Makalu Base Camp Trek - 23 days

Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp 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, and 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, one can view the spectacular Mt. Makalu.

This mainly low altitude trek is centered on the Arun Valley, in eastern Nepal. The sub-tropical valley floor of the mighty Arun River is in places densely forested, contrasting with the terraced slopes higher up, which are farmed by villagers of diverse tribal groups. High pastures typify the upper slopes, which border on the Makalu-Barun National Park, an important conservation area for many threatened species.

Highlights

  • High altitude trek to Makalu Base Camp (5,150 metres),
  • Offers magnificent view of Mt. Makalu and it's surrounding mountains.
  • A Crowd free peaceful adventure to Fifth highest mountain in the world.
  • Passes through a number of local villages observing agricultural life of people
  • Home to many wildlives including snow leopard.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Group meeting programme for detailed information about trekking, overnight at hotel.
Day 02 Preparation for the trek.
Day 03 Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, trek to Khandbari.
Day 04 Trek to Chichila.
Day 05 Trek to Num.
Day 06 Trek to Sedua.
Day 07 Trek to Tashigaoun.
Day 08 Trek to Khongma.
Day 09 Trek to Mumbuk.
Day 10 Trek to Yangle Kharka.
Day 11 Trek to Shersong.
Day 12 Trek to Makalu Base Camp.
Day 13 Rest day.
Day 14 Trek back to Yangle Kharka.
Day 15 Trek back to Mumbuk.
Day 16 Trek back to Khongma.
Day 17 Trek back to Tashigaoun.
Day 18 Trek back to Num.
Day 19 Trek back to Chichila.
Day 20 Trek back to Mani Bhanjyang.
Day 21 Trek back to Tumlingtar.
Day 22 Flight back to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel.
Day 23 Transfer to airport for departure from Nepal.

Useful Info

About Accommodation.
In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at Hotel Himalayan Traveller's Inn, and In Pokhara at Hotel Trekkers' Inn. Local lodges accommodation provided during the trek on twin sharing basis. Hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara comes with private bathroom , however in mountain, toilet and shower will be on sharing basis. In the busy months, (October/November & April/ May) you may have to share the room with other traveler as some villages have limited number of local lodges .

About Meal
You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental , Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Dinner and breakfast serve at the teahouse where we stay and lunch will be served on the way to next destination. In Kathmandu and in Pokhara, only breakfast is provided. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, no worries, Nepal is such a easy place to get several vegetarian options.

About Staff:
A Guide and a porter assist you from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guide will be provided. A porter provided for 2 trekkers, and carries between 15 to 20 K.G.

About Equipments

Following Equipment list is recommended to bring for the trek.
Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T – shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfy shoes for around the camp, thick and warm woolen socks, Light cotton socks , A day bag to carry your valuable, Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, rain coat, Sun block, lip balm , Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear, Thermal wear, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries etc.

Physical Fitness and experience
Makalu Trek is a moderate which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours ups and down in a day carrying own day bag. Some days are even longer with 7- 8 hours of walking. Annapurna Base Camp is high altitude trek which demands more physical fitness,however if you are strongly determined and have excellent health and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Few weeks prior to the trip, doing some physical exercise is better . No technical skill is needed however past experience also helps . If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or for blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to Vista Trek P. Ltd.

About Insurance,
You have to obtain the travel insurance which should cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses. Some Insurance policy's cover only up to 4000 meter, so please kindly confirm with the insurance company before you purchase it.

About Seasons
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Makalu Trek. You can do it in winter (December to February )if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

About Bus Drive
Highway in Nepal are safe, however sometime transport can be halted due to landslide , strike or by political issues. In such case trip itinerary will be affected. Thus, we would like to request you to add few days extra in Kathmandu. If you complete your trip smoothly, then you can enjoy your time with other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting. Jungle activities or more.

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Cost Includes

  • Pick up and transfer by car from Airport-Hotel-Airport.
  • 3 nights standard hotel accommodation.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea during the trek.
  • tented camp  accommodation during the trek.
  • Government licensed guide,plus experience porter ( including their food, salary, accommodation, equipment, medicine & insurance).
  • Both way flight from Kathmandu-Tumlingtar- Kathmandu
  • All necessary permits and entry fees including Makalu Conservation Area  permit.
  • Medical kit box.
  • Rescue assistance.
  • All government taxes.
  • Necessary equipment (sleeping bags, down jackets etc. if needed).
  • Our service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee ($40).
  • Your travel insurance (should include your medical and rescue).
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Bar bills.
  • Staff & driver tipping.
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