Min 2pax-Max 16pax
|Mode of Trek||Hotel in Kathmandu, tented camping or local lodge where available on route Makalu base camp|
|Location||Nepal Far North East Himalaya, Sankhuwa Sabha district of Kosi Zone. Latitude 27. 8857° N. Longitude 87.0876° E |
|Highest Spot||At Makalu base camp 4, 870 meters / 15, 978 feet high.|
|Mode of transport||Short flight both ways with local jeep drives|
|Distance covers||Approx. 120 kms / 75 miles, both ways Num to Num on walks only|
Low areas and mid hills populated by Kirat Rai and Hindu Brahmin and Chettries with some Dalits.
Higher region inhabited by Sherpa tribe interwoven to Buddhism with fascinating colorful culture and custom.
|Trek duration||14 Nights and 15 Days with drives and flight both ways|
|Total Trip||17 Nights and 18 Days (From arrival to final departure)|
|Day 01||Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.|
|Day 02||In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparation|
|Day 03||Fly to Tumlingtar 865M- 45 mins and drive to Num 1, 500M / 1,560M||3hr|
|Day 04||Trek to Seduwa 1,510M||5hr|
|Day 05||Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,070M||4hr|
|Day 06||Trek to Khoma Danda / Ridge 3, 760M||5hr|
|Day 07||Trek to Mumbuk 3,520M||6hr|
|Day 08||Trek to Nehe Kharka 4, 320M||5hr|
|Day 09||Trek to Makalu base camp 4, 870M via Sherson 4, 610M||5hr|
|Day 10||At Makalu base camp for local excursion|
|Day 11||Trek to Yangre Kharka 3, 645M||6hr|
|Day 12||Trek to Mumbuk||6hr|
|Day 13||Trek to Khoma Danda / Ridge||5hr|
|Day 14||Trek to Nawa Gaon 2, 500M via Tashi Gaon||5hr|
|Day 15||Trek to Num via Seduwa||5hr|
|Day 16||Drive back to Tumlingtar||4hr|
|Day 17||Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel|
|Day 18||International departure for homeward or to respective countries|
On arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal International airport, after immigration formalities, and collecting your baggage head for exit where our staff and guide will receive you, with a warm welcome and then transfer you to your hotel. A short drive into the heart of Kathmandu city, around Thamel the most interesting place for all travelers. At the hotel check into your rooms, after a short rest from the jet-lag then meet your guide, and other fellow members of the trek for briefing regarding your stay in Nepal with full information of the treks, with do’s and don’ts. Evening group welcome dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurant with a folk cultural program to entertain with your dinner
At Kathmandu, a free and leisure day with a sightseeing tour at places of great Historical and cultural interest. Most of the ancient sites listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The rest of the afternoon preparing for Mt. Makalu base trek.
Morning as per time for flight to Tumlingtar, to start and end the trek, drive to domestic airport, after checking in with security formalities. Board in the aircraft as the plane takes off heading due east, facing a panorama of Himalayan peaks with Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Kanchenjunga.
After a little more than 40 minutes, the plane touch down at Tumlingtar airport, located on a shelf of Arun River within low sub-tropical. Where our other field staff with porters receives you for a short walk to Tumlingtar town. From here getting organized, an exciting drive on dirt tracks takes you to a large town at Khadbari, headquarter and administration of Sankhuwa Sabha district.
Drive continues ups past nice typical hill villages and farmlands to reach at a Chinchilla, located on a ridge top, a farm village with views of Mt. Makalu in the distance north, from here downhill into the cool forest to reach our first overnight stop at Num village, the start, and endpoint of our trek.
Overnight either in village simple lodge or with tented camping near the village school compound, with time to explore this nice hill village with surrounding views of mountains and green hills.
First-day walk starts, after breakfast heading for long, descend to reach a small bridge over raging Arun River, located in a deep gorge and then climb towards Seduwa village. As trek progress heading past small spread-out farmhouses with crop fields and terraces growing millets, and wheat. Having lunch break on a route served and cooked by our camping chef and kitchen crews.
After lunch another few hours uphill reach a moderate size farm village at Seduwa, where gets cooler with overnight in a tented camp near the village schoolyard.
From Seduwa, walks today is rather short of few hours to reach Tashi Gaon, the last village on route to Makalu and Barun valley, a pleasant morning walks after breakfast on gradual winding trails. Leading through farm areas with a short climb to Tashi Gaon, a nice moderate hill village populated by the Sherpa tribe.
Reaching at Tashi Gaon by lunchtime as well for an overnight stop.
Afternoon free for a short hike, explore the village to witness the local culture of Buddhism religion.
After Tashi-Gaon, heading into complete mountain wilderness, as there are no Villages with only some temporary settlements of Yak herders, with few simple and basic tea-house serving as lodge with local meals.
The morning begins with a short easy stroll within a dense forest lined with tall rhododendron, oaks, pines, hemlocks, and pines with magnolia trees as thick shrubs and bush. After an hour climb starts with a steep up for some hours till you reach to overnight camp at Khoma Danda, a hill and ridge on route to Barun Valley and Makalu base camp. The area with smaller tree lines of birch, juniper with rhododendron species, offers grand views of Mt. Makalu, Baruntse with Mt. Kanchenjunga towards the east.
From Khoma Danda camp, with hearty breakfast served by our cook, walk today is enjoyable with few ups and downhill to negotiate, starts following a path towards north past a small glacial pond of Thulo / Sano Pokhari (Big and small ponds).
Where tree lines drop for few hours and then cross over Tutu-La and Shipton-La Pass of above 4, 300 m high, and then a long descend back into woodland to Reach at Mumbuk for overnight camp in the midst of rhododendron and pine forest.
Today walks takes you down to scenic Barun valley for overnight camp at Nehe Kharka, a small temporary settlement with a simple lodge and Yak Herder's shelters, a summer pasture for local villages cattle for grazing.
Morning head down to short downhill, and reach the valley where steep ups and downhill ends from here for some days, as walk leads to open wide country sheltered by towering cliffs, and snow-capped peaks.
After a great day's walk reach you at Nehe Kharka for overnight camping on the fields close to Yak herder’s camp and local tea-house.
Morning enjoys the views with great breakfast at the camp, and then our guide leads you to our main highlights and destinations at Makalu base camp.
Walk starts following small streams that later join to Barun and then to Arun River further downstream. Following the high trail with some vegetation around Burberry, junipers and dwarf rhododendron also called Azalea blooms into pretty little flowers in the late springtime of April and May.
The trail leads to slow and gradual up, crossing few streams to and fro then reach a place called Sherson, the last place with a grassy field and green bushes, might stop here for hot lunch prepared by our cook and kitchen hands. Afternoon continues to walk for few hours, taking slow as the altitude gets you around dry and arid mountainous terrain.
Finally, reaching Mt. Makalu base camp on the highest point of the adventure at 4, 870 meters and 15, 978 feet high. Our guide and camping staff will find a good level ground to set tents, in the meantime enjoy the views of towering peaks that lie ahead of you with massive glaciers and frozen ponds next to the camp.
Free day at Makalu base camp, after a continuous walk of a week, the morning after late breakfast with leisure time for a short hike to some high view-points to get best closer looks of surrounding high snow-mountains with Mt. Makalu. Around
Makalu base camp, the one and only place in all Himalaya where one can get a rare view of Mt. Everest and Lhotse East Face, known as Khansung Face of Everest. Afternoon relaxes and enjoys the beauty of surrounding awe-some mountain scenery.
Enjoying great times with amazing views and hiking, morning clear the camp and then after breakfast start return journey to lower areas, as walk leads on the same easy on slow descend to reach Yangre Kharka, a place with temporary shelter of cattle herds, with a stone hut serving as Tea-House or Lodge.
From here after few hours of walk, leaving the scenic Barun valley, as the route follows with a steep climb, to enter back into lush vegetation and forested area with dense tall trees. Where our overnight camp is pitched in the same area as before.
