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Makalu Base Camp Trek

17 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Spectacular trek in eastern Nepal
  • Discover the rich diversity in flora and fauna
  • Base camp of the world’s fifth highest mountain
  • Close-up look of western face of Makalu

Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the spectacular treks in Eastern Nepal that takes us close to the world’s fifth-highest Makalu Mountain. Makalu Base Camp trek route progresses through Makalu Barun National Park that is renowned for its rare species of flora and fauna. In fact, Barun Valley provides shelter to some of the last remaining Himalayan meadows. Makalu Barun National Park is home to over 400 species of birds including rare wren babbler, and more than 75 species of mammals like Red Panda, Leopard and others. The Arun River that crisscrosses the park has more than 80 species of fish.

Opened for foreigners only since 1952, Trek to Makalu Base Camp is one of the least crowded trekking routes where one can still observe local life in its traditional form.

Eric Shipton was the first foreigner to visit this lost land by crossing the High Pass which was later named Shipton La to honour his memory. The Makalu region is one of the most culturally diverse areas. Makalu Base Camp trek allows the close-up look of the western face of Makalu. Base Camp allows scenic views of Makalu Mountain (8463m), Mount Everest (8850m), Lhotse Mountain (8516m), Baruntse Mountain (7220m) and other peaks and mountains. The journey takes us through deep Arun Valley located at 435m above sea level to the base of Makalu Mountain. Spring and Autumn are considered the best season for Makalu Base Camp Trek. The route is quite remote with not much permanent settlement.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,350m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 2: Fly to Tumlingtar, and Drive jeep sharing to Num (1505m).
Day 3: Trek to Seduwa (1530m), from Num, 6–7 hours
Day 4: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2065m) from Seduwa 5 hours
Day 5: Trek to Khongma danda (3562m), from Tashi Gaon 6–7 hours)
Day 6: Trek to Mumbuk (3,540m), Khongma danda 5-6 hours
Day 7: Trek to Nehe Kharka (3,750m), from Mumbuk 5-6 hours
Day 8: Trek to Sherson (4,600m), from Nehe Kharka, 5-6 hours
Day 9: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m), from Sherson 5-6 hours
Day 10: Trek to Yangre Kharka (3,645m), from Base camp 5-6 hours
Day 11: Trek to Mumbuk (3,540m), Yangre Kharka 5-6 hours
Day 12: Trek to Khongma Ridge (3,500m), from Mumbuk 5-6 hours
Day 13: Trek to Seduwa (1493m), from Khongma Ridge 6-7 hours
Day 14: Trek to Num (1,500m), from Seduwa 5-6 hours
Day 15: Sharing jeep drive from Num to Tumlingtar (518m).
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350m), from Tumlingtar.
Day 17: Drop at the airport for the final departure.

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Trekking Seasons in Nepal!

There are 4 distinct seasons in Nepal and trekking in each season has its own advantages and disadvantages. So check our page for trekking seasons. And please contact us for the month, date and duration to match your trip.

Trip Info

We would like to provide some information that will help you with each of your considerations. Please read below for the more information.

  • The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group and the client's desire (budget)
  • The itinerary included above is a guideline that AlpineTrav Treks provides you with advice and suggestions.
  • Additional activities could be either added or reduced as per client's request before the confirmation of the trip.
  • The price shall be adjusted in our mutual understanding; if the client intends to add some services, we shall charge for those additional services, if intends to lessen some services, we shall wave the charges accordingly.
  • The itinerary is published in full board operation services for a clear understanding of the client. But, required for Trekking cost depends on porter request or exclusion too.
  • The above offer price is full board standard format of itineraries which are all inclusive. But, the cost depends also on request category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Please feel free to contact with us for any information about your selected package.

Detail Itinerary

Arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Please look out for a placard of your name at the exit of arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip.

Early in the morning after breakfast, we will drive to domestic terminal of Airport in Kathmandu. Taking 55 minutes of scenic flight close to Himalayas with breathtaking views of Mountains and peaks, we will take flight to Tumlingtar. Then sharing jeep drive to Num for overnight at Num.

