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Explore the rare mountain views of Everest’s hidden Kangshung face. Trek across the mighty Shipton La into the base camp of the Makalu. Explore the less trodden and remote area of Nepal in all its glory. Get the one in a million chance to be a part of the journey to the base camp of the Makalu, the fifth highest summit in the world. The Makalu Base Camp Trek is truly an adventure into the wild, wild Nepal. Be a part of this experience of a lifetime and explore the true sense of remote Nepal.
This exceptional trekking package is a journey that requires the passage through the lovely high grazing area of Sharon. Awe inspiring array of mountain peaks and the Barun Glacier, along with the finest scenery of Barun and Arun River Valleys, makes this trek something out of this earth. Pretty terraced farmlands, delightful villages, warm and welcoming inhabitants and the view of the Himalayan peaks shining down at us, makes this journey worth all the trouble. Highlights are the impressive hidden face of Everest, the towering and intimidating Makalu above us, impressive Chamlang peak and the South Face of the Makalu.
Come be a part of this experience with an adventurous spirit and good physique. This trek is for those who are willing to tread along the less trodden, roughed paths. Perfect for those seeking solace and tranquility, this trekking trial calls thrill seekers from all across to walk upon its miraculous natural habitat.
Today, from your respective locations, you will arrive at the beautiful country of Nepal. Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. TIA is the only international airport in Nepal. All of the check-in procedures will be completed by our representative. You have the rest of the day free to intermingle with the beautiful capital city of Nepal.
Kathmandu is home to extremely beautiful architectural miracles worth exploring. Today, the destinations allocated for sightseeing include the Kathmandu Durbar Square in all its glory and the Patan Durbar Square with its handmade architectural designs.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is an epitome of cultural and religious diversity that can be beautifully observed in a country like Nepal and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its old temples, architecturally rich encryptions and some renovated areas, Kathmandu Durbar Square surely releases an ambiance of a place that used to be ruled by ancient kings. The special attractions are the Hanuman Dhoka Museum, Taleju Temple, Kalbhairav, Kumari Temple( Temple of the Living Goddess) and the Basantapur Durbar.
Patan Durbar Square another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the center of the Patan City and is another architecturally rich Durbar Square. It is a specimen of ancient Newari architecture and is furthermore attractive because pf the three courtyards named the Mulchowk, SundariChowk, and the Keshav Narayan Chowk. There are numerous types of temples in numerous shapes and sizes, all around the vicinity of the Patan Durbar Square. The attractions include the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna, Bhimsen Temple, Krishna Mandir and the scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana (Hindu holy books) adorn the entire region of the Durbar Square.
There will also be a briefing about the upcoming trek and it will be made sure that everyone is properly informed for the trek to start from the following day.
Today, we will be reaching the starting point of the trek. With excited hearts, we will be transferred in the early morning to the domestic airport. A 45 minutes flight will take us to the Eastern region of Nepal to the city of Tumlingtar.
Tumlingtar is situated in a broad flat plateau of the banks of the ArunKhola. A clear weather will offer the chances to witness the spectacular views of Makalu and Chamlang. Tumlingtar is a tropical area, filled with fields of barley, wheat, rice, and potatoes. Through the northern part of the Tumlingtar plateau, we embark on a drive to reach the destination for today, Khandbari. Approximately 45 minutes of flight. Approximately 1.5 hours’ drive.
The beautiful trekking journey comes to a start today. Khandbari is essentially a bazaar with simple lodges and shops. A police check post and the administrative headwaters of the Barun National Park is also situated in this city. After some briefing about the trek, we set off towards the beautiful village of Num.
The trek starts off with a moderately paced walk through ridges in a series of switchbacks. We reach the ridge top village of Chichila in the early part of the trek. Continuing further, we will be obtaining improved views of Makalu and its satellite peaks. The beautiful views become more and more defined as well descend from Chichila to the spectacularly situated village of Num. Num offers the perfect views of the route that we will be following for the next couple of days. Across the Arun River, we will witness the views of the destination for the next day, Setuwa. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of trek.
Today, the trail starts with a steep descent through terraced fields and forests. We leave behind all the mechanical contrivances behind. The descending trek comes to a dead end in the banks of the Arun River. The lower slopes of this forested valley have dense forests and slippery paths which need to be given adequate attention. This is a north facing valley side which is almost always slippery, so this portion should be given more care. We now cross the torrential Arun River via a suspension bridge and climb our way away from the river.
After lunch at the picturesque village of Runruma, we climb steeply upwards. The trial for this day finally comes to an end in the village of Setuwa. Excellent views of the south and east side of the forested hills make the end to the day a spectacular one. Setuwa has inhabited mostly by Rai and Sherpa inhabitants. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of trek.
This is a comparatively shorter, as compared to the steep up and down of the day before. There are limited lodges along the ridge of the trail this day. We start with a steep ascent from Setuwa. Open terraced fields of paddy dominate the initial portion of the day. The angle of the trail eases off slowly after some time, giving way to a contouring path around the village of Tashigaon. The ridge this day is bounded by IpsuwaKhola to the west and KasuwaKhola to the east.
