Established in 1992, Makalu Barun is one of Nepal’s newest national parks. The park represents the world’s only protected area with an elevation gain of more than 8000m, with Makalu, the world’s fifth highest peak, at its core. It encloses a diverse assortment of flora and fauna that ranges from tropical forests in the south to the soaring snow-capped backdrop of the Himalayas in the north.
The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a less frequented route due to its relative isolation and remote setting, offering an ideal opportunity for hardier or more experienced trekkers to explore a pristine region of wide-ranging natural beauty and glorious scenery, including Everest, all while in the quiet comfort and solitude that comes from being well away from the madding crowds.
The trek begins with a scenic flight to Tumlingtar, from where we’ll head out toward the village of Num (1560m) the following day. Along the way we’ll encounter a ridgeline with a steeply undulating trail snaking along its length that affords some of the finest panoramic views you’re ever likely to come across in the Himalayas. From there we’ll make our way to Seduwa (1500m) where we’ll call in at the local outpost of the national park to register and obtain the necessary permits before moving on again towards Tashi Gaun (2100m), the last permanent settlement in the valley.
The trail continues onward and upward to the next goal, the high pass of Shipton La, named after famed British alpinist Eric Shipton, who used the route with Edmund Hillary in 1952 to make a reconnaissance of Everest for the following year’s successful expedition to the mountain. Finally comes the trek’s ultimate goal, Makalu Base Camp itself, from where you’ll be presented with spectacular views of the southern face of the mountain, as well as a glorious panorama of Everest and Lhotse reaching toward the heavens. After spending an appropriate amount of time to breathe in and memorize every last indelible aspect of the view it will be time to reluctantly head back to Tumlingtar, with fresh aspects and experiences along the way to bring new perspectives to the journey.
Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Num(1560m, 5-6 hrs)
Day 04: Num to Seduwa (1500m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 05: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2100m, 5 hrs)
Day 06: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3500m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 07: Acclimatization day
Day 08: Khongma Danda to Dobate via Shipton’s La pass 4125m (3650m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 09: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3557m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 10: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4410m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 11: Langmale Kharka to Shershong (4630m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 12: Shershong to Makalu Base Camp (4870m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 13: Explore the Mt. Makalu Base Camp and surroundings
Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka (3557m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 15: Yangri Kharka to Dobate (3650m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 16: Dobate to Khongma Danda (3500m, 5-6 hrs)
Day 17: Khongma Danda to Seduwa (8 hrs)
Day 18: Seduwa to Num (5-6 hrs)
Day 19: Num to Tumlingtar by drive
Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu then spend your day the way you prefer
Day 21: Farewell
Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied then please feel free customize according your own taste and duration of holidays.
Welcome at airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.
Free day for final trekking preparation and sightseeing.
Scenic morning flight to Tumlingtar with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. A four-hour drive through the beautiful Arun Valley leads to the trek's starting point at the village of Num.
The first day of trekking is spent descending through terraced fields and the scenic region of Lumbang. The trail then begins an arduous climb to Seduwa for the first night's rest.
A day spent roaming through pasturelands, terraced fields, and over numerous brooks and streams, with a final push to Tashi Gaon.
The trek's first real challenge is spent hiking to an elevation of 1400 meters. It's a rewarding day though as the trail leads through forests and picturesque Lakelands to a series of roughly hewn steps that lead up to Khongma Danda and the Barun Valley.
A perfectly timed day to rest and let the body acclimate from the gain in altitude.
The trail to the pass of Shipton La (4125m) presents another challenging and rewarding day, with stunning views of the surrounding ranges. Passing the pretty lake of Kalo Pokhari, the trail leads over the next pass of Keke La (4170m) and descends to the village of Dobate.
The trail leads through the Barun Valley, following a strenuous pathway that eventually levels out and winds at a more comfortable pace to Yangri Kharka.
Another day of steep hiking, tramping between the valley's sheer walls on either side and on towards Merek and its scenic outlook. The wildlife is abundant, including yak herds dotting the landscape. The day concludes with another steep climb to Langmale and a well-earned rest for the night.
The forests of rhododendron and pine gradually cede to the alpine terrain of the highlands as the trail continues to climb. The views along the trail are among the best on the trek.
Today the trek reaches its chief destination, Makalu Base Camp, with its superb views of the mountain looming high above, as well as incredible views across to Everest and Lhotse.
Unlike many tour operators who offer just a fleeting base camp experience, the day at Makalu is a full one that incorporates a cautious visit to Barun Glacier as well as the opportunity to sit back and bask in some of the most incomparable mountain views anywhere in the Himalayas.
A rapid descent through Sherson, Langmale and Merek to Yangi Kharka, covering in a day's march the same amount of territory that took two days on the way up - the benefits of going downhill!
Another day of steady trekking as the trail leads back down, offering entirely new perspectives of the increasingly green landscapes and scenery.
A day of passes, first the climb over Keke La, then Shipton La as the trail gradually descends into the forested regions of the valley, complete with rhododendrons which, if in bloom, showcase Nepal's national flower.
Steep descents wait along precipitous trails and forested pathways that repay the effort with beautiful views of the surrounding valley.
The final day of the journey, hiking through the imposing walls of the valley, with a last view of the familiar villages, streams and forests from the outward journey. A final night at Num allows time to relax and reflect, appreciating your well-earned accomplishment.
A morning drive by jeep takes us on the return leg to Tumlingtar and the opportunity for another day of rest to allow the body to recuperate from the trek.
Time to savor Kathmandu one last time and perhaps have a farewell dinner with friends before departure.
Pickup from hotel and drop-off at Kathmandu Airport.