Makalu Base Camp trek will involve a long trek from Hile up the Arun Kosi stretch, crossing Shipton La (4216m) into the Barun Valley to see Mt. Makalu and Mt. Chhamlang. You will be passing through the most unfrequented place yet full of biodiversity that includes 3000 species of flowering plants, hundreds of varieties of orchids and 25 species of rhododendrons.
Your trek starts from Tumlingtar via Khandbari. In this trek you will gradually gain height and reach up to 5000m. In the first part of the trek you will be passing through lots of ridges, tea shops, rhododendron and fern forests. A pass at 1840 m near Chchila offers the first great view of Chhamlang, Makalu and Jaljale Himal. Mure at 2000 m is a settlement of both Sherpas and Rais and up to Seduwa you will come across terraced fields of rice, corn and buckwheat. Tashigaon at 2070m is a Sherpa village that offers camping ground facilities long with tea shop and kerosene depot. The trek in this region do not have lodge or for that matter tea house facility. But you are likely to see chortens and mani walls established along side the route. The adventure on the stretch of Khangma and Mumbuk (3550m) takes a high note when you have to pass through three relatively high passes, namely Keke La(4150m), Ghungru La (4050m) and Shipton L (4216m). The views of Chhmlang, Peak 6 (6739m) and peak 7 (6105m) are spectacular from the passes. Mumbuk is the starting point to Barun Valley which is sparsely inhabited. Here you are likely to find yak pastures at higher elevation above 3500m. This region also signifies the start of Alpine vegetation. The elevation increases from 3600m in Yangla Kharka to Merek (4570m) and Shersong (4660m). Most of your camp sites will be in Yak pastures. Shersong is the last point of the trek from where you can take a day trip to Makalu Base Cmp at 5000m to observe the superb views of South Face of Makalu, Baruntse (7220m), Peak 6 & 7, Everest and Lhotse.
Day 1 Welcome to Kathmandu!
Day 2 Explore Kathmandu
Day 3 Fly to Tumlingtar (1 hour) and drive to starting point of the trek, Chichila 1,980 m.
Day 4 Trek to Num 1,980 m., 3-4 hours
Day 5 Trek to Seduwa via the Arun River 1,500 m., 6-7 hours
Day 6 Trek to Tashigaon 2,100 m., 4-5 hours
Day 7 Trek to Khongma Danda 3,500 m, 6-7 hours
Day 8 Acclimatisation day in Khongma Danda
Day 9 Trek to Dobate via Shipton La (4,229 m./3,650 m., 6-7 hours
Day 10 Trek to Yangle Kharka following the Barun River upstream 3,557 m., 6-7 hours
Day 11 Trek to Langmale Kharka 4,410 m., 5-6 hours
Day 12 Acclimatisation day at Langmale Kharka
Day 13 Trek to Sherson 4,500 m., 6-7 hours
Day 14 Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4,900 m., 4-5 hours
Day 15 Day walk around Makalu Base Camp
Day 16 Begin return trip; trek to Yangle Kharka 3,600 m., 6-7 hours
Day 17 Trek to Dobate 3,650 m., 6-7 hours
Day 18 Trek to Khongma Danda 5-6 hours
Day 19 Trek to Tashigaon 4-5 hours
Day 20 Trek to Seduwa 4-5 hours
Day 21 Trek to Num 5-6 hours
Day 22 Drive to Tumlingtar 51 km./31 miles
Day 23 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 24 Depart Kathmandu