Makalu Base Camp Trek
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Makalu Base Camp Trek Via Arun Valley
Makalu Base Camp Trek, Nepal Base Camp Treks presents an adventurous and powerful Makalu Base Camp Trekking, where this exciting walk leads you from warm paddy fields to alpine hills of cooler climate and beyond to arctic zone of remorseless snow-ice and glaciers at Barun valley and Makalu base camp.
Mt. Makalu stands as world fifth highest peak where climbers has to face tremendous challenge to conquer the summit at the height of 8,463 m / 27, 766 ft high, regarded as one of the toughest and much technical peak to climb.
Our Makalu Base Camp Trek starts with scenic short flight to warm areas of Tumlingtar at Arun valley, from here our adventure begins heading higher cooler region through interesting villages and towns of Khadbari-Manebhanjyang-Chichela and Num village of mixed tribe of mid hill peoples with Kirat Rai-Sherpa-Gurung-Magar-Tamang and few Newars.
From Num walk leads down and uphill to reach the last permanent Sherpa village at Tashi gaon after Seduwa, and then into pure wilderness within pristine surrounding of alpine forest of tall rhodendron-magnolia-oaks-pines and fir tree lines trekking in himalaya.
As the walk progress leaving the tree lines reaching higher areas of Kaungma Danda at 3,556 m high and crossing Tutu-la and Shipton la passes at above 4, 200 meters passes around glacial lakes to reach into beautiful Barun valley area enclosed within high rocky cliffs and mountains and then finally reaching our highlight and main destination at Makalu Base Camp with its south base camp.
Exploring isolated and mountainous area at Makalu Base Camp Trek with views of towering Makalu-Chamlang-Barun and as far towards North West direction with views of Mt. Everest and its rare East Face includes Lhotse also.
After a most exciting time with grandeur views of high mountains our walk leads downhill back to Num for an interesting drive to Tumlingtar where this marvelous adventure Makalu Base Camp Trekking concludes and then taking a super scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,315m | 4,270ft and transfer o hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 448 m – 45 mins flight with overnight stop.
Day 04: Drive to Num 1,490 m – 04 hrs with afternoon free to explore.
Day 05: Trek to Seduwa 1,540 m- 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,135m – 04 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Kaungma Danda 3,556 m – 05 hours
Day 08: Trek to Mumbuk 3,553 m – 06 hours
Day 09: Trek to Nghe (Nehe Kharka 3,760 m – 05 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Shersong 4, 572 m – 05 hours.
Day 11: Rest day at Shersong for day hike to Makalu South Base Camp 4,812 m.
Day 12: Trek to Yangle Kharka 3, 598 m – 06 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Mumbuk – 05 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Kaungma Ridge – 05 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Narbu Gaon 1,310 m via Tashi Gaon – 05 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Num via Seduwa – 05 hours.
Day 17: Drive back to Tumlingtar – 04 hrs.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 19: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 20: International departure for home ward bound.
Size of group: 2-8 people
Fitness level: Moderate
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Selected Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek
We will be staying at Hotel International Guest House in Kathmandu; and tea-houses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis during the trek. Twin sharing or Single supplement will be served in Kathmandu.
Nepal Base Camp Treks will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, tea-houses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
- Best Time to Travel to Makalu Base Camp Trek
- The best time to trek to the Makalu Base Camp is spring (March to May) and autumn (October to first week of December). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing panorama views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,327 m and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport via various respective airlines, our Nepal Base Camp Treks guide or staff will receive you with warm welcome and then a short drive to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.
After checking in your hotel rooms and getting refreshed join at the hotel lobby for group briefing and orientation program where our guide informs you regarding hotels, Kathmandu, Nepali culture, Makalu Base Camp Trekking with welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture program.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparations.
In Kathmandu morning after breakfast and at given time our city guide will pick you up for sightseeing tour around places of interest around Kathmandu old part of the city, Kathmandu is famous for world heritage sites with tour of Pashupatinath a holy temple, Bouddhanath Stupa a Buddhist pilgrimage spot or tour of Kathmandu old Durbar (palace) Square and ancient 2,500 years old Swayambhunath, afternoon free for Makalu Base Camp Trekking preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 448 m a scenic flight of 45 mins.
Makalu Base Camp Trekking starts with short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport for short scenic flight to warm areas of Arun valley at Tumlingtar, during 45 minutes flight grand panorama of mountains with Everest and Makalu, on reaching at Tumlingtar where you will jon with our other crew members and porters for this wonderful adventure to Makalu base camp.
At Tumling overnight in a nice lodge, the temperature here of semi –tropical located on the shelf and a plateau above Arun River, afternoon free to explore this interesting town / village.
Day 04: Drive to Num 1490m - 04 hrs with afternoon free to explore.
From Tumlingtar starting the morning with a scenic interesting drive heading to the mid hills passing many farm villages and the large town of Khandbari, drive continues on the hill ridge rough dirt road leading higher to Chinchela village from here a long descend to Num village slowly turning into a town with the motor reaching this village few years back, at Num overnight in lodge or in tents with grand views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Jalajala Himal and Makalu.
Day 05: Trek to Seduwa 1,540 m- 05 hrs.
Today our first day walk starts with downhill and up to Seduwa village, a steep descend to the bridge over raging Arun River around this place quite tropical, and then with a climb towards farm fields and small villages of Runmura, here with lunch break and then with a gradual climb to reach overnight stop at Seduwa village, a small place with primary school and small health post with views of Num across the ridge and of other adjoining hills of Bhojpur and Jalajala rocky peaks.
Day 06: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,135m - 04 hours.
