Makalu Trekking

Makalu Trekking 20 Days

Accommodation : We will be staying at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Guest/tea houses during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis.
Meal                        : During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common
International cuisine Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea house.
Duration               :  20 Days
Arrival                   :  In Kathmandu
Departure            :   From Kathmandu
Best Time to        :   March to May & Sep to Oct
Max. Altitude      :   8,481 m
Group Size           :   2-13 people
Transportation  :   Domestic Flight/Tourist Bus

 

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Description

Makalu Trekking (8463 m) is the fifth highest peak in the world in Nepal Himalayan region. Makalu Trekking designated as the Makalu Barun national Park and Conservation Area which is established in 1992, it covers 2330 sq.km.  There are 16 mountains in the parks as it is the home to Makalu. Mt. Makalu is the restricted area which have five major zones and can found the dense forest, Lush, Arun valley, rhododendron, fir and alpine, many more Barun glacier. The Makalu trekking gives an adventure with scenery beautiful view and picturesque of towering cliff, waterfalls, Makalu view. Mt. Makalu Trek goes through remote wilderness Shipton La Pass. Global treks provide 19 days trekking by flying Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and you will drive an hour to Chichila. After your trek will start from Num where Makalu Base cap offers an opportunity to explore the terrains, landscapes, life styles and many more Himalayas. Makalu trek give an ideal choice for the trekker who wills to enjoy the nature of the world. Your trek will be up to the Chichila and transfer to Tumlingtar and finally back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1,840m)

Day 04: Trek to Num (1,500m)

Day 05: Trek to Seduwa (1,540m)

Day 06: Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m)

Day 07: Trek to Khongma (3,560m)

Day 08: Rest and acclimatization day

Day 09: Cross Shipton La and trek to Debotay (3,650m)

Day 10: Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600m)

Day 11: Trek to Merek (4,500m)

Day 12: Trek to Shersong

Day 13: Day tour to Makalu Base Camp (5,000m)

Day 14: Trek to Yangle Kharka

Day 15: Trek to Mumbuk

Day 16: Trek to Khongma

Day 17: Trek to Tashi Gaun

Day 18: Trek to Num

Day 19: Trek to Chichila, Transfer to Tumlingtar

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu

Included cost

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • 1 full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath, Buddhanilkantha Swayambhunath & Kathmandu Durbar Square).
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • All your standard mention Meals during the trek .(B-Breakfasts, L-Lunches, D- Dinners).
  • Lodges, Guesthouses, tea house accommodation during the trek.
  • Local GLOBAL TREKS English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Global Treks. (Which need to be returned after finish the trek).
  • Surface transfer from Airport to Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Excluded Cost

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax .
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

Equipment Description

 

Equipment

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items of your individual interest, and choice. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, camera, sun cream, water bottle, rain gear, and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the mountain range.

(Note: We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek)

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

Shade hat or baseball cap – of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses. This is to protect your eyes from the rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it.
Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc.
Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety
Some people like ear-muffs; these are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people.

Hand

1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone a days or as a layer of other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
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).

Core Body

T-shirts (2/3
Light and expedition w)eight thermal tops.
Fleece jacket or pullover.
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
Underwear, stay away from cotton .(4/5)
1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
2 pairs trekking pants, 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).
2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

4/5 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
3/4 pairs heavyweight socks to be worn over liner socks.
1 pair lightweight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the treks.
1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note WT 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)

Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches.
Buprofin for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhoea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Most Necessary Documents/Materials

Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
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).
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.

Optional

1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items lightweight) (Optional).
Hydration bladder with the drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for a woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
1 lightweight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Above This list is only a guidelines. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Please Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

 

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