Makalu Base Camp Trek

17 Days

One of the most popular trekking destinations among adventure enthusiasts, Makalu Base Camp offers a unique opportunity to explore both the natural and cultural attractions of the High Himalaya. The trekking route of Makalu Base Camp passes through high altitude terrains, snow-capped mountains, and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. For those who are looking for an exceptional opportunity with a less beaten trekking trail, the Makalu Base Camp trek must be on their bucket list.

Your journey starts from Kathmandu, where our trekking instructors and guides check the trekking gear, clothing, and brief about the trip. During your stay in Kathmandu, we offer a city tour, visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites. The actual trekking on foot starts from Chichlia, which is a 2-3 hour drive from Tumlingtar, after a scenic 1-hour flight from KTM. The lower region of the trail is renowned for its lushness with verdant rhododendron forests; rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. The upper region of the trail comprises polished granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers and overflowing with waterfalls.

As the trekking trail is situated in the Makalu Barun National Park, it is rich in flora and fauna. During the trekking time, you may encounter some of the majestic creatures like Red Panda, Musk Deer, Himalayan Ghoral, Himalayan Peasant, and Picook, etc. The Makalu Base Camp trek reaches a maximum altitude of approximately 5,500 meters (18,045 feet). So, altitude sickness may be a major challenge for inexperienced trekkers. However, our itinerary allows enough time for acclimatization. We offer customized packages as well as flexibility in changing the itinerary. The 20-22 day-long Makalu Base Camp trek is an ideal choice for avid trekkers and nature enthusiasts who avoid crowds. 

Local hotels and tea houses serve accommodation and provide healthy and hygienic meals. Spring and autumn are two main seasons for Joining Makalu Base Camp Trek. Our professional guides and local porters makes your journey meaningful. 


Day 1:
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft)
Day 2:
Trip preparation and gear check at Kathmandu
Day 3:
Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichira (1,980m/6,496ft)
Day 4:
Trek from Chichira to Num (1,560m/5,118ft)
Day 5:
Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4,921ft)
Day 6:
Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6,890ft)
Day 7:
Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483ft)
Day 8:
Acclimatization Day at Khongma Danda
Day 9:
Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobate (3,650m/11,975ft) via Shipton La Pass (4,170m/13,681ft)
Day 10:
Trek from Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670ft)
Day 11:
Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,410m/14,469ft)
Day 12:
Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,870m/15,978ft)
Day 13:
Explore Makalu Base Camp
Day 14:
Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670ft)
Day 15:
Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobate (3,650m/11,975ft)
Day 16:
Trek from Dobate to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483ft)
Day 17:
Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon (2,100m/6,890ft)
Day 18:
Trek from Tashigaon to Seduwa (1,500m/4,921ft)
Day 19:
Trek from Seduwa to Num (1,560m/5,118ft)
Day 20:
Drive from Num to Tumlingtar and fly to Kathmandu


Service Includes

  • Ground Transportation: All necessary ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Kathmandu Hotel: Three nights Kathmandu hotel accommodation with B&B mode
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing: A day sightseeing at Kathmandu, visit some of the popular UNESCO World heritage sites
  • Welcome dinner: Welcome dinner with the presence of trekking staffs and admin team
  • Permit: Necessary trekking permit including national park, TIMS card and local permits
  • Guide: A professional and experienced trekking guide, fluent in English and first aid trained too.
  • Trekking mode services: Accommodation in local tea house and lodge, three course of meals in each day with hot water, tea and coffee as needed
  • Trekking map: A trekking map
  • Medical kit: A group medical kit box

Service Exclude

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Meals, during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Alcoholic beverage
  • Bottled water and cold drinks
  • Internet card (wifi)
  • Laundry services
  • Extra services that not mentioned in the above included list
Expand all Collapse all
What permits are required for the Makalu Base Camp Trek?

Makalu Barun National Park Permit: Required to enter the Makalu Barun National Park.

TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Card: Required for safety tracking and management of trekkers.

How long does the Makalu Base Camp Trek take?

The trek typically takes around 20 days, including travel to and from Kathmandu.

How difficult is the Makalu Base Camp Trek?

The trek is considered strenuous due to long days of trekking, significant altitude gain, and remote, rugged terrain. Good physical fitness and previous trekking experience are recommended.