Makalu Base Camp Trek

  • 22 Days

Trip At Glance

Group Size: 1 – 12 People
Max-Altitude: 4,870 m
Fitness Level: Excellent
Destination: Nepal
Transport: Car/Plane
Arrival On: Kathmandu, Nepal
Cost: 1900

Overview And Highlights

Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the secluded and less-trodden trekking in the eastern region of Nepal. This trek takes you to the base camp of Makalu, the fifth-highest peak in the work, which is now designated as Makalu Barun National Park and conservation area. Makalu Barun National Park, covering an area of 2,330 sq km, is very remote and protects some of the last remaining pristine forest and alpine meadows of Nepal. The lower reaches of the region is filled with lush and exotic forest while the upper section is known for polished granite cliffs with impressive hanging glaciers, overflowing with waterfalls.

22 days Makalu BC Trek offers exceptional opportunities to discover the remote culture and nature of Nepal. The Makalu Base Camp trekking itinerary is designed meticulously to allow proper acclimatization at higher altitudes and to maximize the scope of exploration around MBC. The trek starts with a flight to Tumlingtar and follows the impressive Arun River valley: enjoying a variety of ecosystems and cultures. The people living in the Makalu region are mainly Rai, Sherpa and Shingsawa (Bhotia) farmers who have their own culture and way of living. The hospitality of the locals is amazing and their culture is intriguing.

The most well-liked trekking location for solo hikers is this lonely and wilderness journey to Makalu Base Camp, which provides a rare chance to discover the magnificent Himalayas, high-altitude terrain, and snow-covered vistas. We may find hot, savoury food, wonderful soups, and masala tea at the very simple tea houses along the trekking paths. Due to the abundance of Buddhist communities along the Makalu Trekking Trail, you will pass by many manes and Buddhist prayer flags draped up high as we cross, which has a really pleasant Buddhist aura.

The trekkers have the opportunity to explore the lovely villages of the Tibetan and Sherpa cultures in the serene Himalayas on this 22-day Makalu Base Camp Trek. The hikers will also travel through two of the most isolated regions of the nation: Arun Valley and Barun Valley. As a result, kids will gain knowledge of the hardships associated with living in these kinds of places. Trekkers have a rare opportunity to see Mt. Everest (8848m) from a different angle on the Makalu Base Camp Trek. The trekkers will enjoy the appealing view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Makalu (8481m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Baruntse (7129m), Chamlang (7319m), and other Himalayas in the eastern part of Nepal after a strenuous climb to Makalu Base Camp (4870m).

The Rai people, an ethnic group mostly found in the hills of eastern Nepal, are the first inhabitants of the warm, terraced fields where the walk begins. You will go through some of the last remaining untouched forests and alpine meadows in Nepal as you ascend, passing through rhododendron woods (particularly beautiful in the spring when the flowers blossom in amazing red, purple, pink, and white) and cloud forests. The Barun River Valley is followed by sheer granite cliffs, glaciers, and breathtaking waterfalls as you continue deeper into the mountains. The Sherpa people, a Tibetan ethnic group that mostly lives close to Everest, live at higher heights. Moreover, you can glimpse kanshung face of Everest, as well as Lhotse, Chamlang, and Kanchenjunga in the far east, which are all magnificently seen from Makalu Base Camp.

Makalu Base Camp Trekking route meanders through the exotic Manaku Barun National Park that protects more than 431 species of birds and many wildlife including Musk Deer, languor monkey, wild yak, Himalayan goat and wild boar. As the trail rises, we get chance to witness the elusive snow leopards which have been listed in IUCN endangered list. The park is also natural home to 25 species of rhododendron, 45 species of orchids and 56 types of rare wild plants. The mountain vistas seen during the trek is truly rewarding. This extremely isolated area of Makalu is surrounded by tantalizing Everest, Lhotse, Baruntse, Chamlang and many 6,000m & 7,000m+ peak dominating the skyline.

