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Trip Overview of Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu base camp trek is in the World’s fifth highest mountain lie in Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area. The Makalu-Barun National Park was established in 1992 as Nepal’s eighth National Park. The area is deep inside the eastern Himalayas. This is  a place of outstanding herbal splendor and also have different flora and fauna. The Barun valley is laso  a under an agreement between China and Nepal.  With the wide variety of altitudes and climates, the Makalu-Barun region is wealthy with many plants and animals in Nepal and spreading human habitation.

Our destination spot, Makalu Base Camp (5000m) brings us to one of the most far off and infrequent regions in Nepal. The very pristine location trial to Makalu Base Camp takes you deep into the excessive Himalayas. Mount Makalu, the wonderful Black looms above: Everest, Lhotse, and Baruntse. The Makalu-Barun valley trek provides lovely contrasts from in which the high waterfall cascade into deep gorges is seen. The tough rocks rise from the luxurious forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks with a view to hypnotize you for a while.

The 10-day stroll from the airstrip at Tumlingtar in the Arun Valley is as strenuous trail.   During Makalu Base Camp trekking we traverse distinct vegetation zones. It is  from pristine forests of fir, birch, and rhododendron in the sub-alpine zone. We will get the herbs, grasses and juniper shrubs of the alpine pastures in upper part.

Makalu base camp trek trip highlights

For those with a keen eye, Makalu base camp trek has large variety of orchid, aromatic plants. The oak, primrose and not least of all, 19 species of bamboo. The forests shelter with abundant wildlife. The red panda and musk deer as well as the ghoral, Himalayan Tahr and leopard. Ornithologists have identified 400 bird species, at least 16 of which are extremely rare. En route, you will meet the ethnic groups of Limbu, Newar, and Rai at the lower elevations. While go higher we will meet  Tibetan Buddhists. These people live in isolated villages and rely mainly on subsistence farming for their livelihoods.

The highlights of Makalu base camp trek is rich natural paradise include beautiful mountains. The fresh forest, and a wide variety of plants and animal. The local people offers you the best hospitality with their rich customs. The reward for the hardship Makalu base camp trek is the chance to walk through unspoiled Himalayan landscapes, far from trapping of the modern age. This is a region where you hardly find any modern facilities and amenities but blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty.


Makalu Base Camp Trek - Trip Info

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 30 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.

Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information

Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.

Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can’t get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Flight delay:

Flight by plane and helicopter are prone to cancellations. Sometimes, flight may delay for notorious weather in remote areas. Some other times, operational complication may occur which is more likely to happen in Everest region -Lukla flight, Annapurna region- Jomsom flight, Dolpa, Simikot , Jumla region etc. As these flights have some problem with fixed schedule, it is also recommended to carry extra money for food and accommodations. Trekking in the remote areas, especially during odd season, you’re advised to reserve extra days to prepare with some delays and avoid frustrating consequence. In case of delay in flight prior to trek departure or at the end of the trek, you need to meet your accommodation, food costs by yourself.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.


Detailed Itinerary of Makalu Base Camp Trek

We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up, We meet to check your equipment and process for special permits. If you arrive at night, we will early morning meeting tomorrow.

After breakfast, you will leave a tour of Kathmandu valley. We will take you to Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient, and mostly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath. Which is reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture, which is highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore local Thamel street. WE will have meeting with your trekking guide to check the equipment.

Today early morning we will take a flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

The flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar takes around 50 minutes. It is a scenic flight with beautiful views of the cityscape and the landscapes. You can also get the Himalayas view during your flight time. On arrival at Tumlingtar we will catch local Jeep to Seduwa. The Jeep drive will take about7 hours. Overnight at Seduwa.

Enjoy your mountain simple breakfast and be ready to walk today. Our destination today is Tashigaon.

The trail from Sedua to Tashigaon is a picturesque journey where lots of pasture land but not many trees as the trails are steep.Tashigaon is a beautiful village with great views.

You will be able to see many Buddhist prayer flags along with small chortens along the way of the trekking route. Overnight at Tashigaon.

We ascend steeply through the dense forest of remote scrub and Rhododendron, passing many ridges and seasonal Yak herders. The trail rises to Chipola (2520m) and even becomes steeper, struggling up past stream and a large overhanging rock right below the Mani danda. We have a packed lunch because of the lack of water in between Tashigoan and Khongma. Khongma is the last opportunity we have to stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley. There are no buildings here, and many of the tent sites are on the sloping hillside.

