Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek is lies in Mt. Makalu 5th highest mountain in world lies in between boulders of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest is located on the eastern belt of Nepal and again with bored to Tibet, Autonomous Region of China. Makalu Base Camp Trek area is not a restricted region trek unless we diverted to Kimathangka Border passing via Barun Valley world’s deepest one. This trek is complete fusion of culture and adventure as one trail goes toward Kimathangka Border from lower elevation exploring local culture and tradition where as on the back from border we will travel toward Makalu Base Camp which is full of adventure in higher elevation probably the least trekked trekking in Nepal. Another famous Trekking in Makalu region is traverse to Everest Region from Makalu Base Camp passing via extremely high passes of Sherpani Cole & West Cole. Still Makalu Base Camp Trekking offer incredible east face of Mt. Everest.
Makalu Base Camp Trek offer some moraine glacial walk, remote tea houses with small boulders just seasonal is not for luxury trekkers instead Makalu Trekking is for real adventure seekers who can compromise with any obstacle for shake of Trekking. Normally no body operate in Nepal operate this Kimathangka Trek but for acclimatization and trek to remote border with Tibet we NEST Adventure (P) Ltd. organize this trek by combining with Makalu Base Camp Trek. Just incase if you want to skip the part of Kimathangka then also it is possible to attend Makalu Trek by reducing the days, just let us know more for the details of Kimathangka send us email at and for general Itinerary of Makalu Base Camp Trek scroll further below.

Maklau Base Camp Trek Permit 

Although Makalu Base Camp Trek permit is not restricted, if one is trekking to Kimathangka Borer side then restricted area permits is necessary for trekking.  Makalu Barun area, which is probably second remotest place to trek, had different kind of special permits than other.
Regardless of season time, i.e. depending on months in Kimathangka; for first four weeks per person US $ 10 per week and after four weeks per person US $ 20 per week.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02 – Kathmandu sightseeing and welcome dinner
Day 03 – Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila
Day 04 – Trek from Chichila to Num
Day 05 – Trek from Num to Seduwa
Day 06 – Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon
Day 07 – Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma
Day 08 – Acclimatization day at Khongma
Day 09 – Trek from Khongma to Debotay
Day 10 – Trek from Debotay to Yangle Kharka
Day 11 – Trek from Yangle Kharka to Merek
Day 12 – Trek from Merek to Shersong
Day 13 – Trek from Shersong to Makalu Base Camp and back to Shersong
Day 14 – Trek back to Yangle Kharka from Shersong
Day 15 – Trek from Yangle Kharka to Mumbuk
Day 16 – Trek from Mumbuk to Khongma
Day 17 – Trek from Khongma to Tashigaon
Day 18 – Trek back to Num from Tashigaon
Day 19 – Trek back to Chichila and Drive back to Num
Day 20 – Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel in Thamel
Day 21 – Farewell, International departure / on your own

So this above mention Itinerary for Makalu Base Camp is general itinerary excluding Kimathangka Border Trek, just in case if one is interested then let us know it is another seven eight days trek to and back from Num to Kimathangka, Our email address is where you are get advice from professional travel adviser.

Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

As per your arrival in Kathmandu International Airport our airport representative we will greet you and transfer to hotel in hotel at Thamel for first overnight stay in Nepal with NEST Adventure. Once you get transferred in Thamel then free time onward just explore around Thamel, buy some stuffs if you need for Makalu Base Camp Trek.

Day 02 – Kathmandu sightseeing and welcome dinner

Kathmandu valley sightseeing after breakfast will be all about exploring world heritage sites with in Kathmandu. Two separate durbar square at Kathmandu and Patan, as well as Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and Buddhist Stupa of Bouddha and Swoyambhunath are from today’s itinerary. Late afternoon once we get back to Thamel we will be joining evening welcome dinner with authentic Nepali Cuisine and introduction section with trekking guide for Makalu Base Camp.

