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Makalu-barun

Tips For Trip

Essential Equipment:

1 pair strong, comfortable hiking boots

1 Medium/Large rucksack/ backpack 

(max weight when loaded & carried by porter- 15 kg.)

1 sleeping bag- down-filling to zero cent or lower depending on trip altitude

1 day pack: +/- 10 litters

1Down jacket or all –weather Anorak-long(not short) with hood

1 Warm wooly hat

Gloves- quality and warmth subject to altitude and season

Sun-glasses-essential above snow –line

Sun-block/ Sun –Screen lotion(30-50 SPF) –essential for light-skinned people

1 Fleece or warm sweater

1 Sweat –shirt/light sweater

Towel-cotton, medium

Torch/flash-light-with additional batteries

Shirts- long-sleeved, cotton and/ or thermal  Tshirts

Trousers-2 pairs( warm or light –weight depending on trek altitude)

Short- 1 pair, cotton ( easy-dry)

Socks-2 pairs thick wool, 2 pair thin cotton

Underwear- various (& pracal)

Wind/water – proof zip-up jacket( nearly knee-length with hood)

Sport –shoes/sandals- light-weight

Personal toiletries/washing kit-item bio-degrade where possible

Basis band –Aid / moleskin/ blister kit

Water purifying tablets

Toilet paper ( for day-time- use)

