• Trip Code : NTE-MBT40
  • Trip Duration : 23 Days
  • Trip Level : Strenuous
  • Trip Max Altitude : 4500
  • Trip Start Location : Kathmandu
  • Trip End Location : Kathmandu
  • Trip Route : Tumlingtar-Seduwa-Khongma-Dobato-Makalu Base Camp
  • Trip Best Season : March-May & August-November

Trip Highlights

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

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 eight National parks in Nepal that lies in the Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts. 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 extends to five major ecological zones; the Lush, tropical Arun Valley, dense forests of Rhododendron, Fir, and alpine meadows.

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 mountains, and imperiled untamed life. Additionally, it also lets you encounter the local inhabitants 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 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 remote wilderness and habitat wildlife. Trekking to Makalu Base Camp is an unparalleled experience for nature lovers.

Short Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival day at Kathmandu.
  • Day 2 - Kathmandu Sightseeing.
  • Day 3 - Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila.
  • Day 4 - Trek from Chichila to Num.
  • Day 5 - Trek from Num to Seduwa.
  • Day 6 - Trek from Seduwa to Tashi Gaun.
  • Day 7 - Trek from Tashi Gaun to Khongma Danda.
  • Day 8 - Acclimatization day at Khongma.
  • Day 9 - Trek from Khongma to Dobato.
  • Day 10 - Trek from Dobato to Yangle 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 - Final Departure.
  1. Day 1 Arrival day at Kathmandu.
    • As you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, our representative welcomes you and drops you to the hotel 
    • Check-in and unwind. 
    • Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening.
    • Overnight at the hotel. 

    Hotel/Private Vehicle

  2. 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 equipment needed for the further trek
    • Overnight at hotel.

    Hotel/Breakfast/Private Vehicle/Tour Guide

  3. 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, Mt. Everest, Makalu, and Mt. Kanchenjunga.
    • Drive to Chichira, a small Gurung village. 
    • Overnight at Chichila.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  4. 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 the village.
    • Stay overnight over there.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  5. 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 at the checkpoint.
    • Enter the Makalu Barun National Park. 
    • Stay at the camp overnight on the top of Seduwa village. 

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  6. 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. 

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  7. 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.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  8. 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.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  9. 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 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.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  10. Day 10 Trek from Dobato to Yangle Kharka.
    • Morning breakfast.
    • Continue trek toward Yangle Kharka from Dobato through rhododendron forest.
    • Follow the beautiful 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 Yangri Kharka.
    • Overnight at Yangla Kharka. 

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  11. 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. 

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  12. Day 12 Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp.
    • Morning breakfast.
    • Today continue trek relatively short trek and reach 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. 

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  13. 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

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter


  14. 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.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  15. 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 Dobato.
    • Walk alongside the Barun River for the most part of the trail. 
    • Overnight at Dobato.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  16. 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.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  17. Day 17 Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon.

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

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  18. 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.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  19. 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.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  20. Day 20 Trek from Num to Tumlingtar.

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

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  21. 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

    Hotel/breakfast/Private Transport

  22. 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.

    Hotel/breakfast/Private Transport

  23. Day 23 Final Departure.

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

    Breakfast/Private Transport

Price Includes

  •  Airport Pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and on Twin share with breakfast
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program
  • Full day guided cultural tour in Kathmandu with heritage entrance permit
  • Teahouse / lodge accommodation while on trek on twin share
  • Full board meals while on Makalu Region Trek
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Makalu Region trekking permit 
  • Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu domestic airfare with airport tax
  • Private transportationwhile in kathmandu
  • Free use of trekking gears like sleeping bag, down jacket, liner, trekking poles etc
  • Complementary trek duffle bag and T- shirt to every trekkers
  • Medical trained experienced trekking guide with first aid kit
  • Trek Sherpa and porters with all their gear, wages and insurance etc.
  • A Kathmandu city map and Makalu region trekking map
  • Comprehensive pre departure and trip mustang trek

Price Does not Include

  • Nepal entry visa and your personal travel insurance of any kind
  • International airfare
  • Drinks and main meals while on city like Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips and items of personal nature expenses like postage, laundry etc
  • Meals like Lunch & Dinner at Kathmandu
  • Entrance fees during the sight seeing at Kathmandu

Trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek

Clothing for Kathmandu:- Informal clothing is all that is required. Remember to dress in a modest fashion. Light clothing is usually all that will be required for most of the year. During the winter months, December to February, it will be chilly in the early mornings and evenings. A warm fleece or similar jacket will be required. Do bring along a swimming costume as our hotel in Kathmandu has a swimming pool.

