Makalu Base Camp Trek – 21 Days

Trip Facts

  • Total Days - 21
  • Trekking Days - 13
  • Driving Days - 2
  • Hotel in Kathmandu - 5 Nights
  • Trek Grade - Strenuous
  • Altitude Maximum - 4812m
  • Type of Trek - Camping
  • Best Season - Spring / Autumn
  • Walking Time - 5 to 7 hours each day

Makalu (8463m) is the fifth highest mountain in the world. The trek up to Makalu Base Camp is an excellent choice for those adventure lovers who want to explore the most amazing and unseen scenery of the eastern Himalayas. Utterly marvelous, and still very untouched, the irregular trekking area of Makalu region is very close to the Everest region. The unimaginably beautiful area is famous for both culture and nature. A naturalist’s paradise, teeming with many precious plants, animals (such as wolves, fox, lynx and the elusive snow leopard) and birds and a significant part of the Himalayas are the main attractions of this region. The trek takes you through the entire scenic and cultural heritage of Nepal, from the hot flat plains of the Terai(200m) to Makalu Base Camp (4812m)., which is the least visited area by tourists in Nepal’s far east. The views of the south face of Makalu, as well as Everest and Lhotse are truly regal and fantastic.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath & Patan
Day 03: Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Num
Day 04: Trek Num to Seduwa
Day 05: Trek Seduwa to Tashigaon
Day 06: Trek Tashigaon to Khongma
Day 07: Trek Khongma to Mumbuk
Day 08: Trek Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka
Day 09: Trek Yangle Kharka to Yak Kharka
Day 10: Acclimatization Day in Yak Kharka
Day 11: Trek Yak Kharka to Makalu Base Camp
Day 12: Trek Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka
Day 13: Trek Yangle Kharka to Mumbuk
Day 14: Trek Mumbuk to Khongma
Day 15: Trek Khongma to Tashigaon
Day 16: Trek Tashigaon to Num
Day 17: Drive Num to Tumlingtar
Day 18: Flight Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
Day 19: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 20: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 21: Departure

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 02: Visit Patan and Swoyambhunath: start our tour with the magnificent Buddhist stupa; Swoyambhunath which is 10 minutes drive from Thamel followed by a visit of one of the oldest cities of Kathmandu valley which is called Patan to witness its incredible architecture from medieval period.

Swoyambhunath is one of the oldest stupas of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on one of the highest hills in the valley. It watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side just three kilometers west of the city center. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and is recognized as a World Heritage Site. It is also one of the oldest and most glorious Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be two thousand years. The four sides of the stupa are painted with the eyes of Lord Buddha.

Patan - the second largest town in the valley is situated to the south of Kathmandu. Patan's great building boom took place under the Mallas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Numerous temples of widely diverse styles, as well as many Buddhist monasteries, are scattered around the fascinating town. Patan is famous for its crafts and metal works which are wonderful souvenirs.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 03: Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1560): a panoramic flight to Tumligtar followed by 5 hours dirt road drive to Num.
Overnight: Camping
Flight Time: 40 minutes
Driving Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 226m

Day 04: Trek Num to Seduwa (1540m): we start our adventure from Num, initially descending steeply from the western end of the Num ridge through the cornfields of Lumbang. We continue our way down through jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun Koshi followed by a steep climb to Seduwa (1540m). People of this region are mainly engaged in agriculture and crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending on the season. There is a check post and local office of the Makalu Conservation Area where we register national park permits and trekking permit.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 20m

Day 05: Trek Seduwa to Tashigaon (2070m): the trail slightly ascends but the major part of the hike is flat and easy through the bushes. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest is a big Sherpa village. We can see prayer flags fluttering in the wind whispering odes of prayers for the dead and forgotten; in and around the village. This is the last settlement in the valley.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 4 - 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 530m

Day 06: Trek Tashigaon to Khongma (3560m): it is a challenging day as we gain over 1400 meters in elevation on a steep trail. We ascend through forest to a stream and then onto a ridge where there are small shepherds' huts called Chipla (2520m). After this, the trail becomes even steeper and passes a kharka (commonly owned grazing land) and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs ascending to the top of the ridge followed by short descend to Khongma where we spend the night.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Difference in Elevation: +1490m

Day 07: Trek Khongma to Mumbuk (3520m): the beginning of the trek climbs through steps switchbacking adorned with prayer flags to a ridge (3840m),where there is a wonderful views of Chhamlang, Mt. Tutse-Peak 6 (6739m) and Peak 7 (6105m). Following a rugged path we reach a beautiful lake named Kalo Pokhari (4004m). Leaving this small lake we ascend again through Shipton Pass (4170m) which was named after Eric Shipton, who used this pass with Edmund Hillary on their 1952 Everest reconnaissance. We then cross Tutu la (4080m) and enter a valley filled with rhododendron forest and continue on to Mumbuk.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 -7 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 40m

