Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Trekking is the remote area and less touristic trekking destination in the eastern par of Nepal. Only a short distance down the road from Basantapur lies the bustling, one-street, hilly village of Hile, the starting point for the trek to the isolated, uninhabited Barun Valley and the base camp beneath Mt. Makalu - "The Great Black One" - the world's fifth highest mountain and one of the truly great peaks of the Himalaya. Mount Makalu base camp is amazing for the mountain view lovers while they reach there for the sun rise. Leaving the riverside beyond the sprawling village of Tumlingtar, with its small, grass airstrip, the trail winds up through terraced hillsides to the substantial town of Khandbari with its flag stoned pavements and three-storied, stone-built, shop-houses.trail winds up through terraced hillsides to the substantial town of Khandbari with its flag stoned pavements and three-storied, stone-built, shop-houses.

On a clear, crisp morning, we scale the stony, moss-covered hill side above the campsite at Shershon to attain a superb 360 degree view of the surrounding peaks; most unnamed and identified only by their survey numbers. Bounding the glaciated valley to the south arose the ice-hung of Peak 6 ( Mt. Tutse ) and Peak 4 while to the north were the pointed summits of Peaks 3 and 5. However, these were all eclipsed by the majestic Makalu with its soaring ridges and sheer granite faces sweeping skywards only a stone’s-throw away. Walking across to the western edge of the plateau we can observe down to the Barun Pokhari Lake and on up the great glacier to the two other 8000m  giants of Lhotse and Everest.
From Shershon it is only a short distance further up the valley to the site, on wide gravel flats, for the base camps for climbing expeditions to Mt. Makalu. Beyond base camp we follow a faint trail, marked by small cairns, over the rough convoluted moraines of the Barun Glacier to advanced Base Camp and, next day,we scramble up a rocky ridge to a height of some 6000 meters directly beneath the imposing north-west face of Makalu.

Trip Summery in facts:
Trip Title: Makalu Base Camp Trek.
Maximum Elevation: 5000m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 25 Days
Mode of Operation: Camping Trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept,Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous

Outline Itinerary: Makalu Base Camp Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1300m, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast.
Day 02: Formality to get the special permits & trek preparation. Hotel 2 star bed & breakfast .
Day 03: Kathmandu to Tumlingtar 360m by plane 45 minutes flight. Overnight at camping
Day 04: Tumlingtar trek to Khandbari 1020m 6 hours. Overnight at camping
Day 05: Khandbari trek to Chichila 1840m 6 hours . Overnight at camping.
Day 06: Chichila trek to Num 1500m 5 hours . Overnight at camping.
Day 07: Num trek to Sedua 1540m 5 hours. Overnight at camping
Day 08: Sedua trek to Tashigaon 2070m . Overnight at camping.
Day 09: Tashigaon trek to Khongma 3560m 7 hours Overnight at camping.
Day 10: Khongma trek to Mumbuk 3550m 5 hours. Overnight at camping.
Day 11: Mumbuk trek to Yangle Kharka 3600m 5 hours. Overnight at camping.
Day 12: Yangle Kharka trek to Merek 4570m 7 hours. Overnight at camping.
Day 13: Merek trek to Shersong 4660m 5 hours. Overnight at camping
Day 14: Shersong trek to Makalu Base Camp 5000m 5 hours . Overnight at camping
Day 15: Trek back to Yangle Kharka 5 hours . Overnight at camping.
Day 16: Trek back to Mumbuk 5 hours. Overnight at camping.
Day 17: Trek back to Khongma 5 hours. Overnight at camping.
Day 18: Trek back to Tashigaon 5 hours . Overnight at camping.
Day 19: Trek back to Num 5 hours. Overnight at camping.
Day 20: Trek back to Chichila 5 hours . Overnight at camping.
Day 21: Trek back to Mani Bhanjyang 5 hours . Overnight at camping.
Day 22: Trek back to Tumlingtar 5 hours . Overnight at camping.
Day 23: Tumlingtar fly back to Kathmandu 45 minutes and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast.
Day 24: Free day in Kathmandu hotel 2 star bed & breakfast.
Day 25: International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfer by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-4 nights 2 star hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-Trekking permits of Makalu national park and special permits.
-Accommodation in tented camping with foam mattress twin basis .
-Food (breakfast,lunch & dinner with hot drinks: tea, coffee, milk, lemon etc.) during the trek.
-Camping equipment: Tents, mattress, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils,table, chairs etc.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook and porters.
-Kathmandu to Tumlingtar round flight tickets & internal airport tax.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide,assistant guide, cook and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 40 $  for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained up on arrival in Kathmandu.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag -20 degree etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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