BARUN VALLEY & MAKALU BASE CAMP
Visit View Nepal Trek offers an adventurous destination to Makalu Barun trek, in complete wilderness of high hills and mountains beneath towering world 5th highest Mt. Makalu at 8,486 meters high. An adventure of lifetime experience where you will be enclosed within giant peaks for a week in complete wilderness at Makalu Base Camp & Barun Valley as this Makalu Barun trek leads from warm sub-tropic temperature to alpine and arctic climatic zone. Starting this adventure with a scenic flight to Tumlingtar, a moderate size town located on a shelf of Arun River; from here adventure leads with a drive to Num village and then beginning the walk passing few farm villages of Seduwa and Tashigaon.
Makalu Barun Trek leads to over the pass of Kongm-la and Tutu-la pass at 4,075 m to reach a beautiful Barun valley well hidden enclosed within high hills and mountains, and then reaching at Makalu Base Camp, our main destination and highlight of the adventure. After an enjoyable time at base camp with incredible views of towering Makalu, Baruntse and as far to Everest, Lhotse including rare Kangshung (East Face of Everest), return journey into lovely forested area of pines and rhododendron forest and then downhill from Kongma-la to Tasigaon to reach back at Num for the drive to Tumlingtar and to Kathmandu or with a short sweeping flight with excellent service of Visit View Nepal Treks.
Makalu Barun Trek
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Tumlingtar 950 m – 45 minutes flight and camp.
Day 03: Drive to Num 1, 500m – 03 hrs trek to Sedua 1,493 m- 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,200 m – 04 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Kohma Danda 3,500 m – 05 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Mumbuk 3,400 m – 06 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Nehe Kharka 3,750 m – 05 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Sherson 4, 600 m – 05 hours.
Day 09: Rest day at Sherson for day hike.
Day 10: Trek to Yangre Kharka 3, 645 m – 06 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Mumbuk – 05 hours.
Day 12: Trek to Kohma Ridge – 05 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Nawa Gaon 2, 500 m via Tashi Gaon – 05 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Num via Sedua – 05 hours.
Day 15: Drive back to Tumlingtar – 04 hrs.
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 17: In Kathmandu with free day.
Day 18: Transfer to airport for international departure.
On reaching Kathmandu International airport our Visit View Nepal Treks staff will receive for a short transfer to respective hotels around Thamel, tourist hub of Kathmandu.You will get a time to refresh then our professional guide brief you with information of our trekking “Makalu Base Camp Trekkinng.”
Day 02: Fly to Tumlingtar and camp. 950 m - 45 minutes
We will fly to Tumlingtar, takes around 45 mins offers super views of mountains from Ganesh, Jugal and Langtang Himal including some high rock pyramid of mt. Makalu and mt. Kanchenjunga. Our staff member or guide will pick you up from the Tumlingtar airport and spend our overnight in moderate size town located above river Arun, offers view of Mt. Makalu.
Day 03: Drive to Num (03 hrs.) and trek to Sedwa 1,493 m- 04 hrs.
We will ride on a jeep from Tumlingtar to Num villages in the mid hills of eastern Himalaya, reaching Khadbari, the headquarter of Sankhuwasava district and Makalu sector. Our drive through dirt road with an uphill takes us to Num village, starting the first trek of this adventurous trip. Next we will descend towards Arun river after crossing a short bridge, with a nice break another 2 hours of gentle climb reaches to our tonight destination Sedua village. Overnight camp near the primary school yard, enjoying the view of cluster of star clearly.
Day 04: Trek to Tashi- gaon 2,200 m - 04 hours.
After a bluff climb of first day, walk is gentle till afternoon time for lunch and camp at Tashigaon, walk on meandering path through farm fields and terraces till Tashi gaon a Sherpa village and this will be the last human settlement for a week till return journey after Makalu base camp.
Day 05: Trek to Kohma Danda 3,500 m - 05 hours.
Today, our walk leads through thick enchanting forest of pines, rhododendron, oaks and birch tree lines, passing few scattered cattle herders camps with huts. A gradual winding for an hour, starting with a steep climb into the forest all the way to the top of Kohma danda ridge, overnight on the top where there is few overhanging rocks forming a cave provide shelter for local cattle herders and sometimes for porters too. Brilliant views of Mt. Makalu towards North and Kanchenjunga towards far east can be seen from our camping sites.
Day 06: Trek to Mumbuk 3,400 m - 06 hours.
