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The fifth highest mountain in the world is called Mt.Makalu which is located at the elevation of 8463m in the east of Nepal. It is situated in the Makalu Barun National Park, which covers an area of 2330 sq. km extending around the Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts of Nepal. The panorama of the highest mountain in the world such as Mount Everest, Mount Chamalang, Mount Lhotse, Mount Chamalang Mount Makalu, and other mountain peaks greet you.
Makalu Base Camp trek can be fairly challenging depending on your level of physical fitness. The outstanding scenery of the Makalu Base camp Trek route significantly provides a unique cultural heritage and incredible views of mountain peaks.
Normally the trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar in mid-eastern Nepal for 30 minutes. The trial of Makalu Base Camp envelopes plain, sub-tropical valley of Arun River, basin to extraordinary temperate passes called Keke la (4230) and Tutu La (42100m) many edges ascend up from the Barun River valley which is off the beaten mid-hill trials.
Sherpa Bhote, Gurung, and Rai are the main habitats in this area. The trail follows the beautiful Barun river valley in the Makalu Barun National Park, crossing Shipton La (4127m) before arriving at Makalu Base Camp. From here views of the South face of Makalu, as well as Everest, and Lotse, are really amazing. Also, you have unbelievable views of mountains, Glacier lake, and Hungu valley.
On a daily basis, either Buddha Air or Yeti Air operates a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the welcoming staff of MAST at the airport. A jeep will then take you on a 15-minute journey to the Khandbari hotel, where you can take a well-deserved rest.
Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Khandbari bazaar area, and perhaps purchase any necessary items. You’ll then meet your porter guide and be introduced to them. The evening will be spent at the Khandbari hotel, where you’ll spend the night.
After a nutritious breakfast at around 8 am, board the reserved jeep and embark on a scenic 38km journey to reach Num (1500m). The jeep ride takes you from Khandbari, through the picturesque villages of Manebhangyang, Arun Than Bhotebas, and Chhyankuti, to the bustling town of Chichila. Take a break and indulge in some snacks at one of the local tea houses in Chichila
Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Himalayan range, including the majestic Mt. Makalu (8463m) to the north. After a short rest, continue your journey, passing through Hururu, Mude, and finally reaching Num around 2 pm after 4 to 5 hours of travel. At Num, find one of the best tea houses and prepare for an overnight stay.
Starting your day with a hearty breakfast at around 8 am at the tea house in Num, embark on a leisurely and cautious trek down to the Arun river, where you’ll cross the suspension bridge. Afterward, you’ll hike uphill, passing through Lumluma, before reaching Seduwa (4-6 hours of trekking). At Seduwa village, find a comfortable tea house for an overnight stay.
Take some time to explore the sights around Seduwa village, including visiting the Secondary School if you desire. Then, head over to the Makalu Barun National Park site office and pay the park entrance fee of Rs. 3000 per person.
Begin your day with a filling breakfast at around 8 am at the tea house and start your next trek. You’ll trek through lush meadows and fertile farms, reaching Tasi Gaun (4 to 6 hours of trekking). Take your time and enjoy the trek, taking in the scenic rural landscapes that line the trail.
By evening, you’ll arrive at Tasi Gaun and find one of the best tea houses to secure suitable accommodation for the night. Savor the picturesque rural scenes that will welcome you along the way, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural surroundings
Begin your day with a nutritious breakfast at around 8 am at the tea house, and start your trek. Take your time and walk slowly for 4 to 6 hours, conserving your energy for significant elevation gain. By evening, you’ll reach Khongma and find one of the best tea houses for an overnight stay. Make sure to pace yourself and take care of your health as you take on this journey through the scenic terrain.
Your day with a satisfying breakfast at 8 am at your tea house, and then embark on a trek to Dobato, which takes approximately 4 to 5 hours. Today, you’ll cross three passes: Ghenguru La (4045m), Shipton La (4216m), and Keke La (4150m). As you trek, take in the breathtaking beauty of Chamalang, and admire the impressive peaks of Peak 6 (6739m) and Peak 7 (6105mBegin
Upon reaching Dobato, find a tea house for a warm meal and comfortable accommodation for the night. Enjoy the stunning scenery and the sense of accomplishment from your successful trek through the high passes
Begin your morning with a nourishing breakfast at 8 am at the tea house, then set out on a trek to Yangre Kharka (3600m) which takes roughly 4 to 5 hours. After a day of hiking, find one of the best tea houses at Yangre Kharka for a delicious meal and comfortable accommodation. Take time to recharge and enjoy the peaceful surroundings before continuing your journey.
Today is a day to take a well-deserved break and acclimate to your surroundings. Use this time to fully relax and appreciate the stunning natural beauty around you. Find a comfortable tea house for your food and accommodations as you rest and rejuvenate.
