The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a challenging journey to the base camp of Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, which features the famous crossing of Shipton La.
Our itinerary is planned to allow for sufficient acclimatization to the altitude and to maximize the efficiency of travel time, providing ample opportunity to explore the Makalu Base Camp. This trail bring travelers to the humid lowlands near Tumlingtar on the Arun River, continuing through one of the least frequented areas of Nepal to Makalu Base Camp. This particular trek showcases a broad spectrum of ecosystems and cultures. In the areas of the trek in lower altitudes, visitors can experience local lifestyles in the Rai villages and, at higher altitudes, Sherpa villages.
Trekkers will cross Shipton La at an elevation of 4216m and cross into the remote and beautiful Barun river valley before their arrival at Makalu Base Camp. Along the trail, visitors will experience superb views of the south face of Makalu as well as Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga. Makalu Barun National Park, established in 1992, is Nepal’s eighth-largest national park, covering 2330 sq. kilometres of terrain.
This area features a remote, untamed wilderness containing some of the last remaining pristine forests and alpine meadows in Nepal. Due to its relative inaccessibility, the area receives few foreign trekkers. That being said, for those who are interested in having an “authentic” trekking experience in Nepal, this particular route is highly recommended!
Day 1 :Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1350m)
Day 2 :Fly to Tumlingtar (400m), 40 minutes flight
Day 3 :Trek to Mure (1,500m) -5 to 6 hours
Day 4 :Trek to Seduwa (1,493m) -5 to 6 hours
Day 5 :Trek to Tashi Gaun (2,050m) – 3 to 4 hours
Day 6 :Trek to Kahuma Danda (3,500m) – 5 to 6 hours
Day 7 :Trek to Mumbuk (3,500m) -5 to 6 hours
Day 8 :Trek Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (3,750m) -6 to 7 hours
Day 9 :Trek Nehe Kharka to Sherson (4,600m) -6 to 7 hours
Day 10 :Free day at Sherson for a day excursion to Makalu Base Camp 4800m
Day 11 :Trek Sherson to Yangri Kharka (3,645m) -6 to 7 hours
Day 12 :Trek Yangri Kharka to Mumbuk (3,400m) -5 to 6 hours
Day 13 :Trek Mumbuk to Kahuma Danda (3,500m) -5 to 6 hours
Day 14 :Trek Kahuma Danda to Navagaun (2,500m) via Tashi Gaun – 6 to 7 hours
Day 15 :Trek Navagaun to Num via Seduwa – 6 to 7 hours
Day 16 :Trek to Chichila (1,800m/5,904ft) -5-6 hrs walk
Day 17 :Trek Seduwa to Khadbari – 6 to 7 hours
Day 18 :Trek Khadbari to Tumlingtar (400m) -2 to 2 ½ hours
Day 19 :Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu and farewell dinner
Day 20 :Transfer to airport and fly back to home.