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Makalu Trekking, an extreme trekking route; encounters with old virgin wilderness throughout Makalu-Barun National Park covers about 1500 km square area in Eastern part Nepal. This remote national park is in the east from Mt Everest (8848m); the Hightest mountain of the World. Makalu Base Camp trek offers you heart breaking outlook of rugged Himalayan peaks including Mt. Makalu (8463m/ 27759ft), which is the fifth highest in the world. On the other hand additional gorgeous mountains like Mt. Chamlang (7319 m) and Mt. Baruntse (7129m) will definitely give your prosperity of satisfaction. This region provides you endangered wildlife, constantly green dense forests with towering waterfalls, wrinkled hard rocks and colorful flowers blossoming on the season underneath white snowy peaks. While you are searching for somewhat make stronger trail then this trek could match with your interest. Basically, our itinerary suits adventurous trekking lovers.

Trip Facts

  • Activities: Trekking
  • Trekking Type: Camping Trek
  • Best Season: Sept - Dec / Feb - May
  • Total Duration: 23 Days
  • Trek Duration: 20 Days
  • Min Group Size: 5+ pax
  • Max. Height: 5,213 m. / 17, 103 FT
  • Transportation: Fly in / Out
  • Trek Start From: Kathmandu
  • Trek End To: Kathmandu
Detail Itinerary of Makalu Base Camp Trekking
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu at (1'365m. 4'478ft.)
    flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
  • Day 02: City Sightseeing in Kathmandu
    Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley.
  • Day 03: Fly Kathmandu -Tumlingtar at (1'460m. 4'790ft.) and to Khandbari at (1'040m. 3'412ft.) about 5 hours Trek
    We take an hour flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, from where our trek commences. From Tumlingtar, we walk north towards Khandbari after lunch. We begin walking on a plateau for about 45 minutes after trek starts climbing gradually for about 3 hours to reach Khandbari camp above the village on large grassy fields.
  • Day 04: Tumlingtar - Fururu at (1'900m. 6'233ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Leaving Khandbari, continuing along the trail which passes a ridge, we walk a short distance to reach the settlement of Mani Bhanjyang (1100 m). We continue through fields, bamboo groves, big rocks and climb a short distance to reach the Tamang village of Bhotebas (1740m). Beyond the village, the cultivated fields disappear as the trail climbs through trees to a pass at 1850 meters that offers spectacular views of Chamlang, Makalu and Jaljale Himal.
  • Day 05: Fururu - Num at (1'490m. 4'888ft.) about 6 hours Trek
    We move back to the ridge at 1960 meters and trek through forests of huge rhododendrons just below the ridge line to a mani wall and a dirty pond. We continue along the ridge past a small stream to a single Sherpa house and tea shop. This is Mure, a spread-out village at 1980 meters that is inhabited by both Sherpa and Rai. The route cuts across the ridge, then makes a tedious descent on a rocky eroded trail to some stone steps and a final walk to Num.
  • Day 06: Num - Sedua at (1'460m. 4'790ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    from Num pass through the corn fields of Lumbang. Below the village the trail drops very steeply through a jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun River (660 m). From the bridge we climb steeply to a primitive tea shop, then through corn and buckwheat field.
  • Day 07: Sedua - Tashi Gaon at (2'070m. 6'791ft.) about 8 hours Trek
    Leaving Sedua, we make a gradual climb high above the Kasuwa Khola to Gyang. Climbing past the school at Gyang, it is a gentle walk through terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. En route, we cross meadows and several streams, and then climb to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley.
  • Day 08: Tashi Gaon - Kauma at (3'470m. 11'384ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    We climb over the ridge and ascend through forests to a stream and onto a ridge where there is a small campsite. The trail levels out, and then climbs to a shepherd’s hut called Chipla atop another ridge. We climb past two small streams, then switchback up the ridge in forests to a kharka and up to a saddle and Unshisha, a tiny meadow. Here the trail joins the ridge that separates the Iswa and Kasuwa drainages. The slope gets steeper and becomes a series of moss-covered stone stairs to Dhara Kharka, a meadow atop the ridge. We then move over a hillock and descend a bit to reach Kauma
  • Day 09: Kauma - Mumbuk at (3'570m. 11'712ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Leaving Kauma, we climb on steep switchbacks for a while. We then climb less steeply through rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge, with a large mani wall adorned with prayer flags. From here, we get superb views of Chamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7. Following the ridge for a while, we ascend a stone staircase. After a few false summits the trail veers left off the crest to a small lake. We then climb gently up a shallow rocky gully to the Kike La. From the pass, we descend to another lake, then ascend steeply through large boulders to the Tutu La. We continue descending into sparse rhododendron forests to a level area. The final descent is through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk
  • Day 10: Mumbuk - Nhe Kharka at (3'000m. 9'842ft.) about 6 hours Trek
    Leaving mumbuk, we descend a steep gully with a stream. We then move left through fir forests, along the flank of the Barun Valley. Moving along ill-defined trail, we cross a long slide area, and then follow the river to a kharka. Moving through forests of birch and scrub rhododendron, we reach Yangle Kharka. We Climb from Yangle Kharka, finally crossing to the north side of the Barun Khola to reach Nhe Kharka.
