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Makalu Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code HT-39
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
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One of the most popular trekking destinations among solitary trekkers, Makalu Base Camp Trek offers an exceptional opportunity to explore high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes, and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. Our journey begins with an hour-long flight to Tumlingtar and from Tumlingtar we will drive to Num(1500m). The lower reaches of the trail are renowned for their lushness with verdant rhododendron forests whereas the upper reaches of the trail comprise of polished granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers, overflowing with waterfalls. 

Settlements of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa (Bhote) are farmers. Though economically poor and isolated, they retain a rich cultural heritage. They hold the key to the preservation of the unique biological and cultural treasures of the Makalu Barun area. The sub-tropical valley floor of the mighty Arun River is in places densely forested, contrasting with the terraced slopes higher up, which are framed by villagers of diverse tribal groups. High pastures typify the upper slopes, which border on the Makalu-Barun National Park, an important conservation area for many threatened species.

Makalu base camp trek requires utmost 5-8 hours of walk daily. Walking to the high mountains through the thrilling passes is the part of your adventure journey. Anyone with prior trekking experience and in good shape can make through this trek. 

Trip Highlights:

  • See Everest from a unique angle, it’s eastern Kangshung face
  • Gain views of eastern Nepal, as far away as Kangchenjunga
  • Pass from green terraced farmland to glaciers and waterfalls
  • Witness the rural life of Nepal’s distinct Rai and Sherpa culture
  • Spot some of the rarest wildlife in Nepal, including the Red Panda

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (50 minutes flight) and drive to Num (1,500m) – 4 hrs.

Day 03: Trek to Sedua (1460m) - 5 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Tashigaou (2070m) 6 / 7 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Khongma (3560m) – 6 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Debotay (3650 m) via Ship ton La – 8 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,600m) – 5 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Lang male (4410m) 5/6 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Makalu Base camp (5000m) 5 hrs.

Day 10: Explore Makalu Glacier and back to Base Camp.

Day 11: Trek to Yangle Kharka – 8 hrs.

Day 12: Trek to Mumbuk – 6 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Khongma – 6 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Tashi Gaon – 6 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Num – 5 hrs.

Day 16: Drive to Tumlingtar - 4/5 hrs.

Day 17: Flight back to Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu.

Cost Details

  • Airport pick up and drops
  • 2-night Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Accommodation during the trek
  • Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during  the Makalu BC trek
  • Experienced government license holder trek guide and porters to carry your luggage
  • Accommodation, food, drinks, salary, insurance, transportation of trek guide and porter
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
  • TIMS Card (Makalu Barun National park fee) 
  • all additional government tax
  • Domestic flight both ways from Kathmandu/ Tumlingtar/ Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee 
  • International airfare 
  • Personal Travelers insurance
  • All kind of drinks (Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
  • Hot shower / WiFi/battery charging
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bar bills, telephone bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike etc

Day to Day Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

You are welcomed by Halesi Treks and then you will be transferred to hotel. and we will explain briefly the program upon arrival. Overnight at hotel

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