Makalu Base Camp Trek

Mount Makalu Base Camp Trek  is a remote and pure off the Beaten Path trek, Makalu Base Camp Trek provide for trekkers, taste of pure unspoiled trekking trails, Remarkable Nepalese cultures, Forest of Rhododendrons, wildlife, Trek to Makalu Barun National Park, and breathtaking views of Himalayan peak like, Mount Makalu, Chamlang, Peak 3, Peak 5, Yaupa Himal and mount Kanchenjunga. Makalu Base Camp trek is perfect treks for who desire to take a challenging trip in the Nepal’s Himalayas, Makalu Base Camp trek is the best choice.

Highlights of the Makalu Base Camp Trek

  • View Everest from a rare vantage point, the east
  • Pass river gorges, sheer cliffs, spectacular waterfalls, high-altitude lakes and Sherpa and Rai villages
  • Spot rare wildlife, such as the red panda, in the Makalu Barun National Park

 

Although not so far from Everest, Makalu Base Camp is far less frequently visited by trekkers. This trek offers quiet trails, unobstructed views, varied landscapes and the opportunity to get into the wilderness. Makalu is in eastern Nepal, so there are wonderful views of Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world, on Nepal’s eastern border with India. This area is Sherpa and Rai country, so you’ll get a chance to witness the rural life of these ethnic groups. While the Sherpas are well known through their connection to Everest, you will see a side to their lifestyle that is less touched by mass tourism.

Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek falls within the Makalu Barun National Park, an eastern extension of the Sagarmatha National Park (where Everest sits). This is an extremely varied park that houses tropical forest at its lower reaches as well as snow-capped mountains higher up. It has been designated Nepal’s first Strict Nature Reserve, to protect the natural ecosystems and wildlife, which includes red pandas, snow leopards and black bears.

 

Makalu Base Camp Trek Route Followed
Begin by flying from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, in eastern Nepal. Then, drive to the trailhead at Num via Chichila to begin the 21 day trek. Start trekking at a relatively low altitude, where the landscape is green and lush and the farmland is inhabited by the Rai people. As the trail rises, terraced hills give way to Rhododendron forests (at their best in spring, when the flowers bloom). Trek through some of the last areas of pristine forest in Nepal.


Follow the Arun River and then its glacier-fed tributary, the Barun At higher altitudes you will pass through Sherpa settlements. There are a number of beautiful waterfalls within the Barun River Valley, as well as glaciers and sheer cliffs. Spend a couple of days at, and around, the Makalu Base Camp to fully appreciate the mountain vistas, high-altitude lakes and the Barun glacier. The trek from Base Camp retraces the in-route back to Tumlingtar, although the descent will be faster than the ascent. Acclimatization days are built into the itinerary.

 

Makalu Base Camp Trek  Accommodation availability,
There are basic tea house, huts along the Makalu Base Camp trek. They may not be as luxurious and plentiful as those in the Everest region, but that is a plus for many travellers as it adds to the wild nature of the adventure. we strongly suggest trek to Camping version along the Makalu Base Camp.

Why Makalu Base Camp trek is the best option?
Mount Makalu Base Camp trek is a remote and pure off the Beaten Path trek, Makalu Base Camp Trek provide for trekkers, taste of pure unspoiled trekking trails, Remarkable Nepalese cultures, Forest of Rhododendrons, wildlife, Trek to Makalu Barun National Park, and breathtaking views of Himalayan peak like, Mount Makalu, Chamlang, Peak 3, Peak 5, Yaupa Himal and mount Kanchenjunga. Makalu Base Camp trek is perfect treks for who desire to take a challenging trip in the Nepal’s Himalayas, Makalu Base Camp trek is the best choice.

What is the altitude of Makalu Base Camp?
Mount Makalu is world’s fifth highest peak located in Mahalangur Himalayan range in Nepal. The Fifth Highest Peak Mount Makalu is 8481 meter tall. Makalu Base Camp Trek walking journey start from Num elevation of 1560 meters. Highest Point of the trek is mount Makalu Base Camp; Mount Makalu Base Camp altitude is 4870 meters from sea level.

