The Malalu Base Camp trek is just over a two- week affair now that a jeep track has been pushed from Tumlingtar to Num. Makalu is the fifth highest peak in the world (8468m).
It’s still one of the hardest approaches to any base camp, though, with formidable passes blocking access. Most begin from Tumlingtar and head north along the Arun to Num. This is still a fully supported camping adventure, despite basic lodgings as far as Num.
A tough day ensues from Num to Sedua and then it’s mostly up to Tashigaon. A massive climb begins after Tashigaon to Khongma. The nest day is a stinker or a thriller depending on your acclimatization to the altitude. Now begins the crossing of the Shipton Pass(422om), although two other slightly lower passes are also to be conquered on this day to Mumbak. One in the Baruntse glacial Valley, the trek continues to Yangle Kharka, Shersong and on to Makalu Base Camp. For the best views head up the ridges to the east or go to Barun Pokhari lake from here. Going some way up the trail to Sherpani Col might be another choice, but be careful. Some just head up the ridge to the east for views towards Everest and Lhotse.
Highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trek
- See The Everest amazing views from eastern Kangshung face.
- This Trek has an offer quiet trails, vibrant terrace farmland, rural cultures, rhododendron forest.
- Pass from green terraced farmland to glacier and beautiful waterfalls.
- Explore the Sherpa culture and villages.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu :
Upon the arrival in Kathmandu, representative of Sherpa Expedition and trekking will pick you from the airport with a warm welcome and transfer to the Hotel.R est for sometimes and visit the office and there will be a welcome dinner in Nepalese cuisine with the Nepalese dance.
Day 02: Fly to Tumlingtar (518m), Drive to Chichira(1980m) 3to 4 hrs.
We will fly to Tumlingtar and after the arrival, we will have, we drive to Chichira, a small Gurung settlement. Relax at Chichira as we need to be prepared for the next day’s trek. We will be spending the night in Chichira and overnight at Chichira.
Day 03: Chichira to Num (1,560m/5119ft): 6-7 hours
We start early in the morning and head towards Num right after our delicious breakfast. A moderately paced walk through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests will take us to Num. A ridgeline with great views on both side and perched on the end, this is Num for us and overnight at Num.
Day 04: Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4922 ft): 6-7 hours
Descend through the forest and terraced farms take us to the Barun river. Cross the river and follow the path ascent to the side again . A fter sometimes we will reach Makalu Barun National Park, where we register our Permit. Trekking sometimes we reach to Seduwa where we will be staying overnight.
Day 05: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m/6890ft): 4-5 hours
Ascend to the Kasuwa Khola, cross the hillside through villages and pass by the small paddy field we reach to the beautiful village of Tashigaon which is surrounded by the eye-catching Himalayan. Overnight at Tashigaon.
Day 06: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483 ft.): 6-7 hours
Today will be going o be a little tough day as we walk on a steep trail in the higher elevation. We ascend through the forests to a stream onto a ridge, from where the trail gets even steeper and passes to a Kharka. After that, we follow a rough stair and ascend to the ridge, from here it’s a little bit down to Khongma Danda. overnight at Kingma Danda.
Day 07: Acclimatization/Rest
Today will be going to be an acclimatization day .It helps to allow your body to rest before crossing the Shipton La. If you wish to explore then walk around the area and overnight at the Khongma Danda.
Day 08: Khongma Danda to Dobate: 6-7 hours
We will climb towards the summit of Shipton La (pass ) . After the lake Kalo Pokhari (3930m), pass over the Keke La at 4,170m, we can see the stunning views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate .overnight in Dobate .
Day 9: Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m/11,670 ft.): 6-7 hours
From Dobate , we pass through the rhododendron forest which leads to the Barun River and reaches to a valley. We should be very careful during the first two hours of a trek as the trail is steep and difficult. We then walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka situated at the base of the valley at Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.
Day 10: Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m/14,468ft): 5-6 hours
Following a moderate walk to the valley, we pass through yak pastures, lush forests and boulder fields. The valley walls tower imposingly above us during the start of the trek. We will be passing Merek as we make our way further up and notice a significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views. Overnight at Langmale Kharka.
