
  • Expenses for all Staff including their salary, insurance, domestic airfare, transportation, food, and accommodation
  • Warm Clothes and Shoes for porters during the trek
  • Medical First Aid Kit (carried by your guide)
  • Guide with experience of First Aid treatment, AMS safety training certified
  • Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking conservation/ National Park/ TIMS Card/ Special permits fee as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fee in all monuments during tour
  • Guide airfare if you are flying to the destination
  • All government taxes, 24.3% VAT & service charges.

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What is Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airfare not listed in the Itinerary
  • Nepal entry visa fee can be issued on your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in cities
  • Emergency Rescue, Evacuation cost or any types of travel, Personal interest items insurance fee
  • Airfare for any sector as per the destination (Quoted separately)
  • Any item of personal nature such as beverages, hot cold drinks, laundry, telephone call, battery charges, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Food accommodation cost due to Unforeseen acts landslide, sick, flight delayed, bad weather, etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Tips for trekking, tour staff, and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘Cost Includes’ section.
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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, windbreaker, and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad-brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture-wicking long-sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture-wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and a day pack
  • Waterproof cover for a daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;

  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Earplugs for sleeping


OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen, and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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