Makalu Base Camp Trek

Trek Duration
16 Days

Max Trekking Altitude

Trek Grade
Moderate - Strenous


Hours of Walking
5-7 Hours per day

Makalu Barun Area

Best Time to go
September – November & March – May


  • 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
  • Wild adventurous remote trek
Makalu base camp trek
Trip Details

Makalu Base Camp 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.

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.

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), 6-7 hours walk

Day 6. Mumbuk – Nghekharka (3750m), 6-7 hours walk

Day 7: Nghekharka to Merek (4570m), 6-7 hours walk

Day 8: Merek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m), 4-5 hours walk

Day 9:  Explore around Makalu Base Camp

Day 10:  Return to Yangri Kharka (3610m), 7-8 hours walk

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

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

Day 13:  Return to Tashigaon, 6-7 hours walk

Day 14:  Return to Num, 5-6 hours walk

Day 15:Drive to Tumlingtar, 5-6 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.

Terms and Conditions

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.

Payment conditions

Cost Includes
  • Airfare from Kathmandu/Tumlingtar/Kathmandu
  • Full Board meals a day with hot water and tea and coffee during the trek Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge/Teahouse during the trek (twin sharing room)
  • Experienced English Speaking, government licensed guide and porter and all their expenses during the trek like his transfer, insurance, salary, meals and accommodation (porter will carry max. 20 kg luggage).
  • All Trekking permit – Makalu Barun National Park & TIMs card fee
  • Personal warm sleeping bag and liner
  • First aid kit and duffel bag
  • All government taxes
  • Trek staff insurance
  • 13% VAT (Government tax)
Cost Excludes
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara before and after the trek however, we can book upon your request
  • 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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