Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations among solitary trekkers with an exceptional opportunity to explore high altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle of people. Known as the fifth highest mountain in the world standing tall at 8,485 m Makalu is located southeast of Mount Everest. However, it’s not as widely famous as other trekking destinations in Nepal hence its off-beaten paths are relatively quieter and solitary. It also features Makalu Barun National Park, which is home to varieties of floras and faunas. This trek is the best trek for the trekkers who seek thrills and have guts to explore new places.
Our journey to Makalu Base Camp in the remoteness of Nepal begins with around an hour-long flight to Tumlingtar whereas the real trek starts from Chichira in the beautiful villages of Tibetan and Sherpa communities in the tranquil Himalayas. The lower reaches of the trail are renowned for their lushness with verdant rhododendron forests whereas the upper reaches of the trail comprise of polished granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers, overflowing with waterfalls. Also, the trekkers will trek along Arun Valley and Barun Valley which are two of the remotest parts of the country. Hence, they will get to learn about the struggle of living in these sorts of areas. After a tough climb to Makalu Base Camp (4,870 m), the trekkers will relish the alluring view of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Baruntse (7,129 m), Chamlang (7,319 m) and other Himalayas in the eastern side of Nepal.
It is one of the toughest and most thrilling treks Nepal has to offer and is ideal choice for avid trekkers and nature enthusiasts who seek solace and tranquility in pristine natural habitat and those who wish to avoid crowds. If you want to get on a trek through the less populated trail, it can be the best choice for you.
Arrival in Kathmandu,
Sightseeing in Kathmandu ,
Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar,
Trek Chichira to Num,
Trek Num to Seduwa,
Trek Seduwa to Tashi Gaun,
Trek Tashi Gaun to Khongma Danda,
Trek Khongma Danda to Dobate,
Trek Dobate to Yangri Kharka,
Trek Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka,
Trek Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp,
Explore Makalu Base Camp,
Trek Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka,
Trek Yangri Kharka to Dobate,
Trek Dobate to Khongma Danda,
Trek Khongma Danda to Tashi Gaun,
Trek Tashi Gaun to Seduwa,
Trek Seduwa to Num,
Trek Num to Tumlingtar,
Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu,
Departure for onward journey ,
Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300 m/4,262 ft]
Sightseeing day in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and overnight stay in hotel.
Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichira [1,980 m/6,497 ft], about 50 minutes of flight and 3-4 hours by bus, overnight stay in camp.
Trek Chichira to Num [1,560 m/5,119 ft], about 6-7 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Num to Seduwa [1,500 m/4,922 ft], about 6-7 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Seduwa to Tashi Gaun [2,100 m/6,890 ft], about 4-5 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Tashi Gaun to Khongma Danda [3,500 m/11,483 ft], about 6-7 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Acclimatization day. Explore around the surrounding and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Khongma Danda to Dobate, about 6-7 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Dobate to Yangri Kharka [3,557 m/11,670 ft], about 6-7 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka [4,410 m/14,468 ft], about 5-6 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp [4,870 m/15,978 ft], about 6-7 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Explore Makalu Base Camp and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka, about 6-7 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Yangri Kharka to Dobate, about 6-7 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Dobate to Khongma Danda, about 5-6 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Khongma Danda to Tashi Gaun, about 4-5 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Tashi Gaun to Seduwa, about 4-5 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Seduwa to Num, about 5-6 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Trek Num to Tumlingtar, about 6-7 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp.
Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu, about 50 minutes of flight and overnight stay in hotel.
Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport for onward journey.
- All ground transportation by Car, Van, Hi-Ace or tourist Bus & trekking pick up & drop).
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara at tourist standard Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis (B&B)
- 3 Major meals; [B/L/D] by Lodge menu & accommodation at best available teahouse lodge during the trek. [B = Breakfast, L = Lunch & D = Dinner]
- Professional English speaking trekking guide, necessary Sherpa & Porters.
