Located at the base of the 5th highest mountain in the world, Makalu Base Camp offers a pleasant yet rugged trail for trekking in Nepal. The trail lies inside Makalu-Barun National Park, hence offering a rare glimpse of the Eastern Nepal’s rich biodiversity.

Makalu-Barun National Park (IUCN Category II) 1,500 km2 is the eight and the highest national park of Nepal. It was established in 1992 as eastern extension of the Sagarmatha National Park. Mount Makalu lies within the national park territory. Red Panda, Spiny Babbler, snow leopard and  red fox are  few of the animals found inside the park.

It’s a longer than usual trek starting with a short flight to the remote region of eastern Nepal. A short flight from Kathmandu will take you to Tumlingtar. The first day hike ascend up to Khandbari, and from here, the trail keeps ascending until Makalu Base Camp. You pass through the national park, therefore, you may witness some of the rare Himalayan flora and fauna, including Red Panda. A day rest at the base camp will be enough to offer you great time to take pictures or wander around. The trail will descend until Tumlingtar Airport, and you can catch a flight back to Kathmandu.

Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the least chosen outdoor activities therefore, taking this trail will offer you hassle free trek for yourself. Makalu Barun National Park and the rare breed of Red panda are the highlights of this trek. Comparatively longer than its neighboring trail, Everest Base Camp, the trek to Makalu offers the scenic view of all the surrounding mountains, namely; Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Chamlang.

Is This Trip for me?
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Poses difficulty as the terrain, temperature and altitude may differ along the trail. Max. altitude may reach over 5000 m and the hike requires over 6 hours a day.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport. Star Standard meals at Kathmandu!


Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu / Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
Day 3 Fly to Tumlingtar & Trek to Khandbari
Day 4 Trek to Fururu 1,900 m (6,234 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 5 Trek to Num 1,490 m (4,888 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 6 Trek Sedua 1,460 m (4,790 ft) 5 hours
Day 7 Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,070 m (6,791) 6 hours
Day 8 Trek to Kauma 3,470 m (9,974 ft) 6-7 hours
Day 9 Trek to Mumbuk 3,570 m (11,712 ft) 6 hours
Day 10 Trek to Nhe Kharka 3,000 m (9,842 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 11 Trek to Sherson 4,615 m (15,141 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 12 Trek to Makalu Base Camp 5,000 m (16,404 ft) 6 hours
Day 13 Rest Day at the Base Camp
Day 14 Trek to Nhe Kharka 3-4 hours
Day 15 Trek to Mumbuk  3-4 hours
Day 16 Trek to Kauma  3 hours
Day 17 Trek to Tashi Gaon  3 hours
Day 18 Trek to Balung  3-4 hours
Day 19 Trek to Pukuwa  3-4 hours
Day 20 Trek to Bumling  4 hours
Day 21 Trek to Tumlingtar  3 hours
Day 22 Fly to Kathmandu  –
Day 23 Depart from Kathmandu  –


Includes
  • Arrival airport pick and drop.
  • Dinner in one of the finest diners in Kathmandu before and after the trek.
  • 3 Nights at ★★★ hotel in Kathmandu.
  • All land commute.
  • Domestic flight, airport transfer.
  • (FOT) Camping during the trek.
  • All meals during the trek.
  • 1 Certified Guide (Licensed & First Aid Trained)/1 Porter (For two)
  • TIMS Card/ National Park entry fee/Other Permits
  • All the Gov. and Local taxes as per applicable
  • 1 Duffle Bag and Company T-shirt
  • Trekking Map and Group medical kit box (Diamox and First Aid Medicine)
  • Trip Completion Certificate
  • Arrangement of Rescue/Medical Helicopter service; covered by your Insurance agency.
Excludes
  • Visa & Processing Fee
  • International flight fares
  • Meals other than during the trek and before/after complimentary dinner
  • Mineral water and refreshments during the trek
  • Travel insurance (Cover Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges)
  • Guide/Porter Tipping

Testimonials

Annapurna is the best place on Earth. The route and scenery are breath-taking. The way leading from Machhapuchhre to Annapurna base camp is the best.