The trek demands high fitness level with previous trekking experience. As we start gaining attitude, the trek becomes arduous and almost impossible with previous trekking experience. MBC trekking is possible only in camping mode with all the necessities (tent, kitchen) being carried by local porter from the beginning of the trek.

Highlights of the Makalu Base Camp Trek


Spectacular view of mount Everest(8,849m), Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Chamlang, and many more

Explore Makalu Base Camp

Explore views of eastern Nepal from Kangchenjunga Pass 

Waterfalls 

Glaciers

Sherpa culture

Small sherpa village

Suspension bridge 

Nepal's rarest fauna, such as the Red Panda, snow leopard, musk deer, 

Rhododendron forest 

Makalu Base Camp Trek difficulty 
Although it is a moderately challenging trip and the fifth-highest mountain in Nepal, you will encounter some challenges along the way. This does not imply that you will be left with no choice except to confront them. You can lessen these issues throughout your walk by taking a few precautions and making some preparations.

Altitude sickness 

You are all aware that altitude sickness occurs when your body is unable to adjust to the changing altitude. Additionally, your body won't be able to swiftly adapt when you go to greater elevations, and you'll become ill. You will have a greater possibility of developing altitude sickness as you ascend over 4000 meters. Your Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary should be carefully designed so you don't cover more altitude all at once in order to prevent altitude sickness during your trek. If you allow enough time for acclimatization, you won't have altitude sickness.

Weather conditions 

Unexpected weather changes may present a challenge throughout your trek to Makalu Base Camp. First and foremost, choosing the ideal time for your hike is crucial for both your safety and the greatest possible experience. Second, it is always best to be prepared because the weather might change suddenly at higher altitudes. Trekking to Makalu Base Camp during the severe weather can be a little challenging because lodges are not properly provisioned. To deal with the variety of obstacles the weather provides, you will need to make the necessary preparations.

Faded mark and fewer number of people

The Makalu Base Camp trail is not very well defined. Early on, mostly in the lower heights, the trail is signposted. The terrain becomes more challenging and the markings become fainter as you climb higher. If you are walking alone, this could present additional difficulties. There aren't many individuals you might run into on the trail who can give you directions. If, however, you are seeking a trek with fewer people, you are in luck. It can be intimidating at times to travel on less travelled paths and go the entire distance without seeing another person. If you require assistance finding your way or learning about the trail conditions, this may be challenging.

Physical fitness 

On average, 5 to 6 hours must be spent on foot each day for the 15-day Makalu Base Camp Trek. Maintaining the Makalu Base Camp Trek Itinerary demands stamina. It is vital to keep your body in good shape and prepared for adventures and regular long hikes. Your body will become 

more accustomed to this type of trekking if you try some cardiovascular activities and short climbs.

Manaslu base camp accimaltizaton 

At Makalu Base Camp, the elevation varies from 430 meters to more over 4,870 meters. You'll get over the altitude in a few of days. The track ascends or descends steeply, gaining up to 1,500 meters of height in a single day. This is far more elevation gain than the suggested 1000 meters for a single day of hiking. Altitude sickness is substantially more likely to occur with rapid altitude gain. You must also walk for up to eight hours each day. In the Makalu region, daylong treks of six to seven hours are typical. Long hiking hours are a result of the lack of hospitality and trekking services on the trail. To avoid and cope with altitude sickness, ascend gradually and get enough of rest. One day of climbing a thousand meters can quickly deplete one's oxygen supply. As suggested by our knowledgeable crew, get enough of rest and thoroughly acclimate to the mountain air. If necessary, use preventative medications.

Manaslu base camp accommodation 

In contrast to major trekking paths, the services offered along the route are rather rudimentary, with only a few lodges and tea shops. Up to eight hours must be spent walking each day. Following Tashigaon, there is no tea house or village available to provide lodging or meals between two camps. You should therefore pack adequate food and drink for the trail.

Most camps, including Makalu Base Camp, have little more than three tea rooms. Mambuk has just one tea establishment that you can see. Only eight people can fit in a teahouse each day. If you are part of a larger group, you will either need to camp out or divide up across the tea places. The coziest option is to stay while you travel this trail. As a result, we urge you to make reservations for your hotel accommodations in advance. Additionally, our Nepal Horizon Trek teams arrange and reserve a comfortable hotel or lodge for you so we can rest during the trek without any difficulties. 

