Makalu Base Camp Trek offers a classic trekking experience towards the world’s fifth highest summit (8483m/27818ft). It begins with a 35 minute scenic flight past the Everest range and Makalu to the village of Tumlingtar above the Arun River.
From here the Makalu trekking trail passes through the remote and undeveloped Makalu Barun Buffer Zone where terraced fields surround many delightful villages before entering the National Park. From here on, despite passing through some tiny villages, only official camping sites may be used and their spacing leads to some strenuous days with large gains in altitude.
From high ridges, distant views of Mount Kanchenjunga in the east, Makalu and the Everest group in the west come variously into view. Rhododendron and pine forests line the Barun River and are home to deer, languor monkeys and many birds. Blue sheep keep to higher open slopes – as do snow leopards. Scenic Yangle Kharka has an impressive waterfall and these high trails will be frequented by herds of grazing yaks below the impressive peaks of 3, 5, Yaupa and the Chamlang Himal along the Tibetan border.
A rest and acclimatisation day at Shershong offers two possibilities: A long and tiring trip northwest leads to the Makalu Base Camp and further on the Swiss Base Camp both on the banks of the bleak Barun Pokhari. The alternative is to walk up the slopes northeast of the campsite of Peak 3 for an overview of the Base Camp sites and stupendous views of Makalu; to the east Everest, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar – all over 8300m as well as the South Col and further out the west face of Kangshung amongst other notable peaks along this range and to the south.
The quicker return journey offers the opportunity to complete your photographic portfolio and savour the unspoiled landscapes; which are fast becoming a rarity in Nepal.
Sturdy boots, warm/waterproof clothing, a good sleeping bag, day pack camera sunscreen and hat are essential items. Only full camping Makalu trek is possible in this region with all supplies carried by local porters from the start. Our Makaulu Base Camp trekking package includes transport, porters, meals, sturdy tent accommodation and safe drinking water.
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 righ 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 tashigaun 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
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. .
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.
Our outdoor staffs are fully insured and well equipped. MMT offers attractive salary packages to guides, porters and other trekking staffs. We also pay sustainable salaries/wages during low season when no work is available. Our porters may carry a maximum mass of 30 kilograms.
We have extensive logistical experience in both individual and group tour operations. We customize your holdiay as per requirment and always endeavour to meet ultimate expetation. MMT tour operaters are professionalize in Nepal trekking, high adventure passes, climbing and mountaineering, cultural tours, white water rafting and many more.
Safety and trip comfort are no compromises and top priorities of the company inclusively to both clients and trekking crews. Our trekking leaders are pharmacy trained and have considerable knowledge on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) from different training workshops conducted by HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association), KEEP (Kathmandu Education Invironment Project) and TAAN (Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal) . We believe health is wealth: Guides and porters are fully insured and sufficient trekking gear is supplied by MMT. Emergency First Aid Kits are carried by trek leaders for health support for clients and trekking staff. We are constantly in communication with our trek leaders about weather issues which might influence trips.
We are an independent ultimate outdoor adventure team, based in Nepal, who explore and experience the unspoiled flora, fauna and landscapes of the towering Himalayas as well as the treasures of myth and legend of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Mountain Mart Treks offers a splendid alternative solution for adventure, fun, research, and eco tourism to these South Asian countries. We believe each our happy client is our next trek.
Mountain Mart Trek has numerous fixed departures trekking tours to match several travelers. Besides, we also offer customize guaranteed departure dates upon your advice and make happen comfortably. MMT will organize treks for groups with specific interests and will adjust itineraries for groups with age-specific requirements. Group sizes can range from a single trekker up to a maximum of 10 people
Our trekking team has more than 20 years route experiences in remote adventure, peak climbing, expeditions, culture and nature research, whatever your condition we will help you to achieve your final goal. We believe in adventure beyond the fun. We are more specialized in unbeaten and unspoiled nature finder trekking operator..
Our prices are extremely competitive and our service will touch your feelings. We have a good business relationship with domestic and international airlines, hotels and resorts and are the sole agents for several treks and tours. We guarantee fair prices and top class unexpected Services.We offer a transparent travel service and no hidden costs will hit our clients during their trip.
MMT offers a one stop travel solution and is proud to inform our valued clients that all types of travel service, including international air bookings, visa services for India, Tibet, Bhutan, and China are on offer. Apart from trekking, we are the sole agents for mountain climbing expeditions, white water rafting, wildlife safaris, cultural tours, bird watching tours as well as budget and group tours to Tibet and Bhutan
Foreigners other than Indian citizen, who intend to visit Nepal must hold a valid passport prior to apply for a Nepal visa. The passport must have six months validity from the date of arrival. Travelers can obtain a Nepalese visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, or at a border immigration office. One recent copy of a passport size color photo is required to apply for Tourist Visa to Nepal.