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (altitude:1400m) ?Our tour leader will be at the airport with our company’s logo. Once you will met the leader you will be warmly welcomed and will be transferred via chartered vehicle to the hotel in Kathmandu which will require approx. half an hour’s drive through roads and intricate streets. And after check-in at the hotel and refreshing, you will be briefed regarding your hotel, its surrounding areas and your wonderful tour itself.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and preparation for the trip?Today after breakfast, we shall commence our sightseeing at four must see UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely SwayambhuNath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, BoudhaNath Stupa and PashupatiNath Temple where each has the history of Kathmandu Valley’s establishment. Kathmandu, also known as ‘The City of Temples’, is vibrant and has many histories and mythologies.SwayambuNath Stupa: Located in the eastern outskirt of Kathmandu and atop a foothill, SwayambhuNath Stupa; the oldest stupa in Nepal, is a drive of approx. 15 minutes. The main entrance to the stupa is at the base of the foothill and is facing east from where 365 stone-steps (each represents a day of the year) lead all the way up to the top. The scared area of the stupa comprises monasteries, Ajima (Hindu Temple with goddess) and the white dome itself right in the centre. Since the stupa is atop the foothill, it offers wonderful views of Kathmandu Valley and amazing Langtang mountain range up in the north. The stupa is also known as Monkey Temple amongst foreigners as holy monkeys dwell there. Kathmandu Durbar Square: Located right in the centre of Kathmandu city, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a drive of approx. 10 minutes eastwards from SwayambhuNath Stupa and was the palace for Malla Kings and even for some Shah Kings. The area comprises many pagoda styled artistic Hindu temples built between 12th to 18th centuries as well as the temple namely Kasthamandap, which was built with the wood from a single tree and also where Kathmandu derived its name from. The area also houses Living Goddess Kumari (A young virgin girl from Shakya clan who is selected as the goddess Kumari via tough competition. Once she reaches her puberty or receives heavy loss of blood due to wounds/cuts, she is replaced with the other young virgin girl who will have to go through the same tough completion). 
  • Day 03:  Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar?Today, after having breakfast, we will check in to airport for taking the available morning flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. We will stay overnight in Tumlingtar.
  • Day 04: Trek from Tumlingtar to Khandbari (altitude:1020m)?we go to Kumhalgaon from tumlingtar and follow the trail that passes to the east. We then start an ascent between Arun, Koshi and Sabha Khola observing the wonderful view of the huge Chhamlang massif. And at the top of the ascent, you will visit to Dhunge Dhara. After walking for a while, you will get to Khandbari. We stay overnight at Khandbari.
  • Day 05: Trek from Khandbari to Chichila (altitude:1840m)?Climbing to Nayabazar, after a while you  arrive Mani Bhanjyang and further climb in the bamboo forest along the ridge to Arun Than and then transverses across the hillside, still climbing through fields and bamboo groves you will get to Sheka. Keep climbing to the Tamang village of Bhotebas which offers a spectacular view of Chhamlang, Makalu and Jaljale Himal. Then finally, we reach at Chichila.
  • Day 06: Trek from Chichila to Num (altitude:1500m)?Passing the small settlement of Baisake and Kuwapani, you will reach to Hururu. The route climbs and then drops down into the deep oak forest before arriving at Mure village inhabited by Sherpa and Rai people. Descending on a rocky trail, you will reach to Num.
  • Day 07: Trek from Num to Sedua (altitude:1540m)?The trail descends steeply through the fields of Lumbang and from here the trail becomes steeper through jungle to suspension bridge over the Arun Koshi. From the bridge, the trail climbs to Sedua.
  •  Day 08: Trek from Sedua to Tashigaon (altitude:2200m)?The trail today climbs and then passes the National Park Forest Project and reaches Manigaon. From Manigaon, the trail turns west and makes a gradual climb to Chyaksadanda and Ropesa. The route crosses meadows and several streams before coming to the Sherpa Village of Tashigaon which is a large way to Makalu Base Camp.
  • Day 09: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma (altitude:3560m)?Climbing over the ridge and ascending through the forest, you will reach Chipla. The route now becomes steeper and joins the ridge and before reaching Khongma, a flat altitude meadow.
  • Day 10: Trek from Khongma to Mumbuk (altitude:3550m)?From Khongma, we will climb up all the time having beautiful views of Chhamlang peak 6 and peak 7. The trail climbs over a ridge to Ghungru La and descends to a small lake and then climbs steeply up to Shipton La. Descending to Keke La and making a further descend through a forest of firs, you will get to Mumbuk.
  • Day 11: Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (altitude:3600m)?From Mumbuk, the trail descends down steeply and turns westwards along the bottom of the Barun Valley, and passes a small cave, crosses several streams and finally Barun River on the long bridge before reaching Yangle Kharka, a large meadow. 
  • Day 12: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Merek (altitude:4570m)?Climbing gently from Yangle Kharka, you will pass Nghe Kharka. Following the Barun valley, you will pass Riphuk Kharka and making a short climb, you will reach Jhak Kharka and the meadow of Yak Kharka. The traili climbs over a ridge beyond Yak Kharka and ascends alongside a moraine formed by the lower Barun Glacier. From here, you will have an excellent view of peak 3 and peak 5 which finally brings you to Merek.
  • Day 13: Trek from Merek to Shersong (altitude:4660m)?From Merek, the trail climbs up and you will reach to Shersong where there is a small stone hut. In shersong, you will also find a good camp site in the Yak pasture. You may even get to interact with some of the locals.
  • Day 14: Day Trip to Makalu Base Camp (altitude:5000m)?From Shersong, the trail climbs gradually to a minor pass above Makalu Base Camp. You will have an excellent view of Makalu, Peak 6 and Peak 7, Baruntse, and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. 
  • Day 15: Trek from Shersong to Yangle Kharka?Today, we will trek back to Yangle Kharka. We will stay overnight at Yangle Kharka.
  • Day 16: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Mumbuk?we will trek back to Mumbuk from Yangle Kharka, and stay there overnight.
  • Day 17: Trek from  Mumbuk to Khongma?we will track back Khongma from Mumbuk, and stay there overnight.
  • Day 18: Trek from Khongma to Tashigaon?we will trek back to Tashigaon and stay there overnight.
  • Day 19: Trek from Tashigaon to Num?We will trek back to Num today and stay there overnight.
  • Day 20: Trek from Num to Chichila?we will return back to Chichila from Num and stay there overnight.
  • Day 21: Trek from Chichila to Mani Bhanjyang?We will trek back to Mani Bhanjyang today and stay there overnight.
  • Day 22: Trek from Manibhanjyang to Tumnlingtar?This will be the final day of actual trekking today. We will trek back to Tumlingtar from Mani Bhanjyang and stay overnight at Tumlingtar.
  • Day 23: Trek from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu?after having breakfast, we will check into the airport and catch the available flight to Kathmandu. In the evening, you will explore the Kathmandu city and enjoy the farewell dinner.
  • Day 24: Final Departure back to home?You will be transferred to the airport according to your flight schedule.                                              Mode of transport: Chartered vehicle

 

 

Includes

Airport pick up and drop,welcome dinner,accommodation in a 3 star hotel 2 night (in kathmandu,all ground transportation as per the itinerary.,all necessary staff with experienced english speaking leader(guide)assistant and sherpa porter to carry luggage including their salary insurance food and lodging during trekking,all necessary paper works trekking permits conservation permits,Camping Equipment and food and drinks During the trekking,Domestic flight as per itinerary mention,all goverment tax

Excludes

nepal visa fee,international airfare,extra night accommodation in kathmandu because of early arrival late departure early return from mountain (due ta any reason)than the scheduled itinerary,travel insurance and rescue,personal expenses(phone call laundry bar bill extra porter),tips for guide and porters

Trip Notes

Nepalese Visa

All foreigners must  have  a  visa. Nepali  embassies and consulates overseas  issue  visas without any difficulties. You can also get on the spot when you arrive in Nepal, either at Kathmandu’s International Airport or at road borders:Nepaljung,Birjung ,raxaul,Sunali ,Kodari .