Best season for Makalu Base Camp trek

Spring season 


One of the ideal seasons and periods of the year to start any high-altitude journey is spring. In Nepal, spring begins in early March and lasts through May. You can experience the best mountaineering and trekking during these months. Springtime typically has clear skies. Additionally, you can see a variety of exotic plants and animals throughout this season. Along with the ideal temperature and weather for your trip, you'll also get to see and interact with stunning, unusual flora and fauna. The nicest views of the mountains and landscapes are when it is clear out. The pathways provide a wonderful view of the magnificent peaks. Everything can be seen clearly to your eyes during this season, entrancing you, from the tiny settlements beneath to the stunning glaciers that have formed. Therefore, now is one of the finest periods to hike to Makalu Base Camp.

Autumn season 
Another lovely season, autumn, is best suited for challenging hiking. Autumn, from mid-September through late November, is the ideal season for Makalu Base Camp Trekking. Autumn weather is typically clear with no intense sun to dry you out on your hike. Additionally, the temperature is moderate, allowing you to travel without freezing or getting scorched by the sun.

The festivities that surround the season are a significant factor in why autumn is the ideal time for the Makalu Base Camp Trek. The majority of Nepal's major celebrations take place in the autumn, aside from the clear sky that makes your walk more romantic and unforgettable. Your trip will be much more memorable if you participate in these celebrations and experience the local culture.

Makalu base camp route
After a picturesque flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, the Makalu Base Camp trek begins. You will begin your trip from Tumlingtar in the direction of Khadbari and then Chichila. You will leave Chichila behind and travel through Num and Sedua to reach Tashi Gaon. The trail takes you through a number of tiny towns before arriving in Kauma, where you'll spend a day off to adjust to the altitude. You will next progressively climb the rocky and wooded trail to Makalu Base Camp. You will also travel via Mumbuk, Neha Khadka, and Sherson on your way to the base camp. After a day of visiting the base camp, you'll return to Tashi Gaon by using the same route as before. The trail will take you to the picturesque village of Pakuwa, from where you may fly back to Kathmandu from Bumling and Tumlingtar. 

Makalu base camp permit 
Government regulations require some trekking places in Nepal to acquire specific permission. especially if there is a connection to another country or the trekking area is near an open border. Mount Makalu, the fifth-highest mountain in the world also has some open borders with China (Tibet). While a portion of it lies outside the restricted region, a special permit is needed for the villages of Kimathangka, Chepuwa, Hatiya, and Pawakhola. The trekking division of the Nepal immigration office in Maitighar, Kathmandu, will be responsible for issuing all restricted trekking permits, including those for the Makalu region. For your information, the Nepal Tourism Board and TAAN do not grant restricted trekking permits, but they do release other trekking permits like those for national parks. If you're a solo hiker short on time or don't have a full day to devote to the permit application process in Kathmandu, you may also pick them up at the Makalu Barun National Park entrance. Before starting your trek to Manaslu, you need to get two permits Makalu national permit and a Makalu rural municipality permit or TIMS permit.

Makalu national permit 
In 1992, the Makalu Barun National Park and Buffer Zone Area (formerly known as a conservation area) were created. The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation oversees and manages this park. The government of Nepal and sponsored by The Mountain Institute's project is an innovative conservation approach that mixes protected area management and community development. A new park management strategy invites locals to take an active role in preserving their own rich cultural history as well as the woods and natural resources that are essential to their way of life.

Most pathways are fairly rough and might be dangerous to travel on if it rains or freezes overnight. Winter snows typically persist on the passes and on high-altitude trails leading toward Shershong until April or May. The route between Mumbuk and Yangle Kharka, a region of 

unstable and deadly rock falls, is one particularly dangerous area. Trekkers in this region should proceed with caution and move fast. If the height is gained quickly without enough acclimatization, mountain sickness can also be a major risk. The cost of the Makalu National Park permit is mentioned below-

Nepali citizens- 100 NPR (USD 1) per person 

SAARC citizens- 1500 NPR (USD 15) per person 

Foreigners- 3,000 NPR (USD 30) per person 

Makalu Rural Municipality permit 
You also need a Makalu Rural Municipality Permit to embark on the Makalu Base Camp Trek. You must have this Makalu Base Camp Trek Permit in order to access the Makalu region. Because of the national park and the fifth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Makalu, the Makalu region as a whole is protected by the government as a restricted area. It is 8463 meters above sea level. The Makalu Rural Municipality Permit is priced at NRs 2000, or roughly $20.

Trekkers information management system (TIMS) 
To ensure their safety, all hikers in Nepal must first get a Trekkers' Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card. To protect hikers' safety and security in the main hiking locations, TIMS Cards are required. Travel insurance is a requirement to receive the TIMS Card and permission to trek in Nepal. The Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu is the most convenient location to submit your application for a TIMS card permit. You can apply here not only for a TIMS card but also for other local permits. 

The office of the Nepal Tourism Board is situated on Pradarshani Marg, 15 minutes walk from Thamel, the area popular with travellers. Although hours are subject to change, the office is open from 10:00 to 17:00. There is an unscheduled lunch break from 13:00 to 14:00.

For the Makalu region, a TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) is not required. The TIMS card has been replaced with Makalu Rural Municipality fees. Any prohibited hiking location in Nepal is accessible without a TIMS card as long as you have a specific trekking permit. 

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation day

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu – Tumlingtar and drive to Chichira (1,980m/6,497ft) – 50 min flight/ 3 – 4 hour drive

Day 04: Trek Starts: Chichira to Num (1,560m/5,119ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day 05: Num – Sedwa (1,500m/4,922ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day 06: Sedwa – Tashigaon (2,100m/6,890ft) – 4 – 5 hours trek

Day 07: Tashigaon – Khomgma Danda (3,500m/11,483ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day 08: Acclimatization and rest day

Day 09: Khongma Danda – Dobate – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day 10: Dobate – Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day 11: Yangri Kharka – Langmale Kharka – (4,410m/14,468ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

Day 12: Langmale Kharka – Makalu Base Camp (4,870m/15,978ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

Day 13: Makalu Base Camp – Exploration day

Day 14: Makalu Base Camp – Yangri Kharka – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day 15: Yangri Kharka – Dobate – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day 16: Dobate – Khongma Danda – 5 – 6 hours trek

Day 17: Khongma – Tashigaon – 4 – 5 hours trek

Day 18: Tashigaon – Seduwa – 4 – 5 hours trek

Day 19: Sedwa – Num – 5 – 6 hours trek

Day 20: Trek ends: Num – Tumliingtar – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day 21: Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu – 50 minute flight

Day 22: Final Departure

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Upon your arrival at Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport), a representative from Nepal Horizon Treks & Expedition will receive you and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, trip discussion with the management and trek leaders. In the evening, enjoy welcome dinner hosted by Nepal Horizon Treks & Expedition in typical Nepali restaurant with cultural shows.

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1300

Today, your trek leader will introduce you to the city tour expert who guides you to the most revered Hindu and Buddhist religious sites that are listed in the world heritage sites.

Here are the list of cultural and religious sites that you will be visiting during the city tour:

Pashupatinath (UNESCO World Heritage Site):

Pashupatinath is one of the most significant Hindu temple in the world. It is located along the back of sacred Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu city, close to Kathmandu airport. While the entrance to the main Pashupatinath temple is strictly forbidden to non-Hindus, there’s quite a bit to explore and discover around the rest of the area. Ritual activity are conducted on daily basis and one can observe the Hindu cremations on the bank of the river. You can discover mystic Sadhus to nearby temples and stupas. A vantage point located opposite to the temple, across the river offers the clear look of the main Pashupatinath temple.

Boudhanath (UNESCO World Heritage Site):

Located 7 km north of mid Kathmandu city, Boudhanath is one of the largest and oldest stupa in the world- dating back to 5th century. It is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet and Tibetan merchant rested here and offer prayers for centuries. When Tibetan refugee entered Nepal in 1950, many of then decided to live around Boudhanath. They established many Gompas and celebrate Tibetan tradition and since then “Little Tibet” of Nepal was born.

The stupa is surrounded by beautiful stupas that houses many Gompas and traditional shops selling singing bowls, thankas, prayer wheels and more. You can also find few cafes and guesthouses in the immediate area.
Boudhanath was partially affected by earthquake in 2015 but the repartition was carried out throughout 2016.

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) (UNESCO World Heritage Site):

Swayambhunath, revered Buddhist stupa, is located within walking distance (3km) west of Thamel in Kathmandu on a hillock. Swayambhunath is commonly known as “Monkey Temple” due to the large number of rhesus primates living there. Travelers need to climb 365 stone steps to reach the main Stupa complex (can be tiring and slippery if raining). This stupa is believed to date back to 5th century. The large dome shaped stupa, two big Buddha eye and surrounding small shrines and temples are the major attraction of the temple. This hilltop temple offers the 360 degree view of Kathmandu city. This significant heritage site holds immense cultural, religious, architectural and historical values for Nepalese people. After exploration, we gather to Nepal Horizon Treks & Expedition to get better acquainted with our travel plans and fellow trekkers.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1300

Today we take a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and meet our rest trekking crew members who will also be joining us for the trek. Next, we drive to Chichira where we stay overnight and prepare ourselves for next day’s trip.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1980

After early morning breakfast, we head towards Num village. We walk on a fairly gradual pace along the forest of rhododendron and picturesque villages to reach Num. Num presents great views surrounding hills and villages.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1560

A Steep downhill walk through the forest and terrace farm leads us to the Barum River. We cross the river and negotiate steep uphill terrain that leads us to the other side of the valley. The trail is quite hot but the shade of forest makes us comfortable. We get our permit checked and enter into the Makalu Barun Base Camp. We camp at the top of the village.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1500

Ascending the ridge bounded by Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east, we walk on a hillside through the quite villages and pass small paddy fields. We then reach the picturesque village of Tashi Gaon. Here we get the panoramic view of milky Himalayan vistas.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2100

Today is quite tough day as we need to walk on a steep trail to the higher elevation. First we climb through forest, past stream and finally ascend high above the ridge. From here, we negotiate steeper trail route and pass Kharkas (grazing land) and finally follow the assortment of stone stairs and small lakes to the summit of the ridge. Then we drop down shortly to the Khomgma Danda.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3500

This day set aside for bodily rest and acclimatization before crossing challenging Shipton La the next day. We explore the village and surrounding area to get in-depth knowledge about local culture and tradition.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3500

Today we follow the trail that leads us to the summit of Shipton La Pass. It takes few hours to reach the pass. We pass the lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m) and cross the Keke La Pass at 4,170m. On the way we get the astounding view of Chamlang (7,321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing Keke La Pass, we drop down through the valley to the village of Dobate.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

From Dobate, we continue walking through the rhododendron forest which takes us to the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. We need to be careful as the trail is steep and strenuous. A slow and steady uphill trek leads us to the beautiful Yangri Kharka.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3557

Today we walk on a moderate pace and pass the yak pasture, dense forest and boulder strewn fields. We walk across Merek on our way and as we gain brief altitude the mountain comes into full view.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4410

Today we make trek to Makalu Base Camp. We first trek to Shershong and walk further to reach the base camp. We trek through flat icy trail with gigantic peaks around. Mount Makalu comes into full view as we reach Shershong. On the route to Makalu base camp, we get magnificent Himalayan view which are not easy to forget.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4870

Makalu Base Camp is huge rocky arid terrain with Barun Glacier beyond it. The base camp presents the superb view of Makalu and complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We explore surrounding landscapes, lakes, glaciers and go for a short hike.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4870

