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.
Highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trek
Some highlights of treks to the Makalu Base Camp include:
- The opportunity to experience the unique culture and traditions of the local Rai and Sherpa communities.
- The chance to visit and explore the surrounding region, which is home to a variety of stunning landscapes and natural beauty, including glacial lakes and rivers, forests, and alpine meadows.
- The opportunity to see a variety of wildlife and flora, including the chance to spot rare and endangered species such as the red panda and snow leopard.
- The chance to challenge oneself physically and mentally by undertaking a long and demanding trek through remote and challenging terrain.
- 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.
Dates of Trip
Group Discount Prices
Frequently Asked Questions
Price W/O Addons: US$ 460 per person
- A detailed certificate from Marvel Treks and Expedition (after accomplishment)
- Trendy Sunhat and t-shirt as souvenirs on behalf of Marvel Treks and Expedition.
- A complimentary raincoat to shed you during the rainy season.
- A Complimentary Duffel Bag throughout the trek from our company. (returnable)
- A warm complimentary Down Jacket during the entire trek on behalf of Marvel Treks. (returnable)
- A complimentary sleeping bag for your icy trek. (returnable)
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner throughout the trek.
- The essential climbing gears like mountain axe, trekking sticks etc, for your need throughout the trek. (returnable)
- Delightful complimentary Authentic Nepali cuisine as dinner to embark on your arrival and departure
- Critical complimentary First Aid Service (in times of need)
- An informative trekking map for you to cherish on behalf of our company
- All the crucial services about airport transfer to and from the hotel via a private tourist vehicle ($40)
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems )($10)
- National park entry fees / ACAP permits / Conservation entry fees. ( $30)
- All essential local tax and Gov tax ($130 )
- All the required office service charges. ($200)
- Special Permit ($20) per week
- Essential Medical supplies and first aid equipment will be provided.
- Miscellaneous ($30)
- Porter guide (490)
- Marvel Treks and Expedition won’t be responsible for all the Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Extra nights in any city that’s not accommodated in the itinerary of Marvel Treks and Expedition.
- All the International flight checks and airfares.
- Marvel Treks and Expedition won’t be responsible for alcoholic/ non-alcoholic liquors.
- Additional porter fees along with tips of guides and porters.
- Electronic gadgets like chargers, headphones.
- Individual costs like a hot shower, phone calls, laundry, souvenirs.
- Travel coverage and emergency evacuations.
- Tips for our staff’s drivers.
Makalu Base Camp Trek