Day 11: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m/15,978ft): 6-7 hours
Today will be the quite tiring day because we are going o make it to Makalu Base camp. From Langmale Kharka we make our way up to Shershong and finally to Makalu Base Camp. The trail is flat with icy glaciers and snow clad mountains. Mount Makalu comes into view as we approach Shershong. As we make our way to the camp, we get to soak in the majestic Himalayans. overnight Makalu Base Camp.
Day 12: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Makalu Base Camp is a rocky barren place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. From here we can see the magnificent south face of Makalu and the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers .overnight at the base camp.
Day 13: Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka: 6-7 hours
Descend down from the base camp and take the last glimpse of Makalu before heading back. We pass through shushing, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley and we finally reach and stop at Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.
Day 14 : Yangri Kharka to Dobate: 6-7 hours
From Yangri Kharka we descend through the green forest, making our way towards Dobate . Following the bank of Barun, we descend down to the trial. overnight at Dobate .
Day15: Dobate to Khongma Danda: 5-6 hours
We begin the trek from Dobate to Mumbuk (Nambuk) and through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. We then cross the Keke La, Tutu La (Shipton’s Pass) and Kauma La en route. Descend to Khongma Danda again. Overnight at Khongma Danda.
Day 16: Khongma Danda to Tashigaon: 4-5 hours
The trail takes us through thick forests and finally making it to the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashigaon.overnight atTashigaon.
Day 17: Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hours
We retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun River then cross the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again. Overnight at Seduwa.
Day 18 Seduwa to Num 5-6 hrs.
We will leave Seduwa and trek to lush forest towards Num, After passing the up and down trail through the dense forest we reach to Num, Sherpa village. Overnight at Num.
Day 19: Num to Tumlingtar: 6-7 hours
Again we retrace our footsteps to Chichira from where we see the glorious view of Mount Makalu for the last time. The final return leg of the trek will see us overnight at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following day. Overnight at Tumlingtari
Day 20: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu: 50 minutes flight
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long trek in the mountains. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel. In the evening we celebrate our successful journey to the Makalu base camp and back with a farewell dinner. Spend the whole night in Kathmandu
Day 22: Final departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end Today. Sherpa expedition and trekking representative will drop you to the airport, approximately 3 hrs before your scheduled flight. Hope you had a great day in Nepal and hope to see you again.
What's Price Includes
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle
- Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (4 nights only)
- Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a guesthouse in Biratnagar including breakfast (1 night only)
- All standard meals (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team
- Tented camp accommodation for 24 days/23 nights (We will provide full water/wind-proof twin-share tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, etc.)
- Local Sherpa Expedition and Trekking licensed English-speaking trekking guide
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff
- All special trekking permits & fees
- Down jacket and sleeping bag by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking (which need to be returned after the trek)
- Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Kathmandu airfare and Biratnagar-Suketar-Biratnagar airfare including airport departure tax
- Free Sherpa Expedition and Trekking duffel/kit bag and a sun hat (yours to keep)
- Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu
- Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
- Official expenses
What's the Price Does not Include
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- A warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
- Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
- Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
- Water purifying pills
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
Doing treks in Himalayas of Nepal is the distinct culture and environment. Trekkers need to consider on following do’s and don’ts.
- Do smile and greet the local people by saying “Namaste” and “Tashidelek” to show respect.
- Do walk in a group or keep a distance that you could see your front and behind fellow.
- Do consult with your trekking guide before trying anything new during the trek.
- Do ask a question to the guide for the next day trekking necessity, so that you could pack in your small backpack because rest baggage will carry by a porter and will get only in the evening.
- Do give a donation to the monastery in the trekking area where they don’t collect tickets from the visitors but there is a donation box.
- Do inform your trekking guide if you are not comfortable with your health while approaching higher altitude.
Note regarding itineraries.
- Don’t underestimate the local culture and belief even if you find uncomfortable with it.
- Don’t take a picture of the people without their permission during the trek because some individual doesn’t like that.
- Don’t be strange if local people stare at you because they are surprised to see you, not with a bad intention.
- Don’t expect too many facilities in the trekking areas, most places provide you only the basic facilities.
- Don’t harm wild animals, birds, and plants during the trek and take a global responsibility to save the environment.
- Don’t give money to the children and the beggars; it encourages them to beg from the visitors.
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa expedition & trekking Pvt. Ltd. Walkers have led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.