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Makalu Base camp trek is one of the challenging and outstanding treks in the Eastern Nepal considering its remote and irregular landscape. The ultimate destination of this trek is Makalu Base Camp, which is located at 5,000m above the sea level and the major attraction is Mount Makalu (8,463m) - world’s fifth highest mountain. 
The trek will interest you not just from its landscape but also with panoramic view of Himalayan peaks such as Everest (8,848m), Cho Oyu (8,152m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m) and Ama Dablam (6,456m). Traditional villages of Sherpas; several Buddhist Monasteries; lush forests and its flora and fauna; glaciers; rivers; waterfalls, high terrain etc. are some other attractions of the route.
As mentioned earlier, it is regarded as strenuous trek and is almost impossible to excel without prior experience. Local lodges and teahouses are not available from place to place. Hence, you will be accommodated in camps during the trek.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar and Trek to Khadbari
Day 04: Trek to Chichila
Day 05: Trek to Num 
Day 06: Trek to Sedua
Day 07: Trek to Tashi Gaon
Day 08: Trek to Kauma 
Day 09: Rest Day in Kauma
Day 10: Trek to Mumbuk  
Day 11: Trek to Neha Kharka
Day 12: Trek to Shershon 
Day 13: Trek to Makalu Base Camp 
Day 14: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Day 15: Trek to Neha Kharka 
Day 16: Trek to Mumbuk 
Day 17: Trek to Kauma 
Day 18: Trek to Tashi Gaon
Day 19: Trek to Num 
Day 20: Trek to Khandbari
Day 21: Trek to Tumlingtar
Day 22: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 23: Depart Kathmandu
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Makalu Base Camp Trek








  • Special traditional welcome on arrival at International airport
  • Lodge trek with breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation during trek (local lodges)
  • Kathmandu/Tumlingtar /Kathmandu airfare (subject to change if any increment in airfare)
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters etc.
  • National park fees
  • Trekkers' Information Management System fees
  • 3 nights' accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with all meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with entry fees.
  • Airport transfers and escort


  • All the personal expenses as tips, bar bills, laundry and beverage
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • International flight
  • Any other expenses due to political,act of nature or any other reason whichare beyond control of Fishtail Travel or its associated agents
  • Your insurance.
Name: Makalu Base CampTrek
Duration: 23 days
Grade: Streneous Trek
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking
Accomodation: Hotel, Lodge, Teahouse, Camp
Transportation: Private vehicle and flight
Maximum altitude: 5,500m
Per day walking: 6 - 7 hours
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our Fishtail representative and driver will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you to check into your hotel. In the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities during the trek.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley 
Kathmandu valley is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The valley offers you a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. In the morning, after breakfast, you will visit renowned and one of the largest Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Swoyambhunath Stupa. After lunch, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar (487m) and Trek to Khandbari (833m)
After breakfast, you will board a flight to Tumlingtar in eastern region of Nepal, the starting point of your trek. Even during the entire flight, you can enjoy panoramic sights of great Himalayas of Nepal including Everest (8,848m), Makalu (8,463m), Cho Oyu (8,153m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Shar (8,393m), Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar, Ganesh, Langtang etc. Upon reaching Tumlingtar, you will trek ahead to Khandbari where you will be camped.
Day 04: Trek to Chichila (1,830m)
Leaving Khandbari, you will continue along the trail that passes a ridge.  You will then take a short walk a to reach the settlement of Mani Bhanjyang and make a headway through fields, bamboo groves, big rocks and finally make a climb of short distance to reach the Tamang village of Bhotebas. The path offers spectacular views of Chamlang, Makalu and Jaljale Himal. You will then descend a little to the next ridge, and then follow the crest as it makes some ups and downs through a rhododendron forest to Chichila. Chichila has a teashop and few houses inhabited by Gurungs. Today you will camp at Chichila.
Day 05: Trek to Num (1,490m)
From Chichila, you will move towards village of Fururu, which is situated at an altitude of 1,900m. Then you will follow the path to reach Num through forests of huge rhododendrons just below the ridgeline to a Mani wall and a dirty pond; and a Sherpa and Rai village. You will then make a tedious descent on a rocky eroded trail to Num at an altitude of 1490m which is situated at the ridge above an S- shaped bend in the Arun river just opposite of Sedua village.
Day 06: Trek to Sedua (1,540m)
Today you will continue along the trail descending steeply from Num village through the fields of Lumbang. The trail then drops very steeply through a jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun River (660m). From the bridge you will again climb steeply to a primitive teashop. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, you will make a long steep rough climb to Sedua village.
Day 07: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,070m)
Leaving Sedua, you will make a gradual climb high above the Kasuwa Khola to Gyang (1,770m). It is a gentle walk through terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. En route, you will cross meadows and several streams, and then climb uphill to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley.
