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18 Days Makalu Base Camp Trek Highlights

Go on the journey of a lifetime!Trek through the remote and wild region of Eastern Nepal to reach the bottom of the 5th highest mountain in the world, Mt. Makalu. The trekking trail starts from Khandbari and runs through Chichila, Num, Makalu Barun National Park and the Buffer Zone area up to Mt. Makalu Base Camp. From the flatlands of the Terai, over high passes and down lush valleys into rugged terrain of snow and rock, dotted with isolated villages, like Sherpa, Tamang and Gurung. Mt. Makalu Base Camp Trek is  one of the most challenging, yet incredibly rewarding treks. We offer:

  • 16 -total Trekking  days.
  • Climb 457m — 5,250m.
  • Trek through Makalu Barun National Park, Shiptom La up to Mt. Makalu base camp.
  • Local experienced  porter guide.
  • Explore Sherpa, Tamang and Gurung settlements throughout the trekking route
  • Accomodation in local tea housesand village home-stays.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Detail

MBC Trek Itinerary

Day

From        -   To

Road Type

Time

Activities

Overnight Stay

Day 01

Kathmandu –Tumlingtar -Khandbari

Flight from Kathmandu  to Tumlingtar

Jeep from Tumlingtar to  Khandbar

( 30 minutes)

( 30 minutes)

Visit Khandbari bazaar Child Welfare Home Khandbari, Meet  your porter guide and be introduced with him Trek preparation

Home stay/  Hotel

In Khandbari

Day 02

Khandbari  - Num (1500m)

Travelling  by Jeep

 4-5 hrs. 

Sightseeing in Num,meet, the local peope.

visit the school, meet and talk school teacher.

Tea house food and accommodation in Num

Day 03

 Num- Seduwa (1540m)

  Trekking  Trial

4 – 6  hrs   trek,

Pay National Park Entrance fees

Sightseeing  around Seduwa

Tea house  accommodation  in Seduwa

Day 04

Seduwa- Tasi Gaun (2,070m)

    Trekking  Trial

  4 – 6  hrs   trek,

Sightseeing  around Tasi Gaun

Meet the local people

Tea house  accommodation in Tasi Gaun

 Day 05

Tasi Gaun- Khongma (3,560m)

   Trekking trial

  4-5  hrs trek

Huge elevation gain

Trek slowly

Tea house accommodation  in Khongma

 Day 06

Khongma - Dobato (3,550m)

  Trekking trial

    4-5  hrs trek

Sightseeing

Tea house accommodation in Dobato

Day 07

Dobato- Yangre Kharka (3,600m)

Trekking trial

4-5  hrs trek

Sightseeing

Tea house food and accommodation in Yangre.

Day 08.

  Yangre Kharka (3,600m)

Rest Day

 

Acclimatization day

Tea house food and accommodation 

Day 09.

Yangre Kharka- Langmale (3,600m)

Trekking trial

4-5  hrs trek

Sightseeing

Tea house food and accommodation  at Langmale

Day 10.

Langmale- Makalu Base Camp (4870 m)

Trekking trial

4-5  hrs trek

Sightseeing

Tea house food and accommodation at MBC.

Day 11.

Exploration day  around the Base Camp area

-

The whole day

Sightseeing

Dut Pokhari Lake (5050m)

Peak 3 above Shersong (5250 m)

Tea house food and accommodation  at MBC

Day 12.

Makalu Base Camp to  Yankle Kharka

Trekking trial

 

Sightseeing

Tea house accommodation  at  MBC

Day 13.

Yangle Kharka – to Dobato

Trekking trial

 

Sightseeing

Tea house accommodation at Dobato

Day 14

Dobato -Khongma

Trekking trial

 

Sightseeing

Tea house accommodation  at Khongma

Day 15

Khongma – Tashi Gaun

Trekking trial

 

Sightseeing

Tea house accommodation  at  Tashi Gaun

Day 16

Tashi Gaun -  Seduwa 

Trekking trial

 

Sightseeing

Tea house accommodation  in Seduwa

Day 17

Seduwa-Num.

Num -Khandbari

 Trek from Seduwa to Num.Travel  from  Num to Khandbari by Jeep

4 hours' trekking

4 hours travel

 

Home stay/ Hotel accommodation  in Khandbari

Day 18

Khandbari- Tumling tar-Kathmandu

Travel  by Jeep to Tumlingtar

Flight  from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.

30 Mts.

-

Hotel accommodation  in Kathmand


Cost

The cost of any trek program depends on

  • The total number of days you plan to enjoy trek.
  • The number of people in your group to trek.
  • The area   you would like to trek.
  • The number of porters    you would like to hire.
  • The weight of your luggage.
  • The mode of travelling.
  • The type of accommodation you would like to stay etc.

