- duration 15 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 5+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Maximum altitude 5100 meters
- Trek difficulty Hard
- Varieties of culturally and ethnically rich people like Brahman, Chhetri and Many more.
- Eye Catching view of including Mt. Everest, Makalu,
- Camping at alpine meadows at the base of Mt. Makalu viewing neighbouring peaks.
The Makalu Base Camp trek is a remote trekking route that starts from the lowlands of Tumlingtar and follows the Arun River. The region is especially notable for its ethnic variety. Many ethnic groups such as Brahman, Chhetri, Rai, Limbu, Gurung and Tamang live here.
The Arun valley offers some rare species of birds, some of which are only found in Nepal. After crossing the Arun River, you follow the Kasuwa Khola and scale the Shipton Pass (4,500 m). Trekking along the upper Barun River valley, you then reach the Makalu Base Camp (5000 m), from where you get some incredible views of the picturesque south face of Makalu, with Everest and Lhotse in the background.
After many days of hard trekking, the steadfast trekkers are rewarded with panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas, including Chamlang, Peak 6, Peak 7 and of Makalu itself, the world’s fifth highest mountain. The experience and serenity of camping in alpine meadows at the base of Mt. Makalu, while sitting back and enjoying the Himalayan panorama is absolutely spectacular. In fact, this trek is generally spectacular!
Day 1: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Khandbari (1,067m)
Day 2: Trek from Khandbari to Sakurate (1,893m)
Day 3: Trek from Sakurate to Num (1,524m)
Day 4: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,700m)
Day 5: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon(2,063m)
Day 6: Trek from Tashigaon to Kauma (2,500m)
Day 7: Trek from Kauma to Mumbuk (3,500m)
Day 8: Trek from Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (3,660m)
Day 9: Trek from Nehe Kharka to Sherson (4,720m)
Day 10: Trek from Shershon to Makalu Base Camp (4,853m)
Day 11: Trek from Nehe Kharka to Shipton La Camp
Day 12: Trek from Shipton La Camp and back to Seduwa
Day 13: Trek from Sedua and back to Mure
Day 14: Trek from Mure and back to Khandbari
Day 15: Trek to Khandbari - Tumlingtar & fly back to Kathmandu
- All airport pick-up and drop.
- Ticketing, trekking permit and all needed document.
- Guide and necessary staffs.
- A cook and kitchen supporter.
- All surface transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek.
- All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruits etc.)
- Necessary Camping equipment such as tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattresses, down sleeping bag, down jacket, cooking utensils, fuel etc
- Camping charges
- Necessary insurance for trekking staff
- First Aid kit.
- Emergency Rescue assistance, if needed.
- Personal expenses
- All meals and hotels in Kathmandu..
- Activities in Kathmandu like hotel and sightseeing tour.
- International airfare
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.