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EXTREME TREK: Makalu Base camp trek is one of the challenging and outstanding treks in the eastern Nepal. Ultimate destination of this trek is Makalu Base Camp. Bes time to travel - September to May.
Embarking on our journey begins from Kathmandu, the city with the remarkable architecture dated back to 16th Century. Our team representative will welcome you at the Tribhuwan International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. Our representative will help you to check in to the hotel. You will be welcomed, facilitated and served with a beautiful hotel room. The first arrival day is entirely a break day. In the evening, you can walk around nearby touristic hubs like Thamel and Basantapur Durbar square.
Kathmandu valley 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 valley offers a wonderful mix of Hinduism and Buddhism. After breakfast we visit UNESCO world heritage sites as one of the largest Hindu temple Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddha Stupa and Swoyambhunath Stupa followed by Kathmandu Durbar Square sightseeing. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, we board a flight to Tumlingtar in eastern region of Nepal. Landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek in the village of Tumlingtar. Even during the entire flight, we can enjoy panoramic sights of great Himalayas of Nepal including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Cho Oyu(8153m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501m), Mt. Lhotse Shar (8,393m), Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar, Ganesh, Langtang etc. After reaching Tumlingtar, we trek ahead towards Khandbari. Overnight stay at camp.
Leaving Khandbari, we continue along the trail that passes a ridge. We take a short walk a to reach the settlement of Mani Bhanjyang and make a headway through fields, bamboo groves, big rocks and finally make a climb of short distance to reach the Tamang village of Bhotebas. The path offers spectacular views of Chamlang, Makalu and Jaljale Himal. We then descend a little to the next ridge, and then follow the crest as it makes some ups and downs through a rhododendron forest to Chichila. Chichila has a teashop and few houses inhabited by Gurung. Overnight stay at camp.
From Chichila, we move towards village of Fururu, which is situated at an altitude of 1900m. Then we follow the path to reach Num through forests of huge rhododendrons just below the ridgeline to a Mani wall and a dirty pond; and a Sherpa and Rai village. We make a tedious descent on a rocky eroded trail to Num which is situated at the ridge above an S- shaped bend in the Arun River just opposite of Sedua village. Overnight stay at camp.
Today we continue our trek along the trail descending steeply from Num village through the fields of Lumbang. The trail then drops very steeply through a jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun River (660m). From the bridge we again climb steeply to a primitive teashop. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, we make a long steep rough climb to Sedua. Overnight stay at camp.
Leaving Sedua, we make a gradual climb high above the Kasuwa Khola to Gyang (1,770 m). We walk gently through terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. En route, we cross meadows and several streams, and then climb uphill to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley. Overnight stay at camp.
We climb over the ridge and ascend through forests to a stream onto a ridge where there is a small campsite. Again, we make a climb heading towards a shepherd’s hut – two small streams – Kharka (2,900 m) and final up to a saddle and Unshisha. You then move over a hillock and descend a bit to reach Kauma. Overnight stay at camp.
We take a complete rest at the camp. For acclimatization we can explore the area for some interesting hikes and viewpoints. The most scenic walk would be taking a hike on the right side of the camp for the closer view of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari, rare face of Everest – the Kanshung face, and Lhotse. One hour of steep climb brings us to the large meadow where we can walk further up to have a greater view of the afore-mentioned and other peaks of the area. After exploring, we stroll back to the camp. Overnight stay at camp.
Leaving Kauma, we make a climb (less steep) 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 & 7. Then we make a gentle climb up a shallow rocky gully to the Kike La (4,127m). From the pass, we descend to another lake, and then ascend steeply through large boulders to the Tutu La. The final descent is through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk. Overnight stay at camp.
From Mumbuk, we descend through fir forests, along the riverbanks of Barun Khola and Kharka Khola. Moving through forests of birch and scrub rhododendrons, we reach Yangle Kharka. We then climb from Yangle Kharka, finally crossing to the north side of the Barun Khola to reach Neha Kharka (3,000m). There is a small Gompa at the southern side of the valley that offers great mountain views from all directions. Overnight stay at camp.
Moving ahead from Neha Kharka, today we continue towards Shershon by following the northern bank of Barun Khola for a while. Before the river turns northward, we have to cross a small wooden ridge. The trail then climbs gently as we approach Ripok Kharka. On the way we can get excellent glimpses of Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3 and Peak 5, but Makalu won’t be visible yet. Upon reaching Shershon (4,615m), the cold spot, Makalu will come into sight. Overnight stay at camp.
From Shershon, we make a gradual descent to a minor pass that is located about 100 meters above from Makalu Base Camp. Once we descend to a stream, we get terrific views of the southern face of Makalu. The large buttress of the southern face rises across from base camp. An ascent of this buttress yields views of Peak 6, Peak 7 and Baruntse (7,220m); ultimately Everest and Lhotse complete the panorama. Overnight stay at camp.
Today we spend the entire day exploring Makalu base camp, with the aim of climbing up towards the Advance Base Camp. This base camp is located at the start of the Makalu’s Southeast Ridge – where on the edge of the icy slopes we get a fantastic view of Barun Valley, Everest, Lhotse and Baruntse. This viewpoint is approximately at an altitude of 5,500m and is a far superior spot for taking the awesome vista of peaks, in comparison to lower parts of the valley. Overnight stay at camp.
Today we retrace our steps down the Barun Valley towards Neha Kharka. We take our last glimpse of Makalu before we move to our destination. However, we don’t miss a chance to observe incredible other peaks that comes on our way. Overnight stay at camp.
From Neha Kharka, we continue descending through the forests to Mumbuk. From here one can get beautiful sunset views of Makalu and Chamlang. We descend and ascend a little uphill all the way to Mumbuk. Overnight stay at camp.
Leaving Mumbuk, we trek across the Shipton La and descend to Kauma. We can witness some beautiful landscapes and forests through the path to Kauma. Overnight stay at camp.
Today we make a long steep descent back to Tashi Gaon. In Tashi Gaon,we spend the rest of the day relaxing in order to recover from the high altitude. Overnight stay at camp.
We will not be forgetting this path from the way in, as we will retrace our footsteps all the way back down to the river, only to be rewarded with a climbing uphill the opposite side of Num. Overnight stay at camp.
Today we have a pleasant and a leisurely walk through this route back to Khadbari. The route will be accompanied by a gradual walk through lush forests, farmlands and small villages. Overnight stay at camp.
The last day of the trek will be relatively easy as we have a mild downhill trek bringing us back to Tumlingtar. This is definitely a great memorable adventurous journey and we will be camping and spending overnight with the trekking staffs and porters and giving rest to our tired legs. Overnight stay at camp.
After breakfast, we walk to the airport to board a flight to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu airport, your guide will transfer you to the designated hotel. Rest of the day will be free for your personal activities. Evening farewell dinner will be organized at Nepali restaurant with Nepali cultural program. Overnight stay at hotel.
This is the last day of your visit. You can enjoy shopping and buying souvenir to friends and relatives. We will drop you to the airport 3hrs prior to the departure time.
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