Walking holiday Makalu Base Camp 23 Days

This trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations among lonely trekkers; Makalu Base Camp offers an outstanding opportunity to discover high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. The trek starts with a flight to Tumlingtar and heads up the Aurn River valley to Sedua and Num, then crossing Shipton La Pass (4210 m) into the upper Barun river valley for a close look at rugged Himalayan peaks including Makalu, Baruntse and Chamlang Himal. This trek, specially organized by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition makes us visit to one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal. The Barun valley is a part of a huge international protected area under the agreement between the governments of Nepal and China, which comprises of 2330 sq. km of Makalu-Barun National Park and 830 sq. km of conservation area in Nepal alone is a virtually uninhabited area hence very close to the virgin wilderness. The remote terrain stretches east from Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, between the high plateau of Tibet and the deep subtropical gorge carved by the Arun River. Within 40kms, these high peaks descend to the Arun River at 670m. The Makalu-Barun Valley provides stunning contrasts, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu ( 1337)
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (410m) then drive to Chichila (1,980m): 50 mins flight, 3-4 hours drive
Day 04: Chichila to Num (1,560m): 6-7 hours
Day 05: Num to Seduwa (1,500m): 6-7 hours
Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon  (2,100 m) 4-5 hours
Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m): 6-7 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization/Rest
Day 09: Khongma Danda to Mumbuk (Numbak) (3540m): 6-7 hours
Day 10: Mumbuk to Yangri Kharka (3,557m) 6-7 hours
Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,410m): 5-6 hours
Day 12: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m) 6-7 hours
Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka 6-7 hours
Day 15: Yangri Kharka to Mumbuk: 6-7 hours
Day 16: Dobate to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hours
Day 17: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours
Day 18: Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hours
Day 19: Seduwa to Num: 5-6 hours
Day 20: Num to Tumlingtar: 6-7 hours
Day 21: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 40 mins flight
Day 22 Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing
Day 23: Departure from Kathmandu ( 1337m)

Important Information:
Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. Make sure that the trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is found necessary due to unfavorable circumstances that may occur during the trek. However, the effort will be made to keep to the above planned itinerary. Unfavorable weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can force to bring the changes in the itinerary. The leader will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly according to the plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary.


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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day o2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337)
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swayambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (410m) then drive to Chichila (1,980m): 50 minutes  flight, 3-4 hours drive
Today we fly to Tumlingtar after breakfast and meet the rest of the crew members at the airfield who will also be joining us for the trek. Then, we drive to Chichila, a small Gurung settlement. We take a rest at Chichila. The Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition leader will give us necessary guideline for the preparation of the next day’s trek.

Day 04: Chichila to Num (1,560m): 6-7 hours
Right after a warm and energetic breakfast we start to head towards Num a small and beautiful village. A leisurely walk through the charming villages and flourishing mountain forests will take us to Num. There is post office in this village. A ridge line with great views stretch on both sides and perched on the end, this is Num where we will spend the night.

Day 05: Num to Seduwa (1,500m): 6-7 hours
In the beginning, a sheer descent through the beautiful lush forests and terraced fields takes us to Barun River. We cross the river and climb up the equally sheer ascent at the other side again. Often quite hot – the forest on the valleys offer a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park begins and where we register our permits at the check post. We camp right at the top of the village of Seduwa.

Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m): 4-5 hours
We ascend the rim surrounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Then we cross the hillside through calm villages and pass by a small paddy fields, then we reach the interesting aboriginal village of Tashi Gaon. Once we are there, we feel like we are surrounded by awesome Himalayan panorama.

Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m): 6-7 hours
Today will be a bit difficult day as we have to walk on a steep path in higher altitude. We will ascend through the forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From here the path gets even steeper and passes a Kharka (pasture) and finally we walk through a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. From here it’s a short way down to Khongma Danda where we spend the night.

Day 08: Acclimatization/Rest
Today is the the day off especially for the acclimatization which will allow some physical rest before we take on crossing of the Shipton La the next day. For those who wish to explore the nearby surrounding can walk around the area. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition leader will make some arrangement for the sightseeing around Khongma Danda.

Day 09: Khongma Danda to Mumbuk (Numbak) (3540m): 6-7 hours
Today we are going to climb two passes. First we climb the summit of the Shipton La (pass) (4125m) which takes a few hours to reach. Then we cross the lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), then slowly we climb pass over the Keke La at 4,170m.  We can see the marvelous views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m) from the passes. After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley heading to Mumbak, the campsite for the night.

Day 10: Mumbuk to Yangri Kharka (3,557m): 6-7 hours
From Dobate, we pass through the rhododendron forest which leads to the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. We should be very careful during the first two hours of trek as the trail is steep and difficult. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka situated at the bottom of the valley.

Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m): 5-6 hours
We start with a moderate walk to the valley and see a very beautiful waterfall on the way. Then we pass through a yak pastures, beautiful flourishing forests and rocky fields. The valley walls rise grandly above us during the start of the trek. We pass Merek La (4100m) as we make our way further up and notice a significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views. Finally we reach Langmale Kharka, a big pasture for the yaks.

Day 12: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m): 6-7 hours
Today is the day of our goal; we walk to the Makalu Base Camp. From Langmale Kharka we climb up to Shershong and ultimately to Makalu Base Camp. The path is flat with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains accompany us. Mount Makalu comes into the grand view as we approach Shershong. As we make our way to the camp, we get to soak in the majestic Himalayan panorama surrounding us. We spend the night at Makalu Base Camp.

Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp
We explore the Makalu Base Camp today in the leadership of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition leader. The Base Camp is a rocky desolate place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. From here we can see the brilliant south face of Makalu and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can walk around the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up where we may celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself. One more night stay at the MBC.

Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hours
We now slowly descend down from the base camp and take our last glance of Makalu before turning the corner and heading back. On our way down, we pass through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley finally stopping at Yangri Kharka.

Day 15: Yangri Kharka to Mumbuk: 6-7 hours
We head to Dobate today from Yangri Kharka descending through the path that passes rock falling area, green forests and valley. We walk along the river banks of Barun as we descend down the path and reach Mumbuk, the campsite for the night.

Day 16: Dobate to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hours
Since we are walking back the same route we will cross the same passes that we did previously. We begin the trek with steep climb from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) and through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. We then cross the Keke La, Tutu La (Shipton’s Pass) and Kauma La on the route. Next, we descend to Khongma Danda again and spend the night there.

Day 17: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours
Today the trek continues with regular long and steep descent crossing through the hillsides. The path takes us through thick forests and finally making it to the aboriginal Sherpa village of Tashigaon where we spend the night again.

Day 18: Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hours
We are retracing our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun River. We then cross the hillside and come across the samll villages and human settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again for the night.

Day 19: Seduwa to Num: 5-6 hours
Today we leave Seduwa behind and trek through the flourishing forests towards Num. The path goes up and down and passes through the dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards for the night at Num.

Day 20: Num to Tumlingtar: 6-7 hours
Again we retrace our footsteps to Chichila, the Gurung village, from where we can enjoy the splendid vista of Mount Makalu for the last time. The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day.

Day 21: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 40 minutes  flight
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long trek in the mountains. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel or get in touch with our loved ones. In the evening we celebrate our successful journey to the Makalu base camp and back with a dinner on own.

To be noted: There is daily flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar but sometimes the flight may be cancelled due to the adverse weather condition. In such cases we may have to pay extra charge US $ 250-350 for the plane charter so that we will not miss our flight to our home country from Kathmandu.

Day 22 Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur (1401) Sightseeing
This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged.  The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.

Day 23: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.