Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Region
Trip Days
20 Days
Max. Elevation
5000m M
Lodging
camping/tea house
Difficulty
Difficult
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation
Flight/Bus

Trip Overview

Mount Makalu with its elevation of 8,485 meters (27,838ft) makes it the fifth-highest mountain in the world.  Mount Makalu is easily identifiable with its unique shape of a four-sided pyramid. This mountain falls within the Mahalangur Himalayas and it is only 19 kilometers southeast of Mount Everest. This Makalu Base Camp Trek trail is breathtaking with the majestic view of mountains like Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Chamlang (7,319m), and many more.

Mt. Makalu is guarded within the perimeter of Makalu Barun National park. Makalu Barun national park houses many endangered animals like snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, red pandas, and musk Deer, as unique flora/fauna.

Makalu base camp is at an elevation of 5000m and this trek is silent/less crowded which makes this trek off the beaten path. Our trek will be of twenty days with the added adventure of camping and cooking on the way to base camp. Our accommodation will be in teahouses as possible otherwise we will set up camp for lodging. Trek will begin after a scenic flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. We will follow the Barun river, the rhododendron forest, and ascending or descending trails to the base camp.

We will begin the trek at 460m altitude to the highest elevation of 5000m at the Makalu base camp. The trekking will not be easy but once you reach the base camp the immensity of beauty will be worthwhile more than the effort. As we walk through the Makalu Barun national park we will get to see numerous kinds of wild birds and animals. Interaction with locals on the trek will give a glimpse of their culture. Most of the people are involved in agriculture for their livelihood so you can spot paddy, barley, or millet fields.

Highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trek

  • A lifetime adventure to experience
  • Historic moment to touch the base of Mt. Makalu at the elevation of 5000m
  • Camping at the base camp
  • Walking through Makalu Barun national park
  • Interaction with locals
  • Majestic view of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Chamlang (7,319m)

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Upon your arrival one of our representatives will be there to welcome you then he/she will take you to your hotel. The representative will provide a quick explanation of your further travel plan. There will be no planned activities for day one so you may relax in your hotel room or roam nearby your hotel. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 02: Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (460m)

We will take a morning flight to Tumlingtar, the flight duration will be 35 minutes. From Tumlingtar we will drive to Chichira, which is a tiny Gurung village, we will continue further to Num village (1490m). Tonight’s stay will be in Num in a guest house. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 03: Trek to Sedua (1460m) Duration: 5hrs

After breakfast we will begin to trek towards Sedua, while observing artistic fields of various crops, we walk slanted terrain down to Lumbang. We will walk further down to cross the suspension Sky Bridge over the Arun River. We will walk on a rough, rocky trail all the way up to Sedua where we will establish our camp for an overnight stay.

Day 04: Trek to Tashigaon (2070) Duration: 7hrs

On the way to Tashigaon from Sedua we will see our geography being transformed into agricultural fields with small houses from rough/rocky terrain. Tashigaon is a charming village. Today’s camp will be set at Tashigaon.

Day 05: Trek to Kauma Kharka (3470m) Duration: 6hrs

We will walk an intersecting forest, stony path; mountainous terrain finally reaching to grassy land of Kauma Kharka where we will set today’s camp and will watch mesmerizing views of Mt. Makalu from the viewpoint.

Day 06: Trek to Mumbuk (3570m) Duration: 6hrs

From Kauma kharka we will walk up through a rhododendron forest which will lead us to the ridge where we will locate a huge Mani (prayer stone) decorated wall, also decorated with colorful prayer flags. From this point, we can see the gorgeous view of Chamlang, and other peaks. From there we will further walk up through stony crafted stairs, passing through a small lake to finally ascend Kike La via stony terrain. We will go further down passing another tiny lake, big sized stones to Tutu La. We will walk through a scattered rhododendron forest to finally reach Mumbuk. Our overnight stay will be in the camp.

Day 07: Mumbuk to Nhe Kharka (3000m) Duration: 7hrs

From Mumbuk we will walk vertically down following a stream. Then we will walk through a forest along the edges of Barun valley. We will continue to follow the river to get to the Yangle Kharka while passing through the scattered forests. From Yangle Kharka we will ascend along the Barun River bank till we reach Nhe Kharka. Tonight’s camp will be set up at the Nhe Kharka.

Day 08: Nhe Kharka to Sherson (4615m) Duration: 6 hrs

We will begin our walk leaving Nhe Kharka in the east, passing through Rhododendron forest. Today’s trek will be quite challenging as we reach 4615m from 3000m of Nhe Kharka. On the way to Sherson, we get to see the breathtaking view of peak 4 and Pyramid Peak.  Today’s camp will be set at Sherson. Tomorrow’s trek will be to the Base camp.

Day 09: trek to Makalu base camp (5000m) Duration: 5hrs

We will descend along the stream and pass a huge rock before reaching the base camp. This will be the most awaited time of the trek. From the base camp, we will witness the unexplainable beauty of Mt. Baruntse, peak 6, peak 7, and Mt. Everest. Today’s camp will be set at the base camp.