Great scenic and pleasant morning trek, as the trail leads on a ridgeline over Shipton and Tutu-La pass to reach back at high Khoma Danda hilltop, for last overnight camping on mountain wilderness.
Today, an easy walk with long descend to Tashi-Gaon for probably lunch stop, after a refreshing break, taking a higher trail above Tashi-Gaon and into the cool shade of forest and farm areas to reach a large Sherpa village at Nawa-Gaon.
Overnight camp on fields and terraces, with time to explore around this lovely village to witness more of the local culture of the high areas of Makalu region.
Our last and final day of trekking, morning on a downhill to Seduwa village and with more descend to reach a gorge, and the cross over a suspension bridge then with last climb of the adventure to reach at Num for an overnight stop, either in tented camps or in a nice small simple local lodge.
From Num after breakfast, get into a vehicle, either jeep, four wheels drive or of similar types made for mountain roads. Drive heads up to Chinchela farm village and then downhill to Tumlingtar past Khandbari town.
On reaching our final and last destination at Tumlingtar check into a nice local Lodge, with a free afternoon to browse around this interesting farm town of Eastern Nepal.
As per flight time for Kathmandu, walk towards the airport terminal after bidding farewell to our field staff and porters, and then board in aircraft for a short scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
On arrival at Kathmandu domestic airport our guide and staff transfer you to your respective hotels, after a great panoramic flight and amazing adventure on Makalu and Barun valley trek.
Last day in Nepal in the country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time either morning, afternoon, or evening. Open Trail Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport for the homeward journey or to the next port of call.
It is not that hard and difficult as it looks, as long one can take slow and steady walks with a few short stops to rest. The trek involves much down and ups which are normal in all Himalaya regions including Makalu base camp.
<div>Mt. Makalu and other regions of Nepal Far Eastern Himalaya, very seldom ventured by foreign trekkers, as you will be walking off the beaten tracks.</div><div>Where few groups of trekkers and mountaineers walk on this remote Himalayan location. Makalu area not that popular as other main trekking areas of Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, or Manaslu. </div><div>The tea-house and lodge available after Tashi-Gaon the last village, are much simple and basic, where accommodation is not that of good tourist standard including meals served in the local lodge are very simple and basic.</div><div>While camping, all foods are carried and we have a separate unit of the kitchen with expert cooks and kitchen crew to prepare healthy, hygienic, and good meals to make the adventure more enjoyable and a great success.</div>
As you will be trekking in the complete mountain wilderness, after Tashi-Gaon for a week, there won’t be facilities to charge your cell-phone, camera, or other gadgets. Where one can carry portable solar power with you for your urgent needs and requirement, places to charge with electricity power found in Tumlingtar, Num till Tashi-Gaon.
<div wfd-id="404">Likely, but not always as high altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) symptoms are much rare on this trek to Mt. Makalu base camp. As we have designed the itinerary days, taking care of our client's physical fitness and health.</div><div wfd-id="403">The itinerary we have set is much flexible with not too long walks, only one day from Nehe Kharka to Makalu base camp can be long and hard, walking wise is all right except for the altitude gain, but some people might find it hard. But taking slow with enough shortstops can make you feel better and to enjoy the trek without any symptoms of AMS. On this trek, the altitude gains slowly and gradually with each overnight stop at a certain altitude, which will help you to acclimatize.</div>
<div wfd-id="405">On this trek where you will witness mixed groups of people of eastern Nepal, around lower and mid-hills mostly populated by Kirat Rai tribes, with some Newar, Gurung, Magar, and Hindu Brahmin and Chettries including few Dalits.</div><div wfd-id="404">From Num onwards till Tashi and Nawa-Gaon villages, dominated by Sherpa people, the highlanders of Eastern Himalaya like of Everest region.</div><div wfd-id="403">The culture and religion in the beginning villages with mix Hindu and Buddhism, from Num to Tashi-Gaon, around Sherpa villages of more Buddhism religion with fascinating cultures of age-old heritage.</div>