Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to hotel – (1,300m/4,264ft)
Welcome to Nepal. Upon your arrival, a representative from all Nepal Hiking will receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). Our representative will transfer you to your hotel and will explain you about the trek in brief. You may ask our guides if you’ve any query regarding the trek. Our staffs will also assist you for the trek preparation. In the evening, you may enjoy the Kathmandu night around your hotel. Overnight in Hotel. B
Day 02: Kathmandu City Sightseeing: Trip Preparation Day
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most cultural attraction in Kathmandu including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Durbar Square, Pashupati temple, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and the Boudhanath Stupa. You will also meet your trek leader for a briefing about the trek beginning from the next day. After the briefing, there will be a short question and answer session about your trip in which you may ask anything regarding the trek. We all finalize our preparation for the trek. In the evening enjoy the nightlife in Kathmandu. BB
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft): 9/10 hours
After breakfast, we will be headed to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for morning flight to first destination of our trek. After an adventurous 50 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tumlingtar airport. Upon arrival at Tumlingtar, we meet our other crew members and after some arrangements, we drive towards Chichira which takes 3-4 hours. Overnight at Chichira.
Day 04: Chichira to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6/7 hours
The day we start earlier a warm breakfast. A moderately paced walk through the charming villages and green mountain forests will take us to Num. A ridge line with great views on both side and perched on the end, Overnight in Num. Included meals:BLD
Day 05: Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6/7 hours
Seduwa village is situated in parallel to Num. A steep descent down through the forests and terraced plots of land takes us to Barun river. We cross the river and follow an equally steep ascent up the other side again. Often quite hot - the forest on the valley sides offer a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park starts and where we register our permits. We camp right at the top of the village. Overnight in Seduwa.
Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890 ft): 4/5 hours
Ascend the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields, we reach the exotic village of Tashi Gaon. Once there, we are surrounded by breathtaking Himalayan panorama. Overnight in Tashigaon.
Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6/7 hours
This will be a tough day with an elevation over 1400 meters on a steep trail. We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a Kharka (grazing land) and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. From here it’s a short way down to Khongma. Overnight in Khongma Danda.
Day08: Acclimatization / Rest Day
We rest for the day and acclimatize ourselves with the atmospheric level in the high terrains before we go further up. The day off will allow some bodily rest before we take on crossing of the Shipton La the next day. For those who wish to explore the nearby surrounding can walk around the area. Overnight in Khongma Danda.
Day 09: Khongma Danda to Dobate: 6/7 hours
Climb towards the summit of the Shipton La which takes a few hours to reach. After the lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), pass over the Keke La at 4,170m. We can see the marvelous views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend down through the beautiful valley to Dobate. Overnight at Dobate. Included meals:BLD
Day 10: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6/7 hours
From Dobate, we pass through the rhododendron forest which leads to the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. We should be very careful during the first two hours of trek as it is steep and arduous with possibility of rocks falls and landslides during the trek. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka (pasture land) situated at the base of the valley. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.
Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4410m/14468ft): 5/6 hours
Following a moderate walk to the valley, we pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields. The valley walls tower imposingly above us during the start of the trek. We pass Merek as we make our way further up and notice a significance rise in the scenic Himalayan views. Overnight in Langmale Kharka.
Day 12: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4870m/15978ft): 6/7 hours
Today is the day we make it to the Base Camp. Make sure that we acclimatize well before walking up to the camp. From Langmale Kharka we make our way up to Shershong and eventually to Makalu Base Camp. The trail is flat with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains accompanying us. Mount Makalu comes into view as we approach Shershong. Majestic Himalayan panorama surrounds us as we make our way to the camp. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp
The Base Camp is a rocky barren place with large Barun Glacier beyond, where we get the chance to take in the breath taking views of the summit. From here we will have a magnificent south face view of Makalu and see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up from here if we wish or celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka: 6/7 hours
We descend down from the base camp and and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and heading back. On our way down, we pass through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley finally stopping at Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.
Day 15: Yangri Kharka to Dobate: 6/7 hours
From Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, verdant forests and the valley, making our way towards Dobate. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail. Overnight at Dobate.
Day 16: Dobate to Khongma Danda: 5/6 hours
We begin the trek with steep climb from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) and through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. We then cross the Keke La, Tutu La (Shipton’s Pass) and Kauma La en route. We then descend to Khongma Danda again. Overnight in Khongma Danda.
Day 17: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon: 4/5 hours
The trek continues with continuous long and steep descent cutting through the hillsides. The trail takes us through thick forests and finally making it to the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashigaon. Overnight in Tashigaon.
Day 18: Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4/5 hours
We retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to Barun River. We then cross the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again. Overnight at Seduwa.
Day 19: Seduwa to Num: 5/6 hours
We further trek through the forest for about 5 to 6 hours from Seduwa to Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards. Overnight at Num.
Day 20: Num to Tumlingtar: 6/7 hours
Again we retrace our footsteps to Chichira from where we can savor the glorious vista of Mount Makalu for the last time. The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day. Overnight at Tumlingtar.
Day 21: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 50 minute flight
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long trek in the mountains. We can rest and relax throughout the day at hotel. In the evening we will be at a fantastic celebration dinner together for successfully completing Makalu Base Camp Trek by All Nepal Hiking! Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 22: Final departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! An All Nepal Hiking representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Accommodation during trekking
In Everest, Annapurna and Langtang trekking region we offer you accommodation in tea house (local lodge). A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type of the western version. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them also have hot water for shower. But you will by charge by hotel owner using hot water shower.
Meals during trekking
In Tea House trekking you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the lodge; lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants
Safe Drinking Water in Trekking
We suggest you to drink boiled filter water. For boiled water ask to lodge people which might cost little during whole period of trekking or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters as well. Although mineral water is available in most places which is better choice and there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, but we encourage the guests to do what they can protect the environment.
