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Makalu Region Trekking- Exploiting The Natural Riches

Makalu region is a restricted region and it falls under Makalu- Barun Conservation area. Before entering the Makalu region, you will need to buy special permits and you need to do make some special preparations. Makalu Mountain is the key factor of attraction to this region and Mt. Makalu is 8463 meters high which makes it the fifth highest mountain of the world. Moreover, exploring Himalayan lifestyle and culture adds more color to the trek. The spectacular views of Mountains, Lakes, Glaciers, Rivers and green forests makes Makalu trek a wonderful trek. However, accessibility to Makalu trek is not very easy which is similar to the trekking in Everest region. The trek can be organized only on the basis of camping. Makalu trek is recommended for those trekkers who want to taste the classical trekking method of Nepal and those who wants to trek in the less frequented area.

Trek Profile:

Makalu Trek

Trek duration:

18 Days

Trek difficulty:

Moderate High

Accommodation type:

Camping

Maximum Elevation:

4870 meters

 

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival

Day 02: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1840m)

Day 03: 06 hours trek to Num (1490m)

Day 04: 06 hours trek to Seduwa (1560m)

Day 05: 05 hours trek to Tashi Gaon (2100m)

Day 06: 06 hours trek to Khongma (3560m)

Day 07: Rest day at Khongma

Day 08: Cross Shipton La and trek to Debotay (3650m)

Day 09: 06 hours trek to Yangle Kharka (3600m)

Day 10: Trek to Merek (4500m)

Day 11: Trek to Shersong

Day 12: Rest day/ Explore around Makalu Base camp

Day 13: Trek back to Yangle Kharka (3600m)

Day 14: Trek to Mumbuk (3520m)

Day 15: Trek back to Khongma (3470m)

Day 16: Trek back to Tashi Gaon (2100m)

Day 17: Trek back to Num (1560m)

Day 18: Trek back to Chichila and transfer to Tumlingtar

Day 19: Fly Back to Kathmandu

Day 20: Departure

 

COST INCLUDES AND EXCLUDES

COST INCLUDES

  • All pick up and drop from Airport
  • Complementary Home stay dinner as a welcome dinner
  • 02/ 03 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per required
  • 01/ 02 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara as per required
  • All Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek
  • Accommodations on tea house based lodge during the trek
  • One professional English speaking license holder guide (as per 4 members) for the trek
  • One helper guide (for 4 members) for the trek
  • Porters for the trek (One porter for 2 members)
  •  All Domestic flights used during the trek
  • All sort of transportation fares used during the trek
  • Private vehicles used during the trek
  • TIMS card and Permits

 

COST EXCLUDES

  • Any sort of personal expenses
  • Lunch and Dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra expenses occurred due to unforeseen conditions
  • TIPS to the guide and other staff
  • Alcohol, beverages and bottled drinks
  • Anything that is not included in cost include section

 

 

Trip Fact

Trek Profile:

Makalu Trek

Trek duration:

20 Days

Trek difficulty:

Moderate High

Accommodation type:

Camping

Maximum Elevation:

4870 meters

Itinerary

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival

Upon arrival in the airport, Plan Nepal Adventure staff will pick you up and transfer to a hotel. Our Trekking Manager will meet you and discuss about the trekking details.

Day 02: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1840m)

The total duration of flight to Tumlingtar is approximately 50 minutes and then we will take 03 hours jeep drive to Chichila.

Day 03: 06 hours trek to Num (1490m)

The trekking trial to Num passes through the forests and village settlements. The total duration of the trek is approximately 06 hours. Num is a village located on the ridge line which provides great view to the either side of the village.

Day 04: 06 hours trek to Seduwa (1560m)

The trial to Seduwa begins descending down through the forests and terraced farms which will lead us to Arun River. Then the winding pathway ascends uphill through the forests. We enter Makalu Conservation Area on the trial and we must enter our permits at the tourist check point. We will camp overnight at Seduwa village.

Day 05: 05 hours trek to Tashi Gaon (2100m)

The trial will ascend through the ridge that lies in between Ipsuwa River on the West and Kasuwa River to the East. After crossing the hillside, we will encounter some small village settlements and small paddy fields. Finally we reach Tashi Gaon where we will camp overnight.

