Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek
At a Glance
  • Trip Duration24 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 4870m Makalu base camp
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best Time Autumn (Sep-Nov) and Spring (Mar-May)
  • Makalu Base Camp(4870m)
  • Rhododendron forests (Nepal national flower) 
  • Adventurous Trekking highest access Makalu Base Camp(4870m)
  • Aurn River valley, upper Barun river valley, Shipton La Pass (4210 m)
  • Himalayan sights Makalu himal (8485m), Chamlang Himal (7,290 m) Peak 6 (6739 m) and Peak 7 (6105 m) etc

This trek takes you to Makalu Base Camp (4870 m), now designated as Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area.Mt. Makalu (8485 m) is the fifth highest peak in the world. The Makalu Base camp trek is a true adventure with scenery so beautiful that it will never tire you. The Makalu Base camp trek starts with a flight to Tumlingtar and heads up the Aurn River valley to Sedua and Num, then crossing Shipton La Pass (4210 m) into the upper Barun river valley for a close look at Makalu and Chamlang Himal. Makalu Base camp trek visits one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal. The Barun valley is a part of a huge international protected area under the agreement between the governments of Nepal and China, which comprises of 2330 sq. km of National Park and 830 sq. km of conservation area in Nepal alone.

A1 Excursion Adventure offers Makalu Base camp trek (4870m) day 24 days with popular route map and itinerary. Makalu region trek is largest himalayas protected area of Nepal as well as most remote Valley and least exposed area. We have as below trekking tour Makalu Base camp trek: apart from that A1 Excursion Adventure always make a tailor-made trip for you.

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      Fly to Tumlingtar which is an hour flight. Here your trekking crew will meet you and a bit of briefing about the trail, then start walking up to Khadbari (1,040 m). Have lunch break in the shade of Kabra Trees. We walk north towards Khandbari, then begin walking on a plateau for around 45 minutes after the trails climbing gradually to Khandbari. We camp above the village.

        After breakfast walk through many small picturesque villages most of the time the walk is uphill and you will be walking through bamboo groves and a rhododendron forest. Our camp is at Chichela a small settlement of Gurungs at 1830m.

          Today we start walking with views of snow capped peaks in the distance. Fantastic views of Makalu and its surrounding peak. Walk on a striaght path, with little ups and downs, through forest to have lunch at about 2 hrs and then start descending to reach Num. Camp.

            The trail today descends steeply from Num through the Cornfield of Lumbang. The country is particularly rocky; tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, then we have tough steep climb to Sedua. Camp

              The trail crosses meadows and several streams, then climbs to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley. Camp

                A very hard day of the trek as the trail goes up real steep. We walk through the sparse forests along the ridge over a hillock and descend a bit to Kauma at 3470 m. Camp

                  KAUMA (3470 m)
                  Today is a rest day as well as acclimatization day.

                    We again start today with a steep climb then through less steeply rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge. You will have superb views of Chamlang (7,290 m) Peak 6 (6739 m) and Peak 7 (6105 m). Then we will have a final descent through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk. Camp

                      Today the trail descends steep gully with a stream for about 500m. The trail is ill defined, rocky and sloppy mud in places as it leads up the glacial valley. From here you can have a good views of Peak 6. Nhe Kharka is located on a large open grassy plain at an elevation of 3000 m. from here you will have great mountain views. Camp

                        The trail today turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak (7168 m), Peak 4 (6720 m) etc. Sherson is at 4615 m a bit dangerous day as the altitude gains more than 1500 m but we don't have a choice because we do not have any suitable camp between Nhe Kharka and Sherson.

                          Today is a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100 m . From here you will have a magnificent south face views of Makalu also you will be able to see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. Camp

                                        Walk through the forests and follows some spectacular high and exposed narrow tracks as it climbs over rocky ridges. We camp across the Chhetri village of Bumling.

                                          BUMLING-TUMLINGTAR - 860 m  We following the east bank of the Arun and the route pass through Chyawabesi before making a short climb back to Tumlingtar. Camp

                                                  Cost Includes
                                                  • Airport - hotel -airport pickup and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
                                                  • Four nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB Plan as per category.
                                                  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period.
                                                  • Local fresh fruits where available.
                                                  • Best available accommodations during the trek in Teahouse/tent camp.
                                                  • Mt. Makalu Base Camp map, one in a group.
                                                  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing by City Tour Guide with entry fees and Transportation.
                                                  • An experienced Government license holder guide.
                                                  • Trekking porter /Sherpa to carry your bags during the trekking 2:1, max 15 KG baggage/porter.
                                                  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porters.
                                                  • Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu Flight Tickets/ ground transport for Clients and Trekking Crews.
                                                  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required.
                                                  • All necessary paper works and Barun National Park entry permits fee.
                                                  • Trekking Permits for Makalu-Makalu Restricted Area.
                                                  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
                                                  • All government taxes and our service charges.
                                                  • Farewell Dinner before departure.
                                                  • A1 T-Shirt/Souvenir.
                                                  Cost Excludes
                                                  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
                                                  • Your Travel insurance.
                                                  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
                                                  • Nepal entry visa fee.
                                                  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).
                                                  • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
                                                  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
                                                  • Personal trekking Equipments.
                                                  • Any extra activities and items not mentioned our services section.
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