Makalu Base Camp Trek - 19 Days

Makalu Base Camp Trek Cost 2024, 2025 and 2026
  • Duration 19 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 3557m
  • Trip Start Kathmandu
  • Trip End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Makalu
  • Nature of Trip adventure
  • Major Activities everest
  • Best Season septo nov and march to may

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the best off-the-beaten tracks and lies in the Himalayas of Nepal. This one is also longer and more challenging, and it undoubtedly is more demanding than most treks in Nepal. The treks leading to Makalu Base Camp normally last for not less than eight days, and the highest point of the trek is at 5,050m. Any trekkers then need to retrace for about 5 to 6 days on their way out on the same trail they used to access the park. 

At the base camp, you get the feeling that you are sitting on the base of Mt. Makalu, and the mountain is right in front of you, not like when you are at the base camp of Mount Everest, where the mountain is not visible in front. Every morning, it becomes possible to observe how the sun rises behind the top of the fifth most prominent mountain in the world. From base camp, another short and easy climb to the higher ground gives one a view of Mount Everest and Lhotse. The Makalu Base Camp trekking is recommended for those people who are not interested in going through the standard routes of Nepal and want to trek amongst the giants.

Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world and is situated in the eastern part of Nepal with an altitude of 8,463 metres above sea level. You are indeed very fortunate to tread the paths of Makalu which pass through lush rhododendron forests. The Makalu Base Camp trekking is perfect for those who wish to trek in the region without being surrounded by large crowds of tourists and still experience the thrill of the whole trip. 

This trek to Makalu base camp is an excellent chance to get acquainted with the locals and their traditions. This way, trekkers can meet with the locals and get some idea about their way of living in that area. Also, explore the cultural and social practices of the Gurung, Rai people, and Sherpas, the major inhabitants of the Makalu region. Explore Thai culture, Buddhism, and the way of living of the Thai people.

The 19-day trek to Makalu Base Camp begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. Ascending through rhododendron forests, crossing suspension bridges on the Arun River, and passing by Chichila and Num Villages are some of the features of this trail. Walkers along this path might meet various persons or groups living there as well as get knowledge about their lifestyle. The more we go here, the harsher we find it in terms of landscape due to its increased elevation above sea level, characterised by a lack of vegetation and the presence of only hard rocks. 

The trail goes through the Shipton La and Keke La passes that give an insight into the neighbouring hills. Trekking routes from Yangri Kharka, Langmale Kharka, and Shershong take the final destination to Makalu Base Camp at 4870m. On the way back, a steep descent to the Barun Valley leads back to the trail. Tumlingtar is where jeeps drop the trekkers to take them to Tumlingtar for the final flight to Kathmandu at the end of the trek in Num. This challenging trail provides beautiful scenery of the mountains, valleys, rivers, and people and leads to the fifth-highest mountain in the world.

At Adventure Altitude Treks, we are pleased to present the Makalu Base Camp Trek Detailed Itinerary at the best cost in 2024 and 2025. This package will be flexible depending on the trekkers. For details about the Makalu Base Camp Trek Package Cost, bookings, and more details, kindly contact us.

Makalu Base Camp Trek 19 Days Main Highlights

  • Hike up to the Arun Valley – one of the world’s best valleys.
  • Trek through rice paddies and even hike up the rocky slopes of the Virgin Himalayas.
  • Enjoy mountain views, including Makalu, Everest, Chamlang, Lhotse, and other eastern summits such as Kanchenjunga.
  • Some of the animals that can only be found in the wild and are endangered include the Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, and many other species.
  • Explore Makalu Barun National Park.
  • Trek along the colourful trails lined with rhododendron flowers in full bloom on both sides.
  • Engage with people from other cultures, such as Rai, Gurung, Shingsawa, and Sherpa.
  • Instead of choosing the most common and sometimes crowded hiking trails, you will have a quieter experience.
  • The trip starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, where one can get a view of the eastern Himalayas.
  • While trekking, many monasteries and chortens are quite beautiful and serene; one can sit, relax, or even meditate after a long day of walking. 

What Are The Benefits of Makalu Base Camp Trek 19 days Package With Us?

