Makalu Basecamp Trek
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 20 days - from £1,595 (land only) - from €1,915 (land only) - from $2,630 (land only)
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu. We are met by our guide or KE representative and transfer to the group hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: We take a morning flight to Tumlingtar, where we meet our trek crew. We then drive in 4WD vehicles on a rough road to Chichila (1840m), where we check in at our lodge accommodation.
Day 3: We enjoy a lovely forest walk with many birds. There are distant views of Makalu and its satellite peaks, as we descend to the spectacularly positioned village of Num (1500m). 5 to 6 hours of walking.
Day 4: We have a long and steep descent to a bridge across the torrential Arun River and then climb again to our lodge in the village of Sedua (1493m). 6 hours of walking.
Day 5: A short day's trek, climbing and then contouring around to the last settlement on the walk-in, at Tashigaon (2057m). 4 hours walking.
Day 6: Starting out through cloud forest, we reach more open country after lunch and make the long climb to a ridge and grazing area at Kauma Kharka (3500m) where there is a basic lodge. 5 hours of walking.
Day 7: Today, we cross the Shipton La (4229m) which provides superb views, before descending to our lodge accommodation in a clearing amongst rhododendrons at Dobato (3700m).
Day 8: After a steep descent to the Barun River, we follow the river through a gorge to a more open valley and our lodge on the high grazing area known as Yangri Kharka (3620m).
Day 9: Following the river upstream, with great mountain views, we reach our overnight halt at a lodge on the summer grazing area of Lengmale Kharka (4400m).
Day 10: A lovely day's walk, through a high alpine environment. Rounding a corner, in sight of the Lower Barun Glacier, we arrive at Sherson (4500m), the basecamp area for Makalu.
Day 11: A day for exploring above Sherson. There is the option to climb to approximately 5000 metres on a ridge to the north for views of Makalu and Everest. We spend a second night at Sherson.
Day 12: Beginning the walk out, we descend beside the Barun River to reach our lodge at Yangri Kharka. 6 hours of walking.
Day 13: Further descent beside the river and then a final stiff climb on stone steps to the clearing at Dobato. 6 hours of walking.
Day 14: Today, we recross the Shipton La and descend to our lodge at Kauma Kharka. 6 hours of walking.
Day 15: Today begins with a descent of around 3 hours through the cloud forest to Tashigaon and then a further 3 hours to our lodge accommodation at Sedua.
Day 16: We start the day with a descent to the hot and steamy Arun River Valley. Crossing the rivr, we then begin the tough climb up the ridge on the other side, taking us to Num.
Day 17: An early start and a relatively easy morning of trekking along the ridge to Chichila, which takes around 5 hours. Here we board our vehicles for the return drive to our lodge in Tumlingtar.
Day 18: We take the morning flight to Kathmandu, where we check into the group hotel. The afternoon is free for sightseeing or souvenir buying.
Day 19: A contingency day in case of flight delays. There is an optional guided city tour of some of Kathmandu's best known sights. This evening we have a celebratory end of trip dinner in Thamel.
Day 20: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.