Day 10: Makalu Base camp

Yes! One extra day to explore the Makalu base camp. The South of Makalu directly faces the huge Barun Glacier. The Barun valley or the Glacier is another attraction of the Makalu base camp. Tonight also we will set our camp at the base camp while capturing the magnanimity of the scenery in our memory.

Day 11: Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m) Duration: 6 hrs

Descending becomes quicker and easier than the climb. Today our target is to make our way back to Nhe Kharka. Overnight stay will be in a tented camp.

Day 12: Nhe Kharka to Mumbuk (3570m) Duration: 6 hrs

We will return to Mumbuk with treasuring the beauty of the forest, sunlight, and bird chirps. Our camp will be set in Mumbuk today.

Day 13: Trek to Kauma (3470m) Duration 7 hrs

We will pass through the rhododendron forest, Keke La, Shipton La, Tutu La, and Kauma La pass, and then finally descend to Kauma. We will establish our camp at Kauma.

Day 14: Kauma to Tashigaon (2070m) Duration: 6 hrs

From Kauma we will need to descend vertically down to reach Tashigaon. Following rocky terrain, we will pass through a jungle to finally reach the Sherpa Gaon / Tashigaon. Our camp will be set at Tashigaon.

Day 15: Trek to Balung (760m) Duration: 5 hrs

From Tashigaon we will trail down to the Kasuwa River to Sedua further down following the Arun River towards Mulgaon. We will walk through rocky terrain traversing the cultivating field, and then we will cross Sky Bridge over the Ipsuwa River. We will pass through a small settlement surrounded by crops growing on the land. We will further continue the rocky path to Balung. We will set up our camp at Balung today.

Day 16: Balung to Pukuwa (550m) Duration: 6 Hrs

We will pass through the colorful Walung village of Rai inhabitants. While trailing down we will cross over the Suspension bridge of the Ipsuwa River once again. We will pass by another village named Chayang. We will ascend for a while then descend to reach Parangbu village on the coast of Arun valley, enveloped by the crops field. We will trek further ahead to reach Pukuwa. We will stay in a tented camp at Pukuwa.

Day 17: Trek to Bumling (370m) Duration: 6 hrs

From Pukuwa we will descend down to Tome then we will ascend, observing Arun Valley in a wider version through rock-scattered ridges. After trailing up the Steep staircase we will trail down to reach the river bank of Sankhuwa, walking further straight we will reach the Bumling village, the major occupant of the Chhetri community. Our stay will be in a tented camp at Bumbling.

Day 18: Trek to Tumlingtar (460m) 5 hrs

Finally, we will trail to reach the end point of our trek Tumlingtar, where we stay in a teahouse. Tomorrow morning we will be flying back to Kathmandu.

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu

We are flying back to Kathmandu with tired legs and blissful hearts. No planned work so you can relax in your hotel room, or go shopping or write down your memories in your diary. The overnight night will be in Hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 20: Farewell

You will be picked up by one of our representatives approximately 3 hours ahead of your scheduled flight. We are bidding you goodbye with the hope to see you again. Have a safe flight home.

Includes/Excludes

What’s Included?

  • Airport to hotel and hotel to airport transportation
  • Three nights stay in hotel Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour including world heritage site entry fees, tour guide, and transportation
  • Meals breakfast, lunch, and dinner included during the trek
  • Twin-sharing accommodation/tent during the trek
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS)
  • Bilingual, experienced trekking guide with porter (1 porter for two persons)
  • Guide and other staff’s s meals, accommodation, emolument, and insurance
  • General first aid kit
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Government permits and taxes

What’s Excluded?

  • Meals not specified in the menu inclusion of itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare from your country to Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Any hot or cold drinks and any personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking apparatus
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
  • Additional trekking or tour packages

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Useful Info

What to pack in your bag?

If you are planning your trip to a Himalayan country you should consider packing some warm clothes. in mountain weather keeps changing, we can find different weather on the same day. Weather in mountains tends to be windy to sunny to wet so we have listed a few things as a checklist for you.

For head:

  • hat or p-cap to prevent the face from sunburn
  • woolen cap to keep warmth
  • scarf or muffler
  • the face mask as a virus precaution and protects your nose from heavy wind
  • sunglasses to protect the eyes and to see better in mountain

For feet and hands

  • warm gloves
  • Sandal and sneakers
  • Thin cotton socks and thick woolen socks

Trekking special items

  • sticks (which you can hire at Thamel, Kathmandu as well)
  • Waterproof thin jacket
  • Windproof down jacket
  • Stretchable and warm trousers
  • breathable cotton t-shirts and pullovers
  • breathable cotton thermal wear
  • hiking shorts
  • Trekking boot
  • comfortable backpack and duffle bag
  • Sleeping bag (lightweight and appropriate for zero or below temperature)

Others:

  • tissue papers
  • sunscreens
  • shampoo and soaps
  • moisturizers
  • towels
  • inner garments
  • Reusable water bottle useful for hot and cold water
  • medicines (if you are taking any medicines or supplements)
  • other personal belongings

 

FAQ

Do I come with my own camping gear?

you can bring your own if you wish, but we can hire from Thamel all the needed camping items.

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