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Makalu Base Camp Trek

One of the most talked about Base Camp Treks of Nepal, Makalu Base Camp Trek takes you to the incredible journey of Mount Makalu which happens to be the 5th highest mountain of the world with an altitude of 8481 meters. Makalu is located 22km to the east of Mount Everest and 80km west of Kanchenjunga. Makalu Base Camp Trek had remained closed for foreigners until 1952 when legendary explorer Eric Shipton visited and crossed the pass to reach to Makalu Base Camp.
Makalu Base Camp Trek offers the combination of rich cultural heritage, unparalleled beauty and ecological diversity. Makalu Base Camp (5000m) renders the panoramic views of world’s greatest mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Chamlang and Barunche.
While engaging in Makalu Base Camp Trek, you will pass through Makalu Barun National Park which allows you the chance to see the plants of all major ecological zones: tropical, sub- tropical, temperate, alpine and sub- alpine. Makalu Barun National Park is home for different species of rhododendrons, orchids, snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, wild boar, wild yak and Himalayan Thar while more than 420 varieties of bird species have been discovered here. Lots are still waiting to be discovered. Makalu is believed to be the home of elusive Himalayan Giant- Yeti.

Itinerary Outline

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 03: Flight to Tumlingtar, trek to Khandbari
Day 04: Trek to Chichira (1840m)
Day 05: Trek to Num (1500m)
Day 06: Trek to Navagaon
Day 07: Trek to Tashigaon
Day 08: Trek to Khongma
Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk
Day 10: Trek to Nehekharka
Day 11: Trek to Mere
Day 12: Trek to Mere Base Camp
Day 13: Rest Day
Day 14: Trek to Khongma
Day 15: Trek to Seduwa
Day 16: Trek to Chirchira
Day 17: Trek to Tumlingtar
Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu
Day 19: Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 20: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will greet you and take you to our hotel. After a little freshening, you will get a briefing about the schedule. You will then have a rest. You will find our team members ready to assist you in preparing for your trek and check for other necessities.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
The next morning after having breakfast, you will leave for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You will have a short tour to temples and monuments like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swyambhunath and Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Suare (all UNESCO World Heritage sites). At the end of the day, you will return back to the hotel and prepare for the flight tomorrow.

Day 03: Flight to Tumlingtar, trek to Khandbari
Tumlingtar Airport- the only airport in Sankhuwasabha positions itself at 2700 ft altitude. It lies about 190km aerial distance far from Kathmandu and takes about an hour to complete the aerial journey. After landing at Tumlingtar Airport, we will head towards the north of Khandbari. The trail will pass through a plateau in about45 minutes and then will gradually rise for about 3 hours. We will camp above the village in large grassy fields of Khandbari.

Day 04: Trek to Chirchira (1830m)
About 6 hrs of trek along the trail will eventually lead us to Chirchira. We have to clamber through forest of rhododendrons and Sal trees for about 3 hrs to make it to a plain land. A little far from the plain land lies Chirchira- predominantly a Gurung Village. We will camp overnight at Chirchira.

Day 05: Trek to Num (1500m)
The morning begins with a casual stroll up the hill for about 2 hours. After a brief rest, we will drop down to a small perennial river and continue walking to a flat trail for about an hour to eventually make it upto Num- a beautiful village with tea houses and access to telephone.

Day 06: Trek to Navagaon
On the 6th day of the itinerary, we will climb down gently for about 2 and half hours to meet Neguwa Khola. Then, after crossing the suspension bridge, we will clamber through forest to get to a traditional village- Navagaon which will be our destination for the day.

Day 07: Trek to Tashigoan (2070m)
With early sunrise, we will begin the journey by climbing up the hill for a brief period. We will then pass through plain land and bushes to finally arrive at Tashigaon- a big Sherpa village enclosed in verdant forest. The prayer flags fluttering high up are enough to ignite spiritual awakening in you. We will pitch our camp at Tashigaon for the day.

Day 08: Trek to Khongma-La (3560m)
In about 6 hours of casual walking, we will be able to reach Khongma. We will climb up the steep hill and pass through rhododendron forests and Sal Trees to ultimately take us to Khongma La- a ridge which experiences snowfall each year between March and April. A little further lies Khongma- a grazing meadow. We will stay overnight in a pitch tent in Khongma.

Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk (3550m)
This day’s journey will be fixed for a walk of about six and half hours. The route will ascend up the hill till we reach a radiant lake- Kalo Pokhari located at 4004 meters altitude. Leaving the lake behind, the route will have a gentle drop down until it arrives to Mumbuk. We will camp overnight in a spot encircled in green forest.

Day 10: Trek to Nghekharka
We will start this day’s travel immediately after we have a breakfast. Within an hour, we will be able to cross some land slide. Continuing the journey for another four hours through high plains, we will arrive to Nghekharka.

Day 11: Trek to Merek
We will pass through the wooden bridge over river Barun and pass through the birch and juniper forest before reaching to the grassland to Merek where we will pitch our camp for the day.

Day 12: Trek to Mera Base Camp
We will pass through a small Mera glacier with a spectacular mountain landscape before reaching the base camp. Mera Base Camp Trek is one of the beautiful treks in Nepal with ancient snow- free paths winding past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges. Mera Base Camp Trek offers some of the spectacular mountain sceneries in the world. Mera is the highest permitted trekking peak climbing located in Makalu Barun National Park.

Day 13: Acclimatization Day
We will take a well deserved rest after a long and strenuous journey which will also prove to be valuable for acclimatization to the rising altitude. We will take a day off to put our aching muscles at ease and prepare for the journey we need to cover in the upcoming days.

Day 14: Trek to Khongma
We will resume the trek the next day and climb up the hill and ascend through forests to a stream. After a brief rest at stream, we will move forward to Kharka- a meadow with lavish green vegetation. A little further to Kharka lies Khongma.

Day 15: Trek to Seduwa
We will trek through the steep hill and pass through jungle. After a while, we will cross the gorge on a suspension bridge and head towards Seduwa. Overnight stay in a camp at Seduwa.

Day 16: Trek to Chirchira
This day, we will lower down to the hill for about an hour. We will then arrive to a small perennial river from where we will continue walking to a flat trail for about an hour to eventually make it up to Chirchira – a small village with majority of Gurung inhabitants. We will camp overnight at Chirchira.

Day 17: Trek to Tumlingtar
We will begin the journey early in the morning from Chirchira. The route will pass through a plateau and then will lower down before concluding the trek route and arriving at Tumlingtar. We will conclude our trek in Tumlingtar and spend the night there.
Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu
An early flight of about an hour the next day from Tumlingtar Airport is enough to take us to the capital city of Kathmandu from where the journey started some two weeks ago. You will spend the day resting at the hotel.

Day 19: Rest day in Kathmandu
The next day will be a rest day in Kathmandu, though the travel itinerary has come to an end. You will ease yourself up and spend the day either relaxing or recovering from the strenuous travel or else pay a visit to Thamel, the tourist hub in Kathmandu, to buy souvenirs to your beloved ones back home. You will enjoy dinner amid cultural dance performed in your honor.

Day 20: Final departure from Kathmandu
The long travel formally concludes this day. You will be assisted in your last moment preparation and transited to Tribhuvan International Airport. We bid you farewell and expect to serve you again!!


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Trekking in Nepal refers to walking at different places that may be either easy walking trail or toughest trekking trail. It is commonly said that there is not any bad weather but the trekking will greatly affected by the dressing styles or so called inappropriate clothing. There are several type o f equipments that are absolutely necessary for the trekking in Nepal. The trekking equipments can be different according to the different types of trekking but will also differ from trekking trail, weather conditions, camping or lodging trekking and so on. The trekking equipments should be carefully observed before going for any types of trekking at Nepal otherwise it may create great problem for the trekkers to enjoy the trekking fully.
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