| Duration: 20 days
|| Country: Nepal
| Max. Altitude: 4,870m/15,978ft.
|| Walking Per Day: 5-6 hrs
|| Grade: Fair Strenuous
| Best Season: Autumn and Spring
|| Group Size: 1-10
| Mode: Lodge/Tea-House
|| Culture: Rai Culture, Limbu Culture, Sherpa Culture, Tibetan Influenced Culture
Makalu Base Camp Trek in the Makalu region of Nepal is an adventuresome and demanding trekking venture journeying up to the base of the world’s fifth-highest peak, Mt. Makalu. Standing tall at the elevation of 8,485m/27,838ft bordering Nepal and Tibet, the region is located at the southeast of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest. The trek route was discovered by Eric Shipton, an English Himalayan mountaineer, and the high pass which shall be crossed during the trek is named Shipton La Pass as a tribute to him for his achievement and discovery.
Virgin and Off-the-beaten routes
Trekking to Makalu was not open for foreigners and is still a restricted area that can be embarked upon with special permits only. Hence, the region is still unexplored to the maximum extent. The precious culture, tradition, and history along with various species of birds, wildlife, and vegetation are being preserved in the Makalu region till the day. Trekking thru virgin and off-the-beaten routes of Makalu is an opportunity to discover them all.
Following the Arun River Valley along the trail and exposing the flora and fauna in the Makalu Barun National Park, Makalu region treks get initiated. En route, the trekkers enjoy their hike with the jaw-dropping sceneries of the Himalayas, the snow-clad landscapes, moist forest, high-altitude terrains, glaciers, and glacial lakes. Nevertheless, the lifestyle and culture of the indigenous ethnic group like Rai, Limbu, and Gurung along with their foods, uniforms, and festivals is an additional merit.
Physical fitness and requirements
With a nestled togetherness of natural beauty and cultural enrichment along with the taste of adrenaline sensation, trekking in Makalu is an ultimate combo for the travel enthusiast. However, the treks and expeditions in the Makalu region of Nepal are physically demanding and arduous. The trekkers must possess sound physical fitness along with regular exercising routines to qualify for Makalu region treks
Any previous climbing or trekking experiences are not mandatory if you have a positive attitude and endurance. Moreover, good knowledge of trekking routes of the highly skilled trekking guide and required gears and equipment will lead you to a successful and safe journey.
Best time for this trek
Travelling is always amazing but if you travel at the right time, all the incredible aspects of a place can be exposed. From the months of March to May in the spring and September to November in the autumn, Makalu region treks are faultless. With favorable weather conditions and the blooming of flora and fauna, the time frame is just flawless.
Equipment lists for 20 days Makalu Base Camp Trek
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms
Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers
First Aid Kits
Personal Regular Medicines
Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer