Makalu Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek

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Trip Overview

The Makalu Base Camp Trek lets you experience the grandeur of trekking close to the fifth tallest mountain in the world, Mount Makalu, with its elevation of 8485 meters. The Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the off-the-beaten-paths trekking trails and all throughout the journey, you would be presented with magnificent views of colossal mountains like Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7,220m) and many more. Combining the ethereality of the land terrain along with the views of the mountain peaks provides you with one of the most beautiful trekking trails in the world. The chartreuse land topography of the trekking journey, adorned with beguiling lush forests and silver jovial rivers flowing ebulliently across the emerald terrain is a sight straight out of a picturesque postcard. It provides a surreal sense of adventure to its travelers. You would be coming across the beautiful River-Valleys of Barun and Arun while trekking to the base camp of Makalu Mountain Peak. The Makalu Base Camp, lying in the elevation of 5000 meters, falls under the perimeters of the Makalu Barun National Park which is a home to many of the region’s unique and amazing flora and fauna. Many endangered animals like the Red Panda, the Himalayan Black Bear, Clouded Leopards, Musk Deer and Snow Leopards have made the National Park their habitat. Along with these wonderful animals, you can also have encounters with varieties of orchids blooming fluorescently in the park, 15 different types of oaks and many other variances of fodder trees and jaded foliages in the trekking trails through the park. The natural quintessence of the Makalu Base Camp Trek is breath-taking.

Beginning your trekking journey, you would be flying to the village of Tumlingtar, the fight filled with beautiful sights of the emerald terrains below. Driving to the settlement of Num, you would be subjected to beautiful views of the surrounding area with its vibrancy of terraced farmlands brimming with plantations of rice and mustards and many small rivers and streams flowing their course in the amethyst terrain. Traversing across the mirthful Arun River via a suspension bridge, you would be walking across fields of golden corns and buckwheat until you reach the village of Sedua. Trekking further to Tashigaun, you would be trudging through stony steps embedded in the land reaching Kauma Kharka. The settlement of Kauma Kharka presents striking views of Mount Makalu and its surrounding peaks from its vantage point. On your way to Mumbuk, you will be able to observe huge Mani Walls festooned with prayer flags and amazing views of mountain peaks like Chamlang, Peak 7 and Peak 6. You will also be coming across dainty villages of Kike La (4,127m) and Tutu La (4,075m).

As you will travel the ravishing trekking trail of the Makalu Base Camp Trek, you would be presented with magnificent views of Peak 4 (6720 m) and the Pyramid Peak (7168 m) among many others along the journey. The views of the mountain peaks are simply the most beautiful sights as they are accompanied by the green of the terra firma below them. From the Makalu Base Camp (5000m), the awe-inspiring scenes of the south face of Makalu and the views of the Baruntse Peak, Peak 6 and 7 along with the majestic view of Mount Everest is entirely enthralling and amazing to witness. The trekking trail also lets you hike along cerulean glaciers, cyan lakes and verdant mystical forests.

You would also be walking across many passes including Shipton La (4229m) set at the southern side of Makalu where you can witness stunning views of ivory Himalayan Ranges and will get to experience the remote areas of the country. The Makalu Base Camp Trek will be an unforgettable experience Escape Himalaya presents to you. Escape Himalaya provides an excellent rendering of services to its customers and we make sure that our customers are getting the optimal context on their trekking journeys. The Makalu Base Camp Trek package is designed carefully, keeping the satisfaction of our customers in mind, and at the same time, the package also incorporates all of the beautiful natural and cultural quintessence of the remote region in a relative amount of time. Come join us in this ravishing adventure where you can experience aesthetically pleasing magnificence of the mountains, alluring natural winsomeness and have a closer look at the culture, lifestyle and traditions of the people in the Makalu Base Camp Trek Package with us! You can also choose alternate options for trekking like our Kanchenjunga Trek package. We also provide you the service of a customizable itinerary as well that can be rearranged to suit your needs and requirements should you wish to do so.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) prepared by our expert cook
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • An experience guide, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek)
  • Escape Himalaya duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Round trip flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Tumlingtar to Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Escape Himalaya T - Shirt (yours to keep)
  • Safe drinking water, boiled/iodine tablets.
  • First aid medical kit bag
  • All necessary permits for trek
  • All government and local taxes
  • Office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa:
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Personal shopping and laundry, phone, internet bill etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking crews


    Day 01 Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

    As you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by one of our representatives from Escape Himalaya. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you will proceed to check-in. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may relax and get to know that lay of the land at the hotel. Overnight Stay at the hotel.

