Trekking in Makalu Base Camp

19 Days
  • Airlines/Jeep
  • Hotel / Teahouses
  • 5000 meters
  • 13 Days
  • 2


Makalu base camp trek starts after a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar in east Nepal. There is short jeep ride involved before actually commencing the trekking. Mt. Makalu (8463m/27760ft), one of the highest peaks in the world, stands between its two tall neighbors, Kanchenjunga in the East and Everest in the West. At the starting, Makalu base camp trek gradually follows the Arun River out of the valley, through settlements before reaching the alpine zone. Trekking up to Makalu base camp is relatively moderate and relatively free of visitors. Makalu-Varun National Park has laid the foundations for the preservation of the natural and cultural environment of the area. As trekkers and mountaineers increase every year, teahouses are being set up for the visitors. The trek heads over the pass of Shipton La (named after Eric Shipton 1952) at 4216m/13828ft, approaching the base camp, prior to entering the upper part of the Makalu Varun Valley. This provides breathtaking views of beautiful ice lakes, the giant South face of Makalu, Mt. Varuntse and the Everest ridge along with Lhotse and other peaks.
The trek up to Makalu base camp usually returns on the same trail to Tumlingtar but some enthusiastic hikers or climbers trek even higher across the most challenging passes of Sherpani Col, East Col, West Col and Amphulabtsa. All above 5500m/18040 ft., these passes demand extreme physical fitness and some skills of crossing and climbing glaciers and rocks. These extremely wild and adventurous passes connect the Makalu-Varun area with the Hong Valley and Chhuikung of the Everest region.

Trekking Itinerary

Days Places/Program Activity Time Sleeping Elevation
Day 01: Kathmandu, Arrival and meet the guide 1350 meters
Day 02: Kathmandu for trek preparation and stay at hotel 1350 meters
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar and short drive to Num, trekking starting point 6 hours 1500 meters
Day 04: Trekking from Num to Seduwa 6 hours 1540 meters
Day 05: Trekking from Seduwa to Tashigaon 6 hours 2,070 meters
Day 06: Trekking from Tashigaon to Khongma 6-7 hours 3,560 meters
Day 07: Rest and acclimatisation day for higher altitude
Day 08: Trekking from Khongma to Debotay 5-6 hours 3,650 meters
Day 09: Trekking from Dobatay to Yangla Kharka 5-6 hours 3,600m meters
Day 10: Trekking to Langmale Kharka 5-6 hours 4,200m
Day 11: Trekking to Makalu Base Camp 5 hours 4870m meters
Day 12: Day hike towards sherpani col, around base camp
Day 13-16: Trek back plus jeep to Tumlingtar
Day 17: Fly out to Kathmandu
Day 18: Kathmandu
Day 19: Fly back home or plan more trips



The Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

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Trekking in Makalu Base Camp
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