Makalu Base Camp Trek

22 Days from $ 2699

Trip Overview

Makalu Base Camp Trek is an exhilarating journey to the base camp of Mt. Makalu, the fifth highest peak in the world with an altitude of 8485 meters measured from sea level. Lying on the border between Nepal and China, Mt. Makalu is situated 19 km southeast of Everest in the Himalayas of Nepal. The highest point of trekking route is Makalu Base Camp itself at an altitude of about 5000 meters. Many experienced trekkers who seek for non-crowded trek in search of adventure and tranquility are interested in Makalu Base Camp Trek these days. This trek lets you explore Makalu region which is non-touristy region and still needs exploration.

Makalu Base Camp Trekking is one of the best ways to explore remote and less frequented areas of Nepal. The trek begins and ends at Tumlingtar of Makalu region taking you to the base camp of Makalu through high-altitude terrains, stunning landscapes and picturesque villages of local people. The trekking trail offers awe-inspiring views of snowcapped peaks including Makalu, Everest, Lhotse and Baruntse. The trek lets you enter Makalu Barun National Park which is considered a living laboratory. The park is a home to 3000 species of flowering plants, 440 species of birds and more than 80 species of mammals including endangered animals like Red Panda, Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Thar, etc. Makalu region is still less exposed to outer world and it is inhabited by local communities of Sherpa, Limbu and Rai ethnic groups. Makalu Base Camp Trek is an amazing trek for natural as well as cultural beauty.

Makalu Base Camp Trekking is a highly demanding trek for which a good fitness is a must. It is a camping trek because there are no tea houses on trekking route and the trek takes you to the isolated region. Explore the best of Makalu region with this outstanding trek.

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Itinerary Overview

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar(518m/1700ft) then drive to Chichira (1,980m/6497ft): 50 mins flight, 3-4 hours drive
Day 04: Chichira to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6-7 hours
Day 05: Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6-7 hours
Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours
Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hours
Day 08: Rest day at Khongma
Day 09: Khongma to Mumbuk (3570 m/11712 ft)
Day 10: Mumbuk to Tonhe kharka
Day 11: Tonhe Kharka to Sherson
Day 12: Sherson to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours
Day 13: Rest day at Makalu Base Camp (for the necessary acclimatization & arrangements for the high camp).
Day 14: Explore Makalu Base Camp (5600m).
Day 15: Climbing period for Makalu 1(8463m.)
Day 16: Makalu Base Camp to Mumbuk(3570 m/11712 ft):
Day 17: Mumbuk to Khongma la (3500m/11483 ft):
Day 18: khongma la to Seduwa(1500m/4922 ft): 5-6 hrs
Day 19: Seduwa to Chichila(1980m/6497ft): 5-6 hrs
Day 20: Chichila to Tumlingtar(518m/1700ft): 3-4 hrs
Day 21: Flight Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.
Day 22: Farewell Day


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Frequently Asked Questions

We believe emergency medical coverage is very essential for any traveler traveling to Nepal. Travel insurance exists to ensure that trekkers/travelers get medical help if things go wrong. For our treks and trekking peak expeditions in Nepal, you are highly recommended to get yourself insurance that takes account of trekking to 5000–6000m with helicopter evacuation. Lastly, make sure that you compare your insurance plans with others to get the right policy for you.

Yes! A 25 % deposit of the full payment is required to book the respective trip package. We have very simple cancellation policy in case of your trip cancelled.
The full payment due is after your arrival in Kathmandu and before the commencement of the particular trip package that was booked by the client. And if you deposit your full payment two month prior to your arrival we will give you the surprise gift upon your arrival at Hotel.

No, you don’t have to book anything else yourself because we provide a fully guided tour packages to all of our clients. From the airport pick up to your hotel rooms for your stay, all are inclusive to our trip packages, so, even during the entire trip, our guide will accommodate you entirely without the need to book anything yourself.

Cancellation policies are defined as the circumstances in which the “Host Company” will return (or in some cases doesn’t return) the money to their guest when the booked trip package is cancelled. Generally these policies tend to protect the “Host Company” in the event of unpredicted and unanticipated cancellations of a particular trip package. It is expected for our clients to keep in mind that each tour package available through Himalayan Trekking Alliance has a cancellation policy, and we try to do our best when you choose to cancel a tour package booked by or on your behalf.

  • $50 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • $75 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • $100 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 6 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • And if there is any domestic flight has booked for the trip 25% of the total flight cost will be deducted too.

As we asked for a 25% advance to confirm your trip, this amount will not be refunded if you don’t notify us about your cancellation or any re-scheduled date within five days before your scheduled arrival. However, if you provide us with your re-scheduled dates, we will keep your advance for up to one year from your scheduled arrival and apply it to the cost of your rescheduled trip.  We may ask for an additional advance amount if the overall cost of the trip increases.

To apply for Nepal’s entry Visa, you can submit an application for a visa directly on the official website of the Department of Immigration in Nepal before traveling to Nepal. Click here for online application. You can also acquire and obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.  You can also obtain an entry visa at the following border points of entry in Nepal if you traveling overland:

  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa District (Eastern Nepal)
  • Birgunj, Parsa District (Central Nepal)
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk District (Northern Border–for group tourists only)
  • Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi District, Western Nepal)
  • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke District, Mid-Western Nepal)
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali District, Far Western Nepal)
  • Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur District, Far Western Nepal)

Our trekking packages are all inclusive in the basic standards, but we suggest each of you carry Nepalese currency of about Rs 40,000/- to Rs 50,000 (about $400 to $500) for extra expenses for the trip. These includes:

  • A down jacket rental ($1.5 per day) and sleeping bag rental ($1.5 per day).
  • Three meals a day are included, but you have to pay yourself if you want to have extra food and snacks, hot and cold drinks, chocolate bars, bakery items, etc.
  • Tip are generally expected in the tourism industry in Nepal so we suggest you kindly tip the crew. The standard tip is at least $100 per crew for about 2 weeks trip or $15 per days for Guide and $10 per day for porter.
  • Buying mineral water in the mountains will cost $2 to $4 per bottle or you can buy water purification tablets in Kathmandu for about $5 and put them in water that we can get from the teahouses.
  • Additional costs not included while trekking includes hot shower cost ($3 to $5), battery charging ($3 to $7), Wi-Fi cost ($3 to $5 per hour), etc.
  • Extra hotel night in Kathmandu due to health issue, flight cancellation, weather conditions or an early return from the trip for any reason cost ($50 per night)

For your safety, this is the suggested trekking gear list for any type of trekking in Nepal. Either you bring most of your trekking gear with you or you can buy all of the following gear in Thamel, Kathmandu from one of the many shops open from 10am to 8pm.

  • Sleeping bag and down jacket rated for about minus 15 degrees
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Light sandals or plimsolls to wear in the lodges
  • Towel, shampoo and toiletries
  • Trekking pole and head-torch
  • Camel-bag or water bottle
  • Iodine water purification tablets or sterilizer pen
  • Few large plastic bags. One for smelly clothes & one to keep things dry
  • Wind breaker jacket and fleece coat
  • Warm woolen beanie, sun hat, socks (a few pairs)
  • Long and short trekking pants (a few pairs)
  • A pair of thin thermal under trouser
  • A few t-shirts (quick dry), gloves, sun glass and sun cream
  • Duffer bag (a porter will carry your gear)
  • Day bag (carry yourself with all of your valuable belongings)  size: 40L

Note: Sleeping bag and down-jacket can be rented in Kathmandu.


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