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.
(updated: June 01, 2017 data from Department of Immigration - Nepal)
Foreigners other than Indian citizen, who intend to visit
Nepal must hold a valid passport prior to applying for a Nepal visa. The passport
must have six months validity from the date of arrival. Foreigners 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. Mountain Mart Trek has listed Nepal visa information tips for travelers to Nepal.
Tourist visas shall be granted for a maximum
period of 150 days in a visa year (January to December)
A foreigner who has departed before
the expiry of the period specified in the visa issued in a visa year shall not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another visa year. If any foreigner who has entered Nepal towards the end of a visa year desires to extend his/her stay into the new visa year, he/she may do so by purchasing another visa for the New Year. Provided, however, that the computation of the fees for such period shall be made on the basis of the total period of the stay.
application for a Tourist Visa must be submitted in the format referred to in
A Nepali visa issued abroad
is valid for entry for three to six months from the date of issue. True -
Tourist Visa Exceptions
Citizens of the
following countries should be issue visa in their own country to Nepal embassy
Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia,
No foreigners except Indians are entitled to Nepal without a
Visas can be obtained from the following immigration offices
- Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
- Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
- Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
- Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
- Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
- Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
- Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Visa Application Forms
A copy of the Visa Form is available for use at the end of this
document that avoids you long queue to pick up the Nepal visa form at the international
The fees payable only in USD dollars for obtaining a visa on
arrival at any border are as follows:
- A Tourist Visa
with Multiple Entry for 15 days: US$ 25 payable only in USD dollars.
- A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days: US$ 40
payable only in USD dollars
- A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days: US$ 100 payable
only in USD dollars
- Regardless of the provisions stated in points E1 and E2
above: Tourists with passports from South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation
(SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan
and Sri Lanka) are not required to
pay visa fees for a 30 day visa.
- Indian citizens do not require a visa to enter into Nepal.
The fees payable (only in local Nepali currency) to extend
the duration of your stay, or to renew a visa are:
- US$ 2 equivalent, in Nepali currency, per day of the
- An additional US$ 20 or equivalent, in Nepali currency,
is payable on a single-entry visa in F1 if a MultipleEntry facility is requested for the
- If foreign visitors failed to renew their visa and need
to do so at an exit point, they have to pay an additional equivalent to US$ 3, in Nepalese
currency, on the regular visa extension fee.
- Foreign visitors who have overstayed their visa period of
150 days without extension are required to pay an additional visa fee as per provision
in F3, plus a fine as specified in Clause 10 sun-clause 4 of the immigration Act 2049.
- Regardless of the provision stated in F1: 15 days is
counted as a minimum extension period and the visa fee is charged accordingly. For an
extension period of more than 15 days, the visa fee is charged as per the provision of F1.
- A tourist visa can be extended for up to a maximum period
of 150 days in a single visa year (Jan. – Dec.).
It is cheaper to purchase a
30 day visa at the point of entry and then to extend it, for 15 days or more at the Central Immigration Office
in Kathmandu or Pokhara unless you are staying for 90 days or more
For an extension to a visa you
will need two additional passport photographs for each extension.
A transit visa for one day can be obtained from Nepal's
immigration offices at an entry point upon the production of a departure flight
ticket via Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The fee is US$ 5 or
equivalent convertible currency. A transit visa may not be extended.
A Nepali Visa can be obtained from Nepal Embassy / Consulate
Offices in your country, or upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. It is also
possible to obtain the visa from other border points of entry. You'll need 1
passport photo each time.
For foreign investors, a business visa with a multiple entry
facility for a period of one year or five years can be obtained from the
Department of Immigration on the recommendation of the Department of Industry
and Commerce by paying US$ 100 and US$ 250 or equivalent convertible foreign or
Note: While we
try to make the information contained herein as accurate as possible, we accept
no responsibility for any loss,
disruption or inconvenience sustained by anyone using this information.
Information to Visitors
Foreign visitors are requested to keep a note of the dates
on their Nepalese visa and their passport number to avoid possible problems.
Visa extensions need to be applied for, within the valid period of the Nepalese
You are requested to ensure that you get the arrival/departure stamps on your
passport at the entry /exit points to avoid possible legal complications.
Living in Nepal without a passport or a valid visa is a
Deviation from the prescribed trekking routes mentioned on
your trekking permit will be treated as a violation of the law.
You are advised to be aware of brokers/cheaters and
counterfeit documents or visa/trekking permits to avoid legal complications.
