Makalu Base Camp Trek

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Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trekking :The fifth highest mountain in the world, Mount Makalu lies at the elevation of 8463m. It is situated in the Makalu Barun National Park, which covers an area of 2330 sq. km extending around the Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts of Nepal. And, the panorama of the highest mountain in the world such as Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Chamlang, Makalu and other mountains greets you.


Makalu base camp trek can be fairly challenging in some parts depending upon your level of physical fitness. Outstanding scenery of Makalu Base Camp Trek’s route significantly provides unique cultural heritage and incredible views of mountain peaks. The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar of Mid-eastern Nepal for half an hour’s. The trail to Makalu Base Camp Trek envelops plain, sub tropical valley of Arun River basin to extraordinary temperate passes called Keke La pass (4230m) and Tutu La pass (4200m), many edges ascend up from the Barun River valley which is off the beaten mid hill trails.


Makalu Base Camp Trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. From Tumlingtar, you will begin trekking towards Khadbari and then to Chichila. Leaving Chichila behind you will head to Tashi Gaon via Num and Sedua. The trail passes by several small villages and leads you to Kauma where you will take a day off for acclimatization. From here onwards, you will gradually ascend on the rugged and forested trail to reach Makalu Base Camp.


Before reaching the base camp, you will also pass by Mumbuk, Neha Khadka, and Sherson. You will spend a day exploring the base camp and descend back to Tashi Gaon following the same trail as before. Further, the trail will lead you to the beautiful village, Pakuwa from where you will drop down to Bumling and then to Tumlingtar, and fly back to Kathmandu.


Key features of Makalu Base Camp Trek

  • Dramatic views of the mountains and surroundings
  • Great views of the mountains
  • Waterfalls, suspension bridges, and the Makalu Barun Glaciers
  • Makalu Barun National Park
  • Sacred Barun Village
  • Great cultural exploration
  • Exotic ecosystems and wildlife

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

On arrival in Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by our staff and escorted to your hotel room. You may have a rest or take a leisurely stroll in the streets of Thamel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant serving excellent Nepalese cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu


Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today, we will visit some significant world heritage sites, including Patan Durbar Square, the religious Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple) and the famous Boudhhanath stupa. Later, we will meet our trek leader and guide, check our equipment and meet other group members and discuss the exciting adventure ahead. Included meals: Breakfast


Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, then drive to Chichila (1,980m).

After a sumptuous breakfast, we will be transferred to the domestic airport for a short flight to Tumlingtar, which sits on a wide plateau in the Arun valley. We will fly above mountain ranges overlooking snow-capped peaks from Langtang all the way to Mt. Everest, Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjunga. On arrival at Tumlingtar, we will drive along a rough road passing terraced fields and then further up through forests to the village of Chichila, a small Gurung settlement. Overnight camping in Chichila. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 04: Chichila to Num (1,560m):

We start walking on a moderate pace through a forest of rhododendron and bamboo followed by oak further along the ridge, through picturesque villages with superb view of the Himalayas including Makalu. After lunch, we will reach a small Sherpa village of Mure from where our walk descends to the village of Num, which is set on a promontory above the Arun River. Overnight camping in Num. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 05: Num to Seduwa (1,500m):

Seduwa is on the opposite side of the valley, so we first descend steeply through terraced fields all the way to Arun Khola and then cross the suspension bridge before a winding ascent up to the other side of the valley to reach Seduwa. The entry checkpoint for Makalu-Barun National Park is in this village. The landscape here is picturesque with tiny terraces planted with corn and barley. Overnight camping in Seduwa. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m):

We continue climbing out of the valley through rhododendron and bamboo then start traversing through terraced rice fields to Manigaon village. From here the trail contours through forest and farmland to reach the Tashigaon School at the entrance to Tashigaon village. This is the last permanent settlement in the valley. We make the long climb on a stone staircase to three corn fields at the top of the village, which is our campsite. Overnight camping in Tashigaon. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m):

From Tashigaon there is a steady climb through forest, and after a while, it starts to open out with more rhododendrons until we reach a few huts at Chipla. We begin to gain more altitude and leave the green forests behind. After a strenuous uphill climb, where the tree lines declines for the bushes of rhododendron and juniper, we will continue through sparse forests before making a final descent to Khongma. There are no buildings and many of the tent sites are on the sloping hillside. Overnight camping in Khongma Danda. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 08: Acclimatization/Rest