Lowering down from Num, we will walk past forest and terraced farmlands to reach Lumbang settlement. From Lumbang, we will take sharp descend further to Arun River. Many slopes covered in forest can be found in the narrow valley. We will follow the slippery path to Arun Koshi River. Crossing a suspension bridge, we will follow the ascending trail uphill to Sedua. We will stay overnight in a guesthouse in Sedua / Seduwa. Seduwa also serves as the entry point for Makalu Barun National Park. We need to show our trekking permits to officials in Seduwa.

Our Guesthouse in Sedua allows scenic views of surrounding mountains. We will take an easy walk passing through rivulets, Mani walls, meadows and terraces and reach the top of ridge over Ipsuwa and Kasuwa rivers. We will pass through crop fields in tiny Sherpa villages. Walking through the crop fields, we will reach Tashi Gaon village where we will stay overnight.

We will follow the ascending trail via colorful rhododendron and oak forest. We will cross rivulets at few points to arrive at meadow full of lush green vegetation. The meadow is used as grazing land for local cattle. The area is crowded with Shepherd huts (Chipla). We will follow the steep trail through Kharka and take stone steps to Khongma which is perched atop the ridge. Stay overnight in Khongma Danda.

Lodge at Khongma Danda allows picturesque views of Chamlang Mountain (7321m) and other peaks. We will follow the scenic path decorated with prayer flags all the way to the foothill of Shipton Pass. We will travel along the ridge through a rhododendron forest to Ghungru La (4050m). Brief descend from Ghungru La will take us to small turquoise blue lake. We will cross Shipton Pass and arrive at Keke la Pass. Once we cross Keke La, we will lower down to valley full of rhododendron at Mumbuk where we will stay overnight.

We will leave our campsite at Mumbuk and walk through colorful rhododendron and fir forest. We will lower down from forest to the Barun River. The trail progresses along the small cave (3,250m). We will lower down from the cave and enter in Barun Valley. The valley is remote and accepts only few visitors each year. Walking through the valley, we will cross Barun River and reach Yangle Kharka. Brief walk from Yangle Kharka will take us to Nehe Karka where we will stay overnight.

From Nehe Kharka, we will lower down and cross small pass to reach Piphuk Kharka (3,930m). The trail progresses along cascading waterfall to a meadow. We will cross the grazing land of Yak Kharka and pursue the trail along moraine from Barun glacier. The path is scenic that allows views of several peaks above 6,000 m height. Leaving the valley, we will cross rhododendron forest and reach Sherson where we will stay overnight.

After early breakfast, we will follow the ascending trail to small pass that is located 100 m above Makalu base camp. We will lower down to river and reach the base camp that is located on the western edge of river. The Base Camp allows scenic views of southern face of stunning Makalu Mountain. The Base Camp is a desolate place where there is no vegetation. We will stay overnight in Makalu Base Camp.

Makalu Base Camp is our final destination for this trek so we will be pursuing a return trip from this day. We will leave Makalu Base Camp early in the morning and take a descending path via Sherson and Merek to reach valley. We will descend from the valley and follow the easy path to Yangre Kharka where we will stay overnight.

Yangre Kharka which is also known as Yangle Kharka is the cattle grazing area. We will lower down through the lush green vegetation. After couple of hours of walk, we will arrive at rugged terrain which will eventually lead us to Mumbuk. We will stay overnight in Mumbuk.

Leaving Mumbuk early in the morning, we will walk through verdant forest of rhododendron and fir and reach base of Keke La Pass. We will climb Keke La and reach Shipton La from where we need to cross yet another pass named Ghungru La to reach Khongma where we will stay overnight.

We will lower down from Khongma ridge and follow the path lined with rhododendron forest. Exiting from the forest, we will move through rocky area. Continuing further through the grass land, we will arrive at Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon. We will exit from Tashi Gaon and walk through terraced fields. The path is scenic with views of mountains. We will lower down to Arun River and make it to Seduwa/ Seeduwa for overnight stay.

When we leave Seduwa, we take a path through the green forest that goes up and down until we finally. Arun Koshi River crossing a suspension bridge, we will follow the ascending trail uphill to Num. Overnight at a local lodge.

Today we are going back to Tumlingtar, but we will stop for some time on the way, requesting for the driver. Because the last point to enjoy the view of the Himalayas is Chichila Danda. Then we go to Tumlingtar. We spend one night at a local lodge in Tumlingtar.

It takes 55 minutes of scenic flight to reach Kathmandu Airport from Tumlingtar. Once we arrive at Domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport, you will be transferred back to the hotel for comfortable stay.

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. You will be assisted in your last-minute preparation. Our staff representative will help you pack your luggage, drop you off at the international airport. And we wish you a safe flight. Likewise we hope to see you soon again!

Services we offer in a package:

Cost Inclusion

  • AlpineTrav Treks provides pick-up and drop services from international and domestics airports on your arrivals and departures.
  • Representative of AlpineTrav Treks will be waiting for you on arrived at international domestic airports with a your name's placard so that you can easily find our person. And you will be transferred to the hotel.
  • According to the above package, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will arrange two nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provide Experienced and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking guide during the trekking period.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions also provides an assistant guide on a group basis to assist members in trekking. (necessary)
  • According to the trekking program, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions arranged regular flight tickets from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Tumlingtar to Kathmandu for trekking members and guides.
  • Transportation will only be included during the trekking and major city for members as per the itinerary above.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will provide you with a clean and cozy teahouse/lodge to stay in and eat during the trekking.
  • Most of the trekking trail, lunch is done on the way between the starting and ending the day of hiking while dinner and breakfast at the teahouse/lodge where you have overnight stay. AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides a fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee at the tea house's menu throughout the trekking. (clean, Nutritious, and fresh food)
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions allow up to 15kg of personal trekking equipment per person during the trekking period carried by porters or mules.
  • As Makalu Base Camp is at the Makalu National Park and restricted territory, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide you a permit for Makalu National Park and restricted area.
  • The Trekkers' Information Management Systems permit issued by the trekking agency association of Nepal is required to enter the area of Makalu National Park, so AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide you a TIMS permit too.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides all wages, equipment, and insurance for elaborate trekking staff.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your trekking and health safety.
  • AlpineTrav Treks for members convenience always provide maps of related trekking.
  • The above offer price includes our service charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat. Except for the above amount, there are not any hidden costs charged by us.
  • We want to offer you to have dinner with us before you departed from Kathmandu. It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Nepali culture and tradition.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions offer you farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, since this city's offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the meals you like. For that reason, during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will have to arrange lunch and dinner (except the farewell dinner).
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of Items of personal trekking equipment, laundry expenses, tips, Landlines, mobiles, satellite phones, and the internet service exclude in the package.
  • Trekking is an adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to have your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Nepal.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and Nepal's tourist visa, so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, changes in government regulations exclude.
  • The short sentence, "The services we provide in the above package cost inclusive," will cost extra if you want more than additional services you have to pay extra.
  • Those Employees who are involved in your trekking are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and what kind of service you have rendered.
  • Your guide and porters will expect the tips according to the international system in the trekking package for your information.

Equipment List

The gears listed below is recommended for the trek. We encourage you to get all the equipment listed below for the trip and please make sure you check out and try each equipment. You can also buy or rent in Kathmandu as there are many trekking shops that have gear ranging from branded to local.

Clothing and footwear:
— Long-sleeved shirts
— Trekking Shirts
— Trekking Trousers
— Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
— Waterproof jackets and trousers
— Thermal
— Inner wears
— Undergarments
— Warm socks
— Cap/Hat to protect from the sun during the trek
— Woollen Hat, Warm gloves, Balaclava sand Bandana/Scarf
— Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from the trek.
— Trekking shoes (Preferably Goretex and full to support your ankle)
— Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
— Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jacket and others that you may require while trekking)

— Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
— 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and Visa
— Travel Insurance covering medication evacuation
— Flight tickets
— Credit cards for emergencies
— Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.
(Please carry the photocopy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

— Headlamps with extra batteries
— Sunglasses with UV protection
— Camera with charger or spare batteries
— A pair of trekking poles
— Water bottles (1) litre
— Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
— Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
— Padlock
— Binoculars
— Reading materials, notebooks and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
— Quick-drying towel
— Small face towel
— Toothbrush &Toothpaste
— Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
— Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen and lip balm
— Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
— Hygiene products
— Basic first aid kit

— Down Jacket
— Sleeping bag with liner
— Duffel/Kit Bag

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Makalu Base Camp Trek
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Trip Facts

  • 16 nights, 17 days
  • Challenging
  • 4,870m/15,978ft.
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Flights & Private Jeep
  • Teahouse/ Lodges
  • Min 1 - Max 12

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