Day 03 – Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila

With scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar on Shankuwashava we will be in land of Makalu with flight duration of around forty-five minutes. Its unbelievable how your landing will be in bumpy airstrips on Tumlingtar as they are not black-topped road instead we will be landing of grassy airstrips. After which we will get some Indian made off road jeep to drive up to Chichila, which takes approximate three hour from Shankuwashava.

Day 04 – Trek from Chichila to Num

Num village at elevation of 1500 m from sea level is one of the areas of Nepal accompanied by heaviest rainfall. Passing through lush green and brown mountain forest along with village on the trail we will manage to reach Num by afternoon.

Day 05 – Trek from Num to Seduwa

We start with steep downhill trail and cross Arun River onward that we will hike up again, Makalu National Park is about to start now where we need to update our permits and make a entry over there. We will arrange some teahouse on Seduwa for our overnight stay.

Day 06 – Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon

One of biggest settlement Tashigaon is entirely inhabited by Sherpa people. We will mostly be ascending through ridge and pass by few villages and cross through paddy field before reaching Tashigaon. Located at elevation of 2070 m from sea level Tashigaon is ideal place for spending a night.

Day 07 – Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma

Today we will be hiking up altitude difference of around 1500 m from sea level that is last village before crossing Shipton La Pass. Places till Khongma are considered as lower edge of Barun Valley with scrub and rhododendron.

Day 08 – Acclimatization day at Khongma

We will some time walking around village and exploring the nearby ridges, otherwise we will be spending most of time roaming around teahouses. Take a bath, wash clothes and other stuffs.

Day 09 – Trek from Khongma to Debotay

Initially we will hike up to Shipton La, pass by lake named Kalo Pokhari, further pass over Keke La Pass with view of Peak VI, Peak VII and descend steeply toward valley of Debotay Upper Barun Section at elevation of 3650 m from sea level.

Day 10 – Trek from Debotay to Yangle Kharka

With flat pleasant walk with slow uphill trail we will pass by rhododendron forest and cross Barun River before reaching upper edge of valley. Yangle Kharka situated at base of valley is around five to six hour in total.

Day 11 – Trek from Yangle Kharka to Merek

Another stop before Makalu Base Camp is Merek, which is around five to six hour walk from Yangle Kharka, moraine walk at higher elevation we need to walk slowly and steadily with enough rest for proper acclimatization.

Day 12 – Trek from Merek to Shersong

Shersong, which is almost around 4800 m from sea level, is extremely beautiful places for overnight stay with exceptional view of East Ridge of Makalu. On the way we need to walk around climbing up the valley passing through yak pasture and boulders field that might be bit difficult mainly because of altitude for view from Shersong is worth it.

Day 13 – Trek from Shersong to Makalu Base Camp and back to Shersong

Makalu Base Camp, place that is least visited is superb area for exploring and view of giant Makalu, 5th highest and one of technical mountain to climb. Round trip from Shersong to Makalu, which takes around six hours is our final destination Base Camp of Makalu.

Day 14 – Trek back to Yangle Kharka from Shersong

Today we will descend down all the way back to Yangle Kharka with our last glimpse of East Ridge of Makalu. We will cover two days camp on the way up in entire day today so it might be quite long but easier as we are descending toward lower elevation.

Day 15 – Trek from Yangle Kharka to Mumbuk

We will further descend down toward Mumbuk which will takes us around seven hour is maximum. On the trail we will encounter with rock fall prone area follow instruction of guide and keep walking down toward Mumbuk.

Day 16 – Trek from Mumbuk to Khongma

Crossing via same Shipton La Pass, Keke La pass we will descend back to Khongma again one more overnight stay.

Day 17 – Trek from Khongma to Tashigaon

Descending all the way down through long trail will take us back once again to Tashigaon densely populated village in compare to other during Makalu Base Camp Trek Trail. We will spend one more night in Tashigaon before descending toward lower ridge of Makalu Barun Valley.

Day 18 – Trek back to Num from Tashigaon

Once again we will trek down same trail on the way down, exiting from Makalu Barun Base Camp, crossing back Arun River and traversing through forest we will be in Num spending one more night, before driving back to Chichila.

Day 19 – Trek back to Chichila and Drive back to Num

We will trek finally back to Chichila, just over of trek in Makalu as from Chichila we will drive back to Num and spend on final night in Shankuwashava district before flying back to Kathmandu.

Day 20 – Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel in Thamel

We will fly back to Kathmandu and relocate ourselves in Thamel, late afternoon we will celebrate successful accomplishment of Makalu Base Camp Trek, something like feedback section about your suggestion, experience of Makalu Base Camp Trek.

Day 21 – Farewell, International departure / on your own

As per your schedule for international departure our airport representative will arrange necessary ground transport while on other hand if you are staying couple of days more in Nepal then let us know we will arrange accordingly.

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Equipment For Makalu Base Camp Trek

Major things you need to manage and some things, which we manage for great adventure trekking. Since you will be exploring mostly high alpine area some things should not be missed for comfortable trek. Lets make a list of some basic things –
Duffel / Rucksack Bag – We provide water and windproof duffel bag for all individual hikers throughout trekking duration, however it will be necessary for one hard suitcase bag in order to leave unnecessary things and stuffs in Hotel or storage of NEST ADVENTURE.
Day Bag Pack – For your basic daily stuffs during walking you will be needing one small day bag pack which should be good enough to fit camel pouch for water, some paper, sunscreen, your valuable like passport, money etc. Normally it should be around 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.
Down Jacket – Personal down jacket is recommend for trekking however we provide down jacket for each individual throughout trek duration and should be retuned at the end of trek. We provide down jacket good enough up to minus 15 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
Sleeping Bag – Personal sleeping bag is recommend for trekking however we provide sleeping bag for each individual and should be returned at the end of trek. We provide sleeping bag good enough up to minus 20 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
Sunglass with UV protection, Sun hat and Fleece hat.
Good hiking shoes, thin as well as thick pair of socks.
Thin and thick gloves with waterproof outer shell.

Tissue paper, toilet paper, hand-wash & basic first aid kit.
Light trouser, thick as well thin for multipurpose use.
Thick as well as thin jackets for multipurpose use.
So these are basic things, which one needs to know in general before heading for the trek and we hope this is good enough for basic info, for further particular queries send us email at