General Gears you need During Trekking: -

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (we provide one if you need but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel bag or Rucksack (70-80 liters) (we can provide one)
  • Down Jacket (we provide one if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Daypack (25-30 liters)
  • Socks: 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene, 3 pairs heavy weight socks (woolen) to be worn over liner socks
  • Trekking Boots: 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu. Remember it is your feet that will be doing all the work. We recommend a good quality boot with a hard lug-cleated sole. Boots should be sturdy enough to tackle rough terrain. For this trek a mid-weight leather or Gore-Tex/Cardura style is an excellent choice. If you are buying boots for your trek, make absolutely sure that they are well broken in before leaving home.
  • Gaiters (seasonal): 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary. Highly recommended for keeping snow from getting inside your boots. They will also help keep the bottom of trousers clean on muddy trails. They can be bought cheaply in Kathmandu.
  • Sandals (optional): A pair of running shoes or sandals will be very useful for wearing around the lodge after the day’s trekking.

Lower Body: -

  • Hiking Shorts (2): Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Trekking Pants (2), preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  • Lightweight underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
  • Soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • Hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • Cotton pants or (loose jeans/khakis).

Upper Core Body

  • T-Shirts
    For lower altitudes and on warm days a baggy cotton T-shirt or cotton shirt is a practical item. Highly recommended are synthetic T shirt styles that wick away moisture from the body. They are particular useful above 2500m when, even on warm days, you chill quickly when stopping for rests.
  • Thermal Underwear
    Synthetic polypropylene long johns and long sleeved vests are essential for trips departing November through March. Highly recommended for other months. They also make ideal sleeping gear.
  • Waterproof Jacket. Quality waterproof clothing is essential. A proofed nylon or Gore-Tex jacket with hood is required. Ensure that it is about mid-thigh length, with large pockets and has a full-length zipLight and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic
  • Swimsuit for women (optional)
  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
  • Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool Hat or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
  • Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp: Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
  • Ear Muffs (optional): Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people.
  • A neck warmer (optional): is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it

Medicines and First Aid Kits

Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Toiletries and personal Hygiene

  • Quick drying towel (medium sized)
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap/handwash
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipes
  • Sanitizers

Miscellaneous, but essential!

  • Valid Passport
  • Passport size photos (2 + copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and provide us one just in case if you need to change the date of your flight).
  • Luggage Locks (2)
  • 2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain) Refillable water bottle
    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional (Luxuries)

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds
  • Reading materials, games (cards, chess, backgammon, scrabble, etc) music and chargers (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight
  • Binoculars
  • Camera, film/memory cards, spare batteries (you must keep the batteries warm when not in use)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen, Pencils and small notebooks
  • Extra contacts or glasses
  • Pillow case (if use lodge provided pillows) or can use your own stuff sacks as pillow(s)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman to avoid that chilly late night trip
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos

The price per person for the Small group Journey is fixed as stated below. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The discount is subjected to increase with the number of people in your group. Bigger the group better the discount so group bookings are highly encouraged. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why this trip make different?

Nepal Travel Expedition works closely with One of the main supporter's Charity service in Nepal. And contribute 10% of the tour cost for Orphan Childrens (sherpa Outdoor Foundation) We support them in many different ways.

Donation and Charity!

Nepal Travel Expedition donates 10% of its annual revenue to Sherpa Outdoor Foundation Orphan Children Home Which is Located in Lalitpur one can visit while you are in Nepal after or before the trip.  We support Children's for Food, School, Clothes, Medicine also supporting stationery materials to Government School which is located at Lamjung district trying to build a library for them where they could find a different book to read. For this project, we are trying to collect donations.

Sponsorship and Partnership (volunteering programmed)

One of the major activities of Sherpa outdoor Children home in Lalitpur is fully conducted and collaborate with Nepal Travel Expedition and sister concern organization Nepal wildlife safari. The Volunteering concern programmed delivered by Nepal Travel Expedition and Sherpa Outdoor Foundation aims to mobilize a team of experts and interested individuals as an economic measure in providing human capital for education, health, community to share teaching skill various Government school in a different part of the country and community to delivered humanity skills also in our children home.



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