Makalu Base camp trek
Planning a trek to makalu base camp and back on march 15 2019. A 15 days trip with 4 days of travelling by a vehicle (2 days from ktm to Num and 2 days at the end, returning back to ktm) and 11 days of teahouse trekking. I am a Nepali national and an experienced traveller. I would prefer someone with modest experience (at least one previous trek in the himalayas) and modestly fit as well.(nepali travellers preferred but all nationals welcome). This one i have been planning since ages, i finally have free time but all my buddies are busy.
Day 1 Tumlingtar to Num (1,500 m)
Day 2. Num to Seduwa (1,530 m: A 5-hour walk that leads you down the valley, over a bridge, through beautiful rice terraces and up to Seduwa.
Day 3 Seduwa to Kharak (~3,100 m): A beautiful 3-hour hike through a rainforest will lead you to a brand new guesthouse run by a young lady, with a lovely viewpoint right behind the house.
Day 4 Kharak to Kongma (3,560 m): It will take you around 3 hours to Kongma, the last place before you cross the four passes. Many people take a rest day here to acclimatize, but since we divided the way from Seduwa to Kongma,
Day 5 Kongma to the new guesthouse (3,800 m): One of the toughest days of the trek, you will have to cross four passes as high as 4,100 m. There is a single tea house up on Salpani col, which might or might not be open. There is a new guesthouse that you will not find on maps yet. It is situated between Keke La and Mumbuk (6-7 hours).
Day 6 New guesthouse to Yangri Kharka (3,610 m): Once over the passes, you enter the Barun Valley, one of the most diverse places. A slippery trail will lead you through a beautiful rainforest down to Yangri Kharka, where we stayed for the night. The teahouses are also quite new and very well-equipped (4-5 hours).
Day 7 Yangri Kharka to Langmale (~4,400 m): Be prepared for the toughest day, which will lead you more than 1,000 m up to Langmale. It took us around 6 hours to get up there. If you’re likely to get altitude problems, it’ll probably be here. There is a teahouse at Yak Kharka that offers tea and soup.
Day 8 Langmale to Makalu Basecamp (4,870 m): The final day! I hope you will make it to Makalu Basecamp, it is a not-too-exhausting 4 hour of moderate trekking. The only problem is the altitude. If you are up for an adventure, cross the glacier moraine to your left and get a view of a beautiful glacial lake. If you have the energy, you could visit the viewpoint.
Day 9 Langmale to New guesthouse: Depending on how you feel, the way back can take two to four days. We did it in three days, which is quite exhausting (10 h).
Day 10 New guesthouse to Kongma: Tough day back over the passes (6-7h).
Day 11 Kongma to Seduwa (6h)
Day 12 Seduwa to Num (5h)
Day 13 Num to Tumlingtar by Jeep (5h)
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