Makalu Base Camp Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world (8481 m)
  • Amazing mind blowing views of Khumbu region including Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu.
  • Makalu Base camp (MBC) lies in the Makalu Barun National Park.
  • Sported the rear wildlife in Nepal like Red Panda, Himalayan Thar and Himalayan Peacock.
  • Observe the rural life of Sherpa and Rai People.
  • Passes via greenery, Scenery, waterfalls, Rivers and Amazing big rocks.
  • Plants of all major ecological zones Tropical, Sub-tropical, Temperate, Alpine and Tundra are found here.

Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world 8481 m. It is lies in the Makalu Barun National park of east Nepal .This Area trekking is less frequent and remote part trekking of Nepal. Naturally it is covered by the vegetation of the (flora and fauna) tropical ,sub-tropical ,temperate and alpine and tundra most impressive in spring when the flower  bloom amazing red ,blue purple, pink ,white yellow .The observed the mountain of rural  ethnical  and marginalize life of Sherpa and Rai people .

Amazing 30 minute flight to Tumlingtar bumpy road driving to Num(1980m) with excitement trekking through the 3 high passes over 4200m via crystal lake of Thulopokhari .

During the trekking your accommodation will be in Camping our well trained trip leader, Guide, Sherpa

Might be arrange all the sleeping tent with mattress and sleeping pad, kitchen tent ,bathroom tent as well. And international style food of high standard freshly prepared and hygiene’s   variety of food would be Dal  Bhat ,noodle porridge, bread ,pancake ,hot water and hot drink etc. We shall be organizing cozy, comfortable atmosphere to eat and chat with fellow trekkers during each evening.

We can arrange your trekking with tea  house as well during the trekking  your food and  accommodation will be  very basic  like sharing toilet and food will be  such as Dal Bhat (typical Nepali dish) ,bread ,And other local food .

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will see Mountain Delights’ representative waiting for you just outside the arrival deck. You will see either our company signboard or a placard with your name printed on it. You will be taken to the trip hotel where you check in and relax for some time. Later we will take you for a short tour of Thamel, the main tourist hub in Kathmandu, to show you some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need to go. We go back to hotel after the tour and talk about the trip in details. If your arrival is late today, we will do this tour and trip briefing tomorrow before we start for the tour.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour and Drive to Kopan Monastry

We will take you for a historical and heritage tour of Kathmandu valley today after breakfast. A full day sightseeing today in Kathmandu takes you to the amazing heritage sites of:

Pashupatinath is a Hindu Temple area where you can see a very unique cremation culture for the Hindu dead people. The temple which is considered as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal is open for Hindus only thus non-Hindu people have to stay outside the temple premises observing the Hindu death rites and rituals. We can encounter some Sadhus, the holy men, around who look so fascinating for photographs. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural source to have an insight on Nepali life and rituals.

Boudhanath is considered as the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world which lies in the middle of a beautiful square. The giant Buddhist shrine is a very important pilgrimage site for

Tibetan Buddhist people. The stupais considered to have been built in 4th/5th centuries and carries some interesting stories behind its establishment. A stupa is basically a relic monument considered as a sacred shrine in Buddhism but there are several other types of stupas other than relic stupas. A stupa symbolizes the journey of a human being from material world to the world of enlightenment.

Day 03: Fly (Kathmandu) – Tumlingtar(400 m) 1 hrs– drive to Num (1505 m) 5 hrs/ camping.

We fly to Tumlingtar after breakfast and meet the some of the crew members who will also be joining us. Next, we drive to Num via Chichila, a small Gurung settlement. A moderately paced drive through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests will take us to Num. A ridge line with great views on both side and perched on the end, this is Num for us. Overnight in Num.

Day 04: Num to Sindua (1530 m) 6/7 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

The trail today descends steeply through forests and a terraced farm takes us to Barun River. We cross the river and follow an equally steep ascent up the other side again. Often quite hot - the forest on the valleys offer a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park begins and where we register our permits. The country is particularly rocky; tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, then we have tough steep climb to Sedua. We camp right at the top of the village. Overnight in Seduwa.

Day 05 : Sindua to Tashi Gau (village) 2065 m, 5/6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

Ascend the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields, The trail crosses meadows and several streams, then climbs to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley. we are surrounded by breathtaking Himalayan panorama. Overnight in Tashigaon.

Day 06 : Tashi Gau to Kauma (3562 m) 6/7 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

A very hard day of the trek as the trail goes up real steep in higher elevation. We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a Kharka (grazing land) and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. We walk through the sparse forests along the ridge over a hillock and descend a bit to Kauma Overnight in Kauma.

Day 07: Kauma to Dobato (3650 m) 5/6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

We again start today with a steep climb then through less steeply rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge. After the lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), pass over the Keke La at 4,170m. We can see the marvelous views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley. We descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate. Overnight in Dobate.

Day 08: Dobato to Yangle Kharka 3610 m) 5/6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

Today the trail descends steep gully with a stream for about 500m. The trail is ill defined, rocky and sloppy mud in places as it leads up the glacial valley. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Nehe Kharka. From here you can have good views of Peak 6. Nhe Kharka is located on a large open grassy plain at an elevation of 3000 m. from here you will have great mountain views, then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka situated at the base of the valley. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.Camp

Day 09: Yangle Kharka Rest (3610 m) and O/n at tented camp.

The day off will allow some bodily rest before we trek to Langmale kharka. For those who wish to explore the nearby surrounding can walk around the area. Overnight in Yangle Kharka.