After all the above things are   fixed in the itinerary, the total price is calculated  and  is informed to  our potential customers for approval. Please  Contact us  for  more information


Testimonials

This report is prepared for Tejanath Pokharel and for the use of MSTS. The intent is to provide information about the lodging facilities available along the route from Khandbari to Makalu Base Camp (MBC). This information can hopefully be of some benefit to MSTS in designing and organizing treks for independent trekkers as well as for groups along this route. Photos will also be made available.

Previously camping treks (carrying your own food and tents, etc.) were indicated as the only way to get to MBC due to the lack of food and sleeping accommodations. However, the situation has changed and now there are facilities, lodges, the entire way up to MBC, including at the base camp itself. This means that independent trekkers can now do the entire trek without camping support. Also small groups can use the lodges instead of camping—teahouse trekking. This eliminates the need to carry food and tents, and the associated costs of porters, and makes the trek available to many more people who otherwise would be unable to afford the cost of a supported trek.

The facilities vary greatly from location to location and each person should carry their own water container and water sterilizer, mattress, and sleeping bag. MBC is just short of 5000 meters and will be cold, a good sleeping bag, -15C is recommended. At this time there are no facilities, shops, hotels etc., between sleeping destinations, you are on your own during each day from lodge to lodge. Trekkers may want to have snacks such as chapatis prepared the night before for eating on the trail the next day. (Chapatis generally cost about 50RS each.) Also some peanut butter and jam is certainly useful for midday snacks with the chapatis.

On my trek I always had good dal bhat—even up at MBC.

This trek is a difficult trek, demanding considerable physical exertion. Also some days along the route exceed recommended altitude gains for ideal acclimatization. Tea house trekking for the first few days provides some choice in lodging, however from Tashigaon up all the lodges are owned and operated by two Sherpa families based in Seduwa and Tashigaon and the choice of lodging is limited. It is pretty much ‘take it or leave it’. Standards of cleanliness for sleeping and food that may seem appropriate or desirable in Khandbari will not be available the rest of the way up. Some sleeping conditions are primitive and crowded and food is limited. I must say though that on my trek I always had good dal bhat—even up at MBC. Standards and amenities that trekkers have come to expect while trekking in the Everest and Annapurna areas are not available. The MBC trek can be considered a remote area trek with only basic infrastructure. For trekkers who are up to the physical challenge and are less concerned about niceties than doing a very worthwhile trek this should not be a problem. In fact the idea that the Arun Makalu area is not overrun with trekkers and overpriced fancy food can indeed be an attraction to some trekkers and I think this aspect of the trek should be promoted.

This trek was done between 23 Oct 2010 and 06 Nov 2010 by me and a trekking buddy, Paul, from Australia, as independent trekkers using only the tea houses and lodges along the route. We left Khandbari on 23 Oct and took a jeep from Manibhanjang to Deurali, walked to Num where we had snacks, then continued to a small teashop a little ways up the hill towards Seduwa, after crossing the river. The next day we went only to Seduwa where we took a long bath and washed our clothes in the beautiful tap just below the town. As drying the clothes took most of the remaining day we stayed at Seduwa the rest of that day. We stayed at an excellent hotel, the New Makalu Restaurant and Lodge, with an extremely helpful owner, Mr. Nawang Pemba Sherpa, just next to the school. This is some distance away from the usual camping area. Both the food and sleeping accommodations were quite good. We actually ate our food at a neighbor’s home as the kitchen at the hotel was being updated. This turned out to be a lucky situation as we were able to enjoy the company of a Nepali home and the owners. The tongba as well as the food were great. My trek partner and I had an enjoyable time.

  • Food — excellent db. 100RS; Chow chow 30RS; Tongba 60RS; Egg 20RS; Tea 15RS; Beer 260RS; Chhapit 15RS
  • Water — boiled, freely given
  • Camping — in school yard
  • Solar heating will be coming as hotel is remodeled
  • Sleeping — clean rooms and linen, mattresses; capacity about 15 - 16 in small and common rooms

 

Next Day – Tashigaon 

  • Stayed at the Mount Summit Hotel, the last building at the upper end of the village. Very nice. There is another large hotel just down from this hotel. There were groups staying there, camping and inside. There are camping areas at both hotels and a helicopter rescue pad in the area. Room: large clean common room with solar light. Good beds and thick mattresses; shiracks provided. 20-22 beds. Sleeping 50-100RS.
  • Dal bhaat 150RS w/meat, 100RS w/o. Quality that day just ok. Excellent new toilet and shower area, cement. Hot water can be arranged for the shower.
  • The other hotel in the area was slightly more expensive. It also had a small store selling snacks, supplies. There were good toilet facilities and a large grassy area outside for sunning.

Kongma

  • Kongma has only one hotel. Also a camping area. Upstairs sleeping rooms, two common rooms, about 15 capacity. 200RS/person. Bed with a thin mattress, need your own mattress. Excellent dal bhaat. 250RS; Plate of potatoes 150RS; rakshie 70RS; cup of hot water 50RS, water is difficult to obtain here, far away and has to be carried. Primitive toilet, bring water you need!

Dobaato

  • Hotel Do Baato. Single small lodges only, limited capacity of about 8 people, very basic. Friendly owner.
  • Good food: dal bhaat 250RS, chow chow 50RS, pancake/chapatis 50RS, potatoes with yak cheese 150RS; black tea 40RS; rakshie 50 - 70RS.
  • Hot water/liter 50RS. Lots of cold water available nearby. Sleeping was very basic, large benches and tables, crowded and ‘beds’ were short. 200RS
  • No toilet, lots of jungle for your needs; owner said maybe toilet next year.

Yangle Kharka

  • Two lodges though only one was open. Also small home/lodge available for very basic living. We stayed at Chopal Sherpa’s lodge. Upstairs large common room, very smoky from cooking fire. Solar lighting. Camping area.
  • Dawa Sherpa lodge closed.
  • Sleeping: good beds, no linen, mattresses, very smoky. Capacity about 10. 200 RS
  • Good dal bhat: hot water free with food. Chow chow and snacks available, small store for snacks and supplies. Tongba available.
  • Dal bhat 250RS
  • Cold water easily available, no charge.
  • Toilet, very primitive.

 

Yak Kharka

  • Just one lodge, owned by Pasang and Pasang. Very friendly owners, small supply/snack store. Camping area. Sleeping: about 6-8 beds, more can be arranged. Thick mattresses.
  • Some beds difficult for taller trekkers.
  • No linen. 200RS.
  • Good dal bhat though we ate with the family and not at the hotel. 250RS. Also available tongba 150RS, chapatis 40-50RS, black tea 30RS. The toilet is primitive, most people walked off to hidden areas.
  • Water difficult to get but can be had from the stream.

MBC

  • Two to three lodges; small, crowded but were clean. Very cold location when no sun. Our lodge only made a fire for cooking, not for heating lodge or warming trekkers because wood was scarce and difficult to obtain. Camping areas, separate ‘tent/huts’ for porters.
  • Food: good dal bhaat, again. Other food available and snacks. Dal bhaat 250RS. Chow chow 50RS; hot water one cup 50RS; tea 40-50RS.
  • Sleeping: good mattresses and beds, some short, no linen; limited capacity in each lodge (ours was about 6).
  • Water is available nearby in stream.
  • Toilets: each hotel has a toilet — basic.

Conclusion

Considering the isolation of the area, the long distances between each day’s trek destination, demanding terrain, and the number of days required to porter food supplies as well as equipment to serve the trekkers in the lodges up to MBC, I feel that the prices charged were fair.

It is a difficult trek and some accommodations reflected the conditions mentioned above, that is they were basic, to even occasionally primitive. However I feel that anyone who is willing and capable to undertake this physically demanding trek can certainly tolerate some of the ‘basic’ conditions along the route. This is more of an adventure trek and less like the over commercialized treks to Everest and Annapurna. Current conditions are certainly suitable for independent trekkers as well as small groups. Planning, foresight and flexibility are required. Expectations of fancy lodges and European ‘cuisine’ such as has become popular (for some reason) on other treks should be discouraged.

Tea house trekking is in a general sense descriptive but it really only applies prior to Tashigaun. From Tashigaun to MBC Sherpa ‘lodges’ more accurately reflect conditions along the route. Facilities will not be as clean as those on the lower elevations of the trek, nor will there be as much care taken in the provision of those levels of personal comfort. However this should not dissuade healthy, adventurous trekkers from doing this trek either as independent trekkers or in a small group. Indeed, the lack of over-commercialized facilities and the fewer numbers of people on the trek as compared to the more popular treks should be emphasized as a positive in advertising so as to appeal to the type of trekkers who would consider this type of trek in the first place.

(Note: minimum of two trekkers for independent trekkers for safety reasons as this trek is too isolated for one person.)

Posted By Roger Ray, USA In Trekking, Makalu, Nepal, Adventure

More testimonial by Michael  Fingleton  (USA)


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