Makalu Base Camp Trekking-20 Days

Trip Highlights

  • 5th Highest Peak in the world- Makalu
  • Trekking along Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation area
  • Panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Chamlang and Makalu
  • Explore on of the most remote and isolated areas of Nepal

Trip Introduction

Mount Makalu has influenced the Makalu Base Camp Trekking. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,485 meters. It is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas 19 km southeast of Mount Everest. Also, it is on the border between Nepal and the Tibet Autonomous Region, China. One of the eight-thousanders, Makalu is an isolated peak whose shape is a four-sided pyramid.


Makalu Base Camp or Makalu-Barun Valley is a Himalayan glacier valley situated at the base of Makalu. Further, it is in the Sankhuwasabha district of Nepal.


This valley lies entirely inside the Makalu Barun National Park (1992). In the same vein, Makalu Barun National Park is one of the virgin lands. It spreads over 1500 square kilometers in the Eastern part of Nepal.


What does Makalu Base Camp Trekking offer?


Makalu Base Camp Trekking and Barun Valley provide stunning contrasts, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. This unique landscape shelters some of the last pristine mountain ecosystems on Earth. Rare species of animals and plants flourish in diverse climates and habitats, relatively undisturbed by humankind.


The Makalu Base Camp trek is a remote route that encompasses some of the best that Nepal has to offer — quiet trails, vibrant terraced farmland, rural cultures, rhododendron forests, rare wildlife, and several 8,000 meter-plus peaks. For experienced trekkers who relish a challenge, this is a great trek with ample rewards.


The Makalu Base Camp trek is an ideal trek for nature-loving trekkers who want to experience a variety of landscapes and cultures, as well as uncommon views of some of the world’s tallest mountains, including Everest. The Makalu Barun National Park is home to 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 species of birds, and 75 species of mammals including the snow leopard, red panda, musk dear, wild boar, wild yak, and the Himalayan Thar.


Above all, you get the possibility of spotting wildlife at lower altitudes, green pastures, and fields. Likewise, you can find villages, forests, combined with snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and rocky trails. For an instance, this is also an ideal photography territory for getting great photos!


Also, Makalu Region offers you one of the most popular trekking destinations to Mera Peak regardless of the Makalu Base Camp Trekking. 


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Outline Itinenary

  • Day 1:  Flight to Tumlingtar (460m) and drive to Chichili (1980m)
  • Day 2:  Trek to Num (1560m)
  • Day 3:  Trek to Sedua (1500m)
  • Day 4:  Trek to Tashi Gaon (2100m)
  • Day 5:  Trek to Kauma (3500m)
  • Day 6:  Rest and acclimatization day
  • Day 7:  Trek to Mumbuk (3570m)
  • Day 8:  Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m)
  • Day 9:  Trek to Sherson (4615m)
  • Day 10:  Trek to the Final Destination – The Makalu Base Camp (5000m)
  • Day 11:  Explore Makalu Base Camp
  • Day 12:  Return Journey to Nhe Kharka (3000m)
  • Day 13:  Trek to Mumbuk (3570m)
  • Day 14:  Trek to Kauma (3470m)
  • Day 15:  Trek to Tashi Gaon (2070m)
  • Day 16:  Trek to Balung (760m)
  • Day 17:  Trek to Pukuwa (550m)
  • Day 18:  Trek to Bumling (370m)
  • Day 19:  Trek to Tumlingtar (460m)
  • Day 20:  Fly to Kathmandu


  • Day 1: Flight to Tumlingtar (460m) and drive to Chichili (1980m)

    After breakfast, we take a one hour morning flight to Tumlingtar. Reaching there we head north towards Khandbari after lunch. We will pass through a plateau for about 45 minutes. At Tumlingtar we will meet our crew members and pack our bags and start to drive to Chichili which will takes us approximately 3 / 4 hrs. Chichili have a few houses inhabited by Gurungs.