It is essential to take a rest day after a rapid ascent of 1400 m the previous day, to help your acclimatization before crossing Shipton La the next day. An optional morning walk along Khongma Danda towards Shipton La is useful to help the acclimatization process by climbing high and sleeping low. Superb views from Khongma looking eastwards towards Kanchenjunga can be witnessed today. Overnight camping in Khongma Danda. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 09: Khongma Danda to Dobate:

From Khongma, the trail climbs steeply along switchbacks with superb views of Makalu and Chamlang and also over to Kanchenjunga in the east. We continue walking along a stone staircase through rhododendron before reaching Shipton La Pass followed by a descent to Kalo Pokhari Lake. We make a climb to Keke La and finally make an easy descent towards the beautiful Dobate valley. Overnight camping in Dobate. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m):

Today, we travel through huge rhododendrons and forests of fir and birch on our way to Yangri Kharka. We descend steeply to the south bank of the Barun River, which is then followed crossing several areas of landslide to arrive at a small village, Yangri Kharka, situated in a meadow at the base of the valley. Beyond the worst of the slide areas, we will get great views of Peak 6 and Peak 7 down the valley today. Overnight camping in Yangri Kharka. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m):

We pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields following a moderate walk to the valley. As we are now approaching high altitude, we limit our rate of ascent to ensure that our body has necessary time to acclimatize. We pass Merek as we make our way further up and notice a significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views. Overnight camping in Langmale Kharka. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 12: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m):

Today is a relatively short trekking day to reach our destination, which affords stunning views of its south face, including Baruntse, Everest and Lhotse. From Langmale Kharka we make our way up to Shersong and eventually to Makalu Base Camp. Majestic Himalayan panorama surrounds us as we make our way to the camp. Overnight camping in Makalu Base Camp. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 13: Makalu Base Camp; Day Trip to Swiss Base Camp (5,120m) and return to Base Camp:

Today, we make an adventurous optional 2 hours walk towards the left side from the base camp, first crossing the Japanese camp, then heading through narrow trails on the south side of the Barun valley to reach the Swiss Base Camp (5,120m/16,800 ft). Spending some time at the Swiss base camp with jaw dropping panoramic views, we retreat back to our campsite. Overnight camping in Makalu Base Camp. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 14: Morning hike to view point (right side) and trek down to Langmale Kharka:

Today, after breakfast, we will hike up for about 2 hours, towards our right side, to a view point above the base camp. From the view point above the Makalu Base Camp there are superb views of some of the world’s highest mountains, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Chamlang and Baruntse. Like the previous day, we can see all those picturesque views as seen from the Swiss Base Camp. Then, we will trek down back to base camp, where we will have our lunch. After lunch, we will trek down on a easy trail to our campsite for overnight. Overnight camping in Langmale Kharka. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 15: Langmale Kharka to Yangri Kharka :

Retracing from Langmale Kharka, we pass Merek and make our descend through the Barun valley leaving behind the yak pastures and lush forests to reach Yangri Kharka. Overnight camping at Yangri Kharka. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 16: Yangri Kharka to Dobate (3,650m):

We descend through rock falls, green forests and valleys from Yangri Kharka, making our way towards Dobate. Following the river banks of Barun, we descend down the trail leaving behind the forests of rhododendrons, fir and birch to reach our stopover point for today. Overnight camping at Dobate. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 17: Dobate to Khongma Danda (3,500m):

We begin with a steep climb from Dobate valley to Mumbuk through fir and rhododendron forests before descending through the rock-fall area of Keke La. Crossing the Shipton La, we make our final descent to Khongma. Overnight camping at Khongma Danda. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 18: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon (2,100m):

Our day begins with a short ascend where we continue to retrace our way through the bushes and the tree lines of rhododendron and juniper are visible again. With a deep descent to Chipla village and a steady walk, we will reach the Sherpa village of Tashigaon. Overnight camping in Tashigaon. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 19: Tashigaon to Seduwa(1,500m):

