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Makalu Trekking (20 days )

Makalu region lies in the North eastern part of Nepal which is sheltered by the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Project (est. 1992) which covers 2330 sq km and it is the home of Makalu ( 5th highest peak of the world 8463m), Chamlang (7319 m) and Baruntse (7129m). The Makalu Barun National Park is an important conservation area of many species, which are on the verge of extinction. Makalu Barun National park contains some of the richest and very diverse collections of wildlife and vegetations also great cultural heritage and bio- cultural importance’s.
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Makalu Trekking is also known as the Makalu Base Camp Trekking which is done in lower altitude but lies in a restricted area so special permit is hence required to enter into this region. We start its trek from Kathmandu sightseeing then you go to Tumlingtar from where our real trek starts. We trail through Mani Bhanjyang, Chichila, Seduwa, Mumbuk, Nehe Kharka, Sherson and way back down to Kathmandu. During this trek we will get chance to know about people, cultures and tradition, festivals, floura and fauna and many more vistas of mountains and nature. Makalu Trek is a camping trek .and it is moderate to challenging in grade and can take up to 20 days to complete this trek. September to December and March to May is the best time for this trek.

Outline Itinerary of Makalu Trekking

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Fly to Tumlingtar  & Trek to Mani Bhanjyang

Day 4: Mani Bhanjyang to Chichila

Day 5: Chichila to Num

Day 6: Num to Seduwa

Day 7: Seduwa to Tashi Gaun

Day 8: Tashi Gaun to Kahuma Dada

Day 9: Kahuma Dada to Mumbuk

Day 10: Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka

Day 11: Nehe Kharka to Sherson

Day 12: Acclimatization Day

Day 13: Sherson to Mumbuk

Day 14: Mumbuk to Kahuma Dada

Day 15: Kahuma Dada to Nava Gaun

Day 16: Nava Gaun to Num

Day 17: Num to Chichila

Day 18: Chichila to Khandbari to Tumlingtar

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu 

Day 20: Departure

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Tour and trek Preparation (1360m)

Today you are going to  explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanah Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Fly to Tumlingtar (950m) and trek to Mani Bhanjyang (1200 M)

After breakfast you headed to airport to catch your flight for Tumlingtar. You can encounter the range of snow capped peaks from Langtang all the way to Mt. Everest, Makalu & Mt. Kanchenjunga. When you arrive at Tumlingtar our other team member will meet you there and help you packing your things and bags and they will trek you to Mani Bhanjyang. Along the way you will enjoy farm fields, villages and sal forest, nature etc. And you head to Khadbari, a major town of this region and pacing down you are finally at Mani Bhanjyang. Stay overnight at Mani Bhanjyang.

Day 4: Mani Bhanjyang to Chichila (1,800m)

After breakfast you trail with ascending 3-4 hrs to the ridge on a wide and well-used trail, reach at Bhotebaas. Then trail through fertile land and forested path brings you to the top of the small ridge at Chichila village. From here superb scenic mountains of Mt. Makalu and Khumbakarna range can be observed. Stay overnight at Chichila.

Day 5: Chichila to Num (1,500m)

After breakfast you trail through the cool and beautiful rhododendron, oaks and hemlocks forest, you climb to the top of the ridge and almost two hours downhill lies our camp Num which is a small village with about fifteen houses and a primary school. Stay overnight at Num.

Day 6: Num to Seduwa (1,493m)

After breakfast you trail towards Arun River and its valley below is densely forested and paths are quite slippery. Crossing suspension bridges and climb back out of Rainforest you rest at Tunruma then headed further trail takes us at village of Seduwa. Stay overnight at Seduwa.

Day 7: Seduwa to Tashi Gaun (2,200m)

After breakfast you trail toward Tashi village and it is an easy and pleasant day. It is a rural farm village and you visit its farms and terraces, rice fields and millet fields and explore areas. Stay overnight at Tashi Gaun.

Day 8: Tashi Gaun to Kahuma Dada (3,500m)

After breakfast you headed to Kahuma Dada  along with following the beautiful shade of the rhododendron and oaks forest, summer pastures with shepherd huts. From here onwards to Kahuma ridge is strenuous uphill climb, the tree lines decreases for the bushes of rhododendron and juniper. Stay overnight at Kahuma Dada.

