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Makalu Base Camp Fly in Fly out : 18 days

The majestic view from the Singla Top of massif Manaslu , with Manaslu (8163m.) poking up from behind the Ganesh Himal appears before you. To the northwest is the Ganesh Himal and at other side looms Langtang Himal. Ganesh (7406m.) and her sisters jut up from the valley below like large crystals thrust out of the earth, creating a stunning panorama of glaciers, peaks, rock, snow, and ice.

Facts of the Trek

Duration:                     18 Days

Trek type:                    Camping

Max Altitude:             6135 m.

Minimum Pax:             1 +

Mode of travel:           Flight

Grade:                             Strenuous

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu – Tumlingtar (510m.)             [45 minutes fly]

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 few villages. Maney Bhanjyang is a ridge inhabited by some people. It is quite surrounded by forest and this is grazing filed for local people.

Day 02: Maney Bhanjyang – Chilchile (1830m.)    [5 hours]

The trail ascends through forest of rhododendrons and sal trees for about three hours and you will ultimately walk over a flat trail and you approach Chilchile. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurungs and other communities as well. There is a government school where locals send their children. You will find some good tea houses.

Day 03: Chilchile – Num (1500 m.)                          [4-5 hours]

The trail ascends for about 2 hours and then descends by a small perennial river and the walk on a flat trail for about 1 hour and reach Num. Num is a beautiful village which is enriched with many tea houses and telephone facilities.

Day 04: Num – Seduwa (1510 m.)                            [4-5 hours]

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

Day 05: Seduwa – Tashigaon (2070 m.)                   [4 hours]

The trail slightly ascends but major part of the trail is flat and easy through the bushes. While walking, you can villages at far distance. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest is a big sherpa village. You find prayer flags fluttering in sky in and around village. The camping spot in this village is really praiseworthy.

Day 06: Tashigaon – Khongma la (3560 m.)                       [6 hours]

The trail ascends throughout the day and you will walk through forest of Rhododendrons and Sal trees until you reach destination. Kongma la is a ridge and there is only one tea house here. This is also perfect place for camping. There falls snow during March and April.

Day 07: Khongma la – Mumbuk (3550 m.)                         [6-7 hours]

The trail ascends and then following a trail 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 camping spot surrounded by green forests.

Day 08: Mumbuk – Yangle Kharka (3600 m.)                    [4-5 hours]

The trail today is bit adventurous and strenuous. The trail passes for about 3 hours through a landscape which is very prone to landslides. The Barun River through the trail adds more dimensions to the trail with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, Peak 7 (6185 m.).

Day 09: Yangle Kharka – Yak Kharka (4810 m.)              [5-6 hours]

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

Day 10: Yak Kharka – Makalu Base Camp (4812 m.)       [4 hours]

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

Day 11: Rest at Makalu Base Camp

You will enjoy the whole day in the base camp. You will have a spectacular views of different mountains and peaks like  Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m), etc. You can also hike to Baruntse Base Camp.

Day 12: Makalu Base Camp – Yangle Kharka (3600 m.). [4-5 hours]

After ascending for few hours, the trail moves along flat level path and at the end it descends to reach Yangle Kharka. En route, you walk through rocky forest path with views of green hills and huge stones at some distance.

Day 13: Yangle Kharka – Dobato                                        [4-5 hours]

The trail ascends for almost three hours through the same landscape of landslide. Then you have to trek uphill passing through jungle all the way to Dobato. This is not a village but a camping place. Here, you find small bushes of rhododendrons.

Day 14: Dobato – Tashigaon (2070 m.)                                [6 hours]

The trail descends steeply upto Khongma la via Kali Pokhari through jungle. You again walk along downhill all the way to Tashigaon.

Day 15: Tashigaon – Num (1490 m.)                                    [5 hours]

The trail steeply descends in the beginning and will pass through a steep ascend later on to reach Num. You pass through small forest of bamboo and small villages.

Day 16: Num – Maney Bhanjyang (1158 m.)                      [5 hours]

The trail ascends in the starting through the forest and will gently descend in the second half of the day.

Day 17: Maney Bhanjyang – Tumlingtar                           [5-6 hours]

Trek from Maney Bhanjyang to Tumlingtar which takes about five and half hours.

Day 18: Tumlingtar – Kathmandu                                      [45 minutes fly]

Fly out from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.

Services Included

  • National Park entry permit, Trekking permit,
  • All surface transportation to and fro,
  • A guide and required number of porter(s), cook, kitchen helper, sherpas,
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee, fruit, juice, etc.),
  • Necessary camping equipments such as tents, kitchen tent, dining tent,  toilet tent, mattresses, down   sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, fuel etc. camping charges,
  • Rescue help, insurance
  • Equipment for the Nepali staffs.


Services Excluded

  • Personal expenses, Insurance, Tips,
  • Emergency evacuation by Helicopter,
  • Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.
  • All the other expenses which are not included in above services included

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