Makalu Base Camp Trek - 21 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Cost start: US$ 1890 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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About Trip:

Established in 1992, Makalu Barun is one of Nepal’s newest national parks. The park represents the world’s only protected area with an elevation gain of more than 8000m, with Makalu, the world’s fifth highest peak, at its core. It encloses a diverse assortment of flora and fauna that ranges from tropical forests in the south to the soaring snow-capped backdrop of the Himalayas in the north.

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a less frequented route due to its relative isolation and remote setting, offering an ideal opportunity for hardier or more experienced trekkers to explore a pristine region of wide-ranging natural beauty and glorious scenery, including Everest, all while in the quiet comfort and solitude that comes from being well away from the madding crowds.

The trek begins with a scenic flight to Tumlingtar, from where we’ll head out toward the village of Num (1560m) the following day. Along the way we’ll encounter a ridgeline with a steeply undulating trail snaking along its length that affords some of the finest panoramic views you’re ever likely to come across in the Himalayas. From there we’ll make our way to Seduwa (1500m) where we’ll call in at the local outpost of the national park to register and obtain the necessary permits before moving on again towards Tashi Gaun (2100m), the last permanent settlement in the valley.

The trail continues onward and upward to the next goal, the high pass of Shipton La, named after famed British alpinist Eric Shipton, who used the route with Edmund Hillary in 1952 to make a reconnaissance of Everest for the following year’s successful expedition to the mountain. Finally comes the trek’s ultimate goal, Makalu Base Camp itself, from where you’ll be presented with spectacular views of the southern face of the mountain, as well as a glorious panorama of Everest and Lhotse reaching toward the heavens. After spending an appropriate amount of time to breathe in and memorize every last indelible aspect of the view it will be time to reluctantly head back to Tumlingtar, with fresh aspects and experiences along the way to bring new perspectives to the journey.

Trip Highlights

  • Makalu Barun National Park and its wealth of unique flora and fauna
  • The intriguing and untouched culture of the various ethnic groups that populate the region
  • Touching down on the ramparts of the world’s fifth highest mountain and its base camp
  • Unmatched panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and countless other peaks in the area

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Num(1560m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 04: Num to Seduwa (1500m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 05: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2100m, 5 hrs)

Day 06: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3500m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 07: Acclimatization day

Day 08: Khongma Danda to Dobate via Shipton’s La pass 4125m (3650m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 09: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3557m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 10: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4410m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 11: Langmale Kharka to Shershong (4630m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 12: Shershong to Makalu Base Camp (4870m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 13: Explore the Mt. Makalu Base Camp and surroundings

Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka (3557m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 15: Yangri Kharka to Dobate (3650m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 16: Dobate to Khongma Danda (3500m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 17: Khongma Danda to Seduwa (8 hrs)

Day 18: Seduwa to Num (5-6 hrs)

Day 19: Num to Tumlingtar by drive

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu then spend your day the way you prefer

Day 21: Farewell

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in standard hotel with Breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits such Makalu Barun National Park permit, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary  duffel bag/agency T-shirt
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Return flights between Kathmandu and Tumlingtar
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft etc
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc
  • Tip to staff

Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied then please feel free customize according your own taste and duration of holidays.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel.

Welcome at airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.

Day 02Free day for final trekking preparation

Day 03Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Num(1560m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 04Num to Seduwa (1500m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 05Seduwa to Tashigaon (2100m, 5 hrs)

Day 06Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3500m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 07Acclimatization day

Day 08Khongma Danda to Dobate via Shipton’s La pass 4125m (3650m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 09Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3557m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 10Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4410m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 11Langmale Kharka to Shershong (4630m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 12Shershong to Makalu Base Camp (4870m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 13Explore the Mt. Makalu Base Camp and surroundings

Day 14Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka (3557m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 15Yangri Kharka to Dobate (3650m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 16Dobate to Khongma Danda (3500m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 17Khongma Danda to Seduwa (8 hrs)

Day 18Seduwa to Num (5-6 hrs)

Day 19Num to Tumlingtar by drive

Day 20Fly back to Kathmandu then spend your day the way you prefer

Day 21Farewell

Departure Detail

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
19 September, 2019 09 October, 2019 US $1890 Guaranteed
03 October, 2019 23 October, 2019 US $1890 Guaranteed
10 October, 2019 30 October, 2019 US $1890 Guaranteed
17 October, 2019 06 November, 2019 US $1890 Guaranteed
24 October, 2019 13 November, 2019 US $1890 Guaranteed
03 November, 2019 23 November, 2019 US $1890 Guaranteed
14 November, 2019 04 December, 2019 US $1890 Guaranteed
21 November, 2019 11 December, 2019 US $1890 Guaranteed
28 November, 2019 18 December, 2019 US $1890 Guaranteed

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and kindly ask for permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect the local culture and customs
  • For your own personal safety always stay on the uphill side of a trail when being passed by donkeys.
  • In landslide zones either traverse them quickly or climb over and around if at all feasible
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol at altitudes above 3000 meters is not recommended
  • Drink a minimum of three liters of water per day
  • Remain aware of symptoms related to altitude sickness and be honest about any signs with yourself and your guide
  • Even when not mandated there are always benefits to using the invaluable services of a guide on a trek

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