Makalu Base Camp Trek Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu. Met upon arrival. Transfer to hotel.

    Arrive in Kathmandu, one of our team representatives will be at the airport to pick you, and he/she will escort you to your hotel in a private tourist bus. In the evening, you will meet with your guide, and he will brief you about the trip. You will also prepare for your trek and do shopping if needed.

    • Meals: Welcome dinner
    • Accommodation: 3 star hotel
    • Place: Thamel Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1360m/4462ft
  • Day 02 Fly to Tumlingtar (950m/3,116ft); 50 minute flight

    After having a delicious breakfast, you will take a short flight to Tumlingtar. After reaching, Tumlingtar, you will meet with the other crew members who will join you for the trek to Makalu Base Camp. You will walk to your campsite and explore nearby areas. You will stay overnight at the camp.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: tea house
    • Place: Tumlingtar
    • Altitude: 950m/3116ft
  • Day 03 Trek to Mani-Bhanjyang (1,200m/3,936ft); 6-7 hrs

    You will begin your walk from Tumlingtar through farm fields and small villages. Climbing gradually towards Khadbari through the tropical forest of Sal tree, you will reach the town of a Khadbari. From here, you will ascend and descend and reach Mani-Bhanjyang.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Mani Bhanjyang
    • Altitude: 1200m/3936ft
  • Day 04 Trek to Chichila (1,800m/5,904ft); 5-6 hrs

    You will start trekking ascending to the ridge and reach Bhotebas where you will take a break to have lunch. After that, you will pass through forest and fertile land, which will lead you to the top of the small ridge at Chichila village.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Chichila
    • Altitude: 1800m,5904ft
  • Day 05 Trek to Num (1,500m/4,920ft); 5-6 hrs

    You will begin your trek walking through the dense and beautiful forest of rhododendron, hemlocks, and oak along the ascent to the top of the ridge. From here, you will descend to the downhill for two continuous hours and reach Num. Num is a small village with around 15 houses and a primary school. You will stay overnight in a camp.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Num
    • Altitude: 1500m/4920ft
  • Day 06 Trek to Seduwa (1,493m/4,897ft); 5 hrs

    Today, you will begin trekking by descending down the steep and terraced slopes. You will walk towards Arun River, which is nearly 800 meters below from Chichila. The trail goes through the dense forest and slippery route. After reaching the bottom, you will cross a suspension bridge over the Arun River. From here, you will climb and get away from the rain-forest. Taking a short lunch break, you will climb on the steep path and reach Seduwa.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Seduwa
    • Altitude: 1493m/4897ft
  • Day 07 Trek to Tashi Gaun (2,200m/7,216ft); 3-4 hrs

    Today's trek is short and easy. The trail will go through meadows, streams, paddy fields, and small villages. You will reach country-side farm village, and from here, you will ascent for an hour through the rice and millet fields, and reach Tashi Gaun. Tashi Gaun is a village resided by Sherpa's, and it is also the last permanent village in the valley.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Tashi Gaun
    • Altitude: 2200m/7216ft
  • Day 08 Trek to Kahuma Danda (3,500m/11,480ft); 6 hrs

    You will begin your trekking through the beautiful forest of oak and rhododendron. Leaving the forest behind, you will walk through the pastures with traces made temporarily for shepherd huts. The trail will get difficult from here onwards to Kahuma ridge. The trail will get steeply and passes grazing land following the rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. Walking for a short time, you will reach Kahuma Danda.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Kahuma danda
    • Altitude: 3500m/11480ft
  • Day 09 Trek to Mumbuk (3,400m/11,152ft); 5-6 hrs

    The trail begins with the few ascents and descents. Further passing the Thulo Pokhari and Sano Pokhari the path gets difficult due to heavy snow-fall. You will pass Keke La Pass, which is located at an elevation of 4,230 meters. From here, you will trek down the hill crossing the vegetation, woods of hemlock, birch, pines, and rhododendrons and reach Mumbuk.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Mumbuk
    • Altitude: 3400m/11152ft
  • Day 10 Trek to Nehe Kharka (3,750m/12,300ft); 5-6 hrs

    You will descend down to the narrow valley and cross the Barun Khola, which is located just beyond Tamatan Kharka. The trail will become unclear as you step ahead. The path will become slippery covered with numerous rocks. You have to walk carefully as rock falls often on this path. You will walk along the north side of the bank of Barun Khola and reach Yangri Kharka. A little ahead of this village comes Nehe Kharka where you will stay overnight.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Nehe Kharka
    • Altitude: 3750m/12300ft
  • Day 11 Trek to Sherson (4,600m/15,088ft); 6-7 hrs

    You will cross a wooden bridge over the Barun River and walk on the rocks. You will see a large prayer wall and continue walking for 2 to 3 hours. The vegetation will start to disappear and you will see beautiful barberries, juniper, cotoneaster, and rhododendron bushes along the trail. After a short walk, you will reach Sherson from where you will see lower Barun Glacier and stunning Mt. Makalu (8,463 m).

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Sherson
    • Altitude: 4600m/15088ft
  • Day 12 Acclimatization and exploration day

    Today is a rest day at Sherson for you to get acclimatized with the increasing altitude. This is also the lower base camp of Mt. Makalu (8,463 m) with numerous stones. You will get to witness outstanding views of peaks like Mt. Baruntse and the south face of Mt. Makalu (8,463 m). You will stay overnight at the camp.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: sherson
    • Altitude: 4600m/15088ft
  • Day 13 Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,645m/11,956ft); 5-6 hrs

    You will begin your trek after having some warm delicious breakfast. Passing through the beautiful Rhododendron forest, you will reach the Barun River. The trail gets steep, and difficult for a short time and after that, an easy walk will take you to the Yangri Kharka, which is located at the end of the Barun Valley.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: YangriKharka
    • Altitude: 3645m/11956ft
  • Day 14 Trek to Mumbuk (3,400m/11,152ft); 5-6 hrs

    You will trek back to Mumbuk leaving Barun Valley behind. You will walk 5 to 6 hours long through the rocky path, and dense forest. Upon reaching Mumbuk, you will stay in the camp in the middle of the alpine forest.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Mumbuk
    • Altitude: 3400m/11152ft
  • Day 15 Trek to Kahuma Danda (3,500m/11,480ft). walking 6 hours. Camp.

    Following back the same route, you will reach Kahuma Danda via Thulo Pokhari and Shipton-la. Even walking back on the same route, you will notice different surrounding and sceneries. You will stay overnight at the camp.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Kahumba danda
    • Altitude: 3500m/11480ft
  • Day 16 Trek to Navagaon (2,500m/8,200ft); 6-7 hrs

    You will begin your trekking back to the Tashi Gaun and continue trekking towards Navagaun on the upper trail. You will go through the chill damn forest and reach farm terraces. You will reach Navagaun, which is also a Sherpa Village. This village is larger than Tashi Gaun.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Navagaon
    • Altitude: 2500m/8200ft
  • Day 17 Trek to Num via Seduwa; 6-7 hrs

    Following the downhill trail through the farm fields, you will reach Seduwa Village. From here, you will go back on the same route. You will descend for 2 to 3 hours, and after crossing the bridge, you will walk for another 2 to 3 hours and reach Num.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Num village
    • Altitude: 1500m/4920ft
  • Day 18 Trek to Chichila (1,800m/5,904ft); 5-6 hrs

    Today, you will trek to Chichile. You will climb uphill and reach the top of the ridge. After that, you will descend downhill all the way to Chichila where you will stay overnight in the camp.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Chichila
    • Altitude: 1800m/5904ft
  • Day 19 Trek to Khadbari (285m/ 2844ft); 6-7 hrs

    From today, the trek will become easy and you will walk gradually back to Khadbari. The trail will pass through beautiful farmland, dense forest, and small villages. You will reach Khadbari, which is a large village. You will get a chance to explore the nearby areas, and see the lifestyle of the local people.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Khadbari
    • Altitude: 285m/2844ft
  • Day 20 Trek back to Tumlingtar (950m/3,116ft); 4-5 hrs

    Today is your last day of the trek. You will descend downhill and arrive at Tumlingtar. You can take rest for a day and traverse surrounding areas before heading back to Kathmandu tomorrow.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: teahouse
    • Place: Tumlngtar
    • Altitude: 950m/3116ft
  • Day 21 Fly back to Kathmandu (50 minutes )

    Today, after having a delicious breakfast, you will fly back to Kathmandu. The flight will be short and present you the scenic views. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: 3 star hotel
    • Place: Thamel, Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1360m/4462ft