Makalu Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts

Duration

22 Days

Fitness Level

Strenuous

Max. Altitude:

4870 meters

Location

Makalu Base Camp

Meals

Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

Accommodation

3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Teahouses during the trek

Group size

1-16

Arrival On

Kathmandu

Departure From

Kathmandu

Overview

Makalu Base Camp Trek is a phenomenal journey into the perfect wilderness around the fifth highest Mountain of the World, Mt Makalu (8481m). This solid adventure begins by entering the lowest valley in the World.

Makalu Base Camp trek is for those who want to be ‘one with the nature’ and avoid the more crowded trails. In fact, it is one of the most popular trekking destinations among solitary trekkers.

Our adventure of thrill and beauty starts with an hour-long flight to Tumlingtar and the trek embarks from Chilchila.  Furthermore, the trail follows the ridge above the Arun River. Furthermore, the trail passes through yak pastures towards the endless ice fields of Mt. Makalu. Lushness with splendid rhododendron forests is the beauty of the lower reaches of the trail. In addition, the upper reaches consists of granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers, overflowing with waterfalls. During the trek we also are privileged of the outstanding view of the rarely seen Kangshung face of Everest. Also, we get wonderful view of Kanchenjunga massif, Everest, Lhotse, Baruntse and Chamlang.

The road less traveled

This Mt Makalu base Camp Trek takes us through the north east of Nepal to the rarely trekked trail routes that offer views of Mt Makalu and Kanchenjunga through-out. Furthermore, as we enter the Makalu basin the more stunning views of the Mt Khumbakarna appears.  This memorable journey comes to an end as we return through isolated Sherpa villages back to Tumlingtar and board the picturesque return flight to Kathmandu. The 22- day exciting journey is for avid trekkers and nature lovers who seek refuge in the silence and serenity of the nature.

Highlights

  • Explore High altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle
  • Visit to Alpine forest in the high alpine terrain, orchids and rural farms and market villages
  • Around the World’s fifth highest mountain, Mt Makalu(8481m)
  • High passes And walk into the virgin Barun Valley enriched with flora and fauna
  • If you want to visit the more travelled Everest route, you can look into Everest high passes trek
  • For more information regarding Makalu region, visit Makalu Barun National Park

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International airport a representative from Naata Trek and Tours will be waiting for you at the airport displaying a playcard imprinted with your name. He/she will then transfer you to the designated hotel. In the evening we can enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by Naata Trek and Tours. During the dinner we can enjoy Nepalese cuisine which will introduce us to the country’s food culture.

  Maximum Altitude : 1400 meters
 Meal : Dinner
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 2: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu

We will have a pre trip meeting after breakfast where you will be introduced to your Guide. During the meeting you can assure yourself with any queries regarding the trip.
We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath Temple, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara–style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

  Maximum Altitude : 1400 meters
 Meal : Breakfast
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 3: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichira

We fly to Tumlingtar after breakfast and meet the rest of the crew members who will also be joining us for the trek. Next, we drive to Chichira, a small Gurung settlement. We take a rest at Chichira as we need to be prepared for the next day’s trek.

  Maximum Altitude : 1980 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
 Driving Distance : 3-4 hours

Day 4: Trek from Chichira to Num

We start early in the morning and head towards Num right after a warm breakfast. A moderately paced walk through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests will take us to Num. A ridge line with great views on both side and perched on the end, this is Num for us.

  Maximum Altitude : 1560 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 5: Trek to Seduwa

A steep descent through forests and terraced farms takes us to Barun River. We cross the river and follow an equally steep ascent up the other side again. Often quite hot – the forest on the valleys offer a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park begins and where we register our permits. We camp right at the top of the village.

  Maximum Altitude : 1500 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Tented camps
 Driving Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 6: Trek to Tashigaon

Ascend the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields, we reach the exotic village of Tashi Gaon. Once there, we are surrounded by breathtaking Himalayan panorama.

