At 8481m, Makalu is the world's fifth highest mountain. It towers in the Makalu Barun National Park, a place with spectacular beauty, pristine landscapes, and rich diversity of flora and fauna. Makula is climbed from a base camp at Sherson (4700m), close to the tip of Barun glacier and surrounded by a breathtaking panorama of Himalayan peaks. This area was completely restricted until 1952, when Eric Shipton visited a crossing known as the Shipton- La. A few years later, a French team ascended Makalu via the North West Ridge. The Makalu Base Camp trek is challenging and rewarding as it offers incredible views and an opportunity of a lifetime. At Himalayan Joy Adventure, we have designed our Makaulu base camp trekking itinerary with sufficient time to acclimatize to the altitude and to provide opportunities to explore Makalu Base Camp.
The Makalu Base Camp Trek begins with a short flight to the airstrip in Tumlingtar on the Arun River. The trekkers will start on a trail which brings passes through the finest remote alpine in Nepal, and provides views of beautifully terraced farmland, delightful villages, and an opportunity to observe Rai and Sherpas' culture. At the highest point of this classic trek, you will have views not only of Makalu, but also of the world's third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga. Near Sherson, there are incredible views of the south face of Makalu, Chamlang, Lotse, and the east face of Everest. The Makalu Base Camp trek is not like popular trekking regions Khumbu and Annapurna, here, accommodations are very basic. That’s way, we would like to suggest to travelers, this trek is only for Nepal trekking expertise.
At Himalayan joy Adventure, we always prepare our trekking itineraries according to the time frame and needs of our travelers. Our Makalu Base Camp trek is an incredible experience with unforgettable views and guides ready to offer you any necessary support. You can extend your holiday in Nepal by elephant riding in Chitwan or sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. Himalayan Joy Adventure also arranges tours and trekking in Bhutan and Tibet.
Sightseeing in historical and world's heritage sites in Kathmandu
Remote trekking trail
Full of flora and fauna
Exhilarating cultural experience
Fifth highest mountain on the earth
A Himalayan Joy Adventure representative will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival and provide transportation to your hotel. After checking into your room and refreshing, our HJA representative will describe the details regarding your trek. Then, you can visit the tourist hub in Thamel. There are many places to shop for trekking gear and souvenirs. In the evening, Himalayan Joy Adventure will host a welcome dinner at the typical Nepali restaurant with a Nepali cultural dance. After dinner, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, our city guide will take you to various historical places and world heritage listed sites. These will include Pashupatinath (One of the greatest Hindu temples in Asia), Bouddhanath stupa (Buddhist stupa), Swayabhunath (Buddhist stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (home of the living goddess Kumari)). After sightseeing, you will be dropped at your hotel with time to prepare for your trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Early in the morning, you will fly about 35 minutes to Tumlingtar with scenic hills then start your trek along the rough road and ascend up to village of Khadbari. Khadbari is local market on the top of hill with Rai ethnicity culture. Overnight in Khadbari.
At first you will drive about 3 hours along the rough road to Num for lunch. After lunch, you will descend through the forest and terraced paddy field to the Arun River. After crossing the suspension bridge, you will ascend about 3 hours through village of Rai up to Sheduwa. Overnight in Sheduwa
The trail leads up to Dhar gaon and slightly flat through the forest with Almond farmed then, you will ascend up to Tashi gaon which is the last village on the way to Makalu trek
You will begin your day after breakfast ascending all way up through the forest of oak, pine and rhododendron. You have an opportunity to explore the plants and wildlife en-route from Tashinggaon to Khongma. Overnight in Khongma
Today, your rest day so you will have late breakfast and explore around. Overnight in Khongma.
After breakfast, you will ascend through the forest of rhododendron and fir to Kekela from where you can have magnificent view of mountains and valley. The trail is slightly flat to Kalo pokhari, around here difficult to find the trail when snow covered. You then ascend to Sipton-La and Descend down to Dobate. Overnight in Dobate.
The trail descends through the forest of pine and rhododendron to the Barun khola then you will follow the Barun River and valley through forest and meadows to Yangle Kharka. Overnight in Yalekharka.
After breakfast, your will begin your day slightly ascend through the bush of Juniper and meadows for yaks to Langmale kharka. Overnight in Langmale kharka.
The trail slightly ascends to Makalu base camp through meadows and enjoying the views of mountains and scenic hills. Overnight in MBC
Early in the morning, you will hike to view point where you will have surprising view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nupse, kali and Barunche. You can explore around and back to MBC. Overnight in MBC
After breakfast your will begin you day all the way descending down to Langmale kharka following the same trail which you have ascended up. You have an opportunity to witness what you have missed while ascending up. Overnight in Langmale kharka
Today you will descend all the way down to Dobate. Overnight in Dobate
At first you will ascend to Shipton-La pass then descend to Tashigaon. Overnight in Tashigaon.
You will descend down to the Arun River and ascend up to num. Overnight in Num.
After breakfast you will drive about 5 hours to Tumlingtar and explore around Tumlingtar. Overnight in Tumlingtar.
Early in the morning you will fly about 35 minutes to Kathmandu from an exciting flight with panoramic views. You will be dropped in your hotel and after check into room; you have free rest of the time. Overnight in hotel.
You have free time today so you can go shopping such as Pashmina , Thangka, Lokta paper, Hemp products, Khukuri(Nepali knife),Metal wares, wooden carving, Rudraksha, woolen carpet, Mask Jewelry and jems as a souvenirs. In the Evening Himalayan Joy will host as a farewell dinner in the typical Nepali restaurant. Drive back to hotel
Himalayan Joy Adventure will drop at the Tribhuwan International Airport terminal with sufficient time to check in for your flight. We hope that you had an incredible time in Nepal and encourage you to share your experiences with us on Trip Advisor or email. We welcome all feedback and hope that you had an experience of a lifetime with us! Have a safe flight!
ECO-FRIENDLY :- Every day the world is facing a big issue of environmental pollution and in Nepal as well. Our field staffs are quite conscious about environmental pollution at any time and we encourage to all. We would suggest to our guest to use boiled water or water purification pills than buying a bottle of water, it helps to avoid plastic bottles which can takes long time to disappear. During the trek, if possible you can order same items food in a group which minimizes the fuel used and to make campfire is almost forbidden. We would encourage being a responsible traveler so, just leaving foot-print on the trail and bring out all non-biodegradables which you had.
ACCESS FOR THIS TREK :- The starting point of this trek is Tumlingtar which accessible by domest airplane and Local transportation bus/ jeep. But if you go by bus/jeep, need more days because it is long way driving to Tumlingtar.