I had fun with my friends. The guide is the best! He helped us throughout the trip. I’d suggest you to take Diamox to help prevent altitude sickness. It’s really hard to breath when you reach at the top. All in all a great experience. ~Jessica Mahut (Florida, USA)

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Additional information

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Responsible Tourism

Being a responsible tourism stakeholder, we strive to offer our utmost help to the under-privileged and impoverished community. We work along with the Pioneer Foundation, a non-profit entity based in Kathmandu.

Currently, we help raise fund and donate it to help build schools and shelters at the Earthquake stricken regions of Central Nepal province. You can join the cause help donate or volunteer to teach at the primary level schools. Visit Community Center for more information.

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu
    At your arrival in Kathmandu, a member of our team will greet and receive you at the airport. You will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will brief on your arrival about the trip. The rest of the day is yours. The evening we be spent enjoying complimentary local dinner one of the finest local diner with cultural program
  2. Kathmandu Sightseeing & trek preparation
    Kathmandu is the main cultural hub of Nepal and the historical city. The sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with the best tourist guide of the town will offer you a chance to visit Pashupatinath- the largest Hindu Temple of Nepal. After the exploration of Pashupatinath you will walk along the busy streets of Kathmandu to Boudhanath. A large domed shaped Buddhist stupa, Boudhanath holds huge religious significance among the Tibetan Buddhists of Nepal. After a heavy lunch, the tour will advance to the Patan Durbar Square. The exemplary wooden and stone craftsmanship at the site makes a place the prominent attraction for tourists and shows the historical side of the Malla kingdom and Newari lifestyle. The tour will end with a serene trip to Swayambhunath, the most important landmark of Buddhism in Nepal.
  3. Fly to Tumlingtar & Trek to Khandbari
    You take an hour flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. It is located at the eastern section of Nepal. From Tumlingtar, you start walking north towards Khandbari. After about 45 minutes of hiking, you would start ascending gradually towards Khandbari Base Camp. It will take approximately 3 hours to climb up.
  4. Trek to Fururu
    Leaving Khandbari, you continue along the trail to the north. After a short distance, you’ll reach the village of Mani Bhanjyang. The trail passes through bamboo groves, rocky terrains to reach the Tamang village of Bhotebas. It ascends further and briefly descends to reach the next ridge. You can catch a glimpse of the spectacular views of Chamlang, Makalu and Jaljale Himal. After passing through few more small settlements, such as; Kuwa Pani, Chichile and Sakurati Majuwa, you reach a campsite and later Fururu.
  5. Trek to Num
    From Fururu, you turn back to the ridge at 1960 meters and trek through forests of huge rhododendrons just below the ridge line to the Mani wall. The first stop you make is at the village of Mure, which is mostly inhabited by both Sherpa and Rai. Below Mure, the route cuts across the ridge, then makes a tedious descent towards the Num
  6. Trek to Sedua
    You continue along the trail descending steeply from Num through the corn fields of Lumbang. The day ends at the village of Sedua.
  7. Trek to Tashi Gaon
    You make a gradual climb towards the Gyang village. Past the Gyang, the trail follows through the terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. En route, you may cross meadows and several streams. The day ends at Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley.
  8. Trek to Kauma
    You hike over the ridge and ascend through forests to a stream towards a small campsite. The trail levels out, and then climbs to a shepherd’s hut called Chipla, atop another ridge. From Unshisha village, the trail joins the ridge that separates the Iswa and Kasuwa drainages. The slope gets steeper and becomes a series of moss-covered stone stairs to Dhara Kharka, a meadow atop the ridge. You move over a hillock and descend a bit to reach Kauma.
  9. Trek to Mumbuk
    Leaving Kauma, you hike over steep switchbacks for a while then climb the less steep rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge. From here, you can get amazing views of Chamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7. After a few false summits the trail veers left off the crest to a small lake and climbs gently up a shallow rocky gully to the Kike La Pass. From here, you descend to another lake and climb steeply through large boulders to the Tutu La. The final descent is through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk.
  10. Trek to Nhe Kharka
    From Mumbuk, you descend a steep gully with a stream for about 500 meters and then move left through fir forests, along the flank of the Barun Valley. Moving along ill-defined trail, you cross a 200-meter-long slide area, and then follow the river to a Kharka. You ascend from Yangle Kharkag to the northern side of the Barun Khola to reach Nhe Kharka.
  11. Trek to Sherson
    You follow through the north bank of the Barun Khola for a while and cross a small wooden bridge before the river turns northward. The Barun Valley makes a huge S-shaped curve and the walls rise almost vertically 1,500 to 2,000 meters above the river, but the trail climbs gently as we approach Ripok Kharka. The trail turns westward towards Ripok Kharka. You can get some excellent views of Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3 and Peak 5, but Makalu is not yet visible. As you pass a ridge through the glacier and turn north, you reach before Sherson.
  12. Trek to Makalu Base camp
    The day starts with a gradual descent to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. You descend towards a stream, cross on boulders to the base camp on the west bank of the river. From here you can get terrific view of the south face of Makalu, shining bright in the sunlight. The large buttress of the south face rises across from base camp. An ascent of this buttress yields views of Peak 6, 7 and Baruntse peak; Everest and Lhotse completes the panorama.
  13. Rest day
    Today is a rest day at the base camp to explore the surrounding.
  14. Trek to Nhe Kharka
    You trek back the usual route through the Nhe Kharka.
  15. Trek to Mumbuk
    You continue descending through the forests to Mumbuk, from where you can get beautiful views of Makalu and Chamlang during the sunset.
  16. Trek to Kauma
    Leave Mumbuk, you trek across the Shipton La and descend to Kauma.
  17. Trek to Tashi Gaon
    Today, you make a long steep descent back to Tashi Gaon. Here, you spend the rest of the day relaxing.
  18. Trek to Balung
    We descend the Kasuwa Khola valley back to Sedua, then turn south down the west bank of the Arun River. From Sedua, you follow a trail descending gently towards the Mulgaon, and drop steeply on a rocky trail. You reach the hot bottom lands of the Arun Valley. Most of the settlements in this area are temporary settlements used by Rai and Chettri farmers who live in villages high on the hillside above. Passing the villages, you continue along the trail through rocky fields to Balung.
  19. trek to Pukuwa
    You continue through temporary farming settlements to the spread out Rai village of Walung. The trail descends to the Apsawa Khola. The trail then crosses a stream at 590m and makes some ups and downs to reach Parangbu, a delightful camping spot among rice fields on the banks of the Arun River. You continue through forests and pass several small streams to reach Pukuwa village.
  20. Drive to Bumling
    The trail now follows a route through forests and some spectacular high and exposed narrow tracks as it climbs over rocky ridges. The route eventually enters a region of intense valley bottom cultivation, crosses a huge landslide and some more scrub jungle before descending to Tome (520 m). Below Tome, the Arun Valley becomes wider and more U shaped. The trail climbs over another ridge on a steep, narrow stairway of rock steps. From the top of the ridge at 530m, the trail descends to a delightful camp on the banks of the Sankhuwa Khola, across from the Chhetri village of Bumling.
  21. Trek to Tumlingtar
    The trail traverses the fields of lower Bumling, then climbs over a ridge and descends to the Inkhuwa Khola and follows the river downstream to its confluence with the Arun. Now, following the east bank of the Arun, the route passes through Chyawabesi before making a short climb back to the Tumlingtar.
  22. Fly to Kathmandu
    From Tumlingtar, you can either fly or drive back to Kathmandu. You will transferred to your hotel. In the evening, you join us for a dinner along with a cultural program.
  23. Departure from Kathmandu
    You will be transferred to the Airport to catch your flight back home.
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Trip Length 23 days
Trek Length 19 days
Activities Trekking and Sightseeing
Max. Altitude 5,000 meters (16,404 ft)
Trek Style Camping (FOT)
Meal Full board on trek
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