Makalu Base Camp Trek 22 Days

$3340 USD
- 22 Days
- Challanging
2-10 Pax

Trekking, Sightseeing

September to December and March to May

Private car & Flight

Hotel and Lodge

Lodge Trek

4870m at Makalu Base Camp

Breakfast in Kathmandu and Full board meals during the trek

Kathmandu-Chichira-Dobate-Makalu Base Camp-Kathmandu

Makalu Base Camp Trek Overview

The Makalu region is an absolutely amazing and still untouched area in the northwestern corner of the Sankhuwasabha district. To the west, it is bordered by the Everest region, to the north by Tibet, to the east by the Arun River and to the south by the Sabha River.

The world’s fifth highest peak, Makalu stands in the Himalaya about 10 miles southeast of Mt Everest, near the border between Nepal and Tibet. Its size alone is impressive, and the shape of a perfect pyramid makes this mountain truly spectacular. Its sharp, ridged, snow-covered peak rises 27,825 feet (8,481 m.). In 1955, French mountaineers led by Jean Franco became the first men to reach the top. The name of the mountain was taken from the Sanskrit word Maha-Kala, which means “Big Black.” This also was an alternate name for Shiva – one of the important gods in Hinduism. Shiva, though basically an evil deity, is at other times gentle and kind-hearted. The mountain has another name in the local dialect, Kumba karna, which means “The Giant.”

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and trip preparation

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft) 9-10 hours

Day 04: Trek to Num (1,560m/5119ft) 6-7 hours

Day 05: Trek to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft) 6-7 hours

Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890 ft) 4-5 hours

Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft) 6-7 hours

Day 08: Acclimatization Day

Day 09: Trek to Dobate 6-7 hours

Day 10: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft) 6-7 hours

Day 11: Trek to Langmale Kharka (4410m/14468ft) 5/6 hours

Day 12: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m/15978ft) 6-7 hours

Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp (4870m/15978ft) 6-7 hours

Day 14: Trek to Yangri Kharka 6-7 hours

Day 15: Trek to Dobate 6-7 hours

Day 16: Trek to Khongma Danda: 5/6 hours

Day 17: Trek to Tashigaon 4-5 hours

Day 18: Trek to Seduwa 4-5 hours

Day 19: Trek to Num 5-6 hours

Day 20: Trek to Tumlingtar 6-7 hours

Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu - 50 minute flight

Day 22: Departure day

Makalu Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Upon your arrival our airport representative will greet you and take you to the hotel. This evening, we will take you to one the famous traditional Nepalese cuisine for a welcome dinner where you will enjoy a traditional Nepalese meal with music and ethnic dances.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and trip preparation

After breakfast, you will begin a city tour of Kathmandu where you will see the main attractions of the valley. On this tour you will visit the Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace). After tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft) 9-10 hours

After breakfast, we will take you to a domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for morning flight to Tumlingtar), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 50 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tumlingtar airport. Upon arrival at Tumlingtar, we meet our other crew members and after some preparations, we drive towards Chichira which takes 3-4 hours. 

Day 04: Trek to Num (1,560m/5119ft) 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we head towards Num. A moderately paced walk through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests will take us to Num. A ridge line with great views on both side and perched on the end.

Day 05: Trek to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft) 6-7 hours

Seduwa village is situated parallel to Num. A steep descent down through the forests and terraced plots of land takes us to Barun River. We cross the river and follow an equally steep ascent up the other side again. Often quite hot - the forest on the valley sides offer a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park starts and where we register our permits. We camp right at the top of the village.

Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890 ft) 4-5 hours

Ascend the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields, we reach the exotic village of Tashi Gaon. We are surrounded by breathtaking Himalayan panorama.

Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft) 6-7 hours

Today can a tough day with an elevation over 1400 meters on a steep trail. We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a Kharka (grazing land) and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. From here it’s a short way down to Khongma.

Day 08: Acclimatization Day

We rest for the day and acclimatize ourselves with the atmospheric level in the high terrains before we go further up. The day off will allow some rest before we cross Shipton La the next day. It's advisable to walk around the area today.

Day 09: Trek to Dobate 6-7 hours

Climb towards the summit of the Shipton La which takes a few hours to reach. After the lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), pass over the Keke La at 4,170m.  We can see the marvelous views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend down through the   beautiful valley to Dobate.

