MAKALU BASE CAMP TREK - Alpinist Club MAKALU BASE CAMP TREK

MAKALU BASE CAMP TREK

Group Size

5- 10

meal

breakfast, lunch, dinner

accomodation

hotel, lodge,tent

arrival on

kathmandu

departure from

kathmandu

trip level

moderate

max. altitude

5600M

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • Imposing landscapes at Makalu base camp, Nepal’s most overlooked “8000”
  • The easy ascent of Makalu Pattar (5680 m), exceptional belvedere
  • The route of the iconic Shipton’s Trail
  • The descent of the secret Arun valley and its villages.

trip introduction

 Makalu One of the famous destinations of Nepal for trekking and expedition.  Makalu is the fifth world’s highest mountain (8481m). It is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas southeast of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and Tibet china.  Makalu is an isolated peak whose shape is a four-sided pyramid.  Makalu’s difficult peak was first to submit by the French expedition team on May 15, 19955. Normally, the Makalu base camp trek is a less frequent route due to its relative inaccessibility. However, It’s not easy to reach as their daily flight to tumlingtar.

Makalu base camp situates at Makalu Himalayan glacier Inside the Barun national park of Sankhuwasabha district of Nepal. basically, this trip offers a true wilderness experience in the rugged uninhabited terrain of Makalu Barun National Park.  The trails to Makalu base camp are difficult to follow at some places. So, we provide you strong local guide for your successful trip. 

Trekking starts flight to tumlingtar from Kathmandu. obviously, it is an ideal trek for nature-loving trekkers. Who wants to experience a variety of landscapes and cultures with warm terraced farming land, ethnic group. As well as, uncommon views of the world’s tallest mountains, including Everest and others. As the trail ascent, you will award by high waterfall into deep gorges, craggy rock rise from Hugh green forest, colorful flower with different above 6000m snow peak.

Makalu Barun national park is rich in flora fauna and biodiversity. Truly, the national park area contains over  440species of birds,3,000 species of flowering plants, including 25 species of rhododendron, 47 types of orchids, and 56 rare plants., and 75 species of mammals, including the endangered clouded leopard (Snow leopard), red panda, musk deer, wild boar, have been recorded.

 

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Flight of about an hour with superb views of the massifs of Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling, Khumbu (and Everest), Makalu, and up to Kangchenjunga. A real “mountain flight”! From Tumlingtar aerodrome, we continue by Jeep on-road then track to get closer to the mountain. Stopover in Num, a few shops and lodges overlooking the deep furrow traced by the Arun River.

Mode of transfer/transport: by private vehicle and domestic flight
Duration of transfer/transport: around 5 h
Final altitude: around 1,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in tent or lodge

We take the Jeep to do the few kilometers until the end of the dusty track 500 meters below. Now it is on foot that we are going to move and to start we engage in a big descent in the deciduous forest to cross the Arun on our first metal footbridge before going up through the rice and cardamom crops until in Seduwa.

transfer/transport: by private vehicle
Number of hours of walking: around 4 h
Final altitude: around 1,670 m
Meal: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent or in the lodge

A regular walk in the middle of woods and rice fields. Crossing the villages of Manigaon, Chyaksadanda, and Ropesa, populated mainly by Rais, unlike Tashigaon, whose population is of the Sherpa ethnic group. It is also the last year-round habitat in the Arun valley. A long stone staircase climbs to the top of the village. The buildings, built on stilts, separated by a large slab, remain sheltered from rodents. Tashigaon is the last village on the route to Makalu base camp.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,100 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

After breakfast, an uncompromising zigzag climb to reach a hamlet made up of a few huts on the edge of the forest which occupies the straightened slopes of the Kongma danda. From the start, we climb in wide switchbacks in deciduous and rhododendron forest. Then it’s a flat portion that allows you to catch your breath before setting off again in zigzags until you cross a pass and gain a foothold at 3200 meters on the Kongma danda (the Nepali ridge). We continue our ascent for 1 hour 30 minutes to go out into the open while we discover the Kongma danda lodges.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,850 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Above the lodges, we follow a wide path that joins the ridge crowded with rhododendron bushes. The views from both sides are splendid over the interlacing of well-dug valleys. Around noon we cross the Shipton La at 4,250 meters and have lunch in the small cabin. Extended view over the eastern part of the Himalayas from Chamlang to the satellite mountains of Makalu. Then it is a rapid descent all in stairs to skirt the sacred lake of Kalo Pokhari before facing the last test of the day, the crossing of Keke La at 4,180 meters. From the pass, we dominate the lake valley in which we have to pass and discover towards the north rocky massifs in the middle of which we will leave after paying a little visit to the lord of the place: Makalu.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,850 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Rather abrupt descent in the hollow of a thalweg to reach the right bank of the Barun Khola whose waters come from the glaciers that we admired from the Shipton La. We continue in the primary forest before confronting the “Nepalese flat” ( alternating ascents and descents…) on a track constantly swept by landslides. A word of advice: don’t hang around! We have lunch at the kharka of Phemathang before crossing the river on a new wooden bridge, the last having been swept away by a gigantic mudslide in the spring of 2017. A new trail has been hastily traced on the left bank. de la Barun Khola but it still requires some improvements. That said, it is still much better viability than that of the morning … We reach Yangri kharka,

