‘Adventure around scenic Arun & Barun valley to world's 5th highest mountains’
"Entering into scenic and hidden Barun valley towards towering Mt. Makalu base camp The one only areas of trekking with views of rare Mt. Everest East Face known as Khansung From low warm Arun valley towards alpine cooler areas into arctic zone of ice and glacier Explore mid hills villages of immense culture and tradition untouched by modernization Panorama of Mid to Far Eastern Himalaya on scenic flights to and from Kathmandu / Tumlingtar Views of Mt. Makalu-Kanchenjunga-Baruntse with Chamling on treks to base camp Trekking into enchanting alpine forest of tall rhododendron-magnolia-oaks and pines trees”
- Mode of Trekking: Camping
- Trekking Grade: Adventurous to Challenging (in snow conditions)
- Trekking Duration: 17 / 18 Days
- Maximum Altitude: 4,650 m at Base Camp
- Total Trip: 18 / 19 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
- Season: April to May and Sept to November months
Makalu base camp Trekking, a magnificent adventure enters the lowest valley of Arun River to begin a wonderful journey to the base of Mt. Makalu, stands high as fifth world’s highest mountain at above 8,481m with an opportunity to walking into enchanting forest of tall rhododendron and magnolia tree lines within high alpine terrain covered with exotic flowers and orchids.
Walk leads around rural farm areas and villages with markets which is interesting to witness the local culture and age-old custom.
Makalu base camp Trekking leads you beyond human settlement and village towards high ridge above Arun River, proposed site for largest hydroelectric plant in Nepal, as our adventure continues higher up towards scenic and beautiful Barun valley, enclosed within giant peaks of eastern Himalaya.
Our route leads through yak pastures and heading towards endless fields of ice and moraine at Mt. Makalu base camp with one of the most magnificent views of towering Makalu-Baruntse-Chamlang and rare East Face of Mt. Everest famously known as Khangsung face of Everest.
On the walk includes views of world 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga and its massif range of peaks.
Our return route on Makalu base camp trekking leads into isolated Sherpa rural villages where you can enjoy local Buddhist culture and custom and then slowly our marvelous adventure concludes at Tumlingtar with scenic flight back to Kathmandu with mesmerizing adventure on Makalu base camp Trekking.
- Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
- Day 02 Fly to Tumlingtar (950m) 40 minutes' flight and drive to Num 1,500 m -05 hrs.
- Day 03 Trek to Seduwa (1,493m.) Approx: 6 hours.
- Day 04 Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,200m) Approx 3-4 hours.
- Day 05 Trek to Khongma Danda 3,500 m - 06 hrs.
- Day 06 Rest day for acclimatization.
- Day 07 Trek to Dobato 3,700 m cross Tutu La & Shipton La over 4,230 m -07 hrs.
- Day 08 Trek to Yangle Kharka 3,620m -06 hrs.
- Day 09 Trek Langmale Kharka or Jark Kharka 4,400 m -06 hrs.
- Day 10 Trek to Makalu BC 4,650m -05 hrs.
- Day 11 Rest day at Makalu BC for local excursion.
- Day 12 Trek to Yangle Kharka 3,620 m - 07 hrs.
- Day 13 Trek to Dobato 3,700 m -06 hrs.
- Day 14 Trek to Khongma Danda 3,500 m -05 hrs.
- Day 15 Trek to Seduwa School 1,495m - 07 hrs.
- Day 16 Trek to Num -04 hrs, after lunch drive to Tumglingtar -04 hrs drive. O/N Lodge.
- Day 17 Fly back to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.
- Day 18 Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities.
- Day 19 Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport received by our staff and transfer to your Hotel, where our guide provide briefing of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking / Camping, do's and don'ts and other necessary information.
Fly to Tumlingtar (950m) 40 minutes' flight and drive to Num 1,500 m -05 hrs.
Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for short and scenic flight to land Tumlingtar airport around Arun valley, during air grand views of Himalayan peaks from Ganesh-Langtang-Jugal Himal to Everest with Makalu and Kanchenjunga towards far eastern horizon.