Our walk continues on the open area passing a glacial pond called Thulo Pokhari and Sano Pokhari, catching the views of mountain panorama, and then crossing a ridge of Tutu-la pass at 4,075 meters. Next our walk leads to the downhill back to tree lines to Mumbuk in the middle of heavily forested area for overnight camp.
Day 07: Trek to Nehe Kharka 3,750 m - 06 hours.
From the forest camp at Mumbuk, morning walk starts with a descend to Barun Valley. It is one of the most beautiful valley of the Himalaya region and unspoiled area.Very few trekkers passes this route. Barun vally is famous for rare wildlife, herbs and rare species of plants and vegetation. We will camp at Nehe Kharka, a wide field with grazing area for a local cattles.
Day 08: Trek to Sherson 4,600 m - 06 hours.
We can feel refresh and relax in this tranquil wilderness of Barun Valley. It is surrounded by rock cliffs and high mountains. We will camp at Sherson a close distance from Makalu Base Camp. We will follow th river Barun upstream through patch of short prickly bushes of Burberry, juniper and dwarf rhododendron with strong aroma of this plants. Walking ahead with awesome scenery till walk reaches at tonight camp, Sherson.
Day 09: At Sherson rest day for a day hikes.
After days of continues trekking, an important to have rest day here at Sherson perched in the laps of high peaks, here an optional excursion and hike to base camp for more better views where one can view Mt. Everest with its rare east face named as Khangsung East Face including peak of Lhotse the 4th world highest, after a nice day walk around return back to camp at Sherson.
Day 10: Trek to Yangre Kharka 3,645 m - 06 hours.
From Sherson after completing journey towards Makalu base camp, morning return walk downhill to Yangre Kharka for overnight camp, the last camp within Barun valley.
Day 11: Trek to Mumbuk - 05 hours.
Our walk begins with uphill through the forest and then leaving Barun valley behind to reach back at Mumbak and to tree lines with views of Khumbukarna Himal.
Day 12: Trek to Kohma Ridge - 05 hours.
After Mumbuk walk leads to a climb through the forest reaching back at Shipton -la 4,040 meters, Tutu-la pass after crossing the twin passes reaching at Thulo and Sano Pokhari, and then back to Kohma danda for overnight camp, the last camp in complete wilderness.
Day 13: Trek to Nawa Gaon 2,500 m via Tashi Gaon - 06 hours.
From Kohma trek back to Tashigaon through forest and downhill, after reaching at Tashigaon, our route diverts to another large Sherpa village of Nawa-Gaon , walk is on the winding gentle path through cool woodland, then reaching Nawa-Gaon village, this is a large spreadout Sherpa village, perched above Sedua village.
Day 14: Trek to Num via Sedua - 06 hours.
Morning starting with the last walk of this awesome adventure which leads to a long steep descends back to raging Arun River, after crossing the bridge a steep climb back to Num village for the last camp in the higher hills of Makalu and Arun valley area.
Day 15: Drive back to Tumlingtar - 04 hours.
After a memorable and grand time high up in the mountains and in complete wilderness, from Num back with driving journey back to Tumlingtar after an interesting four hours ride.
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
As per flight time to Kathmandu, for 45 mins of scenic flight with awesome views of mountains during the flight, on arrival in Kathmandu airport transfer to respective hotels after a most amazing adventure in the high mountains at Makalu Base Camp.
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities.
A free day in Kathmandu for own individual activities or shopping souvenirs on this day can book for another sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu valley of Bhaktapur / Patan.
Day 18: International departure for home ward bound.
After a memorable and great adventure in Nepal and Makalu Base Camp & Barun Valley trekking with great services of Visi View Nepal Treks & Expedition guides, our staff transfers you for final departure homeward bound flights.
What are included ?
- Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
- Government license holder Trekking Guide.
- Trekking Information Management System(TIMS)
- Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
- Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion & if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary.
- Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
- Government Tax.
- Airport drop.
What are not included ?
- Nepal Visa fee & Entrancee fees during kathmandu Tour.
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
- Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Tips for guides and porters.
- Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.
Important documents and items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Duffel or Rucksack bag & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).
Upper Body – Head / Eyes / Ears
- Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Glacier glasses, Headlamp
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- Down vest and/or jacket*.
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
- Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
- Long shirts (2)
Lower Body – Feet
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
- 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
- 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
- Cotton socks (optional).
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
- Water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- Reading book
- Trail map/guide book
- Journal and pen
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
- 1 modest swim suit
- Binoculars (optional)
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
- Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow