Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Once you reach the airport in Kathmandu, after clearing the formalities at the immigration our representative will greet and assist you towards the hotel. In the evening Trekking information on Nepal will be provided to you by our representative at the hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu
Kathmandu, the city of temples is a fascinating place to see. Kathmandu has seven world heritage sites Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey temple), Boudhanath (Little Tibet in Kathmandu), Changunarayan Temple and Pashupatinath temple, ( biggest temple of lord shiva with the cremation site.) Among these places you can visit 3 of them.
Day 03: Fly Tumlingtar [460m] and trek to Khandbari [1040m]
After breakfast we take a morning flight of an hour to Tumlingtar, we head north towards Khandbari after lunch. We begin walking on a plateau for about 45 minutes after which the trek starts climbing gradually for approx 3 hrs to reach Khandbari camp above the village on large grassy fields.
Day 04: Trek to Fururu [1900m]
Our first settlement today is Mani Bhanjyang (1100 m) where we head towards after breakfast. We continue through fields, bamboo groves, and big rocks and climb a short distance to reach the Tamang village of Bhotebas (1740m). Beyond the village, the cultivated fields disappear as the trail climbs through trees to a pass at 1850 meters that offers spectacular views of Chamlang, Makalu and Jaljale Himal. We then descend a bit to the next ridge, and then follow the crest as it makes some ups and downs through a rhododendron forest to Chilchela (1830m), with a tea shop and few houses inhabited by Gurungs. We follow along the ridge to the small settlements of Kuwa Pani (1910m) and Sakurati Majuwa (1860m). Just past a mani wall, the trail leads up to a campsite. The lower trail heads to the village of Fururu, situated below the ridge at 1900 meters.
Day 05: Trek to Num [1490m]
Leaving the village of Fururu, we walk past forests, Mani wall and a dirty pond. We continue along the ridge past a small stream to a single Sherpa house and tea shop. This is Mure, a spread-out village at 1980 meters that is inhabited by both Sherpas and Rais.
Below Mure, the route cuts across the ridge, then makes a tedious descent on a rocky eroded trail to some stone steps and a final walk to Num (1490m). Num is situated on the ridge above an S-shaped bend in the Arun River. On the opposite side of the Arun is the village of Sedua.
Day 06: Trek to Sedua [1460m]
After a warm breakfast we cross the Arun River (660 m). From the bridge we climb steeply to a primitive tea shop, then through corn and buckwheat field. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, we make a long, steep, rough climb to Sedua (1460m).
Day 07: Trek to Tashi gaon [2070m]
We leave Sedua and walk past the Rasuwa River from Khola to Gyang (1770m). Here in the trail you see the terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. After lunch we head towards Tashi Gaon which is 6 hours walk from the village of Sedua.
Day 08: Trek to Kauma [3470m]
The trail levels out, and then climbs to a shepherd’s hut called Chipla atop another ridge. We climb past two small streams, then switchback up the ridge in forests to a kharka at 2900 meters and up to a saddle and Unshisha, a tiny meadow at approx 330 meters. Here the trail joins the ridge that separates the Iswa and Kasuwa drainages. The slope gets steeper and becomes a series of moss-covered stone stairs to Dhara Kharka, a meadow atop the ridge. We then move over a hillock and descend a bit to reach Kauma (3470 m).
Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk [3570m]
We leave the village of Kauma to head towards Mumbuk on the way we can witness the famous twin peaks Chamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7. Following the ridge for a while, we ascend a stone staircase. After a few false summits the trail veers left off the crest to a small lake. We then climb gently up a shallow rocky gully to the Kike La (4127 m). We walk past the Tutu la and further. We continue descending go down about 150 meters into sparse rhododendron forests to a flat land. A short walk past the dense forest leads to the village of Mumbuk.
