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Makalu Base Camp Trek - 21 days

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Introduction: 

Mt. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,463m. It is an isolated peak, located just 22 km east of Mount Everest between Everest and Kanchenjunga, on the Nepali-Tibetan border. Its size alone is impressive, but its structure, that of a perfect pyramid with four sharp ridges, makes this mountain all the more spectacular. It has proved to be not only a beautiful peak but also challenging. Previously, it had been admired and studied by several Everest parties and it was first climbed by the French in 1955.
 
One of the most popular trekking destinations among solitary trekkers, Makalu Base Camp offers an exceptional opportunity to explore high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. Makalu base camp is situated at Sherson (4700m), a lovely high grazing area close to the tip of the Barun Glacier, which is surrounded by an awe-inspiring array of Himalayan peaks. It is important to note that this is a holiday for the connoisseur of Himalayan trekking and those with an adventurous spirit. Teahouses/lodge accommodation we will be using is of a more basic standard than that found in the popular trekking areas, such as the Khumbu. This is one of the only disadvantages of trekking in such a pristine, remote and little visited area.
 
Journey:
 
Our journey begins with an hour-long flight to Tumlingtar above the Arun River, where as the real trek starts from Num. From here, our trekking route takes us through pretty terraced farmland and a number of delightful villages, before climbing to cross the Shipton La (4,125m). At the high points of this classic trekking holiday, the views extend from Makalu to distant Kangchenjunga (World’s 3rd highest peak (8,586m). We have a full day to explore above Sherson, gaining surprising views of the Kangshung (east) Face of Everest as well as close-up perspectives of the impressive Chamlang and of Makalu's towering South Face. The lower reaches of the trail are renowned for their lushness with verdant rhododendron forests whereas the upper reaches of the trail comprise of polished granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers, overflowing with waterfalls. The Makalu Base Camp Trek is an ideal choice for avid trekkers and nature enthusiasts who seek solace and tranquility in pristine natural habitat and those who wish to avoid crowds.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • One of the adventurous Himalayan trekking
  • Unique beauty of Nature with verities of rhododendron forests, delightful Sherpa & Bhote villages.
  • Views extend from Mt. Makalu to Mt. Kanchenjunga and surprising view of Kangshung Face
  • The area is very remote and less crowded area, so one of the adventurous Himalayan trekking experience.
  • Trek to the base camp of World’s 5th highest peak Mt. Makalu (8,463m),

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrive in KTM, transfer to hotel & trip briefing

Arrive in KTM, transfer to hotel & trip briefing 

Day 2

Tour, necessary preparation & packing

Tour, necessary preparation & packing

Day 3

Fly to Tumlingtar (1040m); Short drive to Khadbari

Fly to Tumlingtar (1040m); Short drive to Khadbari

Day 4

Drive to Num (1,560m), 5-6 hours

Drive to Num (1,560m), 5-6 hours  

Day 5

Trek to Seduwa (1,500m), 5 hours

Trek to Seduwa (1,500m), 5 hours 

Day 6

Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,100m), 5 hours

Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,100m), 5 hours 

Day 7

Trek to Khongma (3,550m), 6 hours

Trek to Khongma (3,550m), 6 hours 

Day 8

Trek to Khongma (3,550m), 6 hours

Acclimatization day, Khongma 

Day 9

Cross over Shipton La (4,125m), and trek continue to Dobato (3,540m), 6-7 hours

Cross over Shipton La (4,125m), and trek continue to Dobato (3,540m), 6-7 hours 

Day 10

Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,610m), 6 hours

Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,610m), 6 hours 

Day 11

Trek to Langmele Kharka (4,410m), 5-6 hours

Trek to Langmele Kharka (4,410m), 5-6 hours

Day 12

Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m), 5-6 hours

Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m), 5-6 hours

Day 13

Explore Makalu Base Camp

Explore Makalu Base Camp

Day 14

Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,610m), 6-7 hours

Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,610m), 6-7 hours  

Day 15

Trek to Dobato (3,540m), 6 -7 hours

Trek to Dobato (3,540m), 6 -7 hours 

Day 16

Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,100m), 6-7 hours

Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,100m), 6-7 hours 

Day 17

Trek to Num (1,560m), 6-7 hours

Trek to Num (1,560m), 6-7 hours 

Day 18

Drive to Tumlingtar (5-6 hours)

Drive to Tumlingtar (5-6 hours) 

Day 19

Fly to KTM, transfer to hotel, free afternoon

Fly to KTM, transfer to hotel, free afternoon 

Day 20

Free day in KTM, shopping etc.

Free day in KTM, shopping etc. 

Day 21

International flight to home

International flight to home
Start Date
End Date
Availability
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Start Date
12th Oct 2017
End Date
1st Nov 2017
Availability
OPENED
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3
 
REMARKS : Cost For Tea For House Based Trek

COST INCLUDES

  • Kanchenjunga area special trekking permits
  • Conservation/national park fees and all government taxes
  • 4 (four) nights 3 star hotel accommodation on twin sharing BB basis
  • All internal flights (KTM – Suketar– KTM) with departure taxes
  • Trek duffle bag/luggage weight, maximum of 15kg per trekker
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private vehicle
  • An experience Sherpa Trek Guide
  • Support Sherpa staffs
  • Required number of porters to carry member’s trek luggage
  • Trek sleeping bag and Down Jacket (to be returned after the trek)
  • Trek duffle bag to each trek member
  • All meals of high quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All hot drinks and beverages (tea, coffee, treated drinking water etc.)
  • Trek group First Aid Kit
  • Insurance of all local team members
  • Equipment for porters
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour with guide & private transport
  • Farewell celebration dinner

COST EXCLUDES

  • Medical/personal high risk insurance, (must cover emergency evacuation cost)
  • International flight cost and departure taxes
  • Personal trek gears
  • Major meals in Kathmandu
  • Bottle water, soft drinks, beers etc.
  • Cost of personal expenses i.e. telephone calls, laundry, Toiletry items etc.
  • Cost due to delay and cancellation of the flight, extension of trek days, strike etc.
  • Tips to the local staff
Fitness

This kind of trek is challenging but doesn’t really require previous trekking and mountaineering experiences and also doesn’t require any technical experience. But if you have any previous experiences would be really helpful. Your fitness is really important for this trek; therefore we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical condition. You need to be trained at least for about 3 to 5 months to prepare yourself as strong candidate. You can go to fitness center every morning for about 1.5 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack, manage some time for cycling for couple of hours for 2 or 3 times a week. However at the high altitude, there might be little symptoms of altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue etc. but take it as normal and just drink enough water (4 – 5 liters) every day. On this trek, you need to be able to hike 4 – 8 hours over hilly terrain up to 5,500m of altitude with daypack.
 
Experience

If you have any previous experiences of similar grade trek would be helpful, but if you don’t have is also not really important matter of issue. This trek will introduce you about high altitude trekking in the Himalayas and also about the local cultures, traditions and local people.
 
Even if you are around the age of 65 years, you can be a candidate for this trek.    
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Trip Info

Trip Code: DHA/MBT-21
Grade:
Best Month of the Year : April, May, October and November
Trekking Duration: 15 days
Hotel Accommodation : 3 star, 4 nights twin shared BB basis
Trek Type : Lodge & Camping
Maximum Elevation : 4M.
Average hours of walking per day : 5 - 6 hours
Destination: : Nepal

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