Day 9: Kahuma Dada to Mumbuk (3,400m)

After breakfast you pass through the Thulo Pokhari and Sano Pokhari enjoying morning views of Mountains, and pass through misleading snowy paths and further walk cross the pass of Tutu-la at 4,075m then downhill back to vegetation we find a small clearing place for camping in the middle of the woods of pines, hemlock, birch and rhododendrons at Mumbuk. Stay overnight at Mumbuk.

Day 10: Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (3,750m)

After breakfast you can see spectacular views of Khumbakarna at morning. Today your trail is downhill to the enclosed and concealed Barun Valley which is least explored area in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. After reaching the alpine area of Barun Valley our trail is gradual uphill slopes, You camp today at one of the summer pastures for the local folks of Tashi and Navagaun at Nehe Kharka. Stay overnight at Nehe Kharka.

Day 11: Nehe Kharka to Sherson (4,600m)

After breakfast you head to Sherson. you cross the Barun River, forests, glacier, you come at Sherson. From the bottom of Barun glacier Mt. Makalu appears spectacular. Sherson is also the lower base camp of Mt. Makalu from here outstanding view of host of peaks, including the upper part of Makalu south face, and Mt. Baruntse 7,220m is viewed and at Sherson. Stay overnight at Sherson.

Day 12: Acclimatization day

Today you have full day rest at the camp or for acclimatization visit around some interesting hike and view points to explore, the most scenic walk would be taking a hike on the right side of the camp above for the closer view of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari and the view of the rare face of Everest the Kanshung face with Lhotse. A one hour steep up brings you to the large meadow you can walk farther up to have a greater view of the mentioned peaks and more other peaks of this area and beyond. After exploring the area stroll back to the camp. Stay overnight at Sherson.

Day 13: Sherson to Mumbuk (3,400m)

After breakfast you trek back to Mumbuk, after leaving the Barun Valley it is all uphill to the overnight camp in the midst of the alpine forest at Mumbuk. Stay overnight at Mumbuk

Day 14: Mumbuk to Kahuma Dada (3,500m)

After breakfast you trail down to Kahuma dada through Shipton-la and Thulo Pokhari. Stay overnight at Kahuma Dada.

Day 15: Kahuma to Navagaun (2,500m) via Tashi Gaun

After breakfast you  trek back to Tashi Gaun and continue trailing through forest and you can see the Sherpa village Navagaun which is larger than Tashi Gaun above the Seduwa village. Stay overnight at Tashi Gaun.

Day 16: Navagaun to Num

After breakfast you follow your trails down to the farm fields for an hour or two to Seduwa village. From Seduwa retrace the journey to Num and crossing bridges brings you back to Num. Stay overnight at Num.

Day 17: Num to Chichila (1,800m)

After breakfast  you follow the same route to Chichila. Stay overnight at Chichila.

Day 18: Chichila to Khadbari to Tumlingtar (950)

After breakfast you trek through the forest, farm lands and small villages passing and further walk to gradual path, leading you to the large village town of Khadbari. And easy downhill walking from here brings you back to Tumlingtar. Stay overnight at Tumlingtar. 

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu

After breakfast you headed to airport to catch your flight for Kathmandu. At night you will havea dinner in Nepali kitchen with your teammates with Nepali musics. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 20: Departure

Today your Makalu Trekking comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting, bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.

Services include:

Necessary local transport by private vehicle

Accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 star standard hotels with breakfast.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide.

Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks

Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House while on treks.

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.

Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.

Insurance of our field staff.

Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit)

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax & Permit.

Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee

International / any air fare.

Travelers insurance (compulsory)

Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, political disturbances etc.

General Informations

A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.

Equipments Required

Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc

Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc

Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.

Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.

Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.

Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.

Always Drink Safe Water

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.

About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek

Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.

Travel Insurance

Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities

Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.

Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.

Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks

You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Trekssuggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.

Trip Facts

Tour Name: Makalu Trek

Tour Duration: 25 Days

Tour Area: Makalu Barun Conservation Area - Nepal

Maximum Altitude: 3500 M

Minimum Altitude: 950 M

Tour Type: Trekking, Camping and Hiking

Tour Grade: Moderate to Challanging

Price: on request

Suitable For: Fit Trekkers

Best Season: Sep - Dec & March - May (12 Month Possible)

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