Makalu Base Camp Trek – 23 days

Visit this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom and explore its peaceful, challenging and unspoiled trails and landscape.
Trip Code : DH/MR-01
Duration : 23 days


  • Nepal's Most Remote and Unspoiled Trekking Destination.
  • Lush, Tropical Arun Valley, Dense Forests of Rhododendron and Fir and Alpine Meadows.
  • Stunning Mountains Such as; Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Chhamlang and Many More.
  • Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area.

Trip Information

Located in the heart of eastern Nepal along with the Makalu Barun National Park and conservation area, the Makalu Base Camp trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations. This amazing trek allows you to discover the Makalu Barun National Park, one of the eighth National parks in Nepal that lies in the Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha district. It is one of the exceptional trails that leads you into unexplored areas that offer you an excellent opportunity to explore high altitudes, beautiful terrains and the Makalu Barun National Park. The Makalu Base Camp was a restricted area in the past but now it is officially open for trekking which also extents to five major ecological zones; the Lush, tropical Arun Valley, dense forests of rhododendron and fir and alpine meadows are some of them.
Being the fifth highest peak in Nepal, the Makalu Base Camp brings you on an adventurous trek that is quite challenging and located in some of the most remote and unique trekking areas of Nepal. The impressive displays of this trek are immaculate woods, snow-capped meadows, and imperiled untamed life. Additionally, it also lets you encounter with the mountain people and observe their unique culture and way of life. The major attraction, Makalu Barun National Park of this trek allows you to explore a natural paradise on earth that is filled with beautiful mountains, pristine forests, a wide variety of flora and fauna, and the warm and friendly native people with rich and varied customs.
The way to the Makalu Base Camp trek, lets you encounter a wide assorted quality of distinctive traditional community and inspiring view of spectacular mountains such as; Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Chhamlang and other mighty snow-capped peaks. Apart from this, you will also get chances to visit The Makalu Barun National Park and encounter with remote wilderness and habitat wildlife. Trekking to Makalu Base Camp is an unexpected experience for the nature lovers.

Short Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila
Day 04: Trek from Chichila to Num
Day 05: Trek from Num to Seduwa
Day 06: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon
Day 07: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Khongma
Day 09: Trek from Khongma to Dobato
Day 10: Trek from Dobato to Yangri Kharka
Day 11: Trek to Langmale Kharka
Day 12: Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp
Day 13:  Explore Makalu Base Camp
Day 14: Trek back from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka
Day 15: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobato
Day 16: Trek from Dobato to Khongma Danda
Day 17: Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon
Day 18: Trek from Tashigaon to Seduwa
Day 19: Trek from Seduwa to Num
Day 20: Trek from Num to Tumlingtar
Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel in Thamel
Day 22: Kathmandu rest Day.
Day 23: Farewell, International departure

Day 1: Arrival day at Kathmandu

  • As you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative welcomes you and drops to the hotel
  • Rest and relax.
  • Enjoy welcome dinner.
  • Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

  • Early morning breakfast.
  • You can visit the world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley with our guide.
  • Explore Pashupatinath Temple, Syambhunath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square.
  • Prepare all the essential factors needed for the further trek
  • Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Take a domestic scenic flight to Tumlingtar.
  • Enjoy aerial views of breathtaking snow-capped Mountains such as; Ganesh Himal to Mt. Everest, Makalu, and Mt. Kanchenjunga during the flight.
  • Drive to Chichira, a small Gurung village.
  • Overnight at Chichila.

Day 4: Trek from Chichila to Num

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek towards Num Valley.
  • A quiet and slow-paced walk through the beautiful and picturesque villages and lush mountain forests.
  • Reach to the beautiful Num village and explore this beautiful village.
  • Encounter with the village people.
  • Stay overnight over there.

Day 5: Trek from Num to Seduwa

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Climb down through the forests and terraced farms trail.
  • Follow the beautiful Barun River, nearly 800 meters below.
  • Cross the river and follow the steep ascent trail.
  • Get the permits registered at the checkpoint.
  • Enter into the Makalu Barun National Park.
  • Stay at the camp overnight on the top of Seduwa village. 

Day 6: Trek from Seduwa to Tashi Gaun

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek, a short and pleasant walk about 3-4 hours to Tashi Gaun.
  • Cross a small village and continue to trek through the hillside by following quiet villages.
  • Reach the exotic village of Tashi Gaun.
  • Overnight at Tashi Gaun. 