    Day 02 Fly Kathmandu -Tumlingtar (460m), drive to Num (1490)

    We will fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichira on this day. It is a small Gurung village. From Chichira, we will drive to Num passing through striking villages and verdant wooded areas. Grand views come to sight on both sides and on the edge lies Num. Overnight stay at the guest house.

    Day 03 Trek to Sedua (1460m)

    On this day, we will walk for approximately 5 hours to get to Sedua and then walk down passing florescent meadows to Lumbang. From here, the path descends down through a wooded area. After that, we will traverse across the Arun River via a suspension bridge. Again, we will come across fields of corn and buckwheat. We will then need to walk on a rocky path and trudge through terrace fields and make an extended, vertical, rough way up to Sedua where we will set our camp for overnight.

    Day 04 Trek to Tashigaon (2070m)

    From Sedua, we will head to Tashigaun on this day, which lies at the altitude of 2070m. It takes around 7 hours to reach Tashigaun. On the way, we will notice the trail that cuts cross ways through the hillside, and passes through charming and calm villages. You will also get to see buffaloes plowing the paddy fields. As we reach Tashigaun, we will set our camp for overnight.

    Day 05 Trek to Kauma (3470m)

    We will begin walking through shady forest from Tashigaun and walk for around 6 hours to reach Kauma, which is the final destination for this day. We will also walk on stony steps and travel all the way through rocky bulged parts of the terrain to the edge. Then, we will notice the grazing-land named Kauma Kharka lying at the height of 3470m. Here we can just relax or explore around and reach the viewpoint which presents stunning views of Mt. Makalu.

    Day 06 Trek to Mumbuk (3570m)

    From Kauma, we will walk for approximately 6 hours to reach Mumbuk. We will, on the way, have a fair ascend all the way through rhododendron acreages, which takes us to the ridge. Here, we will see a huge Mani wall festooned with prayer flags and the wonderful views of Chamlang, Peak 7, and Peak 6. We will then walk up through a stony staircase and then, will come across a small lake and ascend to a rocky channel to Kike La lying at the altitude of 4127 m. We will also pass another lake after descending down and pass through big rocks to the Tutu La. We will finally walk on the wooded area filled with fir and rhododendron trees to get to Mumbuk. Overnight stay at the tented camp.

    Day 07 Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m)

    It takes around 7 hours to reach Nhe Kharka, lying at the altitude of 3000m. On this day, we will walk down on a steep gorge along with a stream. Then, we will walk through fir jungles along the edges of the Barun Valley. We will, after that, follow the river to get to Kharka and pass through wooded region full of birch and scrub trees before reaching Yangle Kharka. Ascending from here, we will traverse along the north part of the Barun River to arrive at Nhe Kharka. Overnight stay at the tented camp.

    Day 08 Trek to Sherson (4615m)

    We will on this day depart from Nhe Kharka to travel to Shearson, which takes around 6 hours. The track today moves west and passes through the rhododendron woods. Walking ahead, exceptional views of Peak 4 (6720 m) and Pyramid Peak (7168 m) comes into sight. This is quite a challenging day, since we will trek to the height of 4615 m where Shearson is set. Overnight stay at the tented camp.

    Day 09 Trek to Makalu Base Camp (5000m)

    This is the most awaited day of the trek. We will trek to Makalu Base Camp set at the altitude of 5000m. We will be walking for around 5 hours on this day. We will walk down to a small pass approximately 100 m over Makalu Base Camp. We will further move down to a stream and huge rocks before reaching to the base camp. From Makalu Base Camp, we can get tremendous scenes of the south face of Makalu and the views of Baruntse, Peak 6, 7 and Everest. They are truly captivating and marvelous to witness. Overnight stay at the tented camp.

    Day 10 Explore Makalu Base Camp

    We will have an extra day at the base camp to explore around. Makalu Base Camp actually is a rocky desolate area with the huge Barun Glacier ahead of it. The wonderful south face of Makalu and several peak views will accompany us while exploring around. You can also go around lakes, glaciers and more, which is sure to remain in your memories forever. Overnight stay at the Makalu Base Camp.

    Day 11 Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m)

    On this day, we will walk for around 6 hours to reach Nhe Kharka from the base camp making our way back. Overnight stay at the tented camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 12 Trek to Mumbuk (3570m)

    We will return to Mumbuk from Nhe Kharka on this day walking for approximately 6 hours. On the way, we will pass forested regions and get rewarded by the beautiful sunset views over the peak including Chamlang and Manang. Overnight stay at the tented camp.

