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Quick Facts

  • Duration:21 Days
  • Trek Style:Trekking
  • Group Size:2++
  • Location:Makalu region
  • Trek Starting Point:Tumglingtar
  • Trip Grade:Moderate / Challenge
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation:Tea house, tourist standard hotel
  • Max-Altitude:5100 m
  • Transportation:Domestic flight
  • Trek Ending Point:Tumglingtar
  • Departure from:Kathmandu

Makalu Base Camp

The Makalu Base Camp trek is an ideal trekking route for nature lovers who want to get to know nature and culture on the trekking path as well as the various views of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest.

This region has a rich cultural heritage, incomparable beauty and natural diversity. This is a hike towards the mountain Makalu (8483 m), the fifth highest mountain in the world. The route also leads through dense rhododendron forests. You will also occasionally see animals such as deer, bored monkeys and many different species of birds. If you’re higher up, you may be able to spot the blue sheep and the snow leopards that are on the IUCN’s list of Threatened Animals.

Meet the Sherpa in Tashigaun during your acclimatization day. The radiant smile of the locals will enchant you. On the way you will meet Rai and Sherpa people who live in the Himalayas, among others. You can also stop at the Swiss Base Camp on the banks of the desolate Barun Pokhari. From Makalu Base Camp we have a spectacular view of the rarely seen Kangshung face of Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga in the Far East. The towering peaks of 3, 5, Yaupa and the Chamlang Himal along the Tibetan border.

It is recommended that you have experience with trekking and that you are in good health before starting trekking in the Makalu region. In this region, only a full hike is possible at Makalu campsite, where all supplies are carried by local owners from day one.

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport. Our Staff member meets you and transfers you to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Morning wake-up and breakfast in hotel.

Our guide will meet you in your hotel and brief you about the upcoming Makalu base camp trekking. He will guide you through all the formalities and necessary paper-works required for the trekking.

After that, we then do a Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley of famous UNESCO world heritage sites like Boudhanath, one of the largest Stupas in the world; Swayambhunath, a famous monkey temple and Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple complex. Apart from Sightseeing, we also get TIMS card and permits for our trekking on this day. In the evening, we do initial preparation for the trekking.

Overnight at Hotel.

After breakfast, we fly calmly over the Himalayas to Tumlingtar, where we meet our trekking crew. Drive north of Shoba Khola along the ridge above the flat, warm Tumlintar Valley towards Khadbari. The road continues through a beautiful terrace field with a wonderful view of the green valley. The sloping road brings us to our campsite in Chichila. Enjoy the sunset and the mountains in Maklau area.

Overnight in a Camp.

We enjoy a beautiful view of the mountain. Chamlang (7319 m) Makalu (8463 m) and sawtooth-shaped forest ridges move around with many birds. The path continues on a bumpy road that often follows a shortcut that leads past the Sherpa fururu settlement at 1900 m. Gentle ascent along the ridge line through the forest, which is heavily covered by firewood, gathers in the surrounding villages. Shortly afterwards, you go past Mure off the road and into the spectacularly situated village of Num.

Overnight in a Camp.

The path turns north of the ridge and leads steeply to the Aurn River at 620 m. The hike continues over a dubious-looking suspension bridge that leads up the same climb on the exposed rocky field of Pachowk. Ascent for about 1000 m through dense forest, finally leads to the beautiful Seduwa campsite. There is a large flat camping meadow directly above the checkpoint of the Makalu Barun National Park checkpoint. The village of Num is clearly visible in front of the campsite on a long green hill.

Overnight in a Camp.

We climb a ridge that leads past the Mani Wall and gently climb north through the rice terrace to the village of Manigaun. A short daily walk, climbing and then the contours of a beautiful village and a wilderness forest to the last settlement on the walk-in in Tashigaon.

Overnight in a Camp.

Take a wonderful walk through the Sherpa village, wash yourself and make it easy for yourself. We take a look at the surrounding and let our body adjust to the new environment. Today we acclimatize at Tashi Gaun.

Overnight in a Camp.

We climb steeply through the thick forest of rhododendron and pass many crests and seasonal yak herders to an open hill with a tea shop. The path climbs back to Chipla at 2520 m, here the path becomes even steeper. He struggles up the stream and a huge overhanging rock just below the Manidanda. Our destination Khongma welcomes us with a terraced campsite.

