Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo

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Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo is one of the toughest, thrilling and the beautiful trek in the area of the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation area in Nepal. The main attractive place of this region is Makalu Barun National Park which extends in Solukhumbu district and Sankhuwasbha district. Makalu is the world's 5th highest mountains.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo is the perfect trek for the adventure seekers who want to explore the isolated area of the mountain region.

In the 21 days long Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo, the trekker get great a chance to discover the beautiful village of the Tibetan and Buddhist community in the Himalayan. The trial of this trek takes you through the remote lifestyle. Makalu Base Camp Trek offers you an opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking view of Mt. Everest from a unique perspective. After climbing the Makalu Base camp you can view of Mt Everest (8848 meters), Mt Makalu (8481 meters), Lhotse(8516 meters) and another highest mountain in the Eastern side of Nepal.

Walk through the beautiful Himalayan flora and fauna, walk through the green terrain fields, walk through the charming village in-rich with local culture, religion and tradition, enjoy the panoramic views of the world highest mountain, experience the local and traditional cuisine, experience the basic accommodation facilities in the trial is the highlights point of this trek.

Having a wide range of altitude and climatic variation, Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo will offer you the remarkable and diverse habitats of the wide variety of Himalayan flora and fauna. Plants of the all ecological zone like: tropical, sub-tropical, alpine, Sub-alpine are found here.

The highlights of the rich natural paradise include the beautiful snow-capped mountains, a wide variety of the plants, animal life, simple and warm-hearted Sherpa people, pristine forest with rich local culture and tradition and varied customs.

We start Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo from the Tumlingtar which is about 30 - hours drive from Dharan or either you can experience the mountain flight to the Tumlingtar from the Kathmandu. The next we will drive to the Num from the Tumlingtar which is our starting point. I recommend you experience this trek one time in your life.

We start our adventure hike from the Arum valley (435 meters far from the sea level) to Makalu at the altitude of 8463 meters which is around 40 Km far from the valley.

The best season to trek Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo is in September to November and from March-June.

Walking in the lower altitude of the Arun and Barun valley you can see the Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa (Bootie) communities. Though they and economically very poor and isolated they are very rich in cultural heritage and ancient culture and tradition. The hold key to preserving the unique biology and cultural treasure of the Makalu Barun area.

The trek was opened as the teahouse trek in 2016, before that you have to carry your personal tents during the trek to the Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo. As the improvement in the tourism sector in Nepal, many teahouses are built in the route of the Makalu Vase camp in order o provide the quality service and facilities o the visitors.

The Makalu Barun area is very attractive and famous for the tourist due to their natural beauty, warm hospitality. Many people who visit this area come with lots of unforgettable memory and experience.

You can enjoy the panoramic views of the Mt Makalu (8463 meters), peak 3, peak 4, peak 5, peak 6, peaks 7, during the Makalu Base Camp Trek.

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Highlights of the Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo are:

  • Explore the Kathmandu city—the capital of Nepal and also known as the 'City of the Temple', this city will offer you the beautiful sightseeing environment to the major UNESCO world heritage sites.
  • Experience of mountain flight to the Tumlingtar from Kathmandu/ drive in a bus.
  • Num-is the charming valley which the warm preserving hospitality and cultural and only our starting point of the adventure hike.
  • Experience of cultural and traditional cuisine.
  • Explore to the charming village- en-rich with culture, tradition, and religion, the experience of the warm hospitality and cultural program.
  • Manaslu Base Camp itself.
  • Heart touching views of the world iconic snow-capped mountain like Mt Everest, Mt Cho Oyu, peak 3, peak 4, peak 5, peak 6, peaks 7, and many other surrounding peaks,
  • Walk through the diverse landscapes, the terrain field, blooms rhododendron, lush bamboo, and alpine forest.

Trip Facts

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip difficulty: Moderate
  • Trekking region: Makalu region
  • Activities: sightseeing, Trekking
  • Trek start/end: Kathmandu
  • Duration: 21 days
  • Walking hour: 4-5 hours per day
  • Accommodation: Three-star hotel in Kathmandu and basic tea house and lodge in the trial.
  • Transportation: domestic flight/ private vehicle
  • Trek service: basic and standard
  • Best season to visit: September-November and March-June
  • Maximum elevation: 4970 meters
  • Price: $1350 
  • Restricted permits: No
  • Departure from: Kathmandu Nepal

Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

Day 02: city tour or free day

Day 03: Kathmandu to tumlingtar

Day 04: Tumlingtar to Num

Day 05: Num to Swduwa

Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaoun

Day 07: Hike to Khongma

Day 08: Rest at Khobgma

Day 09: Khongma to Shipton-Mumbuk

Day 10: Mumbuk to YangriKharka

Day 11: Hike to Yak Kharka

Day 12: Yak Karkha to Makalu Base Camp

Day 13: Rest at Makalu Base Camp

Day 14: Base camp to Yangri Kharka

Day 15: Yangri Kharka to Mumbuk

Day 16: Mumbuk to Tashigaoun

Day 17: Tashigaoun to Num

Day 18: Num to Tumlingtar

Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 20: Explore day

Day 21: Departure

A detailed itinerary of the Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

  • Altitude: 1300 meters
  • Accommodation: Kathmandu three star hotels
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner
  • Highlights: sightseeing tour, explore the cultural and natural heritage listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites.

After your arrival at Kathmandu, a representative from Nepal Hiking Trek will pick up from the airport and take you to the hotel. (BB Plan)

Day 02: City sightseeing tour or free day

In the second day of our trek, after the early breakfast, you will enjoy the full sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You will enjoy the visit of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath which are very ancient and enlisted in UNESCO world heritage sites. Or you can also enjoy this day by resting of roaming around the Thamel street, buying the necessary gear and personal equipment for the trek. Overnight at the Three Star hotel at Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Tumlingtar

  • Altitude: 1980 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Highlights: exploring the Sherpa, Rai village, Tumlingtar
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

On the third day of your trek, you will enjoy the classic and scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar which takes about 50-minutes. Overnight at Tumlingtar.

Day 04: Tumlingtar to Num

  • Altitude: 1560 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Highlights: exploring the Sherpa, Rai village, Tumlingtar
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

On the fourth day, with the early breakfast, we walk head to the Num. The trail takes you all the way through the forest of rhododendron and sal trees along the ridge to Arun Than passing the beautiful village. The trial also crosses a plateau and climb the high altitude with the wonderful views of the Makalu and other surrounding peaks crossing the Arun Koshi River we reach to the Num. overnight at Num.

Day 05: Num to Seduwa

  • Altitude: 1495 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

A walk through forests and terraced farms takes us to Barun River. We cross the river and move ahead to reach valley (Seduwa) where Makalu Barun National Park begins and where we register our permits. Overnight in Seduwa.

Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon

  • Altitude: (2065 meters)
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Highlights: exploring the Sherpa, Rai village, Tashigaoun. Beautiful views of the snow-capped mountain with the local monasteries and Gompa.
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The village bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Crossing the paddy field and villages, we reach the beautiful village of Tashi Gaon. We enjoy the breathtaking Himalayan panorama. Overnight in Tashigaon.

Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda

  • Altitude: Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Highlights: walk the beautiful Himalayan flora and fauna, cross the Kaharka Pass
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We will have a little tough day today as we walk in higher elevation. We will walk through forests, stone stairs, lakes, and cross the Kharha pass to reach Khongma Danda. Overnight in Khongma Danda.

Day 08: Rest at Khongma

  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Highlights: exploring the Sherpa, Rai village, Tumlingtar
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

In this day we will rest and explore the environment and the natural beauty of the area and further plan for the trek and prepared to walk in the high altitude. Overnight in Khongma Danda.

Day 09: Khongma Danda to Mumbuk

  • Altitude: 3400 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Highlights: exploring the Sherpa, Rai village, Tumlingtar
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We climb the Shipton la pass, cross the Lake Kalo Pokhari, Kele La pass we can see the charming views of Chamlang, Peak 6, Peak 7, and descend through to the beautiful valley of Mumbuk, Overnight in Mumbuk.

Day 10: Mumbuk to Yangri Kharka

  • Altitude: 3645 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Highlight: exploring the Sherpa, Rai village, Tumlingtar
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

From Mumbuk crossing the lush rhododendron forest, we reach to the Barun river and the Upper Valley. We put our foot very carefully during this walk because the trial is very steep. Then we walk slowly in the High-altitude to reach Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.

Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Makalu Base Camp

  • Altitude: 4870 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Highlights: exploring the Sherpa, Rai village, Tumlingtar
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Following the trial from the Yangri Kharka crossing the lush forest, the field we reach to Langmale Kharka and the base of Mt Makalu. We enjoy the majestic Himalayan Panorama from the base. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.

