Makalu Base Camp Trek, 22 Days
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Makalu Base Camp Trek, 22 Days

Days: 22 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)

Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the toughest and most thrilling treks Nepal has to offer. However, it’s not as widely famous as other trekking destinations in Nepal hence its off-beaten paths are relatively quieter and solitary.  Makalu Base Camp Trek, the trek to the base camp of world’s 5th highest summit, is one of the most underrated trek routes in the country. Makalu Base Camp Trek is a perfect trek for adventure seekers who want to explore the isolated areas of the Himalayan country and learn about the Himalayan culture and lifestyle of people living in the higher altitude. 

In this 22 days long Makalu Base Camp Trek, the trekkers get a chance to discover the beautiful villages of Tibetan and Sherpa communities in the tranquil Himalayas. Also, the trekkers will trek along Arun Valley and Barun Valley which are two of the remotest parts of the country. Hence, they will get to learn about the struggle of living in these sorts of areas. Makalu Base Camp Trek also gives trekkers an opportunity to view Mt. Everest (8848m) from a unique perspective. After a tough climb to Makalu Base Camp (4870m), the trekkers will relish the alluring view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Makalu (8481m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Baruntse (7129m), Chamlang (7319m), and other Himalayas in the eastern side of Nepal. Makalu Base Camp Trek also features Makalu Barun National Park, which is home to varieties of floras and faunas. Makalu Base Camp Trek is the best trek for the trekkers who seek thrills and have guts to explore new places.

Swiss Family Treks and Expedition excels in all kinds of travel and tourism services provided in Nepal. With the goal of satisfying our clients’ every need, we’ve been doing an outstanding job based on our customer feedback. We provide you with local English speaking guides who are very friendly. We offer all kinds of packages suitable for our clients and provide them with a-one transportation and accommodation facilities. Kindly, note that you should check-in for all the domestic flights at least one hour prior to the flight schedule, and also understand that the flights are subject to delay. 


Fact of the Trip

Trek Region
Makalu Region
Type of Trek
Trekking
Duration
22 Days
Highest Elevation
4870 m
Grade
Strenuous
Meals
Full board during the trek
Accomodations
3* Hotel in Kathmandu & lodges during the trek
Best Season
Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) & Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by
omestic Flight & Private Vehicle

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Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

We pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport and drop you at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
We visit UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu by our private van. We will start by visiting the Buddhist stupa of Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. A panoramic view of Kathmandu city can be seen from the top of Swayambhunath. We then visit the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, followed by a visit to another Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath. You will find plenty of eateries in Boudhanath to satiate your taste buds. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichila (1,980m/6497ft): 50 mins flight, 3-4 hour drive
With thrills and adventures in our minds, we kick off our journey with an early morning flight to Tumlingtar. Relishing a breathtaking view of the mountains, hills, and rivers that make up the Nepalese landscape, we arrive in Tumlingtar, where we rest for an hour or two. We then drive to the Gurung village of Chichila with greenery filling up our landscape. Overnight at a lodge in Chichila.

Day 04: Trek from Chichila to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6-7 hours
On the first day of our trek, we trek through lush Himalayan forests of rhododendron and pass some beautiful small villages to reach Num. We can get a scant glimpse of the Himalayas from Num. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6-7 hours
Crossing a wooden bridge over Barun River, we enter the Makalu Barun Conservation Area. Our guide will deal with all kinds of legal permits for the trek. We trek through dense forests of juniper and rhododendron passing few villages to finally reach Seduwa. Overnight in a lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours
Trekking with Isuwa Khola and Kusuwa Khola on each side, we cross a wooden bridge over Isuwa Khola and pass several small villages and forests. After trekking for a couple of hours and crossing the bridge, we reach the Sherpa village of Tashigaon. The vista of the Himalayas is magnificent from Tashigaon. Overnight at a homestay.

Day 07: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hours
We may have a tough day today as we walk on steep trails on our way to Khongma Danda. We climb stone stairs and come across few lakes and fields filled with yaks, blue sheep, and other Himalayan cattle grazing in the field. Upon reaching Unshisa, we enter Makalu Barun National Park. After 7 hours of trek, we reach Khongma Danda. Overnight at a homestay in Khongma Danda.

Day 08: Acclimatization Day
To acclimatize ourselves with high altitude, we take a break from trekking today. Later, we can visit some nearby Buddhist monasteries and learn about Sherpa culture and ways of life from the locals. Overnight in Khongma Danda.

