Makalu Base Camp Trek

Duration: 19 Days Price from: US$1775
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Streneous
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: As per Itinerary
  • Food: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner(BLD)
  • Group Size: Min 1 Pax
  • Max Elevation: 5,100 m


  • Adventurous and off-the-beaten trekking experience
  • Get to see a wide range of flora and fauna as the trail passes through Makalu Barun National Park
  • Trek through beautiful villages observing rich culture and lifestyle of locals
  • Reach the base of 5th highest mountain in the world, Makalu Base Camp
  • Cross Shipton La Pass ( 4,257m)
  • Witness gorgeous landscape and tempting views of the Himalayas

About Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek is a very tough and adventurous trek in the Himalayas. Many adventure enthusiasts have named Makalu Base Camp Trek 23 Days as one of the best trekking trails that Nepal has to offer. During the trekking, you get to experience off-the-beaten trails, gorgeous scenery, dense forests, picturesque villages, stunning views of Himalayan mountains, and tranquil trail. The best thing about Makalu Base Camp Trekking is that it offers less-crowded trail, unlike other famous treks of Nepal. Even though Everest Base Camp Trek is the most famous trek, Makalu Base Camp Trek is the most stimulating trek.

Makalu Base Camp Trek traverses one of the very undeveloped and isolated parts of Nepal. The trail leads to the lap of the world's fifth highest mountain, Mt. Manaslu, which is explored by very few travelers. During the trek, you pass through several villages, where you will get to see the rich culture and lifestyle of the local community. The landscape you get to behold is unbelievable.

As the trail moves through Makalu Barun National Park, you get to see a wide range of vegetation and might be a few wildlife. Likewise, Makalu Base Camp Trek 23 Days offers stunning views of snow-capped mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Baruntse (7,162 m), Mt. Chamlang (7,319 m), etc.


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As you enter Nepal, you get to witness green hills, settlement areas, and snow-capped mountains at a far distance. After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you get welcomed by our team representative at the terminal gate. He will take you to the hotel, and later, in the evening, you will have a welcome dinner organized by the company. 

  • Meals: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

We have organized a guided sightseeing tour for you during which you visit several monuments like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhnath Stupa. These places are part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You get guided by a professional tour guide who will brief you about these monuments. 

  • Meals: Breakfast only
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Today, you will take a scenic flight to Tumlingta and drive to Chichira. Upon landing at the airport, you will meet with other crew members who will join you on the journey. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
You begin trekking early and head towards Num. The trail will be easy and passes through picturesque villages and lush forests. 
  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

The trail steeply descends through dense forest and beautiful terraced farms. You will reach Barun River and cross it. From here, you ascend on a steep path. Further, you register your permits and trek through Makalu Barun National Park and reach Seduwa.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

Leaving Seduwa behind, the trail ascends a ridge surrounded by Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. You will then cross a hillside through fine villages and lovely paddy fields. From here, you trek and reach Tashi Gaon from where you get to see stunning views of Himalayan mountains.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

The trail is going to be tough today because of the steep path and elevation. After having a warm breakfast, you begin ascending through lush forest to a stream and climb to a ridge. Further, the trail gets steeper and passes by grazing land. You will then follow a series of rough stone stairs and reach near a small lake. From here, the trail climbs to Khongma Danda. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

Today, you will take a rest day and rest. You will also explore surrounding areas and prepare yourself for tough coming tough climb to Shipton La Pass. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

You will wake up early and begin ascending towards Shipton La Pass. From the top of the pass, you get to see stunning surrounding views. The trail descends and passes by Kalo Pokhari and move towards Dobato. On the way, you get to see wonderful views of Mt. Chamlong, Peak 6, Peak 7, etc.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

The trail moves through lush rhododendron forests and takes you to the Barun River. The trial will include steep climb for the first couple of hours and lead you to Yangri Kharka.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

The trail gradually passes through yak pastures, lush forests, and boulder fields. You will then pass through Merek and continue walking enjoying superb views of Langmale Kharka.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

Today, you reach Makalu Base Camp. Leaving Langmale Kharka, you ascend to Shershong and walk on glaciers to reach the base camp. On the way, you get to see panoramic views of Himalayan massifs and tempting scenery.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp

Makalu Base Camp is a rocky barren place with huge Barun Glacier beyond it. Today, you will explore the base camp and its nearby areas. You will get to see an excellent view of the south face of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and the other Himalayas. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp

From Makalu Base Camp, the trail gradually descends to Yangla Kharka. On the way, you get to witness the last views of Mt. Makalu and pass through Shersong, Langmale Kharka, and Merek to reach Yangla Kharka.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

After having a delicious breakfast, you descend through rock falls, lush green forests, and fine valleys to Dobato. Following the riverbank of Barun river, you drop down to Dobato village.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

The trail steeply climbs from Dobato to Mumbuk. From here, you trek through lush forest of rhododendron and crosses Keke La, Tutu La, and Kauma La. Crossing these three passes, you descend to Khongma Danda.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

Continuing your trek, you descend on a steep trail through hillsides. Further, the trail passes through dense forests and take you Tashi Gaon. It is a beautiful Sherpa village, where you get to see the daily lifestyle of the locals.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

From Tashi Gaon, you retrace the path and come out of Makalu Barun National Park. The trail descends to the Barun River and crosses a hillside. Further, you walk in small villages and reach Seduwa.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

Today, you will retrace the path and trek through lush forests. The trail ascends and descends and passes by more lush forest. You will then descend and reach Num.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

Leaving Num behind, you trek on the same path as before and move towards Chichira. Enjoying the last views of Mt. Makalu, you reach Chichira and drive back to Tumlingtar for a night stay.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse

After having a quick breakfast, you fly back to Kathmandu. You will then drive to the hotel and relax for the day. You are free to explore the nearby area on your own.

  • Meals: Breakfast only
  • Accommodation: Hotel

This is an extra day in Kathmandu. You will spend the day visiting tourist sites and doing shopping. If you want to have a guided sightseeing tour do let us know beforehand. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner with the team members and end your day.

  • Meals: Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

The time comes when we say goodbye to each other. Today, you will fly back to your home. One of our team delegates will transfer you to the Airport as per your flight schedule. 

What's Included

  • Arrival and departure transfer services to/from both airport as per itinerary
  • Three-star or similar hotels for accommodation in Kathmandu 
  • Experienced and government-licensed trekking guide, Experienced cook & all the staffs during the trekking
  • Schedule flight tickets for Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu 
  • All the camping equipment like; cooking utensils, Tent, kitchen tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs and sleeping tent twin basis
  • 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner with tea/coffee) during the journey
  • Welcome & farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant 
  • All the food and fuel for trek
  • All necessary permits for Makalu base camp trek
  • All wages, equipment, medicals, and accidental insurances for involved staffs
  • First Aid medical kits
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 3 per minute call
  • Emergency Oxygen, mask, and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge
  • Complete pre-departure information
  • Flight ticket reconfirmation
  • Visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Free Ascent Trails T-shirt, brochure, duffel bag, etc

What's Excluded

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the welcome & farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking
  • Any personal expenses like laundry, charging, etc
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc
  • Extra transportation out of the itinerary program
  • Any additional staff other than specified
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue
  • Wallie-talkies & filming permit (if any special camera or walkies-talkies are taken on the journey)
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone & Internet expenses
  • Tips and gifts for staff 
  • Airfare of international flights
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu)
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any other item not included in the “COST INCLUDES” section

Useful Info

What to expect during Makalu Base Camp Trek?

Makalu Base Camp Trek is an adventurous trail that leads to one of the remotest areas of the Himalayan region. The trail is trodden, pristine, and unspoiled. If you are someone who loves to stand on the not-crowded trail, only you and nature, than Makalu Base Camp Trek is the perfect option for you. You will get to see some of the most beautiful landscapes and Himalayan mountains views along with getting a chance to be part of the local community.

Why go on Makalu Base Camp Trek with us?

While trekking with us, you will get the finest services and most comprehensive package. We offer a huge range of adventurous activities throughout Nepal, which makes us professionals in our field. We have been climbing and mapping several peaks & trails in the Himalayas for a long time, which has given us ample knowledge of the region. We assure you that, we are the best travel partner that you will not regret choosing.

Where is Makalu Base Camp?