Soon landing at Tumlintar grassy airstrip after 45 mins of sweeping flight, where our trekking crews and porters receives you for an exciting drive towards mid hills of Makalu areas, ride leads north past warm sub-tropical areas of Arun valley through number of farm villages and town of Khandbari, and then reaching cooler areas with views of Makalu in the distance.
After an interesting drive of four hours or less reaching at Num village for overnight stop in a hill village inhabited by mixed tribes of Nepal, Newar-Rai-Sherpa-Tamang –Gurung and Magar with Hindu Brahmins and Chettries.
Trek to Seduwa (1,493m.) Approx: 6 hours.
From Num setting off down with steep slopes past terraced farms towards Arun River, with about 800 meters drop, the lower area of the narrow gorge densely forested and the paths are quite slippery, on reaching at the bottom.
After downhill then cross a suspension bridge over torrential Arun River, our route leads to a climb and out of the rain forest, reaching our lunch spot at small farm areas of Runruma.
After lunch, a steep climb up to Sedua for overnight stop in a village with a small health post and a primary school, overnight camp by the schoolyard.
Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,200m) Approx 3-4 hours.
Trek to Tashi-Gaon a short day walk of few hours probably reaching there for lunch as well with overnight stop. Morning walk leads past rural farm villages, on gradual winding trail into farm fields and terraces, and then reaching at Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon.
Where walk leads to a climb for an hour through millet and rice terraces, Tashi Gaon populated with mostly Sherpa people which is quite unlike from the Sherpa of Everest, although follows the same culture and religion of Buddhism.
Different in the way they live, as the Sherpa of Tashi Gaon being migrated and settled in low warm areas a bit different with agriculture way of life and traditions.
With free afternoon to enjoy walk around this interesting village and its nice cultivated farm fields and terraces.
Trek to Khongma Danda 3,500 m - 06 hrs.
Tashi Gaon the last village on-route to Makalu basin, after this village starting with refreshing walks for an hour into beautiful shade of rhododendron and oak forest, on leaving dense forested areas then reaching a summer pastures with traces of temporary cattle herders shades.
From here heading to a steep climb into cool forest to Kohama ridge, where tall tree line fades for short rhododendron and juniper bush, Khongma Danda for overnight camp on a ridge top.
From the camp enjoy the views Mt, Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu towards North with fresh mountain cool air.
Rest day for acclimatization.
A rest day at this height of above 3,000 m high for acclimatization, a pleasant and scenic spot
for short hike and rest, this scenic high spot with number of overhanging rocks forming caves
which makes good cozy shelters for local herders, travelers and as well to our porters.
Trek to Dobato 3,700 m cross Tutu La & Shipton La over 4,230 m -07 hrs.
With wonderful morning and views of surrounding beautiful landscapes and snow capped peaks, morning walk follows on gradual path with few short ups and down through Thulo Pokhari (big pond) and Sano Pokhari(small pond).
In snow condition, the trail can be quite misleading and arduous to locate, the trail from last pond leads to over Tutu-la and Shipton-La pass at above 4,075 m high. Here onward downhill and then back into vegetation with trees at Mumbuk area, with views of Khumbukarna Himalaya, afternoon walk leads downhill to reach within Barun Valley.
Barun valley, one of least explored area around eastern Himalayan region, this unique valley at present added as Makalu & Barun National Park, with more than 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 different birds life and 75 mammals species, which includes endangered clouded leopard, red panda and musk deer.
Remarkable bio-diversity of the areas considered to be of global importance and significance which provides a living laboratory for international biology and zoology research.
After a wonderful trek entering into lush alpine area at Barun Valley with gradual up slopes, following Barun River upstream towards our camp at Dobato, a summer pastures for the locals.
Trek to Yangle Kharka 3,620m -06 hrs.
From here onward within scenic and beautiful enclosed and hidden valley of Barun with glacial streams that joins further down into Arun River, morning walk heading due west on slow uphill with bushes of juniper and azalea (dwarf rhododendron) along the trails crossing the same icy stream several times to reach at a large field at Yangle Kharka for overnight stop.
Trek Langmale Kharka or Jark Kharka 4,400 m -06 hrs.
