Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Makalu Base Camp Trek

Spectacular trek to the base camp of world’s 5th highest mountain

  • Group Size:Min 2 Max 14
  • Duration:22 Days
  • Max Altitude:4,870m/15978ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse/Lodge
  • Activity:Trekking
Package difficulty Strenuous
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Trip Overview

  • 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.

Trip Overview

Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the spectacular treks in Eastern Nepal that takes us close to world’s fifth highest Makalu Mountain. Makalu Base Camp trek route progresses through Makalu Barun National Park that is renowned for its rare species of flora and fauna. In fact, Barun Valley provides shelter to some of the last remaining Himalayan meadows. Makalu Barun National Park is home to above 400 species of birds including rare wren babbler, and more than 75 species of mammals like Red Panda, Leopard and others. The Arun River that crisscrosses the park has more than 80 species of fish.

Opened for foreigners only since 1952, Trek to Makalu Base Camp is one of the least crowded trekking routes where one can still observe local life in its traditional form.

Eric Shipton was the first foreigner to visit this lost land by crossing the High Pass which was later named as Shipton La to honor his memory. Makalu region is one of the most culturally diverse areas. Makalu Base Camp trek allows the close-up look of western face of Makalu.

Base Camp allows scenic views of Makalu Mountain (8463m), Mount Everest (8850m), Lhotse Mountain (8516m), Baruntse Mountain (7220m) and other peaks and mountains. The journey takes us through deep Arun Valley located at 435m above sea level to the base of Makalu Mountain. Spring and Autumn are considered best season for Makalu Base Camp Trek. The route is quite remote with not much permanent settlement.

Trip Profile

– Equipment (Down Jacket, Sleeping bag wt liner, Duffel bag) worth of USD 300 provided for trekking
– Comprehensive first aid kit with oxygen backup for all high altitude treks
– Satellite phone for emergency purpose
– Fully guided trek with an expert leader and team of dedicated staff
– Medical trained staff with English language proficiency
– All meals (B,L,D) and accommodation included on trek
– Reasonable price with no hidden cost
– High staff to client ratio on all trips
– Higher success ratio

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street

    • Meal: None
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 02 - Exploration of Kathmandu and trek preparation [1350m/4455ft]

    After an early breakfast, we set out on a guided tour to the primary historical spots in Kathmandu. We will tour symbolic monuments, temples, monasteries, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites that include: Boudhanath, and the temples of Pashupatinath. As we stroll along the exotic locales of Kathmandu, more diversified cultural settings in the valley welcome us with warm hospitality. At Boudhanath, one of the biggest stupas in Asia, we get deep insights into Buddhism. This may invoke your spiritual senses. There will be a brief orientation followed by trek preparation during late afternoon at the hotel lobby.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 03 - Fly to Tumlingtar [518m/1,700ft]

    Early in the morning after breakfast, we will drive to domestic terminal of Airport in Kathmandu. Taking 50 minutes of scenic flight close to Himalayas with breathtaking views of Mountains and peaks, we will take flight to Tumlingtar. We will stay overnight in Tumlingtar.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 04 - Trek to Chichira [1,980m/6,497ft]

    Makalu Base Camp Trek begins on this day. After our breakfast at Tumlingtar and assembling the crew, we will take the raised path to arrive at the confluence of Arun, Koshi and Sabha Rivers. We will climb uphill through many pretty small highland villages, subtropical forests and terraced lands to reach Mane Bhanjyang. Moving further through ridges, we will arrive at Arun Than. Passing through Sheka and Bhotebas villages, we will cross Bamboo and rhododendron forest to reach the Gurung village of Chichira where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Num [1,500m/4,922ft]

    Our campsite in Chichira allows breathtaking view of Makalu Mountain. Leaving Chichira early in the morning, we will cross the glaciated river and move through verdant forest of bamboos and rhododendron to pretty small villages of Sherpa and Rai ethnics. We need to take the descending path to Num village which is perched atop the ridge above Arun koshi River. We will stay overnight in Num.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to Seduwa [1,493m/4,899ft]

    Lowering down from Num, we will walk past forest and terraced farmlands to reach Lumbang settlement. From Lumbang, we will take sharp descend further to Arun River. Many slopes covered in forest can be found in the narrow valley. We will follow the slippery path to Arun Koshi River. Crossing a suspension bridge, we will follow the ascending trail uphill to Sedua. We will stay overnight in a large camping site in Sedua / Seduwa. Seduwa also serves as the entry point for Makalu Barun National Park. We need to show our trekking permits to officials in Seduwa.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 07 - Trek to Tashi Gaon [2,200m/7,218ft]

    Our campsite in Sedua allows scenic views of surrounding mountains. We will take an easy walk passing through rivulets, Mani walls, meadows and terraces and reach the top of ridge over Ipsuwa and Kasuwa rivers. We will pass through crop fields in tiny Sherpa villages. Walking through the crop fields, we will reach Tashi Gaon village where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 08 - Trek to Khongma Dada [3,500m/11,483ft]

    We will follow the ascending trail via colorful rhododendron and oak forest. We will cross rivulets at few points to arrive at meadow full of lush green vegetation. The meadow is used as grazing land for local cattle. The area is crowded with Shepherd huts (Chipla). We will follow the steep trail through Kharka and take stone steps to Khongma which is perched atop the ridge. Stay overnight in Khongma Danda.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 09 - Trek to Mumbuk [3,540m/11,615ft]