Today we trek downhill and enjoy the last glimpse of Makalu before taking a corner route and heading back. En route – we pass Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and finally climb down to the Yangri Kharka.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

From Yangri Kharka, we drop through the waterfalls, rock falls and emerald forest down to Dobate. We walk along the bank of Barun as we climb down the trail.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

Today we descend down steeply from Dobate and walk through the forested route. Next we cross Keke La, Tutu La (Shipton’s Pass) and Kauma La. Then we descend down to Khongma Danda again.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

Today we make a long and steep downhill walk through the hillside. The trail enters deep in to the forest and finally leads us to the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashigaon.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

Today we retrace our step back to Sedwa with an exit of Makalu Barun National Park.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

After breakfast, we leave Sedwa behind and walk through the lush forest towards Num. The trail continues through the uphill and downhill section and pass dense forest to reach Sherpa village.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

Today we trek back to Chichira from where we enjoy the last glimpse of Mt. Maklau. The final return leg takes us to the overnight spot of Tumlingtar.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

Today we fly back to Kathmandu and drive to drive to the hotel. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, we drive back to the hotel and take a rest day off. In the evening, we will reunite again for farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant in town, where we will be eager to hear the feedback of your trip.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1300

It’s your last day in Nepal! Take some breakfast and if your wish, you can catch last-minute shopping Kathmandu. Our airport representative will transfer you to airport with plenty time before your flight home.
Farewell!!!

Food
Breakfast

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Teahouse accommodations and meals (breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary in cozy vehicle
  • Round flight (Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English speaking and government licensed trekking guide and assistant guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All the trekking staffs salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down Jacked and Sleeping Bag (to be returned after the completion of the trip)
  • MBC trekking route map
  • All the necessary trekking permits and paper works
  • All the governmental and local taxes
  • Medial kit (carried by your trek leader)

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International Flight fare
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal nature expenses – Phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guides, porters and drivers

Altitude Graph

FAQs

Yes, we need two permit cards for Makalu Base Camp Trek, one for Makalu National Park permit and a TIMS permit.

No, a TIMS card is not necessary for the Makalu Base Camp Trek. The Makalu Rural Municipality Permit successfully replaced the TIMS card. This aids in the Makalu region's actual development.

The Makalu Base Camp, which is located at an elevation of 4863 meters, is the highest point of the Makalu Base Camp Trek.

You must have a guide with you on your hike because this location is less well-known than the other base camps. A guide aids in navigation and helps you choose the optimal path for the best experience. Therefore, a guide is needed for the trek to Makalu Base Camp.

Travel insurance is a requirement, yes. You will require helicopter rescue aid if there are any emergencies. Fortunately, your travel insurance will cover this.

There is less likelihood that you will have altitude sickness because this trek does not take you to a very high altitude. However, when we approach the 4000-meter mark, you can get a few mild symptoms, so it's best to be cautious. Altitude sickness medications should always be carried.

The ideal conditions for Makalu Base Camp Trekking are when the skies are clear and the weather is cooperative. Therefore, the months of September through November during the autumn season and March through May during the spring season are thought to be the optimum times for Makalu Base Camp Trekking.

About 19 kilometres southeast of Mount Everest, in the Mahalangur region of the Himalayas, is Mount Makalu. But the summit is located in Province No. 1's Sankhuwasabha district.

Yes, you can hike the trails without hiring a guide or porter, but if you're a newbie, it might not be as simple as you thought. You must find your own lodging because there are no appropriate markings, signboards, or village insight for several kilometres.

Additional Information

The documents that you need for the Makalu Base Camp Trek are given below

Original passport from your country of origin, valid for at least six months.

Two passport-size photos

Nepal entry visa stamp on your passport

Travel insurance that covers rescue operations over 6,000 meters

Money to pay the permit fees

You will need your official, up-to-date documents as required by the government in order to obtain the Makalu Base Camp Trek permits.

One of the most difficult and challenging eight-thousanders in the world to climb is Mt. Makalu. Technical rock climbing is primarily required between Camps II and III, and the final ascent of the summit pyramid includes a 400-meter knife ridge ascension path.

