Makalu Basecamp Trekking

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In a country known for dramatic scenery, Makalu-Barun stands out, a rugged landscape of towering Himalayan peaks and deep river gorges. The 2,330 square kilometer region, located just 10 kilometers southeast of Mt. Everest, gets its name from its highest peak, Mt. Makalu, and the ecologically-pristine Barun Valley.

As part of our programme to reduce the negative impacts of tourism in general, we are offering two special treks into the Makalu-Barun area of Nepal. The 2 treks give time to visit community conservation sites as well as the opportunity to help support local conservation efforts. The treks feature: environmentally sound camp practices; provide expert leadership knowledgeable about eco-tourism and conservation efforts; visits to communities and projects that are working to protect their rich natural environment.

This somewhat difficult, yet extremely rewarding trek offers a true wilderness experience. The trek starts off in the tropical climate of Tumlingar and progresses through the whole climatic spectrum culminating in the rugged high Alpine terrain of rock and ice. Home of the Snow Leopard and the Red Fox, but we need a lot of luck to see them.

Mt. Makalu - fifth highest peak in the world - towers on the northern boundary, straddling the borders of Nepal and Tibet. Just 40 kilometers southeast, the powerful Arun River cuts one of the world's deepest river gorges. Between this high peak and plunging valley stretches the bio-diverse Barun Valley, a botanical zone of immense scientific importance.

The contrasting altitudes of the Makalu- Barun area create dramatic changes in climate, wildlife and plants within only a few kilometers

Itinerary in Detail
Day 01 We take an internal flight to Tumlingtar and prepare for tomorrow
Day 02 Tumlingtar (487m) to Khandbari / Manebhanjyang (1,160m). 4 hrs
Day 03 Manebhanjyang to Chichila (1,920m). 5 hrs
Day 04 Chichila to Num (1,500m). 6-8 hours
Day 05 Num to Seduwa (Murmidanda) (1,510m). 5-7 hrs
Day 06 Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,060m). Last village before entering the uninhabited Makalu-Barun National Park. Lodging / camping, available. 3-4 hrs
Day 07 Rest at Tashigaon to acclimatise.
Day 08 Tashigaon to Khongma (3,500m). Sharp elevation gains heed altitude sickness symptoms. 6-8 hrs
Day 09 Khongma to Dobato (3,500m). Cross Shipton Pass (4,216m),and Keke Pass (4,127 m). 5 hrs
Day 10 Dobato to Yangle Kharka (3,540m). We set off early to minimize landslide risks, through this rough section, that is uncharacteristic of Nepal. The trail leads down to the river and we progress slowly over boulders and in slippery gullies, below steep loose cliffs. 4-5 hrs
Day 11 Rest and acclimatise
Day 12 Yangle Kharka to Langmale (4,100m). As we enter the inner sanctuary of Makalu there are sharp elevation gains and we remain aware for altitude sickness symptoms. Pass magnificent natural amphitheater at the base of Mt. Makalu. Camp a half hour further on at Merek . 6 hrs
Day 13 Langmale to Shersong (4,600 m). After about 3 hours with spectacular scenary we arrive at Makalu Base Camp (4,800m / 15,749ft) and then head up to the Upper Barun Glacier, for views of Everest and surrounding mountains. The spectacular sight of Makalu’s dramatic pink rock buttresses makes all the effort worthwhile.
Day 14 Shersong. A 2nd day to explore the the glaciers and higher elevations
Day 15 Shersong to Yangle Kharka
Day 16 Yangle Kharka to Dobato
Day 17 Dobato to Khongma
Day 18 Khongma to Norbuchaur
Day 19 Norbuchaur to Dobatak. Blessed with abundant rainfull, east Nepal is alive with botanical wonders, from wild mushrooms and other edibles, to orchids and roses. The forests are draped in hanging moss and vines, streams cascade down rocky slopes. Dobatak is a small settlement of farmers, a pleasant stop for 2 nights while visiting the Khembalung cave and possibly Saisima (depending upon the nuns' and monks' retreat schedule).
Day 20 Rest day: visit the sacred Khembalung cave, a refuge site for Tibetan Buddhists. Optional day hike up to Saisima Monastery, a remote study center for Buddhist nuns and monks
Day 21 Dobatak to Dap Kharka: continue to parallel the Arun River, from high above. Climb up to Dap Kharka (a meadow cleared by grazing livestock), a lovely peaceful camp
Day 22 Dap Kharka to Tamku: Tamku is an active farming community and local government centre. The community takes responsibility for managing its own forests, which provide for their basic living needs
Day 23 Tamku to Bumlingtar. Descend to and cross the Arun River, and camp by the river in flat fields, the first flat land you've seen in a while
Day 24 To Tumlingtar by foot, and to Kathmandu by plane
Price USD 2100 per person (single supplement USD 315)
Price includes: Airport Pick up/drop, 3 nights accommodation in kathmandu at tourist standard hotel, sight seeing in around kathmandu valley by private vehicle and a professional city guide, all inclusive trek such as Ground transportation, necessary permits ( including special permit), entrance fess, professional guide, porter/porters, and their expenses including their insurance and equipments, accommodation in the tent ( Mattress, sleeping bags), all food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with tea/coffee, soft drinks, domestic flights etc.
Price excludes: Alcoholic drink, Tips, your insurance, personal/natural expenses, Food in Kathmandu.