Makalu Base Camp trek will be started after one hours flight to Tumlingtar or long way drive there. This takes you more than 15hrs. Then trek begins into the Makalu Barun National Park to reach you to Makalu Base Camp. Its a virtually uninhabited area in eastern Nepal. Likewise, it is carved by the Arun River. Stunning views of Mt Makalu (8463 m), the fifth highest mountain in the world, Mt Chamlang and Mt Baruntse greets you on this trek.
The Makalu-Barun Valley trek provides beautiful contrasts, waterfalls cascade into a deep gorge and colourful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. Furthermore, this is geographically spectacular. It is culturally fascinating trek passing from the local villages of the lower hills to the Tibetans of the upper Buri Gandaki.
Arun Valley trek starts at the trade route village of Tumlingtar and heads up the Arun River valley to Sedua and Num passing through Brahman, Chhetri, Rai, Limbu, Gurung and Tamang villages. The Makalu trekking area offers some of the most exceptional and varied trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, you can pass through rhododendron forests and eventually make a crossing of the Shipton La (4,210 m) into the upper Barun river valley. You can have a closer look at Makalu and Chamlang Himal.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.
All necessary trekking paper, trekking permit (TIMS), national park entry permit & conservation permit and Makalu Restricted area permit.
Kathmandu – Tumlingtar and Tumlingtar - Kathmandu Round flight ticket.
All domestic airport taxes.
Sightseeing with tour guide and entrance fee.
Trekking Leader, and Guides.
One Assistance Guide who support to pitch tents and guarding camp at night / as per group size.
One Cook and One kitchen supporter/s as per group size.
Required kitchen utensils.
Cooking fuel and lighting service.
Required portage service to carry tents, food stuffs, fuels & kitchen utensils Necessary tent and equipment.
All the staff insurance, well paid salary, equipment, transportation.
All the transporting
Government taxes and service.
Travel and rescue Insurance
Food in Kathmandu.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
Tips for guide porter.
Arrival In Kathmandu
Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Kathmandu-Tumlingtar 45min.510m-Maney Bhanjyang 5hrs.
Once you landed in tumlingtar then trek will started. Walking about 5hrs through the rain forest,passing local village of Rai people.Maney Bhanjyang is the on the top of the hill side inhabitted by local people. Over night at the tented camp.
Maney Bhanjyang-Chilchile 1830m.505hrs.
After you serve the break fast the trail leads you to ascends for few hours then flat trail leads to Gurung village where you will serve lunch by our staffs. Then Explore the local communities village. Over night at camp.
Chilchile-Num 4hrs. 1500m.
The trails ascends about 2.5hrs and soon descend to small river and almost flat trail to Num. This is a small village with modern facilities. Stay over night at camp.
Num-Seduwa 5hrs. 1560m.
First steep down hill about 2hrs and cross the suspension bridge and ascends through the Rhododendrom forest and local village where you can experience the farming paddy,millet,corn and potatoes depending on the season. Check in the police check post and over night at camp.
Seduwa-Tashi Gaun 5hrs.2050m.
Tashi Gaun is the most inhabited village in the Makalu National area. The way is mostly flat and easy comperately. Visiting many Mane, Tibetan prayer flag and chorten which was built by local for the rememberance of the depart soul. Tashi Gaun is the perfect place to have camp and to see the local culture. Stay over night at camp.
Tashigaun-Khongma la 6hrs. 3550m.
Most of the time we are ascending through the Rhododendron forest and listening birds singing makes your trek very enjoyable. Over night at camp.
Khangma la- Mumbuk 7hrs. 3490.
Walking through rugged trail to reach Kalo polhari 4020m. which will takes 3 hrs. and down to Mumbuk for over nights.
Mumbuk-Yangla Kharka 7hrs. 3585m.
This day will be more difficult comperately but worthy due to the Barun river and through the forest. Gaint mountain apears infront of you Peak6 and peak 7. Both are above the 7000m. Stay over night at camp.
Yangla Kharka-Yak Kharka 6hrs. 4780m.
Walking through the grass land and facing to mountain peak. Over night at camp.
Yak Kharka-Makalu Base Camp 5hrs. 4810m.
The trails is flate for the first part and descend to a small river and goes to Makalu Base camp which will memories you by the Mt.Makalu 8463m. the 6th highest mountain.
Makalu Base camp Exploration day.
This is a exploration day to you go further to Glacier and Baruste Base camp and back to camp.
Makalu Base Camp-Yangla Kharka 5hrs. 3600m.
We beging to go down hill and again up hill through the forest and giant bolder. Over night at camp.
Yangla Kharka-Dobato 4.5hrs.
Descending and ascending to go Dobato through the Jungle. Please walk together as wild animals might be encounter.
You will be descends steeply to Khongma via Kali Pokhari through the dense forest and down hill to Tashi Gaun. Over night at camp.
Mostly desceds through the bamboo forest which local people used for making mats and roofs of the house. Over night at camp.
Num-Maney Bhanjyang 1160m. 5hrs.
This is an easy day of your trek to Maney Bhanjyang through the jungle.
Maney Bhanjyang-Tumlingtar 5hrs.
Walking about 5 hrs. the trek end at Tumlingtar. Over night at camp.
Tumlingtar to Kathmandu by flight,
Early in the morning after breakfast check in at airport and fly to Kathmandu and rest and relaxing at hotel.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
An early start to the airport and weather permitting a flight back to Kathmandu. We will arrive back to hotel mid morning and a welcome shower and clean clothes will be waiting for you. The rest of the day will be at your leisure with lunch, shopping in the Thamel and adjusting to civilisation!
For the Tumlingtar Regin Treks, you will be flying from Kathmandu –Nepalgunj to Juphal and then at the end of the trek, you will need to do the return flight. This flight is very weather dependent and can be delayed or cancelled at short notice if the weather is not suitable for this mountain flight. At Top of the World Treks, we will do our best to manage this situation and if your flight is cancelled we will do all we can to get you on the next available flight.
It maybe is possible for a helicopter to be charted but this will be at an extra cost and up to the group at the time. We plan extra days into our itineraries in case this happens but you are also welcome to plan extra days if you wish.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does, of course, depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops selling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guideline. The basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants.
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Headlamp (eg Petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg Thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear, appropriate to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers/pants. (Preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boots with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravans.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumper (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe, Crampons otherness/carabiners. During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your trek bag, in group bags until needed.
To minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipment rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them a lot cheaper than you find in Europe and the USA. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which gives you an idea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All-purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-2 looking Carabiners, Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paracetamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
-Anti – diarrhoea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.