Makalu Base Camp Trek


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Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Trip Summary

    1. Makalu Base Camp Trek Duration: 20 Days
    2. High Altitude: 5,000m / 16,350 feet
    3. Makalu Base Camp Trek Difficulty: Moderate grades
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hours
    5. Group-Size: 2-15 People
    6. Best Time to Vist: October – May (except winter months)
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House & Tent
    8. Foods on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus

Makalu Base Camp Trek takes you into the depth of the eastern Himalayas, 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 hard trek, Makalu Base Camp will be the right trek of your life. Hikes at Makalu Base Camp visits 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.

The Makalu Base Camp trekking 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 of 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.


Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary details

Our trek to Makalu base camp (mbc) is a classical with 22 days 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.

1 Day Landing day in Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will brief you makalu base camp hike information.

2 Day Kathmandu city – World Heritage sites tour (1,348m/4,421 feet), 7 hours.

All aspects of trek gear and conditions are discus to make sure you’re fully prepared for the mbc trek, and any last-minute questions 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 of Nepal. And transfer to the hotel.

3 Day Kathmandu to Tumlingtar flight airport (4,60m/1,509 feet). Khandbari trek (1,040m/3,401 feet), 4 hours

We take scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar airstrip. Tumlingtar is located at an altitude of 1,504 feet above sea level. Tumlingtar is a gateway to explore Makalu Trek. We begin to walk on a plateau, climbing gradually for approx 3 hours to reach Khandbari camp above the village on large grassy fields.

4 Day Hururu trekking (1,900m/6,213 feet), 6 hours

We walk through Mani Bhanjyang hill station than walk continues via grassy fields, bamboo groves, big rocks and climb a short distance to reach Bhotebas (1,740m), Tamang village. Beyond the village, the cultivated fields disappear as the trail climbs through trees to a pass at 1850 meters that offers spectacular views of Chamlang, Makalu, and Jaljale Himal. Hike to Chilchela, Gurung village, Kuwa Pani (1,910m), and Sakurati Majuwa (1,860m) pass over Mani wall, we reach the campsite.

5 Day Num hikes (1,490m/4,872 feet), 5 hours

From Hururu, we move back to the ridge at 1,960m and trek through forests of huge rhododendrons just below the ridge line to a Mani walls. We continue along the ridgeline and pass a small stream to a single Sherpa Tea house – Tea shop. It’s Sherpas and Rais village Mure .

6 DaySedua treks (1,460m/4,774 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 (1,460m).

7 DayTashi gaon trekking (2,070m/6,769 feet), 6 hours

Walk to Kasuwa Khola to Gyang (1,770m). It is a pleasent 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.

8 DayKauma trekking (3,470m/11,347 feet), 6 hours

Trek to Chipla ridge. Then climb past two small streams, then switchback 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 Dhara kharka ridge and descend to reach Kauma.

9 DayMumbuk trekking (3,570m/11,674 feet), 6 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 at Mumbuk community.

10 DayTrek to Nhe Kharka (3,000m/9,810 feet), 7 hours

We walk through birch and rhododendron forest, we reach Yangle Kharka. Climb Yangle Kharka, cross Barun Khola to reach Nhe Kharka (3000 m). There is a small gompa at the south side which offers a great mountains in all directions.

11 DaySherson trekking (4,615m/15,091 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. 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.

12 DayMakalu base camp trek (5,000m/16,350 feet), 6 hours.

Trek descend gradually to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. Again descend to a stream, cross on boulders to the base camp on the west bank of the river. Tourist can see the terrific views of the south face of Makalu mountain. The large buttress of the south face rises across from base camp. An ascent, you can view Peak 6, 7 and Baruntse (7,220m); Everest and Lhotse complete in a panorama.

13 DayBase camp Hike day to explore around.

Rest day at the Base Camp to explore around. Base camp Hike to see around to acclimitize better for your body and soul.

14 DayNhe Kharka trekking (3,000m/9,810 feet), 5 hours

Today we retrace our steps down the Barun Valley walking about five hours towards Nhe Kharka where we stay overnight.

15 DayMumbuk trek (3,570m/11,674 feet), 6 hours

From Nhe Kharka, we continue descending through the forests to Mumbuk. Tourist can achieve the splendid sunset views of Makalu and Chamlang mountains.

