Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal (Local tour/trekking agency in Nepal)
Makalu Base Camp Trekking
  • Total Duration:18 Days
  • Trip Grade: Easy to Challenging
  • Max Elevation:8465 Mtr.
  • Best Time:March to November

Makalu base camp trekking spanning almost 3 weeks, offers an opportunity to explore high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes and ethnic Himalayan lifestyles. The craze of measuring Everest base camp among trekkers, on the other side of the trail, takes most of the charm out of this trek. However, due to least traffic, it becomes easier to cover the trail -earning more time and places to explore.Mt. Makalu 8,481 m (27,825ft) the 5th highest mountain in the world and one of the Eight-Thousander, is located inside Khumbu region of northern Nepal (Sharing other half with Tibet-China). It has two notable subsidiary peaks, Kangchungtse and Makalu II (7,678 m). Makalu-Barun valley, a glacier valley on the foot of Makalu peak, is one of the least populated region in Nepal.

Makalu Base Camp trekking is medium difficult and suitable for average people. If you are moderately fit and have a sense of adventure then you will enjoy this trek. The program is designed to acclimatize you gradually and not to experience high altitude sickness. However you are requested to check your altitude fitness and the itineraryPlease note that the following program is prepared in the fact basis, however there can be changes in some circumstances during the trekking. We request you to be flexible with the situation to enjoy yourself.

The trek is designed for camping arrangement. Everything is handled by our team of experience sherpa guide, porters and cooks who carry the equipments, set up the camp and have hot meals waiting for you at every food break.Along the trail there are superb views of the south face of Makalu as well as Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga. Makalu Barun National Park was established in 1992 as Nepal’s eighth national park covering 2,330 sq km. This area is a remote wilderness containing some of the last remaining areas of pristine forests and alpine meadows in Nepal. The area receives few foreign trekkers due to its relative inaccessibility.

Trip Itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu. Arrival Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Preparation For Trekking. Free stay at kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu -Tumlingtar - Num (1,500m) 5 hrs
After breakfast, Transfer to Kathmandu Airport to have 50 minutes flight to Tumlingtar in eastern region, the starting point of our trek through Arun valley and landing on a steep mountain runway brings the village of Tumlingtar. When we are in aircraft we can enjoy the panoramic sights of great Himalayas of Nepal including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt, Makalu (8,463m), Mt, Cho Oyu (8153m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501m) and Mt. Lhotse Shar (8,393m),Kanchenjunga, Gaurishanker, Ganesh, Langtang etc., terraced land field, hills, forests, beautiful traditional villages. After Flights take 4 hours of drive through gravel road and cross Chichila to reach Num. overnight.

Day 03: Num - Seduwa (1,540m) 7 hrs
Today we continue along the trail descending steeply from Num village through the fields of Lumbang, the trail drops very steeply through a jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun River (660 m). From the bridge we climb steeply to a primitive tea shop. Often quite hot – the forest on the valleys offer a bit of shade. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, we make a long, steep, rough climb to Seduwa (1460m). This is where Makalu Barun National Park begins and where we register our permits.

Day 04: Seduwa - Tashi Gaon (2,070m) 5 hrs
Leaving Seduwa, we will make a gradual climb high above the Kasuwa Khola to Gyang (1770m). It is a gentle walk through terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. En route, we cross meadows and several streams, pass by small paddy fields and then climb to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley. . Once there, we are surrounded by breathtaking Himalayan panorama. Overnight in Tashi Gaon.

Day 05: Tash Gaoun - Khongma (3,560m) 6 hrs
Bit a tough day as we have to walk on a steep escalating trail in higher elevation. We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. 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. From here it’s a short way down to Khongma Danda. From Khongma, the route stretches through the desolate Barun Valley. Khongma is located near to Ship ton La Pass. We will stay overnight at Khongma.

Day 06: Khongma - Ship ton La - Debotay (3,650m) 8 hrs
We will climb the difficult trail to reach the top of Ship ton La. Ship ton La offers the striking views of mountains and valleys. After the lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), we pass over the Keke La at 4,170m. We can see the marvelous views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley to Debotay. Overnight in Debotay.

Day 07: Debotay - Yangri Kharka 5 hrs
Early in the morning, we will traverse the colorful woods of blooming rhododendron forest which leads to the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. We should be very careful during the first two hours of trek as the trail is steep and arduous. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka. It is situated at the base of the valley.

Day 08: Yangri Kharka - Lang male 6 Hrs.
Following a steep walk to the valley, we pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields. The valley walls tower imposingly above us during the start of the trek. We pass Merek as we make our way further up and notice a significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views. The route continues through plain land before escalating uphill to Lang male. En route, we will enjoy the spectacular view of Makalu Base Camp.

