Makalu Base Camp Trek.

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  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Maximum altitude 5100 meters
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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  • 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 trek therefore passes through a wide diversity of ecosystems and cultures.
Rising to a staggering height of 8462 m, Mount Makalu, the fifth highest mountain peak in the world, lies in the northeast part of Nepal between the border of Nepal and Tibet. This is a culturally and environmentally diverse region with unsurpassed natural beauty, towering Himalayan peaks and biological diversity. The trek to Makalu passes through the Makalu Barun National Park and ends at the base camp, one of the best vantage points for observing the beautiful Himalayas, with famous mountains such as Everest, Makalu and Lhotse seemingly in your backyard.

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!
5 - Excellent
Based on 76 reviews
  • Chuah
  • From Singapore
  • On Mar 30 2017
5 - Excellent
Chuah's review for another Exciting Nepal Treks and Expedition tour
“This trek offers diverse and beautiful experiences and should get the casual trekkers excited about the longer and more serious base camp treks!”
  • Susichan
  • From Malaysia
  • On Nov 20 2019
5 - Excellent
Susichan's review for another Exciting Nepal Treks and Expedition tour
“Short trip to Annapurna Base Camp , Excellent guided by Suman, Great value of money because of the Helicopter Return Back”
  • Neil
  • From UK
  • On Nov 20 2016
5 - Excellent
Neil's review for another Exciting Nepal Treks and Expedition tour
“From the start all my questions were answered quickly. On arrival in Kathmandu I was met at the airport and taken to my hotel. All the paperwork for permits etc was done for me. There was a bit of misunderstanding before we set off as I was trekking with some people who were with a different trekking agency but that was soon resolved and the actual trek itself was fantastic right from the moment we left the bus behind and set out on the trail. Our guide, Suman, was the best. He made all arrangements and was always looking out to make sure that everything was ok for us. He was also able to answer most of our questions about the places we went through, the culture, wildlife etc. Altogether this was a special trip for me and it passed all expectations.”
  • 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 to Mure
  • Day 14: Trek from Mure to Khandbari
  • Day 15: Khandbari to Tumlingtar & fly back to Kathmandu
  • All airport pick-up and drop.
  • Ticketing, trekking permit and all needed document.
  • All surface transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek ( Local).
  • Flight to Tumlintar and Back ( both way )
  • Basic Lodges during the trek as accommodation.
  • Three meals a day , Breakfast, Lunch and Diner with tea or coffee during the breakfast.
  • Necessary insurance for trekking staff
  • First Aid kit.
  • Emergency Rescue assistance, if needed.
  • A profession English speaking guide.
  • Equpment like sleeping bags, down Jacket, Duffle bags, Walking pols, if you dk not. have your own ( refundable)
  • Seasonal fruits.
  • Normal Medical Kits with oximeter and pulse meter.
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
  • Personal expenses
  • All meals and hotels in Kathmandu..
  • Activities in Kathmandu like hotel and sightseeing tour.
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Porter if you require
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • 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?

    The decision to hire a porter is up to you and usually based on your fitness level and/or budget. One porter can be shared between two people and can carry up to 25 kg. Many trekkers hire a porter to have a more comfortable trek.

  • 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.

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