- Observing the surreal view of the Makalu mountain.
- Interacting with the Sherpa people living in the Makalu Barun National Park.
- Crossing the dangerous Shipton La Pass and Keke La Pass.
- Sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Swoyambhunath in the Kathmandu valley.
- Arriving at the periphery of the Makalu base camp.
- Observing the delightful picture of mountains like Peak 6 and Peak 7.
Makalu Base Camp is one of the must-visit destinations in Nepal. Surrounded by the wilderness of Makalu Conservation Area in Eastern Nepal, the route to Makalu Base Camp takes you through the high altitude terrains, alpine meadows, tropical Arun Valley, dense forests of rhododendron and firs to the base of Mount Makalu at 8463m.
The trek begins with a short sightseeing tour of the heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley. The trek is moderately strenuous, but it is planned to fit anyone willing to take this opportunity. You will pass through lush forests, rhododendron, and alpine trees savouring the flora and fauna in Makalu Barun National Park. Several Sherpa communities will treat you with their hospitality and welcoming nature. Although life is very difficult in the highlands, their smile never seems to waver. You will reach the base camp, where you will witness the beauty of stunning mountains.
The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a wonderful choice for trekkers and adventure seekers who prefer pristine natural habitat. Guides, porters and local people are very helpful during the trek. So, you can worry less and enjoy the tour even more. Get immersed in the beauty of nature and sky-high mountains as you tread forward towards your lifetime achievement.
- Arrival in Kathmandu Valley (1300m/4,264ft)
- Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
- Flight to Tumlingtar (50 minutes) Drive to Chichira (1980m/6,497ft): 3-4 hours
- Trek to Num (1560m/5,119ft): 6-7 hours
- Trek from Num to Seduwa (1500m/4,922 ft): 6-7 hours
- Trek to Tashigaon (2100m/6,890ft): 4-5 hours
- Trek to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft): 6-7 hours
- Trek to Dobate: 6-7 hours
- Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft): 6-7 hours
- Trek to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 hours
- Ascend to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours
- Explore Makalu Base Camp
- Descend to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hours
- Trek to Dobate: 6-7 hours
- Trek to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hours
- Trek to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours
- Trek to Seduwa: 4-5 hours
- Trek to Num: 5-6 hours
- Num to Tumlingtar: 6-7 hours
- Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 50 mins flight
- Final departure
Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, a separate day is set aside for acclimatization.
Best Time to Travel
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be taken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Equipment & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also, understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by hiker Himalaya inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
Important documents and items.
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveller's checks, etc.
Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woollen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an aeroplane carryon)
1 large duffel bag *
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or the water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
2 water bottles (1 litre each)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen