Makalu Base Camp Trek

snow-clad landscapes and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle on a solitary trek

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  • Starting PriceUS$ 1565

  • Duration of Trips19 Days

  • Location: Manaslu Region

  • Type of Trip: Tea House Trek

  • Max. Altitude:5250M

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Makalu Base Camp Trek

The Makalu Base Camp (MBC) Trek takes adventurers to one of the most remote regions of Nepal. Situated at an altitude of 5,250 meters, the Makalu Swiss base camp offers a breathtaking and invigorating experience for trekkers. Although the trek is challenging, the surrounding natural beauty keeps trekkers energized and enthralled. While modern facilities may be lacking in this area, the incredible diversity and picturesque landscapes more than compensate for it.

The Makalu region is home to an abundance of natural wonders. The national park boasts an impressive array of flora and fauna, including 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 species of birds, and 75 species of mammals. Among the wildlife are rare and endangered species like the Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Yak, and Himalayan Thar.

The trekking trail winds through dense forests, offering a truly immersive experience in nature. This is not a trek for the faint-hearted, as it takes place in the remote and less frequented Arun River valley in eastern Nepal. However, the remoteness adds to the allure, making it an extraordinary and unparalleled adventure. Throughout the journey, trekkers are treated to uninterrupted natural beauty that never fails to captivate. Camping is necessary due to the isolation of the region and the absence of tea houses.

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is best suited for physically fit individuals with a passion for adventure. It rewards those who are up to the challenge with unparalleled vistas and a profound sense of accomplishment.


Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu transfer to Hotel

Day 02Free day in Kathmandu for trekking preparation / Overnight at Kathmandu

Day 03Fly from KTM to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1,560m/5119ft) 6-7 hours / Overnight at tea-house

Day 04Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft) 6-7 hours / Overnight at tea-house

Day 05Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft) 6-7 hours / Overnight at tea-house

Day 06Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobate 6-7 hours / Overnight at tea-house

Day 07Trek from Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft) 6-7 hours / Overnight at tea-house

Day 08Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 hours / Overnight at tea-house

Day 09Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours / Overnight at tea-house

Day 10Explore Makalu Base Camp and trek back to Langmale Kharka (4,410m/14,468ft): / Overnight at tea-house

Day 11Trek from Langmale Kharka to Yangri Kharka 6-7 hours / Overnight at tea-house

Day 12Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobate 6-7 hours / Overnight at tea-house

Day 13Trek from Dobate to Khongma Danda 5-6 hours / Overnight at tea-house

Day 14Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon 4-5 hours / Overnight at tea-house

Day 15Trek from Tashigaon to Seduwa 4-5 hours / Overnight at tea-house

Day 16Trek from Seduwa to Num 5-6 hours / Overnight at tea-house

Day 17Trek from Num to Tumlingtar 6-7 hours / Overnight at Hotel

Day 18Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (35m flight) / Overnight at Hotel

Day 19Free day in Kathmandu or Final departure

Cost Details

Cost Includes

    • Airport pick up and drop upon arrival and departure
    • Domestic flights Kathmandu – Tumlintar – Kathmandu
    • In trekking- B/F, Lunch and Dinner -3 meals per day and overnight accommodation at tented camp
    • Transportation- to/from trek starting & ending point
    • Necessary trekking permit, conservation and TIMS fee.
    • Trained trekking guide and porter, necessary insurance, and accommodation meals allowance and salary
    • 3- Nights hotel in Kathmandu and two night in Biratnagar on (BB Basis)
    • Comprehensive first aid box for the trekking.

Cost Excludes

    • Extra day hotel stay in Kathmandu
    • Foods self lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal expenses-laundry, Telephone, alcoholic beverages, tips for guide & porter.
    • Personal travel insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
    • Extra cost for if in case trek effected by natural calamities
    • Personal trekking equipments for the trek.
Note: Standard itinerary – 18 days. Can be shortened or extended depending on time and Fitness.


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What is the Makalu Base Camp Trek?
- The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a challenging and adventurous trek in Nepal that takes you to the base camp of Mount Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world. It is a remote and less frequented trekking route, offering stunning views of the Himalayas, diverse landscapes, and unique cultural experiences.

How long is the Makalu Base Camp Trek?
- The duration of the Makalu Base Camp Trek varies depending on the itinerary and the pace of the trek. On average, it takes around 18-21 days to complete the trek, including both the ascent and descent.

What is the best time to do the Makalu Base Camp Trek?
- The best time to undertake the Makalu Base Camp Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and excellent visibility, making the trek more enjoyable. However, it's important to note that weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains, so it's always advisable to check the local weather forecast before planning your trek.

Is previous trekking experience required for the Makalu Base Camp Trek?
- Yes, previous trekking experience is highly recommended for the Makalu Base Camp Trek. It is a challenging trek that involves steep ascents, high altitude, and rugged terrains. Good physical fitness, stamina, and the ability to adapt to high altitudes are essential. Prior experience in trekking at high altitudes and multi-day treks will help you better prepare for this adventure.

Are permits required for the Makalu Base Camp Trek?
- Yes, several permits are required for the Makalu Base Camp Trek. These include the Makalu Barun National Park permit, the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card, and a local restricted area permit. These permits are obtained through a registered trekking agency or in Kathmandu before starting the trek. Your trekking agency will assist you in obtaining the necessary permits.

What is the level of difficulty for the Makalu Base Camp Trek?
- The Makalu Base Camp Trek is considered a challenging trek. It involves long days of walking, steep ascents and descents, and trekking at high altitudes. The trail can be demanding, with rugged terrains, rocky paths, and some technical sections. It requires a good level of physical fitness, endurance, and acclimatization to the high altitude environment.

What are the highlights of the Makalu Base Camp Trek?
- The Makalu Base Camp Trek offers several highlights, including:

  • Spectacular views of Mount Makalu and other majestic peaks in the Everest region.
  • Exploring the pristine wilderness of the Makalu Barun National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna.
  • Crossing high passes and traversing remote valleys with stunning landscapes.
  • Experiencing the unique culture and traditions of the local ethnic communities, including the Sherpas, Rai, and Limbu people.
  • Immersion in the tranquil and untouched natural beauty of the region, away from the crowds.
  • The challenging and adventurous nature of the trek, providing a sense of accomplishment and personal growth.

Remember to consult with experienced trekking agencies for detailed information, preparation, and safety measures before undertaking the Makalu Base Camp Trek.

Makalu Base Camp Trek