Makalu Base Camp Trek

Key Information:

Price:3300 Euro
Duration:22 Days
Group Size:2 - 10 People
Attractions:Gurung, Rai and Sherpa
Departure City:Kathmandu
Meals:Full Board during Trekking
Accomodation:Hotel, Lodge, Camping
Maximum Altitude:4870 meters
Transportation:Jeep/ Flight
Arrival City:Kathmandu

About Makalu Base Camp Trek:

Makalu Base Camp Trekking, the fifth highest mountain in the world, Mount Makalu lies at the height of 8463 meters. It is located in the Makalu Barun National Park, which covers an area of 2330 sq. around the Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts of Nepal. And, the panorama of the highest mountain in the world such as Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Chamlang, Makalu and other mountains greets you.

Makalu Base Camp Trek can be fairly challenging in some parts depending upon your level of physical fitness. The outstanding scenery of Makalu Base Camp Trek’s route significantly provides unique cultural heritage and incredible views of mountain peaks. The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar of Mid-eastern Nepal for half an hour. The trail to Makalu Base Camp Trek envelops the plain, a sub-tropical valley of the Arun River basin to extraordinary temperate passes called Keke La Pass (4230m) and Tutu La Pass (4200m), many edges ascend up from the Barun River valley which is off the beaten mid-hill trails.

Gurung, Rai, and Sherpa are the main habitats in this area. The trails follow the beautiful Barun River valley in the Makalu Barun National Park, crossing the Shipton pass (4127 m) before arriving at Makalu Base Camp, from here views of the south face of Makalu, as well as Everest and Lhotse are really amazing. Also, you will have a fantastic view of mountains, glacier lake and Hungu Valley.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:

You will be picked up at the airport by one of the Tour and Trekking Nepal staff and driven to your Kathmandu host family or a hotel. Here you will be welcomed into the family, be given your own room and be provided with all your meals while in Kathmandu. This will be your home during your orientation and volunteering in Nepal. With easy bus routes into town and the surrounding countryside, this quiet and safe suburb is the perfect base for your time in Nepal. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation:

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square sheds light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip at the Tour and Trekking Nepal office. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichira:

We fly to Tumlingtar after breakfast and meet the rest of the 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 stay in Chichira.

Day 04: Chichira to Num Trek:

We 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 ridge line with great views on both sides and perched on the end, this is Num for us. Overnight stay in Num.

Day 05: Num to Seduwa Trek:

A steep descent through forests and terraced farms takes us to the Barun River. We cross the river and follow an equally steep ascent up the other side again. Often quite hot – the forest in the valleys offers 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 stay in Seduwa.

Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon Trek:

Ascend the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields, we reach the exotic village of Tashi Gaon. Once there, we are surrounded by a breathtaking Himalayan panorama. Overnight in Tashigaon.

Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda Trek:

This will be a bit of a tough day as we have to walk on a steep trail in a higher elevation. We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a Kharka (grazing land) and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. From here it’s a short way down to Khongma Danda. Overnight stay in Khongma Danda.

Day 08: Acclimatization and Rest Day:

The day off will allow some bodily rest before we take on the crossing of the Shipton La the next day. For those who wish to explore the nearby surrounding can walk around the area. Overnight stay in Khongma Danda.

Day 09: Khongma Danda to Dobate Trek:

Climb 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 marvellous 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 Dobate. Overnight stay in Dobate.

Day 10: Dobate to Yangri Kharka Trek:

From 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 stay in Yangri Kharka.

Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka Trek:

Following 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 stay in Langmale Kharka.

Day 12: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp Trek:

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 stay in Makalu Base Camp.

Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp:

The 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, and glaciers and go for a short trek up where we may celebrate our accomplishments at the camp itself. Overnight stay in Makalu Base Camp.

Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka Trek:

We 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, and Merek and descend down the valley finally stopping at Yangri Kharka. Overnight stay in Yangri Kharka.

Day 15: Yangri Kharka to Dobate Trek:

From Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, green forests and valleys, making our way towards Dobate. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail. Overnight stay in Dobate.

Day 16: Dobate to Khongma Danda Trek:

We begin the trek with a 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 stay in Khongma Danda.

Day 17: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon Trek:

The 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 stay in Tashigaon.

Day 18: Tashigaon to Seduwa

We 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 stay in Seduwa.

Day 19: Seduwa to Num Trek:

We 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 stay in Num.

Day 20: Num to Tumlingtar Trek:

Again 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.

Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar:

Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long trek in the mountains. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel or get in touch with our loved ones. In the evening we celebrate our successful journey to the Makalu base camp and back with a farewell dinner. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 22: Farewell Friend and Departure/Fly back Home:

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Tour and Trekking Nepal representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Service Included

  • All airport transfer by private a/c Car/van/bus
  • Air Transportation: (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmanduu – Tumlingtar – Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
    -Land Transportation: Drive Tumlingtar to Num and While Returning: Num to Tumlingtar
  • 3 nights sharing twin bed room at hotel (3 Star category) in Kathmandu on bed breakfast Basis.
  • Farewell Dinner.
  • Basic Tea-house accommodation
  • Licensed English-speaking guide, Experience knows about First Aid
  • Necessary Porters
  • Meals during the trek basic
  • All necessary paper works: Makalu Barun National Park permit, TIMS Card conservation area entry permit and its fee.
  • Sleeping bags and other necessary equipments
  • Staff insurance, medication and equipment
  • All Govt. and Local Taxes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Trekking Certificate from Destination Unlimited

Service Excluded

  • International airfares/ airport taxes
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Mountain rescue charges or insurance
  • Drinks hot and cold.
  • Bottled drinks on trek (cold and alcoholic)
  • Lunches and dinners when not trekking
  • Additional food or drink on trek in addition to three standard meals
  • Personal expenses, Emergency Expenses, road blocked, snakes, desert.etc
  • Special region permit and liaison officer fees (where applicable)
  • Tips(Tipping are expected)

Note: The above-mentioned program itinerary is a sample. The period and cost of tour, trekking, volunteering or internship can be changed or extended as per travellers or volunteers' availability of duration.

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