Makalu Base Camp trekking is a challenging trek in a very remote area of Nepal. It is certainly an outstanding trek to the base camp of the world's fifth-highest mountain. This is a purely camping trek. The lodges are not available along the route. This trek goes high up to 5100m. This is a region where you hardly find any modern facilities and amenities but is blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty.
The Barun Valley, which is home to some of Nepal's last unspoiled forests and alpine meadows, is followed by the Makalu Base Camp Trek. Near the beginning of the walk, the mountains rise from the bottom of the Arun Valley to the lofty snow-capped summit of Makalu at 8463m, a distance of only 40km. Thus, a diverse range of environments and civilizations are encountered throughout the route. As one gains altitude, farming communities of the Rai give way to Sherpa and Bhotia villages. Much like they have for millennia, these people still reside in remote communities. They rely on forest resources for their food, fuel, medicine, housing, building materials, and fertilizers.
The Makalu base camp trek travels through lower elevations and is typically focused on the Arun Valley. It begins with a flight to Tumlingtar and proceeds up the Arun River Valley to Sedua and Num, then Yangle Kharka to Makalu base camp (4812m), which offers stunning views of Mount Makalu and Chamlang Himal.
To trek in the Makalu region, you need some permits. You must possess a national park permit, which you must show when requested because part of your tour will take you into Makalu Barun National Park. Municipal permission and TIMS cards are also required.
The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a difficult trek because it involves remoteness, erratic weather, high-altitude passes, shifting terrain, and a lack of adequate hiking supplies. As you ascend higher on the trail, the terrain grows more challenging and the markings become less visible. Makalu Base Camp represents the hike's highest point (4,900 m). Even though this walk is challenging, it is still doable. This journey can be successful with proper planning and precautions.
The optimum seasons for the Makalu Base Camp Trek are thought to be autumn (from mid-September to the end of November) and spring (from early March to mid-May). The skies are usually clear on these days, and the weather is expected to be at its best throughout these months. It is not advisable to go on a trek during the rains or in the winter because the conditions are severe and visibility is poor. Trekking is possible in the winter, but the high-altitude teahouses aren't particularly well-equipped.
You pass through the remote valley on this walk. There are issues with electricity in the neighbourhood. There is electricity available in Num, Sedua, and Tashi Gaun. Solar energy is available in places beyond this, but it is not always dependable. You cannot find a charging station in a teahouse due to an electrical problem. Therefore, always be sure you have a power bank that is completely charged.
The level of communication infrastructure in the Makalu region is not particularly high. The beginning of the walk is the only location with telecommunication signals (up to Tashi Gaun). You won't locate a network connection as you ascend higher. If maintaining contact with your loved ones while traveling is vital to you, you can rent a satellite phone.
Teahouses serve food and offer to lodge. Daal Bhaat, a dish made of rice, lentils, and curry, as well as noodles and chapatis, are some of the traditional Nepali foods that are offered on the menu of the basic teahouses in the Makalu region. Carrying extra food that you can quickly cook is always a good idea, such as soup, instant noodles, dry fruits and nuts, coffee, juice, herbal tea, etc. Since there aren't many options for eating, Daal Bhaat is preferable because it's always freshly produced and good for refuelling calories.
The lodgings provided for the Makalu Base Camp Trek are fairly minimal. Along the walk, you can locate local teahouses. In comparison to other places, Num, Sedua, and Tashi Gaun have excellent teahouses. Beds with pillows and blankets are available in the rooms of teahouses. (Be careful to bring your own sleeping bag; the blanket might not be warm enough.) Rooms with an attached bathroom and a hot shower are not available. The provision of a bucket full of hot water, however, is only available upon request and at an additional cost. The majority of teahouses offer twin-sharing and dorm-style rooms. They can also hold 10 to 12 people at once. If you have a large group, it is preferable to have backup camping equipment in case you can't locate adequate space.
Welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal and a hearty Namaste. A Mountain guide Treks representative will welcome you when you arrive (MGT). Pick up your bags and look for our representative at the arrival gate with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with the Group leader's name display board after finishing your customs formalities (Visa, etc.). After that, you will be taken to the hotel. If time permits, you will visit the MGT office after check-in to meet your trekking guide and other participants, and make any last-minute preparations for the trip. Your arrival time will determine everything. (BB base, one night in a luxury hotel).
The next morning, right after breakfast, we'll begin a sightseeing tour with a knowledgeable tour guide to some of Kathmandu's most revered historical and spiritual sites. Durbar Square, the revered Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the well-known "Monkey Temple" (Swayambunath), and the Buddhist shrine (Buddha Nath), one of the biggest stupas in the world, are only a few of these sites that are regarded as World Heritage historic Sites. After returning from the tour, our trek leader and the rest of the crew will have a pre-trip meeting. Mountain Guide Journey will give you a briefing on your trek and give us the chance to talk about any potential problems with our future excursion. The remaining time can be spent exploring Thamel and shopping for supplies and other necessities. (BB base, one night in a luxury hotel).
To begin our journey across the Arun Valley, we will take a local flight to Tumlingtar in eastern Nepal. A range of Himalayan peaks rising to an elevation of 8,000 meters can be seen in the distance as the plane soars over terraced farms, hills, and traditional villages. It is located on the east bank of the Arun River, which you will be traversing for the first three days of this walk along an old trading route. In addition, walking to Khandbari (1067m) takes roughly three hours (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis).
The river slightly veers to the northwest while the trial travels directly north. The first truly breathtaking views of the mountains to the north may be seen when ascending the ridge to the town of Mane Bhanjyang (1158m), then continuing up through terraced fields past Pangma to Bhotebas. The trail continues past the little town and a section of rhododendron forest before arriving at a campsite just outside Sakurate. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
Rhododendron forest now predominates as the path continues to follow the ridge. Then start strolling leisurely through Mude. On the hills, the once-forested area has been cleared to make room for farming. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
From Num, the Arun Khola (690 meters) is crossed at Runbaun by a suspension bridge after a rather steep descent with numerous curves. On reaching Sedua, there is a strenuous, steep ascent along the opposite bank of the river (Overnight at a tented camp on a full board basis).
Cross the terraced field to the north and climb. The route then continues to climb as it passes Navagaon and Kharshing Kharka before arriving at Tashigaon, the last village on this journey. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
Start up a hard ascent through a woodland that, in the morning mist, may be rather lovely. Through Unships, the ascent continues to Kauma. We proceed down a hilltop and through the scant woodlands along the crest before arriving at Kauma. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
Before emerging on a ridge with Mani walls, countless prayer flags, and stunning mountain views, including Kanchenjunga to the east, the trail winds and bends sharply through a forest. Trial crosses La pass via the passes of Keke La (4230 meters) and Tutu La (4,200 meters), where there is a chorten. To level off at Mumbuk, it is a rather easy downward hike through a rhododendron and pine forest from here. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
Today's hike is a bit challenging and exciting. The trail travels for almost three hours in a region that is prone to landslides. With its breathtaking views of Mt. Tutse Peaks 6 (6739m) and 7 (6185m), the Barun River, which cuts across the trail, gives the hike new dimensions (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Through forests and grasslands, the trail ascends. The spectacular peaks of Mt. Tutse Peak 6 (6739m), Peak 7 (6185m), Isuwa La (5340m), and many other unidentified mountains and peaks are available for your enjoyment. A pasture is called Yak Kharka.(Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Today's journey descends to a perennial river through a level terrain. When you arrive at Makalu Base Camp, the views of Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), and Makalu II (7640 m) among others will mesmerize you. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
In the base camp, you will have a great time all day. You may see a variety of ranges and summits in stunning detail from here. To take in the view, you can also walk to Baruntse Base Camp (Overnight at a tented camp on a full board basis)