- Guided tour in Kathmandu
- Temple and Monument fees in Kathmandu
- Insurance coverage for all support crews, their foods, accommodation and daily wages
- Per member 15 Kg. luggage allow while in the trekking.
- Trekking Permit, TIMS & National Park Entrance Fees
- Medical Kit Box for Nepali support crews.
- All official taxes and service charge.
- Personal transportation except those mentioned in the above program.
- Airport transportation, visa fees, international and national flights, airport tax
- Major meals lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu & Pokhara
- Personal trekking gears as well as sleeping bag which must cover over minus -15 degree Celsius.
- Bottled drinks [Hard & Soft] like Coca-Cola, Beers etc.
- All drinks except tea and coffee.
- Your personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation & rerouting
- Costs incurred due to any unforeseen events.
- Personal medicines and First-Aid expenses
- Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods arriving to Nepal by air or road; Postage letter, Laundry service, Telephone calls and all other items of personal nature.
Equipment checklist for Teahouse/Lodge or Camping Trekking
- A kit bag (Carry luggage) in which porters can carry your belongings during the journey (Maximum 15kg/person)
- A day backpack (Rucksack 40-45 liters) for yourself Sleeping Bag ( – 15 degrees)
- Trekking Shoes type “GORE – TEX
- Water bottle, torch light with enough batteries, sunglasses, sun cream, chip stick sun hat, a woolen cap covering ears to protect from cold.
- Personal Medicines for fever, common cold, headaches etc.
- Shoe lace, Slipper/Sandal
- Raincoat, Trekking poles
- Warm and windproof jacket, pullover, T- shirts (not cotton), trousers, socks (min. three pairs), gloves etc.
- Water bottle, camera, Batteries and Memory Cards.
Equipments for Mountaineering
- Harness set
- (7,8), karabiner
- Insurance (helping) rope
- Hard mattress
- High altitude sleeping bag ( – 30 o)
- Head lamp
- Coffloch (Mountaineering shoes)
- Direction compass
- Woolen socks
- Warm under garments
- Gore-tex water-proof Jacket
- Gore-tex water-proof trousers
- Water-proof gloves
- First-aid kit
- Ruck-sack (40 – 45 liters)
- Pocket knife (optional)
- Lip balm
- Toilet paper and hand sanities
- Camp towel (quick-drying)
- Books, cards and so on.
1) Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
a) Have your travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical
problems is an excellent idea for travel in Nepal. Check your
policies available carefully because some policies exclude
b) Choose a policy that covers medical and emergency repatriation,
including helicopter evacuation for trekkers and general medical
evacuation to hospital.
c) Do not forget to say your travel insurance company where you are
travelling (country) and about your activities like trekking, climbing
or expedition and their altitude too.
Note: Make copies of your Insurance policy and do not forget to
carry your travel insurance policy number with you.
2) Valid Passport and Visa
a) A valid passport and two passport size photos with a light
b) Normally, visa can be issued on your arrival at the Tribhuvan
International Airport (TIA) OR major surface entry points.
c) Make copies of your passport with including your visa pages with
you and take it with you during your expedition, trekking, tour
3) Cancellation Policy
We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your
deposit minus a $150 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your
flight between Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lukla your deposit is non-
refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule
you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance
Note: After starting the tour, trekking in your destination: – No
4) Payment Method
a) Deposit should be 50% of total amount per person (to be agreed).
b) Confirmation: On receipt of deposit the Clients place on the
program will be confirmed.
c) Balance: Due no later than 60 days prior to trip departure.
Method: By bank transfer, credit card, cheques, or by cash.
d) Balance not received by the agreed date: We reserve the right to
cancel the booking and the deposit will be forfeited – unless The
Client specifies another date which The Company accepts.
1) Bank charges will be charged at cost and payment by cost
entails 4% extra.
2) Please provide us with your bank receipt, after transfer of
payment to our Account (A/c).