Some of the benefits of booking Makalu Base Camp Trek package with us are as follows:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services are provided at no extra cost.
  • The Adventure Altitude Treks duffle bag will be provided for the Trek
  • The Adventure Altitude Treks T-shirt will be provided as a souvenir.
  • A free trekking map of the Makalu Base Camp trekking trail.
  • An oximeter is used to check the blood oxygen saturation while trekking during the expedition.
  • Medical kits are available in case of an accident during the exercise.
  • In Adventure Altitude Treks, luggage storage is free during the Trek if you have excess luggage.
  • Trekking Guide assistance will be available from when you arrive in Kathmandu to when you reach Makalu Base Camp and beyond.
  • The Trek can be booked for trekking in the autumn and spring seasons since these are the two best seasons for trekking.
  • Maps and altitude charts of the treks are quite detailed, and all the routes are highlighted well. 

What to Expect about Makalu Base Camp Trek?

Makalu Base Camp Trek is among the famous off-beat trekking in Nepal that takes you to the proximity of Mt. Makalu, the fifth-highest mountain in the world. Embarking on this trek takes you to the remote yet surreal landscape of lowlands, alpine meadows, high Himalayan passes, and mountains. Manaslu Base Camp is a long, arduous, and essential tea house trek, which is best for keen trekkers who prefer off-beat routes to established routes.

Makalu Base Camp Trek has everything one could get on a trek. It's still a fresh, least-hiked trek that offers a peaceful hiking experience throughout the year. The enriched bio-diversity of Makalu Barun National Park accompanies your peaceful trek. Moreover, you'll get the option of trekking to Everest Base Camp after crossing Sherpani Pass. You may not get the apple pie comfort during 19 trek days, but it rewards you uniquely. You'll live a life at Makalu Base Camp.

Makalu Base Camp Trek 19 Days Cost 2024, 2025 and 2026

The cost of the Makalu Base Camp Trek for 19 days with Adventure Altitude Treks ranges from $1790 to $2150 per person, depending on the number of travellers and the year. We have group travel rates for 2024, 2025, and 2026 for people who travel in groups. This cost includes accommodations, meals, and guiding services, among other expenses. We also have special packages for 2024, 2025, and 2026. For the current prices, please contact us and let us know the size of your group and the year you will be travelling. The group joining Makalu Base Camp Trek cost in 2024, 2025 and 2026 are as follows: 


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Makalu Base Camp Trek - 19 Days Itinerary and Cost

The Makalu Base Camp Trek – 19 Days Detailed Itinerary is a complete travel package for the Makalu area of Nepal. It has a day-by-day guide to the areas to visit, the areas of interest, and the activities to engage in. Ground transfer from your hotel to the airport for the Tumlingtar flight is included, and the trekking begins at this point. The cost per person is between $1790 and $2150 depending on the number of people in the group taking the tour. The itinerary map shows the trekking route, interesting points, camps, and the acclimatisation plan. For any further information or to book this long 19-day trek, please feel free to contact Adventure Altitude Treks at + 977-9845449032 or by email at [email protected]. Here is the Itinerary for the 19 Days Makalu Base Camp Trek.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1400m

Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport, we have arranged for a representative from Adventure Altitude Treks to transfer you to either of the comfortable three-star hotels in the city. You may rest at your hotel or area shop at Thamel to complete your buying spree. You can visit us at our office for other details on the Makalu Base Camp Trek Itinerary later in the evening. 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Altitude/Time1400m

Your Guide for your 19-day Makalu Base Camp Trek will meet you at your hotel after breakfast to provide the briefing. Participants will also be explained all the details about the walk and other activities during the pre-trip meeting. To get the Makalu Base Camp Trek Permit, the following documents are required: Your current original passport, three passport-size photographs of yourself, and a photocopy of the travel insurance document. If time permits, you may relax or shop in the Kathmandu Valley during your leisure time. If so, a visit to one of the world heritage sites in & around Kathmandu, such as Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar SquareSwayambhunath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple, will be organised. 

  • AccommodationTea houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time1560m/ 3 to 4 Hours Drive

A team member will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the domestic airport in Kathmandu to catch a flight to Tumlingtar, which marks the beginning of the Makalu Base Camp trek. It lasts about 35 minutes, and the windows allow you to admire amazing Alpine landscapes. Further, after covering a distance of about ½ an hour through hilly and curvy roads, one will get to Kandbari, the largest village in the area, which contains the governmental buildings. 

