Makalu Base Camp Trek 18 Days trip code: EH091

Best Months

  • March-May
  • Sept-Nov


  • 18 Days

Grade / Difficulty

  • Strenuous


  • Homestay


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Trekking along one of the least frequented and challenging trekking trails of Nepal under Mt. Makalu - Makalu Base Camp Trek

This is an incredibly beautiful trekking adventure that takes us to the rarely visited base camp of fifth highest mountain the world, Makalu 8481m. Situated at the elevated grazing land of Sherson in close proximity to Barun Glacier,  Makalu base camp is ringed by towering Himalayan peaks of the region. It is one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal, which begins from Tumlingtar. Tumlingtar, a small town above Arun River is accessed via 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu.

Since this is a very rarely trodden trekking trail in Nepal, the rawness prevails. Hence, the availability of facilitated teahouses like in Everest or Annapurna Region is out of question. At few places trekkers shall adjust in a very basic homestays. Other than that, this is one of the most beautiful treks meant for those trekkers who can endure challenges of trekking long hours without the expectation of luxury at the end of the day. Truly the trek takes you closer to pristine alpine nature, which is possibly the rawest in Nepal.

As the trek begins from Tumlingtar, the trail winds through artistically carved terraced farmlands, culturally rich mountain hamlets and at points the mesmerizing views of Mt. Makalu and Kanchenjunga surrounded by their closest neighbors.  Crossing Shipton La Pass 4229m to the south side of Makalu is also the prime highlight of the trek. Makalu Barun National Park and the rare Himalayan species and birds and animals in the dense woodlands of the park are also the undeniable highlights of the trek

As the trek reaches to Sherson, we allot you a whole day to explore where you sight the stunning view of Kangshung, eyecatching east face of Everest and the upclose vistas of charming the south face of mesmerizing Makalu. 

Bullet point Highlights

  • The sighseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley
  • Off the beaten trekking trail catering more raw nature and nomadic culture
  • The panorama of three 8000ers that include Everest, Kanchenjunga & Makalu
  • The floral and the faunal biodiversity of Makalu Barun National Park
  • The adventurous hike emerging frequently to tribal villages inhabited by Sherpa and Tamangs



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  • Accommodation during trek available everyday en-route (local lodge)
  • All meals during trek if undertaken teahouse trek 
  • Expert tour guide who can speak English or language as per the requirement 
  • Entry fees to all heritage sites during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Licensed trek guide & local porters during trek 
  • Makalu-Barun National Park fees
  • Trekkers' Information Management System fees
  • Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu flight
  • 3 nights' accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs
  • Insurance for all staff & porters
  • All applicable government tax
Day to Day Itinerary
  • Day 01: : Arrive to Kathmandu; transfer to your hotel
  • Day 02: : Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Day 03: : Fly to Tumlingtar 40 minutes flight and drive to Num
  • Day 04: : Trek to Seduwa 1493m
  • Day 05: : Trek to Tashigaon 2057m
  • Day 06: : Trek to Kumau Kharka 3500m
  • Day 07: : Trek to Dobato 3700m
  • Day 08: : Trek to Yangri Kharka 3620m
  • Day 09 : Trek to Lengmale Kharka 4400m
  • Day 10: : Trek to Sherson 4500m
  • Day 11: : Free day at Sherson for a day excursion to Makalu Base Camp 4800m
  • Day 12: : Trek Sherson to Yangri Kharka (3,620m)
  • Day 13: : Trek back to Kumau Kharka 3500m
  • Day 14: : Trek to Seduwa 1493m
  • Day 15: : Trek to Num 1500m
  • Day 16: : Drive back to Tumlingtar
  • Day 17: : Fly back to Kathmandu; Free Evening
  • Day 18: : Depart Kathmandu
Service Excludes
  • Nepal visa
  • International flight fare
  • Food in Kathmandu except breakfast
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire in Kathmandu)
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason
  • Drinks, snacks while walking
  • Any other tours, transfers and services other than mentioned above
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and Driver
  • Your insurance & Medical Expenses

Day 01:: Arrive to Kathmandu; transfer to your hotel

Flying in to the Himalayan nation Nepal is different in itself. Witness the towering Himalayan giant’s minutes before landing Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu if the weather permits. Enjoy the cordial Nepalese welcome in arrival terminals of the airport and drive to your designated hotel in Kathmandu

Day 02:: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

Actually this day is a trek preparation day. As our team is preparing the required permits for Makalu Base Camp Trek; you will be taken to Kathmandu most beautiful locales where culture history and the heritage of the ancient town spills in every corner. Explore the biggest hub of Hinduism in Nepal Pashupatinath where travelers get to experience the important aspects of the religion. Stroll around Boudhanath, a large dome shaped stupa where Tibetan culture and Buddhism are seen at its best. Exploration of Kathmandu Durbar Square is an awesome experience as it takes you to Nepal’s one of the oldest architectural landmarks where local Newari culture also has been prospering for ages.