Tashigaon is an exotic looking village, the last one in the walk into Makalu Base Camp. Mind boggling Himalayan panorama greets us at this point. The view of the Himalayan peaks shining and smiling down at us makes the end of the day memorable. Approximately 4 to 5 hours of trek.
This is a longish day as compared to the day before. The initial part of the trek takes us through forests made of cloud trees. The path is steep and reaches a higher elevation. Through forests, the trial takes us to a stream and then onto a ridge.
After lunchtime, we reach a more open country above the tree line. The trial becomes even steeper from this point onwards. We will pass through beautifully made stone stairs and small lakes. We ascend upwards to reach the pasture area of Khongma La. We leave our belongings in the simple lodge and walk for 10 minutes to witness the spectacle of Makalu. Mind boggling views of the sun setting over Makalu is surely a memory worth remembering for a long time to come. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of trek.
Today we will pass through the beautiful Shipton La and be rewarded with the mind-boggling views of the mountain peaks of this region. The trail starts off with a climb through forests of rhododendron. To the east, are the views of the beautiful Jannu and Kanchenjunga, cheering us along the path. After some time, a ridge with superb views of the mountain peaks like Makalu, Peak 6, Peak 7 and Chamlang is reached. After witnessing the spectacle put forward by the mighty snow-capped peaks, we continue further upwards through the rocky path to the turn of Kala Pokhari.
From the Kala Pokhari, an even steeper, the rocky path takes us to the top of the Shipton Pass (4200m). From here, along with the mind-boggling views of mountain peaks, we will be awarded views of the wide basin of Tutu La. Beyond Shipton La, the descent to the valley of Barun River starts. After a descent, we will reach the village of Dobato. Dobato essentially means two roads. The village is surrounded by rhododendron forest. View of the deep Barun valley and the mighty peaks of the Makalu range make a complete amazing palette of colors. Approximately 7 hours of trek.
Today, we start off with a descent to the banks of the mighty Barun River. The trail starts off with a steep and rocky path of the magnificent silver forest of fir. Before reaching the raging white and clean waters of the Barun River, we pass through the old and overgrown camping area situated in the settlement of Mumbuk. The trail ends in the banks of the Barun River.
Crossing the bridge, we head up the valley now, to reach today's destination of Yangri Kharkha. Views of the Peak 7 and Makalu cheer us on and befriend us along the path. Witnessing the wonders of nature and the views of the shining white peaks, we cross a series of big landslides. We pass through areas with boulder hopping and clear paths in an arduous trek today.
On the other side of the river, are two big cliffs and prominent caves. These are known as the washing rooms of Lord Vishnu by the ethnic inhabitants. A long scree slope and alpine pastures later, we reach Yangri Kharkha. The path is full of small patches of flower and lichen hung spruce trees. The mountain views become spectacular with each step. The tops of the snow covered Peak 6 bask in the sun in its full glory and shine their beauty towards us. Yangri Kharkha is an open grazing area situated besides the thundering sounds of the river. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of trek.
This is a short day in comparison to the past days. As we are in a high altitude today, it is important to walk gradually and attain altitude slowly. Amongst the dark strands of fir, we pass through trails lined by trees of rhododendron, juniper, and bilberry. Lush forests, boulder fields, and yak pastures dominate the path today. The views of the steep pyramid of Peak 7 amaze us and make you walk even easier. Crossing many streams, amalgamated with the views of the Chamlantg, Hongku Chuli and Peak 4 and the long, thin waterfalls falling down them we reach the summer settlement of Langmale.
Langmale offers views of the mountain peaks and the caves and overhangs below. This grazing area is at a height of 4410 m and the nights here are general cold. Approximately 4 to 5 hours of trek.
Today is an exciting day as we will be reaching the highest point of the trek, and the highlight of the journey, the Makalu Base Camp. We start off with a lovely morning’s walk through alpine forests. Warm colors enrich the foliage of trees and shrubs as we start our ascent. Further upwards, at Ramara, there is a large prayer mani wall.
We move further upwards and leave behind the forest. There are occasional trees of juniper, cotoneaster, barberries and rhododendron, however. We round about in a corner and will be offered with the sight of the Baru Glacier. A grassy outwash plain is reached and this area is known as Sherson. Sherson is the lower part of the Makalu Base Camp. This high grazing ground has the provision of a few basic lodges. Outstanding views of a number of Himalayan peaks from this area make all the effort worthwhile. The upper part of the Makalu North face towers above us and makes the evening in the lodge something to remember for a lifetime. Approximately 4 to 5 hours of trek.
Today, we acclimatize with the altitude and explore the beautiful Makalu Base Camp area. There are several options for exploration around here. There is a ridge towards the north which runs upwards and joins the Peak 3. This steep and rocky ridge levels out to a wide plateau shortly upwards. Views from this plateau are worth embedding into our memories. The mighty Makalu dominates the scene and looks huge and forbidding. We will come face to face with the wild and unpredictable nature here as the west side of the rough valley of the Barun Glacier appears along the west. Everest and Lhotse can be seen beyond the Barun Glacier. Down below, the gray waters of the Barun Pokhari Lake and the Barun Glacier can be seen. The east side of this wonderful plateau looks down to Peak 5 and an azure blue glacial lake. All in all, this plateau offers a roundabout, clear view of the raw beauty of the Himalayas and the mighty beauty of nature.