  Maximum Altitude : 2100 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Tented camps
  Walking Distance : 4-5 hours

Day 7: Trek to Khongma Danda

This will be a bit of a tough day as we have to walk on a steep trail in higher elevation. We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a Kharka (grazing land) and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. From here it’s a short way down to Khongma Danda.

  Maximum Altitude : 3500 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Tented Camps
  Walking Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 8: Acclimatization

The day off will allow some rest before we take on crossing of the Shipton La the next day. For those who wish to explore the nearby surrounding can walk around the area.

  Maximum Altitude : 3500 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Tented camps

Day 9: Trek to Dobate

Climb towards the summit of the Shipton La (pass) which takes a few hours to reach. After the lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), pass over the Keke La at 4,170m. We can see the marvelous views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate.

  Maximum Altitude : 3200 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Tented Camps
  Walking Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 10: Trek to Yangri Kharka

From Dobate, we pass through the rhododendron forest which leads to the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. We should be very careful during the first two hours of trek as the trail is steep and arduous. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka situated at the base of the valley.

  Maximum Altitude : 3557 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Tented Camps
  Walking Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 11: Trek to Langmale Kharka

Following a moderate walk to the valley, we pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields. The valley walls tower imposingly above us during the start of the trek. We pass Merek as we make our way further up and notice a significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views.

  Maximum Altitude : 4410 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Tented Camps
  Walking Distance : 5-6 hours

Day 12: Trek to Makalu Base Camp

Today is the day we make it to the Base Camp. From Langmale Kharka we make our way up to Shershong and eventually to Makalu Base Camp. The trail is flat with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains accompanying us. Mount Makalu comes into view as we approach Shershong. As we make our way to the camp, we get to soak in the majestic Himalayan panorama surrounding us.

  Maximum Altitude : 4870 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Tented Camps
  Walking Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp

The Base Camp is a rocky barren place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. From here we can see the magnificent south face of Makalu and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up where we may celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself.

  Maximum Altitude : 4870 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Tented camps

Day 14: Trek to Dobate

From Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, green forests and valley, making our way towards Dobate. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail.

  Maximum Altitude : 3200 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Tented camps
  Walking Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 15: Trek to Tashigaon

The trek continues with frequent long and steep descent cutting through the hillsides. The trail takes us through thick forests and finally making it to the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashigaon.

  Maximum Altitude : 2100 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 4-5 hours

Day 16: Trek to Seduwa

We retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun River. We then cross the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again.

  Maximum Altitude : 1500 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 4-5 hours

Day 17: Trek to Num

We leave Seduwa and trek through lush forests towards Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards.

  Maximum Altitude : 1560 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 5-6 hours

Day 18: Trek to Tumlingtar

Again we retrace our footsteps to Chichira from where we can savor the glorious vista of Mount Makalu for the last time. The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day.

  Maximum Altitude : 1980 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu

Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long trek in the mountains. We have plenty of time in the afternoon to catch up with anything that we feel we have missed. Tonight we will celebrate the success of our trip with a THANK YOU farewell dinner programmed hosted by Naata Trek and Tours.

 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 20: Final departure

Our trip concludes today. A Naata Trek and Tours resentative will drop us off at the airport for our scheduled flight.

 Meal : Breakfast

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickup and drop in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast Teahouses accommodation during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner programs
  • All ground transportation on a private vehicle
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu)
  • Guided city tour of Kathmandu in a private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing
  • An experienced, English speaking and government-liscensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Naata Travel & Adventures trekking bag, t-shirt and trekking map (which are yours to take)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee (Bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Tumlingtar in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porter, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
  • All other not mentioned in cost includes section

Traveler Reviews

Javier Rodríguez.
Javier Rodríguez.
October 18, 2023

A rugged paraíso. Its remote beauty y challenging trails offer an unparalleled adventure para aquellos seeking raw Himalayan wilderness.

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