Makalu Base Camp Trek - 20 Days

Country
Region
Activity
Group size
1-10
Duration
20 Days Days
Mode
Lodge/Tea-House
Max-Altitude
4,870m/15,978ft
Daily Walking
5-6 hrs
Grade
4
Culture
Rai Culture, Limbu Culture, Sherpa Culture, Tibetan Influenced Culture
Best season
Autumn and Spring
Best season
Autumn and Spring

Makalu Base Camp Trek in the Makalu region of Nepal is an adventuresome and demanding trekking venture journeying up to the base of world’s fifth highest peak, Mt. Makalu. Standing tall at the elevation of 8,485m/27,838ft bordering Nepal and Tibet, the region is located at the southeast of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest. The trek route was discovered by Eric Shipton, an English Himalayan mountaineer and the high pass which shall be crossed during the trek is named as Shipton La Pass as a tribute to him for his achievement and discovery.

1. Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

  • Meals:Lunch / Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu
  • Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Evening Walk at Thamel

2. Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

  • Duration:Half Day
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Thamel
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Boudhanath
  • Pashupatinath

Highlights:

  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Introduction with group members and trekking crew
  • Equipment checking and briefing about the trek

3. Flight to Tumlingtar(400m/1,315ft) and Drive by jeep to Num(1,505m/4,938ft)

  • Duration:45 mins Flight and 5-6 hrs Drive(55Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Transportation:Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay

  • Thamel
  • Kathmandu Domestic Airport
  • Tumlingtar Domestic Airport
  • Khandbari
  • Mane Bhanjyang
  • Chichila
  • Kuwapani
  • Hururu
  • Mudhe(Mure)
  • Num

Highlights:

  • Scenic flight
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • Drive through Arun Valley near the border with Sikkim up to Num
  • Fertile landscape
  • Arun River
  • Khandbari – Capital City of Taplejung
  • Ulnity in Diversity

4. Num to Seduwa(1,530m/5,020ft)

  • Duration:5-6 hrs(11-12Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay
  • Descend:505m/1,656ft
  • Ascend:535m/1,755ft

  • Num
  • Lumbang
  • Arun River
  • Seduwa

Highlights:

  • Suspension Bridge
  • Cross Arun River
  • Makalu Barun National Park – the only protected area in the world with a height difference of more than 8,000m which includes both subtropical vegetations and icy peaks
  • Lush forests
  • Terraced Farmlands
  • Cornfields
  • Rai Village

5. Seduwa to Tashigaon(2,065m/6,775ft)

  • Duration:5-6 hrs(10-11Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay
  • Ascend:535m/1,755ft

  • Seduwa
  • Manigaon
  • Chyaksa Danda
  • Tashigaon

Highlights:

  • Cross Hillside
  • Meadows
  • Paddy fields
  • Lush forests spiked with bamboo and banana trees
  • Paths paved with big stones
  • Trees covered with ferns, moss and orchids due to humidity
  • Sherpa Village
  • Monasteries
  • Prayer Flags
  • Prayer Wheels
  • Mani Walls and Mani Stones

6. Tashigaon to Khongma/Kauma(3,562m/11,686ft)

  • Duration:6-7 hrs(11-12Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay
  • Ascend:1,497m/4,912ft

  • Tashigaon
  • Sadema
  • Unshisha
  • Khongma/Kauma

Highlights:

  • Steep Ascent
  • Lush forest
  • Lichen-covered jungle
  • Pass-through Kharkas(Grazing Lands)
  • Rough Stone Stairs
  • Small Lakes ascending to the top of the ridge
  • Stone Chorten
  • Mani-Mauern and Prayer flags
  • View of Kanchenjunga

7. Rest day in Khongma/Kauma

  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay

  • Khongma/Kauma

Highlights:

  • Rest and relax and acclimatize

8. Khongma/Kauma to Mumbuk(3,550m/11,646ft) via Khongma La Pass(3,837m/12,588ft), Ghongru La/Tutu La Pass(4,053m/13,297ft), Shipton La Pass(4,220m/13,845ft) and Keke La Pass(4,152m/13,622ft)

