Makalu Base Camp Trek

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Makalu Base camp, Khumjung, Nepal
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19 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people



About this tour

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a thrilling and challenging trekking adventure that takes you deep into the heart of the eastern Himalayas. As one of the lesser-known and more remote trekking routes in Nepal, this journey offers a sense of true exploration. It leads you to the base of Mount Makalu, the fifth-highest peak in the world, standing at an impressive 8,485 meters (27,838 feet).

This trek is not only about conquering high altitudes; it’s a captivating blend of diverse landscapes, from lush tropical forests to alpine meadows and eventually, the rugged terrain of high Himalayan valleys. As you traverse this varied topography, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, and Kanchenjunga.

In addition to the stunning natural beauty, the Makalu Base Camp Trek offers insights into the local cultures and lifestyles of the indigenous communities that call these remote regions home. You’ll have the chance to interact with Sherpas, Rai, and other ethnic groups, immersing yourself in their traditions and daily life.

This trek is challenging, both physically and mentally, as it requires crossing high passes, dealing with altitude, and navigating rugged paths. However, the rewards are immeasurable – the sense of accomplishment, the breathtaking vistas, and the profound connection with the raw and untouched Himalayan wilderness.

If you’re seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure, yearning for an authentic trekking experience away from the crowds, and willing to push your limits, the Makalu Base Camp Trek is an ideal choice. It’s a journey that will leave you with indelible memories and a deep appreciation for the raw beauty of the Himalayas.

Essential Tips for a Successful Makalu Base Camp Trek

  • This is crucial. Take your time to acclimatize at higher altitudes, especially during rest/acclimatization days. Ascend gradually to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Build your physical stamina and endurance before the trek. Cardiovascular exercises, hiking, and strength training will help you tackle the challenging terrain.
  • Only carry the essentials. Your backpack should include clothing suitable for varying weather conditions, a quality sleeping bag, trekking poles, first aid kit, and personal items.
  • Be prepared for rapidly changing weather in the mountains. Bring layers of clothing that can be easily adjusted, from warm to cool.
  • Invest in high-quality trekking gear, especially footwear. Comfortable and sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support are essential.
  • Stay hydrated to combat altitude-related issues. Carry a reusable water bottle and water purification tablets to refill along the way.
  •  Respect the local customs and traditions. Learn a few basic phrases in the local language (Nepali), and be respectful towards the local communities.
  • Ensure you have all the necessary permits for the trek. These might include TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) and Makalu-Barun National Park entry permits.
  • Consider hiring an experienced guide. They provide valuable insights, manage logistics, and ensure safety.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance that covers trekking in remote areas. Check if it covers helicopter evacuation in case of emergencies.
  • Bring energy-rich snacks like nuts, chocolate, and energy bars to keep your energy levels up during the trek.
  • Don’t forget to carry spare camera batteries and memory cards. The landscapes are breathtaking, and you’ll want to capture every moment.
  • Leave no trace. Respect the environment by properly disposing of waste and avoiding any damage to the natural surroundings.
  • Listen to your body. Rest when needed, eat nutritious meals, and communicate any health concerns with your guide.
  • Mental attitude matters. Stay positive, be open to new experiences, and enjoy the journey. The Makalu Base Camp Trek is an incredible adventure, and your positive mindset will enhance the experience.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Safety Considerations

  • The Makalu Base Camp Trek is physically demanding. Ensure you have good cardiovascular fitness and strength to tackle the challenging terrain.
  • The trek involves significant altitude gain. Plan for proper acclimatization with rest days, gradual ascent, and awareness of altitude sickness symptoms.
  • Be prepared for rapidly changing weather in the mountains. Dress in layers and carry waterproof clothing to stay warm and dry.
  • Consider hiring a local guide and/or porter for navigation, safety, and to support the local economy. A guide can also provide valuable insights into the region.
  • Ensure you have appropriate trekking gear, including a good quality sleeping bag, hiking boots with ankle support, a reliable backpack, and trekking poles for stability.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking sufficient water and carrying water purification methods. Consume balanced meals to maintain energy levels.
  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone with emergency contacts saved. Keep it in a warm place to preserve battery life.
  • Pack a comprehensive first aid kit that includes items for common injuries, altitude sickness, and personal medications.
  • Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking, medical emergencies, and helicopter rescue if necessary.
  • Pay attention to your body’s signals. If you experience severe altitude sickness symptoms (e.g., persistent headache, nausea, confusion), descend immediately.
  • Be respectful of local cultures, traditions, and religious sites. Ask for permission before taking photos of people.
  • Practice “Leave No Trace” principles by disposing of waste properly, using biodegradable products, and minimizing your impact on the environment.
  • Stay in touch with your trekking group, guide, or other fellow trekkers. Establish a meeting point in case of separation.


