Makalu Base Camp Trek - 22 Days

    Overview of Makalu Base Camp Trek - 22 Days

    An extra adventure trekking destination among introverted trekkers, Makalu Base Camp offers an exceptional opportunity to explore high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes, and the ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. Makalu Base Camp trek has earned its popularity for its isolation and wilderness as it takes us deep into the high Himalayas and remains one of Nepal's most unfrequented trekking routes. This region hardly finds any modern facilities and amenities, but the stunning natural surroundings and rich nature abound in this region will surely mesmerize us. Makalu Base Camp is an ideal choice for passionate trekkers and nature enthusiasts who seek relief and tranquility in pristine natural habitat and those who wish to keep away from crowds.

     

    Our journey begins with an hour-long flight to Tumlingtar, whereas the actual trek starts from Chichila (a 3-hour drive from Tumlingtar). The arduous tour has ascending or descending trails with rare flat walking sections. The lower reaches of the course are renowned for their lushness with verdant rhododendron forests. In contrast, the upper reaches comprise polished granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers overflowing with waterfalls. As we ascend, we rise from the lowland of Tumlingtar onto one of the highest base camps at almost 5000 meters.

    Highlights

    Sightseeing in major historical sites of Kathmandu, Bhakltapur and patan Tumlingtar/Num Valley, Sherpa Villages A stunning 50-minute flight between Kathmandu and Tumlingtar A glimpse into the life of the “mountain people” living in the heart of the Himalayas. Remarkable views of theGlacier, Makalu and surrounding Mountains

    Itinerary

    Upon your arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. You can rest and relax after your journey and prepare for the trek ahead.

    • Max. Altitude:1300m
    • Accommodation:Hotel

    In the afternoon, you will have a trip briefing and finalize your trek preparations.

    • Accommodation:Hotel
    • Meals:Breakfast

    You will take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, which offers panoramic views of the Himalayas. From Tumlingtar, you will drive to Chichira, a small village situated at an altitude of 1,980 meters. The drive takes approximately 9-10 hours.

    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:9-10 hour
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Leaving Chichira, you start your trek and head toward Num. The trail passes through terraced fields, forests, and traditional villages. Num, situated at an altitude of 1,560 meters, is a small village with stunning mountain views.

    • Max. Altitude:1560m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:6-7 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    On this day, you trek from Num to Seduwa. The trail descends steeply through dense forests and crosses several suspension bridges. Seduwa, located at an altitude of 1,500 meters, is a Sherpa village where you can experience the local culture.

    • Max. Altitude:1540 m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:5 - 6hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Continuing your trek, you head from Seduwa to Tashigaon. The trail passes through beautiful rhododendron forests and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Tashigaon, situated at an altitude of 2,100 meters, is the last permanent settlement on the trail.

    • Max. Altitude:2,100m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:4-5 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Leaving Tashigaon, you trek towards Khongma Danda. The trail gradually ascends through alpine forests and meadows. Khongma Danda, located at an altitude of 3,500 meters, offers spectacular views of Makalu and other Himalayan peaks.

    • Max. Altitude:3,637m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:7 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    This day is reserved for acclimatization to the high altitude. You can rest and explore the surrounding area, or take a short hike to higher elevations to aid in acclimatization.

    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Leaving Khongma Danda, you trek to Dobate. The trail takes you through rhododendron and juniper forests and offers breathtaking views of the mountains. Dobate is situated at an altitude of 3,500 meters.

    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:6-7 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Continuing your trek, you head from Dobate to Yangri Kharka. The trail takes you through scenic landscapes, yak pastures, and alpine meadows. Yangri Kharka, located at an altitude of 3,557 meters, serves as your overnight stop.

    • Max. Altitude:3,557m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:6-7 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    On this day, you trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka. The trail offers stunning views of the Makalu range and takes you through remote wilderness. Langmale Kharka is situated at an altitude of 4,410

     

     

    • Max. Altitude:4430m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:4 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Leaving Langmale Kharka, you ascend to Makalu Base Camp. The trail involves steep climbs and rugged terrains but rewards you with breathtaking views of Makalu and its surrounding peaks. Makalu Base Camp is located at an altitude of 4,870 meters.

    • Max. Altitude:4870m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:4 to 5 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    This day is dedicated to exploring Makalu Base Camp and its surroundings. You can take a short hike to higher elevations for better views or simply relax and soak in the majestic scenery of the Himalayas.

    • Max. Altitude:5100 m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Leaving Makalu Base Camp, you retrace your steps and trek back to Yangri Kharka. The trail descends through diverse landscapes, offering different perspectives of the surrounding mountains.

    • Max. Altitude:3,557m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:6 to 7 hours.
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Continuing your descent, you trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobate. You retrace the trail through forests and meadows, enjoying the natural beauty along the way.

    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:6-7 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Leaving Dobate, you trek back to Khongma Danda. The trail involves both ascents and descents, and you can enjoy the stunning mountain views that you might have missed on the previous journey.

    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:5-6 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    On this day, you descend from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon. The trail takes you through forests and traditional villages, allowing you to interact with the local communities and experience their way of life.

    • Max. Altitude:2,100m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:4-5 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Leaving Tashigaon, you trek back to Seduwa. The trail descends through beautiful landscapes, and you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and the serenity of the mountains.

    • Max. Altitude:1,500m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:4-5 hrs
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Continuing your descent, you head from Seduwa to Num. The trail retraces your earlier steps, offering familiar sights and allowing you to reflect on the journey so far.

    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:5-6 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Leaving Num, you trek back to Tumlingtar. The trail gradually descends, and you can enjoy the final views of the mountains before reaching Tumlingtar. The trek takes approximately 6-7 hours.

    • Max. Altitude:1840m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:5/ 6 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    You take a short 50-minute flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you can rest, relax, and explore the city or engage in some souvenir shopping.

    • Max. Altitude:1300m
    • Accommodation:Hotel
    • Meals:Dinner

    This marks the end of your trekking adventure. Our representative will transfer you to the airport for your final departure. You can fly onward to your next destination or return to your home country with wonderful memories of your Makalu Base Camp trek.

      Cost Details
      Includes
      • All airport/hotel transfers
      • Three nights hotel in Kathmandu
      • Welcome and farewell dinner
      • All accommodations and meals during the trek
      • A full-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley, including tour guide and entrance fees
      • Pickup and drop off to start your trek and from the ending point to your Hotel In Kathmandu or your destination.
      • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (6 trekkers:1 assistant guide), and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
      • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, All Nepal Hiking duffel bag, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
      • All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit, TIMS)
      • A comprehensive medical kit
      • All government and local taxes
      Excludes
      • Meals are not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary.
      • Travel Insurance
      • International airfare
      • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a permit quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa suitable for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring two copies of passport-size photos.)
      • Alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks and water, soft drinks, etc.
      • Hot showers during the trek
      • Personal trekking equipment
      • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is respected, but it is not obligatory)