You arrive in Kathmandu.
While the operator prepares your trek, you have the second day to explore the city.
Explore places to see in Kathmandu.
You fly to Tumlingar, on the upper reaches of the Arun river, which takes an hour. You then make for Khadbari. You take lunch among kabra trees. Walking continues and you cross a plateau for about 45 minutes. The trail climbs gradually to Khadbari. You camp above the village.
You walk through many picturesque villages, mostly uphill. You pass through bamboo groves and one rhododendron forest. The rhododendrons found here have the most vibrant colours in all of Nepal – fuchsia, scarlet or plain white. Camp is at Chichela, a small Gurung settlement.
The day commences, surprise surprise, with walking, snow-capped peaks in the distance. The views of Makalu, which means the Great Black One, are astonishing. The path is straight and goes up and down marginally. You enter forest and then descend to Num Camp.
You descend rappidly through the cornfield of Lumbang. The ground here is very rocky. The climb to Sedua Camp is a fairly tough one.
You cross meadows and streams before climbing to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the final permanent settlement in the valley.
Climbing very steeply, this is the hardest day of your trek. You walk through thinly-populated forest along a ridge then over a hillock. You finally descend to Kauma, where your tent comes out
This day is spent acclimatising.
You begin the day with another steep climb through rhododendron forests to the top of a ridge, where you have magnificent views of Chamlang (24,152 feet), Peak 6 (22,110 feet) and Peak 7 (20,030 feet). Then you descend through a forest of rhododendrons and firs to Mumbuk Camp.
You descend a steep gully for a few hundred feet. The trail is ill-defined and rocky with sloppy mud in places. It begins to ascend through a glacial valley. There are impressive views of Peak 6. You arrive at Nhe Kharka, which sits in a large, open and grassy plain with stunning mountain views. Here, you camp.
Today, you go west, young man or no. You swap rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. There are grand views of Pyramid Peak (23,517 feet) and Peak 4 (22,047 feet). With a gain in altitude of more than 5,000 feet, this day has a risk of altitude sickness, but this is unavoidable as there is no suitable camp between Nhe Kharka and Sherson, your destination, 15,142 feet up.
Today you face no more than a gradual climb to Makalu Base camp, where the south face views of Makalu are wondrous. Before you sits a panorama of some of the highest mountains of the world: Everest (29,035 feet), Lhotse (27,940 feet), Makalu (27,766 feet), Chamlang (24,012 feet) and Baruntse (23,688 feet).
Today you explore the area.
You trek to Barun Valley where you camp for the night.
Your descent continues, bringing you back to Mumbuk.
You cross Shipton La pass (13,875 feet) and then descend to Kauma.
You walk to Tashi Gaon where you camp for the night.
You trek through farming settlements. The next stage is through forests, passing some streams. You get to Pukuwa.
A path through forests leads to exposed, narrow tracks where the views are tremendous. You cross rocky ridges before camping near the village of Bumling.
You walk along the eastern bank of the Arun river. You pass through Chyawabesi and then have a short climb that stops at Tumlingar.
You are driven back to Kathmandu.