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I would certainly recommend this route with the Mountain Company to anyone thinking of summiting Mera Peak
Mick Finch (UK) | Mera Peak, Nepal

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  • Mount Makalu seen from near Base Camp
  • Near Makalu Base Camp
  • Bridge over Arun River
  • Shipton La
  • Barun Valley
  • Trekkers at Sedua Village

Makalu Base Camp trek via Shipton La

A challenging trek to the Base Camp of Mount Makalu the world’s fifth highest mountain including crossing of Shipton La. 

Our itinerary has been planned to allow for sufficient acclimatisation to the altitude and to maximise our time around Makalu Base Camp. The trail takes you from the humid lowlands near Tumlingtar on the Arun River through one of the least frequented areas of Nepal to Makalu Base Camp. The trek passes a large diversity of ecosystems and cultures, on lower sections of the trek there are Rai villages and at higher altitudes Sherpa villages.

We cross Shipton La at 4,216m into the remote and beautiful Barun river valley before arriving at Makalu Base Camp. Along the trail there are superb views of the south face of Makalu as well as Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga.  Makalu Barun National Park was established in 1992 as Nepal’s eighth national park covering 2,330 sq km. This area is a remote wilderness containing some of the last remaining areas of pristine forests and alpine meadows in Nepal. The area receives few foreign trekkers due to its relative inaccessibility.

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Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 22 days from Kathmandu
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 4 people
  • Cost: 2017 - £2,495 (US$3,375 or €2,875) 2017 - £2,495 (US$3,375 or €2,875)
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • Internal flight to/from Kathmandu and Tumlingtar
  • All transfers including airport collections
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet, Hotel Manaslu or Hotel Ganjong in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek
  • Twin share tents while on trek using our three person Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1s
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, trekking guide(s) and porter(s). We provide one trekking guide for group size of two people and two guides for a group size of three people and three guides for group size of six people plus
  • Complimentary Makalu trekking map
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Nepal Pre Trip Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu
  • Travel and trekking insurance
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40 (approx £25)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
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Trip Grade Demanding

Trip Grade Demanding

Suitability:  a good choice for regular hill walkers, high level of fitness required.

1) Walking times: average 6 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 14 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky sections. There may be significant amount of ascent and descent.

4) Remoteness: often in more remote areas and normally a longer distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • October 8th to 29th 2017
  • April 15th to May 6th 2018
  • October 7th to 28th 2018
  • April 14th to May 5th 2019
  • October 6th to 27th 2019

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu 
  • Day 2Briefing and preparations in Kathmandu 
  • Day 3Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1,840m) 
  • Day 4Trek to Num (1,500m) 
  • Day 5Trek to Sedua (1,540m) 
  • Day 6Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m)  
  • Day 7Trek to Khongma (3,560m) 
  • Day 8Rest & acclimatisation day 
  • Day 9Trek to Debotay (3,650m) 
  • Day 10Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600m) 
  • Day 11Trek to Langmale Kharka (4,200m) 
  • Day 12Acclimatisation day at Langmale Kharka (4,450m) 
  • Day 13Trek to Makalu Base Camp (5,000m) 
  • Day 14Day walk around Makalu Base Camp (4,900m) 
  • Day 15Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600m) 
  • Day 16Trek to Debotay (3,650m) 
  • Day 17Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m)  
  • Day 18Trek to Num (1,500m) 
  • Day 19Drive to Tumlingtar 
  • Day 20Fly to Kathmandu 
  • Day 21Sightseeing in Kathmandu 
  • Day 22Fly back home 
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