Makalu Base Camp trek 22 days

  • Duration: 22 days

  • Trip level: strenuous (info?)

    Maximum altitude: 4755 m

  • Accommodation: teahouse

  • Season: March, April, May, September, October, November

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The Makalu Base Camp trek is a teahouse trek in a remote region of Eastern 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. 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 to visit the Makalu Barun National Park.

The Makalu Base Camp trek begins with a flight to Tumlingtar at an altitude of 400 meters. In ten days you will hike to Base Camp at the high point of 4755 meters. First you will trek through the lush green subtropical Arun Valley. Second through dense rhododendron and pine forest where you climb up to alpine meadows. Fantastic panoramas offer themselves with every increasing altitude. You cross the two passes Shipton La and Keke La. In between lies the picturesque lake of Kalo Pokhari. Through the Makalu Barun National Park you climb up a valley to the base camp at 4775 meters. Base Camp lies directly at the foot of the striking rock and ice wall of the beautiful Makalu (8481 meters). From a view point above base camp you can enjoy a superb panorama of some of the world’s highest mountains, including Everest (8850 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Makalu (8481 meters) and Baruntse (7220 meters). It will take you five to six days to retrace your steps out of the Makalu Barun National Park to Tumlingtar. Your Makalu Base Camp trek ends here and a flight will take you back to Kathmandu.

Day 01                  Arrival Kathmandu; Pick up at Kathmandu International Airport and drop off hotel
Day 02                  Free day at leisure in Kathmandu; preparations trek
Day 03                  Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (40 min.) and jeep drive to Num(1560 m – 3,5 hrs)
Day 04                  Trek to Seduwa (1509 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 05                  Trek to Tashi Goan (2065 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 06                  Trek to Khongma Danda(3470 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 07                  Resting day at Khongma Danda for acclimatization
Day 08                  Trek over Shipton La pass (4257 m) and Keke La pass (4150 m) to Dobate (3875 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 09                  Trek to Yangla Kharka (3557 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 10                  Trek to Langmale Kharka (4410 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 11                  Acclimatization hike around Langmale Kharka
Day 12                  Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4755 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 13                  Exploration day at base camp with the possibility to climb ridge view point ( 5510 m)
Day 14                  Trek to Yangla Kharka (3557 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 15                  Trek to Dobate (3270 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 16                  Trek to Khongma Danda (3470 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 17                  Trek to Tashi Goan (2065 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 18                  Trek to Seduwa (1509 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 19                  Trek to Num (5 hrs.) and drive to Khadbari (1560 m – 2,5 hrs.)
Day 20                  Jeep drive to Tumlingtar (1 hrs.) and flight to Kathmandu (40 min.); pick up local airport and drop off hotel
Day 21                  Free day at leisure Kathmandu
Day 22                  Departure; pick up hotel and drop off International Airport Kathmandu

During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, the cost of local transfers.

Please inquire about the price.

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.

Cost include:
-Transfer from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, and transfer to and from domestic airport; jeep return drive Tumlingtar to start & from end trek
-Certificate of CO2- emission free for all Nepal transport
-4 nights in hotel, including breakfast, in Thamel in Kathmandu. Shared room for 2 persons
-17 nights teahouse room during trek. Shared room for 2 persons
-3 meals per day during trek; breakfast/ lunch/ dinner
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage; max 12 kg per person
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide and porter(s)
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Makalu Barun National Park entry permit, restricted area permit, TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu

Cost exclude:
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
-All 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 arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide and porter(s)