Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the toughest and most thrilling treks Nepal has to offer. However, it’s not as widely famous as other trekking destinations in Nepal hence its off-beaten paths are relatively quieter and solitary. Makalu Base Camp Trek, the trek to the base camp of world’s 5th highest summit, is one of the most underrated trek routes in the country. Makalu Base Camp Trek is a perfect trek for adventure seekers who want to explore the isolated areas of the Himalayan country and learn about the Himalayan culture and lifestyle of people living in the higher altitude.
In this 22 days long Makalu Base Camp Trek, the trekkers get a chance to discover the beautiful villages of Tibetan and Sherpa communities in the tranquil Himalayas. Also, the trekkers will trek along Arun Valley and Barun Valley which are two of the remotest parts of the country. Hence, they will get to learn about the struggle of living in these sorts of areas. Makalu Base Camp Trek also gives trekkers an opportunity to view Mt. Everest (8848m) from a unique perspective. After a tough climb to Makalu Base Camp (4870m), the trekkers will relish the alluring view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Makalu (8481m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Baruntse (7129m), Chamlang (7319m), and other Himalayas in the eastern side of Nepal. Makalu Base Camp Trek also features Makalu Barun National Park, which is home to varieties of floras and faunas. Makalu Base Camp Trek is the best trek for the trekkers who seek thrills and have guts to explore new places.
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Option-I Makalu Base Camp and Return back same route to Tumlingtar-Kathmandu by flight (22 Days)
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
We pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport and drop you at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
We visit UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu by our private van. We will start by visiting the Buddhist stupa of Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. A panoramic view of Kathmandu city can be seen from the top of Swayambhunath. We then visit the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, followed by a visit to another Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath. You will find plenty of eateries in Boudhanath to satiate your taste buds. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichila (1,980m/6497ft): 50 mins flight, 3-4 hour drive
With thrills and adventures in our minds, we kick off our journey with an early morning flight to Tumlingtar. Relishing a breathtaking view of the mountains, hills, and rivers that make up the Nepalese landscape, we arrive in Tumlingtar, where we rest for an hour or two. We then drive to the Gurung village of Chichila with greenery filling up our landscape. Overnight at a lodge in Chichila.
Day 04: Trek from Chichila to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6-7 hours
On the first day of our trek, we trek through lush Himalayan forests of rhododendron and pass some beautiful small villages to reach Num. We can get a scant glimpse of the Himalayas from Num. Overnight at a lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6-7 hours
Crossing a wooden bridge over Barun River, we enter the Makalu Barun Conservation Area. Our guide will deal with all kinds of legal permits for the trek. We trek through dense forests of juniper and rhododendron passing few villages to finally reach Seduwa. Overnight in a lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours
Trekking with Isuwa Khola and Kusuwa Khola on each side, we cross a wooden bridge over Isuwa Khola and pass several small villages and forests. After trekking for a couple of hours and crossing the bridge, we reach the Sherpa village of Tashigaon. The vista of the Himalayas is magnificent from Tashigaon. Overnight at a homestay.
Day 07: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hours
We may have a tough day today as we walk on steep trails on our way to Khongma Danda. We climb stone stairs and come across few lakes and fields filled with yaks, blue sheep, and other Himalayan cattle grazing in the field. Upon reaching Unshisa, we enter Makalu Barun National Park. After 7 hours of trek, we reach Khongma Danda. Overnight at a homestay in Khongma Danda.
Day 08: Acclimatization Day
To acclimatize ourselves with high altitude, we take a break from trekking today. Later, we can visit some nearby Buddhist monasteries and learn about Sherpa culture and ways of life from the locals. Overnight in Khongma Danda.
Day 09: Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobate: 6-7 hours
Today will be a tough day for us as we have to pass four passes to reach Dobate. We start with climbing over Kauma La Pass (3603m) and then head on to Keke La Pass (4127m). We further climb on to Shipton La pass (4170m), where we stumble across beautiful Kalo Pokhari Lake. Then, we trek for a couple of hours and pass Tutu La Pass (4080m) to finally reach Dobate. We relish the alluring view of Chamlang (7319m), Peak 6 (6524m), Peak 7 (6758m), and the other Himalayas from Dobate. Overnight at a lodge in Dobate.
