Makalu Base Camp Trek

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Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Base Camp Makalu Trek Summary

    1. Makalu Base Camp Trek Duration: 17 Days
    2. Trekking Hour: 6 Hours
    3. Base Camp View Point Height: 5,300m/17,389 feet
    4. Trip Mode: Lodge based
    5. Makalu Base Camp Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate grade
    6. Group-Size: 1 – 15 People
    7. Best Time to Visit: March, April, May, October, November and December
    8. Foods on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane/Jeep

Overview

The Makalu Base Camp Trek takes you into the depth of the eastern Himalayas and provides some of Nepal’s most unseen and amazing scenery. Trek to Makalu Base Camp, you will have a superb view of Mount Makalu (8,475m/27,713 feet) and Mt. Chamlang (7,290m/23,838 feet).

Furthermore, If you are looking for adventure, unspoiled Himalayan landscapes, and a not a hard trek, the Makalu Base Camp hike is the right choice for you. Hikes at Makalu Base Camp visit one of the most remote and less demanding trek routes in the eastern part of Nepal. However, the Makalu trek is glorious as there are a lot of different varieties of blooming flowers and wild animals along the routes.

Barun Valley is a scenic mountain valley situated at the base of Mount Makalu in the Sankhuwasabha district of Nepal. Arun and the Barun valley located along the Makalu base camp trekking route, which is located in Makalu Barun National Park was established in 1992 as Nepal’s eight National Parks. The national park (2330 square kilometers) is bordered by the Arun River in the east and the Sagarmatha National Park in the west.

The Barun valley is the best inhabitants for wild animals such as wolves, Monkeys, foxes, and the snow leopard. Besides that, you can walk to the lower Barun glacier and into the Makalu basin. Likewise, the Makalu base camp trek difficulty is an adventure but not the hardest trek in Nepal.

In addition, the Makalu base camp altitude changes going from 430 meters to over 4,870 meters at the Makalu Base camp (MBC). You will cross the height within a short span of days. This is well above recommended 1000 meters of elevation gain on a single day of trekking. Nowadays Makalu base camp trek is also possible to do as a basic lodge basis trek. Adventure Makalu trek is possible to do at any time (except winter months) during the year.

How much does the Makalu Base Camp Trek Package Cost/Price?

The cost of the Makalu base camp trek package with a Gokyo Trek (Nepal guide’s owned local trekking agency) ranges between US$ 1398 to US$ 2095. Of course, the Makalu base camp trek cost will vary according to the group size you are traveling with and the means of transport you use.

Likewise, the Makalu base camp trek cost for Nepali is slightly cheaper because of the Tumlingtar flight airfare. Tourists can drive from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar Bazaar across the scenic road for an optional journey.

We have also low season hiking discount deals. For example, if you could bring 10+ travelers (except you) to your trip, you are treated as a group leader. So you can hike the Makalu free of cost.

However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private base camp tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It is the standard trip package price for 16 days Makalu trek. If you are 2 Tourists Makalu base camp trek cost US$ 1598 for 16 days trek according to the given trekking plan. We can modify the trek route and the prices according to your wishes also. Here is the price list for the Makalu Base Camp treks.

Price Per Person for 16 days hike in the Makalu base camp territory.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 2095
2 PersonUS$ 1598
3 PersonUS$ 1580
4 to 6 personUS$ 1498
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 1450
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 1398

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded on this trip price, kindly check on the cost given on a tab button.

Itinerary

Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary details

Our trek to Makalu base camp (mbc) is a classic trek itinerary compared to most walks in Makalu territory. The particular Makalu base camp trek route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike in a more relaxed manner than take a look at this itinerary. However for travelers who wish to do this route quickly but are walking with limited time wise then email us for a customized itinerary.

01 DayLanding day in Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu World Heritage sites tour (1,348m/4,423 feet), 3/4 hours.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we receive you with a private vehicle and drive to the hotel in Kathmandu with a breakfast plan.

All aspects of trek gear and conditions are discuss to make sure you’re fully prepared for the mbc trek, and any last-minute questions are answered. After lunch, our professional guide takes you to explore heritage sites of Kathmandu such as Swayambhunath stupa and Old Kathmandu durbar square. Later we visit Asan tole the oldest market in Nepal. And transfer to the hotel where Ammar Guni will brief you about your Makalu base camp hike information.

02 Day Kathmandu to Tumlingtar flight (410m), 40 Minutes. Drive to Num (1,490m/4,889 feet), 6 hours.

We take scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar airstrip. Flight to Tumlingtar either with Buddha or Yeti airlines aircraft takes about 40 minutes roughly. Tumlingtar is located at an altitude of 1,504 feet above sea level. The distance from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar distance by plane is 193-kilo meters however the road distance is 500.8-kilometers and takes about 12 hours to drive. Tumlingtar is a gateway to exploring Makalu Trek. Meet the entire hiking crew and take a bus ride further to Num Village.