Another option today is to trek upwards the southwest side of the mighty Barun Glacier. We can climb up to a high point above the valley, to witness the mighty tops of the Everest, Makalu, Barun Glacier and Lhotse, basking and shining with the rays of the sun. Baruntse also showcases its summit from this point. the walk to the top passes through ancient moraines and rubble. We pass through various camp sites of the Upper Makalu Base Camp to reach here. The choice of the walk should be determined according to the prevalent weather conditions.
Today we retrace the path today and the day comes to an end in another grazing spot called the Yangla Kharka. After witnessing the last glimpses of Makalu we turn the corner and head back to the path we came from. On our way back, we will pass through Shersong, Langmale Kharkha, and Merek. We descend down the Barun Valley to spend the night in the grazing pasture of Yangla Kharka. It is amazing how we witness different views on this day. The views in front of us are quite different as we didn’t see these amazing views just because we didn’t turn around. It is a good opportunity to take in as much of the mountains and the raw, wild nature of Makalu area as we can today. Approximately 7 hours of trek.
Today, we make our way back to Dobato, retracing the same path we used to climb up. The path takes us through rock falls, valleys and green forests of juniper, rhododendron and silver fir. The descent takes plus beside the roaring Barun Khola. Through steep stone steps, we reach the clearing at Dobato. This is where we will spend the night. Approximately 6 hours of trek.
Today, we will cross the beautiful viewpoint of Shipton La again. We head up across the valley from Dobato, to reach the high end of Shipton La (4200m.) . The trail seems easier today, in comparison to our walk in as we are well acclimatized and fit from the experience of the past days. After witnessing the spectacle of the ice covered shiny peaks in the horizon and bidding goodbye to these picturesque views, we head back to Khongma La, after a descending path through cloud forests, we reach Tashigaon, where we will spend the night today. We can celebrate the success of the journey of our past days with some local wine called Tungba. Approximately 7 hours of trek.
We start off with a descent to the village of Setuwa today. After this, we descend down the hot and steamy Arun River valley, to the roaring Arun River. After crossing the suspension bridge we climb upwards to the village of Num through lush forests. Reaching Num formally ends the adventurous, magnificent and wild journey to the heart of the Makalu region. The Makalu Base Camp trek officially comes to an end in Num. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of trek.
Today we start off early for the drive to Tumlingtar via Chichila. We retrace the same path we had arrived in, relishing the views of the Makalu. On a dry weather, this drive is one of the most scenic driving experiences in Nepal. During the monsoon or in the case of rain however, the drive back can take up much more time than required. However, we bid goodbye to the trekking crew in Tumlingtar. We will now make adequate preparations for the next day flight to the capital. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of trek.
After experiencing the journey of a lifetime and embedding the memories of the shiny snowcapped peaks on minds, we return back to the capital through a 45-minute flight today. We will be transported to the Tumlingtar domestic airport in the wee hours of the morning. A clear weather will make this flight a scenic experience. Once in Kathmandu, we have the entire afternoon free to ourselves. Bask in the glory of the nightlife of Kathmandu, or rest around and enjoy relishing Nepali cuisine in the comfort of your hotels.
For those who wish to explore more of the architecturally rich city of Kathmandu, you have the option of sightseeing around the capital.
The day will start off with the visit to the Pashupatinath Temple. Considered as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, the richly-ornamented pagoda house adds up to the mystique of the holy place. Called as a form of Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath temple is said to have existed since 400 A.D. Devotees take a dip in the holy Bagmati River beside the temple.
Boudha is another UNESCO World Heritage Site we will be visiting today. Called as one of the largest stupas in South Asia, this focal point of Buddhism stands thirty-six meters tall. It is located in the path, which was the ancient trade route to China.
In the afternoon, we will be visiting the open museum or the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A living heritage, Bhaktapur is a city of devotees and the Durbar Square is home to countless temples. Major attractions, not to be missed are the Lion Gate, 55 Window Palace, The Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, Dattatreya as well as the status of the Late King Bhupatindra Malla. Beautifully carved specimens and picture gallery will finally end the sightseeing day.
After witnessing all the spectacles offered by a small part of Nepal, you will return back to your country today. With the memories of the adventure fresh in mind and the promise to come back for the trek comes to an end.
Pre and post trek three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
04 nights at three star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis
15 nights’ accommodation in the local teahouses and tented camp on twin sharing basis during the trek
Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided during the trek period.
Only breakfast will be provided in Kathmandu.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle.
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.
Trekking Gears & Accessories
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
Important highlights to remember:
For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.
There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.
If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.
If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
Makalu Travels offers easy & reliable online payment through credit/debit card, & Paypal. All online payments are processed through the our highly secured online payment partner Authorize.net Please kinldy be informed that all online payments are subject to additional 4% bank surcharge & processing fee.
If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.
Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:
The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.
So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
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