Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Trip Fact

Trip Duration 18 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Moderate
Transportation Private vehicle / By Air
Accomodation Teahouse
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Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
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Trip Highlights

  • Mt. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world which lies in the Makalu Barun National Park.
  • 19 days trek from Kathmandu to the Makalu Base camp.
  • Breath-taking diversity, unique cultural heritage, incredible views of the mountains are the treasure of this region.
  • Home land of Sherpa people alongside Khumbu valley.
  • Kekela pass (4230m), Tutu la pass (4200m) are the passes that will be covered in this trek.

Mount Makalu (8463m), the fifth highest mountain in the world which lies in the Makalu Barun National Park, which covers an area of 2330 sq. km. The park extends around the Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts of Nepal, loaded in terms of wildlife and vegetation. Likewise, the views of the highest mountain in the world such as Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Chamlang, Makalu and other mountains rewards you with its beautiful vista.

During the Makalu Base Camp Trekking route takes us from fairly lowland to the height of 5,000 meters. This trek can be comparatively challenging in some parts depending upon your level of physical fitness. Owing to tremendous scenery of Makalu Base Camp Trek, the route provides breath-taking diversity, unique cultural heritage and incredible views of mountain peaks attracts many trekkers to enjoy its unseen beauty which is treasured forever.

Makalu Base Camp Trek region is also locale for popular Sherpa people alongside Khumbu valley. The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar of Mid-eastern Nepal for half an hour’s. The path to Makalu Base Camp Trek covers low land sub-tropical valley of Arun River basin to unusual moderate passes called Keke La pass (4230m) and Tutu La pass (4200m), many ridges climb up of Barun River valley’s off the beaten mid hill trails.

Makalu Base Camp Trekking offered by Nepal Trek Adventure & Expedition lets trekkers to visit an outstanding exploration visit and can enjoy its unbelievable views of Makalu, Baruntse, Lhotse and Everest from the base camp is truly unforgettable. 

