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Trek Name :Makalu Base Camp
Maximum Altitude : 4,870 m/15,978 ft
Trip Duration :17 Days
Group Size :2person to 15 Pax
Best Time :September to November
Difficulty Level :Strenuous
Start / End Point :Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Nature of Trek :Tea houses and tented Camps

Short Introduction of Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Most of the trekkers prefer to do Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp but only a few tourists make Makalu Base Camp Trek. Among the 14 highest peaks of the world, the Makalu is the 5th tallest peak whose height is 8485m and the shape of this mountain is a four-sided pyramid. This is a giant mountain and quite interesting. Isn’t it?

The mount Makalu is situated in the Mahalangur Himalayas ranges on the border between Nepal and Tibet and 19 km southeast of Mount Everest. Though it is one of the eight-thousanders, Makalu is an isolated peak. Being Makalu Base Camp trek is a remote route, it rewards visitors to taste of unspoiled trekking trails, interesting cultures, forests of Rhododendrons, wildlife, and others above 8,000 meters mountain views.

For experienced trekkers who desire to take a challenging trip in Nepal’s Himalayas, trek to Makalu is the best choice.

Makalu Base Camp View

What view can we expect from Makalu Base Camp?

Upon reaching Makalu Base Camp (4870m), the trekkers will relish the alluring view of Makalu (8481m), Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Baruntse (7129m), Chamlang (7319m), and others snow-capped the Himalayas.
As the trek to Makalu region lies in Makalu Barun National Park, trekkers can see varieties of floras and faunas. The Makalu Barun National Park is the 8th largest national park of Nepal that covers 2,330 in area. This national park offers tropical forests, snow-capped peaks, and rare animals such as Red Panda.

Mount Makalu

What are the highlights of Makalu Base Camp Hike?

  • One of the best trek to grab panorama of above 8 thousand peak
  • Taste the sight of Eastern Nepal which is known as remote parts of Nepal
  • It offers a glimpse of Mount Everest from a different angle than any trip to Everest Region
  • Trek to Makalu offers green terraced farmland to glaciers and cascading waterfalls
  • Experience the Rai and Sherpa culture
  • Makalu is the home of Red Panda and other rare wild animals

DAY O1: Kathmandu to Tumlingtar by Flight and drive to Num

  • Teahouse at Num
  • 4 – 5 Hour drive plus 35-40 minutes Flight
  • B, L, D
  • 1490 m/4888 ft

DAY O2 : Trekking to Seduwa

  • Teahouse at Seduwa
  • 7 – 8 Hour 
  • B, L, D
  • 1500 m/4921 ft

DAY O3 : Seduwa to Tashi Gaon

  • Teahouse at Tashi Gaon
  • 5 – 6 Hour 
  • B, L, D
  • 2100m/6890 ft

DAY O4 : Tashi Gaon to Kauma Danda(Khongma Danda)

  • Teahouse at Khongma Danda
  • 5 – 6 Hour
  • B, L, D
  • 3500m/11483ft

DAY O5 : Rest day at Kauma Danda

  • Teahouse at Khongma Danda
  • NA
  • B, L, D
  • 3500m/11483ft

DAY O6: Trekking to Dobato

  • Teahouse at Dobato
  • 5-6 hours
  • B, L, D
  • 3862m/12670ft

DAY O7 : Trekking to Yangla Kharka

  • Teahouse at Yangla Kharka
  • 4-5 hours
  • B, L, D
  • 3557m/11670 ft

DAY O8 : Trekking to Langmale Kharka

  • Teahouse at Langmale Kharka
  • 4-5 hours
  • B, L, D
  • 4410m/14469 ft

DAY O9: Trekking to Makalu Base Camp

  • Teahouse at Makalu Base Camp
  • 4-5 hours
  • B, L, D
  • 4870m/15978 ft

DAY 10: Hike to Hillary Camp(Exploration Day at Makalu Base Camp)

