Makalu Trekking

Duration: 22 days | Grade: Hard
Altitude: 5,010m.

"A challenging Makalu Trekkng which is the world’s fifth highest mountain including crossing of Shipton La. Along the trail there are superb views of the south face of Makalu as well as Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga. Makalu Barun National Park was established in 1992 as Nepal’s eighth national park covering 2,330 sq km. This area is a remote wilderness containing some of the last remaining areas of pristine forests and alpine meadows in Nepal. "


Makalu Base camp Trek is a rigorous trek to the foot of Mt. Makalu, the world’s fifth highest peak, from where the views of Makalu, Everest and other mountains are regal and fantastic. Nepal Visitors Trekking and Walking recommend this for anyone in good shape and with previous trekking experience wanting something tough. Our first pass at an altitude of 1800 metres and it is here that we have our first views of Makalu and the Jaljale Himal. Proceeding through rhododendron forests we eventually make a crossing of the Shipton La before arriving at Makalu Base Camp (5000m).


Makalu Base Camp Trek is considered as a technical trek and suitable for average people. If you are moderately fit and have a sense of adventure will enjoy Makalu trek. The program is designed to acclimatize you gradually and not expected high altitude sickness. However you are requested to check your altitude fitness and the itinerary. Nepal Visitors Trekking and Walking suggest you to strengthen your knee muscles and prepare for several days of steep descents. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, biking or aerobics is recommended, but mostly hiking on steep hills or running up and down steps are preferable. Please note that the following program is prepared in the fact basis however can be change in some circumstances but adjustments will have to made during the trekking. We request you to be flexible with the situation to enjoy yourself. As the Makalu trek is designed for camping arrangement, everything is handled by our team of porters, sherpas and cooks who carry the equipment, assemble and dissemble the camp and have hot meals waiting for you at every food break.


Nepal Visitors is a small group adventure travel which has pioneered responsible tourism practises in Nepal. Our friendly guides and trip leaders are experts at leading interesting groups of men and women throughout Nepal.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 22 days
  • Max Altitude: 5,010m
  • Group Size: 2 to 12
  • Tour Grade: Hard but Tented Camp
  • Season: March - May, Sept - Dec
  • Tour Type: Fly Out / Fly in Trekking and Kathmandu Private vehicle
  • Highlight: Explore the Makalu Barun National Park, Good views of Mount Makalu, Chamlang Himal, Makalu and Barun Valley, Rich variety of flora and fauna, Unique culture with varied customs, Kathmandu Sightseeing

Makalu Base Camp Trek Itinerary

  • Itinerary
  • Include / Exclude
  • Date & Price
  • Equipment
  • Tour Photo

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1350m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Briefing and preparations in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1,840m), Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Trek to Num (1,500m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 05: Trek to Sedua (1,540m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 06: Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 07: Trek to Khongma (3,560m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 08: Rest & acclimatisation day, Overnight at tented camp.
Day 09: Trek to Debotay (3,650m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10: Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Trek to Langmale Kharka (4,200m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Acclimatisation day at Langmale Kharka (4,450m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (5,000m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Day walk around Makalu Base Camp (4,900m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16: Trek to Debotay (3,650m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17: Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 18: Trek to Num (1,500m), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 19: Trek to Chichila, drive to Tumlingtar, Overnight at hotel.
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu (1350m), Overnight at hotel.
Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu, Overnight at hotel.
Day 22: Fly back home


NOTE: On Makalu Base Camp Trek of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Kathmandu Tumlingtar Kathmandu round flight tickets.
  • Tumlingtar - Chichila and drive back Tumlingtar by private vehicle
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast.
  • Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot water during the trek.
  • Makalu Conservation fee and necessary permits
  • All Camping Equipments(Tents) and Kitchen equipments
  • Tourist service charge, Vat.
  • Office Service charge.
  • Trekker's information management system (TIMS)
  • Guide & support staffs insurance and salary
  • Nepal Visitors Trekking T-shirt
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Helicopter Rescue if the clients sick while on the trekking
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fees
  • Items and expenses of personal nature
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
  • Personal Trekking Equipments
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver...

Recommended Trekking Kit
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognise that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


Walking boots with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, and which are waterproof
Trainer or casual shoes, for trekking and/or for travelling
Warm socks for colder areas
Gaiters, in case of rain or snow


Loose, casual trousers for trekking
Thermal leggings for colder areas
Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers
Waterproof trousers


Selection of T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
Thermal shirt for colder areas
Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas
Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for higher altitudes
Down jacket (optional for cold nights & mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)


Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
Sunglasses or goggles
Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
Warm gloves


Other items
Strong rucksack, or large holdall to be carried by porters
Day sack to be carried personally
Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag
One litre water bottle
Personal first aid kit to include essential items
Sleeping bag, 4 season
Torch, ideally head torch
Camera and film ! - for those not to be forgotten shots of the Himalaya
Toilet items and towel
Large handerchief/bandana for neck


Optional Items
Books (see Recommended Reading)
Playing cards / backgammon / chess set

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