makalubasecamptrekking
makalubasecamptrekking
makalubasecamptrekking
makalubasecamptrekking
makalubasecamptrekking
  • Duration:21 Nights 22 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:2 - 12
  • Activity:Hiking & Trekking
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 4853m

About Makalu Base Camp Trekking

The trek to Makalu Base Camp, 4700m, is an exciting tea house trekking into a remote and fairly inaccessible region where few trekkers have ventured. Courageous trekkers prepared to do without the comforts guest houses will find a wilderness just waiting to be explored.

Trekking to the base camp of the world's 5th highest mountain, Makalu, 8463m Nepal, is considered one of the tougher treks in the Himalaya of Nepal, as the trek begins at an altitude of just 400m and reaches 5500m in only ten days; however, this is what accounts for the great diversity of vegetation, culture and scenery that makes this trek exceptional. Trekking at elevations above 3000m is physically demanding but our itinerary allows for acclimatization, so this trek is feasible for any physically fit hiker.

The Makalu Base Camp Trekking starts after a short flight to the airstrip at Tumlingtar, Sankhuwasabha District in Eastern Nepal. Tumlingtar is beside the beautiful Arun River in the base of the Arun Valley. We take a private Jeep ride from Tumlingtar to reach to Chichila, and the next two days the trail descends back into the Arun Valley. During these days we are surrounded by fertile terraced fields and pass through numerous farming villages.

We make a steep ascent up to Tashi Gaon village, where we spend two nights to acclimatize. We continue climbing, leaving the bamboo and rhododendron forests behind us as we reach Khongma Danda, which we call the dry camp as there is no water source there. From here on the barren tree line, we get magnificent views of Kanchenjunga and Makalu. We spend one night in Kongma Danda before the next steep ascent over rock boulders up to the pass, Shipton La, 4229m and begin the long descent down to Dobate, which is the similar altitude as Kongma. Once again we cross the Arun River, and follow the deep gorge with juniper forest lining the walls on either side of us. Further up we follow the route to Yangle Kharkha and Langmale Kharkha before reach a surface of rock and loose scree, called Sherson, 4700m, below the Base Camp of Makalu, where we stay two nights.

We have a full day to explore the area around the tip of the Barun Glacier. From a view point above base camp we get breathtaking views of the highest mountains in the world: Everest 8850m, Lhotse 8516m, Makalu 8463m, Chamlang 7319m and Baruntse 7220m. From Sherson we descend on the same trail to Tumlingtar. The descent is less tiring, but the loose scree below base camp, and forest trails covered with leaves can be more slippery descending than ascending. We retrace our trail back up to Num 1,524m and then take a Jeep ride to Tumlingtar. Next is our flight back to Kathmandu, some free time, relaxation, celebration before our flight back home. 

Makalu Base Camp Trekking is diversity at its best. This single trek passes through distinct vegetation zones including sub-tropical jungles at low altitudes, sub-alpine valleys with forests of fir, birch and rhododendron and high alpine zone with herbs, grasses and juniper shrubs and pastures. Makalu Conservation area is known for its uncountable species of flowering plants, birds and animals. You will also observe a wide cross-section of Nepali ethnic groups with their unique cultures. The Rai, Limbu and Newar ethnic groups dominate the lower altitudes, whereas the Sherpas live in the higher altitudes.

Highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trekking

  • uninhabited pristine wilderness
  • more adventurous than commercialized treks
  • start in subtropical lowlands, reach the high Barun glacier
  • superb views of the south face of Makalu, 8563m, Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga
  • trek to the base camp 5th highest peak in the world 

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped towering peaks. After completing the visa formalities in airport, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives carrying your name on our company’s’ signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. Moving forward, you’ll be taken to your hotel in our vehicle. Once you reach at hotel, you’ll be welcomed by them as well and after that you can relax in your room or go for a walk exploring the city.

  • Hotel
  • 1300m
  • Private Vehicle

The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1300m

Today, we fly to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu which takes approximately 50 minutes. The  aerial view of mountains are just amazing. After reaching Tumlingtar, we drive uphill to Kandbari, a major town in the district which houses the government officials. Moving forward, we continue driving on a dirt road to the highest point at 1,960m before descending to Chichira.  It is a small town with a police checkpoint where you have to present your trekking permit. We stay overnight at chichila.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 50 mins flight ; 3-4 hours drive
  • 1,980m/6497ft
  • Domestic Flight, Private Jeep

We start our walk towards Num. The trail crumbles a bit from Chichila all the way until we reach Num. We follow the jeep trail which probably will be  the rocky, muddy road. After walking for 7 hours approx, we reach Num where we stay overnight. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 1524m

After having breakfast, we descend all the way down to Arun River, which takes around 2 hours, and a steep ascent to Sedua. While descending, we pass through cardamom crops and the scenery is at its best. We then cross the suspension bridge over the Arun River and begin the long, winding climb to Sedua, passing groves of giant bamboo, and bustling village life. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 1600m

We leave sedua beginnig with a climb on a path with many stone steps and pass several mani walls as you head into Sherpa community. You walk through many small farms dotted across the hillside, cardamom plantations and bamboo and rhododendron forests. We  descend to a log bridge just before our final push on stone steps to reach Tashigaon. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 2063m

A tough day of the trek as the trail goes real steep. We begin by ascending out of Tashigaon and head up on stone steps. After a while, we will have a lovely walk with treepies and warblers chirping through the trees. After walking for 3 hours, we reach Dhara (2,867m) where we have our lunch. Affter lunch, it's a climb of one hour approx. to Unshisa, where we pass a giant rock and toiling upwards from Unshisha, we reach a stone rest stop with prayer flags and continuing another 30 minutes approx. brings you to Khongma Danda, our destination for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,500m/11,483 ft