Makalu Base Camp is located in the heart of Eastern Nepal in Makalu Barun National Park. Situated at 5,100 meters from the sea level, Makalu Base Camp is the base of the world's fifth-highest mountains.

Makalu Base Camp Trek map

Makalu Base Camp Trek map will present an overview of our Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary. This map will help you understand the trail and major places. You can also carry this map on the journey or get yourself a more detailed map that leads to Makalu Base Camp.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) Symptoms & Prevention

High altitude journey carries altitude sickness, which is a kind of illness that can happen to anyone if their body is not acclimatized with the altitude as they move up. During this kind of high altitude journey, you have to be careful while designing/choosing your itinerary. It is very important your itinerary has enough rest days and ascends at a constant pace. To make sure you do not have to face this problem, we have crafted our Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary including ample rest days.

Read below to know more in detail about altitude sickness symptoms & preventive measures:-

Symptoms of altitude sickness

  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath with exertion

Preventive measures

  • Include an adequate number of rest days in the itinerary
  • Keep yourself hydrated
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages
  • Do not gain more than 500 meters in a day
  • Try to spend the night in lower altitude
  • Acclimatize properly at a lower altitude
  • Inform your guide immediately if any of the symptoms you see
  • Do not push yourself

Makalu Base Camp Trek difficulty

Makalu Base Camp Trek is a difficult trek to embark on. The terrain in this region is different from other parts of Nepal. You will walk around 6 to 7 hours a day on rugged and steep paths. Moreover, as the trail moves further, you will gain altitude, which makes the journey more challenging. Plus, the isolation of the region also has a huge hand to make Makalu Base Camp Trek 23 Days overall demanding. You need to be in good shape and health to go on this trek.

Best time to go to Makalu Base Camp Trek

There are five seasons in Nepal, and among them, spring & autumn are known as the best time of the year to go on Makalu Base Camp Trek. Spring comprises March, April, and May, whereas autumn includes October and November. These are the most stable months in terms of weather and climate. Clear blue sky and superb views make the journey tempting.

Other seasons like Summer, Monsoon, and Winter is not an ideal time to go on Makalu Base Camp Trekking because of unstable weather, heavy rainfall, and harsh cold. The trail gets slippery with unclear views. Moreover, most of the teahouse also get closed.

Makalu Base Camp Trek cost

The cost of Makalu Base Camp Trek package can vary from one company to another company because of the services and itinerary. We offer the most comprehensive package in the market. Usually, our cost includes things like ground transportation as per the itinerary, all meals and accommodation on the trail, permits, and expenses of the guide/porters. There are still many things that are not covered by the package cost. For more information, you can check our cost includes and excludes section or get in touch with us.

Accommodation during Makalu Base Camp Trek

During Makalu Base Camp Trek, you will either stay in teahouses or camp. It depends on the time and availability. The services in teahouses are nothing fancy even you will get the most basic room with a bed, blanket, and pillow to pass the night. Rooms mostly have two beds, which means you need to share it with a fellow trekker.

We recommend you to get a nice sleeping bag for yourself as it can get very cold at night and the blanket provide in the teahouse will not be enough. While camping all the necessary equipment is carried by us.

Food & Water on Makalu Base Camp Trek

If you are staying in the teahouse, then all the meals will be served by their menu. Dishes like dal bhaat, veggies, curries, chapati, bread, eggs, meat, noodles, momo, thukpa, rice pudding, etc can be seen on the menu. During your stay in camp, our trained porters will cook and serve the meals. You can ask them to make a particular dish for you as per the availability.

You can get boiled water in the teahouse. and can fill your bottle. Plastic water bottles are available on the trail, but it will cost you a fortune and only increase waste. Therefore, we highly suggest you carry reusable water.

Tailor-Made Options

Along with providing a fixed itinerary, we are also open to custom made itineraries. You can design Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary as per your needs. This helps us to provide the best service to our guests as well as meet their requirements. Therefore, feel free to share your queries with us, so that we can arrange the best possible venture for you.

Environmental Practices

While traveling with us, you will clearly see our efforts that we put on our trips. As we spend lots of our time in nature, it is very important for us to conserve and protect it. We make sure, we are not harming nature in any way during our journey. From recommending not to use plastic water bottles on the trail to cleaning the base camps while returning from the journey, these small steps that we are taking do make a difference.