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Fly to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu and drive to Chichila (1,840m)
  • Day 02:Trek to Num (1,500m)
  • Day 03:Trek to Seduwa (1,540m)
  • Day 04:Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,070m)
  • Day 05:Trek to Khongma (3,560m)
  • Day 06:Rest and acclimatization day
  • Day 07:Cross Shipton La and trek to Debotay (3,650m)
  • Day 08:Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600m)
  • Day 09:Trek to Merek (4,500m)
  • Day 10:Trek to Shersong
  • Day 11:Day tour to Makalu Base Camp (5,000m)
  • Day 12:Trek to Yangle Kharka
  • Day 13:Trek to Mumbuk
  • Day 14:rek to Khongma
  • Day 15:Trek to Tashigaon
  • Day 16:Trek to Num
  • Day 17:Trek to Chichila, Transfer to Tumlingtar
  • Day 18:Fly back to Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Fly to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu and drive to Chichila (1,840m) We fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar which will take approximately 50 minutes. It will take 3 hours to reach Chichila from Tumlingtar from jeep through a bumpy road.
  • Day 02:Trek to Num (1,500m) We have quite paced walk from Chichila to Num through the pleasing villages and From Chichila, today we have a quite paced walk through the delightful villages and prolific mountain forests. A ridge line with large views on both side and suspended on the end is Num. Overnight stay in Num.
  • Day 03:Trek to Seduwa (1,540m) From Num, we trek vertically down to Arun Khola through the forests and terraced plots of land. The area is quite hot and the forests on the valley offers bit of darkness. From here, Makalu national Park starts and we register our permit, and trek toward the top of village and do camping there.
  • Day 04:Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,070m) From Seduwa, we trek towards the hilltop surrounded by the Ipsuwa Khola (on the west) and Kasuwa Khola (on the east). We reach to Tashi Gaon after passing the hillside through still villages and small paddy fields.
  • Day 05:Trek to Khongma (3,560m) After heading off from Tashi Gaon our route moves upwards towards Khongma. Khongma is the last stop before crossing the Shipton La and moving down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley. You will be observing scrub and rhododendrons that cover the lower reaches of the mountains.
  • Day 06:Rest and acclimatization day Today, you will have an acclimatization day. Rest and acclimatization day allows our bodies to catch up with us before going to more altitude. The following day we take on crossing of the Shipton La.
  • Day 07:Cross Shipton La and trek to Debotay (3,650m) From Khongma we head towards the peak of the Shipton La which takes a few hours to reach. After the lake Kalo Pokhari, we get ahead of the Keke La at 4,152m. Marvelous views of Chamlang 7,319m, Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we move down through the striking valley to Debotay. Climbing high and sleeping low gives the chance for acclimatization.
  • Day 08:Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600m) We pass through the Rhododendron forest which takes us to the Baruni River and the upper reaches of the valley. A amusing walk will allow us gain altitude slowly, until we arrive at Yangle Kharka situated at the base of the valley.
  • Day 09:Trek to Merek (4,500m) Today, we trek to Merek. Because we are reaching at height beyond 4,000 meters, be clear in your mind to allow your body the necessary time for acclimatization.
  • Day 10:Trek to Shersong At this time, we climb up the valley, all the way through yak pastures and boulder fields. On approaching Shersong the south east ridge of Mount Makalu comes into vision. Campsite at Shersong.
  • Day 11:Day tour to Makalu Base Camp (5,000m) Make sure that you accustom yourself well before walking up to Makalu Base Camp. Enjoy the terrific views of the Himalayan all over the day. Come again back to Shersong.
  • Day 12:Trek to Yangle Kharka From Shersong, we come down back down the valley and take our last glance of Makalu before turning the corner and ultimately reaching Yangle Kharka.
  • Day 13:Trek to Mumbuk Today from Yangle Kharka we descend down. Then climb up the rock gully to Mumbuk. We will be again greeted by the greeneries below.
  • Day 14:rek to Khongma After walking ahead from Mumbuk, on the way you will walk through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. Cross the Keke La, Shipton La and Ghungru La. Move down to Khogma again.
  • Day 15:Trek to Tashigaon Today, we constantly go down down to Tashigaon. The fall will be a long and vertical one. And we come across the hillside to ultimately reach the Sherpa town of Tashi Gaon.
  • Day 16:Trek to Num We are going back over the same path that we came by. We exit the Makalu Barun Camp. Moving down to Arun Khola and Seduwa again we have another hike through the forest to Num. We go behind our footsteps all the way back down to the river and ascend back the opposite side of the valley to Num.
  • Day 17:Trek to Chichila, Transfer to Tumlingtar Once more we repeat our steps to Chichila. The final return of the trek will allow us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day. Transfer to Tumlingtar.
  • Day 18:Fly back to Kathmandu We finish the journey with a flight to Kathmandu. We will return to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Cost Includes

  • Free airport picks upon your arrival and a drop at the end of your trip
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems)
  • All related Permits
  • A Night accomodation in Tumlingtar
  • Transportation by flight ( Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu) and all necessary ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Trekking Map
  • Complete free trekking information before going to trek
  • Tasty and hygienic organic welfare dinner at the end of the tour in Kathmandu
  • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • All nights in local teahouses/lodges during trekking
  • An experienced licensed holder guide and needed number of porters as per your group size
  • Medical first aid kit box ( which is carried by your team) 
  • Foods, flight tickets, accommodations and local tax for guide & porters
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag and all necessary trekking gears are available in a hire

Cost Excludes

  • Your travel insurance ( Travel insurance is compulsory to take an adventure trip and it must be covered both medical & emergency evacuation with the worth of USD100, 000.00 minimum. 
  • International flight tickets and departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Any kind of drinks (tea, coffee, water, hot water, etc) and of bar bills (alcoholic beverages)
  • Hot shower, WIFI, any electronic battery charges during only in trekking  
  • Tips and gratitude to your guides, porters, and drivers
  • Extra night accommodation or meals in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure and early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
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