High in the heart of the eastern Himalaya , seven valleys radiate from mount. Makalu , the world's thirth highest peak. These valleys, particularly the Barun valley, treasure some of the last remaining pristine forests and alpine meadows of Nepal . From the bottom of the Arun valley, at just 435 m above sea level, the Himalaya rise to the snow-capped tip of Makalu- 8.463 m--within a 40 km distance. Within this wide range of altitudes and climates, the Makalu-Barun area contains some of the richest and most diverse pockets of plants and animals in Nepal , elsewhere lost to spreading human habitation.Nestled in the lower reaches of these valleys are communities of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa (Bhotia) farmers.
Though economically poor and isolated, they retain a rich cultural heritage. They hold the key to the preservation of the unique biological and cultural treasures of the Makalu Barun area. The Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area was established in 1992 as Nepal 's eighth national park and the first to include an adjacent inhabited conservation area as a buffer. A new park management approach encourages local people to become actively involved in protecting the forests and natural resources upon which their lives depend, and in conserving their own rich cultural heritage. Traditional resource management systems, such as community controlled grazing and forest guardianship, are being strengthened and low level technologies introduced where appropriate. Working in collaboration with an American NGO, Woodlands Mountain Institute, Nepal is striving to improve local living standards through infrastructural, educational and income-generating activities.
Covering 2.330 sq km, Makalu-Barun is a vital component of the greater Mount Everest ecosystem which includes Nepal's 1.148 sq km Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) National Park to the west and the 35.000 sq km Qomolungma Nature Preserve in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north.
The Makalu-Barun area is little known to most tourists due to its relative inaccessibility. But those few hundred trekkers and mountaineers who visit each year come away with an unforgettable experience.
For the naturalist, there are spectacular displays of wildflowers and exotic plants. More than 3.000 species of flowering plants, with hundreds of orchid varieties, 48. Primroses and 25 of Nepal 's 30 rhododendrons splash the hillsides with color. The forests shelter abundant wildlife, including the endangered red panda and musk deer as well as the ghoral, Himalayan tahr and leopard. Ornithologists have identified 400 bird species, at least 16 of which are extremely rare.
Highlights of the Trekking
Spectacular views of snow covered giant Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest, Makalu, trekking through eye-catching villages, different community with majority of Rai, Limbu and Sherpa, exploring around Arun valley and riversides.
Fact of The Trekking
Destination: Makalu base camp 5000m
Group Size: Min - 2
Minimum altitude: 3900m.
Maximum altitude: 5000m.
Grade : Moderate & Strenuous
Season : Spring & Autumn
Accommodation : tea house & Tented Camp
Duration : 21 Days
Entry : Tumlingtar
Exit : Tumlingtar
DAY 01 ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu meet our airport representative and transfer to the hotel .Overnight at Kathmandu .
Day 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
In the morning after breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu , the most popular Place in the kingdom was known as kantipur in earlier times. The tour highlights are the Living Goddess " Kumari" who appear on the balcony of her temple to greet her devotees; Kastamandap temple, the temple made out of single tree and name Kathmandu is derived from durbar square and drive to Soyambhunath which lies on top of hill is the Buddhist sanctuary said to be nearly 2000 years old. The hill itself is pleasant place overlooking the entire valley of Kathmandu . The all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha painted in prominent blue atop the dome are visible from long distance from around the Kathamandu city.
DAY 03: KATHMANDU-TUMLINGTAR - KHADBARI (1,040 m - 4-hrs Hiking.)
Fly to Tumlingtar which is an hour flight. Here your trekking crew will meet you and a bit of briefing about the trail, then start walking up to Khadbari (1,040 m). Have lunch break in the shade of Kabra Trees. We walk north towards Khandbari, then begin walking on a plateau for around 45 minutes after the trails climbing gradually to Khandbari. We camp above the village.
DAY 04: KHADBARI (1,040 m) - CHICHILA (1830 m - 5/6 hrs Hiking)
After breakfast walk through many small picturesque villages most of the time the walk is uphill and you will be walking through bamboo groves and a rhododendron forest. Our camp is at Chichela a small settlement of Gurungs at 1830m.
DAY 05: CHICHILA (1830 m) - NUM (1490 m - 5 hrs Hiking)
Today we start walking with views of snow capped peaks in the distance. Fantastic views of Makalu and its surrounding peak. Walk on a striaght path, with little ups and downs, through forest to have lunch at about 2 hrs and then start descending to reach Num. Camp.
DAY 06: NUM (1490 m) - SEDUA - (1460 m 5/6 hrs Hiking)
The trail today descends steeply from Num through the Cornfield of Lumbang. The country is particularly rocky; tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, then we have tough steep climb to Sedua. Camp
DAY 07: SEDUA (1460 m) - TASHI GAON (2070 M - 5 hrs Hiking)
The trail crosses meadows and several streams, then climbs to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon , the last permanent settlement in the valley. Camp
DAY 08: TASHI GAON (2070 m) - KAUMA (3470 m - 6 hrs Hiking)
A very hard day of the trek as the trail goes up real steep. We walk through the sparse forests along the ridge over a hillock and descend a bit to Kauma at 3470 m. Camp
DAY 09: KAUMA (3470 m)
Today is a rest day as well as acclimatization day.
DAY 10: KAUMA (3470 m) - MUMBUK (3570 m - 5 hrs Hiking)
We again start today with a steep climb then through less steeply rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge. You will have superb views of Chamlang (7,290 m) Peak 6 (6739 m) and Peak 7 (6105 m). Then we will have a final descent through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk. Camp
DAY 11: MUMBUK (3570 m) - NEHA KHARKA - (3000 m - 6 hrs Hiking)
Today the trail descends steep gully with a stream for about 500m. The trail is ill defined, rocky and sloppy mud in places as it leads up the glacial valley. From here you can have a good views of Peak 6. Nhe Kharka is located on a large open grassy plain at an elevation of 3000 m. from here you will have great mountain views. Camp
DAY 12: NEHA KHARKA - (3000 m) - SHERSON (4615 m - 7 hrs Hiking)
The trail today turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak (7168 m), Peak 4 (6720 m) etc. Sherson is at 4615 m a bit dangerous day as the altitude gains more than 1500 m but we don't have a choice because we do not have any suitable camp between Nhe Kharka and Sherson.
DAY 13: SHERSON (4615 m) - MAKALU BASE CAMP (5000 m - 4/5 hrs Hiking)
Today is a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100 m . From here you will have a magnificent south face views of Makalu also you will be able to see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse . Camp
DAY 14: EXPLORE MAKALU BASE CAMP
DAY 15: MAKALU BASE CAMP TO NEHA KHARKA - (3000 m)
We retrace back down the Barun Valley . Camp
DAY 16: NEHA KHARKA - (3000 m) - MUMBUK (3570 m)
We continue descending back. Camp at Mumbuk
DAY 17: MUMBUK (3570 m) - KAUMA (3470 m)
We trek across Shipton La and descend to Kauma
DAY 18: KAUMA (3470 m) - TASHI GAON (2070 m)
Today we walk a bit long to Tashi Gaon. Camp
DAY 19: TREK TO PAKUWA (1520 m)
We walk through farming settlements to the spread out Rai village. Continue in forests past several streams to Pukuwa. Camp
DAY 20: PUKUWA (1520 m) - BUMLING - 1160 m
Walk through the forests and follows some spectacular high and exposed narrow tracks as it climbs over rocky ridges. We camp across the Chhetri village of Bumling .
DAY 21: BUMLING-TUMLINGTAR - 860 m
We following the east bank of the Arun and the route pass through Chyawabesi before making a short climb back to Tumlingtar. Camp
DAY 22: TUMLINGTAR-KATHMANDU
DAY 23: KATHMANDU FREE DAY.
DAY 24: FINAL DEPARTURE.
Day 25 Fly to Kathmandu . Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu .
Day 26:- - Kathmandu - departure or Extend other activities.
Transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight or combine with other trip like white water rafting. Or safari tour at Chitwan Park . The cost would be charge extra for rafting & safari
The cost for Makalu base camp trek US$ 1500 per person.
All trips can be customized and extended as per requirements
Cost will be provided on request.
Price Includes :
04 nights hotel in Kathmandu in 3 star standard on BB, Flight Ktm Tulingtar - Ktm, All meals (Breakfast/lunch/dinner with tea\coffee), accommodation camping, a guide, cook, helper, porters, ground transportation, entry permits, all necessaries fees for Nepalese staffs (all meals, equipments, insurance).
Price Excludes :
Lunch / dinner while in Kathmandu, any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks), cigarettes, clients personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses, sleeping bag, down jackets, airport tax (Domestic / International) emergency rescue flight & expenses if require