Day 12: Enjoy Makalu Base Camp

  • Altitude: 4870 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Highlights: exploring the Sherpa, Rai village, Tumlingtar
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

This day we stay at the Makalu Base Camp and enjoy the panoramic views. From here we can see the magnificent face of Makalu and the gorgeous views of Everest and Lhotse. We explore the lakes, glacier and collect the memory about it. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.

Day 13: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka

  • Altitude: 3645 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Highlights: exploring the Sherpa, Rai village, Tumlingtar
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We descend down from the Yangri Kharka and cross the many small villages like Merek, Langmale Kharka, to reach to the Yangri Kharka. Overnight to Yangri Kharka.

Day 14: Yangri Kharka to Mumbuk

  • Altitude: 3400 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Highlights: exploring the Sherpa, Rai village, Tumlingtar
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

From Yangri Kharka, we descend back to Mumbuk following the bank of Barun river, green field, lush rhododendron forest, rocks to descend down the trial. Overnight at Mumbuk.

Day 15: Mumbuk to Khongma Danda

  • Altitude: 3500 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Highlights: exploring the Sherpa, Rai village, Tumlingtar
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

From Mumbuk we climb steep and move ahead towards through the dense fire forest and rhododendron crossing the Shipton La Pass, Kele La passes and descend to Khongma Danda. Overnight at Khongma Danda.

Day 16: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon

  • Altitude: 2100 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The trek continues with a long and a steep walk cutting the hillside and crossing the lush forest and field which takes you to rich Sherpa village of Tashigaon. Overnight in Tashigaon.

Day 17: Tashigaon to Seduwa

  • Altitude: 1500 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse at Seduwa
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We leave from the Makalu Barun National park and descend down to the Barun river. We cross the hill, valley, and settlement. We move further to reach Seduwa. Overnight at Seduwa.

Day 18: Seduwa to Num

  • Altitude: 1560 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

In this day we leave Seduwa and further move to reach Num. The trials take you up and down and pass Sherpa village and forest to reach Num. Overnight at Num.

Day 19: Num to Tumlingtar

  • Altitude: 1980 meters
  • Trekking hours: 4-5 hours
  • Highlights: exploring the Sherpa, Rai village, Tumlingtar
  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We descend from Num and cross the Chichira from where we view the Mt Makalu for the last and move further to reach Tumlingtar. Overnight at Tumlingtar.

Day 20: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

  • Highlights: scenic mountain flight to Kathmandu
  • Accommodation: Three-star hotel at Kathmandu
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today, we flew back to the Kathmandu after a long adventure walk. Enjoy the day, hanging out with your friends. Overnight at Kathmandu

Day 21: Rest day at Kathmandu

After the successful completion of the Makalu Base Camp Trek, you can enjoy spa and massage in the Thamel and relax throughout the day and in the evening we will organize a farewell dinner for the success of the adventure journey to the Makalu Base camp. Overnight to Kathmandu.

Day 22: Final Departure

Nepal Hiking Trek representative will drop you at the airport and wish you a great and a safe journey to your homeland. And visit us further too.

Some basic gear and equipment needed for Makalu Base Camp Trek

Weather and climatic condition of the region can be drastically changed so that you should carry the necessary materials for the trek.

Here is some equipment list for Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo:

Accessories

  • Sleeping bags
  • Duffle bags
  • Batteries
  • Large plastic bags
  • First Aid kit
  • Daypack
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle/camel bags
  • Trekking maps
  • Solar touch
  • Water purifiers/tablets/iodine
  • Portable altitude chamber and oxygen

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes
  • Toilet paper/tissue roll
  • Anti-bacteria hands wash

Head

  • Sun hat/Scarf/caps
  • Sunglasses

Upper body

  • T-shirt
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • Flees jackets
  • Waterproof jackets
  • Down vest/jackets

Hand

  • Lightweight warm gloves
  • Heavyweight warm gloves

Lower body

  • Hiking sorts
  • Undergarments
  • Light long cotton pants
  • Light warm thermal bottoms
  • Warm and waterproof pants

Feet

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes/ sandals

Toiletries

  • Medium size quick-drying towel
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Multi-purpose soap
  • Nail Clipper
  • Face and body moisture
  • Hygiene product

Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo is very classic and the legendary trek that one should experience for the once in their lifetime. You can trek Makalu Base Camp Trek in every season if the weather and climatic condition favor you but remember to bring all the necessary gear that is required for the trek, the weather and climate in the mountain change unpredictably. So prepare physically and mentally for the adventure trek and enjoy the Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo with the Nepal Hiking Trek.

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