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Makalu Base Camp Trek

  • 20 Days

Trip Facts

  • Trip Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Transportation: Private Transportation + Airplane
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guest House / Tents
  • Group size: 1-12 people
  • Walking hours: 6-7hrs

Makalu 8481m 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 Makalu 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. 


The starting point of this trek is Tumlingtar which accessible by domestic airplane and Local transportation bus/ jeep. But if you go by bus/jeep, need more days because it is long way driving to Tumlingtar.


Makalu base camp trek is an adventure so we need to be nice weather to trek there. As our experiences, we would suggest to trek in Makalu base camp in the spring( March-May) and Autumn( August-October). 

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.

What You Can Expect

  • wilderness trekking trail
  • Exhilarating cultural experience
  • Fifth highest mountain on the earth


Outline Itinerary


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.

Trip Map

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up and drops by Private Vehicle.
  • 3 nights Hotel (3-5 star) in Kathmandu in twin sharing basis on BB plan
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight fares
  • Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner) and Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the trek
  • English speaking guide
  • Porter (One porter for two people)
  • Insurance for Himalayan Joy Staff
  • Himalayan Joy Adventure T-Shirt and Duffel bag
  • TIMS and National park permits

Cost Excludes

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation (Most Required)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax 
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 and Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Cold drinks such as Mineral water, Cola, Beer etc.(Mineral water will cost per liter from Rs. 100 till Rs.500 and if you bring water purifying tablet is best idea cause you will help to save nature from not using plastic bottles and also its much cheaper then mineral water )
  • Bars bill such as Mars, Sneaker, Bounty chocolate etc
  • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.


Trip Note


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 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 take a 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 a 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.  


The starting point of this trek is Tumlingtar which accessible by domestic airplane and Local transportation bus/ jeep. But if you go by bus/jeep, need more days because it is long way driving to Tumlingtar.


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