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Makalu Basecamp Trek

From US$ 1,855 per person
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highlights
  • 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
Although Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8481m, the trek to its base camp is a less-frequented route due to its relative inaccessibility. However, if you are an adventurous trekker looking for a trek off-the-beaten path, then it’s not too hard to reach! There are daily flights to Tumlingtar, a few hours’ drive from the trailhead, and basic lodges along the way.

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.
customer reviews about Mount 8850 Adventure Holidays
4.9 - Excellent Based on 26 reviews
Review for another Mount 8850 Adventure Holidays tour
5 - Excellent
“I had always wanted to do the Everest Trek, and when I finally had the opportunity to do so, I was overjoyed with enthusiasm! I think I am also very lucky to have been in the company of Mount AdvenureHolidays Team because they gave me no reason whatsoever to companion about anything at all. Every service that I received was top-notch and I was always provided the best available services throughout, from the food, the guesthouses to the porter and guiding services. My guide was Pasang and he was very proficient at his work. He made sure that I was comfortable and that I had everything that I needed. The trip itself was wonderful and I am so glad that I was with NHT! Their prompt responses, their kind gestures and the best organization of the trip had me convinced that I was with the professionals from the very beginning. My recommendation goes to Mount Adventure HolidaysTeam for being one of the most reliant tour agencies in Nepal!”
Laurence's review for another Mount 8850 Adventure Holidays tour
5 - Excellent
“Every year I love to discover Nepal and rich heritage, culture and vast mountains. This time we enjoyed a excellent trip around Kanchenjunga region with Pemba and Mount 8850 Adventure Holiday. Unforgettable tour”
Stefan's review for another Mount 8850 Adventure Holidays tour
5 - Excellent
“We had a very nice trip, saw interesting villages like landruk/gandruk with villagers working on the terraces. Our guide Nima Sherpa was allways very helpful, had a very good timing in the walking, explained plants, and dicovered monkey groups in the forest. In the evening we had a good time playing cards with him and our porter Rasan.”
8 hours Guest house
We fly to Tumlingtar after breakfast and meet the rest of the crew members who will also be joining us for the trek. A moderately paced walk through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests will take us to Num. A ridgeline with great views on both side and perched on the end, this is Num for us. Overnight in Num.
6 hours Guest house
A steep descent through forests and terraced farms takes us to Barun River. We cross the river and follow an equally steep ascent up the other side again. Often quite hot - the forest on the valleys offer a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park begins and where we register our permits. We camp right at the top of the village. Overnight in Seduwa.
5/6 hours Guest house
Ascend the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields, we reach the exotic village of Tashi Gaon. over night stay.
6/7 hours Guest house
We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a Kharka (grazing land) and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. From here it’s a short way down to Khongma
7 hours Guest house
We ascending towards to the summit of the Shipton La (pass) which takes a few hours to reach. After the lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), pass over the Keke La at 4,170m. We can see the marvelous views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate.
7 hours Guest house
Today we pass through the rhododendron forest which leads to the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. We should be very careful during the first two hours of the trek as the trail is steep and arduous. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka situated at the base of the valley.
5/6 hours Guest house
The valley, we pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields. The valley walls tower imposingly above us during the start of the trek. We pass Merek as we make our way further up and notice a significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views. Overnight in Langmale Kharka.
5 hours Guest house
Today is the day we make it to the Base Camp. From Langmale Kharka we make our way up to Shershong and eventually to Makalu Base Camp. The trail is flat with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains accompanying us. Mount Makalu comes into view as we approach Shershong. As we make our way to the camp, we get to soak in the majestic Himalayan panorama surrounding us. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
4 hours Guest house
The Base Camp is a rocky barren place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. From here we can see the magnificent south face of Makalu and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up where we may celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself.
6/7 hours Guest house
We descend down from the base camp and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and heading back. On our way down, we pass through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley finally stopping at Yangri Kharka.
7 hours Guest house
Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, green forests and valley, making our way towards Dobate. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail.
6 hours Guest house
We start the trek with steep climb from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) and through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. We then cross the Keke La, Tutu La (Shipton’s Pass) and Kauma La en route. Next, we descend to Khongma Danda again. Overnight in Khongma Danda.
7 hours Guest house
he trek continues with frequent long and steep descent cutting through the hillsides. We then cross the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again.
7 hours Guest house
We leave Seduwa and trek through lush forests towards Num. after num we drive to Khatbari Along the tumlingtar approx 5 hour .overnight stay Tumlingtar.
45 minutes 3 Star Hotel
We fly back to Kathmandu after our long trek in the mountains. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel or get in touch with our loved ones.
what’s included
  • 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
  • Hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights, in twin-sharing room with breakfast
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Staff Insurance
  • Trekking Map
what’s excluded
  • 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
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 15 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English & hindi
Trek difficulty Medium
Maximum altitude 5000 meters
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Kathmandu, Nepal
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