This long winding road leads you to the peak of the road at 1,960 metres; then, it gradually comes down to Chichila at a height of 1,900 metres. There exists a small village with a police check post where every individual has to show a Makalu Base Camp Trekking permit. There are beautiful scenes from the covered slopes of trees around the region. It is a steep and rough ride from here for most of the distance to Num because the road after Chichila becomes narrow. As you reach the Num, check in into the tea house, unpack and rest. 

  • AccommodationTea houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time1500m / 5 to 6 Hours

After breakfast, we move on the steep path from the village's western partage for about 800m to the Arun River through a forest of Schima chestnut and pine. You will also be able to capture cardamom plantations within the forested area. First, we cross a suspension bridge over the Arun River, and then we have to ascend right to Seduwa, which is comparatively steep.

As we are still in the lower elevation, the current weather if you trek in Autumn or Spring is rather hot, and the air is rather humid, but the trees of the nearby forest mostly cover the way leading through it. We begin our trek to the Makalu Barun National Park and officially sign in at the park headquarters. We eat lunch at Seduwa since these two camps have no tea house. From this area, we can have a good view of Arun Valley and ridges around this area as well. Later, after reaching Seduwa,  we will stay overnight at the tea houses. 

  • AccommodationTea houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time2100m/ 5 to 6 Hours

We eat breakfast, then start trekking through the forest area and cross some farming fields. Today's trek is wonderful in that we do not have to encounter steep hills and valleys like we did yesterday. When you find yourself close to the Sherpa inhabitants, you will ascend a track with numerous stairs, most of which are made out of stones and numerous mani walls. Following the rhododendron and bamboo forests are several small fields on the slope and some cardamom plantations. Today's walking is special and pretty much bumpy.

It will take roughly two hours to get to Chyaksa Danda 1900m, a small, habitable place. And while exploring some forest territories, you sometimes need to cross some of those powerful wooden bridges occasionally. It will, however, take longer than you might think to get there, and you are more likely to contour on uneven ground before you set your eyes on Tashigaon, which lies on the slope ahead. The last water crossing is a log bridge just before the final step of the stone steps to Tasgaon. We take a one-and-a-half-hour lunch break at Tashigaon and take time to admire the towering mountains around the area. Tea house accommodation.

  • AccommodationTea houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time3500m/ 5 to 6 Hours

It is tough today, and we have actually gained an average of 1400 metres in elevation. Today, we will feel the altitude of the mountains a little bit on our skin as we will start early in the morning after breakfast and climb up some stone stairs to start our Makalu Base Camp Trek. You then cross a log bridge and proceed further into the area with rocks and Rhododendron trees.

After 3 hours, you get to Dhara, which has a tea house and falls at 2,867m. If the following food station is Khongma, you probably eat lunch at this station, the only station providing food and beverages on this portion of the route. It will take about one hour of steep hiking for us to get to Unshisa village, with an elevation of 3,200M above sea level, across a big rock.

Another stone stair yields to a higher grade and leads through a dense rhododendron thicket; Unshisa finds its further ascent more challenging. If you start trekking from Unshisha,, it will take several hours of a brisk walk up to a small stony place with some prayer flags, and more forty-five minutes up to Khongma Danda, which is 3500m high. At present, there are three lodges in Khongma, and perhaps there used to be lots of snow here as well.

  • AccommodationTea houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time3500m/ Free Day

Today, we advise you to go up to Khongma La as it is very important to acclimate to such an altitude. As mentioned in your Makalu Base Camp Trek daily itinerary, today is our acclimatisation day. You leave your tea house after your morning meal and then climb steeply through the rhododendron trees up some steps of stones until you reach the pass at 12800 ft. This normally takes approximately one hour to get to the pass. If you are active, your guide will probably encourage you to go a little further. You then return to Khongma Danda tea houses, all fresh and acclimatised, to cross the Kongma La pass.

