Mount Makalu base camp trek is known as the fifth world highest mountain in the world. The majesty holds in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is extraordinarily astounding. Neighboring mountain to the top of the world, Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu offers the significantly historical trip to the Makalu Base Camp trek. One of the major attraction of this trek is The Makalu Barun National Park which was established in 1992, covers the Barun Valley which is part of a huge international protected area under an agreement between Nepal and China. The presence of great variety endangered wildlife like Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Yak, Himalayan Thar, and more than 420 varieties of bird species and the species of plants like including rhododendrons, orchids are famous in this region. The area coverage of this park is of Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts of Nepal. Makalu Barun national park region also offers an Island peak climbing opportunity that is Mera Peak climb, a popular peak climbing among the adventure enthusiasts. It is also in the belief that the elusive Himalayan being, the Yeti is to be seen in this region. The Makalu Base Camp Trek commences from Tumlingtar of mid-eastern Nepal, about an hour’s scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. The real hiking starts from Chichila. It is a 3-hour’s drive from Tumlingtar. Then the trail follows the beautiful Barun river valley in the Makalu Barun National Park, and the trekkers have to deal with various high passes such as Shipton La, Keke La and tranquil lakes such as Kalopokhari, etc. On the ascent, we rise from lowland of Tumlingtar following the Arun River to one of the highest Base Camps on earth, the Makalu Base Camp at 5000m. During the ascent and descent, this trip offers spectacular snow-fed giant mountains which are the highest such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and other Himalayan mountains along with Makalu (8481m) itself.
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Trip Style: Trekking
Transport: Private Bus or Car & Airplane
Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
Group Size: 15
Max Elevation: 5500m
A sensational flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu
Off the beaten trails and virgin ecology
Age-old and unspoiled tradition and civilization of the local people
Absolute wilderness and freedom into the undisturbed nature
Hospitable and friendly ethnic people
Mighty Barun Glacier
Makalu Barun National Park and diverse species of flora and fauna
Spectacular mountain views include entire Everest panorama, Lhotse and giant Mt Makalu
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
You will be received by our representative at the airport. Our representative will be at the arrival holding placard with your and our company name (Magic Expedition. And then, you will be transferred to the hotel. It is around 30 mins drive from the airport to the hotel. There may some hassles like offering taxi or hotel or something like that. Do go with them. And sometimes, in international flight, your luggage may be missing. Be very careful. We hope it will not disturb your trip.
After your arrival at the hotel, you will get refreshed and we will have a short orientation meeting regarding the trip. We will introduce a guide or trip leader. For this, be with 4 pieces of recent pp sized photographs, the copy of passport and copy of travel insurance
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
This sightseeing tour commences after breakfast at around 8. You will have lunch during the tour in the afternoon. So, you have better have some money, Nepali currency is expected. For the whole day, you will be exploring Kathmandu valley, a valley of temples, major historical cultural heritages like swoyambhunath, Kathmandu durbar square, buddhnath, Pashupatinath which are enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The tour ends at around 4 pm.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft): 50 mins flight, 3-4 hours drive
Today’s flight takes us from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. We will join our crew at Tumlingtar. From, Tumlingtar, we drive to ChiChira for 3-4 hours. Chichira is a beautiful Gurung settlement. Then, we prepare for the next day’s trek. Overnight at Chichira.
Day 04: Chichira to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6-7 hours
Today is the beginning of our Trek to Makalu Base Camp. We start it after our breakfast and head to Num. We slowing get into picturesque traditional settlements and deep forest. Num village is located at the ridge of the mountain which offers us great views. Overnight at Num.
Day 05: Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6-7 hours
In our today’s trekking, we first encounter with a steep descent through lush forest and terraced farmland which takes us to Barun River. After crossing the river, we have an ascent on the other side. We further trek in the shades of the trees. Slowly, we begin our trekking in Makalu Barun National Park. We register our permit and we camp at the top of the village. Overnight at Seduwa.
Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours
We begin today’s trek after breakfast. First, we have ridge bounded by two small rivers. We ascent it and pass through picturesque villages, beautiful terraced paddy fields. We enjoy the views. Our further walk finally takes us to the village of Tashi Gaon. Tashi Gaon offers us magnificent mountain panorama. Overnight at Tashigaon.
Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hours
Relatively, we have the tougher day today because we are going to encounter with the steep trail in higher elevation. We have an ascent to the stream and then to the ridge. We have the more steep trail from here. We pass pastures and stone stairs which takes us to a small lake. Now, we have an easy and short trail to Khongma Danda. Overnight at Khongma Danda.
