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Makalu Base camp & Barun valley Trek - 23 days

Khandbari

Panoramic view of Khandbari Bazaar.

Nghe Kharka

Nghe Kharka is a Himalayan valley situated in Makalu-Barun area of Nepal.

Tented Camp at Makalu

Tented Camp during Makalu trek.

Mumbuk

Porters approaching the high camp below the Shipton Pass on their way out from Makalu.

Barun Valley and River

Barun Valley and Barun river in winter.

Barun valley

Barun valley

This trek takes you close to the world’s fifth highest mountain Makalu, which is a proud neighbor of Mt Everest. The Makalu Barun National Park, established in 1992, is located in the Barun Valley which is part of a huge international protected area under an agreement between Nepal and China. This park spreads in two districts Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha. The Makalu region is also popular for the Mera Peak (6654m) one of the most famous trekking peak in Nepal. Makalu Barun area is home to rhododendrons, orchids, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Yak, Himalayan Thar, and more than 420 varieties of bird species. The most significant thing to see here is the spiny babbler, the bird only found in Nepal.

The Makalu Base Camp Trek Starts after a flight to Tumlingtar of mid-eastern Nepal from Kathmandu, The Makalu trek starts from Chichila, a 3-hour's drive from Tumlingtar. Following the beautiful Barun river valley in the Makalu Barun National Park, we cross various high passes such as Shipton La, Keke La and lakes such as Kalopokhari etc. While trekking, we rise from lowland of Tumlingtar on the Arun River to one of the highest Base Camps on earth, the Makalu Base Camp at 5000m. On the way we can witness some of the famous peaks in the Eastern Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and many more trekking peaks. The weather in Nepal during autumn is considered good for this trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly Tumlingtar [460m] and trek to Khandbari [1040m]
Day 04: Trek to Fururu [1900m]
Day 05: Trek to Num [1490m]
Day 06: Trek to Sedua [1460m]
Day 07: Trek to Tashi gaon [2070m]
Day 08: Trek to Kauma [3470m]
Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk [3570m]
Day 10: Trek to Nhe Kharka [3000m]
Day 11: Rest day at the Base Camp
Day 12: Trek to Sherson [4615m]
Day 13: Trek to Makalu Base camp [5000m]
Day 14: Trek to Nhe Kharka [3000m]
Day 15: Trek to Mumbuk [3570m]
Day 16: Trek to Kauma [3470m]
Day 17: Trek to Tashi Gaon [2070m]
Day 18: Trek to Balung [760m]
Day 19: Trek to Pukuwa [550m]
Day 20: Trek to Bumling [370m]
Day 21: Trek to Tumlingtar [460m]
Day 22: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 23: Final departure.
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  2. 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.

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  1. Service Details
  2. Service includes on Budget and all:

    • Fully Equipped Camping Trek
    • National park , Entrance and TIMS fees
    • Domestic airfare as per itinerary
    • All Airport transfers and escort
    • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with entry fees.
    • 3 nights’ accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on double sharing with breakfast
    • All Transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle

    Service Exclude

    • International flight & departure tax
    • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
    • Tips, any expenses of personal nature,
    • Client’s insurance
    • Any other cost which is not mentioned above inclusion

    Climate and best time to go
    Autumn (from September till Last week of November) and spring (1st week of March until May) is considered the best time to travel to the Makalu Barun Base camp. Days get considerably colder when you go higher. The nights are cold (between -15 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). In monsoon due to extreme rainfall and landslides we do not recommend the trip.

    People and culture
    Makalu base camp trek offers an amalgam of natural beauty and culture. More than 30000 people of different ethnicity live in this area. Sherpas, Tamangs, Magars, Gurungs, Newars, Brahmins, Chhetris, Bhotias are found in the Makalu Barun area. Hinduism and Buddhism, both are practiced in this region. This region is culturally rich but economically poor and isolated. People heavily depend upon forest resources for food, fuel, housing materials, animal fodder, fertilizers, medicines and other creative uses. People of this region are also involved in making home made products by utilizing local resources. Some of the products are clothing spun from allo (nettles), paper made from Lokta (danphe bark), and countless items made from bamboo including furniture, containers, baskets, musical instruments, raincoats, and aqueducts. Some people work as porters and guides in the trekking areas and many migrate temporarily to the plains and lowlands in search of work during half a year.

