Makalu Base Camp Trekking - 18 Days

Trip Facts

  • Plane-Car-Jeep
  • 1 to 8
  • 5250 meter/17220 feet
  • Hotel-Teahouse
  • Somewhat Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Basecamp Hike
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 14
  • 70

Makalu Base Camp trekking is high altitude hike to 5250 meters. It is an basecamp adventure and one of the less know- “off the beaten basecamp trekking trail in Nepal”.

Trek is to the basecamp of Mt. Makalu (8463 m ,27,767 ft), the fifth highest peak in the world.

Along with Mt. Chamlang (7319 m) and Mt. Baruntse (7129m) and many other unnamed Himalayan peaks are eye catching from Makalu Base Camp trekking route. Looking at those towering himalayan peaks form Nepal mountain range of Barun Valley  & Arun River (Valley) is scouring moments of this trek.

On top of every single highlights – remoteness and conserved tradition, cultural and geological prospect of Makalu is major attraction for people thinking about this trip.

Makalu Barun National park is appealing reason to come to this route

Another attraction is walk through Makalu Barun National Park with unexplored jungle trail, vegetation, Fauna & flowers.

More information of Makalu Barun National park can be read in our blog about national parks in Nepal.

Mt Makalu is 5th highest mountain in the world

Mt Makalu is 5th highest mountain of world lies in Mahalangur Himalaya range of Nepal. 4 sided pyramid structured mountain Makalau is beautiful mountain in Nepal.

Interestingly this Makalu is famous as a isolated mountain of Nepal, lies in Makalu barun National park, far from Everest base camp region

Mt Makalu can be seen from the trekking route of Everest region. From the top of chola pass, Kongma la pass, Gokyo ri, Kalapatthar or any of the famous hilltops of Everest baseamp trekking – Makalu can be seen distinct than other peaks of Nepal.

“Ma means I and Kalu means calling somebody in lovely tone”, so Makalu is one of the prettiest mountain among all. Ans is one of the best base camp treks.

To explore Arun River, Arun Valley and many other minor tributaries, waterfalls, glacial lake along the path is refreshing and creates a distinct memory in the mind of trekker doing Makalu base camp trek.

Makalu Trek route Variation

Trekking to Makalu base camp starts after flight from kathmandu to Tumlingtar. And the trekking route to base camp goes all the way along the Arun river valley.

Towards the end of the Makalu base camp trek – there are 2 types of finish line for this trek.

One – Makalu base camp trek can end at the start point at Tumlingtar to conclude the trek. Which will take you back to Kathmandu on flight or by land transportation.

Another – this trek can be connected with Everest region. Even in everest region trek there are 2 ways to make route variant. Either you trek over salpa pass and trek towards mera peak. Or you can trek towards Everest base camp.

However connection of Makalu base camp trek to end towards Everest region will be a long exploration in the Nepal himalaya. This will be a wanderlost journey with Nepalgram team. And we love that.

Culture & Nature Makalu Base Camp trekking

People in the Makalu basecamp area generous & living in harmony although they are from different casts like Sherpa, Tamang and Chhetri- dominantly. There are many other casts community living in the Makalu region.

To see this diversified culture and tradition & witnessing festivals and rituals is another interesting aspect of this Makalu Base Camp trekking.

Makalu region is a remote/less explored basecamp trekking in Nepal, thus the villagers and traditional practice seen along the trail will be more than just interesting.

Also as an off the beaten trekking path, natural beauty of the trekking route is pristine. Mountain scenery & flora & fauna of Makalu Barun Conservation area is not just interesting but also refreshing element of trip.

Accommodation in the tea houses is basic

With preserved nature and remote location for a good exit to hustle and bustle of the city – Makalu base camp is a perfect destination. With that being said – trekking to Makalu base camp will not offer any luxury; most of the accommodation, food and living stuff during the entire trekking duration will be basic.

Destination are awesome with landscape but overnight stay will not be that awesome.

Wild flowers and greenery looks awesome but you will not get any delicious food as of cities.

You do not need to go open toile but still do not except comfortable toilet and showers.

Please contact us for a detailed about the trek; itinerary, cost, new route, updated information for your best holiday in Nepal. Nepalgram adventure is a 100% local trekking agency in Nepal.


Less explored base camp of fifth highest mountain of the world stands at 8,485 meters (27,838 ft). Apart from its off the beaten trekking route; pristine mountain landscape and the not explored villages of the region is definitely interesting.

Are you looking for another base camp rather than common ones? Makalu can be the best adventure ever.

Major Attraction of Makalu Base Camp Trekking

  • Explore rich culture and tradition of locality
  • Arun and Barun river & river Valley
  • Wide mountain ranges over 7000m and 800m altitude
  • Makalu Barun National Park with diversity of flora and fauna
  • Wilderness of jungle trekking in off the beaten trekking trail
  • Rich flora and fauna & wildlife
  • Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley with local guide
  • Remote trekking destination with pristine cultural and traditional practice

Makalu Base Camp Trekking Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Time – 30 minutes hotel transfer time
• Activity – Relax at hotel

Day 2
Full day Kathmandu city sightseeing with guide in A/C car.

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Kathmandu city tour
• Time – Full Day
• Activity – Sightseeing of UNESCO world heritage sites

Day 3
Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, then Drive to Num.

• Altitude – 399 meters
• Special – Scenic view from plane and jeep/bus
• Time – 1 hour flight and 20/30 minutes drive
• Activity – Flying in Plane and Travelling in bus/jeep

Day 4
Trek Num to Sedua.

• Altitude – 1500 meters
• Special – Makalu Barun National Park begins
• Time – 6 hours
• Activity – steep descent through forests and terraced farms

Day 5
Trek Sedua to Tashigaoun.

• Altitude – 2100 meters
• Special – exotic village of Tashi Gaon
• Time – 5/6 hours
• Activity – Crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields

Day 6
Tashigaoun to Khongma.

• Altitude – 3500 meters
• Special – Kharka (grazing land
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge

Day 7
Khongma to Mumbuk.

• Altitude – 3570 meters
• Special – View of various mountain ranges
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Day 8
Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka

• Altitude – 3557 meters
• Special – Barun River and Valley
• Time – 7 hours
• Activity – pass through the rhododendron forest

Day 9
Yangle Kharka to Yak kharka.

• Altitude – 4780 meters
• Special – View of snow-capped mountains
• Time – 6 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Day 10
Hike to Makalu base camp

• Altitude – 4810 meters
• Special – icy glaciers and snow clad mountains
• Time – 5 hours
• Activity – Walking through flat trail

Day 11
Explore Makalu Base Camp & trek back to Yangle kharka.

• Altitude – 3557 meters
• Special – Exploration of Makalu Base Camp
• Time – 9/10 hours
• Activity – Exploring and trekking back

Day 12
Trek back to Mumbuk.

• Altitude – 3570 meters
• Special – Scenic view of surrounding
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – descend through rock falls, green forests and valley

Day 13
Back to Khongma.

• Altitude – 3500 meters
• Special – Scenic view of surrounding
• Time – 4/5 hours
• Activity – crossing through a forest of firs and rhododendrons

Day 14

• Altitude – 1500 meters
• Special – local villages and setlements
• Time – 7 hours
• Activity – steep descent through the hillsides

Day 15

• Altitude – 1560 meters
• Special – View of greenery all around
• Time – 4/5 hours
• Activity – trek through lush forests

Day 16
Drive to Tumlingtar

• Altitude – 518 meters
• Special – Scenic view during drive
• Time – 2/3 hours drive
• Activity – Travelling in bus

Day 17
Fly back Tumlingtar – Kathmandu.

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Scenic view from plane
• Time – 1 hour flight
• Activity – Flying in Plane

Day 18
Our vehicle will drive you to Tribhuvan international airport for your final departure to home.

• Time – 30 minutes airport transfer time
• Activity – Flying to next destination

Cost Details of Makalu Base camp Trekking - General Inclusions

  • Airport pickup and drop by private car or micro bus (depending on group Size).
  • Standard Hotel in Kathmandu (according to the itinerary), B/B (bed and breakfast)
  • All your meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • All accommodation during the trek.
  • All necessary paper works, entry permit & Trekker`s information management system (Tims).
  • Fluent English speaking and trained & insuranced, Government licensed guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport
  • Strong & helpful porter with proper equipment
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit).
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu in A/C Car.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
  • Card processing fee for online payable amount
  • Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination

Cost Details of Makalu Base camp Trekking - General Exclusions

  • Food while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport - Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $50 dollar.
  • Your travel and medical insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks, tea or coffee in the morning are included with breakfast.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).

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Makalu Base Camp Trekking
From $ 1,460.00
per Person for Service Trip
From $ 2,180.00
per Person for All Inclusive Trip
From $ 2,660.00
per Person for All Comfortable Trip (Free Cancellation and Transferable)

Makalu Base camp Trekking Trip Info

  • Plane-Car-Jeep
  • 1 to 8
  • 5250 meter/17220 feet
  • Hotel-Teahouse
  • Somewhat Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Basecamp Hike
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 14
  • 70



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