The Makalu Base Camp Trek is just over three weeks of high adventure into a spectacular region of the Himalayas with the climax of climbing to Base Camp at 5250 meters, located in the Mahalangur Himalayas 19 km southeast of Mount Everest (8848m). Makalu has two prominent subsidiary peaks, Kangchungtse (Makalu II - 7678 m) and Chomo Lonzo (7804m) that is connected by a narrow saddle (7200m) - that in itself is a huge mountain by world standards.
Of all base camp treks, Makalu is one of the toughest treks due to the number of high altitude passes. The area has been designated as the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area. The scenery is truly spectacular and will leave you breathless.
The real trek begins at Chichira (1980m) then to the following villages: Num, Seduwa, Tashi Gaon, Kongma Danda, Dobate, Yangri Kharka, Langmale Kharka and finally to Tumlingtar where we make our way back to Kathmandu. This is a tough and physically demanding trek as the altitude increases day by day that will require acclimatization at certain points along the route. We will cross several lower altitude passes on the same day we head across Shipton La Pass (4220m). Along the trail, there is a load to see, including Barun Pokhari Lake and the Baruntse glacier. Mt. Baruntse (7129m) is a mountain in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal. Once we have acclimatized we ascend to Makalu Base Camp (5250) the highest point of the trek. This is a photographer’s dream experience!
Sherpa Trekking & Exploration have been established for more than 40 years and has an excellent reputation. Our goal is to make it better!
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may not find comfort and better quality teahouses -During the trek, We sleep in the very simple tea house/tent and our guides will pick the best Camping site with a nice view of the Himalaya.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these mountain regions are potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu, Tumlingtar and back to Kathmandu.
Makalu Base Camp Trek is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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