Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek
  • Trip Grade
  • Max Altitude
    5700 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 People 
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Best Time
    March - May and Sept - Nov 
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All Inclusive Price: $2,950USD

Trip Overview

Explore the valleys in the eastern region of Nepal and savour the beauty that lies in the fifth-highest mountain in the world. Makalu Base Camp Trek is a beautiful journey that lets you taste the real adventure of walking inside the Makalu Barun National Park to the Makalu Base Camp.

The region offers magnificent views of mountains like Mt. Makalu with other peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Baruntse. The lush scenery of Arun valley is probably the most beautiful thing that will keep you going throughout your journey. Though many people keep their interest in this trek, the Makalu region attracts only a few travelers during a year due to its remote accessibility and off-the-beaten trekking trail.

Makalu Base Camp Trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. From Tumlingtar, we drive to Num, from where our real trekking journey initiates. You follow the Barun river valley in Makalu Barun National Park and cross several high passes like Shipton La and Keke La on the route to Makalu Base Camp.

Talking about the difficulty on the way and trail, the trail to Makalu Base Camp is never flat. You will either ascend up or descend down, making the trek difficult and tiring. But the difficulty you face along your way is nothing compared to the magnificence of nature you will enjoy. The rhododendron forests, beautiful cliffs, glaciers, and stunning waterfalls you encounter on the way will make your trek full of wonders and excitement. As you stand tall in the Makalu Base Camp, all you can do is let your eye wander from one peak to another with the majestic Mt. Makalu rising tall right in front of your eyes.

If you are curious about the altitude variation throughout your trek, then your trek initiates at an altitude of 400 meters in Tumlingtar and rises up to 5500 meters in the southeastern ridge of Mt. Makalu. The spectacular views of the mountains from the base camp are a reward for all our hard efforts made during our trek.

Covering the Makalu Barun National Park, Makalu Base Camp is rich in biodiversity. You can encounter rare birds and animals on your journey if you are lucky. Similarly, interaction with local people on the way will give us insights into their culture, lifestyle, and tradition. People here are engaged in agriculture for livelihood. You can see beautiful fields as you pass through villages. The people are friendly, which makes your journey more lively and homely.

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu -Tumlingtar (460m) & drive to Num (1490) by private jeep

Day 04: Trek to Sedua (1460m) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 05: Trek to Tashigaou (2070m) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 06: Trek to Kauma Danda (3470m) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Dobato (3800m) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 08: Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 09: Acclimatization day

Day 10: Trek to Langma Le (4400 M) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 11: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (5000m) and explore Hillary Camp, Duration: 7 hrs

Day 12: Hike to Makalu View Point (5700m) and return to base camp, 6-7 hours 

Day 13: Trek back to Nhe Kharka (3000m). Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 14: Trek back to Dobato (3800m) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 15: Trek to Dhad Kharka (2200m) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 16: Trek to Sedua (1460m) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 17: Back to Tumlingtar (460m) Duration: 4 hours walk and 6 hours drive 

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 19: Leisure day

Day 20: Farewell/Departure

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, including tour guide, entry fees, and vehicle
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) during the trek.
  • An experienced guide required a number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, and equipment. We provide 1 porter between two trekkers.
  • Teahouses for the accommodation during the trek. The teahouses are simple but neat and clean.
  • Nepal Hiking Team duffle bag, down jacket, and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Round trip flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Tumlingtar to Kathmandu, including departure taxes
  • First aid medical kit bag including oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat.
  • All necessary permits for trek
  • All government and local taxes
  • Office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Personal shopping and laundry, phone, internet bill etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking crews

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.


Rachel and MeganUSA

We had an unbelievable adventure completing the Mardi Himal Trek in January 2023. Our guide Rajendra (Raj), and porter Rajesh  were professional, fun, energetic, and knowledgeable about not only the trek we were on but about many others in the area.

Tamar NitzanUSA

I'm so happy I went with Nepal Hiking Team. From the moment I arrived at the hotel, I knew I made the right choice. The hotel was in a great area. Bars, restaurants, clubs, shops were all within a 10 minute or less walk from the hotel.

I was doing


I completed the 14 day Annapurna Circuit early December 2022, thank you so much to Surya and Rabin, who both went out of their way to make this trip, that I'd been planning so long,and  memorable. They were always checking in with me during the hike

Rick BelliveauPortland Oregon USA

Namaste! I highly recommend Nepal Hiking Team for your trekking adventure in the beautiful Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. This was my first trip to Nepal and additionally my first ever muli-day trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek became a dream of mine about

JulesSydney, Australia

Posted on Nov 22 | Trip Advisor Review

We completed the 15-day Manaslu Circuit trek with Nepal Hiking Team in late November 2022.

The scenery of the Manaslu region is stunning and far more beautiful than we had imagined. The weather was excellent!