  • AccommodationTea houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time3068m/ 6 to 7 Hours

Today is a particularly beautiful and challenging day for a number of reasons: you cross four high passes with airy traverses and dramatic ridge segments. The pass to Cross is Kongma La 3, 890m, after an hour steep through the rhododendron forest. Both Makalu and Chamlang can be seen from Kongma La Pass. Your Makalu Base Camp Trek Route will slightly descend a little before it begins to climb up towards the second pass. Going further upwards, some rock stairs lead one to Sano Pokhari Danda at 4105m with Sano Pokhari Lake. It takes several ascents to get to Shipton, LA, at 4,200 metres. It is possible to find a Mani wall right next to this shelter that points towards the existence of the pass. 

The Kalo Pokhari Lake is situated at an altitude of 4078 metres, and to get there, one has to cross a comparatively easy stretch. It will be decorated with prayer flags, especially during the Janai Purnima period. The last pass for the day is Keke La at 4,170m, and it is more accessible from the lakeside. There is another 45 minutes of descent down to your lodge in Dobate, and you will be relieved to have completed the four-pass circuit.

  • AccommodationTea houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time3557m/ 5 to 6 Hours

It will be really fascinating to start descending this morning after breakfast through the rhododendron and pine woods. There are various steep parts across the woodland, which can be hazardous, particularly when there is snow on the ground. You will arrive at the river, where you will start your Makalu Base Camp Trek on the trail under the large slide area.

The tea house is located at Themathang Kharka at a height of 3,500m and requires a small climb up to get there. This place is about an hour's drive from Dobate. As you approach Themathang, you will see this very beautiful waterfall. From here, there is a need to walk for some time until one gets to a wooden bridge that crosses the Baron Khola. The river is to your left as the path goes up and down. In about one day, you will reach the overnight at Yangri Kharka meadows. 

  • AccommodationTea houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time4410m/ 5 to 6 Hours

Day 10 involves a four-hour trek from Yangri Kharka (3557m) to Langmale Kharka (4410m) after having breakfast in the morning. Shortly, there is a river on your left, and the smell of juniper will tempt you. A variety of colourful prayer flags can be seen along the trekking trail for Makalu Base Camp. On the sides, the stony walls rise high, and nearer peaks are Peak 4, Peak 6, Peak 7, and Yaupa. There are valleys with snow-covered cliffs, towering vertical faces, cascades and painted holy grottos; after around 2. 

After a 2.5-hour trek through the fields of Jhak Kharka, Yak Kharka, and Merek, you finally reach the tea house where you will be staying for the night. It is another two-hour walk from Merek to your tea house in Langmale. Peak 7 is also appealing, located behind the tea house rooms, and adds to the beauty of the place. A mani wall decorated with prayer flags in the tradition is constructed right in front of the series of rooms.

  • AccommodationTea houses/ Tented Camps
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time4870m/ 5 to 6 Hours

Early in the morning, after your breakfast, you will start your trek to Makalu Base Camp while always keeping the river on your left side and crossing the valley through a series of turns. There are some boulder sections, but for the most part, the trail is sandy, and each bend offers new breathtaking views. Looking ahead, the final peak, Peak 4, can be seen. After 4-5 hours of walking, you reach Shershong at 4,630m – an excellent flat land with a small locked house for a camp.

After several curves, the enchanting view of Makalu comes into sight. The tea house is at last visible, and when you descend and cross the river, the destination is attained in about 5 minutes. Of course, Makalu, standing as the 5th tallest mountain, completely dwarfs everything else here at base camp. Tibetan snow cocks, hill pigeons, black redstarts and mountain finches are some of the birds that can easily be seen around the camp area.

  • AccommodationTea houses/ Tented Camps
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time4870m/ Free Day

Then, in the morning, after breakfast, you will start your trek to Makalu Base Camp, which is at 4870m. The best view can be seen from the ridge, slightly above 5,300m from the base camp. After crossing the log bridge, turn right to follow the faint trail for about 3 hours of climbing.

From here, you get a great view of Makalu, Peak 7, Peak 6, Peak 4, Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. Return to base camp, which takes about 4-5 hours round trip since the trails comprise steep slopes and altitude over 5000m. If you prefer a shorter trek than this, then go for an easy stroll from base camp towards the lakes or an easy one-hour out-and-back to a small hill with prayer flags above the camp. After the hiking, you can have lunch and a break at the tea house accommodations.

  • AccommodationTea houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time3557m/ 7 to 8 Hours

The day begins with an early wake-up in the morning, and it will take you to witness the beautiful sunrise in Makalu Base Camp (4870m). After that, head towards your tea house dining area and start the trekking to Yangri Kharka (3557m). With some hesitation, you leave behind the beautiful sight of Mount Makalu and start to descend.

The first leg of the hike is estimated to take about 1. 5 hours and takes you toward Shershong Meadow. The area consists of a small cabin covered by orange fabric. The next couple of 1-2 hours will take you to Langmale, where you will be served with tea as well as a possible lunch. Continuing trekking after 1.5 hours, you arrive at Merek tea house. Before going into the pine trees on the Makalu Base Camp Trek Route, it is advisable to have tea. The last segment of the trek lasts for 2-3 hours from Merek tea house to Yangri Kharka, which is comparatively lower than the base camp.

  • AccommodationTea houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time3068m/ 6 to 7 Hours

During today’s trekking, you will travel from Yangri Kharka (3557m) to Dobate (3068 m). Having taken your breakfast, it’s time to go down on a beautiful and easy trek through the riverside towards Themathang, which has a tea house. On the way, you will see many rhododendron stands.

The final campsite is at Themathang, and before that, there is a wooden bridge through which to manoeuvre. It will take about 1.5 hr to trek from here to Themathang. Continuing further, you will cross a landslide area, and this may take about 1. 5 hours. Next is to cross a part of the track with a rolling course before moving up for a steep incline through the rhododendron thickets. The elevation will slowly begin when you enter the tea house at Dobate, and the track of the Makalu Base Camp Trek Route will become a little easier.

  • AccommodationTea houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time2900m/ 6 to 7 Hours

This is the last day of Makalu Base Camp Trek according to the overall schedule, and it is the last day to have a close glance at the towering giants like Kangchenjunga. You will start making your way up Keke La, and it will take you roughly 1. 5 hours. Further trekking for 1.5 hours will help you reach Shipton, LA, at 4,200 metres above sea level. 

Another hour of steep climb will lead you to the giant cairn, signifying Sano Pokhari Danda at an altitude of 4105m. The Khong ma La at 3,890m with a mani wall is reached in an hour of up and down to the last pass. From there, you will need to descend almost entirely on stone steps to Khongma, which is about 250 metres long. A closer look into the rhododendron scrubs, particularly during the winter, is likely to yield the elusive blood pheasant. You will then have to get down to Danda Kharka, which will again take about two hours to get to Khongma.    

  • AccommodationTea houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time1500m/ 7 to 8 Hours

You will have breakfast, leave the mountains, and take a long and steep descent to get back to civilization, which will give you enough time to think about the great time that you had. The three-hour walking from Danda Kharka to Tashi Gaun in Makalu Base Camp Trekking Route will cover the beautiful Rhododendron trees and steep meadows.

While walking through the terraced farms starting from Tashi Gaun, you will get an excellent view of the mountains. When you get out of the park, you will follow the mountainside, cross the Barun River, cross the Bamboo and Rhododendron forest and arrive at Seduwa, where you will be lodged in a local teahouse.

  • AccommodationTea houses/ Lodges
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time410m/ 4 to 5 Hours

After breakfast, you will go for a long and fairly energetic walk to the Arun River, mainly using some stairs that are made of stone. Thus, depending on how far one gets into the woods, the temperatures are also relatively high. After crossing the river here, one will need to trek all the way back up to num as indicated above.

This road rises and falls through beautiful forest terrain before arriving at the town of Num. You will then use the winding roads of the mountainous terrain of Tumlingtar in Nepal, where you will be able to see mountains that are capped with snow and greenery, hills with houses and farms with terraces. It is now time to congratulate yourself after the tough but rewarding Makalu Base Camp Trek is over.

  • AccommodationHotels
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time1400m/ 35 minutes

Today, you are scheduled to fly for an hour in the morning from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival in the city, an appropriate accommodation in the form of a hotel will be provided. On this day, the company plans to arrange a farewell dinner in appreciation of the successful completion of Makalu Base Camp Trek. Spend your time engaging in sightseeing by visiting malls and other business facilities to shop for gifts for your loved ones at home.

  • Accommodationnon
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1400 m

According to the planned time of the flight’s start, two hours beforehand, a private tourist car will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the airport. If you wish to stay longer, there is a possibility for you to join another program we offer.

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Cost Details
What's Included
  • 18 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses During the trip
  • Kathmandu -Tumlingtar- Kathmandu flight
  • Tumlingtar Chichila Tumlingtar local jeep
  • Guide for 19 days
  • Makalu Barun national park entry permit
  • Trekkers information management system card
  • 19 days set breakfast.
What's Excluded
  • International airfare
  • All meals lunch, Dinner ,Breakfast 
  • Nepalese visa fee 
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu 
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, Wi-Fi charge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tipping
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When is The Best Time to Do the Makalu Base Camp Trek?

Makalu Base Camp trekking is one of the treks that take you to the lap of the fifth highest peak in the world, Mt. Makalu, situated in Makalu-Barun National Park. This trek offers you both cultural and natural richness with a splendid view of the great Himalayas. However, in order to make this trek as rewarding as it can be, one must choose the proper time of the year.

Spring Season (March to May)

The Makalu Base Camp trek is highly preferred during spring, one of the many beautiful seasons to trek in the Makalu region. The climate is relatively consistent at this time of the year, with favorable temperatures that ease the journey. Trails accommodate a wide variety of flowering rhododendrons and other flowers that make the scenery quite beautiful. This season also gives a clear atmospheric condition, and those interested in trekking can witness great towering mountains, including Makalu, Everest, and Lhotse. Also, since the temperatures are relatively moderate at the higher elevations, there is a low risk of altitude illnesses, which makes it a perfect period for everyone from first-time hikers to experienced ones.

This season is also special because several festivities like holi are held in the region during spring. The trekkers also have a chance to learn the cultural aspects of the place, especially the Sherpas and their way of life and festivals. It can be best to start the Makalu Base Camp trek in the spring as it is the best time to be in the region as the weather is good, flowers are in full bloom and the culture of the region is very much vibrant.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is yet another ideal time to trek to Makalu Base Camp. After the monsoon, the weather is cool and clear. Therefore, the skyline is clear to give excellent views of the Himalayan chain. Autumn is a perfect time for trekking because its warm, dry climate during fall means that the trails will be dry, and there won’t be many interruptions due to weather. This season is especially favored by trekkers as during the post-monsoon period, the climate is fine, and nature looks green.

It is also an ideal time to see the cultural and social aspects of the local farming systems that are followed in the region. During the harvesting time, one can find that the villages all along the trekking route are quite lively and active. Also, the two major festivals of the country, Dashain and Tihar, fall in this period providing the trekkers with chances to learn more about the Nepalese culture. Autumn is regarded as the best time to visit Makalu Base Camp because of the perfect trekking conditions that are associated with the season in addition to the cultural encounter.

Monsoon (June to August)

It is also advised not to trek to the Makalu Base Camp during the monsoon season because these months are characterized by heavy rainfall. The trails are usually muddy and slippery, and one of the prevalent hazards is the occurrence of landslides on the trails. Also, since the region is characterized by heavy rainfall, the clouds are always thick and this hampers one’s view of the mountains, which are an attraction to the trekkers. The presence of leeches and also more chances of disruption of travel can worsen the trekking experience during the monsoon thus making it an unfavorable time for this adventure.

Winter (December to February)

Trekking to Makalu Base Camp during the winter is also unwise. These months are very cold with substantial snow, which makes most of these trails unfavorable for use most of the time. The potential dangers include the effects of freezing that may even result in frostbite, and the problems of altitude. This is due to the fact that short daylight is another factor that goes with winter that accompanies this season and also makes it more dangerous for adventure like trekking.

Deciding when to go for the Makalu Base Camp trek is important since this depends on the desired experience of the trekker. It is advisable to trek in spring or autumn so as to get the most out of the magnificent sceneries and rich cultures that this relatively unknown but lovely region offers.

Food Options During The Makalu Base Camp Trek

Before undertaking the Makalu Base Camp Trek, it is essential to put adequate nutrition on the body to enable it to work harder in the higher altitudes. There are several breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to feed the trekkers as per the recommended meal plan for the trek in our package. Every food is prepared to provide the energy and nutrient requirements which are helpful in the overall performance during the trip.

