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Makalu base camp trek

Makalu base camp trek

Wilderness Trekking
Makalu base camp
doma sherpa from makalu base camp
Yangli Kharka

Trip Facts

Duration : 18 Days Max-Altitude : 5250 Program Type : tea house Best Season : March-May, sep-nov Per Day Walking : 5/6 h Trek Grade : Grade 3:

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.


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$ 2000 $ 1780
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Group Price

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $2000
2 Paxes $1850
2-4 Paxes $1800
4-6 Paxes $1780
6-10 Paxes $1760
10-15 Paxes $1700
15+Paxes $1700

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Makalu Base Camp Tea House Trek Itinerary 

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a challenging and rewarding trek that takes you to the base camp of Makalu, the fifth-highest mountain in the world. The trek starts in Tumlingtar and takes you through the beautiful Arun Valley, lush forests, alpine meadows, and high mountain passes, providing stunning views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Everest, and other Himalayan peaks.

The Makalu base camp trek is a scenic adventure in Barun National Park which is on the main route to the Arun Valley of Makalu Himal. This trek is also known for crossing the three high passes of Sherpani col, West col, and Amphu Lapcha passes. These passes are some of the most challenging and delightful treks in Nepal. 

Makalu Himal is 8,481 m, A spectacular Makalu Base Camp tea house trek crossing the Shipton La to reach the world’s fifth-highest mountain. “Makalu Himal Expeditions” was first summited on May 15, 1955, by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy of a French expedition team. But the Makalu Base Camp trek is a less-frequented route due to its relative inaccessibility, however, it’s not too hard to do. The trail leading to the foot of Makalu Barun National Park, recognized for its outstanding natural beauty and great diversity of flora and fauna, leads to the foot of the world’s fifth-highest peak. In addition, it has a great variety and contrast of scenery with every day bringing a rich selection of scenic rewards as you ascend from 700m to over 5,000m.

Tea houses and Meals

You can enjoy basic tea house accommodations as well as Nepali meals on the menu from this remote and wilderness route. Moreover, you can also purchase Chinese, Indian, or Italian food, but you will not be able to find as much variety as on the Annapurna Base Camp or Everest base camp trek

Farming people’s crops

In the Makalu region Sherpa and Rai People, especially from Chechela and Num villages, have been involved in the cultivation of Cardamom Crops, which are the main source of income for Locals due to Cardamom Crops, and primary crops like Wheat, Barley, Millet, Maize, Potato, Sunflower, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, and Bean are also the main crops.

The Makalu base camp trekking itinerary takes you through the terraced farmlands of Rai, Gurung, and Sherpa villages, along with the Arun valley snake river, natural beauty, and contrasting landscapes, as well as their local cultures. Beautiful alpine meadows, numerous wild animals, and domestic animals such as Himalayan yaks can be seen at the Mabalu base camp and Yangli Kharka.

Trekking up to the Makalu Base Camp is by flying to Tumgmins from Kathmandu, then driving to Num village by Jeep, then trekking up to Makalu base camp. After driving to Num village, you walk up the lush and beautiful Arun valley before crossing the Shipton La (4127 m) to reach the upper Barun Khola Valley. On your journey, you will encounter the ethnic groups of Limbu, Newar, and Rai at lower elevations and Tibetan Buddhists at higher elevations. There is a panoramic view of Mt. Makalu (8481 m), along with Everest, Lhotse, and Baruntse Peak.

Want to experience Nepal’s remoteness and mostly untouched parts on a trek in the mountain region? With the Makalu Base Camp Trek for 18 days, you can have it all. Nepal wilderness trekking guides will lead the Makalu base camp tea house trek with a guide and porters’ team to ensure a wonderful journey to Makalu base camp at a reasonable cost listed on our blog for solo trekkers and small groups, and it is even the same price for a solo trekker. As natives of the Makalu region as well as our guides and porters, they are familiar with the local people and the trails of the area.

The ideal time to do this trek

We recommend that September through November and March through May are the best times to trek to the Makalu base camp trek. But early March is not the best time to do this trek because of the deep snow on the Makalu base camp (5,250 meters) and Jak Kharka (4615 meters).

How difficult is the trek to Makalu base camp?

There are moderate difficulties in the Makalu base camp route, Because of the number of high-altitude passes, Makalu is one of the toughest base camp treks, making it suitable for first-time trekkers as well. In order to hike successfully, you will need 5 to 6 hours of stamina per day.

It is a good idea to keep 2/3 additional days available during the Makalu base camp trek, as severe weather can sometimes cause the Tumlingtar flight to be delayed. Furthermore, if you plan on traveling during the end or the start of the monsoon season, the Tumlingtar to Noum road may be obstructed by landslides.

Trip Highlights

  • There is no need to carry food or a tent on popular routes
  • View of Mt.Makalu 8,463m 5th highest mountain in the world
  • Explore remote valleys Eco nature trails rural area
  • Arun valley River and waterfall
  • Barun national park area
  • One of the highest elevation base camps of Mt Makalu

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Kathmandu to Tumling tar by fly, 45 minutes fly and jeep drive to Noum (1490m) stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 02: Trek to Seduwa (1460m) 6 hours trek, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 03: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2200 m) 5 hours trek, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 04: Trek to Khongma (3470m) 5 hours trek, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 05: Trek to Dobate (3570m) 6 hours trek, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 06: Trek to Yangli Kharka (3580m) 6/7 hours trek, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 07: Trek to Jak Kharka (4615m) 6 hours trek, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 08: Trek to Makalu base camp (5250 m) 6 hours trek, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 09: Explore day around the Makalu base camp area
  • Day10: Trek back to Jak Kharka (4615m) 5 hours trek, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 11: Trek back to Yangli Kharka (3580m) 5 hours trek, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 12: Trek back to Dobate (3570m) 6 hours trek, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 13: Trek back to Khongma (3470m) 5 hours trek, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 14: Trek back to Tashi Gaon (2070m) 5 hours trek, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 15: Trek back to Seduwa (1460m) 6 hours trek, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 16: Trek back to Noum (1490m) stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 17: drive back to Tumling tar, stay overnight at tea house
  • Day 18: fly back to Kathmandu

Cost Included

  • Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Tumlingtar to Kathmandu both way flight
  • Tumling tar to Noum and Noum to Tumlingtar sharing jeep
  • Italian, Chinese, Nepali, Indian, many other European delicious Meals three times a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner chose by Menu) with tea/coffee)
  • clean Accommodation on Lodge during the trekking.
  • One experienced, educated, well trained, fluent English speaking, friendly and familiar guide, from the same area and specialized Makalu Trek and government authorized trekking guide and require porters one Porter for every 2 pax, Who carry the bag pack
  • Guide and Porters Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation, flight tickets, and equipment.
  • Barun national park permit and TIMC permit
  • First aid medical box.
  • Trekking equipment as a sleeping bag and down jacket etc. if you don't have your own

Cost Excluded

  • Kathmandu hotel
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as Coke, Fanta, mineral water, hot shower, dessert, etc.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Rescue operation charge.
  • Tips for guide and porter


From Germany
Together with my wife, I spent 12 days on the Makalu Base Camp trek in April 2022 with our guide Lal and porter Sumbo. As...

Frequently Asked Questions

the Makalu base camp trek is a moderate trekking route.
Yes, you can do it privately, but better to have at least 2 pax in the group.
March, April, May to Sep Oct early Nov.
Makalu national park permit and TIMS permit

Altitude Chart


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