Overland drive to Num village at (1,560m/5,118 feet) takes about 6 hours rough road. Along the journey, travelers can see some of the top beautiful mountains, hills, and the valley across the road drive. Furthermore, overland drives pass through the rhododendron forests. Continue our drive to the ridgeline and pass a small stream to the Num village. The overland drive via road distance from Tumlingtar to Num is 29 milo meters. The village Num is Sherpas and Rai inhabitants.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 1,560m
03 DaySedua treks (1,500m/4,921 feet), 5 hours

Trek to Lumbang through the cornfields. The trail drops very steeply through a jungle to the Arun River (660m) bridge. We climb steeply to a primitive tea shop through corn and buckwheat field. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, we make a long, steep rough climb to Sedua village.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 1,500m
  • 10.1 Km walk
04 DayTashi gaon trekking (2,100m/6,890 feet), 6 hours

Walk to Kasuwa Khola to Gyang (1,770m). It is a pleasant walk through fertile fields and forested areas to Hindrungma to Rupisa village. Through the nature hiking trail, we cross meadows and several streams, we climb to the Tashi Gaon. Tashi Gaon is the Sherpa village, the last permanent settlement in the valley.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 2,100m
  • 13.50 Km walk
05 DayKauma Danda trekking (3,500m/11,484 feet), 6/7 hours

Kauma Danda is equally popular as a khongma danda has a viewpoint to see the amazing view. Trek to Chipla ridge, continue to climb past two small streams and switch back up the ridge in forests to a Kharka at 2900 meters and up to a saddle and Unshisha, a tiny meadow at approx 330 meters. Now the path joins the ridge that separates the Iswa and Kasuwa drainages. Walk further to get to Dhara kharka ridge and descend to reach Kauma.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3,500m
  • 15 Km walk
06 DayDobato trekking (3,862m/12,671 feet), 6/7 hours

Walk steeply through Rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge, with a large Mani wall. We get superb views of Chamlang, Peak 6, and Peak sec. From the pass, we descend to another lake and steep ascend through large boulders to the Tutu La. About 150 meters descending we reach the Mumbuk community. Mumbuk or Nambuk is the same place at an altitude in 3,540 meters above the sea. Visitors can hike to the viewpoint to get outstanding sights of colorful landscapes. Continue hike further to Dobato to stay overnight at the guest house.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3,862m
  • 18 Km walk
07 DayYangri Kharka Trek (3,557m/11,670 feet), 7 hours

We walk through birch and rhododendron forest, to reach at Yangle Kharka. Climb Yangle Kharka, cross Barun Khola to reach Nhe Kharka at 3,700 meters above the sea. There is a small gompa at the south side which offers great mountains in all directions.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3,557m
  • 15.50 Km walk
08 DayLangmale Kharka Trek (4,410m/14,469 feet), 7 hours

Beyond the Nhe Kharka, we follow the north bank of the Barun Khola for a while. Barun Valley makes a huge S-shaped curve and the walls rise almost vertically between 1500 to 2000 meters above the river, but the wilderness trail climbs gently as we approach Ripok Kharka. Still, on the north side of the Barun, turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for the alpine tundra. Reach Merek at 4,100 meters above the sea to get a splendid view. Above Ripok Kharka, the route crosses a rocky crest with a few goths and then ascends alongside a moraine formed by the Barun Glacier. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3, and Peak 5, but Makalu is not yet visible. Continue hike further to Langmale Kharka to stay overnight at lodge.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4,410m
  • 18 Km walk
09 DayMakalu base camp trek (4,870m/15,978 feet), 6 hours.

Trek descend gradually to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. Again descend to a stream, cross on stone rocks to the base camp on the west bank of the river. Tourists can see the south face of Makalu mountain’s terrific view. The large buttress of the south face rises across from the base camp. On an ascent, you can view Peaks 6, 7 and Baruntse (7,220m); Everest and Lhotse complete in a panorama. Gaining Makalu Base Camp height is not complicated in terms of altitude. Hike Makalu base camp is one of the top treks to research flora and fauna. Stay overnight at lodge.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4,870m
  • 15 Km walk
10 DayHike to Makalu Base Camp Viewpoint (5,300m/17,389 feet), 3/4 hours

