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makalu base camp trek


Mt. Makalu with the height of 8,463 metres, it is deemed to be one of the adventurous trekking routes, requiring enough training on technical rock/ice climbing.

Mt Makalu Base Camp Trekking will tkae you to the pyramid-shaped mountain actually lies in the Mahalangur Himalayan range, between Nepal and China, to the south-east of Mt.Everest. This mountain has maintained its own distinct imprints on trekkers mind for having really tenacious topography with steep gradient and salient ridges.

Though thinking of the elevated peaks may bring sweat while ascending to the base camp but the breeze from the Makalu-Arun valley will sweep them off for sure. The valley has very enticing panoramic view with waterfalls, green forest nearby and different hues of petals of different floras along with various species of fauna within. Undoubtedly few species are rare too. It is really a paradise-like place and being there will ease your cramped and tired muscles. And, the peace of mind too can be accessed effortlessly.

The Mt Makalu Base Camp Trekking and Expedition includes hiking most of the time starting with the flight to Tumlingtar.Thereafter, with the strong feet and great stamina of trekkers trek to different places as they head up to the base camp.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
Day 02: Fly to Tumlingtar 448 m – 45 mins flight with overnight stop.
Day 03: Drive to Num 1,490 m – 04 hrs with afternoon free to explore.
Day 04: Trek to Seduwa 1,540 m- 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,135m – 04 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Kaungma Danda (Ridge) 3,556 m – 05 hours
Day 07: Trek to Mumbuk 3,553 m – 06 hours
Day 08: Trek to Nghe (Nehe Kharka 3,760 m – 05 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Shersong 4, 572 m – 05 hours.
Day 10: Rest day at Shersong for local exploration and hike to Makalu Base Camp 4,812 m
Day 11: Trek to Yangle Kharka 3, 598 m – 06 hours.
Day 12: Trek to Mumbuk – 05 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Kaungma Ridge – 05 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Narbu Gaon 1,310 m via Tashi Gaon – 05 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Num via Seduwa – 05 hours.
Day 16: Drive back to Tumlingtar – 04 hrs.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.
Day 19: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Makalu Base Camp Trekking. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02: Fly to Tumlingtar (448 m), a scenic flight of 45 mins.

    Starting Makalu Base Camp Trekking with sweeping flight taking 45 mins overlooking range of peaks, to land at Arun valley in Tumlingtar a small town with warmer climate, during flights super views of snowcapped peaks with Everest and Makalu, on reaching Tumlingtar join with our other trekking staff and porters for the adventure to high Makalu base camp. At Tumlingtar overnight in a local lodge, a rural farm area located high above Arun River, afternoon free to explore this interesting town and a village.

  3. Day 03: Drive to Num (1,490 m), 4 hrs with afternoon free to explore.

    From Tumlingtar starting the morning with a scenic interesting drive heading to the mid hills passing many farm villages and the large town of Khandbari, drive continues on the hill ridge rough dirt road leading higher to Chinchilla village from here a long descend to Num village slowly turning into a town with the motor reaching this village a few years back, at Num overnight in lodge or in tents with grand views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Jalajala Himal and Makalu.

  4. Day 04: Trek to Seduwa (1,540 m), 5 hrs.

    Today our first day walk starts with downhill and up to Seduwa village, a steep descent to the bridge over raging Arun River around this place quite tropical, and then with a climb towards farm fields and small villages of Runmura, here with lunch break and then with a gradual climb to reach overnight stop at Seduwa village, a small place with primary school and a health post with basic facilities with views of Num across the ridge and of other adjoining hills of Bhojpur and Jalajala rocky peaks.

  5. Day 05: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,135 m), 4 hrs.

    After Seduwa village, morning walk on undulating winding trail to Tashigaon a Sherpa village, the last village before Makalu base camp, walk leads through farm areas with nice terraces of millet, a major crops after rice and wheat’s of this area, and then for 3 - 4 hours of good trek reaching at Tashigaon for lunch and overnight camp with time to visit the local village around, which is quite interesting. The Sherpa of this area is quite different from Khumbu highlanders.

  6. Day 06: Trek to Kaungma Danda (3,556 m), 5 hrs.

    Leaving Tashi Gaon the last village for a week-long, morning walk leads on a gentle path into the thick forest of rhododendron, oaks and tall pines trees passing many cattle herder’s temporary shelters of shades and stone huts after few hours of pleasant walk stopping for lunch on the grassy meadow and summer pasture ground. Afternoon walks with a steep climb for few hours to reach Kaungma ridge top, as the tall trees give away for smaller rhododendron and juniper bushes and small birch trees. This high ridge offers excellent views of Kanchenjunga mountain range and of Mt. Makalu with adjoining peaks, from here in the complete wilderness.

  7. Day 07: Trek to Mumbuk (3,553 m), 6 hrs.

    From Kaungma Danda morning walk on a ridge line following a gradual path with few ups and down reaching at icy ponds of Thulo Pokhari (big) with Sano Pokhari (small) after crossing Tutu-la and Shipton la at above (4,453 m) passes, and then downhill back into forest with views of Khumbakarna Himal range of mountains towards north, overnight camp on a level ground in the middle of tall trees.

