Makalu Base Camp Trek

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    USD 1775 1975

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Trip Overview

This trek takes you to Makalu Base Camp (5250 m), now designated as Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area. Mt. Makalu (8463 m) is the fifth highest peak in the world. The Makalu Base camp trek is a true adventure with scenery so beautiful that it will never tire you. The trek starts with a flight to Tumlingtar and heads up the Aurn River valley to Sedua and Num, then crossing Shipton La Pass (4210 m) into the upper Barun river valley for a close look at Makalu and Chamlang Himal. This trek visits one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal. The Barun valley is a part of a huge international protected area under the agreement between the governments of Nepal and China, which comprises of 2330 sq. km of National Park and 830 sq. km of conservation area in Nepal alone.

Things To Do


Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel.

Full Day Guided sightseeing inside the Kathmandu

Join the welcome dinner with live Nepalese cultural program hosted by Makalu adventures.

  Kathmandu to Tumlingtar - Drive to Num

Num (1490m) - Sedua (1460m 5/6 hrs hiking)

The trail today descends steeply from Num through the Cornfield of Lumbang. The country is particularly rocky; tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, then we have tough steep climb to Sedua. Camp

Sedua (1460m) - Tashi Gaun (2070m - 5 hrs Hiking)

Tashi gaun

The trail crosses meadows and several streams, then climbs to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley. Camp

Tashi Gaon (2070m) - Kauma (3470m - 6hrs Hiking)

A very hard day of the trek as the trail goes up real steep. We walk through the sparse forests along the ridge over a hillock and descend a bit to Kauma at 3470 m. Camp

Kauma (3470m)

Today is a rest day as well as acclimatization day.

Kauma(3470m)  - Mumbak(3570m - 5 hrs Hiking)

We again start today with a steep climb then through less steeply rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge. You will have superb views of Chamlang (7,290 m) Peak 6 (6739 m) and Peak 7 (6105 m). Then we will have a final descent through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk. Camp

Mumbuk(3570m) - Neha Kharka - (3000m - 6hrs Hiking)

Today the trail descends steep gully with a stream for about 500m. The trail is ill defined, rocky and sloppy mud in places as it leads up the glacial valley. From here you can have a good views of Peak 6. Nhe Kharka is located on a large open grassy plain at an elevation of 3000 m. from here you will have great mountain views. Camp

NEHA KHARKA - (3000 m) - SHERSON (4615 m - 7 hrs Hiking)

The trail today turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak (7168 m), Peak 4 (6720 m) etc. Sherson is at 4615 m a bit dangerous day as the altitude gains more than 1500 m but we don't have a choice because we do not have any suitable camp between Nhe Kharka and Sherson.


SHERSON (4615 m) - MAKALU BASE CAMP (5000 m - 4/5 hrs Hiking)

Today is a gradual climb to a minor pass about 100 m . From here you will have a magnificent south face views of Makalu also you will be able to see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. Camp


Makalu base camp


We retrace back down the Barun Valley. Camp

NEHA KHARKA - (3000 m) – MUMBUK (3570 m)

We continue descending back. Camp at Mumbuk

MUMBUK (3570 m) - KAUMA (3470 m)

We trek across Shipton La and descend to Kauma

KAUMA (3470 m) - TASHI GAON (2070 m)

Today we walk a bit long to Tashi Gaon. Camp


We walk through farming settlements to the spread out Rai village. Continue in forests past several streams to Pukuwa. Camp

Pukuwa (1520m) - Bumling (1160m)

Walk through the forests and follows some spectacular high and exposed narrow tracks as it climbs over rocky ridges. We camp across the Chhetri village of Bumling.

Bumling-Tumlingtar - 860 m

We following the east bank of the Arun and the route pass through Chyawabesi before making a short climb back to Tumlingtar. Camp

Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

Free Day at Kathmandu

Final Departure

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