There are many things to do on your day trip like you can visit the Swiss base camp or at Hillary camp. But, check the Makalu base camp weather forecast because the Base Camp hike to explore around for a few hours is tough. Hike the Viewpoint at 5,300 meters above the sea is a hidden trail in the Himalayas. Get your guide with your private hiking gear and follow the thin rugged trail ascending at Ridgeline viewpoint. It’s about 430 meters above the Makalu base camp lodges. Tourists can achieve the glorious mountain scenery including the glacial lake en route. Likewise, reaching the hill station, you can see the best view of several mountains like Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse as well as close-up, dramatic views of Makalu, Peak 7, Peak 6, and Peak 4. The round trip to reach Makalu base camp viewpoint rapidly takes about 4 hours.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5,300m
  • 21 Km walk
11 DayVisit Barun Pokhari and Hike descend to Yangle Kharka, 6/7 hours

In the morning after breakfast, Tourist can hike to visit Barun Pokhari. It helps better your body and soul. Return to a guest house to meet the entire crew members. Pack your entire hiking gear, collect the trash and continue your hike descending down to Yangle Kharka. Yangle kharka is situated at an altitude of 3,557 meters above the sea.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5,300m
  • 21 Km walk
12 DayYangle Kharka to Dobato trekking (3,500m/11,484 feet), 6/7 hours

Leaving Yangle Kharka, we trek across the Shipton La and descend to Khongma. And continue your hike to Dobato Guest house to stay overnight.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3,500m
  • 23 Km walk
13 DayDobato to Khongma Danda trek (3,500m/4,922 feet), 5 hours

Leaving Khongma, we trek across the Keke la pass at 4,170m and Shipton’s la pass at 4,125m. They are not the difficult passes so we coninue further to stay at Khogma Guest house to stay overnight.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3,500m
  • 18 Km walk
14 DayKhongma Dada to Tashi Gaon trek (2,100m/6,890 feet), 5 hours

Leaving Khongma, we trek across the kauma la pass and continue to sadema to reach tashi gaon.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 2,100m
  • 16 Km walk
15 DayDescend to Num village trek (1,560m/5,118 feet), 8 hours

We continue descending through the forests, streams and the tiny villages, we reach at Nu village where we started our Makalu base camp journey. Tourist can achieve the splendid views of Makalu and Chamlang mountains en route.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 1,560m
  • 20 Km walk
16 DayNum to Tumlingtar by Jeep Transfer (410m/1,345 feet), 6/7 hours

The trail traverses the fields and the villages with high uphills and the low downhill villages to reach our final destination trip. The overland jeep drive takes about six hours roughly but it can take longer if the track condition is worse. Finally, cross the Arun river to get Tumlingtar hotel. It is the final day of the Makalu base camp hikes so the entire crew will have a party celebration with dance and singing songs.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 410m
  • 29 Km walk
17 DayFly back to Kathmandu. Departure back to home flight.

Early in the morning, we fly back to Kathmandu with scenic short mountain views. It takes about 40 minutes to reach in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, Drop you at Kathmandu international airport onward to your final destination and our trip ends. Trip finish.

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Cost

How much does the Makalu base camp trek cost?

Hike the Makalu Base Camp costs US$ 1598 per person is a standard trek price on double occupancy basis. We are promoting the Makalu base camp trekking route in a cheaper way to send many tourists. It’s one of the best wilderness trek routes in Nepal in terms of flora and fauna but with fewer tourists because of less publicity.

For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add a 3 to 5-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu with a breakfast plan. Likewise, we serve alpine-style Tent camping outdoor accommodation en route. However, WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Package Price Includes:-

  • Kathmandu International/ domestic airport transfer as per given plan.
  • Single night double bedroom accommodation in a Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Domestic Flights (Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Kathmandu) round trip fares with required airport tax.
  • 16 Breakfasts served with Tea/Coffee, 16 Lunch, and 16 Dinner while on Makalu base camp hiking days.
  • Available Guest houses/lodge basis with private accommodation while on trekking days.
  • Private jeep 4WD transfer from Tumlingtar to Num village and return to Tumlingtar airport hotel.
  • Makalu base camp trek permits (Makalu Conservation & National Park entrance fees)
  • Fully escorted trek with English-speaking license holder local Guide.
  • An assistant guide will provide for 7 plus group tourist.
  • Required number of porters (Each porter carries maximum of 24 kilos of tourist baggage which is going to be 2 guest luggage is equal to 1 porter basis).
  • Duffel bag and Sleeping bag – if Necessary (return after the trek).
  • Makalu Hiking equipment, Insurance, and other facilities to Nepali trekking guide and porter.
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip.
  • Makalu base camp trek map, you can keep it for souvenir
  • Agency’s Certificate of appreciations after the successful base camp trekking
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Package Price Excludes:-

  • Nepal entry visa fees are US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipments .
  • Personal nature expenses, all types of drinks and bar bills.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss or damage.
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above

Group join

Above written travel plan is an estimated travel plan for Makalu visitors. Get the latest updated Makalu base camp trek map on your visit at our office or meet with our representative while picking you up at the airport. However, book your hike with us so we can organize your private Makalu base camp Trek (mbc treks) starting at any date that works for you. If not, please write to us for your travel inquiry.

