The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a scenic adventure for those seeking a tranquil getaway, established in 1992 and popular for its serenity. Trekkers can witness snow-clad landscapes, high-altitude terrains, and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle while experiencing five different ecological regions. The journey begins with an hour flight to Tumlingtar and trekking from Chichira, following the Arun River and passing through Num and Seduwa villages with a spectacular view of Mt. Makalu. The upper reaches of the trail comprise polished granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers, overflowing with waterfalls. Join us in this 22-day trekking expedition to explore the Eastern Hills of Nepal. This trek requires a fairly fit person who can walk continuously for 7-8 hours. Contact us for professional expertise and a tailored trip. It is recommended to arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier to rest, learn about the trek, routes, and equipment, and avoid flight delays and missing international flights.
We will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu according to your flight schedule and welcome you to our country for the trip. After meeting you at the arrival section, we will take you to our vehicle and drop you off at the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and refresh yourself, but we are also available to guide you around the city if you would like.
On day two, guests shall convene with hosts for an early communal breakfast, followed by a briefing at the Company to review their itinerary and procure necessary supplies. The cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley shall then commence, featuring Swoyambhunath, the oldest monument in the region, Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Temple of Living Goddess, Pashupatinath for Hindu death rites, and Boudhanath, the world’s largest Buddhist shrine.
Today, after morning lunch, we’ll take an hour-long flight to Tumlingtar, where we’ll meet the other crew members joining us on the trek. Upon arrival, we’ll proceed on a brief drive to the quaint Gurung village of Chichira, renowned for its rich cultural heritage. After reaching Chichira, guests may explore the picturesque village at their leisure. The remainder of the day will be dedicated to resting and preparing for the trek on the following day. We’ll spend the night in Chichira.
We’ll begin our trek on the first day, setting out early in the morning after a hearty breakfast. Our pace shall be leisurely, gradually gaining momentum as we proceed towards Num Village. En route, guests shall encounter charming villages and verdant mountainous forests. After a moderate 6-7 hour walk, we shall reach Num Village, nestled atop a ridge with awe-inspiring views on either side. We shall rest here for the night, taking in the natural beauty of this picturesque village before resuming our trek the following day. Our overnight stay shall be in Num Village.
After a quick breakfast, we’ll descend on a steep trail through forests and farms to Barun River. After crossing it, we’ll hike for an hour or two, register our permits at Makalu Barun National Park, and then trek up to reach Seduwa village. Our overnight stay will be in a campsite at the top of the village.
Today’s trek ascends through a ridge flanked by Ipsuwa Khola and Kasuwa Khola, and we’ll need to cross a quiet village and small paddy fields before reaching Tashi Gaon. This charming Gurung village is surrounded by stunning Himalayan vistas and its friendly locals provide insights into the Gurung culture. We’ll stay overnight in Tashigaon.
Today’s hike will be challenging as we ascend on a steep trail at a higher elevation. After leaving Tashigaon, we hike through a beautiful rhododendron and oak forest, passing summer pastures with temporary shepherd huts. The trail becomes even steeper as we climb through Kharka and a series of rough stone stairs to reach a small lake and Khongma Danda. We will camp here and enjoy the scenic mountain ranges under the moonlight. Overnight stay in Khongma Danda.
Rest day today. Enjoy some downtime at camp or explore the surrounding hikes and viewpoints for stunning views of the Himalayas. Overnight in Khongma Danda.
Hiking towards Shipton La pass, we’ll witness beautiful landscapes and snow-capped mountains. We’ll pass by Thulo Pokhari and Small Pokhari before reaching the summit of Shipton La pass. The path can be challenging during heavy snowfall. Further, we’ll reach Kalo Pokhari lake, cross KeKe La at 4,170m, and enjoy stunning views of Chamlang, Peak 6, and Peak 7. After crossing the Chorten of Tutu la, we’ll descend to Dobate valley.
We start our day with a steep descent through a narrow valley, cross the Barun River, and climb to the seasonal settlement of Yangri Kharka, facing rock falls and being cautious for the first two hours.
Today we will hike through yak pastures and lush forests before the vegetation starts to thin out. We will pass by Sherson, the lower base camp of Mt. Makalu, where we can see the Barun glacier and the majestic Mt. Makalu. After passing Merek, the views of the Himalayas will become even more spectacular. We will stay overnight in nangmale Kharka.
Overnight at Makalu Base Camp after a 6-7 hour climb on a flat trail with icy glaciers and snow-clad mountains surrounding us and Mount Makalu coming into view.
Today we will rest and explore the barren and rocky terrain of Makalu Base Camp, with the large Barun Glacier stretching beyond it. From this vantage point, we can admire the magnificent south face of Makalu, as well as the panoramic view of Everest and Lhotse, making our journey all the more rewarding. In addition to the breathtaking Himalayan panorama, there are also stunning lakes and glaciers waiting to be explored. We can take a short trek to Makalu Base Camp, where we can revel in our achievements on this unforgettable trip.
Overnight stay at Makalu Base Camp.
After a splendid exploration of Makalu Base Camp, we begin our descent, bidding farewell to the majestic Makalu and following the same trail back. We descend downhill through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, and Merek before reaching Yangri Kharka, where we will stay overnight.
Today, we resume our trek from Yangri Kharka after having breakfast. The trail leads us downhill through a rocky terrain, verdant forests, and a valley, eventually reaching Dobate. We follow the Barun riverbank to retrace our trekking route.
Overnight stay at Dobate.
The trek today will be relatively easy as we follow a peaceful trail through a forest of fir and rhododendron trees. However, before reaching Khongma Danda, we need to cross three mountain passes – Keke La, Tutu La (also known as Shipton’s Pass), and Kauma La.
We will take our time to cross each of these passes and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains before descending to Khongma Danda for an overnight stay.
Our journey today will take us back to Tashigaon. The trek will last for about 2-3 hours as we follow a path that passes through the refreshing shades of dense forest before reaching the cultivated terraces and, eventually, the traditional Sherpa village of Tashigaon.
We will spend the night in Tashigaon.
Overnight stay will be at Seduwa as we retrace our steps and descend down to the Barun River, leaving the Makalu Barun National park. Our trail will take us through the farm fields for an hour or two, passing through many villages and settlements before reaching Seduwa.
After breakfast, we’ll bid farewell to the charming village of Seduwa and make our way towards Num village. The trek will take us through lush forests with a mixture of ups and downs as we pass through culturally rich Sherpa villages. Eventually, we’ll reach Num village where we’ll spend the night.
Today marks the final day of our trekking journey. We’ll retrace our steps back to Chichira, where we can catch a final glimpse of Mount Makalu’s magnificent vista. After that, we’ll take a pleasant walk to reach Tumlingtar, where we’ll spend the night.
Today is our final day in the Makalu Region. We’ll start the day with an early breakfast before boarding a plane to fly back to Kathmandu. After arriving in the city of temples, you will have some free time to explore on your own and take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city.
Our final departure will be from Kathmandu, where we will bid farewell to each other. It has been a pleasure to serve you, and we look forward to the opportunity to do so again in the future. Thank you for choosing us for this unforgettable trekking experience.