Makalu Base Camp Trek takes you to the vicinity of Makalu mountains which happens to be one of the “eight-thousanders” and fifth-highest mountains on the Earth. This trek located in the eastern region will provide you close up views of Mount Makalu (8481 m) and distant views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Mount Lhotse (8516 meters), Mount Nuptse (7861 m), and Mount Kanchenjunga (8586 m). The rich vegetations and wildlife of Makalu Barun National Park is another thing to look forward to in this trek beside the river gorges, alpine lakes, icefalls, waterfalls, lush forest, unique Gurung villages A ridge at the height of 2300 meters locate above Makalu Base Camp (4870 meters) is the highest altitude of this trek and provides marvelous views of the region.
On the quest to Makalu Base Camp, other highly scenic and beautiful milestones like Shipton La Pass (4200 m), Keke La Pass (4170 m), Sano Pokhari Danda (4105 m), Khongma La (3860 m), etc. This trek located in remote Nepal is yet to be completely explored and commercialized yet it happens to be one of the most rewarding and best treks in the world. This trek is still a secret and was even closed to the world until the 1950s. Eric Shipton was the first to trek in the Makalu Base Camp region. This trek is felicitous for trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers who are seeking a break from the hustle of city life and want to experience the diverse culture and way of life of a remote destination.
Rai, Sherpa, and Gurung are local people who mainly inhabit this region. These people follow a unique lifestyle away from the touch of modernization and offer heartwarming hospitality to the tourists. This trek is among the moderately difficult treks in Nepal and requires you to be physically fit. The best time for the Makalu Base Camp trek is Spring and Autumn months.
Though the trekking journey to Makalu Base Camp starts from a domestic flight (Kathmandu to Tumlingtar), this trekking officially begins from Chichira.
Main attractions of Makalu Base Camp Trek
• Mind-blowing views of Makalu (8481 meters)- the fifth largest mountain in the world.
• Unique and different angle views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, and other mountains of Everest region.
• Flora and fauna of Makalu Barun National Park including the rare Red Panda.
• Chance of cross-culture with locals of the Makalu region.
• Stunning views of Mount Kanchenjunga.
• Beautiful glaciers, lakes, valleys, pastures, and lush rhododendron forest along the trail.
• Beautiful and scenic passes like Shipton La Pass (4200 m), Keke La Pass (4170 m), Sano Pokhari Danda (4105 m), and Khongma La (3860 m).
Outline Itinerary for Makalu Base Camp Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 meters/4,429ft)
Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Sightseeing tour (1,350 meters/4,429ft)
Day 03: Kathmandu to Tumlingtar flight and drive from Tumlingtar to Chichira (1,980 meters /6,496ft)
Day 04: Trek from Chichira to Num (1,560 meters/ 5,118ft)
Day 05: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,500 meters/ 4,922ft)
Day 06: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100 meters/6,890ft)
Day 07: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500 meters/11,484ft)
Day 08: Acclimatization/ Rest day
Day 09: Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobate: (4,170 m/13,682ft)
Day 10: Trek from Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557 m/ 11,671ft)
Day 11: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,410 m/ 14,469ft)
Day 12: Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,870 meters/ 15,978ft)
Day 13: Explore Makalu Base Camp (4,870 m/ 15,978ft )
Day 14: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka (3,557 meters/11,671ft)
Day 15: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobate
Day 16: Trek from Dobate to Khongma Danda (3,500 meters/11,484ft )
Day 17: Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon (2,100 meters/6,890ft)
Day 18: Trek from Tashigaon to Seduwa (1,500 meters/ 4,922ft)
Day 19: Trek from Seduwa to Num (1,560 meters/ 5,118ft)
Day 20: Trek from Num to Tumlingtar (285 meters/ 935ft)
Day 21: Trek from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (1,350 meters/ 4,429ft)
Day 22: Final Departure