Makalu Base Camp Trek is a beautiful trip that offers you some real adventure of walking inside the Makalu Barun National Park to the Makalu Base Camp. The region is viral to get some breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks like Mt. Makalu accompanied by Everest, Lhotse, and Baruntse. You will be moving through the exquisite scenery of Arun valley. This gorgeous valley is one of the most beautiful places on earth you will ever visit although many people want to trek in this region, due to its remoteness, only a few travelers trek.

Makalu Base Camp Trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. From Tumlingtar, we drive to Num from where our trip begins on foot. We will follow through Barun river valley in Makalu Barun National Park and cross few high passes such as Shipton La and Keke La on the route to Makalu Base Camp. The trail to Makalu Base Camp is mostly steep, which makes it a bit tough for beginner trekkers. You will be moving either up or down, with no flat trail, which makes the trek a bit strenuous. However, the scenery along the way will enchant you to try harder in anticipation of even more beautiful sights. The trail throughout the trip is full of excitement as you encounter rhododendron forests, stunning cliffs, glaciers, and gorgeous waterfalls. From Makalu Base Camp, you will get spectacular views of the nearby mountains with massive Mt. Makalu soaring above right in front of you.

Our trek starts with an altitude of meters in Tumlingtar, then rises to 5500 meters in the southeastern ridge of Mt. Makalu. The stunning views of mountains from the base camp are worth the hard work and efforts we took to reach there. Likewise, we will visit Makalu Barun National Park, which is rich in ample vegetation. You might encounter some rare birds and animals on your trip. Moreover, passing through the villages and interacting with locals will give us ideas of their culture, lifestyle, and tradition.

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Four nights’ accommodation at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours with all entry fees, tour guide, and private transportation
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Most elegant twin sharing lodge available for lodging during the trek
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • A highly experienced, supportive, well-informed, pleasant, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salary, food and drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance paid for
  • Airfare to and from Tumlingtar – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag, if required (to be returned after the trip)
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medicine kit
  • All trekking permits
  • Government taxes & office service charge

What's excluded?

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Beverages including water
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and drivers

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu

On your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, our airport representative will welcome you and transfer you to the respective hotel. We have scheduled your trip meeting for the very day at the hotel in the evening. However, our airport representative will provide you with brief information about your further trip on your way to the hotel. After checking in your hotel, you can simply relax or roam around the streets of Thamel. In the evening, we will hold a welcome dinner for you where you will enjoy authentic Nepali meal. We will also introduce you to your guide for the trip. Do not hesitate to ask questions about your trip and your preference throughout the journey.

Day Two:

Trek Preparation and Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley

We begin the guided tour of Kathmandu valley, today. We will be visiting some of the famous places like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swoyambunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Basantapur, Kumari Temple, Taleju Vawani, and many more in Kathmandu. Then, we head to Bhaktapur, the ancient royal city. This city still houses some of the stunning architecture of the country. Here, we will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Newari Museum. We will also witness many traditional houses in this part of the country. Afterward, we will visit various attractions in Lalitpur.

Day Three:

Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (460m) and drive to Num (1490)

We will take a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. Then, we take a jeep from Tumlingtar to Hururu.

Day Four:

Trek to Sedua (1460m)

Our trek will start from today. We move along the trail climbing down steeply from Num through the cornfields of Lumbang. Below the village, the path falls steeply past a jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun River. From the bridge, we ascend to a small tea shop, then move past a corn and buckwheat field. Walking along the rocky path and small terraced fields, we clip a rough way to Sedua.

Day Five:

Trek to Tashigaou (2070m)

Departing from Sedua, we climb gradually above the Kasuwa Khola to Gyang (1770m). Then, we will cross a school at Gyang followed by a leisurely walk through terraced fields and dense forests to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. On the way, we will move through several meadows, streams, and climb to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon.

Day Six:

Trek to Kauma (3470m)

Climbing over the ridge, we rise through forests to a stream and then to a peak with tiny campsites. The trail from here levels out a bit and then ascends t a shepherd’s hut called Chipla at the top of another ridge. We move past a couple of small streams and turn up the rim in a forest to a Kharka, then to a saddle and Unshisha, a small meadow. Here, the track meets the peak that distinct the Iswa and Kasuwa drainages. The slope from here gets steeper with continuous moss-covered stone stairs to Dhara Khara, a meadow lying atop the hill. We then climb over a hillock and drop a bit to reach Kauma.

