Makalu Base Camp Trek


Makalu B.C is one of the most popular trekking destinations among solitary trekkers, Makalu Base Camp offers an exceptional opportunity to explore high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. Our journey begins with an hour-long flight to Tumlingtar whereas the real trek starts from Chichila. The lower reaches of the trail are renowned for their lushness with verdant rhododendron forests whereas the upper reaches of the trail comprise of polished granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers, overflowing with waterfalls. The 20-day Makalu Base Camp Trek is an ideal choice for avid trekkers and nature enthusiasts who seek solace and tranquility in pristine natural habitat and those who wish to avoid crowds.

This trek takes you to Makalu Base Camp (5250 m), now designated as Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area. Mt. Makalu (8463 m) is the fifth highest peak in the world. The Makalu Base camp trek is a true adventure with scenery so beautiful that it will never tire you. The trek starts with a flight to Tumlingtar and heads up the Aurn River valley to Seduwa and Num, then crossing Shipton La Pass (4210m) into the upper Barun river valley for a close look at Makalu and Chamlang Himal. This trek visits one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal. The Barun valley is a part of a huge international protected area under the agreement between the governments of Nepal and China, which comprises of 2330 sq. km of National Park and 830 sq. km of conservation area in Nepal alone.


Trek Facts

Trek Name: Makalu Trek

Trek Duration: 20 Days

Trek Difficulty: Medium / Hard

Trek Session: Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec/Mar/April/May

Trek Altitude: 518m- 5250m

Trek Cost: USD.

Group Size: 1 – 15 people

Trek Package: Budget: Tea Houses/Homestay

Mode of Transfer: Bus/Car/Flight

Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu /Tumlingtar/Kathmandu

Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu


Day 02:Kathmandu sightseeing and preparing for trek


Day 03:Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1,840m)


Day 04:Trek to Num (1,500m)


Day 05:Trek to Seduwa (1,540m)


Day 06:Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m)


Day 07:Trek to Khongma (3,560m)


Day 08:Rest and acclimatization day


Day 09:Cross Shipton La and trek to Debotay (3,650m)


Day 10:Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600m)


Day 11:Trek to Merek (4,500m)


Day 12:Trek to Shersong


Day 13:Day tour to Makalu Base Camp (5,000m)


Day 14:Trek to Yangle Kharka


Day 15:Trek to Mumbuk


Day 16:Trek to Khongma


Day 17:Trek to Tashi Gawn


Day 18:Trek to Num


Day 19:Trek to Chichila, Transfer to Tumlingtar


Day 20:Fly back to Kathmandu

  • Entire necessary transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as per itinerary
  • Two Nights ***Hotels in Kathmandu with B/B
  • 3 times meals – breakfast, lunch & dinner including the coffee and tea during trek.
  • Twin share accommodation in tea houses or in tents as per itinerary during the trek.
  • Twin share accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu per itinerary.
  • Government Licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek.
  • Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees.

 Makalu trekking map, TIMS Card & Trek Permit

  • International airfares
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Major meals, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport.
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters.