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.

  • Group Size During Trek
    Trekking in Nepal is regarded as rewarding experience for the nature lovers. In our featured website products, we generally run the trip with the minimum of 2 persons in a group. The given program is just a suggested itinerary which can be customized as per the client’s preference.  However, if you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families for any number of people we would be happy to arrange a personalized trip only for you in your suitable period of time.

    We also arrange TREKS FOR SINGLE WOMAN. If none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you, you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about making it solo trip. We assign local guide, porters etc who you can trust your life with.

    Normally for a group, we provide 1 main guide, 1 assistance guide along with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. Moreover, for every additional 2 trekkers, 1 more assistance and a porter will be provided.

  • Trek Guides and staff.
    For trekking, we provide local experienced trek guide who can communicate well with the guests and explain well about the trails, customs and traditions of the local community living in the area. The role of the trek leader is to ensure that the trip runs smoothly. He will share their local knowledge, co-ordinate the day to day running of the tour. If you have any problems on the tour, please let your Trek Leader know so that steps can be taken to put it right.

    We are a well stabilized adventure company and we employed professional trek leader (who are based on English speaking and few are multi-lingual's) and required crew member (they have basic knowledge of communication). We also provide the training to our staff increasing their work efficiency. And our guides are intimately familiar with all local castes and customs along the trails and will share with you many cultural insights that are not covered in any guide book. You will have good chance to learn Nepali phrases, cultural things and more on your Trekking.
  • Ecstatic Himalaya trained its guide/trekking staff on following course.

  • Trekking Guide Training & licensed- Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • English Language KEEP
  • Conservation & Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

  • Trip safety
    Once, you confirm your trip, it is our responsibility to make your trip wonderful without creating any difficulties. Hence, we have prepared our itinerary in such a way that it will properly acclimatize you. Also, we request you in advance to have regular exercises and make habits to walk in a daily basis. Similarly, during trek, you will be fully guided by our professional trekking guides and supporting team. They are properly trained in regards to safety and first aid. Even, we have every set up in case of emergency such as high altitude medicine and Gammow Bag (High altitude Chamber bag). Please note High altitude Chamber Bag is used to provide heat in your body and it is available on certain cost. Moreover, to let you familiar with altitude, you are suggested to walk slow and steady and ensure for proper acclimatization.

  • Climate and weather condition during trek
    Weather in the mountains is extremely unpredictable. The nights are generally cooler and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected!

    Everest Base Camp trek is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20 degree C to -15 degree C.

  • Permits and Fees
    In Nepal, you most require permits and fees to enter a certain areas such as World heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing as well. All the trip prices are including the cost of relevant permits and entrance fees. In case of any such conditions we will inform you if required any additional permit fees before you make a booking with us.

  • Travel Insurance
    While travelling to Nepal, you are requested to have a travel insurance that should cover any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Especially, your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charges, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay and cancellations. We suggest you to bring you travel insurance certificate or send us scan copy and required to issue from your home land and we do not arrange or sell insurance.

    Travelling in the Himalayas is full of adventurous; hence it is wise to choose a proper insurance policy. While choosing your insurance policy, make sure that it will protect all such unforeseen expenses. Your insurer should be well familiar with our itinerary that you have booked and must have agreed to cover all activities being undertaken during trip. Meantime, it is not compulsory that our all the assigned trip are facilities with Heli-rescue. You will not require heli rescue insurance for Tibet Tour as it is not possible to provide such facility.

  • Altitude Mountain sickness
    AMS is the abbreviation for Acute Mountain sickness also termed as the High Altitude Sickness. AMS is one of the challenges that the trekkers/ climbers might face during their climb in the mountains. As you reach higher in the altitude the oxygen level gradually decreases. If a person tries to climb too quickly then there is a higher chance of getting AMS. The major symptoms of AMS is headache, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, difficulty in sleeping. However, AMS can be avoided by using some precautionary measures such as drinking plenty of water, eating enough food and walking in the steady pace. Our experienced guides who have been working in the Himalayas will help and instruct you for further measures.

    Ecstatic Himalaya will provide a well-qualified and experienced guide who has a good knowledge about AMS as they can recognize the early symptoms and advise medications for instant relief. We have designed our trips in such a way that the clients get full acclimatization and proper rest. You will also be provided with a Gamow bag upon request at an additional charge which is considered a major gear to reduce the effect of AMS. In the worst case scenario, we shall arrange a rescue and evacuation using a helicopter whose cost should be covered by your travel insurance.

  • Acclimatization
    We are experts at operating at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our treks are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on hiring basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness, and our leaders are trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

  • Physical Fitness
    We strongly recommend our clients for consulting the doctor before planning your holidays. You should obtain professional advice from a travel clinic or your local GP about which vaccinations to have before you arrive in Nepal. Your doctor will advise current inoculation requirements. If a doctor has recommended against travel or indicated travel may be inconvenient then inform us of the details. On all trekking and exploratory trips technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination. We strictly maintain hygiene foods on the trek. We carry extensive medical kits and, if the need should ever arise, we are able to evacuate seriously ill group members by helicopter. We run regular first aid courses for our all trekking guides and Sherpa helpers.

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