Makalu Trekking

Makalu trekking is practically an offbeat and Nepal’s most divers trekking through the least frequented trails. The trail has the name of Mt. Makalu, the fifth-highest summit in the world (8,463 m). Mt. Makalu soars in the skyline of Makalu-Barun National Park. The Barun Glacier, Mt. Makalu, and an entire panorama of Everest and Lhotse can all be seen from Makalu Base Camp. Since Makalu Base Camp is located at 5,100m above sea level, the difficult hike through steadily rising altitude is a perfect way to gradually acclimate.

What Makes Makalu Trekking Special?

Trekking in Makalu Base Camp provides a great contrast of high waterfalls cascading down into deep gorges, craggy rocks augmenting from the verdant woodlands, and multi-colored flowers blossoming underneath the white snow-capped peaks. The Makalu trek is demanding yet the most beautiful trek in Nepal’s eastern Himalayas. The stretched and pure landscape makes this trek a classic in its own features. In addition, the culture of different ethnic groups is a beautiful highlight of Makalu Trekking.

Main Features of Makalu Trekking are:

  • Join the trek to Makalu Base Camp – an experience you’ll never forget.
  • View varied scenery as you travel from 700m to over 5,000m in different temperate zones.
  • Take a journey through the steep-sided river gorges, soaring cliffs, beautiful waterfalls, high altitude lakes and remote villages.
  • Stay in tea houses while trekking to experience the remote village life and contribute directly to the local economy.
  • Take a full day to explore Makalu-Barun Valley.

Makalu-Barun Valley

Makalu-Barun Valley is a Himalayan glacier valley situated at the base of Makalu in the Sankhuwasabha district of Nepal. This valley lies entirely inside the Makalu-Barun National Park. The diversity of plant and animal life in Makalu-Barun Valley makes it a great place to explore while on an offbeat trekking holiday in Nepal.

Starting of Makalu Trekking

This offbeat and challenging trek in Nepal begins at Tumlingtar and treads the trail to Arun River Valley. Trek to the Upper Barun Valley via Shipton Lapas for a closer look at Makalu and Chamlang Himal. The Makalu Base Camp (4,870 m) offers a fantastic panoramic view of eastern Himalayas; Chamlang (7,319m), Peak 6 (6,739m), Peak 7 (6,105m) Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Everest & Kangchenjunga.

Best Time to Trek Makalu?

During the spring season, trekkers are advised to visit Makalu Base Camp from late April to early May. Most hikers come in October during the autumn season. In most cases, this month is the perfect month to visit Makalu Base Camp.

New Tea House

Today, this trek has become another remote trek with teahouse facilities as you trek from Tumlingtar to Makalu Base Camp and experience the life of a remote village. We moreover run this superb journey on a camp premise.

Makalu Trek Altitude Chart

Pumori Expedition

At 7,161m high, Mt. Pumori expedition is one of the most striking, moderately difficult technical mountains on the border of Nepal-China and west of Everest Base Camp. “Pumo” implies youthful young lady or daughter and “Ri” implies mountain in Sherpa dialect. Among the 7,000m Himalayas in Nepal, Mt. Pumori is one of the shining sharp peak. Climbing Mt. Pumori you need more ideal and such technical preparation then 8,000m peaks. Due to geography, slippery slopes, steep peaks and avalanches of snowstorms, only 60-70% of expedition success rates have been recorded in recent years.

The Mt. Pumori look like a snowy pyramid in south of Kala Patthar.  The main attraction of climbing Mt. Pumori is the spectacular views of Mt. Everest, the Tibet and the Rongbuk Glacier. It is known for its growing popularity, and the availability of Everest Base Camp in Nepal while climbing. It is also used to prepare for climbing Mt. Everest.

Main features of Pumori Expedition are:

  • “Pumo” implies youthful young lady or daughter and “Ri” implies mountain in Sherpa dialect.
  • The most fascination of climbing Mt. Pumori is the marvelous sees of Mt. Everest, the Tibet and the Rongbuk Ice sheet.
  • Mt. Pumori looks like a snow-capped pyramid.
  • Both Spring and Autumn season is appropriate for climbing Mt. Pumori.

How to reach Mount Pumori?

There are two routes to reach the summit of Mt. Pumori, which is 7,616m. Both courses share the same pathbeginning with an energizing flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. And through Pak Dinh, Namche, Dingboche and Lobuche to Pumori Base Camp, which at long last comes to Gorakshep. After 2015 Earthquake, the Mt. Pumori slops and part of the summit fall down to Everest Base Camp as a heavy avalanche. It comes from the coat of arms of Pumori Ringtren. Now a days, only one is open for the expedition for safety reason.

Best time to visit Mount Pumori

Both Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) seasons are suitable for climbing Mt. Pumori. The most fascination of climbing Mt. Pumori is the marvelous sees of Mt. Everest, the Tibet and the Rongbuk Ice sheet. 

Phaplu Everest Base Camp Hiking

The EBC Trek from Phaplu

The trek from Phaplu to Everest Base Camp is one of the classic hikes without Lukla flight. The trek begin from heart the Sherpa town Salleri to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. From  Namche Bazaar, the EBC classic Everest trek towards to Base Camp and the highest view point Kala Patthar.

It is an alternative trek route towards EBC without flying to Lukla. The countryside, and fascinating for its glimpses into rural Nepali life and fare fewer tourists than the Khumbu above Lukla. If you don’t have a long time or want to explore less crowded hiking in the Khumbu region Phaplu flight is the best way. Even, the flight is canceled you have a choice to drive by off-road jeep during the summer and wintertime, within a day drive you will reach Kathmandu. After the flight, you will enter the Sherpa community and hike to Junbeshi village. A classical village of Sherpas and monastery with a breathtaking view of villages.

After a few days of a trek from Junbashi, Nunthala, Kharikhola, Bupsa, and Paiya you will connect the popular trail to Namche village. After that, keep continuing trek up to Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla then fly out to Kathmandu.

Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek, which departs from Sherpa-land in Solukhumbu, Nepal, is one of the most challenging and beautiful hikes in the Himalaya. The approximately 100-mile Himalayan trail, which is well-liked by novices, backpackers, and experienced hikers, climbs, crosses mountains, and descends the Khumbu Himalayas while traversing Namche bazaar, alongside glacial rivers, and among Buddhist meadows.

For every trekker, the Everest Base Camp Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The trip to Mount Everest is a Grade 3-level tough connection from Kathmandu by a short, straightforward flight to Lukla’s Tenzing Hillary airport. The flight itself is an exhilarating trip that everyone should have before they pass away.

The route to Mt. Everest Base Camp passes via the Dudhkoshi river valley’s bank and frequently passes through Namche village, Tengboche monastery (3,867 m), and Pangboche village, among other traditional Sherpa settlements. Before ascending the glacial trail to the elevated base camp of the majestic Everest and vantage point for Everest views, Kalapattar, our well planned trip to the Mt. Everest Base Camp allows for sufficient acclimatization at various locations. The highest place to view Mount Everest’s glory is Kalapattar, which is located at an elevation of 5545 meters. Everest Base Camp is located at an elevation of 5357 meters. The Everest Base Camp tour then descends to Lukla before taking a flight to Kathmandu.

Nowadays, the Everest Trek is conducted in tea houses, which adds a sense of cultural etiquette to this energizing excursion. Our tour guides for this challenging trekking trip in Nepal are locals from the Khumbu valley. They have a wealth of knowledge, are polite, and have a knack for hospitality across cultures. Along with these favorable qualities of our guides, Nepal Footprints Holiday enjoys solid partnerships with the regional inns and guest homes in the Khumbu region (4,900m).

Main Features of Everest Base Camp Trek are:

  • EBC (5,364m), the highest mountain base camp in the world
  • You have the opportunity to learn more about Sherpa people, their traditional culture, and their way of life
  • Only Namche Bazaar, a village in Nepal’s Khumbu region, serves as the entrance to Everest Base Camp
  • Trekking to Kala Patthar (5,644m) for a panoramic view of the sunrise over the mountains of the Everest region
  • Amazing views of the mountains, Lake GOKYO, glaciers, and the Everest area from the sky
  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park
  • The breathtaking vistas of 8,848.68m/29,029 ft., the highest mountain in the world
  • A wide variety of plants and animals
  • Visit to Tengboche’s ancient monastery (12,687 feet/3,867 meters)
  • Khumbu Glacier, the highest glacier on Earth (4,900 m)

Everest Base Camp Route

A return trip from Lukla marks the completion of the typical 14–16-day journey from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp. The paths and your walking endurance will determine how far you can travel to reach the Himalayas. We can provide an another route to Lukla for those who wish to trek for longer and take more time. From Kathmandu, you can take a ride to Jiri-Bhandara or trek to Lukla from Phaplu-Kharikhola. Adding five extra days to your journey for trekking through Jiri will give you memories you’ll cherish forever. Your personalized tour to EBC will be tailored by NFH to meet your needs.

Everest Base Camp Difficulty

The most challenging aspect of the Everest Base Camp trekking is its altitude. It starts with an altitude of 2,860m (Lukla) and continues all the way to the altitude of 5,364 m. on the south side of Mt. Everest. At 5,644m Kalapatthar, you will rejoice the most spectacular panoramic view of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Amadablam.

Hiking to EBC is extra mile challenge and ultimate experience of thin air, glacier and high altitude. You need to prepare well. We recommend you walk at least 6-7 hours a day for a couple of weeks before embarking the journey. Our experienced guide will assist you to maintain a steady pace and your safekeeping throughout this exhilarating journey. We like to assure you that you will enjoy this trip, and join us on other adventures that we offer.

Best time to Trek Everest Base Camp

September-May is the perfect time for trekking on Mount Everest base camp in Nepal. December-February is the winter season, the trekking routes are snowy and cold, and the tourist season slows the flow to Kala Patthar. You can explore Sagarmatha National Park at Everest Base Camp. However, people participate all year round based on their personal interests.

Cost of Everest Base Camp

There are many factors that affect the cost of Everest Base Camp trekking. Here are some important factors:

  • Trekking time
  • Everest Base Camp Hotel
  • Lukla flight
  • Trekking Type: Whether to hire a guide, porter, or an all-inclusive trekking package

However, the standard 16-day cost from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp is  US $1550 per person.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter (Optional Tour)

EBC tour by helicopter from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp or one-way tour to MT. Everest Base camp followed by a Helicopter ride to Kathmandu is another alternative trip to Mt. Everest. If you like to explore your option we will be more than happy to plan.

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