As per arrival representative of NEST ADVENTURE will greet you in airport’s arrival terminal and shift to hotel in Thamel for first overnight stay in Nepal. For this you need to finish paper work inside arrival terminal in order to get Nepal Entry Visa, which is always arrival visa. So next day will be followed by sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation of trek, introduction with crew member of trek and short pre-briefing of trek and continue trek starting from 3rd day of arrival in Nepal.
As per booked package either deluxe or budget we will arrange the hotel in Kathmandu accordingly on 3 star / 4 star of budget hotels, as well as accordingly in mountain too on twin sharing basis. As per available and booked we will provide attach bathroom and common bathroom on mountain. While sharing the room with fellow trekkers we will try to arrange for same gender and age group and if someone is looking for single supplement then let us know we will arrange accordingly and let you know the extra charge of single supplement. As well as sometime in mountain during peak season time hotel owner especially in high alpine area refuse to provide single supplement just for shake of business mostly because lack of plenty of rooms and monopoly to, so in such case we might need to adjust.
Meals and drinking water
Regarding the case of meals during city we provide accommodation on bed & breakfast basis so in Kathmandu we offer breakfast where lunch and dinner will be on your own as per your choice preference and selection of restaurant. In case of mountain area while trekking we offer three meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner from free selection over menu as per available in lodges and tea houses in trekking trail. So normally in such trekking days you can consult with your guide regarding the specialty of dishes so that he can assure for the best-valued dishes. Wide range of food are available ranging from veg item to non-veg and other energetic stuffs like cheese, egg etc.
Regarding the case of drinking water normally bottled mineral water as available for purchase of very expensive almost 20 times expensive in last belt of Everest as bottle of mineral water sometimes cost Rs. 380-400 /- so it is better to carry water purification stuffs with you which can be utilized on purifying tap water as there are enough tap water in trekking area as well as hotels offer cold tap water free of cost.
Visa Requirement
Out of one visa year tourist visa can be obtained of maximum 90 days, which you can directly get as per arrival in international airport or can apply from your home country too but as per arrival will be fine too. It is recommend carrying accurate USD and don’t forget to bring two copies of passport size picture. Extension of visa from middle of stay in also possible for this process of visa extension all you need to do is fulfill form from website of immigration and submit it there with original passport copy. Multiple entry visas will be cheaper in case of money you can consult there directly.
International flight to Nepal
Nepal is easily accessible from entire word via flight, as we don’t deal with international flight ticket you can consult some other flight booking agencies for detail of cost, transit and other details. For your information no airport tax is applicable for international flight where as Nepali Rs. 200 is applicable for domestic flights which is equal to US $ 2 on basis of exchange rate of 1 USD equals Rs. 100 but sometime might get different by 0.10 / 0.20 USD on basis of exchange rate. Most of time especially in rainy season domestic flight gets canceled because of bad weather however it does not affect international schedules most of the time.
Currency and foreign exchange rate
In Nepal both coin as well as paper notes are in used however coin are of low value only. But regarding the case of paper note for day-to-day used are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. Do not worry about damaged paper note as it there exist clear number of currency on both side it is applicable, one can do anything with paper notes like squeezing, writing over it etc.
Since Nepal has fixed exchange rate with Indian currency exchange rate doe directly depend on value on Indian currency, now a day exchange rate of USD is 1 USD equals Rs. 95 in approximate, can check everyday over internet for current exchange rate. And for information about currency that are majorly accepted in Nepal are Indian currency, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, USD, AUD, CAD, GBP, Euro, Swiss Frank, Riyal etc.
Travel Insurance
Normally while walking in lower elevation steadily, taking enough acclimatization days we can avoid chance of acute mountain sickness however we cannot totally avoid mountain sickness instead we can lower the chance of occurrence by following some rules and paying lot attention for personal hygiene. Since the remote mountain area are not facilitated by motor roads and modern hospital so incase of strong mountain sickened one and only option is to descend as down as possible which is feasible with use of helicopters only. Such kind of expenses in high elevation area extremely off the edge and cannot be offered easily as sometime cost more than one million rupees, so it is better to have a personal health insurance. As we do not deal with such kind of health insurance but we do have good enough information about insurance providing company as some deal very quickly promptly for case where as some try to avoid and create some unnecessary delays in evacuation process. So as per need of information we will let you know some good provider from your region so that it will be easy in worse case in mountains.
High altitude sickness
Often known as acute mountain sickness are most dangerous things and any one can be victim of AMS apart from their physical strength. There is no such specific medicine for AMS so one needs to be careful from beginning. Major Symptom of AMS is dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite, weakness and insomnia so in order to rid of AMS major thing is to drink plenty of water and enough acclimatization in high alpine area. Although our crew leader will have adequate first aid medicine and kit sometimes one might need to cancel the trip and descend down in case of increasing symptom of AMS and in case of emergency situation clients will be airlifted immediately for further treatment in hospital at Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

Price: $ 975 USD
Duration: Days
Accomodation: Normal Tea House and lodge / homestay
Altitude Height: 5200
Seasons : March / April / October / November
Level: Moderate
Trip Departure: February /March / April / September /October / November
No. of Pax : +2 People
Activities: Driving / Trekking / Walking
Mode of Travel: Driving / Hiking / Trekking


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