The breakfast menu is quite diverse and has foods meant to fill you up for the day, such as pancakes, oatmeal, muesli, and eggs in different styles. Served with varieties of bread like Tibetan bread, buckwheat bread, and chapattis, these meals are usually accompanied by honey, jam, or apples to ensure that a correct meal is taken in the morning.

For lunch and dinner, there is a lot that is offered, such as dal bhat, which is the staple dish, soups, spaghetti, dumplings, and other types of pasta and noodles. Other options include sandwiches, spring rolls, and different sorts of pizzas to prevent monotony. Like all meals, dinners are also rich and traditional, including Sherpa stew, vegetable curry, and salads that keep you healthy as you retire to bed. This wide variety of meals ensures that one’s energy, as well as morale, is kept high while hiking through the paths to Makalu Base Camp.

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Accommodation Facilities During The Makalu Base Camp Trek

Although there are a few camping sites along the route, the main types of lodgings that can be found during Makalu Base Camp Trek are teahouses and lodges. These are very basic facilities, but they provide adequate accommodation and shelter for trekkers and porters before proceeding to the next point. You can get a shared room with separate beds and a shared bathroom. The facilities in these lodges include a hot water shower, which charges extra for this, power supplied by solar energy, and sometimes an internet connection.

Trekkers also need to know that teahouses and lodges vary in terms of quality of facilities and services from one trekking trail to another, and while at the high altitude, trekkers will be presented with simple living conditions. Heating is a challenge, especially at night, and some of the shelters have limited access to heating sources due to the cold weather.

Other than lodges, there are numerous camping sites for those who would love to have a real adventure during the Makalu Base Camp Trek. Camping helps the trekkers to be in one way directly connected to the environment and enjoy the natural beauty of the Himalayas. But it involves much more planning, as hikers have to carry their gear, food, and cooking utensils. Also, camping is more strenuous since you have to carry more gear, and the associated equipment is usually much larger.

How Difficult Is The Makalu Base Camp Trek?

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is considered a challenging trek due to several reasons, including geographical location and altitude, which are well suited for experienced persons with alert health. This trek takes a participant to an altitude of up to 5000m and thus requires proper altitude management and altitude-related sickness. This area has complicated topography, which includes steep slopes, and most of the trails are covered with sharp rocks. On some occasions, the terrain can be slippery, which makes the trekkers to be prepared for long hours of walking. Also, the trek takes 14-21 days and requires a lot of stamina and patience besides enduring challenging terrains.

The weather conditions in the Makalu region are also an issue, where the temperatures are unpredictable and may drop and/or snow at any time of the year, and where rain also falls at times. It is also important to have a tropical rainforest climate, but trekkers must be prepared for all weather conditions. Also, the location of the trek is very remote, and there is limited access to any form of amenities, let alone medical services; therefore, it requires individuals who are ready to handle various aspects of logistics and physical exertion with no backup plans in case things go wrong. 

What Should I Pack For The Makalu Base Camp Trek?

Here’s a comprehensive list of essential items to bring:

  • Warm Layers: Down jacket, thermal underwear, and fleece to keep warm during cold nights.
  • Waterproof Gear: Rain jacket and pants to protect against unpredictable weather.
  • Trekking Clothes: Quick-dry shirts and pants for comfort during hikes.
  • Accessories: Hat, gloves, and a scarf for added warmth.
  • Trekking Boots: Sturdy and comfortable to handle rough terrain.
  • Socks and Gaiters: Several pairs of socks and gaiters to keep feet warm and dry.
  • Sleeping Bag: A warm and comfortable sleeping bag suited for cold temperatures.
  • Sleeping Pad: To provide insulation and comfort on rough ground.
  • Tent: If planning to camp, a durable and lightweight tent.
  • First Aid Kits: Pain relievers, band-aids, antiseptic wipes, blister treatment, and any personal medications.
  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer.
  • Quality Backpack: At least 50 litres capacity to carry all your gear comfortably.
  • Map and Compass: Essential for navigation in areas where the trail might be unclear.

Guides and Porters

Why Should I Hire Guides?

