Makalu Base Camp Trek

19 Days

Trip Info

  • Hotel/Lodges
  • Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
  • Guided
  • English
  • 4870m
  • Bus,Taxi,Plane

Trip Info

  • Hotel/Lodges
  • Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
  • Guided
  • English
  • 4870m
  • Bus,Taxi,Plane


The Makalu Base Camp Trek is an extraordinary journey that beckons adventurers into the remote wilderness of eastern Nepal, culminating in the shadow of the world’s fifth-highest peak, Mt. Makalu (8,485 meters). This challenging trek presents an immersive experience, offering a blend of pristine landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and a rich tapestry of cultural encounters.

Commencing in the district of Tumlingtar, the trek winds through traditional Rai and Sherpa villages, revealing the distinct cultures of the region. As trekkers ascend, the trail traverses lush forests, terraced fields, and rhododendron-covered hillsides. The route provides breathtaking views of the Makalu and Barun valleys, with glimpses of neighboring peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, and Chamlang.

The journey leads trekkers through the Makalu Barun National Park, a haven for biodiversity boasting various plant species, including orchids and rhododendrons. Rare wildlife, such as the elusive Red Panda and Himalayan Thar, adds to the allure of the trek.

The highlight of the trek is reaching Makalu Base Camp, situated at an elevation of approximately 4,870 meters. Here, trekkers are rewarded with a close-up view of the towering Makalu massif and the surrounding icefalls and glaciers. The Barun Valley, with its pristine wilderness and towering peaks, further enhances the sense of remoteness and tranquility.

While the Makalu Base Camp Trek demands physical stamina and a spirit of adventure, the rewards are immense—a profound connection with nature, cultural insights, and the satisfaction of conquering a challenging yet awe-inspiring Himalayan trail. This trek remains a hidden gem, providing a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience for those seeking the untamed beauty of the eastern Himalayas.


  • Remote wilderness adventure.
  • Panoramic views of Mt. Makalu.
  • Cultural immersion with Rai and Sherpa communities.
  • Diverse ecosystems and rich biodiversity.
  • Makalu Barun National Park exploration.


Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel, and rest.
Explore the vibrant streets and prepare for the trek.

Take a scenic flight to Tumlingtar.
Drive to Num, the trek starting point.

Trek through terraced fields and forested trails.
Reach Seduwa, a picturesque village.

Continue trekking, crossing suspension bridges.
Arrive at Tashigaon, a Sherpa settlement.

Ascend through rhododendron and fir forests.
Reach Khongma Danda, offering mountain views.

Rest day for acclimatization.
Short hikes for panoramic views.

Trek through alpine meadows and rocky terrain.
Arrive at Dobate, surrounded by mountains.

Descend through lush forests and terraced fields.
Reach Yangri Kharka, a serene grazing area.

Trek through Barun Valley landscapes.
Langmale Kharka provides stunning views.

Ascend to Makalu Base Camp.
Marvel at the close-up view of Mt. Makalu.

Explore the surroundings and glaciers.
Take in the breathtaking mountain scenery.

Descend from Makalu Base Camp.
Return to Yangri Kharka for the night.

Trek back through the Barun Valley.
Return to Dobate for a restful evening.

Descend through forested trails.
Arrive at Khongma Danda with mountain views.

Trek downhill through alpine landscapes.
Return to Tashigaon, a Sherpa village.

Descend through forested trails.
Reach Seduwa, retracing the route.

Continue the descent to Num.
Final night in the lower altitudes.

Drive back to Tumlingtar.
Reflect on the trek's achievements.

Fly back to Kathmandu.
Relax, explore, and celebrate the successful trek.


Cost Includes

  • Airport/Hotel pickup and drop off-service (by car)
  • Trekking Guide (English speaking)
  • Porter (2 person=1porter)
  • Accommodation (shared, tea house)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Permits and Entrance Fees
  • Local Transportation
  • Trekking Equipments

Cost Excludes

  • Personal Gear
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency Evacuation


How challenging is the Makalu Base Camp Trek?

The trek is considered challenging due to its remote location, high altitudes, and varied terrain. Trekkers should have a good level of physical fitness and be prepared for long hours of trekking.

What permits are required for the Makalu Base Camp Trek?

Trekkers need the Makalu Barun National Park Permit and a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. Additionally, it’s advisable to check for any updates on permit requirements.

Is altitude sickness a concern on the Makalu Base Camp Trek?

Yes, altitude sickness is a concern due to the trek’s high altitudes. Acclimatization days are incorporated into the itinerary to help trekkers adjust gradually.

Are there facilities for communication during the trek?

Communication facilities may be limited in remote areas. It’s advisable to have a local SIM card for emergencies, and satellite phones are recommended for trekkers venturing into more isolated regions.

What wildlife can be encountered along the Makalu Base Camp Trek?

The Makalu Barun National Park is home to diverse wildlife, including red pandas, Himalayan thars, and various bird species. Wildlife sightings are possible during the trek.

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Makalu Base Camp Trek
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