Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp Trek Overview
Makalu Base Camp Trek is an ideal trek for those who are looking for a longer adventure. Mt. Makalu is situated at a height of 8463 m. The peak is the 5th highest mountain peak in the world. It is located in the Mahalangur range, southeast of Mt Everest, and on the border of Nepal and Tibet.
Highly protected by Makalu Barun National Park, the route goes through a lush green forest offering you a chance to witness several endangered animals and wild plants. Extending around the two districts of Nepal, Shankhuwasabha, and Solukhumbu, the park covers an area of 2330 sq. km.
The park is home to 315 species of butterflies, 43 species of reptile, 16 species of amphibians, and 440 species of birds including sunbirds, rose-ringed parakeets, Blyth’s kingfisher, blue-naped pitta, etc. More than 80 species of mammals like snow leopard, Indian leopard, jungle cat, golden jackal, Himalayan wolf, red fox, red panda and many more.
The view of some highest mountain peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Mt Chamlang, and Mt Makalu itself adds more beauty to this trek. The trail runs through a valley of the Arun River. Along with it, the route comes across a few passes like Keke La pass (4230m) and Tutu La pass (4200m).
On your way, you can also see many small cultural villages of Gurung, Rai, and Sherpa. They are the main inhabitants of this area. This remote trek to Makalu base camp can be quite challenging. However, it can vary depending on your physical fitness and trekking experience.
Highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trek
- The hospitality of the Rai and Sherpa people
- Pass through the Makalu Barun National Park witnessing diverse flora and fauna
- Pass through many glacial lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and colorful Rhododendron forests
- Breathtaking mountain views, including the majestic Makalu peak
- Crossing high mountain passes and glacial rivers
- A chance to push personal limits
- Day 1- Kathmandu- Tumlingtar- Num (35 minutes flight, 4 hours flight)
- Day 2- Num- Seduwa (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 3- Seduwa-Tashi Gaon (5 hours walk)
- Day 4- Tashi Gaon- Kauma (6 hours walk)
- Day 5- Kauma- Mumbuk (5 hours walk)
- Day 6- Mumbuk-Neha Kharka (6 hours walk)
- Day 7- Neha Kharka- Sherson (7 hours walk)
- Day 8- Sherson- Makalu base camp (4-5 hours walk)
- Day 9- Makalu base camp- Neha Kharka (9-10 hours walk)
- Day 10- Neha Kharka- Mumbuk (6 hours walk)
- Day 11- Mumbuk- Kauma (5 hours walk)
- Day 12- Kauma-Tashi gaon (6 hours walk)
- Day 13- Tashi Gaon- Pakuwa
- Day 14- Pakuwa-Bumling
- Day 15- Bumling- Tumlingtar
- Day 16- Tumlingtar- Kathmandu (35 minutes flight)
Difficulties and Safety
Makalu being a remote area, trekking to this place can be slightly challenging. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness.
But you can build your muscle strength, and make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to Makalu base camp is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 20 days. This solo reason is enough to make this trek challenging.
The trails are rugged, steep, and maybe snowy on off-seasons. The maximum height in this trek is the base camp (5250m) with other high passes on the way. There is a high risk of mountain sickness.
Symptoms of Mountain sickness
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeats
Preventing mountain sickness
- Walk slow
- Stay hydrated
- Have nutritional food
- Have enough rest
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
Medicines for mountain sickness
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Trekking Equipment List
|Woolen t-shirts/shirts/thick sweaters.||Backpack/Duffle bag|
|Jackets (Fiber or down)||Passport size photographs|
|Raincoat||Permit and travel insurance|
|Pair of sandals||Suns cream and lip balm|
|Trekking trousers||Wash kit|
|Sleeping trousers||First aid kit|
|Hiking shorts||Power bank|
|Waterproof pants||Summer/winter hat|
|Sleeping bag/Sleeping bag liner||Water bottles and water purifiers|
|Hiking boots||Trekking poles|
|Gloves and beanies||Camera|
|Snow glasses and sunglasses||trekking map|
|Neck gaiter||Water purification|
|Sun hat/woolen hat||Water bottles|
Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you.
Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.
If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.
Payment and Cancellation
Policy regarding Payment and Cancellation Payment:
1) To confirm a reservation, a deposit equal to 30% of the total price is required.
2) If the payment is made online, the remaining balance is due 10 days before the Tour, Trekking, Peak Climbing, or Expedition begins. If the payment is made in cash, it can be made after arrival.
3) If the booking is made within 30 days of the expedition beginning, full payment must be made at the time of booking.
1) A full refund of the deposit will be given if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled more than 60 days before the start date.
2) The deposit will not be refunded if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled within 30 days of its start date.
3) A tour, trek, peak climbing, or expedition will not be refunded if it is canceled prior to or on the start date.
4) All participants should strongly consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations or other occurrences.
Note: We reserve the right to modify or cancel any trek in the event of a natural disaster, political unrest, or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, a full refund or an alternative option will be provided.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Price W/O Addons: US$ 1450 per person
- A detailed certificate from Marvel Treks and Expedition (after accomplishment)
- A complimentary raincoat to shed you during the rainy season. (returnable)
- 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 gear 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
- Trendy Sunhat and t-shirt as souvenirs on behalf of Marvel Treks and Expedition.
- 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 office service charges Gov tax ($100 )
- Special Permit ($20) per week
- Miscellaneous ($20)
- 2 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu (Kathmandu hotel or similar) ($40)
- 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 for guides and porters.
- Electronic gadgets like chargers, and headphones.
- Individual costs like a hot shower, phone calls, laundry, and souvenirs.
- Travel coverage and emergency evacuations.
- Tips for our staff’s drivers.
Makalu Base Camp Trek