Makalu Base Camp & Barun Valley Trek

Makalu Base Camp & Barun Valley Trek

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

23 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Makalu Base Camp (5000 m)

Group Size

Min. 2, Max. 12

Trial Access:

Private and comfortable drive with domestic flight.

Best Season:

Sept - Dec & Feb - May

Mt. Makalu is the world’s fifth highest mountain and certainly a proud neighbor of Mt. Everest. The Makalu Barun National Park, established in 1992, is an absolute virgin land spread out over 1500 sq km in the eastern part of Nepal. It is located in the Barun Valley which stretches east from Solukhumbu National Park. In addition, it passes through the high plateau of Tibet and deep sub-tropical gorge formed by Arun river.

This remote area is under an agreement between Nepal and China. Therefore, it falls under the International Protected Area. It is spread over two districts, Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha.

Additionally, the Makalu Region is well known for one of the most popular trekking peaks, the Mera Peak It is located at 6,654 meters above sea level. There is an amazing view of the majestic snow-capped Himalayan peaks including Mt. Makalu (8463m), Mt. Chamlang (7,319m) and Mt. Baruntse (7,129 m).

The Makalu Barun Valley is an epic of contrasting features where you find high waterfalls cascading into deep gorges. It is followed by weather-beaten rocks rising proudly from lush green forests and the carpet of colorful flowers beneath the snow-white peaks.

The Makalu Barun region has a rich biodiversity. Thus, it is home to a variety of exotic flowers like the rhododendrons and orchids. Similarly, you can also find an abundance of wildlife like the snow leopard, red panda, wild boar, musk deer, wild yak, himalayan thar, etc.

Furthermore, this region is a home for more than 420 species of avian life. Among the unique species, Spiny Babbler is the bird only found in Nepal.

The Makalu Base Camp Trek takes off after we reach Tumlingtar in mid-eastern Nepal. The Makalu Trek starts from Chichila, which is a 3 hours drive from Tumlingtar. We pass the beautiful Barun River Valley in the Makalu Barun National Park. This stretch of the trek will see us crossing some really high passes like the Shipton La, Keke La and also some beautiful lakes like the Kalopokhari and so on.

During this trek, you walk from the lowlands of Tumlingtar on the Arun River to one of the highest Base Camps the Makalu Base Camp at 5,000m above sea level. Autumn is considered to be the best season to do this trek.


Some Glimpse of this Amazing Trek:

  • Trek to fifth Highest Mountain in the world – Makalu.
  • Trek through Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area.
  • Walk to one of the most remote and isolated areas of Nepal.
  • Stunning view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Chamlang and Makalu.
  • Explore the diverse flora, Fauna and geographic diversity comprising rare Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Panda, Wild Boar, Himalayan Thar, and Wild Yak.
  • Experience the warm hospitality of Sherpa, Limbu, and Rai.

Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu
Day 03: Flight to Tumlingtar [460m] and drive to Chichili [1980m]
Day 04: Trek to Num [1560m], 6 / 7 hrs Walk
Day 05: Trek to Sedua [1500m], 6 / 7 hrs Walk
Day 06: Trek to Tashi Gaon [2100m], 4 / 5 hrs Walk
Day 07: Trek to Kauma [3500m], 6 / 7 hrs Walk
Day 08: Rest Day
Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk [3570m], 6 / 7 hrs Walk
Day 10: Trek to Nhe Kharka [3000m], 6 / 7 hrs Walk
Day 11: Trek to Sherson [4615m], 4 / 5 hrs Walk
Day 12: Trek to the Final Destination – The Makalu Base Camp [5000m], 6 / 7 hrs Walk
Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Day 14: Return Journey to Nhe Kharka [3000m] 7 Hrs Walk
Day 15: Trek to Mumbuk [3570m] 6/7 hrs Walk
Day 16: Trek to Kauma [3470m] 6 Hrs Walk
Day 17: Trek to Tashi Gaon [2070m] 5/6Hrs Walk
Day 18: Trek to Balung [760m] 6 hrs Walk
Day 19: Trek to Pukuwa [550m] 6/7 Hrs Walk
Day 20: Trek to Bumling [370m] 6 hrs Walk
Day 21: Trek to Tumlingtar [460m] 3 /4Hrs Walk
Day 22: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 23: Final departure

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Starting Price

USD 2049 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Flying in Kathmandu is a panoramic excitement on a clear day. The view of snow-capped mountain peaks gives you the ecstatic pleasure for the beginning of the memorable experiences that stay with you throughout your lifetime. And when your plane lands, our representative from Himalayan trekkers will meet and greet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation.

Meals included: BB

On this particular day we start our tour with experience guide and takes you to the several most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu, world heritage sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the renowned and wonderful Swayambhunath which is also called 'Monkey Temple' and Buddhists shrine (Baudha Nath). In the daytime, there will be a pre-trip discussion about the trekking equipment and we will meet the trek leader as well. Overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Flight to Tumlingtar (460m) and drive to Chichili (1,980m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we take a one hour morning flight to Tumlingtar. Reaching there we head north towards Khandbari after lunch. We will pass through a plateau for about 45 minutes. At Tumlingtar we will meet our crew members and pack our bags and start to drive to Chichili which will takes us approximately 3 / 4 hrs. Chichili have a few houses inhabited by Gurungs.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 45 min flight and 3-4 hrs drive

Day 4

Trek to Num (1,560m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After leaving Chichili, we walk past forests, Mani wall, and a dirty pond. We continue to walk 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 make a treacherous descent to a rocky trail down to some stone steps and a final walk to Num (1490m). Num is situated on the ridge above an S-shaped bend in the River Arun which is the picturesque village with lush vegetation. On the opposite side of the Arun is the village of Sedua.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 5

Trek to Sedua (1,500m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a warm breakfast, we cross the River Arun (660 m). From the bridge, we make a steep climb to a primitive tea shop and then walk through the corn and buckwheat field. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraced fields of corn and barley, we make a long, steep, rough climb to Sedua.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,100m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We leave Sedua behind and walk along the River Rasuwa from Khola to Gyang (1770m). Here the trail goes through the terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. After lunch, we start towards Tashi Gaon which is a 6 hours walk from the village of Sedua.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Kauma (3,500m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The trail levels out, and then climbs to a shepherd’s hut called Chipla atop another ridge. We cross over two small streams, then switchback up the ridge in forests to a Kharka at 2900 meters. We then reach 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 (3500 m).

