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Makalu Base Camp Trek

Trip code
Package name Makalu Base Camp Trek
Duration 21
Max. elevation 4812 m
Level Difficult
Transportation <p>Private Car/Van, Flight, and Public Bus<br></p>
  • 3* Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Tea House Lodge During the Trek.
Starts at Tumlingtar
Ends at Tumlingtar
Trip route Tumlingtar-Seduwa-Makalu Base Camp-Narbugaun-Tumlingtar.
Cost USD 2,550 per person



Makalu Base Camp Trek

The Makalu base camp trek is a trip to the base camp of the world's fifth-highest mountain. Into the wilderness through the remote areas. Makalu Base Camp Trekking is within and inside the fabulous valleys of Arun and Barun. These two valleys are popular for the rare species of herbs, plants, and some endangered wildlife as well. 

The exciting adventure to Makalu also includes exploring the rural villages of the region. The inclusion of the exploration of the local villages allows for witnessing the pure local cultures, traditions, and living styles that have been followed by the people for years. The wonderful farmlands, the stunning waterfalls, and the raging river of Arun are also part of this adventure. Walking through the dense and cool forests of rhododendrons and pines adds a sweet taste to the trek. 

Finally, collecting the superb views of Mount Makalu, Mount Everest, and other adjoining peaks sums up the exceptional trek to Makalu base camp. The highest elevation of the trek is 4812 meters at Makalu Base Camp. Since the trek is a camping trek, it offers something more challenging and interesting than other regular trekking in Nepal. The off-the-beaten trek route- there are very few people trekking here even in the high seasons. 

Like other trekking in Nepal, the Makalu base camp trek is also a seasonal one. The best time to trek Makalu base camp is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Although trekking Makalu in December is doable. But the other two months of winter (January and February) plus the months of monsoon (June to August) are not recommended.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu( 1,350 m / 4,430 ft) and transfer to Hotel.

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, Adventure A One  Trek representative welcomes you and will help you to transfer to the hotel. You can then take a good rest in the hotel. Later you can explore around yourself if interested. 

Day 2 : Kathmandu valley sightseeing (4/5 hours’ tour) and preparation.

Go for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing to explore the historical and cultural city. The sightseeing is dedicated to exploring four of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Kathmandu Valley. Those four sites include- Kathmandu Durbar Square, Soyambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath.

After the sightseeing, you can then focus on the trek preparation. You can hire or buy the necessary equipment in Thamel. In the evening, you will be meeting your guide for the trip meeting. 

Day 3 : Fly to Tumlingtar(448 m/1587ft.)and trek to Chichila (900m./2952ft./3 hours drive).

With a wonderful morning flight, you will be getting to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. Upon arriving at Tumlingtar, you will meet meeting your rest of the trekking team before starting the trip. Then you will be taking a short drive to Chichila from Tumlingtar for the night. Chichila is a small village in the lap of the green hills. You will be staying overnight at a local lodge. 

Day 4 : Trek to Num (1,490 m/ 4888ft./5/6 hourstrek).

The trek to Makalu base camp practically starts today. Heading towards the mid-hills passing the beautiful local villages you trek progresses towards Num village. You will be crossing the wonderful farmland and landscapes along the way. Upon arriving at Num village you can explore around the fine village. You will be staying overnight at a local lodge. 

Day 5 : Trek to Seduwa(1,540 m/5052ft./5/6hours Trek).

The first section of the trek is downhill to the wonderful Arun river via the forested areas. From the river, you will be taking an ascending route to reach Runmura village passing several other villages and the nice farmlands. Thereafter, you will be taking a gradual uphill route to get to Seduwa village. Seduwa is a small village with good views of Jalajala Peaks. You will be staying overnight at a local lodge.

Day 6 : Trek to TashiGaon(2,135m/7004ft./5/6 hours’ trek).

Passing the nice farmlands of the millet, you will be trekking to TashiGaon this day. The route to TashiGaon is an easy one with a combination of downhill, uphill, and flat trails. The amazing landscapes and the green hills are part of the day. Upon reaching TashiGaon, you will have free time to explore the beautiful village. You will be staying overnight at a local lodge.

Day 7 : Trek to KongmaDanda(3,556 m/11666ft./5/6hours’ trek).

The journey resumes after the breakfast. Leaving the nice village of TashiGaon, the route directs towards a forested area of rhododendrons, oaks, and pines. The pleasant walk inside the jungle gradually leads to the KongmaDanda which is the destination of the day. You can collect the best views of Kanchenjunga and Mount Makalu from the top of the hill. The sunset looks amazing from KongmaDanda itself. You will be staying overnight at a tented camp by the hillside. 

Day 8 : Trek to Mumbuk(3,553 m/11658ft./5/6 hours trek).

Leaving the KongmaDanda behind, you will be following a combination of the uphill and the downhill route to Mumbuk. You will get the chance to explore the icy lakes of Thulo and Sano Pokhari. Likewise, the route also includes the exciting passes of Tutu La and Shipton La above 4450 meters to get to today's destination. Upon arriving at Mumbuk, your guide and porters will be setting the camp for the day. You can collect a good view of Khumbakarna Himal here. You will be staying at a tented camp. 

Day 9 : Trek to Nghe (3,760 m/12353ft./4/5 hours trek).

Entering the wonderful Barun Valley section, the route to NgheKharka is a combination of the downhill and uphill walk. The amazing Barun Valley consists of rare herbs and plants. Whereas the encounter of some wildlife is expected along the way. You will also get a chance to visit a Buddhist monastery on this day. Upon arriving at NgheKharka, you will be setting the camp for the night. Overnight will be at a tented camp. 

Day 10 : Trek to Shersong (4, 572 m/15000ft./5/6 hours trek).

Following an uphill route inside the exciting Barun Valley, you will be trekking to Shersong today. It is a place near the Makalu base camp. Shersong offers greater views of Mount Makalu, Baruntse peaks, and other adjoining mountains. At Shersong, you will be setting up a tented camp in an appropriate area. You will be spending your night at a tented camp.

Day 11 : Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4,812 m/15787ft./4/5hours trek).

The big day is here as you will be trekking to Makalu base camp this day. Following the rocky moraine trails, you will be walking to the base camp. The base camp offers stunning views of Mount Malaku and the other adjoining peaks. The base camp itself is near the glacial pond near Baruntse Mountain. Your guide will find the appropriate place to camp for the day. 

Day 12 : Rest and exploration day.

You can do a short hike to a ridge to collect the best views of the mountains. The hike can offer exciting views of the east face of Mount Everest. Likewise, the excellent views of Mount Makalu, Baruntse Himal and more can be collected today. After the hike, you will get back to the base camp. In your free time, you can enjoy the fantastic views of the mountains. The overnight will be at a tented camp.

Day 13 : Trek to YangleKharka(3598 m/11804ft./5/6 hours trek).

After spending a wonderful time at Makalu base camp, today you will be retracing back to YangleKharka for the night.  The route to YangleKharka is an easy and descending route. Upon arriving at Kharka, your guides will be setting the camp there for the night. You will be spending the night at a tented camp.

Day 14 : Trek to Mumbuk (3,553 m/11658ft./5/6 hours trek).

The retracing back continues today as well. Following the combined route of downhill and uphill, you will be trekking to Mumbuk for the night today. Like going up you will be setting a camp at a proper place for the night. Kon

Day 15 : Trek to KongmaDanda(3,556 m/11666ft5/6 hours trek).

Following the same way back you will be getting to KongmaDanda today. Like going up you will be passing the ponds and the exciting passes today too. Upon arriving at the KongmaDanda you can enjoy the marvelous views of the mountains. 1310

Day 16 : Trek to NarbuGaon(1,310 m/4297ft./5/6 hours trek).

Back to the lower elevation, you will be trekking through the jungles and the local villages to reach NarbuGaon. The Narbu village is a nice Sherpa settlement with unique cultures and traditions. Upon arriving at NarbuGaon, you will be setting up the camp for the night. 

Day 17 : Trek to Num (1,490 m/ 4888ft./5/6 hours trek).

You will be trekking back to Num village today. It will be your final trekking days of the Makalu Base Camp trek. Upon arriving at Num, like other days, the camp will be set for the night. You will be staying overnight at a tented camp.

Day 18 : Drive back to Tumlingtar (448 m/1587ft./4/5hours drive).

On the final day of the trek, you will be driving back to Tumlingtar from Num village. Upon arriving at Num, you can explore around the local village. You will be now staying at a local lodge. 

Day 19 : Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

With a short and scenic flight from Tumlingtar, you will be getting back to Kathmandu to end the trek today. Upon arriving at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for the night. In your free time, you can take a good rest or can walk around. 

Day 20 : Final departure .

With all the finest memories, today you will be flying to your next destination. Our representative will be transferred to Kathmandu airport. With the hope of seeing you again in Nepal, we will be saying bye for this time. 


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