Day 08: Trek to Kauma (3,470m)
Today you will climb over the ridge and ascend through forests to a stream and onto a ridge where there is a small campsite. Again, you will make a climb heading towards a shepherd’s hut to two small streams and then to Kharka (2,900m) and finally up to a saddle and Unshisha. You will then move over a hillock and descend a bit to reach Kauma.
Day 09: Rest day in Kauma
Today you will be resting completely at the camp. For acclimatization you can explore the area for some interesting hikes and viewpoints. The most scenic walk would be taking a hike on the right side of the camp for the closer view of Mount Makalu, Barun Pokhari, rare face of Everest – the Kanshung face, and Lhotse. One hour of steep climb will bring you to the large meadow where you can walk further up to have a greater view of the afore-mentioned and other peaks of the area. After exploring, you will stroll back to the camp.
Day 10: Trek to Mumbuk (3,570m)
Leaving Kauma, today you will make a climb (less steep though) through rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge, with a large Mani wall adorned with prayer flags. From here, you will get superb views of Chamlang peak, Peak 6 and Peak 7.  Then you will make a gentle climb up a shallow rocky gully to the Kike La (4,127m). From the pass, you will descend to another lake, and then ascend steeply through large boulders to the Tutu La. The final descent will be through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk.
Day 11: Trek to Neha Kharka (3,000m)
From Mumbuk, you will descend through fir forests, along the riverbanks of Barun Khola and Kharka Khola. Moving through forests of birch and scrub rhododendrons, you will reach Yangle Kharka.  You will then climb from Yangle Kharka, finally crossing to the north side of the Barun Khola to reach Neha Kharka. There is a small Gompa at the southern side of the valley that offers great mountain views from all directions.
Day 12: Trek to Shershon (4,615m)
Today you will continue towards Shershon by following the northern bank of Barun Khola for a while. Before the river turns northward, you will have to cross a small wooden ridge. The trail then climbs gently as you will approach Ripok Kharka. On the way you can get excellent glimpses of Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3 and Peak 5, but Makalu won’t be visible yet. Upon reaching Shershon, the cold spot, Makalu will finally come into picture.
Day 13: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (5,000m) 
From Shershon, you will make a gradual descent to a minor pass that is located about 100 meters above from Makalu Base Camp. Once you descend to a stream, you will get terrific views of the southern face of Makalu. The large buttress of the southern face rises across from base camp. An ascent of this buttress yields views of Peak 6, Peak 7 and Baruntse (7,220m); ultimately Everest and Lhotse will complete the panorama.
Day 14: Explore Makalu Base Camp 
Today you will spend the entire day exploring Makalu base camp, with the aim of climbing up towards the Advance Base Camp. This base camp is located at the start of the Makalu's Southeast Ridge - where on the edge of the icy slopes you will get a fantastic view of Barun Valley, Everest, Lhotse and Baruntse. This viewpoint is approximately at an altitude of 5,500m and is a far superior spot for taking the awesome vista of peaks, in comparison to lower parts of the valley. 
Day 15: Trek to Neha Kharka (3,000m)
Today you will retrace your steps down the Barun Valley towards Neha Kharka.
Day 16: Trek to Mumbuk (3,570m)
From Neha Kharka, you will continue descending through the forests to Mumbuk. From here one can get beautiful sunset views of Makalu and Chamlang.
Day 17: Trek to Kauma (3,470m)
Leaving Mumbuk, we will trek across the Shipton La and descend to Kauma.
Day 18: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,070m)
Today you will make a long steep descent back to Tashi Gaon. At Tashi Gaon, you will spend the rest of the day relaxing in order to recover from the high altitude.
Day 19: Trek to Num (1,490m)
Today as we will retrace your footsteps all the way back down to the river, only to be rewarded with a climbing uphill the opposite side of Num.
Day 20: Trek to Khandbari (833m)
Today you will have a pleasant and a leisurely walk through this route back to Khandbari. The route will be accompanied by a gradual walk through lush forests, farmlands and small villages.
Day 21: Trek to Tumlingtar (487m)
The last day of the trek will be relatively easy as you will have a mild downhill trek for 3 - 4 hours bringing you back to Tumlingtar.  This will definitely be a great memorable adventurous journey and you will be camping and spending overnight with the trekking staffs and porters as well enjoying every bit of a second. 
Day 22: Fly to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will check in to the Tumlingtar airport to fly back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching the Kathmandu airport, your guide will transfer you to the designated hotel. In the evening, you have free time for refreshments and shopping.
Day 23: Depart Kathmandu
After checking out of the hotel, our representative will take you to the international airport for your flight towards onward destination. If you want to continue your stay in Nepal for short tours i.e. National parks, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, etc., please do let us know. We will be proudly serving your needs.
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