Nepal Makalu Base Camp Trek

Trip Overview

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.

The High Altitude Sherpa has accuratelyconscriptedthe itinerary for Makalu Base Camp Trek. Also, it offers services that promise safety and a memorabletime for the passionate trekkers who want to board on ajovial expedition towards the captivating, gripping and excitingMakalu Base Camp Trek.


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

 There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required.

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.


Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek suitable for Trekkers who have the skill to walk  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.

 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.

Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

Outline Itinerary

DAYS ITINERARY ALTITUDE O/N
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

Detail Itinerary

 

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.

Equipment List

Head:-

 

1: Sun hat or scarf

2:Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

3: sunglasses with UV protection

 

Upper Body:-

4:T-shirts

5:Light and expedition weight thermal tops

6Fleece jacket or pullover

7Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)

8Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

9Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]-  necessary

 

Hands:-

10: Lightweight gloves

11: Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

12: Fleece liner gloves

 

Lower Body:-

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

 

Feet:-

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

 

Accessories:-

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

FAQ

What is the best season for this trekking?

  • Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal. The best season for this Tour is any time between January to June and September to December.

 

How fit do I need to be for this trek ?

  • This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack.  Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip are a good idea to improve our strength and stability. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however you are in excellent health with average physical fitness.  Have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

 

How long do we walk each day?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly   terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm.1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length

 

Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

 

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying USD$. 100

 

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

 

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to receive you at the airport. high altitude sherpa guide will be displaying high altitude sherpa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.

 

Are the food and water safe to eat and drink? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.

 

How much additional money do I need per day?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.

 

What mode of transportation do you use  ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.

 

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.

 

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee..

 

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.

 

Can I add extra days to my trip?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

Cost Included

  • Airports pick and drop by private Car
  •  Accommodation Kathmandu with bed and break fast
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with guide by privet car
  • Makalu Barun national park entry Permit and Tims card
  • All accommodation in Tea houses and tented camps as per the itinerary
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trip
  • Experienced high altitude guide and staff and porters services
  • Satellite Phone for emergency communication.
  • Oxygen Bottle: Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask and regulator for emergency .
  • Gamow Bag: 1 Rescue sled (Gamow bag) for emergency
  • Transportation, meals, accommodation, allowance, equipment and insurance for all the staff including climbing guide
  • Trekking camping equipment
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali culture

Cost Not Include

  • International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepali Visa fee US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
  • Lunch & dinner In during the stay in Kathmandu city (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.)
  • Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  •  Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required.
  • Personal Expenses Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, beer, coke,
  • Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears & Equipment.
  •  internet Service during the trek in not included
  • Tips  Tips for Guide, porters and staffs.
  • Extra Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

First Aid

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.

 


Medication:

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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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Nepal-Makalu Base Camp Trek
  •  Activities: Culture Tour Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu Capital of Nepal
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu Capital of Nepal
  •  Group size: 1+pax
  •  Best Seasons: Sep/Nov and Mar/Apr
  •   Meals: Breakfast In ktm & All Meals During The Trek
  •   Accomodation: Star Hotel in ktm & during the Trek tea house
  •   Transportation: Flight To Tumling

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