Makalu Base Camp trekking

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 17 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 5+ years old
  • max group size 10
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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  • Spectacular views of rugged Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Makalu, Mt. Chamlang and more.
  • Witness the rural life of culturally & ethnically rich people like Rai, Limbu and more.
Makalu Base Camp is a great trekking area and a camping trek. Makalu Base Camp is one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal. This trek offers wilderness and stunning natural scenery and takes you to the Makalu Base Camp (5,250 m), located in Makalu Barun National Park. The unique landscape of the Makalu region shelters some of the most pristine mountain eco systems on earth. This trek is appropriate for all sorts of travelers having interest in nature.

The incredible biodiversity of the area provides a living laboratory for international scientific research. There are spectacular views of rugged Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Makalu (8,463m), fifth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Chamlang (7,319 m) and Mt. Baruntse (7,129m). Within 40km, all of these high peaks descend into the Arun River at 670m. The Makalu-Barun Valley provides stunning contrasts with craggy rocks rising from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. The dense forest of Rhododendrons, Nepal's national flower, covers the gorgeous hills of the Barun valley, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, alpine meadows & the Barun glacier. Having a wide range of attitudinal and climatic variation the Makalu Base Camp trek offers a remarkable and diverse habitat for a rich variety of flora and fauna.

The trek starts with a flight to Tumlingtar and heads up the Arun River valley to Sedua and Num. From Num, the trail zigzags into the Arun and starts up the Kasuwa Khola turning westward crossing the Shipton La Pass (4,500m) into the upper Barun Khola valley. We pass through villages of the Brahman, Chhetri, Rai, Limbu, Gurung and Tamang community with their unique local culture and own mother language, tradition & costume.

Makalu Base Camp is a camping trek of a lifetime.
5 - Excellent
Based on 370 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • From USA
  • On Apr 11 2017
5 - Excellent
Review for another Nepal Eco Adventure Pvt Ltd tour
“Fantastic company. Everything went smoothly. Lodges were much better than expected. Small group. Could not have asked for a better guide in Arun”
  • Anonymous
  • From USA
  • On Mar 24 2018
5 - Excellent
Review for another Nepal Eco Adventure Pvt Ltd tour
“I recently completed the Three High Passes trek with Dukpa Tamang. I would highly recommend it to anyone considering coming to Nepal for a trek.

I couldn't have been happier with my guide for the two-week trek, Dukpa. Dukpa is a ton of fun and a total machine (never gets cold, tired, hungry). He made a genuine effort to make sure I had everything I needed while we trekked together and I had such a great time with him over the two weeks. Safety was his biggest focus and he made sure that I avoided making common mistakes that other trekkers ended up making along the way(and thus, having to end their trips early). We had a lot of time together and Dukpa made even the most challenging parts of the trip (there were a lot) fun and entertaining! Dukpa knows a TON about the Three Passes trek which was nice to have not only for questions but for route planning (this is not a paved road from place to place...important to have someone experienced like Dukpa as the routes change from month-to-month/year-to-year).”
  • Grace
  • From USA
  • On Sep 30 2018
5 - Excellent
Grace's review for another Nepal Eco Adventure Pvt Ltd tour
  • Day 1: Fly from KTM to Tumlingtar and then drive to Khandbari
  • Day 2: Drive to Chichila and Trek to Num
  • Day 3: Trek to Seduwa
  • Day 4: Trek to Tashigaoun
  • Day 5: Trek to Khongma
  • Day 6: Trek to Mumbuk
  • Day 7: Trek to Yangri Kharka
  • Day 8: Trek to Yak Kharka
  • Day 9: Trek to Makalu Base Camp
  • Day 10: Explore Makalu Base Camp & Trek down to Yangri Kharka
  • Day 11: Trek back to Mumbuk
  • Day 12: Trek back to Khongma
  • Day 13: Trek back to Seduwa
  • Day 14: Trek back to Num
  • Day 15: Trek back to Chichila
  • Day 16: Drive back to Tumlingtar
  • Day 17: Flight back to Kathmandu
  • Airport pick up drop by private vehicle.
  • Full board meal during camping, prepared by our cook with Tea & coffee.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (we will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc).
  • Makalu Barun national park permit.
  • Trekker`s management system(Tims) permit.
  • Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
  • Round trip flight fare Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu with airport pickup and drop by car, domestic airport Tax.
  • A government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek. A cook, Kitchen helper, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down Jackets and walking poles (If you don't have your own)
  • Government taxes,service charge and office expenses
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Drinks and beverages.
  • Your Travel rescue insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Laundry service and battery charging.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff (Tipping is expected).
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.

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 does it work with a porter?

    Generally, the porter will pick up the baggage in the morning and drop it at the hotel in the evening. You will not always be walking with your porter or have access to your bag during the day, while trekking. 

  • Is a visa on arrival available?

    Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.


  • Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?

    In response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. Please check the government travel pages and advisories of your home country and the official website of the Nepal Tourism board here.

  • What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?

    It depends on the situation. Sometimes, altitude sickness can be treated and the trekker may wish to continue. If not, the rest of the group can continue on if they want and the sick person can descend.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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