- Visit the base camp of 5th highest mountain of the world.
- Trek through diverse landscape and ethnic cultures.
- Experience the pleasantly contrasting feature of landscape on this trek with narrow trails turning into wide pastures and green lush valleys turning into glacial moraines.
- Experience flying in Heli to from Yangle Kharka to Lukla.
Named after the 5th highest peak in the world, Makalu Heli Trek takes you to the wondrous landscapes of Makalu Base Camp, which lies at an altitude of 5000m. above sea level. One of the underrated trails of Nepal, Makalu Heli Trek is perfect for those who like to explore the isolated, untouched areas of the Himalayas, while learning about the beautiful culture and people.
This trek gives you the opportunity to explore Mt. Everest from a unique perspective, while giving you panoramic view of Mt. Makalu (8481m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Baruntse (7129m), Chamlang (7319m), and other ranges. Home to Makalu Barun National Park, Makalu Heli Trek is the best trek for the trekkers who seek adventure and love exploring new places.
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival.
After being picked up from the airport, our team will accommodate you to a hotel where you will be briefed about the entire heli tour. During your overnight stay in Kathmandu, you can explore the mystical alleys and the local shops of the capital city.
Day 02: Free Day in Kathmandu
Before prepping for the heli trek, you have a day to either rest in the hotel or explore the capital city, Kathmandu. With multiple UNESCO world heritage sites in walking range, it’ll be a day to cherish, but don’t tire yourself off, as it’s just the start of the journey.
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar (400m) and Drive to Num (1505m)
After breakfast, we drive to Tribhuvan International Airport, for a short 50min flight to Tumlingtar where our staff will be waiting for you. We will be further driving to Num, which experiences a dramatic display of thunder and lightning, giving you a unique overnight experience.
Day 04: Trek to Seduwa (1570m – 6/7hrs trek)
Downhill from the Western Num ridge, crossing the fields of Lumbang, the trail leads through a suspension bridge, and ascends towards forests and some traditional villages. Crossing the river, the steep ascent continues through dense forest, eventually bringing us to Seduwa. Here lies the large flat camping lawn ridge above the Makalu Barun National Park check point.
Day 05: Trek to Tashigaon (2065m – 5hrs trek)
Ascending the ridge from Seduwa, encompassed by Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola on the east, it starts with an easy hike. Passing the hillside through villages and small paddy fields, we reach at tropical village of Tashi Gaon.
Day 06: Trek to Khongma La (3562m) – 7 Hrs Trek
This will be a bit hard day as we have to ascend on a steep trail in higher altitude through dense forest of remote scrub and Rhododendron passing many ridges and seasonal Yak herders. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a Kharka (grazing land) and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. Khongma La is the last opportunity we have to stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley.
Day 07: Trek to Dobate – 7 Hrs Trek
We climb towards the summit of the Shipton La which takes a several hours to reach. After the Lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), pass over the Keke La at 4170m. We can see the outstanding view of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6524m) and Peak 7 (6758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate.
Day 08: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3610m) – 7 Hrs Trek
From Dobate, we advance through the Rhododendron forest which leads towards the Barun River and the upper valley. We have to be careful during the first two hours of trek as the trail is very steep and difficult. After sometime, we can take an easy walk, slowly advancing altitude until we reach at Yangri Kharka, located at the base of the valley.
Day 09:Trek to Yak Kharkha (4972m) – 6 Hrs Trek
Following a moderate walk to the valley, we pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields. Beyond Nehe Kharka, the river makes a huge S-shaped curve between curtains wall of cliffs that tower on either side of river. Next gentle climb advances a Mani wall to Yak Kharka.
Day 10: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m) – 7 Hrs Trek
Finally today is the day we make it to the Base Camp. From Yak Kharka we make our way up to Merek advances through a dizzying landscape of Himalayan giants, looking marvelous views of Mountains. After arriving to Langmale Kharka we make our way up to Shershong and eventually to Makalu Base camp. The rail is flat with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains accompanying us. As the trail turns northwards into a side valley, Makalu finally soars into view. We get to immerse in the regal Himalayan panorama enclosing us.
Day 11: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3610m) and Fly to Lukla and to Kathmandu
Taking the last glimpse of Makalu, we descend down from the Base Camp and headed back. On the way down, we descend through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and down the valley finally stopping at Yangri Kharka. We take the Heli back to Lukla and then take a regular flight to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Free Day in Kathmandu
You can enjoy the day in your hotel with a chilled beer or move around Kathmandu, getting souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
Day 13: International Departure
Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport checks in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12PM. In case your flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.
- Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfer
- 4 Nights hotel on BB Twin Room Basis
- 8 nights Normal Local Lodge on FB Twin Room
- Flight: KTM-Tumlingtar with airport tax
- Heli Flight: Yangle Kharka- Lukla
- Flight: Lukla-Kathmandu with airport tax
- National Park & TIMS Permit Fee
- 1 English speaking Leader
- 1 porter-every two members
- All staff’s insurance & daily wages & food
- Farewell Dinner in KTM
- Personal Equipment & Insurance
- Nepal Visa fee US $40 per person
- Alcoholic Beverages, Telephone & Laundry
- Any personal nature expenses
- Emergency Evacuation if required
- Tips for Staffs