A journey to the less-traveled region of Nepal, a journey to the wilderness of eastern Himalayas, and a journey to the lap of worlds' fifth highest mountain, Makalu Base Camp Trek is a once in a lifetime trip. From lush forests to the shrubs of the subalpine zone, you will get to see a wide range of vegetation. Likewise, the distinct culture and tradition of the villages will add zest of religious value. The stunning landscape and panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains are one more thing to look after. You can see snow-capped mountains like Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Peak 7 (6,758 m), Peak 6 (6,524 m), Chamlang (7,321 m), and several other mountains.
Makalu Base Camp Trek landmark
One of the main highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trek is Makalu Base Camp it self. It is the base of the world's fifth highest mountain, Mt. Makalu. The base camp will present you tempting beauty of Himlayan nature unlike anywhere else. Likewise, Makalu Barun National Park is another landmark of the trek. Most part of the trail goes through the national park home to unspoiled flora & fauna. And, how can we forget about the fine villages where you will come across a completely different lifestyle, yet more fulfilling than us.
Culture & Ethnic Diversity
During Makalu Base Camp Trekking, you will see ethnic groups like Newar, Limbu, Rai, etc. along the way. The people of this region are either Hindus or Buddhists. They have been practicing and protecting their culture and tradition given by their ancestors. In the higher elevation, you will see the influence of Tibetan Buddhism.
Makalu Base Camp Trekking trail goes along the Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area established in 1992. The entire area is extremely rich in flora and fauna. You will be in the heaven of herbal plants. As the elevation increases, the national park will present you range of climate and vegetation. Forests of birch, rhododendron, fir can be seen in the lower elevation, whereas as herbs, grasses, and juniper shrubs will be seen in the higher altitude.
There is a large variety of orchid, aromatic plants, oak, primrose, and 19 species of bamboo. Likewise, the national park is home to many endangered animals like musk dees, ghoral, Himalayan Tahr, red pandas, leopards, etc. Ornithologists have identified 400 bird species, at least 16 of which are extremely rare.
Makalu Base Camp Trek difficulty
Makalu Base Camp Trek is a difficult yet adventurous journey. The terrain you will be walking during this trek is different from other treks of Nepal. The path is rugged, includes so many ascend & descends, and steep sections. On average, you have to trek for around 6 to 7 hours a day that can be a little tiring, however, the wonderful views will keep you accompanied. A good level of physical fitness and health is required to go on this trek. To talk with us to know more deeply regarding the subject.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
Makalu Base Camp Trek 19-days will take you above 4,500 meters, which means there is a risk of altitude sickness. Also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), altitude sickness is an illness that travelers face during high altitude journey when their body does not get acclimatize with the increasing elevation. The sad part is that it can happen to anyone regardless of their age and physical fitness. Therefore, it is very important to acclimate your body with a lower elevation before heading ahead.
Following are the things you can do to reduce the chances of getting AMS:
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid alcoholic drinks
- Include an adequate number of rest days in the itinerary
- Carry general medication of AMS
- Drop down to lower elevation if you find yourself getting AMS
- Inform your guide immediately
- Don't push yourself to complete the journey if your symptoms did not get in control
Transportation and Bag Pack
The trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. From here, you will begin trekking towards Makalu Base Camp through several villages and Makalu Barun National Park.
Here is the list of things that you should carry during Makalu Base Camp Trek:
- Pair of hiking pants and casual pants
- Thermal Wears
- Breathable Underwears
- Trekking shoes/socks
- Rain jacket
- Sun hat
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Pole
- First aid kit
- Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
- Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
Food and Accommodation during Makalu Base Camp Trek
During Makalu Base Camp Trek, you will be staying overnight in the teahouse. The rooms in teahouses are generally small with a common washroom. You will get a bed and a few other furniture in the room. However, the dining area is usually cozy, and you can spend time in there.
The foods will be served as the menu of the teahouse. You can expect to get dishes like curries, rice, bread, momo, noodles, tea, coffee, eggs, etc. As the elevation gets higher the cost of food will get higher and the menu also gets limited to a few items.
Best Season to go on Makalu Base Camp Trek
The best time to go to Makalu Base Camp Trek is in Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). These are the most stable months in comparison to the weather. The climate has a refreshing ambiance in it that makes the journey joyful and smooth. Despite the difficulty level of the trek, the cleat weather these months makes the view prominent that automatically motivates you to reach the end of the trek.
Makalu Base Camp Trek cost
Makalu Base Camp Trekking cost solely depends on the travel company you are traveling with. The number of days, the palaces you are staying overnight, the meals, and other facilities you are willing to get during the trek affects the price. We, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition have designed our Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary to present you with the best possible value. Moreover, we are also open to design tailor-made Makalu Base Camp Trek to meet your budget and needs.
- Carry extra cash as there will be no ATMs on the trail or villages
- Make sure to take out insurance
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated
- Get a good map
- Don’t rush, walk slowly & safley
- In case of any problem inform your guide immediately