Makalu Trek
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Makalu Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Max Altitude Upto 5755m
  • Grade Moderate
  • Duration 18 Days
  • Group Size 2 - 15

Overview

Makalu trek in eastern Nepal is protected by the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Project. Established in 1992, it covers 2330 sq km. Among the 16 mountains in the park, it is home to Makalu, the fifth-highest mountain in the world (8463m/ 27,766ft). 

The world’s fifth highest mountain. Formerly a restricted area, it spans five major ecological zones where can be found the lush, tropical Arun Valley, dense forests or rhododendron and fir and alpine meadows that lead to the might Barun glacier. From the base camp, anyone can view the spectacular Mt. Makalu. 

This mainly low altitude Makalu trek is centered on the Arun Valley, in eastern Nepal. The sub-tropical valley floor of the mighty Arun River is in places densely forested, contrasting with the terraced slopes higher up, which are farmed by villagers of diverse tribal groups. High pastures typify the upper slopes, which border on the Makalu-Barun National Park, an important conservation area for many threatened species. 

The trails rise from 850 meters (2,788ft) to 5000 meters (16,900ft) above sea level.

Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu airport. Our Airport Representative transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle

  • Max. Altitude
    1345m/4412ft
  • Meal
    Dinner
  • Accomodation
    3 stars level hotel
Day 02

Half day city guide tour then drive back to hotel and preparation for trekking. City tour 4 hours.

  • Max. Altitude
    1345m/4412ft
  • Meal
    Breakfast
  • Accomodation
    3 stars level hotel
Day 03

After breakfast transfer domestic airport and flight to Tumlingtar then drive to Num by local Jeep. Flight for 45 minutes then drive 5:30 hours by Jeep.

  • Max. Altitude
    1500/4920ft
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 04

Num to Seduwa. Walking 6 hours

  • Max. Altitude
    (1493 m/4897ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 05

Seduwa to Tashi Gaun. Walking 4 hours

  • Max. Altitude
    (2200 m/7216ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 06

Tashi Gaun to Kahuma Danda. Walking 6 hours

  • Max. Altitude
    (3500m/11480ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 07

Khongma Danda to Dobate via Shipton La pass 4125m/1353. Walking 7 hours

  • Max. Altitude
    (3650m/11972ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 08

Dobate to Yangri Kharka. Walking 7 hours

  • Max. Altitude
    (3557m/11666ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 09

Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka. Walking 6:30 hours.

  • Max. Altitude
    (4410m/14465ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 10

Langmale Kharka to Shershong. Walking 7 hours

  • Max. Altitude
    (4630m/15187ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 11

Shershong to Makalu Base Camp. Walking 6:30 hours.

  • Max. Altitude
    (4870m/15975ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 12

Rest and explore around Mt. Makalu Base Camp.

  • Max. Altitude
    (4870m/15975ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 13

Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka. Walking 6 hours

  • Max. Altitude
    (3557m/11666ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 14

Yangri Kharka to Dobate. Walking 7 hours.

  • Max. Altitude
    (3650m/11972ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 15

Dobate to Khongma Danda. Walking 6 hours.

  • Max. Altitude
    (3500m/11480ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 16

Khongma Danda to Seduwa (8 hrs)

  • Max. Altitude
    (3500m/11480ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 17

Seduwa to Num. Walking 5:30 hours.

  • Max. Altitude
    (1493 m/4897ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 18

Num to Tumlingtar by drive by local Jeep. 5:30 hours.

  • Max. Altitude
    (1493 m/4897ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Tented camp
Day 19

After breakfast an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla and transfer to the hotel at 3 stars level, inclusive breakfast. Flight time 30 minutes. O/N at hotel.

  • Max. Altitude
    1345m/4412ft
  • Meal
    Breakfast
  • Accomodation
    3 stars level hotel
Day 20

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal. Driving 15 km – 10 minutes

  • Meal
    Breakfast

Service Includes and Excludes

Service Included in this Trip

  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary. 
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, inclusive breakfast at 3 stars level (2 nights before trekking and 1 night after trekking).
  •  Meals 3 times a day ( Breakfast, lunch and dinner) with hot drinks tea and coffee in trekking for you.  
  • Accommodation tented camp & twin sharing private comfortable room in trekking.
  • All necessary camping gears like two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, Toilet tent, kitchen equipment, mattress.
  • Makalu trekking Map. 
  • Both ways domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu to Tumling Taar to Kathmandu, inclusive taxes.
  • An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful and English-speaking trekking guide, cook, kitchen helper and strong porters.
  •  Cargo charge for trekking gears and flight tickets for Nepali staffs.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for trekking staffs.
  • First aid medical kit, Ox meter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • Trip achievement certificate.  
  •  Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary. 
  • Trekking Permits Makalu region  .
  •  All necessary paper works & Makalu Barun conservation entry permits.  
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System). 
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  •  All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

Service Excluded in this Trip

  • Extra accommodation and meals in Kathmandu (Except Farewell Dinner)
  • Drinks (cold, alcoholic & Mineral water) in trekking.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges).
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver (Tipping is expected).
  •  Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

SEASONS & DEALS
February through May and September through November are the major seasons in Nepal. So, we kindly ask you to confirm your trip as early as possible for the best deal and good travel management.
For the most up–to–date information & latest pricing please contact us.

Trip Info

The Makalu trek embarks with one’s arrival in Kathmandu. Then, from Kathmandu the trip continues towards Biguti, Surey dovan, Jagat, Simigaou, Kelchey, Beding, Nagaou, their the trek will stop for acclimatization. After Nagaou the trek continues to Tso Rolpo, Tolumbhu Buka, then crossing Tashi Lakpa pass (5755m), and camp at Thengpo (4300m). And, trek to Khumjung, Khumjung to Namche Bazar, Phakding, then to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu for the final departure.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to do the Makalu Trek?

The best time to do the Makalu Trek is during the spring and autumn season. During this time of the year, the weather is stable and you can travel in the clear sky. You will get a wonderful view of the surroundings. In addition, if you travel here during the autumn season you will experience the biggest festival in the country.

What are the essentials required for the Makalu Trek?

What are the difficulties of the Makalu Trek?

How long is Makalu Trek?

Who can do the Makalu Trek?

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What kind of weather and climate will I find on the Makalu Trek?

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How fit should I be for the Makalu Trek and difficulty level of the climb?

Should I carry a first aid kit and personal medication on the Makalu Trek?

What are the safety and security measures on the Makalu Trek?

Can I carry children on the Makalu Trek with me?

Is safe drinking water available on the Makalu Trek?

Grade A: Easy *

Trekking is essentially day hiking and doesn’t require any special training. However, good physical condition, a love of walking, and a desire to enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains and encounter village life are essential. We offer a diverse range of easy treks. Categorizing a trek as easy means that no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes is involved. They take usually no more than a week and are suitable for anyone. Be assured that a loss of altitude in no way means a loss of interesting things to see and experience. While our more challenging treks get you closer to a small number of mountain ranges, lower altitude treks often provide better viewpoints from which to enjoy the colorful horizons of a whole series of ranges. The duration of a trek can be from 4 to 9 days with an average of 4 to 5 hours walking per day. The elevation of the trail will be between 800m/2624ft and 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level.

Grade B: Moderate **

These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.

Grade C: Fairly Strenuous ***

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should except to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Grade D: Strenuous ****

These real adventure treks are both technical and highly strenuous. Excellent physical condition is essential and mountaineering experience is preferable. Following rough terrain, they involve steep ascents to high altitudes with the possibility of some rope climbing. Stamina is needed to complete one of these treks, as it can take from 20 to 28 days to reach the heart of the wildernesses that they transverse. Participants should except to trek above 5600m/18480ft

EQUIPMENTS & GEARS

Nepal is one of the best places in the world for river rafting. Numerous fine rivers offer excellent opportunities for rafting, canoeing and simply immersing oneself in the magnificent landscape. Nepal’s thundering waters, coming from the glaciers of the mighty Himalayan, provide unmatched thrills.

Clothing

Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Sunglasses 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens With A Waterproof 1

Footwear

Trekking Boot 1 Pair
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair

Other Equipments

Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Daypack 1
Water Bottle 1
Sun Cream, Sunglasses
Flashlight With Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve, Gaiters.

Optional

Insect Repellent Toilet Articles Note Book & Pen Toilet Roll
Laundry Soap Pocket Knife Towel Sewing Kit
Plasters Binoculars Camera Film
Cards And Personal Medical Kit

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc.

