Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Trip Fact

  1. Trip Code:
    MBT
  2. Trip Price:
    from $3195 USD

Duration: 23 Days

Trip Grade: Strenous

Best Season: Sep-Dec/March-April

Activities: Trekking

Group Size: 2-10

Altitude Max: 4812

Transportation: Private Vehicle and Flight

Accomodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Home Stay/Tent during the trekking

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

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Trip Highlight

  • High altitude trek to Makalu Base Camp (5,150 metres),
  • Offers magnificent view of Mt. Makalu and its surrounding mountains.
  • A Crowd free peaceful adventure to Fifth highest mountain in the world.
  • Passes through a number of local villages observing agricultural life of people
  • Home to many wildlives including snow leopard.

At a glance

Makalu Base Camp Trekking is a journey to the core of the Himalayas, a rewarding challenge meant for experienced trekkers. Awe inspiring scenery awaits, views of Everest through Kanchenjunga and north into Tibet, the river valleys Arun and Barun, glaciers and enchanting waterfalls all add up to a trip beyond imagination. This rugged territory is less explored with the trail talking days of uninhabited territory that adds toughness and simultaneously blesses with exploration of the preserved beauty. Makalu is the fifth highest peak in the world and stands 8,468m tall.

After a flight to Tumlingtar (400m), we walk through the Brahman and Chettri habitants and move upwards to Rai, Limbu and Gurung habitation. The trail crosses Arun valley at Num and moves up the Kasuwa Khola to Makalu Base Camp which is at a height of 4,870m. The gradual climb is strenuous yet scenic backdrops makes the trail interesting. Views of Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang and other peaks forms a spectacular massif. After the last Sherpa village at Tashigaon, we carry on with adequate supplies and camp for shelter. Crossing three high passes, the trail takes a maximum altitude of 5,150m. Mountain views at the passes and other viewpoints are beyond imagination and parts of the river valleys Arun and Barun fall under conserved water shed areas.

Makalu Base Camp Trekking takes place in the Makalu Barun National Park, where the trekking gets wilder as the forest closes in, where the distant lush green hill welcomes you, which is a perfect habitat for different species of birds, including the Wren Babbler, that is rarely found in other parts of the world, and here, more than 75 species of mammals have adapted to this place since time immemorial, including Red Panda, Snow-Leopard and Musk Deer, and they may come across your eyes if you are fortunate. These rare animals thrive in the cruel climate of the mountains, and this is how they become legendaries, and to have their glimpse is rewarding itself.

The lower region of the park is covered with rhododendron forests, while the upper constitutes of granite cliffs, hanging glaciers, and waterfalls, and both seem to push their limits to show you different aspects of the Himalayan landscapes, and Makalu Base Camp, which is an ultimate place, offers you a breath-taking view of mountains, such as Kanchenjunga massif, Everest, Lhotse, Baruntse, Chamlang and others, and what could be better in your life than to see these mountain giants and their summits. The common places that the trekking trail takes you are up hills and downhill and of course the valleys, alpine lakes, and glaciers, shaped by geological affects. Above all, the trekking trail takes you to the heart of the Makalu Region.


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 :Trek preparation day

Day 3 :Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft): 50 mins flight, 3-4 hours drive

Day 4 :Chichira to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6-7 hours

Day 5 :Chichila (1830 m) - Num (1490 m - 5 hrs Hiking)

Day 6 :Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6-7 hours

Day 7 :Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours

Day 8 :Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hours

Day 9 :Acclimatization/Rest

Day 10 :Khongma Danda to Dobate: 6-7 hours

Day 11 :Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours

Day 12 :Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 hours

Day 13 :Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours

Day 14 :Explore Makalu Base Camp

Day 15 :Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hours

Day 16 :Yangri Kharka to Dobate: 6-7 hours

Day 17 :Dobate to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hours

Day 18 :Khongma Danda to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours

Day 19 :Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hours

Day 20 :Seduwa to Num: 5-6 hours

Day 21 :Num to Tumlingtar: 6-7 hours

Day 22 :Fly to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar

Day 23 :Final Departure or onward for next program

Cost Include

  • Pick up and drop service from/to Kathmandu International airport
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on standard hotel
  • Flight ticket to/from Tumlingtar
  • Accommodation during the trekking Tea House/Tent
  • All meals during the treks no extra charge for single travelers
  • Down jacket, 4 seasonal sleeping bag and duffel bag (refundable)
  • One professional English speaking guide
  • One porter between two person who will help you to carry your luggage during the trek
  • All necessary paper works and permits.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary

Cost Exclude

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch & Dinner while you are in Kathmandu
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
  • Tips for guides and porters

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrival in KathmanduArrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek.