Today, we take a resere day for better acclimatization. We hike up to Khongma La to cope up better with increasing altitude as we go higher. We leave r tea house and begin to ascend on stone steps all the way to the pass (3890m) through rhododendron bushes. We then retrace your steps back to Khongma and give proper rest to our body. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge

Today, we cross four high passes with breezy pass overs and breathtaking  sections of rim rewarding with striking views of white snow giants. We gradually ascend through rhododendron bushes to Khongma La. Then we descend for a short while before ascending towards second pass. Some steep stone steps bring you to Sano Pokhari Danda with Sano Pokhari Lake below. Eventually with several fluctuations, we reach the Shipton La (4,200m), the highest pass. The pass is marked by a mani wall and cairn adorned with prayer flags near the shelter. Moving forward,  it's an easier climb to your last pass of the day i.e. Keke La. At last, after a 40 minutes or so of descend, we wll be at Dobato. There's a pretty good, clean lodge here.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 6-8 hrs
  • 3,860m

After breakfast, we descend through the rhododendron and pine forest towards Barun River. After a short ascent from the river, we reach Themathang Kharka which takes around four hours. From here, we walk for a short while until crossing the Barun Khola on a wooden bridge. The trail heaves and the river will be on your left following a stony path in places reaching Yangle Kharka. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 3600m

From Yangle Kharka, we descend to the river passing several colourful prayer flags lining the trail. The views infront will be dominated by Peak IV, Peak VI, Peak VII, Yaupa. and other neighboring peaks. Moving ahead, the trail opens out to Merek. It takes around 2 hours to reach Langmale kharka from Merek. 


  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 4,420m

Today, we hike to Makalu Base Camp, the foothills of 5th highest mountain in the world. We begin with ascending gradually at this altitude and keep it easy going. 

After walking for couple of hours, we reach Shersang (4630m), a small stone hut. From here, Makalu appears beautifully into view; its formidable face with its icefalls, crevasses and seracs makes you peek up in amazement. Moving on, we see the lodges and a huddle of tents which spot the base camp and  Mount Makalu completely dominates the view as expected at Makalu base camp. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 6 hrs
  • 4853m

Today, we explore Makalu base camp. We can hike up to a ridge (5300m), to eyewitness the most glorious panoramic views above the base camp. From here, we see the glimpses of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse as well as close-up, dramatic views of Makalu, Peak IV, VI & VII.  Some other options are following a path to view the lakes, shorter ridge climb which we can do just above base camp or ascending a small hill at the head of base camp marked with prayer flags, your call. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge

Today, we retrace our steps back to Yangle Kharka. A welcome hot shower with a small fee awaits there if you wish. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 6-8 hrs
  • 3600m

After having breakfast in the morning, we again retrace our hike back to dobato. A piece of advice to take enough snack as after Themathang, there will be no other tea shops until you reach Dobato.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,860m

Following the same trail, we ascend to Keke La followed by Shipton La after a walk of one and half hours. Take a break to appeciate the scene with a cup of hot tea.  Moving forward to Sano Pokhari Danda and finally at the Khongma La marked by a mani wall.  From here, after a descent of Approximately 250m, we reach Khongma. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 3,500m/11,483 ft

We descend from Khongma down to Dhara Kharka and from Dhara Kharka, we descend all the way down to Tashigaon.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 2070m

Today, we retrace our steps back to Sedua.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 1600m

Today, it will be a long way down to the Arun River. It will be feeling very warm now as we head deep into the forest lower down. We cross the river and endure the steep climb all the way back to Num. 


  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 1,524m

After breakfast, we drive rom Num to Tumlingtar, the place where it all started from. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Hotel
  • 6-7 hours
  • Private Jeep

We drive towards Tumlingtar airport to catch our flight back to the capital city. Enjoying the aerial view of the mountains, we arrive in Kathmandu. After landing, we transfer you to the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 50 minutes
  • 1,300m
  • Domestic Flight, Private Vehicle

We will accompany you at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure with a hope of seeing you again. 

  • Breakfast
  • Private Vehicle

What's included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu ,Three nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 18 nights ( twin-share rooms, beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu Airfare for guests and guides
  • Private Jeep from Tumlingtar - Chichila and Num - Tumlingtar 
  • Restricted Area Permit, Makalu Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • All ground transfers in Kathmandu.
  • All government and local taxes.

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (hot and cold drinks, mineral water beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

Availabilities

FromToStatusPrice  
start date20 Oct, 2020end date10 Nov, 2020Available$2290

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 


The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Makalu Base Camp Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

Makalu Base Camp Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Makalu Base Camp is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

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Useful Info

Why Trek to Makalu Base Camp with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions for over 15 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.

The Best Time of Year for the Makalu Base Camp Trekking:

The best seasons for Makalu Base Camp trekking are spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to late November).  

Temperatures on the Makalu Base Camp Trekking:

The temperatures at night will drop to around 5C, and during the day will climb to around 25C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15C to 20C. You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.

Makalu Base Camp is a Tea House Trekking:

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

Tea House/Lodge during Makalu Base Camp Trekking will be basic. As the region is comparatively new in terms of Tea House Trekking. Our Trekking Guides will make sure our guests gets the best possible accommodation in the region. 

Sherpa Support Staff:

Annapurna Foothills Treks has a capable support staff with ample experience in organizing Himalayan trips.   The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Drinking Water on the Makalu Base Camp TrekKing:

While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3-4 liters of water each day.  As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.

Fitness/Health:

The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Safety:

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

  • We either take Gamow OR oxygen in case of
  • Satellite phone (personal calls charged USD $3/minute)
  • First Aid Kit

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Acclimatization:

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule.  Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.

Travel Insurance:

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.