Day 09: Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobate: 6-7 hours
Today will be a tough day for us as we have to pass four passes to reach Dobate. We start with climbing over Kauma La Pass (3603m) and then head on to Keke La Pass (4127m). We further climb on to Shipton La pass (4170m), where we stumble across beautiful Kalo Pokhari Lake. Then, we trek for a couple of hours and pass Tutu La Pass (4080m) to finally reach Dobate. We relish the alluring view of Chamlang (7319m), Peak 6 (6524m), Peak 7 (6758m), and the other Himalayas from Dobate. Overnight at a lodge in Dobate.

Day 10: Trek from Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours
Trekking through dense rhododendron forests, we cross Barun River and trek towards Yangri Kharka. On our way, we may come across yaks grazing in the field. The yaks are the chief transportation means in these regions. After 7 hours of trek, we reach Yangri Kharka. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 hours
We trek along the lush Himalayan forests and cross a couple of wooden bridges over small streams to reach Merek. Chasing the mesmerizing view of the Himalayas, we continue our trek walking on moraines and pass small Himalayan villages to reach Langmale Kharka. Overnight at a homestay. 

Day 12: Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours
Climbing on a steep trail alongside Barun Nadi, we walk through icy glaciers and ridges to reach Shershong. We relish the beauty of Mt. Makalu (8481m) on our way to the base camp. We trek for an hour or two to finally reach Makalu Base Camp. The panorama of the Himalayas from the base camp is jaw-dropping. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.

Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Today, we explore the Makalu Base Camp vicinity with a superb panorama of Makalu from the south face, Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), and the other Himalayas in eastern Nepal. We relish the beauty of the surrounding glaciers and glacial lakes. We can also hike a little up to Barun Glacier and make a side trip to the tranquil Barun Pokhari. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.

Day 14: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hours
After our successful trek to Makalu Base Camp, we bid farewell to the base camp and descend to Yangri Kharka. Trekking through sparse forests along the rocky trails, we pass small villages of Shershong, Langmale Kharka, and Merek on our way to Yangri Kharka. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobate: 6-7 hours
Trekking along free-flowing Barun River, we pass alpine forests, rocky ridges, and few small streams to finally reach Dobate. We relish the beauty of nature while descending to Dobate. On our way, we may come across some yaks, snow pigeons, and blue sheep. Overnight at a lodge in Dobate.

Day 16: Trek from Dobate to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hours
Today, we leave Dobate for Khongma Danda. We trek along rhododendron, juniper, and fir forests to reach Mumbuk. From Mumbuk, we cross Tutu La Pass (4080m), Shipton La Pass (4170m), Keke La Pass (4127m), and Kauma La Pass (3603m) to finally reach Khongma Danda after 7 hours of trek. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 17: Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours
We trek through dense forests and pass few lakes on our way back to Tashigaon. Trekking along steep rocky trails, we exit Makalu Barun National Park as we trek for 5 hours to enter the beautiful Sherpa village of Tashigaon. Overnight at a lodge in Tashigaon.

Day 18: Trek from Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hours
Trekking along small streams, we pass the isolated valley of the Barun River through small settlements. We trek with Isuwa Khola on one side and Hingsa Khola on the other side to reach Seduwa after 5 hours of trek. Overnight at a lodge in Seduwa.

Day 19: Trek from Seduwa to Num: 5-6 hours
We trek across several dense rhododendron and bamboo forests and cross Arun River to exit Makalu Barun Conservation Area. We pass a small rural settlement of Sherpas on our way to Num. We then trek for a couple of hours to reach the Sherpa village of Num. Overnight at a lodge in Num.

Day 20: Trek from Num to Tumlingtar: 6-7 hours
Today is the last day of our trek. We relish the joy of trekking along steep trials with the beautiful panorama of Mt. Makalu (8481m) for the last time before reaching Tumlingtar. After trekking for 7 hours, we reach Tumlingtar. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 21: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 50 mins flight
After a successful trek, we fly back to the capital enjoying the beautiful aerial view of the mountains. Feel free to spend your leisure time as you please. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 22: Final Departure from Kathmandu
We drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you warm farewell.

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at snftnepal@yahoo.de

NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks  & expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselve.

Price Adult Status *
USD 3,050
EUR 2.873
SFr 3.059
Trip is available
* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* Domestic flight ticket KTM/Tumlingtar/KTM and domestic airport tax
* 3 nights ccommodation with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge and Tented accommodation during the trek.
* All transportation by private car.
* Makalu Barun National Park Permit and all necessary permits.
* All Camping Equipments (Tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils etc.)
* Office Service charge.
* Guide & support staffs and their insurance and salary.



Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would  greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...

                                           Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.


Makalu Base Camp Trek, 22 Days


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