Makalu Base Camp 19 days
Duration: 19 days
Trip level: strenuous (info?)
Maximum altitude: 5500 m
Season: March, April, May, September, October, November
The camping trek to Makalu Base Camp takes place in a remote region of Nepal. Makalu is one of the world’s fifth highest mountain and belongs to the Makalu Barun National Park. This mountainous region is of outstanding natural beauty. The trekking route is scarcely populated by people. Many of the locals live in isolated villages and rely on subsistence farming for their livelihoods. This trip is therefore a culturally unique and rich experience. Due to its relative inaccessibility, this area is little-known to tourists and only few trekking groups come visit.
The trek begins with a flight to Tumlingtar at an altitude of 400 meters. In ten days you will hike to Makalu Base Camp at the high point of 5500 meters. The first days you will trek through the lush green subtropical Arun Valley. Through dense rhododendron and pine forest, you climb up to the alpine meadows which are close to the Barun Glacier. Fantastic panoramas offer themselves with every increasing height. You cross the two passes Shipton La and Tutu La. In between lies the picturesque lake of Kalo Pokhari. Through the Barun Valley you climb up to the base camp at 4870 meters. This base camp lies directly at the foot of the striking rock and ice wall of the beautiful Makalu (8463 meters). From a view point above base camp you can enjoy a superb panorama of some of the world’s highest mountains, including Everest (8,850 meters), Lhotse (8,516 meters), Makalu (8463 meters) and Baruntse (7220 meters). It will take you six to seven days to retrace your steps down the valley to Tumlingtar, where you say farewell to your porters and kitchen staff.
Day 01 Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (1 hr.) and jeep drive to Chichila ( 1505 m – 3 hrs)
Day 02 Trek to Num (700 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Seduwa (1530 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Tashi Goan (2065 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Khongma (3470 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 06 Resting day at Khongma for acclimatization
Day 07 Trek over Shipton La pass (4257 m) and Keke La pass (4150 m) to Dobate (3875 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Yangri Kharka (3600 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek to Langmale Kharka (4410 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4810 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 11 Exploration day at base camp with the possibility to climb to advanced base camp ( 5510 m)
Day 12 Trek to Yangri Kharka (3600 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Dobate (3270 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 14 Trek to Khongma (3470 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 15 Trek to Tashi Goan (2065 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 16 Trek to Seduwa (1530 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 17 Trek to Num (1700 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 18 Jeep drive to Tumlingtar (5 hrs.)
Day 19 Flight Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (1 hrs.)
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
Please inquire for price.
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (including airport taxes) , and transfer to and from domestic airport, jeep return ride Tumlingtar to Num
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage, tent equipment and cooking equipment. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
-Cooking staff service
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Free use of tent equipment; including one tent for two persons and a light sleeping mattress
-Three meals a day: breakfast/ lunch/ dinner; Tea/ coffee/ hot chocolate/ hot water and cookies; and if possible fresh fruit
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide, porters and cooking staff
-Makalu Barun National Park entry permit, restricted area permit, TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-All other beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel Insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide and trekking staff