  • Day 2: Trek to Num (1560m)

    After leaving Chichili, we walk past forests, Mani wall and a dirty pond. We continue to walk along the ridge past a small stream to a single Sherpa house and tea shop. This is Mure, a spread-out village at 1980 meters that is inhabited by both Sherpas and Rais.

    Below Mure, the route cuts across the ridge, then make a treacherous descent to a rocky trail down to some stone steps and a final walk to Num (1490m). Num is situated on the ridge above an S-shaped bend in the River Arun which is the picturesque village with lush vegetation. On the opposite side of the Arun is the village of Sedua.

  • Day 3: Trek to Sedua (1500m)

    After a warm breakfast, we cross the River Arun (660 m). From the bridge, we make a steep climb to a primitive tea shop and then walk through the corn and buckwheat field. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraced fields of corn and barley, we make a long, steep, rough climb to Sedua (1460m).

  • Day 4: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2100m)

    We leave Sedua behind and walk along the River Rasuwa from Khola to Gyang (1770m). Here the trail goes through the terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. After lunch, we start towards Tashi Gaon which is a 6 hours walk from the village of Sedua.

  • Day 5: Trek to Kauma (3500m)

    The trail levels out, and then climbs to a shepherd’s hut called Chipla atop another ridge. We cross over two small streams, then switchback up the ridge in forests to a Kharka at 2900 meters. We then reach Unshisha, a tiny meadow at approx 330 meters. Here 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. We then move over a hillock and descend a bit to reach Kauma (3500 m).

  • Day 6: Rest and acclimatization day

    Since we are doing a camping trek so we will take the spare day as this will help us to clean ourselves and wash clothes and also we can explore the surrounding places and natural beauty.

  • Day 7: Trek to Mumbuk (3570m)

    We leave Kauma to head towards Mumbuk. On the way to our next destination, we can have a view of the famous twin peaks of Chamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7. Treading on the ridge for a while, we ascend a stone staircase. After a while, the trail veers left off the crest to a small lake. We then climb gently up a shallow rocky gully to the Kike La (4127 m). We walk past the Tutu la and continue descending for about 150 meters into the Rhododendron forests to a flat land. A short walk past the dense forest leads to the village of Mumbuk.

  • Day 8: Trek to Nhe Kharka (3000m)

    We start walking along the stream and then follow the Barun River to a Kharka. Passing through Birch and Scrub Rhododendron forest, we reach Yangle Kharka. We climb up from Yangle Kharka, finally crossing to the north side of the Barun Khola and reach Nhe Kharka (3000 m). There is a small Gompa (Monastery) on the south side of the valley that offers a panoramic view of the majestic snowcapped mountain from all sides.

  • Day 9: Trek to Sherson (4615m)

    We are almost halfway through our trek and today it is going to be a long one as we have to walk for almost 8 hours. We continue the walk through the northern bank of the Barun Khola for a while. After a short walk, The Barun Valley makes a huge S-shaped curve and the walls raise vertically almost up to 1500 to 2000 meters above the river. But the trail turns easier as we approach Ripok Kharka. From here the trek to Sherson is a magical and mesmerizing experience as you can see the Pyramid Peak, Chamlang Peak 3,4, and 5. Further on reaching an alluvial valley, you can sight the Fifth highest mountain Makalu just as you are about to reach Sherson (4615 m) which makes all the day’s efforts worthwhile and refreshes you absolutely.

  • Day 10: Trek to the Final Destination – The Makalu Base Camp (5000m)

    This is the day you would be looking forward to as we reach the Makalu Basecamp, the highest base camp on earth. From Sherson, we start walking and the trail is left to our east. We climb down to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. We further go down, crossing over the boulders to reach the base camp on the west bank of the river. We can see the southern part of the Makalu. A climb as tedious and exhilarating as this yields the same kinds of rewards too. From here you can take in the sight of the Mighty Himalayan peaks of Everest, Baruntse, Peaks 6 & 7 and also the Lhotse.

  • Day 11: Explore Makalu Base Camp

    The base camp is barren land with the Barun Glacier away from it. From the spot, we can see the stunning south face of Makalu and the magnificent view of Everest and Lhotse. Similarly, we can explore the surrounding areas with lakes, glaciers and capture photographs and enjoy the remaining time.

  • Day 12: Return Journey to Nhe Kharka (3000m)

    Today we trek back to Nhe Kharka following the same trail that we had taken to reach the Makalu Base Camp.

  • Day 13: Trek to Mumbuk (3570m)

    After a hearty and warm breakfast, we walk back to Mumbuk. Traversing through the Pine and Rhododendron forests, we will reach Mumbuk in the late afternoon to witness the beautiful sunset.


  • Day 14: Trek to Kauma (3470m)

    Leaving Mumbuk, we trek across the Shipton La pass and start our descent towards Kauma.

  • Day 15: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2070m)

    Today we climb all the way down Tashi Gaon. Here we spend the rest of the day relaxing to catch up with the energy used to trek in the high altitude.

  • Day 16: Trek to Balung (760m)

    From Tashi Gaon we go down to Sedua, and then follow the trails to further go down to Mulgaon. Leaving Mulgaon behind, we start walking down the steep rocky trail through fields of corn and barley until we reach the Ipsuwa Khola. Here we have to cross the suspension bridge and stop for lunch. This is the place from where we have entered the Arun Valley. The area is used as a temporary settlement by the farmers living up in the hills. Further down the trail and we reach Balung (760 m)

  • Day 17: Trek to Pukuwa (550m)

    We start a bit late today as the trail is a short one to the village of Pukuwa. We walk past the Walung (880m) village predominated by the Rai community and then cross the Apsawa Khola. After a small climb, we will reach the Chhayang village, also a settlement of the Rai community. 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. We continue walking through forests and pass several small streams to reach Pukuwa (550m).

  • Day 18: Trek to Bumling (370m)

    Passing some rocky terrain and green fields on the trail we reach the village of Tome (520 m). Makalu Barun base camp trekking is famous not only for the mountains but also the cultivation in such a remote and difficult terrain. Below Tome, the Arun Valley becomes wider and more U shaped. The trail ascends over another ridge on a steep, narrow stairway cut out of rocks. From the top of the ridge at 530m, the trail descends to a charming camp on the banks of the Sankhuwa Khola (370m), across from the Chhetri village of Bumling.

  • Day 19: Trek to Tumlingtar (460m)

    Today is the last day of the trek and we go down following the river downstream to its confluence with the Arun River. Further on we cross the Arun River and start walking on the east bank of the Arun, past the village of Chyawabesi before making a short climb back to the Tumlingtar plateau. From here we walk on the flat land to the hotel near the airport.

  • Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu

    We take a flight back to Kathmandu which lasts for an hour.You can extend your trip by exploring the natural and cultural beauty of Kathmandu or rests of the day enjoy yourself.

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu (International and domestic both)
  • Makalu Base camp all required permit fee and Makalu Barun National Park entrance fee
  • Flight ticket to Tumlingtar both ways
  • Food and accommodation during the trek and climb (full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee and seasonal fresh fruits)
  • One licensed English or Chinese or Korean or Hindi along with Nepali speaking trekking guide
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don't have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Carried by the guide)

Optional Addons

  • Porter
  • Hotel in Kathmandu

Cost Disincludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the Agent / Agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted Flights / Helicopter

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  • Trip Duration

    20 Days
  • Destination

    Nepal/Everest Region
  • Activity

  • Price

    USD 1800
  • Meal

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation

    Drive/ Flight
  • Accommodation

    Camping/ Local House/ Lodge
  • Group Size

  • Trip Grade

    Moderate to fairly hard
  • Season

    February-May, September-December
  • Altitude

    Makalu Base Camp 5000 m
  • Trip Attraction

    Makalu Barun Valley

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