Makalu Base Camp Trek – A Trek to the world’s Highest Base Camp
Makalu Base Camp Trek is a solitary, remote, untouched trek even if the Trek Route lies close to Everest Region. Located inside the Barun National Park in Eastern Nepal Makalu Base Camp Trek can aptly be called ” a wilderness Trek in Nepal . ” This remote trek that runs right into the bosom of the world’s fifth highest mountain can also be termed as the Makalu Barun National Park Trek as the trek route winds through the National Park.
Makalu Base Camp Trek – What to expect ?
Summing up in a few simple words, Makalu Base Camp Trek show cases the best Nepal can offer. Isolated Trekking trails with spectacular views of eight Thousand metre Peaks, dense forest and vibrant villages with unique cultural heritage. A strenuous Trek that ultimately leads to Makalu Base Camp probably the highest base camp in the world. Relatively unknown and less frequented Trek and known to only a handful of Trekking enthusiast just some years back, Makalu Base Camp Trek is slowly gaining in prominence as trekkers look for trek routes that are least populated like the Makalu Barun National Park Trek.
Makalu Base Camp Trek starts with an hours flight to Tumlingtar and follows the Arun River Valley. As the trek gently proceeds through villages inhabited by the mountain tribes of Nepal one gets a clear view of the essence of Trekking to Makalu Base Camp.
Thrill of Makalu Base Camp Trek is as you climb up gently through high passes and snow filled valleys and high pastures, you will be rewarded with astounding views of Everest, Baruntse , Lhotse and a host other smaller peaks and as you trek further Makalu slowly reveals itself as you approach the Makalu Base Camp .
How hard is Makalu Base Camp Trek ?
Crossing the four high passes in a single day with three passes a little over 4000m is strenuous. Makalu Base Camp Trek is a remote Trek in far flung eastern Nepal fit for someone looking to go on a solitary and adventurous trek. A Trek so remote that on some days you may find only yourself in these part of Nepal Himalayas. But the view of host of mountains of the Everest Range from the Makalu Base Camp is worth the effort.
Trekking inside the Barun National Park
Closed to outsiders Barun National Park was opened to visitors only in the year 1950 and Eric Shipton was the first to venture into this area. The pristine eco system of the Barun National Park is known for it’s bio-diversity of Flora and Fauna. The Park also has a wide selection of rich Himalayan scenery as you trek from 700m to a little over 5000m. Barun National Park, which covers an area of 2330sq.Km surrounding Solukhumbu & Sankhuwasabha districts of Nepal is also home to Makalu fifth Highest mountain in the world at 8463m.
Itinerary for Makalu Base Camp Trek Nepal
Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. Drive to Num (1040m/4hrs). Camping/Lodge
Fly into Tumlingtar from Kathmandu a 45minutes flight. Get a glimpse of the Himalayas from Ganesh Himal (7422m) to Mt. Everest (8848m) to Makalu (8463m) and even in the distance the Kanchenjunga Range. After arriving at Tumlingtar, drive to Num. Overnight Guest House/Camping.
Day 02: Num to Sedua (1460m/5/6hrs). Camping
The days trek starts with a steep downhill (descend about 800m) on a narrow path along the slopes of Arun River through dense forest, which is nearly 800 meters below. On reaching the bottom of the River valley, cross a suspension bridge over the Arun River and slowly climb out of the rainforest as we reach our lunch spot. After lunch its a steep uphill trek till Seduwa a picturesque small village which has a Small Primary School and a Primary Health Post. Overnight Camping.
Day 03: Sedua to Tashi Gaon(2070m/5hrs). Camping
A short 3Hours to 4Hours Trek to Tashi Gaon through Paddy and Millet fields. The last one hour is a steep climb upto Tashi Gaon which incidentally is last Village in the Makalu Base Camp Trek Route. Afternoon explore the Village. Overnight Camping.
Day 04: Tashi Gaon to Kauma(3470m/6hrs). Camping
The Trek from Tashi Gaon to Kauma passes through beautiful Rhododendron and oak forest for about three hours. Then the forest gives way to meadows with some traces of shepherd’s huts here and there. The Trek Route to Kauma from here is a strenuous uphill climb. From here the tree line dissappears and gives way to stunted Rhododendron and Juniper Bushes. The Mountain range starts appearing from this point onwards. Overnight Camping.
