- Camping in Makalu Base Camp
- On the way to Makalu Basecamp Local House
- Local Face of the Makalu Region
- Camping in Makalu Base Camp
- Spring Season Flower Blooming
- Mount Makalu
Makalu Base Camp Trek
- Duration : 22 Days
- Primary activity : Trekking and Hiking
- Secondary activity: Nature and Culture
- Group size : Min 2 pax
- Max-Altitude : 5600m/ 18372 ft
- Country: Nepal
- Transportation: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
- Trip starts from: Kathmandu
- Ends in: Kathmandu
- Meals: Nepali Continental
- Type: Alpine
- Accomodation: Tent Camp and Homestay
- Trip Route: Kathmandu-Seduwa-Mumbuk-Sherson-Makalu Base Camp-Khongma la-Chichila-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu
Join the Makalu Base Camp Trek to be a part of exclusive trekking opportunity and embark on a journey to the base of world’s fifth highest peak known for its outstanding diversity of flora and fauna. Open to the outside world after the trek by Eric Shipton crossing what became known as Shipton La pass, this trek helps you observe the lifestyle of cross-section of people besides traversing through high altitude terrains, snow clad landscapes, steamy forest of low altitude, glaciers and glacial lakes and array of awe-inspiring Himalayan peaks. Suitable mostly for the experienced Himalayan trekkers, Makalu Base Camp Trek challenges your adventurous spirit, surprises you with the Kangshung (east) face of Mount Everest, views that extends from Makalu to Kanchenjunga Peaks and takes you through pretty terraced farmlands of interesting villages. Makalu Base Camp Trek waits for you with the pristine and never seen beauty of Himalayan region.
Makalu Base Camp Trek begins from the hill town of Tumglingtar and gradually leads into the heart of Makalu Peak. From the humid lowlands, the trek passes through the diverse ecosystem and cultures (from Rai community in the lower region to the Sherpa community at higher altitudes), lush hills and twisting ridge lines before joining the Arun River again, and entering into Makalu Barun Conservation Area, between Num and Seduwa villages. Continuing our trek through the villages of Tashigaon we enter the premise of Makalu Barun National Park to reach Unshisa village. The ascent over the ridge of Khongma Danda, we shall cross the famous Shipton La Pass and venture into the remote Barun River valley. Traversing through the rough terrain across the several summer settlements we shall reach the Makalu Base Camp. Intermittently, we shall have beautiful views of Himalayas including Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Chamlang Peak and several snowy mountains as well as walk through some of the last remaining areas of alpine meadows and pristine forests. Returning along the same trail, we shall return to the airport in Tumlingtar and then to Kathmandu to complete the Makalu Base Camp Trek.
Makalu Base Camp Trek is a demanding trekking expedition requiring trekkers to walk around 6-8 hours in average on difficult terrains and have very good physical fitness with regular exercising routine. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the preferred seasons for this trip. You don’t need previous trekking experience but a positive attitude and endurance to complete this trek. Join our professional team and carefully planned itinerary to explore this isolated yet truly beautiful region in eastern Nepal.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar(518m/1700ft) then drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft): 50 mins flight, 3-4 hours drive
Day 04: Chichira to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6-7 hours
Day 05: Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6-7 hours
Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours
Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hours
Day 08: Rest day at Khongma
Day 09: Khongma to Mumbuk (3570 m/11712 ft)
Day 10: Mumbuk to Tonhe kharka
Day 11: Tonhe Kharka to Sherson
Day 12: Sherson to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours
Day 13: Rest day at Makalu Base Camp (for the necessary acclimatization & arrangements for the high camp).
Day 14: Explore Makalu Base Camp (5600m).
Day 15: Climbing period for Makalu 1(8463m.)
Day 16: Makalu Base Camp to Mumbuk(3570 m/11712 ft):
Day 17: Mumbuk to Khongma la (3500m/11483 ft):
Day 18: khongma la to Seduwa(1500m/4922 ft): 5-6 hrs
Day 19: Seduwa to Chichila(1980m/6497ft): 5-6 hrs
Day 20: Chichila to Tumlingtar(518m/1700ft): 3-4 hrs
Day 21: Flight Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.
