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Makalu Trekking

Makalu Trekking

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 19 day(s)
Group Size: 12 people
Destination(s): Nepal  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1250 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1300 US Dollar (USD)

This trek takes us into the upper reaches of the proposed 3000 square km. Makalu – Barun National park. We fly from Ktm to Tumlingtar for an hour in parallel with the views of at lest five eight thousand meters high peakes. Cho-oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Shisapangama. Heading north from Tumlingtar (940 m, 3080 feet). We pass through many small picturesque villages inhabited by Newari traders. Rai and Chhetri of the Sherpa people.

The most difficult part of your trek should be crossing over the Baurne-La pass (4315 m, 14150 feet) to be humbled by the views of mt. Everest (kangshung face) and Makalu. We retrace our steps to Tumlingtar still enjoying the views of Kanchanjunga massif and Jannu.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. Jeep or Bur ride to Hille.

Day 2: There is a motor able road under construction along the first day's walk to the village of Tsute. A gentle starts uphill.

Day 3: Continuing the climb up from the road, ascend the ridge of the Tinjure Danda, passing the village of Tinjure phedi en-route of overnight stop at Danda Goan. The height of this village in 1700m. And have fine views of the intensely cultivated lowlands stretching away towers the sout.

Day 4: From Danda Gone, ascend and cross the Tinjure Danda at a height of 2200 m. before following the ridge as it descends towards piluwa Khola and the Chainpur.

Day 5: An early start for this long day during which descend and cross the Hinwan and sabha kholas before finally ascending again to the large market town and administrative center that is Khandbari, Reach to Arun Valley at last looking down on the airstrip at Tumlingtar away down below.

Day 6: From Khandbari ascend the ridge due North, one wide and very well used trail, reaching to the lunch stop at Bhotebas after 3hrs. of steady ascent. After lunch, another two hours along and up the gently inclined path through the beautiful forest dense with the undergrowth. Here is the beginning of the ferns and lush vegetation to the monsoon forest. Camp for the night at the tiny ridge top village of Chichila.

Day 7: Chichila to Num. In the clear down, get the first views of the Makalu and its satellite peaks from this magical spot. Perched high above the surrounding countryside can be seen for miles in very direction. Today's walk is not strenuous and is one of the most enjoyable in the walking - a level path meandering along through bird infested forests. Finely descend to the spectacularly positioned village of Num, from where a god view of the route for the next few days can observed. Opposite, across the Arun tantalizingly close, is Sedua, our camp for the following day.

Day 8: After an initial steep ascent out of Sedua, the trail cases off and contours around the hillside up to the last village of Tashigaon in about 2-3 hours. After lunch there, set off up into the jungles on the ridge above, climbing for 2hrs. more, before stopping at the jungle grazing camp of Bhedi Kharka.

Day 9: A long day, continuing the ascent very steep but on a good trail, reach the first of three passes Keke-La two hours and then descend to a turquoise lake for lunch. After lunch an hours of ascent brings to the Shipton pass of Kongua-La at 4127 m. walking at last up to the open grassy slopes, carpeted with flowers. From here Kanchanjunga and Jannu can be seen away on the East, and the third pass, the Tutu-La a little away off the North beyond another turquoise lake. After crossing this and descending for an hour, make night camp Numbuk, back in the forest again where about is alive with beautiful Nepal sunbirds.

Day 10: From Mumbuk, descend steeply into the valley of the Barun Khola, which is initially steep sided and densely wooded. After traversing a long scre, the tail climbs gently and the valley opens out beautifully. The scenery in superb, which steep wooded valley sides, lichen covered rocks, lichen-hung trees and different variety of wild flowers. After lunch walk on to the camp at Nehe Khaka (3650m.), in verdant meadows beside the thundering river.

Day 11: First rest day is spent here, either relaxing in camp or wandering through the beautiful alpine forests. Nehe is one of the most beautiful relaxing spots in could ever wish for - a special place indeed.

Day 12: A little beyond Nehe Kharka, cross the Barun Khola by way of a couple of bridges between conveniently placed boulders, and ascent to Ramata(4250 m) for lunch. Here, the forests diminish rapidly and soon leave the pine rhododendron, berberis and emerge onto the grassy slopes. The first splashes of the autumn color in the woods add to the charm of tharm of this beautiful day's walk along a lovely grassy Plain followed by an ablation valley before camping for the night at shershon. From here view gigantic sow and Ice Peaks pen the summit of the Makalu and the whole area in.

Day 13: From Shershon it is only an hour's gently walking to the Hillary Camp for Makalu. Taking is easy at altitude, stroll along at leisure, Photographing the scenery Makalu Base camp is finally reached round a small shoulder and lies in a large flat stony valley directly below the awesome south face. Have five nights at the Base camp giving four full days to explore the area and possibly climb a 6000 m. summit over looking the base camp with the members of the expedition.

Day 14: Retrace the steps to make and overnight camp at Nehe Kharka.

Day 15: After lunch at Mumbuk, ascend the Shipton - La camp at the beautiful lake side just below the pass. Beautiful sunset views of Makalu and Chamlang.

Day 16: Up early for sunrise Panorama from the Shipton La towards Kanchanjunga. Then the big descent to sedua (2500 m) down.

Day 17: Down to cross the Arun, back up to lunch at Num, and on to camp at Mure from where had last look at Makalu can be.

Day 18: Along the ride and down to Khandbari.

Day 19: Last short walk down to Tumlingtar. Afternoon flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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