Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world (8,481 m), but the trek to its base camp is a less travelled route due to its relative inaccessibility. The Makalu Base Camp trekking route is located in the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area, in the heart of eastern Nepal. The main focus of this trek is the Makalu Barun National Park, located in the districts of Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha. The national park was established in 1992. The Makalu trek is previously a restricted trekking area. It extends over five main ecological zones, including the lush, tropical Arun valley, dense forests, rhododendrons, firs and alpine meadows leading to the mighty Barun glacier. Chamlang Himal and the valley of Barun are the main jewels of this trekking region. The trekking areas of Makalu and Everest are close to each other. Trekking at Makalu Base Camp is an exceptional challenge. The Makalu Base Camp trek is one of the most remote and least travelled trekking areas in Nepal.
The Makalu region is enriched with natural beauties. It extends over many regions, where the cold of the mountain is chilling and the beauties of the mountain have an indomitable air. The highlights of this rich natural paradise include beautiful mountains, pristine forests, a wide variety of plants, an animal life and simple and warm-hearted people with rich and varied customs. The Makalu Barun National Park is home to 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 species of birds and 75 species of mammals, including the snow leopard, the red panda, the musk deer, the wild boar, the wild yak, and the Himalayan Thar. With the possibility of sighting wildlife at lower altitudes, green pastures, and fields, villages and forests, combined with snow-capped mountains, glaciers and rocky trails, this is also the ideal territory for photography. Hence the Makalu trekking is another popular trekking destination in Nepal.
Highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trek:
1. The top 5 highest base camp in the world.
2. View of Everest from a unique angle, as far away as Kangchenjunga.
3. Kulung Valley with culture.
4. Makalu and mount Chamlyaing view.
5. Pass from green terraced farmland to glaciers and waterfalls.
6. Trekking in the remote valley.
7. Discover the rural life of the distinct culture of Rai and Sherpa in Nepal.
8. Discover some of Nepal's rarest wild animals, including the red panda.
9. Driving to the East Road in Nepal.
10. Homestay trek.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, a representative of the Taleju Adventure will pick you up at the airport and take you the hotel where you can rest, refresh and even enjoy the local chai (tea). In the evening, a welcome dinner will be organized by the Taleju Adventure. For dinner, an excellent Nepali cuisine will be served to familiarize you with the culinary culture of the country. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today, after breakfast, we begin our tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu, also classified as UNESCO World Heritage. We visit historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and the Buddhist Sanctuary (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At the evening we got to meet each other in the hotel and discusses our trip for next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We fly to Tumlingtar after early morning breakfast and meet the rest of the crew who will also join us for the next day trek. Then we will drive to Chichira, a small village of Gurung. We will rest in Chichira because we must be ready for the next day trek. Night in Chichira.
We start our trek early in the morning after breakfast and head to Num. A moderate walk through picturesque villages and leafy mountain forests will take us to Num. A ridge line with a magnificent view on both sides and at the end, this is Num for us. Night in Num.
A steep descent through forests and terraced farms leads to the Barun River. We cross the river and follow a steep climb. Often quite hot here - the valley of the forest offers some shade as well. This is where the Makalu Barun National Park begins and we register our permits. We camp on top of the town. Night in Seduwa.
Ascend the ridge delimited to the west by Ipsuwa Khola and to the east by Kasuwa Khola. Crossing the hill through quiet villages and small rice fields, we reach the exotic village of Tashi Gaon. Once we reach there, we are surrounded by an impressive panorama of the Himalayas. Overnight in Tashigaon.
It will be a difficult day because we have to walk on a steep path in higher elevation. We will cross forests to reach a stream and a ridge. From there, the path becomes steeper and passes through a Jarka (grass) before following a series of stone stairs and small lakes that lead to the top of the ridge. From there, the trip to Khongma Danda is short. We will spend the night in Khongma Danda.
The rest day will allow a physical rest before crossing the Shipton La the next day. For those who wish to explore the surroundings, you can walk around the area. We will spend the night in Khongma Danda.
We climb to the top of Shipton La (pass) which takes a few hours to arrive at Keke La. After Lake Kalo Pokhari (3930 m), pass the Keke La at 4 170 m. We can see the wonderful views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the pass of Keke La, we descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate. During the night in Dobate.
From Dobate, we cross the rhododendron forest that leads to the Barun River and reaches the upper valley. We must be very careful during the first two hours of trek, since the road is steep and arduous. Then we take a pleasant walk taking altitude up to Yangri Kharka at the foot of the valley. We will spend the night in Yangri Kharka.
After a moderate walk through the valley, we cross yak pastures, leafy forests and block fields. The walls of the valley are imposed on us at the beginning of the walk. We pass Merek as we make our way further up and we notice a significant increase in the panoramic views of the Himalayas. We will spend the night in Langmale Kharka.
Today is the day we arrive at the base camp. From Langmale Kharka, we climb to Shershong and finally to Makalu Base Camp. The path is flat with icy glaciers and snowy mountains that accompany us. Mount Makalu appears when we approaches Shershong. As we head towards the camp, we immerse into the majestic panorama of the Himalayas that surrounds us. We will spend the night in Makalu base camp.
The base camp is an arid and rocky place with the great Barun glacier beyond. From here we can see the magnificent south face of Makalu and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes and glaciers and take a short walk to celebrate our achievements in the camp. We will spend the night in Makalu base camp.
We descend from the base camp and observe Makalu for the last time before turning the corner and returning back. As we descend, we cross Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek, descend into the valley and finally stop at Yangri Kharka. We will spend the night in Yangri Kharka.
From Yangri Kharka, we descend through waterfalls, green forests and a valley to go to Dobate. We follow the banks of the Barun River along the road. During the night in Dobate.
We start the hike through a steep climb from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) and through a forest of fir and rhododendrons. We cross the Keke La, the Tutu La (Shipton Pass) and the Kauma La en route. Then we descend down to Khongma Danda. We will spend the night in Khongma Danda.
The walk continues with frequent and long and pronounced descents through the hills. The trail takes us through thick forests to the village of Sherpahs, in the Sherpa region. Overnight in Tashigaon.
We retrace our steps as we leave the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun River. We cross the hill and cross villages and settlements as we descend and then finally stopping at Seduwa. Night in seduwa.
We leave Seduwa and cross leafy forests towards Num. The path climbs and descends through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we climb down before arriving at Num. Overnight in Num.
Once again, we return to Chichira, where we can enjoy the splendid view of Mount Makalu for the last time. The last stage of the trek will allow us to spend the night in Tumlingtar, ready for early departure to Kathmandu the next day. Overnight in Tumlingtar.
Today, we return to Kathmandu after our long trek in the mountains. We can rest and relax all day in our hotel or get in touch with our loved ones. In the evening, we celebrate our success at Makalu Base Camp with a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our trip to Nepal ends today. A representative of the Taleju Adventure will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On the way back, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
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