Trip Facts

  • Duration:21 Days
  • Trip Grade: Difficult
  • Trip Profile:Makalu Base Camp Trek
  • Geography:Forest/Hills/Mountain
  • Location:Solukhumbhu
  • Religious:Buddhism
  • Ethnic People:Limbu/Sherpa Rai
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Tea house/Lodge
  • Meals:All meals included during the trekking
  • Transportation:Flight/Tourist bus/Private vehicle
  • Group Size:01-10 Pax

Highlight

  • Trek to the base camp of the fifth highest mountain in the world, Makalu (8485m)
  • Panoramic views of Everest and Lhotse ranges
  • Observe the lifestyle of Sherpa and Kirant communities living in the Himalayas 
  • Trek through the Makalu Barun Conservation Area
     

Overview

Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the adventurous and toughest treks that takes you to the base of Mt. Makalu. This beautiful snowcapped mountain Makalu is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas, lying on the southeast of Mount Everest on the border of Tibet and Nepal. With an altitude of (8485m), Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world. It is a four-sided pyramid and is considered one of the hardest mountains to climb.
Base camp trekking to Makalu is a perfect trek for adventure and thrill-seekers with the best views of the Himalayas. The base camp of Makalu is located at an altitude of 5100m. Crossing the strenuous path the base camp offers you magnificent views of the Himalayas. You get to witness Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (85166m), and Makalu (8485m) which are some of the highest mountains in the world.
This trek takes you to the most precious route on the way. You pass through the most beautiful valley Makalu Barun Valley. The most beautifully craved sound of fast-flowing water of Arun River welcomes the visitors with its decorated views. Makalu region is also home to preserved biodiversity, along with a lot of endangered species. The ethnic villages and unique culture of diverged caste and creeds, tradition, way of living, are also the major factor of attraction in this marvellously decorated region. The route way at 5100m might not be as easy to conquer, but the trek has a lot to offer you. Each visitor returns with a heart full of memory, love, peace and the beauty of nature dancing around the eyes as Arun River. Makalu Base Camp Trek by the Himalaya Land Treks also offers you an exploration of the Sherpa villages and observe their culture, traditions, and lifestyle.

Major Attractions of Makalu Base Camp Trek

Kharkas and passes

The trek route crosses a lot of alluring Kharkas and strenuous passes. The way through majestic Barun valley gives you a lot of hidden sites of nature. You pass the two beautiful Kharkas, Yangri Kharka and Langmale Kharka. The scenario seems to be greenish all around during spring and dry brownish during autumn. Both views are beautiful on their own. You will also cross the four major pass of this region. Kauma La pass, Keke La pass (4127m), Shipton La Pass (4170m), and Tutu La Pass (4080m) are the four passes you cross in this trekking to Makalu Base Camp. The journey is quite difficult but is full of the magical beauty of nature.    

Makalu Barun National park

Makalu Barun National park covers a total area of 1,500 Km2. This region is home to a diverged species of flora and fauna. It has preserved the biodiversity of the eastern region elevating from a very low altitude to more than 8,000m and lies in the district of Solukhumbu and Sankhuwashabha. The region ranges from tropical to alpine vegetation preserving a variety of species with medicinally valuable plants and herbs. Endangered bird species like a rose-ringed parakeet, Blyth’s kingfisher, deep-blue kingfisher, blue-napped pitta, pale blue flycatcher, spiny blabber, white-naped Vuhina, sultan tit, silver-eared Mesia are found to be preserved in this region. Similarly, endangered fauna such as Indian leopard, red panda, wild boar, Assam macaque, golden jackal, Himalayan serow, spotted linsang, weasel, the Himalayan marmot is found in Makalu-Barun national park.

Ethnic culture

The region garnishes your journey with the warmth of greetings from local people. A variety of cultural essence can be felt through each place you pass through. You pass a lot of ancient villages that carries typical Nepalese essence. Every place, every villages you pass gives you a different experience of different culture, tradition, way of living, and way of celebrating festivals.  This cultural diversity has brought the region cluster into unity. You also cross the beautiful villages like, Chichila, Num, Seduwa, Dobate, Khongma Danda which offers you the majestic views of nature with warm gesture and love of local people.

Best time to do Makalu Base Camp trek

The best time for Makalu Base camp trek is during spring and autumn. For the best experience and clearer views, the Makalu Base camp trek can be done in autumn and the spring season are the best as the weather nice and clear. The snow level is normal and there is no danger of glacial accidents. 

Alternate Packages

Apart from Makalu Base Camp trek package if you want to explore other remote areas of Nepal then you can check into our other remote trek packages with the following link, Manaslu Trek with Larke-La Pass, Upper Mustang Trek, Rara Lake Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek. For more varieties of remote trekking packages you can check into Remote Treks.  We, Himalaya Land Treks, have been giving top services in the tourism sector for many years. We help you with your treks and other tours by giving you the best facilities and better transportation.

Itinerary of Makalu Base Camp Trek

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft)

Overnight at 3 star Hotel

As you arrive at Tribhuvan International airport, you will be greeted by a Himalaya Land Treks’ staffs. Then, you’ll head to our hotel and check-in. You get fresh and then meet the trek guide. The guide will give you a brief introduction about the trek and the do's and don'ts in the trek. You can go shopping and roam around the city for the rest of the day. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichila (1,980m/6497ft): 50 mins flight, 3-4 hours’ drive

3-4 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Firstly, you’ll fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar that lies in Eastern Nepal. Next, you’ll drive to Chichila which is a beautiful Gurung village. The drive is not so long and you get nice views of hills and some mountains. You can explore the village to learn about local people's lifestyle. Overnight stay in Chichila.

Day 3: Trek from Chichila to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6-7 hours

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Next day, after early breakfast, you head to Num. You pass through beautiful and attractive villages on the way to Num. The walk is easy and the trail goes through mountain forests of rhododendron and oaks to top of the ridge. Then, you gradually descend for a couple of hours and reach Num. Num is a small village with few houses. You get a clear view of the trail that you’ll be using for the next couple of days from the campsite. Overnight stay in Num.

Day 4: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922ft): 6-7 hours

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

From Num, the initial trail is extremely steep that heads downwards. Then, you walk through terraced slopes that take you to Arun River. The area has dense forests and the trails are slippery. After you reach the bottom, you cross the suspension bridge above the Arun River and trek through the rain forest. Then, you have lunch and trek up through steep trail and stop at Seduwa. From Seduwa, you can get a nice view of Num and the ridge that surrounds the Arun valley. Overnight stay in Seduwa.

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

4-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Further, from Seduwa, you ascend the ridge that is bounded by Isuwa River and the Kusuwa River. The trail is flat and the walk is easy. You pass many small villages and forests on the way to Tashigaon. You travel along the rice fields and countryside farms during the trek. After a nice walk from Seduwa, you reach the beautiful village of Sherpas, Tashigaon. Overnight stay in Tashigaon.

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

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Next, your trekking destination will be Khongma Danda and this day's trek may be a bit difficult compared to previous. Initially, you climb up the stone stairs and then cross a few lakes and fields. You can see yaks, blue sheep and other Himalayan cattle grazing on the fields. You will enter Makalu Barun National Park as you reach Unshisa. Walking carefully through the steep trail and passing dense forests, you finally reach Khongma Danda. Overnight stay in Khongma Danda.

Day 7: Acclimatization Day

Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

You spend a day at Khongma Danda to acclimatize yourself. You need to adjust with the thinning air and also the changing climate in the high altitudes for your physical fitness during the trek. You can visit the Buddhist monasteries and stupas nearby and observe the Sherpa culture and traditions. You also get to try the local cousins and learn about the lifestyle of local Sherpas. Overnight stay in Khongma Danda.

Day 8: Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobate (4,200m/13,780ft): 6-7 hours

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

This day, you move towards Dobate from Khongma Danda and the trek will be tough as you need to pass four passes during the trek. You start from Kauma La pass (3603 m) and head towards Keke La Pass (4127 m). Further, you’ll climb to Shipton La pass (4170 m) where a beautiful Kalo Pokhari lake is situated. Then, after walking a couple of hours, you reach the last pass, Tutu La Pass (4080 m) and finally stop at Dobate. You enjoy mesmerizing views of Peak 6 (6524 m), Peak 7 (6758 m), and Chamlang (7319 m) from Dobate. Overnight stay in Dobate.

Day 9: Trek from Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

This day, you head to Yangri Kharka from Dobate after a warm breakfast. The trail goes through the forest, along the river and fields. Then, the walk becomes pleasant and gains altitude gradually. First, you trek through rhododendron forests and cross the Barun River. Then, you walk along the fields where the Himalayan cattle graze. After a long and tiring walk, you finally reach Yangri Kharka. Overnight stay in Yangri Kharka.

Day 10: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 hours

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Next, you head to Langmale Kharka which is the last stop before Makalu Base camp. You walk through lush Himalayan forests and cross some wooden bridges to reach Merek. You get closer and mesmerizing views of the Himalayas as you get near to Langmale Kharka. With the constant company of the view and walking on moraines passing small Himalayan villages, you reach Langmale Kharka. Overnight stay in Langmale Kharka.

Day 11: Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Finally, you’ll embark your journey towards Makalu Base camp from Langmale Kharka. You climb a steep trail alongside the Barun River and walk through the icy glaciers and ridges to get to Shershon. You get a nice glimpse of Mt. Makalu (8485 m) as you head to the base camp. The trail to base camp is flat and icy, yet not so difficult. As you reach the base camp, you get panoramic views of the Himalayas surrounding the base camp. Overnight stay in Makalu Base camp.

