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Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Trek around the World’s 5th highest peak!

Makalu Base Camp Trekking

‘an adventure around scenic Arun and Barun valley towards world 5th high Makalu base camp’

Highlights:

“An adventure to the base of world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu with stunning views of mountains
Grand views of Eastern Nepal Himalayan peaks with Barun and Arun scenic valleys
Fabulous walks within cultural villages of great interest in the shade of Mt. Makalu
Scenic and sweeping flight both ways to and from Kathmandu with amazing views of peaks
The only trek with rare views of Everest East or Khangsung Face from Makalu base camp
Enchanting cool alpine clouded forest of tall rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-pines and fir trees
Adventure around Far North East Himalaya in the land of Kirat and Sherpa peoples ”

Makalu Base Camp Trek Profile:

Mode of Treking:        Hotel and Lodge basis.
Trekking grade:           Moderate & Adventurous
Activities:                    Exciting flights- cultural and scenic trek.
Highest spot:               At Makalu Base Camp 4,812 m high.
Trekking duration:      15 Nights & 16 Days (Tumlingtar to Tumlingtar).
Total Trip:                   19 Nights & 20 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).
Best Season:                April to June and mid September to early December months.

Introduction:

Makalu Base Camp Trekking within beautiful, scenic Arun and Barun valley where world fifth highest Mt. Makalu stand high above 8,463 m / 27,766 ft, a solid black rock shaped of a pyramid located between Mt. Everest and third highest Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Makalu Base Camp Trekking leads you away from main flow of trekkers and beyond human settlements and villages, a wonderful walk into hidden Barun valley enclosed within giant towering Chamlang-Baruntse and Mt. Makalu range of range of peaks.

A marvelous adventure where you have opportunity to observe local traditional villages untouched by modern civilization, where trekkers and adventurer often pass this route in this pristine environment with enchanting green, lush vegetation and forest.

Starting Makalu Base Camp Trekking with scenic flight in a small aircraft to land at Arun Valley in Tumlingtar, of warm sub-tropical temperatures and then heading high to cooler alpine region on the mid hills with views of Makalu towards North.

Our actual trekking begins after an exciting drive to Num from Tumlingtar and then heading towards high hills and crossing few passes of Shipton-la and Kongma-la to reach beautiful and scenic Barun valley.

As the walk leads into cloud-forested woodland filled with rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-pines-spruce and fir tree lines with rare orchids.

From Barun walk leads towards west of the valley rim to camp at Shersong, where a day hike takes you to our highlight at Makalu base camp at 4,812 m high. Facing views of Lhotse, Baruntse and Chamlang, includes rare views of Everest East Face known as Kangshung.

After a wonderful time at Makalu base camp and within Barun valley, our adventure ends with a walk back to Num with interesting drive to Tumlingtar where scenic flight brings you back at Kathmandu, after a most memorable and adventurous time on Makalu Base Camp Trekking.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Mt. Makalu Base Camp.
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 Kongma Danda (Ridge) 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: At Shersong for hike to Makalu Base Camp 4,812 m – 03 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Yangle Kharka 3, 598 m – 06 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Mumbuk – 05 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Kongma 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 back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 19: In Kathmandu rest day for individual activities.
Day 20: International departure for home ward bound.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.
On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, where you will be received with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after checking in getting refreshed rendezvous with other trekking members and staff.

Here our guide or group leader will brief you with information regarding trekking and Mt. Makalu Base Camp Trekking, with welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese Restaurants includes Folk program of various parts of Nepal.

Day 02: In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Makalu Treks.
A Free day in Kathmandu for preparations and packing as well to purchase necessary equipments for the trek to Makalu, on this day one can join in our sightseeing tour at places of interest around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities within culture and historical sites most of the monuments listed as World Heritage Sites.

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 448 m a scenic flight of 45 mins.
Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for sweeping 45 minutes scenic flight to reach east of Nepal within Arun River valley.

On reaching at Tumlingtar airport with exciting panorama of mountains with Everest and Makalu in view during airborne, here our trekking and field staff will receives you and then transfer to local lodge, with time to explore this small and interesting town of Tumlingtar.

Day 04: Drive to Num 1,490 m – 04 hrs with afternoon free to explore.
From Tumlingtar morning starts with exciting drive towards mid hills past many farm villages and large town of Khandbari, journey continues on hilly ridge with rough dirt tracks leading higher at Chinchela village.

