Makalu Base Camp Trek - 20 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 20 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: 4,870m/15,978ft. Walking Per Day: 5-6 hrs
Accommodation: N/A 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 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 as Shipton La Pass as a tribute to him for his achievement and discovery.

 


Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
    • Meals :Lunch / Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Kathmandu
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
      • Thamel
    • Highlights :
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
      • Evening Walk at Thamel

     

  • Day 2 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
    • Duration :Half Day
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Thamel
      • Kathmandu Durbar Square
      • Boudhanath
      • Pashupatinath
    • Highlights :
      • Sightseeing at Kathmandu
      • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
      • Introduction with group members and trekking crew
      • Equipment checking and briefing about the trek

     

  • Day 3 Flight to Tumlingtar(400m/1,315ft) and Drive by jeep to Num(1,505m/4,938ft)
    • Duration :45 mins Flight and 5-6 hrs Drive(55Km)
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Transportation :Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Location :
      • Thamel
      • Kathmandu Domestic Airport
      • Tumlingtar Domestic Airport
      • Khandbari
      • Mane Bhanjyang
      • Chichila
      • Kuwapani
      • Hururu
      • Mudhe(Mure)
      • Num
    • Highlights :
      • Scenic flight
      • Adventure and Excitement
      • Drive through Arun Valley near the border with Sikkim up to Num
      • Fertile landscape
      • Arun River
      • Khandbari – Capital City of Taplejung
      • Ulnity in Diversity

     

  • Day 4 Num to Seduwa(1,530m/5,020ft)
    • Duration :5-6 hrs(11-12Km)
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Descend :505m/1,656ft
    • Ascend :535m/1,755ft
    • Location :
      • Num
      • Lumbang
      • Arun River
      • Seduwa
    • Highlights :
      • Suspension Bridge
      • Cross Arun River
      • Makalu Barun National Park – the only protected area in the world with a height difference of more than 8,000m which includes both subtropical vegetations and icy peaks
      • Lush forests
      • Terraced Farmlands
      • Cornfields
      • Rai Village

     

  • Day 5 Seduwa to Tashigaon(2,065m/6,775ft)
    • Duration :5-6 hrs(10-11Km)
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Ascend :535m/1,755ft
    • Location :
      • Seduwa
      • Manigaon
      • Chyaksa Danda
      • Tashigaon
    • Highlights :
      • Cross Hillside
      • Meadows
      • Paddy fields
      • Lush forests spiked with bamboo and banana trees
      • Paths paved with big stones
      • Trees covered with ferns, moss and orchids due to humidity
      • Sherpa Village
      • Monasteries
      • Prayer Flags
      • Prayer Wheels
      • Mani Walls and Mani Stones

     

  • Day 6 Tashigaon to Khongma/Kauma(3,562m/11,686ft)
    • Duration :6-7 hrs(11-12Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Ascend :1,497m/4,912ft
    • Location :
      • Tashigaon
      • Sadema
      • Unshisha
      • Khongma/Kauma
    • Highlights :
      • Steep Ascent
      • Lush forest
      • Lichen-covered jungle
      • Pass-through Kharkas(Grazing Lands)
      • Rough Stone Stairs
      • Small Lakes ascending to the top of the ridge
      • Stone Chorten
      • Mani-Mauern and Prayer flags
      • View of Kanchenjunga

     

  • Day 7 Rest day in Khongma/Kauma
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Location :
      • Khongma/Kauma
    • Highlights :
      • Rest and relax and acclimatize

     

  • Day 8 Khongma/Kauma to Mumbuk(3,550m/11,646ft) via Khongma La Pass(3,837m/12,588ft), Ghongru La/Tutu La Pass(4,053m/13,297ft), Shipton La Pass(4,220m/13,845ft) and Keke La Pass(4,152m/13,622ft)
    • Duration :5-6 hrs(9-10Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Ascend :662m/2,172ft
    • Descend :670m/2,198ft
    • Location :
      • Khongma/Kauma
      • Khongma La Pass
      • Ghongru/Tutu La Pass
      • Shipton La Pass
      • Kalo Pokhari
      • Keke La Pass
      • Mumbuk
    • Highlights :
      • Steep Climb
      • Cross four passes
      • Adventure and Excitement
      • Rhododendron Forest
      • Lush Sceneries
      • Viewpoint from where you can observe Peak VI, Peak VII and Chamlang
      • Lake Kalo Pokhari
      • Prayer Flags
      • Stone Chorten
      • Sherpa Village

     

  • Day 9 Mumbuk to Yangri Kharka(3,610m/11,845ft)
    • Duration :5-6 hrs(9-10Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Descend :455m/1,492ft
    • Ascend :515m/1,690ft
    • Location :
      • Mumbuk
      • Temathang Kharka
      • Yangri Kharka
    • Highlights :
      • Steep Descent through Rhododendron, Oak and Birch forest to the Barun River(3,295m/10,810ft)
      • Walk along the riverbank
      • Rocky and Sloppy Mud
      • Glacial Valley
      • View of Mountains
      • Small Temple
      • Stupa
      • Prayer flags blowing in the wind 

     

  • Day 10 Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka(4,410m/14,468ft)
    • Duration :5-6 hrs(9-10Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Ascend :800m/2,625ft
    • Location :
      • Yangri Kharka
      • Nehe Kharka
      • Riphuk Kharka
      • Jhak Kharka
      • Yak Kharka
      • Merek
      • Langmale Kharka
    • Highlights :
      • Impressive change in Landscape
      • Yak Pastures
      • Lush Forests
      • Boulder Fields
      • Scenic Himalaya Views
      • Rock falling area
      • View of Mountains and Peaks
      • Prayer Flags
      • Mani Walls and Mani Stones

     

  • Day 11 Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp(4,870m/15,978ft)
    • Duration :5-6 hrs(10-11Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge
    • Ascend :460m/1,510ft
    • Location :
      • Langmale Kharka
      • Shershong
      • Makalu Base Camp
    • Highlights :
      • Flat Trail
      • Ice Glacier Walk
      • Snow-clad mountains
      • Later Moraine of the West Barun Glacier
      • Complete Panorama of Everest and Lhotse
      • Marvelous south face view of Mt. Makalu

     

  • Day 12 Explore Makalu Base Camp
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge
    • Location :
      • Makalu Base Camp
    • Highlights :
      • Day Hike up to the choice of yours
      • Visit nearby glaciers and lakes
      • Rest and Relax  

     

  • Day 13 Makalu Base Camp to Nehe Kharka(3,765m/12,352ft)
    • Duration :5-6 hrs(13-14Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Descend :1,105m/3,625ft
    • Location :
      • Makalu Base Camp
      • Shershong
      • Langmale Kharka
      • Merek
      • Yak Kharka
      • Jhak Kharka
      • Riphuk Kharka
      • Nehe Kharka
    • Highlights :
      • Take the last glimpse of Makalu Base Camp and the sceneries
      • Descend through the same route with the views from a different angle

     

  • Day 14 Nehe Kharka to Mumbuk
    • Duration :5-6 hrs(11-12Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Ascend :55m/180ft
    • Descend :260m/854ft
    • Location :
      • Nehe Kharka
      • Yangri Kharka
      • Temathang Kharka
      • Mumbuk
    • Highlights :
      • Descend via the already known path with a view from a different angle

     

  • Day 15 Mumbuk to Khongma/Kauma via Keke La Pass, Shipton La Pass, Ghungru La/Tutu La Pass and Khongma La Pass
    • Duration :5 hrs(9-10Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Descend :662m/2,172ft
    • Ascend :670m/2,198ft
    • Location :
      • Mumbuk
      • Keke La Pass
      • Kalo Pokhari
      • Shipton La Pass
      • Ghungru La/Tutu La Pass
      • Khongma La Pass
      • Khongma/Kauma
    • Highlights :
      • Descend via the already known path with a view from different angle crossing the same four passes

     

  • Day 16 Khongma/Kauma to Tashigaon
    • Duration :6 hrs(11-12Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Descend :1,497m/4,912ft
    • Location :
      • Khongma/Kauma
      • Unshisha
      • Sadema
      • Tashigaon
    • Highlights :
      • Descend via the already known path with a view from a different angle

     

  • Day 17 Tashigaon to Seduwa
    • Duration :5 hrs(10-11Km)
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Descend :535m/1,755ft
    • Location :
      • Tashigaon
      • Chyaksa Danda
      • Manigaon
      • Seduwa
    • Highlights :
      • Descend via the already known path with a view from a different angle

     

  • Day 18 Seduwa to Tumlingtar via Num and fly back to Kathmandu
    • Duration :5-6 hrs walk(11-12Km), 5-6 hrs drive(55Km) and 45 mins flight
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Home-Stay
    • Ascend :505m/1,656ft
    • Descend :535m/1,755ft
    • Location :
      • Seduwa
      • Arun River
      • Lumbang
      • Num
      • Mudhe(Mure)
      • Hururu
      • Kuwapani
      • Chichila
      • Mane Bhanjyang
      • Khandbari
      • Tumlingtar Domestic Airport
      • Kathmandu Domestic Airport
      • Thamel
    • Highlights :
      • Descend via the already known path with a view from a different angle
      • Cross suspension bridge
      • Drive back to Tumlingtar
      • End the trek and fly back to Kathmandu

     

  • Day 19 Kathmandu Shopping and Exploration
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Location :
      • Kathmandu
    • Highlights :
      • Shopping
      • Relax
      • Farewell Dinner

     

  • Day 20 Departure Day

     

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Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and drop service
  • 2 nights Hotel in Kathmandu( Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
  • All food and lodging during the trek (B, L, D included)
  • Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
  • Professionally trained experienced English speaking trekking guide and porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 30kg) along with their salary, lodging, food and insurance
  • Trekking permits: TIMS card and Permits
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge.
  • First aid medical box.
  • Farewell Dinner

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Food in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  •  Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses
  • Tip for guides and porters

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