After Seduwa village, morning walk on undulating winding trail to Tashigaon a Sherpa village, the last village before Makalu base camp, walk leads through farm areas with nice terraces of millet, a major crops after rice and wheat’s of this area, and then for 3-4 hours of good trek reaching at Tashigaon for lunch and overnight camp with time to visit the local village around, which is quite interesting. The Sherpa of this area is quite different to Khumbu highlanders.
Day 07: Trek to Kaungma Danda 3,556 m - 05 hours
Leaving Tashigaon the last village for a week long, morning walk leads on gentle path into thick forest of rhododendron, oaks and tall pines trees passing many cattle herder’s temporary shelters of shades and stone huts after few hours of pleasant walk stopping for lunch on the grassy meadow and summer pasture ground.
Afternoon walk with steep climb for few hours to reach at Kaungma ridge top, as the tall trees gives away for smaller rhododendron and juniper bushes and small birch trees.
This high ridge offers excellent views of Kanchenjunga mountain range and of Mt. Makalu with adjoining peaks, from here in complete wilderness.
Day 08: Trek to Mumbuk 3,553 m - 06 hours
From Kaungma Danda morning walk on a ridge line following a gradual path with few ups and down reaching at icy ponds of Thulo Pokhari (big) with Sano Pokhari(small) after crossing Tutu-la and Shipton la at above 4, 453 meters passes, and then downhill back into forest with views of Khumbakarna Himal range of mountains towards north, overnight camp on a level ground in the middle of tall trees.
Day 09: Trek to Nghe (Nehe Kharka 3,760 m - 05 hours.
Today walks leads to scenic Barun valley famous for rare species of vegetation- plants and herbs including wild-life, starting the morning with down-hill for an hour and crossing a small stream to reach Barun valley, walk with gentle up views of peaks on both side of the valley passing few Sheppard’s shelters with a small Buddhist Gompa (monastery), after a pleasant walk of 5 hours reaching at Nehe Kharka for overnight camp around Barun valley.
Day 10: Trek to Shersong 4, 572 m - 05 hours.
From Barun valley walk to Shersong leading at the end valley near Makalu base camp leading on gentle uphill crossing streams with great views of Mt. Makalu and Baruntse peaks, after a nice walk of 5 hours reaching at our destination at Sherson for two nights camps.
Day 11: At Shersong for short hike above hills and view-points.
Rest and acclimatization day to soak with the views of Mt. Makalu, Baruntse peaks with peak IV, morning an optional hike for excellent views of Mt. Everest with rare East Face known as Kanshung face with Lhotse.
Day 12: Trek to Yangle Kharka 3, 598 m - 06 hours.
Retrace the journey back on the Barun valley to Yangle Kharka enclosed within high rocky cliffs with views of cascading waterfalls after a descend reaching the overnight camp at cow herders temporary summer grazing place at Yangle-Kharka.
Day 13: Trek to Mumbuk - 05 hours.
After a wonderful time at Barun valley, walk leads past the valley with a climb to reach back into thick woodland at Mumbuk for overnight camp.
Day 14: Trek to Kaungma Ridge - 05 hours.
On the same trail back to Khoma ridge morning walk with a climb for an hour or more through forest on reaching the hill top ridge leaving the tree lines, and passing the ponds and over Tutu la and Shipton la reaching at Khoma ridge for overnight camp.
Day 15: Trek to Narbu Gaon 1,310 m via Tashi Gaon - 05 hours.
Morning walk on downhill path back into forest of tall tree lines to reach villages and farm fields, on reaching at Tashigaon taking a different higher route to Nawa gaon village, through cool shade of woodlands and farm terraces and then reaching a large Sherpa village of Narbugaon on for overnight stop, with afternoon free to explore this nice farm village.
Day 16: Trek to Num via Seduwa - 05 hours.
From Narbugaon our last day walk of this wonderful adventure leading downhill with few short up to Seduwa gaon after a rest here continue descend on a steep path to Arun River, after crossing a bridge a steep climb for few hours to reach at Num village for last overnight around the high hills of Makalu.
Day 17: Drive back to Tumlingtar - 04 hrs.
After a wonderful time on the high hills and mountains with farm villages, from Num taking an exciting drive on the rough road passing past villages with beautiful views of surrounding green hills and peaks, after few hours of drive reaching at Khadbari, a major town and headquarter of Sanka Sambua district of Makalu region. From here an hour downhill back to Tumlingtar in the comfort of a nice lodge.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
From Tumlingtar with an early breakfast then bidding farewell with rest of the camping staff and porters, with our main guide walk to Tumlingtar small airport for sweeping flight to Kathmandu, after a wonderful flight with views of snow-clad peaks reach Kathmandu, then transfer to your hotel with rest of the day free at leisure.
Day 19: In Kathmandu free day with optional sightseeing tour.
Nepal Base Camp Trek reserves this day as contingency or free day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Tumlingtar, which can occur sometimes due bad and unfavorable weather conditions which is beyond our control.
If all goes well using this spare day for optional tour at places of interest around old heritage sites of Kathmandu-Patan or Bhaktapur, with rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
Day 20: Final International departure homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal with awesome adventure around Arun and Barun valley with Makalu Base Camp trekking, our staff will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your final flight back homeward bound or to respective countries.
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Your safety during the journey is of paramount concern while traveling with Nepal Base Camp Treks and note that turbulent and cloudy weather is regular phenomenon along the Himalayas ranges and possibility of domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla or Lukla to Kathmandu may have to be delayed for few hours or even canceled for a day.
Any Weather conditions and health condition of a group member, or unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the tentative itinerary. NBCT leader will try to ensure your trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if any required.
As a safeguard we recommend you to add a couple of extra days after your trek before you fly from Kathmandu to your onward destination.