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Makalu Base Camp Trek

21 days

Trip fact

Duration: 21 days

Grade: Moderate

Activities:  Trekking & hiking

Max elevation: 4950m

Transport: Flights & Private vehicle

Best Time: Oct -Dec & March-May

Group size: 2+

  • Overview
  • Long Itinerary
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  • Map


“Adventure around world 5th highest Mt. Makalu with scenic and hidden Barun valley
Amazing landscapes from warm semi-tropic to alpine cold towards arctic zone of ice and snow
Exploring cultures around hidden villages on the least trekked areas of Eastern Himalaya.
Walking into mystical and scenic Barun valley within pristine environment
Lovely forest of tall pines-firs-oaks-magnolia and rhododendron trees to alpine bush.
Breath-taking views of world highest peaks including Mt. Everest rare East Face.


Makalu Base Camp Trek is an overwhelming adventure trek in Nepal for national and international trekkers. This trek is the popular Base Camp Trek of located in south-east of Mt Everest and Khumbu region. Makalu Trek also falls inside Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area at altitude above 8,000 m on the lap of the World 5th Highest Mountain Mt. Makalu (8,463m). Trek to Makalu base camp is regarded as one of the most remote treks as well as restricted area trek in all of Nepal. Makalu base camp trek is one of the most beautiful fascinating trips which offer a chance to get closer the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Makalu, Everest, Baruntse,Chamalang, Lhotse and Nuptse and other mighty peaks.

 Makalu Base Camp trek is an ideal trek for nature-loving trekkers who want to experience a lot. The major attract of the trek is the mesmerizing view of Mt. Makalu along with Mt Everest and other mighty peaks of this region. Makalu base camp trekking trail offers you amazingly beautiful natural surrounding and landscape, diversified flora and fauna, lush green forests, incredible white snow peaks, rhododendron and pristine forest, Barun river valley, granite cliffs, glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, amazing scenery ranging from the sweeping Arun river valley, the Barun La (4200m), old and ancient Buddhist monasteries, traditional lifestyle of Rai, Sherpa and Tibetan people, their religious practices, unique cultural heritage, customs and festivals as well you will also be pleased with the warm hospitality they offer. September-November and March-June is the best season to trek Makalu base camp. Makalu base camp trekking is a moderate trek as well less frequented route for trekkers due to its relative inaccessibility. However, this trek is not too hard and doesn’t demand advanced physical fitness levels so anyone can enjoy and take pleasure in nature walking during this trek.

Our especial Makalu Base camp trek begins with sweeping scenic short flights to warm areas of Arun River Valley at Tumlingtar town via Kathmandu. Then our adventure begins taking an exciting drive towards Num around high hills, farm houses and village with well tended terraces and ever present views of Mt. Makalu and other adjoining peaks. Starting our fabulous adventurous trek full of delights with exciting walks from low warm semi-tropical temperature of Arun River Valley we trek to Seduwa via Num. Continuing our trek we climb uphill via rough way towards Tashi-gaon and then into pure wilderness of deep forested hills as the climb leads towards scenic ridges of Kaungma Danda with grand views of Mt. Makalu and Kanchenjunga towards eastern horizon. Adventure continues walking small and big glacial lakes and over extraordinary temperate passes called Keke-La pass (4230m) and Tutu-La pass (4200m). Then many edges ascend up through Mambuk, Nghe Kharka and Langmale we reach hidden and beautiful Barun River valley which is off the beaten mid hill trails. Finally, we trek towards our destination at Shersong and reach Makalu Base Camp (8,412 m). From Makalu Base Camp there are spectacular views of greatest Mt. Makalu, the rarely seen Kangshung face of Everest as well as Lhotse, Chamlang, and Kanchenjunga in the far-east. Then we descend towards Hilary Base Camp, Yangle Kharka, and Mambuk. We trek the trail via Shipton-La Pass (4127 m) towards Seduwa via Kumgma Danda. After a wonderful experience heading back to Tumlingtar from Arun River valley we take a short and scenic flight back to Kathmandu to conclude this fabulous Makalu Base Camp trekking.