Day 03:: Fly to Tumlingtar 40 minutes flight and drive to Num

Today, we shall be driven to the domestic section of Kathmandu Airport. Then we board a small twin otter plane that takes us Tumlingtar, a small town above Arun River in the eastern hills of Nepal. From Tumlingtar, we drive along the newly carved gravel road in the hills to a small village of Num. Overnight in a teahouse at Num.

Day 04:: Trek to Seduwa 1493m

The trek begins today. Today we trek down to Arun Khola from Num. We cross it and begin to ascend gradually towards Seduwa. On the way a small village Runmara is worthwhile observing. Seduwa is a small ethnic village, where you could feel the diversity of Nepal. 

Day 05:: Trek to Tashigaon 2057m

Today is a short trekking day. However, we gain significant height today. Trekking on gradual uphill trail that has beuatiful terraced lands we head towrads Tashigaon. Infact today, we go around a hill to get to the elevated cultural hamlet Tashigaon. Overnight in a homestay in Tashigaon.

Day 06:: Trek to Kumau Kharka 3500m

Today we gain the elevation by almost 1500m. Hence the day's walk today mostly involves steep uphill hike. However, we shall also trek along the beautiful cloud covered woodlands of Makalu Barun National Park that opens to a wide countryside, which is totally untainted. A steep walk from here brings us to the small ridgetop village Kauma Kharka.

Day 07:: Trek to Dobato 3700m

Today, we have a long trekking day. Hence we start relatively early. Initailly, we climb uphill that stretches all the way up to the top of Shipton La Pass 4229m. Savour the magnificent views of Mt. Kan Kangchenjunga and Makalu from the top of the pass. Then we begin to gradually slide down to Dobato (3700m) for the overnight stay.

Day 08:: Trek to Yangri Kharka 3620m

After the breakfast our trek resumes. We descend down to Barun Khola. Then chasing the trail beside Barun Khola we trek gradually uphill that takes us to the wide and open grazing land at Yangri Kharka. We shall set our camps here for the overnight stay.

Day 09: Trek to Lengmale Kharka 4400m

Once again a day that prevails with gradual uphill climb. Today we trek up the valley that goes towards Upper Barun Khola. A points we witness the majestic views of Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu and mostly we enjoy the wilderness of the nature. After a long day walk we emerge to a another grazing land Lengmale Kharka (4400m), where we shall rest for the night.

Day 10:: Trek to Sherson 4500m

3-4 hours of trek through the dense woodlands of  rhododendron and barberries, which gradually gets thinner into cotoneaster and juniper bushes will take us to  Sherson. Sherson is the base camp of Mt. Makalu. Enjoy the view of  lower Barun glacier and the towering Mt. Makalu from Sherson. Sherson also has scores of stone enclosures along with catering the significantly best views of  Himalayan peaks, that include the upper south face of Mt. Makalu and Mt. Baruntse (7,220m).

Day 11:: Free day at Sherson for a day excursion to Makalu Base Camp 4800m

Today we shall have a rest day to hike around important landmarks around Sherson. The most beautiful hike would be stretch up on the right side of the camp for the better view of Mt. Makalu and Barun Pokhari. The hike would also reward with the view Everest Kanshung face and  Lhotse. Another beautiful hike would be an hour long steep uphill climb to  the upper Makalu Base Camp 4800m. The upper Makalu Base Camp caters grander views of all the above mentioned peaks. At the end of the day we hike down to our camps in Sherson for the overnight stay

Day 12:: Trek Sherson to Yangri Kharka (3,620m)

Today trek begins to retrace down back towards Tumlingtar. We shall chase the retracing trial that leads to the end of Barun valley and eventually to the village of Yangri Kharka for the overnight stay.

Day 13:: Trek back to Kumau Kharka 3500m

Continue to trek along the retracing trail Today we cross over Shipton La Pass and hike down to Kumau Kharka for the overnight stay.

Day 14:: Trek to Seduwa 1493m

Today we drop sharply to Seduwa. Trekking through the dense woodlands we stop at Tashigaon for the lunch. Resuming the trek on the retracing trail we arrive at Seduwa for the overnight stay.

Day 15:: Trek to Num 1500m

It is just the last day of the trek. It is also the repeat of the first day's trek but in opposite way. At the end of the day, we arrive to Num, where you can see wheels after spending almost two weeks in the wilderness of Makalu region. 

Day 16:: Drive back to Tumlingtar

Once again hit the bumpy road that takes us back to Tumlingtar. Once we reach Tumlingtar, we shall release all our trek exhaustion. 

Day 17:: Fly back to Kathmandu; Free Evening

Today, we shall fly back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the last views of towering Himalayan peaks of eastern Nepal for the last time from the windows of your plane. Once we reach Kathmandu, we shall be escorted to our designated hotels. Evening time is alloted free for your individual activities.

Day 18:: Depart Kathmandu

Our representative will escort to the airport for the final see off to your onward destination. Have a safe flight and visit Nepal time and again we have much more to show.

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