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Makalu Base Camp Trek - 22 Days

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Location: Makalu Region

22 Days

Trip Facts

Group Size

Min. 2 PAX

Trip Grade

Strenuous

Accommodation

Hotel/Lodge

Max Altitude

4870m

Meals

Full board during the trek

Transportation

Flight, Private Vehicle

Trip Highlights

  • Admire the Makalu, fifth highest peak in the world
  • Nepal's most remote and unspoiled trekking destination
  • Embark on your own private adventure
  • Makalu Barun National Park.
  • Adventure camping hikes to Makalu Base Camp.

Makalu Base Camp Trek is a unique opportunity to explore high-altitude landscapes, snow-capped landscapes, and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. This is one of the most popular trekking destinations among solitary trekkers. Makalu (8481m) is the world’s fifth-highest summit. It is normally climbed from a base camp at Sherson with a lovely high area close to the tip of the Barun Glacier. This is surrounded by an awe-inspiring display of Himalayan peaks. Our journey to base camp begins with an hour-long flight to Tumlingtar. The real trek starts from Chichila.

Our trekking route to Makalu Base Camp trek takes us through pretty terraced farmland. The trek also goes through a number of beautiful villages before ascending to cross the Shipton La. The lower ranges of the trail are famous for their lushness with green rhododendron forests. The upper ranges of the trail contain polished granite cliffs covered by hanging glaciers as well as overflowing with waterfalls. At the high points of this classic trekking, the views extend from Makalu to distant Kangchenjunga.

View from the Makalu trekking Trail

Along the trail, we can also see the stunning views of the south face of Makalu as well as Everest. Chamlang, Lhotse, as well as Kanchenjunga are also possible to see. The trek to Makalu base camp is of 22 days. This is also an ideal choice for nature enthusiasts. This is perfect for people seeking solace and peacefulness in untouched natural habitat and those who wish to avoid crowds. This trek is an opportunity to visits one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal. During the trek, you can see people from Rai, Sherpa, and Bhote community. These peoples live in isolated villages. Livelihoods depend upon forest resources for animal food, fuel, housing materials, fertilizers, and medicine. The Makalu Base camp trek is a true adventure with a backdrop so beautiful that it will never tire you.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichira
Day 04: Chichira to Num
Day 05: Num to Seduwa
Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon
Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda
Day 08: Acclimatization/Rest
Day 09: Khongma Danda to Dobate
Day 10: Dobate to Yangri Kharka
Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka
Day 12: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp
Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka
Day 15: Yangri Kharka to Dobate
Day 16: Dobate to Khongma Danda
Day 17: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon
Day 18: Tashigaon to Seduwa
Day 19: Seduwa to Num
Day 20: Num to Tumlingtar
Day 21: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
Day 22: Final departure


Departure dates

Group joining dates are not available. Please request for private trip.

Private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with us via bellow contact us form.

Essential Information

Best season for Makalu Base Camp

The best season for the trek to Makalu Base Camp is in spring (March-May) and fall (September-November) as the weather is likely to be the finest and the temperature is decent, particularly at low and mid-elevations. Although this trip can be taken during winter, the cold temperature might be a problem which is also not suitable for everyone. The another reason is that the camps in this region aren’t especially well-equipped.


Travel Insurance

Before you start this adventure, it is highly suggested taking travel insurance and also, it is a condition upon joining any trip with Magic Himalayas, that all clients need to be insured for complete expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents that include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs. We recommend purchasing insurance in your own country before you travel to Nepal.


Acclimatization

As you already know the height of Makalu Base Camp (8,485), and the trek is quite difficult. We, Magic Himalayas has planned the itinerary with a high degree of details and awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Because climbing higher altitudes can cause a serious medical condition. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen it is in the air. Therefore, during this trip, a separate day is set aside for acclimatization. We advise our guests pre-condition illness to consult their doctor before traveling. Symptoms of AMS are mild headaches, loss of appetite or stomach disorders and fever. Our itineraries are designed in a way to prevent AMS as much as possible.


Permits to trek Makalu Area

There are two permits that need to obtain for Makalu base camp trek:

  • Makalu Barun National Park Conservation Area permit which costs approximately 30USD per person and A Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) card that’s costs 20 USD per person.

Makalu Base Camp Trek dates and costs

Magic Himalaya is well-known for its best service and we try to provide what our guest wants. All our dates are 100% guaranteed. However, if the dates suggested by Magic Himalaya Trek are not suitable for you, we can make changes according to your suitable time. The cost of the trek will depend according to the service that is provided. We try our best to provide best experience with most reasonable price.


Modern email and internet on trek

Wi-Fi on Makalu base camp trek is available on some part. You can find 3G internet service on a phone in some places. Since this is a remote village and with a higher altitude, you should be well aware that internet access is very limited as we go higher up.


Accommodations on Makalu trekking

We will be staying in the tea house / during the Makalu trek. Accommodations can be shares or a single supplement will be provided on request. We will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, guest houses/tea houses in some places, only have shared washing and toilet facilities. As we ascend higher there will be limited access to services. And it might be difficult to single share rooms at higher elevations.


Food on Makalu Base Camp Trek

The Meal is provided three times a day during the trek on Tea houses which offer local food such as dal, Bhat, and Tarkari (vegetables) which costs between $2- $4. You may also get noodles, fried rice, dumplings, and some more local as well as continental food. But as you go higher up, the choices of food will be less, but the prices will be high which costs between $3-$6. Welcome as well as Farewell dinners will also be provided for guests.


FAQ

Answer: The best season for the trek to Makalu Base Camp Trek is in spring (March-May) and fall (September-November) as the weather is likely to be the finest and the temperature is decent, particularly at low and mid-elevations.

Answer: Makalu Base Camp is one of the challenging treks in Nepal. There is no need for special training but one should be physically fit. Most people prepare on their side by doing some workouts which help to do this easy trek.

Answer: Yes, both facilities are available during the trek. You can have electricity in lower altitude areas and solar power in higher elevations. You can find 3G internet service on a phone in some places but difficult to get internet access at high altitude.

Answer: In this case, we can organize a personalized trek for you. In addition to it, we can organize the hotels and quote you a price if you want to spend more time in Kathmandu before or after a trek.

Answer: You may do a solo trip but it entirely depends on you. Some parts of the trail might be confusing and to be on the safe side, we suggest taking an experienced guide. A government licensed holder’s guide is provided if needed who will help you in making the trip memorable with his experience and knowledge about the place.

Answer: 18 and above is the perfect age for Makalu Base Camp trek. However, if you are in your 70s and you are fit, you are most welcome to do this trek. The trekkers need to have good health and strong physical fitness.

Answer: Yes, it is compulsory to have permits for Makalu Base Camp trek. These permits will cost you NPR 5000 per person. You can buy this permit at Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. If you are going with the company, then the company will prepare for you.

Answer: Most of the country gets a visit visa/tourist visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. Tourist visa with multiple entries for 15 days’ costs US $25. Similarly, the visa cost of 30 and 90 days for multiple entries costs US $40 and the US $100 respectively. The Nepali visa is also possible to obtain online.

Answer: Yes, all hotels provide a storage facility for free.

Answer: Yes, there is a risk of getting altitude sickness above 3000 m elevations and you will be walking and sleeping many days above 3000 meters. But it also differs according to people since some people react in different ways on different elevations. Makalu Base Camp Trek is above the elevation of 8000 m, so, you need to care about altitude sickness. It is highly suggested learning and knows about altitude sickness and their symptoms which you can learn in Kathmandu or online about it. Some symptoms that you can learn are:

  • Sleeping Difficulty
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Headache
  • Rapid Pulse
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Shortness in Breath.
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