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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 $ 1850
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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 an extraordinary journey that leads you through high-altitude terrains, and snow-covered landscapes, and into the heart of the ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. This solitary trek takes you to the Makalu Base Camp (5250 m), now recognized as the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area. Dominated by the majestic presence of Mt. Makalu (8463 m), the fifth-highest peak globally, this trek is a genuine adventure that offers unendingly beautiful scenery.

Commencing Your Journey

The Makalu Base Camp trek adventure begins with a flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu, followed by a scenic jeep ride to Num village, which marks the beginning of an exhilarating trek to the base camp. As you step onto the trail, you’ll immediately sense the unique charm of this journey. The Makalu Base Camp Trek follows the course of the Arun River valley, guiding you through Sedua and Num. The route then involves traversing the Shipton La Pass (4210 m), leading into the upper Barun River valley, granting you an up-close encounter with the awe-inspiring Makalu and Chamlang Himal peaks. This trek is a passage into one of Nepal’s most secluded and less-traveled regions.

Nature’s Magnificence Preserved

The Barun Valley is a significant component of an expansive international protected area established through an agreement between the governments of Nepal and China. Encompassing an impressive 2330 sq. km of National Park and an additional 830 sq. km of conservation area in Nepal alone, this region is a testament to nature’s magnificence and the need for its preservation.

A Trek of High Passes in Makalu region 

A scenic escapade in the Barun National Park, en route to the Arun Valley of Makalu Himal, the trek is renowned for traversing three demanding and delightful high passes, namely Sherpani Col, West Col, and Amphu Lapcha passes – an experience trekkers cherish in Nepal. These passes offer stunning panoramic views and add an element of thrill to your journey.

The Awe-Inspiring Makalu Himal

Soaring to a majestic height of 8,481 meters, the awe-inspiring Makalu Himal sets the stage for a captivating tea house trek, entailing a passage through the Shipton La to reach the grandiose fifth-highest mountain on Earth. The historic Makalu Himal Expeditions marked its first ascent on May 15, 1955, courtesy of Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy, esteemed members of a French expedition team. Although the Makalu trek is relatively less frequented due to its remote accessibility, it is a manageable undertaking. The trail leading to the foothills of Makalu Barun National Park, celebrated for its extraordinary natural beauty and rich biodiversity, eventually arrives at the base of the world’s fifth-highest peak. As the ascent progresses from 700 meters to over 5,000 meters, each passing day promises a diverse tapestry of scenic rewards.

Tea House Comfort and Cuisine

During the Makalu Base Camp trek, trekkers can savor modest tea house accommodations, relish authentic Nepali meals, and even find select options for Chinese, Indian, or Italian cuisine. However, it’s worth noting that the variety may not match that of the Annapurna Base Camp or Everest base camp treks. The tea houses along the trail provide a cozy and warm atmosphere, offering trekkers a chance to unwind and connect with fellow adventurers.

Life Along the Makalu Base Camp Trail

The Makalu region is not only a realm of breathtaking landscapes but also a land where the Sherpa and Rai communities, particularly from Chechela and Num villages, cultivate Cardamom Crops, serving as a primary source of income. Alongside Cardamom Crops, crops like Wheat, Barley, Millet, Maize, Potato, Sunflower, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, and Beans thrive as significant staples. As you traverse through the terraced farmlands of Rai, Gurung, and Sherpa villages, you’ll immerse yourself in local cultures and observe picturesque alpine meadows. Additionally, you’ll have opportunities to spot an array of wild and domestic creatures, including the majestic Himalayan yaks, at the Mabalu base camp and Yangli Kharka.

Cultural Depth of the Makalu Region

Makalu base camp trek natural splendor, one can immerse oneself in the local cultures, observe picturesque alpine meadows, and spot an array of wild and domestic creatures, including the majestic Himalayan yaks, at the Mabalu base camp and Yangli Kharka.

The presence of various ethnic groups along the Makalu trek adds cultural depth to your adventure. Encounter the Sherpa, renowned for their mountaineering prowess, infusing the region with their Tibetan-Buddhist heritage, evident in monasteries, prayer flags, and traditional attire. Interact with the indigenous Rai and Limbu communities, who contribute unique languages, music, dance, and festivals, showcasing a close affinity with the land and its traditions.

Makalu base camp trek Explore the Tibetan Buddhist influence brought by the Tamang community, originating from Tibet, celebrating their festivals, clothing, and intricate crafts. Learn about the Gurung community, known for their valor and military contributions, who preserve their distinct culture through language, festivals, and customary attire. Experience the influence of the Newar community, influential in trade and craftsmanship, who bring their rich traditions, artistry, and unique festivals to the region. Feel the richness of Tibetan culture in this area, enriched by its proximity to Tibet, as seen in practices like prayer flags and rituals.

Best Times to Trek in Base Camp of Makalu

The optimal timing for this trek falls between September and November, as well as March and May. However, early March is best avoided due to the heavy snowfall at Makalu Base Camp (5,250 meters) and Jak Kharka (4,615 meters).

Challenges and Considerations

While the Makalu Base Camp route presents moderate difficulties, the presence of several high-altitude passes renders it one of the most challenging base camp treks, yet accessible even to first-time trekkers. The stamina to hike for 5 to 6 hours daily is advisable for successful completion.

To account for unforeseen delays due to severe weather conditions, it is prudent to allocate 2 to 3 extra days during the Makalu Base Camp trek. Additionally, travel plans during the end or start of the monsoon season should consider the possibility of landslides obstructing the Tumlingtar to Noum road.

Trip Highlights

  • Spectacular Mt. Makalu Views: Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Mt. Makalu, the world’s fifth-highest peak towering at 8,463 meters, offering an unforgettable visual spectacle.
  • Exploration of Remote Valleys: a journey through remote valleys, traverse eco-nature trails, and experience the charm of rural communities along the way of Makalu base camp trek.
  • Arun Valley River and Waterfall: Encounter the mesmerizing Arun Valley River and its captivating waterfall, adding a touch of natural enchantment to the trek.
  • Barun National Park: Immerse yourself in the

The best time to do the Makalu Base Camp trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (fall) seasons in Nepal. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and favorable temperatures for trekking in the region.

  1. Spring (March to May):
    • Spring is considered the best time for the Makalu Base Camp trek.
    • The weather is mild, and the temperatures are gradually rising.
    • The rhododendron forests bloom with vibrant colors, creating a beautiful landscape.
  2. Fall (September to November):
    • Another excellent time for the trek, with stable weather and clear skies.
    • The temperatures are still comfortable, and the visibility is usually excellent.
    • The fall season offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks and landscapes.

To Trek to base camp During these periods, the chances of rain and snowfall are relatively low, ensuring a more enjoyable trekking experience. However, it’s essential to check current weather conditions and trekking permits, as they may vary. Keep in mind that the winter months (December to February) can be extremely cold, and the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rain, making trekking challenging in the Makalu Base camp.

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


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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

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