Makalu Base Camp Trek

Facts of Trip

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 18 Days

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Trip Destination: Makalu Region

Group Size: 1 - 14

Best Season: October - November & March - May

Max. Altitude: 4870 meters

Transportation: Jeep, bus and flight

Trip Highlights

  • Amazing 30 minutes flight to Tumlingtar
  • Off the road drive to Num
  • Unique villages, landscapes and smiling people
  • 3 passes over 4200 meters
  • Crystal lake of Thulo Pokhari
  • Impressive view of snowy peaks above 7000 meters
  • Soaring Barun River valley
  • Impressive view of the Mt Makalu, Kanchenjunga range and Mount Everest
  • Makalu Base camp, truely unfortable experiece
  • Makalu - Barun National park
  • Trekking in unhabitual area, truley a wilderness trek!

Makalu Base camp lies in the Makalu- Barun National Park, the 8th national park in the Himalayas of Nepal, which was established in 1992, covering an area of 1500 k.m.. Mt. Makalu (8,481m) is the 5th highest peak in the world; an isolated peak with shape of a four-sided pyramid.

Trekking on this region offers stunning contrasts, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. This unique landscape shelters some of the last pristine mountain ecosystems on earth. Rare species of animals and plants flourish in diverse climates and habitats, relatively undisturbed by human kind.

This trek is started from Tumlingtar after taking a short flight from Kathmandu and walk through river gorge and climb up the Shipton La Pass (4210m) into the upper Barun river valley and return to Tumlingtar after a visit to Makala Base Camp (4870m).

TREK EXTENSION [OPTIONAL]

If you wish to trek through High Route to Everest Traverse via 3 Cols, here is a trek extention itinerary:
Day 11: Makalu Base Camp (4870m) to Swiss Base Camp (5150m)
Day 12: Rest day at Swiss Base Camp (5150 m)
Day 13: Swiss Base Camp (5150 m) to Sherpani Col Base Camp (5688m)
Day 14: Sherpani Col Base Camp (5688m) to Baruntse Camp (6050m) crossing the Sherpani Col (6146m)
Day 15: Baruntse Camp (6050 m) to Honku Basin (5500 m) crossing the West Col (6143m)
Day 16: Honku Basin (5500 m) to Amphu Labsta Base Camp (5527m)
Day 17: Rest day at Amphu Labsta Base Camp (5527m)
Day 18: Amphu Labsta Base Camp (5527m) to Chhukung (4730m) crossing the Amphu Labsta La (5848m)
Day 19: Chhukung (4730m) to Dingboche (4410m)
Day 20: Dingboche (4410m) to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 21: Lobuche (4910 m) to Gorak Shep (5140m) with side trip to Kala Pattar (Everest Viewpoint) (5550m)
Day 22: Gorak Shep (5140m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 23: Lobuche (4910m) to Pangboche  (4150m)
Day 24: Pangboche (4150m) to Namche Bazar (3440m)
Day 25: Namche Bazar (3440m) to Lukla (2840m)
Day 26: Flight Lukla-Kathmandu

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : Your arrival at Tribhuwan

Day 02 : Flight to Tumlingtar (410m) and drive to Num (1560m)

Day 03 : Trek to Seduwa (1500m)

Day 04 : Trek to Tashigaou (2100m)

Day 05 : Trek to Khongma Danda (3500m)

Day 06 : Acclimatisation day

Day 07 : Trek to Dobato (3540m)

Day 08 : Trek to Yangle Kharka (3700m)

Day 09 : Trek to Langmale Kharka (4410m)

Day 10 : Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m)

Day 11 : Return to Tumlingtar by following the same route. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 12 : Return to Tumlingtar by following the same route. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 13 : Return to Tumlingtar by following the same route. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 14 : Return to Tumlingtar by following the same route. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 15 : Return to Tumlingtar by following the same route. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 16 : Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 17 : Spare day in Kathmandu incase of flight delay.

Day 18 : Departure

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up and drop off as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel (twin sharing, inclusive of breakfast).
  • Licensed holder English speaking trek guide, cook, kitchen helpers and required number of porters and their food, wages, insurance and equipment.
  • Full board meals (3 times a day) which are prepared by our expert cook.
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, kitchen utensils).
  • VAT & Office Service charge.

Cost Exclude

  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
  • Your travel insurance against personal accident, medical expenses and rescue evacuation.
  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 30 days (you can obtain the visa on arrival).
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
  • Any gratitute.

Day 01Your arrival at TribhuwanInternational Airport, Kathmandu (1350m). Welcome by garlands and drive to hotel. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 02Flight to Tumlingtar (410m) and drive to Num (1560m) After early morning breakfast, we drive to airport to board the flight to Tumlingtar, where we meet our trekking crews. We then drive to Num by local jeep. While driving we enjoy the view of landscapes, lovely villages and Mt. Makalu. Overnight at camp, inclusive of full board meal.

Day 03Trek to Seduwa (1500m) We enjoy our first day trekking with lovely views of countless midhills, forests, villages and stop at Seduwa, a large trading village, having a Makalu - Barun National Park office. Overnight at camp, inclusive of full board meal.

Day 04Trek to Tashigaou (2100m) Today is the last day trekking through villages as Tashigaou is the last settlement on the walk-in. We walk through villages, cultivated fields and climb through hills and arrive at Taashigaou. Overnight at camp, inclusive of full board meal.

Day 05Trek to Khongma Danda (3500m) Today´s trek is quite long (approx. 07 hours) through steepy hills; however, the landscapes are impressive and we enjoy our walk through cloud-forest. From our camp, we enjoy the views of Mt. Makalu, with Peak 6 and Peak 7 in the foreground. Overnight at camp, inclusive of full board meal.

Day 06Acclimatisation day Get up earlier to enjoy the views of Mt. Makalu, with Peak 6 and Peak 7. Afternoon, explore the surroundings. Overnight at camp, inclusive of full board meal.

Day 07Trek to Dobato (3540m) Today we trek along the ridge and arrive at Kauma La (3603) that offers views of Makalu, chamlang, Baruntse, and Kanchenjunga and Jannu to the east. Then from here we climb to the left of the main ridge up to the Shipton La (4125m) and we descend about 200m to a larged lake (Kalo Pokhari). Then we descend through rocky trail to Dobato. Overnight at camp, inclusive of full board meal.

Day 08Trek to Yangle Kharka (3700m) We trek down to the Barun Khola and climb up hill through landslides and pine forest. Overnight at camp, inclusive of full board meal.

Day 09Trek to Langmale Kharka (4410m) We continue our trek by following the Barun river, cross a bridge and arrive at Yangri Kharka, having a couple of tea shops, a nice camp site. We then walk through rhododendron, fir and pine forest and as we walk further we see the magnificient views of waterrfall, and snowy peaks including Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Peak 6. Overnight at camp, inclusive of full board meal.

Day 10Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m) As we trek higher the valley becomes wider and wider with most spectacular views of snowy peaks including Peak 3 and Barun Glacier and we continue our walking to Shersong (4630m), a large meadow land for yak and then after crossing through a small bridge, we arrive at our destination "Makalu Base Camp".

Day 16Fly back to Kathmandu We take early morning flight to Kathmandu. Afternoon day at leisure. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 17Spare day in Kathmandu incase of flight delay. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 18Departure After having breakfast we transfer you to airport to board your flight back home or extend your holiday as you wish. End of the tour!

Trip Map

Please bring:

  • You should bring all winter clothings including Ice Axe, Rope, Guiter etc... For more detals regarding the equipments list, we will provide you in details once you book the trip with us.

When is the best time for this trek? October through mid November and March through May is considerable for this trek.

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