Trip Overview

Makalu Base Camp Trek takes you to the base of the fifth highest peak in the World Mt. Makalu. Located in one of the isolated and remote areas of Nepal, Makalu Base Camp Trek gives travelers an opportunity to explore the rich culture, unparalleled natural sceneries, picturesque villages, and diversified ecosystem. It is a venture that leaves an impact for a lifetime.  


The trail goes through the Makalu Conservation Area which houses some rare species of flora and fauna. The journey takes you through one of the largest valleys in the world, the Arun Valley, which is popular for its natural abundance and pure wild nature. The exotic views of waterfalls falling into deep gorges, rocks rising behind the dense forests, the blooming of colorful flowers and vegetation are comparable to none. Therefore, the overall trip is one package of adventure, peacefulness, and tranquility away from the regular chaos of life.


Situated between Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu, Arun valley has some spectacular mountain vistas to offer. One can see the eye-catching sights of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chhamlang, Mt. Baruntse, and others during the trek.  The beauty of this place is so heavenly that one cannot help but admire the moment every now and then.


Who can go on Makalu Base Camp Trek?


Anyone with a strong physical and mental health state with basic experience in trekking can go on the trek to Makalu Base Camp. As it lies in the isolated area of Nepal, one must be mentally prepared to be away from home in the wilderness for a couple of weeks. It is advised to train your body for carrying some amount of weight while walking in high altitudes as well. Endurance to challenges is absolutely necessary while going on such remote treks.


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Best Season to go on Makalu Base Camp Trek


Eight K Expeditions can organize the trek for you and your team at any time of the year but the best season for the best experience is pre-monsoon (March to June) and Post Monsoon (September to November) when the weather is mild, the sky is clear and you can enjoy the best views of natural landscapes.

Trip Itinerary

  • 1-2
    Arrival In Kathmandu And Sightseeing 

    Upon your landing at the airport and completion of immigration procedures, one of our representatives will meet and greet you and drop you off at your hotel. You may take some rest and then we will see you for the introduction session between trekkers and guides. The next day is for sightseeing and trek preparation. You may do some last-minute shopping as we will be heading to a remote location. While you go sightseeing, our team will prepare all required documents as well as obtain necessary permits for the trek.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • 3
     Fly To Tumlingtar And Drive To Num (1560 M)

    You will be served a wonderful breakfast at the hotel in the morning. After breakfast, we head to the airport and take a domestic flight to Tumlingtar at 400m. Then, we will take a private jeep and drive to Num to rest overnight.

    Altitude 1560 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Camping
  • 4
    Trek From Num To Sheduwa (1510 M)

    After a night's stay in Num, we set our feet on the trail towards  Sheduwa. First, we descend steeply for 2 and a half hour to reach the Neguwa River with a suspension bridge, crossing which leads us to ascend the dense forests and small settlements. We get to witness the picturesque crop plantation in terraced fields. Later, we reach a check post of Makalu Conservation Area where we will need to take some entry passes. 

    Altitude 1510 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Camping
  • 5
    Trek From Sheduwa To Tashi Gaon (2070 M)

    The trail from Sheduwa to Tashi gaon is easy as we need to walk through flat surfaces through the bushes and occasional ascents. After walking for almost 4 hours, we reach Tashigaon, a huge Sherpa village, decorated with prayer flags. We will set up our camp to rest overnight. 

    Altitude 2070 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Camping
  • 6-7
    Trek From Tashi Gaon To Khongma And Acclimatize (3760)

    The trail from Tashi Gaon to Khongma is an uphill climb through the forests of Rhododendron and pine trees. Kongma La is a ridge with a single tea house. So, we set up a tented camp and rest overnight. Enjoy the meals prepared by our chefs and cooks. 

    Altitude 3760 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Camping
  • 8
    Trek From Khongma To Mumbuk (3520 M)

    From Khongma, we head towards Mumbuk on a trail that ascends initially until we reach a beautiful lake, “Kalo Pokhari” meaning “a black lake” at 4004 m, and then descend to reach Mumbuk. 

