Makalu Base Camp Trek

Duration: 22 Days

Makalu Base Camp Trek is the ultimate trip for anyone who wants a walk in the untouched wilderness of Nepal. It is among the best and ultimate ‘’off-the-beaten’’ trekking paths.Mt. Makalu at 8,485 m is the fifth highest mountain in the world. It falls in the Mahalangur Himalayas (  19 km southeast of Mount Everest) on Nepal and Tibet, China border.  Shaped like a four-sided pyramid, Makalu is among the few isolated eight-thousanders peak.

The trek to the base camp of Mt. Makalu takes us through high-altitude terrains, unparalleled snow-clad landscapes and unspoilt, primitive Himalayan lifestyle.The Makalu Barun Valley we walk through is a Himalayan glacier and falls entirely in the Makalu Barun National Park with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Himalayas. The rock formations in the upper reaches of the region resembles that of Yosemite National Park in the USA- huge shiny granite cliffs with hanging glaciers on top and cascading waterfalls.

The lower section of the trek takes you through the richest and most colorful rhododendron forest in Nepal. This could easily be the most beautiful trek you have ever done.The trail leading to the base camp goes deep in the high Himalayas with views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalau above you and Mt. Baruntse (7,129 m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516m) in view for most part of the trek.  We also pass through the lush green Barun and Arun Valley.

Our 22-day-long Makalu Base Camp Trek starts with a flight to Tumlingtar, a city in eastern Nepal.  This trek is more challenging than a regular trek in the Annapurna region. There are no flat sections- it is either ascending or descending.Our team of  experienced guide, porter and cook make your Makalu Base Camp Trek  safe and enjoyable.Adventure Club Trek has picked Day 8 for acclimatization in Khongma Dingma at 3,500. We spend  Day 13th at Makalu Base Camp ( 4,870m). We then retrace our steps back to Tumlingtar.

Adventure Club Trek also offers other off-the-beaten path trekking options in Nepal- Manaslu Circuit Trek-18 Days for the classic tea house trekking in a previously restricted part of Nepal, Upper Dolpo Trek-25 Days, a spellbinding camping trek in Nepal’s western Himalaya, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek-21 Days, an opportunity to physically touch the 7th highest mountain in the world and Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek-24 Days, a trek that takes you around the third highest mountain in the world.  




Trip Highlights:

  • Summiting the base camp of world’s fifth highest mountain, Mt. Makalu, at 4,870m
  • Trekking in the coveted Makalu Barun National Park with landscapes resembling but even more dramatic than that of Yosemite Valley.
  • Crossing the Shipton La ( pass) at 4,257m, once trekked by legendary Eric Shipton and Edmund Hillary
  • Trekking the unspoilt territory of  snow leopard and red panda
  • Camping in verdant Kharkas ( meadows or summer pastures)
  • Scenic mountain flight to and from Kathmandu and Tumlingtar
  • Sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Preparation for trekking
  • Day 03: Tumlingtar (950m) then drive to Chichila : 50 mins flight, 3-4 hours drive
  • Day 04: Trek Chichila to Num (1,560m) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Num to Seduwa (1,500m) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Seduwa to Tashi Gaon
  • Day 07: Trek Tashi Gaon to Khongma Danda.
  • Day 08: Acclimatization/ rest day at Khongma Danda
  • Day 09: Trek Khongma Danda to Dobate via Shipton La Pass
  • Day 10: Trek Dobate to Yangri Kharka
  • Day 11: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka
  • Day 12: Trek Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp
  • Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp.
  • Day 14: Trek Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka.
  • Day 15: Trek Yangri Kharka to Dobate
  • Day 16: Dobate to Khongma Danda
  • Day 17: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon
  • Day 18: Trek Tashigaon to Seduwa
  • Day 19: Trek Seduwa to Num.
  • Day 20: Trek Num to Tumlingtar
  • Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 22: Transfer to airport for final departure.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (3 nights).
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse  or lodge for accommodation during the trek. 
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Government licensed, English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Round trip flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Tumlingtar to Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare, and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters in base camp Kalapathar hike.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag ( to be returned after trip completion) 
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, and trekking map
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory).

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and TumlingTar

The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions.To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.

You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$2500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.

Pre-Trip Meeting

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

Fixed Departures and Cost

The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
Limited - Only a few spaces available

Trip Dates Availability Person Left Price
November 15, 2018
December 06, 2018
Available US$ 2159
November 21, 2018
December 12, 2018
Available US$ 2159
November 25, 2018
December 16, 2018
Available US$ 2159
PRICE FROM US$ 2159 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 2159
  • Trip Duration 22 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel in Kathmandu and lodge, and teahouses during the trek.
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