What to expect from Makalu Trek?
Eye catching scenery and each day you will experience different landscapes, rich of Hindus and Buddhist culture, Charming local village are the high lights of Makalu Base Camp trek. Trekking along the gorge of Barun River valley and surrounding Himalayan peaks including world fifth highest peak mount Makalu view are the attraction of Makalu Base Camp Trek.

When is the best time to visit Makalu Base Camp?
Best time to trek in Nepal is March – April - May in the spring season, During the Spring season rhododendrons flowers are blooming along the route to Makalu Base Camp. Also, Spring season is best to climb Himalayan peaks as well.

Similarly, October, November and December are the best time to trek Makalu Base Camp in Autumn season. After long monsoon June to September the clears sky with clear visibility, we can enjoy the breathtaking views during the time of the year. 


Makalu base camp trek cost
Trip cost is very different as your travel style, if you want to trek staying at tea house, hut then we Visit Himalaya Treks offer Tea house trek USD 2250 per person total 21 days trip arriving in Nepal to departure from Nepal. If you want to do as a camping trek with full camping support, we Visit Himalaya treks offer USD 3200 per person minimum group size 2 peoples to run Makalu Base Camp Trek.


Makalu base camp trek solo
Experience trekkers can do a Solo trek to Makalu Base Camp, However Makau Base Camp trek is a remote and off the Beaten Path treks. We strongly suggest to trek with Guide for your own safely.

Makalu base camp tea house trek.
Makalu Base Camp trek is a way from busy trekking route, very basic, hut and tea houses are available along the Makalu Base Camp Route. Basic Local food like rice, curry, noodle soup is available in this basic hut and if you are fine with local food you may trek to Makalu Base Camp staying at Hut and Tea house.

Makalu Base Camp Camping Trek.
Remote destination trekking is lifetime trekking and adventure experience. Trekking to Makalu base Camp is best to do Camping staying at tent in the charming camping site. You will feel the real nature, set your camp at the beautiful valley, river side, top of the hill and lap of the Mountains that you will carry real mountain experience while trekking to Makalu Base Camp.


Mount Makalu base camp location.
Mount Makalu altitude of (8481 meters) fifth highest Peak in the world is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas range just 19 kilometers southeast of Mount Everest. Mount Makalu is as Isolated peak whose shape is a four -sided pyramid. On first climbed to Makalu was 1954 team lead by Riley Keegan from America. Mount Makalu was first summited by French climbers Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy on May 15, 1955 expedition lead by Jean Franco.

Makalu Base Camp Trekking


Makalu Base Camp Trek Itinerary,
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing and trek Preparation stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar Drive to Num. (1572 meters).
Day 04: Trek to Seduwa (1,500m).
Day 05: Trek to Tashigaon. (2100 meters)
Day 06: Trek to Khongma Danda (3500 meters)
Day 07: Acclimatization Day at Khongma danda (3500 meters)
Day 08: Trek to Dobate via Shipton La Pass and Keke la Pass (3650 meters)
Day 09: Trek to Yangle Kharka (Yangri Kharka) (3557 meters)
Day 10: Trek to Langmale Kharka (4410 Meters)
Day 11: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870 meters)
Day 12: Explore around Makalu Base Camp (Barun Glacier and Barun Pokhari) 5100 meters. 
Day 13: Trek back to yangri kharka Camp (3557 meters)
Day 14: Trek back to Dobate (3650 meters)
Day 15: Trek back to Khongma Danda (3500 meters)
Day 16: Trek back to Tashigaon (2100 meters)
Day 17: Trek back to Seduwa (1500 meters)
Day 18: Trek back to Num (1560 meters) & drive to Tumlingtar overnight at hotel
Day 19: Flight to Kathmandu receive at airport transfer to Hotel.
Day 20: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 21: Departure.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Reviews
Before booking trips it is important to read experience travelers reviews, their experience and listen their advice can makes trip more enjoyable and memorable. We Visit Himalaya Treks refer you following the given link read reviews from our previous clients whom completed Trek to Makalu base camp with us. Reading reviews, makes you more confident, create more idea that will makes your Makalu base camp Trek more joyful. We also share fresh photos and videos our social sites that will give you an idea about your upcoming the Spectacular Makalu Base Camp Trek Videos.


Gear List for Makalu Base Camp Trek

Trekking to Makalu Base Camp, we will trek through the low land minimum elevation only 410 meters Tumlingtar airport where we will take flight from Kathmandu. So, we will need gears for warm and humid temperature for first couple of days trek till up to Tashigaon. Once we trek up to Tashigaon, we are entering high Himalayan terrain and we will need warm gears. We camp nearly 2 weeks up to 3500 meters, we will cross 3 passes Kauma La Pass, Shipton La Pass 4125 meters and Keke La Pass 4170 meters on our way up to Makalu Base Camp and on our way back to Tumlingtar from Makalu Base Camp. Our highest point of the trek is Makalu Base Camp 4870 meters where we will spend night at Camp. Please follow the given link suggested gear list for Makalu Base Camp Trek. https://www.visithimalayastrek.com/page/trekking-gear-list-details


How difficult is Makalu Base Camp Trek?

Makalu Base Camp trek involves trek itself 14 days of real treks approximately 95 to 100 Kilometers. Tumlingtar to Num we will drive and from Num our real walking start and end at Num as well. Each day walking distance is about 6 to 10 Kilometers up and down hills. Visit Himalaya Treks categories our Holidays destination in Nepal and we categorize Makalu Base Camp trek as a Demanding category. We will reach maximum elevation 5100 meters day trip from Makalu Base Camp up to Barun Glacier and Barun Pokhari.

How long is Makalu Base Camp trek?
We (Visit Himalaya Treks) offer 21 days long treks to Makalu Base Camp arriving in Nepal to departure from Nepal. Before start trek, we provide a full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and after the trek a full day free for self-enjoy or personal shopping day before leaving to you home country. Makalu Base Camp trek itself is 14 days pure walking and 2 days drive and flights to get trek starting point and trek ending point to Kathmandu.  

Internet and Phone: Unlike many treks in Nepal there is almost no WiFi on this route. NTC sim card worked for the first couple of days. Once we reached Tasigaun, the connection was over. We Visit Himalaya Treks) have always Provide Satellite Phone with each group for emergency communication. Satellite Phone is very important for remote trekking destination.  


Electricity:
  We will get electricity until Tasigaun. Once we left Tasigaun, most places ran off solar and didn’t have places to charge items. We Visit Himalaya Treks provide solar panel to charge our electric device. Also same Solar Panel we will use for lamp in our Kitchen and Dining tent.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Itinerary

DAY
  • 1

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport receive and transfer to Hotel Stay Overnight at Hotel Kathmandu.

    Altitude 1335 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 2

    After breakfast your sightseeing tour will start with our historical city guide, Swayambhu Nath temple, Boudhanath Stup, Pasupatinath temple and Kathmandu Durbar Squire, After sightseeing trek Preparation.

    Altitude 1335 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 3

    After breakfast drive to Kathmandu’s domestic airport. It is about 40-minute flight to Tumlingtar airstrips (400m). We will drive to Num about 4 hours bumpy jeep ride where we will meet our porters and team stay at Camp. 

    Altitude 1572 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 4

    After breakfast we start our trek decent down through the forest and terraced fiend. We can view our camp site opposite side of the valley. Crossing the Arun River lead us steep climbing route toward to Num. it is quite hot because of lower elevation and Arun River shape, a challenging day. This is the boundary of the Makalu Barun National Park; we will camp at top of the Village overnight at camp about 5 hours trek.