Today is a long and steep descent back to civilization and as we emerge from the mountains, there is time to reflect on the stunning journey that we have taken. Leaving the Makalu-Barun National Park and descending the Barun River, we cross the hillside and passing rhododendron and bamboo forests and terraced rice fields, we reach our day’s stop at Seduwa. Overnight camping in Seduwa. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 20: Seduwa to Num:

Trekking further through the forests, the trail goes up and down passing Sherpa villages and dense forests. We steadily descend through the partly forested terrain to the Arun River and finally make our ascend through terraced fields on the opposite valley and reach Num. Overnight camping at Num. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 21: Num to Tumlingtar:

Savoring the vista of Mt. Makalu for the last time, we retrace our footsteps back to the Sherpa village of Mure. Crossing forests of rhododendron and bamboo along the ridge and picturesque village and superb view of the Himalayas, we will reach Chichila village. From here, we will drive back on the same rough road that we came passing terraced fields to reach Tumlingtar. Overnight in Tumlingtar. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 22: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 50 mins flight

We will fly back to Kathmandu after our fascinating trek in the mountains. On arrival at Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel where we may rest and relax the remaining day. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner organized by Adventure High Mountain on the successful completion of our Makalu Base Camp Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 23: Free day in Kathmandu

As a free day in Kathmandu, you may do your last minute shopping to buy some souvenir to take back home. You may also visit the former Royal Palace now converted to a museum today. In the evening you can also go to Thamel pub for some live music or relax at your hotel room. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: Breakfast.


Day 24: Final departure

Today, your beautiful journey in Nepal has been completed. A representative from Adventure High Mountain will transfer you to the airport for flight back home.



Note: This itinerary is meant only as a guideline and is subject to change to suit the local conditions. Walking hours are based on an average walking pace and may change as per individual pace.

Free airport transfer on arrival and departures by private vehicles.

4 Nights hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.

All necessary trekking permits

3 Times Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, dinner) During the trek.

Lodge/ Tea house Accommodation during the trek.

Flight Ticket from Kathmandu - Tumlingtar – Kathmandu

All necessary trekking permits such Makalu Barun National Park permit, TIMS card, etc.

An experienced English speaking trek guide, Cook, and Porters.

Group medical care (first aid kit will be available).

All ground transports by private vehicle depending on the group size

All necessary documents, office fees, and all government taxes

Kathmandu Sightseeing by Private Car/Van/Bus.

Farewell Dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with traditional music and dance.

International airfare.

Nepal entry visa and airport fees.

Personal equipment and clothing.

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, room service, extra hotel nights, extra meals, shopping, hot shower, hot and cold drinks, alcohols, snacks, water, Wi-Fi, battery re-charge, heater charge, etc.)

Personal porter.

Alcoholic and bottled beverages.

Travel insurance with trip cancellation, medical and evacuation policy.

All expenses associated with non-scheduled departure.

Guide Gratuity - Tip­ping is always a per­son­al choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides.

The following booking terms and conditions represent the contract between the customer and Adventure High Mountain. Adventure High Mountain is a government registered tour and trek company based in Kathmandu, Nepal, established with an aim to provide quality travel services.


At the time of booking, you are expected to read all the terms and conditions carefully. The booking confirmation will be given, thinking that you have read all the terms and conditions entitled by the core values of this company. After the booking process, you are completely obliged by the conditions mentioned below.

These booking conditions are only applied to the bookings you have made with this company.


The following terms and conditions apply, however the circumstances and regulations, contractual obligations to suppliers and affairs related to locations, and product type may slightly vary depending upon the situation.


Payment Schedule

$700 deposit at time of registration, which includes a $300 non-refundable registration fee.

Balance due 60 days prior to departure.

Payment must be paid in full prior to the beginning of the trek.


Payment Procedure:



Account Number : 13201100003230

Swift Code: NIBLNPKT

Bank Address: Thamel, Saraswati Sadan - 29, Kathmandu Nepal.


We strongly recommend the purchase of travel cancellation insurance to protect you from the unexpected. You aren’t likely to think of it now, but people do get ill, break a bone, have a family emergency or get assigned to a last minute business trip. If you are in remote areas, please note that emergency rescue & evacuation can be very expensive.


We also strongly urge you to consider rescue and evacuation insurance if your own policy does not provide the coverage need­ed. Services available may include, but are not limited to, helicopter evacuation, medical care, etc.


If you choose not to purchase insurance, you assume full responsibility.

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