Makalu Trekking

Makalu trekking is also one of the popular trekking destinations in Nepal. Mt. Makalu (8463m) is the fifth highest peak in the world. During the trekking to the area, one cannot only see the Mt. Makalu but also various other mountains such as Mt. Chamlang (7319 m), Mt. Baruntse (7129m) to name a few stretching over 40 km along with Mt. Makalu, which lies at the eastern part of the country and is protected by the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Project. The park was established in 1992, which covers altogether 2330 sq km. Makalu trekking does not only offer a remarkable sceneries of the mountains but also the varieties of flora and fauna, the plants of all major ecological zones, tropical, sub-tropical, temperate, alpine and sub-alpine that are found in the national park, is considered the home to a rich variety of wildlife.

This trekking is considered to be the natural paradise as that includes the beautiful mountains, pristine forest, and a wide variety of plants, animal life and the simple and warm hearted people local people with rich and varied customs. This is considered to be the low altitude trekking, mostly centered at Arun Valley, the eastern part of Nepal. The valley that holds a mighty Arun River and dense forest that is contrasted with the terraced slopes, where you also can see that diverse tribal groups residing in unity and the Makalu-Barun National Park, an important conservation area of many species, which are on the verge of extinct. Makalu trekking is a well-loved trekking routes among the clients of Hotel Trekkers' Home.

The trekking to Mt. Makalu begins from Tumlingtar, where we reach by direct flight from Kathmandu. From Tumlingtar we head to Manebhanjyang Crossing Tumlingtar, we reach at valleys, where many ethnic communities inhibit who have long preserved their culture. Trekking route passes through the lush forest, sub-tropical valley, flora and fauna, natural showcase and scenic views of the majestic Himalayas. Subsequently to proceed the out journey to chinchilla and then to Num, Seduwa, Tashingaon, Khongma, Mumbuk and we finally reach at Neh Kharka and take a rest for acclimatization, once we are ready with the altitude, we proceed our trekking to Yak Kharka and then finally we reach at Makalu base camp, where we rest and explore the scenes of this less explored areas and then after all we return back to Neh Kharka and then to Mumbuk, subsequently to Khogma, Seduwa, and then at Num, Chichilla and Manebhanjyan and finally we come back to Tumlingtar and fly back to Kathmandu.

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Makalu Trekking Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01: We take an internal flight to Tumlingtar and prepare for tomorrow

Day 02: Tumlingtar (487m) to Khandbari / Manebhanjyang (1,160m). 4 hrs

Day 03: Manebhanjyang to Chichila (1,920m). 5 hrs

Day 04: Chichila to Num (1,500m). 6-8 hours

Day 05: Num to Seduwa (Murmidanda) (1,510m). 5-7 hrs

Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,060m). Last village before entering the uninhabited Makalu-Barun National Park. Lodging / camping, available. 3-4 hrs

Day 07: Rest at Tashigaon to acclimatise.

Day 08: Tashigaon to Khongma (3,500m). Sharp elevation gains heed altitude sickness symptoms. 6-8 hrs

Day 09: Khongma to Dobato (3,500m). Cross Shipton Pass (4,216m),and Keke Pass (4,127 m). 5 hrs

Day 10: Dobato to Yangle Kharka (3,540m). We set off early to minimize landslide risks, through this rough section, that is uncharacteristic of Nepal. The trail leads down to the river and we progress slowly over boulders and in slippery gullies, below steep loose cliffs. 4-5 hrs

Day 11: Rest and acclimatise

Day 12: Yangle Kharka to Langmale (4,100m). As we enter the inner sanctuary of Makalu there are sharp elevation gains and we remain aware for altitude sickness symptoms. Pass magnificent natural amphitheater at the base of Mt. Makalu. Camp a half hour further on at Merek . 6 hrs

Day 13: Langmale to Shersong (4,600 m). After about 3 hours with spectacular scenary we arrive at Makalu Base Camp (4,800m / 15,749ft) and then head up to the Upper Barun Glacier, for views of Everest and surrounding mountains. The spectacular sight of Makalu’s dramatic pink rock buttresses makes all the effort worthwhile.

Day 14: Shersong. A 2nd day to explore the the glaciers and higher elevations

Day 15: Shersong to Yangle Kharka

Day 16: Yangle Kharka to Dobato

Day 17: Dobato to Khongma

Day 18: Khongma to Norbuchaur

Day 19: Norbuchaur to Dobatak. Blessed with abundant rainfull, east Nepal is alive with botanical wonders, from wild mushrooms and other edibles, to orchids and roses. The forests are draped in hanging moss and vines, streams cascade down rocky slopes. Dobatak is a small settlement of farmers, a pleasant stop for 2 nights while visiting the Khembalung cave and possibly Saisima (depending upon the nuns' and monks' retreat schedule).

Day 20: Rest day: visit the sacred Khembalung cave, a refuge site for Tibetan Buddhists. Optional day hike up to Saisima Monastery, a remote study center for Buddhist nuns and monks

Day 21: Dobatak to Dap Kharka: continue to parallel the Arun River, from high above. Climb up to Dap Kharka (a meadow cleared by grazing livestock), a lovely peaceful camp

Day 22: Dap Kharka to Tamku: Tamku is an active farming community and local government centre. The community takes responsibility for managing its own forests, which provide for their basic living needs

Day 23: Tamku to Bumlingtar. Descend to and cross the Arun River, and camp by the river in flat fields, the first flat land you've seen in a while

Day 24: To Tumlingtar by foot, and to Kathmandu by plane

Grade: Moderate
Trip Duration: 24 Days
Trip Type: Trekking
Region: Makalu Region

Trip Price - Per person

USD 1648

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up/drop
  • Accommodation in kathmandu & Pokhara at budget hotel
  • Sight seeing in around kathmandu valley by private vehicle and a professional city guide
  • All inclusive trek such as Ground transportation
  • Necessary permits ( including special permit)
  • Entrance fess
  • Professional guide
  • Porter/porters, and their expenses including their insurance and equipments
  • Accommodation in the tent ( Mattress, sleeping bags)
  • All food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with tea/coffee, soft drinks, domestic flights etc.

Cost Excludes

  • Alcoholic drink
  • Tips
  • Your insurance.
  • personal/natural expenses
  • Food in Kathmandu