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Makalu Base Camp trekking – 21 Days

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  • DestinationNepal
  • Total Duration21 Days
  • Trek Duration18 Days
  • Best TimeMar to May & Sep to Dec
  • Max ElevationMakalu Base Camp at 4870m
  • Trip GradeModerate To Fairly Challenging
  • TransportationPrivate Vehicle/Flights
  • AccommodationDouble/Twin Sharing in Hotel/Lodge
  • StyleTea House
  • MealsBreakfast Basis in city and full board during Trek
  • Min Group Size2+ pax

Lying in the remote eastern Himalayan region of Nepal, Makalu Base Camp trekking consists of a very difficult, rugged terrain featuring high snowy passes, glaciers, icy mountains and dense forests. The region rests under the giant shadow of Mt. Makalu (8,463m), the fifth highest mountain in the world.

The main goal of Makalu Base Camp trekking is to reach Makalu Base Camp located at an altitude of 4870m as well as Barun Glacier and Barun Pond (4950m). The only route to the base camp involves the crossing of Shipton La pass (4216m) which affords breathtaking views of Makalu, Baruntse (7,129m), Chamlang (7,319m), Mera Peak (6,654m), Peak 6 (6739m), Peak 7(6105m) among others.

The Makalu Base Camp trekking entirely falls in Makalu-Barun National Park which features dense, wet forests of rhododendron, sal, oak, maple, magnolia, Himalayan birch, fir and juniper. The Park is the ‘only protected area on earth with an elevation gain of 8,000m’ and it hosts 25 rhododendron species, 47 orchids species along with a panoply of rare species such as red panda, snow leopard, wild boar, musk deer, wild boar etc. This park further extends to Tibet province in China and so is jointly protected by two countries.

The further attraction of Arun River and Barun River valleys is its ethnic inhabitants: Rai and Sherpa ethnic groups. The locals make for expert guide in terms of exploring natural resources and biodiversity of the area.

Makalu Base Camp trekking requires trekkers to be mentally and physically fit. The risk of suffering from mountain sickness or High altitude sickness (HAS) is comparatively higher when trekking in this region. Camp trekking is recommended since there are well maintained campsites and simple lodges following proper sustainable practices.

Highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trekking

● Hike up to Makalu Base Camp, Barun glacier and Barun Pond

● Cross one of the highest Himalayan pass, Shipton La

● Catch stunning views of 5th highest Mt. Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang, Peak 6 etc.

● Trek through the wild forested Makalu Barun National Park

● Learn about the culture and lifestyle of Rai and Sherpa community

● Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

Cost Includes

● All airport/hotel transfers.

● Three Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.

● All accommodations and meals during the trek.

● All ground transportation during the trek.

● Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with private transportation.

● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.

● Round Trip Domestic Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar.

● All ground transports.

● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)

● Farewell dinner

● A comprehensive medical kit.

● All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

● Nepal Visa Fee

● International airfare to and from Kathmandu

● Meals in Kathmandu

● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.

● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

● Travel and rescue insurance.

● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)

● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness

● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.

Equipment & Gears

● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase

● Day bag.( Small handbag)

● Trekking shoes

● Sports shoes or sandals.

● Sun Hat/cap

● Warm woolen cap

● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket

● Pullover or warm sweeter

● Raincoat

● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock

● Hand gloves

● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers

● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts

● 3/4 pairs of Underwear

● Eye glass

● Water bottle

● 4 seasons Sleeping bag

● Flash or Torch light

● Camera and batteries.

Before you go

Trekking Group

For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.

For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.


The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.

For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.


Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.

For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

Our staff will be there to receive you upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport. From there you will be dropped to your hotel where you can relax and rest. Later visit our office where you will attend a short briefing about your trip by your trek/tour guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Num 1,560m/5,118ft

Catch an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar which lasts about 35 minutes. Daily flights operate from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. Then take a 3 hrs drive from Tumlingtar on a fairly dusty and ungravelled road to Num via Khandbari. Num is situated right above Arun river giving a good view of the valley. Stay overnight in Num.

Day 03: Trek to Seduwa (1,500m)

After breakfast start your trekking from Num. The trail passes through terraced fields descending to Lumbang and then crosses Arun river. From here climb up a steep trail towards Seduwa. The trek takes almost 4-5 hrs.
Stay overnight in Seduwa

Day 04: Trek to Tashigaon (2,100m)

Today you will begin to experience rural Nepal. The trail gradually ascends to Manigaon with beautiful views of farming terraces. The section ahead till Tashigaon is as romantic as the previous one. Stay overnight in Tashigaon.

Day 05: Trek to Khongma Danda (3,500m)

Prepare yourself for some challenging walks. Leaving Tashigaon the trail climbs up steeply through a rhododendron and magnolia forest and on to a ridge flanked by meadows. Cross the settlement of Chipla and continue to climb a rocky trail to Khongma. This is a good viewpoint to catch Kanchenjunga peak. Stay overnight in Khongma Danda.

Day 06: Acclimatization/Rest

This is a full day rest in order to acclimatize with the weather. You can hike up to Khongma hill to appreciate the beauty around and snowy peaks on the horizon. Stay overnight in Khognma Danda.

Day 07: Trek to Dobato (4,170m)

The trail moves higher as you will cross a high pass called Shipton La. Within 2 hrs, you will have the pass on a rocky path. This section up to Shipton La offers great views of Mt. Chamalang and other peaks. Ahead you will again have to encounter another pass called Keke La from where it is just 1 hr walk up to Dobato. Stay overnight in Dobato

Day 08: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m)

Also called Yangle or Yangri Kharka, our destination for today. Have a warm breakfast and then follow the trail passing through forests and small streams. In no time you will enter Barun Valley featuring alpine woodland and kharkas. Stay overnight Yangri Kharka.

