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Nepal Makalu Base Camp Challenge

  • Sport and adventure
One for sports and adventure lovers up for a challenge - Makalu Base Camp (5250m) is the world’s 5th highest mountain, and is located 22 km east of Everest and 80 km west of Kanchanjunga. Today, the Bast Camp's exquisite landscapes, wilderness, and abundance of wildlife, has led it to be designated as Makalu Barun National Park and conservation area. Du...

One for sports and adventure lovers up for a challenge - Makalu Base Camp (5250m) is the world’s 5th highest mountain, and is located 22 km east of Everest and 80 km west of Kanchanjunga. Today, the Bast Camp's exquisite landscapes, wilderness, and abundance of wildlife, has led it to be designated as Makalu Barun National Park and conservation area. During your guided, 18-day trek, you'll venture deep into the Himalayas. Your journey will take you past striking contrasts including waterfalls, craggy rocks, and colourful flowers beneath white snowy peaks, not to mention local villages, and species of animal that you won't find anywhere else! 

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu (1310m)

Arrival in Kathmandu from your home country. Meet and greet by our representative, then transfer by private vehicle to your hotel. After check-in, you'll be handed a welcome drink and our representative will brief you about the programme, hand you other general information, and you can collect all necessary documents and permits. Overnight in hotel.

Visited:
Kathmandu
Accomodation
Yak & Yeti (Kathmandu)

Day 2: Flight - KTM - Tumlingtar (400m)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to airport 1½ hours before your flight time. The flight takes you over a range of snow-capped peaks from Langtang all the way to Mount Everest,  Makalu, and Mount  Kanchenjunga. Upon arrival, you'll meet your trekking crew (guide, sherpa, porters) at Tumlingtar Airport, and you'll head off to Num by local vehicle. 

The first day's trail leads you to the serene forest of rhododendron, oaks, and hemlocks, as we climb to the top of the ridge. From there it is downhill for two hours to the overnight camp at Num, which is a small village with about fifteen houses and a primary school. Overnight in a tented camp on a full board basis.

45 min flight to Tumlingtar, 5 hr drive to Num

Visited:
Tumlingtar Num

Day 3: Trek To Seduwa: Enter The Rainforest

After breakfast at the lodge, we descend incredibly steep and terraced slopes towards the Arun River, nearly 800m below. The lower slopes of this narrow valley are densely forested and the paths can be quite slippery, so we recommend sturdy walking boots.

After reaching the bottom, cross the suspension bridge across Arun River and climb back out of the rainforest, reaching our lunch stop at Runruma. Another steep climb takes us to the small village of Seduwa. On the way, we'll enter Makalu National Park and register our permits. Overnight in a tented camp on full board basis.

​Approximately 5 hrs walking

Visited:
Seduwa

Day 4: Trek To Tashi Gaon (2065m)

After breakfast, we have an easy and pleasant walk to Tashi Gaon which takes you to rural farm villages, on the gradual trail through fields and terraces. As we approach Tashi Gaon, it is an uphill climb for an hour through the millet and rice fields. It takes about 4/5 hrs to reach Tashi Gaon. Overnight in tented camp on a full board basis.

Approx 4/5 hrs walking

Visited:
Tashi Gaon

Day 5: Trek To Kongma La (3562m)

After breakfast, we begin our walk to reach today’s destination point. The trail leads towards the Khongma La, the last stop before crossing the Shipton La, then drops down into the supper sections of the remote Barun Valley. You'll walk through beautiful rhododendron and oak forests, before reaching pastures with traces of temporary shepherd huts. From here, onwards to Kahuma ridge is a strenuous uphill climb. Check in at basic local lodge, and relax with the scenic views of mountains surrounding you. Overnight in tented camp on full board basis.

Approx 4/5 hrs walking

Visited:
Kongma La

Day 6: Trek To Dobate (3520m)

After breakfast at the lodge, we gradually climb uphill towards the Shipton La (4220m), which  takes a few hours. Upon reaching Kalo Pokhari Pass over Kele Lake (4152m) it's on to the beautiful valley of Dobate (Dobato). Overnight in tented camp on a full board basis.

Approx 5/6 hrs walking

Visited:
Dobate

Day 7: Wildlife In Yangle Kharka (3610m)

Early breakfast, before a gentle walk towards rhododendron forests leading on to the Barun Valley - one of the least explored areas in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. This landscape boasts many species of flowering plants, birds, and mammals, including the endangered clouded leopard, red panda, and musk deer. 

As we reach the lush alpine area of Barun Valley, the walk is very pleasant with gradual uphill slopes, following the Barun River upstream on the valley gorge towards Yangri Kharka. Overnight in tented camp on a full board basis.

Approx 6/7 hrs walking

Visited:
Yangle Kharka

Day 8: Trek To Langmale Kharka (4200m) 

After breakfast, we continue our trek following the Barun River upstream on the valley gorge towards Nehe-Kharka, one of the summer pastures for the local folks of Tashi and Navagaun. Onwards we'll cross the wooden bridge on the Barun River and walk across the boulders, where a large prayer wall at Ramara awaits. After 2-3 hours of walking, the vegetation gets sparse until we reach Yak Kharka. Overnight in tented camp on full a board basis.

Visited:
Yak Kharka Barun river

Day 9: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m)

After breakfast, we'll trek towards Sherson (4650m) which is known as the lower base camp of Makalu. There are number of stone enclosures at this high grazing ground with outstanding views of host of peaks, including the upper part of Makalu south face, Mount Baruntse (7,220m) and Sherson. From Sherton, we continue our walk to Makalu Base camp, which takes 3-4 hours. 

Upon reaching Barun Glacier, stop for photos at its glacial pond, known as Barun Pokhari. Then, after a climb on the moraine ridge, you'll be met by more spectacular views of Mt. Makalu, and of the usual hidden east sides of Lhotse and Everest, which loom above Barun Glacier to the north west. Overnight in tented camp on a full board basis.

Approx 5/6 hrs walking

Visited:
Makalu

Day 10: Excursion In Makalu Base Camp (4870m)

Get your camera and trekking kit ready for a day's excursion to Makalu West Ridge, before getting back to the camp. Overnight in tented camp on a full board basis.

Visited:
Makalu

Day 11: Yangle Kharka (3610m)

After breakfast, we return to Yangle Kharka (3610m) by descending about 1260m. Overnight in tented camp on a full board basis.

Approx 6/7 hrs walking

Visited:
Yangle Kharka

Day 12: Trek To Kongma La (3562m)

After an early breakfast, we retrace our trek back to Khong La, which takes about 7/8 hours in total. Overnight in tented camp on a full board basis.

Approx 7/8 hrs walking

Visited:
Kongma La

Day 13: Trek To Dobate (3520m)  

After another early breakfast, it's on to Dobate. Check-in at the lodge upon arrival, and put your feet up before dinner. 

Approx 5/6 hrs walking

Visited:
Dobate

Day 14: Trek To Seduwa (1530m)  

After breakfast, we trek on to Seduwa following the same path back as the one we previously took. Overnight in tented camp on a full board basis.

Approx 7 hrs walking

Visited:
Seduwa

Day 15: Trek To Num (1505m) - Tumlingtar

Today, we have a short walk downhill through the farm fields to Num Village. After lunch, we'll drive on to Tumlingtar. Overnight in tented camp on a full board basis.

Approx 4 hrs walking

Visited:
Num Tumlingtar

Day 16: Flight Tumlingtar - Kathmandu (1310m)

After an early morning breakfast, we take a local vehicle to Tumlingtar Airport (about 4/5 hrs) and then an onwards flight to Kathmandu. There, you leave your trekking crew and say your goodbyes. Upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport, we'll transfer you to your hotel. 

Visited:
Tumlingtar Kathmandu
Accomodation
Yak & Yeti (Kathmandu)

Day 17: Relax Or Sight-See In Kathmandu

Prepare for a full day of sightseeing and souvenir shopping! Visit the local markets, and popular sites of Kathmandu - Pashupatinath (crematory temple), the Boudhhanath Stupa, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a complex of palaces, courtyards, and temples that used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set in to the wall of the palace with writing in fifteen different languages. There are also three museums inside  the palace building. 

Other highlights include Machchhendranath Temple, Akash Temple, the Temple of Kumari (Kumari Ghar), Kasthamandap, and Jaishi Dewal. Back to your hotel for the evening to put your feet up. At 7 p.m., we will escort you to a local restaurant for a goodbye dinner with our local Nepali staff.

Accomodation
Yak & Yeti (Kathmandu)

Day 18: Departure From Kathmandu

Your trip reaches its end! According to your flight schedule, we’ll transfer you to the international airport 3 hours before your flight time. We hope you've had an incredible trip.

Visited:
Kathmandu

Kathmandu Tumlingtar Num Seduwa Tashi Gaon Kongma La Dobate Yangle Kharka Yak Kharka Barun river Makalu Pashupatinath Bhaktapur

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £2,170 / 18 days
Excluding international flights
2/3 Pax 4/5 Pax  6/8 Pax Single Supplement
Price per person £2,170 £1,940 £1,820 £260

Included in price:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu Hotel Yak & Yeti / Gokarna Forest Resort (5-star) on bed & breakfast basis
  • 1 sirdar, 1 cook, 1 sherpa for every 4 trekkers, kitchen helpers and 2 porters for each member
  • 2 men VE 25 North Face or Mountain Hardware Tents, dinning tents, kitchen tents, toilet Tents
  • Mattress, tables and chairs
  • All necessary kitchen utensils
  • 15-night accommodations in tented camp, with 3 meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All Nepali staff and porters' daily  wages/equipments/food/clothing
  • Rescue insurance
  • National Park fees and TIMS permit fees
  • Flight: KTM-Tumlingtar-KTM  with domestic airport taxes and 15 kg baggage for domestic flights
  • Drive: Tumlingtar-Num-Tumlingtar by private local jeeps with trekking staffs
  • 1 full day guided Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Trekking and valley Maps and with trek guide books
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Not included in price:

  • International/regional flights
  • Insurance: travel/accident/medical emergency evacuation
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu Hotel stay
  • Personal climbing equipments & clothing
  • High altitude food for trekkers & staff
  • Telephone and laundry, alcoholic beverages
  • Nepal visa fee, 40 US$ pp for 30 days
  • Emergency rescue evacuation cost if needed
  • All other personal expenses
  • Overweight charges in domestic flights (if your baggage is over than 15 kg)
  • Tips for Nepali staff

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