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


  • Day 01
    Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel.
  • Day 02
    Full Day Guided sightseeing inside the Kathmandu

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

  • Day 03
      Kathmandu to Tumlingtar - Drive to Num
  • Day 04
    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

  • Day 05
    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

  • Day 06
    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

  • Day 07
    Kauma (3470m)

    Today is a rest day as well as acclimatization day.

  • Day 08
    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

  • Day 09
    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

  • Day 10
    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.


  • Day 11
    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

  • Day 12

    Makalu base camp

  • Day 13

    We retrace back down the Barun Valley. Camp

  • Day 14
    NEHA KHARKA - (3000 m) – MUMBUK (3570 m)

    We continue descending back. Camp at Mumbuk

  • Day 15
    MUMBUK (3570 m) - KAUMA (3470 m)

    We trek across Shipton La and descend to Kauma

  • Day 16
    KAUMA (3470 m) - TASHI GAON (2070 m)

    Today we walk a bit long to Tashi Gaon. Camp

  • Day 17
    TREK TO PAKUWA (1520 m)

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

  • Day 18
    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.

  • Day 19
    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

  • Day 20
    Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
  • Day 21
    Free Day at Kathmandu
  • Day 22
    Final Departure
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