Guides must be hired for this trek since Makalu Base Camp is situated in a very isolated and remote area. From choosing the best trail for the day to the weather or even cultural aspects that a local guide is likely to know to add wonders to the trekking. It’s your safety, and they understand the importance of acclimatization and other crucial support in case of an emergency. Additionally, permit arrangements, porters, and/or accommodation can be managed by guides and thus save you from a lot of trouble.

Moreover, a guide helps in cultural immersion by not only translating and interpreting your conversations with locals but also enhancing your understanding of the cultural practices and values of the community. Their shared knowledge, such as which rest stops offer the most exceptional views and how to capture them perfectly, guarantees that you get the best shots out of the journey. 

Why Should I Hire Porters?

The reason to hire porters is to help you carry your luggage. It will ultimately help you lose your physical burden and concentrate more on the trek. The motive is to engage trekkers more in the beauty of the Makalu Base Camp and its surroundings.

Required Permits For Makalu Base Camp Trek

Before setting off to the exciting Makalu Base Camp Trek which passes through stunning terrains, there are some basic permits that hikers need to obtain. This is because some essentials cannot be omitted when planning a tour of this park

Makalu National Park and Conservation Area Permit

One of the required permits for this trek is the Makalu National Park and Conservation Area Permit. The permit fees vary depending on your nationality, ensuring fair access to all adventurers:

  • Nepali citizens: NPR 100 (USD 1) per head for each head entering the park.
  • SAARC citizens: NPR 1,500 (USD 15) per person per entry is the cost incurred in entering the park.
  • International Trekkers: Each person who enters the country will be required to pay NPR 3,000 (USD 30) for visa fees.

Nepali people pay a very small amount to get into these parks, whereas SAARC nationals and others pay a higher amount, which is utilized for park conservation. This system keeps accessibility this way while also preserving the natural environment of Makalu.

Makalu Rural Municipality Permit

Also important to mention that to enter the Makalu region, it is necessary to obtain a Makalu Rural Municipality Permit available at NPR 2000 (USD 20), which enforces protective rules for the area.

For tourists and trekkers planning to visit the restricted areas such as Chepuwa, Hatiya, Kimathangka, and Pawakhola during the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the Restricted Area Special permit is compulsory. In the first four weeks, the costs of the permit are USD 10 per week per person; after the first month, the cost is USD 20 for each week and each person, and this permit will allow one to access the privileged routes within this area.

To secure these permits seamlessly, ensure you have the following documents ready:

  • Original passport (with at least six months of validity).
  • Two passport-size photos.
  • Copies of Nepal Entry Visa.
  • Adequate cash
  • Travel Insurance
  • The Makalu Base Camp Trek is not suitable for beginners and trekkers require high-altitude trekking experience. It is an extremely challenging trek due to the high altitudes, extended duration, rugged terrain, and remote location.

  • Makalu Base Camp is approximately 4,870 metres (15,982 feet) above sea level at the foot of Mount Makalu (8,485m), the fifth-highest mountain in the world.

  • As described in this 19-day itinerary, the complete Makalu Base Camp Trek also includes drive times. The actual trekking part from Num to Makalu Base Camp and back takes around 12-14 days.

  • You need the Makalu-Barun National Park entry and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) permit. These can be obtained in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

  • It is highly recommended to hire an experienced guide due to the remote location, route-finding challenges, high altitudes involved, and safety considerations.

  • Most overnights are spent in basic mountain teahouses/lodges with shared accommodation and basic facilities like dormitory-style rooms and outside squat toilets. A few nights may be spent camping in tents.

  • The teahouses along the trail serve simple meals like dal bhat (rice, lentils, curries), noodle dishes, soups, and snacks. Supplies are limited the higher you go, so expect basic fare towards the end.

  • The Makalu Base Camp Trek can be graded as a very strenuous/difficult trek due to the high altitudes reached, potential altitude sickness risks, long trekking days over rugged terrain, and basic accommodation.

  • Group sizes can range from just a few people to 12-15 maximum. Smaller group sizes are preferable for a more personalised experience on this challenging trek.

  • No, the Makalu Base Camp Trek does not involve any technical climbing. However, some steep uphill and downhill sections over rough, uneven trails require stamina and trekking experience.

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