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Walking holiday Makalu Base Camp 23 Days

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration.. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. The below stated list of equipments are prepared on the basis of our experience. Himalayan vacation treks & expedition team leader will check  all the necessary equipments at the beginning of trekking and our guide will  suggest to add some  other necessary  equipments at the place where it is available.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Sun cap
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Towel for shower
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  •  Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Hot water bag under sleeping bag

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries

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.