After breakfast today, we can start our return trip and take advantage of our final opportunity to see the mountains from base camp. You walk through a rocky forest route with views of green hills and enormous stones in the distance before the track drops to bring you to Yangle Kharka after a few hours of ascent. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
The same scenery is traversed along the trail for over three hours. After that, you must hike upward through jungles to reach Dobato. (Full-board accommaodation in a tent camp overnight)
Through a thick jungle, the trail sharply descends to Khongma la through Kali Pokhari. Your entire journey to Tashigaon is spent walking downwards. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
Before arriving at Num, the trail begins by steeply descending before abruptly switching to a sharp rise. You travel through little settlements and bamboo groves. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
Beginning with an ascent through the woodland, the track gradually descends in the afternoon. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
Our trek's final day is today. Today's hike to Tumlingtar is a very short, downhill stroll. When we get to Tumlingtar, we'll enjoy seeing the town, having a drink with the staff, and saying goodbye to the trekking team. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
After breakfast, we'll travel to the airport to catch our flight to Kathmandu. 8,000-meter Himalayan peaks can be seen peaking above the haze as the plane descends to land in Kathmandu airport after a scenic trip over terraced fields, hills, and traditional villages. (BB base, one night in a luxury hotel)
Today is a free day, so if you'd want to buy some gifts from Nepal for your friends and family, you can visit some local stores or travel to Thamel to look for characteristic Nepalese things. Our guides can help you with this, or you can do it on your own. You could take some extra time today if you're intrigued to see some other parts of Kathmandu! For the successful completion of the Makalu base Camp trek via Arun valley, don't forget that we will be throwing a fantastic celebration "Farewell supper" with Mountain Guide Trek staffs at a typical Nepalese restaurant! (BB base, one night in a luxury hotel)
Since today is your last day in Nepal for this trip, you are saying goodbye to the mountains and ending your time there. There is nothing to do but organize the images and exchange emails with travel partners. You can go shopping or go sightseeing if you have more time. A Mountain Guide Treks representative will drive you to the airport around three hours prior to your flight's planned departure time.
Entry visa for Nepal: You can simply obtain a visa upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport by paying $40 or equivalent in foreign currency for a 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa. Similar to that, a $100 fee will get you a 90-day multiple-entry tourist visa. Bring two duplicate passport-size pictures.)
We suggest the following items of clothes and equipment for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek in Nepal. This list of apparel and equipment is not meant to be exhaustive; rather, it serves as a reminder of the things we believe are important for your comfort and ease. However, we are aware that you might have your own style preferences for apparel that might be just as appropriate.
If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.
Yes, the national park is open all year long. However, due to weather circumstances, some of the paths and places can be closed off during particular seasons.
The months of October and November are the ideal times to explore the Makalu Base Camp. The sights are at their best and the weather is the most consistent at this time.
Makalu Base Camp represents the hike's highest point at 4,900 m.
Even though this walk is challenging, it is still doable. This journey can be successful with proper planning and precautions.
You must possess a national park permit, which you must show when requested because part of your tour will take you into Makalu Barun National Park. Municipal permission and TIMS cards are also required. $10 per person for the Trekkers' Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card Village Municipality: $10
There is electricity available in Num, Sedua, and Tashi Gaun. Solar energy is available in places beyond this, but it is not always dependable. You cannot find a charging station in a teahouse due to an electrical problem. Therefore, always be sure you have a power bank that is completely charged.
Daily flights are available from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, and Biratnagar to Tumlingtar is also accessible from Biratnagar/Dharan. After a 6–7-hour journey, it takes 3 days to hike from Hile to Tumlingtar. From Lukia and Phalpu, you can also travel to the Inkhu Valley of Makalu Barun. Regular flights connect Kathmandu with Tumlingtar. then you can follow Makalu Base Camp's pathways. For further information and services please get in touch with the Mountain Guide Trek and Expedition.
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