16 DayKauma trekking (3,470m/11,347 feet), 5 hours

Leaving Mumbuk, we trek across the Shipton La and descend to Kauma.

17 DayTrek to Tashi Gaon (2070m/6,769 feet), 6 hours

Today, we make a long steep descent back to Tashi Gaon. At Tashi Gaon we spend the rest of the day relaxing in order to recover from the high altitude.

18 DayTrek to Balung (760m/2,485 feet), 6 hours

The route now enters the hot bottom lands of the Arun Valley. Most of the settlements in this area are temporary settlements used by Rai and Chettri farmers who live in villages high on the hillside above. Passing the villages, we continue along the trail through rocky fields to Balung .

19 DayPukuwa hikes (550m/1,799 feet), 6 hours

We continue through temporary farming settlements to the spread-out Rai village of Walung (880m). The naturetrail descends to Apsara Khola and cross suspension bridge, climb to Chhayang. It’s a Rai village with an extensive bamboo-pipe water supply at 800 meters. Reaching Parangbu, you can see a delightful camping spot among rice fields on the Arun River banks. Some miles hiking further you can reach at Pukuwa (550m) village to stay overnight camp.

20 DayBumling hikes (370m/1,210 feet), 6 hours

Ascend through forests and some spectacular high and exposed narrow tracks as it climbs over rocky ridges. Below Tome, the Arun Valley becomes wider. Climb over another ridge on a steep, narrow stairway of rock steps. The delightful trail descends to Sankhuwa Khola (370m), at Bumling village for overnight camp.

21 DayTrek to Tumlingtar (460m/1,504 feet), 4 hours

The trail traverses the fields of lower Bumling, then climbs over a ridge and descends to the Inkhuwa Khola. Cross rickety wooden cantilever bridge to its confluence with the Arun Khola. Again, cross a large suspension bridge to hike Tumlingtar.

22 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 evening, Drop you in Kathmandu international airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Trip finish.


How much does the Makalu base camp trek cost?

Hike Makalu Base Camp costs US$ 2,250 per person is a standard trek price on double occupancy basis. At this price, we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation in Thamel, Kathmandu and of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add a 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN). AND 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 Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu International airport transfer
  • 2 Nights twin sharing Tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast plan.
  • Flights (Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Kathmandu) as a round trip fares with required airport tax
  • All land transfer as per given itinerary
  • Makalu Controlled region permits of Nepal.
  • makalu base camp trek permit (Makalu Conservation & National Park entrance fees)
  • Available local lodge basis accommodation while on trekking days.
  • Full board Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day while on trekking.
  • Fully escorted trek with English speaking license holder local Guide.
  • Required number of porters (Each porter carry maximum 24 kilos of tourist baggage which is going to be 2 guest luggage is equal to 1 porter basis).
  • Makalu Hiking equipment and other facilities to Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurances for all trekking crew
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Cost Exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipments .
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
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Above written travel plan is an estimated travel plan for Makalu visitors. Get a latest updated Makalu base camp trek map on your visit at our office or meeting with our representative while picking you up at the airport. If you missed this opportunity than you can also buy mbc hiking map in Himalayan Map House, Thamel next to Mandala street. 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 inqiuiry.


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

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us 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: What kind of accommodation can I expect on the express Makalu base camp trek?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Alpine-style Tent camping outdoor accommodation in 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 Trek tented camping/lodge basis trekking, our professional cook prepares a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, rice, potatoes, eggs, bread, soups, fresh vegetables.

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

Answer: As you are on a camping trek, we provide you 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 and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available 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: Is there any communication facilities on short Makalu Base Camp 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, you are not allowed to cross the border to Kanchenjunga conservation areas. However, crossing the Kanchenjunga conservation to go some parts of its villages (Kimathangka, Chepuwa, Hatiya, and Pawakhola) you must need the restricted area permits. It requires a special permit, trek with a minimum of two hikers permit issued by a local agency like Gokyo Treks.

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 a 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 trek.

Makalu base camp trek review

Makalu base camp trek is great

100% 5 star based on – 161 Based on TripAdvisor Reviews

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

Together with gokyo trek and expedition, we prepare our journey, did run some of the high Himalayas along the routes, no doubt they have experience which made our running much easier. Petra Klein, Austria

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. Where 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 helps to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

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4 - 6 USD 2225
7 - 9 USD 2225
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