Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek

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Makalu Base Camp Trek – A Camping trek to the alluring luscious greenery and magnificently glorifying peaks of Himalayan rage

You must be aware of various places in Nepal that are known for its mountain and cultures. Makalu Base Camp is nothing but a fairy-tale like place surrounded by the magical Himalayas, dramatic glaciers and beauty of astounding glaciers. Makalu Base Camp does not only glorify you with its magnificent natural structures but it also offers a pristine environment with a magical glaciers side to it.

Mt. Makalu, the 5th tallest peak in the world, stands immediately next (south) to the Everest and it is crowded with numbers of 7,000m+ peaks. The base of Makalu is embellished with glistering glaciers and right to the south of glaciers is expansive Makalu Barun Conservation Area (MCA). In short, it is piece of heaven on planet.

Makalu Base Camp Trekking is perfect trekking destination for those who wants solitary trekking, explore intact nature and experience intriguing culture with astonishing views of mountain ranges including Mt. Kanchenjunga, Makalu and other remarkable peaks. It is also an ideal trek for seasoned trekkers who want to undertake real mountain challenge in isolated part of Nepal.

Makalu Base Camp lies within Makalu Barun National Park and the trekking route goes through lush remote trail, lush terraced farmlands and tropical forest while enjoying plenty of wildlife and gigantic peaks. The Makalu Base Camp Trek instigates from cordial and lush farmland inhabited by Rai Community. Rai community contributes less than 3% of total country population. You will start from Chichira and start hiking north up to the base camp. Every day you will explore something new and interesting.  The distinctive culture, varied flora and fauna along with pristine environment will add new dimension to your trek.

As you trek higher, you will leave forest line behind and reach mountain eco-system and alpine meadows. Further higher is steep granite cliffs, massive glaciers and icy passes. Once you reach Makalu Base Camp, you will get to savor dramatic view of Makalu, Baruntse and Kanchenjunga along with countless other peaks that stands nearby Mt. Makalu.

Mt. Makalu Base Camp Trek is both Teahouse and Camping Trek

Mt. Makalu Base Camp Trek is both teahouse and camping trek. At the lower reaches of trekking route, you will stay overnight at local teahouse – living like local – no modern amenities and facilities.

At higher reaches, you will hike and camp & camp and hike. Camping trek on Mt. Makalu Base Camp is truly inspiring – you will set up tents at the perfect location – open stars and clear views. The camping site usually lies nearby the village so that we can call for help whenever needed.

For this trek, you will accompanied by professional guide, porters and high altitude cook. A professional and experienced guide knows well how to supply local information and take personal care of each and every trekker.

Porters will carry your baggage and install the tents for you. The cook will prepare healthy and delicious meals for you.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Difficulty

The alpine elevation, isolation and remote geography of Makalu Base Camp Trek make it one of the hardest Himalayan trek in Nepal. Though it is extremely difficulty, you don’t need technical skills – previous trekking experience and good fitness is however required.

To reach the height of 4,870m, you will need to cope hazardous climatic zone, negotiate serious sloppy routes and extreme remote region where tourism infrastructures are nearly in null condition. Be prepared to win these challenges.

Another real threat of Makalu Base Camp Trek is altitude sickness. Always remember to walk slow and make sure to acclimatize your body after you gain couple of hundred meters.

Best Time to Trek Makalu Base Camp Trek

It is perfect to put on your boots and go for Makalu Base Camp Trek during pre- and post- monsoon period – in the months of March & May and September & November.

Spring (March – May) is season of greenery – the entire vegetation on the trekking route is groomed with blooming wild-flowers and wild life are in thriving state.  Autumn (September – November) is known for crystal clear view. There is very slim chance of getting views obstructed by black clouds.

Monsoon receive heavy downpour in Makalu region – which at a same time invites the threat of flood and landslide. Likewise winter is extremely cold in upper part of Makalu region which might be unfavorable for most of the trekkers.

Outline Itinerary

DayDay Acitivity
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and exploration day
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and then drive to Chichira
Day 04: Trek Starts: Chichira to Num
Day 05: Num to Sedwa
Day 06: Sedwa to Tashigaon
Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda
Day 08: Acclimatization and rest day
Day 09: Khongma Danda to Dobate
Day 10: Dobate to Yangri Kharka
Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka
Day 12: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp
Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka
Day 15: Yangri Kharka to Dobate
Day 16: Dobate to Khongma Danda
Day 17: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon
Day 18: Tashigaon to Seduwa
Day 19: Sedwa to Num
Day 20: Num to Tumlingtar
Day 21: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
Day 22: Final Departure

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our airport representative will meet you outside the airport terminal hall. Please look for your name on placard. He will greet you and transfer you to the pre-booked hotel on a private vehicle. Once in hotel, take your time to rest and refresh. In the evening, join welcome dinner hosted by The Mystic Mountain on typical Nepali restaurant with cultural shows.

AccomodationOver night at Star Hotel
Meals Dinner

After breakfast, you will start a guided tour to several historic and spiritual attraction of Kathmandu valley. Some of the landmark you will be visiting are en-listed on UNESCO world heritage site list. Today you will visit ancient Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath, the popular Swayambhunath (monkey temple), Boudhanath (largest stupa of Nepal) and Patan Durbar Square. After exploration, you will drive back to the hotel and make a pre-trip discussion where you can meet your trek leader and other trekking crew.

AccomodationStar Hotel in Kathmandu
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration4 Hours

After breakfast, we will fly to Tumlingtar located on a high ground of northeast part of the country. At Tumlingtar, we will meet the rest of the crew who will help you carry your heavy stuffs. Next, we will drive to Chichira – a small Gurung village engulfed with lush fields and forest. We will halt here for overnight and make necessary preparation for next day’s trek.

AccomodationTea House in Chichira
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration50 min flight, 3 – 4 hours drive

After early morning breakfast, we will start our trek heading north towards Num. The walk will be moderate through beautiful settlements, forests and lush ridges. Num is nestled on a ridge line with open view on both sides.

AccomodationTea House in Num
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration6 – 7 hours

After breakfast, we will drop down steadily through terraced farms and forest to the Barun River. Then we will cross the river and make steep ascend to the other side of the ridge. Now we will enter the Makalu Conservation Area where we will get our permits checked. After walking for a while, we will reach the village of Sedwa. We will camp right at the top of the village.

AccomodationTea House in Sedwa
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration6 – 7 hours

After breakfast, we will climb up to the ridge which lies in between the Ipsuwa Khola and Kasuwa Khola. Crossing the ridge through small villages and walking through paddy fields, we will finally reach the exciting village of Tashigaon. Tashigaon offers the dramatic view of Himalayas to its northern horizon.

AccomodationTea House in Tashigaon
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration4 – 5 hours

Today is quite tough day as we will have to walk on a steep trail in high altitude. We will ascend through lush forest to the high stream and then higher up to the ridge. The trial onward is steeper and goes through Kharka and negotiates array of stone stairs before passing small lakes to reach the summit of the ridge. From the ridge, small descend takes you to Khongma Danda.

AccomodationTea House in Khongma
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration6 – 7 hours

Today is scheduled as the rest day to help you acclimatize your body before crossing the Shipton La Pass the next day. We will spend our day exploring the nearby surrounding attractions and villages.

AccomodationTea House in Khongma
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Today we will make to the summit of the Shipton La Pass which takes few hours of tiring climb. Then we will walk by the Lake Kalo Pokhari before climbing another pass of Keke La (4,170m). The summit of the pass offers the splendid view of Chamlang (7,321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Kele La Pass, we will descend down through the stunning valley of Dobate.
AccomodationTea house in Dobate
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration6 – 7 hours
After breakfast, we will walk through the rhododendron forest which takes us to the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. Be cautious at the initial part of the trek, as the trail is steep and slippery. Afterward, we will walk on a moderate pace gently gaining altitude until we reach Yangri Kharka located at the base of the valley.
AccomodationOvernight in Yangri Kharka
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration6 – 7 hours
After breakfast, we will make a pleasant walk through yak pasture, lush forest and rock fields. Though the walk is not challenging, the thin atmosphere might create short breathiness. On the way, we pass imposing ridges and Merek before climbing up to the Langmale Kharka.
AccomodationOvernight in Langmale Kharka
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5 – 6 hours
Today is the day we have been desperately waiting for- we will make it to the base camp of Makalu. From Langmale Kharka, we will ascend to Shershong and then finally to the MBC. The trial is flat with icy glacier and moraines with beautiful view of Himalayas around. Mt. Makalu comes full into view as we approach the Shershong. The trail from Shershong to Makalu Base camp is probably the best part of entire trail as the Himalayas are so close almost in touching distance.
AccomodationOvernight in Makalu Base Camp
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration6 – 7 hours
The beauty of this rocky barren Base Camp is glorified by the large Barun Glacier and imposing Himalayas. From BC, we can witness the magnificent south face of Makalu and astonishing panorama of Everest and Lhotse. Today we will explore the surrounding lakes, glacier and soak up in the beauty of Himalayas.
AccomodationOvernight in Makalu Base Camp
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Today we will drop down to Yangri Kharka enjoying the last view of glaciers and Makalu. On our way back, we will pass the village of Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and finally drop down to the valley of Yangri Kharka. Overnight in Yangri Kharka
AccomodationOvernight at Yangri Kharka
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration6 – 7 hours
Descend down through rock falls, lush forest and valley to the quite settlement before joining the trail of Barun River to reach the quite settlement of Dobate.
AccomodationOvernight at Dobate
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration6 – 7 hours
After breakfast, we will ascend steeply to Mumbuk through the dense forest of firs and rhododendron. Then we will cross the high pass of Keke La and Shipton before descending gradually to the Khongma Danda.
AccomodationOvernight in Khongma Danda
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5 – 6 hours
After breakfast , we will make a long and tiring descend through the hillside forest to the reach the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashigaon.
AccomodationOvernight in Tashigaon
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration4 – 5 hours
After walking for a while, we will exit the Makalu Conservation Area; from where we drop down again to the Barun River. We will then cross the river, counter on a hillside and pass few villages and fields to reach our next stoppage destination – Seduwa.
AccomodationOvernight at Seduwa
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration4 – 5 hours
The trail from Sedwa to Num negotiates multiple uphill and downhill sections through dense forest and sleepy villages.
AccomodationOvernight in Num
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5 – 6 hours
We will retrace our step back to Tumlingtar via same route we have used previously. From Chichira, we can savor the marvelous view of Mt. Makalu which we have seen up-close few days ago. The final return journey will take us to Tumlingtar for overnight stay.
AccomodationTumlingtar for overnight stay
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration3-4 Hour Drive
After early morning breakfast, we will fly back to Kathmandu and then drive back to the hotel to take a well-deserved rest. You can spend rest of the day exploring the streets of Thamel and doing some souvenir shopping. In the evening, you will join a farewell dinner hosted by the Mystic Mountain to celebrate the successful completion of the trip.
Accomodationstar hotel in Kathmandu
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Your adventure Makalu Base Camp Trek in un-touched part of Nepal comes to an end today. A representative from Mystic Mountain will drive you back to Tribhuvan International Airport right 3 hours before the scheduled flight time.

Cost Include

  • All the airport/hotel transfers
  • Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Teahouse and Camp overnight service during the trek
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing in private vehicle with experienced tour guide
  • All the ground transportation in private vehicle as per itinerary
  • An English speaking, experienced and professional trek guide
  • Friendly and experienced porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • MCAP and restricted area permit fee
  • All the fees for sightseeing including entry fees of heritage sites and national parks
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All the required paper works and permits
  • All the applicable taxes and service charges

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Personal nature expenses – phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, hot showers and more
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Emergency evacuation and rescue
  • Travel Insurance

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