    Altitude 1500 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 5

    Comparing easier day then a day before, we ascend the ride that is bounded by Isuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. The Path leads us across the hill side through the village. Ascending steady trail lead us a busier village of Tashi Gaon about 5 hours trek stay overnight at Camp.

    Altitude 2100 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 6

    Another big day, walking uphill toward to Khongma danda, we leave the green forest behind which are replaced by remote scrub and lovely rhododendrons forest that cover the lower reaches of the mountains about 6 hours trek stay overnight at Camp.

    Altitude 3500 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 7

    It is quite big altitude gained from Tashi Gaon to Khongma Danda, before crossing the Sipton La Pass 4125 meters and ke Ke La Pass 4170 meters we need to well acclimatization. After breakfast hike to view point of Kauma La Hill view point for enjoy the panoramic views and back to camp at Khongma Danda. 

    Altitude 3500 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 8

    One of the challenging day, steady climb up hill trail lead us toward to Shipton La Pass 4125 meters, Shipton La Pass provide superb views of the Num on backdrop. Again gently downhill lead us to kalo Pokhari (black Lake in Nepalese word) and continue to Ke Ke La Pass (4170 meters).  Along the way we have the opportunity to enjoy fantastic views of Chamlang Himal (7,319m). About 7 hours trek stay overnight at Camp at Dobate. 

    Altitude 3650 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 9

    Descending through the rhododendron forest connecting us to Barun upper river valley. Pleasant walk slowly gaining altitude lovely and peaceful small village located in meadow at the best of the valley. About 6 hours trek stay overnight at Camp.

    Altitude 3557 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 10

    Climbing up through the Yak grazing valley and impressive boulder fiends, Langmale Kharka  is popular for Yak and goats graze from the local. About 5 hours trek stay overnight at Camp.

    Altitude 4410 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 11

    The trek onward valley opens up little, just before turn of the right great pyramid of Mount Makalu comes into the full view on right and Chamlang Himal on right. Continue walking toward until reaching to Makalu Base Camp 4870 meters about 5 hours trek stay overnight at Camp.

    Altitude 4870 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 12

    We spend a day exploring around Makalu Base Camp, with the aim of climbing up to Advance Base Camp. From the edge of the Icy slopes we can get glimpse of Barun valley of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Baruntse. Alternatively, we can explore Swiss Base Camp and Baruan Pokhari in the North Ride area Stay overnight at Makalu Base Camp.

    Altitude 5100 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 13

    After breakfast and a final photo opportunity, we begin our return trek back down the valley Yangri Kharka via Langmale Kharka and Shershong stay overnight at Camp about 6 hours trek. 

    Altitude 3775 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 14

    Continue with decent our journey lead us to Dobate the familiar trail we walked earlier on our way up to Makalu Base Camp. During the month of late march April rhododendrons flowers are blooming that replacing the rock, snow and ice of the mountains.

    Altitude 3650 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 15

    Another Hard day, re crossing the pass Ke Ke La, Kalo Kalo Pokhari, Shipton La toward to Khongma Danda danda. On clear weather we can explore super views of the Himalayas views including mount Kanchenjuga stay overnight at Khongma Danda 6 hours trek.

    Altitude 3500 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 16

    After breakfast steep downhill lead us to Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon. Now we are back to civilization after nearly spend 2 weeks on high mountain valley stay overnight at Tashi Gaon at Beautiful camp at top of the village. 

    Altitude 2100 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 17

    Easy and short day, after breakfast retracing your steps back to Seduwa village stay overnight at Camp.

    Altitude 1500 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 18

    Our Last day trekking as we re-trace our footsteps all the way down to Arun River, Crossing the Arun River steep uphill climb lead us to familiar Village Num. Have lunch at Num and drive to Tumlingtar stay overnight at hotel. 

    Altitude 410 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 19

    Complete the journey with a flight to Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel stay overnight at Hotel Kathmandu.

