Makalu Base Camp Trekking

TYPOLOGIES

Adventure Trekking

DIFFICULTY

High

MIN. AGE

5 Years

Trip Highlights:

Circuit of world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu via crossing of challenging high passes: Sherpani Col (6180m), West Col (6185m) & Amphu Lapcha (5845m)

Trip Introduction:

Mt. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world with an altitude of 8,485 meters above from sea level impressively rises on the border between Nepal & China in the world’s highest Mahalangur Himalayan Range of Nepal. Makalu Base Camp Trekking also known as Makalu Circuit Trekking is a great opportunity to reach at the base camp of Mt. Makalu at 4,800 meters and the crossing of three major tough and rugged high passes; Sherpani Col at 6,180 at meters, West Col at 6,185 meters and Amphu Lapcha La at 5,845 meters.

 

We can consider the trek as one of the most challenging trekking in Nepal, highly recommended for those trekkers who have previous trekking experience and knowledge about the usages of peak climbing gears. Makalu Base Camp Trekking starts from Tumlingtar and leads to the Arun river valley to Sedua and Num, then crossing Shipton La Pass (4210 m) to the upper Barun river valley for a close look at Makalu and Chamlang Himal. This trek visit is one of the most remote and seldomly visited areas of Nepal. The Barun valley is a part of a large international protected area under the agreement between the governments of Nepal and China, which covers 2330 sq. km of National Park and 830 sq. km of the conservation area in Nepal alone.

 

The Makalu Base Camp Trekking offers very close views of the world’s popular mountains including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,485m), Mt. Baruntse (7,129m), Mt. Amadablam (6,812m) and many other major and minor snow-capped mountains.

TOUR MAP

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu. (1,400m/4,592ft altitude)

Breakfast and Welcome Dinner. Hotel or Resort

Land in Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel or resort by our tour representative. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. Relax.
Accommodation: Hotel or Resort as per your preference.
Meal includes: Breakfast and Welcome Dinner.

Day 02 Guided tour to Kathmandu’s World Heritage sites

Breakfast Hotel/Resort

Early morning breakfast at the hotel. Our guide will pick you up from the hotel for sightseeing of World Heritage Sites. Actually, there are seven World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and we arrange sightseeing spots according to your choice, you have to choose only 3/4 spots for a day since it is not possible to visit all places in a single day–at least 2/3 days requires having sightseeing tour of all heritage sites in Kathmandu. World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu are; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Temple, Pashuapatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Changu Narayan Temple. In the evening we again can have pre trek discussion.

Day 03 Flight: Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Drive to Khadbari (1,030m/3,378ft altitude)

45 min flight & 2-3 Hrs. drive Full Board Tea House

Today we take a 45 minutes flight to Tumlingtar after breakfast. After reaching Tumlingtar, we drive to Khadbari. We will drive through the farmlands, forests, and little villages passing en-route. Land at the large village of Khadbari

Day 04 Trek: Khadbari to Chichila (1,830m/6,002ft altitude)

5-6 Hrs. walk Full Board Tea House

We begin our trek from Khadbari going through attractive villages to reach Mane Bhanjyang. We proceed on our way by ascending a little ridge to a short pass at Bhotebas 1740m. Here you get great panoramas of Makalu. Further, we take the trail that passes by moss-covered woodland beside the ridge heading to Chichira.

Day 05 Trek: Chichila to Num (1,490m/4,878ft altitude)

5-6 Hrs. walk Full Board Tea House

Early morning after breakfast, we head towards Num. A decently paced stroll through the beautiful villages and rich mountain woodlands will lead us to Num. A ridgeline with awesome perspectives on two sides and roosted on the end, we will land at Num.

Day 06 Trek: Num to Seduwa (1,460m/4,788ft altitude )

5-6 Hrs. trek Full Board Tea House available

Start with a precarious downward trail through terraced ranches and forests that brings us to Barun River. Cross the river and once more take a tough climb on the opposite side. Frequently very hot – the backwoods on the valleys offer a touch of shade during our trek. Makalu Barun National Park starts from this area and there we will get our permit checks. At top of the village of Seduwa, we can do our camping.

Day 07 Trek: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,070m/6,789ft altitude)

5-6 Hrs. trek Full Board Tea House

Today we climb the ridge limited by the Kasuwa Khola toward the east and Ipsuwa Khola at the west. Cross the slope through villages and going by little paddy fields. We achieve the fascinating Tashi Gaon village. From here, we can enjoy the stunning Himalayan scenes.

Day 08 Trek: Tashigaon to Kauma Danda (3,470m/11,381ft altitude )

6-7 Hrs. walk Full Board Tented Camps

Start the trail that ascends sharply through the charming cloud forest. We keep on climbing going to Unshisa, here we can stop at a tea shop which is open during the primary trekking season. Then we take the uphill trail to land at Kauma Danda.

Day 09 Trek: Kauma Danda to Mumbuk (3,570m/11,709ft altitude) via crossing of Kauma La Pass (3,603m/11,817ft altitude) Tutu-La (4,125m/13,530ft altitude) & Keke La Pass (4,170m/13,677ft altitude)

7-8 Hrs. trek Full Board Tented Camps

Today while in transit to Mumbuk, we climb on tough switchbacks for some time till reaching the highest point of the ridge, at 3840m. Here you can have the mesmerizing perspective of Chhamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7. Then the trail goes through rhododendrons forest and reaches to Ghungru La one of the principal passes among the three passes we will cross today while heading to the Barun Khola. From here plunging a little lake we move up to Shipton La later to Keke La (4150m). The path at that point enters to a valley flourishing with rhododendrons. At last, we make a lofty downward trail through backwoods of firs. We land at Mumbuk.

Day 10 Trek: Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (3,700m/12,136ft altitude)

4-5 Hrs. trek Full Board Tented Camps

The trail ahead from Mumbuk descends to the concealed and enclosed Barun Valley. It is the least discovered area of the eastern Himalayan locale. Enjoy one of a kind scenes at the Makalu-Barun National Park. There are about 3,000 types of flora, 440 birds’ species, and 75 types of mammals like the red panda, endangered clouded panther, and musk deer.
Further, we achieve the lavish snow-capped region of Barun Valley the walk is exceptionally lovely here with continuous tough uphills till reaching Nehe-Kharka. It is the summer pasture for the nearby people of Navagaun and Tashi.

Day 11 Trek: Nehe Kharka to Shersong (4,615m/15,137ft altitude )

6-7 Hrs. walk Full Board Tented Camps

Today the trek starts by crossing the wooden scaffold on the Barun River. The trail goes on the rocks, till a substantial prayer wall at Ramara. Following 2-3 hours of the trail, the vegetation gets scanty. During a wonderful walk, we have a sight of the lower Barun glacier and the transcending glorious Mt. Makalu. Reach Shersong. At its grazing ground, you enjoy the extraordinary panorama of many pinnacles, such as the upper part of Makalu south face, and Mt. Baruntse 7,220m etc.

Day 12 Trek: Shersong to Makalu Base Camp (4,800m/15,744ft altitude)

4-5 Hrs. trek Full Board Tented Camps

After early morning breakfast, we remain on the east side of the valley for the further trek. It’s a progressive trail to a small pass around 100m above Makalu Base Camp. Dropping to a stream and intersection on the rocks to the west bank of the river we reach the Base Camp. Enjoy the fabulous perspectives of the south face of Makalu. There are no vegetation and houses at the Makalu Base Camp.

Day 13 Rest and acclimatization at Makalu Base Camp

Full Board Tented Camps

Spend the day to rest and get acclimatized for the trek ahead. The Base Camp is a rough barren area with the vast Barun Glacier behind it. From here we can see the wonderful south face of Makalu and the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. We can also wander around the encompassing lakes, pass, and glacier for a short trek up.