    Being at the top of hill, our campsite at Khongma Danda allows picturesque views of Chamlang Mountain (7321m) and other peaks. We will follow the scenic path decorated with prayer flags all the way to the foothill of Shipton Pass. We will travel along the ridge through a rhododendron forest to Ghungru La (4050m). Brief descend from Ghungru La will take us to small turquoise blue lake. We will cross Shipton Pass and arrive at Keke la Pass. Once we cross Keke La, we will lower down to valley full of rhododendron at Mumbuk where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 10 - Trek to Nehe Kharka [3,750m/12,304ft]

    We will leave our campsite at Mumbuk and walk through colorful rhododendron and fir forest. We will lower down from forest to the Barun River. The trail progresses along the small cave (3,250m). We will lower down from the cave and enter in Barun Valley. The valley is remote and accepts only few visitors each year. Walking through the valley, we will cross Barun River and reach Yangle Kharka. Brief walk from Yangle Kharka will take us to Nehe Karka where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 11 - Trek to Sherson [4,600m/15,092ft]

    From Nehe Kharka, we will lower down and cross small pass to reach Piphuk Kharka (3,930m). The trail progresses along cascading waterfall to a meadow. We will cross the grazing land of Yak Kharka and pursue the trail along moraine from Barun glacier. The path is scenic that allows views of several peaks above 6,000 m height. Leaving the valley, we will cross rhododendron forest and reach Sherson where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 12 - Trek to Makalu Base Camp [4,870m/15,978ft]

    After early breakfast, we will follow the ascending trail to small pass that is located 100 m above Makalu base camp. We will lower down to river and reach the base camp that is located on the western edge of river. The Base Camp allows scenic views of southern face of stunning Makalu Mountain. The Base Camp is a desolate place where there is no vegetation. We will stay overnight in Makalu Base Camp.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 13 - Trek to Yangre Kharka [3,645m/11,959ft]

    Makalu Base Camp is our final destination for this trek so we will be pursuing a return trip from this day. We will leave Makalu Base Camp early in the morning and take a descending path via Sherson and Merek to reach valley. We will descend from the valley and follow the easy path to Yangre Kharka where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 14 - Trek to Mumbuk [3,540m/11,615ft]

    Yangre Kharka which is also known as Yangle Kharka is the cattle grazing area. We will lower down through the lush green vegetation. After couple of hours of walk, we will arrive at rugged terrain which will eventually lead us to Mumbuk. We will stay overnight in Mumbuk.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 15 - Trek to Khongma Ridge [3,500m/11,483ft]

    Leaving Mumbuk early in the morning, we will walk through verdant forest of rhododendron and fir and reach base of Keke La Pass. We will climb Keke La and reach Shipton La from where we need to cross yet another pass named Ghungru La to reach Khongma where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 16 - Trek to Seduwa via Tashi Gaon [2,200m/7,218ft]

    We will lower down from Khongma ridge and follow the path lined with rhododendron forest. Exiting from the forest, we will move through rocky area. Continuing further through the grass land, we will arrive at Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon. We will exit from Tashi Gaon and walk through terraced fields. The path is scenic with views of mountains. We will lower down to Arun River and make it to Seduwa/ Seeduwa for overnight stay.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 17 - Trek to Chhoyang [820m/2,691ft]

    We will leave Seduwa early in the morning. Following the descending trail through farm fields, we will reach Arun River in an hour. We will move through small villages of Mulgaon and Walung. Crossing farm houses, we will pursue the less trekked trail along Arun River gorge valley. This is an easy walk that progresses at low altitude. We will reach Chhoyang where we will stay overnight in a camp that we will set up near Arun River.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 18 - Trek to Bumling [350m/1,149ft]

    We will leave Chhoyang and pursue the scenic trail along Arun River which will take us to Parangbu village. Brief walk from Parangbu will take us to Mangtewa Phedi. Journey continues through area clustered with small villages. Series of bending path at lower elevation will take us to Bumling where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 19 - Trek to Tumlingtar [518m/1,700ft]

    This is the last day of trek. We will reach Tumlingtar on this day. The path takes us along Arun River and farm terraces to Kulung village. Walking further, we will reach Kartikeghat. Exiting from Kartikeghat village, we will reach the suspension bridge. We will cross Arun River over a bridge and enter sub-tropical forest that will lead us to Tumlingtar. Stay overnight in Tumlingtar.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 20 - Fly to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    It takes 50 minutes of scenic flight to reach Kathmandu Airport from Tumlingtar. Once we arrive at Domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport, you will be transferred back to the hotel for comfortable stay.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 21 - Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Free and easy day to spend, perhaps doing shopping or rest at hotel’s beautiful court-yard. At eventide, we will relish a farewell dinner to celebrate your successful completion of the ‘Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar Trek.’ While enjoying our supper, we will also be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.

    • Meal: (B, D)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 22 - International Departure

    Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: None
    • Trekking Hours:

Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Cost Inclusion

  • Fully organized teahouse/lodge trek
  • All meals (B,L,D) on trek including hot water and tea.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast
  • Internal flights
  • All required permits for trek
  • All ground transfers as per mentioned in the itinerary
  • An English speaking local leader with full support crew 1:4 sherpa guide to client ratio
  • Sightseeing of Kathmandu including guide and entrance fees
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • Comprehensive first aid kit.
  • Duffel bag, Sleeping bag and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Staff insurances and allowances

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses and tips

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