Day 2 :Trek preparation day After breakfast, you will be introduced with the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring along your passport and three passport sized photos and a copy of your travel insurance policy. You can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last minute shopping. A visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu including Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square et cetera is also arranged as per request.

Day 3 :Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft): 50 mins flight, 3-4 hours driveWe fly to Tumlingtar after breakfast and meet the rest of the Gren Valley Nepal Treks crew members who will also be joining us for the trek. Next, we drive to Chichira, a small Gurung settlement. We take a rest at Chichira as we need to be prepared for the next day’s trek. Overnight in Chichira.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 :Chichira to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6-7 hoursWe start early in the morning and head towards Num right after a warm breakfast. A moderately paced walk through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests will take us to Num. A ridgeline with great views on both side and perched on the end, this is Num for us. Overnight in Num.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5 :Chichila (1830 m) - Num (1490 m - 5 hrs Hiking)The moderately paced walk to Baisake and Kuwapani, inhabited by a small number of Sherpas is through a ridge. The trail then takes a short ascend and drops along a forest to a stream before ascending again. Mure is a beautiful village with Rai and Sherpa settlement. The final descent is through eroded and rough trail after which we climb a ridge to reach the well facilitated village of Num where we stay overnight.

Day 6 :Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6-7 hoursA steep descent through forests and terraced farms takes us to Barun River. We cross the river and follow an equally steep ascent up the other side again. Often quite hot - the forest on the valleys offer a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park begins and where we register our permits. We camp right at the top of the village. Overnight in Seduwa.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7 :Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours With Ipsuwa and Kasuwa River bounding our trail, we ascend through a ridge and cross the hill along silent Buddhist villages. The trail that passes through rice and paddy fields and forested areas and passes Hindrungma village. Terraced fields signify yet another settlement, as soon we pass Tashi Gaon school from where a short walk along the hilly trail takes us to Tashi Gaon. This Sherpa settlement is the last habitation in the valley and our stay for the night.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8 :Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hoursToday, we gain a lot of altitude as we move towards Kauma. The trail first ascends through forests to a ridge. We pass Chipla, a small hut belonging to the shepherds and higher on, get to a grazing ground. Stone stairs ascend the ridge and just on the other side lies Kauma, with tent sites on hill slopes. Overnight stay on a guesthouse.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9 :Acclimatization/RestThe day off will allow some bodily rest before we take on crossing of the Shipton La the next day. For those who wish to explore the nearby surrounding can walk around the area. Overnight in Khongma Danda.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10 :Khongma Danda to Dobate: 6-7 hoursClimb towards the summit of the Shipton La (pass) which takes a few hours to reach. After the lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), 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 Debate. Overnight in Debate.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11 :Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hoursFrom Dobate, we pass through the 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 the trek as the trail is steep and arduous. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka situated at the base of the valley. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12 :Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 hoursFollowing a moderate 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. Overnight in Langmale Kharka.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13 :Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours Today is the day we make it to the Base Camp. From Langmale Kharka we make our way up to Shershong 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 Shershong. As we make our way to the camp, we get to soak in the majestic Himalayan panorama surrounding us. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14 :Explore Makalu Base CampThe 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 where we may celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15 :Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hoursWe 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 Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley finally stopping at Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16 :Yangri Kharka to Dobate: 6-7 hoursFrom Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, green forests & valley, making our way towards Dobate. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail. Overnight at Dobate.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17 :Dobate to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hoursWe begin the trek with steep climb from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) and through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. We then cross the Keke La, Tutu La (Shipton’s Pass) and Kauma La en route. Next, we descend to Khongma Danda again. Overnight in Khongma Danda.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18 :Khongma Danda to Tashigaon: 4-5 hoursThe 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 Tashigaon. Overnight in Tashigaon.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 19 :Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hoursWe retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun River. We then cross the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again. Overnight at Seduwa.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 20 :Seduwa to Num: 5-6 hoursWe 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.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 21 :Num to Tumlingtar: 6-7 hoursAgain we retrace our footsteps to Chichira from where we can savor the glorious vista of Mount Makalu for the last time. The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day. Overnight at Tumlingtar.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 22 :Fly to Kathmandu from TumlingtarThe short morning flight to Kathmandu is a scenic one. Upon reaching the capital, you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening, Green Valley Nepal Treks has schedules a farewell dinner which is also a celebration for the successful completion of the journey. You can use your free time strolling around the city or getting souvenirs for your family and friends back home.

Day 23 :Final Departure or onward for next program Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for another package with Green Valley Nepal Treks and elongate your stay.

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