Day 14 Trek: Makalu Base Camp to Swiss Base Camp (5,150m/16,892ft altitude)

5-6 Hrs. trek Full Board Tented Camps

From Makalu Base Camp we take the well-maintained route that goes through Hillary Base Camp. We step by step climb towards Swiss Base Camp at 5,150 m. Trek is challenging but with the beautiful magnificence of the environment that will make you feel tireless and fresh. Cross the banks of Barun River to reach the Swiss Base Camp.

Day 15 Trek: Swiss Base Camp to Sherpani Col Base Camp (5,700m/18,696ft altitude)

6-7 Hrs. trek Full Board Tented Camps

The trail from here turns out to be hard as it moves towards a lofty rock filled chasm. Soon climbing the slope becomes fairly easy before touching base to a little flat region. After an hour of the trail, reach the snout of the glacier at Sherpani Col Base Camp.

Day 16 Acclimatization Day at Sherpani Col Base Camp

Full Board Tented Camps

Today we will spend the day for acclimatization. Since the trek ahead is more challenging at higher elevations for the next few days.

Day 17 Trek: Baruntse Base Camp via crossing of Sherpani Col (6,180m/20,270ft altitude)

8-9 Hrs. trek Full Board Tented Camps

Early morning start with the intersection of the tough pass Sherpani Col. Take the route by the side of the glacier and ascend towards the prayer flags with the help of a fixed rope to achieve the Sherpani Col. top. From that point, we begin to go down to West Barun Glacier. Pass the glacier to reach Baruntse Base Camp.

Day 18 Trek: Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (5,400m/17,712ft altitude) via West Col (6,190m/20,303ft altitude)

7-8 Hrs. trek Full Board Tented Camps

Today, we ascend the rocky trail achieving the southern end near a rock wall that structures the pass. When we are at the highest point of West Col, we go down to Honku Basin. From here we descend vivaciously to achieve Amphu Labsta Base Camp.

Day 19 Trek: Amphu Lapcha Base Camp to Chhukung (4,730m/15,514ft altitude) via Amphu Lapcha Pass (5,845m/19,177ft altitude)

8-9 Hrs. trek Full Board Tea House

We set out toward the intersection of presumably the riskiest pass of Nepal since the climb consists icy inclines and snow-topped trails. So, we need to climb and descend with care. We ascend with full climbing gear. From the highest point of the pass, we slide downhill after the precarious rough trail going via Amphu Labsta Glacier. Reach Chhukung.

Day 20 Trek: Chhukung to Tyangboche (3,867m/12,684ft altitude)

5-6 Hrs. trek Full Board Tea House

Today we have a simple trail going through a few frozen streams we travel towards Bibre. From there we proceed with our trail through the stone-walled fields and the alpine scene to land at Dingboche. Further, we go down to a genuinely gentle trail to achieve Tyangboche.

Day 21 Trek: Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft altitude)

4-5 Hrs. trek Full Board Tea House

The trek from Tyangboche is downhill with a couple of rough ascends from the bridge at Phungitenga, close to Shanasha. The superb and lovely trail through Khumjung lands us to the Sherpa Capital- Namche Bazaar.

Day 22 Trek: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft altitude)

5-6 Hrs. trek Full Board Tea House

This is the last day of our trek. Start trail from Namche Bazaar towards Lukla. From Namche, we drop through thick woods loaded with oak, rhododendron, and pine trees. With some short uphill ascensions and after that descend to the Bhote Koshi River, we will cross it three times. At last, an uphill trek will take us back to Lukla.

Day 23 Flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla Airport.

Breakfast Hotel/Resort

Early morning, we will board the Lukla Kathmandu flight. Our tour representative will transfer you to a hotel or resort in Kathmandu. Rest day at rest.

Day 24 Free day

Breakfast & Farewell Dinner Hotel/Resort

Today is free for personal activities. Or our tour representative can help you to customize additional city tour.

Day 25 Takeoff from Tribhuvan International Airport.

Breakfast

After breakfast transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport. Return to home with the cherishing memories of your adventure.