Day 22: Farewell Day
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu:
Be welcomed from our representative at the airport and meet the group at the hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu are available to you. Depending upon your time of arrival, you may have time to explore the immediate surrounding and get acclimatized to this bustling city. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation :
Head on to the ancient heritages of Kathmandu and have an insightful sightseeing today. We may start from the nearby Kathmandu Durbar Square, an ancient royal residence with historical palace, unique temples including the resident of Living Goddess Kumari, resting places and intricate carvings on the monuments. We shall also pay visit to the ancient pilgrimage of Swayambhunath Stupa or the Monkey Temple with beautiful whitewashed main stupa, brightly colored prayer bells, some Hindu temples and pleasant view of Kathmandu valley. Boudhanath Stupa is another ancient heritage which boasts of being one of the largest stupas in the world and is considered a haven of Tibetan Buddhism. Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu sacred place, at the bank of holy Bagmati River is another prominent heritage in Nepal. Your trekking guide will give you information on the treks about the days ahead. You may clarify your doubts in this regard. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (518m/1700ft) then drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft): 50 mins flight, 3-4 hours drive:
To begin with the adventure in the eastern Nepal, we shall take on a flight to the hill town of Tumlingtar, perched on a broad plateau to the east of Arun River, along the chain of Himalayas. From this village, that provides view of Makalu and Chamlang Peaks on a clear weather, we shall set off on a drive to the trailhead of Chichila. In a rough road and through the landscape with the terraced fields, we drive to the end of Tulingtar plateau and climb on to the town of Khandbari across the ridge dividing Arun and Sabaya Khola valleys. From Khandbari, a bazaar town with headquarters of Barun National Park, we shall take on a drive through a trail in a series of switchbacks to the village of Chichila located atop a small ridge. Stay overnight in Chichila.
Day 04: Chichila to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6-7 hours:
In the beginning of a wonderful adventure, we start today from the picturesque Chichila village. Beginning our trek with the superb view of Makalu Peak and other Himalayan mountains, of course seen on a clear weather day, we take on the route surrounded by dense and lush forest. Adorned by rhododendron, oak and bamboo forest along the ridge of the hill, we trek ahead in our journey. The traverse through the ridge continues with the beautiful view of Makalu and Chamlang mountains to reach the Sherpa settlement of Mure. From this village we shall descend on to reach the destination of Num village, a spectacularly placed village of Num from where we have tantalizing view of Arun River and Sedua village. Stay overnight in Num.
Day 05: Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6-7 hours:
The settlement we saw Num village shall become the destination, albeit the view seemed pretty closer yesterday. We shall have steep and terraced slopes from the Num village and continue along the trail to the Arun River for several hundred meters. Before crossing Arun River over a suspension bridge, we shall traverse through densely forested and slippery section in our initial section of today’s trek. Following the crossing over this impressive glacial river, our uphill climb begins. Through the twisting trails we reach to the village of Runruma and ahead through the steep trail, we finally reach to the settlement of Seduwa. This village provides marvelous view of cascading hills covered with green and lush forest. Stay overnight in Seduwa.
Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours:
We shall begin our trek with the checking up of our permits in the entry checkpoint in this village and then ascend through the rhododendron and bamboo forest to move out of the valley. Navigate the ways through terraced fields to reach the settlement of Manigaon. Here onwards, we shall trek through th forest, beautiful farmlands and school to reach the Tashigaon village, the last village in our walk in to Makalu Base Camp or before Chhukung in the Everest region. We settle for today in this village, i.e. have an overnight stay in Tashigaon village.
Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hours:
Today we have a longish trekking day before we hike across the challenging pass of Shipton La. We shall begin our trek with the steep ascent through the dense forest with rhododendron and oak trees. After trekking for some time the trail gradually starts to open up to the view of more rhododendron forest and we shall continue through to the small settlement at Chipla village. March ahead in the trail along the ridge to continue for the destination of Khongma Danda. This settlement has few teahouse lodges with comfortable facilities even for a tent terraces. Stay overnight in Khongma Danda.
Day 08: Rest day at Khongma :
This is a rest and acclimatization day of this trekking expedition before we climb on to higher altitudes. We shall be crossing over the formidable Shipton La Pass (4,216m) tomorrow and for this today we shall hike to higher altitude as well. The acclimatization mantra of climbing high and trekking low must be followed by every trekker and we are no exception. We shall thus be having a climb towards the Shipton La Pass on the Kongma Danda ridge for some time in the morning. The view of Kanchenjunga Peak from Kongma ridge is beautiful. Stay overnight at Khongma.