Although In Makalu base camp region you hardly find any modern facilities and amenities but blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty and leave a strong impression on many trekkers due to its unforgettable memorizing trip into the Himalayas. Life Himalayas Trekking Pvt. Ltd, can custom design the packages according to your requirements, offering suitable discounts and guaranteed on customer satisfaction. The Makalu base camp trek can be flexible with the itinerary and can adjust many more details according to your demand, availability, and timing.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Pick up from International Airpot in Kathmandu 1360m.

Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing around Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and then reach Num 1490m.

Day 04: Trek uphill to Seduwa and stay overnight at Seduwa1450m.

Day 05: Trek uphill via rough way towards Tashigaon 2135m.

Day 06: Trek about five hours to reach Kungma 3556m.

Day 07: Rest and Acclamation day at Kumgma.

Day 08: Trek via Shipton La high pass 4217m To reach Mambuk 3553.

Day 09: Trek the route about six hours to reach Nghe Kharka 3760m.

Day 10: The journey of about 6hours  to reach Langmale 4407m.

Day 11: Trek up the route with view of mountain to Shershop 4572m.

Day 12: Short trek the route takes to the Malaku Base Camp4812m.

Day 13: A day hike towards Hilary Base Camp 4950m and stay overnight there.

Day 14: We descend down the route about six hours to Yangle Kharka 3598m.

Day 15: Trek the trail towards Mambuk 3590m.

Day 16: Today we trek the trail via Shipton La Pass towards Kumgma 3443m.

Day 17: Trek from the rocky hills to reach Seduwa1540m.

Day 18: Trek about six hours towards Num and stay overnight at camp.

Day 19: About four hours of drive we reach Tumlingtar.

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 21: Final departure

Cost include

  • Airport pick up and drops international and domestic .
  • Complete departure information, About trek, flight ticket, guide, altitude sickness and reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary) and extra tour service before the trek starting.
  • 2 nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar to Kathmandu only 15 kg luggage aloud.  (10kg Big bag & 5kg hand bag) 
  • Trek flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & Kathmandu for member and involved staff. 
  • Best Lodge accommodation & full board meals throughout the trek.
  • breakfast, lunch and  dinner included chosen from lodge menu.
  • twin share accommodation during the trek.
  • As per group size experience, government licence holder trek guide, helpful and friendly strong, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.( 5 trekkers 1 assistant guide )
  • Warm Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag will be provided during the Makalu base camp trekking ( down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after the trip )
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permits)trek permit fee. Makalu base camp trail map.
  • First Aid kits for the staffs and the groups.
  • Services coordination for emergency and rescue operations 
  • Government taxes & office service charge
  • Farewell dinner at reputed restaurant .

 Cost exclude

  • Meals not quantified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa charge.
  • All beverage and others personal expenses.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek.

Day 01: Pick up from International Airport in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Trek preparation, briefing and sightseeing around Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar in the morning and drive about four hours to reach Num (1,490m). Stay overnight at Num.

Day 04: Trek uphill to Seduwa (1,450m) about five hours enjoying the natural beauty on the way. Stay overnight at the camp in Seduwa.

Day 05: Trek uphill through rough way and natural beauty towards Tashigaon (2,135m) which takes about five hours on foot. Stay overnight at the camp in Tashigaon.

Day 06: Trek uphill the route about five hours to reach Kungma (3,556). Stay overnight at camp in Kungma.

Day 07: Today is rest, refreshment and acclamation day. Visit around Kungma and stay overnight at camp in Kumgma.

Day 08: Today we trek via Shipton La high pass (4,217m) about eight hours to reach Mambuk (3,553m). Stay overnight at camp in Mambuk.

Day 09: Today we trek up the route about six hours to reach Nghe Kharka (3,760m) via the rough rocky route. Stay overnight at camp in Nghe Kharka.

Day 10: The journey of about six hours takes us to Langmale (4,407m). Stay overnight at the camp in Langmale.

Day 11: About five hours trek up the route with the view of mountains and nature takes us to Shershop (4,572). Stay overnight at the camp in Shershop.

Day 12: A short trek of about three to four hours up the route takes us to the Makalu Base Camp (4,812m). Stay overnight at camp in Makalu Base Camp.

