Makalu Base Camp

  • Trip Duration:19 Days
  • Trip Grading: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 5,000m (Makalu Base Camp)
  • Best Time: March-May & September-November

Trip Overview

Makalu Base Camp trek is a wonderful trek that gets you close to the world’s fifth highest mountain, Makalu. This majestic pyramid shaped mountain dominates the landscape at a height of 8462m, a truly imposing sight.

This trek into the Makalu Barun National Park trek offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the Himalayas. The lower part of the trek passes through lush rhododendron forests of the Arun Valley and villages inhabited by Limbu, Newar, Rai and Sherpa ethnic groups. From here, the views of the Chamlang Range are sensational.

After crossing Shipton La Pass (4210m) the trail enters the Barun Khola Valley. You will have spectacular views of nearby glaciers, waterfalls and towering rocky cliffs before heading on to Makalu Base Camp where the scenery is magnificent. The towering south face of Makalu as well as Everest and Lhotse are in clear view as is the Barun Glacier.

The trek starts with a short one hour flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (860m) followed by a three hour drive to Chichila (1,980m) where the trek commences. After trekking through picturesque and interesting villages of Num (1490m), Sedua (1460m) and Tashi Gaon (2070m) we reach Kauma (3470m) where we have an extra night for rest and acclimatisation. After leaving Kauma we trek over Shipton La Pass (4210m) to the village of Mumbuk (3570m) before continuing on to Makalu Base Camp (5000m,) with overnight stops at Neha Kharka (4310m) and Sherson (4615m). We have a day to explore around Makalu Base Camp before returning via the same route to Tashi Gaon where the trail diverts through the villages of Pakuwa (1520m) and Bumling (1160m) before returning to Tumlingtar and a flight back to Kathmandu.

Claimed by some to be the most scenic trek in the Himalayas, this trek offers a unique insight into a variety of cultures while experiencing some of the most amazing scenery the Himalayas has to offer. Put this one on your list.

The trek starts and finishes in Kathmandu and includes return flights Tumlingtar. In order to keep the trek cost as low as possible, we offer the flexibility for you to arrange your own accommodation in Kathmandu however we are happy to arrange this for you if you wish.

Makalu Base Camp trek is a wonderful trek that gets you close to the world’s fifth highest mountain, Makalu. This majestic pyramid shaped mountain dominates the landscape at a height of 8462m, a truly imposing sight.

This trek into the Makalu Barun National Park trek offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the Himalayas. The lower part of the trek passes through lush rhododendron forests of the Arun Valley and villages inhabited by Limbu, Newar, Rai and Sherpa ethnic groups. From here, the views of the Chamlang Range are sensational.

After crossing Shipton La Pass (4210m) the trail enters the Barun Khola Valley. You will have spectacular views of nearby glaciers, waterfalls and towering rocky cliffs before heading on to Makalu Base Camp where the scenery is magnificent. The towering south face of Makalu as well as Everest and Lhotse are in clear view as is the Barun Glacier.

The trek starts with a short one hour flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (860m) followed by a three hour drive to Chichila (1,980m) where the trek commences. After trekking through picturesque and interesting villages of Num (1490m), Sedua (1460m) and Tashi Gaon (2070m) we reach Kauma (3470m) where we have an extra night for rest and acclimatisation. After leaving Kauma we trek over Shipton La Pass (4210m) to the village of Mumbuk (3570m) before continuing on to Makalu Base Camp (5000m,) with overnight stops at Neha Kharka (4310m) and Sherson (4615m). We have a day to explore around Makalu Base Camp before returning via the same route to Tashi Gaon where the trail diverts through the villages of Pakuwa (1520m) and Bumling (1160m) before returning to Tumlingtar and a flight back to Kathmandu.

Claimed by some to be the most scenic trek in the Himalayas, this trek offers a unique insight into a variety of cultures while experiencing some of the most amazing scenery the Himalayas has to offer. Put this one on your list.

The trek starts and finishes in Kathmandu and includes return flights Tumlingtar. In order to keep the trek cost as low as possible, we offer the flexibility for you to arrange your own accommodation in Kathmandu however we are happy to arrange this for you if you wish.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (1hr) then drive to Chichila (3hrs)
Day 2: Trek to Num (1490m) 5 hrs)
Day 3: Trek to Serdua (1460m) 6hrs
Day 4: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2070m) 5hrs
Day 5: Trek to Kauma (3470m) 6hrs
Day 6: Rest and acclimatisation day in Kauma
Day 7: Trek to Numbuk (3570m) via Shipton La Pass (4210m) 5hrs
Day 8:  Trek to Neha Kharka (4310m) 6hrs
Day 9:  Trek to Sherson (4615m) 7hrs
Day 10: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (5000m) 4hrs
Day 11: Explore Makalu Base Camp and surrounds
Day 12: Trek to Neha Kharka (4310m) 6hrs
Day 13: Trek to Trek to Numbuk (3570m) 5hrs
Day 14: Trek to Kauma (3470m) 4hrs
Day 15: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2070m) 4hrs
Day 16: Trek to Pakuwa (1520m) 5hrs
Day 17: Trek to Bumling (1160m) 5hrs
Day 18: Trek to Tumlingtar 5hrs
Day 19: 
Fly to Kathmandu

Cost Included

  • Airport  transfer to and from hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara prior to commencement and after the end of the trek if requested.
  • Road transport, normally by bus, as per the trek itinerary.
  • Flight within Nepal as per the itinerary.
  • Three meals a day while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) including one cup of hot beverage (tea or coffee) with the meal.
  • Accommodation on twin share basis in teahouses, lodges or homestays for the duration of the trek.
  • All trekking, climbing and restricted area entry permit fees required for the trek.
  • Government licenced English speaking guide.
  • Porters (one porter per two trekkers) carrying a maximum of 25kgs.
  • Salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation guides and porters.

Trek Price Excludes

  • International flights to and from Nepal.
  • Domestic flights within Nepal except where indicated on the itinerary.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fees.
  • Travel and rescue or emergency evacuation insurance.
  • Any costs associated with rescue or emergency evacuation.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner prior to and after the trek.
  • Drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
  • Meals and snacks other than breakfast lunch and dinner while trekking.
  • Personal equipment or any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Single trekker supplement.
  • Peak climbing permit.
  • Cost of additional porters for excess equipment above 12.5kg per person allowance.
  • Tips and gratuities.

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