Fuel up with a hearty breakfast at 8 am at the tea house, then embark on a gentle climb to Nghe Kharka (3750m), Ripuk Kharka (3930m), Jhak Kharka (4210m), and finally to Langmale Kharka (4400m). This journey takes approximately 4 to 5 hours. At the end of the day, find one of the best tea houses at Langmale Kharka for a delicious meal and comfortable accommodation.
Start your day with a nutritious breakfast at 8 am at the tea house, then head out on a trek that takes approximately 4 to 5 hours to reach the Makalu Base Camp at 4870 meters. Once you arrive, find one of the best tea houses to enjoy a delicious meal and a comfortable rest. Take in the stunning surroundings and bask in the achievement of reaching your trekking destination.
Spend the day exploring the beautiful surroundings of the Makalu Base Camp. Your guide will assist you in reaching sights such as Barun Pokhari (4950m), Peak 3 above Shersong (5250m), the Hillary Base Camp, and more. Take in the stunning views and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area. At the end of the day, return to the same tea house for an overnight stay.
After fueling up with breakfast at your tea house at MBC, begin your descent to Yangle Kharka. At the end of the trek, find a suitable tea house in Yangle Kharka for your overnight stay.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the tea house in Yangle. Afterwards, set off on a 4 to 6-hour trek down to Dobato. Upon arrival, search for one of the finest tea houses and settle in for the night. Indulge in the local cuisine and take in the sights and sounds of the surrounding area. Spend the night at a tea house in Dobato.
After breakfast at the tea house in Dobato, make your way down to Khongma, which will take 4 to 6 hours. Upon arrival, find comfortable accommodation at one of the tea houses and relish a delicious meal and drink. Take in the surrounding beauty and spend the night at the tea house.
After having breakfast at the tea house in Khongma, make your way down to Tasigaun, taking 4 to 6 hours to complete the trek. Find a comfortable room in a tea house, take some time to relax, and have a meal and drink. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the area. Spend the night at a tea house in Tasigaun
After having breakfast at the tea house in Tasigaun, slowly and carefully make your way down to Seduwa for a 4 to 6-hour trek. Look for one of the best tea houses in Seduwa and take time to relax and enjoy a meal and drinks. Explore the sights and surroundings of the area.
After fueling up with breakfast at the tea house in Seduwa, set out on your return journey to Chaulakharka, taking 3 to 4 hours to complete the trek. In the evening, board a pre-booked jeep and enjoy a 4-hour drive to Khandbari. Say farewell to your porter/guide and check into a hotel or homestay in Khandbari for the night
Enjoy your breakfast at the tea house/home, then catch a jeep for a 20-minute drive to Tumlingtar. Prepare for your flight to Kathmandu. Bid farewell to the staff at MAST company and board the plane for a flight to the capital city, Kathmandu.
As you are trekking with a government-licensed trekking company like Makalu Arun SocialTrek (MAST), we will provide you with a TIMS card. You will need to pay a fee of Rs. 3000 (USD 30) per person at the Seduwa site office for entry into the Makalu Barun National Park.
Typically, a serving of Dal Bhat (a popular Nepalese dish) costs between Rs. 600-800 per person, and a bed for the night is priced at Rs. 500-600 per person. Additionally, a cup of tea is priced at Rs. 100, while a boiled egg costs Rs. 100, etc. You will follow the pick-and-pay model and pay accordingly.
Some of our previous guests chose to spend an extra two days at the base camp, during which they went on a trek to higher elevations and had a chance to take in the stunning views of the Himalayan range. They then returned to the base camp tea house to rest. If you have the time and desire, you are welcome to do the same.
Yes, the road from Khandbari to Num is not paved and can be a bit bumpy, but it is passable. Currently, road construction work is underway. Small four-wheeled jeeps can travel the road with ease. However, if you have time and enjoy trekking, you might prefer the hike from Khandbari to Chichila. After spending one night in Chichila, you will reach Nun the next day.
Yes, it’s the peak season for trekking. All tea houses are open until the second week of November. However, weather conditions can sometimes change, and there may be snowfall after the second week of November. In such cases, tea house owners may close their teahouses and return to Tasi Gaun to their homes.
As you are embarking on a trek with a registered and licensed government trekking company, we will provide you with a TIMS card. You will need to pay the Makalu Barun National Park entrance fee of Rs. 3000 (USD 30) per person at the Seduwa site office. Your guide will assist you with this process.
Fly to Biratnagar from Kathmandu at 7am, 11 am, 12 pm, or 2 pm (a 30-40 minute flight). Upon landing at Biratnagar airport, head to the main road and take an express bus to Dharan (fare of Rs.100 per person, 1 hour of travel time). From the Dharan bus station, go to the Dharan-Khandbari jeep counter. You can call us from there if necessary, but keep in mind that a jeep will only leave Dharan once it is fully loaded with 10 passengers. To ensure your travel, consider reserving a jeep to Khandbari (Rs.10000), otherwise, you will have to spend the night at a hotel in Dharan and take a bus or jeep to Khandbari the next day (6-8 hours of travel time, Rs. 1000 for jeep/bus fare).