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Makalu Base Camp Trekking

The Makalu Base Camp Trekking is goes to the Khumbu region. En-route trekking one can witness mesmerizing views of Mt. Makalu (8,481m)-the fifth highest mountain in the world along with Kanchenjunga massif, Everest, Lhotse, Baruntse, Chamlang and other adjacent peaks. The Makalu Base Camp trek is the newly opened trekking route where the trail passing through remote valleys, ancient villages, alpine lakes, glaciers, scenic trails, forests. The prominent feature of the trek is the Makalu Barun National Park which shelters over 3000 species of flowering plants, 440 species of birds and 75 species of mammals can be observed, including the endangered Clouded Leopard, Red Pandas and Musk Deer.
 
The Makalu Base Camp trek gets a head-start from the northern region after flying out to Tumlingtar with a gradual ascend every day towards the base camp passing along Chichila, Deurali , Num, Tashigaon, Langmale, and many other cultural and historical settlements before concluding back at Tumlingtar. En-route, trekkers pass though Makalu-Barun Valley- the Himalayan glacier valley, located at the base of Mt. Makalu. The trek to Makalu Base Camp is to explore the great Himalayas and hiking along scenic trails.

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites inside the Kathmandu City.
  • Scenic round flights of Kathmandu- Tumlingtar- Kathmandu .
  • Enjoy majestic panoramas of Mt. Makalu-the fifth highest mountain along with Kanchenjunga massif, Everest, Lhotse, Baruntse, Chamlang and the rarely seen Kangshung face of Everest.
  • Hike past roaring Himalayan icy rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers.
  • Exploring around the Makalu Base Camp at an altitude of 5000 m above the sea level.
  • Witness variety of floras and faunas of the remote Makalu Barun National Park.
  • Getting along with ethnic people and their culture.
 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (50 minutes flight) to Chichila (4-5 hrs bus ride) to Deurali (2-3 hrs hike)

Day 04 : Deurali to Num (1500m) 5-6 hrs

Day 05 : Num to Seduwa (1540m) 5-6 hrs

Day 06 : Seduwa to Tashigaon 5-6 hrs

Day 07 : Tashigaon to Khongma (3560m) 5-6 hrs

Day 08 : Khongma to Mumbuk (3550m) 5-6 hrs

Day 09 : Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600m) 5-6 hrs

Day 10 : Yangle Kharka to to Langmale (Yak Kharka) 4400m 5-6 hrs

Day 11 : Langmale to Makalu Base Camp (5000meters) 5-6 hrs

Day 12 : Acclimatization day

Day 13 : Makalu Base Camp to Yanle Kharka 5-6 hrs

Day 14 : Yangla Kharka to Thulo Pokhari 5-6 hrs

Day 15 : Thulo Pokhari to Tashi Gaon 5-6 hrs

Day 16 : Tashigaon to Num 5-6 hrs

Day 17 : Num to Bhote Bas 5-6 hrs

Day 18 : Bhote Bas to Tumlingtar 5-6 hrs

Day 19 : Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (flight) 50 min

Day 20 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu - Tunlingtar- Kathmandu round flight fares
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Accommodation during the trek at Tent/Camp or guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • All necessary trek permit.
  • Makalu Barun National Park entrance fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels. If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. O/N at Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, a visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening. After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. O/N at Hotel.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (50 minutes flight) to Chichila (4-5 hrs bus ride) to Deurali (2-3 hrs hike)

After your two days stay in the capital city, on the day, you will fly to Tumlingtar, a village town located on a shelf above the Arun River. As per the flight schedule you will be taken to the domestic airport for the scenic flight. During this 50 minutes flight, you can see the most amazing natural views from the airplane’s window along with an aerial view of the beautiful Khumbu region of the county. After landing in Tumlingtar, you will board a vehicle to Chichila. After you reach Chichila, you will start a brisk ascending hike towards Deurali. You will reach Deurali before sunset where you will get some time to stroll around the village. O/N at Lodge.

Day 04 : Deurali to Num (1500m) 5-6 hrs

On the day, you will have to walk past aromatic rhododendron, oaks and hemlocks forests. In the due course, you can witness varieties of floras-faunas. You will reach Num before sunset. It is a small village with very less population. O /N at Camp.

Day 05 : Num to Seduwa (1540m) 5-6 hrs

On the day, you will start your hike by descending towards Arun River. The trekking paths will take you through dense forests within narrow valley to reach Runruma. From the point, you will have to climb steeply to reach Seduwa. O /N at Camp.

Day 06 : Seduwa to Tashigaon 5-6 hrs

The day’s trek will take you through farm villages leading all the way to Tashigaon. If you reach there before evening hours, you can go around the village and interact with local people. O /N at Camp.

Day 07 : Tashigaon to Khongma (3560m) 5-6 hrs

On the day, you will start your hike by walking through aromatic rhododendron and oaks forests. Soon, you will reach premises loaded with makeshift huts of shepherds. From the venue, you will have steep climb for an hour to reach Khongma. O /N at Camp.

