Makalu Base Camp Trek

22 Days

Makalu Base Camp the Makalu Base Camp trek offers you an adventure of a lifetime. Makalu Base Camp Trek Makalu Trek is a physically challenging trek that surely brings out your spirit of adventure. Walking upon the most rugged terrain on earth, relishing the unparallel natural beauty of the Makalu region and marveling at the ecological diversity are some of the wonderful treats of the Makalu Base Camp trek.

Makalu-Barun National Park, a nearly isolated 1500-km2 area of Eastern Nepal. This remote terrain stretches east from Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, between the high plateau of Tibet and the deep subtropical gorge carved by the Arun River. There are spectacular views of rugged Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Makalu (8463m), fifth highest in the world, Mt. Chamlang (7319 m) and Mt. Baruntse (7129m). Within 40 kms, these high peaks descend to the Arun River at 670m. The Makalu-Barun Valley provides stunning contrasts, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks.

Makalu region there are over 3000 species of flowering plants, 440 species of birds, and 75 species of mammals, including the endangered Clouded Leopard, Red Panda and Musk Deer, have been recorded. This remarkable biodiversity is considered to be of global significance, and provides a living laboratory for international scientific research.

The Barun Valley is part of a huge international protected area under an agreement between Nepal and China. The Makalu Base Camp trek crosses several high passes as it climbs into the remote Barun Valley at the foot of Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, providing a splendid venue for more adventurous nature lovers.

Makalu Base Camp trek is a purely camping trek as no lodges are available along the route. The Makalu Base Camp trek presents you views of the south face of Makalu, Everest and Lhotse Peaks.


Real Journey Nepal airport representative transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley. (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Patan). Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

On the same day, you begin your trek from Tumlingtar to Maney Bhanjyang which takes about five and half hours. The trail ascends all the way through forest of rhododendrons and sal trees. En route, you pass a few villages. Maney Bhanjyang is a ridge inhabited by people. It is gently surrounded by lush green forest and is a grazing field for cattle and fodder used by the local people. Stay overnight at camp in Maney Bhanjyang.

The trail ascends through forest of rhododendrons and sal trees for about three hours where you will ultimately walk over a flat trail that brings you to Chilchile. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurungs and other communities as well. There is a government school where locals educate their children. You will find some good tea houses around here. Stay overnight at camp in Chilchile.

The trail ascends for about 2 hours and then descends by a small perennial river where you will walk on a flat trail for about one hour to reach Num. Num is a beautiful village which is enriched with many tea houses and also has telephone facilities. Stay overnight at camp in Num.

The trail descends steeply for about 2 and half hours until you come to a big river named Neguwa Khola. The trail passes over the suspension bridge and ascends through forest and a few traditional villages. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending on the season. There is a check post and local office of the Makalu Conservation Area. Stay overnight at camp in Seduwa.

The trail slightly ascends but the major part of the hike is flat and easy through the bushes. While walking, you will see villages at a far distance. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest, is a big Sherpa village. You will find prayer flags fluttering in the wind whispering odes of prayers for the dead and forgotten in and around the village. The camping spot in this village is really a praiseworthy site. Stay overnight at camp in Tashigaon.

The trail ascends throughout the day and you will walk through forest of Rhododendrons and Sal trees until you reach your destination. Kongma la is a ridge and there is only one tea house here. This is also a perfect place for camping. It snows here even during the spring months of March and April. Stay overnight at camp in Khongma La.

The trail ascends and then following a rugged path you reach a beautiful lake named “Kalo Pokhari” at the height of (4004 m). Leaving this lake, you go downhill until you reach Mumbuk. It is a serene camping spot surrounded by green forests. Stay overnight at camp in Mumbuk.

The hike today is a bit adventurous and strenuous. The trail passes for about 3 hours through a landscape which is very prone to landslides. The Barun River running through the trail adds more dimensions to the trek with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m and Peak 7 (6185m.). Stay overnight at camp in Yangle Kharka.

The trail ascends through grasslands and forest. You can enjoy the majestic peaks such as Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739m, Peak 7 (6185m), Isuwa La (5340m) and many other unnamed mountains and peaks. Yak Kharka is a grazing field. Stay overnight at camp in Yak Kharka.

The hike passes through a flat trail and will descend to a Perennial River. As you reach Makalu Base Camp, you will be mesmerized by the views of Mt. Makalu (8463m), Baruntse (7152m), Kali Himal (6985m), Chamlang (7390m) and Makalu II (7640 m), etc. Stay overnight at camp in Makalu Base Camp.

You will enjoy the whole day in the base camp. From here you will have spectacular views of different mountains and peaks. You can also hike to the Baruntse Base Camp to enjoy the scenery and view this camp has to offer. Stay overnight at camp.

This takes about four and a half hours. After ascending for a few hours, the trail moves along a flat level path and at the end it descends to reach Yangle Kharka. En route, you walk through a rocky forest path with views of green hills and huge stones at some distance. Stay overnight at camp in Yangle Kharka.

The trail ascends for almost three hours through the same landscape and possibility of landslides. You then have to trek uphill passing through jungles all the way to Dobato. This is not a village but a camping place only. Here, you find small bushes of rhododendrons. Stay overnight at camp in Dobato.

The trail descends steeply to Khongma la via Kali Pokhari through a dense jungle. You again walk along a downhill path all the way to Tashigaon. Stay overnight at camp in Tashigaon.

The trail steeply descends in the beginning which changes to a steep ascent before reaching Num. You pass through small forests of bamboo and small villages. Stay overnight at camp in Num.

The trail ascends by starting through the forest and will gently descend in the second half of the day. Stay overnight at camp in Maney Bhanjyang.

Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Tumlingtar takes about five and half hours. Stay overnight at camp in Tumlingtar.

Fly out from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

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