Makalu Base Camp Trek
If you a looking for adventure, unspoiled Himalayan landscapes, and a hard trek, Makalu Base Camp will be the trek of your life. Situated South West of Mount Everest at the border between Nepal and China, Makalu is the world’s 5th highest mountain at 8,463 m. With its steep and exposed ridges Mt. Makalu is considered to be one of the hardest mountains to climb. Sir Edmund Hillary failed twice and even the mighty climber Reinhold Messner only reached the summit on his 3rd attempt.
Now, while this trek will not take you to the Makalu peak, (fortunately…) it will take you to Makalu Base Camp at 5,000 m and the 5,250 m ridge of Shershong from which you will have awe-inspiring views of Lhotse and Mt. Everest, along with many other peaks. Most of the trail goes through the remote and beautiful Makalu-Barun National Park.
At the beginning of the Makalu Base Camp Trek there will be a few guest houses available. However, as you are approaching Mt Makalu the region will become more and more remote and only camping will be available, at designated camp sites. In the Makalu region the use of firewood is prohibited and the only allowed source of heating is kerosene, which you will normally stock up on at Tumblingtar, the starting point of the trek. Due to there being few villages, it will also be necessary to stock up on food and bring water purifiers. While all this remoteness implies hardship, we can assure you that the reward is stunning with very pristine landscapes.
The Makalu Base Camp trek is simply an unforgettable trekking adventure of a lifetime!
Makalu Base Camp - Trek Facts
- Trek Difficulty: Level 4 - Difficult
- Trek Duration: 17 Days
- Remoteness: Very Remote
- Max Altitude: 5250 Meters
- Accommodation: Camping
- Best Season: Mar-May, Oct-Nov
- Transport To/From Trek: Flight
Makalu Base Camp Trek - Safety considerations
All trekking agencies available at Bookmundi.com take safety seriously and are assessed on their safety standards after every trek, via trekkers’ feedback. The trekking agencies will therefore go through safety procedures with you during your pre-trek meeting about the Makalu Base Camp trek.
Makalu Base Camp Itinerary
The below is a sample itinerary. It may vary slightly depending on the final trekking agency you choose to go with:
- Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - 510 m - drive to Chichila - 1,840 m.
- Day 02: Chichila - Num - 1,500 m.
- Day 03: Num - Seduwa - 1,540 m.
- Day 04: Seduwa - Tashigaon - 2,070 m.
- Day 05: Tashigaon - Khongma La - 3,560 m. Day 06: Khongma La - Mumbuk - 3,550 m.
- Day 07: Mumbuk - Yangle Kharka - 3,810 m.
- Day 08: Yangle Kharka - Yak Kharka - 4,810 m.
- Day 09: Yak Kharka - Makalu Base Camp - 4,870 m.
- Day 10: A days rest at Makalu Base Camp where among others a trip to Baruntse Base Camp - 5,400 can be made
- Day 11: Makalu Base Camp - Yangle Kharka - 4,810 m.
- Day 12: Yangle Kharka - Dobato - 3,550 m.
- Day 13: Dobato - Tashigaon - 2,070 m.
- Day 14: Tashigaon - Num - 1,500
- Day 15: Num - Maney Bhanjyang - 1,158 m.
- Day 16: Maney Bhanjyang - Tumlingtar - 510 m.
- Day 17: Tumlingtar - Kathmandu
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Trekking And Climbing Equipment Needed