Makalu Base Camp

The fifth highest mountain in the World “Makalu” located in Makalu-Barun National Park, a virtually uninhabited 1500-km area of Eastern Nepal, is very close to virgin wilderness. The remote terrain Restricted Area “Makalu Base Camp Trekking” extends east from Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, between the high plateau of Tibet and the deep subtropical gorge carved by the Arun River. Makalu Base Camp Restricted Area Trekking offers spectacular views of rugged Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Makalu(8,463m), Mt. Chamlang (7319 m), Mt. Baruntse (7129m) and other so on. This Restricted Area Trekking provides stunning contrasts of high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks.

New Open -Chepang Hill Trekking This Restricted Area Trekking in Makalu is challenging and an outstanding trek in eastern part of Nepal, the trek up to Makalu Base Camp is one of the most remote and unfrequented trekking areas. Long and unspoiled terrain makes this trek a classic in its own features and rare species of animals, over 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 species of birds, and 75 species of mammals, including the endangered Clouded Leopard, Red Panda and Musk Deer inhabitance of the Makalu-Barun national park makes your trip unforgettable. When Makalu Restricted Area Trekking trial goes on higher altitude, sometime weather may be the obstacle for the further progress to go. However, this region offers you varieties flora, fauna and diverse of cultural and rich custom of different ethnic of Rai, Sherpa, Chhetri and Shingsawa (Bhotia) farmers people. Makalu Restricted Area Trip begins from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar by 40 munities scenic flight then heads up the Arun River valley to Sedua and Num; then crossing Shipton La Pass (4,210 m) into the upper Barun river valley for a close look at Makalu and Chamlang Himal. The Makalu Base Camp (5,250 m) offers fantastic panoramic view of eastern Himalayas; Chamlang (7,319m), Peak 6 (6,739m), Peak 7 (6,105m) seems a long awaiting us and also the long-awaited Makalu (8,463m) all from Everest to Kanchenjunga are ahead to reward us the steadfast trekking. Campsite in alpine meadows and at the base of Mt. Makalu reflecting dusk’s light off in the neighboring peaks are much spectacular. The way down from the higher region to the lower rhododendron of oak forest trees are of interesting and contrast to observe. This trek can be drive by bus Kathmandu to Hile and start trek further destination too.

The extraordinary biodiversity is considered to be worldwide significance and provides a living laboratory for international scientific research. As culturally and environmentally diverse region Makalu Restricted Area Trekking is worth able to visit. Basically Makalu Base Camp Restricted Area Trekking organize as Camping Trek, it is possible to make shorter and longer as our Clients demands. We “Nepal Mother House Treks & Expeditions” operates Makalu Restricted Area Trekking “off the beaten trail trekking” with our highly experienced guides and staffs considering our Clients requirement and holiday schedule. The Restricted Area Trekking in Makalu is recommended for those mountains lovers and cultural seekers, who love to test the adventure journey in Nepal Himalaya. We operate this Restricted Area Trekking whole in the year but the best time is fall and spring season.

Makalu Base Camp Restricted Area Trek Trip Key Information:

Trekking Destination: Makalu Base Camp

Activities: Trekking & walking, Sightseeing, Cultural Tour

Difficulty: Moderate and Fairly Strenious

Max Elevation: 5250 m (Makalu Base Camp)

Trek/Tour Style: Camping

Accommodation:  Deluxe hotel in Ktm & Tented camp

Meals: Full board on trek & Breakfast KTM

Operation: Luxury Hotel/Lodge

Transportation: Comfortable vehicle/ Tourist bus

Best Month: Aug/ Sept/Oct/Nov & Feb/Mar/April/May

Trip Length: 23 days

Group Size: Min 1 people, Max 12 people

Suggested Itinerary

Note: we try to follow the itinerary below, at times local trail or weather conditions may make slight changes necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization condition.

Makalu Base Camp Restricted Area Trekking Suggested Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m) Upon arrival at international airport, meet, assist and transfer to Hotel (star category, a very nice centrally located at Thamel), rest and free at afternoon. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks (1350m) Our Tour Guide led you explore around Kathmandu valley for the sight seen. Have explore historical and spiritual attractions; including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square; the House of Living Goddess “Kumari” and Kasthamandup temple” Said that was built from single tree in 16th century, Big bell-Big drams, Erotic carving in old temple, old palace etc., Bouddhanath; one of the largest Stupas in Nepal, Swayambhunath; situated on top of the hill knows as the Monkey Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in the world, which has been registered in UNICECO heritage side. Pasupatinath; Hindus holy place, Sadhus and pilgrims bathing at occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats, located on the holy Bagmati river. Finally we have sightseeing beautiful Patan Durbar squares; the Krisna Temple has build just by stone with incredible crafts, Patan king’s palace, Golden temple and much more. It is very famous for woodcarving, Metal works, Temples and Monasteries. If we have time there are still more remark site; the one of the oldest cities in Kathmandu valley “Bhaktapur” is known as Living Museum. Where, old brick paved enclave of old Royal palace, Nyathapola Temple, Datatriya temple exquisite artwork offers a picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal. After these activates back to hotel and pre- prier for the treks. Stay overnight at hotel. Please, check your insurance details and have a copy of your travel medical insurance policy with you.

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar (400m), 40 minutes flight and Trek to Khadbari (1025m)-2 to 3 hours This is your trip begging day. In the morning you'll be transferred to domestic airport fly to Tumlingtar observing range of snow capped peaks from Ganesh Himal to Mt. Everest, Makalu & Mt. Kanchenjunga. We will arrive at Tumlingtar after 40 munities. Then we start our adventurous journey with our crew heading upward through the Kumal village to the Khadbari in the midst of the sub-tropical forest of Sal tree (Sorea-Robusta) and more farm fields along the way, as we come to a town of Khadbari a major town of the Makalu region and from Khadbari with up and down walk lead to the camp at Mani Bhanjyang. Rest of the day we explores the town and overnight at tented camp or Hotel.

Day 04: Trek Khadbari to Chichila (1,800m) -5 to 6 hours After breakfast, we start our adventure with few flat then ascending to the ridge on a wide and well-used trail, reaching our lunch stop at Bhotebas. Then the trail goes to through fertile land and forested path brings you to the top of the small ridge at Chichila village for the overnight at tent. Where is settled few local houses with superb scenic mountains of Mt. Makalu and Khumbakarna range.

Day 05: Trek Chichile to Num (1,500m) -5 to 6 hours Totay, our journey leads us through the cool and serene forest of rhododendron, oaks and hemlocks as we climb to the top of the ridge. Then it is almost downhill for two hours to the Num- is a small village with about fifteen houses and a primary school on the large flat ground, where we have good view of our route for the next couple of days from our camp site.

Day 06: Trek Num to Seduwa (1,493m) -5 to 6 hours At first, we extremely steep head down and terraced slopes towards the Arun River, nearly 800 meters below. The lower slopes of this narrow valley are densely forested and the paths are quite slippery, after reaching the bottom we cross the suspension bridge across the torrential Arun River. Then we climb back out of the rain forest, reaching our lunch place and further steep climb takes us up to Seduwa a village with a small health post and a primary school. Our camp will set nearby.

Day 07: Trek Seduwa to Tashi Gaun (2,200m) - 3 to 4 hours After breakfast, we have pleasant easy short walk takes you to country side farm villages, again it is gradual trail and an uphill climb for an hour through the millet and rice fields takes you the to the Tashi Gaon. We'll overnight at camp and rest of the time walk around the village.

Day 08: Trek Tashi Gaun to Kahuma Danda (3,500m) - 5 to 6 hours Today, we leave the human settlement for our destination. After Tashi Gaun we walk through the refreshing beautiful shade of the rhododendron and oaks forest, then leaving the dense forest coming to a summer pastures with traces of temporary made shepherd huts. From here onwards to Kahuma ridge is strenuous uphill climb, where tree lines also declines for the bushes of rhododendron and juniper. We'll stay overnight at tented camp with scenic mountain ranges during the moon light.

Day 09: Trek Kahuma Danda to Mumbuk (3,400m) -5 to 6 hours This is superb view of snow capped mountains and the surrounding landscapes. Our trek follows a gradual trail with few ups and down pass through the Thulo Pokhari (big pond) and Sano Pokhari (small pond). In the heavy snow fall, the path from here can be quite misleading and it will be difficult to find the trail sometime. We walk further cross the pass of Keke La pass (4230m) Tutu-la (4,200m) where there is a chorten. Then we walk all downhill back to vegetation, a small clearing place for camping in the middle of the woods of pines, hemlock, birch and rhododendrons to reach at Mumbuk for the overnight.

Day 10: Trek Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (3,750m) -6 to 7 hours The day begins with a sharp descent down a wooden narrow valley and continues on to cross the Barun Khola just beyond Tamatan Kharka. Then the trial goes unclear along much of the route. It can also be slippery with numerous and rock falls often, so you have to walk carefully. After this you follow the Barn Khola along its northern bank. Trial goes through the seasonal settlement of Yangri Kharka and a little aead is the Nehe Kharka for overnight stay.

Day 11: Trek Nehe Kharka to Sherson (4,600m) -6 to 7 hours Today, our trek begins crossing the wooden bridge on the Barun River and walk on the boulders, where a large prayer wall is can be seen. After 2-3 hours walk the vegetation gets thin, although the rhododendron, barberries, cotoneaster and juniper bushes keep on for some time. With a pleasant walk we get nearer to Sherson, where we have sight of the lower Barun glacier and the towering majestic Mt. Makalu. This is also the lower base camp of Mt. Makalu. There are number of stone enclosures at this high grazing ground with outstanding view of host of peaks, including the upper part of Makalu south face, and Mt. Baruntse (7,220m) and at Sherson we make camp for the night.

Day 12: Free day at Sherson for a day excursion This is rest day; you have full day rest at the camp or visit around some interesting hike and view points to explore. The most scenic walk would be taking a hike on the right side of the camp above for the closer view of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari and the view of the rare face of Everest the Kanshung face with Lhotse. A one hour steep up brings you to the large meadow you can walk farther up to have a greater view of the mentioned peaks and more other peaks of this area and beyond. After exploring that stroll back to the camp.

Day 13: Trek Sherson to Yangri Kharka (3,645m) -6 to 7 hours After a wonderful exploration in the surrounding valley, we trek back to end of the Barun valley named Yak Kharkha for the overnight camp.

Day 14: Trek Yangri Kharka to Mumbuk (3,400m) -5 to 6 hours After breakfast, we continuing journey trek back to Mumbuk, after leaving the Barun Valley it is all uphill to the overnight camp in the midst of the alpine forest at Mumbuk and enjoy the day stroll back from trek.

Day 15: Trek Mumbuk to Kahuma Danda (3,500m) -5 to 6 hours We retrace the journey back to Kohuma danda (ridge) via Shipton-la and Thulo Pokhari for the overnight camp. Enjoy the scenic picturesque spot and evening rest at the camp.

16: Trek Kahuma Danda to Navagaun (2,500m) via Tashi Gaun – 6 to 7 hours Today, we trek back to Tashi Gaon and continue walk towards Navagaun on the upper trail for another 2/3 hours through the cool shade of the forest after leaving the forest area, coming towards the farm terraces and eventually to the village of Navagaun, another Sherpa village which is much larger than Tashigaun, situated right above the Seduwa village.

Day 17: Trek Navagaun to Num via Seduwa – 6 to 7 hours After breakfast, we fallow downhill track through the farm fields for an hour or two to Seduwa village. From Seduwa retrace the journey to Num, with 2-3 hours downhill and after the bridge another 2/3 hours brings you back to Num for the overnight camp. Enjoy the walk during the re-track to Num village.

Day 18: Trek to Chichila (1,800m/5,904ft) -5-6 hrs walk Today, we trek back to Chichele, the first 2/3 hours is all uphill and reach at the top of ridge, from here onwards it is almost downhill all the way to the overnight camp at Chichela. Enjoy exploring the village.

Day 19: Trek Seduwa to Khadbari – 6 to 7 hours This is pleasant walk through this route back to Khadbari, the forest, farm lands and small villages passing and further walk to gradual path, leading you to the large village town of Khadbari, where nearby we'll overnight stop at our camp.

Day 20: Trek Khadbari to Tumlingtar (400m) -2 to 2 ½ hours This is our last day walk leads an easy 3/4 hours downhill walk brings you back to Tumlingtar for lunch and the last overnight camp of this great memorable adventure journey and this will be your last night with the trekking staffs and porters as well. We celebrate evening after completion of the long trek and overnight at camp.

Day 21: Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu We fly to Kathmandu via Biratnagar or direct flight depends on the flight schedule and season. We will come to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel and remaining time simply rest and relax at the hotel.

Day 22: Farewell friend day in Kathmandu (1,350m) In this pleasant day you may have full day at leisure either relax at hotel or explore the around Thamel. Today is day of ending your journey, so we would like offer you farewell dinner in Nepali typical Restaurant and hand over you Trip Certificate, Trekking Permit and TIMS Card for memory of Nepal trip.

Day 23: final Departure to your Destination Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until departure flight/drive. Our assist will be transfer to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

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