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Oct 28   Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal. You'll be picked up at the airport and transferred to our hotel. Remainder of day at leisure.  Group dinner at a local restaurant.

Oct 29   In Kathmandu. Half-day tour of the best historic and cultural World Heritage Sites. A close-up look at the
destruction and rebuilding following the earthquake. Lunch on your own.  Group dinner at a local restaurant.

Oct 30    After breakfast transfer to the airport for our 1-hour flight to Tumlingtar, at 1400’ in eastern Nepal. Jeep 4 hours of bumpy road to Num, at 5000’ for camp. We’ll meet our entire Sherpa crew here. 

Oct 31   Today we start trekking downhill 1500’ through rice terraces to cross the Arun River on a magnificent bridge. The Arun is the major river draining most of eastern Nepal. Then we’ll climb back up the other side through small farms run by people of the Rai and Limbu ethnic groups to reach the town of Seduwa, in about 5 hours.

Nov 1    Climbing steadily along the hillsides passing through small villages and rice paddies with ever expanding views, we’ll walk 5 hours to our camp at Tashigaon, at 7000’.

Nov 2   With an early start we continue our climb. The trail winds for 6 hours around rock outcrops and through the famous rhododendron forests to Kongma Danda, an exposed hillside at 11,500’.

Nov 3   We’ll take a rest day here to acclimatize, with spectacular views all around. After lunch we’ll hike up the trail to gain altitude and further our acclimatization.  Kongma Danda.

Nov 4   Starting with a quick climb to a highpoint, then a short descent, we’ll continue our climb along the forested ridgeline to Shipton La, 13,550’, a pass made famous by Eric Shipton during his early explorations in the area. We’ll walk past Kalo Pokhari, a black water lake, then ascend the Keke La, another pass at 13,800, with spectacular views of 24,000’ Chamlang.  Finally we’ll drop down 1100’ to the settlement of Mumbuk for camp at 12,700’.  7 hours.

Nov 5   Descend 2000’ to the Barun Khola, the main river draining Makalu and its surrounding peaks. Then walk upstream along the Barun and ultimately cross the river on a spectacular bridge to reach Yangri Kharka, a yak pasture at about 12,000’. 5 hours.

Nov 6   We leave the forest behind as we continue up the Barun Khola, which is now just a rocky stream. We’ll climb along the rugged trails and boulder fields, after 5 hours reaching Shershong, at 15,000’, directly below  glaciers tumbling off the 22,000’ Himalayan barrier with Tibet.

Nov 7   Continuing up the Lower Barun Glacier then turning off towards the Upper Barun valley, we’ll reach Makalu Base
Camp after 6 hours of trekking, at 16,000’, in full view of Mt Makalu, 27,775’.      

Nov 8-9   Two days to explore around Makalu Base Camp. We’ll climb high on a surrounding mountainsides to gain altitude and to get dramatic views of Makalu and its surrounding peaks. We’ll have time to wander up the valley along the route towards the higher camps on Makalu itself.

Nov 10  Trek back to Yangri Kharka at 14,800’

Nov 11  Trek to Mumbuk at 12,700’.

Nov 12  Re-crossing Keke la and Shipton La, we’ll trek to Khongma Danda at 11,500.

Nov 13  Trek down to Seduwa at 5000’.

Nov 14  Trek down, then up, to Num, then drive to Tumlingtar. Overnight in a fine local guesthouse.

Nov 15  Fly to Kathmandu early in the morning. Free day in Kathmandu.

Nov 16  Flights home.

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