Makalu Base Camp Trek
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeTrekking, Vacation
Activity Level Challenging
The mountain peak region is associated in nursing completely wonderful and untouched space within the northwestern corner of the Sankhuwasabha district. To the west, it’s bordered by the Mount Everest region, to the north by an Asian country, to the east by the Arun stream and to the south by the Sabha stream.
The world’s fifth highest peak, mountain peak stands within the Himalaya concerning ten miles southeast of a mountain peak, close to the border between Asian country and Asian country. Its size alone is spectacular, and also the form of an ideal pyramid makes this mountain all a lot of spectacular. Its sharp, ridged, snowy peak rises twenty-seven,825 feet (8,481m).
In 1955, French mountaineers junction rectifier by Jean Francisco Franco became the primary man to achieve the highest. The name of the mountain was most likely taken from the Sanskritic language word Maha-Kala, which suggests “Big Black.” This conjointly was associate in a nursing alternate name for Shiva; one in every one of the vital gods of Hinduism. Shiva, although primarily associate in nursing evil divinity, is at different times light and kind-hearted. The mountain has another name within the native idiom, Kumba Karna, which suggests “The large”.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and trip preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft)
Day 04: Trek to Num (1,560m/5119ft)
Day 05: Trek to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft)
Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890 ft)
Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft)
Day 08: Acclimatization Day
Day 09: Trek to Dobate
Day 10: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft)
Day 11: Trek to Langmale Kharka (4410m/14468ft)
Day 12: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m/15978ft)
Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp (4870m/15978ft)
Day 14: Trek to Yangri Kharka
Day 15: Trek to Dobate
Day 16: Trek to Khongma Danda
Day 17: Trek to Tashigaon
Day 18: Tashigaon to Seduwa
Day 19: Trek to Num
Day 20: Trek to Tumlingtar
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 22: Departure day
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Food during the trek (Three times Meal- lunch, dinner with seasonal fresh fruits And Breakfast with tea/coffee).
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- Alpine Glacier’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits and TIMS.
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepalese visa fee
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- Private transportation except what is mentioned in the What Is Included section
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- International flights
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.) Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft) Upon your arrival our airport representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel. We can rest in our hotel and stroll around the local streets in the evening. Alpine Glacier will take you to one the famous traditional Nepalese cuisine for welcome dinner where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program and a fine meal.
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and trip preparation
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and trip preparation After breakfast, you will begin a city tour of Kathmandu where you will see the main attractions of the valley. On this tour you will visit the Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace). After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). This evening will be spent in Kathmandu.
Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft)
Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft) 9-10 hours After breakfast, we will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for morning flight to Tumlingtar), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 50 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tumlingtar airport. Upon arrival at Tumlingtar, we meet our other crew members and after some arrangements, we drive towards Chichira which takes 3-4 hours.
Trek to Num (1,560m/5119ft)
Trek to Num (1,560m/5119ft) 6-7 hours We start early in the morning and head towards Num right after a warm breakfast. 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, this is Num for us.
Trek to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft)
Trek to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft) 6-7 hours Seduwa village is situated in parallel to Num. A steep descent down through the forests and terraced plots of land 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 valley sides offer a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park starts and where we register our permits. We camp right at the top of the village.
Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890 ft)
Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890 ft) 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.
Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft)
Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft) 6-7 hours Today can a tough day with an elevation over 1400 meters on a steep trail. 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.
Acclimatization Day We rest for the day and acclimatize ourselves with the atmospheric level in the high terrains before we go further up. 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.
Trek to Dobate
Trek to Dobate 6-7 hours Climb towards the summit of the Shipton La 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), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend down through the beautiful valley to Dobate.
Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft)
Trek 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 it is steep and arduous with possibility of rocks falls and landslides during the trek. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka (pasture land) situated at the base of the valley.
Trek to Langmale Kharka (4410m/14468ft)
Trek to Langmale Kharka (4410m/14468ft) 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 significance rise in the scenic Himalayan views.
Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m/15978ft)
Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m/15978ft) 6-7 hours Today is the day we make it to the Base Camp. Make sure that we acclimatize well before walking up to the 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. Majestic Himalayan panorama surrounds us as we make our way to the camp.
Explore Makalu Base Camp (4870m/15978ft)
Explore Makalu Base Camp (4870m/15978ft) 6-7 hours The Base Camp is a rocky barren place with large Barun Glacier beyond, where we get the chance to take in the breath taking views of the summit. From here we will have a magnificent south face view of Makalu and see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up from here if we wish or celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself.
Trek to Yangri Kharka
Trek to Yangri Kharka 6-7 hours We descend down from the base camp and 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
Trek to Dobate
Trek to Dobate 6-7 hours From Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, verdant forests and the valley, making our way towards Dobate. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail.
Trek to Khongma Danda
Trek 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. We then descend to Khongma Danda again.
Trek to Tashigaon
Trek to Tashigaon 4-5 hours The trek continues with continuous 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.
Tashigaon to Seduwa
Tashigaon to Seduwa 4-5 hours We retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to Barun River. We then cross the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again
Trek to Num
Trek to Num 5-6 hours We further trek through the forest for about 5 to 6 hours from Seduwa to Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards.
Trek to Tumlingtar
Trek 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.
Fly to Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu 50 minute flight Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long trek in the mountains. We can rest and relax throughout the day at hotel. In the evening get ready for a grad farewell dinner
Departure day Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today. Our airport representative will drop you off to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight
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