Day 7: Trek from Tashi Gaun to Khongma Danda

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek bypassing the human settlement.
  • The way may be a bit tough today.
  • Walk on a steep trail in higher elevations.
  • Trek through the refreshing, beautiful shade of the rhododendron oak forest, then leaving the dense forest.  
  • The trail of Kharka is steeper.
  • This finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge.
  • Trek a short distance towards Khongma Danda.
  • Overnight at Khongma Danda.

Day 8: Acclimatization day at Khongma

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Today you will rest and relax.
  • If you want to make a short hike then you can.
  • Continue trek and cross the Shipton La.
  • Stroll around the region.
  • Overnight in home-stay/ holds up.

Day 9:  Trek from Khongma to Dobato

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Climb few hours towards the peak of the Shipton La (pass).
  • Continue trek following Kalo Pokhari lake (3930m).
  • As you reach to the Keke La at 4,170m and enjoy the beautiful views of many mountains.
  • Cross the Keke La Pass, we head to the beautiful valley to Dobato.Overnight at Dobato

Day 10: Trek from Dobato to Yangle Kharka

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek toward Yangle Kharka from Dobato through rhododendron forest.
  • Follow the beautiful the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley.
  • Around two hours trek steep and arduous trail.
  • Trek some pleasant and slow walk and finally reach to Yangri Kharka.
  • Overnight at Yangla Kharka. 

Day 11: Trek to Langmale Kharka

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Pass through yak pastures, boulder fields, and lush forests by following a moderate walk in the valley.
  • Ascent down to reach Langmale Kharka.
  • Overnight at Langmale Kharka. 

Day 12: Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Today continue trek relatively short trek and reach to the Makalu Base Camp.
  • Trek with the stunning views of its south face, including Baruntse, Everest, and Lhotse.
  • The trial surrounds flat with icy glaciers and snow-clad mountains.
  • Overnight at Makalu Base Camp. 

Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Explore the Makalu Base Camp which is a rocky, barren place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it.
  • Enjoy the glorious south face of Makalu and the complete scene of Everest and Lhotse views.
  • Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.

Day 14: Trek back from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Climb down and take our view of Makalu before a turn on our way back to Yangri Kharka.
  • Walk across Langmale Kharka, Shersong, Merek and finally reach Yangri Kharka.
  • Overnight at Yangri Kharka.

Day 15: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobato

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Descend down from Yangri Kharka to Dobato through rock falls, green forests.
  • The further trek will reach the village of Dobate.
  • Walk alongside the Barun River for the most part of the trail. 
  • Overnight at Dobato.

Day 16: Trek from Dobato to Khongma Danda

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Begin our trek with a steep climb from Dobato to Mumbuk.
  • Continue trek through the lush forest of rhododendron and firs.
  • We then cross Keke La, Tutu La (Shipton’s Pass) and karma La to reach Khongma Danda.
  • Overnight at Khongma danda.

Day 17: Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek along the hillside with frequent long and steep descent.
  • Trek through the hillsides and enters deep into the thick forests.
  • Finally, reach to the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashigaon. Overnight at Tashigaon.

Day 18: Trek from Tashigaon to Seduwa 

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek through the Makalu Barun National Park behind and climb down to the Barun River.
  • We then cross the hillside, river and walking through the hillside, we come across villages.
  • Further trail downwards and finally stops at Seduwa again.
  • Overnight at Seduwa.

Day 19: Trek from Seduwa to Num

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek and leave Seduwa behind.
  • Trek through lush forests towards Num village.
  • The trail goes up and down and through lush forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards.
  • Overnight at Num.

Day 20: Trek from Num to Tumlingtar

  • Morning breakfast.
  • We retrace our step through the Chihira from where we can view the glorious glimpse of Mt. Makalu for the last time.
  • The final stop of this glorious trek is Tumlingtar.
  • Overnight at Tumlingtar. 

Day 21:  Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel in Thamel

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Take a flight back to Kathmandu after our long trek in the mountains.
  • Take a rest and relax in the hotel.
  • Overnight at hotel.

Day 22: Kathmandu rest day.

  • Early morning breakfast.
  • You can visit the world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
  • You can do some souvenir shopping in the vibrant Thamel if you want.
  • Enjoy farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
  • Overnight at hotel.

Day 23: Final Departure

  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • Airport transfer 3 hours before departure

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