The Makalu Base Camp Trek is an ideal trekking route for nature-lovers craving to experience different nature and culture along the trek path; as well as the different views of the world's tallest peak, the Everest. This region boasts a rich cultural heritage, unmatched beauty and natural diversity.
This is a trek towards Mt. Makalu (8483m/27818ft) which is the fifth highest mountain in the world. The route also passes through dense rhododendron forests. You will also spot occasional animals like deer, languor monkeys and many different species of birds. As you go higher up you might get a chance to notice the blue sheep and the illusive snow leopards which has been enlisted in the IUCN endangered list.
In the course of your acclimatization day, meet the sherpa people in Tashigaun. The radiating smiles of the local people will mezmerize you. You will meet Rai and Sherpa people, among other ethnicity living in the Himalayas, along the way. You may also stopover at the Swiss Base Camp both on the banks of the desolate Barun Pokhari. Spectacular views of the rarely seen Kangshung face of Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga in the far east bestows upon us from the Makalu Base Camp. The soaring peaks of 3, 5, Yaupa and the Chamlang Himal along the Tibetan border.
It is advised that you have a previous trekking experience and be in a good state of health before you start your trek to Makalu region. Only full camping Makalu trek is possible in this region with all supplies carried by local porters from day one.
Welcome to the Himalayas. Let your adventure in this unconventional route begin!
- Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 02 Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 03 Fly Kathmandu – Tumlingtar (640m/1500ft) - Chichila (1840m/6100ft) 35 min flight & 4-5 hrs drive.
- Day 04 Chichila – Num (1500m/4921ft) 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 05 Num – Seduwa (1493m/4898ft) 4-5 hrs trek.
- Day 06 Seduwa – Tashi Gaun (2057m/6749ft) -4-5 hrs trek
- Day 07 Rest and acclimatizing day in Tashigaun.
- Day 08 Tashi Gaun – Khongma ( 3560m/11800ft) 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 09 Khongma – Dobate (3620m/11871ft) 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 10 Dobate – Yangle Kharka (3620m/11877) 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 11 Yangle Kharka - Yak Kharka (4400 m/14550ft) 4-5 hrs trek
- Day 12 Merek – Shersong (4660 m/155ft) 2-3 hrs trek.
- Day 13 Explore Makalu Base Cam / Everest view point ridge – Shersong: 7- 8 hrs.
- Day 14 Shersong – Yangle Kharka : 4-5 hrs trek
- Day 15 Yangle Kharka – Dobate: 4-5 hrs.
- Day 16 Dobate – Khongma : 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 17 Khongma – Seduwa : 6-7 hrs trek
- Day 18 Seduwa – Num : 4 hrs trek.
- Day 19 Num – chichila: 5 hrs trek – Tumlingtar : 3-4 hrs Jeep drive.
- Day 20 Fly Tumlingtar – Kathmandu : 35 min
- Day 21 Final departure
Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.
Makalu Base Camp Trekking Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Our MMT Airport Representative will be there to greet you outside the Terminal Hall (after you have completed passport, immigration and visa requirements). He will be displaying our Treks & Expeditions logo with your name on it. You will then be transferred to your hotel. Afternoon free. Evening: a welcome dinner, hosted by our management team, to introduce you to your guide, brief you on the trek and check on necessities.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
After breakfast, day will start our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley such as, pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Stupa Bouddhanath, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit historical Patan Durbar Square & Kathmandu Durbar Square (Freak Street) with temple, unique ancient art, architectures, museum and Kumari (living goddess). Evening pre-trip counseling and ensure once again trekking gears, medical kid and trek legalization needs.
Leisure and easy day for different interest.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu – Tumlingtar (640m/1500ft) - Chichila (1840m/6100ft) 35 min flight & 5-6 hrs drive.
We take a morning tranquility trans-Himalayan flight to Tumlingtar, where we meet our trek crew. Drive north of Shoba Khola along the ridge above flat warm valley Tumlintar toward Khadbari. Road continues through beautiful terraced field with the superb view of green valley then slope downhill road brings us our campsite Chichila. Enjoy the sun set and Mt. Maklau range. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 04: Chichila – Num (1500m/4921ft) 5-6 hrs trek
We enjoy a lovely view of Mt. chamlang (7319m) Makalu (8463m) and sawtooth ridges of forest walk with many birds. Trail continues bumpy road, often following short cut passing Sherpa settlement fururu at 1900m. Gentle ascent along the ridgeline through the woodland that has been heavily denuded firewood gathers of local villages. Soon following descended off road pass Mure and leads to the spectacularly positioned village of Num. Overnight in the camp.
Day 05:Num – Seduwa (1493m/4898ft) 4-5 hrs trek.
Trail turns off to the north of ridge and descend steeply to Aurn River at 620 m. trek continues crossing dubious-looking suspension bridge which ascends same range of ascends along the exposed rocky farming field of Pachowk. Ascend continue about 1000 m through dense forest, eventually brings to beautiful camp site Seduwa. Here is large flat camping lawn right above the check point of Makalu Barun National park check point. Num village can be clearly seen in front of Camp site laying on long green agricultural hill. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 06:Seduwa – Tashi Gaun (2057m/6749ft) -4-5 hrs trek
We climb a ridge passing Mani wall and climb gently northward through rice terrace to the village Manigaun. A short day's trek, climbing and then contouring beautiful village and wilderness forest around to the last settlement on the walk-in, at Tashigaon. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 07: Rest and acclimatizing day in Tashigaun.
Take a wonderful walk along Sherpa village, do some washing and take easy day.
Day 08: Tashi Gaun – Khongma (3560m/11800ft) 5-6 hrs trek
We ascend steeply through dense forest of Rhododendron passing many ridges and seasonal Yak herders to a open hill with a tea shop. Trail rises again to Chipla at 2520 m, here trail even comes steeper., struggling up past stream and a huge overhanging rock right below the mani danda. Our destination Khongma welcomes us with terraced camping ground. Overnight stay in Camp.
Day 09:Khongma – Dobate (3620m/11871ft) 5-6 hrs trek
From Khongma climb the ridge steep switchback to stone chorten at 3840m and feast your eyes to chamlang, Peak 6 (6739 m) and Peak 7(6105 m) We climb stone staircases passing several false ridges to Ghungu La also known as TuTu La at 4050 m. Descend down to Kalo Pokhar and steeply ascend to Shipton La at 4216 m named by Mr. Eric Shipton who followed the route with Edmond Hillary in1952. Drop to Thulo Pokhari and climb final pass of the day Ka Ka La at 4150 m provides superb views, before descending to our camp in a clearing amongst rhododendrons at Dobato. Overnight in camp.
Day 10: Dobate – Yangle Kharka (3620m/11877) 5-6 hrs trek
Trail drops down a screed –covered slope into the long curving Barun valley, which forms a natural highway toward your destination. Trek through long landslide following the upstream of river through a gorge to a more open valley and our high pasture campsite at Yangri Kharka next to the Barun River with colorful prayer flags and view of Makalu after several days. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 11:Yangle Kharka - Yak Kharka (4400 m/14550ft) 4-5 hrs trek
Trail follows upstream of river with waterfall and gentle climb to Ngle Kharka at 3750 m which has great mountain views and alpine meadow. Beyond Ngle Kharka the river makes a huge S-shaped curved between a certain wall of cliffs that tower either side of the river. Trek passes many Yak herders and meadow of Rupak Kharka (3930 m), Jhak Kharka at 4210m. Passing beautiful waterfall and swampy pasture brings us to overnight halt at the summer grazing area of Yak Kharka. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 12:Merek – Shersong (4660 m/155ft) 2-3 hrs trek.
To acclimatize for the final climb, this is a short day. The landscape here is an arid mass of sand and gravel follow a trail west beside the stream on the north side of the moraine with the pyramid peak of Hongku Chuli (6835 m) A lovely day's walk, through a high alpine environment. Rounding a corner, in sight of the Lower Barun Glacier, arrive Shersong. Overnight stay in Camp.
Day 13:Explore Makalu Base Cam / Everest view point ridge – Shersong: 7- 8 hrs.
Visit Makalu Base Camp (5100 m) with the breathtaking views on the way however, base camp has no view except still it’s nice to interact with Makalu Expedition group on season. Back to the camp site Lunch and climb to approximately 5000 metres on a ridge to the north for views of Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Everest and many more. We spend a second night at Sherson.
Day 14: Shersong – Yangle Kharka : 4-5 hrs trek
Retrace alpine meadow descending beside the Barun River to the warmer flat plateau. Overnight in camp.
Day 15: Yangle Kharka – Dobate: 4-5 hrs.
Continue descending through the rockfall and the climb the rocky gully to Dobate. Overnight in camp.
Day 16: Dobate – Khongma : 4-5 hrs trek
Today, we recross Kaka La, Shipton La and tutu La then make a short descent to the Camp site Khongma.
Day 17: Khongma – Seduwa : 6-7 hrs trek
Make a long sleep descend back to the civilization at Tashi Gaun and after Lunch easy walk to Seduwa. Overnight in camp.
Day 18: Seduwa – Num : 4 hrs trek
We start the day with a descent to the hot and steamy Arun River Valley. Crossing the khola we then begin the tough climb up the ridge on the other side to Num. Overnight in Camp.
Day 19:Num – chichila: 5 hrs trek – Tumlingtar : 3-4 hrs Jeep drive.
An early start and a relatively easy morning of trekking along the ridge to Chichila, which takes around 5 hours. Here we board our Jeep for the return drive to Tumlingtar, Overnight in camp.
Day 20:Fly Tumlingtar – Kathmandu : 35 min
We take the morning flight to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel, free afternoon.
Day 21: Final departure
Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.