Makalu Barun Trek

Makalu-Barun Valley is one of the largest National Park in Nepal and this trek is definitely a wonderful package to explore the Makalu-Barun National Park and conservation area. It is spread in the area of over 1,500 square kilometres which extends from low ranges at 500m to the high Nepal Himalayas at over 8,000m. Makalu-Barun National Park, a virtually uninhabited 1,500 km2 area of Eastern Nepal, is very close to virgin wilderness.

Makalu Barun trek takes you close to the world’s fifth highest mountain Makalu, a close neighbour of Mt Everest. The Makalu Barun National Park, established in 1992, is located in the Barun Valley. This park spreads in two districts Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha. The Makalu region is also popular for the Mera Peak (6,654m) one of the most famous trekking peaks in Nepal.

Makalu Barun area is home to rhododendrons, orchids, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Yak, Himalayan Thar, and more than 420 varieties of bird species. The most significant thing to see here is the spiny babbler, the bird only found in Nepal.
Trip Code: MBT31
Starts: Chichila
Finishes: Chichila
Duration: 22 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Feb-Apr,Sep-Dec
Elevation: 4870m/ 15977.7ft
Trip Views: 1540
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 21
Lunch: 19
Dinner: 18
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Jeep
Hotel: 5 Night(s)
Teahouse: 16 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • This region is named after Mount Makalu which is at the elevation of 8463m which is the world's 5th highest mountain.
  • The Makalu Barun National Park is the eighth national park in the Himalayas of Nepal that was established in 1992 as an eastern extension of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • It is home to more than 3000 species of flowering plants including 25 species of rhododendron and hundreds of varieties of orchids.
  • This trek is a strenuous trek that takes you to the diverse world of vegetation, animals, and birds, etc.

Why this Trip

  • This trek is a blessing for those nature lovers who want to see bio-diversity in flora and fauna. This Beautiful national park has a tremendous amount of variety in vegetation, animals, and birds to those who want to see and research on it.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
    You will receive a pleasant welcome on your arrival. After check-in at the hotel, we will be eagerly waiting for you to join us for the traditional dining.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airpot pick up
    • Welcome dinner
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    A visit to the cultural heritage sites is soul refining, therefore we will pay a visit to the Boudhanath Stupa and continue to Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath if desirable. This tour will be scheduled according to your preferred sites.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Guided tour of Kathmandu Valley.
  • placeDAY 3 : FLY TO TUMLINGTAR AND DRIVE TO CHICHILA
    Today we commence our journey by brief flight to Tumlingtar in the morning, after we reach Tumlingtar, we take jeep to Chichila, where we spend overnight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Flight to Tumlingtar
    • Private transportation to Chichila
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO NUM (1500M)
    Soon after the breakfast we head towards Num (1500m). We pass through the small settlement of Baisake and Kuwapani, and crossing that we reach to Hururu. After Hururu trail climbs and then drops down into the deep oak forest before arriving at Mure village inhabited by Sherpa and Rai people. Descending on a rocky trail, we will reach to Num in 5 to 6 hours from Chichila, Overnight at Num.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : TREK FROM NUM TO SEDUA (1540M)
    From Num we descend through steep fields of Lumbang. From here the trail becomes further steep and passes through jungle to suspension bridge over the Arun Koshi. After crossing Arun Koshi we reach Sedua. Overnight at Sedua.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO TASHIGAON
    Today is the day when we actually enter the National Park and from there we reach Manigaon. From Manigaon we head to west with a gentle climb until we reach Chyaksadanda and Ropesa. (2200m) Today we walk for about 4 hours to reach Tashigaon.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO KHONGMA (3560M)
    Climbing over the ridge and ascending through the forest, you will reach Chipla. From Chipla route becomes steeper and joins the ridge and before reaching Khongma, a flat altitude meadow.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    We will surely need acclimatization to get used to thin air of higher altitude. We can explore the nearby places in the mean time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : TREK FROM KHONGMA TO MUMBUK
    Today we ascend from Khongma enjoying the picturesque views of Chhamlang peak 6 and peak 7. We again climb over a ridge to Ghungru La and later descend to a small lake and then once again climb steeply up to Shipton La. Further descend for a while we reach Mumbuk Village (3550m). Overnight at Mumbuk.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO YANGLE KHARKA
    The trail today descends down steeply and turns westwards along the bottom of the Barun Valley We pass through a small cave, several streams and finally Barun River on the long bridge before reaching Yangle Kharka (3600m). Overnight at Yangle Kharka.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : TREK TO MEREK
    From Yangle Kharka, we will pass Nghe Kharka. Following the Barun valley, we will pass Riphuk Kharka and making a short climb, you will reach Jhak Kharka and the meadow of Yak Kharka. The traili climbs over a ridge beyond Yak Kharka and ascends alongside a moraine formed by the lower Barun Glacier. With the excellent view of peak 3 and peak 5 we finally reach to Merek (4570m). We spend a night there.`

