Makalu Base Camp Trek in Eastern Nepal is a heavenly journey for peace lovers. Located in the remote area of Nepal, Makalu Base Camp trekking route offers excellent trekking to the base camp of the fifth highest mountain in the world. You fly to Tumlingtar and walk through the lush and beautiful Arun Valley before crossing Shipton La (4,127 m) in the upper Barun Khola Valley. Along the way you will meet Limbu, Newar and Rai castes at lower altitudes and Tibetan Buddhists at higher altitudes. You can enjoy panoramic views of Mt Everest (8,848.86 m), Lhotse, Baruntse and Makalu Himal (8,481 m) along with peaks 6 and 7.
This was a purely camping trek but now the basic lodges are available on this route and this trek goes up to 5,100 meters. The Barun National Park is also one of the richest and deepest national park of Nepal. This is an area where you don’t find any modern conveniences and amenities; However, it is extremely diverse, full of natural beauty. During this trek, explore the flora and fauna in every step of this trek with cultural diversity and ethics of this region. Travelers can explore the many lakes and wildlife like Yak, Bear, Musk deer, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, many species of birds during this trek.
Extend Your Holiday:
When you make a booking for your Nepal holiday, you can also add days for a desired destination on top of the booked trip. Once we have received your trip booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension trip and if needful to take any additional payment required to pay in advance we will inform you on time.
You will be welcomed at Kathmandu Airport by our Airport Representative. After a brief introductory meeting with you, he will provide you with an airport private transport service to take you to a booked hotel in Kathmandu or a related city according to your travel plan. A welcome drink will be served at the hotel and the hotel check-in process will begin. After the full formalities of the hotel check-in, our staff will give you a brief description of the booked itinerary. See you tomorrow morning and enjoy your free time.
After breakfast we take a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and meet the rest of the trekking crews who will be joining this trek. A moderate pace ride through picturesque villages and lush green hill forests takes trekkers to Num village. Tourists know this is the village of Num because of the great views on both sides and the ridgeline sitting on either side.
A steep waterfall through forest and terraced farms leads us to the Barun River. We cross the river and follow the same steep climb on the other side. Forests in the valleys provide some shade – often very hot. Makalu Barun National Park begins here and is where we register our permit. We stay tonight at the top of the village. Today’s standard active walking time is 4½ hours.
Climb the cliffs bounded by the Ipsuwa River to the west and the Kasuwa River to the east. Crossing the hills past quiet villages and small rice fields, we arrive at the exotic village of Tashi Gaon. Today’s standard active walking time is 5½ hours.
We go through the forest to the river and then to the cliff. From here the trail rises and follows a series of small lakes through Kharka (pasture land) finally climbing up rough stone steps and cliffs. From here there is a short way to Khongma. Today’s standard active walking time is 5½ hours.
We head towards the summit of Shipton La (pass) which takes a few hours to reach. After Kalo Pokhari Lake (3,930 m) we pass over the Keke La pass (4,170 m). We can have an amazing view of Chamlang (7,321 m), Peak 6 (6,524 m), and Peak 7 (6,758 m). After crossing the Keke La Pass we walk through the beautiful valley and reach Dobate. Today’s standard active walking time is 5½ hours.
Today we trek through the Barun river and the rhododendron forest that goes up the valley. In the first two hours of the trek we have to be very careful as the trail is uphill and arduous. We then take a pleasant walk gradually gaining altitude until we reach the Yangri Kharka which is situated at the base of the valley. Today’s standard active walking time is 5½ hours.
The valley, we pass yak pastures, lush forests and stone fields. The valley walls tower impressively above trekkers at the start of the trek. We proceed from Merek and witness a remarkable rise in the scenic views of the Himalayas. Today’s standard active walking time is 4½ hours.
Today is the day we reach Makalu Base Camp. From Langmale Kharka we walk to Shershong and finally Makalu Base Camp. The way is flat on a high mountain covered with snow. Makalu mountain can be seen after reaching Shershong. When we go to Base Camp, we soak in the magnificent Himalayan scenery around us. Today’s standard active walking time is 5½ hours.
The Base Camp is a rocky barren place with the great Barun Glacier beyond it. From here you can see mount Makalu’s magnificent south face and a full view of mount Everest and mount Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for short hikes where we can celebrate our achievement of Makalu Base Camp trek.
We descend from Base Camp and take one last glimpse of mount Makalu before turning the corner and heading back. On the way down, we descend into the valley via Shersong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and finally stop at Yangri Kharka. Today’s standard active walking time is 7½ hours.
We descend towards Dobate through Yangri Kharka rock falls, green forests and valleys. As we descend the trail we follow the banks of the Barun River and lunch in Dobate.
We start the trek from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) with a steep climb through forests of firs and rhododendrons. Then we cross Keke La, Tutu La (Shipton’s Pass), and Kauma La. Then we go down the hill again to Khongma Danda. Today’s standard active walking time is 7½ hours.
The trek we will continues along the mountain side frequenting long and steep waterfalls. We then cross the hills and pass through villages and hamlets, finally stopping at Seduwa for today’s Lunch.
We will leave Seduwa and go to Num village through the green forest and we will stay overnight in Num. Today’s standard active walking time is 7½ hours.
After breakfast at Nu village, we travel by jeep or bus for about 5 hours to Tumlingtar via Khandbari. Today is the last day of the trek and usually the trekkers offer dinner to the trekking teams in the evening to celebrate the trekking completion party. After dinner the trekker will say goodbye to the trekking team and they too will go to sleep.
After a long hike in the mountains, we will return to Kathmandu by flight from Tumlingtar which takes only 35 minutes to reach Kathmandu. Trekkers can rest and relax at their hotels throughout the day or keep in touch with their loved ones.
Famous for its hilly airports, Nepal offers many domestic flights giving you access to all parts of the country. When there is less time in Nepal, it is better to take a local flight to avoid long journeys. Mountain weather is often unpredictable, but it’s best to add one or two buffer days after your trek to adjust the time for flight delays. If you are planning an international flight around one of your domestic flights from a mountainous area, add at least one day of buffer travel days to your itinerary if possible. We will meet again in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepali restaurants in the city, where we will be eager to hear your feedback about the trip.
Here is information about possible one-day activities. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the main attractions of the Kathmandu Valley are three Durbar Square (Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur) and four temples and stupas (Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath Temple and Changu Narayan Temple). If you want to walk all day (8 hours), you can visit any four places [Boudhanath, Pashupatinath Temple, Changu Narayan Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square] or [Swayambhunath, Bungmati, Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square] in one day. We can arrange a day trip at your request, and the service user will have to pay extra directly for it. Customers can hire a guide and car or rent a car. Stay overnight at the hotel with daily breakfast.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport to return home at least three hours before your flight departure time. According to the Nepal Immigration Department, we will also help in obtaining the necessary documents for the flight from Kathmandu. We hope that your visit to Nepal and the activities you carried out during the trek will remind you to visit Nepal again in the coming days. We wish you a safe return home. We hope to see you in Kathmandu again in the coming days!
The accommodation we use may vary depending on our package travel and the range of travel destinations. Before or after the trip you can book comfortable hotels in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara for your stay. If you book a tea house trekking trip, we will provide a small two-bed room for sharing in the hill lodges which is a basic facility but very clean.
Now, better-equipped lodges are also available in Annapurna and Everest areas but we recommend trekkers to use accommodation above 3500 meters where clean rooms and clean food are readily available. Sometimes a level of flexibility may be required when trekking in remote mountain areas. We believe that you will complete your vacation without any problems and have the trip of a lifetime. If you book camping/trekking, our camping team will manage a comfortable camping site by the river where possible.
There will usually be a dedicated support team on the trip to move luggage and equipment, set up camp, and prepare your food. You will find more detailed information about travel accommodation which is mentioned separately in the lodging section of each vacation package page.
However, you can expect excellent service and high quality in any budget range you choose. You can learn more about different types of travel and their features and the proposed travel price by contacting us directly where we will be very pleased to answer your questions. We always try to choose comfortable accommodation with local character reflecting the best value based on twin share accommodation.
When you book a trip, unless you request a private single room, we will arrange for you to share a twin bed room with a person of the same gender. If you request a private single room, you will need to pay a single room supplementary fee. Please note that during the trek, if the destination is 4000 meters above sea level, only dormitory accommodation with private beds will be available. On trekking trips we try our best but do not promise guaranteed room options. For most of our camping trips, we supply branded two-person tents, including groundsheets.
Mess tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, service plates, bowls, and all necessities are provided. Members of the mountaineering travel group are requested to manage according to the options given on the website.
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