Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek is an exceptional trekking opportunity that takes you to the foothill of Makalu (8,481m), world’s fifth highest peak. Located at Sherson (4,700m), Makalu Base Camp is a fascinating high grazing area close to the tip of Barun glacier engulfed by beautiful series of mountain peaks. Makalu Base Camp trekking trail is the perfect route in Nepal that displays all the best that Nepal has to offer- remote and off-beaten trail, majestic landscapes in tranquil setting, vibrant farmland, remote culture, lush forest of rhododendron and oak along with rare alpine faunal species and multiple 8,000m peaks.

Makalu Base Camp Trek is ideal for those seeking to avoid the traffic route but relish the challenge, this is the best trek with incredible reward. The actual trail to Makalu Base Camp trek starts from Chichila. The trail goes through the humid lowlands near Tumlingtar nearby Arun River crossing several ethnic village and less-explored areas of Nepal to fascinating Makalu Base Camp.

The lower section of the trail are known for lushness with verdant rhododendron forests while the upper section is decorated with the polished granite cliffs topped by hanging glaciers and overflowing waterfall.  Our 22 days Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary has been carefully made to allow for sufficient time for proper acclimatization and to maximize your time around Makalu Base Camp. The trail to Makalu Base Camp passes with great diversity of landscapes, eco-system and culture, on the lower region of the trail resides Rai community whereas at the upper section is Sherpa villages.

Day 01: Arrival day at Kathmandu (1,300m) and transfer to the hotel by private vehicle

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley including UNSCEO designated world heritage site and preparation for the trek

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichira (1,980m/6,497ft) – 50 minutes flight/ 3-4 hours’ drive

Day 04: Trek from Chichira to Num (1,560m/5,119ft) – 6/7 hours

Day 05: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,500m, /4,922ft) – 6/7 hours

Day 06: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6,890ft) – 4/5 hours

Day 07: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483ft) – 6/7 hours

Day 08: Acclimatization and Rest day at Khongma Danda

Day 09: Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobate – 6/7 hours

Day 10: Trek from Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670ft) – 6/7 hours

Day 11: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,410m/14,468ft) – 5/6 hours

Day 12: Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m/15,978ft) – 6/7 hours

Day 13: Exploration day at Makalu Base Camp

Day 14: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka – 6/7 hoours

Day 15: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobate – 6/7 hours

Day 16: Trek from Dobate to Khongma Danda – 5/6 hours

Day 17: Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon – 4/5 hours

Day 18: Trek from Tashingaon to Seduwa – 4/5 hours

Day 19: Trek from Sedwa to Num – 5/6 hours

Day 20: Trek from Num to Tumlingtar – 6/7 hours

Day 21: Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu – 50 minutes. Enjoy leisure day at Kathmandu and attend farewell dinner

Day 22: Transfer to airport for final departure

Cost Includes

    • All surface transportation as per the itinerary.
    • TIMS Card & permit fees
    • Experienced English speaking trekking guide a porter. (all their expenses))
    • All accommodation as mentioned in above itinerary. ( Local tea house in trekking area)
    • Farewell cultural dinner in a typical Nepalese resturant.
    • Office service charges all necessary government permits.
    • Meals in Trekking Area.

Cost Excludes

    • Nepal Visa fees
    • Meals in Kathmandu.
    • Necessary trekking equipment and things as per check list
    • Tips for driver, guide & porter (Not mandatory)
    • International Airfare
    • Personal expenses such as insurance, medical charges, laundry, shopping, liquor etc
    • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation.
    • Any transportation cost outside of the regular itinerary.
    • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
    • Camera Fees at certain entrances
    • Cost arising by flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control
    Equipments  we need in trekking
    • Duffel or Shoulder straps bag or suitcase.
    • Warm wool or synthetic clothes , hat that covers your head and ears from cold during trek (only in winter season(January, February and December)
    1. Goggles for sunbeam dust and wind.
    2. A neck warmer  for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for winter season (January, February and December). Optional pair of  warm gloves (This is required if your are travelling in winter season  January, February and December).
    3. Woolen t-shirt for warmth.
    4. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (During in rainy season from June to September.
    5. 1 Pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 Pair shorts.
    6. 2 Pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (During the trek in  winter January, February and December).
    7. 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
    8. 1 Pair light camping shoes or sneakers..
    9. 1 Pair sandals (Optional).

Frequently Asked Questions:


Do I need previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
If you are physically fit and have extra Exercise enough enthusiasm for the trip previous experience is not required.

Could I trek without a guide?
You could, the area is very safe and in most cases navigation is relatively easy-however with a guide you will get more out of the experience. Having someone with you that knows the local customs and language helps you interact with people you meet in remote villages, and shows that you respect their culture.

What will happen if I get sick on the trek?
Either you will get better, or if it seems serious we will evacuate you with Helicopter and will be taken to Hospital in Kathmandu where you’ll get excellent attention. Our crew is well versed in medical and emergency care and carry a reasonably comprehensive first aid kit.

What will happen if I get injured?
If it is serious (this has never happened). You will again be taken care by our staff. If evacuation is required, this will be arranged by Visit Nepal tour. It’s advised that if you have any personal doubts you should have evacuation insurance arranged. Nepal Tour Guide Team can advise you on this.

Will I get sick?
Not likely. The worst is you may get some diarrhea or temporary stomach upset. Please look our staying healthy during holiday topic for details. Follow the health advice given in our briefings during welcome dinner and you’ll be fine.

What is the food like on the trek?
Fantastic! If you haven't already tried Dal Bhat you are in for a treat - there is nothing better to fill that trekking appetite. Dal Bhat is the signature Nepali dish - rice and lentil soup served with two types of curried vegetables and pickles. It is on the menu in every tea-house on the trek. A nice breakfast specialty you might also want to try is Tibetan Gurung bread with honey. The mountain tea houses will also serve up more familiar western dishes like pizza, or muesli for the morning

Is there a problem with altitude sickness?
For our tours/treks below 4000m, there is little likelihood of being subject to altitude sickness, unless you are taking one of our more extreme adventure tours. Kathmandu rests at an altitude of only 1350-m (4430ft) and at this altitude there is no likelihood of altitude related sickness.

We’ll be advising you well in advance if altitude is an issue. Our tours/treks above 4000m do require acclimatization periods and any of our tours needing acclimatization has it built into the itinerary and that comes from 13 years of experience and the best medical advice... So don’t worry. If you want to know more about altitude sickness, please look the topic staying healthy.

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