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 8

Rest/spare day.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Since we are doing a camping trek so we will take the spare day as this will help us to clean ourselves and wash clothes and also we can explore the surrounding places and natural beauty.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp

Day 9

Trek to Mumbuk (3,570m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We leave Kauma to head towards Mumbuk. On the way to our next destination, we can have a view of the famous twin peaks of Chamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7. Treading on the ridge for a while, we ascend a stone staircase. After a while, 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 continue descending for about 150 meters into the Rhododendron forests to flat land. A short walk past the dense forest leads to the village of Mumbuk.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ homestay Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 10

Trek to Nhe Kharka (3,000m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start walking along the stream and then follow the Barun River to a Kharka. Passing through Birch and Scrub Rhododendron forest, we reach Yangle Kharka. We climb up from Yangle Kharka, finally crossing to the north side of the Barun Khola and reach Nhe Kharka (3000 m). There is a small Gompa (Monastery) on the south side of the valley that offers a panoramic view of the majestic snowcapped mountain from all sides.

Accommodation: Tented camp/local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 11

Trek to Sherson (4,615m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We are almost halfway through our trek and today it is going to be a long one as we have to walk for almost 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 vertically almost up to 1500 to 2000 meters above the river. But the trail turns easier as we approach Ripok Kharka. From here the trek to Sherson is a magical and mesmerizing experience as you can see the Pyramid Peak, Chamlang Peak 3,4, and 5. Further on reaching an alluvial valley, you can sight the Fifth highest mountain Makalu just as you are about to reach Sherson (4615 m) which makes all the day’s efforts worthwhile and refreshes you absolutely.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 12

Trek to the Final Destination – The Makalu Base Camp (5,000m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This is the day you would be looking forward to as we reach the Makalu Basecamp, the highest base camp on earth. From Sherson, we start walking and the trail is left to our east. We climb down to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. We further go down, crossing over the boulders to reach the base camp on the west bank of the river. We can see the southern part of the Makalu. A climb as tedious and exhilarating as this yields the same kinds of rewards too. From here you can take in the sight of the mighty Himalayan peaks of Everest, Baruntse, Peaks 6 & 7 and also the Lhotse.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 13

Explore Makalu Base Camp.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The base camp is barren land with the Barun Glacier away from it. From the spot, we can see the stunning south face of Makalu and the magnificent view of Everest and Lhotse. Similarly, we can explore the surrounding areas with lakes, glaciers and capture photographs and enjoy the remaining time.

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 14

Return Journey to Nhe Kharka (3,000m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we trek back to Nhe Kharka following the same trail that we had taken to reach the Makalu Base Camp.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 15

Trek to Mumbuk (3,570m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a hearty and warm breakfast, we walk back to Mumbuk. Traversing through the Pine and Rhododendron forests, we will reach Mumbuk in the late afternoon to witness the beautiful sunset.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 16

Trek to Kauma (3,470m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leaving Mumbuk, we trek across the Shipton La pass and start our descent towards Kauma.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 17

Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,070m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we climb all the way down Tashi Gaon. Here we spend the rest of the day relaxing to catch up with the energy used to trek in the high altitude.

Accommodation: Tea house/homestays/tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 18

Trek to Balung (760m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

From Tashi Gaon, we go down to Sedua and then follow the trails to further go down to Mulgaon. Leaving Mulgaon behind, we start walking down the steep rocky trail through fields of corn and barley until we reach the Ipsuwa Khola. Here we have to cross the suspension bridge and stop for lunch. This is the place where we have entered the Arun Valley. The area is used as a temporary settlement by the farmers living up in the hills. Further down the trail and we reach Balung (760 m).

Accommodation: Tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 19

Trek to Pukuwa (550m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start a bit late today as the trail is a short one to the village of Pukuwa. We walk past the Walung (880m) village predominated by the Rai community and then cross the Apsawa Khola. After a small climb, we will reach the Chhayang village, also a 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 walking through forests and pass several small streams to reach Pukuwa (550m).

Accommodation: Tented camp/local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 20

Trek to Bumling (370m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Passing some rocky terrain and green fields on the trail we reach the village of Tome (520 m). Makalu Barun base camp trekking is famous not only 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 ascends over another ridge on a steep, narrow stairway cut out of rocks. From the top of the ridge at 530m, the trail descends to a charming camp on the banks of the Sankhuwa Khola (370m), across from the Chhetri village of Bumling.

Accommodation: Tea house/ homestays/tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 21

Trek to Tumlingtar (460m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is the last day of the trek and we go down following the river downstream to its confluence with the Arun River. Further on we cross the Arun River and start walking on the east bank of the Arun, 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 the airport.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 22

Scenic flight to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

We take a flight back to Kathmandu which lasts for an hour. You can extend your trip by exploring the natural and cultural beauty of Kathmandu or rests of the day enjoy yourself.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: an hour flight

Day

Final departure from Kathmandu (city of thousand temples).

We will bid farewell to you and our staff will lead you to the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Have a safe journey and please do visit Nepal again!

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Entry Fees
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea)
  • Accommodation
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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