Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp Trek Overview
5th highest mountain peak in the world, Mount Makalu steadily lies at the height of 8463m. Mount Makalu is beautifully situated in the Makalu Barun National Park which covers a surface area of 2330 sq.km. Mount Makalu was first climbed by French National Jean Couzy and Lionel Terray on 1955 may 15. The placed was not opened officially until Eric Shipton in 1950 made first trek to this place. Barun river valley in Makalu Barun national park, unique cultural heritages and incredible view of mountain like Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse and Mount Chamlang, collectively makes your trail to Makalu Base camp more alluring. Mount Makalu lies in Solukhumbu and Shankhuwasabha districts of Nepal offering you very different tradition and culture of Gurung, Rai and Sherpa. Trek to Makalu Base camp can be fairly challenging yet most adventurous and beautiful journey to nature lovers.
- Day 1- Arrival at Kathmandu
- Day 2- Kathmandu- Tumlingtar (flight 50 minutes) -Num, 1560m (drive 4 hours)
- Day 3- Num- seduwa, 1540, (7 hours walk)
- Day 4- seduwa- Tashi gaon, 2070m (5 hours walk)
- Day 5- Tashi gaon- Khongma, 3560m (6 hours walk)
- Day 6- Khongma- Mumbuk, 3520m (4-5 hours walk)
- Day 7- Mumbuk- Nehe Kharka, 4320m (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 8- Nehe Kharka- Sherson, 4720 (6-7 hours walk)
- Day 9- Sherson- Makalu base camp, 4853m (4-5 hours walk)
- Day 10- Makalu base camp- Yangle Kharka (8 hours walk)
- Day 11- Yangle Kharka- Mumbuk (6 hours walk)
- Day 12- Mumbuk- Khongma (6 hours walk)
- Day 13- Khongma- Tashi Gaon (6 hours walk)
- Day 14- Tashi gaon- Num (5 hours walk)
- Day 15- Num- Tumlingtar, (4 hours’ drive)
Best time to trek Makalu base camp
Spring, (March to May) and autumn (September to November) marks the best time to trek Makalu Base camp. With its best climatic condition and bearable temperature especially at low altitudes this season is perfect for trekking. This season offers you astonishing view of mountain ranges with clear blue skies and sunny days. You can also see wild flowers along with blooming Rhododendrons on your trails.
Clothing and equipment
It’s important to know about the climatic condition and to know what to wear and what to pack for your journey. Here is a small guide for you.
- Day pack flip-flops
- Backpack camera
- Sleeping bag medicines
- Down jacket beanies
- Fleece jacket gloves
- Woolen shirts buffs
- Sweaters safety kit
- Tracksuit wash kit
- Water proof jacket travel towel
- Waterproof pants sunglasses
- Thermal tops/bottoms trekking poles Trekking trousers tissue papers and trash bags Underwear reusable water bottles Trekking boots water purifier tablets Hiking shocks torchlights Long sleeve shirts/T shirts charger/adapters/power bank Lose fitting trousers. Money/cash Passports passport size photographs
This trek is quite challenging and can be very difficult to some people. It is best suited to experienced mountain trekkers. You need to have very good muscle strength. This trek is all about walking for 6-7 hours per day which can be very hard for those who doesn’t have any experience of trekking. Additionally being the 5th tallest mountain peak, you can experience some serious altitude sickness on your way. It is Important to stay hydrated and have nutritional food throughout the journey. If you experience any kind of difficulties in your health you need to talk to your friend or travel guide immediately.
Travel insurance– you always need a travel insurance especially when you are traveling to this kind of risky, high places. If ever you need any medical emergencies your travel insurance will be bearing it for you. It is important to mention all the places and altitudes you will be reaching, to your insurance company so that you do not have any problem later.
Visa/ passport– it is mandatory for every foreigners to have visa and valid passport to enter Nepal. Only Indian citizen are not required to have visa for visiting Nepal. You can get your Nepalese visa at Tribhuwan International airport, Kathmandu.