  • Duration:5-6 hrs(9-10Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay
  • Ascend:662m/2,172ft
  • Descend:670m/2,198ft

  • Khongma/Kauma
  • Khongma La Pass
  • Ghongru/Tutu La Pass
  • Shipton La Pass
  • Kalo Pokhari
  • Keke La Pass
  • Mumbuk

Highlights:

  • Steep Climb
  • Cross four passes
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • Rhododendron Forest
  • Lush Sceneries
  • Viewpoint from where you can observe Peak VI, Peak VII and Chamlang
  • Lake Kalo Pokhari
  • Prayer Flags
  • Stone Chorten
  • Sherpa Village

9. Mumbuk to Yangri Kharka(3,610m/11,845ft)

  • Duration:5-6 hrs(9-10Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay
  • Descend:455m/1,492ft
  • Ascend:515m/1,690ft

  • Mumbuk
  • Temathang Kharka
  • Yangri Kharka

Highlights:

  • Steep Descent through Rhododendron, Oak and Birch forest to the Barun River(3,295m/10,810ft)
  • Walk along the riverbank
  • Rocky and Sloppy Mud
  • Glacial Valley
  • View of Mountains
  • Small Temple
  • Stupa
  • Prayer flags blowing in the wind 

10. Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka(4,410m/14,468ft)

  • Duration:5-6 hrs(9-10Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay
  • Ascend:800m/2,625ft

  • Yangri Kharka
  • Nehe Kharka
  • Riphuk Kharka
  • Jhak Kharka
  • Yak Kharka
  • Merek
  • Langmale Kharka

Highlights:

  • Impressive change in Landscape
  • Yak Pastures
  • Lush Forests
  • Boulder Fields
  • Scenic Himalaya Views
  • Rock falling area
  • View of Mountains and Peaks
  • Prayer Flags
  • Mani Walls and Mani Stones

11. Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp(4,870m/15,978ft)

  • Duration:5-6 hrs(10-11Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Ascend:460m/1,510ft

  • Langmale Kharka
  • Shershong
  • Makalu Base Camp

Highlights:

  • Flat Trail
  • Ice Glacier Walk
  • Snow-clad mountains
  • Later Moraine of the West Barun Glacier
  • Complete Panorama of Everest and Lhotse
  • Marvelous south face view of Mt. Makalu

12. Explore Makalu Base Camp

  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge

  • Makalu Base Camp

Highlights:

  • Day Hike up to the choice of yours
  • Visit nearby glaciers and lakes
  • Rest and Relax  

13. Makalu Base Camp to Nehe Kharka(3,765m/12,352ft)

  • Duration:5-6 hrs(13-14Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay
  • Descend:1,105m/3,625ft

  • Makalu Base Camp
  • Shershong
  • Langmale Kharka
  • Merek
  • Yak Kharka
  • Jhak Kharka
  • Riphuk Kharka
  • Nehe Kharka

Highlights:

  • Take the last glimpse of Makalu Base Camp and the sceneries
  • Descend through the same route with the views from a different angle

14. Nehe Kharka to Mumbuk

  • Duration:5-6 hrs(11-12Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay
  • Ascend:55m/180ft
  • Descend:260m/854ft

  • Nehe Kharka
  • Yangri Kharka
  • Temathang Kharka
  • Mumbuk

Highlights:

  • Descend via the already known path with a view from a different angle

15. Mumbuk to Khongma/Kauma via Keke La Pass, Shipton La Pass, Ghungru La/Tutu La Pass and Khongma La Pass

  • Duration:5 hrs(9-10Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay
  • Descend:662m/2,172ft
  • Ascend:670m/2,198ft

  • Mumbuk
  • Keke La Pass
  • Kalo Pokhari
  • Shipton La Pass
  • Ghungru La/Tutu La Pass
  • Khongma La Pass
  • Khongma/Kauma

Highlights:

  • Descend via the already known path with a view from different angle crossing the same four passes

16. Khongma/Kauma to Tashigaon

  • Duration:6 hrs(11-12Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay
  • Descend:1,497m/4,912ft

  • Khongma/Kauma
  • Unshisha
  • Sadema
  • Tashigaon

Highlights:

