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Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu base camp trekking is a unique and  less touristic destination in the eastern part of Nepal.It’s different Himalayan view, landscape, beautiful scenery and adventure gives to your lifetime experience in Nepal. Makalu base camp trek starts with flight to Tumlingtar and heads up the Arun valley to Sedua and Num; then crossing Shipton La Pass 4210 m. Makalu base camp trek is considered as one of the most remote areas trekking of Nepal but Makalu Barun National park unique landscape shelters.

Best Season: Spring (March to June) and  Autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip.

Tour Route

Kathmandu / Tumlingtar / Num / Seduwa / Makalu Base Camp / Tashigaon / Tumlingtar / Kathmandu.

Tour Program

Duration of Trek:21 night / 22 Days    
Primary activity: Trekking & Adventure       
Group size: Minimum 02 & Maximum 12 + above      
Country:   Nepal   (Asia)                         
Arrival & Departure: Kathmandu, Nepal              
Flight: Kathmandu-Tumling-Kathmandu 
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during trekking
Accommodation: 4 night 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.
Trip Code:MGTNP 22
Secondary activity: Cultural & Historical Tours
Max-Altitude:  (5,000m/16,400 ft)
Transportation: Comfortable vehicle
Trip grade: Moderated
Type of Trek: Tea House. 
Best Season: Sept to Nov & March  to June
17 nights at Guest House  / Lodge  On Mountain



Trip Highlight:
Kathmandu – Explore the riverside Temple of Pashupatinath, Narayanthan, Bodnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, medieval city of Bhaktapur and  Patan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On the Mountain: Nature and an historical Mixed traditional, monasteries, Chhortens, flora & fauna, famous trail of magnificent snowcapped Himalayan views of Makalu Himalayan Range.

Day by day Program: 

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu & Transfer to hotel (1350 m / 4428 ft)
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu or Preparing for trekking.

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1,840m/6035 ft):
After breakfast flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar with excellent mountain view, from Tumlingtar about 3 hours jeep drive on a bumpy road takes to the first camp at chichila. Overnight is in camp.

Day 04: Trek to Num (1,500m/4920 ft): 6/7 hrs
A moderately paced walk through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests. A ridge line with great views on both side and perched on the end is Num. Thunder and lightning make interesting displays in Num evenings. Overnight is in Camp.

Day 05: Trek to Seduwa (1,540m/5051 ft): 6/7 hrs
A steep descent down through the forests and terraced plots of land takes to Arun Khola. Then winding ascends up the other side again. Often quite hot – the forest on the valley sides offer a bit of shade. Makalu National Park starts and we register our permits. You can do Camping right at the top of the village.

Day 06: Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m/6790 ft): 4/5 hrs
Ascend the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields, we reach the village of Tashi Gaon. Overnight at Camp.

Day 07: Trek to Khongma (3,560m/11,676 ft): 6/7 hrs
Trek upwards towards Khongma. Khongma is the last stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley. The green forests are replaced by scrub and rhododendrons that cover the lower reaches of the mountains.

Day 08: Rest & acclimatization day

Day 09: Cross Shipton La and trek to Debotay (3,650m/11,972 ft): 7/8 hrs
After the breakfast, to climb towards the summit of the Shipton La which takes a few hours to reach. After the lake Kalo Pokhari, pass over the Keke La at 4,152m. Marvelous views of Chamlang 7,319m, Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend down through the beautiful valley to Debotay. Climbing high and sleeping low gives the opportunity for acclimatization.

Day 10: Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600m/11,808 ft): 5/6 hrs
After the breakfast trek from Debotay, pass through the Rhododendron forest leads to the Baruni River and the upper reaches of the valley. A pleasant walk, gaining altitude slowly, until we arrive at Yangle Kharka situated at the base of the valley. Overnight at camp.

Day 11: Trek to Merek (4,500m/14,760 ft):5/6 hrs
Today, we trek to Merek. Since we are gaining height beyond 4, 000 meters, be sure to allow your body the necessary time for acclimatization. Overnight at camp

Day12: Trek to Shersong: 6/7 hrs.
After breakfast we climb up the valley, through yak pastures and boulder fields. On approaching Shersong the south east ridge of Mount Makalu comes into view. Overnight at Shersong.

Day 13: Hiking to Makalu Base Camp (5,000m/16,400 ft): 5/6 hrs.
Make sure that you acclimatize well before walking up to Makalu Base Camp. Enjoy the superb views of the Himalayan Mountains throughout the day. Return back to Camp.

Day 14: Trek to Yangle Kharka: 8/9 hrs
Trek descend back down the valley and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and eventually reaching Yangle Kharka for Overnight.

Day 15: Trek to Mumbuk: 6/7 hrs
Overnight at camp

Day 16: Trek to Khongma: 6/7 hrs.
Overnight at camp

Day 17: Trek to Tashigaon: 5/6 hrs.
Overnight at camp

Day 18: Trek to Num: 4/5 hrs.
Stay overnight at camp.

Day 19: Trek to Chichila, Transfer to Tumlingtar: 9/10 hrs.
Stay overnight at Guest house.

Day 20: Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
Overnight at Hotel

Day 21: Explore –world heritage side.
Overnight at Hotel & this evening farewell dinner hosted by MGT.

Day 22: Departure to own destination.

Trek End………………

See what our Customers say about Makalu Base Camp Trek

I have travelled with teams of Overland Escape on 6 occasions now and every single time the experience was wholeheartedly positive. On two occasions, Tundup organised lengthy treks through remote parts of Ladakh, Zanskar and Nubra and his organisation was absolutely reliable and spot on on every occasion. The trekking teams we travelled with were excellent, the food outstanding and the support available whenever it was needed. We were trekking during the floods in Summer 2010 in Zanskar and Changtang, and were, ultimately, the only trekking group that reached Tso Moriri during the middle of August, in the week just after the flooding. This was due to the competence of our guide, Namgyal, who changed our route to enable us to proceed, who knew exactly where to cross the swollen rivers and who kept us completely safe at all times. On 4 occasions, Overland Escape organised Easter expeditions through the Markha Valley for relatively large school groups. This, of course, needed extraordinarily good organisation, and on each occasion, this was exactly what we got. Not only were all timings kept and all information was relevant and 100% reliable, the trekking teams Tundup organised for us, were amongst the best teams I have ever travelled with. In particular, Namgyal is in all likelihood the best guide I have ever trekked with. His knowledge of the region, its culture and wildlife is outstanding, and he is also an excellent travel companion. He can empathise with and enthuse adults and youngsters to the same degree. Overland Escape certainly is one of the best trekking outfits I have come across in the Himalayas or indeed anywhere in the world (I have also trekked in Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Peru and Jordan). I would wholeheartedly recommend travelling with this organisation.

Edwin Gruber



"Tundup, have really a sixth sense...his associate in Manali (Kuram) is really a good man...a really good man where you can trust and give the full faith for everything. As already said, Tundup, know very well how to choice his partners. Concerning the driver choose by Kuram for the transfer from Manali to Dharmasala and then to Amritsar...he was a very good professional driver. All of us were surprise to find out in India a special driver, very professional, very polite...typical western style driver. Few words, always agree for everything, never complain and at the end he wanted to refuse our tips and we forced him to have it. I don't know if this choice has been affected by Tundup or by Kuram...but in any case...compliments to all of you. Now we are here into our house, very sad...our holiday has finished so quickly that we didn't realize. Everything has gone well, everything perfect. We'll be always in debit with Tundup for his great service and we really hope to see him again in a close future for another trekking. Thanks again for all, thanks for your book guide and for your full assistance."

Fausto & Silvia, Italy



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