Thamserku Trekking Pvt. ltd.

P.O. Box 3022, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 1 4413842

Makalu Base Camp

Moderate to Hard

21 Days 20 Nights

Trip Facts

  • Duration:
    21 Days 20 Nights
  • Dificulty Level:
    Moderate to Hard
  • Activity:
    Lodge Trek
  • Max. Altitude:
  • Destination:


Moderate to Hard

Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many hikes. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet. 

Makalu Base Camp trek lies in the eastern part of Nepal in the scenic Makalu Barun National Park and conservation area. The base camp itself lies at an altitude of 5000m above sea level. Mt. Makalu (8463m) which is regarded as 5th highest mountain of the world is one of the main attraction of this trek with amazing views of Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8152m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m) and Ama Dablam(6456m). Due to the challenging nature of the trek and the remote location, the trek sees limited tourist.

The trek goes through diverse landscape and interesting cultures of Rai, Gurung, Magar, Chettris, Tamang and Sherpas passing through beautiful forest, floras and fauna. Since most of the places in this region has limited tea house which is why camping is highly recommended in the region.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the base camp of 5th highest mountain of the world.
  • Trek through diverse landscape and ethnic cultures.

Trip Includes

  • 3 nights Hotel as per program on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Local Lodge as per program on Full Board
  • Flight: KTM-TUMLINGTAR-KTM (Regular Flight) with airport taxes
  • Makalu National Park Fees & TIMS Permit Fee
  • 1 English Speaking Guide (from Kathmandu)
  • 1 porter for every 2 members
  • All staffs insurance & daily wages
  • All Airport transfers

Trip Excludes

  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Equipment & Insurance
  • Personal Expenses (Battery recharge on local lodge, laundry, telephone, etc)
  • Nepal Visa fee US $40 per person
  • Emergency Evacuation if required
  • Other personal Expenses
  • Tips for Staffs

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly to Tumlingtar (400m) – 50 minutes flight
Day 03: Trek to Mane Bhanjyang (1105m) – 7 hrs trek
Day 04: Trek to Chichila (1850m) – 6 hrs trek
Day 05: Trek to Num (1505m) – 6/7 hrs trek
Day 06: Trek to Seduwa (1530m) – 6/7 hrs trek
Day 07: Trek to Tashigaon (2065m) – 5 hrs trek
Day 08: Trek to Khongma la (3562m) – 7 hrs trek
Day 09: Trek to Dobate – 7 hrs trek
Day 10: Trek to Yangri kharka(3610m) – 7 hrs trek
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharkha (4972m) – 6 hrs trek
Day 12: Trek to Makalu base camp (4870m) – 7 hrs trek
Day 13: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3610m) – 7 hrs trek
Day 14: Trek to Khongma La (3562m) – 7 hrs trek
Day 15: Trek to Seduwa (1530m) – 7 hrs trek
Day 16: Trek to trek to Num (1505m) – 6 hrs trek
Day 17: Trek to Mane Bhanjyang (1105m) – 6 hrs trek
Day 18: Trek to Tumlingtar (400m) – 5 hrs trek
Day 19: Flight: Tumlingtar-kathmandu, transfer to hotel
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 21: International departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.

Meals: BLD

Day 02: Fly to Tumlingtar (400m) – 50 minutes flight

After breakfast we drive to the domestic airport in Kathmandu for a 50 minutes flight to Tumlingtar where our staff will be waiting for us. We then drive to our hotel for tonight.

Meals: BLD

Day 03: Trek to Mane Bhanjyang (1105m) – 7 hrs trek

Trail ascends all the way through the forest of rhododendrons and Sal trees passing few villages. The trail crosses a plateau and climbs gradually for about 3 hours. We camp above the village on large grassy fields. We walk north to Khandbari. We trek further an hour via the interesting fertile villages to camp site.

Meals: BLD

Day 04: Trek to Chichila (1850m) – 6 hrs trek

After staying a night at Mane Bhanjyang, we move towards the Chichila where the country side becomes rural and we will climb through bamboo forests along the ridge to Arun Than (1280m). Later on, we continue through bamboo groves and big rocks to Sheka (1350m). Trek further to a small village of Chichila, mainly inhabited by Gurungs and other communities as well.

Meals: BLD

Day 05: Trek to Num (1505m) – 6/7 hrs trek

The morning at Chichila surrounds with views of snow-capped Makalu. Eventually, we meet a ridgeline with great views on either side and descend through forest by a small river where you will walk on a flat trail for about an hour to Num, which is on a ridge above Arun Koshi River. Num experiences a dramatic display of thunder and lightning every evening, which makes very interesting surroundings.

Meals: BLD

Day 06: Trek to Seduwa (1530m) – 6/7 hrs trek

Descending from the western end of the Num ridge steeply through the cornfields of Lumbang, the trail continues over the suspension bridge and ascends through the forest and a few traditional villages.We cross the river and follow an equally steep ascent up the other side again. Often quite hot - the forest on the valleys offer a bit of shade. People of this area are mainly occupied in agriculture and crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending on the season. Ascend continue through dense forest, eventually brings to aesthetic cam site at Seduwa. Here lies the large flat camping lawn ridge above the Makalu Barun National Park check point.

Meals: BLD

Day 07: Trek to Tashigaon (2065m) – 5 hrs trek

We ascend the ridge from Seduwa which is enclosed by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east, with easy hiking through the bushes. Passing the hillside through villages and small paddy fields, we reach at tropical village of Tashigaon. The camping location in this village is really an admirable site below the national park office.

