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Makalu Base Camp Trek - 18 Days

Trip Facts:

Duration: 18 Days

Type of Trek: Tea House /Camping

Max Altitude: 4812m.

Minimum Pax: 2 +

Mode of travel: Flight /Drive

Grade: Moderate

The Makalu Base Camp trek takes you on an adventurous journey into the heart of Mt. Makalu. Standing at 8463m, Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world and falls on the eastern region of Nepal.

On our quest to reach the Makalu Base Camp, we will make a wilderness voyage to explore the forests, wildlife, culture and geographical landscape of the Makalu region.

The trek is a physically challenging trek requiring trekkers to be fit and face the challenges of climbing hills, crossing rivers and appreciating the beauty of one of the remotest corners of the Himalayas. Makalu Base Camp (5000m) offers superb and spectacular views of Everest (8,850m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Chamlang (7,319m) and Baruntse (7,220m) among others.

The trekking trail partly runs through Makalu-Barun National Park, one of the newest and well preserved national park, recognized for its place in global ecological hotspot. The park is home to an amazing 3000 species of flowering plants, 440 species of birds, and 75 species of mammals, including the Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Yak and Himalayan Thar.

The trek can be done for different duration depending on the entry and exit points. The first option is to drive to Hile, trek to Makalu Base Camp and then trek back to Hile and again drive back to Kathmandu from Hile. The second option is to fly to Tumlingtar, trek to Makalu Base Camp and trek back to Tumlingtar and again fly back from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. The third option is to either fly to Tumlingtar or drive to Hile, trek to Makalu Base Camp, and then cross over the Sherpani Col to enter the Everest region. Further you will trek down to Lukla and finally fly out of Lukla back to Kathmandu.

Those with plenty of time for exploration as well as thirst for more adventure can choose to cross three highest passes of the Himalayas, namely Sherpani Col (6135m), West Col (6143m) and Amphu Laptsa (5850m). The trek is best approached during Spring (March-May) and Autumn (Sept-Nov) seasons.

Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition has been a specialist in trekking and expedition in the Himalayas since 1990. Our passion for the Himalayan adventure compliments our team of highly experienced and professional trekking guides, high altitude sherpas, climbers and support assistants.

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Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (510m.) takes about 45 minutes.

Day 02: Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Chilchile (1830m.) takes about five hours.

Day 03: Trek from Chilchile to Num (1500 m.) takes about four and a half hours.

Day 04: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1510m.) takes about four and a half hours.

Day 05: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2070 m.) takes about four hours.

Day 06: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma la (3560m.) takes about six hours.

Day 07: Trek from Khongma la to Mumbuk (3550m.) takes about six and a half hours.

Day 08: Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600m.) takes about four and a half hours.

Day 09: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Yak Kharka (4810m.) takes about five and a half hours.

Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4812m.) takes about four hours.

Day 11: A day for rest at Makalu Base Camp. You will enjoy the whole day in the base camp.

Day 12: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka (3600 m). This takes about four and a half hours.

Day 13: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Dobato takes about four and a half hours.

Day 14: Trek from Dobato to Tashigaon (2070m.) takes about six hours.

Day 15: Trek from Tashigaon to Num (1490m.) takes about five hours.

Day 16: Trek from Num to Maney Bhanjyang (1158m.) takes about five hours.

Day 17: Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Tumlingtar takes about five and half hours. Stay overnight at camp in Tumlingtar.

Day 18: Fly out from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (510m.) takes about 45 minutes.

On the same day, you begin your trek from Tumlingtar to Maney Bhanjyang which takes about five and a half hours. The trail ascends all the way through forest of Rhododendrons and Sal trees. En route, you pass a few villages. Maney Bhanjyang is a ridge inhabited by the ethnic Rai and Limbu communities. It is gently surrounded by lush green forest and is a grazing field for cattle and fodder used by the local people. Stay overnight at camp in Maney Bhanjyang.

Day 02: Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Chilchile (1830m.) takes about five hours.

The trail ascends through forest of rhododendrons and Sal trees for about three hours where you will ultimately walk through a flat trail that brings you to Chilchile. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Brahmins, Gurungs and Chettris.. There is a government school where locals educate their children. You will find some good tea houses around here. Stay overnight at camp in Chilchile.

Day 03: Trek from Chilchile to Num (1500 m.) takes about four and a half hours.

The trail ascends for about 2 hours and then drops by a small perennial river where you will walk on a flat trail for about one hour to reach Num. Num is a beautiful village which is dotted with many tea houses and also has telephone facilities. Stay overnight at camp in Num.