    Transportation
    You will be provided with private transfer from/to airport (both domestic and international). From Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and back is on flight.

    Accommodation
    Camping trek means sleeping in tents. On a camping trek, the tents provided are ‘Two men dome’ or ‘A’ shaped. Foam mattress with insulation underneath is provided for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag.  Sleeping Bags can also be hired in Kathmandu in the trekking equipment shops. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows but you can also use the Air pillow (Brought by yourself) for comfort.
    In Kathmandu we offer hotels of different category ranging from normal budget hotels to Deluxe 5 star hotels as per your budget.

    MEALS & DRINKING WATER
    You are provided with three meals a day with nutritious local and western dishes. The day begins with breakfast that includes porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
    After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are provided as per the plan (budget of the trek) but in the morning is provided for sure. We use fresh materials to prepare food and we apply the best possible safety measures to provide hygienic and safe food for our trekkers and staffs.

    LUGGAGE WHILE TREKKING
    There will be porters to carry your luggage. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, and rain coat etc, usually a small pack that allows you to enjoy your trek in the optimum level. If you don’t want to take things to the trek you can always store them at our office or at the hotel without paying any extra cost. In treks where flights are involved it is a good idea to leave unnecessary at the Hotel/AMN office because airlines company only allow 15 KG luggage and charge pretty high for extra baggage.
    Group and crew members
    We provide different options concerning leadership in order to match your requirements:
    1) Trained Nepali Trek leader (experienced and knowledgeable) Sherpa Guide (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek)
    2) The Sherpa guide (commonly called Sirdar) will be accompanied by a crew of porters. On camping trek, there will be required number of porters, Asst. Guide and kitchen crew for each group

    Join a group or private trip
    You can either join our fixed departure trips or do a private tour. You can look for the dates and prices in the respective pages of the trip itinerary for fixed departure trips. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 16 at a time). We are happy to customize the programs as per your interest and requirement.

    Personal expenses
    On this trek all meals will be provided. Since all the meals are provided you need to carry money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places).
    Tips is not a compulsion in Nepal but almost every time the trekking crew expect something so depending on your budget and level of service you got you can give a reasonable amount of tips( Usually expected to be around 5-10% of the total tour cost)

    Transportation
    You will be provided with private transfer from/to airport (both domestic and international). From Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and back is on flight.

    Communication
    While trekking you may not have an access to telephone facility for some days or weeks. However, en route there may be few places where telephone facilities may be available and likely to be working. If you wish to carry a satellite phone we can arrange for renting the phones throughout the trip.

    Trekking gears & equipment
    http://www.himalayantrekkers.com/before-departure-checklist.php

    Gears available in Kathmandu
    It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu. Things like sleeping bags, jackets and even boots are available in the trekking outlets of Kathmandu.

    Meeting and greeting in Kathmandu
    After confirming the trip we Adventure Mission Nepal you should convey the flight details to us and as per that our representative will be on the airport on time to receive you. You just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a Play card or Banner with your name or with “Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition”.

    Health and vaccinations
    As vaccination requirements change frequently, we Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio. The main health consideration in high altitude is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. We recommend carrying ‘hyperbaric Altitude Chamber’ or ‘Gamow Bag’ if you are going higher than 4000m.

    Rescue and evacuations
    In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

    Insurance
    Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation.

    Itinerary changes
    Considering the situation, you and our guide after consultation can change the program as per the need of the hour. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary, if not you will have to pay for the extended part of the journey. Our guides have full knowledge of the result and consequences so they will suggest you before you make any changes.

    Trek duration
    We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

    Social responsibilities
    Adventure Mission Nepal is well aware about its social responsibilities. We are contributing 5 days salary of all our staffs to Maanropi Secondary School in Dhading district and we also contribute 5 % of the profit to the Poor and needy students and for the empowerment of women especially widows and single womens. We also contribute yearly in social programs such as sanitation and Afforestation program.

    Care for porters and staff
    All our staffs are equipped with necessary clothing for going into high altitude conditions and we strictly abide to the rules of e International Porter Protection group (IPPG - www.ippg.net).

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