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Makalu Base Camp Trek

from $3,150.00

A journey to the base of the 5th highest mountain in the world; Makalu Base Camp trek lies in the eastern region of Nepal, which lets you experience the rugged nature of Makalu Barun National Park. It is considered as one of Nepal’s Most Remote and Unspoiled Trekking Destination.

 

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All about the Makalu Base Camp Trek.

OVERVIEW

Trek Highlights

  • Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area.
  • Views of Mountains Such as; Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Chamlang and Many More.
  • Lush, Tropical Valleys, Dense Forests of Rhododendron, Fir and Alpine Meadows.
  • Makalu Barun National Park.

Makalu Base Camp Trek

A journey to the base of the 5th highest mountain in the world;Makalu Base Camp trek lies in the eastern region of Nepal, which lets you experience the rugged nature of Makalu Barun National Park. Makalu Base Camp trek provides you with spectacular views of the Himalayas that include Mt. Makalu itself, Mt. Everest, Mt. Baruntse, Mt, Lhotse, and many other Peaks. Makalu Base Camp trek is filled with breathtaking high-altitude terrains, which gives you exposure to vibrant ethnic Himalayan settlements and their unique lifestyle, snow-clad landscapes, dense verdant rhododendron, bamboo, pine and juniper forests, rare and endangered flora and fauna, granite cliffs, hanging glaciers, beautiful overflowing waterfalls, and spectacular mountains views. A rewarding trekking route offers you a wide range of altitude and climatic variations, where you will get chances to encounter with the rich variety of rare and endanger flora and fauna. You can witness all types of major ecological zone plants such as tropical, sub-tropical, alpine and sub-alpine. The majority of the people inhabited in this region are Rai and Sherpa, and you will get chances to get involved with their unique cultures, traditions, lifestyles, living pattern and many interesting things. There are many accommodation facilities on the trekking trail, and you will be amazed to see the warm and welcoming hospitality of the people in the region.

Makalu Base Camp trekking route!

Beginning with a stunning scenic flight after exploration of the significant Kathmandu sites including Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Royal Kathmandu Durbar Square, we will begin our official trek from Tumlingtar. During our trek to Makalu Base Camp, we will explore several villages on the way with the spectacular Himalayans views. This 23 days long itinerary of Makalu Base Camp Trek will allow you to discover several beautiful villages of Tibetan and Sherpa. The trekking trail will go through the beautiful Arun and Barun Valley. On the way, a variety of stunning peaks such as Mt. Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Mt. Makalu (8481m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Baruntse (7129m), Chamlang (7319m), and other associated Himalayas can be seen. As you reach Base Camp, you can explore the incredible surroundings and after exploration, you will return to Kathmandu by following a different route.

The best time to go to Makalu Base Camp!

To make the successful trek of Makalu Base Camp, we have to know about the appropriate season for trekking before going. Trekkers consider spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) as the ideal seasons to explore Makalu Base camp.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to Hotel

Day 02:  Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar (518m), Trek to Khadbari (1025m)

Day 04: Trek from Khadbari to Chichira (1,800m)

Day 05: Trek from Chichira to Num (1,500m)

Day 06: Trek Num to Seduwa (1,493m)

Day 07: Trek Seduwa to Tashi Gaon (2,200m)

Day 08: Trek Tashi Gaon to Khongma Danda  (3,500m)

Day 09: Trek Khongma Danda  to Mumbuk (3,400m)

Day 10: Trek Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (3,750m)

Day 11: Trek from Nehe Kharka to Sherson (4,600m)

Day 12: Sherson to Makalu Base Camp

Day 13: Trek Sherson to Yangri Kharka (3,645m)

Day 14: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Mumbuk (3,400m)

Day 15: Trek from Mumbuk to Khongma Danda  (3,500m)

Day 16: Trek from Khongma Danda  to Navagaun (2,500m) via Tashi gaon

Day 17: Trek from Navagaun to Num via Seduwa

Day 18: Trek from Num to Chichira (1,800m)

Day 19: Trek from Chichira to Khadbari

Day 20: Trek from Khadbari to Tumlingtar (400m)

Day 21: Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

Day 22: Rest and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu

Day 23: Final Departure to your port of Destination

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • An experienced English-speaking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
  • An assistant guide depending on the groups size, (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • 2 times Hot shower anytime during the trek
  • 10 Gb Everest link wifi card for internet access
  • All government and local taxes
  • 2 times Battery charging anytime during the trek
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes (you are allowed to carry a maximum of 15 kg
  • luggage altogether in the duffel bag)
  • 3 nights accommodation (2 before/ 1 after) in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, Real Sherpa Adventures duffel bag and T-shirt
  • All accommodation in good lodges during the trek
  • Medical Kit carried by the guide
  • All necessary paperwork and permits
  • All meals during the trek
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Nepal Visa fee (please bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, drinking water, shower, bar bills etc)

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  1. Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to Hotel


    As you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu, one of the representatives of Real Sherpa Adventure will greet you and drop you to your hotel. After hotel check-in, you can enjoy welcome drinks and get some rest. In the evening, you can stroll around the attractive Thamel Bazaar, do some shopping and get to know the place or you can take short orientation class about the further trek to Makalu Base Camp. After that, you will have dinner with our team and stay overnight in the hotel at Kathmandu.

    Overnight in the Hotel. Meals (Dinner) Included.

  2. Day 02 Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation


    We will have a morning breakfast, and the whole day we will be visiting major sightseeing sites of Kathmandu with our tour guide. You can visit Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Royal Kathmandu Durbar Square. To be prepared for the next day trek, we recommend you to rest in the evening. Have dinner and stay overnight in the same hotel.

    Overnight in the Hotel. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  3. Day 03 Fly to Tumlingtar (518m), Trek to Khadbari (1025m)

    After morning breakfast, we take a flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. This 40-minutes flight offers you scenic views of the mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Mt. Everest, Makalu, and Mt. Kanchenjunga. As you reach Tumlingtar and after some rest, you can begin the official trek from Tumlingtar to Khadbari, which is situated at an elevation of 1025 meters. During your trek, you will follow the route of Kumal village to the Khadbari amid the sub-tropical forest of Sal tree (Shorea-Robusta) and farm fields along the way. The further trek will take us to Khadbari, the principal town of Makalu region, where you can explore the Mani Bhanjyang. Have dinner and stay overnight at the guest house of Khadbari.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  4. Day 04 Trek from Khadbari to Chichira (1,800m) 


    Have morning breakfast and continue trek onwards Chichira by following the few flat then ascending trails to the ridge until you reach the Bhotebas. A further trail through the beautiful fertile land and the forested path takes you to Chichira village. As you enter this beautiful village, you can encounter the local settlements and have superb scenic views of the mountains of Mt. Makalu and Kumbakarna range. Have dinner and stay overnight at Chichira.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  5. Day 05 Trek from Chichira to Num (1,500m) 


    On this day, we will have a morning breakfast and continue the trek through the calm and serene forest of rhododendron, oaks, and hemlocks as we climb to the top of the ridge. After reaching the top of the ridge, we will continue almost downhill for two hours to the Num village, where you can explore the village and a primary school on the large flat ground and have stunning views of the valley. Have dinner and stay overnight at Num.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  6. Day 06 Trek Num to Seduwa (1,493m)


    Have morning breakfast and begin the steep trek down on the terraced slopes towards the Arun River, nearly 800 meters below. You can see that these lower slopes of this narrow valley are densely forested and the paths are quite slippery, so you have to be conscious while trekking. On the way, we will also cross the beautiful suspension bridge over the Arun River. Then we will climb further, following the beautiful forest until we finally reach the Seduwa village, where you can visit a small health post and a primary school over there. Have dinner and stay overnight in the Seduwa.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  7. Day 07 Trek Seduwa to Tashi Gaon (2,200m)

    Have a morning breakfast and begin trek with the pleasant, comfortable and short trek, which takes about 3-4 hours to reach Tashi gaon, at an elevation of 2200 meters. As you continue, the trek will follow beautiful farm villages, and then continue gradually uphill until you finally reach Tashi Gaon. Have dinner and stay overnight at Tashi Gaon.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  8. Day 08 Trek Tashi Gaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m)


    On this day, after having a morning breakfast, we will begin our trek following several human settlements on the way. The trek will follow through the refreshing beautiful shade of the rhododendron, oaks forest, where you can encounter the wild animals on the way. The further trek will follow the strenuous uphill climb until we finally reach the Khongma Danda, at an altitude of 3500 meters. Have dinner and stay overnight at Khongma Danda.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  9. Day 09 Trek Khongma Danda to Mumbuk (3,400m) 


