Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp Trekking route lies in the area of Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area in the heart of Eastern Nepal. The main focal point of this trek is Makalu Barun National Park in Solukhumbhu and Sankhuwasabha district. The National Park is established in 1992. Makalu trekking is formerly a restricted trekking area, it extent five major ecological zones where the lush, tropical Arun Valley, dense forests or rhododendron and fir and alpine meadows can be found that lead to the mighty Barun glacier. Mount Makalu (8463m) the world’s fifth highest peak; Chamlang Himal and Barun Valley are the major jewels of this Trekking area. Makalu trekking region and Everest trekking region are close to each other. Makalu Base Camp Trekking is a challenging and an outstanding and the trek up to Makalu Base Camp Trip is one of the most remote and unfrequented trekking areas of Trekking in Nepal.
Having a wide range of altitudinal and climatic variations, the Makalu Barun area offers a remarkable and diverse habitat for a rich variety of flora and fauna. Plants of all major ecological zones: tropical, sub-tropical, temperate, alpine and sub-alpine are found here. The park is the home to a rich variety of wildlife also. The highlights of this rich natural paradise include beautiful mountains, pristine forest, and a wide variety of plants, animal life and the simple and warm hearted local people with rich and varied customs. The altitude climbs from the Arun Valley at only 435 meters above sea level to Makalu at 8463m at just 40 km. away from the valley. The best time to schedule Makalu trekking is between September-November and March-May when the passes are less likely to be covered in snow. The Makalu trekking is another popular trekking destination in Nepal.
Nestled in the lower reaches of Barun and Arun valleys are communities of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa (Bhotia) farmers. Though economically poor and isolated, they retain a rich cultural heritage. They hold the key to the preservation of the unique biological and cultural treasures of the Makalu Barun area. The Makalu-Barun area is little known to most tourists due to its relative inaccessibility. But those few hundred trekkers and mountaineers who visit each year come away with an unforgettable experience.
Makalu Region trekking can be organized only of Camping trek. On a camping trek, Snowy Horizon arranges you to sleep in tents. Our staff includes a guide, cook, Sherpa and sufficient porters to carry all your trekking gear. Even if you have never camped before, there is no need to worry that you won't enjoy the experience. The tents we provide are roomy, the sleeping pads/mattresses are comfortable and international style food of a high standard freshly prepared and served in the camp. On all of our camping treks, Snowy Horizon manages a bathroom tent as well as a dining tent with tables and camp stools, providing a cozy, comfortable atmosphere to eat and chat with fellow trekkers during each evening.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar (518m), Trek to Khadbari (1025m)
Day 04: Trek from Khadbari to Chichila (1,800m)
Day 05: Trek from Chichile to Num (1,500m)
Day 06: Trek Num to Seduwa (1,493m)
Day 07: Trek Seduwa to Tashi Gaun (2,200m)
Day 08: Trek Tashi Gaun to Kahuma Danda (3,500m)
Day 09: Trek Kahuma Danda to Mumbuk (3,400m)
Day 10: Trek Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (3,750m)
Day 11: Trek from Nehe Kharka to Sherson (4,600m)
Day 12: Free day at Sherson for a day excursion
Day 13: Trek Sherson to Yangri Kharka (3,645m)
Day 14: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Mumbuk (3,400m)
Day 15: Trek from Mumbuk to Kahuma Danda (3,500m)
Day 16: Trek from Kahuma Danda to Navagaun (2,500m) via Tashi Gaun
Day 17: Trek from Navagaun to Num via Seduwa
Day 18: Trek from Num to Chichile (1,800m)
Day 19: Trek from Chichile to Khadbari
Day 20: Trek from Khadbari to Tumlingtar (400m)
Day 21: Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
Day 22: Rest and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
Day 23: Final Departure to your port of Destination
Fact of the Trip:
Trek Name: Makalu Base Camp Trek
Best season: spring (March –June) Autumn (Sept-November)
Transportation: By tourist bus / private vehicles.
Accommodation: Hotel, Resort & tea house /camping
Grade: Fairly Strenuous
Trekking style: camping only
Highest access: 4812m.
Duration: 21 Days
Group Size: Min. 3 to Max. 15 People
I planned to climb Naya Kanga Peak in March and Snowy Horizon helped me a lot - I got a great guide who has done an impressive List of ascents of high mountains. He was a real fighter when it came to struggle against a hell lot of snow - yet we had to give in before reaching the High Camp.
Trekking Question / Answers
What is Trekking?