    Altitude 1335 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 20

    Free day at Kathmandu, Shopping, resting day at Kathmandu stay overnight at Hotel, Evening cultural dinner at Nepalese restaurant stay overnight at Hotel KTM.

    Altitude 1335 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 21

    We will transfer to Kathmandu international airport to departure; hope to see you again in your next adventure.

    Altitude 1335 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation No

Cost Includes

    • Arrival and Departure land transport by Private Car, Van, Jeep, Hice.
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu before and after the trek (2 nights before trek 2 nights after trek) 2 in sharing room with breakfast. 
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with historical guide and necessary land transport.
    • Kathmandu Tumlingtar – Kathmandu round fare domestic flight ticket.
    • Staffs Land transport – Kathmandu Tumlingtar- Kathmandu with gears.
    • All necessary gears arrangements, tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, Chair.
    • Tented accommodation (2 people in 1 tent) including mattress.
    • All meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea coffee while on trek) serve by our trekking cook.
    • Experience Guide including his accommodation, food, salary, insurance.
    • Cook, Helpers, porters including accommodation, food, salary, insurance.
    • Makalu Barun National Park entrance Fees and TIMS Card.
    • First Aid Kit.
    • Government taxes and service charge.

Cost Excludes

    • Nepal entry visa fees.
    • Personal travel insurance (Compulsory) 
    • Entrances fee during the sightseeing in Kathmandu.
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Personal expenses like personal tips for Driver and Trekking staffs.
    • Early arrival and late departure accommodation.  
    • Gears renting cost if needed like sleeping bag, down jacket etc.

Cost & Date

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Reviews ( 2 Reviews For This Package )

Mike Timo & Neal East, USA

Another Great Trek To Makalu Base Camp With Visit Himalaya Treks!!

Our trip to Makalu Base Camp in October/November 2022 was the 5th trek that I've done with this company. As with all of my previous treks -- this one was perfect, with extremely helpful, friendly staff that went way out of their way to do everything possible to ensure a great trekking experience.

The staff are what really make the difference -- and this company has consistently provided us with competent and hard-working staff that are an absolute pleasure to travel with. I highly recommend Visit Himalaya Treks and Himal team!!

Renate Schwarz., From - The Netherlands

Trekking Tours in Nepal with Visit Himalaya Treks.

I have been visiting Nepal in the past 25 years and since 1999 Himal has been my guide and tutor for the Himalayas. We have made over 15 treks and travels together. Wether on my own or with a group of hikers: these treks and travels were in the hands of the excellent, caring and responsible organisation of Himal. His professional and organizational skills make a trek in Nepal a real experience of the Himalaya: Himal has taught me to understand more of the people and culture in Nepal; he is also an excellent intermediary who surprises time and again in his ability to connect with his clients and local communities.
For more details, please feel free to contact me:
Renate Schwarz.
E-mail: renate56@gmail.com
Kampersingel, 44a, 2012DL, Haarlem the Netherlands.

FAQs

We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.

An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.

Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.

There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.

It is not a problem at all because in this trek we will supply most of the foods from the nearest store and remaining foods we buy from Locals that mean most of the time we served vegetarian food as well and our camping cook and guide will take care as well.

We use standard quality of (Camping Gears) like Clients tents (3 men tents for couple and two men tent for single), dining tents,  Shower Tent, Toilet Tent, staff tend thick mattress, etc.  Also, we care for our staff and provide them with proper equipment for the camping trek. You will also be requested to have the proper gear for your personal use which will be suggested while confirming the trip.

While during the camping trek it is really difficult to find the place to charge gadget somehow we will manage to charge if we stay close by village otherwise we have to take the portable solar panel to carry with us and charge our gadgets.

Now a day’s most of the areas has been covered by cell phone network connection. However, in this trek, we always send satellite phones along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.

Yes, either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.

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Makalu Base Camp Trek
Altitude 4870 m
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Region Makalu Region
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Difficulty Demanding
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Group size 2 Pax Minimum Peoples
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Best Season October - December in Autumn Season * March - May Spring Season

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