Day 10: Trek to Nhe Kharka [3000m]
We start walking following the stream and then follow the Barun River to a Kharka. Moving through forests of birch and scrub rhododendron, we reach Yangle Kharka. We Climb from Yangle Kharka, finally crossing to the north side of the Barun Khola to reach Nhe Kharka (3000 m). There is a small gompa at the south side of the valley that offers great mountain views in all directions.
Day 11: Rest day at the Base Camp
Rest day at Nhe Kharka. You can explore the area and prepare for the next day’s trek.
Day 12: Trek to Sherson [4615m]
This is one of the longest days in the Makalu Base camp trek as we have to walk around 8 hours. We continue the walk through the northern bank of the Barun Khola for a while. After a short walk The Barun Valley makes a huge S-shaped curve and the walls rise almost vertically 1500 to 2000 meters above the river, but the trail climbs gently as we approach Ripok Kharka. From here the trek to Sherson offers majestic view of the Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3 and Peak 5.Further walking into an alluvial valley you can see the Fifth highest mountain Makalu is visible just before reaching Sherson (4615 m).
Day 13: Trek to Makalu Base camp [5000m]
This is the day you have been waiting for as we reach the Makalu Base camp, the highest base camp on earth. From Sherson, we put the trail on our east descend to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. We further go down to cross the boulders to the base camp on the west bank of the river. We can witness the southern part of the Makalu. An ascent of this buttress yields views of Peak 6, 7 and Baruntse (7220 m); Everest and Lhotse complete the panorama.
Day 14: Trek to Nhe Kharka [3000m]
Today we trek back to Nhe Kharka following the same trail.
Day 15: Trek to Mumbuk [3570m]
We start after a warm breakfast back to Mumbuk. Walking past the forest of pine and rhododendron and reach Mumbuk in the late afternoon to witness the beautiful sunset.
Day 16: Trek to Kauma [3470m]
Leaving Mumbuk, we trek across the Shipton La and descend to Kauma.
Day 17: Trek to Tashi Gaon [2070m]
Today we make a long steep descent back to Tashi Gaon. At Tashi Gaon we spend the rest of the day relaxing in order to recover from the high altitude.
Day 18: Trek to Balung [760m]
We go down to Sedua, and then follow the trail with gentle descent to Mulgaon. Leaving Mulgaon we start going down the steep rocky trail through fields of corn and barley until we reach the Ipsuwa Khola, from where we cross the suspension bridge and stop for lunch.
From here we have entered the Arun Valley. The area is used as a temporary settlement by the farmers living up in the hills. Furhter going down we reach Balung (760 m).
Day 19: Trek to Pukuwa [550m]
We start late today as the trail today is short to the village of Pukuwa. We walk past the Rai village of Walung (880m) then cross the Apsawa Khola and climb little bit to reach the Chhayang village, settlement of the Rai community. The trail then crosses a stream at 590m and makes some ups and downs to reach Parangbu, a delightful camping spot among rice fields on the banks of the Arun River. We continue through forests and pass several small streams to reach Pukuwa (550m).
Day 20: Trek to Bumling [370m]
Passing some rocky terrain and green fields on the trail we reach the village of Tome (520 m). Makalu Barun base camp trekking is not only famous for the mountains but also the cultivation in such a remote and difficult terrain.
Below Tome, the Arun Valley becomes wider and more U shaped. The trail climbs over another ridge on a steep, narrow stairway of rock steps. From the top of the ridge at 530m, the trail descends to a delightful camp on the banks of the Sankhuwa Khola (370m), across from the Chhetri village of Bumling.
Day 21: Trek to Tumlingtar [460m]
Today is the last day of the trek and we go down following the river downstream to its confluence with the Arun River. Further walking we cross the Arun River and start following the east bank of the Arun, walk past the village of Chyawabesi before making a short climb back to the Tumlingtar plateau. From here we walk on the flat land to the hotel near by the airport.
Day 22: Fly to Kathmandu
We take a flight back to Kathmandu which lasts for an hour.
Day 23: Final departure.
We will bid farewell to you and our staff will lead you to the Tribhuvan international Airport.