  • Descend via the already known path with a view from a different angle

17. Tashigaon to Seduwa

  • Duration:5 hrs(10-11Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay
  • Descend:535m/1,755ft

  • Tashigaon
  • Chyaksa Danda
  • Manigaon
  • Seduwa

Highlights:

  • Descend via the already known path with a view from a different angle

18. Seduwa to Tumlingtar via Num and fly back to Kathmandu

  • Duration:5-6 hrs walk(11-12Km), 5-6 hrs drive(55Km) and 45 mins flight
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Home-Stay
  • Ascend:505m/1,656ft
  • Descend:535m/1,755ft

  • Seduwa
  • Arun River
  • Lumbang
  • Num
  • Mudhe(Mure)
  • Hururu
  • Kuwapani
  • Chichila
  • Mane Bhanjyang
  • Khandbari
  • Tumlingtar Domestic Airport
  • Kathmandu Domestic Airport
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Descend via the already known path with a view from a different angle
  • Cross suspension bridge
  • Drive back to Tumlingtar
  • End the trek and fly back to Kathmandu

19. Kathmandu Shopping and Exploration

  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge

  • Kathmandu

Highlights:

  • Shopping
  • Relax
  • Farewell Dinner

20. Departure Day

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport Pickup and drop service
  • 2 nights Hotel in Kathmandu( Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
  • All food and lodging during the trek (B, L, D included)
  • Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
  • Professionally trained experienced English speaking trekking guide and porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 30kg) along with their salary, lodging, food and insurance
  • Trekking permits: TIMS card and Permits
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge.
  • First aid medical box.
  • Farewell Dinner

COST EXCLUDE

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Food in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  •  Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses
  • Tip for guides and porters

Start Date End Date Group Size Available Seoats Status Booking
Jul 24, 2019 Aug 1, 2019 12 9 LIMITED Book
Aug 21, 2019 Aug 31, 2019 2 2 CLOSED Book
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While you are on Makalu Base Camp Trek, you can get access to electricity for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter in some of them so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device charger is not suitable with two-pin plug. And while you stay overnight in tent-camps, it is recommended to have your own power supply if possible. 

Yes, in most of the lodges and tea-houses, the telephone and internet facilities are available during your trek. But in some places, they might charge some amount for the service. And you can also use mobile data all along the trail throughout your trekking session to access the Internet and to communicate with your friends and family except for some isolated places.

Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.

ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Makalu Base Camp Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are in Kathmandu or other district headquarters like Tumlingtar.
 

There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Makalu Base Camp Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.

Yes, you will need a special permit for Makalu Base Camp Trek because Makalu is a restricted area as well as you will have to pass thru Makalu Barun National Park, you would need to have Makalu Restricted Area Special Permit, Makalu Barun National Park Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).

 

The trek could be extremely adventurous and exciting for solo trekkers and since you will be walking through off-the-beaten paths, it is somehow risky for the solo trekker and solo female trekkers. You need to be aware and capable of handling several situations in order to prevent from obligations and challenges during the trek. So, at least a highly experienced and certified trekking guide is needed for this trek even for solo trekkers. 

No doubt about that, the itinerary is all yours and you can customize or personalize it according to your requirements with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.

Yes, it is possible to get hot showers during Makalu Base Camp Trek on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.

Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Inner thermals

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Shower sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

MISCELLANEOUS

Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottled waters or should have water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.

It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads. 

Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.

The foods provided during the trek are mostly the typical Nepalese food i.e. Dal Bhat and the accommodation are basic tea-houses as well as tent-camps.

In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.

Spring months from March to May and Autumn months from September to November are the best time for Makalu Base Camp Trek. 

The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.

Makalu Base Camp Trek is a demanding trekking expedition requiring trekkers to walk around 6-8 hours on average on difficult terrains and have very good physical fitness with regular exercising routine.

Makalu Base Camp Trek helps you observe the lifestyle of the cross-section of people besides traversing through high altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes, a steamy forest of low altitude, glaciers and glacial lakes and an array of awe-inspiring Himalayan peaks.

Generally, Makalu Base Camp Trek is 18-24 days long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.

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