  8. Day 08: Trek to (Nghe) Nehe Kharka (3,760 m), 5 hrs.

    Today walks leads to scenic Barun valley famous for rare species of vegetation- plants and herbs including wild-life, starting the morning with down-hill for an hour and crossing a small stream to reach Barun valley, walk with gentle up views of peaks on both side of the valley passing few Sheppard’s shelters with a small Buddhist Gompa (monastery), after a pleasant walk of 5 hours reaching at Nehe Kharka for overnight camp around Barun valley.

  9. Day 09: Trek to Shersong (4, 572 m), 5 hrs.

    From Barun valley walk to Shersong leading at the end valley near Makalu base camp leading on gentle uphill crossing streams with great views of Mt. Makalu and Baruntse peaks, after a nice walk of 5 hours reaching at our destination at Sherson for two nights camps.

  10. Day 10: At Shersong for short hike above hills and view-points.

    Rest and acclimatization day to soak with the views of Mt. Makalu, Baruntse peaks with peak IV, morning an optional hike for excellent views of Mt. Everest with rare East Face known as Kanshung faces with Lhotse.

  11. Day 11: Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,598 m), 6 hrs.

    Retrace the journey back on the Barun valley to Yangle Kharka enclosed within high rocky cliffs with views of cascading waterfalls after a descend reaching the overnight camp at cow herders temporary summer grazing place at Yangle-Kharka.

  12. Day 12: Trek to Mumbuk, 5 hrs.

    After a wonderful time at Barun valley, walk leads past the valley with a climb to reach back into thick woodland at Mumbuk for overnight camp.

  13. Day 13: Trek to Kaungma Danda / Ridge, 5 hrs.

    On the same trail back to Khoma ridge morning walk with a climb for an hour or more through a forest on reaching the hilltop ridge leaving the tree lines, and passing the ponds and over Tutu la and Shipton la reaching at Kaungma hilltop for overnight camp.

  14. Day 14: Trek to Narbu Gaon (1,310 m) via Tashi Gaon, 5 hrs.

    Morning walk on downhill path back into forest of tall tree lines to reach villages and farm fields, on reaching at Tashi Gaon taking a different higher route to Nawa or Narbu gaon village, through cool shade of woodlands and farm terraces and then reaching a large Sherpa village of Narbu Gaon on for overnight stop, with afternoon free to explore this nice farm village.

  15. Day 15: Trek to Num via Seduwa, 5 hrs.

    From Narbu Gaon our last day walk of this wonderful adventure leading downhill with few short up to Seduwa village, after a rest here continue to descend on a steep path to Arun River, after crossing a bridge a steep climb for few hours to reach at Num village for last overnight around the high hills of Makalu.

  16. Day 16: Drive back to Tumlingtar, 4 hrs.

    After a wonderful time on the high hills and mountains with farm villages, from Num taking an exciting drive on the rough road passing past villages with beautiful views of surrounding green hills and peaks, after few hours of drive reaching Khadbari, a major town and headquarter of Sanka Sabha district of Makalu region. From here an hour downhill back to Tumlingtar in the comfort of a nice lodge.

  17. Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

    As per the flight time for Kathmandu transfer to Tumlingtar airport located on the grassy field above Arun River, and then a swift panoramic flight of 45 minutes brings you at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life, and then back in your hotel with memorable time on Makalu base camp trekking.

  18. Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.

    We have reserved this day as contingency and a spare day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Tumlingtar due to unpredictable bad weather conditions, on this day you can book for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu as the valley, filled with most of the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.

  19. Day 19: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.

    Day 19: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.

What's included !

  • Airport picks up/ transfer
  • 2 nights in 3 or 4 star standard hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan
  • Guided tour of Kathmandu valley with private car, entrance of all the temples and monuments fees
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with Traditional dance & Music
  • All permits necessary for trekking (TIMs, Makalu Barun National Park Permit)
  • All monuments/ entrance fees
  • Internal Flight Tickets (Kathmandu - Tumlingtar- Kathmandu)
  • 3 times meals during the trek( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, tea coffee)
  • Mt. accommodation twin share- comfortable and clean (two nights attached bath)
  • One Advance Adventures Trek Leader( Gov. Licensed, first aid and eco trained), his entire expenses, equipment and insurance
  • Entire cost of porter and Sherpas- one porter for each two member in a group
  • All the Gov and local taxes
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags
  • Group medicine kit box
  • High altitude chamber bag for trek safety(available on above 4 pax)
  • Departure transfer

What's not included !

  • Nepal Visa, in/out flight to Kathmandu
  • Your meals at Kathmandu & Pokhara, except provided dinner and breakfast
  • Entire beverages, mineral water, beer etc. while on trek
  • Travel Insurance(Must includes Helicopter evacuation and trip cancellation)
  • Personal Nature Expenses/ Tips to guide and porter
  • Any Extending Trips


The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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