Day 04: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1510m.) takes about four and a half hours.

The trail descends steeply for about 2 and a half hours until you come to a big river named Neguwa Khola. The trail passes over the suspension bridge and ascends through forest and a few traditional villages. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending on the season. There is a check post and local office of the Makalu Conservation Area. Stay overnight at camp in Seduwa.

Day 05: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2070 m.) takes about four hours.

The trail slightly ascends but the major part of the hike is flat and easy through the bushes. While walking, you will see villages at a far distance. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest, is a big Sherpa village. You will find prayer flags fluttering in the wind whispering odes of prayers for the dead and forgotten in and around the village. The camping spot in this village is really a praiseworthy site. Stay overnight at camp in Tashigaon.

Day 06: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma la (3560m.) takes about six hours.

The trail ascends throughout the day and you will walk through forest of Rhododendrons and Sal trees until you reach your destination. Kongma la is a ridge and there is only one tea house here. This is also a perfect place for camping. It snows here even during the spring months of March and April. Stay overnight at camp in Khongma La.

Day 07: Trek from Khongma la to Mumbuk (3550m.) takes about six and a half hours.

The trail ascends and then follows a rugged path to reach a beautiful lake named “Kalo Pokhari” at the height of 4004 m. Leaving this lake, you go downhill until you reach Mumbuk. It is a serene camping spot surrounded by green forests. Stay overnight at camp in Mumbuk.

Day 08: Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600m.) takes about four and a half hours.

The hike today is a bit adventurous and strenuous. The trail passes for about 3 hours through a landscape which is very prone to landslides. The Barun River running through the trail adds more dimensions to the trek with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m and Peak 7 (6185m.). Stay overnight at camp in Yangle Kharka.

Day 09: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Yak Kharka (4810m.) takes about five and a half hours.

The trail ascends through grasslands and forest. You can enjoy the majestic peaks such as Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m, Peak 7 (6185m), Isuwa La (5340m) and many other unnamed mountains and peaks. Yak Kharka is a grazing field. Stay overnight at camp in Yak Kharka.

Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4812m.) takes about four hours.

The hike passes through a flat trail and will descend to a perennial river. As you reach Makalu Base Camp, you will be mesmerized by the views of Mt. Makalu (8463m), Baruntse (7152m), Kali Himal (6985m), Chamlang (7390m) and Makalu II (7640 m), etc. Stay overnight at camp in Makalu Base Camp.

Day 11: A day for rest at Makalu Base Camp. You will enjoy the whole day in the base camp.

From here you will have spectacular views of different mountains and peaks. You can also hike to the Baruntse Base Camp to enjoy the scenery and view what this camp has to offer. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 12: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka (3600 m). This takes about four and a half hours.

After ascending for a few hours, the trail moves along a flat level path and at the end it descends to reach Yangle Kharka. En route, you walk through a rocky forest path with views of green hills and huge stones at some distance. Stay overnight at camp in Yangle Kharka.

Day 13: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Dobato takes about four and a half hours.

The trail ascends for almost three hours through the same landscape and possibility of landslides. You then have to trek uphill passing through jungles all the way to Dobato. This is not a village but a camping place only. Here, you find small bushes of rhododendrons. Stay overnight at camp in Dobato.

Day 14: Trek from Dobato to Tashigaon (2070m.) takes about six hours.

The trail descends steeply to Khongma la via Kali Pokhari through a dense jungle. You again walk along a downhill path all the way to Tashigaon. Stay overnight at camp in Tashigaon.

Day 15: Trek from Tashigaon to Num (1490m.) takes about five hours.

The trail steeply descends in the beginning which changes to a steep ascent before reaching Num. You pass through small forests of bamboo and small villages. Stay overnight at camp in Num.

Day 16: Trek from Num to Maney Bhanjyang (1158m.) takes about five hours.

The trail ascends by starting through the forest and will gently descend in the second half of the day. Stay overnight at camp in Maney Bhanjyang.

Day 17: Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Tumlingtar takes about five and half hours. Stay overnight at camp in Tumlingtar.

Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Tumlingtar takes about five and half hours. Stay overnight at camp in Tumlingtar.

Day 18: Fly out from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.

The Trip includes following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off service
  • Trekking permit
  • Entry permits for National Park/Conservation Area
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Cook
  • Kitchen helper/s
  • Sherpa/s
  • Necessary porter/s
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu -Tumlingtar - Kathmandu
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Insurance and equipment's for the Nepali staffs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, you should have travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner with live cultural show at authentic Nepali restaurant)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The Trip does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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