Day 13: A day hike towards Hilary Base Camp (4,950). A good view of Mt. Makalu can be observed from Hilary Base Camp. Stay overnight at camp in Hilary Base Camp.

Day 14: Today we descend down the route about six hours to Yangle Kharka (3598m). Stay overnight at Yangle Kharka.

Day 15: Trek the trail towards Mambuk about six hours. Stay overnight at camp in Mambuk.

Day 16: Today we trek the trail via Shipton La Pass towards Kumgma (3,443m) about eight hours. Stay overnight at camp in Kungma.

Day 17: Today we trek down the rocky hills about seven hours to reach Seduwa (1,540m). Stay overnight at camp in Seduwa.

Day 18: Today we trek about six hours towards Num. Stay overnight at camp in Num.

Day 19: After about four hours of drive we reach Tumlingtar. Stay overnight at Tumlingtar.

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 21: Final departure.

The itinerary could be changed or modified as per your requirements, interest and length of your holiday. Weather, political, transportation and other disturbing factor are the main reason to make change in itineraries which are beyond our control. So, the guide or leader will provide you the best alternative during your trek.  The price of the trip will be according to standard of hotel, group size, duration and date of travel for the tailor made programme.

Regarding flight in the mountain region

Mostly twin otter is the most common means of air transportation in the Nepalese sky and during the flight in the Himalayan region of Nepal the flight schedule is cancelled and change from time to time due to poor visibility, weather condition and many other technical problem.  In such case we would charter helicopter for our guest regarding schedule of their international flight and for the different problem arise in the trek. The charter cost should be paid at head office of Tourist link Trek at Thamel and later on you can claim with your travel insurance.

As per Nepal Civil aviation rules the helicopter will fly, if the visibility is up to 1500m and visibility should be 5000m for flying Twin Otter in Nepalese sky.

Volunteering Hand of Life Himalaya Trekking

Ganesh Himal community foundation is a voluntary organization running by Life Himalaya Trekking for the development of people life style, education and villages in the rural village of Dhading district Nepal. An amount of 10% from every trip booking at Life Himalaya will go in the account of Ganesh Himal Community foundation. So this shows that we are liable for the social development of Nepal along with tourism business.

Major community work and partnership

The main job of the Ganesh Himal Community foundation is to construct the school and libraries in the rural areas of Nepal, in the needed place after a proper study. Conduct programme for the skill development, health and sanitation, village development with a joint effort of local people.

For further look at Ganesh Himal Community Foundation website www.ghcfnepal.org

For Low and Moderate Altitude Trekking

  • Water bottle
  • Batteries and bulbs
  • Flash light
  • personal towel
  • Swiss army knife
  • Ruck sack
  • Sun lotion
  • Medical & first-aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Poly propylene/wool socks
  • Other required equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking shoes/boots
  • Camp shoes
  • Jumperorpile jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shirts
  • Full–sleeves shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat

 For Higher Altitude Trekking (Above 4000m)

  • Gloves
  • Woolen hat
  • Long underwear
  • Goggles or sun glasses
  • Gaiters
  • Sun block for lips
  • Light cotton socks
  • Mountain trekking boots
  • Woolen socks to wear with boots
  • Nylon wind breaker
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon wind pants

Peak Climbing & Expedition Equipment

  • Long sleeved cotton/woolen shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Long cotton hiking shorts
  • Fleece/wool for climbing
  • Lightweight fleece
  • Sleeping pad (karri mat) or thermarest
  • Down high altitude sleeping bag
  • Down jacket/trousers/vest
  • Light cotton athletic socks and wool socks
  • Water proof climbing jacket
  • Head torch/batteries/bulbs
  • Climbing sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal/insulated ski gloves
  • Sun screen
  • Warm climbing trousers
  • Wool long underwear
  • Other required equipment
  • Climbing boots
  • Gaiters
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • Crampons
  • Karabiners
  • Tapes/slings
  • Snow bars
  • Ice screws
  • Rock pegs
  • Deadmen
  • Crash hat
  • Day bag
  • Rucksack
  • Lip salve
  • T-shirts
  • Ascenders
  • ascenders
  • Kit bag

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