Makalu Circuit Trekking

26 Days from $ 3300

Trip Overview

Explore the best of Makalu Region of Nepal with one of the challenging treks in the Himalayas, Makalu Circuit Trek. Considered as one of the best less frequented trekking trails, Makalu circuit trekking is generally recommended to those who possess some prior experience of trekking and good fitness. It takes you to the base camp of Mt. Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world. It is well known for crossing three difficult passes namely: Sherpani Col (6110m), West Col (6140m) and Amphu Laptsha (5850m). It offers awe-inspiring views of Himalayan peaks including Makalu, Everest, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu, Baruntse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Thamserku and others. It is a strenuous trek but it is a great trek to experience unspoiled splendor and to encounter various species of flora and fauna.

The major highlights of Makalu Circuit Trekking are breathtaking views of highest peaks in the world, stunning and rarely trekked route with number of beautiful local settlements, encounter of endangered flora and fauna, unspoiled natural splendor and unexploited culture of local people of Makalu region. The trek begins from Tumlingtar of Makalu region to reach the base camp of Makalu, then crosses three difficult passes to reach Everest region and ends at Lukla from where we take flight back to Kathmandu. The trekking trail is through Makalu Barun National Park as well as Sagarmatha National Park which are rich in flora and fauna. You can encounter various species of flowers, varieties of orchids, rhododendron and different species of wildlife. The park is a home to endangered animals like red panda, musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, etc.

Makalu Circuit Trek is a challenging trek and it requires anybody to have prior experience of trekking and climbing. Good health and fitness is a must for this trek. The best time for Makalu Trek is March to May and September to November. It is camping trek and Himalayan Trekking Alliance will make good camping accommodation with all required equipments and prepare meal by ourselves. Join our package of Makalu Circuit Trek to get the lifetime experience of trekking in Makalu region.

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Itinerary Overview

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 02: Kathmandu: trek preparation and rest
Day 03: Fly from KTM to Tumlingtar to Chichira (1,980m): 50min flight, 3-4hrs drive
Day 04: Chichira to Num (1,560m).
Day 05: Num to Seduwa (1,500m).
Day 06: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m).
Day 07: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m).
Day 08: Acclimatization/Rest Day
Day 09: Khongma Danda to Dobate: (3536m).
Day 10: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m).
Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,410m).
Day 12: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m).
Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Day 14: Makalu base camp to French Camp.
Day 15: French camp to East Col Camp (6100m).
Day 16: East Col Camp to Baruntse Base Camp via Sherpani Col (6146m).
Day 17: Sherpani Col to Baruntse Base Camp (6050m) to Seto Pokhari.
Day 18: Seto Pokhari to Amphu Lapcha High Camp (5,527m).
Day 19: Amphu Laptsa Pass 5,845m, Trek to Imja valley (4730m).
Day 20: Imja Valley to Dingboche (5535m).
Day 21: Dingboche to Tengboche: (3860m).
Day 22: Tyangboche to Namche bazaar (3440m).
Day 23: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m).
Day 24: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight.
Day 25: Kathmandu Rest
Day 26: Final Departure

Price Includes

  • 21 nights 22 days in mountains which includes accommodations and 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner )
  • 4 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Tent and other necessary equipment for the passes
  • Flights for Kathmandu-Tumlingtar and Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • Airport pick up and drop off.
  • Sagarmatha National Park/ Makalu National Park trekking permit and a Tourist Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
  • Government-licensed, English speaking climbing Guide.
  • Porter service.
  • All government and local taxes
  • Farewell Dinner

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa at Immigration at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) (approx. $40 USD cash in hand) per person.
  • Travel Insurance (must require) which covered up to 6000m/ 20000ft
  • Trekking gear rental like sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, etc.
  • Unforeseen costs due to health, flight cancellation, weather conditions, etc.
  • All kinds of drinks and snacks.
  • Climbing Boots
  • Tips for the Guide and Porter after the trek.
  • Anything else not mentioned in the included costs above..

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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.

  • $25 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • $50 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • $75 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 6 days prior to your scheduled arrival.

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 with cups of hot tea are included, but you have to pay yourself if you want to have extra food and snacks, 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 10 degrees
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Towel, shampoo and toiletries
  • Trekking pole
  • Camel-bag or water bottle
  • Wind breaker jacket and fleece coat
  • Warm woolen beanie, sun hat, socks (a few pairs)
  • Long and short trekking pants (a few pairs)
  • A few t-shirts (quick dry), gloves, sun glass and sun cream
  • 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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