As our walk progress heading closing to our destination at Makalu, where morning continues with gradual uphill climb with views of surrounding peaks of Baruntse-Chamlang and Makalu and the finally ending our nice day walk at Langmale Kharka / Jark Kharka for overnight stop on a summer pasture of Yaks summer grazing field.
Trek to Makalu BC 4,650m -05 hrs.
A little beyond the camp crossing Barun River by way of couple of wooden bridges, which make use of conveniently situated boulders encountering large prayer wall, after few hour walk, as green vegetation gets sparse, although rhododendron, barberries, cotoneaster and juniper bushes persist for some times.
Our lovely day walk leads into high alpine areas reaching at Sherson within lower Barun glacier with towering Mt. Makalu.
Sherson located lower from the base camp of Mt. Makalu, walking past number of stone enclosures around on high grazing areas with outstanding host of peaks to look at includes upper part of Makalu south face, with Mt. Baruntse 7,220m peeking above peak 4.
From Sherson trek on with closer views of Mt. Makalu and Barun Pokhari as walk finally reaches at our highest point at Makalu base camp with rare sight of Everest Khanshung face with Lhotse nearby.
Rest day at Makalu BC for local excursion.
Rest day at Makalu base camp with free time for individual activity or hike further up for best view of the peaks of that surrounds base camp, a great opportunity for grand view of Everest East Face and some other peaks that adjoins with Makalu Mountains.
Trek to Yangle Kharka 3,620 m - 07 hrs.
Trek back towards end of the valley to Yaangle Kharka for overnight, using the same route with chances of spotting some wild-life along this pristine surrounding.
Trek to Dobato 3,700 m -06 hrs.
Trek back to Dobato near Mumbuk, on leaving at the end of beautiful Barun Valley with some ups to encounter and back into tree lines to reach our overnight camp in the midst of alpine woodland at Dobato near at Mumbuk.
Trek to Khongma Danda 3,500 m -05 hrs.
Retracing our journey back to Khongma danda located on a high ridge after crossing Shipton-la and Thulo and past two glacial ponds or Pokhari to reach at Kohongma for overnight camp.
Trek to Seduwa School 1,495m - 07 hrs.
Trek back to Tashi Gaon and continue walk towards Seduwa taking the same or another alternative route through Nabagaon on the upper trail for 2-3 hours, where walk leads into cool shade of forest after leaving the forest area, coming towards the farm terraces a to the village of Naba-Gaon, another Sherpa village which is much larger than Tashigaon, situated right above the Seduwa village.
From here an hour downhill to camp at Seduwa around its primary school premises with time for local short walks.
Trek to Num -04 hrs, after lunch drive to Tumglingtar -04 hrs drive. O/N Lodge.
Last day walks of the adventure on leads downhill through the farm fields for an hour or more, then reaching at Arun River to cross over a bridge with few hour climb back to Num for the drive to Tumlingtar, downhill of few hours to Khandbari, headquarter and administrative town of Sanka-Suava district of Makalu region.
From here with long descend to reach warmer areas at Tumlingtar for last overnight stop in a local lodge with time to arrange last night dinner party with fellow members-crews and porters before flying back to Kathmandu.
Fly back to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.
Depending upon flight time transfer to Tumlingtar air terminal and then boarding in a small aircraft for scenic flight to Kathmandu overlooking view of snow capped and then landing at Kathmandu airport with short drive back to your hotel.
Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities.
A free day in Kathmandu, reserved in case of delay on local drive due to broken trails by landslide which might occur sometimes, on this leisure day enjoy rest day for your own individual activities and shopping with options to join in tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.
Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, our staff transfers you to airport for final departure from the country of Himalayan Wonders, Nepal.
Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions.
|05 April to 23 April||10 Oct to 28 Oct|
Price includes following services:
- Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
- Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
- Internal flight Kathmandu / Tumlingtar / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
- Transportation Tumlingtar / Num / Tumlingtar by local available vehicles.
- Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.
- Applicable Trekking Permit & National Park Fees.
- Transfer of staff and equipment to / from Tumlingtar.
- Insurance for Nepalese crew.
Our price does not include followings:
- International flights to / from Kathmandu.
- Nepal entry visa fees.
- Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
- Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
- Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
- Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
- Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, Wi-Fi, fees for charging electronic devices, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
- Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
- Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.