Day 10: Yangle Kharka to Langmame kharka (4400 m)5/6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

The trail today turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak (7168 m), Peak 4 (6720 m) etc. Langmale Kharka is at 4400 m a bit dangerous day as the altitude gains more than 1300 m but we don't have a choice because we do not have any suitable camp between Yangle Kharka and Langmale Kharka.We pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields. The valley walls tower imposingly above us during the start of the trek. We pass Merek as we make our way further up and notice a significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views. Overnight at camp.

Day 11: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base camp (4870 m) 5/6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

Today is a gradual climb to a minor pass about 400 m. The trail is flat with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains accompanying us. Mount Makalu comes into view as we approach Shershong. As we make our way to the camp, we get to soak in the majestic Himalayan panorama surrounding us. From here you will have magnificent south face views of Makalu also you will be able to see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. Camp

Day 12: Explore Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) and O/n at tented camp.

The Base Camp is a rocky barren place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. From here we can see the magnificent south face of Makalu and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short trek up where we may celebrate our accomplishment at the camp itself. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.

Day 13: Trek back to Yangle Kharka (3610 m) 6/7 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

We descend down from the base camp and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and heading back. On our way down, we pass through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley finally stopping at Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.

Day 14: Yangle Kharka to Mumbuk (3550 m) 5/6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

After breakfast at Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, green forests and valley, making our way towards Dobate. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail. We begin the trek with steep climb from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) and through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. Overnight at Mumbuk.

Day 15: Mumbuk to Kauma (3562 m) 5/6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

From Mumbuk, we walk through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. We then cross the Keke La, Tutu La (Shipton’s Pass) and Kauma La en route. Next, we descend to Kauma again. Overnight in Kauma.

Day 16: Kauma to Seduwa (1530 m) 6/7 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

The trek continues with frequent long and steep descent cutting through the hillsides. The trail takes us through thick forests and finally making it to the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashigaon. We retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun River. We then cross the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again. Overnight at Seduwa.

Day 17: Seduwa to Num (1505 m) 5/6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

We leave Seduwa and trek through lush forests towards Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards. Overnight at Num.

Day 18: Num to Tumlingtar Drive 5 Hrs and O/n at local lodge.

Again we take a bus or jeep to Tumlingtar . The final day of our trip. Ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day. Overnight at Tumlingtar.

Day 19: Fly back Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.

Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long trek in the mountains. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel or get in touch with our loved ones. In the evening we celebrate our successful journey to the Makalu base camp and back with a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Love Kathmandu Tour

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to experience the local life and culture. If you are looking for the theme-based walking tour in the center of the Kathmandu valley, the tour lets you a great opportunity to experience historical, cultural and spiritual affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city. On this walking tour, we explore the Local market of Ason, glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupa etc.

After exploring these hidden charms of Kathmandu, we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for its unique historical, cultural and religious traditions. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of living goddess “Kumari”. Durbar square walking tour will be a perfect mixture of culture, history, art, architecture and traditional values prevalent in Kathmandu valley.

Day 21: Departure

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Himalayan Glacier representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Included meals:Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop off service on your arrival and departure flights
  • Hotel with BB plan in Kathmandu.
  • All food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)
  • Tent and tea house/lodge accommodation during trek.
  • Extra staff for camping
  • Hot drinks (Tea and coffee) 3 times a day.
  • Guide and Helpers (porters) assistance, according to the group size.
  • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment’s, all transport for guide, and porters.
  • All land transportation.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Tumlingtar -Kathmandu)
  • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card.
  • Makalu region entry permits.
  • Sightseeing with guide, transport and monument entry fees.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter (Tips are not compulsory but expected).
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other personal expenses

What to Bring

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking hours. There are various selections and brands that you can have your own choice. Those equipments can be bought and hire easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.


  1. Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).
  5. Flish liner (you can borrow with us if required).
  6. Walking poles (Walking poles (optional, you can borrow with us if required).
  7. Water bottle with purification tablets.
  8. Hand wash liquids.
  9. Lip guard.
  10. Sun block cream.
  11. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Cap and ears covering hat. 
  2. Glacier glasses
  3. Head torch.
  4. Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)


  1.  Hand gloves (1 light pair and 1 warm pair)
  2. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside
     other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above should be sufficient (optional).


Core Body

  1. T-shirts.
  2. Light and weight thermal tops and warm thermal top.
  3. Light jacket and vest.
  4. Wind and rain jacket.
  5. Shirts and warm shirts.
  6. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  7. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton
  8. Long shirts

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Long and short hiking pants.
  2. Lightweight and warm long underwear.
  3. Rain and windproof trousers and warm trekking trousers.
  4. Lightweight long underwear - calipee or other synthetic.
  5. Soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  6. Trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  7. Hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
     Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots
     without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  8. Cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  9. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture
     resistant plastic bags.


  1. Thin and thick socks.
  2. Trekking boots, light shoes and sandal.
  3. Trekking Gaiters.

4.      Liner socks, synthetic or capilene.

5.      Heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.

6.      Light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.

7.      Light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with
 layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).

8.      Light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek.  We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).

  1. Headache and fever medicine.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Burnt cream.
  4. Imodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
  5. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  6. Antibiotics.
  7. blister treatments such as mole skin, hand plasts band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.


  1. Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
  2. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
  3. Pocket knife.
  4. Bandanas.
  5. Favorite snack foods and energy bars
  6. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weights
  7. Binoculars.
  8. Camera.


1.    1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great
       assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees,
       ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
2.    Favorite snack foods.
3.    Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
       Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function.
       Remember; keep these items light weight
4.    Binoculars.
5.    1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must       keep the batteries warm when not in use.
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator.
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip
8.    1 small stainless steel thermos

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

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