Day 06: 06 hours trek to Khongma (3560m)

We further ascend uphill to Khongma. Khongma has forests full of Rhododendrons and scrub.

Day 07: Rest day at Khongma

We will rest at Khongma and acclimatize to the environment just before we cross Shipton La.

Day 08: Cross Shipton La and trek to Debotay (3650m)

We will climb to the top of Shipton La and pass through it. The trial will encounter Kalo Pokhari (Lake) and through the Keke La pass (4152m). The spectacular views of Chamlang peak, peak 6 and peak 7 can be captured. After crossing through Keke pass, we will swiftly descend down to Debotay village. The total duration of walk will be approximately 07 hours.

Day 09: 06 hours trek to Yangle Kharka (3600m)

From Debotay village, the trial cuts through the Rhododendron forest and leads to Barun River. Then we will have gentle walk until we arrive Yangle Kharka (Note: Kharka means grazing pastures for animals)

Day 10: Trek to Merek (4500m)

We will slowly ascend to Merek situated at an altitude of 4500 meters. The total duration of walk will be approximately 06 hours.

Day 11: Trek to Shersong

We will further ascend uphill valley and pass through Yak pastures and boulder fields. From Shersong the view of Mount Makalu becomes distinct. The total duration of the journey is approximately 07 hours.

Day 12: Rest day/ Explore around Makalu Base camp

Today we will visit Makalu Base camp and capture the Majestic picture of Mount Makalu and other surrounding peaks. We will return back and sleep overnight at Shersong.

Day 13: Trek back to Yangle Kharka (3600m)

We will swiftly descend down to Yangle Kharka. Descending down is much easier as a result of losing altitude drastically. The journey will approximately take 08 hours. We will camp overnight at Yangle Kharka.

Day 14: Trek to Mumbuk (3520m)

We will further descend down to Mumbuk through the rock gully. The total duration of journey approximately takes 06 hours.

Day 15: Trek back to Khongma (3470m)

The trial will climb steeply through the forests of Firs and Rhododendrons. Then we have to cross the Keke La, Shipton La and Ghungru la pass to ultimately reach our destination Khongma. Overnight camping will be made at Khongma.

Day 16: Trek back to Tashi Gaon (2100m)

The trial continues to descend all the way to Tashi Gaon. The downhill track is pretty steep and therefore you will need to walk gently. Most of the people of the Tashi Gaon are Sherpas.

Day 17: Trek back to Num (1560m)

We will retrace our path all the way back to Num. The total duration of walk will be approximately 06 hours.

Day 18: Trek back to Chichila and transfer to Tumlingtar

We will swiftly trek back to Chichila and then catch a jeep to reach Tumlingtar. Our today’s journey combined with the jeep drive will take approximately 10 hours.

Day 19: Fly Back to Kathmandu

We will take back flight from Tumlingtar and have all afternoon for shopping.

Day 20: Departure

We will drop you in the airport for the final departure.

 

 

Useful Information

LIST OF TREKKING EQUIPMENTS

 

Clothing list:

  • Day bag pack (20 to 40 liters capacity) with rain cover
  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree Celsius) [Note: you can hire sleeping bags from us]
  • Lightweight walking boots
  • A pair of spare laces for shoes
  • A light sandal for using in guest houses and tea houses
  • Warm fiber/feather jacket or down jacket
  • Water proof/ wind proof jacket
  • Light wind proof trousers
  • Inner thermal wear for using at higher altitudes
  • Loose casual wear to be used in the lower altitudes
  • A warm woolen hat
  • A pair of gloves
  • 2 pair of woolen socks
  • 2 pair of thin socks
  • Personal wear as per you require
  • Towels

Accessories

  • UV protection and snow protection sunglasses
  • Water Bottles
  • Water purifier (pump, tablets or any kind)
  • Hiking poles
  • Head lamp with spare batteries
  • Personal daily use equipments
  • Sun cream and lip care cream
  • Camera with chargers
  • First Aid kits
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toiletries
  • Medicines like pain killer and high altitude sickness medicine

Note: Some equipments and trekking gears can be hired from us on a daily basis, please enquire us for more information