    Day 13 Trek to Kauma (3470m), Duration: 7 hrs

    We will begin trekking along steep trails up to Kauma. On this day, we will walk for approximately 6 hours passing through firs and rhododendron woods. We will also traverse passes like Keke La, Shipton La Pass, Tutu La and Kauma La. Then, we will finally descend to Kauma, lying at the elevation of 3470m where we will stay overnight.

    Day 14 Trek to Tashi Gaon (2070m)

    On this day too, we will make way back and reach Tashigaun, passing long and vertical descending paths which cut hillsides. The track takes us in adjacent with thick wooded areas and to end for the day, with we will walk to the Sherpa village- Tashigaun. Overnight stay at Tashigaun.

    Day 15 Trek to Balung (760m)

    On this day, we will walk for around 5 hours to reach Balung set 760m high. On the way, we will walk down to the Kasuwa River Valley to Sedua and descend to follow the west shore of the Arun River. From Sedua, we will go after a track that moves down to Mulgaon. We will also walk on a rocky trail all the way through corn and barley fields and traverse the Ipsuwa River via a suspension bridge. We will notice the settlements occupied by Rai and Chhetri inhabitants who depend on farming. Passing the villages, we will carry on trekking all along the path through rock-strewn fields to Balung. Overnight stay at the tented camp.

    Day 16 Trek to Pukuwa (550m)

    We will, on this day, pass emerald fields and the Walung village occupied by Rai inhabitants. The track moves down to allow us to traverse the Ipsuwa River via a suspension bridge. We will also pass by an enjoyable Rai village named Chayang. We will then walk on a rising and falling path until we get to Parangbu, a lovely set surrounded by rice fields on the shores Arun River. Then, we will walk ahead to reach Pukuwa. Overnight stay at the tented camp.

    Day 17 Trek to Bumling (370m)

    On this day, we will walk for around 6 hours to reach Bumling and then our path goes along the trail that passes through forests and ascends over rock-strewn ridges. We will then descend down to Tome (520 m). After that, we will notice the Arun Valley turning wider. The trail ascends to another periphery on a steep and rocky staircase. From the peak of the edge at 530m, the track moves down to the banks of the Sankhuwa River from where we will walk to Bumling occupied by from the Chhetri people. Overnight stay at Bumling.

    Day 18 Trek to Tumlingtar (460m)

    We will, on this day, return to Tumlingtar. At Tumlingtar we can celebrate the successful completion of the trek. Overnight stay at Tumlingtar.

    Day 19 Fly back to Kathmandu

    After experiencing splendid moments of Makalu Base Camp Trek, we will fly back to Kathmandu Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.

    Day 20 Leisure day

    This is a day to calm down in Kathmandu. You can stroll around Kathmandu or go for shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.

    Day 21 Farewell

    This is the last day of the trekking journey. One of the representatives from Escape Himalaya will escort you to the airport for your return flight, from where you will depart, hopefully with wonderful memories of the trekking journey.


I decided to go trekking in Nepal for my holidays in the march of last year and Escape Himalaya proved to be one of the most efficient travel agency that I had the pleasure of undergoing. They were the best at helping me and arranging all of the accommodations and the transportation while on the trek. I was efficiently guided and helped all along the way and I could not have asked for a more brilliant trekking and travel agency. Escape Himalaya proved to be efficient on the equipment as well, because I had requested for an extra sleeping bag and a Down Jacket with them because I thought that using their complimentary equipment would be cost-efficient. Their equipment were not only good but were hygienic to use and effectively did their job. Allowing me flexibility, the travel agency re-arranged my schedule and itinerary according to my convenience and made sure that I had the schedule according to how it was easy and convenient for me. The guides from the agency as well, along with the rest of the Escape Himalaya Team were especially helpful and warm and kind, even during my early correspondence with them about my plan about trekking in Nepal. The Kathmandu Day Tour that I went through before the official start of the trek was also quite fascinating!

The Everest Base Camp Trek was very beautiful and me being an amateur or a novice trekker who was about to under this trekking journey to the world’s tallest mountain for the first time , was exited but nervous, to say the least! but with my guide, Rajendra and his quick and efficient guiding tactics, I think I was in pretty good hands. I joined a lot of other trekkers as well on the trail, as March, as it turned out, was one of the peak trekking season there. (For good reason too because the weather was marvelous!) Escape Himalaya is the best and are the most efficient!

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