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Makalu Base Camp Trek

makalu base camp

Makalu base camp trek-One of the remarkable treks having ultimate goal lies in eastern Nepal is Makalu Base Camp, which is situated at 5000m over the ocean level. The significant fascination is Mt,.Makalu(8643m) which is worlds fifth most elevated mountain. There now we can see designated as 2330sq.km of Makalu Barun National park and 830sq.km of Conservation Area. Makalu Barun National park where the trek is located inside it and it provides some of Nepal’s most unseen and amazing scenery ranging from the sweeping Arun river valley .This area is rich in biodiversity. You can see rare birds and animals which are less in number in your journey. Base camp trek is really a true adventure with so beautiful scenery that it will never tire you. The treks starts with a flight to Tumlingtar and heads up the Arun River Valley to Sedua and Num, then crossing Shipton La Pass (4210m)into the upper Barun River Valley for a close look at Makalu and Chamlang Himal.

The altitude variation throughout your trek initiates at an altitude of 400meters in Tumlingtar and rises up to 5500m in the south eastern ridge of Mt. Makalu. The lower reaches of the trail are renowned for their lushness with rhododendron forests whereas the upper reaches of the trail comprise of polished granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers, overflowing with waterfalls. This trek visit one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal where we can enjoy with natural beauty gifted by god. Road link is access to this area to the town of hill area or a flight to the village of Tumling tar. This area is a remote area so few foreign trekkers receives there due to its relative inaccessibility. There are isolated villages like Sherpa, Tamang and Gurung. And the people of these village has different culture and traditions. While interacting with local people of these village on the way they will give us some insights on their culture, lifestyle and tradition. People are engaged in agriculture for their livelihood. So you can see beautiful fields as you pass through villages and the people are so friendly which make your journey more lively and homely.

Mt.Makalu trek is one of the most challenging trek. The Barun valley it is a part of a huge international protected area under the agreement between the governments of Nepal and China.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Epic Adventures. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with an Epic Adventures display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your hotel. Included meals: B.L.D.  


Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will be also briefed on the nature of the trek, equipments and team composition. Some of landmarks we visit include the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath).  In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be flying to the Himalayas tomorrow. Included meals:  B.L.D.  


Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar(518m)and Trek to Khadbari(1025m)/40min.fllight

This is the beginning day of your trek.In the morning you will be transferred to domestic airport fly to Tumlingtar observing range of snow capped peaks from Ganesh Himal to Mt.Everest,Makalu and Mt.Kanchenjunga.We will arrive at Tumlingtar after 40minutes scenic flight.Then we start our adventurous journey with our crew heading upward through the Kumal village to the Khadbari in the midst of the sub-tropical forest of sal tree and more farm fields along the way, as we come to a town of Khadbari a major town of the Makalu region and from khadbari with up and down walk lead to the camp at Mani Bhanjyang.Rest of the day we explore the town and stay overnight in Khadbari.Included meals: B.L.D.  



Day 04: Trek from Khadbari to Chichila(1,800m) 5 to 6 hrs.

After breakfast,we start our adventure with few flat then ascending to the ridge on a wide and well-used trail,reaching our lunch stop at Bhotebas.Then the trail goes to through fertile land and forested path brings you to the top of the small ridge at Chichila village.Stay overninght at Chichila village.Included meals: B.L.D.  


Day 05: Trek from Chichile to Num(1,500m) 5 to 6 hrs.

Today our journry leads us through the cool and scenery forest of rhododendron, oaks and hemlocks as we climb to the top of the ridge.Then it is almost downhill for two hours to the Num-is a small village with about fifteen houses and a primary school on the large flat ground,where we have good view of our route for the next couple of days from our camp site.stay overnight in Num.Included meals: B.L.D.  



Day 06: Trek Num to Seduwa(1,493m) 5 to 6 hrs.

At first,we extremely steep heel down and terraced slopes towards the Arun River, nearly 800meters below.The lower slopes of this narrow valley are densely forested and the paths are quite slippery,after reaching the bottmom we cross the suspension bridge across the torrential Arun River.Then we climb back out of the rain forest,reaching our lunch place and further steep climb takes us up to seduwa a village with a small health post and a primary school.stay overnight in Seduwa.Included meals: B.L.D.  


Day 07: Trek seduwa to Tashi Gaun(2,200m)/ 3 to 4 hrs.

After breakfast,we have pleasant easy short walk about 3-4 hours takes you to country side farm villages ,again it is gradual trail and an uphill climb for an hour through the millet and rice fields takes you to the Tashi Gaun.we will overnight at camp and rest of the time walk around the village. Stay overnight in Tashi Gaun.Included meals: B.L.D.  



Day 08:  Trek Tashi Gaun to Kahuma Danda(3,500m) 4 to 5 hrs.

Today,we leave the human settlement for our destination.After Tashi Gaun we walk through the refreshing beautiful shade of the rhododendron and oaks forest,then leaving the dense forest coming to a summer pastures with traces of temporary made shepherd huts.From here onwards to Kahuma ridge is strenuous uphill climb,where tree lines also declines for the bushes of rhododendron and juniper.Stay overnight in Kahuma.Included meals: B.L.D.  



Day 09: Trek Kahuma Danda to Mumbuk(3,400m) 4 to 5 hrs.

This is superb view of snow capped mountains and the surrounding landscapes.Our trek follows a gradual trail with few ups and down pass through the Thulo Pokhari(big pond)and Sano Pokhari(small pond).In the heavy snowfall,the path from here can be quite misleading and it will be difficult to find the trail sometime.We walk further cross the pass of Keke La pass(4230m) Tutu-La(4,200m)where there is a chorten.Then we walk all downhill back to vegetation, a small clearing place for camping in the middle of the woods of pines,hemlock,birch and rhododendrons to reach at Mumbuk .Stay overnight in Mumbuk.Included meals: B.L.D.  



Day 10: Trek Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka(3,750m)/ 6 to 7 hrs.

The day begins with a sharp descent down a wooden narrow valley and continues on to cross the Barun Khola just beyond Tamatan Kharka take about 6-7 hours.then the trial goes unclear along much of the route.It can also be slippery with numerous and rock falls often,so you have to walk carefully.After this you follow the Barn Khola along its northen bank.Trial goes through the seasonal settlement of Yangri Kharka and a little ahead is the Nehe Kharka.Stay overnight in Nehe Kharka.Included meals: B.L.D.  


Day 11: Trek from Nehe Kharka to Sherson(4,600m)/ 2 to 3 hrs.

Today, our trek begins crossing the wooden bridge on the barun river and the walk on the boulders,where a large prayer wall is can be seen.After 2-3 hours walk the vegetation gets thin,although the rhododendron,barberries,cotonester and juniper bushes keep on for some time.With a pleasant walk we get nearer to Sherson,Where we have sight of the lower Barun glacier and the towering majestic Mt.Makalu.In lower base camp of Mt.Makalu there are number of stone enclosures at this high grazing ground with outstanding view of host peaks,including the upper part of Makalu south face,and Mt.Baruntse(7,220m).Stay overnight in Sherson. Included meals: B.L.D.  


Day 12: Free day at Sherson for a day excursion

This is rest day;you have full day rest at the camp or visit around some interesting hike and view points to explore.The most scenic walk would be taking a hike on the right side of the camp above for the closer view of Mt.Makalu,Barun Pokhari and the view of the rare face of Everest the Kanshung  face with Lhotse.A one hour steep up brings you to the large meadow you can walk farther up to have a greater view of the mentioned peaks and more other peaks of this area and beyond. Stay overnight in Sherson. Included meals: B.L.D.  


Day 13: Trek Sherson to Yangri Kharka(3,645m)/ 6 to 7 hrs.

After a wonderful exploration in the surrounding valley,we trek back to end of the Barun valley named Yak Kharka about 6 or 7 hours for the overnight camp in Yangri Kharka. Included meals: B.L.D.  


Day 14: Yangri Kharka to Mumbuk(3,440m)/ 5 to 6 hrs.

After breakfast ,we continuing journey trek back about 5-6hours to Mumbuk, after leaving the Barun Valley .Overnight in Mumbuk. Included meals: B.L.D.  


Day 15: Trek from Mumbuk to kahuma danda(3,500m)/ 5 to 6 hrs.

We retrace the journey about 5-6 hours back to kahuma Danda(ridge)and thulo pokhari for the overnight. Enjoy the scenic pictures que spot and evening rest at the camp. Overnight in Kahuma Dada. Included meals: B.L.D.  


Day 16 : Trek from Kahuma Danda to Navagaun(2,500m) via Tashi Gaun/ 2 to 3 hrs.

Today,we trek back to Tashi Gaun and continaue walk towards Navagaun on the uppertail for another 2/3 hours through the cool shade of the forest after leaving the forest area,coming towards the farm Terraces and eventually to the village of Navagaun another Sherpa village which is much larger than Tashi Gaun,situated right above the Seduwa village. Stay overnight in Navagaun. Included meals: B.L.D.  


Day 17: Trek from Navagaun to Num via Seduwa/ 2 to 3 hrs.

After breakfast, we fallow downhill track through the farm fields for an hour or to Seduw village. From Seduwa retace the journey to Num,with 2-3 hours downhill and after the bridge another 2/3 hours brings you back to Num .Stay overnight in Seduwa.Included meals: B.L.D.  


Day 18: Trek from Num to Chichile(1,800m) 2 to 3 hrs.

Today,we trek back to Chichile,the first 2/3 hours is all uphill and reach at the top of ridge,from here onwards it is almost downhill all the way .Stay overnight in Chichile.Included meals: B.L.D.  


Day 19: Trek from Chichile to Khadbari/ 5 to 6 hrs.

This is pleasant walk through this route back to Khadbari about 5-6hours,the forest,farm lands and small villages passing and firther walk to gradual path,leading you to the large village town of Khadbari.Stay overnight in Khadbari.Included meals: B.


Day 20: Trek from Khadbari to Tumlingtar(400m)/ 3 to 4 hrs.

This is our last day walk leads an easy 3/4 hours downhill walk brings you back to Tumlingtar for lunch and the last overnight camp of thid great memorable adventure journey and this will be your last night with the trekking staffs and porters as well. We celebrate evening after completion of the long trek. Stay overnight at Tumlingtar. Included meals:  B.L.D.  


Day 21: Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (40 minutes. Fly to Kathmandu)

We fly to Kathmandu via Biratnagar or direct flight depends on the flight schedule and season. We will come to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel and remaining time simply rest and relax at the hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu. Included meals: B.D.


 Day 22: Final Departure

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! An Epic Adventures representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Included meals:B


Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.










•All the airport and hotel transfer as per the itinerary.

•All the required domestic flights as per the itinerary.

•Special trekking permits of Makalu region.

•All the necessary trekking permits and official paper works.

•All the surface transportation as per the itinerary.

•3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city inclusive bed and breakfast.

•Full board meals prepared by our expert cook during the trekking period.

•Tented accommodation during the trek.

•Nepal government license holder local trekking guide.

•Required supporting porters and mules to carry your luggage, foods and camping equipments.

•Government trained  guide  necessary no.of porters with their insurance,salary and  meals

•National park entry fees and TIMS permit card

•All Domestic Flights according to the itinerary in fixed wing aircraft

•Foods, Salary, accommodation and accidental insurance of all the trekking staffs.

•Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu.

•A comprehensive medical kit box





•International airfare

•Alcoholic beverages, bottle mineral water, soft drinks and snack foods

•Extra porter for the personal day bag pack

•Monument fees of Kathmandu sightseeing

•Riding horse along the trek

•Restaurant food bills, if the client decide to go other restaurant during the trek

•Extra night hotel in Kathmandu due to bad weather and earlier back to Kathmandu

•Helicopter charter and all accommodation on flight cancellation due to bad weather

•Cost raised by flight cancellation,emergency rescue charges,landslide,weather,political unrest,illness,re-routing etc which are not within our control

•Personal Travel Insurance

•Tips to staffs





Trip Fact
Activity : Trekkimg
Trip Length : 22 Days
Difficulty : Medium/Hard
Start - End : KTM-KTM
Highest Altitude : 4600m.