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Makalu Trek



Makalu is the 5th Highest mountain in the world and this is near by the top of the world Everest). This region is blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty and culture. Due to its isolation and lack of tea houses this area still receives few trekkers. Sherpa Rai and Limbus are the main habitants in this area. Walking north of the Arun river to Sedua and Nun, then crossing Barun La(4110m.)into the upper Barun Khola valley for a close look at Makalu(8463m).The second part of the trek is very difficult and almo1st impossible without previous experience.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345 meters)
Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.


Day 2: Trip arrangements, meeting with staff and sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Meet your trekking guide, discuss the trekking program and coordinate any last-minute arrangements. After staff meeting, with our professional tour guide we visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square. Rest of the time you can use for travelling around Thamel and shopping of needed equipment and other necessaries. Overnight at hotel.


Day 3: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1,840m/6035 ft)
A 50 minute flight from Kathmandu landing on a bumpy grass airstrip at Tumlingtar. From Tumlingtar, about approximate three hours jeep drive on a bumpy road takes to the first camp at Chichila. 


Day 4: Trek to Num (1,500m/4920 ft) Approx 6 hours trek
A moderately paced walk through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests. A ridge line with great views on both side and perched on the end is Num. Thunder and lightning make interesting displays in Num evenings. 


Day 5: Num to Sedua (1540m/5050ft) Approx 6 hours trek
On the other side it goes up steeply, until we get the get to the corn and buckwheat fields of Rumruma. The landscape is rocky and the terraces are very small. A long, difficult climb brings us to Seduwa, on top of the ridge between the Kashua Khola and Arun Khola.


Day 6: Sedua to Tashigaon(2063m/6768ft)  Approx 4-5 hours trek
Climb to the north across cultivated terrace field and then passing the National Park Forest Project we reach Manigaon. From Manigaon the trail turns west and makes a gradual climb to Chyaksadanda and to Ropesa. Many orchids and other flowers hang from the moss-clad trees along a faint jungle trail to the Sherpa village of Tashigaon, the last village we would see on the way to Makalu Base Camp.


Day 7: Trek to Khongma (3,560m/11,676 ft) Approx 6 hours trek
Trek upwards towards Khongma which is the last stop before crossing the Shipton La. Today we would be dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley. The green forests are replaced by scrub and rhododendrons that cover the lower reaches of the mountains..


Day 8: Rest day for acclimatization and to explore around


Day 9: Shipton La cross then trek to Dobato (3700m/12139 ft) Approx 7 hours trek
Climb for few hours to reach the summit of the Shipton La. After crossing Shipton La with splendid view we descend through beautiful valley to Dobato.


Day 10: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,620m/11,877 ft) Approx 5 hours trek
From Dobato, passing through rhododendron forest we reach Barun River. Then we follow river through a gorge to more open valley reaching high pasture campsite which is Yangri Kharka 


Day 11: Lengmale Kharka (4400m/14436ft) Approx 4 hours trek
Following the river upstream, with great mountain views, we reach our overnight stop at the summer grazing area of Lengmale Kharka.


Day 12:  Trek to Shersong (4500m/14764ft) Approx 3.5 hours trek
Lovely day with rocky field, high alpine environment we reach Shersong. South east ridge of Mount Makalu emerges when we reach Shersong.


Day 13:  Makalu base camp (5000m/16400ft)
A day to explore around Shersong and depending on your condition (altitude) it is optional for you to climb up to Makalu base camp.


Day 14:  Trek to Yangri Kharka.
Trek down the valley and get last glimpse of Makalu.


Day 15:  Trek to Mumbuk
Descend down to green valley through rock fall.


Day 16:  Trek to Khongma
Initial steep climb from Mumbuk through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. Cross Shipton La and Ghungru La and descend to Khogma.  


Day 17:  Trek to Tashigaon
Take a long and steep walk down to Tashigaon.


Day 18:  Trek to Num
Descend down to Arun Khola, Sedua and then hike through forest to reach Num.


Day 19:  Trek to Chichila, drive to Tumlingtar
Final day of walk and we reach Tumlingtar and prepare to say goodbye to the magnificent land.


Day 20:  Fly back to Kathmandu
Morning flight to Kathmandu, upon arrival free time on your own


Day 21:  Departure
Free time till departure, transfer to airport.

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Trip Price

$ 2500

Duration 21 Days

Grade Hard


Trip Style

Country Nepal


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