For your kind information, we would like to give a list of the insurance companies, please go through the links below:

For Canadians And Americans

  1. http://www.travelguard.com
  2. http://www.worldnomads.com
  3. http://www.mondial-assistance.ca
  4. http://www.travelassistnetwork.com
  5. http://www.travelex-insurance.com
  6. http://www.travelite.com
  7. http://www.travelunderwriters.com
  8. http://www.hccmis.com/atlas-travel-insurance

For Australians And New Zealanders

  1. http://www.covermore.com.au
  2. http://www.allianz.com.au
  3. http://www.worldnomads.com.au
  4. http://www.bupa.com.au
  5. http://www.itrektravelinsurance.com.au
  6. http://www.1cover.com.au

For British

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.uk
  2. http://www.worldnomads.co.uk
  3. http://www.thebmc.co.uk
  4. http://www.direct-travel.co.uk
  5. http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk

For Europe And Slovenia

  1. http://www.coris.si
  2. http://www.europaeische.at

For South-Africa

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.za
  2. http://www.tic.co.za

For Indians

  1. http://www.internationalsos.com/en/asia-pacific_india.htm

MAJOR SYMPTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

INITIAL SYMPTOMS

  1. Periods of sleeplessness
  2. Runny nose.
  3. Extra tiredness
  4. Occasional loss of appetite
  5. Feeling laziness
  6. Wish to vomiting
  7. Periodic breathing

Above are normal symptoms which may occur into your body that you should not be worried. Every trekker will experience some or all of these, no matter how slowly they ascend.

ADVANCE SYMPTOMS

  1. Headache and vomiting
  2. Dizziness
  3. Racing heartbeat
  4. Exhaustion
  5. Nausea
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Loss of apatite
  8. Weakness
  9. Hard to breath
  10. Extra tired
  11. Dry Raspy cough
  12. Sleeplessness

When above symptoms will occur into your body, these symptoms usually resolve by spending one or two extra nights at the same altitude or using medicine. Even you are resting at the same altitude or using medicine, if symptoms are becoming worse, then it is necessary to descend.

SERIOUS SYMPTOMS

  1. Worsening headache and vomiting
  2. Swelling of hands and face
  3. Reduced urine output
  4. Walking with a staggering gait
  5. Confusion
  6. Increased tiredness
  7. Breathing irregularity
  8. Visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not real)
  9. Changes in the ability to think
  10. Changes in normal behavior

If above serious symptoms will occur into your body, these extremely dangerous symptoms are called High Altitude Cerebral Edema (or HACE). They can lead to unconsciousness and death within 12 hours. Increasing shortness of breath, cough and tiredness may also be signs of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or HAPE. HAPE can also be rapidly fatal if ignored.

TO PREVENT ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

  1. If possible, don’t fly or drive to high altitude. Start below 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) and walk up.
  2. If you do fly or drive, do not overexert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours.
  3. If you go above 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), only increase your altitude by 350 to 500 metres (1,000 feet) per day
  4. Climb high and sleep low! You can climb more than 300 to 500 metres in a day as long as you come back down and sleep at a lower altitude.
  5. If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude sickness, don’t go higher until symptoms decrease.
  6. Drink plenty of water, tea or juice etc (at least three to 4 liters per day). Urine output should be copious and clear to pale yellow.
  7. Eat high-carbohydrate foods (rice, pasta, cereal) for more energy.
  8. Take it easy and don’t overexert yourself when you first get up to altitude. But, light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms.
  9. Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration, and don’t smoke.
  10. Don’t push yourself when climbing up to passes, rather take plenty of breaks.
  11. Avoid taking sleeping pills.
  12. Avoid active movements and try to relax in the first one or two days upon arrival at the high altitude areas.
  13. Bring adequate medicine.
  14. If nothing else works, return to the areas with the lower elevation.
  15. Allow sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters).
  16. Don’t make rapid Ascent. Don’t go too far too fast.
  17. Do not trek/travel alone, take guide/porter.
  18. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, guide book.
  19. Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
  20. Never leave or descent sick person along.
  21. Avoid getting cold.
  22. Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if its longer

MEDICINE

Following is a list of items you should consider including in your medical kit – consult your pharmacist for brands available in your country.

  1. Aspirin or paracetamol – for pain or fever
  2. Antihistamine – for allergies, eg hay fever; to ease the itch from insect bites or stings; and to prevent motion sickness.
  3. Antibiotics consider including these if you’re traveling well off the beaten track’ see your doctor, as they must be prescribed, and carry the prescription with you.
  4. Loperamides or Diphenoxylate ‘blockers’ for diarrhea’ Prochlorperazine or metaclopramide for nausea and vomiting.
  5. Rehydration mixture to prevent dehydration, eg due to severe diarrhea; particularly important when traveling with children.
  6. Insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm and eye drops.
  7. Calamine lotion, sting relief spray or aloe vera-to ease irritation from sunburn and insect bites or stings.
  8. Antifungal cream or powder – for fungal skin infections and thrush.
  9. Antiseptic, such as povidone-iodine for cuts and grazes.
  10. Bandages, band-aids or plasters and other would dressings.
  11. Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer (note that mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines)
  12. Cold and Flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.
  13. Multivitamines – consider for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate.