Makalu Base Camp Trek a Trek to the worlds Highest Base Camp
In simple words Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the most rewarding and spectacular treks in the world with mesmerising scenery in all it’s grandeur as Makalu slowly reveals itself as you approach Makalu Base Camp . Crossing the four high passes in a single day with three passes a little over 4000m is strenuous but the view from the Makalu Base Camp is worth it.
Closed to outsiders the Park was opened only in 1950”s when Eric Shipton first ventured into this area. Relatively unknown and less frequented Makalu Base Camp Trek is known to only a handful of Trekking enthusiast. 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.
Makalu Base Camp Trek leads you to the foot of the 5th.Highest mountain in the world and probably the highest Base Camp in the world at 5250m. A trek route that is remote, challenging, off the beaten track, less frequented and a trek route that meanders through some of the most beautiful part of Nepal Himalayas. A trekking trail with unseen and amazing Himalayan scenery anywhere in the Himalayas.
Makalu Base Camp Trek a thrilling & strenuous trek is located in Barun National Park, which covers an area of 2330sq.Km surrounding Solukhumbu & Sankhuwasabha districts of Nepal and is also home to Mt.Makalu, 5th.Highest mountain in the world at 8463m.
Makalu Base Camp Trek is a two week journey into the most remote and the least trodden part of Nepal Himalayas going upto the highest base Camp in the world at 5000m. Located inside the Barun National Park the Trek Route to Makalu Base Camp has been designated as thebest trekking trails in the entire Nepal Himalayas.
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 asteady 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 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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