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,660 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The first part of the day takes place on the left bank of the river on a temporary path traced on the bed of pebbles. The traces of the mudslide are impressive if we consider these rocks of several tens of tons which are in the middle of the river… We find the historical path after an hour of walking and we continue in a pine forest. Through the branches, we have splendid views of the glacial valleys of peaks 6 and 7. The climb is gradual to the camp of Merek while we distinguish, perched on the grassy moraine which closes this part of the valley, the lodge of Langmale recognizable by its blue roof. But before getting there, we will have to cross the “new” bed of the river, created by the mudslide, an indescribable mishmash of piled-up rocks in the middle of which the sherpas have traced a marked route. Beyond, all that remains is to climb the grassy moraine to reach the sheepfolds of Langmale and 20 minutes further to reach the lodge.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately  4,4300 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

After crossing the Langmale pastures, we reach the left bank moraine of the West Barun glacier valley. We continue without much effort to Shershong where we veer off to the right towards a well-marked pass in the middle of the moraine. At 4,900 meters, here we discover the imposing mass of the Himalayan giant, master of the place, the Makalu. It is really huge! We continue on a contour line on a trail on the side of a moraine while we discover in the mineral valley below the lodges of the base camp. A short descent to cross the river and here we are warm in the common room next to the lodge. Exceptional and unforgettable views it goes without saying … In the afternoon,

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately  4,850 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Early departure to climb the slopes that lead to Makalu Pattar. Like its namesake Khumbu, this easily accessible summit allows you to take a step back to admire the grandiose landscape offered to us. Lhotse (8414 m), Lhotse Shar (8393 m), southeast and north ridges of Everest, the eastern slope (Kanshung face) dominating Tibet, finally the southern pass (7925 m), from where the expeditions of the Nepalese slope set off for the top of the roof of the world.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately  4,850 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The time has come to retrace our steps. Descent to the pleasant mountain pasture of Yangri Kharka. After the austerity of the previous days, our feet tread the grass with pleasure.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately  3,600 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately  3,560 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We climb regularly in the rhododendron forest which fades as we progress in altitude. We arrive at Keke La (4,185 m), the first pass of the day, marked by a chorten and prayer flags. We descend along the Kalo Pokhari (black lake) where the surrounding peaks are reflected before continuing to Shipton La (4,216 m) and its endless staircase climb before descending to cross the Ghungru La (4,020 m), the last pass. of the day. Then, we follow the edge of the ridge to reach the Khongma danda lodges.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately  2,100 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

A day of pure descent! We feel the difference both in terms of altitude and temperature. The first part of the day on stairs in the forest before finding with happiness the first inhabited places of the year and first the Tibetan village of Tashigaon. In the afternoon, a lightly marked up / down balcony path takes us through villages mainly of the Raï ethnic group until we reach the hamlet of Seduwa.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately  1,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

One more last effort! We descend in wide switchbacks on a rocky path to the metal footbridge which allows us to cross the Arun Khola then, once on the other side, the endless ascent to the ridge of Num began in previous years! Today, the track has (fortunately or unfortunately) been traced up to the valley of the Arun Khola and the ascent is lightened. The Jeeps are waiting for us at 1,060 meters and we arrive in Num for lunch. We have 3 hours of track left before arriving in Khandbari. The commercial town is not very exciting and it is preferable to go down to Tumlingtar by the asphalt road to land in one of the guesthouses opposite the airport.

Transport: by private vehicle
Approximately 4 hours od drive
approximately 3 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 500 m
Meal: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a guesthouse

Transfer to Tumlingtar. Flight back to Kathmandu.
6-hour drive. Free meals in Kathmandu. Night at the hotel.
Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately  3,600 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 20 minutes of driving to the airport
Final altitude: approximately 13,50m
Meals: breakfast

inclusion

what's included

  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • Domestic flights described in the program.
  • Collective and individual camping and cooking equipment.
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate. It is essential to check that the water is not heated with wood, as this contributes to deforestation. Most of the time, the water is heated with solar energy

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles.

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