Yes, our 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 Mountain Mart Treks & Expedition logo with your name on it. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
Mountain Mart Treks & Expeditions is all about providing you with local insights as well as adventure. With that in mind, we use a mixture of local buses and taxis, private mini buses for city sightseeing and airport pickups and sometimes land cruisers for journeys into the mountains, to and from trekking points. The choice of vehicle will also depend on the size of your group. See the “Price Includes” section for your trek’s options. All vehicles are maneuverable and flexible enabling us to take you through the narrow roads of Nepal. We carefully omit to talk about he crazy, exciting, heart thumping driving that whips you from place to place.
Should you have special transport requests, please contact us.
We use standard rooms, as per our “Price Includes” section, in Kathmandu. We serve you lodge double room available in the route in sharing basis. This service provide as per trekking plan you purchased with us. Lodges are mostly in village, which allows you to buy sweets and drinks, which we do not carry with us. For Tea House (lodge) trekking you will get a double room, on shared basis, as per your trekking plan.
Most treks are suitable for anyone who is moderately fit. No previous experience is required. To condition yourself for trekking, some physical fitness programs such as regular walking, running, swimming, and hiking are recommended before you embark on your journey. Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering a trek. Whilst on a trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before you become fully acclimatized to altitude.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner each day, as per itinerary, is included. If you have any special dietary requirements please inform us beforehand.
Hot showers will be available in some lodges at your own expense.
Electricity will not always be available, especially in more remote areas. Carry a second set of charged batteries with you – and don’t forget your adapters! Your guide will know where you will be able to charge your batteries next.
There are telephones in a few villages along the routes from which you can make international calls. Cell phone reception cannot be relied on in the mountains and in many regions not at all. If required, we can supply a satellite phone service. Please inform us should you need this service, which must be at your expense.
In most cities yes, to some extent, however once you leave the cities behind, you can only use cash. Make sure that you take sufficient Nepalese rupees for your needs in small denominations. In some places, Dollars, Euros and Pounds will be accepted.
It all depends on your spending habits. 15 to 20 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, souvenir shopping of local crafts when available and a few drinks. You can buy these things only in certain villages.
Tips are always expected. It is good to tip trekking staff at the end of a trek. The standard recommendation for tipping is for each person, in a group of 10 or more persons, to tip the guide US$ 10 per day and each porter US$ 3 per day. For groups of one or two persons and above USD$ 12 per day for guide and USD$ 5 for porter is recommended.
Please bring a water bottle to fill with purified water. We will provide you with purified water to each day. So you don’t need anything unless you want to bring your own water purifier (If so, please inform us beforehand). You can also buy mineral water in some villages along the trail.
All stuff what you have are not necessary to take to trekking as this makes your porter extra heavy and things can be lost and damaged during the trek. You can leave such stuff at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Mountain Mart Trekking store. Luggage storage facility is absolutely free of cost.
We plan each trek to depart at our customer’s convenience. Usually, a day or two after you fly into Kathmandu; spend a day or two in the capital, meeting the team, checking on all the gear and then departing after breakfast on the prearranged day.
A valid Passport – which must be valid for at least 6 months after you return from your tour. It needs to contain few blank pages. Bring minimum five copies of passport size photos to issue your arrival Nepal visa (which is payable only on USD cash) and trekking permits
Yes, our company insures all our trekking staff: guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.
Whilst on a trek, our porters will take care of your luggage service as per the “Price Includes” section. Your porter may carry a maximum of 15kg of luggage per person, in a soft bag A porter carries two trekkers’ bags (30kg).All you need to carry is your small day bag with personal belongings, camera, water, sun cream and sufficient warm and rain clothing for the day.
Weather in the Himalayas is notoriously difficult to predict: expect the unexpected. Nights are generally much cooler than the day. In winter (December to February) nights can be cold while days are beautiful (and warm when the sun is out). Snow can fall at any time of the year. Temperatures can range from 15°C to 25°C above 5000m. It is important to stay warm and dry in any conditions – so carry sufficient gear in you pack each day.
Yes, providing your group size meets tour agreed minimum, we include a free place for a leader, company representative and teacher.
The safety and well-being of our clients is our first priority. Whilst acknowledging that there are inherent risks in all travel that can never be totally eliminated, we endeavor to minimize any risks or dangers that have the potential to lead to any more than reasonable level of physical or emotional distress for our clients, staff and partners.
We aim to do this by:
A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along the route we can add days at your request (with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food if given sufficient time to make the arrangements.
Yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trek. Please browse our trip extension on home page and the following suggestions offer a few possibilities:
Trip Length :20 days
Max Elevation :51000m/16731ft.
Transportation :Flt. KTM/TMi/KTM
Best Month :March/May-September/ December
Group Size :01 Minimum/12 Maximum