Day 09: Khongma to Mumbuk (3570 m/11712 ft):
Today we shall have one of the most challenging trekking sections till today as we shall be crossing over the Shipton La Pass. After the acclimatization our trekking for the day shall take us through a steep trail along the switchbacks and some of the most beautiful views of the Makalu, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga mountains overlooking the trail. Through the stone staircase and rhododendron forest, we shall reach to the base of Shipton La Pass. Hike in a steep trail to reach the top of the Pass, only to witness breathtaking view of the Himalayas, cascading hills and scenic landscapes with green lush forests. The rocky trail then takes us down to the Kalo Pokhari Lake. Further on the trail, we shall reach to the Keke La ridge on a steep trail from where the previous ridge of Shipton La Pass seems little below to us. Trek down from this high ridge through the ridge with terraced and cascading hills asss well as silver fir forest surrounding the trail and looked over by Himalayas to reach the destination for today, the Mumbuk. Stay overnight in Mumbuk.
Day 10: Mumbuk to Tonhe kharka:
Trekking deeper into the Arun valley, today we shall initially descend to the Barun River and all along the day our trek shall be accompanied by this mighty and glacial river till we reach the destination of Tonhe Kharka. Traverse up along the trail, yet in an overall descent, to reach the summer settlement of Temanthang Kharka along the Barun River. Climbing up and down carefully and cautiously, we shall trek through several areas prone to landslides where we shall walk around huge boulders and have some sections with unclear trails. On both the sides of the trail, we shall see big cliffs and couple of prominent caves considered as holy by the locals of the region. The trail, after a long slope, now starts opening to a valley after a gentle climb. We further continue through the view of alpine pastures with beautiful flowers dispersed with the spruce trees and rocky cliffs, and increasingly improving views of mountains such as Peak 6 we reach to Tonhe kharka. Stay overnight in Tonhe Kharka.
Day 11: Tonhe Kharka to Sherson:
In an increasingly strenuous trail, we shall today take rest at the Sherson before our final ascent towards Makalu Base Camp. In today’s trekking we shall trek through the dense forested area with strands of fir, bilberry, juniper and rhododendron, across several small streams originating on the glaciers at higher altitude and marveling at the close view of Peak 7, Chamlang Peak, Kongku Chuli Peak and some unnamed peaks, huge cliffs with caves, long waterfalls running down, and summer grazing areas before approaching Lenhmale Khaka. Further on, we have alpine environment with shrubs, prayer walls at Ramara though the forest with rhododendron, and juniper and berberis is found for sometime initially. Further walking through the grassy plain we reach to Sherson, the base camp area for Makalu Peak, with view of Lower Barun Glacier, upper part of Makalu’s south face and other neighboring peaks. Stay overnight in Sherson.
Day 12: Sherson to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours:
Today we shall trek to the base of the Makalu Peak or the Makalu Base Camp in a slow and gradual fashion. In a trail surrounded by glaciers and filled with rocks, we shall continue climbing to higher altitude. Accompanied by the majestic Himalayas and icy glaciers we shall reach to the Makalu Base Camp. Get soaked in the Himalayan panorama surrounding us and be relaxed at the camp. Enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful sunset over the Himalayas. Stay overnight in Makalu Base Camp.
Day 13: Rest day at Makalu Base Camp (for the necessary acclimatization & arrangements for the high camp).:
This is another acclimatization day in our adventure, and probably the most vital one, we shall have a rest day at Makalu Base Camp today. We shall prepare our equipments and make preparations for the high camp before final push to the summit of the peak. For the purpose of acclimatization we shall be climbing to the high camp and practice with our climbing equipments before making further climb. After some short hikes to higher altitude we shall return back. Stay overnight in Makalu Base Camp.
Day 14: Explore Makalu Base Camp (5600m).:
Today as well we shall explore the Makalu Base Camp area before actually going for the climb over Makalu Peak. In the rocky barren place of Makalu Base Camp with Lower Barun Glacier nearby, we shall explore the nearby glaciers and glacial lakes and also hike to higher altitude areas to allow ourselves to acclimatize further at higher altitudes. The majestic Makalu and complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse are the star attractions of this exploration of Makalu Base Camp. Stay overnight in Makalu Base Camp.