Trekking is an adventure activity involving multiday walk on village trails, National Park trails and climber’s trails often on reasonably steep terrain and snow at higher altitudes often crossing high passes in the range of 5500m/18000ft.
How difficult are the treks?
It depends on the location and choice of trekkers. Both difficult as well as easy treks are available.
Is there any age limit for trekking in Himalaya?
In Nepal children below 18 years of age are required to trek accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Is trekking permit required?
Depending on trekking area you may require a special trekking permit while other areas would require only conservation/national park entry permit and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
What is the general duration of the trek?
In General treks vary in duration from 2 to 4 weeks;average one would trek between 4 to 6 hours per day.
What are the sources of drinking water supply during trekking?
On most established treks bottled water is ubiquitously availableas well as locally purified drinking water is available in many villages along the trek. Otherwise, you can use boiled water supplied by the teahouse or camping crew.
Where do we eat our meals?
On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you withcontinental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.
What type of shoes or boots should I wear?
You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths
What problems can arise on altitude?
At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain the insurance?
You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try ihi.com if you cannot find your insurance.
How safe traveling alone women with your company?
We ensure travel safety for all our guests’ women or men travelling with our company. Nepal is generally very safe and welcoming to foreign tourists. We have very good relationships with lodges we use and our guides aware all the time of whereabouts of every guest on the trek. Our groups are small and we ensure continues visual contact.
How much money should I bring for the trek?
On the trek we provide all accommodation, food and we cover park fees, so you need to take only small amount of money to purchase water, small snack and tea outside meals, localsouvenirs, tips or donations to monasteries if you wish to donate small change. $20 per day should be sufficient to cover such expenses
What accommodation will look like during trek?
Majority of trekking is done with lodge/guesthouse accommodation unless you prearranged camping based trip. There are very few trekking areas where lodge accommodation is unavailable and we will offer there a tent accommodation only.
What is tea house trekking?
Teahouse trekking is a trekking where your accommodation and meal are arranged in a local lodge/house with full board services.
What is camping trekking?
Camping trekking is a trekking where we provideyou with tent accommodation and full board with meals to be cooked by professional trekking cook in a mobile camp equipped with akitchen and with adequate support staff of kitchen helpers, guides and porters.
How much a porter carries?
It depends on trekking route and altitude; typically a trekking porter would carry load of 15kg to 25kgand camping porter would carry load up to 40kg.
Is tipping compulsory?
In Nepal it is not customaryto tip but porters and guides would expect and appreciate a small tip. Your tip will go long way to help their families.
Is trekking for me?
Trekking is for you and everyone who is patient and physically fit and enjoys outdoors.
What should be the criteria for physical fitness to trek in Nepal?
You should have a general good level of physical fitness, general hiking experience, do not have any chronic or acute issues with your leg functions andbementally comfortable withmulti-day hikes, than you are ready for trekking.
Can I trek in the Himalayas of Nepal without prior trekking experience?
In principle if you have trekking experience anywhere in the world and you are currently fit for trekking, there is nothing to stop you from Himalayan trekking in Nepal. You just need to increase your cardiovascular capacityto be able to cope with high elevation, where the oxygen density is much lower.
What is the best season to trek in Nepal?
Post-monsoon period from September to December and pre-monsoon season from February to May are the best period for trekking in Nepal. In winter, December till February, at high elevation is very cold and heavy snowfalls may impede crossing of high passes but trekking in low elevations below 3000m is accessible all year round. In summer, June till August is a monsoon season and trekking is very wet, however in rain shadow areas such as Upper Mustang trekking in monsoon season is feasible and pleasant.
What shall I have to bring while trekking in Nepal?
It all depends on the time and altitude of your trek. You may require Down Jacket, warm fleece jacket, warm thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, sleeping bag, trekking boots and a backpack, camera and your personal medication. Consult lists of cloth and equipment on our website as a guide and use a common sense to pack enough but not too much at the same time.
Is it necessary to use guide while on trek in Nepal?
We highly recommend having a guide with you. You will travel in wilderness areas and at high elevations so from safety aspect you should not be alone. Travelling through villages there are many trails and if you took wrong path accidently it may be difficult to communicate with locals to get back on the right path or to secure food or accommodation. They will be unlikely to speak English
How will you help me if I suffer from altitude sickness or accident?
You will be taken immediately to the lower altitude first and will be provided first aid as the immediate treatment and then if necessary the guide will call the rescue helicopter tofly you down to Kathmandu or Pokharausing your rescue insurance.
How farwill we walk per day while on trek?
Anywhere from 5km to 15km depending on condition of trekking trail and the altitude of the trekking route.
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