Makalu base camp terk-22 days courses lays in the region of Makalu Barun National Park and conversation Area in the core of Eastern Nepal. The fundamental point of convergence of this trek is Makalu Barun National Park in Solukhumbhu and Sankhuwasabha locale. Mount Makalu (8463m) the world's fifth most noteworthy pinnacle; Chamlang Himal and Barun Valley are the significant gems of this Trekking region.
Makalu Base Camp trek is one of the toughest and most thrilling treks. Makalu Base Camp trekking is the most popular trekking destinations among the solitary trekkers, which offers an exceptional opportunity to explore high-altitude, terrains and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. The best time to plan Makalu trekking is between September-November and March-May when the passes are less inclined to be shrouded in snow. Makalu Base Camp Trek is a perfect trek for adventure seekers who want to explore the isolated areas of the Himalayan country and learn about the culture and lifestyle of people living in the higher altitude.
In this 22 days long Makalu Base Camp Trek; the trekkers get a chance to discover the beautiful villages of Tibetan and Sherpa communities in the tranquil Himalayas. Makalu Base Camp Trek also features Makalu Barun National Park, which is home to varieties of floras and faunas. The 22 –day Makalu Base Camp Trek is an ideal choice for avid trekkers who seek thrills and have guts to explore new places.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
On first day after your safe landing on Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu), our agents warmly invite you with awesome regard. Evening, we host a welcome dinner at one of the finest local restaurant with music and ethnic dance. Stay overnight at the Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
We tour world heritage sites which hold vast cultural, religious and historical for Nepalese people. The amazing sites include Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'monkey Temple'(Swayambhunath) and Bouddhanath. At the end of the day, your guide will be briefing you about your further journey and necessary equipment to pack.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichira (1,980m) 50 mins flight, 3-4 hrs drive
With thrills and adventures in our mind, we fly to Tumlingtar after breakfast and meet the rest of our members who will also be joining us for the trek. We then drive to the Gurung village of Chichira with greenery filling up our landscape. Overnight in Chichira.
Day 04: Chichira to Num (1,560m/5119ft) 6-7 hrs
We start early in the morning and head towards Num right after a warm breakfast. We trek through lush Himalayan forests of rhododendron and pass some beautiful forests that will take us to Num. We can get a limited glimpse of the Himalayas from Num. Overnight in Num.
Day 05: Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922ft): 6-7 hrs
Crossing a wooden bridge over Barun River, we enter the Makalu Barun Conservation Area .Our guide will deals with all kinds of legal permits for the trek. We trek through dense forest of juniper and rhododendron passing few villages to finally reach Seduwa. We camp right at the top of the village. Overnight in Seduwa
Day 06: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours
Trekking with Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east we cross the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields. We reach the exotic Sherpa village of Tashigaon. The vista of the Himalayas is magnificent from Tashigoan. Overnight in Tashigaon
Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11483ft): 6-7 hrs
We may have a tough day as we have to walk on a steep trail on our way to Khongma Danda. We climb stone stairs and come across few lakes and fields with yaks, blue sheep, and other Himalayan cattle grazing in the field. From here it’s a short way down to Khongma Danda. Overnight in Khongma Danda
Day 08: Acclimatization Day
To acclimatize ourselves with high altitude, we take a break from trekking today. The day off will allow some bodily rest before we take on crossing of the Shipton La the next day. For those who wish to explore the nearby surrounding can walk around the area. Overnight in Khongma Danda
Day 09: Khongma Danda to Dobate 6-7 hrs
Today will be a tough day for us as we have to pass four passes to reach Dobate. We climb towards the summit of the Shipton La (pass) which takes a few hours to reach. After the lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), pass over the Keke La at 4,170m. We can see the marvelous views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate. Overnight in Dobate
Day 10: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,679ft) 6-7 hrs
From Dobate, we pass through the rhododendron forest which leads to the Barun River and the trek towards Yangri Kharka .We should be very careful during the first two hours of trek as the trail is steep and arduous. On our way, we may cross yaks grazing in the field. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka situated at the base of the valley. Overnight at Yangri Kharka
Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,410m) 5-6 hrs
Following a moderate walk to the valley, we pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields. We cross a couple of wooden bridges over a small streams to reach Merek. We pass Merek as we make our way further up and notice a significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views. Overnight in Langmale Kharka
Day 12: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m) 6-7 hrs
Today is the day we make it to the Base Camp. From Langmale Kharka we make our way up to Shershong and eventually to Makalu Base Camp. The trail is flat with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains accompanying us. Mount Makalu comes into view as we approach Shershong. The panorama of the Himalayas from the base camp is jaw-dropping. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp
Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Today, we explore the Makalu Base Camp vicinity with a superb panorama of Makalu from the south face, Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), and the other Himalayas in eastern Nepal. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up where we may celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp
Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka 6-7 hrs
We descend down from the base camp and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and heading back. Trekking through sparse forests along the rocky trails, we pass small villages of Shershong, Langmale Kharka, and Merek on our way to Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Yangri Kharka
Day 15: Yangri Kharka to Dobate 6-7 hrs
From Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, green forests and valley, making our way towards Dobate. On our way, we may come across some yaks, snow pigeons, and blue sheep. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail. Overnight at Dobate
Day 16: Dobate to Khongma Danda 5-6 hrs
We begin the trek with steep climb from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) and through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. We then cross the Keke La, Tutu La (Shipton’s Pass) and Kauma La en route. Next, we descend to Khongma Danda again. Overnight in Khongma Danda
Day 17: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon 4-5 hrs
The trek continues with frequent long and steep descent cutting through the hillsides. The trail takes us through thick forests and finally making it to the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashigaon. Overnight in Tashigaon
Day 18: Tashigaon to Seduwa 4-5 hrs
We retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun River. We then cross the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again. Overnight at Seduwa
Day 19: Seduwa to Num 5-6 hrs
We leave Seduwa and trek through lush forests towards Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards. Overnight at Num
Day 20: Num to Tumlingtar 6-7 hrs
Again we retrace our footsteps to Chichira from where we can savor the glorious vista of Mount Makalu for the last time. The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day. Overnight at Tumlingtar
Day 21: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu 50 mins flight
After a successful trek, we fly back to the capital enjoying the beautiful aerial view of the mountains. Feel free to spend your leisure time as you please. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 22: Departure day
We drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you warm farewell.
Extra incentives such as tips and gifts for the guides and porters
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.
For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the will be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the Trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (1-12 pax)