    On this day we will have morning breakfast and begin our journey onwards to Mumbuk, which is situated at the elevation of 3400 meters. As we continue trekking, we will have great views of snowcapped mountains and the surrounding landscapes. We will follow a gradual trail with several ups and downs and follow through the beautiful Thulo Pokhari (big pond) and Sano Pokhari (small lake) on the way. You can also witness heavy snowfall and reach Keke La pass (4230m) where you can observe various stunning mountains. After exploration, you will continue downhill trek back to vegetation, the woods of pines, hemlock, birch and rhododendrons and finally reach Mumbuk. Have dinner and stay overnight at Mumbuk.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  10. Day 10 Trek Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (3,750m)


    Today, we will have morning breakfast and continue trek by descending the trail through a narrow wooden valley and cross the Barun Khola just situated at beyond Tamatan Kharka. We will need around 6 to 7 hours to reach today’s destination. Then the trail goes along the beautiful Barun Khola, passes several seasonal settlements of Yangri Kharka and eventually arrives at Nehe Kharka. Have dinner and stay overnight at Nehe Kharka.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  11. Day 11 Trek from Nehe Kharka to Sherson (4,600m)

    Today, after early morning breakfast, we will continue the trek crossing through the beautiful wooden bridge over the Barun River. On the way, you will trek through the boulders, where you can witness massive prayer walls, a forest of the rhododendron, barberries, cotoneaster and juniper bushes. This pleasant trek will continue to Sherson, and find the lower Barun glacier with views of stunning towering peaks such as Mt. Makalu. The further climb through the number of stone enclosures will bring you to Sherson at an elevation of 4600m, from where we can have striking views of Makalu south face, and Mt. Baruntse. Have dinner and stay overnight in Sherson.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  12. Day 12 Sherson to Makalu Base camp 


    After having a morning breakfast, we will begin our pleasing trek to Makalu Base Camp for stunning views of the mountains. We will have the most scenic walk with the closer view of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari and also the majestic view of Everest, and the Kangshung face of Lhotse. After about one-hour gradual trek through a spectacular large meadow, we finally arrive at Sherson, from where we can have a greater view of the mentioned peaks. After exploring, you will return to the camp for overnight. Have dinner at Sherson.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  13. Day 13 Trek Sherson to Yangri Kharka (3,645m) 


    After early morning breakfast, we will start the trek with a wonderful exploration of the surrounding valley. The further trek will take us to the end of the Barun valley named Yak Kharka. Today we have to trek around 6 or 7 hours to reach our destination. Have dinner and stay overnight at Yangri Kharka.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  14. Day 14 Trek from Yangri Kharka to Mumbuk (3,400m) 


    Have a morning breakfast and begin trek ahead to Mumbuk, which is situated at the elevation of 3400 meters. The further trek will follow several ups and down by passing the beautiful Barun Valley. You have to trek around 5 to 6 hours to reach Mumbuk by following the alpine forest.  As you reach Mumbuk, you can stroll around and explore the valley. Have dinner and stay overnight at Mumbuk.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  15. Day 15 Trek from Mumbuk to Khongma Danda (3,500m)


    After having morning breakfast, we will start trekking by following the Mumbuk village and retrace through the beautiful surroundings on the way. Today, we will hike around 5-6 hours back to Khongma Danda  (ridge) and explore Shipton-la and Thulo Pokhari, before we reach Khongma Danda. As you reach Khongma Danda, you can have stunning views of the Himalayas and the valley below. Have dinner and stay overnight in Khongma Danda.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  16. Day 16 Trek from Khongma Danda to Navagaun (2,500m) via Tashi gaon

    On this day, we will have early morning breakfast and continue our trek towards Navagaun, which is situated at an elevation of 2500 meters. Today, we will trek back to Tashi gaon and continue to walk towards Navagaun on the upper trail for another 2 to 3 hours through the cool shade of the beautiful forest. After crossing the forest, we will enter the farm terraces and eventually the village of Navagaun. Navagaun is a famous Sherpa village, where you can interact with the Sherpa people and observe their unique culture and tradition. Have dinner and stay overnight in the guest house of Navagaun.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  17. Day 17 Trek from Navagaun to Num via Seduwa