Day 08: Trek Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3750m): our trek descends to Barun Khola through fir and rhododendron forests and crosses a small cave (3250m) and then traverses up and down to a large open area from where we can have excellent views of Mt. Tutse-Peak 6 (6739m) and Peak 7 (6185m). We continue our trek and finally reach Yangle Kharka.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 -7 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 230m

Day 09: Trek Yangle Kharka to Yak Kharka (4050m): it is relatively short day. We follow the Barun valley passing Piphuk Kharka (3930m) and climbing alongside a waterfall and on to a swampy meadow and stream. Then continuing our trek through the meadows we reach to Yak Kharka.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 4 hour
Difference in Elevation: + 300m

Day 10: Acclimatization Day (4050m): we spend another day here in order to acclimatize rapidly gain altitude and also to explore the surroundings.
Overnight: Camping

Day 11: Trek Yak Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4812m): as we finally approach to Makalu Base Camp, we trek through Shersong and gradually climb to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. Then we descend to a stream and cross boulders to the base camp on the west side of the river where there is terrific view of the south face of Makalu. Also, the views of different mountain peaks like Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m), are incredible from this camping site.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 -7 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 762m

Day 12: Trek Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka (3750m): we retrace our steps down the Barun valley to the pleasant camp of Yangle Kharka. we walk through a rocky forest path with views of green hills.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 -7 hours
Difference in Elevation: -1062m

Day 13: Trek Yangle Kharka to Mumbuk (3520m): we continue descending through the rock-fall area and then climb up the rocky gully to the forest of Mumbuk.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 230m

Day 14: Trek Mumbuk to Khongma (3560m): retracing our steps back to Khogma; we trek through Shipton pass, Kalo Pokhari and Kauma la.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 40m

Day 15: Trek Khongma to Tashigaon (2070m): continuing our descends, we trek down to Tashigaon. It is basically downhill trek for whole day.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: -1490m

Day 16: Trek Tashigaon to Num (1560m): The trail initially descends steeply to the Arun river passing through Seduwa village followed by a steep ascent to Num.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 -7 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 510m

Day 17: Drive Num to Tumlingtar (510m): a scenic drive for about 5 hours on a dirt road to Tumlingtar.
Overnight: Camping
Driving Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 1050m

Day 18: Flight Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (1334m): a scenic flight back to Kathmandu for about 40 minutes.
Overnight: Hotel
Flight Time: 40 Minutes
Difference in Elevation: + 824m

Day 19: Free Day in Kathmandu
Overnight: Hotel

Day 20: Free Day in Kathmandu
Overnight: Hotel

Day 21: Transfer to the airport and departure

The tour price includes:

  • Transfers airport/hotel/airport
  • Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing BB basis
  • Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight tickets Kathmandu-Tumlingtar - Kathmandu as per Itinerary
  • Domestic airport taxes
  • Private Jeeps for Tumlingtar - Num - Tumlingtar
  • Trekking permit - National park entry fee / TIMS
  • A professional trekking guide, assistant guides, Cooks and porters
  • Road transportation for the staff
  • Meals Full board during trek (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Accommodation in tents / camping during the trek
  • Your international flight re-confirmation
  • All necessary documents and government tax
  • Insurance for all staff (including guide, Cooks, porters, assistant guides)

The tour price does not include:

  • International Flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident/repatriation, helicopter/medical care)
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone, Hot shower etc
  • Alternative / Additional transportation (flights / vehicles), Food and Accommodation in case of bad weather, flood, landslide, heavy rain, strike, road blockade, scheduled flights cancelled by airlines etc.
  • Emergency evacuation rescue charge, if needed
  • Tips for trekking staff

NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.



Weather Report

Climate:
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.

Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year.  Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer.  Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C.  Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.

The summer/monsoon period - It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.

Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.

In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.

TREKKING GEAR

  • Day back-pack
  • Gore-Tex Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Micro Fleece
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Hiking shoes (Boots)
  • Runners (sport shoes)
  • Trekking Socks
  • Rain poncho
  • Sun-glasses
  • Water bottles
  • Thermal underwear(long)
  • T- shirts
  • Sunscreen/lotion
  • Flip flop (sandal)
  • Towel Hat(Baseball cap)
  • Pristine drops (Water purifier)
  • Head light / flash light
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Gloves
  • Wind Proof Trouser(s)
  • Personal medical kid
  • Toiletries

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