Makalu Trekking

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Makalu Trekking

This is a demanding, and an outstanding trek in eastern Nepal. The trek up to Makalu base camp visits one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal. The long trek and unspoiled terrain makes this trek a classic in its own. This trek goes high up to 5,100m. This is a region where you hardly find any modern facilities and amenities but blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty.

Classification of our Tour package:
Deluxe: Deluxe hotels (4 – 5 star), best available private transport with A/C car and coach, Tourist guide during sight seeing, tour escort for entire the tour etc.
Standard: Standard hotels (3 – 4 Star), best available private transport with A/C or non A/C Car and Coaches, Tourist guide during sight seeing, Tour escort for entire the tour / trek etc.
Budget: Includes Tourist standard hotels (1 – 2 stars), choice of available transport, private or tourist bus – transfer, Tourist guide during sight seeing, etc.

Cost Details:

We will furnish our best competitive price upon your request and service you are looking for Deluxe, Standard & Budget, no. of person traveling together for the same Tour / Trek. Please send us your request. We will back to you on same day.


Day 1:    Arrive in Kathmandu.
We are met at the airport and taken to the Summit Hotel. This is an excellent hotel positioned well away from the bustle of the city centre and its friendly staff do their best to make you feel at home. It has extensive gardens and a swimming pool. For those joining the expedition in Kathmandu, all team members should aim to meet at the hotel on this day.

Day 2:    Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila.
After a short bus ride to Kathmandu’s domestic airport, we find ourselves on board a twin propeller aircraft with the rooftops of Kathmandu disappearing beneath us. It’s about a 50 minute flight before we touch down on a grass airstrip at Tumlingtar (400m). The team is picked up by jeep and it’s a bumpy 2.5 hour drive before we reach our first camp at Chichila (1,850m). This is also a gathering place for all of the porters.

Day 3:    Trek from Chichila to Num.
On our first day of trekking it’s and a relatively steady walk through the picturesque villages and lush forests of the foothills. Eventually we meet a ridge line with great views on either side and perched on the end is Num at 1,505m. Almost every evening Num experiences a dramatic display of thunder and lightning, which makes life here that little bit more interesting.

Day 4:    Num to Seduwa (1,530m).
We start the day at Num with a great view of our campsite at Seduwa, on the opposite side of the valley. This can only mean one thing; a steep descent down through the forest and terraced plots of land all the way to the Arun Khola (river). Then it’s a winding ascent up the other side. It is often quite hot at these low altitudes, so the forest on the valley sides offers a bit of shade on this quite challenging day. This is the boundary of the Makalu National Park, so we must register our permits with the local rangers. By camping right at the top of the village we can enjoy a beautiful view looking back towards Num and the ridge lines bounding the Arun Valley (4-5hrs).

Day 5:    Seduwa to Tashi Gaon.
From Seduwa, we ascend the ridge, which is bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. It’s an easier day today after yesterday’s exertion. The path cuts across the hillside, contouring through quiet villages along the way. You will see the locals using buffalo to plough the small paddy fields, as every piece of land possible is being utilised for farming. Finally, we climb 500m to reach the busier village of Tashi Gaon (2,065m). Along the way we pass a local school that was built by funding from the British Services Makalu expedition in 2008.

Day 6:    Tashi Gaon to Khongma.
The pace needs to be slow and steady today as we trek upwards towards Khongma to an altitude of 3,562m. Khongma is the last opportunity we have to stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley. It’s an interesting walk today as we leave the green forests behind, which are replaced with the more remote scrub and rhododendrons that cover the lower reaches of the mountains.

Day 7:    Acclimatization day at Khongma.
At this point in the trek, we need to take a well-earned acclimatization day before crossing the Shipton La (4,200m) the following day.

Day 8:    Climb over the Shipton La and descend to Mumbuk.
After a good rest it’s time to climb higher towards the summit of the Shipton La (4,200m). It takes a few hours to reach the top of the pass, from where we can enjoy views back towards Num. We then drop down the saddle for a rest by the lake, Kalo Pokhari, before passing over the Keke La (4,152m) and an easy descent towards Mumbuk (3,550m). Along the way we have the opportunity to enjoy fantastic views of Chamlang (7,319m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). This day is key for acclimatization, as it gives us the opportunity to climb quite high, but then sleep low.

Day 9:    Mumbuk to Yangri Kharka.
A further descent from Mumbuk through the Rhododendron forest eventually leads to the Barun Nadi River and the upper reaches of the valley. It’s a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude, until we arrive at Yangri Kharka. Yangri Kharka is a very small village situated in a meadow at the base of the valley. It’s a relaxing place to stop for the night at 3,610m.

Day 10:    Yangri Kharka to Shershong.
The trail now climbs up the valley, emerging into yak pastures and impressive boulder fields. We stay in a pleasant campsite at Shershong near a small stone hut at 4,650m. The local people graze a lot of their Yak and goats in this area.

Day 11:    Shershong to Makalu South East Base Camp.
We trek onwards and gain height as the valley opens up a little, before we veer off to the right. At this point the mighty pyramid of Makalu (8,463m) comes into full view. After a great photo opportunity with Makalu on the left and Chamlang on the right, we continue on until reaching the Makalu South East Ridge base camp at 4,800m. From here we can see the route of the South East Ridge, still unclimbed in its entirety, despite several attempts by the British Forces.

Day 12:    Explore around Makalu South East Base Camp.
We spend a day exploring around base camp, with the aim of climbing up towards the Advance Base Camp at the start of the Makalu’s South East Ridge, where on the edge of the icy slopes you get a fantastic view up the Barun Valley of Everest, Lhotse and Baruntse. This viewpoint is approximately 5,500m and is a far superior spot for taking in the awesome vista of peaks, compared to lower down the valley. Alternatively, we could walk around to the North Ridge base camp area to see if there are any teams ‘in situ’. In Spring 2011, Jagged Globe are organising a climbing expedition to Makalu and this is where that team will be spending the next six weeks.

Day 13:    Descend to Shershong.
After breakfast and a final photo opportunity, we begin our return trek back down the valley.

Day 14:    Descend Down The Valley to Yak Kharka.
There is quite a lot of ground to cover as we descend back down the valley and take our final look at Makalu and the other big peaks, before eventually reaching Yak Kharka.

Day 15:    Yak Kharka to Mumbuk.
Continuing with our descent, we eventually reach Mumbuk. As you walk, you will notice how much more colourful the landscape becomes, with blossoming rhododendrons replacing the rock, snow and ice of the mountains.

Day 16:    Mumbuk to Tashi Gaon.
It’s a big day to re-cross the Shipton La, then cut across the hillside to eventually reach the Sherpa town of Tashi Gaon.

Day 17:    Tashi Gaon to Num.
You will not have forgotten this path from the way in, as we re-trace our foosteps all the way back down to the river, only to be rewarded with a climb back up the opposite side to Num.

Day 18:    Num to Chichila.
It is quite a distance to cover to reach Chichila, but the walking is easier overall.

Day 19:    Chichila to Tumlingtar.
The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day.

Day 20:    Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
We complete the journey with a flight to Kathmandu. We return to the welcome delights of the 4-5 star  Hotel, with its peaceful gardens, cool swimming pool, welcoming rooms and inviting bar. In the evening, we have our farewell celebration and expedition dinner for which the hotel bar is kept well stocked!

Day 21:    At leisure in Kathmandu
A final chance to buy souvenirs or perhaps just to relax by the pool. Evening departure.

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