Makalu Base Camp Camping Trek

Makalu base camp camping trek

This 16 day trek is the Base Camp Trek of world’s fifth highest mountain located in Makalu-Barun National Park. The destination is Makalu Base Camp and the rugged trails bring us to one of the most far off regions in Nepal. East Nepal is home to both the third and fifth highest peaks in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga and Mount Makalu respectively. This remote and isolated area offers the ideal trekking experience for adventurers aspiring with time to invest in an epic quest into the heady heights of the Himalayas. Rich in wildlife and a great habitat for Red Pandas, it is also a great location for keen wildlife photographers. Tourism is very limited here, and you will meet very few other trekkers. The trek is strenuous but extremely rewarding.

Fixed Departure Dates

Start Date End Date Price
March 6, 2023 March 21, 2023 US$ 3575 per person
March 24, 2023 April 8, 2023 US$ 3575 per person
April 11, 2023 April 26, 2023 US$ 3575 per person

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Trek Duration
16 Days

Max Trekking Altitude

Trek Grade


Hours of Walking
5-7 Hours per day

Makalu Barun Area

Group Size
6-8 people


  • Views of Mount Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Mount Makalu (8485m)
  • Experiencing the varied local cultures of Tibetans, Sherpa, Rai and Limbu
  • Chances of seeing the elusive Red Panda
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Trip Details

Makalu Base Camp
Camping Trek

This exceptionally beautiful but tough route is especially known for its views of towering Himalayan peaks, biodiversity, and unique and unspoiled cultural heritage.

Our journey starts with a scenic fifty minute flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, a small village in Eastern Nepal. From Tumlingtar a good six hour drive by 4x4 awaits. The roads may be rough, but the scenery is outstanding.

The trek itself starts from the village Num, and follows the Arun River into the National Park. The park is recognized for its remarkable biodiversity and the area contains a multitude of species of rhododendron, orchids, and other rare plants. Vulnerable and endangered species such as snow leopard and red panda are also found here.

makalu base camp trekking region

As we continue deeper into the park, we cross the high pass of Shipton La, and enter the upper Barun river valley. Here we get a close look at Makalu and Chamlang Himal and will be walking through the glacier filled Makalu Barun Valley.

Along the way we find settlements of Rai, Sherpa, and Bhote. These ethnic groups are all farmers, and though they are isolated and often economically poor, they preserve a rich cultural heritage.

We camp in selected areas with access to water and enough space for the tents. This is usually a clearing in the forest used by the local herders to graze their cattle, or a meadow outside the village. Here you may enjoy a well-deserved shower, followed by sundowners or some relaxing time with a book. Every day culminates with a delicious three course dinner and tales shared around the campfire.

This is a challenging trek and we recommend it only for experienced trekkers or people with a reasonably good physical condition. Expect to carry your personal pack with what you need while trekking. Our porters will carry everything else.

makalu base camp trek route
Day 1: Fly, Kathmandu / Tumlingtar (50 mins flight) / drive to Num 4-5 hours

Day 2: Num – Seduwa (1540m), 6-7 hours walk

Day 3: Seduwa to Tashigoan (2070m), 4-5 hours walk

Day 4: Tashigoan – Khongma Danda (3560m), 6-7 hours walk

Day 5: Khongma – Mumbuk (3550m),

Day 6: Mumbuk – Nghekharka (3750m)

Day 7: Nghekharka to Merek (4570m)

Day 8: Merek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m)

Day 9: Explore around Makalu Base Camp

Day 10: Return to Yangri Kharka (3610m), 6-7 hours walk

Day 11: Return to Dobate, 6-7 hours walk

Day 12: Return to Khongma, 5-6 hours walk

Day 13: Return to Seduwa,

Day 14: Return to Num

Day 15: Drive to Tumlingtar, 4-5 hours drive

Day 16: Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu, 50 mins flight
Confirmation of booking
All bookings are made in good faith. Once we have received your booking we will send you an invoice giving payment details.

We will require an advance deposit of US$ 200 per person in order to hold your booking on a secure basis with the balance to be paid prior to your arrival in Nepal.
Cancellation policy
Arrangements may be cancelled at any time but the cancellation should be communicated to us in writing. Since cancellation incurs administrative costs, we will retain any deposit paid and in addition will apply cancellation charges as follows.

Period before departure within which written cancellation is received, and sum of cancellation charge shown as a percentage of the package price:
  • More than 60 days: Deposit only
  • 31-60 days: 50%
  • 15-30 days: 75%
  • Less than 15 days: 100%
Price increases
Any unforeseen cost increases beyond our control will be passed on directly to the guest, whenever such increases occur.

This could include (but is not limited to) such items as airfares, fuel costs, government taxes, currency exchange variations, etc. In some cases, an increase might also be applicable if group numbers drop below the originally costed number.
Change of itinerary
We reserve the right to change or alter any itinerary at any time for reasons beyond our control. These could include but are not limited to adverse weather conditions, cancellation of flights or government restrictions in certain areas.

Whenever we are forced to make such late changes, we will always endeavor to give guests as much advance notice as possible and to ensure that the alternate itinerary achieves, insofar as possible, the objectives of the original tour.
Transportation costs (extra)
Airfare kathmandu/Tumlingtar/Kathmandu or Road Transport

Payment conditions

Cost Includes
  • Airfare from Kathmandu/Tumlingtar/Kathmandu
  • Service of one English speaking trekking guide
  • Service of 2-3 assistant guides
  • Service of one cook
  • Service of full porter team of 20+ porters
  • All meals on trek
  • All tea/coffees on trek
  • All communal camping equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, chairs, tables, shower tent, toilet tent, etc.)
  • Personal equipment: sleeping bag, liner, camp cot
  • Mountain Travel duffel bag (which you may keep after trek)
  • All necessary trekking permits
  • Transfer by jeep Tumlingtar/Num/Tumlingtar
  • Accommodation and meals in teahouse in Tumlingtar on last night before flight
  • Trek staff insurance
  • 13% VAT (Government tax)
Cost Excludes
  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
  • Any purchases of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, etc.
  • Personal insurance in case of emergency
  • Air travel to and from Nepal
  • Entry visas for Nepal (suggest getting 30-day tourist visa for Nepal on arrival into Kathmandu)
  • Personal clothing and equipment except sleeping bag
  • Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition
  • Gratuities to guides and Sherpa staff

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