You will need a passport photo to get visa in Kathmandu Airport or other border places.It costs $25 for a 15 days and $ 40 for a  30 days visa even USD 100 for 90 days. If you’ll be in Nepal more than 15 days you are better off getting a 30 day visa on arrival.

It’s really a good idea to keep a number of passport photos with your passport so they are immediately handy for trekking permits,visa applications and other official documents.

Travel insurance & Emergency Funds

Emergency Fund during your travel, please make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $ 300 or equivalent , as an “Emergency” fund to be used when circumstances outside your control (ex, a natural disaster ) require a change to our planned route also and this is a rare occurrence during the trips.

Travel insurance : Travel insurance is compulsory in order to  participate on any ExGuides Treks Trips. When you travelling with us , you will not to be permitted to join the tour until confirmation of travel insurance has been sighed by ExGuides Tour Guide /Leader, who will take Note of your insurance details. Please when you selecting a travel insurance policy please keep in mind that all  your medical and accident rescue coverage and that we suggest a minimum coverage of USD $ 200,000 for repatriation and emergency ( this is only if you do trekking , peak climbing and expeditions, but if you do  ExGuide tours we require travel insurance only ) we strongly rcommend that the policy also covers personal liability , cancellation , curtailment and loss of your luggage and personal effects.

If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the your trip (receipt of credit card statement) with credit card in your Name. please do contact your bank for details of their participating insurer the level of  coverage and emergency contact telephone Number.

Exchange money

Exchange money : the official currency of Nepal is Nepali Rupees (NPR). If would like take a ATMs can only be found in kathmandu specially in thamel many ATMs place, pokhara  and bhaktpur. the money exchange facilities are available in kathmandu (thamel , patan mostly tourist place) pokhara (around lake side) , bhaktapur and chitwan( only ourside the park). The before nepal’s government banned the import and export and use of 500 and 1000 indina Ruppe Note in Nepal but now Nepal government allow indian 500 and 1000 import and export. While traveller’s cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a long process  and commission can be high (up to 10%) and they can be difficult to change in rural areas On weekends and public holidays. If you choose to bring traveller’s cheques please make sure they are a major brand and major currency.

Spending money: all traveller are different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some one travellers may drinks more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than participating in optional activities and tipping.

Health and physical condition

Physical condition : trekking has been since long established in Nepal and providing beautiful views in a natural landscape. When you trekking , can be difficult in parts with a lot of uphill and downhill even climbing. But within the capabilities of any healthy person with an established level of walking and fitness. Often stubbornness helps. Walking at your own pace-slow and steady is the way to go being fit or unfit is not the main control here , it is how you deal with mountain altitude. Please never do not RUSH! Go slowly –plod on at a steady pace , pause , sadnting to resting also do not sit too aften it’s harder to get going again and again. Even please don’t care about whether others are ahead ! the walking path is clear , your Guides keep track of where you are . there is plently of times so walk at your pace regardless of how far behind you may think you are. Always remember the sun is intense wear sunscreen and sunglasses it is colder than you think , especially in the wind if you take off layers whilst during walking make sure to put them on again as soon as you stop or are in the shade so , don’t wait to get cold.

If you have any doubts of you are not sure if a trekking is suitable for you please do not hesitate to ask us for advice before you take your final trips booking decision.

Health and safety (Acute mountain sickness AMS)

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) : Though All ExGuides Treks itineraries are designed to allow adepuate enough acclimatization during your trekking in Himalayas , you are likey to feel the effect of altitude sickness (AMS) and oxygen deprivation whlist on the trekking. If left untreated AMS can be life-threatening. We would expect the majority or people to notice the effect of being at high altltude and while most will only feel discomfort , it is not uncommon for small number of people to need extra care  which will we provided by our Guides and local staff. All our ExGuides trips that spend time at high altitude follow our standered altitude safety measures.

A number of medical conditions or medications are can also reduce your body’s ability to acclimatize and thus will affect your performance at high altitude himalayas and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are so worried about any pre-existing condition (e.g heart problem) or unsure of your physical ability , you have to seek medical advice  prior to booking. You may also wish to discuss medication such as diamox that may help aid acclimatization during your trekking. Please Note that while we  try to assist all our valueable clients in achieving their Goal even Dream. But  there are maybe times your Guides makes the decision to either delay or stop your ascent based on your medical conditions and AMS symptoms on trekking health and safety is most important. All our trips are Running and leading by an experienced , (Expert of tours , trekking and climbing ) English Speaking Local Guides and assistants who will help with the daily logistics.

How to prevent AMS

It’s always good to know that best way to prevent AMS is to ascend gradually . above an altitude of 3,000 meter (10,000 ft) you should not ascend more than 500 meter  in a day. If due to the itinerary this not possible a rest day to acclimatize recommended by ExGuide Treks.keep in mind please that different people will acclimatize at different rates. Acclimatization of often accompanied by fluid loss , so you always need to lots drinks of fluid to remain properly hydrated (at least 3-4 quarts per day. Also urine output should be copious and clear like water. Please take it easy , don’t  over –exert yourself when you first get up to altitude in Himalayas. Light activity during day is better than sleeping because respiration decrease during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms. Always avoid tobacco and alcohol and other depressant drugs including  tranquilizer and sleeping pills . there are depressants futher decrease the respiratory drive during sleeping resulting in a worsening of the symptoms. Please eat well foods and eat a high carbohydrate diet ( more than 70% of your calories from carbohydrates) when you while at altitude. If begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude illness , please do not go higher until symtoms decrease of symptoms are increase , you should go down , down, down!

Preventive Medication

Diamox : Diamox allow you to breathe faster so that you metabolize more oxygen , thereby minimizing the symptoms casue by poor oxygenation. This Diamox is especially helpful to start at night when respiratory drive is decrease. Since takes while for Diamox to have an effect. It’s a advisable to start taking it 24 hrs before you go to altitude and continue for at least five days higher altitude, and this is recommendation of the Himalayan rescue association medical clinic is 125 mg. twice a day one in the morning and one at night.diamox started dose  is 250 mg  , when you take Diamox you may get possible side effects include tingling of the lips and finger tips , blurring of vision and alteration of taste. Please never , and never try to take more than 250 mg Diamox in once. After taking Diamox please drink lots and lots water it does help a lot.

First aid kit

We would like to basic list to cover the more common ailment that affect trekkers. climbing group , expeditions and all trekkers going to isolated areas will need a more  comprehensive kit.

  • Plaster /band-aids
  • Lodine or water filter (optional)
  • Moleskin/second skin for blister
  • Antiseptic ointment for cuts
  • Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptis)
  • Aspirin
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Antibiotic for guardia of similar microbe
  • Diamox 250 mg(for altitude sickness)
  • Sterile syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
  • Gel and cleaner

(For more AMS information please visit our site at health and safety)

General health Advice : it is always good to consult with your doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure for your trip. When you selecting you trip please carefully read the itinerary ans assess your ability to handle with our style of travel.

Climate /weather

If you are looking for when to trekking in Nepal or which month is best ? please visit our website at “when to trekking in Nepal”

Food and accommodation        

Eating is a big part of traveling. When travelling with ExGuides you experience the local food . while arrival ,we always provide you WELCOME DINNER. While trekking we are usually satying in  so call tea house. A tea houses are the combination of guest houses , restaurant and social hang out. Private rooms (twin basis) are available in most tea houses , except for high altitudes onces where it will be just dormitories. The tea houses are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided from tea houses. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type or the western version. It depend on trekking region and trekking place.most of tea houses have running water facility and many of them have hot water available for bathing at additional cost. Solar heaters depend on the weather. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge , warmed by the Bukhara stove  and tea house normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. Most tea houses got solar lighting in dining.

Tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances –mobile phone and cameras and there maybe a small charge amount for this.

During a tea houses trekking you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the tea houses where you stayed and lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side resturants. Every tea houses serves the traditional nepali meals Dal Bhat (rice and lentils) as well as a varity of different food item such as rice , vegetable , noodles , patatos and soup.also different varity food items such as a pizza , pasta and French fries. For soft drink, snacksand beer are available in most of the tea houdes and trails side resturants. And of course always milk tea is served everywhere in tea houses trekking.

Tipping

Tipping at the end of your trip : if you are happy with the services provided a tip- though not compulsory –is appropritate. While it may not be customary to you. it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your trips and inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destination. We recommend that tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group , rather than collected ans passed on by group leader. We suggest following amount are based on local considerations and feedback from our past traveller, hotel porter :NPR 50-100 is adequate for porters that assist you with bags to your room. Restaurant : please check the bill if there’s an addition of 10% service charge , no requirement ofr tipping , otherwise 5-10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.

Your Trip leader/ Guide: throughout your trip you may at times have a local Guide in addition to your leader. We suggest USD 2-3 per person , per day for local Guide(including city tour Guide , jungle Guide , rafting Guide , assistant trekking Guide and your Trip leader/ Guide).

Porter : throughout your trip you may at times have a porter in addition to your leader. We suggest USD $ 2 per person perday. ( normally two client luggage one porter will carry. ) but make sure that your trip leader /Guide should get more tips than porter. If you need any advice please you can always free to ask your trip leader /Guide.

Some general rules

Respect Culture : ExGuide philosophy of travel is one of respect toward everyone we encounter , and in particul our local people who make the world special place it is.

Disclaimer

All our trips are subject to change due to weather conditions or any other factors outside of ExGuides’s control. While we operate successful trips in this region throughout the years. Something changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation route. Ths is can be happen with little noice so please be prepared for more modification to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from timing to timing.