Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:4,870m/15,978ft
  • Total Duration:22 days
  • Best Time:March to May and Sep to Dec
  • Group Size:Minimum 2 pax
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
  • Accommodation:Hotels and Camping
  • Transportation:Private Transportation

About Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek is an incredible opportunity to explore the high-altitude terrains and snow-clad landscapes.  This trek takes you to the base of one of the highest mountains in the world. The journey is  moderate to strenuous. The trail is less explored therefore you are highly recommended to follow the guidelines provided by the Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd.

The trek begins with a day spent in Kathmandu sightseeing the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Than we will proceed on to an hour-long flight to Tumlingtar. From there three to four hours drive along the rough mountain terrain takes us to Chichila. Its the starting point of the twenty-two days long trek amidst the mountains. Observe the diversity in the Makalu Barun Wildlife Conservation area. Hence, The place is full of the Himalayas, vegetation, and wildlife.

The lush and verdant Rhododendron forests comprise the lower reaches of the trail which ascends up towards the polished granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers, overflowing with waterfalls characterize the Makalu Base Camp Trek. An ideal trek for avid trekkers and nature enthusiasts seeking solace and tranquillity in pristine natural habitat, this trek takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. offers the enchanting experience filled adventure via Makalu Base Camp Trek. Therefore, Bharal Adventure assures you best hospitality and quality services.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
  • Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Day 03: Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Chichira [1,980m/6,497 ft]: 50 min flight, 3 – 4 hrs drive
  • Day 04: Chichira – Num [1,560m/5,119 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 05: Num – Seduwa [1,500m/4,922 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 06: Seduwa – Tashi Gaon [2,100m/6,890 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 07: Tashi Gaon – Khongma Danda [3,500m/11,483 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 08: Acclimatization/Rest at Khongma Danda
  • Day 09: Khongma Danda – Dobate : 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 10: Dobate – Yangri Kharka [3,557m/11,670 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 11: Yangri Kharka – Langmale Kharka [4,410m/14,468 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 12: Langmale Kharka – Makalu Base Camp [4,870m/15,978 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp
  • Day 14: Makalu Base Camp – Yangri Kharka: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 15: Yangri Kharka – Dobate: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 16: Dobate – Khongma Danda: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 17: Khongma Danda – Tashigaon: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 18: Tashigaon – Seduwa: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 19: Seduwa – Num: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 20: Num – Tumlingtar: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 21: Tumlingtar – Kathmandu: 50 min flight
  • Day 22: Final departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

Upon arrival, the representatives from Bharal Adventure will pick up the guests from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and drop them at their hotel for rest. An afternoon stroll and souvenir shopping around the streets of Thamel will be arranged. The guests will be served delicious Nepali cuisine as welcome dinner by Bharal Adventure.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

After breakfast, guests will set off to a guided tour to four of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square – ancient palace of the then kings of Nepal, Hindu temple Pashupatinath, and Buddhist stupas Swayambhunath – The Monkey Temple, and Boudhanath. At noon, the pre-trip discussion will be organized where the participants could meet their team leader and crew members.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Chichira [1,980m/6,497 ft]: 50 min flight, 3 – 4 hrs drive

Just after breakfast, a flight to Tumlingtar will be boarded where upon landing, meeting with rest of the crew for the trek will be arranged. From here, a drive to Chichira will be taken where we would take rest and prepare for the trek next day in this small Gurung settlement.

Day 04: Chichira – Num [1,560m/5,119 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

After an early breakfast, we head for Num, a ridge line with great views on both sides, at a moderate pace through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests.

Day 05: Num – Seduwa [1,500m/4,922 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

Descending steeply through the forests and terraced farms will take us to Barun River from where we follow an equally steep ascent up on the other side after cross the river. We come at the entrance of Makalu Barun National Park where we register our permits and move forth to camp right at the top of the village of Seduwa.

Day 06: Seduwa – Tashi Gaon [2,100m/6,890 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs

We ascend the ridge bounded by Ipsuwa khola on the west side and Kasuwa Khola to the east side crossing the hillside through the small calm villages and paddy fields as we get to the exotic village of Tashi Gaon.

Day 07: Tashi Gaon – Khongma Danda [3,500m/11,483 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

Walking on a steep trail in higher elevation ascending through forests to a stream and then a ridge, we walk further along steeper trail passing a Kharka (grazing land) and finally following a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes as we ascend to the top of the ridge from where we go short way down to Khongma Danda.