On its southern side, base camp can be reached by traveling through Nepal's Barun area and up to Sarsing Kharka Glacier. The journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, followed by a stunning hike via Num, Yangle Kharka, and Langmale Kharka that ultimately leads to Makalu Base Camp and Advance Base Camp. At 5,600m /18,373 ft, the Makalu Advance Base Camp—also known as Hillary Base Camp—is located. This 10- to 12-day pre-climbing hiking program includes an acclimation period. Because it sits on rocks, the Makalu Advance Base Camp is hotter than other base camps. From Makalu Base camp, it takes roughly 5 hours to get to the Advance Base camp. Your climbing Sherpa guides take you up to Camp I and Camp II for acclimatization after two or three days of preparation and recuperation at the Makalu base camp. If you have ordinary stamina, it will take you around three hours to climb from camp 1 to camp 2. It depends on your level of acclimatization, the weather, your physical condition, and your walking speed. It is thought that the trek from Camp-1 to Camp-2 is a mild portion of the Lhotse expedition. 

Depending on the climbing season and year, the climbing rope fixing staff fixes the ladder at 1 locations. Camp II is situated at a height of 6,400 meters (20,997 feet), which is also a secure place for the Everest South Col campsites. The ascent of Mount Lhotse from Camp 2 (C2) to Camp 3 (C3) is risk-free and comparatively simple. For climbers with moderate stamina, this portion takes roughly three hours. After two hours of traveling over a snow slope with a 15-20 degree incline, you will reach the rope fixing portion, which is 100 m high and requires climbing an ice slope for 30 minutes below C3. 

By removing the snow and cracking the ice, the third base should be established. The height of Lhotse Camp-3 is 6,900 meters (22,638 feet). For climbers with ordinary stamina, it takes around four and a half hours to ascend from Camp 3 to Camp 4 (C4). Above the Ice, Lhotse 

camp-4 is also constructed. There should be room created and set up on the snow because the Lhotse 4th base camp is likewise rocky and ice-averse. About 7,925 meters/25,984 feet is where Lhotse Camp 4 is located. Except for the Couloir below the peak, where you must walk and spend 6 hours ascending and 4 hours descending, the Lhotse climbing path is easy and safe from the fourth camp to the summit of Mount Lhotse.

You reach the vertical snow wall climbing location, which is roughly 45-50m to even 60 degrees of slope canyon between two hills, after rising for approximately one and a half hours from Lhotse Camp 4. After navigating this vertical snow wall with a fixed static line, you continue climbing for another six to seven hours. It takes roughly 30 minutes at an average speed of 50 degrees of the vertical route from this location to just below the actual peak of Lhotse, which is located at a height of 8516m/27940ft. For safety purposes, the rope fixing team always repairs the rope line completely from C4 to the summit.

It is advised to carry medical insurance with you during your trek. 

Before starting on the trek, it is best to speak with your doctor about the required vaccines.

Due to the length and difficulty of this walk, you must be in good physical condition and, ideally, have previous experience with long treks.

Acclimatization is important, particularly on a hike where the terrain changes quickly as you ascend.

Altitude sickness is a problem in higher altitude areas. If there are any symptoms of altitude sickness, come back to the normal altitude area as soon as possible. 

Before starting any trek, you should know exactly what to pack and what not to. Here we discuss some of the basic and important hiking equipment that you need during your trek to Makalu Base Camp. 

Clothing
Summer hat/ Winter hat 

Hiking skirt/ hiking trousers

Beanie 

Neckband

Light breathable trousers 

Full sleeve T-shirt or shirt

Woollen sweater 

Socks 2/3 pairs

Down jacket

Waterproof jackets and pants

Hiking boots or sports shoes. 

