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Makalu Base Camp Trek

19 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 a scenic trek in eastern Nepal that takes us close to the world’s fifth highest Mount Makalu. The Makalu Base Camp trek route passes through the Makalu Barun National Park which is famous for its rare flora and fauna. In fact, the Barun Valley shelters some of the last remaining Himalayan plains. Makalu Barun National Park is home to more than 400 species of birds, including the rare rain babbler, and more than 75 species of mammals such as red pandas, leopards and others. The Arun river that crosses the park has more than 80 species of fish’s.

Opened only to foreigners since 1952, Makalu Base Camp is one of the least crowded trekking routes where local life can be observed in its traditional form. So; (Eric Shipton) was the first foreigner to visit this lost land by crossing the High Pass which was later named Shipton La to honor his memory. Makalu area is full of cultural diversity. The Makalu Base Camp hike allows for a close-up view of Makalu’s western face. From the base camp, one can enjoy panoramic views of Mount Makalu (8463 m), Mount Everest (8850 m), Mount Lhotse (8516 m), Mount Baruntse (7220 m) and other peaks and mountains. The journey takes us through the deep Arun Valley at 435 meters above sea level to the foothills of the Makalu Mountains. Spring and autumn are considered to be the best seasons for Makalu Base Camp Trekking. The route is quite remote with not much permanent settlement. Makalu Base Camp Trek is suitable for experienced trekkers. This includes reaching high altitudes, navigating steep and rocky terrain, and traversing high passes. However; Trekkers should be prepared for unpredictable weather conditions, limited facilities and the need for acclimatization. The trek requires good physical fitness, prior high altitude trekking experience, and adequate preparation.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu Airport [1,350m/4,430ft] and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Tumlingtar (518m), and drive to Num [1,500m/4,922ft] around 4-5 hours
Day 3: Trek from Num to Seduwa [1,493m/4,899ft], 5-6 hours
Day 4: Trek from Seduwa to Tashi Gaon [2,200m/7,218ft], 4-5 hours
Day 5: Trek from Tashi Gaon to Khongma Dada [3,500m/11,483ft], 6-7 hours
Day 6: Trek from Khongma Dada to Mumbuk [3,540m/11,615ft], 6-7 hours
Day 7: Trek from Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka [3,750m/12,304ft], 6-7 hours
Day 8: Trek from Nehe Kharka to Sherson [4,600m/15,092ft], 6-7 hours
Day 9: Trek from Sherson to Makalu Base Camp [4,870m/15,978ft], 5-6 hours
Day 10: Explore Makalu Base Camp [4,870m/15,978ft],2-3 hours
Day 11: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka [3,645m/11,959ft], 5-6 hours
Day 12: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Mumbuk [3,540m/11,615ft], 7-8 hours
Day 13: Trek from Mumbuk to Khongma Ridge [3,500m/11,483ft], 6-7 hours
Day 14: Trek from Khongma Ridge to Seduwa via Tashi Gaon [2,200m/7,218ft],6-7 hours
Day 15: Trek from Seduwa to Chhoyang [820m/2,691ft], 5-6 hours
Day 16: Trek from Chhoyang  to Bumling [350m/1,149ft], 5-6 hours
Day 17: Trek from Bumling to Tumlingtar [518m/1,700ft], 4-5 hours
Day 18: Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
Day 19: International Departure

Special Note:
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Price Details For Trip

  • The cost of this trek depends on the group size.
  • The can be different request numbers of Guide and Porters.
  • The cost depends on request category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • The cost depends on Mode of transportation (Private Jeep or flight)
  • Please contact us for up to Date, Cost and the Duration.

Cost Inclusion

  • Kathmandu International/Domestic Airport, pickup/drop on arrival/departure.
  • Accommodation at tourist category hotels for 2 nights in Kathmandu.
  • Both-way domestic flight ticket (Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu)
  • All ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary above.
  • Teahouse/lodge clean and comfortable accommodation throughout the trek.
  • Meals throughout the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea, coffee).
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits each day.
  • An experienced, expert, helpful and friendly Guide.
  • Full support guide crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers.
  • Cost of guide and porter - food, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment.
  • Makalu National Park entry permit & Local fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS Card)
  • Trekking map of this route for groups.
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses.
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with high-altitude medications.
  • Organizing rescue operations in case of complex medical conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Farewell dinner before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • International Airfare and Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. (“Except farewell dinner" in Kathmandu)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu/Tumlingtar or on the trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason).
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and trekking gear.
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation along with medical coverage.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs for involved trekking staff.
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances outside company control like landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses, which are not listed in "What is included" above will be counted as excludes.

Equipment checklist for the trek

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

Trip Map

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Makalu Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts

  • 19 Days
  • Challenging
  • 4,870m/15,978ft.
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Teahouse/Lodges
  • 2 Person

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