Day 08: Acclimatization/Rest at Khongma Danda

This day will be spent on acclimatization before we cross the Shipton-La the next day. For that purpose, we could explore the nearby area of the Danda as we prepare ourselves for the ascend.

Day 09: Khongma Danda – Dobate : 6 – 7 hrs

Climbing towards the summit of the Shipton-La Pass, about few hours distance from Khongma Danda, we cross Lake Kalo Pokhari at 3,930m, Keke-La at 4,170m and descend through the beautiful valley as we arrive at Dobate.

Day 10: Dobate – Yangri Kharka [3,557m/11,670 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

Passing through the rhododendron forest leading to the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley, we walk along the steep and arduous trail which would gradually change into pleasant walk slowly gaining altitude as we arrive at Yangri Kharka nestled at the base of the valley.

Day 11: Yangri Kharka – Langmale Kharka [4,410m/14,468 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

A moderate walk to the valley passing through lush forests, yak pastures and boulder fields with the valley walls tower above at the start of the trek will take us to Merek from where we move further up towards Langmale Kharka.

Day 12: Langmale Kharka – Makalu Base Camp [4,870m/15,978 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

On this day, we trek to The Makalu Base Camp from Langmale Kharka going up through Shershong. The flat trail is accompanied by the icy glaciers and snowcapped mountains and as we approach the base camp, we are welcomed by the compelling views of the mighty Himalayas surrounding us from all sides.

Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp

On the thirteenth day of the trip, we explore the rocky barren place of The Makalu Base Camp from where we can see the magnificent south face of Makalu and the mesmerizing views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. We could also explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers as we go for a short trek up and descend to the Base Camp to celebrate the accomplishment of the trek.

Day 14: Makalu Base Camp – Yangri Kharka: 6 – 7 hrs

Taking the last glimpse of Makalu, we descend down from the base camp before turning the corner and passing through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley until we get to Yangri Kharka.

Day 15: Yangri Kharka – Dobate: 6 – 7 hrs

Descending through rock falls, green forests and beautiful valley, we move towards Dobate following the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail.

Day 16: Dobate – Khongma Danda: 5 – 6 hrs

The trek begins with a steep climb from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) through fir and rhododendron forests across the Keke-La, Tutu-La (Shiption’s Pass) and Kauma-La as we descend to Khongma Danda.

Day 17: Khongma Danda – Tashigaon: 4 – 5 hrs

Continuing the trek also the long and steep trail going down cutting through the hillsides, we pass through thick forests making our way to the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashigaon where we will spend the night before proceeding our descend further the next day.

Day 18: Tashigaon – Seduwa: 4 – 5 hrs

As we exit the Makalu Barun National Park, we retrace our steps back to the Barun River as we descend through the trail across the hillside passing through villages and settlements until we arrive at Seduwa.

Day 19: Seduwa – Num: 5 – 6 hrs

As we trek through the lush forests amidst the mountains, we descend back to Num going up and down across various dense forests and Sherpa villages on our trail.

Day 20: Num – Tumlingtar: 6 – 7 hrs

Retracing our footsteps to Chichira, we descend down from Num enjoying the views of Mt. Makalu for the last time while descending down to Tumlingtar where we will be staying overnight before we catch morning flight to Kathmandu the next day.

Day 21: Tumlingtar – Kathmandu: 50 min flight

After weeks of long trek amidst the mountains, fifty minute flight from Tumlingtar brings you back to the comfort of the hotel room in Kathmandu. A small celebration at dinner hosted by Bharal Adventure will be made to mark the end of successful journey and to exchange parting words with each other as we say farewell.

Day 22: Final departure

A representative of the Bharal Adventure will accompany you to the airport approximately three hours before your scheduled flight with which you will be bidding farewell to this Himalayan country.
ndu, a representative from Nepal Himalayan Guide Team will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest or visit Nepal Himalayan Guide Team office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by our team. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Please use this checklist as a guideline for getting information on the required equipment to carry on a trekking. Adjustments could be made to the list according to your needs, interest and duration and season of the trip among other factors. The variety of these gears could be hired or bought in Kathmandu. Since the majority of these gears found for sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured, they are a lot cheaper. some gears are imported from Chinawhich of better quality.

If you have enough money, you can buy very high quality branded gears too, in some of the famous stores in Nepal. It is advised that you keep your luggage as light as possible. You extra luggage could be left back in your hotel in Kathmandu which you can claim back at your return. We normally provide one porter for two trekkers to carry the luggage and the limitation of the weight is approximately 25 kg from two people.

Please go through the checklist below to learn what equipment is you require during the trek:


  • Duffel or rucksack bag: Although Bharal Adventure will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items that will be left at the hotel
  • Daypack of approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches
  • Down jacket (in case you don’t bring one, you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure which you have to return at completion of the trek)
  • 4 seasons’ sleeping bag (you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure if you forget to bring one, although it is strongly recommended for you to bring one)


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection


  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • With a waterproof shell outer

Lower body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket


  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)


  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Nail cutter
  • Small mirror

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Antibacterial hands wash


  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guidebook
  • Journal & Pen
  • Pencils and small notebooks

Travel game i.e., cards

Cost Includes

  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airport
  • Accommodations in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu. All meals during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Transportation on a comfortable private vehicle
  • An experienced English/French/Chinese/German-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Bharal Adventure Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, cap and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for Trekking staffs and driver(s)

The Annapurna Circuit with the best!

I first used Bharal Adventures three years ago when Arjun was my guide for my Everest Base camp trek. Arjun was very genuine, friendly and knowledgeable about the area and I felt very relaxed and in good hands. I adored the holiday and the beauty of the Himalayas so decided to return to Nepal again. This time to trek in the Annapurna region. I of course chose Bharal Adventures to be our tour guide company again. This again has been a fantastic experience.

The weather was unusually heavily snowy at times and meant that we had to turn around and change our plans slightly, which Arjun coped with very well. He was very flexible and accommodating and always tried his best to make us feel comfortable and enjoy our
trip to the fullest. I would recommend this company and this guide to anyone. He loves his country, its mountains and his job and it shows. A thoroughly great holiday, thank you Arjun and Bharal Adventures!

Jill Stenburge,

Amazing Annapurna – Incredible Nepal

Nothing prepares you for the Himalayas. Waking up every day to 5-mile high mountains is one of the most humbling and incredible experiences of my life. As a frequent traveller, this was my first time to Nepal, so I wanted to be sure my experience was going to match my expectations. On arrival, Arjun from Bharal was there to greet my partner and I with a smile - which he kept all week. Even when we were snowed in along the pass; walking slowly up the mountains and laying in a little too long - Arjun always made sure our needs were prioritized.

If you want a tour which is:

- Personal - Informative

- At your own pace

- Going to *the best places in Nepal

- One you will remember forever

I thoroughly recommend Arjun and Bharal. I came to Nepal as a tourist, to meet a guide and a porter. I left with 2 friends, incredible photos, lifelong memories and a promise we will return one day, with my daughter to tackle the incredible Manasalu!

Thank you Arjun! :)

Annapurna Circuit Trek
Luke James,

Amazing trek in Kanchenjunga region!

Last November I traveled to Nepal to visit the remote area of Kanchenjunga. I'm from Spain and did the Kanchenjunga circuit (North and South base camps) with my Indian friend. After many mails sent to several trekking companies based in Kathmandu we only received overpriced offers, until we finally met Arjun, the manager of Bharal Adventures, and our expectations changed immediately. He provided us with reliable information, answered all our mails quickly and carefully and made an itinerary to suit us at a very reasonable cost, exactly what we were looking for since a long time. Once in Kathmandu, his partner Bijay came to the hotel to introduce himself and give me some instructions before the trek and all the assistance I needed. The day before the departure, Arjun and Bijay invited us to have dinner at their home to offer us a warm welcome, they were really friendly. As per the trek itself, our guide had good experience in the Kanchenjunga region and managed all the situations in a solvent way. Besides, we were very lucky with the weather and could enjoy the trek with its stunning views. It was really a fantastic experience. Once the trek finished, Bijay and Arjun came to my hotel to be sure we received a good service during the trek and say goodbye. I can only recommend this trekking company to all the people traveling to Nepal. You will not be disappointed.

Hector Fernandez,
Barcelona, Spain

Unforgettable once in a lifetime experience To EBC led by Arjun & 3 amazing porters

Our journey started in 3 different cities in Malaysia, 6 travellers in all - Myself and my good friend Ray started out from Johor Bahru, Suk(the only female in our group) & Ricgen's journey started from Mallaca, the 4 of us met with See and Su in their home town of Kuala Lumpur, (KL) Malaysia. 

6 of us met in KL and departed from KL international airport for Kathmandu Nepal. where Arjun Dhakal met us at the airport and we transferred to our hotel and finalised all details for the EBC trek.
The next day we flew out to Lukla and this is where the real adventure began.
The actual trip is a story for another time all I will say is that this adventure was absolutely amazing in fact so amazing that I'm contemplating doing ABC with Arjun next year sometime.
Arjun and his team were very professional, his personable character allows for a very relaxed but very organised approach to everything during our trip.
The EBC adventure was one of the most amazing adventures I have ever experienced I would add that this trip rates equal to The Kokoda trek I completed in Papua Nuigini.
I want to express my gratitude to Arjun Dhakal and his team at Bharal adventures you were amazing and I would recommend this team to anyone interested in doing EBC

Kind Regards
& friends for life
Gavin Page

Gavin Page
Gavin Page,
South Africa

The incredible Kanchenjunga circuit with Bharal Adventure !

We were two persons intending to trek in the remote and restricted Kanchenjunga region. I am an Indian and was with a Spanish friend. After not getting positive responses from various organizations or getting quoted very high prices, we landed on Bharal Adventure. And it was a great experience right from the beginning. The extremely polite Arjun answered all of our queries patiently, tailored the itinerary according to our requirements and finally helped us with a knowledgeable guide for this 22 day trek. And when everything was done at a reasonable cost, we couldn't ask for more. The superb weather and views during the trek added to everything and the overall experience was fantastic. Highly recommended for all your adventures in Nepal !
Sandeep Bhat,

Everest Base Camp Hike 26/11 – 6/12

Going to the Everest Base Camp was once an impossible dream to achieve. 
With Bharal Edventure, the impossible dream comes to a reality. Mr Suraj, our guides, Ganesh and friends who made it possible for me to reach the EBC. I would not be able to go through the tough journey with extreme environments without their help and encouragement. 

Thank you very much for the hospitality given by Bharal Adventure especially Mr Suraj and Mr Arjun. Thank you so much for making this once impossible dream become possible. This is truly the most valuable experience I ever have.

Zaiton A,

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Lead by arjun and 7 porters to bring 14 of us to amazing journey to annapurna base camp. Very friendly and helpful. Received first class services from them and the porters also friendly and hardworking.Sure to look back for them for the next trip to nepal.
Fadhly Suhaimi
Fadhly Suhaimi,

Everest Base Camp Trek Dec- 24 – Jan 05 2019

Da jeg rejste alene, var det vigtigt for mig, at få afklaret alle spørgsmål. Arjun var meget behlælpelig og tålmodig med at besvare alle mine spørgsmål inden trekket. Selve turen var en super oplevelse. Deepak var vores guide. Han er en meget sympatisk, sjov og hjælpsom ung mand, der hele turen havde god føling med, hvordan det gik undervejs. Vi havde mange gode snakke om hvordan livet er i Nepal, for tidligere generationer op til i dag.
Det var en fantastisk oplevelse.
Tak for det :-)

Brigitte Utzon
Brigitte Utzon,

Atemberaubend und immer wieder schn

Everest view Trek mit schnen Aussichten und einem Guide, der auf alles achtet. Ich crate immer wieder in Nepal , nur habe ich mich in solche Hhen noch nie getraut. Es braucht schon etwas Vorbereitung , denn man muss fit sein fr thus ein Vorhaben. Schon allein der Flug nach Lukla ist ein Abenteuer fr sich . Man sieht Berge und Menschen , die mit wenigen Worten nicht zu beschreiben sind . Mit Suman act ich auf einen wunderschnen Weg unterwegs .Jedes mal, wenn er merkte, dass ich an meine Grenzen gekommen box, wurde erst mal eine kleine Rast eingelegt, in view of that dass ich mich immer wohl und gut aufgehoben gefhlt habe. So konnte ich den ganzen Weg geniessen. Vor allem suit ich sehr fasziniert, wie die Menschen da oben leben und wie herzlich sie doch sind. Der Weg alleine, ist mit all seinen Aussichten und seiner Geschichte , diese Reise wert. Noch einmal vielen Dank fr die liebe Beratung und einen Freund, der mir immer zur Seite gestanden hat.


Solo travelers welcome!

I went to Nepal on a 9-day trek in the Langtang region a couple years ago. I was traveling on my own so I really appreciated to be with a trustworthy and friendly guide Sujan. I would definitely recommend his agency and would like to go back myself!


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