The Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the most isolated and exhilarating treks in Nepal. If you are looking to get away from it all on a remote trail to a magnificent valley, then this trek is ideal for you. You might feel like a Himalayan explorer on this route that that passes through lush hills, dense forests and pristine meadows along the climb to the foot of the world’s fifth highest peak, Makalu, towering at 8463 m/27,765 ft.
This Makalu Base Camp trek receives far fewer tourists than Nepal’s other trekking regions, and you are likely to have the scenic trails all to yourself! The wide-ranging landscapes and sense of tranquility in this beautiful valley, far away from the troubles of this world, might be overpowering to the senses!
The exciting journey travels through the Makalu Barun National Park, just east of Everest and the Sagarmatha National Park. It borders the Tibetan Plateau which lies to the north over the Himalaya. The biological diversity on the way to the alpine meadow of base camp rises from 500 m to 5000 m and we enjoy the fascinating changes in geography and culture along the way.The highlights include scenic villages surrounded by rural, terraced farmland, and the unpopulated highlands with towering peaks all around.
The Makalu Base Camp Trek is peaceful and rejuvenating, far away from urban mayhem and noise pollution. We begin the journey with a picturesque flight to Tumlingtar in eastern Nepal, a town on a plateau above the Arun River. From here, we begin trekking as we head northward passing rural villages and fertile foothills. This isolated region requires special permits which means few tourists will travel into the area. We cross a challenging series of passes before reaching the marvelous valley beyond human settlements with astonishing landscape away from it all below the majestic Himalayan peaks.
The Makalu Base Camp is a camping trek, and we will have porters to carry supplies, a dining tent, sleeping tent and more for your comfort. The Himalaya Hikes chef will make delicious meals and the camp will be a warm place to reminisce about of the day’s highlights over food and drink, under the heavenly stars.
Note: After exploring the Makalu Base Camp there is much more to do in Nepal. If you are interested in other activities such as tours of Pokhara and Lumbini, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, jungle safaris and more then we will be happy to arrange it all for you as follow-on to this trek.
We have fixed departures and custom treks that can be arranged any day to suit your needs and schedule. Himalaya Hikes looks forward to guiding you into the spectacular Makalu Region and the most breathtaking scenery in Nepal!
Day 1:Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)
Day 2:Half day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley
Day 3:Fly to Tumlingtar (515 m/ 1715 ft), trek to Mani Bhanjyang (1100 m/3615 ft) 1 hr flight, 2-3 hr trek
Day 4:Trek to Chinchilla (1830 m/5995ft) 5-6hrs
Day 5:Trek to Num (1500 m/4915ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 6:Trek to Sedua (1450 m/4760ft) 5hrs
Day 7:Trek to TashiGaon (2070 m/6790 ft)3-4hrs
Day 8:Trek to KongmaDanda (3480 m/11,415ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 9:Trek to Mumbuk (3575 m/11, 730ft) 6 hrs
Day 10:Trek to YangleKharka (3645 m/11,955ft) 6 hrs
Day 11:Trek to Sherson (4615 m, 15,145 ft) 6hrs
Day 12:Day trip to Makalu Base Camp (4870m/15,895ft) 4 hrs
Day 13:Trek to Yangle Kharka (3645 m/11,955 ft) 6hrs
Day 14:Trek to Mumbuk (3575 m/11, 730 ft) 5hrs
Day 15:Trek to KongmaDanda (3480 m/11,415 ft)5-6 hrs
Day 16:Trek to TashiGaon (2070 m/6790 ft)-5 hrs
Day 17:Trek to Num (1500 m/ 4915 ft)-6 hrs
Day 18:Trek to Mani Bhanjyang (1100 m/3615 ft) 6 hrs
Day 19:Trek to Tumlingtar (510 m, 1700 ft) 3-4 hrs
Day 20:Fly or drive back to Kathmandu (1345 meters)
Day 21:Leisure Day in Kathmandu
Day 22:Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)
Day 2Half day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley
Day 3Fly to Tumlingtar (515 m/ 1715 ft), trek to Mani Bhanjyang (1100 m/3615 ft) 1 hr flight, 2-3 hr trek
Day 4Trek to Chinchilla (1830 m/5995ft) 5-6hrs
Day 5Trek to Num (1500 m/4915ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 6Trek to Sedua (1450 m/4760ft) 5hrs
Day 7Trek to TashiGaon (2070 m/6790 ft)3-4hrs
Day 8Trek to KongmaDanda (3480 m/11,415ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 9Trek to Mumbuk (3575 m/11, 730ft) 6 hrs
Day 10Trek to YangleKharka (3645 m/11,955ft) 6 hrs
Day 11Trek to Sherson (4615 m, 15,145 ft) 6hrs
Day 12Day trip to Makalu Base Camp (4870m/15,895ft) 4 hrs
Day 13Trek to Yangle Kharka (3645 m/11,955 ft) 6hrs
Day 14Trek to Mumbuk (3575 m/11, 730 ft) 5hrs
Day 15Trek to KongmaDanda (3480 m/11,415 ft)5-6 hrs
Day 16Trek to TashiGaon (2070 m/6790 ft)-5 hrs
Day 17Trek to Num (1500 m/ 4915 ft)-6 hrs
Day 18Trek to Mani Bhanjyang (1100 m/3615 ft) 6 hrs
Day 19Trek to Tumlingtar (510 m, 1700 ft) 3-4 hrs
Day 20Fly or drive back to Kathmandu (1345 meters)
Day 21Leisure Day in Kathmandu
Day 22Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home
You are advised to consider the following equipments as essentials while packing for the Trek.
• Hiking boots
• Trekking trousers and pants
• Under Garments
• Hiking shorts
• Fleece jacket or pullover
• Sun hat or scarf
• Warm hat
• Sunglasses with UV protection
• Thermal gloves
• Headlamp or head torch with spare bulbs and batteries
• Daypack 30 Ltr. (approximately 1800 to 2000 cubic inches)
• Trekking Poles
• Basic First Aid Kit
• Water bottles
• Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers, Tooth brush/paste etc)
• Ear Plug (who know some people on group may snore)
• Face and body moisturizer
• Feminine hygiene products
• Tissue /toilet roll
• Anti bacterial hands wash
• Reading book & note book
• Swimming customs (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
• Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu, when you come back from Trek
The gears in the list below are also provided by Himalaya Hikes as a part of your package but if you prefer to use your own private piece, we encourage you to bring your own.
• Down vest and/or jacket
• 4 or 5 season sleeping bag rated to - 10 degrees
• Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; since we will be trekking on some of the most remote terrain on earth, it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions. In the event of this happening, your senior guide will make the final decision after consulting with the group.