Change of purpose of your stay without permission is not
allowed and employment or voluntary services while on a tourist visa is
strictly prohibited. It will be a punishable offence.
Be certain to
register at the police and Immigration check points along any trail. It would
be wise to register your trekking destination and schedule at your Embassy or
If you encounter
problems along the trails, immediately inform the nearest police or Immigration
You are requested to change money with recognized dealers
and do not forget to take and keep formal receipts.
You are requested to inform the officials at an Immigration
Office or Police Station of any changes in the address previously given in your
visa application form or disembarkation card, and within seven days.
If, as a tourist, your stay is more than 120 days in one
visa year and you wish to visit additional places for longer than 24 hours, you
must register at the local police office of such places, your name, passport
number and address.
You are advised to be mindful to contact the Department of
Immigration to request a visa transfer in the case of getting a new passport or
travel document from your embassy, and within seven days.
Passport and trekking permits should be kept by each trekker
Filming in restricted or notified areas without permission
is strictly prohibited.
Please do not take out the visa stickers from your passport
and do not try to change records printed in your passport.
We request your
co-operation in observing the following guidelines during your stay in Nepal.
Respect local traditions, customs, values and sentiments, help to protect local
culture and maintain local pride.
- Respect privacy
while taking photographs.
- Respect holy
- Refrain from
giving money to children as it will encourage begging.
- Respecting local
etiquette will earn you respect.
Let the Himalayas change you – do not change them: so
remember while you are on trekking:
- Leave campsites
cleaner than you have found them.
- Do not light open fires.
- Burn dry papers
and packets in a safe place.
- Keep local water
clean and avoid using pollutants.
- Plants should be
left to flourish in their natural environment.
- Help your guides
and porters to follow conservation measures.
- Protect the natural environment.
Indian citizens are permitted to travel in Nepal provided
they have any one of the following documents:
Passport; Driving license with photograph; Identity card
with photograph issued by a governmental body; Ration card with photograph;
Voter identity card with photograph; Registration certificate issued by the
Indian embassy to Indian citizens residing in Nepal; Ad hoc/temporary identity
cards issued by the Indian embassy to the Indian citizen in the event of
exigency; Document with photograph and setting out identity, issued by the
sub-divisional magistrate or authority there above.
|Department of Immigration
Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu.
||977 - 01 - 4433934 /
4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868
||977 - 01 - 4433935
|Sunday to Thursday
||10:30 a.m. - 17:00 p.m. in Summer
||10:30 a.m. - 16:00 p.m. in Winter (Nov. to Jan.)
||10:30 a.m. -15:00 p.m.
Visa Application Hours
|Sunday to Thursday
||10:30 a.m. - 15:00 p.m.
||10:30 a.m. - 13:00 p.m.
Note: All of the
information above is based on information from the Department of Immigration of
Nepal’s office and may be found on
Trekking cards and
Permits for Conservation Areas, National Parks and Restricted Areas
All trekkers are required to carry a Trekkers' Information Management System card (TIMS card). It is available from the
Tourist Services Centre in Kathmandu: Sun – Fri 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 –
17:00. It is free, but requires two passport photographs. (Trekking agencies
provide the cards for their clients.) Show it at check points on trekking
Trekking Permits are required for all treks that pass
through Conservation Areas or National Parks.
permits can be purchased at the Tourist Services Centre for Rs 2000 plus
National Park entry
tickets cost Rs 3000 and require no photograph. Purchase at the Department
of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation office Sun – Fri 09:00 – 14:00 only
(next to the Tourist Services office).
Permits are required mainly for camping style trekking in remote areas near
the Tibetan border – for which a guide is strongly recommended. They can only
be purchased for two or more trekkers. The permits are issued by the Central
Immigration Office, require two working days, your original passports (not
facsimiles) and two photographs. Costs range from US$10/week to US$500/10 days
plus substantial additional amounts for each additional day. These will be
procured by your chosen trekking agency. Offices are open daily, but with
restricted hours on Saturdays.
The foreign tourist
visiting Nepal shall be granted the tourist visa.
The tourist visa shall be
granted for a period in maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Visa years means
January to December).
A tourist who has departed
before the expiry of the period specified in the visa issued in a visa year
shall not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another
If any foreigner who has
entered into Nepal towards the end of a visa year desires to spend even the
period during which he may stay in Nepal with the tourist visa of the other
visa year, he may use such facility.
Provided, however, that the
computation of the fees for such period shall be made on the basis of the total
period of his stay.
Note: Above information is based on Department of
Immigration of Nepal office.