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Price
$2899 per person
Duration
19 Days
Travellers
20+

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Adventurous and wild trail

See superb scenery throughout the trail

Explore beautiful villages

Experience rich culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the locals

Reach Makalu Base Camp

Witness panoramic views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Peak 7, Peak 6, Chamlang, and several other mountains.

Makalu Base Camp Trek is an adventurous and wild journey in one of the less-traveled eastern part of Nepal. The trek goes through the restricted area and Makalu Barun National Park. During the trek, you will get to see the extraordinary beauty of the Himalayan landscape. On the way, you will get to see a high waterfall cascades into a deep gorge. Trekking through dense forests, alpine lakes, fine valleys, glaciers, and picturesque villages, you will reach Makalu Base Camp located at 4,870 meters. Throughout the trail, you will get to see stunning views of snow-covered glistening mountains.

Makalu Region is enriched with natural excellence. Spread in a huge area, the cold mountains, deep dark forests, and untamed lakes make the region beautiful in its way. Makalu Base Camp Trekking is the perfect option for trekkers who are looking for a bit challenging journey into the most isolated parts of Nepal. We, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition have professionally designed our Makalu Base Camp Trek 19-days trip to let you relish the beauty of Himalayas.

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Departure Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Return Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Price includes
  • Accommodations in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
  • Airport – hotel -airport picks up and drops by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners) with one cup of tea/coffee per day.
  • An experienced Government license holder guide.
  • assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porters) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • Go for Nepal duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required.
Price does not include
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (Due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (Phone Calls, Laundry, bar bills during the trekking, Battery recharge of camera or mobile, extra porters if you wish to take, mineral water, Shower etc.)
  • Tips for guides and porter. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • Day 01
  • Day 02
  • Day 03
  • Day 04
  • Day 05
  • Day 06
  • Day 07
  • Day 08
  • Day 09
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17
  • Day 18
  • Day 19
Day 01

Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1,980 m); 3/4 hrs.

After breakfast, you will fly to Tumlingta, where you will be joined by the rest of the crew members for the journey. From here, you will drive to Chichila, a beautiful small Gurung village. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 02

Chichila to Num (1,040 m); 6 /7 hrs.

You will wake up early to continue your trek towards the Num village. The trail will go through several villages and mountain forests. Before reaching Num, you will walk along a ridgeline enjoying superb views. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 03

Num to Seduwa (1,500 m); 6/7 hrs.

The trail descends steeply through lush forests and terraced farms and takes you to the Barun River. Crossing the river, you will ascend steeply to reach the other side. From here onwards, Makalu Barun National Park begins. You will register your entry permits here and move to Seduwa. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 04

Seduwa to Tashi Gaon (2,100 m); 4 /5 hrs.

You will ascend along with enjoying the view of Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khol on the east. The trail then crosses hillside through fine villages and paddy fields to take you to lovely Tashi Gaon. These villages are surrounded by wonderful views of the Himalayan mountains. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 05

Tashi Gaon to Khongma Danda (3,500 m); 6/7 hrs.

Today, the trail will be little challenging as most part includes steep paths. After breakfast, you will ascend through a forest to a stream, and then onto a ridge. Further, you will trek slowly and pass Kharka and follow a series of rough stone stairs to reach the top of the ridge. You will then descend and reach Khongma Danda for a night stay. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 06

Acclimatization day (3,500 m); 5 hrs.

This is a rest day to acclimate your body with the increased altitude. You will explore the nearby area and spend the day relaxing.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 07

Khongma Danda to Dobato (3,500 m); 6/7 hrs.

You will continue trekking towards Shipton Las Pass. From here, the trail will take you to Kalo Pokhari (3,930 m) and passes Keke La (4,170 m). On the way, you will get to see stunning views of Peak 7 (6,758 m), Peak 6 (6,524 m), and Chamlang (7,321 m). From Keke La, you will descend through a beautiful valley and reach Dobato.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 08

Dobato to Yangla Kharka (3,557 m); 6/7 hrs.

You will trek through the rich rhododendron forest and reach Barun River. Walk slowly and carefully, as the first couple hours of the trail are steep and arduous. After that, you will be gradually gaining altitude to reach Yangla Kharka. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 09

Yangla Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,410 m); 5/6 hrs.