Hiking gear 


Hiking backpack 

Bottle 

Water purification pills

Trekking map

Trekking pole 

Compass

Sleeping bag

Camping equipment


Scissors 

lighters/matchsticks

Rope 

Personal equipment 


Soap

Shampoo

Tissue paper

Toilet paper

Towel 

Hanky

Nail cutter

Lip Guard  

Sunscreen 

Moisturiser 

Toothbrush

Toothpaste 

Deodorant/perfume 

Optional equipment
 

Watch 

Camera 

Phone 

Notebook 

Selfie stick

Documents 

Passport size photo

Photocopy of passport and passport

Visa

Permit

Citizenship

 

Medicine and first aid kit 
 

Diamox 250mg (altitude sickness)

Paracetamol (painkiller)

Imodium (diarrhoea)

Clotrimazole cream (skin infections)

Crocin (fever)

Zintac (acidity)

Disprin (Headache)

Bandages 

Handiplasts

Adhesive Tapes

Crocin

Dettol

Free pick and drop off from the airport to your hotel

Own hotel service with clean and hygienic food and facilities 

Easy booking and reservation online

24-hour available for your concern 

Different social media Instagram, Viber, We chat, Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter

Easy payment system through VISA, Mastercard, wire transfer and PayPal.   

Availability of Oximeter at the time of high altitude area

Medical kits in case of an emergency 

Provide sleeping bags and down jackets, if you don't have your own.

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Before starting the Makalu Base Camp trek, read the safety guidelines and travel tips below, which must be strictly observed at all times. Please keep in mind that making fun of pilots or making inappropriate motions in the helicopter tour of Everest base camp might result in significant consequences. The following are the safety guidelines:

Pay close attention to the caption during the briefing session. He or she will clarify where and when you enter and leave the aircraft, as well as whether or not you are allowed to wander around. Enter the helicopter once the captain has given the signal, and enter in the manner described during the training. Approaching a helicopter from behind is never a good idea. All of your items, such as hats and sunglasses, should be secured. Do not pursue an item that has been blown away.

Smoking is prohibited within 50 feet of the aircraft.

 Only get out of the helicopter after the captain says it's safe.

 Recognize the safety standards and follow the instructions, and you should enjoy a safe flight filled with excitement and fun. Inside the plane, act appropriately and encourage your fellow passengers to do the same.

Please get in touch with us at info@nepalhorizontreks.com if you have any questions about the safety procedures for an Everest helicopter tour.

All our trips are available on both a fixed departure and a private group basis. Please check the Fixed Departures Dates for more information on departure dates, availability, and price. All our fixed departures are 100% guaranteed and are designed by our Travel Experts. Or, if you are planning to do it alone with your friends, family, and colleagues, please fill out this Customize Trip and we will offer you the best time, cost, and arrangements based on your request.

The Makalu Base Camp path is a challenging but achievable trip. You can easily be prepared with the right amount of caution to properly navigate the trail.

Pre-exercise

Before a week of your trek train your body to overcome some of hte difficulties of Makalu Base Camp. Prepare yourself at home in advance for the tough and lengthy journey. Before beginning the Makalu Base Camp journey, go for a jog, go to the gym, swim a few laps in the pool, or finish some introductory local walks, whichever suits you the most. You do not need to do any training for this trek. You can simply complete this trek with some physical exercise. Additionally, you should mainly go for uphill and downhill climbs with the backpack, which helps you to boost your stamina and improve your leg strength. 

Altitude sickness 

If not properly treated, altitude sickness is a serious issue and can even be fatal. If you start to feel the effects of altitude sickness, acclimate yourself properly, stay hydrated, or take Diamox and paracetamol. Regardless of fitness or experience level, anyone can get mountain sickness. Never ignore any warning symptoms; instead, seek quick assistance from medical specialists or your fellow trekkers and your guide. Invest in travel insurance that includes high-altitude excursions for your own protection. The insurance will save your life if you have to be rescued from the mountain.

Food and water 

Never ever consume raw, spoiled, or uncooked food. Drink only after treating the water. The best water to drink is boiled water. Avoid becoming dehydrated. As much as you can when traveling, stay away from meat, alcohol, and smoking. None of these are helpful for altitude sickness, and if you get sick in the distant mountains, it could be problematic.

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