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Makalu Base Camp Trek
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Overview

Makalu base camp trek is an extraordinary trek to the world’s fifth highest mountain, located east of Everest. Makalu is a four-sided pyramid rising to an altitude of 8462 meters and is truly an amazing sight. The trek is a wonderful venture into Sherpa villages, cultivated fields, glaciers, snowy peaks, high mountain passes and remote regions.

Views of the Chamlang Range in the distance will blow you away as we enter the beautiful Arun valley before crossing the Shipton La Pass (4127 m) through rhododendron forests into the upper Barun Khola Valley. During the trek we will meet the ethnic groups of Limbu, Newar and Rai at the lower elevations and Sherpa at the higher elevations, an intriguing group of people following a traditional lifestyle. At the Makalu base camp there are some magnificent views to be had; the imposing south face of Makalu, and further along nearby ridges, the mighty Everest, Lhotse and the Barun Glacier.

This trip is an unforgettable trek into one of the most remote areas of Nepal where very few trekkers can be seen, show-casing a variety of cultures and ethnicity and a diverse ecosystem in the Himalayas. If you ever wanted to get away form it all and experience tranquility like you have never known, we can offer it to you in abundance on the way to Makalu Base camp.

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1: Welcome to Nepal!

Activities: We will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel, just relax for
the rest of the day to recover from your long journey.

Highlights: Bustling Thamel, an array of restaurants, bars and shops.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 2
Day 2: Meeting with trekking guide, last minute shopping for your trek and Kathmandu sightseeing

Highlights: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 3
Day 3: Flight to Tumlingtar (50 minutes) and drive to Chichila (3 hours)

Highlights: The scenery from the exciting plane ride.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 4
Day 4: Num

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 1500m.

Terrain: Rocky and dirt tracks, a ridgeline track and some gentle ascents and descents.

Views on offer: Terraced hills, distant peaks.

Highlights: The approaching views of Num, nestled in the most wonderful, green, hilly scenery.

What’s to see?: Local, traditional houses and farmland.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 5
Day 5: Seduwa

Hours walking: 4.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 1560m.

Terrain: Hilly, grassy trails, some long, steep inclines and flat tracks, rocky paths and narrow ridges.

Views on offer: Rolling farmland terraces, two fast flowing, Himalayan rivers.

Highlights: The views of the Kashuwa Khola and Arun Khola from the ridge.

What’s to see?: Corn and buckwheat fields.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 6
Day 6: Tashigaon (the last village on the trek before we descend)

Hours of walking: 5

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 2063m.

Terrain: Gradual ascents, forest paths.

Views on offer: Terraced fields.

Highlights: Walking through the National Park Forest Project.

What’s to see?: The villages of Manigaon, Chyaksadanda and Ropesa, colorful orchids and an array of flowers.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 7
Day 7: Khongma

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3560m.

Terrain: Forest paths, rocky trails and some steep inclines.

Views on offer: Rhododendron forests covering the lower reaches of the mountains.

Highlights: Walking through the remote Barun valley.

What’s to see?: Colorful rhododendron forests.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 8
Day 8: A short day hike towards the Shipton La Pass and back to the camp at Khongma (acclimatization day)

Hours of walking: 3-4.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3560m.

Terrain: Some steep inclines and rocky tracks.

Views on offer: Snowy peaks and the valley below.

Highlights: A relatively short and easy hike enabling you to enjoy the views and acclimatize safely.

What’s to see?: Ask your guide to point out and name some of the peaks.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 9
Day 9: Dobatay via the Shipton La Pass and Keke La Pass

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty: Difficult/strenuous.

Elevation reached: 3800m at Dobatay, 4125m on the Shipton La Pass and 4150m on the Keke La Pass.

Terrain: Uneven tracks, rocky, uphill and flat trails, some steep inclines and forest paths.

Views on offer: Snow capped peaks.

Highlights: The views from the two passes.

What’s to see?: The Kalo Pokhari Lake.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 10
Day 10: Yangri Kharka

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 3620m.

Terrain: A steep, rocky climb, river paths, a suspension bridge to cross the river and some descents into the valley

Views on offer: Peak 6 and 7 from the top of the rocks.

Highlights: Climbing big rock walls for some mesmerizing views.

What’s to see?: The widening, remote, Barun valley.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 11
Day 11: Lengmale Kharka

Hours of walking: 4.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 4400.

Terrain: Rocky ascents.

Views on offer: Terraced hills, yak pastures and surrounding snow-capped peaks.

Highlights: Trekking at altitudes of above 4000m, it’s a great feeling!

What’s to see?: Grazing yaks and shepherd huts.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 12
Day 12: Shersong (acclimatization day)

Hours of Walking: 3.5.

Difficulty: Easy.

Elevation reached: 4500m.

Terrain: Gentle inclines, rocky paths.

Views on offer: The luscious valley surrounded by Himalayan giants.

Highlights: A nice and easy day, a chance to rest your legs.

What’s to see?: Grazing yaks, shepherds.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 13
Day 13: Makalu Base Camp

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty: Difficult.

Elevation reached: 5000m.

Terrain: Rocky tracks, there may be some snow on the ground and some steep inclines.

Views on offer: Everest, Lhotse and the imposing south face of Makalu.

Highlights: Reaching base camp for some spectacular views.

What’s to see: What’s not to see! The mighty Himalayas in all their glory. You will get a chance to explore the area to take in the tranquil, alpine atmosphere.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 14
Day 14: Yangri Kharka

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 36200m.

Terrain: Rocky paths and some steep descents

Views on offer: The lush valley surrounded by the Himalayas.

Highlights: Returning to lower altitudes!

What’s to see: Thick forests.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 15
Day 15: Mumbuk

Hours of Walking: 6.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate.

Elevation reached: 3400m.

Terrain: Steep descents, rocky trails.

Views on offer: The River Valley and snow-capped peaks in the distance.

Highlights: Entering a luscious, green valley.

What’s to see?: Rock falls on the way to Mumbuk.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 16
Day 16: Khongma via the Shipton La Pass and Keke La Pass

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Difficult/strenuous.

Elevation reached: 2840m at Khongma, 4125m on the Shipton La Pass and 4150m on the Keke La Pass.

Terrain: Uneven tracks, rocky, uphill and flat trails, some steep inclines, steep descents and forest paths.

Views on offer: Marvelous Mountain views from the passes.

Highlights: A returning visit to the two high alpine, mountains passes.

What’s to see: Rhododendron and fir tree forests.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 17
Day 17: Tashigaon

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 2063m.

Terrain: Some steep descents and forest paths.

Views on offer: Rhododendron forests covering the lower reaches of the mountains.

Highlights: Enjoying our last few days trekking in this crisp, unspoiled environment.

What’s to see: Villages begin to emerge again so you will see local houses and villagers.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 18
Day 18 : Num

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 1500m.

Terrain: Some steep descents and forest paths.

Views on offer: The river valley.

Highlights: Walking alongside the fast flowing waters of the Arun Khola.

What’s to see: The village of Sedua.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 19
Day 19: Trek to Chichila and drive to Tumlingtar (3 hours)

Hours of walking: 4.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.

Elevation reached: 1840m.

Terrain: Some steep descents and forest paths.

Views on offer: The river valley and surrounding mountains.

Highlights: Our final glimpses of this magnificent landscape.

What’s to see: Local houses perched on the side of the hillside, farmland and the local people.

Accommodation: A tent in camp.

Day 20
Day 20: Flight back to Kathmandu

Highlights: Free time to relax in the afternoon and enjoy the bustling delights that Thamel has to offer.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 21
Day 21: Departure

Goodbye and farewell from Nepal!

The Cost Include(s)

  • International airport arrival/departure transfers.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Guided Kathmandu heritages day tour.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek.
  • Camping equipments, kitchen equipments, mattress, toilet tent, shower, dinning tent, dining tables, chairs etc.
  • English speaking guide and other crew member (like cook, Sherpa, porters etc);
  • Expenditure for the field staffs that includes their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine etc.
  • Trekking entry permits
  • Mosaic adventure sleeping bag, jacket, duffel bag to use during the trek (on request)
  • All other surface/air transportation throughout the trip as described in the itinerary.
  • Government imposed taxes.

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch/Dinner while you are in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses: phone, laundry, sweets, beverages (bottled water / coke etc)
  • Travel insurance (essential), Nepal visa and international airfare
  • Trekking equipment except stated on cost includes
  • Tipping (expected by trekking crew but not mandatory)
  • Any expenses arising due to unforeseen circumstances such that is beyond Mosaic Adventure control.

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$2,780/person
2,780
Total USD 2,780

This trip is fully customizable:

  • Want private tour? We can help.
  • Need to change the itinerary? We can customize as per you need.
  • Have a big group? We can help.

 

Trip Facts

  • 21 Days
  • Difficult
  • 12 People max

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