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Makalu Base Camp Trek23 Days

Minimum Participants 1 min
Mode of Travel Modest
Accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
Meals All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]
Transportation flight and private vehicle

trip Overview

Makalu is the fifth most elevated mountain in the world (8,481m), yet the journey to its headquarters is a less-frequented course because of its relative detachment. Notwithstanding, it’s not very difficult to reach, as there is a day-by-day flight to Tumlingtar and essential hotels en route. Makalu Base Camp Trek is an out-and-back trek that provides a second chance to cover the view obscured by clouds.

The Makalu Base Camp journey is an ideal trip for nature-cherishing travelers who need to encounter an assortment of scenes and societies, just as exceptional perspectives on a portion of the world’s tallest mountains, including Everest.

The journey begins in warm, terraced farmland possessed by the Rai public, an ethnic gathering discovered dominatingly in the slopes of eastern Nepal. As the course rises, you will go through rhododendron timberlands (generally noteworthy in the spring, when the blossoms sprout astonishing red, purple, pink, and white) and cloud woodlands, through a portion of the last territories of flawless backwoods and elevated glades in Nepal.

More profound into the mountains, past the Barun River Valley, you will pass steep stone precipices & glacial masses. At the higher rises live the Sherpa public, an ethnically Tibetan gathering who transcendently dwell close to Everest. So, the Makalu Base Camp trek is perfect to experience the culture and lifestyle of the Himalayan people in Nepal.

From Makalu Base Camp there are fabulous perspectives on the seldom-seen Kangshung face of Everest, even as Lhotse, Chamlang, and Kanchenjunga within the Far East . The Makalu Barun National Park is the eighth biggest in Nepal, covering 2,330 sq. km, and is home to probably the most uncommon vegetation in Nepal, including the Red Panda.

Short Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing around the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Num [1,490m]
Day 04: Trek to Seduwa via Arun river [1,460m]
Day 05: Trek to Tashi Gaon [2,070m]
Day 06: Trek to Khongma [3,470m]
Day 07: Rest and Acclimatization day at Khongma.
Day 08: Trek to Mumbuk [3,570m]
Day 09: Trek to Nhe Kharka [3,000m]
Day 10: Trek to Sherson [4,615m]
Day 11: Trek to Makalu Base camp [5,000m]
Day 12: Rest day Exploration etc.
Day 13: Trek to Nhe Kharka [3,000m]
Day 14: Trek to Mumbuk [3,570m]
Day 15: Trek to Khongma [3,470m]
Day 16: Trek to Tashi Gaon [2,070m]
Day 17: Trek to Walung Phedi[825m]
Day 18: Trek to Pukuwa [600m]
Day 19: Trek to Bumling [410m]
Day 20: Trek to Tumlingtar [460m]
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 22: Free for personal activities at Kathmandu.
Day 23: Final Departure

Detail Itinerary

30 min drive BB Plan Hotel

Upon your arrival at Trivubal international airport, A representative from Nepal Dream Path will receive you there. Then, we will transfer you to the hotel where you will stay overnight. After the check on procedure completes, we will introduce you to the individuals going to be part of your Makalu Base Camp trek. Also, we will share the information regarding the do's and dont's while living in Nepal.


This is the day when you will be familiar with the world heritage sites of Nepal. A trained city guide will be guiding you while you will witness and know in detail about the heritage sites and their history.


30 min flight and 5-6 hrs drive All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

This day starts with the early morning breakfast at your hotel and transfer to the domestic airport. This is the first step of our Makalu Base Camp Trek. We will fly from Kathmandu heading towards Tumlingtar enjoying the aerial view of landscapes and gigantic mountains. On reaching Tumlingtar, we will have lunch there and another 5-6 hours will be the ride to Num on private vehicles or tourist bus. While traveling, you can witness the beauty of Nepal closely enjoying the surrounding landscapes, terrains, streams, etc. After reaching Num, we will drop our bag at the teahouse and rest there.


5-6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

Today, we will lose and regain altitude as we first climb down to the Arun river and then a big ascend to Seduwa. The descend to the Arun valley can get a little tricky sometimes as we will pass through the rocky steps. The large Cardamon Gardens on the way is attractive. On crossing the suspension bridge over the Arun river, the remaining journey is a big climb up to Seduwa passing through groves of bamboo and settlements. Seduwa, a small village with a school, small shops, and scattered teahouses.


5-6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

Unlike yesterday, this day is a pleasant day ignoring harsh ascends and descends. The journey starts with a pleasant climb through the dotted farmlands, cardamon gardens, bamboo, and Rhododendron forests. Enjoying the surrounding scenery and listening to the call of cocos from trees, we will reach Chyaksa Danda, a place with schools and countable teahouses. Passing through the dense forests and small streams with comfortable wooden bridges, we will reach our destination of the day, Tashi Gaon.


6-7 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

Today, after having breakfast at the teahouse, we will head towards Khongma Village. The journey starts with a pleasant climb through the rocky steps passing through the colorful Rhododendron forest, listening to the call of treepies and warblers from trees. After the walk of approximately 3 hrs, we will reach the only refreshment stop before Khogma village and will have lunch there. The rest of the journey is a pleasant climb through the stone rest stops, prayer flags, and mani walls all the way to Khogma village.


Khongma village located at an elevation of 3,637m is our acclimatization stop for the preparation of higher altitude in upcoming days. This day is necessary because the trekkers can get high altitude sickness so the body needs to acclimatize with the high altitude. The takes us out of risk of the possible danger in the future. On this day, we will explore around Khogma village or maybe explore Khogma La pass situated at the elevation of 3,890 m with an hour of a climb from the village.


6-7 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

This day starts with the climb on the slightly steeply trails penetrating through the Rhododendron forest all the way to the top of the hill. The top of the hill offers a magnificent view of mountains like Chamling (7290m), peak 7 (6195m), and peak 6 (6739m). After having rest and enjoying the surrounding view, the final push on descending trail will lead us to our destination of the day, Mumbak village.


6-7 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

Today, we will lose and gain altitude as we will head towards Nhe Kharka situated at an elevation of 3700m. A descend of the first 500 m and then ascend on the sloppy muddy trails leading towards the glacial valley. Nhe kharka is a grassy plain area with limited teahouses and mesmerizing mountains and surrounding views.


7 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

We will gain almost 1500m of altitude on this day as we climb from 3700m to 4615m to Sherson. On this day, walking on the trail leading westwards, we will not have Rhododendron forest around you anymore as we will walk through the alpine tundra. The walk can get a little tricky as we gradually gain height but the journey stops on reaching Sherson because there are no teahouses stop in between. On reaching Sherson, we will rest at our teahouses enjoying the view of Pyramid Peak (7168m) and Peak 4 (6720m).


5-6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

Today is the most exciting day of the trek as we will head towards your dream destination, Makalu Base Camp. The journey is a little easy as we climb on a minor pass of about 100m. On reaching Makalu Base Camp, we will be awarded a view of the south face of Mt. Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world along with the clear view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. We will spend the rest of the day in a teahouse located at the lap of Mt. Makalu enjoying the surrounding views.


Today, you will get to introduce yourself to the Makalu Base Camp area. There are plenty of options you can go for. The highly recommended one is to climb the ridge above the Makalu Base Camp up to the elevation of around 5300m. Passing through the rivers on the wooden bridge and following the trail for about 3 hours, this magnificent viewpoint will rewards you with the surreal view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse along with the dramatic view of Makalu, Peak 7, Peak 6, and Peak 4 too.
Another option may be a visit to the lakes beyond Makalu Base Camp.


6-7 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

Today, we will descend on the trail following the footprint back to Nhe Kharka.


4-5 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

Today, we will trek to Mumbuk retracing our steps back.


4-5 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

Today, we will trek to Khongma retracing our steps back.


4-5 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

Today, we will trek to Tashi Gaon retracing our steps back.


5-6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

After early morning breakfast and end of entry process of permit at National park office at Seduwa, we will continue our journey passing through the Rai village of Mulgaon and then we will cross the Suspension bridge over Isuwa Khola descending all the way to Walung Phedi, our destination of the day.


5-6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

Today, after the early morning breakfast at Walung phedi, we will head towards Pukuwa. The journey is on the trails passing through the dotted farmlands, forests, and streams to the spread-out Rai village. There, we will get to experience the traditional culture and lifestyle of the Rai community.


5-6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Teahouse

The journey today is through the forests following the rock trail to the Chhetri village of Bumling.


6-7 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Hotel/Resort

Today, we will trek back to the place from where we started our journey. Following the trail passing through the rice terraces, farmlands, forests, and small streams, we will reach Tumlingtar. This is the last day we trek in this long Makalu Base Camp trek. On reaching Tumlingtar, we will wash away our dirty bodies and clothes with a hot shower.


30 min flight & 30 min drive BB plan Hotel

On this day, we will fly back to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar after the morning breakfast. It will take about 30 min to reach Kathmandu from where we will transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, you can spend the rest of your day the way you like to do.


This day is free for personal activities. We suggest you go shopping and can buy the things reflecting your trek or simply anything you want. Or, if you want to do a guided tour around Kathmandu Valley, we can provide you well-trained city tour for the sightseeing of the valley.


On this day, according to your flight schedule, we will transfer you from your hotel to Tribhuban International Airport with a heavy heart.


What's included?

  • All transportation and Arrival, Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation with BB plan in city and Tea house or Camping in Trekking as per itinerary.
  • Full-day guided tour of Kathmandu including private vehicle, Entry permits, and a well-experienced city guide.
  • All meals included during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee).
  • Guide, porters, and other support staff as per your requirement.
  • National Park Fees and all required permits.
  • General First-Aid Kits for all.
  • All taxes and fees required for the program.

What's not included?

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water, etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staff.
  • Personal first aid kit.