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Makalu base camp trek along with Mt. Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, is a challenge in the nature. The trek begins from Tumlingtar and loops around to finish at Tumlingtar. The isolated region stretches from Sagarmatha National Park, along the periphery of the Tibetan plateau and the grand subtropical gorge enclosed by the Arun River. The silent region offers splendid vista of Himalayan peaks within 40kms, which includes Mt. Makalu (8463m), Mt. Chamlang (7200m) and Mt. Baruntse (7168m). The Makalu-Barun valley provides an excellent diversity of nature: high waterfalls into the depths of the gorges, thriving green forests to rough rocked terrain and colorful flowers under the plain snow summits. The trail guides through the Arun, Koshi and Barun valley and passes the grazing land full of yaks and through the glaciers towards the Makalu base camp, where the scenes of Everest, Makalu and Lhotse is breathtaking.  The distant area of the Makalu base camp filled with varied nature, culture and livelihood of people is not an easily available trek.


Trek Facts

Country: Nepal

Grade: Hard

Area: Makalu Region

Activities: Trekking

Total Duration: 23 days

Season: Mar - May, Sep - Dec

Altitudes: 5000m


Day 01:   Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to the hotel and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02:   Kathmandu - Tumlingtar – Chilchile (1980 m)
Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (510m.) takes about 45 minutes. On the same day after arrival in Tumlingtar two hours drive to Chilchile by jeep. Stay overnight at lodge or camp in Chilchile.

Day 03:   Chilchile - Num (1560 m.)
Trek from Chilchile to Num takes about four and half hours. The trail ascends for about 2 hours and then descends by a small perennial river where you will walk on a flat trail for about one hour to reach Num. Num is a beautiful village which is enriched with many tea houses and also has telephone facilities. Stay overnight at lodge or camp in Num.

Day 04:   Num - Seduwa (1500m.) 
Trek from Num to Seduwa takes about four and half hours. The trail descends steeply for about 2 and half hours until you come to a big river named Neguwa Khola. The trail passes over the suspension bridge and ascends through forest and a few traditional villages. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending on the season. There is a check post and local office of the Makalu Conservation Area. Stay overnight at lodge or camp in Seduwa.

Day 05:   Seduwa - Tashigaon (2100 m.)
Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon takes about four hours. The trail slightly ascends but the major part of the hike is flat and easy through the bushes. While walking, you will see villages at a far distance. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest, is a big Sherpa village. You will find prayer flags fluttering in the wind whispering odes of prayers for the dead and forgotten in and around the village. The camping spot in this village is really a praiseworthy site. Stay overnight at lodge or camp in Tashigaon.

Day 06:   Tashigaon
Rest and acclimatization day

Day 07:   Tashigaun - Kauma (3760 m)
Trek from Tashigaon to Kauma takes about six hours. The trail ascends throughout the day and you will walk through forest of Rhododendrons and Sal trees until you reach your destination. Kongma la is a ridge and there is only one tea house here. This is also a perfect place for camping. It snows here even during the spring months of March and April. Stay overnight at camp in Khongma La.

Day 08:   Kauma - Mumbuk (3520m.)
Trek from Kauma to Mumbuk takes about six and half hours. The trail ascends and then following a rugged path you reach a beautiful lake named “Kalo Pokhari” at the height of (4004 m). Leaving this lake, you go downhill until you reach Mumbuk. It is a serene camping spot surrounded by green forests. Stay overnight at lodge or camp in Mumbuk.

Day 09:   Mumbuk - Yangri Kharka (4274 m)
Trek from Mumbuk to Yangri Kharka takes about four and half hours. The hike today is a bit adventurous and strenuous. The trail passes for about 3 hours through a landscape which is very prone to landslides. The Barun River running through the trail adds more dimensions to the trek with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m and Peak 7 (6185m.). Stay overnight at lodge or camp in Yangri Kharka.

Day 10:   Yangri Kharka - Sherson (4630 m)
Trek from Yangri Kharka to Sherson takes about six and half hours. The trail ascends through grasslands and forest. You can enjoy the majestic peaks such as Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m, Peak 7 (6185m), Isuwa La (5340m) and many other unnamed mountains and peaks. Stay overnight at lodge or camp in Sherson.

Day 11:   Sherson - Makalu Base Camp (4870 m)
Trek from Sherson to Makalu Base Camp takes about four hours. The hike passes through a flat trail and will descend to a Perennial River. As you reach Makalu Base Camp, you will be mesmerized by the views of Mt. Makalu (8463m), Baruntse (7152m), Kali Himal (6985m), Chamlang (7390m) and Makalu II (7640 m), etc. Stay overnight at camp in Makalu Base Camp.

Day 12:   Rest  day at Makalu Base Camp
A day for Rest at Makalu Base Camp. You will enjoy the whole day in the base camp. From here you will have spectacular views of different mountains and peaks. You can also hike to the Baruntse Base Camp to enjoy the scenery and view this camp has to offer. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 13:   MBC - Yangri Kharka (4274 m)
Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka. This takes about four and a half hours. After ascending for a few hours, the trail moves along a flat level path and at the end it descends to reach Yangri Kharka. En route, you walk through a rocky forest path with views of green hills and huge stones at some distance. Stay overnight at lodge or camp in Yangri Kharka.

Day 14:   Yangle Kharka - Dobato
Trek from Yangle Kharka to Dobato takes about four and half hours. The trail ascends for almost three hours through the same landscape and possibility of landslides. You then have to trek uphill passing through jungles all the way to Dobato. This is not a village but a camping place only. Here, you find small bushes of rhododendrons. Stay overnight at lodge or camp in Dobato.

Day 15:   Dobato - Tashigaon (2100m.)
Trek from Dobato to Tashigaon takes about six hours. The trail descends steeply to Khongma la via Kali Pokhari through a dense jungle. You again walk along a downhill path all the way to Tashigaon. Stay overnight at lodge or camp in Tashigaon.

Day 16:   Tashigaon - Num
Trek from Tashigaon to Num (1490m.) takes about five hours. The trail steeply descends in the beginning which changes to a steep ascent before reaching Num. You pass through small forests of bamboo and small villages. Stay overnight at camp in Num.

Day 17:   Num - Chilchile
Trek from Num to Chichile takes about four hours. The trail ascends by starting through the forest and will gently descend. Stay overnight at lodge or camp in Chilchile.

Day 18:   Chilchile - Tumlingtar
Drive to Tumlingtar by jeep takes about one and half hours. Stay overnight at lodge or camp in Tumlingtar.

Day 19:   Tumlingtar - Kathmandu
Fly out from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20:   Kathmandu
Free for sightseeing, shopping and etc. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 21:   Final Departure
Transfer to the Airport for final departure. 

Note: The itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday. Similarly hotel can be upgraded or downgraded depending on your requirement.




  • Transportation airport - hotel - airport including domestic airport
  • 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Kathamndu including guide
  • Makalu Barun National Park Permit Fee 
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee) at lodge/tented camp during the trek.
  • Accommodation at lodge/tented camp during the trek
  • One guide and 1 porter every two person basis during the tea house trek (accept camping)
  • Guide and porter-s all meal, accommodation, transportation, daily wages and  insurance
  • Transportation by jeep Jumlingtar – Chilchile - Tumlingtar
  • Farewell dinner
  • Company service charge
  • All necessary government taxes


  • Personal equipment
  • Personal and medical Insurance 
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter incase needed
  • Bar bills (mineral water, coke, beer etc) 
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Any other services, which is not mentioned above