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Makalu Base Camp Trek

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Makalu Base Camp Trek

The fifth highest mountain in the world is called Mt.Makalu which is located at the elevation of 8463m in the east of Nepal. It is situated in the Makalu Barun National Park, which covers an area of 2330 sq. km extending around the Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts of Nepal. The panorama of the highest mountain in the world such as Mount Everest, Mount Chamalang, Mount Lhotse, Mount Chamalang Mount Makalu, and other mountain peaks greet you.

Makalu Base Camp trek can be fairly challenging in some parts depending upon your level of physical fitness. The outstanding scenery of the Makalu Base camp Trek route significantly provides unique cultural heritage and incredible views of mountain peaks.

Normally the trek begins with a flight from  Kathmandu to Tumlingtar of mid-eastern Nepal for 45 minutes. The trial of Makalu Base Camp envelopes plain, sub-tropical valley of Arun River,  basin to extraordinary temperate passes called Keke la (4230) and Tutu La (42100m) many edges ascend up from the Barun River valley which is off the beaten mid-hill trials.

Sherpa  Bhote, Gurung, and Rai are the main habitats in this area. The trail follows the beautiful Barun river valley in the  Makalu Barun National Park, crossing Shipton La (4127m) before arriving at Makalu  Base Camp. From here views of the South face of Makalu, as well as Everest, and Lotse, are really amazing. Also, you have unbelievable views of mountains, Glacier lake, and Hungu valley.

 Makalu Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Total Program days: 18 Days.
  • Total Trekking days: 16 with porter guide.
  • Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous
  • Altitude: Makalu Base Camp (5520 m.)
  • Accommodation: Local tea houses.
  • Best Trekking time: September to November. Mid-March to May.
  • Permits: TIMS card, MBNP permit fee.
  • Transportation: Reserved jeep/ Regular jeep/ Plane/public bus
  • Activity: Trekking/ sightseeing/volunteering.
  • Total trekking hours per day:4-6 hours.
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Itinerary

Day 1Khandbari (1036m)

Buddha Air or Yeti air daily flight (30 minutes) from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. Receive and welcome by MAST staff at the airport. Catch a jeep, travel for about 15 minutes, and get a Khandbari hotel room and have a rest. Explore the Khandbari bazaar area. You will have time to buy something in the market you need. Meet your porter guide and be introduced to him. Overnight stay at the hotel Khandbari.

Day 2Drive from Khandbari to Num (1500m) (38 km)

After breakfast around 8 am catch a reserved jeep and travel for (38km) to get Num (1500m). By jeep you travel from Khandbari, pass Manebhangyang, Arun Than Bhotebas, Chhyankuti to Chichila. At Chichila you stop for some snacks at any one of the tea houses there. Then enjoy observing the natural beauty, of the Himalayan range including Mt. Makalu (8463m) toward the north. After having a rest for some time, your traveling starts. The road passes Hururu, Mude and finally, you get Num at around 2 pm ( 4-5) hours traveling). Find one of the best tea houses and prepare for your overnight stay.

Day 3Trek from Num to Seduwa (1540m)

After having a big breakfast at about 8 am at the tea house in Num, trek down slowly and carefully to the Arun river, and cross the suspension bridge on the river. Then walk uphill and pass Lumluma and trek up to Seduwa (4-6 hours trekking). Find one of the best tea houses at Seduwa village for your overnight stay. Enjoy sightseeing around Seduwa village. Visit the Secondary school if you like. Go to Makalu Barun National park site office and Pay Park entrance fees of Rs.3000 per person.

Day 4Trek from Seduwa to Tasigaun (2070m)

Have your big breakfast at around 8 am at the tea house, and start your next day trekking. Trek through meadows, and farms up to Tasi Gaun (4 to 6 hours trekking). Enjoy trekking slowly with sightseeing. The rural scene on both sides of the trekking trail will welcome you. Get Tasigaun in the evening, find one of the best tea houses and have suitable accommodation there.

Day 5Trek from Tasigaun to Khongma Danda (3500m)

Have your breakfast at around 8 am at the tea house, and commence your trek. Walk slowly for 4 to 6 hours. Take care of your energy for huge elevation gain. Get Khongma in the evening. Find one of the best tea houses for an overnight stay there.

Day 6Trek from Khongma to Dobato (3,510m)

After your breakfast at 8 am at your tea house, trek up to Dobato for 4 to 5 hours. Today you have to cross Ghenguru La (4045m), Shipton La (4216m), Keke La(4150m). You will also enjoy observing the neutral beauty of Chamalang, Peak 6 (6739m) peak 7 (6105m) Find the tea house there for food and accommodation.

Day 7Trek from Dobato to Yangre Kharka ( 3600)

After breakfast at 8 am at the tea house trek up to Yangre Kharka for 4 to 5 hours. Find one the best tea houses there for food and accommodation.

Day 8Yangre Kharka Rest Day. ( 3600)

This is your rest day for acclimatization. Have enough rest and also enjoy natural beauty around the place. Food and accommodation at the tea house there.

Day 9Trek from Yangle Kharka to Langmale (4410 m)

Have your big breakfast at 8 am at the tea house and climb gently to Nghe Kharka (3750m), Ripuk Kharka (3930m) Jhak Kharka (4210m) and up to Langmale Kharka (4400m) for 4 to 5 hours. Find one the best tea houses there for food and accommodation.