The trail passes through yak pastures, lush forests, and boulder fields. You will reach Merek from where you will get to see tempting Himalayan views. From Merek, you will trek and reach Langmale Kharka. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 10

Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,870 m); 6/7 hrs.

The trail ascends to Shersong and moves towards Makalu Base Camp. Trekking on flat icy glaciers path along with looking over snow-capped mountains, you will approach Shersong. From Shersong, you will see a dramatic view of Mt. Makalu. Upon reaching Makalu Base Camp, you will get to see breath-taking views of Himalayas. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 11

Explore Makalu Base Camp (4,870 m); 3 hrs.

Today, you will explore the base camp. Makalu Base Camp is a rocky barren palace with huge Barun Glacier. You will get to see a panoramic view of the south face of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Everest, and Mt. Lhotse. In surroundings, there are several lakes and glaciers that you can walk to witness. Likewise, you will also go on a short excursion to view more beautiful views. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 12

Makalu Base Camp to Yangla Kharka (3,557 m); 6/7 hrs.

The trail descends through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, and Merek. On the way, you will enjoy the last view of Mt. Makalu. From Merek, the trail descends and takes you to Yangla Kharka for a night stay. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 13

Yangla Kharka to Dobato (3,500 m); 6/7 hrs.

Following the same route back, you will descend through rock falls, green forests, and valley to reach Dobato. You will also walk along the Barun river bank and descend towards the destination of the day. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 14

Dobato to Khongma Danda (3,500 m); 5/6 hrs.

The day begins with a steep ascend to Mumbuk. From here, you will trek through lush forest of rhododendron and fir. Crossing Keke La, Tutu La, and Kauma La, you will descend to Khongma Danda. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse

 

Day 15

Khongma Danda to Tashi Gaon (2,100 m); 4/5 hrs.

You will descend on a long steep trail that goes through the hillside. Further, trekking through dense forests, you will reach back to Sherpa village, Tashi Gaon for night stay. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 16

Tashi Gaon to Seduwa (1,500 m); 4/5 hrs.

Today, you will retrace the same path as before and pass by Makalu Barun National Park. The trail descends to the Barun River and crosses hillside. Trekking through numerous villages, you will move down to Seduwa. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 17

Seduwa to Num (1,040 m); 4 - 5 hrs.

Leaving Seduwa behind, you will walk by lush forests. The trial involves many ascends & descends through forests and small villages. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 18

Drive Num to Chichila to Tumlingtar (1,980 m); 6/7 hrs.

Walking on the same path, you will reach Chichila. From here, you will move towards Tumlingtar where you will be spending the night. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: teahouse
Day 19

Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (1,380 m); 50 min.

After a quick breakfast, you will fly back to Kathmandu. You will move to the hotel and relax for the day. Later, in the evening, you will enjoy a farewell dinner organized by the company. 

  • Meals Included: Breakfast & Farewell dinner
  • Accommodation: hotel

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Himalayan Penchant

A journey to the less-traveled region of Nepal, a journey to the wilderness of eastern Himalayas, and a journey to the lap of worlds' fifth highest mountain, Makalu Base Camp Trek is a once in a lifetime trip. From lush forests to the shrubs of the subalpine zone, you will get to see a wide range of vegetation. Likewise, the distinct culture and tradition of the villages will add zest of religious value. The stunning landscape and panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains are one more thing to look after. You can see snow-capped mountains like Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Peak 7 (6,758 m), Peak 6 (6,524 m), Chamlang (7,321 m), and several other mountains.

Makalu Base Camp Trek landmark

One of the main highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trek is Makalu Base Camp it self. It is the base of the world's fifth highest mountain, Mt. Makalu. The base camp will present you tempting beauty of Himlayan nature unlike anywhere else. Likewise, Makalu Barun National Park is another landmark of the trek. Most part of the trail goes through the national park home to unspoiled flora & fauna. And, how can we forget about the fine villages where you will come across a completely different lifestyle, yet more fulfilling than us.

