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Makalu Base Camp trek

Trip Introduction

Makalu Base Camp trekking  will be starts after one hours flight to Tumlingtar or long way drive there which takes you more than 15hrs. Then trek begins into the Makalu Barun National Park to reach you to Makalu Base Camp, a virtually uninhabited area in eastern Nepal. Close to wilderness, this remote terrain stretches east from Sagarmatha National Park between the high plateau of Tibet and the deep subtropical gorge carved by the Arun River. Stunning views of Mt Makalu (8463 m), the fifth highest mountain in the world, Mt Chamlang and Mt Baruntse greets you on this trek. The Makalu-Barun Valley trek provides beautiful contrasts, waterfalls cascade into deep gorge and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. This is a geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating trek passing from the local villages of the lower hills to the Tibetans of the upper Buri Gandaki.


Arun Valley trek starts at the trade route village of Tumlingtar and heads up the Arun River valley to Sedua and Num passing through Brahman, Chhetri, Rai, Limbu, Gurung and Tamang villages. The Makalu trekking area offers some of the most exceptional and varied trekking in the Himalayas. You pass through rhododendron forests and eventually make a crossing of the Shipton La (4,210 m) into the upper Barun river valley for a closer look at Makalu and Chamlang Himal.


The trek from Tumlingtar to Makalu Base Camp is a long and arduous trekking that has a vast range in temperature, from steamy in the lowlands to snow storms in the high altitude. At the Makalu Base Camp, you will get magnificent views of the south face of Makalu, Everest, Lhotse and the Barun Glacier. The trail further continues with crossing some difficult high passes and finally emerges into Khumbu/Everest region from where you will get a great view of the high Himalayas. Good physical fitness and some mountaineering skills are required for high pass.


Facts Of Trip

Trip Grade:Moderate Plus

Best Month: March / May ,September / December

Per Day Average  walking : 5  hours

Trek Type: Basic Tea house Camping  Trekking

Maximum Elevation: 4,818m

Duration :21 days

Region:  Makalu Barun Region

The Route: KTM – Tumlingtar – Mumbuk – Makalu Base Camp

Mode of Travel: Flight transportation


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrivel In Kathmandu

Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!


Day 02: Sightseeing  in Kathmandu

A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!


Day 03Kathmandu-Tumlingtar 45min.510m-Maney Bhanjyang 5hrs.

Once you landed in tumlingtar then trek will started. Walking about 5hrs through the rain forest,passing local village of Rai people.Maney Bhanjyang is the on the top of the hill side inhabitted by local people. Over night at the tented camp.


Day 04Maney Bhanjyang-Chilchile 1830m.505hrs.

After you serve the break fast the trail leads you to ascends for few hours then flat trail leads to Gurung village where you will serve lunch by our staffs. Then Explore the local communities village. Over night at camp.


Day 05Chilchile-Num 4hrs. 1500m.

The trails ascends about 2.5hrs and soon descend to small river and almost flat trail to Num. This is a small village with modern facilities. Stay over night at camp.


Day 06 Num-Seduwa 5hrs. 1560m.

First steep down hill about 2hrs and cross the suspension bridge and ascends through the Rhododendrom forest and local village where you can experience the farming paddy,millet,corn and potatoes depending on the season. Check in the police check post and over night at camp.


Day 07 Seduwa-Tashi Gaun 5hrs.2050m.

Tashi Gaun is the most inhabited village in the Makalu National area. The way is mostly flat and easy comperately. Visiting many Mane, Tibetan prayer flag and chorten which was built by local for the rememberance of the depart soul. Tashi Gaun is the perfect place to have camp and to see the local culture. Stay over night at camp.


Day 08Tashigaun-Khongma la 6hrs. 3550m.

Most of the time we are ascending through the Rhododendron forest and listening birds singing makes your trek very enjoyable. Over night at camp.


Day 09 Khangma la- Mumbuk 7hrs. 3490.

Walking through rugged trail to reach Kalo polhari 4020m. which will takes 3 hrs. and down to Mumbuk for over nights.


Day 10 Mumbuk-Yangla Kharka 7hrs. 3585m.

This day will be more difficult comperately but worthy due to the Barun river and through the forest. Gaint mountain apears infront of you Peak6 and peak 7. Both are above the 7000m. Stay over night at camp.


Day 11 Yangla Kharka-Yak Kharka 6hrs. 4780m.

Walking through the grass land and facing to mountain peak. Over night at camp.


Day 12 Yak Kharka-Makalu Base Camp 5hrs. 4810m.

The trails is flate for the first part and descend to a small river and goes to Makalu Base camp which will memories you by the Mt.Makalu 8463m. the 6th highest mountain.


Day 13 Makalu Base camp Exploration day.

This is a exploration day to you go further to Glacier and Baruste Base camp and back to camp.


Day 14 Makalu Base Camp-Yangla Kharka 5hrs. 3600m.

We beging to go down hill and again up hill through the forest and giant bolder. Over night at camp.


Day 15 Yangla Kharka-Dobato 4.5hrs.

Descending and ascending to go Dobato through the Jungle. Please walk together as wild animals might be encounter.


Day 16  Doban-Tashigaun 6.5hrs.