Day 10: Trek from Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours
Trekking through dense rhododendron forests, we cross Barun River and trek towards Yangri Kharka. On our way, we may come across yaks grazing in the field. The yaks are the chief transportation means in these regions. After 7 hours of trek, we reach Yangri Kharka. Overnight at a lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 hours
We trek along the lush Himalayan forests and cross a couple of wooden bridges over small streams to reach Merek. Chasing the mesmerizing view of the Himalayas, we continue our trek walking on moraines and pass small Himalayan villages to reach Langmale Kharka. Overnight at a homestay.
Day 12: Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours
Climbing on a steep trail alongside Barun Nadi, we walk through icy glaciers and ridges to reach Shershong. We relish the beauty of Mt. Makalu (8481m) on our way to the base camp. We trek for an hour or two to finally reach Makalu Base Camp. The panorama of the Himalayas from the base camp is jaw-dropping. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Today, we explore the Makalu Base Camp vicinity with a superb panorama of Makalu from the south face, Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), and the other Himalayas in eastern Nepal. We relish the beauty of the surrounding glaciers and glacial lakes. We can also hike a little up to Barun Glacier and make a side trip to the tranquil Barun Pokhari. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Day 14: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hours
After our successful trek to Makalu Base Camp, we bid farewell to the base camp and descend to Yangri Kharka. Trekking through sparse forests along the rocky trails, we pass small villages of Shershong, Langmale Kharka, and Merek on our way to Yangri Kharka. Overnight at a lodge.
Day 15: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobate: 6-7 hours
Trekking along free-flowing Barun River, we pass alpine forests, rocky ridges, and few small streams to finally reach Dobate. We relish the beauty of nature while descending to Dobate. On our way, we may come across some yaks, snow pigeons, and blue sheep. Overnight at a lodge in Dobate.
Day 16: Trek from Dobate to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hours
Today, we leave Dobate for Khongma Danda. We trek along rhododendron, juniper, and fir forests to reach Mumbuk. From Mumbuk, we cross Tutu La Pass (4080m), Shipton La Pass (4170m), Keke La Pass (4127m), and Kauma La Pass (3603m) to finally reach Khongma Danda after 7 hours of trek. Overnight at a lodge.
Day 17: Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours
We trek through dense forests and pass few lakes on our way back to Tashigaon. Trekking along steep rocky trails, we exit Makalu Barun National Park as we trek for 5 hours to enter the beautiful Sherpa village of Tashigaon. Overnight at a lodge in Tashigaon.
Day 18: Trek from Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hours
Trekking along small streams, we pass the isolated valley of the Barun River through small settlements. We trek with Isuwa Khola on one side and Hingsa Khola on the other side to reach Seduwa after 5 hours of trek. Overnight at a lodge in Seduwa.
Day 19: Trek from Seduwa to Num: 5-6 hours
We trek across several dense rhododendron and bamboo forests and cross Arun River to exit Makalu Barun Conservation Area. We pass a small rural settlement of Sherpas on our way to Num. We then trek for a couple of hours to reach the Sherpa village of Num. Overnight at a lodge in Num.
Day 20: Trek from Num to Tumlingtar: 6-7 hours
Today is the last day of our trek. We relish the joy of trekking along steep trials with the beautiful panorama of Mt. Makalu (8481m) for the last time before reaching Tumlingtar. After trekking for 7 hours, we reach Tumlingtar. Overnight at a lodge.
Day 21: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 50 mins flight
After a successful trek, we fly back to the capital enjoying the beautiful aerial view of the mountains. Feel free to spend your leisure time as you please. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 22: Final Departure from Kathmandu
We drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you warm farewell.
Option-II Makalu Base Camp to Lukla via West cole and Amphulaptsa pass
Day 1 : Arrival: 15 -20 Minute drive (Airport to Hotel) AIT representative will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transport you to your Kathmandu hotel. After having formal introduction, you are being served with welcome drink at the hotel. They will give you helpful tips for your time in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel
Day 2: Kathmandu Sight-seeing: 3-4 hours. After breakfast, you are being prepared for joining a guided tour of the amazing sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley. You can visit Durbar Square, Swayambhunath ‘Monkey’ Temple, the famous Hindu temple – Pashupatinath and the largest Stupa in Nepal – Boudhanath onwards at afternoon we gather for a pre trek briefing and introduction to your trek leader & make arrangements for your ‘trek pack’. In the Evening AIT organizes welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
KATHMANDU-TUMLINGTAR – KHADBARI – 1,040 m – 4-hrs walk. Fly to Tumlingtar which is an hour flight. Here your trekking crew will meet you and a bit of briefing about the trail, then start walking up to Khadbari (1,040 m). Have lunch break in the shade of Kabra Trees. We walk north towards Khandbari, then begin walking on a plateau for around 45 minutes after the trails climbing gradually to Khandbari. We camp above the village.
KHADBARI – CHICHILA – 1,830 m – 5/6 hrs walk After breakfast walk through many small picturesque villages most of the time the walk is uphill and you will be walking through bamboo groves and a rhododendron forest. Our camp is at Chichela a small settlement of Gurungs at 1,830m.
CHICHILA-NUM – 1,490 m – 5 hrs walk Today we start walking with views of snow capped peaks in the distance. Fantastic views of Makalu and its surrounding peak. Walk on a striaght path, with little ups and downs, through forest to have lunch at about 2 hrs and then start descending to reach Num. Camp.
NUM-SEDUA – 1,460 m – 5/6 hrs walk The trail today descends steeply from Num through the Cornfield of Lumbang. The country is particularly rocky; tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, then we have tough steep climb to Sedua.
SEDUA-TASHI GAON – 2,070 M – 5 hrs walk The trail crosses meadows and several streams, then climbs to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley. Camp.
TASHI GAON – KAUMA – 3,470 m – 6 hrs walk A very hard day of the trek as the trail goes up real steep. We walk through the sparse forests along the ridge over a hillock and descend a bit to Kauma at 3,470 m.
KAUMA Today is a rest day as well as acclimatization day.
KAUMA – MUMBUK – 3,570 m – 5 hrs walk We again start today with a steep climb then through less steeply rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge. You will have superb views of Chamlang (7,290 m) Peak 6 (6,739 m) and Peak 7 (6,105 m). Then we will have a final descent through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk.
MUMBUK-NHE KHARKA – 3,000 m – 6 hrs walk Today the trail descends steep gully with a stream for about 500m. The trail is ill defined, rocky and sloppy mud in places as it leads up the glacial valley. From here you can have a good views of Peak 6. Nhe Kharka is located on a large open grassy plain at an elevation of 3000 m. from here you will have great mountain views.
NHE KHARKA – SHERSON 4,615 m – 7 hrs walk The trail today turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak (7,168 m), Peak 4 (6,720 m) etc. Sherson is at 4,615 m a bit dangerous day as the altitude gains more than 1,500 m but we don’t have a choice because we do not have any suitable camp between Nhe Kharka and Sherson.
SHERSON – MAKALU BASE CAMP 5,000 m – 4/5 hrs walk Today is a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100 m . From here you will have a magnificent south face views of Makalu also you will be able to see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse.
EXPLORE MAKALU BASE CAMP.
TREK TO HILLARY BASE CAMP.
TREK TO HIGH CAMP.
TREK TO SHERPANI COL, BARUNTSE BASE CAMP
TREK TO WEST COL
TREK TO PANCHE POKHARI
TREK TO PANCHE POKHARI, AMPHU LAPCHA CROSS
TREK TO CHUKUNG – (4,730m) (6 hrs) Chhukhung (4,730 m.), lies directly under an incredible rock wall that links Nuptse with Lhotse. From here you will also have magnificent views of Amadablam (6856 m.), probably the most photographed mountain in Nepal.
TREK TO TENGBOCHE – (3,860m) (4 hrs). The trail continues through meadows where yaks graze. In the distance you can glimpse the summit of Everest, girt by the impressive rock walls of Lhotse and Nuptse. Start by passing by a spring, and then continue slightly takes you to Tengboche, the cultural heart of Everest. Camp Overnight
TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAR (3,440m) (4 hrs). The trail descends to the right flank of the Dudh Kosi and then leads to the large Sherpa settlement and then ascends to the Namche Bazar
NAMCHE BAZZAR TO PHAKDING TO LUKLA 7 HRS. Today the trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy natural trail. Lunch at Phakding & 3-4 hours later the trail will lead you back to Lukla (2,800m). On arrival in Lukla you will have a time to relax.
LUKLA TO KATHMANDU: 35 minutes. After an early morning flight to Kathmandu, you’ll transfer to your hotel. Finally there’ll be an evening celebration dinner together.
Day 27: DEPARTURE:
You could catch up on some last minute shopping, Internet to your friends and family before departure to Airport or onwards to your next destination.
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