  • Teahouse at Makalu Base Camp
  • 4-5 hours
  • B, L, D
  • 4870m/15978 ft

DAY 11 : Trekking to Yangla Kharka

  • Teahouse at Yangla Kharka
  • 6-7 hours
  • B, L, D
  • 3557m/11670 ft

DAY 12 : Yangla Kharka to Dobato

  • Teahouse at Dobato
  • 6-7 hours
  • B, L, D
  • 3862m/12670 ft

DAY 13: Dobato to Khongma Danda

  • Teahouse at Khongma Danda
  • 6-7 hours
  • B, L, D
  • 3500m/11483 ft

DAY 14:Khongma Danda to Tashi Gaon

  • Teahouse at Tashi Gaon
  • 5-6 hours
  • B, L, D
  • 2100m/6890 ft

DAY 15 :Tashi Gaon to Seduwa

  • Teahouse at Seduwa
  • 4-5 hours
  • B, L, D
  • 1500 m/4921 ft

DAY 16 :Trekking to Tapla Kharka and Drive to Tumlingtar

  • Lodge at Tumlingtar
  • 2-3 hours hike and 3-4 hours drive
  • B, L, D
  • 410m/1345 ft

DAY 17: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu by Flight

  • Moonlight Hotel Kathmandu
  • 35-40 minutes flight and 15-20 minutes drive to Thamel
  • B, L, D
  • 1400m/4594 ft


It cost USD 1585 on a double occupancy basis for Makalu Base Camp Hike. This price is for a single guest. If you’re in a group(more than 3 people), we can give you a discount. Likewise, if you want to have more luxury Makalu Trek, we can also offer you those types of trek adding some charges.

We have group discount for trekking to Makalu Base Camp as follows.

Trekking Price according to Group size

No. of Tourist Price Per Person
1 person USD 2090
2 person USD 1585
3 person USD 1530
4 person USD 1420
5 person USD 1414
6 person USD 1388
7 person USD 1380
8 person USD 1370
9 person USD 1375
10 person USD 1342


  • Kathmandu International airport transfer
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel(Hotel Moonlight) in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu – Tumglingtar – Kathmandu(Round Trip) Airfare with Taxes
    including GUIDE
  • Tumlingtar to Num by PrivateJeep
  • Tapla Kharka to Tumlingtar by Private Jeep
  • All required trekking permits as per itinerary
  • Teahouse accommodation in the mountains(Double Occupancy Basis)
  • Full-board meals during the trekking (16 x breakfast, 16 x lunch, 16
    dinners) as per itinerary
  • 1 License holder local Guide
  • Required number of porters ( 2 guest luggage is equal to 1 porter)
  • All expenses of Trekking staff(Guide and Porters)
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First Aid Kit with An Oximeter to monitor your oxygen and pulse at the
    high altitudes area in the mountain.
  • All Taxes Tax, Vat, and Company service charge

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa
  • All types of Drinks
  • Every Personal Nature Expenses
  • Trekking equipment
  • Travel insurance( As it is a Challenging trek you should have Insurance )
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu City
  • Personal gear for trekking
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems,
    damages of property, illness, etc.)
  • Tips for trekking crews(Not compulsory but highly Expected)
  • All other things which are not mentioned in the INCLUSION SECTION


How to go Makalu Base Camp from Kathmandu?

There is a daily flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. It takes 1 hour’s time to reach Tumlingtar from Kathmandu by using domestic flights. Upon landing Tumlingtar, after some hours drive, we will be in Makalu trekking starting spot. In terms of back to Kathmandu, we’ll take Tumlingtar to Kathmandu flight which is also included in our plan.

How difficult is Makalu Base Camp Trekking?

This is a challenging trek. If you already did Everest Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Circuit, you can do Makalu Trekking.

Makalu Elevation / How high is Makalu?

The elevation of Makalu is 8,485 meters/27,838 feet. Mount Makalu is ranked as the 5th tallest peak.

Do I need the experience for Makalu Hike?

Yes, you should have. Makalu is an adventure trek that’s why you should have mountain experience.

Can I use credit cards in Makalu Base Camp Trekking?

No, possible. Only Nepali Cash is acceptable.

What types of accommodation are available?

Tea houses.

Is there any communication facilities on this Base Camp Trekking?

Yes, they have communication facilities but not everywhere on the route.


17 Days Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Rated 5 out of 5
May 22, 2022

We did Makalu Base Camp Trekking with Base Camp Hike and it was one of the most beautiful trek that I had. It was my third trek in Nepal and became my favorite. Thanks a lot to Jaya for providing Som(Guide) who is an excellent guide. Som took care of us a lot during the trekking. Thank you, Jayaram for everything. we surely recommend Base Camp Hike to travelers. Thank you.

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