Makalu Base Camp Trek

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22 Days



Max Altitude

5250 M

Best Time To Travel

. Spring (March - May) ,Fall (September - November) & Winter season (December - February)

The Makalu Base Camp trek takes you along high-elevation terrain, snow-clad scenes and the Himalayan way of life, on a lone trek to Makalu Base Camp (5250 m) in the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area. Mt. Makalu (8463 m) is the fifth highest mountain on the planet.

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is designed to leave you with a genuine experience  and views that are so delightful, three weeks won’t seem enough.  After climbing the peak, and looking down then in wonder at the Khumbu Valley, you ‘ll be privy to one of Nepal’s best kept secrets. Every bit as rewarding as the popular Khumbu Valley to the west, the Barun Valley approach to Makalu Base Camp is one of Nepal’s many unsung treasures. This trek visits one of the most remote, untouched, and pristine territories of Nepal.


The ten-day walk-in from the airstrip at Tumlingtar in the Arun Valley is as challenging as any, and the 3500m climb to Shipton Pass from the suspension bridge over the Arun river between Num and Sedua will have the fittest trekker’s heart pounding. On the other hand, the views from the pass and from above Base Camp in the southwest spur of Makalu itself, are unsurpassed anywhere in the Himalaya.



  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon your arrival, our representative from Himalayan Sherpa Adventure awaits you at the airport. We will then proceed towards your hotel and brief you about Nepal and your trek. In the evening, we take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant for dinner where we will give you more information about the tour, your city sightseeing and also answer any questions you may have. Overnight at the Hotel Mulberry. (B, D)

  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and equipment check

    Our guide will check your equipment in the morning to see if everything is fine. We will then start our site seeing tour, heading to at least 3 major attractions in Kathmandu. Our sightseeing starts in the morning and should finish around 3 pm. Some major points of interest are Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar square etc. You will have the rest of the day free and also a chance to do any last minute shopping before your trek. Overnight at the Hotel Mulberry. (B)

  • Day 3 : Flight to Tumglingtar , trek to 1980m 40 min flight, 3-4 walking hrs

    After breakfast at the hotel, we head to the domestic airport for our scenic flight to Tumlingtar. Tumlingtar is a town at 400m above ocean level and also the starting point of our trek. Our path starts with an uphill climb followed by a simple walk until we reach Manebhangyang . Our trail climbs through the timberland of rhododendrons and sal trees passing not many towns comparatively a brief day all out, we trek for the most of the day that takes around 3 half to 4 hours.(B,D)

  • day 04 - manbebhangyang to bhotebas ( 1720m). 3hrs walk

    The path is tough walk followed by a plain walk. Wonderful perspectives on arun valley can be seen from the edge line. Walk through forest and river areas. A mix of a lot of ups and down slopes. All trekking journey is hours 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at camp. (B,D)

  • Day 05 - bhotebas to num 2200 m., bhotebas to num . 5-6 hrs walk

    We start our trekking with wonderful perspectives on makalu and a blend of bright towns and woodland region, additionally marvelous mountain perspectives when the surrounding regions has a very clear climate, we go through small towns habitat from gurung and tamang communities. Pretty much every night, num encounters a sensational presentation of thunder and lightning, which makes life here all the more fascinating. Our trek for today is 5 to 6 hours walk. Overnight at camp. (B,D)

  • Day 06 - num to sedua. 4-5hrs walking

    After our breakfast at the camp, we begin trekking down hill for around 2 hours, trailed by 3 hours of tough walk. Our path comes along the suspension bridge and climbs through woods and a couple of traditional towns. The walk is for the most part through farmhouse land and small towns. Most of this region is inhabited by rai and sherpa community. We can appreciate an excellent view thinking back towards num and the ridgelines clearing the arun valley. 4-5 strolling hrs(B,D)

  • Day 07 - sedua to tashigaon . 2200m. 3-4hrs walk

    Tashigaon is situated at the height of 2200m . A walk for today highlight’s our walk with a charming views of mountain, jungle, river. We get to the corn and buckwheat fields of rumruma. The landscape is rocky and the terraces are very small. This area is inhabited by mostly sherpas and gurungs. The villages offer’s us a good opportunity to directly interact with local villagers. 3 to 4 hours of walk for today, comparatively a short day. Overnight at camp. This is the last village that we see until we reach makalu base camp. (B,D)

  • Day 08 - tashigaon to kauma. 2800 m. 3-4hrs walk

    We are following another wonderful day through forest, which can be magical in the dawn with scenic and panoramic view. We follow a series of rough stone stairs and small water reservoirs to the top of the ridge. It is the day to arrive at kauma by the middle of the day. We will stay here today to acclimatize to pass kongma la pass situated at the height of 4126m tomorrow. A short day of 3/3 half hours. Overnight at camp.(B,D)

  • Day 09 - cross kongmala pass and reach mumbuk. 3500m. 6-7 hrs walk

    We start early in the morning to avoid the strong wind in the pass, which usually becomes stronger by the passing of the day. We walk through a rough and one of the most difficult trail. Since there is no proper place to cook for the fresh lunch pack, our lunch boxes will be provided today by our team. A long day walk , takes about 6 half to 7 hours. Walk. Overnight at mumbuk at the camp. (B,D)

  • day 10 - trek to yangle kharka 2646m. 5-6hrs walk

    We start very early today with a unique and slightly different area with small bushes at the lap hill. We will be passing through the rhododendron forest alongside the barun river and the upper reaches of the valley. The trail is steep and demanding so caution is needed while traveling. It is very rare to see the houses or people around this area. Very rarely few local shepherds are seen on the trail . In other words the area is totally deserted. Overnight at camp. 5 to 5 half hours walk. Overnight at camp. (B,D)

  • Day 11 - rest at yangle kharka/acclimatization day.

    Today we set the camp and stroll around by our self, look around for sceneries and enjoy the discreetness due to lack of people in this area. Overnight at camp. (B,D)

  • day 12 - kharka to shersung 4614m. 5-6hrs walk

    Our walk continues through the deserted mountain trail. With rarely any inhabitants or presence of any other living beings, besides some wildlife. Astonishing perspectives on the top chamlang upper peak 3,4, and 5 can be seen during our walk today. Be that as it may, mount makalu is still not inside our sight today. Combination of lots of ups and down trail brings us to shershung. We might see some glimpse of mt.makalu when we reach shershung if the sky is 5-6 hours of walking. Overnight at camp. (B,D)

  • Day 13 - shersung to italian base camp near makalu base camp (italian base camp)

    makalu base camp being one of the beautiful trekking yet deserted due to lack of promotion and inhabited by the people. We start our trek after having our breakfast. Even today we walk a very empty trails with very less movement of people. Amazing and the mesmerizing peak of makalu will be in front of our sight now. Also we can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the mountain ranges of the everest region. After a long walk we reach italian base camp. Total 5/6 hrs trek. Overnight at camp

  • Day 14 - italian base camp to makalu base camp 4900 m.5-6hrs walk

    A significant day for our trekking group since makalu base camp being the feature of the whole is a rough and deserted spot with a massive icy mass behind it. A remote area for trekking, not very trekkers come to this area due to its location and poor promotion by the tourism industry. There are some surrounding lakes and glaciers that we can explore during this day. Makalu base camp is situated at the height of 4900m. 5/6 hrs walk. Overnight at camp. (B,D)

  • day 15 - retrace the trail to lower kharka .3600m 3-4hrs walk

    We begin with downhill walk for about 3 to 4 hours along a deserted land with very few plants and trees as we put heavy heart knowing these will be our last chance to enjoy the beautiful mountains. Continue walking down and reach lower kharka. Total 3/half to 4 hours. Overnight at camp. (B,D)

  • Day 16

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  • Day 17 - yangle kharka to mumbuk (3500 m). 5-6 hrs walk

    After our early breakfast we start our trek. Today we again have a descending stroll in the first part and another half day is tough walk through green forests, rocks falls. For few days while coming down from the base camp our walk is mostly same. Finishing our day with a very steep climb to dobate and we camp at mumbuk. Another interesting day for nature lovers.overnight at camp total 5 half to 6 hours walk. Overnight at camp.(B,D)

  • Day 18 - mumbuk to kongma. 2800m 6 /7 hrs walk

    Since there is no proper place to prepare for our fresh lunch, also due to lack of drinking water in this particular area, pack lunch will be provided today by our team. We descend all the way, cross the pass shipton and reach kongma, a small shepherds spot where few people are only visible after few days gap. These mountains weather are very extreme with tough winds and our team require a very clothing equipment and trekking gear. Total 6 half to 7 hours. Overnight at camp.(B,D)

  • Day 19 - kongma to tashi goan. 2200m 6 /7 hrs walk

    Continuing all the way downhill. At times the trail is very slippery, we all must take extra care while walking, cross through forest area and few lakes on our way back. During our day period we exit makalu barun national park and we reach a small sherpa village called tashi gaun. Overnight at camp

  • Day - 20 - tashi goan to num: 2200m 7-8 hrs of walk

    Again we retrace the trail that we had earlier walked. The day is comparatively long to reach from tashi gaon to num. Downhill walk before reaching the bank of the arun river followed by an uphill walk. We trek across several dense rhododendron and bamboo forests and cross arun river. We pass a small rural settlement of sherpas on our way to num. A long day. Overnight at camp

  • Day 22 - num to tumglingtar. 6/7 hours of walk

    Early after our breakfast we head out for the last walk for our trekking. We, on most part enjoy our trekking of downhill walk along villages chichira and many small towns. Again the mountain range of kanchenjunga and makalu can be seen from the ridge line but this will be our last glimpse for the beautiful mountains. On the way reach a big village called khadbari. Khadbari is the district headquarter of sankhuwasabha. Shopping for small items is possible at khadbari. We remines all our trekking and farewell with our team with nepali dance and drinks. Overnight at lodge

  • Day 23 -flight to Kathmandu. 40mins flight

    after breakfast at the camp we transfer to airport to connect the flight to kathmandu. Upon arrival in kathmandu transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

What's Included ?
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • 3 nights of hotel stay in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Professionally trained and experienced tour guide and assistant guides
  • Welcome/or Farewell Dinner
  • Transportation in our private company vehicle
  • Entrance permit and fees for all the Heritage sites
  • All government and local taxes
What's Excluded ?
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal Insurance– travel and rescue insurance
  • Airfare for international flights to and from Kathmandu
  • Rescue services
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Services not mentioned in the “Included” section
  • hats/beanie

  • Sunglasses

  • Scarf/Buff.

  • Candies/sweets

  • Headlights.

  • Lip balm

  • Sunscreen

  • A warm fleece

  • fewT shirts/ long and short sleeve shirts.

  • Daun Jacket

  • Windstopper jacket

  • ponchos/Raincoat

  • A few pieces innerwear.

  • few pairs ski underwear

  • windproof trouser

  • pairs of Trekking Socks

  • pairs woolen socks.

  • Slipper & Sandals

  • trekking shoes

  • one comfortable shoes

  • thin gloves & think gloves

  • backpack / Rucksack (waterproof)

  • Sleeping bag -10* C

  • Duffel bag

  • Water bottle

  • Pocket knife

  • thermos

  • Towel & hand towel

  • Toiletries

  • Trekking poles

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