Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek

Activities:
Trekking, Tours, Hiking
Duration
22 days
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate, Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    4870 m
  • Group Size
    Min. 4 People
  • Best Time
    March - May and Sept - Nov 

Trip Overview

Explore the valleys in eastern region of Nepal and savour the beauty that lies in the fifth highest mountain of 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 some 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, Makalu region attracts only few travellers 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 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. Taking about the difficulty on the way and trail, the trail to Makalu Base Camp is never flat. You will either be ascending up or descending down which makes the trek difficult and tiring. But the difficulty that you faced along your way is nothing as compared to the magnificence of nature that you will enjoy. The rhododendron forests, beautiful cliffs, glaciers and stunning waterfalls that you encounter in 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 you 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 metres in Tumlingtar and rises up to 5500 metres in the south eastern ridge of Mt. Makalu. The spectacular views of mountains from the base camp is a reward to all our hard efforts made during our trek. Covering the Makalu Barun National Park, Makalu Base Camp is rich in biodiversity. You can encounter some rare birds and animals in your journey if lucky. Similarly, interaction with local people on the way will give us some insights on 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 you make your journey more lively and homely.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) 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 (3470m) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Mumbuk (3570m) Duration: 6 hrs

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

Day 09: Trek to Sherson (4615m) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 10: Trek to Makalu Base camp (5000m) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 11: Explore Makalu Base Camp

Day 12: Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m) Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 13: Trek to Mumbuk (3570m) Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 14: Trek to Kauma (3470m) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 15: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2070m) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 16: Trek to Balung (760m) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 17: Trek to Pukuwa (550m) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 18: Trek to Bumling (370m) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 19: Trek to Tumlingtar (460m) Duration: 06 hrs

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 21: Leisure day

Day 22: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportations 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) prepared by our expert cook
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • An experience guide, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek)
  • 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
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - Shirt (yours to keep)
  • Safe drinking water, boiled/iodine tablets.
  • First aid medical kit bag
  • 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:
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral 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.

Reviews

Bogdan Ilie, USA My wife and I were lucky to have chosen Nepal Hiking Team to plan our trip. We opted for a private guide and had a porter as well. We waited at the airport, and we were dropped off there as well when we left Nepal. Our guide, Ram, made sure that our trip was organized flawlessly and that we were doing well and happy at all times. He chose the best available teahouses, and we were allowed to chose the food from the menu in all of them (there seem to be agencies that say you can either choose dal bhat or pay out of pocket). We were even served, during dinner, sliced apples carried by the porter. Ram was very knowledgeable, and he shared information related to mountain peaks, vegetation, and animals. As we saw, his English skills are excellent. Above all, he is friendly and has a positive attitude, so we enjoyed talking and interacting with him. The porter, Bhola, was also very friendly. He looked like he was 50 kg but carried 55-65 kg easily. Overall, it was a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience to which Ram, Bhola, and Nepal Hiking Team contributed substantially. One of the owners, Ganga, even offered free rides to do the PCR tests or other purposes. We couldn't have hoped for better treatment from this agency. Note: Read Original Review on Trip Advisor (Click Here)
Lucie H, UK In May this year - some friends and I joined the NHT For 16 days. Every fine detail was considered, with our guides and porters going above & beyond to ensure we were comfortable and happy. Their knowledge and experience created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us all. I have no hesitation in recommending Nepal Hiking Team to anyone! They made this experience perfect, thank you, guys.  
Mike, USA I went with my girlfriend to the Everest Base Camp with a guide and porter from Nepal Hiking Team. Right from the pick-up from the airport, we felt like valued clients, and we were made to feel very welcome and relaxed in an otherwise hectic city. From the moment the trek started, our guide Bheg ensured we were comfortable and constantly checked on our physical state throughout each day and provided advice and assistance where we needed it. Overall, the experience was one I'll never forget, primarily because I proposed at the top and because the Nepal Hiking team made the experience as stress-free and as organized as possible, all with a smile on their face at all times. I highly recommend NHT.
Megan Y., China Ganga, Balaram, and the team were fantastic; even when we had a 24-hour flight delay, they re-scheduled everything without fuss or fee. We had an excellent driver for just us (and guide where we had them). We even changed things along the way, and whether the driver, guide, or agent, they were more than willing to help and be flexible. :) The trip took in some hiking, some sightseeing, some relaxing, the jungle, and for each occasion and location, we were provided a specialist guide for the event/location. The hotels they chose for us were precisely our requirements based on the activity we were experiencing on any given day. Balaram even met us many times in person to round off the experience and ensure all was well and take honest feedback in person - the personal touch makes you feel even more appreciated and welcome as a customer. We would recommend anyone contact the team if they are planning a trip to Nepal. Thank you, guys, for a memorable vacation.
Jonathan, USA The team NHT provided the best possible service. They were attentive in every aspect in the months leading up to the trek through emails and were responsive and thorough in addressing my questions and concerns. During our tour, Bheg (our guide) and our porter were there to take care of our (myself and one other trekker) needs and always smile and graciously. I have used other more expensive and well-known trekking teams in the Himalayas in the past and would rank NHT on an equal or higher plain. Bheg has many years of experience, as did our porter, and was very competent in their roles and Bheg in his knowledge of the area and the trek. Though our porter did not speak very much, Bheg was kind enough to translate when asked, and our porter was equally attentive in assisting Bheg and us to ensure a successful trek. Very competitive price and an excellent team and experience. I highly recommend them.