Day 09: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,410m)

This is a high alpine zone with no settlements anywhere. The trail leaving Yangri goes past several other herders. The cool breeze from the icy summits nearby will give you an authentic mountain experience. Keep climbing continuously to reach Langmale Kharka which is another vantage point to see snow capped peaks.

Day 10: Trek up to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m)

This is a special day of your trekking. Get ready to hike up to Makalu Base Camp from Langmale Kharka, a journey of about 4-5 hrs. Follow the trail that is barren except for glacier moraines in some sections. As you approach Shersong, a highland pasture, you will have already caught the first glimpse of towering Mt. Makalu. Stay overnight near Makalu Base Camp.

Day 11: Explore Makalu Base Camp (4,870m)

A full day to explore the awesome Makalu Base Camp. You can easily hike up to Makalu Base Camp and Hillary Base Camp to enjoy breathtaking views of Makalu, Lhotse, and even South Col Everest. Sitting adjacent is Barun glacier and Barun Pokhari at 4950m altitude. Experience of being at the heart of the Himalayas. Stay overnight near Makalu Base Camp.

Day 12: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka (3,557m)

This day marks your return journey. Descend the same trail you used to come up. It should take you less than 4 hrs to reach Yangri Kharka. Stay overnight in Yangri Kharka.

Day 13: Trek to Dobato

The trail gradually drops from the alpine zone as the vegetation becomes much greener and perennial. Much of the path follows stone staircases. Stay overnight in Dobato.

Day 14: Trek to Khongma Danda (3,500m)

Follow an easy trail as you make your way back down to Khongma Danda. Cross over Keke La, Shipton La and Ghungru La passes. Enjoy the views of Chamalang, Peak 6 and Peak 7 from Khongma ridge. Stay overnight in Khongma Danda.

Day 15: Trek to Tashigaon (2,100m)

After morning breakfast, get back on the forested trail. Cross streams, pass meadows and make a long descend of almost 1400m to Tashigaon. Visit local school in the late afternoon. Stay overnight Tashigaon.

Day 16: Trek to Seduwa (1,500m)

Make your way through rhododendron and maple forests winding through meadows and farms. Once you reach Chyaksadanda, the trail descends to Manigaon and then on to Seduwa village. Stay overnight in Seduwa.

Day 17: Trek to Num (1,560m)

As you return from Seduwa, you will cross the national park checkpoint. All of a sudden, further down on the trail you will be greeted by colorful farms of rice, maize and barley. On the way back to Num you will pass one more village of Lumbang. Stay overnight in Num.

Day 18: Num to Tumlingtar (285m)

After breakfast prepare yourself to drive back to Tumlingtar. The road is rough and takes about 3 hrs to arrive in Tumlingtar. Explore Tumlingtar bazaar in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Tumlingtar.

Day 19: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (1,350m)

Catch an early flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. This scenic flight will be about 35 minutes. In Kathmandu you will be taken to your pre-booked hotel. In the evening enjoy a stroll through Thamel streets. Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 20: Full day exploration in Kathmandu

This is a day allocated for you to spend sightseeing in and around Kathmandu. After breakfast, our tour guide will take you on a drive to see some of the most famous touristic places in Kathmandu. On this day you will visit three world heritage sites namely Swoyambhu or Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Dubar Square. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Nepal, meet red robed monks and make a parikrama of two biggest Buddhist stupas in the world. Kathmandu Durbar Square offers you to relish the most illustrious Newari architecture and artwork that are centuries old. In the evening you can take a stroll through the busy streets of Thamel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 21: Final departure

Time to bid you farewell. Our staff will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport to catch international flight for your onward journey.

Route Map of Makalu Base Camp Trek


1. Is Makalu Base Camp Trek Safe?

Makalu Base Camp trek is perhaps the most remote, challenging and adventurous trek in the Himalaya. The trekking trail lies in far eastern region of Nepal and is not easily accessible by either road or air network. Very few number of lodges are available while the mobile and internet network is virtually absent in higher elevation. Trekking with an experienced, licensed trekking guide is highly advised.

2. How difficult is Makalu Base Camp Trek?

Makalu Base Camp is definitely a difficult trek as it is graded strenuous on difficulty scale. The trek takes you to the base camp of Mt. Manaslu at 4800m located in remote corner of the Himalaya. The highest point of the trek will be the crossing of Larke La pass at 5213m.

3. How fit do I have to be for this trek?

Trekkers are required to be extremely fit both physically and mentally. You will need to have high endurance and stamina to survive this trek. It is advisable to have previous experience of high altitude trekking. Otherwise take up a strict workout routine such as basic weight lifting, swimming, running and climbing stairs and hills.

4. Is this cost of the trek comparative & reasonable?

The program cost we offer to you is both comparative and reasonable. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of the host destination and our staff. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practices of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable competitive price.

5. Could we customize the itinerary?

Located in far eastern region of Nepal, Kanchenjunga Base Camp is regarded as the toughest trekking trail. This is a highly challenging trail that takes you into remote mountain valleys and passes. Much of the trail in higher elevation have limited lodges and guesthouses and have virtually no mobile and internet connection. Road and air connection to this region is not dependable and regular.

6. Could we combine this trek with other trekking packages?

We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combinations you want to pursue.

7. What if I cancel the trip, do I get my refund?

You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.