From Khongma, climb the ridge on steep switchbacks to a stone chorten at 3840m and feast your eyes on views of Chhamlang, Peak 6, and Peak 7. Scrubby rhododendrons and mossy boulders line the trail as you climb a stone staircase over several false ridges towards the small pass known as Ghungru La (4050m). The path twists and turns steeply, passing through the forest before emerging onto a hill with Mani walls, numerous prayer flags, and superb mountain views, including Kanchenjunga. Descend to a small turquoise lake, after which we will ascend again through Shipton Pass. We then drop down the saddle for a rest by the lake Kalo Pokhari, before passing over the Keke La (4152m) and an easy descent walk through rhododendron and pine forest towards Mumbuk. It is a serene camping spot surrounded by green forests.

From Mumbuk, the trail drops down a scree-covered slope into the long, curving Barun Valley. The Barun River running through the path adds more dimensions to the trek with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m and Peak 7 (6185m). It’s a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at YangriKharka (3610m). YangriKharka is a tiny village situated in a meadow at the base of the valley. From YangriKharka climb gently to Nghekharka, another cluster of herd’s hut and prayer flags on the opposite side of Barun.

Beyond Nghekharka, the river makes a huge S-shaped curve between curtains wall of cliffs that tower on either side of the river. From the meadow at Riphuk (3930m), climb past a waterfall and up over swampy ground to a lonely stone hut. Another gentle climb passes a Mani wall to YakKharka (4400m). The final climb to the rather bleak campsite at Merek passes through a dizzying landscape of Himalayan giants. Have marvelous views of Chhamlang, Peak 3, Peak 4, and Peak 5.

As the path turns northwards into a side valley, Makalu finally soars into view. Stick to the faint, flat trail following the east bank of the river to Shersong (4660m). From Shersong, it is a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu base camp, after which we descend to a stream and cross boulders to the base camp on the west side of the river. There are terrific views of the south face of Mt. Makalu. There are no huts, shelters, or vegetation at base camp, which is at an elevation of about 5000m.

In truth, ‘base camp’ can be an anticlimax after all the effort taken to get here. We spend a day exploring the base camp, intending to climb up towards the Advance Base Camp at the start of the Makalu’s southeast Ridge, where on the edge of the icy slopes, you get a fantastic view up the Barun Valley of Everest. A more rewarding endpoint to the trek is to climb the 5250m ridge northeast of Shersong on the lower slopes of Peak 3. From this high vantage point, there are also views northwest of Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and Everest. When you are tired of having your awe-inspired, return to Shersong for the night.

From Base camp we are making the descending down to Nehe Kharka, we will now head to Shipton La Camp. Shipton La Camp is a camping area near the Shipton La Pass.

As we return from Nehe Kharka, we will head down towards Mumbuk. From Mumbuk, we will hike to Shipton-La camp and spend the night there. The sunset view from Shipton La Camp is awestruck.


Today we will make a descent back to Sedua. The 6-7 hours trek will take us through the rocky mountains and descend so be careful and watch your step. The trail will also provide you with the best panoramic sunrise view of the mountains including the Kanchenjunga mountain.

We will walk down straight towards the beautiful settlement of Sedua enjoying the beautiful views of the mountains. Slowly you

After your breakfast at Sedua we will trek towards Mure. we will return the same way going downhill. The descent will take you through the beautiful Num Valley. A short walk past the Num valley,  Today trekking is about 6-7 hours.

The last day of trekking by foot is our Makalu base camp trek. From Mure in the morning, trekking towards the Tumlingtar.From here. we get the Local Jeep.

Today we will board the flight to Kathmandu. Enjoying the scenic flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu, It will take about 50-minute flight to reach Kathmandu. On arrival, we will take you to your hotel and say goodbye.

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Cost Includes

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • Round Trip flight ticket for Kathmandu Tumlingtar Kathmandu.
  • All meals during trekking 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners, Tea and coffee).
  • Special Trekking Permit for Makalu Base Camp.
    Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents &  Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Fixed Departure Trip Dates

We can run a trip for solo travelers, couple, friends and family with children. Our private trips are running every day. If you are looking for a small group trip please contact us.

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      Trip Duration
      15 days

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      02 to 10 person

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      Basic tea house/Homestay

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