Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1340m) and transfer to the Hotel.
Experience a grand adventure when you take a trip to the Makalu Base Camp Trek. Placed on the lap of the great Himalayan range, the Mt. Makalu is the fifth largest summit of the world and has a height of 8463m. Trekkers undertaking this journey will be able to catch a glimpse of some of the most amazing and unseen beauties of Nepal’s hilly region. It is situated close to the Mount Everest and stretches in the north east border region of Nepal. The region is also blessed with an incredible diversity of scenic landscapes, flora, fauna and culture of the local civilization residing there.
Trek to Makalu Base Camp: The Climb for an Extreme Adventure
The Makalu Base Camp trek is regarded as one of the most hard-working and the best experienced camping region that a traveler can experience. However, climbing the Makalu requires some skill and hard work and is ideal for people who can easily adapt to any geographical setting type. It has an altitude of about 5000 m. Hikers will get to begin their journey from the base of the mountain, where they will be walking through green forests and rice terraces. The journey will gently ascend to some of the most unfrequented and remote places, where you will get to see some of the most stunning landscapes on the Earth. Upon reaching the higher altitudes, travelers will find themselves encircled by deep glaciers, huge moraines and impressive lofty peaks, some of which have a height ranging from 7000 m to 8000 m. Some of the popular mountain peaks in this range are – Nephau peak, Peak 3, Peak 5, Mt. Baruntse (7,129 m), Mt. Chamlang (7,319 m) and Mera Peak (6,476 m).
The Makalu Base Camp Trek is situated near the Barun Pokhari Lake, at 4860 meters high. The trek cannot be categorized under normal trekking because the journey will also involve some steep walk on rock and snow.
While trekking, travellers will be encountered by three notable passes namely – the Kongma La, the Shipton La and Keke la, en route from Khongma to Dobate.The task becomes difficult because as you reach the higher altitudes. You will also begin to feel cold once you reach the higher elevations. However, trekkers will be able to capture the incredible glimpses of the Great Himalayas. One of the best considered challenges for a traveler to undertake is crossing the three passes and returning via the Everest route. This sounds better instead of having to end the journey at Tumlingtar.
One will also come across a number of incredible places like the Kalophokari Lake and many other names. The entire trekking route is populated by cross-section Nepali natives. Experience the rich culture of the people there and the diverse range of flora and fauna, making your journey an unforgettable one.
Unforgettable Key Highlights of the Journey
* Outstanding scenery of the flora and fauna
* Trekking to the base camp of the Makalu across the Shipton La
* Magnificent view of the Mt. Makalu and the hidden Kangshung Face of Mount Everest
* Remote regions of the Nepal Himalaya
Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1340m) and transfer to the Hotel.
Fly to Tumlingtar 35 minutes flight and then we drive along the village of Khandbari, Chichira to Num village a ridge line with great views on both side and perched on the end, this is Num for us. Overnight in Num.
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.
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.
Today the day is tough as we have to walk on a steep trail climbing up. We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a yak pastures and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. From here we have a short walk down to Khongma Danda. Overnight in Khongma Danda.
Rest day at Khongma for acclimatization.
Climb towards the ridge of the Kongma la then contine to Shipton la which takes a 4 hours to reach there.We can see the stunning views of Mt. Chamlang (7321m) from here including many other peaks. After it comes Kalo Pokhari and pass over the Keke La. After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate.
From Dobate, we walk down 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.
Today we have gentle walking day along the valley, we pass through some yak pastures, lush forests of Pines and Rhododendrons as well 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. Today we get above the tree lines reaching Langmale. Overnight in Langmale Kharka.
Finally today we reach the the Base Camp of Makalu. The trail is gradually climbs up to Shershong and eventually to Makalu Base Camp. Makalu comes into view as we get to Shershong. Then short walk along the grassy meadows and reach to the Makalu Base camp. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Makalu Base Camp is a rocky barren place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. From here we can see the magnificent view Makalu and as well panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short hike up to glacier. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
We descend from the base camp all the way generally. On our way down, we pass through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley finally stopover at Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.
After 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. We begin the trek with steep climb all the way to Dobate. Overnight at lodge.
We walk through a forest of fir and rhododendrons cross the Keke La, Shipton ls and Kongma La en route. Next, we descend to Kongma Danda again. Overnight in Kongma Danda.
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.
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.
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.
Num to Tumlingtar drive out by Jeep.
Tumlingtar to Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight back and Transfer to the hotel.
Drive to international airport for your departure flight back to home.
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