Culture & Ethnic Diversity

During Makalu Base Camp Trekking, you will see ethnic groups like Newar, Limbu, Rai, etc. along the way. The people of this region are either Hindus or Buddhists. They have been practicing and protecting their culture and tradition given by their ancestors. In the higher elevation, you will see the influence of Tibetan Buddhism.

Natural Aptitude

Makalu Base Camp Trekking trail goes along the Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area established in 1992. The entire area is extremely rich in flora and fauna. You will be in the heaven of herbal plants. As the elevation increases, the national park will present you range of climate and vegetation. Forests of birch, rhododendron, fir can be seen in the lower elevation, whereas as herbs, grasses, and juniper shrubs will be seen in the higher altitude.

There is a large variety of orchid, aromatic plants, oak, primrose, and 19 species of bamboo. Likewise, the national park is home to many endangered animals like musk dees, ghoral, Himalayan Tahr, red pandas, leopards, etc. Ornithologists have identified 400 bird species, at least 16 of which are extremely rare.

Makalu Base Camp Trek difficulty

Makalu Base Camp Trek is a difficult yet adventurous journey. The terrain you will be walking during this trek is different from other treks of Nepal. The path is rugged, includes so many ascend & descends, and steep sections. On average, you have to trek for around 6 to 7 hours a day that can be a little tiring, however, the wonderful views will keep you accompanied. A good level of physical fitness and health is required to go on this trek. To talk with us to know more deeply regarding the subject.

Altitude Sickness and Prevention

Makalu Base Camp Trek 19-days will take you above 4,500 meters, which means there is a risk of altitude sickness. Also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), altitude sickness is an illness that travelers face during high altitude journey when their body does not get acclimatize with the increasing elevation. The sad part is that it can happen to anyone regardless of their age and physical fitness. Therefore, it is very important to acclimate your body with a lower elevation before heading ahead.

Following are the things you can do to reduce the chances of getting AMS:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks
  • Include an adequate number of rest days in the itinerary
  • Carry general medication of AMS
  • Drop down to lower elevation if you find yourself getting AMS
  • Inform your guide immediately
  • Don't push yourself to complete the journey if your symptoms did not get in control

Transportation and Bag Pack

The trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. From here, you will begin trekking towards Makalu Base Camp through several villages and Makalu Barun National Park.

Here is the list of things that you should carry during Makalu Base Camp Trek:

  • Pair of hiking pants and casual pants
  • T-shirts
  • Thermal Wears
  • Breathable Underwears
  • Trekking shoes/socks
  • Rain jacket
  • Gloves
  • Sun hat
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking Pole
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
  • Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)

Food and Accommodation during Makalu Base Camp Trek

During Makalu Base Camp Trek, you will be staying overnight in the teahouse. The rooms in teahouses are generally small with a common washroom. You will get a bed and a few other furniture in the room. However, the dining area is usually cozy, and you can spend time in there.

The foods will be served as the menu of the teahouse. You can expect to get dishes like curries, rice, bread, momo, noodles, tea, coffee, eggs, etc. As the elevation gets higher the cost of food will get higher and the menu also gets limited to a few items.

Best Season to go on Makalu Base Camp Trek

The best time to go to Makalu Base Camp Trek is in Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). These are the most stable months in comparison to the weather. The climate has a refreshing ambiance in it that makes the journey joyful and smooth. Despite the difficulty level of the trek, the cleat weather these months makes the view prominent that automatically motivates you to reach the end of the trek.

Makalu Base Camp Trek cost

Makalu Base Camp Trekking cost solely depends on the travel company you are traveling with. The number of days, the palaces you are staying overnight, the meals, and other facilities you are willing to get during the trek affects the price. We, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition have designed our Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary to present you with the best possible value. Moreover, we are also open to design tailor-made Makalu Base Camp Trek to meet your budget and needs.

Miscellaneous

  • Carry extra cash as there will be no ATMs on the trail or villages
  • Make sure to take out insurance
  • Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated
  • Get a good map
  • Don’t rush, walk slowly & safley
  • In case of any problem inform your guide immediately
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Makalu Base Camp Trek

Price
$2899 per person
Duration
19 Days
Travellers
20+

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