Day 08: Acclimatization/Rest
Today is acclimatization day at Khongma Danda. We can have a full day rest. Or, if you are still passionate about exploring the surrounding, you can have a short walk around the village and its premises. Overnight at Khongma Danda.
Day 09: Khongma Danda to Dobate: 6-7 hours
Today, we first encounter the summit of the Shipton La Pass. We need to work for a few hours for this. We pass a beautiful lake named Kalo Pokhari and again head to KeKe La which is located at 4170m high. We can witness magnificent views of Chamlang Peak and other alluring snowcapped peaks in the horizon. After our venture through Keke La Pass, we have a descent through the beautiful settlement which finally takes us to Dobate. Overnight at Dobate.
Day 10: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours
We first pass through lush rhododendron forest which takes us to Baruna River. Relatively, this part of the trail is steeper and we have to be very careful while passing this trail to the valley. Next, we will have a beautiful walk which finally takes us to higher elevation slowly and get to Yangri Kharka.
Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 hours
Today, we have an opportunity to walk through beautiful yak pastures, deep forest, and picturesque fields. We pass Merek and continue further walk to our final destination Langmale Kharka which offers us incredible mountain panorama. Overnight at Langmale Kharka.
Day 12: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours
Today is the most important for us because we are getting our final destination, Makalu Base Camp. From Langmale Kharka, we first head for Shershong and finally to Makalu Base Camp. It is 6-7 hours walk. We will accompany with magnificent mountain panorama. Mt. Makalu will be dominant throughout today’s trek to Base Camp. At the base camp, we will be surrounded by panoramic mountain views.
Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp
This is the day for Makalu Base Camp Exploration. Mighty Barun Glacier is dominant today. We view the south face of Mt Makalu and also a panoramic view of Everest and Lhotse. We further explore glaciers, lakes and the surroundings. We have the really blissful moment for accomplishing our trip. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hours
Today is the first day of backtracking. We descend all the way down from Makalu Base Camp. We still are fascinated by Makalu. We pass through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley eventually stopping at Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.
Day 15: Yangri Kharka to Dobate: 6-7 hours
We walk through the lush forest, falls, beautiful valleys and the settlements heading towards Dobate from Yangri Kharka. We later follow the Barun River and finally get to Dobate. Overnight at Dobate.
Day 16: Dobate to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hours
First, we have a steep climb form Dobate to Mumbuk or also called Nambuk. We walk through firs and rhododendron. We pass Keke La, Tutu La, and Kauma La. Finally, we have a descent to Kingma Danda. Overnight at Khongma Danda.
Day 17: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours
We further have descent today. We have a long and steep descent through the hillsides. We pass through the dense forest. And finally, this trail takes us to the beautiful traditional Sherpa settlement of Tshingaon. Overnight at Tashigaon.
Day 18: Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hours
Today, we trek out of the Makalu Barun National Park. We descend down to the Barun River. We pass through beautiful hills and villages. Our further walk finally takes us to Seduwa-Overnight at Seduwa.
Day 19: Seduwa to Num: 5-6 hours
We leave Seduwa and trek through lush forests towards Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards. Overnight at Num.
We first trek through the deep forest towards Num. After Num, the trail goes up and down again passes through the deep forest. Next, we pass a beautiful Sherpa Village and we further move and finally get to Num. Overnight at Num.
Day 20: Num to Tumlingtar: 6-7 hours
We trek passing Chichira. This is the final day of our Makalu Base Camp Trekking. We trek via a beautiful settlement and have the final glance of Mt. Makalu and get ready for the next day flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at Tumlingtar.
Day 21: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 50 mins flight
Today, we fly to Kathmandu Airport from Tumlingtar. It is a 50 minutes flight. We check in the hotel in Kathmandu and relax in the afternoon and evening.
Day 22: Final departure
Our Nepal trip comes to the end today. We end our trip by dropping you at Kathamndu airport for your international flight.
What to Expect
- Airport Pick Up / Drop.
- 3 Night Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Accommodation with B/F, Lunch and Dinner during all trek.
- Domestic air ticket Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Back.
- Local transportation from Tumlingtar to start point of trek and back.
- 1 English speaking guide and 1 porter.
- Tims and Permit.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
- Your Travel Insurance
- Any Extra Drinks and Alcoholic Drinks
- Entry Fees for Historical Places During Sightseeing.