You will be descends steeply to Khongma via Kali Pokhari through the dense forest and down hill to Tashi Gaun. Over night at camp.


Day 17 Tashigaun-Num 5hrs.

Mostly desceds through the bamboo forest which local people used for making mats and roofs of the house. Over night at camp.


Day 18Num-Maney Bhanjyang 1160m. 5hrs.

This is an easy day of your trek to Maney Bhanjyang through the jungle.


Day 19 Maney Bhanjyang-Tumlingtar 5hrs.

Walking about 5 hrs. the trek end at Tumlingtar. Over night at camp.


Day 20: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu by flight,

Early in the morning after breakfast check in at airport and fly to Kathmandu and rest and relaxing at hotel.


Day 21 Sightseeing in Kathmandu

An early start to the airport and weather permitting a flight back to Kathmandu. We will arrive back to hotel mid morning and a welcome shower and clean clothes will be waiting for you. The rest of the day will be at your leisure with lunch, shopping in the Thamel and adjusting to civilisation!


Day22Depart to home.


For the Tumlingtar Regin Treks, you will be flying from Kathmandu –Nepalgunj  to  Juphal  and then at the end of the trek you will need to do the return flight. This flight is very weather dependent and can be delayed or cancelled at short notice if the weather is not suitable for this mountain flight. At Top of the World Treks we will do our best to manage this situation and if your flight is cancelled we will do all we can to get you on the next available flight. 

It maybe be possible for a helicopter to be charted but this will be at an extra cost and up to the group at the time.  We plan extra days into our itineraries in case this happens but you are also welcome to plan extra days if you wish.



Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety.  All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns.  This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wises are taken into account, however the Treks leader decision is final.

Cost Includes

We understand that after a hard day trekking the need for some comfort is very important. At Top of the World Treks we only use the best possible accommodation and also food.  We allow our customers to chose from the menu and eat what they would like and this is included in the cost of the trip. We choose places with the best hygiene possible. 

If your trip includes camping we will take a train chef and kitchen staff to ensure the food is also to the highest standard although choices from a menu will not be available.


This price includes the following:

Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.

All necessary  trekking paper, trekking permit (TIMS), national park entry permit  & conservation permit  and  Makalu Restricted area permit.

Kathmandu –  Tumlingtar and  Tumlingtar - Kathmandu Round flight ticket.

All domestic  airport taxes.

Sightseeing with tour guide and entrance fee.

Trekking Leader, and Guides.

One   Assistance Guide who support to pitch tents and guarding camp at night / as per group size.

One  Cook and One  kitchen supporter/s as per group size.

Required kitchen utensils.

Cooking fuel and lighting service.

Required portage service to carry tents, food stuffs, fuels & kitchen utensils Necessary  tent and equipment.

All the staff insurance, well paid salary, equipment, transportation.

All the transporting.

Government taxes and service. 

Cost Not Includes

Nepal visa.

International airfare.

Travel and rescue Insurance

Food in Kathmandu.

Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.

All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)

Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.

Tips for guide porter.

Alternate Email


    Equipment Check – List

    What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about!  We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.


    The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house  treks. Use this list as a guide line.The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. 



    The following  basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should  always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment  to make your decision.

    -Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

    -Fleece jacket or pullover.

    -fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)

    -Waterproof  sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)

    -Lightweight thermal gloves.

    -Underwear (4)

    -Shorts (2)

    -Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .

    -Light and expedition  weight thermal bottoms.

    -Sun hat or Scarf.

    -Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.

    -T- shirt (2)

    -Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).

    -Sunglasses with UV protection.

    -Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season

    -Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.

    -Small padlock  to lock trek bag.

    -Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)

    -Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.

    -Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)

    -Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.

    -water bottles.


    -Small wash towel.

    -Footwear appropraite to the trip.

    -Waterproof  shell trousers / pants. (Preferably  berathable fabric)



    In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:

    -Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel  outer.

    -Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).

    -Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.

    -Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.

    -Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

    - Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.

    -Gaiters (optional).

    -Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)



    In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending  on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:

    -Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.

    -Mountaineering  Safety harness.

    -Mountaineering  Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal  preference).

    -120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking  caravines.

    -Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).

    -Prussik loops .

    -Climbing helmet (optional).

    -Jumer (Ascender & Descender).

    -Pocket Knife.

    -Head lamp.


    -Rope and Snow bars.

    -Ice crew.

    -High altimeter.


    Most if not all of this equipment will be needed  for any  trip that  crosses steep, snow – covered  ground, or which includes sections  of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.


    In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use  again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper  than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.

    -Sleeping bags.

    -Down Jackets.

    -All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)

    -Ice hummer.

    -Climbing Harness .

    -2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.

    -12 – point Crampons.

    -Plastic Climbing boots.



    -Bandage for Sprains.

    -Plaster/ Band- aids.

    -Iodine or Water filter(optional)

    -Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.

    -Antiseptic ointment for cuts.

    -Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

    -Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.

    -Oral rehydration salts.

    -Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).

    -Anti  - diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

    -Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional)

    -Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.

    -Diamox  (Altitude sickness – can be  bought in Kathmandu.

    -Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).

    - For more details  please see our  staying healthy  topic.

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