Makalu Base Camp Trek - 19 Days

Trekking to the Base Camp of the Makalu - 5th Highest Mountain of the World !
Makalu Base Camp Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about Makalu Base Camp Trek - 19 Days
  • Duration19 Days
  • Trip Grade Fairly Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5250m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Local Transportation and Flight
  • Best Season March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov

Makalu Base Camp Trek route is located in Makalu Region of the jurisdiction and protection of the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Project, set up in 1992 AD. The Makalu Trek is adventure trek to the base camp of the Makalu.

Makalu trekking region is also home to some famous mountains that include Mt Chamlang at (7319m) and Mt. Baruntse at (7129m). and is a restricted area due to its unique beauty; however, You can trek in the Arun Valley and subsequently go further into dense forests, alpine meadows and up to the Barun glacier as you reach the Makalu base camp, from where you get super views of Mt. Makalu.

The Makalu, at (8481m), is the world's fifth highest mountain and offers adventure of a different kind in the eastern most part of Nepal’s Himalayan landscapes. The Makalu is normally climbed from a base camp at Sherson at (4700m), a charming high grazing area that clings to the tip of the Barun Glacier and is enveloped by gasping array of Himalayan peaks that leaves you stunned to the core. Your revert trek takes into some of the most isolated alpine territory that can be considered to be one of the finest in Nepal and cuts across a path that takes a short flight to the airstrip at Tumlingtar above the Arun River.

Makalu Base Camp is a wonderful trek into delightful colorful villages as your trek takes through pretty terraced farmland where the greenery stretches for miles…the views of Kangchenjunga, Kangshung with Chamlang & Makalu’s towering south face give you that divine feeling of nature that can only be found in the raw wild.

Makalu Base Camp Trek is considered to be low altitude trekking that is mostly based around the Arun valley, the eastern part of Nepal and the valley holds within its possession the mighty Arun River and dense green forest, is contrasted with irrigated terraced slopes, where you see diverse tribal groups residing in peace & harmony and this environment you have the Makalu-Barun National Park, an important conservation area of many bird species, of which some are on the verge of becoming extinct.

Makalu base camp trek route is populated by a wide cross-section of Nepali peoples with a diverse cultural background, You come across the Rais, Limbus and Newars, whilst higher into the mountains, you meet up with the Bhotias, Tamangs and then, the Sherpas make up the hill tribes, these people live in scattered villages and rely mainly on subsistence farming for their livelihoods. Although culturally rich, they are economically very poor the farming alone is unable to sustain most families and so there is a seasonal migration in search of additional work, which includes porterage for merchant traders and for the few treks and expeditions that come into this region, the park in the region has some of the richest pockets of plant and animal life in the Kingdom. It is our duty to respect this natural heritage and put in all of our efforts to limit our impact upon it.

Makalu base camp trek begins from a height of 400 meters (2,788ft) to reach a high point of 5500 meters (16,900ft) above sea level. The Makalu base camp trek offers natural scenery and the main focal point of trekking in the Makalu is the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area, which is home to varieties of wildlife. Chamlang Himal and Barun valley are the major jewels of this great region that makes it a unique paradise for trekking. Having a wide range of altitudinal and climatic variations.

Makalu base camp trek offers a remarkable and diverse habitat for a rich variety of floras and faunas and rich in natural resources including its beautiful mountains, pristine forest and a wide variety of plants, animal life and the simple and warm hearted people local folks with their rich and varied traditions. The nearest airstrip in this region is Tumlingtar from where your trek takes off and some tea houses are started to spring up on the route as the local folks seek to earn some revenue like their counterparts so, now we are able to do basic tea house trek in the region so, plan your Makalu outing with THE OUTFITTER NEPAL, we’ll introduce you to some of the loveliest spots in this great region…

Best Features of the Makalu Base Camp Trek

  • Makalu base camp trek is one of the remote and adventure trekking.
  • Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu.
  • Scenic drive or flight to/from Kathmandu.
  • Visit remote part of Nepal and many verities of culture and nature.
  • Fantastic views of mountains from Makalu base camp.
ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be received by our staff and be escorted to your hotel, where one of our leaders or a senior Sherpa guide will give you a brief orientation of the hotel.

