Makalu Base Camp Trek - Makalu is the fifth-highest mountain in the world, at 8481 metres. This trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870 metres) passes through a region rarely visited by trekkers due to the misguided impression that it is inaccessible. It isn't! Unusual views of Makalu, Everest, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga as well as diverse terrain that rises from green farmland to snowy mountains.
Highlights of the Makalu Base Camp Trek
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 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 20 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.
Makalu Base Camp Trek short 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: Num to Seduwa (1,500m).
Day 05: Seduwa to Tashi Gaon. (2100 meters)
Day 06: Tashi Gaon to Khongma (3500 meters)
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Khongma danda (3500 meters)
Day 08: Khongma Danda to Mumbuk (3540 meters)
Day 09: Mumbuk to Yangri Kharka. (3557 meters)
Day 10: Yangri Kharka to Shershong (4630 meters)
Day 11: Shershong to Base Camp (4870 meters)
Day 12: Explore around Makalu Base Camp.
Day 13: Trek back to Langmale Kharka (4410 meters)
Day 14: Trek back to Mumbuk. (3540 meters)
Day 15: Mumbuk to Tashi Gaon (2100 meters)
Day 16: Tashi Gaon to Num.
Day 17: Drive to Tumlingtar.
Day 18: Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.
Day 19: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 20: Departure.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport receive and transfer to Hotel Stay Overnight at Hotel Kathmandu.
After breakfast your sightseeing tour will start with our historical city guide, Swayambhu Nath temple, Boudhanath Stup, Pasupatinath temple and Kathmandu Durbar Squire.
After breakfast drive to Kathmandu’s domestic airport. It is about 40 minute flight 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.
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.
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.
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.
It 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. Walk around the hill side stay overnight at Khongma Danda at Camp.
One of the challenging day, steady climb up hill trail lead us toward to Shipton La Pass 4125 meters, Shiptonla 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 Mumbuk.
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.
Climbing up through the Yak grazing valley and impressive boulder fiends, Shershong is popular for Yak and goats graze from the local. About 5 hours trek stay overnight at Camp.
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.
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.
After breakfast and a final photo opportunity, we begin our return trek back down the valley Langmale Kharka via Shershong stay overnight at Camp about 6 hours trek.
Continue with decent our journey lead us to Mumbuk 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.
Long day re crossing the pass Ke Ke La, Kalo Kalo Pokhari, Shipton La toward to Khongma Danda and continue steep downhill lead us to Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon about 8 hours trek stay overnight at Camp.
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 stay overnight at Camp about 6 hours trek.
After breakfast we drive to Tuimlingtar via newly constructed road that’s takes about 4 hours drive stay overnight at Tumlingtar at Hotel.
Complete the journey with a flight to Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel stay overnight at Hotel Kathmandu.
Free day at Kathmandu, visit historical sites, or join wildlife activities, Rafting, etc. Stay overnight at Hotel Kathmandu.
We will transfer to Kathmandu international airport to departure; hope to see you again in your next adventure.
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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.