  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the world's fifth-highest mountain, Makalu (8,481 meters), as well as other towering peaks in the region.
  • Experience the tranquility of a less-trodden trail compared to more popular treks, allowing for a genuine wilderness adventure.
  • Traverse diverse landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, picturesque villages, high alpine meadows, and rugged mountain terrain.
  • Trek through the pristine Makalu Barun National Park, a biodiversity hotspot with diverse flora and fauna, including rare species.
  • Conquer challenging high passes like the Shipton La Pass and Keke La Pass, offering stunning panoramic views and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Interact with local ethnic groups, such as the Sherpas, Rai, and Limbus, gaining insight into their unique cultures and traditional lifestyles.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the Arun Valley, with its deep gorges, lush forests, and the Arun River flowing through the heart of the valley.
  • Reach the base camp of Makalu, where you'll be surrounded by towering peaks, glaciers, and a surreal alpine setting.
  • Have the chance to spot a variety of wildlife, including Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, snow leopards (rare), and diverse bird species.
  • Experience a true wilderness adventure, with fewer trekkers on the trail, making it a perfect choice for those seeking solitude and unspoiled nature.
  • Visit charming villages along the way, where you can observe traditional lifestyles, local architecture, and friendly hospitality.
  • Start or end your trek in Tumlingtar, offering an alternative to Lukla as a gateway, and a chance to explore a different part of the region.


  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Welcome and Farewell Cultural Dinner.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.


  • Take a morning flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar.
  • Upon arrival in Tumlingtar, drive to Chichila.
  • Overnight in Chichila.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Start the trek from Chichila to Num.
  • Descend through the forested trail.
  • Overnight in Num.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Num to Seduwa.
  • The trail continues through lush forests and terraced fields.
  • Overnight in Seduwa.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek to Tashi Gaon.
  • The trail gradually ascends, and you'll pass through picturesque villages.
  • Overnight in Tashi Gaon.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Tashi Gaon to Khongma Danda.
  • The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Overnight in Khongma Danda.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Rest and acclimatize at Khongma Dada.
  • Explore the area and enjoy the views.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobato.
  • The trail passes through rhododendron forests.
  • Overnight in Dobato.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Dobato to Yangla Kharka.
  • The trail continues through the forested area.
  • Overnight in Yangla Kharka.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Yangla Kharka to Langmale.
  • The trail gains altitude, and you'll feel the effects of altitude.
  • Overnight in Langmale.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Makalu Base Camp.
  • Enjoy the spectacular views of the Makalu peak.
  • Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Spend the day exploring the Makalu Base Camp area.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek back from Makalu Base Camp to Yangla Kharka.
  • Descend to a lower altitude.
  • Overnight in Yangla Kharka.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Yangla Kharka to Dobato.
  • The trail retraces the path you took earlier.
  • Overnight in Dobato.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Dobato to Khongma Danda.
  • Continue descending to Khongma Danda.
  • Overnight in Khongma Danda.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashi Gaon.
  • Descend through the beautiful forests.
  • Overnight in Tashi Gaon.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Tashi Gaon to Seduwa.
  • The trail descends further, passing through small villages.
  • Overnight in Seduwa.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Seduwa to Num.
  • Descend back to Num.
  • Overnight in Num.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek back to Chichila and then drive to Tumlingtar.
  • This is the last day of the trekking portion.
  • Overnight in Tumlingtar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a morning flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Arrive in Kathmandu and check in to your hotel.
  • Rest and relax in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.


10 Days



Frequently asked questions

Yes, the trek is considered challenging due to its remote nature, high-altitude passes, and rugged terrain. Trekkers should have good physical fitness and prior trekking experience.

The duration of the trek depends on the specific itinerary and the pace of the trekker. On average, the trek takes about 18-21 days to complete.

The highest point of the Makalu Base Camp Trek is the Shipton La Pass, which stands at an altitude of approximately 4,216 meters (13,829 feet).

The best time for the Makalu Base Camp Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable, and the views are clear.

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a challenging trekking route in the Makalu-Barun National Park, leading trekkers to the base camp of Mount Makalu, the world's fifth-highest peak.

Yes, a special Makalu Conservation Area Permit is required for the trek. It's essential to obtain the permit before starting the trek.

The most common starting point for the Makalu Base Camp Trek is Tumlingtar, which is accessible by flight from Kathmandu.

While it's possible to trek independently, it's highly recommended to hire a local guide for navigation, safety, and to enhance the overall experience.

Yes, teahouses and lodges are available along the trail, providing basic accommodation and meals. However, the facilities may be more basic compared to more popular trekking routes.

Pack appropriate clothing for varying weather conditions, sturdy trekking boots, essential trekking gear, a sleeping bag, a first aid kit, water purification methods, and a fully charged mobile phone.

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern due to the high altitudes reached during the trek. Proper acclimatization, gradual ascent, and recognizing symptoms are crucial.

While there may not be dedicated emergency facilities, nearby villages and teahouses can provide basic assistance in case of minor issues. It's essential to be prepared for emergencies.

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Makalu Base camp, Khumjung, Nepal


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