Day 09: Lang male - Makalu Base Camp 7 Hrs.
Today is the day we make it to the Base Camp. Today, we will be walking through the route that exists at 5000m height. So, possibility of High Altitude Sickness exists in Makalu Base Camp. From Lang male Kharka we make our way up to Shershon and eventually to Makalu Base Camp. The trail is flat with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains accompanying us. Mount Makalu comes into view as we approach Shershon. We will follow the rocky trail to Makalu Base Camp. As we make our way to the camp, we get to soak in the majestic Himalayan panorama surrounding us. Makalu Base Camp offers spectacular views of various mountains and peaks. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.

Day 10: Makalu Base Camp: Explore Makalu Glacier 5 Hrs.
The Base Camp is a rocky barren place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. From here we can see the magnificent south face of Makalu and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up. Be cautious while walking through the glacier as the path will be made slippery by melting snow. This viewpoint of Barun Valley of Everest, Lhotse and Barun Tse is approximately 5,500m and is a far superior spot for taking in the awesome vista of peaks, compared to lower down the valley. We will return back to base camp to stay where we may celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself.

Day 11: Makalu Base Camp - Yangle Kharka 8 hrs
We will leave Makalu Base Camp early in the morning. We descend down from the base camp and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and heading back. On our way down, we pass through Shershon, Lang male Kharka, and Merek and descend down the valley finally stopping at Yangri Kharka. We will reach Yangle Kharka in about 8 hrs of time where we will stay overnight.

Day 12: Yangle Kharka - Mumbuk 6 hrs
It takes six hours of easy trek descending trek to reach Mumbuk. The trail drops down through the rocky terrain. There will be change in topography from Mumbuk onwards as the sight shifts from barren moonscapes to lush green vegetation.

Day 13: Mumbuk - Khongma 6 hrs walk
We begin the trek with steep climb from Mumbuk. The route escalates a bit and traverses the woods of blooming rhododendrons. We then cross the Keke La, Tutu La (Ship ton’s Pass) and Kauma La en route. Next, we descend to Khongma Danda again. Overnight in Khongma Danda.

Day 14: Khongma - Tashi Gaon 6 hrs
Today we make a long steep descent back to Tashi Gaon. The trek continues with frequent long and steep descent cutting through the hillsides. The trail takes us through thick forests and finally making it to the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon. Six hours of easy trek will take us to the culturally rich village of Tashi Gaon where we will stay overnight.

Day 15: Tashi Gaon - Num 5 hrs
We will not have forgotten this path from the way in, as we re-trace our footsteps all the way back down to the river, only to be rewarded with a climb back up the opposite side to Num. Our trail crosses the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally reaching Seduwa. Further we leave Seduwa and trek through lush forests towards Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards. Overnight at num.

Day 16: Num - Tumlingtar
We will take local jeep that will drive us from Num to Tumlingtar. We will stay overnight at Tumlingtar.

Day 17: Tumlingtar - Kathmandu
After having breakfast we transfer to the airport to fly back to Kathmandu. 50minutes of scenic flight will take us back to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. In the evening you have free time for refreshment and shopping etc.

Day 18: Kathmandu Departure.
Before 3 Hours of your schedule Flight. We will transfer you to kathmandu International Airport for Board Flight back to Next destination.


Cost Includes:

  • Transfer by Private vehicle on arrival and departure.
  • Tourist Standard Hotels.
  • Local Jeep service For Tumlingtaar-Num-Tumlingtaar.
  • Highly experienced Nepalese local trekking guide.
  • One porter for each 2 clients.
  • Lodge or Home Stay accommodation During trekking.
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner Single course during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance and trekking equipment for the guide and porters.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.
  • farewell dinners.
  • All the government and local tax with paper work.

Cost Excludes:

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters bottled or boiled water, shower, heater phone calls etc.
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Permit & Fees.
  • Travel insurance & Rescue operation.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Food and extra nights in a hotel in Nepal (due to an early return from a trek, or an extended stay in Nepal)
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Additional trips or tours in Nepal
  • International & Domestic flight tickets.
  • Trekking Permits & Fees.
  • Single Supplement.
  • Service other then mentioned above.

Trip Dates and Costs

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Useful Info

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Nepal
Department of Immigration Nepal
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN)
Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents(NATTA)
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)
Nepal Tourism Board
Village Tourism Promotion Forum-Nepal
Kathmandu Environmental Education Project Nepal
Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal
National Trust for Nature Conservation Nepal
Department of national Park in Nepal
Trip Advisor
Travel Insurance
Online Application form for Nepal Tourist visa 

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