Day 05: Rest / Exploration day at Kauma. Camping
Day 06: Kauma to Mumbuk (3570m/5hrs). Camping
The Days Trek to Mumbuk is a steady climb with a couple of small downhills until we pass the two lakes, Thulo Pokhari and Sano Pokhari. After this we will have three Passes to cross so take it slowly. Climb further to cross Keke La Pass (4127m) , Shipton La Pass (4170m) and Tutu La Pass (4080m). From these pass enjoy the views of the Makalu range. Then Trek down to Mumbuk, a small place for camping in the middle of Pine , Birch , Hemlock and Rhododendron Forest. Overnight Camping
Day 07: Mumbuk to Nhe Kharka(3000m/6hrs). Camping
The day starts with a steep downhill trek through a narrow gorge to cross Barun Khola just beyond Tamatan Kharka. The trail runs along Barun Khola for quite sometime and then the trail climbs through meadows to reach the Riphok Kharka. Which is a transit campsite for the migrating Sheep herders and Yak herders. Overnight Camping.
Day 8: Nhe Kharka to Sherson(4615m/7hrs). Camping
We start the trek by crossing a wooden bridge over Barun River. The trail goes through high altitude meadows and a little while later through moraines till we reach reach Shershon. Shershon is the lower Base Camp when attempting to climb Makalu. From here enjoy the mesmerizing 360Degree view of lower Barun Glacier and the towering Makalu (8463m) and other Himalayan peaks. Overnight in Shershon.
Day 9: Sherson to Makalu Base Camp(5000m/4/5hrs). Camping
The Trek to Makalu Base Camp is steady and a difficult uphill climb on a moraine along narrow and slippery path. To ensure safety we will be using ropes till we reach Makalu Base Camp at the foot of the fifth highest mountain in the world, Makalu (8463m). Overnight Camping at Makalu Base Camp .
Day 10: Explore Makalu Base Camp. Camping
Exploration day of Makalu Base Camp. Take a short trek to the right of the base Camp for a closer view of Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Baruntse and many other peaks of the Everest Range. If your legs are fit enough to take a climb than a one hour of vertical climb will take you to a fairly large place from where you can get a better view of the surrounding peaks. Overnight Camping.
Day 11: Retrace back your steps to Tumlingtar after this day. Return trek to Riphok Kharka (3000m/7hrs). Camping
Day 12: Riphok kharka to Mumbuk (3570m/6hrs). Camping
Day 13: Mumbuk to Kauma (3470m/5hrs). Camping
Day 14: Kauma to Tashi Gaon (2070m/5hrs). Camping
Day 15: Tashi Gaun to Num (1520m/6hrs). Camping
Day 16: Num to Tumlingtar (860m/4hrs). Camping / LODGE. End of Makalu Basae Camp Trek Nepal.
Day 17: Fly Tumlingtar – Kathmandu. Hotel Overnight.
COSTS : US$1850/Person
- Kathmandu – Tumlingtar-Kathmandu Airfare: US$280/person ( Fare extra as applicable )
- Restricted Area Fees : US$ 10/person/week (Included in the Cost)
- After one week it is US$20 per person per week payable in convertible foreign currency (Included in the Cost)
- Indian Participants kindly enquire within for quotes in IRupees
TREK COST INCLUDE:
- Porter/s to carry luggage (1 porter for 2 persons);
- Accommodation in Twin Share Water Proof Tents with sleeping Mats, Dinning Tent, Kitchen Tent & Toilet Tent.
- Contribution to guide transport;
- Guide/porter insurance costs;
- Restricted Area Fees
- National Park Fees.
- Services of an English Speaking registered Guide.
- All three meals while on the Trek v.i.z. Breakfasts, lunches and Dinners.
- Airfare Kathmandu – Tumlintar – Kathmandu.
- Any services in Kathmandu, hotel/meals, etc.
- Nepal visa fees;
- Sleeping bags (can be hired @ $1 per night in Kathmandu);
- Personal clothing/equipment;
- Client insurance of any kind;
- Cost of evacuation (if any);
- Bottled/alcoholic drinks;
- Tea/coffee – other than at breakfast;
- Expenses of personal nature
Note: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
Recommendations: The trek is a relatively difficult requiring good physical fitness. Few weeks training is advised and a physical fitness check-up is a must
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