Day 10: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft) 6-7 hours

From Dobate, we pass through the rhododendron forest which leads to the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. We need to be very careful during the first two hours of trek as it is steep with a slim possibility of rocks falls and landslides during the trek. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka (pasture land) situated at the base of the valley.

Day 11: Trek to Langmale Kharka (4410m/14468ft) 5/6 hours

Following a moderate walk to the valley, we pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields. The valley walls tower imposingly above us during the start of the trek.  We pass Merek as we make our way further up and notice a significance rise in the scenic Himalayan views.

Day 12: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m/15978ft) 6-7 hours

Today is the day we make it to the Base Camp. Make sure that we acclimatize well before walking up to the camp. From Langmale Kharka we make our way up to Shershong and eventually to Makalu Base Camp. The trail is flat with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains accompanying us. Mount Makalu comes into view as we approach Shershong. Majestic Himalayan panorama surrounds us as we make our way to the base camp.

Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp (4870m/15978ft) 6-7 hours

The Base Camp is a rocky barren place with large Barun Glacier beyond, where we get the chance to take in the breath taking views of the summit. From here we will have a magnificent south face view of Makalu and see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up if we wish or celebrate our accomplishment at the camp.

Day 14: Trek to Yangri Kharka 6-7 hours

We descend down from the base camp and and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and heading back. On our way down, we pass through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley finally stopping at Yangri Kharka.

Day 15: Trek to Dobate 6-7 hours

From Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, verdant forests and the valley, making our way towards Dobate. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail.

Day 16: Trek to Khongma Danda: 5/6 hours

We begin the trek with steep climb from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) and through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. We then cross the Keke La, Tutu La (Shipton’s Pass) and Kauma La en route. We then descend to Khongma Danda again.

Day 17: Trek to Tashigaon 4-5 hours

The trek continues with continuous long and steep descent cutting through the hillsides. The trail takes us through thick forests and finally making it to the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashigaon.

Day 18: Tashigaon to Seduwa 4-5 hours

We retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to Barun River. We then cross the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again.

Day 19: Trek to Num 5-6 hours

We further trek through the forest for about 5 to 6 hours from Seduwa to Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards.

Day 20: Trek to Tumlingtar 6-7 hours

Again we retrace our footsteps to Chichira from where we can savor the glorious vista of Mount Makalu for the last time.

Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu 50 minute flight

Today, we fly back to Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at hotel. In the evening get ready for a farewell dinner.

Day 22: Departure day

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today. Our airport representative will drop you off to the airport approximately 2-3 hours before our scheduled flight.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Cost :- US$3250

Include

-Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
-3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
-One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
-Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
-Trekking permits and Tims permits
-flight tickets to Tumlingtar and Return
-All meals during the trek (Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast)
-Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
-A porter(One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
-Insurance of Guide and Porter
-All required local tax and Gov tax
-Down jackets and sleeping bags
-Trekking map
-First Aid Medical kit bax

Exclude

-Nepal arrival visa
-Lunch and dinner in the Kathmandu 7 Pokhara (except breakfast and above mentioned special dinners)
-Monument entrance fees
-Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
-Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
-Tips and any other extending trips and accommodation.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Information

Travel Insurance:
For everyone planning their next trek in the Himalayas of Nepal, it is highly recommended that you get a travel insurance that covers added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents (together with air ambulance, helicopter rescue and other treatment cost). Your insurance policy should cover up your entire activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal. In addition to this, the policy  should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (counting hospital charges, cost of the medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. Also, most of the trekking trails in Nepal take you above the altitude of 5000m, therefore, you also need to ensure that your insurance policy covers treks that go over 5000m. In short, you must take responsibility regarding unforeseen expenses during the trip.

Health, fitness and experience requirements:
Altitude in the Himalayas of Nepal definitely demands excellent stamina, tough determination, and the best health condition. Some sections of the trek are quite demanding and some days might even require 8-9 hours of walking.

Though trek to the Makalu Base Camp is considered moderate and easily attainable, it is highly suggested to seek advice, medications and permission from your doctor before scheduling your trek.  

No technical skill is required to plan this trek or any other exploratory trips in Nepal. However, your prior hiking or camping experience will definitely be considered a bonus. Also, a few weeks of regular exercise and jogging is recommended before the trip to build up the required stamina.

Note: We kindly request you to inform us if you have any existing medical conditions.


Food and Accommodation:
We always make sure that our customers get the right value for their money. Therefore, to ensure a comfortable stay, we book tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu before and after your trek. Normally, the rooms are twin share. However, this totally depends on the size of your group and the availability of rooms at the hotel. On request, triple share can also be arranged. Moreover, if you are looking for a single supplement room, extra charges will be applied. During the trek, your stay is arranged in a local guesthouse or lodges with shared amenities. You can also enjoy a hot shower in these lodges. In the absence of shower few buckets of hot water can also be arranged on request. A full board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea &coffee) will be provided from the teahouse menu during the entire trek. Usually, porridge, toast or chapattis, oatmeal and local bread are served for breakfast. The food served for lunch and dinner are simply great.

Our attempt while you are on a trek:
Most of our trails take you to the remote Himalayan region of Nepal, where communication facilities are very less. Therefore, we will deliver your message to your family, friend, relatives. Our guides are provided with a cell phone and are contacted on a regular basis. You can use the cell phone provided to our guides to send your message to us which will further be delivered to the respected person.

Also, our guides will make every attempt to follow the planned itinerary; however, it is kindly requested to be flexible in case of changes in the itinerary caused by extreme weather conditions. We can also help you reschedule your international flight (Extra charge applicable) if you need any additional days to complete your trek. We will make every possible attempt to make your trek a ‘grand success’.

Why to Trek with us?
Beyond Himalaya offers a wonderful opportunity to help you visit those areas, culture and tradition of Nepal that have never been explored before. Your trip itineraries are fully customized in order to meet the individualized needs and interest of each traveler. We are highly dedicated and offer years of experience to plan an outstanding adventure trip for you. We cater to every possible need of yours during your stay in Nepal be it the food, accommodation, varied destinations or your communication needs. Despite all these facilities, our best packages are offered at a very competitive rate.

Our legal documents:
Registered under the government of Nepal, we are a fully licensed and certified company. Therefore, this company holds complete authority to operate treks, tours, expedition, hiking and many other tourism related services in the Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. In addition to this, we are also a very active member of the following organizations.

Nepal Tourism board (NTB)

Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN)

Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP)

Ministry of Finance, Department of Taxation

Company Registration Office, Pvt. Ltd.

Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism Industry

What are the best seasons to plan this trek?

Spring – March, April and May are considered as the best months to trek as you can enjoy the warmest weather of the year, fine temperature, clear blue sky and the beautiful rhododendron forest.

Autumn – Mid September, January and February are also considered one of the best months to plan your trek to the Everest Base Camp as these offer the best trails, clear blue sky and the best visibility.

Winter – December, January and February are also considered as good months to plan your trek to the Everest Base Camp; however, its midwinter and days are very cold. Therefore, a very good preparation has to be made if you are planning your trek at this time of the year.

Summer – Mid June, July and August, monsoon in Nepal, is not considered as the best season to plan your trek in Nepal. The trails are slippery and the heavy rain usually affects the visibility.

What should I bring?
Along with warm clothes you will also need other equipment for the sufficient protection of your body. Below are the list of necessary items that you need to pack before commencing your trek.

Head- Hat (with a wide brim), Sunglasses (with UV protection), Sunscreen lotion and Lip balm.

Upper body- T-shirts (2), light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece jacket and pullover, Fleece wind-stopper jacket (Optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest/jacket(included)

Hands - Lightweight gloves, heavy-weight gloves/mittens with a waterproof outer shell

Lower body - Underwear (4), hiking shorts (2), lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants, waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet - Thin, light-wear inner socks (4), thick, warm wool hiking socks (4), hiking boots with spare laces, camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals), gaiters (only for winter)

Accessories  - Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F (included), headlamp with spare bulb and batteries, small padlock or combination lock, basic first aid kit, large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag), day pack, water bottles (2), hiking pole/walking sticks, small ear plugs

Toiletries – Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, small wash towel

Extras  - Cameras with extra batteries and cards, binoculars, light balaclava or warm fleece hat, reading books, trip map/guide book, journal & pen, iPod & travel games (like cards, chess, backgammon)

Passport and Visa Information:
It is very easy to obtain. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Mission offices in your own country, or you can buy this upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. Therefore, visa is required for longer stays. However, for the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:

Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)

Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)

Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)

Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)

Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)

Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)

Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)

Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)

Tourist Visa Fees:

Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost

Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency

(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan,Dillibazar, Kathmandu.

Tel: 00977-4433934, 4429660, 4438862, 4438868. You can also download visa form from – www.immi.gov.np)