Overnight in a Camp.

From Khongma, climb the steep ridge to the stone bend at 3840 m and enjoy Chamlang, Peak 6 (6739 m) and Peak 7 (6105 m). We climb stone stairs and pass several false ridges to Ghungu La, also called TuTu La, around 4050 m. Descent to Kalo Pokhar and steep climb to Shipton La at 4216 m, named after Eric Shipton, who followed the route with Edmond Hillary in 1952. Drive to Thulo Pokhari and climb the last pass of the day, Ka Ka La at 4150 m, before descending to our camp in a clearing between rhododendrons in Dobato.

Overnight in a Camp.

The path leads over a slope covered with screed into the long, curving Barun valley, which forms a natural road towards your destination. Hike through a long landslide along the river through a gorge to a more open valley and to our high-altitude campsite in Yangri Kharka next to the Barun River with colorful prayer flags and a view of Makalu after a few days.

Overnight in a Camp.

The path runs upstream with a waterfall and gentle ascent to Ngle Kharka at 3750 m with a wonderful mountain view and alpine meadow. Beyond Ngle Kharka, the river forms a huge S-shaped curve between a certain rock face that rises on both sides of the river. The hike leads past many yak herders and meadows of Rupak Kharka (3930 m) and Jhak Kharka (4210 m). Passing a beautiful waterfall and a swampy pasture, we come to a standstill overnight on the summer pasture of Yak Kharka.

Overnight in a Camp.

To acclimatize for the last ascent, this is a short day. The landscape here is a dry mass of sand and gravel. Follow a path west of the creek on the north side of the moraine with the pyramid peak of Hongku Chuli (6835 m). A nice day walk through a high alpine environment. Shersong arrives around a corner, within sight of the Lower Barun Glacier.

Overnight in a Camp.

Visit the Makalu base camp (5100 m) with breathtaking views along the way. However, the base camp has no prospect unless it’s nice to interact with the Makalu expedition group in season. Back to the campsite. Lunch and ascent to a height of approx. 5000 m on a ridge in the north with a view of Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Everest and many more. We spend a second night in Sherson.

Overnight in a Camp.

Walk back down the alpine meadow along the Barun river to the warmer flat plateau.

Overnight in a Camp.

Continue down through the rock fall and climb up the canyon to Dobato.

Overnight in a camp.

Today we cross Kaka La, Shipton La and Tutu La and then make a short descent to the Khongma campsite.

Overnight in a Camp.

Take a long sleep and return to Tashi Gaun’s civilization. After lunch, take a walk to Seduwa.

Overnight in a camp.

We start the day with a descent into the hot and steamy Arun River Valley. We cross the Khola and then begin the tough climb up the ridge on the other side to Num.

Overnight in a Camp.

An early start and a relatively easy morning hike along the ridge to Chichila that takes about 5 hours. Here we get in our jeep and drive back to Tumlingtar.

Overnight in a Camp.

We take the morning flight to Kathmandu and drive to the hotel in the afternoon.

Overnight in a Hotel.

After breakfast a staff member will pick you up from the hotel and transfers you to the airport for the final departure. We wish you a pleasant and safe flight back home and hope to see you soon again.


  • Airport Pick-up and drop Service
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing basis) with breakfast
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu valley with an experienced tour guide
  • Sightseeing charges and Entry fees
  • Accommodation during the trek (teahouse / guesthouse / homestay)
  • All meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Transportation (tourist coach / local bus / private vehicle)
  • 2 way Flight (KTM – Tumglingtar – KTM)
  • Experienced licensed English-speaking trekking guide
  • Local government Entry Permit of Rs. 2000 (started in 2018)
  • Insurance of the Guide and Porter
  • Special Makalu Barun Area Trekking Permit
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Trekking Permit Card
  • Medical kits carried by the guide
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and all Government Taxes


Optional Add-Ons:

  • Porter (cost: 20 USD per day, carries 15 – 20 kg load. Porter’s accommodation, transport and meal is paid by the company)
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (in case you don‘t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)


  • Travel and rescue insurance (Mandatory: Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ m)
  • International airfare and Visa costs (you can get a Visa upon arrival at the Airport)
  • Personal interest items or gears
  • Tips to guide / driver / porter
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Beverage and Drink Items / Other Extra facilities like hot shower during trek
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in “What’s Included” section
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