  • Day 11: Nhe Kharka - Sherson at (4'615m. 15'141ft.) about 8 hours Trek
    Today, we follow the north bank of the Barun Khola for a while. We then cross a small wooden bridge before the river turns northward. The Barun Valley makes a huge S-shaped curve and the walls rise almost vertically above the river, but the trail climbs gently as we approach Ripok Kharka. Still on the north side of the Barun, the trail turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. Above Ripok Kharka, the route crosses a rocky crest with a few goths, and then ascends alongside a moraine formed by the Barun Glacier. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3 and Peak 5, but Makalu is not yet visible. As we pass a ridge the glacier turns slightly north. We enter an alluvial valley and Makalu pops into view just before Sherson.
  • Day 12: Sherson - Makalu Base camp at (5'000m. 16'404ft.ft.) 8 hours Trek
    We stay to the right in a gully on the east side of the valley. It is gradual descent to a minor pass above the Makalu Base Camp. We then descend to a stream, cross on boulders to the base camp on the west bank of the river. From here we get terrific views of the south face of Makalu.
  • Day 13: Rest day in Makalu Base Camp
    Today is a rest day for acclimatization and exploration.
  • Day 14: Makalu Base camp - Nhe Kharka at (3'000m. 9'842ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Today we retrace our steps down the Barun Valley towards the Nhe Kharka.
  • Day 15: Nhe Kharka - Mumbuk at (3'570m. 11'712ft.) about 6 hours Trek
    Leaving Nhe Kharka, we continue descending through the forests to Mumbuk. Where we get the beautiful sunset views of Makalu and Chamlang.
  • Day 16: Mumbuk - Kauma at (3'470m. 11'384ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Leaving Mumbuk, and we trek across to the Shipton La and descend to Kauma.
  • Day 17: Kauma - Tashi Gaon at (2'070m. 6'791ft.) about 6 hours Trek
    Today we make a long steep descent back to Tashi Gaon. At Tashi Gaon we spend the rest of the day relaxing in order to recover from the high altitude.
  • Day 18: Tashi Gaon - Balung at (1'760m. 5'774ft.ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    We descend the Kasuwa Khola Valley back to Sedua, then turn south down the west bank of the Arun River. than we follow a trail that descends gently to Mulgaon, and then drop steeply on a rocky trail through fields of corn and barley to the Ipsuwa Khola, crossing it on a suspension bridge. The route now enters the hot bottom lands of the Arun Valley. Most of the settlements in this area are temporary settlements used by Rai and Chettri farmers who live in villages.
  • Day 19: Balung - Pukuwa at (1'650m. 5'413ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    Leaving pakuwa and we continue through temporary farming settlements to the spread-out Rai village of Walung. The trail descends to the Apsawa Khola and crossing it on a suspension bridge we climb steeply to Chhayang, a pleasant Rai village with an extensive bamboo-pipe water supply The trail then we crosses a stream and makes some ups and downs to reach Parangbu, a delightful camping spot among rice fields on the banks of the Arun River.
  • Day 20: Pukuwa - Bumling (1'370m. 4'494ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    from bumling the trail now follows a route through forests and some spectacular high and exposed narrow tracks as it climbs over rocky ridges. The route eventually enters a region of intense valley bottom cultivation, crosses a huge landslide and some more scrub jungle before descending to Tome Below Tome, the Arun Valley becomes wider and more U shaped. The trail climbs over another ridge on a steep, narrow stairway of rock steps.
  • Day 21: Bumling - Tumlingtar at (1'460m. 4'790ft.) about 7 hours Trek
    The trail traverses the fields of lower Bumling, then climbs over a ridge and descends to the Inkhuwa Khola, crossing it on a rickety wooden cantilever bridge. The trail follows the river downstream to its confluence with the Arun. It then follows the Arun downstream, crossing it on a large suspension bridge.
    Now following the east bank of the Arun, the route passes through Chyawabesi before making a short climb back to the Tumlingtar plateau. It is a few km of completely level walking to the airstrip.
  • Day 22: Fly to Kathmandu
    From Tumlingtar you can either fly or drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 23: Depart Kathmandu
    Our support team will take you to the international airport for your flight back home.