Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Makalu Base Camp Trekking is a challenging and rewarding trekking adventure in Nepal that takes you through the remote and rugged terrain of the Makalu-Barun National Park. The trek offers breathtaking views of the world’s fifth highest peak, Mount Makalu (8,485m), and takes you through pristine forests, high altitude passes, and remote villages inhabited by indigenous communities.

The trek starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, followed by a drive to Chichira. From Chichira, the trek follows the Arun River through lush rhododendron forests, bamboo groves, and traditional villages. The trail then ascends through rocky cliffs and narrow gorges to reach the Makalu-Barun National Park, a protected area that is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including the endangered red panda, musk deer, and Himalayan black bear.

The trek to Makalu Base Camp takes you through the beautiful villages of Num, Seduwa, and Tashigaon, where you can experience the unique culture and traditions of the Sherpa, Rai, and Limbu communities. The trail then ascends through the beautiful Barun Valley, passing through high altitude passes, such as the Shipton La Pass (4,220m) and the Keke La Pass (4,150m), before reaching the Makalu Base Camp (4,870m). From the base camp, you can enjoy stunning views of Mount Makalu and other surrounding peaks, such as Lhotse (8,516m), Chamlang (7,319m), and Baruntse (7,129m).

The trek to Makalu Base Camp is considered a challenging trek that requires a good level of fitness and prior trekking experience. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, high altitude passes, and rough terrain. However, the rewards are immense, with breathtaking views of some of the highest peaks in the world, as well as the opportunity to experience the unique culture and traditions of the indigenous communities of the region.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (410m) and drive to Num (1,500m)

Day 3: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,540m)

Day 4: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,070m)

Day 5: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m)

Day 6: Rest day in Khongma Danda for acclimatization and exploration

Day 7: Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobate (3,500m)

Day 8: Trek from Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,610m)

Day 9: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,410m)

Day 10: Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m)

Day 11: Rest day in Makalu Base Camp for acclimatization and exploration

Day 12: Hike to the viewpoint near Sherson for panoramic views of Makalu and the surrounding peaks, and return to Makalu Base Camp

Day 13: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka

Day 14: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobate

Day 15: Trek from Dobate to Khongma Danda

Day 16: Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon

Day 17: Trek from Tashigaon to Seduwa

Day 18: Trek from Seduwa to Num

Day 19: Drive from Num to Tumlingtar and fly back to Kathmandu

Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu


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Usefull Information


  • Trekking permits (such as the Makalu-Barun National Park Entry Permit)
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card
  • All necessary government taxes and fees
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in tea houses or camping (depending on the itinerary)
  • Experienced trekking guide and porters
  • Transport to and from the trek starting/ending point
  • First aid kit


  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Accommodation, meals, and transportation in Kathmandu (before and after the trek)
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, and souvenirs
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Any additional expenses or activities not mentioned in the itinerary

Usefull Information

  1. Base Layers:
    • Moisture-wicking underwear (top and bottom)
    • Quick-drying T-shirts
    • Long underwear (synthetic or wool)
  2. Insulation:
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Insulated jacket (down or synthetic)
  3. Shell:
    • Waterproof, breathable jacket
    • Waterproof, breathable pants (full-zip preferred for easy layering)
  4. Headgear:
    • Warm hat (beanie or wool cap)
    • Sun hat or cap with a brim
    • Balaclava or neck gaiter
    • Sunglasses (with UV protection)
  5. Handwear:
    • Lightweight gloves (for trekking)
    • Insulated gloves or mittens (waterproof)
  6. Footwear:
    • Hiking boots (broken in and sturdy)
    • Camp shoes or sandals for relaxing at camp

Trekking Gear:

  1. Backpack: Large enough to carry all your gear and supplies.
  2. Trekking Poles: Adjustable poles for stability and reducing strain on knees.
  3. Headlamp: With extra batteries for early morning starts and late finishes.
  4. Water Bottles/Hydration System: Carry enough water for each day’s trek.
  5. Snacks: Energy bars, nuts, dried fruits, etc., for quick energy boosts.
  6. Map and Compass/GPS: Navigation tools for route finding.

Camping Gear:

  1. Tent: Lightweight, suitable for high-altitude camping.
  2. Sleeping Bag: Down or synthetic, rated for cold temperatures.
  3. Sleeping Pad: Insulated sleeping pad for warmth and comfort.
  4. Cooking Equipment: Lightweight stove, fuel, cooking pot, utensils, and food.
  5. Water Filtration: Water filter or purification tablets for safe drinking water.


  1. First Aid Kit: Including medications, blister treatment, and basic wound care supplies.
  2. Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.
  3. Sunscreen and Lip Balm: High SPF sunscreen and lip balm with SPF protection.
  4. Repair Kit: Multi-tool, duct tape, sewing kit, etc.
  5. Personal Items: Identification, permits, cash, communication devices, entertainment, camera, etc.

Seasonal Considerations:

  1. Rain Gear: Poncho or rain cover for unexpected rainfall.
  2. Cold Weather Gear: Additional layers, warmer sleeping bag, and insulated clothing for colder seasons.
  3. Sun Protection: Hat with neck protection, long-sleeve shirts, and pants for sun protection.

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    Trip Fact

  • Best Seasons spring
  • Duration 20 days
  • Trek Difficulty Moderate

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