Makalu Base Camp Trek

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Trip Details

Start/End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Duration: 20 days

Difficulty: Hard to Strenuous

Maximum Elevation: 4,870 m (Makalu Base Camp)

Best Time: October - November and March - April

Makalu Base Camp Trekking is one of the most challenging treks in the eastern part of Nepal through the remote and unfrequented trekking areas. This Trekking begins at Tumlingtar after 40 minutes scenic flight from Kathmandu, then heads up the Arun River valley to Seduwa and Num by crossing over Shipton La Pass at an elevation of 4210 meters, continues into the upper Barun valley, and obtains in Makalu Base Camp 5,250 m.
It provides stunning contrasts of high waterfalls cascading into deep gorges, craggy rocks rising from lush green forests, and colourful flowers blooming beneath white snow peaks. Long and unspoiled terrain makes this trek a classic in its features and rare species of animals. Over 3000 species of flowering plants, with orchid varieties, and 30 rhododendrons splash the hillsides with colour, and different species of birds and the endangered Clouded Leopard, lesser panda, and Moschus moschiferus inhabitants of the Makalu Barun park make your trip unforgettable.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel

Day 02: Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (457 m / 1,499 ft) and drive to Khadbari (1,040 m / 3,412 ft)

Day 03: Trek Khadbari to Chichila (1,830 m / 6,004 ft)

Day 04: Trek Chichila to Num (1,505 m / 4,937 ft)

Day 05: Trek Num to Sedua (1,540 m / 5,052 ft)

Day 06: Trek Sedua to Tashigoan (2,070 m / 6,791 ft)

Day 07: Trek Tashigoan to Khongma (3,550 m / 11,647 ft)

Day 08: Acclimatization day at Khongma

Day 09: Trek Khongma to Mumbuk (3,550 m / 11,647 ft)

Day 10: Trek Mumbuk to Nay Kharka (3,750 m / 12,303 ft)

Day 11: Trek Nay Kharka to Merek (4,570 m / 14,993 ft)

Day 12: Trek Merek to Makalu Base Camp (4,870 m / 15,977 ft)

Day 13: Exploration day at Makalu Base Camp

Day 14: Trek back to Khongma

Day 15: Trek back to Sedua

Day 16: Trek back to Chichila

Day 17: Trek back to Tumlingtar

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 19: Leisure day in Kathmandu

Day 20: Final departure, transfer at the international airport

Trip Info

Highlights of Makalu Base camp Trek

  • Trek through green terraced farmland to glaciers passing various waterfalls
  • Encounter Everest from eastern Kangshung faces a unique angle 
  • Dig into the rural lifestyle of distinct Rai and Sherpa’s
  • Witness the wilderness of Makalu Barun National Park
  • Spot rarest flora and fauna, and wildlife of Nepal, including red panda

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