FAQ

Question: Is pick-up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to do Makalu base camp trek?

Answer: As a matter of fact the Makalu base camp hike is best suited for tourists who can walk around 5 hours daily with a lightweight daypack. If you have about a little experience would be better to complete it on time.

Question: Can I store my additional luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office is for free.

Question: Is Makalu base camp trekking Safe for the Solo Female Trekkers?

Answer: Absolutely. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for solo travelers; the trek to MBC is perfectly safe for solo female trekkers. We have been organizing the trek even for solo female travelers since its establishment.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on the express Makalu base camp trek?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and basic homestay accommodation on trekking routes. If you definitely plan to go to Makalu then rent or buy the best camping gear before your departure. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect on this trek?

Answer: During the Makalu Base Camp lodge basis trekking, Homestay will provide food and sleeping rooms. They often cook delicious foods for Makalu trekkers. Likewise, if you choose a full camping tent trek, our professional cook prepares a super delicious range of mostly vegetarian meals. They are Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, rice, potatoes, eggs, bread, soups, and fresh vegetables according to our client’s demand.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along the Makalu trek?

Answer: As you are on a lodge base trek, you can buy hot water for showers. However, if you choose a tent camping trek, we do provide you with a hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Makalu with Arun valley Trekking?

Answer: MBC trek route, are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water en route. But we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of this plastic waste. Instead, we advise you to buy boiled water or bring aqua tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at local taps, streams, or at the campsite.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: Hiking through the local houses or guest houses will have more chances to charge a battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!

Question: Are there any communication facilities on Makalu Base Camp short trekking?

Answer: Campers can often get telephone services as well as internet service.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Makalu Base Camp Trekking?

Answer: No. You need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: Is there any possibility for Makalu Base Camp Trek Solo?

Answer: Yes. Makalu base camp trek solo is also possible if you single person travels with our hiking crew member. But the condition is, that you are not allowed to cross the border to Kanchenjunga conservation areas. However, crossing the Kanchenjunga conservation to go to some parts of its villages (Kimathangka, Chepuwa, Hatiya, and Pawakhola) you must need restricted area permits. It requires a special permit, trek with a minimum of two hikers permit issued by the department of immigration of Nepal.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute bookings.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 25% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage to lodge Makalu Base Camp Trekking?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our Porter carries a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles?

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use outdoor light poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: Is it possible to rent a guide? how to hire a local trek guide?

Answer: Yes of course. If you are not happy to go with the complete full board package trip, still you can hire our expert guide to make your holiday tour safer. However, visit a guide and porter hire or email us for your detail travel inquiry.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 to 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Review

Makalu Base Camp Trek in Off the Beaten Path

Rated 5 out of 5
April 14, 2022

Recently we have done our Makalu base camp trekking in Nepal. It has a long journey for us, and it’s really worth seeing a spectacular view all the way. At first, we were not sure whether we could finish our trekking or not.

Together with the Gokyo trek and expedition, we prepared for our journey and did run some of the high Himalayas along the routes, no doubt they have experience which made our hiking much easier.

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Petra Jank, Tirol Austria

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Namaste dear Petra for your time to review the Makalu base camp trek in Nepal. Of course, it’s a remote and isolated territory so the trail is not perfect yet but the Government is rebuilding path and promoting better in the coming days.

Mountain Makalu base camp trek highlights

  • Explore Makalu base camp trekking including several excellent Himalayan views.
  • Visit Arun valley (deepest valley on earth) and as well as Varun valley along the journey
  • Diverse in flora and fauna and rich in local cultural heritages.
  • Currently Makalu base camp trek is possible to explore staying as a lodge basis within cheaper price
  • Experience the mixed ethnic groups Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Gurung and their local lives.

Makalu base camp trekking notice!

The information stated above is just a sample guideline that we serve tourists. However, the travel plan is possible to modify at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are out of our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.

It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

What makes Makalu base camp trek special?

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We believe in the quality of services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern.

We are a team of professional, experienced, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

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No. of peoplePrice Per Person
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2 USD 1598
3 USD 1580
4 - 6 USD 1498
7 - 9 USD 1450
10 + USD 1398
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