 

From here descend to Num, a nice village on a ridge where at present slowly turning into a town as motorable road reached into this village just 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 07: Trek to Seduwa 1,540 m- 05 hrs.

Today starting our first day walk of the adventure with steep descend to Arun River, and then crossing over bridge, then climb up to Seduwa village past farm fields and small villages of Runmura.

At Runmura with lunch break and then climb gets gradual reaching our overnight halt at Seduwa village, a small settlement with primary school and a health post overlooking views of Num over a ridge with adjoining hills of Bhojpur and Jalajala rocky peaks.

Day 05: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,135m – 04 hours.
Morning from Seduwa village, walk on undulating and winding path to Tashi Gaon a Sherpa village, and also a last village and settlement on route Makalu base camp, walk leads past farm areas within neat terraces fields of millets and paddy a major crops of the region.

Walk leads for four hour on a nice pleasant trail, and then reaching at Tashi Gaon for lunch and overnight camp, free afternoon to explore this small Sherpa village of great interest.

Day 06: Trek to Kongma Danda 3,556 m – 05 hours
Leaving Tashi Gaon 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 on top Kongma ridge top, as tall trees gives away for smaller rhododendron and juniper bushes with few 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 07: Trek to Mumbuk 3,553 m – 06 hours
From Kongma 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 08: Trek to Nghe (Nehe Kharka 3,760 m – 05 hours.
Walk this morning takes you at beautiful and scenic Barun valley famous for rare species of vegetation- plants and herbs including wild-life.

Starting our walk with down-hill for an hour and then crossing a small stream to reach into Barun valley, with gentle ups facing views of peaks on both side of the valley.

Walk leads past few Sheppard’s shelters and a small Buddhist Gompa (monastery), after a pleasant walk of 5 hours reaching at Nehe Kharka for overnight camp within Barun valley.

Day 09: Trek to Shersong 4, 572 m – 05 hours.
From Barun valley walk to Shersong leads you at end of the valley close at Makalu base camp walking on slow uphill and crossing streams facing grand views of Mt. Makalu and Baruntse peaks.

After a nice trek of five hours and then reaching our final destination at Shersong for overnight stop, a mere distance from Makalu base camp.

Day 11: At Shersong for hike to Makalu Base Camp 4,812 m – 03 hrs.
Morning free from packing, taking only necessary items for day hike to Mt. Makalu base camp walking with views of Baruntse peak and IV peak, and Mt. Everest Rare Eastern Face known as Kangshung with Mt. Lhotse.

Our hike leads within moraine and ice close to Baruntse Pokhari (pond) to reach at base camp on the foot of worlds 5th highest Mt. Makalu.

Makalu towers high at 8,463 m and 27, 766 ft, one of the toughest mountains to climb.

After a visit at base camp and highest spot of the adventure return to camp at Shersong, with spectacular views of Mt. Makalu and Barun glacier towards North West.

Day 12: Trek to Yangre Kharka 3,645m – 06 hours.
Retrace the journey back to Barun valley to camp at Yangre Kharka enclosed within high mountains and cliffs, with views of cascading waterfalls, this is a temporary summer grazing place for Yak herders.

Day 13: Trek to Mumbuk – 05 hours.
After a marvelous time around Barun valley, walk leads past end of the valley and with a climb to reach back into thick woodland at Mumbuk for overnight camp.

Day 14: Trek to Kongma Danda / Ridge – 05 hours.
On the same trail back to Kongma 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 Kongma hill top 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 Tashi Gaon taking a different higher route to Nawa or Narbu gaon village, through cool shade of woodlands and farm terraces and then reaching a large Sherpa village of Narbu Gaon on for overnight stop, with afternoon free to explore this nice farm village.

Day 16: Trek to Num via Seduwa – 05 hours.
From Narbu Gaon our last day walk of this wonderful adventure leading downhill with few short up to Seduwa village, 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 Sabha 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 morning or afternoon flight to Kathmandu, sometime the flight time can get delayed due to bad weather, as per the flight time board in a small aircraft for super, scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

On reaching Katmandu domestic terminal our guide and staff transfer you back to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu in and around Thamel area.

Day 19: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
A day reserved as free day in case of flight delay at Tumlingtar due to bad weather conditions, with opportunity for sightseeing tour for few hours, with afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.

Day 20: International departure for home ward bound.
After a great and grand experience around high Arun and Barun valley with Mt. Makalu Base Camp Trekking, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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