    Have a morning breakfast and continue trek to Num by following the downhill track through farm fields. The further trek will lead us to the Seduwa village. As we reach the Seduwa village, we will explore the village and proceed ahead to Num after 2 to 3 hours of downhill trek. Have dinner and stay overnight in the Num village.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  18. Day 18 Trek from Num to Chichira (1,800m) 


    Today we continue the trek after having morning breakfast. You will see several villages on the way and people to encounter with. The trekking trail will be uphill around 2 to 3 hours, and the further trek will take us to the top of the ridge, and we will again continue the trek ahead almost downhill and reach to Chichira. As you reach over there, you can explore the village. Have dinner and stay overnight in the guesthouse at Chichira.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  19. Day 19 Trek from Chichira to Khadbari

    After having morning breakfast, we will begin our trek back to Khadbari by following the pleasant trekking trail. Around 5 to 6 hours trek will follow beautiful greenery forest, farmlands, and several local villages on the way and reach Khadbari. Khadbari is a large village, where you can encounter native people and observe their unique cultures and traditions. Have dinner and stay overnight in at Khadbari.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  20. Day 20 Trek from Khadbari to Tumlingtar (400m)

    Have morning breakfast and continue trek onwards to Tumlingtar, which is situated at an altitude of 400 meters. Today is our last day of the trek. Around 3 to 4 hours trek will take us to Tumlingtar by following a downhill trek. Several up and down trails will bring you back to Tumlingtar. As you reach Tumlingtar, you can stroll around the village and explore the village. Have dinner and stay overnight in Tumlingtar.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Included.

  21. Day 21 Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu


    Have morning breakfast and take a scenic flight for Kathmandu from Tumlingtar. After the flight, you will be dropped to the hotel, where you can take rest and relax. Have dinner with our team and stay overnight in the same hotel at Kathmandu.

    Overnight in the Hotel. Meals (Breakfast, Dinner) Included.

  22. Day 22 Rest and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
On this day you can enjoy a full day at leisure.

    You can either rest and relax at the hotel or explore around Thamel. In the evening, you can enjoy a farewell dinner with a typical Nepali cultural program for celebrating the successful completion of the journey in Nepali. Stay overnight at the same hotel.

    Overnight in the Teahouse. Meals (Dinner) Included.

  23. Day 23 Final Departure to your port of Destination


    Today is the last day of the Makalu Base Camp in Nepal. On this day, after your morning breakfast, one of the representatives will drop you to the airport, 3 hours before your flight. Wish you a safe trip for your homeland. We hope to see you again in Nepal!

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be in a 3 or 4-star hotel.

Accommodation during the trek will be in tea house or lodges. Some accommodations at lower altitudes offer fully equipped rooms with electricity, western toilet facility, wi-fi, and hot showers. Whereas some tea houses, especially at the higher altitude offer very basic kind of services.

You will be accommodated on a twin-basis during the trek. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. If you want a single room for yourself, let us know in advance before the trek.

Normally, beds contain pillow and sheets. Almost all tea houses provide blankets but it is advisable to use your sleeping bag which will be provided by us in case it becomes too cold.

Some tea houses especially those at lower altitudes have proper western toilets. As you move higher some tea houses use squat toilet facilities. Also, it is important to know that some tea houses do not provide toilet paper in the toilets.

In higher altitudes, you will usually have to pay extra for charting electronic devices or taking a hot shower. Laundry services are also available in some lodges at an extra price. Wifi cards can also be bought at these lodges. There are multiple options available depending on the data limit and speed.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
What is included in this tour Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • An experienced English-speaking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
  • An assistant guide depending on the groups size, (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • 2 times Hot shower anytime during the trek
  • 10 Gb Everest link wifi card for internet access
  • All government and local taxes
  • 2 times Battery charging anytime during the trek
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes (you are allowed to carry a maximum of 15 kg
  • luggage altogether in the duffel bag)
  • 3 nights accommodation (2 before/ 1 after) in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, Real Sherpa Adventures duffel bag, and T-shirt
  • All accommodation in good lodges during the trek
  • Medical Kit carried by the guide
  • All necessary paperwork and permits
  • All meals during the trek
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Nepal Visa fee (please bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, bar bills etc)