Makalu Base Camp Trek

 
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 22 Days

Country: Nepal

The Makalu Base Camp trekking is one of the truly popular adventure trekking which will mesmerize your mind with a breathtaking view of Mount Makalu (8465 m - 5th highest in the world). Makalu Base Camp (5251 m) is located at Sherson - beautiful high grazing vicinity close to the slope of the Barun Glacier bounded by an overwhelming range of Himalayan snowcapped peaks.

It lies in the Makalu Barun National Park - the northeast part of the country covering an area of 2331sq ft km. As being a challenging trek, there are some passes to cross; the experience being somewhat thrilling. Any trekkers with sound health can attempt this trekking.

We begin our trek from an airstrip to Tumlingtar (a small village) from Kathmandu. Trekking through terraced fields and passing by some Sherpa Communities, meadows lands, thick rhododendron forest, several challenging passes via Khongma La (3602 m), Kerke La (4126 m), Shipton La (4171m) and Tutu La (4081 m) and continuously trekking; we finally reach Makalu Base Camp. From here we capture the spectacular sights of the world tallest mountain Everest (8848 m) including other peaks like Lhotse (8515 m), Makalu (8465 m), Chamlang (7318 m) and Baruntse (7221 m).

The rewards you get from this demanding trek route are the closest view of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, and several other peaks. The inhabitants you get to explore in this region are Sherpa, Rai, Limbu etc. The communities here welcome you with their warm hospitability and you get a chance to explore their culture and livelihood. Besides these, on the trail, you also might get to spot several rare wildlife of this region.

The perfect season for trekking in this region is on spring from the month of March to May and autumn from September to November. As this being a popular destination; the trials are somewhat crowded at this time. To avoid crowds, you can also attempt this trek in monsoon and winter. But in winter, there might be snowfall causing difficulty to cross the passes.

We the Accent Himalaya had systematically designed this trek itinerary schedule for you to cover up all the best visiting spots. We also have carefully arranged the day for rest or acclimatization so that you don’t face any altitude sickness trekking to high altitude. If our designed itinerary does not fit your vacation schedule, we will customize and set different one that goes smoothly as per your vacation schedule. For further details or if you want to know more, have any questions about this Makalu Base Camp Trek, please feel free to email or contact us.

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Upon your landing and check out from Tribhuwan International Airport, our representative from Accent Himalaya will welcome you, pick up and drop you at your ideal hotel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Accent Himalaya with delicious Nepalese cuisine.

Included meals: Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

After having our breakfast, we will have to be ready for sightseeing  Kathmandu valley. We will visit some UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu. We will visit:


Pashupati Chhetra:-  Hindus most religious place
Swayambhunath:- religious place for both Hindu and Buddhist
Boudhanath:- worlds’ largest Stupa  
Kathmandu Durbar square:- historical and cultural site
 

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft): 50 mins flight, 3-4 hours drive

Early in the morning, we have to take a flight for Tumlintar - so we take our breakfast early in the morning and fly (and join the group or may not if solo). Next, we take a short trek today here to Chichira, small Gurung settlement.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Chichira to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6-7 hours

We have to start early in the morning, so we take our breakfast before sunrise and walk through the picturesque villages and lush forest which takes us to Num.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6-7 hours

With a steep walk through the forests and terraced farms takes us to Barun River, we will cross the river and follow equally steep ascent up to the other side. We have to register our permits after reaching Makalu Barun National Park at Seduwa village. We have to camp on the top of the village.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours

We will ascend the ridge bounded by the Seduwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. We cross the hillside through villages and small fields and we will be at Tashi Gaon. Tashi gaon is surrounded by the Himalayan panoramic views.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hours

The day will a bit of tough as we will have to walk on the steep trails for higher elevation. We will walk on ascent through forests to stream and reach the ridge. Then our trails get much steeper and we will pass the Kharka (means Grazing land) and then follow a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. And with short walking, we will be at Khogma Danda(ridge).
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Acclimatization/Rest

Today we will have to spend the day for resting and acclimatization. We explore the area and give our body complete rest.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Khongma Danda to Dobate: 6-7 hours

We have to cross the Shipton La Pass within few hours. We will cross the Kalo Pokhari (black lake) and pass over the Keke La pass at 4170 m from where we can see the marvelous views of Chamlang (7321 m), Peak 6 (6524 m) and peak 7 (6758 m) also descending through the beautiful valley from Keke La pass to Dobate.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours

We pass through the rhododendron forest which leads us to Barun River and reaches Upper Valley. We will have to take care during the first few hours as the trails are steep and arduous. Then we will have a pleasant walk with slowly ascending the altitude until Yangri Kharka.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 hours

With a moderate walk to the valley, we pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields.  We will pass Merek and make our way further up - rewarded with scenic views of Himalayas.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours

Today we will be at the final destination of our journey to Makalu Base Camp. We will trek on our way up to Shershong and up to Makalu Base Camp. We will have the flat and icy glacier path. Mount Makalu comes on our view as we approach towards Shershong. We sink in the majestic Himalayan panorama surrounded all over as we make way to the Base Camp.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp

Today is the main trekking experience for us because of the exploration of the entire Base camp area with the surrounding mountain peaks. Base Camp is the rocky barren with the large Barun Glacier. We have the magnificent vision of the south face of Makalu and complete Panoramic view of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. We will explore the surrounding peaks and lakes and make a short side trek and celebrate the accomplishment of the base camp.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hours

With amazing day spending today, we will have to return back much descending than goes up on past days. We cross the Shersong, Langmale Kharka, and Merek. We descend down to the valley and finally stop at Yangri Kharka.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Yangri Kharka to Dobate: 6-7 hours

Again we will descend down to the valley for Dobate walking through the rocky falls, green forests, and valley. We will follow the river bank of River Barun as we descend down to the trails.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16: Dobate to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hours

As we begin to ascend steep trails to Mumbuk and passing through the forest of firs and rhododendron, we cross the Keke la, Tutu La, and Kauma La, in the route. And again descend down to Khongma danda/ridge.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours

From Khongma Ridge, we continue to trek with frequently long and the descending steep cutting through the hillside. We will lead to the thick forest of Rhododendron and finally being at the Indigenous Sherpa village - Tashigaon.
 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 18: Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hour

Today we again retrace our past day's trails and exit the Makalu Barun National Park while descending down to the Barun River. We also cross the hillside and come to the village and with another few steps descending down, we come to the Seduwa again.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Day 19: Seduwa to Num: 5-6 hours

Today we have to reach Num with trails that go down and up and pass through the dense forests and Sherpa villages.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Day 20: Num to Tumlingtar: 6-7 hours

We again retrace the path that we already walk to ascend, however, this time we descend down to Tumlingtar passing the village of Chichira with the views of the glorious vista of mount Makalu for the last time. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Day 21: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 50 mins flight

We have to take a flight to return Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we take rest. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner as well as a celebration of the succession of the entire trek adventure with lots of fun and enjoyments.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 22: Final departure

Finally, it's time for separation with the amazing experience of trekking journey. Our representative of Accent Himalaya will drop you to the Tribhuwan International Airport and help you need until checking in. 

Included meals: Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

What's included

  • Pickup and drop from hotel and airport
  • Accommodations in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu. All meals during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Transportation in a comfortable private vehicle
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Anything not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section

Trip Note

 

Accommodation for Makalu Base Camp Trek

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 star) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels.

But once you set out for Makalu Base Camp Trekking, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.

Meals and Drinks on Makalu Base Camp Trek

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package. 

Best Season to Travel

The best Seasons for traveling in Nepal are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July, and August. 

Luggage/Backpack on Makalu Base Camp Trek

During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.

Guide/Porter on Trek

Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.

Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member

Accent Himalaya organizes Makalu Base Camp Trekking from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 12 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.

Personal Expenses on Trek

A personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs around $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Gears Available in Kathmandu

All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.

A Typical Day on Trek

On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Makalu Base Camp Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 22 days package for Makalu Base Camp Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or a casualty while you are on Makalu Base Camp trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life (this has happened to us a few times) and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip. Common sense dictates this, it’s good for you and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Makalu Base Camp Trek along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment.

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