Makalu Base Camp Trek

Duration: 21 Days   
Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Difficult
  • Trip Style: Hiking & Trekking
  • Transport: Flight & Car
  • Food: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner(BLD)
  • Accommodation: Hotel and teahouse
  • Group Size: 2-12
  • Max Elevation: 4,870m/15,978ft
  • Best Season: Spring (April to May) and Autumn (October to November)


  • Off-the-beaten path trekking experience.
  • Reach the lap of the world's fifth highest mountain, Mt. Makalu (8,481 m).
  • Marvellous scenery.
  • Stunning frozen lakes and crystal clear streams.
  • Rich culture and tradition.
  • Wildlife like snow-leopard, red panda, and musk deer.
  • Numerous species of birds including the rare Wren-Babbler.
  • Panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse, and many other snow-capped mountains.


Makalu Base Camp Trek is famous among travelers who love to travel solo, observe nature, and experience unique culture at the same time. This trekking trail leads you to the lap of the world’s 5th highest mountain, Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), crossing unfamiliar and secluded villages where you will see rich traditions and culture along with the daily lifestyle of local inhabitants. This region is economically poor and isolated, but has successfully preserved its ancient customs & values along with rare wildlife and flora. The lower part of the valley is the home of Sherpa, Rai, and Shingsawa (Bhotia) farmers. Makalu region comes under the restricted areas of Nepal, therefore to go on this trek you will also need to get restricted area permits from the Nepal government.

Makalu Base Camp Trek passes through the Makalu Barun National Park, which makes the journey wild and adventures. The trail passes through a lush green area, which is the habitat of numerous species of birds including some rare birds and 75 species of mammals including snow-leopard, red panda, and musk deer. The lower region of the park is filled with beautiful rhododendron forests, while the upper region includes stunning waterfalls, hanging glaciers, and superb granite cliffs. This blend of natural elements presents you with a very distinctive Himalayan landscape. You will see panoramic views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Chamlang (7,319 m), Mt. Baruntse (7,129 m), and many other snow-capped mountains.

During the 21 days Makalu Base Camp Trek, you will reach Arun Valley, which is acknowledged as the last stronghold of the eastern Himalayan eco-system. With numerous steep ascents & descents, passing by alpine lakes, glaciers, and valleys, you will reach high up in one of the extremely remote areas of Nepal. This region provides wonderful views of nature and natural wonders and is an adventurous and thrilling trek. We, Snowland Adventure has professionally designed our Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary with steady ascents and enough acclimatization days to make the journey a great experience. We are a team of experienced and caring members and assure you that with us you can complete this trip without any issues.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrive Kathmandu. Met upon arrival. Transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02Fly to Tumlingtar (950m/3,116ft); 50 minute flight
  • Day 03Trek to Mani-Bhanjyang (1,200m/3,936ft); 6-7 hrs
  • Day 04Trek to Chichila (1,800m/5,904ft); 5-6 hrs
  • Day 05Trek to Num (1,500m/4,920ft); 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06Trek to Seduwa (1,493m/4,897ft); 5 hrs
  • Day 07Trek to Tashi Gaun (2,200m/7,216ft); 3-4 hrs
  • Day 08Trek to Kahuma Danda (3,500m/11,480ft); 6 hrs
  • Day 09Trek to Mumbuk (3,400m/11,152ft); 5-6 hrs
  • Day 10Trek to Nehe Kharka (3,750m/12,300ft); 5-6 hrs
  • Day 11Trek to Sherson (4,600m/15,088ft); 6-7 hrs
  • Day 12Acclimatization and exploration day
  • Day 13Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,645m/11,956ft); 5-6 hrs
  • Day 14Trek to Mumbuk (3,400m/11,152ft); 5-6 hrs
  • Day 15Trek to Kahuma Danda (3,500m/11,480ft). walking 6 hours. Camp.
  • Day 16Trek to Navagaun (2,500m/8,200ft); 6-7 hrs
  • Day 17Trek to Num via Seduwa; 6-7 hrs
  • Day 18Trek to Chichila (1,800m/5,904ft); 5-6 hrs
  • Day 19Trek to Khadbari (285m/ 2844ft); 6-7 hrs
  • Day 20Trek back to Tumlingtar (950m/3,116ft); 4-5 hrs
  • Day 21Fly back to Kathmandu (50 minutes )

What’s Included

  • Airport pickup/drop by a private vehicle.
  • All ground transportation in a private vehicle as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast as per Itinerary.
  • Teahouse/guest house accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek as per Teahouse/guest house menu.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • English-speaking government-licensed guide and assistant guide.
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS).
  • Porter service.
  • Free trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map to take back with yourself.
  • Down jacket & sleeping bag provided by Snowland Treks & Expedition (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Staff expenses (salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation).
  • First aid kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Extra official expenses.
  • International Airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s), and driver(s).
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, hot & cold drinks, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.

Useful Information

Makalu Base Camp Trek difficulty

Makalu Base Camp Trek is a difficult journey in the Himalayas and provides an off-the-beaten path trekking experience, which means the trail includes rough, rocky, rugged, steep, and glacial sections. The trek requires good physical fitness and prior trekking experience is an advantage.

Best time to go on Makalu Base Camp Trek

Spring (April to May) and Autumn (October to November) is the best time of the year to go on the Makalu Base Camp Trek. For any information regarding the Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary or cost, feel free to contact us anytime. Be part of an adventurous journey with us, and the enthuastic team at Snowland Adventure will make sure that guest safety and comfort is the top priority. We will make sure that this trip will become a lifelong memorye. For any other information regarding Makalu base camp trek Itinerary, Map, or cost, please feel free to contact us anytime.


Due to global warming, the weather in the mountain and hilly region has become more unpredicatble. Because of this, we are facing some problems with bad weather, heavy rainfall, landslides, blocked highways and flight delays or cancellations for a day. Sometimes because of the road traffic, we cannot arrive on time. It may happen at any time of the year because we cannot predict the weather conditions and other situations. Therefore, if possible, we would like to suggest adding an extra supplementary day before your return international flight. If everything is going well, you have a beautiful day to visit any interesting place in the historical city.