Day 08 : Khongma to Mumbuk (3550m) 5-6 hrs

The day’s trails are comprised of undulated tracks all the way towards Thulo Pokhari (big pond) and Sano Pokhari (small pond). You will spend some time at this glorified watery place. After enjoying at the water premises, you will head downhill towards of pines, hemlock, birch and rhododendrons forests to reach Mumbuk for an overnight stay. O /N at Camp.

Day 09 : Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600m) 5-6 hrs

After hiking for an hour, on the day, you will enter Barun Valley, one of the least explored areas in the eastern Himalayan region. During the quest, you will pass through unique landscapes within the Makalu-Barun National Park. The park is known for sheltering some 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 bird species and 75 species of mammals, including the endangers clouded leopard, red panda and musk deer. After an hour’s trek, you will reach Barun river form where Yangle Kharka is just an hour away. O /N at Camp.

Day 10 : Yangle Kharka to to Langmale (Yak Kharka) 4400m 5-6 hrs

On the day, you will have to cross Barun River through a wooden bridge to reach Ramara, a point equipped by a larger prayer wall. Soon, you will reach Shersong from where you will descend for a little bit to reach Langmale for an overnight camping. O /N at Camp.

Day 11 : Langmale to Makalu Base Camp (5000meters) 5-6 hrs

This is going to be one of the most exciting days in the trek as it leap your steps towards the Makalu Base Camp. You will have to make some steep ascent towards the base camp. Also, you will have to pass over rocky dunes, moraine and streams to make you way towards the base camp. The close you come to the base camp the more you get enthralled with the views of snow capped mountains surrounding including the panoramic Mt. Makalu over your head. You will reach Makalu Base Camp by evening. O/N at Camp.

Day 12 : Acclimatization day

Getting acclimatized is very important while embarking on the high altitude trek. For the purpose, the day is reserved for the acclimatization process where you will spend a full day exploring the Makalu base camp to get used to the altitude and the environment of higher altitude places. If you want you can go for a short hike to the surrounding places. O/N at Camp.

Day 13 : Makalu Base Camp to Yanle Kharka 5-6 hrs

After spending two nights on the lap of Mt. Makalu, on the day you will return towards Yanle Kharka. You will have to descend to reach this small village. O/N at Camp.

Day 14 : Yangla Kharka to Thulo Pokhari 5-6 hrs

Leaving the small village of Yangla Kharka behind, on the day, you will descend towards Thulo Pokari. This place is well known for high altitude pond which adds glitters to the region’s beauty. You will have to find a spot to camp overnight at this amazingly gifted place of nature. O/N at Camp.

Day 15 : Thulo Pokhari to Tashi Gaon 5-6 hrs

Leaving the pond premises, on the day, you will proceed towards Tashi Gaon. This is the village which you have ventured on day 6. O/N at Camp.

Day 16 : Tashigaon to Num 5-6 hrs

Once again, the trail declines all the way to Num. This is the village where you had camped on day 04. O/N at Camp.

Day 17 : Num to Bhote Bas 5-6 hrs

On the day, you will proceed towards Mani Bhanjyang village by trekking through farm fields. The village is next to Khadbari which is the major town in the Makalu region. O/N at Camp.

Day 18 : Bhote Bas to Tumlingtar 5-6 hrs

This is the final day of the trek as you prepare yourself to hike to Tumlingtar following the lower altitude trail. Traversing various ethnic settlements, and hiking past some dense forest area covered by beautiful rhododendron and pine trees, you will slowly proceed towards Tumlingtar. On the way, you will also see few monasteries that resemble unique Buddhist culture and tradition. You will reach Tumlingtar before sunset. O/N at Lodge.

Day 19 : Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (flight) 50 min

Loaded with the experiences of trekking in the Maklau region, on the day, you will fly to Kathmandu. You have completed your trekking as you wait to board a Kathmandu bound flight from Tumlingtar. You excitement level will proliferate as the plane flies between hills before it reaches to a required elevation. The 50 minutes flight will also give you a bird’s eye view of glorious Kathmandu city by the time it prepares to land. After landing at the Tribhuvan airport, the company representative will transfer you to you designated hotels. The remaining day in the capital city will be all yours. You can do whatever you like. You can relax at the hotel or visit markets for the final day shopping. O/N at Hotel.

Day 20 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of

Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Makalu Base Camp Trekking. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Makalu Base Camp Trekking, we provide the best available camping tents (twin sharing), kitchen equipment, toilet & dining tents. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a tent with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single tent, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. So in this arrangement overnight halts will be as fully organized camping program.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on a set menu prepared by our experienced cook & kitchen staff. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive but it will be wholesome & nutritious with variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup & seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. You can ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 20 days Makalu Base Camp Trekking is strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 20 days Makalu Base Camp Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. 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 disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Makalu Base Camp Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Makalu Base Camp Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Makalu Base Camp Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 20 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Strenous

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: February to November

Max Altitude: 5000 meters (Makalu Base Camp)

Daily Walking: 5-6 hrs

Transportation: Private vehicles, Flights as per the Itinerary

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu/Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/resort in Kathmandu, lodge/teahouse or tent/camp during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge/Teahouse & Camping trek

Starts/Ends: Tumlingtar

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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