Makalu Base Camp Trek

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a remote trekking route that offers unique cultural heritage, incredible views of mountain peaks higher than 8,000 meters, quiet trails, rural life, terraced farmlands, forests and rare wildlife such as Red Panda. This is a route for experienced trekkers who enjoy challenging treks as this trail can be fairly challenging in some parts depending upon your level of physical fitness. The adventure begins with a 50 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar of Mid-eastern Nepal. Mount Makalu (8,481 meters) is the 5th highest peak of the world.

Trip Highlights:

  • An amazing trek in the remote mountains
  • Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu scenic flight   
  • 16 days trekking 
  • Visits to Pashupatinath, Boudhanatha and Swayambhu and Kathmandu Durbar Square      
  • Highest altitude gained in this trek is 4,870 meters at Makalu Base Camp 

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick up drops and all ground transportation in private tourist vehicles
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and back to Kathmandu
  • Drive in a private tourist vehicle to Tumlingtar to Num and Num to Tumlingtar on return after trek
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu in star hotels (3 Nights)
  • Lodges and camping during the trekking days (17 Nights)
  • 20 Breakfast, 16 Lunch and 17 Dinner
  • All necessary equipment during camping trek
  • Makalu Barun National Park Permit, TIMS Card and Conservation Area Permit
  • An English Speaking Tour Guide on Day 2
  • An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

  •  Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu other than mentioned in the itinerary
  •  Alcoholic drinks and hot and cold drinks
  •  Personal expenses (Laundry,trekking gear,phone,beverages,battery, excess baggage charges,recharge,bottle,shower etc)
  •  Extra Night Accommodation/Extra Meals or any other costs incurred due to early arrival, late departure, early return from   mountain (due to any reason), flight cancellation etc, other than the scheduled itinerary
  •  Tips for trekking staff and drivers (Tipping is expected)
  •  Any cost not mentioned in inclusion

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1300 meters)

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. 
Overnight Hotel in Kathmandu


Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing with trek preparation

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Kashtamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree.

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth, the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city and just a few hundred meters from the end of the runway at Tribhuwan International Airport. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple, but you can view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

BoudhnathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.

Overnight Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast


Day 03 : Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Num (1,560m/5119ft) 50 mins flight, 3-4 hours drive

The flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar will take some 50 minutes over the range of snow capped Himalayan peaks. We then drive to Num which is a small village with very few houses and a primary school atop a hill plateau. The drive to Num takes us through beautiful rhododendron forest that looks mesmerizing during the blooming season.  

Overnight in Num

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 04: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6-7 hours
The early mornings trail takes us down a steep trail heading towards the Arun River some 800 meters down. The paths can be slippery and we need to walk cautiously. A suspension bridge waits us down to take us across the Arun River. The path ascends upon crossing the River. We walk up to Runruma and stop there for lunch. Further ascending along a steep trail brings us to the Seduwa village. 

Overnight in Seduwa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 05: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours
Today is going to be a comfortable day in terms of walking. A pleasant walk along the villages and their terraced farm takes us to Tashi Gaun. The only uphill climb for today will be while we approach Tashi Gaun. 

Overnight in Tashigaon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 06: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hours
Rhododendron and oak forests, summer pastures, and shepherd huts will be the most prominent features of today's walk. We will see plenty of those as we head towards the Kahuma ridge. The uphill climb is pretty demanding. From atop Kahuma Danda.

Overnight in Khongma Danda

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 07: Acclimatization Day at Khongma Danda

Overnight in Khongma Danda

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 08: Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobate: 6-7 hours

Today we walk uphill and reach Shipton La in few hours. After Shipton La we pass through a lake Kalo Pokhari at 3930m and then to another high pass Keke La at an altitude 4,170m.  From here we can see the beautiful views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). We then descend down to Dobate.

Overnight in Dobate.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 9: Trek from Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours
Walking through the steep trails for two hours we reach Barun River. From here we walk slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka situated at the base of the valley.

Overnight at Yangri Kharka

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 hours
Today we walk through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields.  After we pass Merek views are amazing.

Overnight in Langmale Kharka.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11: Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours
Today we will will be walking to the highest altitude. From Langmale Kharka to Shershong and eventually to Makalu Base Camp. The trail is flat with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains but when you reach base camp its really rewarding.

Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 12: Explore Makalu Base Camp

Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 13: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hours
Today we descend down from Base Camp and follow the same route to reach Num from where we started our trek. We pass through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and finally stop at Yangri Kharka for night stay.

Overnight at Yangri Kharka.
Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 14: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobate: 6-7 hours
From Today we descend down to Dobate from Yangri Kharka.

Overnight at Dobate.
Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 15: Trek from Dobate to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hours
Walk from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) and through a forest of firs and rhododendrons we cross the Keke La, Tutu La (Shipton’s Pass) and Kauma La  and finally reach Khongma Danda.

Overnight in Khongma Danda.

Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 16: Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours
With frequent long and steep descent we go through thick forests and finally reach Sherpa village of Tashigaon.

Overnight in Tashigaon.
Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 17: Trek from Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hours
We walk out of the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun River. Walking through different villages we reach Seduwa.

Overnight in Seduwa

Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 18: Trek from Seduwa to Num: 5-6 hours
Walking through thick forests and different Sherpa villages we reach Num

Overnight at Num.

Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 19: Trek back to Tumlingtar (950 m/3,116 ft), 3-4 hrs walk

It is the last day of our trek today. We walk downhill to Tumlingtar.  

Overnight at Tumlingtar

Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu
We will take our flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. Upon landing at Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel.

You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner


Day 21: Airport Transfer

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Meals: Breakfast



You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.

Please email us or call us at +977 9841414582 and we will happily organize your trip on the date appropriate for you.

Best Months for this trek
The spring time from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months 

Maximum Altitude: 4,870m/15,978ft at Makalu Base Camp


We use standard rooms at star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, where ever possible you stay in teahouses and lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. Most of the days during trekking you will be staying in tented camps.


In Kathmandu we provide breakfast only. During trekking all 3 meals a day are provided.  We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge or tented camp where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. 

Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.

15 days - US $ 30.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry.
30 days - US $ 50.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry.
90 days - US $ 125.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry.
For more information please visit Department of Immigration of Nepal


Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.

Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for couple of hours daily can do for this trekking.

Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket.

Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).


Means of Transportation

Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs.


No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform us.

Communication while trekking

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made you can pay to the guide

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended. Your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses.

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at 977 9841414582

I had a wonderful experience. Thanks to the trekking guide, porter and Maina specially for this perfect arrangement.

Morrison Hayes, USA