Makalu Base Camp Trek is a one of a kind trek in the Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area of the culturally and geographically rich country Nepal. Makalu Base Camp Trek takes t the World’s fifth highest mountain. Lying in the deep Easter Himalayas Makalu Base Camp trek highlights the panoramic views of snow covered giants like Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse.
Makalu Base Camp Trek begins from Arun Valley with a strenuous trail to follow. The swiftly flowing Arun River flows just below the suspension bridge to Shiton Pass. The surreal views of the Makalu giant are already visible even from the vegetation zones. The Makalu Base Camp Trek passes through a wild range of flora and fauna especially with 19 species of bamboos and 400 species of birds. The culturally bound ethnic groups of Limbu, Newar, Rai, and Tibetan Buddhist along the way have their own unique lifestyle. Makalu Base Camp shares the magnificent views of Lhotse, Baruntse, and Everest.
BEST SESSION TO VISIT NEPAL
Autumn Session: September – November
The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.
Winter Session : December – February
Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.
Spring Session: March – May
Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.
Summer Session: June – August
Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas. Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.
Team Composition in Trek
There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required. Guide have inclusive knowledge of wilderness medical training. this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. Porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. It is depend number of porter where and how long you doing trek and Depending on the nature of the travel.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light bag. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength and stability. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. You are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, Self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully.
|Day 1||Kathmandu To Tumlingtar (Flight) Drive to Num||1500 m||Tent|
|Day 2||Num to Seduwa||1400 m||Tent|
|Day 3||Seduwa to Tashigaon||2100 m||Tent|
|Day 4||Tashi Gaon to Khongma Dada||3500 m||Tent|
|Day 5||Acclimatization Day||3500 m||Tent|
|Day 6||Khongma Dada to Dobato||3530 m||Tent|
|Day 7||Dobato to yangle kharka||3557 m||Tent|
|Day 8||Yangla Kharka to langmale kharka||4410 m||Tent|
|Day 9||Langmale Kharka to Makalu base camp||4870 m||Tent|
|Day 10||Explore Makalu Base Camp||4870 m||Tent|
|Day 11||Makalu Base Camp to Yangla Kharka||3570 m||Tent|
|Day 12||Yangla Kharka to Dobato||3557 m||Tent|
|Day 13||Dobato to khonma Dada||3500 m||Tent|
|Day 14||Khongma Danda to Tashi Gaon||3500 m||Tent|
|Day 15||Tashi Gaon to Num Dada||1500 m||Tent|
|Day 16||Num Dada to Tumlingtar (Drive)||1500 m||Tent|
|Day 17||Tumlingtar to kathmandu (flight)||600 m||Lodge|
|Day 18||Full Day Sightseeing world Heritage site||1300 m||Lodge|
|Day 19||International flight|
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the Makalu base camp trek each day program. O/ n at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day second we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu.World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. In evening there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team member. O/n at hotel.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Mun Dada(1,500m): 35 mins flight, 4-5 hours drive.
We fly to Tumlingtar after breakfast and meet the rest of the crew members who will also be joining us for the trek. Next, we drive to mum dada a l mixed settlement. A moderately paced walk through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests will take us to Num. A ridge line with great views on both side and perched on the end. O/n at hotel.
Day 04: Num to Seduwa (1,490m/4922 ft): 6-7 hours
A steep descent through forests and terraced farms takes us to Barun River. We cross the river and follow an equally steep ascent up the other side again. Often quite hot – the forest on the valleys offer a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park begins and where we register our permits. We camp right at the top of the village. O/ n at hotel.
Day 05: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours
Ascend the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields, we reach the exotic village of Tashi Gaon. Once there, we are surrounded by breathtaking Himalayan panorama. Overnight in Tashigaon. O/n at hotel.
Day 06: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hours
This will be a bit of a tough day as we have to walk on a steep trail in higher elevation. We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a Kharka (grazing land) and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. From here it’s a short way down to Khongma Danda. Overnight in Khongma Danda. O/n at tented.
Day 07: Acclimatization/Rest
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. O/n at tented.
Day 08: Khongma Danda to Dobate: 6-7 hours
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).After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate. O/n at tented.
Day 09: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours
From Dobate, we pass through the rhododendron forest which leads to the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. We should be very careful during the first two hours of trek as the trail is steep and arduous. 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. O/n at tented.
Day 10: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 hours
Following a moderate walk to the valley, we pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields. The valley walls tower imposingly above us during the start of the trek. We pass Merek as we make our way further up and notice a significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views. O/n at tented.
Day 11: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours
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. As we make our way to the camp, we get to soak in the majestic Himalayan panorama surrounding us. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp. O/n at tented.
Day 12: Explore Makalu Base Camp
The Base Camp is a rocky barren place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. From here we can see the magnificent south face of Makalu and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up where we may celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself. O/n at tented.
Day 13: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hours
We descend down from the base camp and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and heading back. On our way down, we pass through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley finally stopping at Yangri Kharka. O/n at tented.
Day 14: Yangri Kharka to Dobate: 6-7 hours
From Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, green forests and valley, making our way towards Dobate. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail. O/n at tented
Day 15: Dobate to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hours
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. O/n at tented.
Day 16: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours
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. O/n at hotel.
Day 17: Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hours
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. O/n at hotel.
Day 18: Seduwa to Num: 5-6 hours
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. O/n at hotel.
Day 19: Num to Tumlingtar: 6-7 hours
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. O/n at hotel.
Day 20: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 35 mins flight
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long trek in the mountains. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel or get in touch with our loved ones. In the evening we celebrate our successful jouney to the Makalu base camp and back with a farewell dinner. O/n at hotel.
Day 21: Final departure day:
Final Departure to your own destinations- Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal.
1: Sun hat or scarf
2:Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
3: sunglasses with UV protection
5:Light and expedition weight thermal tops
6: Fleece jacket or pullover
7: Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
8: Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
9: Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]- necessary
10: Lightweight gloves
11: Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12: Fleece liner gloves
13: Underwear ( minimum 4 and according to length of your trip)
14: Hiking shorts ( minimum 2 and according to length of your trip)
15: Lightweight cotton long pants
16: Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
17: Fleece or wool pants
18: Gore-tex jacket
19: Gore-tex jacket trouser
20: thin, lightweight inner socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)
21: Thick, warm wool hiking socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)
22: Hiking boots with spare laces
23: Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
24: Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F [Can rent in Kathmandu]
25: Headlamp and batteries
26: Basic First Aid Kit
27: Daypack (approximately
28: Water bottles (2)
29: Small wash towel
30: Swise nkife
31: Leap gurd 30spf
32: sun cream 50spf
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If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.
1. Povidone-iodine cream –1 tube.
– Antiseptic cream.
2. Cotton- 1 roll.
– For dressing wounds.
3. Dressing gauze – 5 pcs.
– For dressing.
4. Crepe bandage – 2.
– Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.
5. Band- aid – 10.
6. Dressing tape – 1.
– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.
7. Moleskin second skin- 1 packet:
– Great for treating chaffing and blisters.
Finger Pulse Oximeter:
1.Normal arterial oxygen is Approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mmHg).
2.Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.
3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.
4.Values under 90 percent are considered low.
8.Paracetamole 300mg -20 tablets:
– For mild headaches.
9. Ibuprofen 400mg – 10 taplets:
– To relieve moderate to severe pain.
10.Throat lozenges- 20.tablet
– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.
11. Decongestant –10 tablets:
– For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.
12. Antihistamine – 10 tablets:
– For allergies.
13. Antiemetic – 10 tablets:
– To control the vomit and nausea.
14. Azithromycin 500mg –10 tablet:
– For bacterial diarrhea.
15. Omeprazole 200mg – 10 tablets:
– For minor gastric upsets and acidity.
16. Tinidazole 200 mg – 3 taplat (500mg – 12 tablets):
– For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.
17. Acetazolamide 250 mg – 20 tablets:
– For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.
18. Dexamethasone 400mg – 10 tablets:
– To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.
19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:
– To be use only under expert supervision to treat HAPE.
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