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Makalu Base Camp Trek

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3560


Description

 

 Duration:

22 Days

 Trip Code:

FWTNP-0265

 Primary activity:

Trekking and Hiking

 Secondary activity:

Cultural and Historical Tours

 Group size:

2-20 people

 Max-Altitude:

4,870m/15,978ft

 Country:

Nepal

 Transportation:

Private vehicles

 Arrival on:

Kathmandu, Nepal

 Departure from:

Kathmandu, Nepal

       

 Meals:

Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

 Accommodation:

3/4-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during the trek

Trip Introduction

One of the most popular trekking destinations among solitary trekkers, Makalu Base Camp offers an exceptional opportunity to explore high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. Our journey begins with an hour-long flight to Tumlingtar whereas the real trek starts from Chichila. The lower reaches of the trail are renowned for their lushness with verdant rhododendron forests whereas the upper reaches of the trail comprise of polished granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers, overflowing with waterfalls. The 22-day Makalu Base Camp Trek is an ideal choice for avid trekkers and nature enthusiasts who seek solace and tranquility in pristine natural habitat and those who wish to avoid crowds.

Best Season

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be taken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

Trip Start Dates

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-9851116654

 

Group Size

Price Per Person

Remark

02 Pax 

US$ 3560

Ktm to Tumlingtar to Ktm- $268 Extra for Flight Ticket

04 Pax  

US$ 3300

Ktm to Tumlingtar to Ktm- $268 Extra for Flight Ticket

06 Pax 

US$ 2800

Ktm to Tumlingtar to Ktm- $268 Extra for Flight Ticket

08 Pax to 10 Pax 

US$ 2500

Ktm to Tumlingtar to Ktm- $268 Extra for Flight Ticket

10 Pax + Above

US$ 2350

Complementary trip for one person


Trip Facts

Price starts from 3560
Duration 22
Best time to travel March to May, September to December
Trip Grade Challenging
Departure Date March to May, September To November

Itinerary

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

Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Friendship World Treks will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest or visit Friendship World Treks office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Friendship World Trek. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Included meals:D

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Included meals:B

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

We fly to Tumlingtar after breakfast and meet the rest of the crew members who will also be joining us for the trek. Next, we drive to Chichira, a small Gurung settlement. We take a rest at Chichira as we need to be prepared for the next day’s trek. Overnight in Chichira. 

Included meals:BLD

Day 04: Chichira 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. Overnight in Num. 

Included meals:BLD

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

A steep descent through forests and terraced farms 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 valleys offer a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park begins and where we register our permits. We camp right at the top of the village. Overnight in Seduwa. 

Included meals:BLD

Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 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. Overnight in Tashigaon. 

Included meals:BLD

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

This will be a bit of a tough day as we have to walk on a steep trail in higher elevation. 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 Danda. Overnight in Khongma Danda. 

Included meals:BLD

Day 08: Acclimatization/Rest

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. Overnight in Khongma Danda. 

Included meals:BLD

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

Climb towards the summit of the Shipton La (pass) 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 through the beautiful valley to Dobate. Overnight in Dobate. 

Included meals:BLD

Day 10: Dobate 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 the trail is steep and arduous. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka situated at the base of the valley. Overnight at Yangri Kharka. 

Included meals:BLD

Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 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 significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views. Overnight in Langmale Kharka.

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

Today is the day we make it to the Base 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. As we make our way to the camp, we get to soak in the majestic Himalayan panorama surrounding us. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp. 

Included meals:BLD

Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp

The Base Camp is a rocky barren place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. From here we can see the magnificent south face of Makalu and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up where we may celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp. 

Included meals:BLD

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

We descend down from the base camp 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. Overnight at Yangri Kharka. 

Included meals:BLD

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

From Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, green forests and valley, making our way towards Dobate. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail. Overnight at Dobate. 

Included meals:BLD

Day 16: Dobate 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. Next, we descend to Khongma Danda again. Overnight in Khongma Danda. 

Included meals:BLD

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

The trek continues with frequent 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. Overnight in Tashigaon. 

Included meals:BLD

Day 18: Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hours

We retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun River. We then cross the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again. Overnight at Seduwa. 

Included meals:BLD

Day 19: Seduwa to Num: 5-6 hours

We leave Seduwa and trek through lush forests towards Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards. Overnight at Num. 

Included meals:BLD

Day 20: Num 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. The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day. Overnight at Tumlingtar. 

Included meals:BLD

Day 21: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 50 mins flight

Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long trek in the mountains. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel. In the evening we celebrate our success with an authentic Nepalese cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Included meals:BD

Day 22: Final departure

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Friendship World Treks representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. 

Included meals:B

Accommodations

We will be staying at 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 0. Friendship World Treks will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea-house where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

Important Note: 
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Friendship World Treks. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Route Map

Route maps are just representation of the trekking routes. This does not represent the exact geographical conditions. 

  • We do not have fixed departure date for Makalu Base Camp Trek. This trip can only be organized for minimum of two people upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip to one person. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:

Includes / Excludes

Includes

• Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
• Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 nights)
• Standard twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel in Tumlingtar: Breakfast included. (2 nights)
• Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle.
• All your standard Meals Cooked by our expert camping cook and kitchen team during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners) .
• Tented accommodation and equipment during the trek. (We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc. and Climbing rope to cross the Passes.)
• Local Friendship World Treks licensed English speaking guide.
• The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.
• Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
• All trekking permits & fees.
• Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Friendship World Treks (which need to be returned after the trek).
• Flight cost from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport departure taxes in Jomsom airport.
• Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu (Private bus transfer from Ktm to Tumlingtar for trekking staff).
• Free Friendship World Treks duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).
• Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
• Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 21st).
• All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
• Official expenses.

Excludes

• Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
• Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
• International airfare and airport departure tax
• Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
• Alcoholic and cold drinks.
• Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
• Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
• Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.


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