    After your first night in Kathmandu, after having breakfast at hotel, we take you for a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley; this includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa and all of these monuments are UNESCO declared world heritage sites, return to hotel and you will have some time to shop trekking gear if you need.

      After having early breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu, we drive to Kathmandu airport and take an early morning flight to Tumlingtar which is about 50 minutes.

      We drive to Num village which takes about 5 hours, we drive on a rough road through rice, wheat, barley and potatoes fields, after few hours of drive, we stop for lunch in Khadbari where small lodge and teahouses available then we start our drive again to the small ridge-top village of Chichila and continue drive to Num.

        After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and our day begins with nice views of our campsite at Seduwa, on the opposite side of the valley, this can only mean one thing; a steep descent down through the forest and terraced plots of land all the way to the Arun Khola (river).

        We then hike up a winding ascent up the other side; we generally experience more heat at these low altitudes, so the forest on the valley sides offers a bit of shade on this somewhat challenging day. This is the boundary of the Makalu National Park, so we must register our permits with the local rangers, descending steeply from the western end of the Num ridge the trail reaches Lumbang, from where the path becomes exceptionally steep as it reaches the suspension bridge over the Arun Koshi at 620m, from where we make a rough climb to Sedua.

          After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and from Sedua to reach Tashigaon, we pass through Manigaon, where the trail turns west and makes a gradual climb above the Kasuwa Khola and reaches Chyaksadanda from there to Hindrungma Village and on to Ropesa.

          Finally, we climb 500m to reach the busier village of Tashigaon (2,065m). In the course of our hike, we pass a local school that was built by funding from the British Services Makalu expedition in 2008 and the route crossing the meadows and several streams finally gets us to Tashigaon.

            After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and it’s an interesting walk today as we say bye to the lovely green forests that we don’t see for some time, these are replaced with the more remote scrub and rhododendrons that cover the lower reaches of the mountains.

            We first climb over the ridge & ascend through forests to a stream, then onto a ridge. We climb through two small streams, and then get connected to Kharka and further up to Unshisha, from where the trail joins the ridge that separates two drainages, a short distance from there will lead us to Khongma.

              Today, we climb on steep switchbacks for a while to the top of the ridge, at 3840m, from where astounding views of Chhamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7 of 6739m and 6105m respectively can be seen. Following the ridge through rhododendron bushes we ascend a staircase and reach Ghungru La, one of the first passes among the three passes we cross to reach the Barun Khola.

              From here descending a small lake we climb up to Shipton La and then to Keke La at (4150m). The route then enters to a valley filled with rhododendrons to Dobato.

                After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today and continue our trail westward through fir forests at the bottom of the Barun Valley. We cross several streams, and then cross the Barun on a wooden bridge to Yangle Kharka, Yangle Kharka is a pert little village situated in a meadow at the base of the valley, It's a relaxing place to haul up for the night.

                  After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today, the trail ascends through grasslands and forest, we will take pleasure in the majestic peaks such as Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m, Peak 7 (6185m), Isuwa La (5340m) and many other unnamed mountains and peaks that lay spread out before us. Yak Kharka is a grazing field.

                    After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today, the trek passes through a flat trail and will descend to a Perennial River, as we reach Makalu Base Camp, we are literally mesmerized by the views of Mt. Makalu at (8463m), Baruntse at (7152m), Kali Himal at (6985m), Chamlang at (7390m) along with Makalu II at (7640 m).

                      We spend a day exploring around base camp, with the aim of climbing up towards the Advance Base Camp at the start of the Makalu's South East Ridge, from where on the edge of the icy slopes we get a great views from up the Barun Valley of Everest, Lhotse and Baruntse, we will enjoy most of the whole day in the base camp. From here we will get some real spectacular views of different mountains and peaks. We can also hike to the Baruntse Base Camp to enjoy the scenery and view what this well known camp has to offer.

