About Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp is located in eastern part of Nepal. Mount Makalu is the fifth highest mountain of the world towering 8,481m from sea level. Mount Everest is close neighbor of Mount Makalu. Both the mountains are enveloped by Mahalangur Range.

Makalu Barun National Park protects the entire Barun Valley of which Makalu is the part. Makalu Barun National Park was established in 1992. It covers 1500 square kilometer area including Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts.  

The destination is popular for its bio diversity. Wide variety of flora and fauna including some endangered species of animals and plants are found and sighted here. The governments of both the countries—Nepal and China—are working in coordination for the protection of Makalu Barun National Park. More than 3000 species of plants including rhododendrons of around 23 species and orchids of more than 40 species are found here. Similarly, the destination is habitat for more than 70 species of mammals including red panda, endangered species. Moreover, snow leopard, musk deer, wild boar, wild yak, and Himalayan thar are also sighted here. The park also inhabits more than 400 species of birds.

Makalu Base Camp Trek is popular for its breath taking scenery. The rewarding trek to Makalu Base Camp gives an opportunity to witness Mount Everest, Mt. Lotse and Baruntse. The sight of two winding rivers—Arun and Barun—make your trip more ecstatic. The granite cliffs, glaciers, greenery and waterfalls on the course to the base camp leave trekkers speechless. The Makalu Base Camp is so beautiful that trekkers forget their tiredness and get immerse on its beauty.

Makalu Base Camp is located at an altitude of 4,870m in Makalu Barun National Park. The trek to Makalu Base Camp begins from Tumlingtar. It (Tumlingtar) is an hour flight from Kathmandu. Chichila is a real starting point of the trek and it (Chichila) is around three hour drive from Tumlingtar.

Trekkers follow the course of Barun river valley. They cross few high passes like Shipton La, Keke La and go through crossing few lakes namely Kalopokhari. The literal meaning of Kalopokhari is Black Pond. While on the way trekkers get stunning view of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and other Himalayan mountains along with Makalu.

The local inhabitants of Makalu are also equally fascinating for trekkers. Their cultures, traditions and social values are unique for trekkers of the world. Sherpa, Limbu and Rai are native of this area. The destination gives real picture of Nepal and the hardship of peoples’ lives. Makalu Region trekking is a camping trek, can only be organized by camping because of the remoteness of Makalu Region & absence of the tea houses & lodges. Regulus Nepal arranges you to sleep in tents, manages a bathroom tent as well as a dining tent with tables and camp tools & a best cook during the entire trek to the Makalu  Base camp.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Day 3Fly to Tumlingtar/Drive to Chichira
  • Day 4Chichira to Num
  • Day 5Num to Seduwa
  • Day 6Seduwa to Tashigaon
  • Day 7Tashigaon to Khongma Danda
  • Day 8Acclimatization
  • Day 9Khongma Danda to Dobate
  • Day 10Dobate to Yangri Kharka
  • Day 11Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka
  • Day 12Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp
  • Day 13Explore Makalu Base Camp
  • Day 14Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka
  • Day 15Yangri Kharka to Dobate
  • Day 16Dobate to Khongma Danda
  • Day 17Khongma Danda to Tashigaon
  • Day 18Tashigaon to Seduwa
  • Day 19Seduwa to Num
  • Day 20Num to Tumlingtar
  • Day 21Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
  • Day 22Final departure

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What to Expect

  • 3 nights of accommodation in a 3 star hotel in Kathmandu (BB plan).
  • 18 nightsof accommodation in a basic lodge/hotel on mountain during the trek, includes 3 meals a day ( B L D ).
  • Hot drinks (Tea / Coffee).
  • An experienced, licensed, English speaking guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • A government registered trekking guide (English speaking with license) & a local porter (1 porter with 2 trekkers).
  • Fooding, lodging, Salaries & Insurance of the staffs.
  • Both way domestic flights (Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu).
  • Highly experienced Makalu base camp trekking staffs.
  • Transportation fees during ground-travel (airport pick up & drop).
  • Government taxes, entry fees and TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) permit & 
  • All applicable fees.
  • One cultural show and farewell dinner.
  • Trip Completion Certificate.
  • First Aid Kit.     
  • International flights.
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Airport departure tax.
  • Entrance fees to monuments.
  • Extra showers, Battery recharge costs, laundry, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Food in Kathmandu (also if earlier return to Kathmandu from Mountains due to any reason than the scheduled Itinerary).