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Makalu Base Camp Trek 25 Days
Offered by Company : ID 419
Country : Nepal
Destinations : kathmandu (Nepal)
Duration : 22 – 25 day(s)
Minimum Price : $2250 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $3250 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Group
Group Size : 4 - 10 People(s)
Season : September to November
Trip Categories : Camping Tour, Hiking Tour
 
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Makalu trekking in eastern Nepal is protected by the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Project. Established in 1992, it covers 2330 sq km. Among the 16 mountains in the park, it is home to Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world (8463m/ 27,766ft). The world's fifth highest mountain. Formerly a restricted area, it spans five major ecological zones where can be found the lush, tropical Arun Valley, dense forests or rhododendron and fir and alpine meadows that lead to the might Barun glacier. From the base camp, any one can view the spectacular Mt. Makalu.
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Day 01: Kathmandu arrival (1300m)

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.You will be met on airport and transferred to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.

After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide is, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums.

Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.

Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Tumlingtar Fly.Trek to Khandbari (1020m / 4hrs)

After breakfast drive to airport and fly to Tumlingtar, the focal point of our journey. On arrival before we begin with our trekking we take lunch at one of the hotels at Tumlingtar. We begin our trek to Khandbari. From the airstrip of Tumlingtar, we walk to Khumalgaon and immediately turn right and follow the trail that passes to the east of the small lake and temple. This leads onto a ridge, passes the school and begins an ascent between the Arun Koshi and the Sabha Khola. At Dhunge Dhara the climb leaves the ridge and becomes less steep as it contours to the outskirts of Khandbari.

Day 04: Khandbari - Chichila (1840m / 4hrs)

After breakfast at Khandbari we begin our trek to Chichila. On the trek between Khandbari to Chichila the trail emerges between shops onto a ridge, climb to Naya Bazaar, then remains fairly leveled to Mani Bhanjyang (1100m) from here there are two routes we take the better one for which we turn left of the northern end of Mani Bhanjyang, climbs in bamboo forests along the ridge to Arun Than at 1280m, then connect across the hillside, climbing through fields, bamboo groves and big rocks to Sheka. From their Bhotebas we descend a bit to the next ridge, and then follow the crest as it makes some ups and downs through a deep damp forest of rhododendrons and ferns for 1and ½ hours to Chichila. Rest at Chichila.

Day 05: Chichila - Num (1500m / 5hrs)

From Chilchila we follow the ridge in forests passing the Sherpa settlements of Baisake and Kuwapani then to Sakuranti Majuwa and Hururu from there the route climbs 100m and then drops into deep oak forests and follows alongside a stream and reach Mure. Below Mure the trail passes many tracts of burned trees. The route cuts across a ridge then makes a tedious descent on a rocky eroded trail to some steps and a final walk to Num.

Day 06: Num - Sedua (1540m / 4-5hrs)

Descending steeply from the western end of the Num ridge the trail reaches to Lumbang, from where the trail becomes exceptionally steep as it reaches to the suspension bridge over the Arun Koshi at 620 m, from where we make a rough climb to Sedua. We camp at Sedua for the night.

Day 07: Sedua - Tashigaon (2070m / 4-5hrs)

From Sedua to reach Tashigaon we pass through Manigaon, where the trail turns west and makes a gradual climb above the Kasuwa Khola and reaches to Chyaksadanda from there to Hindrungma Village and on to Ropesa. The route crossing the meadows and several streams finally reaches to Tashigaon.

Day 08: Tashigaon - Khongma (3560m / 5hrs)

In this trek we first climb over the ridge behind a hotel run by Norbu Lama ascend through forests to a stream, then onto a ridge. We climb through two small streams, and then get connected to Kharka and further up to Unshisha, from where the trail joins the ridge that separates two drainages, a short distance from there will lead us to Khongma. Camping at Khongma.

Day 09: Khongma - Mumbuk (3550m / 5-7hrs)

On the way to Mumbuk we climb on steep switchbacks for a while to the top of the ridge, at 3840m, from where astounding view of Chhamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7 of 6739m and 6105m respectively can be seen. Following the ridge through rhododendrons we ascend a staircase and reach to Ghungru La one of the first pass among the three passes we cross to reach the Barun Khola. From here descending a small lake we climb up to Shipton La then to Keke La (4150m). The route then enters to a valley filled with rhododendrons, finally making a steep descent through a forest of firs to Mumbuk.

Day 10: Mumbuk - Yangle Kharka (3600 m / 4-5hrs)

Descending 300m down from Mumbuk to a rocky gully we continue our trail westward in fir forests at the bottom of the Barun Valley. We cross several streams, then cross the Barun on a wooden bridge to Yangle Kharka. Yangle Kharka is a large meadow at an elevation of 3600m, a fine place to make a camping site. We make the large meadow of Yangle Kharka our resting place.

Day 11: Yangle Kharka - Merek (4570m / 5hrs)

Passing from Nghe Kharka, a large open, grassy plain, we connect our trek to Riphuk Kharka which is at an elevation of 3930m and then turning westward to reach to the potato field at Jhak Kharka, climbing from there we reach at Yak Kharka. Beyond Yak Kharka the trail climbs over a ridge and then from there, to Merek.

Day 12: Merek - Shersong (4660m / 2hrs)

The trail from Merek climbs in sand beside a stream alongside the moraine. As we pass a ridge, the valley turns slightly north. Entering into an alluvial valley Makalu pops into view just before Shersong. Staying towards the eastern side of the valley we head up to the valley over a low ridge to Shersong (4660m). Rest of the day can be used for acclimatization.

Day 13: Trip to Makalu Base Camp (5000m)

This day we make a trip to Makalu Base Camp. After early morning breakfast at Shersong, we stay to the right in a gully on the east side of the valley. It’s a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100m above Makalu Base Camp. Descending to a stream and crossing on the boulders to the base camp on the west bank of the river. There are terrific views of the south face of Makalu. There are no shelters and vegetation at the Makalu Base Camp, which is at an elevation of 5000m. We can make this a day trip and return to Shersong to spend a night.

Day 14: Shersong - Yangle Kharka (3600m / 5hrs)

Now getting over with our day trip to the Makalu Base Camp begins our journey to return back. So after a heavy breakfast at Shersong we begin with our trek. We retrace our steps down to the Barun Valley to the pleasant camp of Yangle Kharka.

Day 15: Yangle Kharka – Mumbuk (3550m / 4 hrs)

As descended from Shersong to Yangle Kharka on the earlier day, we continue descending through the rock fall area and then climb up the rocky gully to the trees of Mumbuk.

Day 16: Mumbuk – Khongma (3560m / 6hrs)

From the steep hillside of Mumbuk where we had our campsite for the night on arrival from Yangle Kharka, we continue to retrace our way back- we trek across Shipton La and descend to Khongma.

Day 17: Khongma – Tashigaon (2070m / 4hrs)
On this day we do not need to climb up we only descend, this will really help us to comfort our trek and reach to Tashigaon. We will make a long, steep descent back to the civilization.

Day 18: Tashigaon – Num (1500m / 7hrs)

Trek to get our next stoppage point, Num. From Tashigaon we go to Sedua and from there to Num.

Num – Chichila (1840m / 5-6 hrs)

Day 19: Today the trek will lead us to Chichila from Num. On doing so we retrace the route we had approached. From Num we return to Mure and then Hururu also known as Kopdane and then from there, to the small Sherpa Settlement of Kuwapani and then to Chichila. We rest at Chichila for the night.

Day 20: Chichila - Mani Bhanjyang (1100m / 5 – 6 hrs)

From Chichila we arrive at Mani Bhanjyang. We are near about to finish with our trek. One more day of hiking and we are over with it. We camp at Mani Bhanjyang while returning instead of Khandbari, which will make us feel a little different, as this will be a new stoppage for us.

Day 21: Mani Bhanjyang – Tumlingtar

From Mani Bhanjyang we move to Khandbari, our first resting point and then to Dhunge Dhara. Crossing the temple and the small lake we reach at Kuhmalgaon and then to the point from where we had begun our trek, Tumlingtar. On arrival, check in at the local lodge and rest for the remaining day.

Day 22: Tumlingtar – Kathmandu fly

After breakfast at the lodge we are taken to the airport at Tumlingtar, to connect flight to Kathmandu. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 23: Kathmandu free day of your own. (This day can be used in case of flight cancellation)

Day 24: Kathmandu free day of your own. (This day can be used in case of flight cancellation)

This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping .In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.

Day 25: Final Departure.

All too soon it's time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure kingdom.

Trip Facts:
Grade: Challenging
Trip Duration: 25 days
Max. Altitude: 5000 m
Season: Apr – May / Sep - Nov
Trekking: Camping
Accommodation: 4 nights in Kathmandu and 20 nights in tented camp
Transportation: Flight
Notes
Price Includes:

• Welcome in Airport by garland
• Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
• Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 stars to 5 star hotels with breakfast
• Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
• Kathmandu/Tumlingtar / Kathmandu flight fare
• Accommodation in tea house during trek
• Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
• 4 seasonal sleeping bag
• trekking map for group
• All necessary paper work & Permits
• All cost for a Langtang Ri staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide) and required porter while on trek)
• Cargo
• Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of Langtang Ri trekking staffs
• Tent, mattress, sleeping bag, cooking utensils and other camping materials
• Travel & Rescue arrangement.
• All government taxes.
• Farewell dinner

Price Excludes:

• International Airfare
• Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
• Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
• Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
• Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
• Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
• Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
• Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
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