Makalu Base Camp Trekking is famous as one of the most remote treks in all of Nepal. Makalu is one of the popular trekking destinations in Nepal. Book with us at an affordable cost.
Makalu trekking is the most famous trekking in Nepal. This camping to Makalu trekking is known as the toughest route in the world. We can find 3000species of flowering plants, 440 species of birds and 75 species of mammals. When you walk up the river valleys you can see mountains including the massifs of Makalu, Everest, and Lhotse. You can also see the group od ethnic people living there. some of them are groups of Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, and Lhomi people. They live lower the Makalu region.
As Nepal is the mountainous country you can see many mountains and cliffs which will amaze you by its beauty and you will be spellbound by its beauty. If you like to explore the mount Makalu then contact Sealink Travel we will guide you to your destiny to Mount Makalu.The morning starts with wonderful views of Makalu and the surrounding snowcapped peaks. Eventually, we meet a ridgeline with great views on either side and descend through the forest by a small perennial river where you will walk on a flat trail for about one hour to Num, which is on a ridge above Arun Koshi River. Almost every evening Num experiences a dramatic display of thunder and lightning, which makes life here that little bit more interesting.
Pickup and drop from to domestic airport in Kathmandu.
3 meals a day during trekking (B, L, D)
Government licensed trekking guide and necessary porters during trekking
Staff insurance, wages, equipment and local transport
Conservation fee and trekking permit (TIMS)
Domestic flight ticket Kathmandu to Tumlingtar to Kathmandu & airport tax
Accommodation in lodge
Hotel in Kathmandu.
Personal insurance and helicopter rescue in case of emergency.
Tips for staff
It’s about a 50-minute flight before we touch down on a grass airstrip at Tumlingtar (400m). The trail ascends all the way through a forest of rhododendrons and sal trees passing few villages. The trail crosses a plateau and climbs gradually for about 3 hours. We camp above the village in large grassy fields. We walk north to Khandbari. We trek further an hour via the interesting fertile villages to the campsite.
On our first day of trekking it’s and a relatively steady walk through the picturesque villages and lush forests of the foothills. The countryside will become more rural and we will climb through bamboo forests along the ridge to Arun Than (1280m), after which we continue through bamboo groves and big rocks to Sheka (1350m). Trek further to a small village of Chichila, mainly inhabited by Gurungs and other communities as well.
The morning starts with wonderful views of Makalu and the surrounding snowcapped peaks. Eventually, we meet a ridgeline with great views on either side and descend through the forest by a small perennial river where you will walk on a flat trail for about one hour to Num, which is on a ridge above Arun Koshi River. Almost every evening Num experiences a dramatic display of thunder and lightning, which makes life here that little bit more interesting.
We will descend steeply from the western end of the Num ridge through the cornfields of Lumbang. The trail passes over the suspension bridge and ascends through a forest and a few traditional villages. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes, and vegetables depending on the season. Ascend continue through dense forest, eventually brings to beautiful campsite Seduwa. Here is large flat camping lawn ridge above the Makalu Barun National park checkpoint, where needed to be registered. We can enjoy a beautiful view looking back towards Num and the ridgelines bounding the Arun Valley.
From Seduwa, we ascend the ridge, which is bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east, with flat and easy hiking through the bushes. The path cuts across the hillside, contouring through quiet villages along the way. You will see the locals using buffalo to plough the small paddy fields, as every piece of land possible is being utilized for farming. Finally, we climb to the last settlement of trek to Tashigoan. The camping spot in this village is really a praiseworthy site below the national park office.
We ascend steeply through a dense forest of remote scrub and Rhododendron passing many ridges and seasonal Yak herders. The trail rises to Chipla (2520m) and even becomes steeper, struggling up past stream and a huge overhanging rock right below the Mani danda. We have a packed lunch because of the lack of water in between Tashigoan and Khongma. Khongma is the last opportunity we have to stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley. There are no buildings here and many of the tent sites are on the sloping hillside.
From Khongma, climb the ridge on steep switchbacks to a stone chorten at 3840m and feast your eyes on views of Chhamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7. Scrubby rhododendrons and mossy boulders line the trail as you climb a stone staircase over several false ridges towards the small pass known as Ghungru La (4050m). The path twists and turns steeply, passing through a forest before emerging on to a ridge with Mani walls, numerous prayer flags and superb mountain views, including Kanchenjunga. Descend to a small turquoise lake after which we will ascend again through Shipton Pass. We then drop down the saddle for a rest by the lake Kalo Pokhari, before passing over the Keke La (4152m) and an easy descent walk through rhododendron and pine forest towards Mumbuk. It is a serene camping spot surrounded by green forests.
From Mumbuk, the trail drops down a scree-covered slope into the long, curving Barun Valley. The Barun River running through the trail adds more dimensions to the trek with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m and Peak 7 (6185m). It’s a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at YangriKharka (3610m). YangriKharka is a very small village situated in a meadow at the base of the valley. From YangriKharka climb gently to Nghekharka, another cluster of herd’s hut and prayer flags on the opposite side of Barun.
Beyond Nghekharka, the river makes a huge S-shaped curve between curtains wall of cliffs that tower on either side of the river. From the meadow at Riphuk (3930m), climb past a waterfall and up over swampy ground to a lonely stone hut. Another gentle climb passes a Mani wall to YakKharka (4400m). The final climb to the rather bleak campsite at Merek passes through a dizzying landscape of Himalayan giants. Have marvelous views of Chhamlang, Peak 3, Peak 4 and Peak 5.
As the path turns northwards into a side valley, Makalu finally soars into view. Stick to the faint, pass about 100 meters above Makalu base camp after which we descend to a stream and cross flat trail following the east bank of a river to Shersong (4660m). From Shersong, it is a gradual climb to a minor boulder to the base camp on the west side of the river. There are terrific views of the south face of Mt. Makalu. There are no huts, shelters or vegetation at base camp which is at an elevation of about 5000m.
In truth, ‘base camp’ can an anticlimax after all the effort taken to get here. We spend a day exploring around base camp, with the aim of climbing up towards the Advance Base Camp at the start of the Makalu’s South East Ridge, where on the edge of the icy slopes you get a fantastic view up the Barun Valley of Everest. A more rewarding endpoint to the trek is to climb the 5250m ridge northeast of Shersong on the lower slopes of Peak 3. From this lofty vantage point, there are also views northwest to Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and Everest. When you are tired of having your awe inspired, return to Shersong for the night.
Continue descending through the rock fall and then climb the rocky gully to the Shelter of Mumbuk. Trek across Shipton La and descend to Khongma.
Make a long sleep descend back to the civilization at Tashigoan and after Lunch easy walk to Seduwa. Camp at Seduwa.
Start early morning for a relatively easy trekking along the ridge to Chichila for around 5 hours. Camping at Chichila.
The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day.
On arrival in Kathmandu transfer to your hotel.