Day 15: Climbing period for Makalu 1(8463m.):
Today we shall have a big day of our expedition and the ultimate adventure as we shall be summiting over the peak. Beginning from the base of the peak very early, long before the day breaks, we shall encounter glacier crossings and steep snow fields to hanging ice falls to reach a plateau above the ice-fall. Climbing with the help of equipments including crampons, ropes and others, we shall climb to the summit through an ice-rock wall and then through rock pillar and mountain ridge to reach the top of the summit. In this strenuous climb you shall need a clear understanding of the alpine climbing techniques and mental endurance to overcome the odds. From the summit of Makalu I peak, you shall closely witness the tallest Everest and other mountain peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu and several other peaks on the Nepalese and Tibetan sides besides glaciers. Capture the memorable moments in pictures and then descend gradually to the base camp. Stay overnight in Makalu Base Camp.
Day 16: Makalu Base Camp to Mumbuk (3570 m/11712 ft)::
After reaching the pinnacle of our adventure, today onwards we shall be returning to lower altitudes. We follow the same trail that we took on our way upwards. Look out for the scenery and view more carefully today as we might have missed many outstanding views because we were too busy to turn around while climbing. Accompanied by Barun river, trek slowly and gradually to reach the settlement of Mumbuk. Stay overnight in Mumbuk.
Day 17: Mumbuk to Khongma la (3500m/11483 ft)::
The return trek continues today as well as we descent to the Khongma La where the challenging Shipton La pass once again comes before us. Before this, we shall trek past the Kalo Pokhari Lake and cross over the Keke La. Further, we shall ascent to the challenging pass and trek down from the summit along the trail with stone steps after which we shall reach to Khongma La continuing along the trail. The ascent and descent today shall be bit of easier for us because we are now used to higher altitudes, fitter than before and also better acclimatized. We shall end today’s undulating trek at Khongma La. Overnight stay at Khongma La.
Day 18: Khongma la to Seduwa(1500m/4922 ft): 5-6 hrs:
The downhill trek in our trekking continues today as well where we shall be losing a greater altitude than previous day. Through the cloud forest, frequent long and steep sections, paths marred by landslides, several lively settlements and scenic environment before a short hike to Murmidanda and a gradual descend to Seduwa, we shall complete our trekking for today. Stay overnight in Seduwa.
Day 19: Seduwa to Chichila (1980m/6497ft): 5-6 hrs:
We leave Seduwa village and reach to the other side of the mighty Arun River after we exit the Makalu Barun National Park. After crossing over the mighty river, we traverse to the villages of Num and Mudhe. Trekking along the hillsides, traversing across several villages and settlements and exploring the dense forests and the views of Himalayas including the glorious Makalu Peak, we complete our trek for today to reach Chichila village. Stay overnight in Chichila.
Day 20: Chichila to Tumlingtar (518m/1700ft): 3-4 hrs:
In the final leg of our return trekking from the base of Makalu peak, we continue ahead from the Chichila village with one last view of the majestic Makalu Peak. Trekking through the settlements at the foothills and on the hillside, terraced hills and green lush landscape, and accompanied by the deluged Arun River, we shall reach to the hill town of Tumlingtar. Prepare your bags and pack your equipments as we shall be leaving for Kathmandu tomorrow. Stay overnight in Tumlingtar.
Day 21: Flight Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.:
Flying along the humongous peaks and over the green and lush hills, we shall reach to Kathmandu after a flight of around 50 minutes. You shall be transferred to the hotel where you can take rest for whole day, get in touch with your loved ones or go for some souvenir shopping later in the day. Pack your bags for the onward journey and later in the evening celebrate the successful adventure to the Makalu Base Camp with other team members. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 22: Farewell Day:
The adventurous journey of Makalu Base Camp Trek comes to an end today. In case you are not extending your stay in this Himalayan nation, our representative shall escort you to the international airport approximately 3 hours before your flight schedule. You shall have enough time to plan your next adventure in Nepal. For now, cherish the adventure in the Makalu region, one of the milestones of your life!
- Airport pickup and drop service
- nights Hotel in Kathmandu( Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
- All fooding 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 max load of 30kg) along with their salary, lodging, fooding and insurance
- Trekking permits: TIMS card and Permits
- Trekking gears like sleeping bag and down jacket made available on rent
- 13% VAT and 10% service charge.
- First aid medical box.
- Farewell Dinner
- 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 scheduled itinerary
- Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
- All personal expenses
- Tip for guides and porters
Complimentary items offered by Nepal Mountain Trekkers
- Nepal Mountain Trekker t-Shirt and duffel bag with comprehensive trekking map
- Spa treatment for mind and body in Kathmandu after completion of trek
- Farewell treat