Meals: BLD

Day 08: Trek to Khongma la (3562m) – 7 hrs trek

This will be a bit hard day as we have to ascend on a steep trail in higher altitude through dense forest of remote scrub and Rhododendron passing many ridges and seasonal Yak herders. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a Kharka (grazing land) and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. Khongma La is the last opportunity we have to stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley.

Meals: BLD

Day 09: Trek to Dobate – 7 hrs trek

We climb towards the summit of the Shipton La which takes a several hours to reach. After the Lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), pass over the Keke La at 4170m. We can see the outstanding view of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6524m) and Peak 7 (6758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate.

Meals: BLD

Day 10: Trek to Yangri kharka(3610m) – 7 hrs trek

From Dobate, we advance through the Rhododendron forest which leads towards the Barun River and the upper valley. We have to be careful during the first two hours of trek as the trail is very steep and difficult. After sometime, we can take an easy walk, slowly advancing altitude until we reach at Yangri Kharka, located at the base of the valley.

Meals: BLD

Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharkha (4972m) – 6 hrs trek

Following a moderate walk to the valley, we pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields. Beyond Nehe Kharka, the river makes a huge S-shaped curve between curtains wall of cliffs that tower on either side of river. Next gentle climb advances a Mani wall to Yak Kharka.

Meals: BLD

Day 12: Trek to Makalu base camp (4870m) – 7 hrs trek

Finally today is the day we make it to the Base Camp. From Yak Kharka we make our way up to Merek advances through a dizzying landscape of Himalayan giants, looking marvellous views of Mountains. After arriving to Langmale Kharka we make our way up to Shershong and eventually to Makalu Base camp. The rail is flat with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains accompanying us. As the trail turns northwards into a side valley, Makalu finally soars into view. We get to immerse in the regal Himalayan panorama enclosing us.

Meals: BLD

Day 13: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3610m) – 7 hrs trek

Taking the last glimpse of Makalu, we descend down from the Base Camp and headed back. On the way down, we descend through shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and down the valley finally stopping at Yangri Kharka.

Meals: BLD

Day 14: Trek to Khongma La (3562m) – 7 hrs trek

Descending through rock falls, green forest and valley from Yangri Kharka making our way towards Dobate, we follow the river banks of Barun down the trail. With steep advance from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) and through a forest of Rhododendrons we cross the KeKe La and reach out Khongma la.

Meals: BLD

Day 15: Trek to Seduwa (1530m) – 7 hrs trek

Through the hillsides trek continues with frequent long and steep descent. The trail takes us through thick forests and finally making to the Sherpa village of Tashigaon. And then we exit from Makalu Barun National Park and move down to the Barun River. Crossing the hillside and villages afterwards, we move further down, finally stopping at Seduwa once again.

Meals: BLD

Day 16: Trek to trek to Num (1505m) – 6 hrs trek

From Seduwa, we trek through the dense forests towards Num. the trail of ups and downs passes through lush forest and Sherpa villages as we move downwards.

Meals: BLD

Day 17: Trek to Mane Bhanjyang (1105m) – 6 hrs trek

We retrace our footsteps passing the Rai & Sherpa villages while descending, and we move towards Chichira where we can savour the glorious vista of Mount Makalu for the last time. We continue downwards to Bhotebas and stay at Mane Bhanjyang.

Meals: BLD

Day 18: Trek to Tumlingtar (400m) – 5 hrs trek

The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day.

Meals: BLD

Day 19: Flight: Tumlingtar-kathmandu, transfer to hotel

After the breakfast in the Lodge, you will be transferred to the Tumlingtar Airport and take a 50 minutes flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we drive to the hotel and have some free time to relax or head into the city. Most people want to simply unwind and enjoy the hotel facilities.

Meals: BLD

Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu

You’ll have a day free to roam around the Kathmandu Valley and enjoy your time.

Meals: BLD

Day 21: International departure

Depending on your flight time, our airport check in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM. In case our flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.

Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.

Meals: B

Essential Info


Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).


There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

Eating & Drinking

Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.


The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

More Info

This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high.

Equipment Checklist


  • Selection T-shirts and long sleeved shirts
  • Thermal shirts for cold area
  • Warm shirts possibility fleece for cold areas
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Wind/water proof jacket
  • Down Jacket for 5000m altitude
  • Inner Vests
  • Under wears
  • Raincoat

Head/Hand wear

  • 1 Fleece or woollen hat
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • 1 Sun glasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves

Foot Wear

  • 1 Pair walking boots (Trekking Shoes)
  • Trainer or casual shoes for trekking/travelling
  • Warm socks for colder areas
  • Gaiters in case of rain or snow

Log wear

  • Loose casual trouser for trekking
  • Thermal leggings for cold area
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers
  • Water proof trousers


  • 1- Small Day pack (Rucksack)
  • 1-Duffel bag

Wash Kit

  • 1 Wash bag with zipped
  • 2 Toothpaste
  • 1 Toothbrush
  • 1 Face washes soap in box antibacterial
  • Cotton bud
  • 1 Razor
  • 1 Nail clippers


  • 1 Sun lotion
  • 1 Lip balm
  • 1 Head lamp
  • 1 Diry book for personal memoranda
  • 2 Pen or pencil
  • 1 Water bottle 1 ltr.
  • 1 small knife
  • 1 head light


  • Your choice of Camera
  • Binocular
  • Swimming Custom for Kathmandu
  • Extra clothes for Kathmandu

Recommended for Mountaineering Equipment list for TREKKING PEAKS

  • Plastic or leather for mountaineering boots
  • Gaitors & crampons
  • Fleece trouser or salopettes
  • Climbing gloves
  • Ice axe, ski pole, Harness, Karabiners , ropes, crampons
  • Snow googols, Desender/abseil device, Asender , Tapes

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    Kathmandu, Nepal
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