Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, a
representative from Red Dragon Travel Bureau will pick up from the airport and take us to our hotel.
In the afternoon, we may take a rest or visit Red Dragon Travel Bureau’s
office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Red Dragon
Travel Bureau. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which
will introduce you to the country's food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today after breakfast we start a guided
tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu.
Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the
historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous
'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one
of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip
discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Overnight
Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft): 50
mins flight, 3-4 hours drive
We fly to Tumlingtar after breakfast and
meet the rest of the crew members who will also be joining us for the trek.
Next, we drive to Chichira, a small Gurung settlement. We take a rest at
Chichira as we need to be prepared for the next day’s trek. Overnight in
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Chichira to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6-7 hours
We start early in the morning and head
towards Num right after a warm breakfast. A moderately paced walk through the
picturesque villages and lush mountain forests will take us to Num. A ridge
line with great views on both side and perched on the end, this is Num for us.
Overnight in Num.
Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6-7 hours
A steep descent through forests and
terraced farms 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 valleys offer a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park
begins and where we register our permits. We camp right at the top of the village.
Overnight in Seduwa.
Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 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.
Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hours
This will be a bit of a tough day as we
have to walk on a steep trail in higher elevation. 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 Danda. Overnight in Khongma Danda.
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 to Dobate: 6-7 hours
Climb towards the summit of the Shipton
La (pass) 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 through the
beautiful valley to Dobate. Overnight in Dobate.
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 the
trail is steep and arduous. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining
altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka situated at the base of the valley.
Overnight at Yangri Kharka.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 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 significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views. Overnight in
Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours
Today is the day we make it to the Base
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. As we
make our way to the camp, we get to soak in the majestic Himalayan panorama
surrounding us. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Explore Makalu Base Camp
The Base Camp is a rocky barren place
with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. From here we can see the magnificent
south face of Makalu and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can
explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up where we may
celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hours
We descend down from the base camp 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.
Yangri Kharka to Dobate: 6-7 hours
From Yangri Kharka we descend through
rock falls, green forests and valley, making our way towards Dobate. We follow
the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail. Overnight at Dobate.
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. Next,
we descend to Khongma Danda again. Overnight in Khongma Danda.
Khongma Danda to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours
The trek continues with frequent 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.
Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hours
We retrace our steps as we exit the
Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the 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.
Seduwa to Num: 5-6 hours
We leave Seduwa and trek through lush
forests towards Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense
forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards. Overnight at Num.
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.
Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 50 mins flight
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after
our long trek in the mountains. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our
hotel or get in touch with our loved ones. In the evening we celebrate our successful
jouney to the Makalu base camp and back with a farewell dinner. Overnight in
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end
today! ARed Dragon Travel Bureaurepresentative 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
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