Day 10Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4870m)

After your big breakfast at 8 am at the tea house trek (for 4 to 5 hours) up to Makalu Base Camp ( 4870m ) your trekking destination. Find one the best tea houses there and enjoy having varieties of food and comfortable rest there.

Day 11Day Trip from Makalu Base Camp

Enjoy sightseeing around Maku Base camp, Barun Pokhari, (4950m), Climb Peak 3 above Shersong (5250 m), Hillary Base camp, etc. Your guide will help to reach your destination. Overnight stay at the same tea house there.

Day 12Trek from Makalu Base camp to Yangle Kharka

Have breakfast at your tea house at MBC and trek down to Yangle Kharka . Overnight stay at a tea house at Yangle Kharka.

Day 13Trek from Yangle Kharka to Dobato.

After breakfast at the tea house at Yangle, trek down to Dobato for 4 to 6 hours. Find one of the best rooms at the tea house and stay there having food and drinks. Enjoy more sightseeing around the place. Overnight stay at a tea house there

Day 14Trek from Dobato to Khongma

After breakfast at the tea house Dobato , trek down to Khongma for 4 to 6 hours. Find one of the rooms in a tea house enjoy your time having food and drinks. Enjoy more sightseeing around the place. Overnight stay at a tea house there.

Day 15Trek from Khongma to Tasigaun

After breakfast at the tea house at Dobato , trek down to Tasigaun for 4 to 6 hours. Find one of the best rooms in a tea house enjoy your time having food and drinks. Enjoy more sightseeing around the place. Overnight stay at a tea house there.

Day 16Trek from Tasigaun to Seduwa

After breakfast at the tea house in Seduwa, trek down to Seduwa for 4 to 6 hours. Find one of the best tea houses and enjoy your time having food and drinks. Enjoy more sightseeing around the place.

Day 17Trek fromSeduwa to Num, Drive from Num to Khandbari

After your breakfast at the tea house, trek back to Chaulakharka for 3 to 4 hours. Catch a reserved jeep and drive for 4 hours and arrive Khandbari in the evening. Say goodbye to your poerterguide. Overnight stay at a hotel/Home stay in Khandbari.

Day 18Drive from Khandbari to Tumlingtar, Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

Have your breakfast at the tea house/Home Then Catch a jeep and drive for about 20 minutes to get Tumlingtar. Prepare for your flight to Kathmandu. Say goodbye to MAST company staff and border the plane and fly to Kathmandu.

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FAQ

Question 01Where can get TIMS card for the trek?

Since you are trekking through one of the registered government licensed trekking companies like MAST we issue a TIMS card to you through our company. You will have to pay Makalu Barun national park entrance fee Rs. 3000 per person at Seduwa site office.

Question 02How much does a tea houses food and accommodation cost away from Tasi Gaun?

Generally Dal Bhat ( Nepali food) costs Rs. 600-800 per person and a sleeping bed costs Rs.500-600 per person. A cup of tea costs Rs. 100.00, a boiled egg costs Rs. 100 etc.

Question 03Is it worth spending two days at base camp ? Are there two day walks we could do?

Some of our guess spent two days there. They liked to trek higher than the base camp and observed Himalayan range and came back to stay at base camp tea house. You are welcomed to do so if you have time and interest.

Question 04We have heard that some or the entire road from Khandbari to Num is very bad indeed, so bad that it is better to walk. How much of this road is bad? What do you advice?

Yes, the  road from Khandbari to Num  is not concrete, so uncomfortable to travel but not too bad. The road construction work is going on now days. Small four wheeled jeeps can run along the road easily. However, you enjoy trekking  from Khandbari to Chichila. After staying one night  in Chichila  you will get Nun the next day.

Question 05Will the teahouses still be open in November?

Yes, it is the peak time of the trek. All the tea houses will be open until the 2 weeks of November. Sometimes the weather changes and it may snow after the 2nd week of November. If it snows much the tea house owners close their tea houses and come back to Tasi Gaun for their own homes

Question 06 Is it best if we get the TIMS permits and conservation area permits ourselves in Kathmandu, or can you get these?

Since you are trekking through a registered government licensed trekking company we issue TIMS card for you. You will have to pay Makalu Barun national park entrance fee Rs. 3000 per person at Seduwa site office. Your guide will help you to do it.

Question 08My flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar cancelled because of bad weather. And I could not find a flight ticket for the next day. What Can I do to travel from Kathmandu to Khandbari?

Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar at 7am or 11 am or 12am or 2 pm. (30-40 minutes flight). After you land at Biratnagar airport go to main road, catch an express bus to Dharan. (fare Rs.100 per person, 1 hour travelling ). From Dharan Bus station go to Dharan to Khandbari jeep counter. You can telephone us from there if necessary. But keep in mind that a jeep leaves Dharan only is full (10 passengers). So you have to consider reserving a jeep to Khandbari (Rs.10000) . Or you will have stay one night at a hotel in Dharan and catch a bus or jeep to Khadbadi the next day ( 6-8 hours travelling Rs. 1000 jeep/bus fare).

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