Day 12: Explore Makalu Base Camp

Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The whole day will be spent on exploring the Makalu Base camp. The main objective of this day is to get a nice and closer look of the tallest Himalayas from the Base camp. There is a large Barun Glacier beyond base camp. You can see the stunning south face of Makalu (8485m) and panoramic views of Everest (8848 m) and Lhotse (8516 m). You can trek to the surrounding lakes and glaciers and even climb up to the advanced base camp. Another place you can visit is the northeast ridge of Shershon from where you can get a view of the Baruntse and Everest ranges. Then, you’ll return to your camp. Overnight stay in base camp.

Day 13: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Next day, you’ll retrace your path back to Yangri Kharka passing the Langmale Kharka. From icy trail to rocky and alongside the Barun River, you head to Yangri Kharka. You pass Shershon, Langmale Kharka, and Merek villages on the way to Yangri Kharka. Resting at Langmale Kharka, you continue your trek and cross wooden bridges to reach Yangri Kharka. Overnight stay in Yangri Kharka.

Day 14: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobate(4,200m/13,780ft): 6-7 hours

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

With the diminishing views of the Himalayas, you trek back to Dobate. You trek along the Barun River on the rocky trail. You cross the Himalayan forests and few streams on the way. You will see the greenish villages and the Himalayan cattle grazing on the fields like Yaks and blue sheep. After the tired walk, you reach to Dobate. Overnight stay in Dobate.

Day 15: Trek from Dobate to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483ft): 8-9 hours

8-9 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The return journey continues and you trek through the forests to reach Mumbuk. Then, you cross Tutu La Pass (4080m), Shipton La Pass (4170m), Keke La Pass (4127m), and Kauma La Pass (3603m) to finally reach Khongma Danda. The trek on this day will be a long one as you will cross four high altitude passes. However, the sublime views of the Himalayas and Arun Valley will keep you company throughout the trek. Overnight stay in Khongma Danda.

Day 16: Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours

4-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The trek gets easier and you get a lot of air to breadth. Through steep trails on the hillside, you descend to Tashigaon. Walking on the rocky trails you leave Makalu Barun National park and head to beautiful Sherpa village, Tashigaon. Overnight stay in Tashigaon.

Day 17: Trek from Tashigaon to Seduwa (1,500m/4922ft): 4-5 hours

4-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

You trek through small streams and pass small settlement in Barun river valley. With Isuwa River and Hingsa River at both sides, you head towards Seduwa. You cross the hillside and come across small villages and settlements as you move further down towards Seduwa. Overnight stay in Seduwa.

Day 18: Trek from Seduwa to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 5-6 hours

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

As the end of trek gets near, you walk through dense forests and the trails and smooth. The trails go up and down and you pass few Sherpa villages. You also cross Arun River and finally stop at Num. Night stay in Num.

Day 19: Trek from Num to Tumlingtar (410m/): 6-7 hours

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

This is the last day of the trek and you head towards Tumlingtar from Num. You start your trek from Num and head to Gurung village, Chichila. You rest at Chichila and then drive to Tumlingtar watching beautiful scenes of hills and mountains. When you reach Tumlingtar, you can visit the markets and rest. Overnight stay in Tumlingtar.

Day 20: Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 50 mins. | Farewell Dinner

Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Farewell Dinner

Finally, you’ll take a flight to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar. You’ll be guided to the hotel and if time is available, you can go sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. The short sightseeing can take you to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath. You return to the hotel and have a farewell dinner hosted by the Himalaya Land Treks. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 21: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Breakfast

You will drive to Tribhuwan International Airport if you have a flight or if you are interested in joining other tour and trek packages, you are free to choose.

Inclusion

  • Airport picks up and drops off, upon arrival and departure.
  • Pre trek meeting.
  • 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights.
  • City entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Full day city tour in Kathmandu by a private vehicle.
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - Kathmandu.
  • Private transport from Tumlingtar to Chichila.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits.
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles and a duffel bag.
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging.
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice. 
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bar and cookies.    
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after dinner.
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water. 
  • Oxi-meter: To check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation.
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfort, private room with shared toilet). 
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit.
  • All government and local taxes. 
  • Souvenir: Himalaya Land treks t-shirt and Trekking Route map. 
  • Farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

Exclusion

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • The cost incurred during the tour around the city
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Hot showers, Wi-Fi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst on trekking).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Tip for guide, porter, and drivers.

Check List

  • Health Requirement arranged 
  • Money:  Cash/Credit Card 
  • Down Sleeping bag provided by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu 
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea.
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat, Sunhat/bandana,  Scarf, Sunglass, Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore-tex
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu)
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months
  • T-Shirts 3 or 4
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Reading/ writing materials
  • Thermals Upper and lower  
  • Extra warm clothing during winter ( December to March) 
     

Fixed Departure Dates

We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date

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