- duration 15 days
- tour type Private
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 5+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Trek difficulty Medium
- See Everest from a unique angle, it’s eastern Kangshung face
- Gain views of eastern Nepal, as far away as Kanchenjunga
- Witness the rural life of Nepal’s distinct Rai and Sherpa culture
- Spot some of the rarest wildlife in Nepal, including the Red Panda
The Makalu Base Camp trek is an ideal trek for nature-loving trekkers who want to experience a variety of landscapes and cultures, as well as uncommon views of some of the world’s tallest mountains, including Everest.
The trek starts in warm, terraced farmland inhabited by the Rai people, an ethnic group found predominantly in the hills of eastern Nepal. As the route ascends, you will pass through rhododendron forests (most impressive in the spring, when the flowers bloom amazing red, purple, pink and white) and cloud forests, through some of the last areas of pristine forest and alpine meadows in Nepal.
Deeper into the mountains, past the Barun River Valley, you will pass steep granite cliffs, glaciers, and spectacular waterfalls. At the higher elevations live the Sherpa people, an ethnically Tibetan group who predominantly reside near Everest.
From Makalu base camp, there are spectacular views of the rarely seen Kangshung face of Everest, as well as Lhotse, Chamlang, and Kanchenjunga in the far east. The Makalu Barun National Park is the eighth largest in Nepal, covering 2,330 sq. km, and is home to some of the rarest flora and fauna in Nepal, including the red panda.
Having never met either guide before landing in Kathmandu, and only corresponding via text messages with Pemba prior to the trip, we left a mere 8 days after arriving feeling as if we had not only made two new, amazing friends, but the kinds of friends we would be honored to call family!
Pemba and Pasang carefully and attentively balanced the authenticity of our experience with our comfort and physical well being for the entirety of our time, and even went above and beyond the footprint of the designed trek to provide additional experiences in Kathmandu with guided visits to the Bodinath Stupa and Darbar Square... both unexpected and amazing experiences!!!
In all my future visits to Nepal, of which my business and I are currently planning, we will be using the services of Pasang, Pemba and the rest of the team at Mount Adventure Holidays... we couldnt have been more pleased with our experience.”
Day 1: Kathmandu - Tumlingtar then drive to Num (1,560m)
Day 2: Num - Seduwa (1,500m)
Day 3: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m)
Day 4: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m)
Day 5: Khongma Danda to Dobate (3862 m)
Day 6: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m)
Day 7: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,410m)
Day 8: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m)
Day 9: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Day 10: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka
Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Dobate
Day 12: Dobate - Khongma Danda
Day 13: Khongma Danda Seduwa
Day 14: Seduwa - Num Same day drive to Tumlingtar
Day 15: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 45 mins flight
- Pickups and drops from hotels and airport.
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- All government and local taxes
- Necessary insurance for trekking staff
- Domestic flights Kathmandu – Tumlintar – Kathmandu
- Guesthouse accommodation during the trek
- All meals and snacks while trekking
- All surface transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek
- An experienced English speaking guide trained by the goverment of Nepal
- Sleeping bags and down jackets for the trek (should be refunded after trek)
- Hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights, in twin-sharing room with breakfast
- A comprehensive medical kit
- Staff Insurance
- Trekking Map
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Extra costs while trekking (hot shower, battery recharge, bar, etc)
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips for guides, porters and driver
- Visa fee
- Beverage bills, bar bills, telephone bills and Personal expenses.
- Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 10 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- Earn US$ 53+ in travel credits.
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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.