Trekking Team (Guide, Porter)
We offer you an experienced trekking guide. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of his professionalism. Remember that trekking guides are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics. About porters, they carry your luggage. They are also local citizens. Normally one porter carries 20 to 25 kg of stuff. Normally we provide one porter for two trekkers.
We suggest you to bring following equipment when you come to Nepal for trekking. The list can be adjusted according to your needs, name of trekking and time of your trekking. Please remember that during trekking your luggage will be carried out by porter. One porter carries luggage of two people. So if you are more than one, he will carry 12 to 15 kg of your stuff.
- Hand sanitizing lotion
- Reading/writing material
- Camera & Binoculars
- Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
- Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets
- Money: travelers cheques/cash/credit card
- Spare Boot Laces
- Sleeping Bag
- Light weight Towel
- Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
- Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Litre
- Gloves - wool or fleeced
- Sewing Kit
- Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
- Umbrella especially in summer (May to September)
- Comfortable trekking shoes
- Running shoes or sandals for evening
- Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Lightweight
- Down jacket
- Fleece Jacket
- T Shirts 2 or 3 - Long Sleeved
- Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
- Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit
- Extra warm clothing/ thermals
- Medicine (Prescription drugs if you are taking daily, lip salve, aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea)
Note: If you don't have good equipment and are not available in home country, it can be bought or rented from trekking shops in Kathmandu, Nepal. The equipment is often top quality. Although daily rental charges are reasonable, a large deposit may be required.
Weather & climate
Weather and climate varies as per season in Nepal.
Autumn (mid-September to end-November)
Autumn is the most popular time to trek. During this time, the weather is clear with mild to warm days and cold nights. However, in the higher altitude, the nights drop into freezing temperature. In this season, the mountains views are clear.
Winter (end-November through March)
It is also possible to trek during winter, from December until the end of February. Daytime temperatures will be cooler; however, the nights will often be very cold. The days are generally clear but occasional winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m. Early October through late November is also the busiest period for trekking. But in mid-winter (January through March), trekking is more challenging in the high altitudes with semi-regular snowfall followed by more winter storms, which break the long fine periods. The mid-December to mid-February is the coldest time.
Spring and early summer (mid-March through May)
During this period the mornings are usually clear but afternoon cloud build-up brings occasional showers. The days are mix up with warm and rain, which displays wildflowers like rhododendrons. The whole country is lush and an abundant green at this season. This period instigate the second most popular and pleasant trekking season as this is rice-planting time. Late-march into April is especially beautiful. It is also a good time for climbing as the high passes are usually snow free and the mountain views are still clear in April. Up to May, the weather becomes hazy and disturbed with the clouds.
The monsoon (June to mid-September)
From June to early September, is the monsoon season. Generally the morning is cloudy and cloud wisps form on random ridges and peaks. Trekking at this time of year is generally difficult and uncomfortable as the weather is hot and it rains almost every day. The trails become muddy and are often leech-infested and the mountains are usually obscured by cloud. During April and May, there is an expectation of thunderstorm, hail shower and strong winds among the fine periods. There are, however, possibilities for summer trekking in the trans-Himalayan regions of mustang, Dolpo and Tibet. These regions lie in a rain-shadow and therefore receive significantly less precipitation than the more southerly areas.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Tea house Trekking
Most lodges provide hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water only but availability of hot water can ask to your trekking guide. For ecological reasons please try to limit your use of hot water unless if you are provide solar - heated water. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is rare chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.
Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your batteries with electricity or solar power sources. In Nepal 220 – 240 volt 50 MHZ (50 Cycles per Second) power is supplied. Just need to have a plug adaptor in case of socket fitting, which you can buy in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. You might have to pay small amount fee/hour for recharging facilities.
Risk & Liabilities
We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a life time journey in this connection, we perform our duties honestly and seriously to make your journey very smooth and pleasant. The entire programs are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of the country’s own policies.
All Nepal Hiking Pvt. Ltd shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstance such as govt. restriction, Land slide, road blockage, and flood and other natural calamities, political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay, sickness or accident. Any extra cost due to those reasons incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the sports.
Walking in a day
During trekking you do walking 7-8 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is depends upon which trek you are going. In Nepal the maximum altitude of most of the trekking is within range of 3500m to 5000m.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.All Nepal Hiking Pvt. Ltd. shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects. We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. They have this policy only for Nepalese national. We advise you when you come to Nepal; please bring your insurance documents.
Health & Veccinations
For trekking Nepal you don't need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of mountain journey and like walking, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. You do not need any previous experience. However we suggest you some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before you embark on journey. We advise you to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information before departure. We recommend you to carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. We advise you to carry sufficient drugs which you are taking daily for specific health problems.
Passport and Visa
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Nepalese visa can be obtained from Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country or it can also be obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival. Most of our guests they take Nepal Visa after they arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. To get Nepalese visa you should bring valid passport and two passport size photos. The validity and visa fee is as follows:
Visa Valid Fee
15 days US$ 25
30 days US$ 40
90 days US$ 100
High Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000 m. Most people will feel some effect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly a light headed, which is fairly common. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action. When symptoms of altitude sickness develop you, please tell your trekking guide. He will advise you do deal with your problem. Generally over exertion and dehydration contribute to altitude sickness. So drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day besides tea and coffee which act as diuretics. Click here for more information about altitudes sickness (Add link of Altitude sickness of left banner)
Accommodation in Kathmandu
We have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria: standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. Normally for trekkers we give three star level hotels in Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara (For Annapurna Trekking). All accommodation is based on twin sharing with breakfast.