    Altitude 3520 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Camping
  • 9
    Trek From Mumbuk To Nehe Kharka (4320 M)

    The trek gets a bit difficult as well as adventurous from Mumbuk as the trail passes through a section prone to landslides. The latter parts of the trails ascend through the grasslands and forests. The majestic views of Mt Tutse, Peak 7 (6185 m), Isuwa La (5340 m), and many other peaks. Nehe Kharka is pasture land and an exceptional spot for Camping. 


    Altitude 4320 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Camping
  • 10-11
    Trek From Nehe Kharka To Makalu Base Camp (4870 M) And Explore

    From Nehe Kharka, we ascend towards the Lower Base Camp of Mt. Makalu. The views of Mt. Makalu (8481 m), Baruntse (7152 m) , Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m) are spellbinding from the Base camp. We will spend two more days in the lower base camp for acclimatization and expedition preparation.

    Altitude 4870 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Camping
  • 12
    Trek From Makalu Base Camp To Yangle Kharka (3600 M)

    We retrace our path back to Yangle Kharka through the adventurous trail. We will then rest overnight in a tented camp in Yangle Kharka.

    Altitude 3600 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Camping
  • 13
    Trek From Yangle Kharka To Khongma (3560 M)

    From Yangle Kharka, we retrace the path with the landscapes of landslides.  After 4-5 hours we finally reach Khongma to camp overnight. 

    Altitude 3560 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Camping
  • 14
    Trek From Khongma To Sheduwa (1510 M)

    During our return, we cover more distance as we descend on major parts. So, we trek to Sheduwa through Tashigaon upon our return.


    Altitude 1510 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner
    Accommodation Camping
  • 15
    Trek From Sheduwa To Num And Drive To Khandbari 

    The trail from Sheduwa to Num descends steeply at the start and later ascends to reach Num. After passing a small forest of bamboo and small villages, we finally reach Num. from Num, we will meet our crew and drive to Khandbari and rest overnight in a hotel.

    Altitude 399 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 16
    Drive From Khandbari To Tumlingtar And Fly Back To Kathmandu

    After a night’s stay in Khandbari, we have our breakfast and drive to Tumlingtar airport. Then, we will fly back to Kathmandu and rest at the hotel.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • 17
    Free Day In Kathmandu

    In Kathmandu, you can relax in Thamel, a popular street for tourists where you can get anything you want. You may do some shopping, eat in a nice restaurant, get some spa, do some laundry and many other things. There are also many different attractions in Kathmandu including but not limited to Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupa, Basantapur, Bhaktapur, Patan, and so on. You may go sightseeing around these areas with one of our city guides. We will join for the farewell dinner in the evening. 

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • 18
    Final Departure

    If you have not signed up for any other Add-ons Adventure packages, it’s time to bid you farewell. One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled departure. 

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation N/A
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  • Airport transfer costs
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Kathmandu with B&B paln
  • Domestic Flights: Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu with Guide 
  • All land transportation for all members, climbers, staff, porters, guides
  • Makalu Barun National Park Entry Fees
  • Garbage Management and Shipment fees
  • Lodging and food (3-time full course meals ) during overall trek 
  • Base Camp Food, Tents for Dining, Sleeping, Toilet and Shower, Tables, Sleeping mattresses, pillows, quilts and all essentials
  • Wages and allowances for porters, guides, Cooks and helpers 
  • Luggage carriage fee (upto 20 kg per member)
  • Insurance for all Nepali Staff and members
  • All taxes imposed by Government of Nepal
  • First Aid Box &  Medical Kit


  • International flight tickets from/to your country.  
  • Nepal Entry visa fee that can be obtained at the airport upon arrival.
  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • An extended stay in the hotel after 3-nights in Kathmandu.
  • Travel and Medical Insurance 
  • Expenses of personal nature like alcoholic beverages, telephone, Internet bills, Laundry etc.
  • Tips for Trekking  Guide and other involved staffs
  • Emergency Rescue and Evacuation (Recommended to purchase an insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Cost Inclusions section


Trip Notes

Please do remember these things.


Trekking and mountain climbing in the Himalayas are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, the roadways may be blocked. In cases as such, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. 


Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure. 


Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required.  But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.


Thank you for joining us on our Expedition!!


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