                        After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and after ascending for a few hours, the trail moves along a flat level path and at the end it descends to reach our previous rest point of Yangle Kharka.

                          After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today, the trail ascends for almost three hours through the same landscape and with the possibility of landslides, you then have to trek uphill passing through jungles with dense foliage all the way to Dobato.

                            After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today, the trail descends steeply to Khongma la via Kali Pokhari through a dense forest.

                              After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today, the trail steeply descends in the beginning of our hike which changes to a steep ascent before reaching our last meeting point of Seduwa.

                                After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek to Num and take drive to Tumlingtar.

                                  After breakfast, we board our flight to Katmandu, on touching down at Katmandu, we to our hotel & chill out after a grueling journey that have had some kind of impact on our lives with all the experience we achieved & the things that we learnt on the wild trails of Makalu.

                                    It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Tumlingtar if we could not fly on scheduled date and time, or we can organize you a day tour in or around Kathmandu, shopping tour etc if you want: or we can remove this extra day from the tour itinerary if you do not want so, contact us and consult about options available for the day.

                                      We would like you to know we’ve been through a lot of hard work to meticulously plan your trek to detail, ensuring that you have no hassles on the way. As this is the case, we are sure you will have enjoyed your sojourns to this wonderful region of Makalu. We would like to respect the relationship developed over the weeks with you & hope that it will last on in the years ahead.

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                                        Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
                                        What's Included
                                        • Airport transfers.
                                        • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
                                        • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
                                        • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek.
                                        • Ground transportation by local bus/ domestic flights.
                                        • Accommodations in lodges/tented camp on trek.
                                        • Required trekking permtis and fees.
                                        • A guide and porters, sherpa & cook.
                                        • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for guide and staff.
                                        • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
                                        • Sleeping bag, down jacket & duffel bag (if needed).
                                        What's not Included
                                        • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
                                        • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
                                        • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu).
                                        • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills.
                                        • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge.
                                        • Entrances Fees while visiting Kathmandu on second day.
                                        • Tips for the guide and staff.
                                        • Anything not mentioned in included section.
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                                        Starts:MONDAYJUN 17, 2024
                                        Ends:FRIDAYJUL 05, 2024
                                        PRICE (Per Person)US$1900
                                        Starts:WEDNESDAYJUN 19, 2024
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                                        Ends:TUESDAYJUL 16, 2024
                                        PRICE (Per Person)US$1900
                                        • Makalu base camp trek is an adventure trek in Nepal. So, only few people are interested and dare to trek to in Makalu region. So, we do not have fixed group trek for this region and we departure this trek privately and any date of the year is available So, contact us with your preffered date and number of people for the further process to book the trek.
                                        • We have listed the price only to 12 people so, if you are more than 12 people. Please contact us with your date and number of people for group price &  further process and book the trek.
                                        Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
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                                          Makalu Base camp TrekAustralia,March 10, 2023
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                                          Makalu Base camp Trek

                                          We are just back from a trekking holiday with Outfitter Nepal and can only endorse the comments made by all other reviewers. From the first email to Arjun, requesting details of possible trips, to our final drop off at the airport at 5am everything went as smooth as clockwork.

                                          Our inward flight was delayed by 6 hours due to fog at Kathmandu Airport. We had further delays due to the large numbers queuing for visas. Despite these long delays as soon as we emerged from the airport we spotted our pick up. We have no idea how long he had to wait around for us, but he was a most welcome sight! This attention to detail was replicated in all our experiences on the tour.

                                          Our guide, Birodh, and his two assistants did everything to make our trek as enjoyable as possible. Our accommodation, meals, the pace of the trek, etc. - all excellent. As we had a spare day at the end of our trek Raj organised a tour to Bhaktapur and Patan. Again, a very enjoyable experience with a lovely guide.

                                          For anyone considering a trip to Nepal, no matter what their particular needs are, We would without hesitation recommend Outfitter Nepal as the best of tour/trekking companies.

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