Day Seven:

Trek to Mumbuk (3570m)

Leaving Kauma, we ascend for a while on steep bends. Then, the path becomes relatively comfortable through rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge, with a Mani wall loaded with prayer flags. This spot is famous for the views of Chamlang, Peak 6, and Peak 7. Moving along the ridge for a bit, we climb a stone staircase. After climbing for a while, the trail moves left off the top to a small lake. Then, we climb steadily through a rocky gully to the Kike La Pass(4127m). From the pass, we drop towards another lake, then again climb through large boulders to Tutu La. We descend further into the rhododendron forest to a flatter area. The last climb is down through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk. Mumbuk is a forest camp lying on a grassy slope above a small stream with views of few mountain peaks.

Day Eight :

Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m)

We go downhill on a steep gorge with a stream for about 500 meters. Then, we move left through fir forests, beside the flank of the Barun valley. Following the trail, we cross a 200-meter-long slide, then follow the river to a Kharka. The path moves along the forests of birch and rhododendron to reach Yangle Kharka. From Yangle Kharka, we cross to the northern side of the Barun Khola to reach Nhe Kharka.

Day Nine:

Nhe Kharka to Sherson (4615m)

Leaving Nhe kharka, we follow the north shore of the Barun Khola. Then, we cross a wooden bridge before the river turns northward. The Barun Valley makes a large S-shaped curve, and the walls rise almost 1500-2000 meters vertically above the river. We pass through the dense alpine forest from the north side of Barun. The trail gets a bit easier as we near Ripok Kharka. Above Ripok Kharka, the route crosses a stony peak with a few goths, and then rise beside a moraine of the Barun Glacier. We can get spectacular views of Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3, and Peak 5. Then, the glacier turns a bit towards the north. Then, we enter a sandy valley and get a glimpse of Makalu just before reaching Sherson.

Day Ten:

Sherson to Makalu Base Camp (5000m)

From Sherson, we move alongside the gorge on the east side of the valley. It is a slow descent to a small pass about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. We then move downwards to a stream, cross on boulders to the base camp on the west shore of the river. From here, we get a flashy view of the south face of Makalu. The massive buttress of the south face rises across from base camp. Climbing to this buttress allows us to see majestic Peak 6, peak 7, Baruntse with the giants; Everest and Lhotse.

Day Eleven:

Explore Makalu Base Camp

Today, we will rest at Makalu Base Camp as we need to get accustomed to the high altitude environment.

Day Twelve:

Trek to Nhe Kharka (300m)

We will return on the same path from base camp to Nhe Kharka.

Day Thirteen:

Trek to Mumbuk

From Nhe Kharka, we move along the forests to Mumbuk. From here, we enjoy enchanting sunset views between Makalu and Chamlang.

Day Fourteen:

Trek to Kauma

Departing Mumbuk, we walk across the Shipton La and then climb down to Kauma

Day Fifteen:

Trek to Tashi Gaon

Today, we will mostly be descending on a steep trail back to Tashi Gaon. At Tashigaon, we spend the rest of the day relaxing to recover from the high altitude.

Day Sixteen:

Trek to Balung

Descending from Kasuwa Khola, we move back to Sedua, then turn south down the west bank of the Arun River. From Sedua, we walk through a trail that descends gently to Mulgaon. From here, we descend steeply on a rocky path through fields to the Ipsua Khola. Following the route, we enter the hot bottomlands of the Arun Valley. Many of the settlements here are temporary settlements used by farmers living in villages on the hillside above. Then, we pass the towns towards the rocky fields to reach Balung.

Day Seventeen:

Trek to Pukuwa

The trail descends to the Apsawa Khola, crossing it via a suspension bridge, we rise steeply to Chhayan, a gorgeous Rai village with an extensive bamboo-pipe water supply. The trail then passes through a stream and making a few ups and downs, and we reach Parangbu. Then, we continue the path through the forest and cross a few small streams to reach Pukuwa.

Day Eighteen:

Trek to Bumling

As the trail climbs over the rocky ridge, we pass through forest and some beautiful high and exposed narrow tracks. Eventually, the route enters a region of enormous valley bottom cultivation, crosses a big landslide, and some more forests before descending to Tome. Below Tome, the Arun Valley starts to widen. The trail then moves over another ridge with a steep, narrow stairway. From the hilltop, the path descends towards a pleasant camp on the shore of the Sankhuwa Khola, across Bumling's Chhetri village.

Day Nineteen:

Trek to Tumlingtar

The path travels through the fields of lower Bumling, then ascends over a ridge before descending to the Inkhuwa Khola. The trail then follows the river to its intersection with the Arun. Then, the trail follows the Arun downstream. Then the route passes through Chyawabesi before making a short ascend back to Tumlingtar.

Day Twenty:

Fly back to Kathmandu

We will take a 30minute’s scenic flight back to Kathmandu

Day twenty-one:

Leisure day

Spend the day in Kathmandu, as you like.

Day Twenty-two:

Trip Concludes

We will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.


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