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : TREK SHERSONG
    From Merek we climb up and reach to Shersong (4660m) where there is a small stone hut. Shersong is a fine place for good camp site in the Yak pasture. Overnight at Shersong.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : EXPLORATION OF MAKALU BASE CAMP
    Today we head to Maklau Base Camp early in the morning and return back to Shersong. We climb to reach Makalu Base Camp and from there we have an excellent view of Makalu, Peak 6 and Peak 7, Baruntse, and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : TREK TO YANGLE KHARKA
    Today, we will trek back to Yangle Kharka. We will stay overnight at Yangle Kharka.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : TREK TO MUMBUK
    Today, we will trek back to Mumbuk from Yangle Kharka, and stay there overnight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 16 : TREK TO KHONGMA
    Today, we will track back Khongma from Mumbuk, and stay there overnight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 17 : TREK TO TASHIGAON
    This day, we will trek back to Tashigaon and stay there overnight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 18 : TREK TO NUM
    We will trek back to Num today and stay there overnight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 19 : TREK TO CHICHILA
    Today, we will return back to Chichila from Num and stay there overnight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 20 : KATHMANDU
    We will take a ride to Tumlingtar and from Tumlingtar we fly back to Kathmandu. Chichila to Kathmandu We start our day with the ride to Tumlingtar by a private vehicle followed by the flight to Kathmandu in evening.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Tumlingtar
    • Flight to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 21 : FREE DAY
    Free day at Kathmandu On this day, we’ll have whole day to enjoy the Kathmandu city. We will take wonderful trekkers’ massage and spa treatment. Spending day relaxing and some sightseeing too.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Spa and Massage
    • Shopping arrangements
    • Guided Sightseeing
    • Food and wine tour (Optional)
    • Yoga retreat (Optional)
  • placeDAY 22 : DEPARTURE
    Today we will arrange the shopping arrangements before you leave the country. After the lunch program, you will be transferred to the airport by our representative.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport drop
    • Sovenir
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast and dinner
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with entrance fees and a professional guide
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need)
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with Porters for the trek
    • All applicable government tax
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
    • All necessary paperwork and Trekking Permit, Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

     
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Makalu Barun Valley
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Sim card service
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Photos and videos of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Is Travelling in Makalu Barun safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can boast as the one of the safest country in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful towards foreigners especially towards women. Makalu Barun is one of the most visited areas by the tourists so the service providers are professional and local people are respectful with welcoming hospitality towards the trekkers.
  • 6. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in trip. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 7. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Makalu Barun provides wide range of delicious western meals like Pasta, noodles, pizzas, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
  • 8. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 9. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car/jeep/van depending on the size of the group for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Tumlingtar on domestic flight and use private transportation to Chichila and back.
  • 10. What is the best season for Makalu Barun Trek ?
    Makalu Barun Trek can be trekked best during the season from September to December and February to April.
  • 11. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered by insurance for about 5500 meters. In case of emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical condition ask your tour leader to contact us ASAP so that we can manage helicopter for the rescue. You then will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 12. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village, try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 13. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide.
  • 14. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse/tea house owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 15. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 16. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands, you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your own power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 17. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    Whilst trekking in eastern region, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse/teahouse owner after paying certain amount directly.
  • 18. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 19. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 20. How many hours do I have to trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it should not be taken as certain thing because the hours of walk depends on client’s speed. So it is really relative.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 22. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu.
  • 23. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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