Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • 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
Highlights
  •  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 the entire Everest panorama, Lhotse, and giant Mt Makalu

Makalu Base Camp Trek is inviting adventure enthusiasts around the world to begin famous as a wilderness and less spoiled trekking trail in Nepal. Being popular as the world's fifth highest mountain peak in the world, Mt. Makalu lures thousands of trekkers every year in Nepal. Undertaking a trekking trip along less beaten trails and unspoiled nature will be an awesome experience. Most importantly, experiencing various species of Himalayan flora and fauna and capturing stupendous mountain summits including the majestic Mt Makalu and Mt. Everest  base camp trek will be a lifetime achievement during Makalu Base Camp Trek. 

Begin your Makalu Base Camp Trek from Tumlingtar.  About an hour scenic flight from Kathmandu connects Tumlingtar. We further take another 3-4 hours drive from Tumlingtar to the place called Chilchila to start the official trek. The trail, now, passes via picturesque traditional settlements and dep woods. Trekkers, now, begin to celebrate core wilderness amid natural waterfalls, deep rhododendron, high pastures, and magnificent landscapes. You will trek miles away from the hectic modern cities and celebrate complete freedom in one of the most rugged parts of Nepal.

Makalu Barun National Park or Makalu Barun Protected Area is another attraction of Makalu Base Camp Trek. This protected area was officially announced as a national park in 1992 which includes spectacular Barun Valley. Rhododendron and orchids are very popular species of plants in this national park. Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Yak, Himalayan Thar are some of the endangered species of wildlife to be found in Makalu Barun National Park. This protected area is also famous for a wide variety of species of birds. The legendary Barun river which most of our Makalu Base Camp Trekking trail shapes.

Makalu Base Camp Trek is also taken as an adventure trekking since it passes through some of the high passes including Shipton La, Keke La, and spectacular freshwater lakes such as Kalopokhari. We also experience the Arun River, the river that flows from the highest elevation of the world. The prominent mountain views during your Makalu Base Camp Trek are Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse, and spectacular mountain summits glittering with white snow.

Trekkers require obtaining special area permits for Makalu Base Camp Trek since it is a restricted area trek in Nepal. Also, trekkers are to be with prior trekking or hiking experience because you are going to above 5000m which is not easy.

Itinerary

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Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

 Our representative will be there at at the arrival of the airport to receive you. As soon as we receive you, we will transfer you 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

  • Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

This city tour tour begins after breakfast at around 8.  Your lunch will be managed by your guide. So, bring some money with your for personal expenses and for the lunch,  Nepali currency recommended. We go to visit historical cultural heritages like Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar square, Buddhnath, Pashupatinath which are enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lodge
  • Chichira
  • 1980m

Today is the beginning of our Trek to Makalu Base Camp. We head to Num after having breakfast at Chichira. 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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Num
  • 1560m

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Seduwa
  • 1500m

We begin today’s trek after breakfast. Initially, we pass a  ridge formed by two small rivers.  Next, we pass through picturesque villages and beautiful terraced paddy fields. We enjoy the views. We, further,  walk and finally get to the village of Tashi Gaon. Tashi Gaon offers us magnificent mountain panorama. Overnight at Tashigaon.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Tashigaon
  • 2100m

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 trek passing incredible 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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Khongma Danda
  • 3500m

Today is acclimatization day at Khongma Danda. We can have a full day rest. Or, if you are still looking forward to trekking , you can have a short walk around the village and its premises. Overnight at Khongma Danda.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Khongma Danda
  • 3500m

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.

  • Bf/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Dobate

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Yangri Kharka
  • 3557m

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Langmale Kharka
  • 4410m

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Makalu Base Camp
  • 4870m

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Makalu Base Camp
  • 4870m

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinne
  • Tea House
  • Yangri Kharka

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Dobate

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Khongma Danda

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea house
  • Tashigaon

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Seduwa

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Num

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Tumlingtar

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu

Our Nepal trip comes to the end today. We end our trip by dropping you at Kathamndu airport for your international flight.

  • BF
  • NON
  • Kathmandu

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 the 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.

Useful Info

Necessary Trekking Equipment

To fully enjoy your trek, having the right trekking equipment is essential for both safety and comfort. The trekking equipment necessary depends on the type of trek, the time of year, weather conditions, landscape, and the maximum altitude of the trek.

A properly packed trekking backpack is light and also includes multipurpose clothing items. It is important for you not to forget the essential equipment for your safety and comfort on your trek. Please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during the winter season (Dec – Feb). Not having the required trekking equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could also worsen case scenarios that could be life-threatening. It will also be a burden to you if you pack unnecessary equipment. For your ease, the following are the equipment that you have to bring with you. 

Footwear

  • Trekking Boot: one Pair
  • Socks: 4, Light socks : 3, Sandle: 1

Clothing

  • Down  or Fiber-filled water and windproof jacket and trouser: 1
  • Fleece Jacket / Pullover: 1
  • Warm cotton trousers: 2
  • Shirt and T-shirts: 4
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers :3
  • Long underwear: 2,  Short underwear: 4
  • Sun hat / Scarft/ Woolen hat :1
  • Lightweight gloves: 1, Raincoat:1
  • Heavyweight glove or mitten with a waterproof: 1

Medicinal

  • Basic first-aid box
  • Diamox tablets to reduce altitude sickness
  • Insect/anti-itch Ointment
  • Non-prescription medicine such as pain reliever, fever reducer, antibiotics, and ointments
  • Prescription medicine traveler's diarrhea, Avmoine 
  • Female Sanitary pads
  • Hand Sanitizer and wet wipes
  • Medicine for Cough and Heartburn (It mainly happens when you go to higher altitudes)
  •  Band-aid
  • Ibuprofen and also paracetamol in case of fever 

Other Equipment

  • Day Pack at Least 25 kg
  • Water Bottle 1
  • Sun Cream 1
  • Sun Glass 1
  • Towel
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
  • Laundry soap
  • Swiss Knife
  • Sewing Kit, Camera, Film, Cards, and Personal Medical Kit.

Optional

  • Notebook and Pen
  • Toilet articles
  • Toilet Roll

For additional information, you can check our article  Trekking Gears Checklist


Teahouse trekking:

Tea house trekking takes you to the mountain where you stay every overnight at a guest house. Food and accommodations are provided according to your choice at the guest house.

Carrying my stuff when trekking:

We will employ our porters to carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. This is included in the price of each trek. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance with the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general 12kg is more than sufficient. If you have unnecessary stuff that is not required during the trekking days in the mountain, you can leave it at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.
Normally each porter will carry 2 people's rucksacks and he will simply tie them together using rope (this does not harm any of the rucksacks). If you are trekking with a friend or loved one, and there is space in one rucksack for both your possessions, then please feel free to share the same rucksack but please ensure that it weighs less than 24kg.
It is helpful if you do not put things that you may need during the day in your large rucksack as you will not be walking with your porter at all times.

Can I drink the tap water:

We don’t recommend you to drink tap water in the mountains since it is not safe. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:

  • Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
  • Drinking ginger and lemon tea reduce the need for water consumption.

Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chloride tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetizing, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavor.


Altitude sickness:

The more you ascend to a higher altitude, the more oxygen will be less. Normally, no traveler will be suffered from altitude sickness below 4ooo m. high. But this is not the case always. Those who lack good stamina, physical fitness, those who drink a lot and smoke will likely suffer altitude sickness.
Mild and common symptoms include headaches (also a symptom of dehydration), low appetite, and restless sleep. More moderate symptoms include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensations of having a hangover. Severe symptoms include blue lips and fingernails, severe difficulty breathing, poor coordination, fatigue, and drowsiness. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you to descend down to the lower altitude, hydrate sufficiently and maintain nutrition. In case you have these above mentioned symptoms, inform to our guide since he will be far more experienced than you.

Travel insurance:

It is required to have travel insurance that covers your rescue in case you have suffered any kind of sickness in high altitude including altitude sickness. We hope everything will be fine during the trekking days but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may occur. Many standard policies cover you trekking to high altitudes, such as on the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is very important to check this before you go. Here is a list of insurance companies that we have collected information on (however it is your responsibility to confirm that the information on our website is correct):
We recommend companies such as Insure and Go, Virgin Money, and The Post office, as they currently cover the altitudes of all our treks.
For more information please see our information section.

What is your cancellation policy:

If you choose to cancel the service(s) that you have paid to Magic Adventure, we will refund your payment in accordance with the following schedule:
75% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 14 days prior to the original departure date.
50% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 7 days prior to the original departure date.
0% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 3 days or fewer days prior to the original departure date.
Please note that you can transfer your bookings to another trip if desired less any costs incurred by us in organizing your trip.

How will I get rescued if I am critically ill during the trek?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a trek where the elevation starts from 1350m to 5106m. Altitude sickness mainly occurs after you head above 2500m. You will not get altitude sickness symptoms below 2500m. Some of the altitude sickness symptoms are Nausea, Headache, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, and dizziness. Acclimatization is the main thing that helps to prevent altitude sickness. But you can still prevent altitude sickness by drinking more water, avoiding strenuous exercise for 24 hours, and by having a rest day every 600m-900m you go up. However, one out of 10 people may catch altitude sickness even with all the preventions. We can take DIAMOX if we suffer from altitude sickness. But if the condition does not get well even after taking the Diamox, the guide will immediately inform the travel company. If you will be ill at any point of the trek you will be slowly taken to the lower elevation.  Then you will be seek basic medical where our guide will help you, and then if it’s necessary or emergency you will be immediately sent to Kathmandu by emergency helicopter service. This is how you will get rescued if you will be critically ill during the trek.

 

The importance of insurance in Manaslu Circuit Trek

Travel insurance plays an essential role. The right travel insurance will protect you from the unique risks while traveling to Nepal or Climbing to Manaslu Circuit Trek. Find the best policies that cover all the necessary events associated with Manaslu Circuit Trek or other trekking areas. There will not be a relaxed trip without travel insurance. It is very necessary to be careful while choosing policies because some insurance companies do not include adventure trekking. Mostly many of the travel insurance covers only up to the elevation of 3000m but the Manaslu Base Camp trek will go beyond 3000m standing at the highest point which will be above 5000m. We suggest you choose Your travel insurance that covers up to 6000m which you will be covered for the entire trek and shouldn't be worried about evacuations or medical assistance costs. Before buying your insurance, your insurer should be aware of the Itinerary of Magic Expedition and Tours. If you are planning for trekking in the Himalayas, Your insurance should cover emergency air service Helicopter and should include all the medical expenses. The emergency helicopter service would be very costly so If you have your insurance done you wouldn’t be worried. Your travel insurance should cover the cancelation policy because if you have to cancel a paid trek due to weather conditions, They can cover this expense. You should double-check that it is included on the top of the standard hospitalization cover. Some of the Travel insurances that are recommended are:-

For additional information, you can check our article  Trekking Gears Checklist

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