Makalu Base Camp Trek

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dscn7666High in the heart of the eastern Himalaya, seven valleys radiate from Mt Makalu, the world’s fifth highest peak. This trek follows the Barun Valley which contains some of the last remaining areas of pristine forests and alpine meadows in Nepal. From the bottom of the Arun Valley, near the start of the trek, the mountains rise from just 435m (1,430ft) above sea level to the lofty snow capped peak of Makalu at 8463m (27,760ft) within a distance of only 40km. The trek therefore passes through a wide diversity of ecosystems and cultures. Communities of Rai farmers give way to Sherpa and Bhotia villages as altitude is gained. These peoples live in isolated villages much as they have for centuries. Their livelihoods depend upon forest resources for animal fodder, fuel, food, housing materials, fertilizers and medicine.

dscn7575The Makalu – Barun National Park and Conservation Area was established in 1992 as Nepal’s eighth national park. Covering 2,330 sq km, Makalu – Barun is a remote wilderness, with just two small settlements and seasonal herding in high pastures. The area receives few foreign trekkers due to its relative inaccessibility and a journey to base camp is an unforgettable experience. In the forests there are many varieties of orchids and more than 3,000 species of flowering plants. The area protects an abundant wildlife including the endangered red panda, musk deer, Himalayan tahr and leopard. There are more than 400 bird species, some of which are extremely rare.

Then of course there are the mountains, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse and Chhamlang that form a stunning backdrop at the head of the Barun Valley. This is an extremely rewarding trek that remains largely untouched by tourism. It is definitely one for the connoisseur of wild places! Our itinerary has been carefully planned to allow for acclimatization to the altitude, and ample time in the area of “low” base camp for further exploration to high base camp at the foot of the Chago Glacier, and for those who wish, a climb to a high point of 6170m ((20,240ft). There are some long days of 7 to 8 hours walking, some rough trail sections and the effects of altitude will be present.

Detailed Itinerary

Arrive Kathmandu

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Kathmandu

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2

Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar

We take the early morning flight to Tumlingtar.

3

Tumlingtar to Mani Bhanjyang (1,100 m)

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4

Mani Bhanjyang to Chichila (1,830 m)

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5

Chichila to Num (1,500 m)

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6

Num to Sedua (1,510 m)

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7

Sedua to Tashigaon (2,070 m)

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8

Tashigaon to Khongma (3,560 m)

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9

Khongma

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10

Khongma to Mumbuk (3,550 m)

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11

Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3,600 m)

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12

Yangle Kharka to Merek (4,570 m) or Shersong (4,650 m)

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13

Merek to Shersong (4,650 m)

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14

Shersong

Days free for optional trek to high base camp and ridge point of 6,170 m.

15-16

Shersong to Tumlingtar

Retrace our steps down the valley via Yangle Kharka, Mumbuk, Khongma, Tashigaon, Num, Chichila, Mani Bhanjyang to Tumlingtar.

17-24

Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

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25

Free in Kathmandu

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26-27

Depart Kathmandu

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28

 

Synopsis

Trip Grading:

Length: 28 days, 22-day trek

Max. Altitude: 16,400 ft. / 5000m

Begins/Ends in Kathmandu

Land Cost: $3995 (based on 8+ participants) Full-service tented 'camping' trek (includes everything).

Oct 04 – Oct 30, ’15
Apr 04 - May 01, '16

Oct 03 – Oct 29, ’16
Apr 03 - Apr 30, '17

Single supplement: $245

Included in the cost of your trip:: 22 days trekking including all meals and major equipment; 5 nights accommodation in Kathmandu; airport transfers for all group flights; services of an experienced trip leader, cook, porters, and local guides.

You can also contact Canadian Himalayan Expeditions directly for more information.

Synopsis

Trip Grading:

Length: 28 days, 22-day trek

Max. Altitude: 16,400 ft. / 5000m

Begins/Ends in Kathmandu

Land Cost: $3995 (based on 8+ participants) Full-service tented 'camping' trek (includes everything).

Oct 04 – Oct 30, ’15
Apr 04 - May 01, '16

Oct 03 – Oct 29, ’16
Apr 03 - Apr 30, '17

Single supplement: $245

Included in the cost of your trip:: 22 days trekking including all meals and major equipment; 5 nights accommodation in Kathmandu; airport transfers for all group flights; services of an experienced trip leader, cook, porters, and local guides.

You can also contact Canadian Himalayan Expeditions directly for more information.