Makalu Base Camp Trek is situated in the Eastern part of Nepal. Major trekking routes lie in the area of Makalu Barun National Park. The major highlights of this trek is the view of Mt. Makalu (8485m), is the fifth highest mountain in the world. It is also a fourth highest mountain in Nepal.
Our Makalu Trek starts from the Tumlingtar airport. It is the only the trek that will take you from low altitude (Tumlingtar – 518m) to high altitude (Makalu Base Camp – 5000m) in 22 days. Trek to Makalu Base camp will offer an off-the-beaten trekking experience – meet with local people (Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, Chhetri), experience the rural life, amazing Himalayan landscape and many more.
Trip Highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trek:
- View of Mt. Makalu, a unique view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Baruntse and other Himalayan ranges
- Trek route passes through Makalu Barun National Park
- Beautiful landscape of Varun Green Valley
- Acquaintance with rarest wildlife creatures – Red Panda, Snow leopard and Blue Sheep
- Dense Forests of Rhododendron, Pine, Oak, Birch, Magnolia, and Fir
- Experience the rural life of Rai, Limbu and Sherpa community
Best Season for Makalu Base Camp Trek:
- Spring (March to May): You can see the national flower of Nepal rhododendron, green forest, best mountain view
- Autumn (September to November): You can view green forest as well as the best mountain view
Trekking Permit for Makalu Base Camp:
- Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Card: USD 20 per person
- Makalu Barun National Park Permit: USD 34 per person
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Note: You can also rent trekking gears in Kathmandu
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Q. Where is Mt. Makalu located?
Mt. Makalu (8485m), is located in the southeast of Mt. Everest on the border between Nepal and Tibet. It is the world’s fifth highest mountain in the world.
Q. Can we trek the Makalu Base Camp Trek solo?
A. Yes, you can do the Makalu trek without a guide or solo. But, you have to care about your food and accommodation. Due to lack of trekking route mark or signboard, you may find difficult to track the trail. Also, you will find less traveler trekking to Makalu.
Sometimes weather may go against our plan, on that situation it may hard to cope-up with. Hence, it’s better to trek with one of your friend or colleagues or experience trekking guide. It will help to make a trip successful.
Q. How difficult is Makalu Base Camp Trek?
A. Makalu Base Camp Trek is a strenuous or difficult trek. If you have trekked to above 4000m and physically fit then you can successful the trek.
You need to walk for 5-6 hours on an average per day. The trail consists of crossing numerous rivers, suspension bridge, wooden cantilever bridge, stone stairs, dense forests, sudden change of altitude and weather.
If you think, you can overcome all those difficulties and start an adventurous trekking in Nepal then Makalu Base Camp Trek is made for you.
Q. What is the maximum altitude that we can reach in Makalu Base Camp Trek?
A. The maximum altitude that you can reach in Makalu Trek is Makalu Base Camp (5000m).
Q. How is the transportation from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar start point?
A. You can reach the Tumlingtar – the starting point of Makalu Base Camp Trek via two modes of transportation. One is by taking flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, which is of 45-minutes flight.
The second option is to go with a local bus or private jeep which is of 500KM far from the city – Kathmandu. Total driving hours is 12 hours.
Q. Is Makalu Base Camp Trek a camping or teahouse?
A. Makalu Base Camp trek can be organized as both camping and teahouse for accommodation. It also depends on your group size.
If you are planning with a group size of 1-5 person, then basic teahouse will suitable in terms of cost. But, for big group size (more than 5 people), then camping will be the best options.
Q. What kind of food can be found in Makalu Base Camp Trek?
A. You can find the fresh basic local food Nepali Dhal Bhat, Noodles, Fry rice, and Potatoes. You can bring the snacks yourself because it will be very expensive to buy on trekking routes.
Important Tips: Don’t forget to bring tablets or filter to save the drinking water cost. You can also refill the safe drinking water (private expenses) from every teahouse situated in the Makalu region.
Q. What sort of trekking clothing and equipment do we need for Makalu Base Camp Trek?
A. We have listed the trekking clothing and equipment you need for Manaslu Circuit Trek. Find here!
Q. Can we customize the Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary?
A. YES! you can customize the Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary according to your available duration, cost, and group size. Kindly, contact us to customize the itinerary.